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Janene Batten receives YNHH Nurses Choice Award

27 September 2017 - 7:49am by Andy Hickner

Janene Batten receives the Nurses Choice award
Janene Batten receives the Nurses Choice award

by Judy Spak

We are delighted to announce the recent recognition of one of our own by the Yale-New Haven Hospital (YNHH) nursing community.

Janene Batten was secretly nominated and received the Nurses Choice Award. The award is presented to “an outstanding individual who is not a nurse, but one who supports and recognizes the importance of the practice of nursing at YNHH.”  

Janene was presented with the award on September 13th in the YNHH Atrium. 

In her nomination letter, leading nurse researcher Janet Parkosewich, RN, DNSc wrote of Janene: 

The Nursing Research Committee nominates Janene Batten, our nursing librarian. As a founding member of the Nursing Research Committee, Janene has longevity in understanding the needs of nurses, particularly in the Magnet Model domain of new knowledge, innovations, and improvements.
 
As a consultant and educator, she recognizes and values the work of the nurse by tirelessly supporting hundreds of nurses to become familiar with the library's extensive resources and hone their electronic search skills as they work on EBP, quality improvement, research, or academic projects. Avast number of nurses have been influenced by Janene as she is the primary faculty member for the Setting the Stage for EBP class, a program that teaches nurses how to conduct electronic literature searches. She has been a significant contributor to the transition of this offering to a new HealthStream format for 2017. Janene encourages teamwork in finding best evidence to support the delivery of patient care in several ways. She provides the EBP curriculum to teams of new graduates participating in the Nurse Residency Program as they prepare for their residency projects. She has a strong presence in the Nursing Shared Governance Councils. She offers a library tutorial to assure that council members can find the best sources of evidence to guide practice decisions. She is on the faculty of a new program designed to advance EBP skills for a new EBP mentor role developed for all delivery network councils. Janene created the YNHH Journal Club site on the library's nursing website to assure that nurses have easy access to the Journal Club Toolkit, preferred journals, a listing of YNHH nursing publications and more. It is time to recognize Janene's unfailing support and amazing behind-the-scenes contributions that significantly influence how nurses deliver evidence-based care by awarding her the 2017 Nurses' Choice Award.
Janene’s work with and support of nurses throughout the hospital and the School of Nursing is an exemplar of successful outreach to the communities we serve. Please join us in congratulating Janene on receiving this prestigious award!

Renovation Update:

16 August 2017 - 8:28am by Andy Hickner

The schedule for the renovation has been modified to accommodate design modifications in the project. 

Construction is now planned to begin sometime in the spring of 2018. We will update this page when we have more information. 

Back-to-School Supply Drive, August 4-25

4 August 2017 - 3:33pm by Andy Hickner

The Yale Employee Affinity Groups are hosting another Back-to-School Supply Drive for 2 New Haven elementary schools, Columbus Family Academy and Benjamin Jepson School.  The Supply Drive will run from Friday, August 4 to Friday, August 25. The Library will be hosting a donation box near the circulation desk.
 
See the attached documents for further details on requested/acceptable items:

Encourage others to donate! Share information about the drive with colleagues and friends.

Your generosity will give students a great start to their 2017-2018 academic year.

 

New exhibition: "New Lives for Old Specimens," May 25-November 3, 2017

18 May 2017 - 10:52am by Andy Hickner

Prof. Crelin using a skeleton to demonstrate anatomy to students
 
New Lives for Old Specimens
May 25th-November 3rd, 2017
Cushing Rotunda, Cushing/Whitney Medical Library
 
Is there any use for old anatomy and pathology specimens, usually consigned to dusty basements for storage or destroyed after a number of years?   In our new exhibition “New Lives for Old Specimens,” the Cushing/Whitney Medical Library features current medical research using historical specimens from Yale’s collections.  Multiple curators drawn from inside and outside the School of Medicine, including a Yale medical student, Yale faculty, and Connecticut and international research teams, describe projects involving historical specimens.  From tumors in the Cushing brain tumor registry and fetal skulls within the Kier/Conlogue collection to 1970s dissection videos featuring the late Yale Professor of Anatomy Edmund Crelin Jr., old specimens are finding new ways into current research and medical education.
 
Please see the digitized dissection videos from Dr. Crelin and current videos put out by the Department of Anatomy here: http://tinyURL.com/CrelinExhibit
 
Curators: 
Charles Cecil Duncan, MD, Professor of Neurosurgery and of Pediatrics    
Shanta Elizabeth Kapadia, MBBS, Lecturer in Surgery (Gross Anatomy)         
William B Stewart, PhD, Associate Professor of Surgery (Gross Anatomy); Section Chief       
Cynthia Tsay, Yale School of Medicine student, Class of 2018
Gerald Joseph Conlogue,  MHS, RT(R)(CT)(MR), Professor Emeritus, Diagnostic Imaging Department
Co-Director, Bioanthropology Research Institute at Quinnipiac University, Curator, Kier/Conlogue Anatomic Collection

 

Upcoming Renovations in the Cushing/Whitney Medical Library

12 May 2017 - 11:42am by Andy Hickner

(by John Gallagher)

Beginning in December the Medical Library is going to undergo some exciting and significant renovations.

The library’s sky-lit Information Room will be repurposed to accommodate a 126-seat team-based learning classroom. Six classrooms will replace un-utilized stacks space on the lower level. Two additional classrooms, several small group study rooms, and an Information Commons equipped with 24 dual-monitor workstations, will round out the changes on the lower level. When finished, these classrooms will be used for the bulk of YSM I and YSM II classes. When not in use for teaching, these rooms will provide much needed space for a range of group purposes. 

There are of course a myriad details associated with this project, so please keep an eye on the library’s homepage for updates and further information. It is our intention to keep users of the library informed of the process before and throughout the construction period. 

Finally, we apologize in advance for the inevitable inconvenience that the renovations will pose in terms of both noise and comfort, but please know that we will do everything we can to minimize the disruption.

Moral Judgment in Evaluating Disease: Some Pictures for Discussion

21 April 2017 - 11:29am by Andy Hickner

An image from the Moral Judgment exhibition

Curated by David K. Dupee and Melinda Wang, M.D. Candidates, Class of 2020, Yale School of Medicine, this new exhibit in the hallway, is a collaboration of the Program for Humanities in Medicine and the Cushing/Whitney Medical Library.

By virtue of its ubiquity, we all practice moral judgment at some degree long before developing an aptitude for clinical evaluation. Ideas of how a "good" person should look and act, reside within us and subtly impact the way that we perceive those around us. This practice is so deeply ingrained that it can carry over into the clinic, leading well-meaning practitioners to perceive patients both clinically and morally. 

We have organized a collection of prints that encourage the viewer to confront the cultural constructs that underlie moral evaluation. In presenting prints from the 18th, 19th, and 20th centuries, we aim to impress upon viewers that the association between health and morality is deeply ingrained within the very fabric of society, and indeed, stretches far beyond the period that our exhibit encompasses. We have prepared a hypothetical patient vignette for each print to further conversation about morality and the practice of clinical medicine. It is our hope that viewers will see the chosen depictions of mental health, illness, and body image not as distant echoes of the past, but rather as preludes to forces that remain substantial in the modern era.

The exhibition is on view April 28 through September 5, 2017.

“Medicine and War: A panel discussion” on April 21st at 5 p.m. in the Medical Historical Library

7 April 2017 - 10:21am by Andy Hickner

Join us on April 21st at 5 p.m  in the Medical Historical Library for a Beaumont Medical Club panel discussion on the topic of  "War and Medicine," representing medical work in different wars.  Panelists will discuss their experiences as medical personnel in recent wars, and talk broadly on how medicine is affected by war.  

Event poster

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The panelists are:

  • Kristaps Keggi, MD, Dr. Med. (h.c.),  Elihu Professor of Orthopaedics and Rehabilitation, Yale University School of Medicine; 
  • Captain in the Medical Corps (Retired) United States Army Reserve; Chief of Orthopedic Surgery to the 3rd Mobile Army Surgical Hospital (MASH) with the 173rd Airborne in Biên Hòa, Vietnam during the Vietnam War
  • Shepard B. Stone, MPS, PA, FAHA, DFAAPA-  Associate Clinical Professor of Anesthesiology; Physician Associate-Anesthesiologist; Clinical Director, Adult Post Anesthesia Care Units Yale New Haven Hospital; Brigadier General (Retired) Connecticut State Guard Reserve; Colonel (Retired) United States Army     
  • Dennis Dee Spencer, MD, Harvey and Kate Cushing Professor of Neurosurgery; Director, Epilepsy Surgery Program; Director, Pituitary Tumor Program.  Dr. Spencer will be discussing Dr. Harvey Cushing’s experiences in World War 1.       
  • Melissa Thomas, MBA, MHA, MPH, Yale School of Medicine MD Candidate; Major in the Medical Service Corps (Veteran) United States Army, Operation Iraqi Freedom 2005-2006, 2008.  Melissa was stationed in Iraq in 2005, and will be sharing her experience.  To learn more about Melissa's service, see this article in Yale Medicine
  • Moderator:  Thomas P. Duffy, M.D.- Professor Emeritus of Medicine (Hematology)         

This event is co-sponsored by the Medical Historical Library, in celebration of the exhibition “Yale Medicine Goes to War, 1917,” on display in the Cushing Rotunda.

Join our team! Now recruiting a Research and Education Librarian

6 April 2017 - 11:21am by Andy Hickner

We're hiring! Join our team, or share this link with colleagues who may be interested.  

Position details:

Research and Education Librarian
The Harvey Cushing/John Hay Whitney Medical Library
Yale University
New Haven, CT
Requisition:  42608BR
bit.ly/ResEdLibrarian

Yale University offers exciting opportunities for achievement and growth in New Haven, Connecticut.  Conveniently located between Boston and New York, New Haven is the creative capital of Connecticut with cultural resources that include two major art museums, a critically-acclaimed repertory theater, state-of-the-art concert hall, and world-renowned schools of Architecture, Art, Drama, and Music.

Position Focus: The Research and Education Librarian serves as the primary librarian involved in the Medical Library general library instruction program. This enthusiastic, user-centered individual will be responsible for the design of the library’s current general instruction program. Through consultation and collaboration, the librarian works to enable faculty, students, clinicians and researchers to leverage information and data resources to the fullest. With experience using a wide range of bibliographic databases, both biomedical and general, the librarian develops and provides training/instruction in the use of knowledge management, information and data resources, tools, and strategies including evidence-based searching, systematic reviews, and content management tools. This position reports to the Assistant Director of Research and Education Services and is a member of the Research and Education Team.

The Research and Education Librarian:

  • Creates and participates in training and instruction, including curriculum-integrated instruction for the School of Medicine, the Physician Associate Program, the two-week intensive Medical School elective, and as part of the library’s general instruction program.
  • Identifies, prepares, and presents a range of in-person classes on various topics, including biomedical databases (e.g., PubMed, OVID, Embase, Scopus), citation management tools, biomedical research strategies, enhancing research impact, and in-depth citation analysis.
  • Provides in-depth reference, information, research and consultation services for faculty, students, and researchers throughout the research life cycle.
  • Provides training in the use of knowledge management and information resources, tools, and strategies including: evidence-based searching, systematic reviews, content management tools, databases, mobile apps, etc.
  • Creates and maintains online guides and other research support tools. Collaborates with fellow librarians.

Required Education, Skills and Experience:

  • Master’s degree from an ALA-accredited library school is required.  Qualified individuals new to the library profession are encouraged to apply.
  • Demonstrated commitment to providing excellent customer service and a passion for teaching.
  • Demonstrated excellent oral, written, and interpersonal communications and analytical ability.
  • Demonstrated ability to prioritize, multi-task, and meet deadlines, and to conceptualize new solutions to problems with creativity and flexibility.
  • Demonstrated record of designing projects and bringing them to a conclusion in a timely fashion.
  • Demonstrated excellent interpersonal, analytical, and communication skills, both oral and written, including the ability to actively listen, understand and articulate user needs. Experience working collegially and cooperatively within and across organizations.
  • Experience working collaboratively and independently with varied groups within a complex organization and rapidly changing, team environment.
  • Innovative, resourceful, and flexible. Knowledge of information technology.

Yale University assigns ranks to librarian positions based on a combination of professional experience and accomplishments. Librarian ranking information can be found at: http://www.library.yale.edu/about/departments/lhr/rank.html.

Preferred Education, Skills and Experience: Familiarity and experience with adult learning theory and instruction with adult learners. Experience designing and conducting library instruction. Experience working with and knowledge of biomedical research resources. Experience with assessment, educational technology and instructional design. Experience working in an academic or health sciences library.

The University and the Library

The Yale University Library, as one of the world's leading research libraries, collects, organizes, preserves, and provides access to and services for a rich and unique record of human thought and creativity. It fosters intellectual growth and supports the teaching and research missions of Yale University and scholarly communities worldwide. A distinctive strength is its rich spectrum of resources, including around 15 million volumes and information in all media, ranging from ancient papyri to early printed books to electronic databases. The Library is engaging in numerous projects to expand access to its physical and digital collections. Housed in eighteen buildings including the Sterling Memorial Library, the Beinecke Rare Book and Manuscript Library, the Center for Science and Social Science Information, and the Bass Library, it employs a dynamic and diverse staff of approximately five hundred who offer innovative and flexible services to library readers.  For additional information on the Yale University Library, please visit the Library's web site at www.library.yale.edu.

The Harvey Cushing/John Hay Whitney Medical Library

The Harvey Cushing/John Hay Whitney Medical Library serves the Yale Schools of Medicine, Public Health, Nursing, the Yale-New Haven Hospital and other affiliated institutions of the Yale-New Haven Medical Center. The Medical Library is a dynamic and busy place; library staff work together as a team to provide responsive and effective information support to the Medical Center's missions of research, education, and patient care.  A collection of 400,000 volumes and a wide range of state-of the art electronic resources brings information to the community at the library, on campus and remotely.  For additional information, see: http://library.medicine.yale.edu.

Salary and Benefits

We invite you to discover the excitement, diversity, rewards and excellence of a career at Yale University. One of the country's great workplaces, Yale University offers exciting opportunities for meaningful accomplishment and true growth. Our benefits package is among the best anywhere, with a wide variety of insurance choices, liberal paid time off, fantastic family and educational benefits, a variety of retirement benefits, extensive recreational facilities, and much more.

How to Apply

Review of applications will begin immediately and will continue until the position is filled.  Applications, consisting of a cover letter, resume, and the names and contact information of three professional references should be submitted by applying online at bit.ly/ResEdLibrarian.

Yale University considers applicants for employment without regard to, and does not discriminate on the basis of an individual’s sex, race, color, religion, age, disability, status as a veteran, or national or ethnic origin; nor does Yale discriminate on the basis of sexual orientation or gender identity or expression.

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