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School of Public Health Liaison Guide: For SoPH Faculty

Course Reserves

Course Reserves are materials chosen by UAB faculty to support their class instruction. They can include:

  • Books
  • Book Chapters
  • Journal Articles
  • Professor’s notes or papers
  • Other Online Resources

To place an item on reserve for a course, go to our E-Reserves Request form.

For more information on course reserves see our FAQ.

NIH Public Access Policy Support

Need Help?  LHL provides assistance  in finding and obtaining PMCIDs, submitting manuscripts and following the approval process.

News You Can Use

Study of UAB SoPH Faculty Scholars' Research Support Needs - Final Report

During the winter of 2016/2017, UAB Libraries Liaison to the UAB School of Public Health, Kay Hogan Smith, conducted a qualitative study of UAB public health faculty scholars' research support needs. This local report was part of a national study of public health researchers' support needs performed at academic institutions across the country with the technical support of Ithaka S+R, a nonprofit organization supporting higher education. This study was completed in the summer of 2017, and the final report is now available. Please contact Kay H. Smith at 205.934.2208 or for more information.

UAB Libraries Liaison for the School of Public Health

Welcome to the UAB Libraries liaison page for the School of Public Health. As liaison I am here to make sure that you are getting the help you need with library resources, databases, searches, and training and instruction.

The objectives of the liaison program are:

  • to get information to faculty and staff
  • to give us a better understanding of faculty and staff needs to support teaching, research and clinical care
  • to provide a more personalized level of service
  • to increase the visibility of the library’s resources and services across campus

The services liaisons provide include:

  • library instruction for faculty and students including classroom sessions and one-on-one consultations
  • research assistance
  • assistance accessing and using library resources and services
  • collection development advocacy
  • AND much more!


COVID-19 Contingency Planning

To protect the health and safety of the UAB community, the UAB Libraries buildings were closed from mid-March until August 17, 2020 while still providing reference services online including chat, email, and text through our website at The Libraries reopened August 17 with slightly modified hours of operation. Visitors to the Libraries are asked to abide by guidelines created specifically for this pandemic era.

Please note: UAB OneCard, HealthCheck Passport and face mask required to gain entrance to the Libraries!

Users wishing to check out print books from the Libraries' collections are encouraged to make use of the curbside checkout process. Interlibrary Loan (ILL) is available for both electronic items as well as physical books. For more information on library services available please go to UAB Libraries Help Page:

Linking to Library Resources in Your Course Shell

"Affordable Instructional Materials" Research Guide

For faculty teaching online courses, please be sure to use links to guide students to their readings rather than attaching pdfs.  This will help you ensure that you are following licensing agreements with library vendors.  If you need to link media, books, or articles, please see this new research guide that walks you through the steps.  Access the "Affordable Instructional Materials" guide here: This guide also provides numerous teaching resources that offer open access books, textbooks, and other educational materials available.

Creating Direct Links (PURLs) to Library Resources

In order for users to access many of the library's resources, it is necessary to create a persistent link (PURL (persistent URL)) that will identify a user as being affiliated with UAB.

A PURL allows you to directly link someone to a subscription based resource like a journal article or online book on or off campus by using our proxy server snippet ( The snippet will authenticate UAB faculty, staff, students so they can access the resource remotely.

UAB Ethics for Authors Website (now available)

Chat with a Librarian


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Lister Hill Library
2nd Floor

Sterne Library
HUB Desk

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