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I was greeted by my new “Fairy Godmother”

Being out of college for more than 10 years left me behind on even the most simple things, like how to search for journal articles, how to request books from a different library etc. While calling for a quick inquiry, I was greeted by my new “fairy godmother” to assist me through the madness. OK, she’s not a real fairy godmother and isn’t of grandmother age, but Lara Handler sure made the experience at the Health Sciences Library less intimidating. She volunteered her time to meet with me individually and patiently walked me through the how-to’s. Thank you Lara for helping me feel more empowered to get out there and get the knowledge I need. You helped break down a barrier and for this I am truly thankful.

Kelley, UNC Health Care (Staff)

We Love the Presidential Endorsement of Our Library!

During President Obama’s visit to UNC Chapel Hill, we loved hearing what we felt was a Presidential endorsement of the importance of libraries.  As you can hear towards the end of this Youtube clip (around the 1:20 mark), the President mentions that he’s proud of all the Tar Heel students for their hard work as they study for their degrees and “for the long hours in the library, I hope!”

Thank you Mr. President!

What We (HSL Staff) Love About Our Users

Heart-shaped wordle illustrating what HSL staff love about our users

Heart-shaped wordle illustrating what HSL staff love about our users

I was greeted by my new “Fairy Godmother”

Being out of college for more than 10 years left me behind on even the most simple things, like how to search for journal articles, how to request books from a different library etc. While calling for a quick inquiry, I was greeted by my new “fairy godmother” to assist me through the madness. OK, she’s not a real fairy godmother and isn’t of grandmother age, but Lara Handler sure made the experience at the Health Sciences Library less intimidating. She volunteered her time to meet with me individually and patiently walked me through the how-to’s. Thank you Lara for helping me feel more empowered to get out there and get the knowledge I need. You helped break down a barrier and for this I am truly thankful.

Kelley, UNC Health Care (Staff)

Libraries in general are woefully under-appreciated…the HSL at UNC-CH is a special marvel

I have no great story to tell. I just want to take a moment to say how great everyone at the HSL has been to me as a student at UNC-CH. Whether in person at the main desk, over the phone, or chatting via the internet, whenever I have asked for help the staff have been unfailingly friendly, interested, and (most important) very helpful. Libraries in general are woefully under-appreciated, and even the most humble rural bookmobile provides a valuable service to the community, but the HSL at UNC-CH is a special marvel, providing critical resources to the entire academic community and the larger society it strives to serve. Thank you, thank you, thank you.

Walter, Student, Allied Health Sciences (UNC-CH) 

 

I could NOT have made this transition here at UNC from student to assistant professor without the dedication and hard work of the library staff

I came to UNC in 2003 to begin my doctoral work and immediately took advantage of numerous learning opportunities for incoming graduate students that were provided by the library staff (e.g. how to use search engines, Endnote tutorials, etc.).  What makes my story somewhat unique is that I am now a faculty member in the department from which I graduated from with my PhD in 2008- and I now use the library in many and varied ways (e.g. finding resources for teaching, researching information to write a grant).  Continue reading

I feel confident in saying that I would not have found what I needed to complete my research

I am a senior at the University of North Carolina at Asheville and I am in the second half on writing my senior exit research paper. This is a 25- 30 page paper on a student chosen topic. For my research, I am looking at the political activism that came as a result of the over thirty different sanitariums that were scattered throughout Asheville.

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The HSL’s Introduction to EndNote X4 is the best I’ve ever seen!

I am a librarian from MD Anderson Cancer Center in Houston. We just switched to EndNote X4 and the HSL’s Introduction to EndNote X4 is the best I’ve ever seen! It’s incredibly comprehensive, clear and informative. Thanks to all of the time, effort and hard work you put into creating a truly awesome guide!

Laurissa Gann, Librarian, MD Anderson Cancer Center, Houston

A big applause to you for your generous heart. May God bless you.

I take this opportunity to commend Ms. Mellanye Lackey, the amazing Reference Librarian in the HSL*. Her influence has not only affected America but reaches even to Africa, Uganda in particular. Her visit to the Infectious Diseases Institute in Uganda (IDI) was a blessing since she explored with us the various ways through which we can use social networks to reach the community and improve on our digital library services.

A big applause to you for your generous heart . May God bless you.

Richard Ssenono, Senior Information Scientist, Infectious Diseases Institute, Mulago Hospital ,Makerere University College of Health Sciences, Uganda

* HSL Note: Mellanye is in Uganda in her capacity as the director of the HSL’s Global Initiative (she is also the HSL’s liaison for the Scho0l of Public Health).  While there, she is seeing how the HSL can better serve UNC-CH faculty and students as they teach, learn, research and serve others throughout the world.  You can read about the UNC Project-Uganda Medical Mission via the group’s blog.

Lara Handler and Barbara Tysinger took the time to put together a crisp, informative presentation for students

My boss teaches a class on the history of medicine, and wanted to do a class session on materials in the historical collection of the HSL. Lara Handler and Barbara Tysinger took the time to put together a crisp, informative presentation for the students. Continue reading