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Holly Grossetta Nardini appointed Associate Director

1 December 2016 - 8:55am by Andy Hickner

(by John Gallagher)

Holly Grossetta NardiniPhoto credit: JoAnne Wilcox

Following a national search, the Cushing/Whitney Medical Library’s (CWML) own Holly Grossetta Nardini was appointed Associate Director of the library. Holly first joined the Yale University Library in 1992 as assistant to the University Librarian, Penny Abell. Two years later she transitioned to the CWML as reference librarian and as the library’s first webmaster. She left Yale in 1996 when she was selected as an Associate Fellow at the National Library of Medicine in Bethesda, MD. She returned to Yale in 2000 as YUL’s Service Quality Improvement Director, before once again transitioning to the CWML in 2003 to help launch the library’s liaison program. Most recently Holly has served as the coordinator for the library’s systematic review service, while also providing research support to the departments of Radiology, Ob/Gyn, Ophthalmology, and Pediatrics. 

In her new role Holly will provide leadership and vision for both the library’s research and education services and its technology and innovation initiatives and programs. She will assist the director in overall leadership and management of the Medical Library, and will help set strategic priorities and goals to ensure the delivery of exceptional services, collections, research tools, and innovations to our users.

Please join me in congratulating Holly on her new position, and in thanking her for her remarkable service to the library. She assumed her new responsibilities on November 1st, and will be transitioning to her new role over the coming months.

Library staff recognized with Lorimer Award

18 November 2016 - 3:22pm by Andy Hickner

Staff receive Lorimer award
Photo credit: Michael Marsland

Holly Grossetta Nardini, Jan Glover and Lei Wang accept the Linda Lorimer Award for Distinguished Service at the home of Yale University President Peter Salovey on November 10, 2016. The team was recognized for their innovative search tool, the Yale MeSH Analyzer, which streamlines the development of search strategies for the biomedical literature and has now been used 14,383 times since its release in October 2015.

Artist/Activist Sue Coe describes her HIV-AIDS drawings during a visit to Yale University

24 October 2016 - 3:55pm by Andy Hickner

(by Susan Wheeler)

Mary (and Sue) from Cushing/Whitney Medical Library on Vimeo.

Sue Coe came to Yale for the opening of “The AIDS Suite, HIV-Positive Women in Prison and other works by artist/activist Sue Coe” on September 15 and gave an impromptu discussion of her drawings on display at the Cushing/Whitney Medical Library. 

The exhibit, on view through January 18, introduces seven large drawings by Sue Coe selected from among thirteen drawings acquired by the Cushing/Whitney Medical Library in 2015. These new works related to The AIDS Suite, 1994, are exhibited with prints by the artist which were acquired over the last decade.  Previously acquired drawings from the series Through Her Own Eyes on HIV-positive women in prison, 2006, are also on view.  

Sue Coe is considered one of the foremost political artists working today. Her graphic work has been published in The New York Times, The New Yorker, Rolling Stone and is in the permanent collections of major museums such as Metropolitan Museum of Art, Museum of Modern Art, and Whitney Museum of American Art. 

Watch other excerpts from Coe's talk at the links below:

Reader's Advisory: "Darkness Visible," Depression Screening Month, and the Styron-Yale connection

17 October 2016 - 10:21am by Andy Hickner

Darkness Visible by William Styron"In depression this faith in deliverance, of ultimate restoration, is absent. The pain is unrelenting, and what makes the condition intolerable is the foreknowledge that no remedy will come—not in a day, an hour, a month, or a minute. It is hopelessness even more than pain that crushes the soul." 

-- William Styron

If you're a Yale Health patient, you probably received an email announcing "October is Depression Screening Month."

Many, if not most, of the readers of this post will have either struggled with depression at one point or have helped a loved one battle the disease. When a close family member suffered an episode of major depression a few years ago, I did a lot of reading on the topic.  One of the most vivid and eloquent first-hand accounts of depression is Darkness Visible:  A memoir of madness by the great novelist William Styron. 

Styron and his family lived in Connecticut, and it was to Yale-New Haven Hospital (YNHH) where Styron was admitted, suicidal, at the nadir of his depression in 1985.  In part thanks to the care he received at YNHH, Styron was able to recover and went on to document his experience.  While the story of depression told in Darkness Visible is terrifying, Styron argues that there is hope for the suffering patient:

"To most of those who have experienced it, the horror of depression is so overwhelming as to be quite beyond expression, hence the frustrated sense of inadequacy found in the work of even the greatest artists... If our lives had no other configuration but this, we should want, and perhaps deserve, to perish; if depression had no termination, then suicide would, indeed, be the only remedy. But one need not sound the false or inspirational note to stress the truth that depression is not the soul’s annihilation; men and women who have recovered from the disease—and they are countless—bear witness to what is probably its only saving grace: it is conquerable."

You can borrow a copy of the book from Yale University Libraries using Quicksearch.  

New at Yale: Covidence, a tool for systematic reviewers

3 October 2016 - 4:10pm by Andy Hickner

(by Holly Grossetta Nardini)

Covidence interface

The Library recently licensed a web-based tool to streamline the tedious task of producing systematic reviews. Covidence has an intuitive, easy-to-use interface that makes screening articles faster, while still following the recommended protocols for producing systematic reviews. It even works on mobile devices, allowing you to chip away at screening during small windows of time. To use Covidence, contact your medical librarian to open an account. At least one member of the research team must be based at Yale, but Covidence allows for seamless collaboration across institutions. Including a librarian on the research team will improve the quality of the literature search, which is the foundation for a systematic review. Consult our Systematic Review Service page for details. 


’The AIDS Suite,’ HIV-Positive Women in Prison and Other Works by Artist/Activist Sue Coe

12 September 2016 - 12:16pm by Andy Hickner

A drawing from "The AIDS Suite"
A drawing from "'The AIDS Suite,' HIV-Positive Women in Prison and Other Works by Artist/Activist Sue Coe"

YaleNews recently profiled the Library's upcoming exhibition of “’The AIDS Suite,’ HIV-Positive Women in Prison and Other Works by Artist/Activist Sue Coe." As YaleNews' Mike Cummings reports, "The exhibit... features 27 drawings and prints by Coe, whose work has been published in The New York Times, The New Yorker, and Rolling Stone":

Coe’s artwork is represented in the collections of major museums, including (the) Metropolitan Museum of Art, Museum of Modern Art, and Whitney Museum of American Art.

Five of the large-format drawings on display are from “The AIDS Suite,” a series of drawings she made from 1993 to 1994 based on her experiences observing patients of Dr. Eric Avery, an artist, activist, and psychiatrist, on the AIDS ward of the University of Texas Medical Branch in Galveston, Texas. 

Join us this Thursday, September 15 for a conversation with Coe and Dr Avery at 5pm in the Medical Historical Library.

Mark your calendars: Our 75th Anniversary Celebration, October 5

30 August 2016 - 11:30am by Andy Hickner

The Cushing/Whitney Medical Library is celebrating our 75th anniversary with a special event on Wednesday, October 5, 2016, from 3-5pm in the Medical Historical Library. Stop by "The Medical Library at 75" exhibit, view videos and stories about the library collected this year, and take a selfie with Harvey Cushing. We hope you can join us! 

Starting Wednesday, September 7, we are also launching our weekly "Find Harvey" challenge, with special prizes. Stay tuned for further details by liking our Facebook page, where we are posting a series of facts about the history of the library. 

Find Harvey in the library and return him to the Circulation Desk to win a travel mug prize pack.  Finders will be entered into a Grand Prize Drawing to be held on October 5

Tips for new students: Personal librarians, booking study rooms, and more

10 August 2016 - 4:14pm by Andy Hickner

This week the library welcomes incoming students.  We felt it was a good time to highlight a few links you might find handy as you start your studies at Yale.

First, there's our personal librarian program.  Did you know every YSM, YSN, and YSPH student has a personal librarian?  Here's a video about the program that we love, made by YSM students back in 2009:

Here are a few more links you might find useful:

Welcome!  And stay tuned for more helpful tips.

Back to School Supply Drive, August 8-August 22, 2016

9 August 2016 - 12:36pm by Andy Hickner

Yale’s diversity affinity groups are partnering to collect donations of school supplies for elementary students in New Haven’s Brennan-Rogers Magnet School.  Please consider donating new supplies, such as:
  • Binders
  • No. 2 pencils
  • Pens
  • Notebook paper
  • Erasers
  • Rulers
  • Scotch tape
  • Markers
  • Pocket folders
The Library is hosting a drop box in the lobby.  For questions, please contact the Office of Diversity & Inclusion at (203) 432-9667.


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