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Dentistry Library in 1940

Dentisty Library 1940

In 1908, the School of Dentistry moved into a brand new building on North University Street, the first time in its history that the School had a home built specifically for its own use.  It remained in use until 1969, when it was replaced on the same site by the current Dental School Building

The library was a prominent feature on the ground floor, and this photograph shows the main reading room as it appeared in February 1940.  The library became a divisional of the University of Michigan Libraries in 1918 and in 1929, with the aid of a 5-year gift from the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching, added a second fulltime librarian, and the first with professional training. This librarian, Inez Bowler, recatalogued the holdings according to the Library of Congress system and researched the dentistry literature so that the library could develop a comprehensive collection. During this period, the Dentistry Library collected every important work on its subject, including journals, theses, pamphlets, and rare books, and was considered one of the finest dentistry libraries in the world.

By 1940, when this photo was taken, the dentistry collection held over 7200 volumes, and the University Library system as a whole had surpassed one million items.

Source: Charles C. Kelsey, "Alumni Bulletin" 1971, pp. 116-118; "Alumni Bulletin" 1973, pp. 66-67; UM School of Dentistry "Announcement," 1931-32, p. 17; "Announcement," 1939-40, p. 15
Photo: Sindecuse Museum of Dentistry
See also the historical notes from the Bentley Historical Library

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UM Dentistry Library in 1897

1897 Dentisty Library

This reading room was located on the second floor of the Dental College building, a former professor's house which stood on the current site of the Chemistry Building. The Dental College occupied this site from 1891-1908, with the dental museum housed on the main floor. 

According to an 1895 issue of the UM Dental School publication Dental Journal, Miss Hubbard, (seen seated at her desk) created the first systematic arrangement and catalogue for the books in the library.  By 1900, the collection contained almost a thousand books and sixteen periodicals, making this no small task for a single person.  The results of her work can be seen in the labels on the spines of the books.

Upon the death of the first Dean, Jonathan Taft, in 1903, his personal collection was added to the library's, which became known as the "Taft Library" until 1930.  The 1904-1905 "Announcement" boasted that the augmented Taft Library "contains nearly two thousand volumes, embracing almost every known work pertaining to this specialty, including a nearly complete file of every dental journal published." Two other former deans, Willoughby D. Miller and Nelville S. Hoff, also donated significant personal collections.

Source: Charles C. Kelsey, "Alumni Bulletin" 1973, pp. 66-67; UM School of Dentistry "Announcement," 1904-1905, p. 25
Photo: Sam Sturgis collection,
Bentley Historical Library

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Community Outreach: Past Events

The Taubman Health Sciences Library works with the University, Health System and community in providing education and access to quality health information. If you have questions, comments or are interested in working with the Taubman Health Sciences Library, please contact us through


Ann Arbor Art Fair

Ann Arbor, MI July 15th-18th

For the second year in a row, HSL staffed a vendor booth at the Ann Arbor Art Fair. We covered 42 hours total and made 891 contacts. We handed out library promotional materials along with the standard set of MedlinePlus pens and handouts. A few librarians from Harlan Hatcher Graduate Library and two volunteers from MICHR's Engage program helped staff the table. (Photos)

Tecumseh PowWow: 8th Annual "Mending the Sacred Hoop"

Tecumseh, MI June 28th-29th

Several members of HSL staff attended the Tecumseh PowWow to discuss quality health information resources such as MedlinePlus, inexpensive insurance information, and several of the resources tailored for the Native American Community. We set up our tent thus joining the other tents and teepees on the beautiful grounds of the Cal Zorn Recreation Center right outside of Tecumseh, MI. Over the course of the weekend we talked with 164 people. We also made contacts with the State of Michigan Van Buren County Dept. of Human Services and the American Indian Health & Family Services organization based in Detroit, MI. This was our second Pow Wow in fewer than three months.  (Photos)

Book Discussion of "The Tipping Point"

Ann Arbor, MI June 26th

HSL held a round table discussion, the 4th meeting of our book club, on Malcolm Gladwell's "The Tipping Point." A total of 11 people attended  In addition to our own staff, there were 4 individuals who were from other units. The conversation was quite lively and almost everyone seemed to have something to say.

Cholesterol, Glucose, Melanoma Checks and MedlinePlus

Ann Arbor, MI May 15th

Several librarians from the HSL took part in the first employee health fair organized by the Ann Arbor Transportation Authority (AATA). Bus drivers, bus mechanics, office workers, and their family members were encouraged to attend this event for health assessment and disease prevention: blood sticks for cholesterol and glucose readings, an ultraviolet screening for melanoma, prostate specific antigen (PSA) analysis, and other types of health testing. “Vendors” were represented by the local Visiting Nurses Association, Blue Cross and Blue Shield, the University of Michigan Comprehensive Cancer Center, and similar organizations. (Photos)

In the Cornflower blog.

Kidney Cancer Educational Support Group, Genesys Hurley Cancer Institute

Flint, MI May 13th

HSL gave a two hour talk to the Kidney Cancer Educational Support Group at the Genesys Hurley Cancer Institute (GHCI) on the topic of "Finding quality health information on the Internet". The talk included how to evaluate health websites, and an overview of resources from MedlinePlus and to PubMed. There were about 15 people in attendance, including cancer survivors and their caregivers, social workers and staff psychologists from GHCI, and the program director for the National Kidney Foundation of Michigan.

Partners for Healthy Communities: MICHR Symposium

Ann Arbor, MI May 11th

HSL was represented by two posters at the Michigan Institute for Clinical and Health Research (MICHR) "Partners for Healthy Communities Symposium," which was held in Palmer Commons in the evening of May 11th. The keynote speaker at the event was Vanessa Northington Gamble, MD, PhD, University Professor of Medical Humanities at the George Washington University, who spoke about gaining and maintaining trust among community partners. After the keynote, HSL exchanged information and materials with other exhibitors and with visitors. The posters on "Reaching Out to the Community" and "Improving Communications with Patients Having Poor English Literacy" were well received and various new connections were made and old ones were solidified. (Photos)

Moving Towards Solutions: Addressing Teen Pregnancy Prevention in Michigan

Kalamazoo, MI May 6th

HSL taught two workshops at the second annual "Moving Toward Solutions: Addressing Teen Pregnancy Prevention in Michigan" Conference in Kalamazoo on using social networking tools to address teen pregnancy prevention and healthy sexuality. The conference was sponsored by the Michigan Department of Community Health, the Michigan Department of Education, and the Michigan Public Health Institute. 25 people attend both sessions and participants included public health nurses, school counselors, school health teachers, planned parenthood staff, MDCH staff, and staff from the MI Department of Education. 

St. Francis of Assisi Health Fair

Ann Arbor, MI April 26th

HSL librarians and staff set up a n information table at the St. Francis of Assisi Health Fair in Ann Abor. We brought the laptop to present a series of slides on MedlinePlus because we were without internet access. We spoke with 61 people, from 9:00am - 2:00pm, about MedlinePlus, GoLocal, Healthfinder and the freely available resources at HSL. (Photos)

Rackham Health and Wellness Fair

Ann Arbor, MI April 21st

HSL staffed an information table at the Health and Wellness Fair at Rackham. The intimate affair was well attended by Rackham and UM staff. We spoke with 26 people about MedlinePlus and HSL’s available resources for the community. The laptop was quite helpful in demonstrating the many features of Medlineplus and GoLocal.

Throat Cancer Screening Clinic

Ann Arbor, MI April 18th

HSL attended an annual Throat Cancer Screening Clinic hosted by the Otolaryngology Department at the Taubman Center. 41 patients pre-registered for screening appointments, and 45 patients participated. Ages ranged from low 20's to low 70's, and approximately a dozen patients were asked to schedule follow-up appointments based on their screenings.

We passed out MedlinePlus brochures and pens, and inviting patients to testdrive MedlinePlus on a laptop, or to stop by a consultation area after their appointments. Fifteen patients did stop in for consults, most with very specific questions regarding conditions, medications or other health information needs. HSL also met with two physicians, a nurse and an office administrator who wanted information for themselves, or to provide patients in the exam rooms.

Pow Wow

Saline, MI April 4th-5th

A number of librarians from HSL and several other UM libraries, took turns staffing a table at the annual Pow Wow. The table was laden with brochures about consumer health as well as about academic social work. Our banner stood tall next to our table. We were sandwiched between a UM Career Development table and a Native American sales table. We logged a total of over 125 hashmarks denoting people we personally spoke to and gave information to. Of particular interest to passers-by was a flyer we distributed containing a screenshot of the State of Michigan Healthcare Help web site and a path to a listing of free health clinics in the state.

Survival Flight Conference

Ypsilanti, MI March 19th

Two HSL staff members attended the Survival Flight Conference held at the Marriott Ypsilanti Eagle Rock Hotel. They distributed handouts, pens, and information on MedlinePlus, PubMed, and NIH Senior Health, as well as telling the participants about the Taubman Health Sciences Library.

Chelsea Senior Center - Computer group

Chealsea, MI March 5th

HSL visited the Chelsea Senior Center for the second of two scheduled classes. This session, 'Finding reliable health information on the internet', ran 90 minutes, including questions, and was attended by about 35 people. Content included: things to look for when evaluating websites, examples of "bad" websites, MedlinePlus and Michigan Go Local, NIH Senior Health,, the CDC website, and other resources. We passed out presentation handouts, NLM cards and MedlinePlus pens.

Chelsea Senior Center - Computer group

Chealsea, MI February 26th

HSL visited the Chelsea Senior Center for the first of two scheduled classes. The first session, 'Powersearching with Google', ran 90 minutes, including questions, and was attended by 30 people. The audience was quite varied in terms of computer skills and interest.

Ann Arbor District Library

Ann Arbor, MI February 17th

Members of HSL staff taught "Searching for Online Health Information" classes at Pittsfield Branch and Traverwood Branch of Ann Arbor District Library.

Appreciation Breakfast at UMHS

Ann Arbor, MI February 11th

Several HSL staff members were present to  provide attendees with Medline pens and flyers and to remind them that we at the HSL are their neighbors and that we welcome them to our libraries.

Give Kids a Smile

Ann Arbor, MI February 7th

The "Give Kids a Smile" free dental care event, held at the University of Michigan School of Dentistry, was extremely well attended. There was a lengthy line of parents and children already waiting at the door of the building by 8:30 am. The pre-dental, dental students, and volunteering dentists and assistants were very numerous, very welcoming, and both kind and friendly. Several dental students were demonstrating how to brush one's teeth using a huge toothbrush in a stuffed animal's mouth. There was a children's table with coloring books and toys, a tv set with cartoons, and several young women dressed as fairies mingling with the children. HSL staff also circulated among the registering participants distributing pens, MedlinePlus reliable health information, and a State of Michigan flyer about inexpensive health and dental resources. We also distributed brochures about the Taubman Health Sciences Library and the fact that we are available to answer questions and that the public is welcome to visit our library.

In the Cornflower blog.

Asian American Health Fair

The HSL maintained a booth at the Fair again this year (third year in a row), giving out MedlinePlus and Asian American Health information as well as pens. We were stationed next to a booth staffed by members of the School of Nursing who were collecting data for colonoscopy and Hepatitis B incidence in the Asian American Community. Another nearby booth was that of ENGAGE. Various health checkups were available: glucose, cholesterol, prostate, breast, glaucoma.

Peptide Retreat

Ann Arbor, MI January 17th

Members of the Taubman Health Sciences Library presented a poster at the Michigan Gastrointestinal Peptide Research Center Retreat held in Palmer Commons. The poster entitled "Providing Vital Support to Facilitate the NIH Public Access Policy" was well received with many of those attending stopping by to engage in lively conversation and ask for clarification on many issues relating to the policy. We took the opportunity to promote the MLibrary Pilot, National Institutes of Health Manuscript Submission (NIHMS). This was the third year that HSL has been invited to present at the retreat.

Women's Health and Fitness Event

Ann Arbor, MI January 24th

Sponsored by various UMHS units and a few grocery stores, the Third Annual WHF Event, organized by the UM Women Medical Students, took place at Ypsilanti High School. There were about 200 participants lining up to help themselves to a cafeteria-style luncheon, and right at the beginning of the line, HSL had a table set up with various handouts, signs, brochures, MedlinePlus pens, all in the interest of providing reliable health information. At the next table, three UM Dental School students were distributing floss, toothbrushes, and toothbrushing information.


Dental Day

Ann Arbor, MI November 9th

HSL set up an information table in the lobby of the School of Dentistry to participate in Dental Day, which offered free x-rays and check-ups to participants. We handed out pens and bookmarks about MedlinePlus along with a little verbal information both about the database and about our libraries being free and welcoming to all. We served about 20 people between 8:30 am and 11 am, when patients had all been helped.

Opening Doors Event

After a Sunday brunch with Dr. Alexa Canady-Davis, there was a panel consisting of Drs. Cheryl Lee, Sonya Miller, and Mas Jimbo and moderated by Inel Lewis of the UMMS Diversity and Career Development Unit, followed by a wonderful keynote address by our invited guest Dr. Alexa Canady-Davis. The audience consisted of about 60 people of all ethnicities, various ages, and both genders.  We are grateful to the hosts and helpers for their good work. We are hoping that planting these little seeds of hope and encouragement will eventually result in new opportunities for and broader diversity for candidates applying to the UMMS as well as other medical schools.

In the Cornflower blog.

Tribal Health Summit

Ann Arbor, MI October 15th

HSL staff attended a Tribal Health Summit held at the Michigan League's Henderson Room. After a ceremony complete with a tom-tom, there was a prayer and several welcoming remarks followed by a panel composed of the Native American Health Directors, all of whom spoke of their personal stories and also of their professional pursuits as well as the difficulties they encounter in providing health care with terribly limited funds. In the afternoon, a University panel moderated by Molly White, presented possibilities of community engagement, after which there were round tables (Talking Circles) to pool ideas to facilitate partnerships. The presentation concluded with singing, posting of colors, and a variety of other native songs.

HSL Book Club Meeting

Ann Arbor, MI

We discussed Temple Grandin's "Animals in Translation" and the discussion was very lively. For the third session, we again had 12 people, more than 1/2 from outside HSL, and we discussed Temple Grandin's "Animals Make Us Human. Again, we had an interactive conversation, and the participants seemed pleased and willing to return for more book clubs.


Ann Arbor, MI August 3rd-August 10th

The Taubman Medical Library was pleased to host this exhibit in conjunction with the North American Congress on Biomechanics. Print treasures in the Taubman Medical Library Rare Book Room trace the history of anatomy from the 15th through the 18th centuries. The exhibit was very well received, and visitors came from as far away as the University of Calgary.

UMHS Staff Recognition Event

Ann Arbor, MI September 9th

The UMHS Ice Cream/Staff Recognition Event took place at two locations: the first shift was in the Hospital Cafeteria and the two subsequent shifts held in the Hospital Courtyard. The reason for our attending these events to to inform UMHS of our resources and our willingness to help them seek reliable health information. We gave away magnets, pens, handouts about PubMed and about our libraries as the employees ate their ice cream, played the games being offered, and won their prizes.

University of Michigan Dearborn Mardigian Library

Dearborn, MI October 19th

An HSL librarian went to the University of Michigan Dearborn campus to present a session on MedlinePlus. She was assisted by Linda Draper from Wayne State University, who has been the lead for "Go Local." There were roughly 12 participants present.

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Plain Language Medical Dictionary

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What is Open Access?

Directory of Open Access Journals
Links to free, full text scientific and scholarly journals.
Journal tables of contents with some full text.

A searchable database including citations and abstracts from journals in MEDLINE as well as additional life science journals. Some records include links to full-text. Complete articles may be ordered through the Loansome Doc service (described above).

A digital archive of life sciences journal literature managed by the U.S. National Center for Biotechnology Information at the National Library of Medicine. Includes journals from the online publisher Biomed Central.

Open Medicine -
A peer-reviewed, independent, open-access journal

Alerting Services
Alerting services deliver new tables of contents and citations to your web browser or email based on search parameters you establish. The two free services below work in conjunction with PubMed searches.




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Databases for Community

PubMed, a service of the National Library of Medicine, includes over 15 million citations from MEDLINE and additional life science journals for biomedical articles back to the 1950's.

AEGIS (AIDS Education Global Information System)
Includes a searchable database, an HIV/AIDS Encyclopedia, an online Bulletin Board System, and current news items.

AgeLine, published by AARP, abstracts the literature of social gerontology as well as aging-related research from psychology, sociology, social work, economics, public policy, and the health sciences.

The National Agricultural Library (NAL) supports this agricultural and nutrition citation database.

Alcohol Studies Database
The database contains over 70,000 citations for journal articles, books, book chapters, dissertations, and conference papers.

Google Scholar
Google Scholar provides a way to broadly search for scholarly literature. It searches a variety of resources, including PubMed, electronic journals, and Google Book Search. However, Google Scholar may not include the most current or the most complete records from a database, so it is generally a good idea to search specific databases individually.

A database of over one million abstracts of journal articles and reports in education from the U.S. Department of Education.

National Criminal Justice Reference Service (NCJRS)
The NCJRS Abstracts Database contains summaries of more than 180,000 criminal justice publications.

National Memorial Institute for the Prevention of Terrorism Library
Access to 2000 terrorism-related titles, 1,100 reports and articles, fact sheets, and journals, and over 600 electronic resources.

Native Health Database
The Native Health Databases contain bibliographic information and abstracts of health-related articles, reports, and surveys pertaining to the health and health care of American Indians, Alaska Natives, and Canadian First Nations.

POPLINE ®(POPulation information onLINE) is the world's largest database on reproductive health.

Abstracts of reports in several disciplines relevant to preventing unintentional injuries, violence, and self-harm.

TOXNET (Toxicology Data Network)
TOXNET is a cluster of databases on toxicology and hazardous chemicals from the National Library of Medicine.

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Community Outreach

The Taubman Health Sciences Library serves the University of Michigan Medical School, Schools of Public Health, Nursing, Dentistry, College of Pharmacy and the University of Michigan Health System. Our "Healthy Communities" program is the external community engagement portion of our outreach services. We assist public health workers, public libraries, community-based organizations, and the general public.

The mission of outreach for the Taubman Health Sciences Library is to promote the health of our community by way of improving access to high quality health information, with an emphasis on underserved communities and the elimination of health disparities.

National Network of Libraries of Medicine Greater Midwest Region NN/LM GMR
The NN/LM GMR is one of eight regional medical libraries in the U.S. that supports the goal of providing equal access to biomedical information for health care professionals and members of the general public through collaborations with medical and public libraries and community based organizations.

Taubman Health Sciences Library is one of sixteen resource libraries that is designated as an Outreach Library in the region for the 2011-2016 GMR contract. These libraries assist the GMR with teaching classes on National Library of Medicine (NLM) resources, providing document delivery to unaffiliated health professionals, partnering with affiliate members of the network to conduct outreach projects, and exhibiting and/or presenting at community events or meetings of health professionals in their states to promote NLM resources and services.















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