Category Archives: Public Health

HSL librarian “made me learn something about myself I didn’t previously know… I love research!”

I am a DrPH student in cohort 12 and together with my cohort, we wanted to tell you about our excellent experience working with Mary White [Global Public Health Librarian]. Before working with Mary, not only did I not know how to use a citation manager, I had no idea what one was. The idea of learning this technology was daunting, and Mary made it both easy and fun. Since working with Mary, I am able to construct robust search strategies and have an agility I previously didn’t when it comes to using search databases. Mary always makes herself available whenever I have questions and has met with me in person and online and accommodated my crazy work schedule. Mary is amazing and has made me learn something about myself I didn’t previously know…. I love research! 

Courtney Lundquist, Doctor of Public Health student, Gillings School of Global Public Health

“Enthusiastic and clear… incredibly responsive…knowledgeable”

“I’d like to offer recognition to Mary [White, Global Public Health Librarian] in appreciation for her excellent support for our HPM [Health Policy & Management] Lit Reviews course. In addition to her enthusiastic and clear lecture style, she was incredibly responsive to my (and others) requests for support. She provided quick and helpful input on topics ranging from  review of an overall research concept to more detailed questions about the quirks of different search engines.  It is great to have her as such a knowledgeable and cheerful part of the UNC research support community!”

– Syril Petit, DrPH student

“I just wanted to rave about my experiences… thanks UNC!”

I just wanted to rave about my experience with the resources available to students through the library. I have used the “Chat with the Librarian” feature multiple times and I find it so helpful! The respondents have always been so kind and helpful, very happy and upbeat. You can tell they enjoy what they are doing by helping students. I really can’t say enough about the great experiences I have had. The people are so friendly, they always help with my issues, and they are so quick about finding my answers. I am so appreciative of this system and wanted to provide some strong positive feedback! Thanks UNC!

– Brittany Schwartz,  student, Public Health Health Policy & Management 


“Grateful to have such an amazing resource”

I have been working on a systematic literature review for the last 5 months, and this project wouldn’t have been possible without the HSL librarians.  They helped me redesign my search strategy, assisted me with database troubleshooting, delivered scores of articles electronically, and throughout, have patiently answered many, many questions.  I’m grateful to have such an amazing resource right across the street!

Student, School of Public Health

HSL Librarian Mellanye Lackey “amazing”!

(Quick comment) I’m a distance doctoral student and was in Chapel Hill for a meeting last week and requested some time with Mellanye Lackey for help with lit review techniques and improving my use of Refworks. She was amazing and REALLY helped make my life easier. Thanks!

HSL librarians help physician shape worldwide treatment recommendations

[excerpted from News From the Fifth]
Pressed for time in preparing for a very important expert meeting of Médecins Sans Frontières (Doctors without Borders – MSF), Dr. Benny Joyner  turned to HSL librarian Mellanye Lackey, who, along with Sara Suiter, SILS graduate research assistant, helped him gather and present evidence-based information he needed to help shape worldwide recommendations the organization would make on the fluid management of children.

Said Dr. Joyner, “having the body of evidence to support what I practice clinically allowed me to make a recommendation based not only in experience, but also a solid evidence base. And I would not have been standing on such a solid base during the meeting without Mellanye, Sara, and the HSL.”

For the full story, see the September 2012 issue of HSL’s News From the Fifth newsletter.

Moving Forward Together: Two Game-Changing Collaborations

This video was selected for the 2012 Medical Library Association Conference’s Leadership and Management Section program, “Smells Like Team Spirit: Partnerships to Move Your Library Forward,” in Seattle, Washington, (May 21, 2012).

For this blog we split it into two parts, one part on the YOUR HEALTH Radio blog and one part on the HSL Global Health Initiative.

YOUR HEALTH® Radio: We interviewed Dr. Adam Goldstein, faculty member of UNC Family Medicine and co-host of YOUR HEALTH Radio.

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“HSL is a wonderful learning environment!”

I love my HSL!

The HSL is a wonderful learning environment! The HSL librarians are amazing when you need to schedule study rooms and make sure that you have the space and resources that you need for your group projects.

After 5 years out of school – I was nervous about writing academic papers again. They taught me about the magic that is RefWorks and how to most constructively use my time when searching through literature.

Student, Maternal and Child Health, School of Public Health

“… Students have been buzzing enthusiastically about all your contributions”

Many thanks for your consultation, Bob and Barbara. The students have been buzzing enthusiastically about all your contributions to MCH 712 this morning. It was so generous of you to engage with each team’s poster and of course, your steps above and beyond in revising the poster tutorial to accommodate Mac users.

Your comments were obviously so well-informed and seasoned, students were galvanized to rethink their plans. Continue reading

Dr. Ned Brooks interview

Dr. Ned Brooks has a unique perspective on the Health Sciences Library, having worked with HSL as a UNC administrator, as a School of Public Health faculty member, and as a member (and chair)  of the HSL Board of Visitors.

Part 1: Dr. Brooks talks about his experiences with HSL as a UNC administrator.

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