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Library profiled in spring 2016 issue of Nota Bene

10 May 2016 - 10:42am by Andy Hickner

Nota Bene

The spring 2016 issue of Nota Bene: News from the Yale Library is now available online. This issue has a particular focus on the work of the Harvey Cushing/John Hay Whitney Medical Library as it marks its 75th anniversary this year.  In addition to telling the story of the Medical Library, the issue profiles some of the current projects, resources, collections, and exhibits that are making an impact at Yale and in the medical community worldwide.

2016 Class Gift: The anatomy donor tree

3 May 2016 - 11:48am by Andy Hickner

(Guest post by the YSM, YSN, and PA Classes of 2016)

If you've visited the library recently, this unusual sculpture may have caught your eye as you entered.  The 2016 Class Gift is a collective effort between the Yale School of Medicine, School of Nursing, and Physician Associate Program.  The gift is a tree sculpture made from molds of the limbs of first-year students in the 3 programs, and serves as a reminder of the collaborative process between the bodies of students and donors in the anatomy course.  We invite everyone to write notes thanking the donors or describing what the service, donations, or anatomy course meant to them on ribbons and to pin them on the tree. 

Help us improve our web interfaces! (And get $10 to spend at Blue State Coffee)

18 April 2016 - 3:13pm by Andy Hickner

Cushing/Whitney Medical Library's User Experience Group is always recruiting for volunteers for website user testing and other website-related quality improvement activities.    

What it involves:  10-15 minute private session.  Typically this will include:

  • A short interview;
  • A series of simple tasks we will ask you to attempt using the website; and
  • A couple of follow-up questions.  

As a thank you for your time and help, we will reward you with a $10 gift card to Blue State Coffee. 

Your responses will be confidential and your name will not be recorded.  Our activities have been reviewed and declared exempt by Yale's IRB.

Contact Andy Hickner at andrew.hickner@yale.edu or 785-3969 to schedule an appointment or to learn more. 

Supply drive for mothers this week, sponsored by YSM students

12 April 2016 - 9:39am by Andy Hickner

Maybe you've noticed a donation box in the library lobby.  YSM students involved with AMWA (American Medical Women's Association) & ACOG (American College of Obstetrician's & Gynecologists) District I are gathering supplies for 2 organizations that provide supplies for survivors of domestic violence and other underserved women: The Women's Health Resource Center (NH) and The Women's Center of Rhode Island.  

The Women's Resource Center would like diapers & wipes, which are essential supplies for mothers' health

The Women's Center of RI would like:

  • Toiletries (shampoo, toothpaste, deodorant, etc)
  • Women's and infant's clothing & supplies (socks, winter boots, baby lotion)
  • Cleaning supplies (dish soap, sponges, laundry detergent)
  • Used cell phones to refurbish and give to survivors of domestic violence and sexual assault. 

The supply drive runs this week, Monday through Friday. 

Study space restrictions, week of April 4

4 April 2016 - 12:56pm by Andy Hickner

(by Katie Hart)

The Medical Library spaces are heavily booked this week. The Historical Library will be closed at some point almost every day, and the Morse Reading Room will be closed on Wednesday and Thursday afternoons. Study space in other parts of the library will be at a premium. Also, a brief reminder that Wednesday is the Annual Associates Lecture.

Here are a list of the closing times for our spaces:

Monday, 4/4: 

Historical Library,  3-7pm, “The Emperor’s New Genes: Science, Race, Justice, and the Allure of Objectivity” Lecture sponsored by HSHM and the office of the Provost 

Tuesday 4/5: 

Historical Library, 4:30-5:30pm, Class

Wednesday 4/6: 

Historical Library, 2-7pm,  Associates Lecture

Morse Reading Room, 3-8pm, Associates Reception

Thursday 4/7:

Historical Library, 9-11:30, Second Look groups

Morse Reading Room, 12:30-3:30pm, Second Look speed meetings with faculty

Friday 4/8: 

Historical Library, 9:30-11:30am, Dean’s office 

Historical Library, 12-3pm, Wellness Project Seminar “Cultivating Resilience in the Face of Burnout” 

#HappyBirthdayHarvey Instagram Challenge from @YaleMedHistLib

28 March 2016 - 2:35pm by Andy Hickner

(by Charlotte Abney Solomon, Medical Historical Library)

#HappyBirthdayHarvey Instagram Challenge

In celebration of Harvey Cushing's birthday and our 75th Anniversary Year, the Medical Historical Library invites all Instagram users visiting the Harvey Cushing/John Hay Whitney Medical Library at Yale to share their best photos taken here! Enter the contest by posting photos that are publicly visible on Instagram and tag them with our hashtag #HappyBirthdayHarvey and our account, @yalemedhistlib. One winner in each contest category will receive a prize package (listed below) and have their photo included in our new exhibit, Life of the Library, opening next week in the Foyer of the Medical Library.

Photos must be taken, tagged #HappyBirthdayHarvey and @yalemedhistlib, and posted between midnight on April 1, 2016 and noon on April 8, 2016. A team of judges from the Medical Historical Library staff will select the winners. Winners will be notified and the winning photos announced and reposted through our account on Friday afternoon. Winners will be invited to directly submit the highest-resolution copy of the image they have available for inclusion in the exhibit.

Prize Categories

Judges’ Favorite Instagram: Best photo overall
Prize package: An extended private tour of the Cushing Center with photographer and Cushing Center Coordinator Terry Dagradi, for up to six people, arranged by appointment; photo included, and featured as the overall winner, in the Life of the Library exhibit; and Library travel mug gift pack.

Brainiest Instagram: Best photo taken in the Cushing Center
Prize package: A private showing of a selection of important rare books of science and medicine in the Medical Historical Library collections with Historical Librarian Melissa Grafe, Ph.D., for up to four people, on a theme of your choice and arranged by appointment; photo included in the Life of the Library exhibit; and Library travel mug gift pack.

Happiest Birthday Instagram: Best selfie or other photo including an image of Harvey Cushing or the words “Happy Birthday Harvey”
Prize package: A copy of Harvey Cushing: A Biography; photo included in the Life of the Library exhibit; and Library travel mug gift pack.

Most Collectible Instagram: Best photo taken of an image, book, or other item in any CWML current or historical collections
Prize package: A custom-made poster of any image of your choice from the CWML collections; photo included in the Life of the Library exhibit; and Library travel mug gift pack.

Most Studious Instagram: Best photo taken while studying in the library
Prize package: A copy of Medicine at Yale: The First 200 Years; photo included in the Life of the Library exhibit; and Library travel mug gift pack.

Most Helpful Instagram: Best photo with library staff
Prize package: A custom-made poster of any image of your choice from the CWML collections; photo included in the Life of the Library exhibit; and Library travel mug gift pack.

Best Staff & Family Member Instagram: Best photo taken by CWML staff or staff family member.
(CWML staff and family members are not eligible for any other categories.)
Prize: Baked treats for the winner's office on a date of your choosing.

Rules for submission

  • The contest is open to anyone visiting the Cushing/Whitney Medical Library between April 1- April 8, 2016. CWML staff members and their families are only eligible to enter the Staff & Family Member category.
  • Photos must be original and have been taken and posted by the entrant between midnight on April 1, 2016 and noon on April 8, 2016. Photos must be posted, tagged, and publicly visible within this time period to be eligible.
  • Post photos on Instagram and use the hashtag #HappyBirthdayHarvey and the account @yalemedhistlib.
  • By submitting to this contest, you consent to the following:  I grant to Yale University (“Yale”) and the Harvey Cushing/John Hay Whitney Medical Library the right to copy, reproduce, distribute, transmit, broadcast, exhibit, display, edit, or otherwise use my photograph, my name, and biographical information for educational, promotional, or other purposes that support Yale’s mission. I understand that these rights are granted to Yale and may be used in whole or in part without compensation. I affirm that the subjects in my photo have agreed that their likenesses may be used with the terms and conditions of this contest as listed above.

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