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 What is GIS?

GIS, or geographic information systems, are computer-based tools used to collect, create, store, visualize, analyze, and interpret geographic data. 

Geographers recognized the importance and unique features of space two thousand years ago. Topography and natural resources are location-specific attributes that influence the incidence of diseases as well as opportunities for prevention and intervention.


 GIS Data Types

Geographic data (also called spatial, or geospatial data) identifies the geographic location of features. These data include anything on the globe that can be associated with a location.  Roads, country boundaries, and address are all types of spatial data. 

Geographically-referenced attribute data describes features of the population such as death certificates, trauma registries, census data, land and property data, and EMS provider data. Attribute data is "geo-referenced" to a location-specific value.

The combination of multiple geo-referenced data sets allows GIS to create powerful spatial analyses.


Uses of GIS

The most common ways in which GIS technology may be used are:

• Management of resources.

• Environmental impact assessment.

• Infrastructure development.

• Choosing strategic market locations by companies.

• Demographics and population studies.

• Increasing accessibility of health care services.

• Finding more cost-effective health care delivery modes.

• Analyzing patients’ present and future health care needs.

• Identifying a hospital's most profitable services.

• Logistics in times of natural disasters for emergency response teams.

• Planning for environmental protection efforts by governmental authorities.

• Monitoring diseases and pandemics by agencies to identify patterns of occurrence.


Training and Support 

Calder Library will offer a Geographic Information Systems Workshop focusing on Public Health Applications of GIS that introduces attendees to the ArcGIS Desktop software, ArcGIS Online, and Community Analyst. The ArcGIS software is licensed by UM for non-commercial research and education.

The workshop will be on November 7, 2016, from 10 am -12 pm, in the Library's 3rd Floor Classroom.  Seats are limited.  

RSVP at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. to reserve your seat

GIS Librarian, Abraham Parrish, is also available for one-on-one consultation on Tuesdays from 3-7 pm on the first floor of Calder Library. Walk-ins are welcome.

Now is the time to Explore uSearch!  If you have not done so yet, we invite you to give uSearch a try!

uSearch is a one-stop search engine for finding physical and digital resources available in all University of Miami libraries.  With a single search, resources from across seven UM Libraries can be displayed. uSearch  enables the University of Miami Libraries, the Law Library, and Calder Medical Library to move forward with a unified platform that benefits both Library users and Library personnel.  This is especially beneficial for interdisciplinary research and education across all UM campuses.

to uSearch to: 

• access full-text e-resources

• locate print or other physical Library resources

• request items available locally or through interlibrary loan

• save items to your e-shelf lists and export citations

Contact a Calder Reference Librarian for assistance with uSearch by calling 305-243-6648, emailing This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., or by visiting the Library.




Calder Library began its first Social Media initiative by launching its Facebook page.  It will be used to promote the Library’s resources and services, and to post announcements and links to useful websites. Patrons can access the Library’s Facebook page from Calder’s website, or by searching for Louis Calder Memorial Library on Facebook.

We encourage patrons to visit Calder Library’s Facebook page, “Like” the page, and “Share” any of the postings!


The Calder Medical Library now offers a Personal Librarian Program (PLP) to assist medical students during their four years at medical school. The program matches a librarian to each student, providing a personal contact for research and library-related questions. A Personal Librarian is able to recommend resources best suited for individual research needs, instruct students in new technologies and resources, and guide students to specific resources as their research and learning needs change throughout their medical education.  This new program began with entering first year medical students during the Fall 2015 Semester.


Your Personal Librarian serves as a single point of contact for the library--a “go-to” person for all things library-related. We can even help with issues that aren’t library-specific. If we don’t know the answer, we’ll try to find out who can address your question.


Your Personal Librarian will contact you several times throughout the year to let you know about new and exciting resources or services in the library. How much or how little you choose to avail yourself of the program is entirely up to you. We’re here for you if, and when, you need us.


Each Academic Society has been assigned a Personal Librarian.  Check the photo and contact information for your Personal Librarian below; stop in and say “hello” next time you are in the Library!


Academic Society





Personal Librarian

Carmen Bou-Crick

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Academic Society





Personal Librarian

Yanira Garcia-Barcena

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Personal Librarian

Barbara Wood

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Personal Librarian

Zsuzsanna Nemeth

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Personal Librarian (Alternate)

Erica Powell

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Welcome to new and returning members of the University of Miami Medical Campus community! Library staff is happy to report that many changes occurred at Calder Library over the summer and during the past year.


The Library’s new Website went live in January, on-site use of the Library in 2015 registered its highest numbers in 10 years, and a Personal Librarian Plan was developed for incoming first year medical students.  For a change of pace, Calder’s History of Medicine Room was the site of the Library’s first known (and accepted) marriage proposal between two Miller School graduates who met at Calder.


Improvements were made to every floor of the building:



New work stations replaced aging carrels on the first floor and 30 additional stations were added, along with 20 more computers.  Each station has three electrical outlets to accommodate the numerous devices used by Library patrons.



Partnering with the Library, IT Academic Support Services opened an office in close proximity to the Library’s first floor computers to aid students with their personal device issues.



A Patron Lounge with comfortable furniture and a flat screen television was opened.



New furniture was added at the Library entrance, bathrooms and elevators were renovated, and several walls were painted.




Two office spaces were combined and renovated into a Mac Lab housing eight iMacs--Rooms 2010/2011.



Two study rooms were renovated and furnished with new work stations – Rooms 2029 and 2030.



The Library Relaxation Room with Relax-the-Back chairs was relocated from the first floor to Room 2023.  The Miller School Class of 2015 Gift to the Library—a massage chair—is housed in this room.



Walls were painted on various sections of the  2nd floor.




The e-Classroom was opened for student use when not reserved for instruction and 12 computers were added for a total of 32.



Artwork was re-purposed and walls painted.


For updated information about the Library, please check Calder Website’s Announcements, Blog, and Featured e-Resource sections.

Welcome, new Interns, Residents, and Fellows, to graduate medical education training at the University of Miami Miller School of Medicine and its affiliated hospitals.

The Calder Medical Library provides a plethora of information resources to support residents’ education needs, provide excellent clinical care of patients, and assist with research activities. Library subscriptions include databases for clinical decision support, citation databases, systematic reviews resources, electronic books and journals and librarians to assist in this trajectory of continuous learning.

Some of the steps to becoming a Health Information Power User include:


  • Registering at Calder Medical Library for remote access
  • Creating personal accounts in databases for easy access via mobile devices
  • Increasing searching skills by attending training sessions
  • Learning how to navigate the Calder Medical Library website, and
  • Using resources on a daily basis!

Come visit the Calder Medical Library soon!

Please take a quick tour of our library services.

Visit the Calder Medical Library website:

Contact the Reference & Education Librarians: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.or 305-243-6648.

The new ClinicalKey experience is here!  ClinicalKey finds relevant answers and related information as quickly as it is needed--anywhere.  Its mobile accessibility provides access to trusted, evidence-based content from over 1,000 reference books, 600 leading journals, more than 17,000 medical and surgical videos.  It also contains clinical trials, patient education handouts, the Elsevier Clinics journals, images, drug monographs, practice guidelines, and fully-indexed MEDLINE citations.


The ClinicalKey Concierge Tour and Mobile Access Registration Drive will be at the following locations:

Calder Library -Thursday, March 5 from 8:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.

Jackson Memorial Hospital (by the cafeteria) - Friday, March 6 from 8:00-10:00 a.m.

UMH Medical Library (East Building, Room 2019) - Friday, March 6 from 11:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.

Attend free training sessions and register for a free account for Mobile Access.   Complimentary Starbucks gift cards will be given out to registrants (while supplies last). UM/JMH ID is required to register.


In the meantime, those who want to get started using this resource can pick up a Quick Reference Card and flyers from the Circulation desk at the library.  The new electronic books and journals will be available from the Library’s online catalog and from the e-Books and e-Journals A-Z lists on the Library’s website, as well as from the ClinicalKey database.

New ClinicalKey features include:

Topic Pages on more than 1,400 disease conditions will provide a comprehensive overview covering risk factors, clinical manifestations, treatments and more, for quick point-of-care decisions.

Mobile Optimization means that ClinicalKey adapts to users’ phone, tablet, or other mobile devices so they can continue to discover fast answers and deep evidence—anytime, anywhere.

Patient Education Customization provides users the ability to add special instructions and care provider contact information.

Presentation Maker eases the process of sharing, manipulating, and storing content for later use in multiple presentations.


For additional information, please contact the Calder Library at 305-243-6648 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.


The Medical Library Association (MLA) has declared October as National Medical Librarians Month. As part of this celebration, the Calder Library is proud to highlight its faculty librarians and staff.

Librarians will assist you with your quest for information and more, using the library’s wealth of online and material holdings.

A librarian can help you with:

•Healthcare reform

•Systematic review searches


•Evidence-based medicine

•Information for patients

•E-resource training

•Searching the literature

•Locating guidelines

•Author information


•Open Access

Not only does the library provide you with the critical resources you need--free training, a great place to study, 102.5 open hours weekly, a relaxation room—but Starbucks is now right next door! Most importantly, we provide you with a staff of highly trained librarians, ready and willing to assist you in taking your academic achievement and research to the next level.


The University of Miami Medical Library is the place to find authoritative, current, and relevant information for patient care, research, and education.  Schedule a personal one-on-one Professional Librarian Consultation at the medical library.  Sessions will provide an opportunity to ask a professional librarian for information addressing specific needs.  The library has a plethora of resources that are waiting to be discovered:

Electronic books and journals

Medical, nursing, psychology, and other subject databases

Clinical decision-making databases for patient care

Literature research and systematic reviews

Guidelines for evidence-based practice

Identifying journals with high impact factors

Finding the impact of an author’s publications (H-Index)

Finding mentors and collaborators

Searching for grant resources and funding

Verification of citations for publishing

Organizing references and creating bibliographies

and much more…


Professional Librarian Consultations @ Calder Library can be scheduled from 9 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.  Professional Librarian Consultations @ University of Miami Hospital (UMH) Medical Library can be scheduled from 9:00 a.m. to 12:00 noon.

Group Training Sessions are available at any medical campus location.  Contact us and we will take our training to you!  Let us design a class based on your needs.  Larger groups sessions can be scheduled at Calder Library’s electronic classroom, where up to 32 participants can have hands-on experience during class.  Our classes are listed at the Calder Library website.

Calder Library is located at 1601 NW 10th Avenue. The UMH Medical Library is a branch of the Louis Calder Memorial Library, located in Room 2019 on the second floor of the hospital’s East Building.

Contact us at:  This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or 305-243-6648.



How can we help you? Let us count the ways…Medical Librarians know, and teach, about information resources that will provide answers to your questions…Medical Librarians have searching skills to find specific and relevant information for you…Medical Librarians will respond to your queries immediately so that you can receive the vital information that you need, when you need it.

Contact the Calder and UMH Libraries Medical Librarians today—they will help you save time so you can concentrate on saving lives!

Text or e-mail your Calder and UMH Medical Librarians at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or call them at 305-243-6648 (Calder Reference) or 305-689-5737 (UMH Library).

Going Cashless.  In an effort to streamline operations and comply with auditing recommendations, beginning on October 1, 2013, all payments for Library and Biomedical Communications’ services will require one of the following:  Credit card, debit card, check, or UM IDR or Account Number.  Cash will no longer be accepted in payment for services.

Starbuck’s and Construction.  The Library’s administrative offices are moving to the second floor this Fall to make way for the new Starbuck’s coffee shop that will be constructed in the current Library administration location.  Construction on the first and second floors will be completed after hours so there will be minimal disruption for Library patrons.  Also, the Library’s elevators are undergoing renovation.  As much as possible, this work will be done during hours the Library is closed.

Book Sale and Open Access Week.  Please join the Calder Library staff in recognizing Open Access Week (October 20-26) by attending the Book Sale in the Library starting on October 22.  All proceeds from this book sale will benefit the Library and United Way.

Ralph H. and Ruth F. Gross Lecture.  Save the date of November 21 for the biennial Gross Lecture hosted by Calder Library.  Details to follow…