Say hi to new staff!

7 December 2018 - 4:05pm by Caitlin Meyer

New staff: Kathi Isham, Sawyer Newman, Lisa Sanders, and Dana Haugh

The Cushing/Whitney Medical Library has brought four new staff members on board in the past few months. We're excited about the customer service, new programs, user-friendly technology development, and access to archival materials that will come about with the addition of these four talented people to our roster.

In Access and Delivery Services, we welcome Lisa Sanders as a new Library Services Assistant. Lisa comes to us from the New Haven Public Library. 

On the Research and Education Team, Sawyer Newman joins us as the first-ever Data Librarian for the Health Sciences. Sawyer previously worked at the Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution and Harvard Medical School. She completed her MLIS at Simmons College.

On the Technology and Innovation Team, we are thrilled to have hired Dana Haugh as our new Web Services Librarian. Dana comes to us from Stony Brook University and received her MLS from Queens College. 

The Medical Historical Library gained its first-ever permanent, full-time archivist with the addition of Katherine (Kathi) Isham. Kathi previously worked at Yale Manuscripts and Archives and earned her MLIS from the University of Texas. 

Behind-the-scenes peek at the CWML renovation

15 November 2018 - 10:53am by Katie Hart

The renovation is well underway! Demolition is completed, however that doesn’t mean the end of the noise. Be sure to grab a pair of earplugs at the circulation desk if you need them. The progress may not look like much now, but trust us, there will be beautiful and useful spaces come June. In the meantime, enjoy a behind-the-scenes peek at what is going on behind those renovation barriers. 


Renovation photo

The former information room has been gutted and is slowing becoming a flexible 125-seat teaching and learning commons. 


Renovation photo

Heading downstairs, this picture is taken from the middle of the new information commons, looking toward the stairs and the future enlarged faculty video production studio.


Renovation photo

The left of this picture shows where two new meeting rooms will be and to the right is the future location of the Information Desk.


Renovation photo

Did you know that the library’s bookshelves help hold up the ceiling? In order to remove the stacks, a steel superstructure was added on the E-level to keep the first floor Morse Reading Room exactly where it is! You’re looking at the location of six new classrooms and two group study rooms.


Renovation photo

Standing in the future doorway of a group study room, imagine study space ahead and classrooms on the right.



Simbonis Fellowship in Bioinformatics

12 November 2018 - 4:50pm by Dana Haugh

Simbonis Fellowship in Bioinformatics

Cushing/Whitney Medical Library

Yale University, New Haven, CT


Fixed Duration Position: 18 months from date of hire; non-renewable

Yale University offers an exciting opportunity 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 major art museums, theaters and music. New Haven is also a biotech and research hub and the location of one of the largest hospitals in the United States.

The Harvey Cushing/John Hay Whitney Medical Library

The Harvey Cushing/John Hay Whitney Medical Library serves the Yale Schools of Medicine, Nursing, Public Health, and the Yale-New Haven Hospital as well as Yale College and the Yale Graduate School. The Cushing/Whitney 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. Medical librarians provide individualized support through the library’s active personal librarian program. Electronic resources have grown to 22,717 e-journals, 48,911 e-books and 99 electronic databases. In addition, digitized collections, clinical synthesis tools, and evidence-based practice resources bring information to our community at the library, on campus and remotely. For additional information, see:

Position Description

The Simbonis Fellowship in Bioinformatics offers a recent Ph.D. or MS scientist a chance to explore a career in medical librarianship, by serving as an informationist in the established Bioinformatics Support Program at the Cushing/Whitney Medical Library. This fellowship is made possible through the generosity of the estate of Dr. Stanley Simbonis ’53, ‘57MD. Upon completion of this fellowship, the informationist would be poised to continue a career in the cutting-edge and expanding field of library bioinformatics support. 

The Cushing/Whitney Medical Library serves an array of academic and clinical programs. The Simbonis Fellow will have the opportunity to interact with faculty, staff, researchers, and students in the Schools of Medicine, Nursing, and Public Health as well as graduate students and post-docs. The library also supports Yale New Haven Hospital, and the Fellow will interact with clinicians, staff and researchers from the hospital. The Fellow will also have occasion to collaborate with colleagues from throughout the Yale University Library system.

The Cushing/Whitney Medical Library Bioinformatics Support Program is considered among the most comprehensive medical library bioinformatics programs. Geared towards biomedical researchers with little or no command-line skills, it supports Yale biomedical researchers by providing access to a suite of commercial and open source bioinformatics software for the analysis, annotation, and visualization of -omics and other types of data throughout the research data lifecycle. In addition, the program provides training and consultation on how to use these tools to hundreds of biomedical researchers every year. An integral part of the program is to assess the usage of the different resources and services provided by the program. 


The Simbonis Fellowship is an 18-month appointment and focuses on growing services and innovating within the Biomedical Support Program at the Cushing/Whitney Medical Library while exploring new career opportunities.

Under the mentorship of the Biomedical Research Support Librarian, the Simbonis Fellow will gain broad experience in the growing field of bioinformatics support in libraries. Other activities will vary based on current library projects and the Fellow's interest and experience.

During their tenure at Yale, the Simbonis Fellow is expected to pursue mutually agreed-upon projects resulting in a publishable paper, a new library service (such as a webpage or research guide), or other relevant deliverables. The Simbonis Fellow will be introduced to a broad spectrum of professional activities and may have the opportunity to participate in library planning committees and task forces and engage in campus, regional, and national professional organizations and other collaborative activities. Fellows are expected to be professionally active and represent the library and the University in the academic, scholarly, and professional community. 


  • Observes, learns and then provides bioinformatics instruction in the form of training sessions on the use of databases and bioinformatics software and methods. These will be accomplished either by teaching or coordinating presentations from outside vendors and guest speakers for the benefit of the Yale biomedical community. 
  • Teaches Yale biomedical researchers and staff to use a range of free and commercial (licensed by the library) bioinformatics databases and software for retrieving, downloading, analyzing, and visualizing a wide variety of molecular data including (but not limited to) genomics, transcriptomics, proteomics, and metabolomics. 
  • Guides biomedical researchers through bioinformatics methods and analyses and prepares reports for group presentation or publication.
  • Participates in one-on-one and group consultations (in person or online) on a wide variety of bioinformatics topics under the mentorship of colleagues.
  • Provides reference and research services in response to requests for information related to bioinformatics and other biomedical subjects.
  • May evaluate, recommend, and support electronic resources, such as software applications, pertinent to the bioinformatics support program.
  • Provides support in assessing the efficacy/relevance of the program by collecting, analyzing, and reporting statistics which document the service levels and trends in service provision.
  • Helps the library gain insights into new potential uses and users of the bioinformatics resources, and information-seeking behaviors of scientists.


  • Master’s degree or Ph.D. in a biomedical or life sciences-related field.
  • Knowledge of the basic principles, theories, practices, techniques, and terminology of a biomedical-related discipline and an understanding of the standard methods, procedures, and techniques of research and analysis in that field.
  • Experience with genomics research and an understanding of fundamental biological concepts.
  • Excellent analytical, customer service, and interpersonal skills.
  • Effective oral and written communication skills.
  • Ability to work both independently and collegially in a demanding and rapidly changing environment.


  • Working experience in the analysis and interpretation of high-throughput biological data (e.g. sequencing, array-based technologies)
  • Ability to perform independent analyses and report findings to biomedical researchers
  • Publication(s) in relevant peer-reviewed journals

Salary and Benefits

The Simbonis Fellow will serve for eighteen months and will receive an award of $90,000 prorated over 18 months. Health insurance will be provided. Fellows can draw upon a wide range of expertise across Yale and the Yale University Library for support and will be offered mentorship and guidance.

Application Process

The Simbonis Fellowship is a competitive position. Applicants should submit a current resume or CV, a cover letter/statement of interest, and names and contact information for three professional references to Katie Hart via e-mail at Applications will be reviewed on a rolling cycle until the position is filled. There is no application form. Please be sure to include “Simbonis Fellowship” in the e-mail subject line.

Background Check Requirements

All external candidates for employment will be subject to pre-employment background screening for this position, which may include motor vehicle and credit checks based on the position description and job requirements. Internal candidates may be subject to a motor vehicle or credit check for this position based on the position description and job requirements. All offers are contingent on successful completion of the required background check.


Yale University is an affirmative action/equal opportunity employer. Yale values diversity in its faculty, staff, and students and strongly encourages applications from women and members of underrepresented minority groups.

Common EndNote for Mac issues and how to solve them

17 October 2018 - 9:56am by Caitlin Meyer

EndNote X8 on Mac computers can be finicky. We've collected some common issues Apple users experience and figured out how to solve them. If you are still struggling to get EndNote working well after you work through this page, feel free to sign up for an EndNote class, check out our EndNote tutorials, visit the walk-in IT help desk on the lower level of the medical library, or contact EndNote support

“When I try to download the software, my computer says it can’t download it because it’s from an ‘unknown developer’!”

Open up System Preferences, then Security & Privacy, navigate to the General tab, and click “Open Anyway”. Proceed with download and install.

“When I download citations, the computer says it doesn’t have an application to open that type of file!”

Temporary solution: Click “Choose Application” -> EndNote x8 -> EndNote x8

Permanent solution: Open your Downloads folder and right click on the downloaded file. Click “Get Info”. Scroll down to “Open with”, select EndNote, and then click “Change All…”. Now, whenever you download a file with that extension, your computer will know what to do. Common citation file extensions are .nbib, .enw, .cgi, .ciw, and .ris, so you may have to do this multiple times depending on where you like downloading files from.

“When I try to open a downloaded file of citations, I get a weird pop-up telling me to choose a library. Even weirder, sometimes it says ‘This library is in use by somebody else’!”

I’ve had luck bringing my EndNote library back up on the screen and then opening my downloaded file. If the library is minimized or if you’d exited out of EndNote, these problems may occur more often.  

“When I use Find Full Text, it isn’t finding anything, says ‘Searching…’ forever, or freezes my computer!”

1.     Connect Find Full Text to library resources. Go to EndNote in the upper left-hand corner -> Preferences -> Find Full Text -> then type in the OpenURL Path box.

2.     Were you connected to the Yale Guest network at any point today? Exit out of EndNote, make sure you’re connected to Yale Secure, open EndNote, try again.

“When I open Word to start writing, I don’t see EndNote as an option!”

Go to EndNote, click on EndNote in the upper left-hand corner, and click Customizer. Next to Cite While You Write in the list of components, check the box to install the plug-in. The progress bar may get to the end and the window won’t close. If this happens, force quit EndNote and then restart EndNote and Word. It should work now.

“When I try to insert a citation in Word, the ones I’m looking for don’t come up!”

Make sure you’re hitting enter after you type an author’s name. If it’s still not working, in Word on the EndNote tab, select Preferences, then Application, then make sure “EndNote” is selected – not “EndNote online.”

“When I try to open my EndNote library, it says it’s corrupted or that it can’t open it!”

When you create an EndNote library, you also create a .Data folder with the same name. The .enl library file and the .Data folder need to be kept in the same place, or else the library can’t open.

“When I try to import PDFs I already have on my computer, I’m not having much luck!”

In EndNote, select File then Import. Select Options, then in Import Options select PDF File or Folder.


If you have had any other problems you've encountered and solved, and think they would be helpful additions to this list, contact Caitlin Meyer

30 Day Trial to STAT Plus!

24 September 2018 - 9:16am by Lindsay Barnett

The Cushing/Whitney Medical Library is hosting a free 30 day trial to STAT Plus and would love your input!  To access this resource, visit the STAT Plus login page and sign up with your or email address and a password of your choosing.  Your account will automatically be linked to the institutional trial.  

What is STAT Plus?

STAT Plus provides you with access to exclusive, in-depth pharma, biotech, life sciences, and policy coverage, keeping you on top of what's happening - as it happens.

What does STAT Plus offer?

  • On-the-spot analysis of market-moving news.
  • A first look at early-stage research across the country.
  • Inside intelligence from Capitol Hill.
  • Insights from veteran beat reporters, including national biotech columnist Adam Feuerstein, senior science writer Sharon Begley, and Pharmalot columnist Ed Silverman.
  • Complete access to STAT's substantial archives.
  • Access to "cheat sheets," a way to get up to speed quickly on science, biopharma, and health policy issues.
  • Exclusive interviews with CEOs and other industry leaders.

The trial runs through October 24th.  

Let us know what you think!  Contact Lindsay Barnett with feedback.

Demolition Begins!

11 September 2018 - 11:54am by Katie Hart

Renovation partition walls have been built throughout the library and construction is officially underway! The library has been lucky so far in the noise department, however expect a large uptick in the overall construction noise during the weeks of September 17 and 24. Demolition will begin and construction noise will inevitably be disruptive in certain parts of the library. Construction ends before 3pm daily, so if you need some peace and quiet to study, try us in the evening. Apologies in advance for the inconvenience this will cause.

If you haven't already done so, consider signing up for the Hard Hat Harvey list-serv for the most up to date information about the renovation and current coniditons in the library. We will keep the emails to a minimum, but still keep you informed of renovation progress. We also keep a list of Frequently Asked Questions with current information about the renovation.

Finding Clinical Practice Guidelines

11 September 2018 - 9:23am by Caitlin Meyer

Despite the promise of tools like Quicksearch and the breadth of massive databases like Scopus, certain types of information simply cannot be found in one place. No need to fret, though! We've got you covered. This series of blog posts will serve as a home of recommended resources and searching tips for hard-to-find types of information. Have a suggestion for a subject? Shoot me an email

Written by Alexandria Brackett & Melissa Funaro

The Institute of Medicine (IOM) defines clinical practice guidelines as "statements that include recommendations intended to optimize patient care that are informed by a systematic review of evidence and an assessment of the benefits and harms of alternative care options. Access to such concise, evidence-based information stands to improve patient outcomes while decreasing time spent researching. Currently, there isn't one place to find all guidelines but read on for several resources available to you at Yale that make guidelines available.

Recommended Resources

  • ClinicalKey
    Select "Guidelines" in the "Browse" menu. In the search box type known topic or guideline. Also, search for specialty guidelines using the "Filter By" option.
  • DynaMed Plus
    Search for your topic. If applicable, "Guidelines and Resources" will be listed in the left menu. Guidelines are pulled from national and international organizations.
  • UpToDate
    Search for your topic. If applicable, "Society Guideline Links" will be listed in the left menu. Guidelines are pulled from national and international organizations.
  • PubMed
    Search for your topic. On the left-hand side of the page, under "Article types", click "Customize" and select "Guideline" and "Practice Guideline" and click "Show". Now, choose "Guideline" and "Practice Guideline" to limit your search.

Tips & Tricks

  • Currency and accuracy
    There are a lot of guidelines out there. Make sure you are using the most current guideline and that the guideline you use is a systematic review of the evidence developed by a panel of experts.
  • Guidelines are not universally accepted
    Difference institutions use different guidelines. Make sure to use the guideline accepted at your institution..

For more information...


Fall Class Highlights

31 August 2018 - 3:26pm by Caitlin Meyer

Are you looking to brush up on your basic literature searching skills? Trying to use PubMed or EndNote and encountering difficulties? Need to set up SciENcv? Our fall workshop calendar has everything you may need and more for a productive fall term. Read on for details or head straight to the class calendar.

In addition to weekly PubMed and EndNote classes, here are some of the classes coming up this fall that any member of the Yale community is welcome to register for and attend: 

Basic Library Classes 

Free resources and support in support of research 
Second Tuesdays at noon

Have you ever wondered what services and resources the library provides to help you with your research? In just 20 minutes, you’ll learn about first-class bioinformatics software, specialized databases, support for grant compliance, systematic review searching, statistics consultants, and more!

Academic Job Search Series at Cushing/Whitney Medical Library
The Cushing/Whitney Medical Library is excited to participate in this year’s Academic Job Search Series in partnership with the Office of Career Strategy, the Center for Teaching & Learning, and the Graduate Writing Lab. 

Tools for Keeping Current & Staying Organized
October 4th

Expand your toolkit for keeping current with the literature in your field and staying organized during the job search process. This session will cover: setting email alerts in various databases, setting up EndNote as a personal database, and using Trello to track job applications throughout the process.

My Bibliography and SciENcv: grant reporting, compliance, and biosketch through MyNCBI
October 11th

Learn how to create a MyNCBI account and link it to eRA Commons, delegate your account, populate and manage My Bibliography, learn how to use SciENcv to create multiple biosketches, create an ORCID, and more!

Special Topic Classes

Excel 1 & Excel 2
September 18 & October 4

In part one, refresh your basic Excel skills and move onto some intermediate topics such as formatting spreadsheets, sorting, filters, text-to-columns, combing data, and trimming. In part two, learn advanced functionality such as IF, COUNTIF, VLOOKUP, pivot tables, and conditional formatting.

Creating Surveys with Qualtrics
September 20

Qualtrics is a web-based tool provided by Yale ITS to create surveys. This hands-on class will prepare you to create your own online survey using the Qualtrics user-friendly interface. By the end of the class you will be able to: create a survey with multiple question types, distribute the survey in various ways, and view/analyze results. 

New to the Collection: Check out new resources available from CWML

31 August 2018 - 2:54pm by Caitlin Meyer

The Cushing/Whitney Medical Library is constantly on the hunt for the latest and greatest resources to make available to our users. In addition to the typical  journals and books you would expect to see as part of a library’s collection, we also work to bring you tools, software, and learning modules. This semiannualseries of blog posts will highlight recent additions to the CWML collection. 

Today, we’ll briefly talk about five resources now available to you: 

Read by QxMD

A user-friendly app for your phone or tablet, Read by QxMD allows you to keep up with new medical and scientific research on topics of your choosing. Curate your individual home page with topics, authors, and journals of interest to you and seamlessly access full-text PDFs. 

Ingenuity Variant Analysis

Ingenuity Variant Analysis is the latest addition to our growing suite of bioinformatics tools. IVA is a web-based tool that combines analytical functions and content from the Ingenuity Knowledge Base to help you identify disease variants in human sequencing data. Read more about IVA in our recent Resource Spotlight feature.  Please use this form to request a free account.


It’s back and better than ever! VisualDx, available as an app or on the web, helps clinicians in medical decision-making by providing evidence-based information at the point of care. The tool allows users to build and visualize differentials and contains the world’s largest medical image library. 

Aquifer Addiction

Available to students and faculty, Aquifer Addiction offers online learning modules to help students identify, intervene, and address substance use disorders. It features twelve modules featuring case studies, interactive activities, and additional resources with self-assessment questions at the end for learners to gauge their progress. Contact Lindsay Barnett to set up an account. 

Child Sex Trafficking Learning Module - Child Abuse Atlas 

This new module in the Child Abuse Atlas supplements the resource’s existing pool of examination techniques, teaching materials, evidence-based research and literature reviews, and case studies to help health care providers in recognizing the physical signs of child abuse.


Know of a resource we’re missing? Contact Lindsay Barnett with your ideas. 

Construction Begins!!

29 August 2018 - 8:09am by Kelly Perry

At last!  Wednesday, August 29th, construction begins.  The first item on the agenda is partition installation, which separates the library from the areas under renovation.  It will be noisy and disruptive at times during the coming months.  We apologize in advance for the inconvenience.

Complimentary pairs of earplugs available at the Circulation Desk.





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