Scheduled outage for Medical Library websites - October 31 at 7am

Thu, 10/30/2014 - 14:42 -- Andy Hickner

The Medical Library and its associated websites (including the Cushing Center, Medical Historical Library, Digitized Collections, and Nursing Information pages) will be offline from 7-7:30am tomorrow, Friday, October 31.  The purpose of the downtime will be to install urgent security updates to our content management system.  As with our previous scheduled maintenance, during this time users will be redirected to a static page with access to key resources such as PubMed@Yale and UpToDate.  I expect the site will be back online by 7:30am.  

I apologize for any inconvenience.   Please contact me at or 785-3969 with any questions or concerns. 

Library homepage redesign: Your input is needed!

Mon, 10/27/2014 - 11:46 -- Andy Hickner

Here at the Medical Library, we've decided it's time to revisit the homepage of the library website.  We will be looking at how content is organized and where key links are placed.  We'll be critically examining what's currently on the homepage and whether it really needs to be there, as well as asking what might be missing.

We are in the beginning stages of this process and we want to make sure you, our users, are involved.  We plan to do multiple rounds of user testing on both the current homepage and on our design drafts.  User tests are confidential, typically take 15-20 minutes from start to finish, and in return for your time we'll give you a $10 Blue State Coffee card.  Tests can be scheduled at your convenience.  In short, it's fun, easy and will be incredibly helpful to us. 

If you're interested in volunteering for website user testing, contact me (Andy Hickner) at or at 203-785-3969.   You can also contact me anytime to share your thoughts and suggestions about the library homepage.

Stay tuned for more updates on this blog, including drafts of the redesigned homepage.

Semantic MEDLINE: An Advanced Information Management Application for Biomedicine

Thu, 10/09/2014 - 10:57 -- Rolando Garcia-...

On November 12 from 11.00 AM- 12.00 PM,  the Yale Medical Library will be hosting a presentation on Semantic Medline by Dr. Marcelo Fiszman, Research Scientis, Lister Hill Nat. Ctr. for Biomed. Comm. National Library of Medicine, National Institutes of Health

Semantic MEDLINE integrates information retrieval, advanced natural language processing, automatic summarization, and visualization into a single Web portal. The application is intended to help manage the results of PubMed searches by condensing core semantic content in the citations retrieved. Output is presented as a connected graph of semantic relations, with links to the original MEDLINE citations. The ability to connect salient information across documents helps users keep up with the research literature and discover connections which might otherwise go unnoticed. Semantic MEDLINE can make an impact on biomedicine by supporting scientific discovery and the timely translation of insights from basic research into advances in clinical practice and patient care.

Dr. Fiszman has an M.D. from the State University of Rio de Janeiro and a Ph.D. in biomedical informatics from the University of Utah. He was awarded a postdoctoral fellowship in biomedical informatics at the National Library of Medicine (NLM) and is currently a research scientist there. His work focuses on natural language processing algorithms that exploit symbolic, rule-based techniques for semantic interpretation of biomedical text. He is also interested in using extracted semantic information for automatic abstraction summarization and literature-based discovery. These efforts underpin Semantic MEDLINE, which is currently under development at NLM. This innovative biomedical information management application combines document retrieval, semantic interpretation, automatic summarization, and knowledge visualization into a single application.


Date:             November 12, 2014 – 11.00- 12.00

Location:      Historical Library, Cushing/Whitney Medical Library, 333 Cedar St, New Haven, CT 06520

Registration required - limited seating



Photos published by The New Yorker

Fri, 10/03/2014 - 10:28 -- Terry Dagradi

On Oct 2, 2014, The New Yorker published a photo essay on a small selection of patient photographs from The Cushing Tumor Registry.  The article mentions the number of photographs as fifteen hundred, but a closer estimate of the 5x7 inch glass and film negatives is between ten and fifteen thousand. 

The promise of seeing hundreds of glass jars of brains and tumors is what often draws guests to the Cushing Center. But it is the photographs of the patients on display that connect the viewers to the individuals that Cushing cared for during the early and often dangerous days of neurosurgery.

Fall Statistical and Software Workshops

Mon, 09/29/2014 - 11:50 -- Mark Gentry

The Center for Science and Social Science Information (CSSSI) is pleased to announce their Fall 2014 software and statistical workshops.  These workshops are *free* and open to all Yale affiliates.

Workshops are held Fridays. Morning workshops (9-11am) are in Rosenkranz Hall, 115 Prospect Street, downstairs in 01. Afternoon workshops (1:30-3:30pm) are in the CSSSI, Kline Biology Tower, 219 Prospect, on the lower level in C27.

 Click the workshop name to register or for more information on the content of the session.  Click here for information on classes offered at the Medical Library. 


Curatorial tour of three new exhibits in the Cushing/Whitney Medical Library

Thu, 09/18/2014 - 12:27 -- Andy Hickner

Join us for a tour of 3 fascinating and diverse Medical Library exhibits – The Body as a Machine, Vesalius at 500, and Dangers of Underage Drinking and other Historical Posters. The tour will be led by Melissa Grafe, Librarian for Medical History, and Susan Wheeler, Curator at the Medical Library. As part of the tour, the cases will be opened to view the objects. Please meet at the circulation desk. You may RSVP to or at 203 785-4354.


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