The Harvey Cushing/John Hay Whitney Medical Library has been selected as the recipient of the 2021 Research Advancement in Health Sciences Librarianship Award from the Medical Library Association. This award recognizes organizations “whose exemplary actions have served to advance health information research and evidence-based practice in health sciences libraries… and have created and sustained a culture of research that… has contributed significantly to clinical, educational, research, or administrative outcomes in their institutions.” Located in the heart of the Yale School of Medicine and Yale New Haven Hospital medical campus (and on web browsers worldwide), the Cushing/Whitney Medical Library is vital in supporting the research, clinical, and educational missions of its community. “This tremendous achievement recognizes the outstanding work of the medical library staff. The need for their expert, timely research support has never been greater. The medical library is a center of excellence for both the Yale medical community and Yale University Library.” – Barbara Rockenbach, Stephen F. Gates ‘68 University Librarian, Yale University Library Throughout its history, the medical library has kept pace with tremendous change in the biomedical and health sciences fields, working strategically to influence research and scholarship advancement at the Yale Schools of Medicine, Nursing, and Public Health, and the Yale New Haven Hospital. The medical library established one of the earliest library liaison programs in the country, pairing a librarian with every department to provide specialized support. In addition, the “personal librarian” program for health sciences students was an innovation of the medical library’s and established medical librarians as thesis topic consultants, research collaborators, and scholarly communication advisors. Yale’s medical librarians are national leaders and advocates for librarians' role on systematic review research teams and, more recently, as peer reviewers. Yale was the first US library to license Covidence to support enterprise-wide systematic reviews and medical librarians have developed tools to expedite the work of research teams such as the Yale MeSH Analyzer, which has been adopted globally and previously won Yale's Linda Lorimer Award for Distinguished Service. “Our staff are seen as vital research partners and contributors to the success of the clinical, research, and educational missions of the Medical Center. The impact that the Cushing/Whitney Medical Library has upon the work of the entire Yale New Haven Medical Center is profound.” – John Gallagher, Director, Harvey Cushing/John Hay Whitney Medical Library A history of innovative hiring in bioinformatics, data, clinical support, plus a flexible endowed fellowship has pushed the medical library deeper into novel research areas. Unique historical materials allow partnerships with clinicians and faculty to teach and discover through collections, and support for open access and scholarly communication opens daily conversations about research dissemination. Overall, 37 staff members support the research needs of a clinical and educational enterprise of 20,000 employees. Medical librarians partner with research teams to work on evidence-based research and clinical practice changes, bioinformatics analyses, data projects, historical retrospectives, and consult on all aspects of the scholarly communication lifecycle. “Yale’s medical library is undoubtedly one of the best in the world. I am so honored to be affiliated with its leadership and so grateful on behalf of all our trainees and faculty for the amazing resource you have created and nurtured for the health sciences.” – Jessica Illuzzi, MD, MS, FACOG, Deputy Dean for Education and Professor of Obstetrics, Gynecology and Reproductive Sciences, Yale School of Medicine Medical librarians publish research and program assessment papers in the health sciences literature and in the library science literature, present at regional and national conferences, and produce posters about research and innovative services. In the last 10 years alone, publications by medical library staff have exceeded 160 articles, chapters, and monographs, and the volume has tripled every three years. It is also notable that medical library staff, particularly paraprofessional staff, provide technical support services to further research projects at both the university and the hospital. The medical library is a leader in research about library/IT collaboration, liaison librarianship, systematic reviews, collection development, history of medicine, bioinformatics, data support, peer review, resource sharing, innovative roles for staff, and scholarly communication. As such, at Yale’s medical campus, librarians are seen as partners in research across the academic and clinical missions and have made innovative contributions to scholarship, as recognized by this prestigious award. The Harvey Cushing/John Hay Whitney Medical Library and The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center Research Medical Library both received this year’s award.
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Visit this page for updates on library hours and closings. Here are some important tools and resources for using the medical library. Virtual Support from Your Librarian Contact your specialty's librarian or personal librarian (for students) for support or to schedule a consultation by phone or Zoom. For general questions, contact AskYaleMedicalLibrary@yale.edu. Remote Access Remote access to our vast electronic resources is available to the Yale and YNHH community regardless of your location. For instructions on how to connect remotely, visit: https://library.medicine.yale.edu/services/library-technology/remote Online Classes, Tutorials and Guides The library offers dozens of free instruction sessions and workshops online via Zoom. Check out our research tutorials, which cover everything from how to manage citations to systematic searches to finding articles in PubMed. Research Guides are subject- and department-specific collections of tools, databases, and resources aggregated by our medical librarians. Our Clinical/YNHH Resources page list of tools for point-of-care, drug information, evidence-based practice, and more. Our Educational Software page lists of biomedical education resources.
To celebrate the holiday season, we asked our staff to send in their best holiday pet photos! Please enjoy this collection of furry friends in their holiday best. WINNER: "Best Christmas Fren" Name: Ashley Breed: Border Collie/Cho mix Age: 10 yrs Best gift: Stuffed animals Human: Terry Dagradi WINNER: "Best Sweater" Name: Ben Breed: Handsome Age: 9 yrs Best gift: Catnip-filled fishy Human: Dana Haugh WINNER: "Best Patient Dog Look" Name: Buster "Bud Spud" Norton Breed: Mutt Age: 6 yrs Best gift: Dental sticks Human: Melanie Norton WINNER: "Best Underbite" Name: Charlie Breed: Shih tzu/Lhasa apso mix Age: 11 yrs Best gift: All the greenies Human: Lindsay Barnett WINNER: "Best Sugarplum Fairy" Name: Charlotte Breed: Pembroke Welsh Corgi Age: 13 yrs Best gift: Smelly fish treats Human: Judy Spak WINNER: "Best Fluff" Name: Hamilton Breed: Blue Russian mix Age: 3 yrs Best gift: Cat treats Human: Dorota Peglow WINNER: "Best Action Shot" Name: Jinx Breed: Mixed Age: 13 yrs Best gift: A can of dog food Human: Lindsay Barnett WINNER: "Best Santa Hat" Name: Kilar Breed: Orange Tabby Age: 13 yrs Best gift: Cat treats Human: Dorota Peglow WINNER: "Best Serious Pupper Face" Name: Lulu Breed: Rescue Age: 7 yrs Best gift: A box of any kind Human: Laura Miller WINNER: "Best Yeti Impression" Name: Molly Breed: Magical mystery rescue Age: 10 yrs Best gift: A hedgehog or lambchop toy Human: Caitlin Meyer WINNER: "Best Knitwear" Name: Pumpkin Breed: Cat Age: 5 yrs Best gift: Mittens to match scarf and hat Human: Holly Grossetta Nardini
It's the holiday season and that usually means our staff is busy decorating the library and building our beloved book tree. Stationed in the Historical Library reading room, the book tree comprises anywhere from 450 to over 600 volumes of the National Union Catalogue (last year's tree was particularly rotund). A team of energetic staff volunteers to transport, organize, and arrange the heavy volumes during the day-long process, jumping in and out as schedules (and strength!) permit. It's the perfect way to burn off those extra Thanskgiving calories! While we'll miss building a tree this year, we hope you'll enjoy these time-lapse videos of previous book tree builds. 2016 Book Tree 2017 Book Tree 2018 Book Tree
LAST UPDATED: 3/29/20 Library staff are here to support you. Virtual Support from Your Librarian Please email your specialty's librarian or personal librarian (students) for support or to schedule a consultation by phone or Zoom. For general questions, contact AskYaleMedicalLibrary@yale.edu. You can speak to a librarian on our virtual reference desk through the link on our website. Remote Access Remote access to our vast electronic resources is available to the Yale and YNHH community regardless of your location. Scanning Articles and Book Chapters Yale Library has suspended scanning and digitization operations. We will continue to process interlibrary loan requests for articles and chapters will continue however, the fulfillment of these requests is dependent on partner libraries remaining open. Please prioritize requests that are the most urgent for your courses, research, policy decisions, and patient care. Submit interlibrary loan requests Books At this time, checking out books, physical interlibrary loan of books, and BorrowDirect are suspended. Please keep any books you may have in your possession. All Yale library books have been renewed until September 15, 2020. **If you are graduating and won't be returning to campus in the fall, please drop materials into the book depository located outside the medical library doors on the right side. You can also return materials to the Sterling Memorial Library or Bass book bins. Board Review Materials and Expanded Collections Board review materials and access to expanded collections currently licensed by the medical library. (Frequently updated as we acquire more resources) COVID-19 Literature Library The Cushing/Whitney Medical Library has developed a public collection of COVID-19 citations to aid the research and clinical practice missions of the Yale Schools of Medicine, Public Health, and Nursing and the Yale New Haven Hospital. The collection, accessible through a public Zotero library (no account required), includes daily updates from PubMed, ClinicalTrials.gov, Disaster Lit, and preprints* from bioRxiv and medRxiv. Comprehensive COVID-19 literature library Clinician Information & Consumer Health A research guide curated by medical librarians with resources for consumer health and clinically-focused guidelines and latest news. Online Resources for History of Medicine This guide provides a starting point for researchers inside and outside of Yale to find history of medicine resources online. Online Classes, Tutorials and Guides Instruction sessions and workshops continue online via Zoom. Research tutorials cover everything from how to manage citations to systematic searches to finding articles in PubMed. Research Guides are subject- and department-specific collections of tools, databases, and resources aggregated by our medical librarians. Clinical/YNHH Resources list of tools for point-of-care, drug information, evidence-based practice, and more. Educational Software list of biomedical education resources. Freely Accessible Literature on COVID-19 Many publishers are offering free access to literature on the COVID-19 pandemic: AccessMedicine - COVID-19 Central Mary Ann Liebert - COVID-19 Collection SpringerNature - SARS-CoV-2 and COVID-19 Elsevier - Novel Coronavirus Information Center BMJ - Coronavirus (COVID-19): Latest News and Resources JAMA - Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) Lancet - COVID-19 Free Resource Center NEJM - Coronavirus (COVID-19) UpToDate - Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) Wiley - COVID-19: Novel Coronavirus outbreak DynaMed - COVID-19 (Novel Coronavirus) Karger Publishers - Coronavirus (COVID-19) Clarivate Analytics - COVID-19 Resources BioWorld - COVID-19 News Coverage BioOne Complete - Peer-Reviewed Research to Inform the COVID-19 Crisis Taylor & Francis - COVID-19: Novel Coronavirus Content Johns Hopkins Dashboard - This dashboard leverages data from a number of national and global sources, and monitors the current scenario of COVID-19. Data is available in CSV format, and is available at the country, province, and date levels. GitHub containing the code behind the dashboard, as well as the WHO data behind these visualizations MIDAS 2019 Novel Coronavirus Repository - This repository serves as a central platform to share resources relevant for modeling of the COVID-19 outbreak.
Following the December 2019 Day of Data Conference, we invite you to meet more Yale medical campus faculty working at the intersection of data and privacy. Speakers include Jennifer Miller, Theodore Holford, Gregg Gonsalves, Joshua Wallach, and Donna Spiegelman. When: Thursday, February 13, 2020, 2-4pm Where: Sterling Hall of Medicine 115, inside Cushing/Whitney Medical Library Refreshments will be served.
Mark your calendars! Gracie the Goldendoodle will be visiting the medical library from 12pm - 2pm on the following dates: January 15 January 22 January 29 February 5 February 19 February 26 Be sure to stop by and give her a belly rub!
A paper written by a team of medical librarians from the Cushing/Whitney Medical Library was recently published in Research Integrity and Peer Review. The paper investigates librarian involvement in the peer review process of systematic review manuscripts. Health science librarians often contribute to the production of systematic reviews, but little was known about their involvement in peer reviewing SR manuscripts submitted to journals for publiction. As experts in conducting literature searches and systematic review methodologies, the team suggests that librarians have should play a larger role in the peer review process. To better assess the landscape, the authors distrubuted a survey to three listservs used by biomedical information professionals who do systematic reviews. The study found that the majority of librarians surveyed (78%) have not been invited to peer review systematic review manuscripts, yet many are willing to provide this service. Editors should involve experienced librarians with peer review, and the paper suggests some strategies to consider. Grossetta Nardini HK, Batten J, Funaro MC, Garcia-Milian R, Nyhan, K, Spak JM, Wang L, Glover JG. Librarians as methodological peer reviewers for systematic reviews: results of an online survey. Research Integrity and Peer Review 4, 23 (2019) doi:10.1186/s41073-019-0083-5
On Friday 11/8, CWML staff members attended the North Atlantic Health Science Libraries (NAHSL) Annual Conference in Springfield, MA. NAHSL is a regional chapter of the Medical Library Association, comprising medical librarians in Connecticut, New Hampshire, Rhode Island, Massachusetts, and Maine. The one-day conference featured presentations and posters by eight staff members from CWML. Presentations included: Creating an Instruction Community of Practice: Logistics, Lesson Plans, and Lessons Learned by Caitlin Meyer Design Basics for Creating Better Visuals by Dana Haugh Fine-tuning a Medical Library's Bioinformatics Support Program to Address the Data Challenges of Biomedical Researchers in the Age of Omics and Precision Medicine by Nur-Taz Rahman All Aboard! Outreach Initiatives by a Clinical Library Team by Alexandria Brackett, Katherine Stemmer Frumento, Janene Batten, Melissa Funaro, and Alyssa Grimshaw Taking the Long Road: Keeping Track of Searches to Improve a Mediated Search Service by Melissa Funaro, Katherine Stemmer Frumento, Janene Batten, Alexandria Brackett, and Alyssa Grimshaw