Author Archives: madmegtess

What an inspiring look back at the innovative work of Dr. Marlys Mitchel

Thank you HSL for the memories displayed in the Occupation Matters exhibit. What an inspiring look back at the innovative work of Dr. Marlys Mitchell, her students who became my mentors, and the new OTs still blazing the trail from UNC in the field of Occupational Therapy.

Heather McKay, Class of ’07, Allied Health Sciences (Occupational Therapy)

I love being the liaison to the UNC-CH School of Nursing!

I love being the liaison to the UNC CH  School of Nursing!  It’s great to work with the #4 graduate program in the US News and World Report ranking.  Read more about the latest ranking in the Carolina Nursing News.

Julia Shaw-Kokot, School of Nursing Liaison, UNC Health Sciences Library

Helping with “Behavioral Health Services for the Military and Their Families”

Christie Silbjajoris, Director of HSL’s NC Health Info, served on the NC Institute of Medicine (NCIOM) Task Force on “Behavioral Health Services for the Military and Their Families” established by the North General Assembly.  Christie was also asked to write a resource guide for the NC Journal of Medicine for their upcoming article on this topic.  The length of the Guide had to be reduced for the journal so the NCIOM decided to publish the Guide in its entirety as an appendix to their final report to the General Assembly.   Scott O’Brien, the editor of the journal issue, had this to say about the resource guide:

Hi, Christie. I’m very impressed by the breadth of the list you’ve compiled. I’ve been discussing this issue with my father, who served in the Marine Corps infantry in Vietnam. He’s pleased about the wealth of services currently available to military personnel and their families and proud of the efforts you and others have invested in promoting and providing these resources.”


Joined at the center by our world-class Health Sciences Library

Dr. Myron Cohen, Director of the Institute for Global Health and Infectious Diseases and a member of the library’s Board of Visitors, gave a nice shout out to the HSL and the five UNC-CH health sciences schools in his most recent blog entry:

“I know I have said it before, but one of the things that is special about this campus is that we have schools in all five health disciplines: medicine, public health, dentistry, nursing and pharmacy. More importantly, they are all on the same campus, within walking distance, and joined at the center by our world-class Health Sciences Library.”

Read the entire blog entry to find out about the Institute’s efforts to bridge the divide between the health sciences side of campus and the rest of our university by, among other things, the introduction of a new global health discussion series, Heels in the Field.

…the HSL is an example of just how spoiled we are

As an undergrad student, I never ventured to this side of campus. However, as a current dental student, I have found the HSL to be my primary location for studying! I love the fact that many of the group study rooms are equipped with large screens and boards. I also love the comfortable couches in the open area- many good dreams have come from them! Overall, I am grateful for the HSL; the great staff, the resourceful rooms and the studying space! I think  that we as students are spoiled at UNC, and the HSL is an example of just how spoiled we are.

Linda W.,  Student, UNC School of Dentistry (UNC-CH Class of 2007)

“You are incredible! That’s perfect.”

I received this reaction to providing help via online chat to a person looking for numbers of physicians in specialties for several states, as well as total numbers of physicians. Thanks to Kate McGraw, a fellow librarian, we had the perfect source of this information — which turned out to be a print book on first floor!

“You are incredible! That’s perfect. I had spent hours doing internet searches without luck. Thank you so much!”

This compliment made my day!

Fran Allegri, Librarian, UNC Health Sciences Library

The HSL is my comfort zone

The HSL is my comfort zone. Whether it’s setting up for a long day of studying, meeting classmates, printing off assignments 30 seconds before class, or curling up in a chair with coffee, the HSL is where I want to be. Thanks to all the staff for making it such a great environment!

Student, UNC School of Medicine

The HSL website just totally helped me…

The HSL website just totally helped me figure out all my write-and-cite issues! I probably should have consulted it much sooner. Thanks so much!

Student, UNC School of Public Health

I thought one of the librarians was so great that I married her!

I love the HSL. It is a very convenient place to get books – whether on the shelves, from main campus or from Interlibrary Loan. Also, it can be a very nice place to study or quickly check my email. The staff is also very friendly and always seem willing to help. I thought one of the librarians was so great that I married her!

Brian Moynihan, Staff, UNC School of Medicine

Librarians at the HSL have helped me find relevant literature when I felt at a dead-end

Librarians at the HSL have helped me find relevant literature when I felt at a dead-end, and they showed me how to better navigate my dissertation references using RefWorks. Their assistance has been prompt and their instructions very clear. They asked questions and listened to make sure they were truly understanding my needs. These qualities are key for me as an ESL student but also as an older student who does not always feel comfortable with technology. I would like to especially recognize Mellanye Lackey and Lisa Philpotts as well as the staff at the front desk. Thank you! Gracias!

Student, UNC School of Public Health