• Balancing the Budget and Positioning Your Library for Financial Success

      Bodycomb, Aphrodite; Tooey, M.J. (2006-05)
      Objective: Increases in the cost of resources combined with flat budgets prompted the library to look at its accounting practices to see if the budget could be balanced more effectively. Methods: The library has experienced shortfalls in funding and other financial challenges. To manage these issues, the library established a central accounting department to audit several aspects of the budget and to determine whether the financial situation of the library could be improved. The audit results provided a starting point for the accounting department to construct the framework to implement changes to improve the overall financial situation of the library. Through corrective measures, smart planning, re-negotiating, and reorganizing of the accounting processes, the library is now positioned for future financial success.
    • Challenges of Calculating Return on Investment: The HS/HSL Experience

      Bodycomb, Aphrodite; Del Baglivo, Megan D.; Young, Kristen, M.L.I.S. (2010-10)
      A Task force was formed to investigate Return On Investment/Cost/Benefit Analysis tools and their value for use by the Health Sciences and Human Services Library, HS/HSL.
    • Makerspace Task Force Report

      Kim, Bohyun; Brown, Everly; Bodycomb, Aphrodite; Pinho, Thom (2014-07)
      Executive Summary: The leadership of the Health Sciences and Human Services Library (HS/HSL) has decided to explore the concept of a makerspace. The recent growth and rapid adoption of makerspaces and 3D printing technology in health sciences will impact the tools that our future students, researchers, and faculty will expect to have access to. The mission of this Task Force was to determine what role a makerspace could serve in an academic health sciences library and if the University of Maryland, Baltimore’s HS/HSL could benefit from one. Based on the environmental scan, which involved the literature review of current makerspaces in educational institutions and site visits to local makerspaces, we believe that a makerspace within the HS/HSL will greatly benefit UMB students, researchers, and faculty. It will provide an open space that will allow them to explore and utilize new technology that has a significant impact on hands-on learning, classroom instruction, cutting-edge research, and innovative patient care in health sciences. This Task Force recommends the creation of a makerspace in HS/HSL which would include 3D printers, 3D scanners, and computers with the appropriate software for modeling and visualizing 3D objects as detailed in the recommendations section of this paper. The makerspace would also organize workshops and programs to promote technological experimentation and idea prototyping to the UMB community. To fund the creation of the makerspace, the Task Force has identified two potential grant opportunities that would help cover some costs associated with creating the space if applied for and awarded. Other potential sources of funding include soliciting donor funds for technology or stakeholder contributions. In order to best support the needs of students, researchers, and faculty, the Task Force also recommends that this project be pursued as soon as the funds are available.
    • Sink or Swim: Can an Online Resource Package for "Others" Survive?

      Tooey, M.J.; Brown, Everly; Hinegardner, Patricia G.; Mayo, Alexa A.; Bodycomb, Aphrodite; Gerhart, Brad; Klein, Ilene Robin; Patterson, Nancy (2009-10)
      ResourcesPlus! a full-service online resource package developed for groups that fall outside HS/HSL's standard licensing agreements - volunteer clinical faculty and UMB alumni is described and evaluated.
    • Trimming the Fat: A Weeding Case Report

      Tooey, M.J.; Bass, Wilma; Behles, Richard J.; Berlanstein, Debra R.; Bodycomb, Aphrodite; Brown, Everly; Drummond, Persia; Gresehover, Beverly; Knott, Teresa L.; Lyons, Tierney; et al. (2007-10)
    • Value of the Library Task Force Phase One Report

      Bodycomb, Aphrodite; Del Baglivo, Megan D.; Klein, Ilene Robin; Raimondo, Paula G.; Youngkin, C. Andrew (2014-06)