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Goodbye to Afternoon Tea!

The Wednesday afternoon tea and goodies provided to students in Lister Hill Library during the fall and spring semesters have now been canceled for the forseeable future. It was great fun for us - and hopefully you! - but it was decided that we should put our energies into other forms of outreach. Of course, if you tell me that you *really* liked the brownies, I might just bake you a batch anyway!

Public Health Information Literacy Certificate Course Returns for Fall Semester 2020!

The free certificate course (Category B, non-credit) in public health information literacy is once again available for asynchronous learning via Canvas. Led by Kay Hogan Smith, UAB Libraries Liaison to the School of Public Health, 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. 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 Kay 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 Policy Changes at UAB Libraries

University Libraries has decided to make rules consistent at both Mervyn H. Sterne & Lister Hill Library due to some issues in the past.  Therefore, the following rules are being enforced this fall:

  • All rooms (single & group) will be locked and students must report to the HUB Desk to check out keys
  • Students must present a valid UAB ID card
  • Groups are required to have at least 2 party members present to check out keys 
  • Reservations must include the student’s full name, school affiliation, an active phone number, & current UAB email
  • Reservations can be made for up to 3 consecutive hours, but each student may only book one room per 24-hr period
  • Individuals must vacate the room when the key is due
  • Keys must be returned to the HUB desk
  • Keys cannot be transferred from one user to another
  • All study rooms (single and individual) will continue to be available on a first-come, first-served basis, and can be booked a day in advance

Thank you for your understanding as we go through this transition! To reserve a study room 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
  • AND I want to serve as a point person and advocate for you!  If you have a need or concern, please let me know.  I will make sure that the right person receives your suggestions and input!

I look forward to meeting you and working with you (whether that meeting is in-person or only online)!


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. Users wishing to check out print books from the Libraries' collections are encouraged to make use of the curbside checkout process. Interlibrary Loan Staff (ILL) will be working to continue delivering electronic items but not physical books for the present. For more information on library services available please contact Libraries Liaison to SoPH, Kay Hogan Smith or go to

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?

Your UAB Libraries Liaison

Kay Hogan Smith
Kay Hogan Smith, MLS, MPH
Professor/Senior Research Librarian

(205) 934-2208

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Contact us:
Lister Hill Library
2nd Floor

Sterne Library
HUB Desk

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