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Library website update: New dropdown menus to launch February 20

11 February 2015 - 1:51pm -- Andy Hickner

More changes are coming to the Medical Library website on February 20, when we plan to update our main navigation menu.

"But," I hear you ask, "what IS this menu you refer to?"  This menu is what you see in the block box in the image below - or, if you look above this post, the links in the orange bar.

During the process of redesigning the library's homepage, we began to identify additional opportunities to improve this menu, thereby making it easier for users to navigate the entire library website.  We tested a revised menu with a small series of users earlier this month, and used their feedback to further refine the new menu.

You can preview the new menu here (visible on the Yale network only). 

Key proposed changes include:

  • New labeling:  The "Find" section is now labeled "Databases, Articles, & Books" in order to better convey exactly what content users will find in this section.  Likewise, "Computing & Technology Support" has been re-labeled "Library Technology."
  • New sections: "Tutorials & Guides," "Research Help, & "Library Technology" are intended to help users more quickly locate popular pages on the library website.
  • New links:   We used Google Analytics data about what pages are most used to add popular links to nearly every section.  For example, you'll find a new link to the "Citation management" LibGuide under "Tutorials & Guides" to make it easier to access tools like Refworks and Endnote Web.   
  • Re-organized content:  Some of the content previously found under "Portals" has been moved to other sections; for example, the Evidence-Based Practice guide is now linked under Tutorials & Guides, and most of the old (lengthy) Services list has been re-allocated under "Research Help" or "Library Technology."

The new navigation menu will launch the evening of Friday, February 20 in order to minimize inconvenience to users.  I will post additional reminders late next week.

Please contact me directly with any questions, suggestions or concerns, or if you just can't find something in the new menu.    

Quicksearch Beta: A new library search tool

10 February 2015 - 9:40am -- Andy Hickner

Medical Library users are invited to test a new online search tool, Quicksearch Beta, offered by Yale University Library.

The Quicksearch Project is the Library's effort to unite several of its online services under one discovery interface.  Quicksearch Beta performs a combined search of:

  • Books+ (books, journals, online resources, videos, and more) which searches Orbis (the YUL catalog) and Morris (the Law Library's catalog); and
  • Articles+ (journal articles, e-books, dissertations, and more)

For Medical Library users, we suggest trying Books+ as an alternative to searching library holdings in Orbis.  We suggest trying Articles+ as an alternative to Google Scholar or Google searching, for example to find journal and newspaper articles on non-biomedical topics. 

You can learn more about Quicksearch Beta at the Quicksearch Beta blog

 

Furniture upgrades and noise on February 11

4 February 2015 - 1:48pm -- Andy Hickner

On Wednesday, February 11th, the Medical Library will be undergoing major furniture upgrades. This will result in more individual quiet study space, better designations of the quiet study space and better seating everywhere! 

Unfortunately however,  this means that February 11th will not be a great day for quiet study at the Library. There will be very little quiet study space available for large portions of the day and the Morse Reading Room will be closed until 4pm.

We apologize for any inconvenience, and we thank you for your patience as we improve our space to better serve you. 

New Biosketch Format Required for NIH Applications Submitted on or After May 25, 2015

23 January 2015 - 4:24pm -- Rolando Garcia-Milian

New Biosketch Format Required for NIH Applications Submitted on or After May 25, 2015

In a notice issued last December 5, 2014, the National Institute of Health (NIH) and the Agency for Healthcare Research announced the requirement of a new biosketch format for grant applications submitted for due dates on or after May 25, 2015.

The new format extends the page limit for the biosketch to five pages. It allows researchers to describe up to five of their most significant contributions to science. Each description can be supported by a list of up to four peer-reviewed publications or other research products, including A/V products, patents, databases, educational materials, instruments or equipment, models, protocols, etc. that are relevant to the described contribution.

Image courtesy of Dr. Trawick, National Library of Medicine, NIH

Although not required at this point, the NIH suggests the use of the Science Experts Network Curriculum Vitae (SciENcv), -a MyNCBI online tool- that serves as an interagency system designed to create biosketches for multiple federal agencies. This, along with the use of My Bibliography for grant activity reporting and NIH Public Access Policy compliance, increases the importance of using MyNCBI as a tool for managing NIH-sponsored research.

In response to this, the Cushing/Whitney Medical Library will offer the workshop “My Bibliography and SciENcv:  grant reporting, compliance and biosketch through MyNCBI” to introduce researchers, research assistants and administrators on the effective use of these online tools.

Apply for a Research Travel Grant!

20 January 2015 - 10:01am -- Andy Hickner

Ferenc Gyorgyey

The Historical Library of the Harvey Cushing/John Hay Whitney Medical Library at Yale University is pleased to announce its eighth annual Ferenc Gyorgyey Research Travel Award for use of the Historical Library.

The Medical Historical Library, located in New Haven, Connecticut, holds one of the country’s largest collections of rare medical books, journals, prints, photographs, and pamphlets. Special strengths are the works of Hippocrates, Galen, Vesalius, Boyle, Harvey, Culpeper, Priestley, and S. Weir Mitchell, and works on anesthesia, and smallpox inoculation and vaccination. The Library owns over fifty medieval and renaissance manuscripts, Arabic and Persian manuscripts, and over 300 medical incunabula.  The notable Clements C. Fry Collection of Prints and Drawings has over 2,500 fine prints, drawings, and posters from the 15th century to the present on medical subjects.  The library also holds a great collection of tobacco advertisements, patent medicine ephemera, and a large group of materials from Harvey Cushing, one of the founding fathers of neurosurgery.

The 2015-2016 travel grant is available to historians, medical practitioners, and other researchers who wish to use the collections of the Medical Historical Library:  http://historical.medicine.yale.edu/.  There is a single award of up to $1,500 for one week of research during the academic fiscal year July 1, 2015 - June 30, 2016.  Funds may be used for transportation, housing, food, and photographic reproductions. The award is limited to residents of the United States and Canada. Applicants should send a completed application form, curriculum vitae and a description of the project including the relevance of the collections of the Historical Library to the project, and two references attesting to the particular project. Preference will be given to applicants beyond commuting distance to the Historical Library. 

This award is for use of Medical Historical special collections and is not intended for primary use of special collections in other libraries at Yale.  Applications are due by Monday, MAY 4th, 2015.  They will be considered by a committee and the candidates will be informed by JUNE 8th, 2015. An application form can be found on our website: http://historical.medicine.yale.edu/us/grant

Applications and requests for further information should be sent to:

Melissa Grafe, Ph.D
John R. Bumstead Librarian for Medical History
Harvey Cushing/John Hay Whitney Medical Library
Yale University
P.O. Box 208014
New Haven, CT 06520-8014
Telephone: 203- 785-4354
Fax: 203-785-5636
E-mail: 

melissa.grafe@yale.edu

Additional information about the Library and its collections may be found at http://historical.medicine.yale.edu.

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