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SoPH Liaison Librarian Kay Smith Retires!

After more than 25 years with UAB Libraries and 17 as Library liaison to the School of Public Health, Kay Smith has announced her retirement in 2021! UAB Libraries will be conducting a nationwide search for a public health liaison librarian following Kay's departure in mid-summer. Please contact the Lister Hill Library Reference Department for more information or monitor the Library Liaisons page for updates. Kay is grateful for her work with the SoPH faculty, staff and students and wishes you all the best! 

Public Health Information Literacy Certificate Course to Return Fall Semester 2021!

The free certificate course (Category B, non-credit) in public health information literacy will once again be available for asynchronous learning via Canvas in the fall. With the retirement of Kay Smith, UAB Libraries Liaison to School of Public Health (see above), the course this year will be led by Jill Deaver, course co-instructor and head of Reference at Lister Hill Library. The goal of this course is to promote lifelong library research skills with a focus on public health research domains and challenges. The sessions focus on everything from basic searching in bibliographic databases to epidemiological resources and locating test instruments, searching for systematic reviews and related areas of interest, such as psychology resources and bibliographic citation management.  (Note: This year there will a slight change in that the environmental health module will not be available as one of the course offerings. This is due to the numerous changes to and elimination of longstanding public health resources relevant to this field such as TOXNET and DisasterLit over the past year. Attempts to keep the module updated in the face of these frequent changes have been tabled for this year in the hopes that more stable information resources for environmental health may be identified and the module restored next year. An informational handout of environmental health sources currently available will be posted for download from the course. As a result of this decision, the Advanced Searching module will be one of the primary modules available for selection by course attendees this year rather than as a supplementary module as traditionally offered.) The course is self-directed, and registrants should complete five of the eight sessions for the certificate. Register at Public Health Information Literacy Certificate Course. Contact Jill for more information about this course.

Try BrowZine to Read Journal Articles on Your Tablet or Phone!

Another new tool available to you through UAB Libraries is BrowZine, allowing easy access to online journals subscribed to on your behalf on your smartphone or tablet! With BrowZine, you can:

  • Read complete scholarly journals, optimized for your tablet or phone
  • Add your favorite journals to your "bookshelf"
  • Save articles for later reference and offline reading
  • Get alerts when new issues of your favorite journals are published

What's New at Lister Hill Library?

Looking for new books (including e-books) and other resources at Lister Hill Library?

Lister Hill Library News for You

Library Buildings now require OneCards to Access

University Libraries moved to key card access as Part 1 of 3 phases of the building security measures that are being put in place across campus in Fall 2018.  Key Card access to the main building entrances was implemented October 1, 2018 with all phases to be completed by June 30, 2019 campus-wide.  Please make sure you have your OneCards on you at all times to gain access into the libraries.  More details have been posted in the eReporter here:

Study Room Reservations at UAB Lister Hill Library

Lister Hill Library has 19 study rooms available for individuals to reserve on a first-come, first-serve basis. Due to COVID-19, all persons must wear a face mask while occupying a study room.

Students can reserve a room online, by phone or in person at the Reservation Kiosk located across from the Lister Hill Library HUB Service Desk. To avoid long lines and to practice safety precautions, students are encouraged to make their reservations online at prior to coming to the library. Reservations can be made the same day or one day in advance.

All study rooms are locked and require key access. Students should report to the LHL HUB Service Desk to present their OneCard to confirm their room reservation and to gain entrance into the room.

All rooms provide a network connection, access to the UAB WIFI, a glass board, markers and an eraser.

Room 149 provides access to a VIA Media Collaboration station with teleconferencing capabilities, and a computer. Rooms 128, 131, 175, 177, and 181 also contain a computer with internet access.

Reservations are limited to 3 hours per person, per day and may ONLY be made 1 day in advance.

Room reservations are ONLY held for 15 minutes; students reporting to the desk after that time forfeit their reservation.

Thank you for your understanding! To reserve a study room, or to learn more about Sterne Library policies, go to


Welcome to the UAB Libraries liaison page for the School of Public Health. As your liaison I am here to make sure that you are getting the help you need with library resources, databases, searches, and training and instruction. Feel free to call me, stop by, email me, or even send an instant message to me using the box to the right. I look forward to working with you!

Some of the things your library liaison can do for you:

  • group or classroom instruction
  • individual consultations
  • research support
  • database searching assistance and instruction
  • library materials acquisition
  • whatever else you need assistance with. And if I can't assist you, I can always put you in touch with someone who can!

Also, I have reference hours in Ryals PHB from 8 AM to 11 AM every Tuesday. Please stop by!

- James Gilbreath

COVID-19 Update: UAB Libraries Now Open

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:

COVID-19 Data Hub

Worth a Look

New open textbook on public health in pharmacy practice!

From Special Libraries Association biomedical division:

Covvey JR, Arya V, DiPietro Mager N, Gilman N, Herring M, Lukas S, Ochs L, Waddington L, eds. Public health in pharmacy practice: a casebook. 1st ed. Genesco, NY: Open SUNY Textbooks; 2020.

Looking for health datasets and registries?

Need help communicating your data to the public?

Looking for up-to-the-minute guidelines and information about emerging epidemics or natural disasters?

Interested in finding out more about mHealth projects worldwide?

Interested in the issues surrounding health inequities?

Need information about chemical hazards and emergencies?

Looking for epidemiologic research?

Need health surveillance data?

Trying to focus a search to developing countries?

Need resources about Ebola?

Interested in a tool that incorporates the impact of your research beyond published journals?

Are you planning a health program? Monitoring or evaluating a program? 

Need literature and resources that focus on Africa?

Need information on effective risk communication?

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Contact us:
Lister Hill Library
2nd Floor

Sterne Library
HUB Desk

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