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Medical Library Collects Medical Supplies for Ukraine

16 March 2022 - 10:01am by Dana Haugh

    With the Russian invasion of Ukraine showing no signs of easing, violent assaults continue to wreak havoc and devastation on civilians in Ukraine and refugees in neighboring countries. In an effort to help those who are suffering, the Cushing/Whitney Medical Library is working with the Franciscan Bridge of Help to deliver desperately needed medical supplies to hospitals in Lviv, Ukraine. Father Norbert M. Siwinski of St. Michael’s Parish of Bridgeport, Connecticut, created the Franciscan Bridge of Help after he connected with Bishop Edward Kawa in Lviv, which is near the border with Poland. The initiative establishes a direct path between Bridgeport and Lviv to help those affected by Russia’s military operations. All donated medical supplies are sent, with the help of a Polish shipping company, to Lancut, Poland, where the supplies are then transported to Bishop Edward in Lviv. On March 7, a donation box was placed near the Medical Library’s circulation desk and, in just two days, three boxes were filled with donated medical and surgical supplies. Student worker Anna Baker, YC ’22 translated medication labels into both Ukrainian and Russian so those overseas could read the ingredients and dosages, while Thomas Shao, YSPH ’22 helped pack boxes. “I am glad my language skills were able to come in handy here,” said Baker. “This war feels deeply personal to me and while it feels like nothing I can do could be enough, I hope that this helps at least some. I also hope that this medical supplies drive is an opportunity for others who feel powerless to do anything to help.” This war feels deeply personal to me and while it feels like nothing I can do could be enough, I hope that this helps at least some. - Anna Baker YC '22 The first shipment of supplies was sent to Lancut, Poland, on March 10. The medical library will continue to collect medicines, gauze, and other medical supplies until the atrocities end. St. Michael’s Parish is also collecting monetary donations for Ukrainian relief efforts through Venmo: @stmichaelbpt Items Needed: sterile gauze, sterile packing materials, different kinds nitrile gloves IV catheters, large gage- G18 or close tourniquets nasopharyngeal airway Chest seal (asherman, halo, other) decompression kit (chest air release system) CPR face shield IV kits surgical needles, and suture material medical scissors antibiotic creams Acetaminophen 1000mg dose Meloxicam 15mg dose Antibiotics: gatifloxacin 400mg or other oral antibiotics for trauma use Tylenol for Adults and Children Ibuprofen Neosporin Bandages Aspirin 325mg This article is also viewable on the Yale School of Medicine website.

Welcome New Staff!

13 December 2021 - 10:26am by Dana Haugh

The Cushing/Whitney Medical Library is delighted to welcome three new staff members to our team: Megan Nance, Kaitlin Throgmorton, and Laura Juliano. Megan Nance joined the Access and Delivery Services team as the Evening/Weekend Access Services Librarian. Previously, Megan was at Palm Beach Atlantic University in West Palm Beach, Florida where she was Acting Head of Access Services and Archives.   Kaitlin Throgmorton joined the Technology and Innovation team as the Data Librarian for the Health Sciences. Kaitlin came to us from Sage Bionetworks, a nonprofit health research organization, where she was the Bioinformatics Analyst and Data Curator.   Laura Juliano joined the Medical Historical Library team as a Term Archivist. Laura will be processing the Gary Burget papers, a large collection of plastic surgery records and materials. Laura most recently interned at the American Civil Liberties Union, and previously worked as a Collections Assistant at the Brooklyn Historical Society.  

Thanksgiving Hours

22 November 2021 - 9:14am by Dana Haugh

Hours for the upcoming 2021 Thanksgiving holiday will be: Wednesday, November 24: 7:30am - 5pm Thursday, November 25: Closed Friday, November 26: Closed The 24/7 room will remain open and accessible via the stairwell to the left of the Medical Library entrance. Normal hours will resume Saturday, November 27. Wishing you and your loved ones a very happy Thanksgiving!

Melanie Norton Recognized for "Outstanding Leadership"

18 November 2021 - 2:41pm by Dana Haugh

Melanie Norton, Head of Access and Delivery Services, was recognized for her outstanding leadership of the DiversAbility at Yale (DAY) affinity group. Throughout her career Melanie has been passionate and responsive to the needs of individuals impacted by disability, and in particular with the challenges students with disabilities encounter when trying to use public spaces and academic libraries. As the co-chair of the DAY from 2019 to 2021, Melanie championed the causes of faculty, staff, and students with disabilities (either visible or invisible) so as to improve their sense of belonging at Yale.  DAY's mission is to create a personal and professional network for all Yale employees impacted by disability, identify opportunities to promote recruitment, retention and advancement of people with disabilities, support and collaborate with other Yale affinity groups and efforts to create an inclusive Yale community, and increase awareness of issues related to disability through learning opportunities, social activities, and participation in outreach activities. Deborah Stanley-McAuley, Associate Vice President for Employee Engagement and Workplace Culture, presented Melanie with the award and commended her for her committment to accessibility, disability advocacy, and community building at Yale and beyond.   Kudos from DAY colleagues: "Thank you for your dedication, contributions and outstanding service as affinity group leader in making Yale a better place for different staff constituencies across camps." - Henry Kwan, Director for Shared Interest Groups "Thank you so much for everything you've done to make Yale a better place. Your commitment to the Yale community and our well-being is so very appreciated." - Tracy MacMath, Web Application Developer at Beinecke Rare Book & Manuscript Library "Thank you for your leadership of DAY during an extraordinarily challenging time; I'm so grateful for everything you did to maintain and strengthen community during your term as co-chair!" - Julie Linden, Director of Collection Development Scholarly Resources

Closed for Labor Day (9/6/21)

2 September 2021 - 1:53pm by Dana Haugh

The medical library will be closed on Monday, September 6 for Labor Day. As always, the 24/7 room will be open for Yale and YNHH ID holders. To access the 24/7 room when the medical library is closed, use the stairwell to the left of the medical library entrance, go down one set of stairs, and turn right into the corridor. The 24/7 room door is located down the hall on the right side. Please note: there is no elevator access to and from this room when the medical library is closed.

Welcome new staff!

11 August 2021 - 11:35am by Dana Haugh

The Cushing/Whitney Medical Library is delighted to welcome two new staff members to our team.  On the Academic and Research Education team we welcomed Kayla Del Biondo and Sofia Fertuzinhos. Kayla Del Biondo joins us as the Simbonis Librarian for Public Health. Kayla will work with Kate Nyhan in providing support to the YSPH community, particularly students, as well as assist Lindsay Barnett with scholarly communication projects and topics, such as open access, copyright, and processing YSPH and other student theses.      Sofia Fertuzinhos joins our Bioinformatics Support Hub as the Research and Education Librarian for Bioinformatics. Sofia received her Ph.D. in biochemistry from Yale and the University of Coimbra in Portugal as part of a prestigious joint program. Sofia has worked in neuroscience labs at Yale since 2010, first as a postdoctoral associate, postdoctoral fellow, and associate research scientist.     

Medical library resumes full operating hours Aug 1

1 August 2021 - 4:26pm by Dana Haugh

The medical library resumed full operating hours on Sunday, August 1, 2021. After a year of operating with reduced building hours, we are excited to welcome Yale and YNHH ID holders back to the library during the following hours of service: Monday - Thursday: 7:30am - Midnight Friday: 7:30am - 10:00pm Saturday: 10:00am - 10:00pm Sunday: 10:00am - Midnight For upcoming exceptions and holiday closings, see our Hours page.  Additionally, The Cushing Center reopened to Yale and YNHH ID holders on August 1. Though guided tours are not available yet, we welcome you to explore the space on your own. Please visit this page for visiting hours and other guidance. Per Yale policy (updated 7/30/21), all individuals, regardless of vaccination status, are required to wear masks indoors while on campus

Yale ITS maintenance to impact library resources

13 July 2021 - 3:31pm by Dana Haugh

Yale ITS will perform maintenance from approximately 8:00pm Saturday, July 17 – 5:00am Sunday, July 18th.  This will impact most university systems including websites, VPN, EZproxy, WiFi, email, and CAS authentication. Access to library websites and resources will be unavailable during this time. If you have any questions or concerns, please contact the Yale ITS Help Desk.

Diversity, Equity, Inclusion, and Belonging Resources

1 July 2021 - 2:11pm by Dana Haugh

Recently we launched a new webpage that brings together medical-focused resources relating to diversity, equity, and inclusion. The page is located under the "Collections" tab and includes topics such as Race and Racism in Health Care, Disability Studies at Yale, LGBTQI+ Health, and the Women's Leadership Resource Library. Many of these resources are curated by medical librarians in partnership with various departments in the Yale medical center.  Visit the page If you have questions or ideas for other topics, please reach out to dana.haugh@yale.edu.
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