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Save the Date: Library Renovation Unveiling & Celebration

May 28, 2019 - 10:24am by Dana Haugh

Please join us for food and drinks on Thursday, June 20th from 3:00 – 5:00 PM to celebrate the unveiling of the Cushing/Whitney Medical Library's newly renovated spaces. Among other uses, these spaces will be the new home for many classes which comprise the first 18 months of the YSM curriculum. Explore the new classrooms, experience the new Information Commons, and discover all the library has to offer!  In the meantime, learn about the space and enjoy some recent behind-the-scenes pictures below! FAQ Who can use the space? Anyone! The library is open to all who visit. If you are coming from outside Yale or YNHH, you can sign in at the front desk in the School of Medicine. For borrowing and access privileges, please visit this page. Can I reserve a classroom? Anyone with a Yale NetID may reserve a classroom. If you are a member of YNHH, please see the circulation or information desk for help reserving a classroom. How do I get there? The Medical Library is located just off the central rotunda in the Yale University School of Medicine Building, 333 Cedar Street, New Haven, CT 06510 (see Google map). For more detailed directions, including where to park, please visit this page. Where are the computers? The library has 24 computer workstations located in the Information Commons (1 floor down from the main level) and 6 bring-your-own-device stations equipped with monitors. Additionally, there are 4 computer workstations located in the library lobby. When is the library open? The library is open 7 days a week. For a full list of library hours, including exceptions, please visit this page. The 24/7 computer & study space is always open and accessible through an after-hours entrance when the library is closed. Why did you renovate this space? There is a national trend of libraries reimagining and repurposing how their space is used. With the shift to electronic publishing, online journals and digital books, libraries no longer need as much shelving stacks for bound journals. This changed landscape facilitated the opportunity to enhance existing library spaces, and created new possibilities for medical education. Placing classroom space within the library will enhance learning opportunities, and connect even more people with the library’s valuable human resources and collections. Moreover, the planned changes provide flexible spaces that can be used for a range of purposes by a variety of users and groups. Progress Pictures  

Noise Alert! Renovation countdown begins

May 9, 2019 - 2:46pm by Dana Haugh

In just a few weeks, the library renovation project will be complete! Please be advised that you may notice an increase in noise during this time as the temporary construction walls have been removed to install the new carpet. Stay tuned for more announcements as we get closer to opening day! As always, ear plugs are available at the circulation desk. For now, enjoy some new behind-the-scenes pictures!      

Get a $10 Blue State Gift Card

May 8, 2019 - 11:03am by Dana Haugh

*UPDATE: Registration is now closed. Thanks to all who signed up to participate!* Help us improve the library website by participating in a short, in-person website usability interview! We are re-evaluating the library website and looking to make changes that will enhance the website’s performance and provide a better browsing and discovery experience for our users. We are interested to hear your feedback about how the current library website meets, or doesn’t meet, your needs. The results of the study will be used to make adjustments on the website. All participants will receive a $10 Blue State gift card for their time. Interviews will take place in the Cushing/Whitney Medical Library and will last approximately 30 minutes.  

Long Night Against Procrastination!

April 29, 2019 - 9:52am by Dana Haugh

The Long Night Against Procrastination is for students who want to get serious work done before finals. At this event, the library will provide a distraction-free, quiet environment for you to work... along with regular breaks for snacks!   Where: 3rd Floor Classrooms in Hope Building When: Tuesday, April 30 Time: 7 pm - midnight   ALL phones and personal communication devices (except laptops) will be kept in secure storage during the event.   

Job Posting: Systems and Applications Specialist

April 16, 2019 - 10:29am by Lei Wang

We are excited to announce an exciting opportunity at the Cushing/Whitney Medical Library. Come be a part of our team, or share with your friends!     System and Application Specialist (requisition #49815BR)   Position Focus: Reporting to the Assistant Director of Technology and Innovation Services, the System and Application Specialist works with the rest of the Technology and Innovation Services team to design, develop, improve, maintain and secure the Medical Library’s systems and applications. This position focuses on system and application solutions crucial to the Medical Library’s goal of providing secure and user-friendly access to its collections and services. This position is responsible for recommending, developing and implementing the best solutions in response to the needs of the Library and its users. Using languages such as Ruby, JavaScript, or Python, the successful candidate produces code that turns user needs and creative ideas into intuitive tools.   Responsibilities: Provide technical guidance and recommendations for projects, including architectural design, data schema, technology selection, and methodologies to apply. Perform analysis to identify system and application project specifications to meet the stakeholders’ expectations and users’ needs, scheduled timelines, and budgetary targets. Create, communicate and manage project plans. Perform programming tasks in support of the development and delivery of applications, programs, and systems. Collaborate with the Web Services Librarian to help implement user-centered interfaces for systems and applications. Collaborate with the Medical Historical Library and University Library IT staff to identify and implement practical, innovative discovery solutions to our digitized collections. Provide ongoing maintenance and support for applications and systems. Respond to information security incidents quickly with solutions. Troubleshoot and rapidly resolve problems with systems, programs and applications. May participate in the Library’s education program by offering technology training sessions for users. May participate in the Library’s personal librarian program. Collaborate with Yale ITS staff, University Library IT staff, Yale New Haven Hospital ITS staff, vendors, consultants and product specialists Apply and keep current with existing and emerging technologies and methodologies. May perform other duties as required or assigned.   Required Education and Experience: Bachelor's Degree in a related field and 2-4 years of related work experience or an equivalent combination of education and experience.   Required Skills/Abilities: Demonstrated ability in programming in at least one of the following languages/frameworks: Ruby/Rails, Java, PHP, Python/Django, JavaScript/Node.js. Ability to implement code written in other languages in the group. Demonstrated ability in programming for major databases, such as MySQL, Postgres, MangoDB, etc. Demonstrated knowledge of the Unix/Linux terminal environment. Demonstrated ability in software development in a team environment using source code versioning tools such as Git for management, documentation, and sharing of source code. Demonstrated ability to mitigate security vulnerabilities in networked applications. Demonstrated excellent oral, written, and interpersonal communication and analytical ability. Experience working collegially and cooperatively within and across organizations. Excellent customer service skills, flexibility and dedication to innovation, creativity, and excellence. Ability managing multiple priorities.   Preferred Qualifications: ALA-accredited master’s degree in library and information science, or bachelor’s/master’s degree in computer science, software engineering, or a related field of study. Prior work experience in academic libraries or health science libraries. Project management skills. Experience with Apache Solr. Familiarity with library data formats and standards (MARC 21, Dublin Core, METS, MODS). Experience providing technology teaching, training and consultation. Demonstrated use of continuous integration and/or continuous deployment using Jenkins, Travis, Mavin, Ansible, or other similar packages. Experience with development operations using Heroku, Vagrant, Docker and other containerized development/deployment strategies. Ability using issue tracking systems. Experience creating programs to process, analyze, and present scientific data.    

Resource Spotlight: Journal Citation Reports

April 16, 2019 - 9:49am by Caitlin Meyer

Welcome to Resource Spotlight! The Cushing/Whitney Medical Library provides access to an incredible array of databases, e-book collections, software and more. In this series of posts, we’ll be showcasing highlights from our collection. Choosing where to publish can be a difficult decision. Who writes in certain journals? Are they being read? Fortunately, Journal Citation Reports can help answer some of these questions. Published by Clarivate, the company that runs Web of Science, Journal Citation Reports (JCR) has information on more than 11,000 journals from around the world. Leveraging the depth of Web of Science’s collection, the JCR tracks which articles, and therefore journals, are being cited in new literature and distills that information into easily digestible Journal Impact Factor metrics.  Each journal in the report has a profile page that outlines its research impact metrics over time, puts the metrics into context within subject categories, and highlights top-performing articles. You can also see the geographic distribution of authors for that journal, as well as a list of organizations that have written the most content.  Since ‘good’ research impact indicators and publishing frequency vary widely by field, the “Browse by Category” function on the homepage can give you insight into what the publishing landscape looks like in a particular discipline. You can see how many journals there are in that field, how often they publish, how many articles come out per year, and the median journal impact.   Journal Citation Reports can be accessed directly or by opening up the Web of Science and selecting JCR at the top.  Feel free to contact the library with any JCR or research impact questions, and keep an eye out for our Research Impact Basics class. 

Celebrate National Public Health Week 2019

March 25, 2019 - 2:35pm by Kate Nyhan

Join Cushing/Whitney Medical Library to celebrate National Public Health Week 2019! We're hosting five hands-on workshops to improve your literature searching skills. Suggest a research question related to the themes by emailing public health librarian kate.nyhan@yale.edu. After any session, you'll be able to use special PubMed features to do fast, more effective literature searches about the topics you care about. Literature search handout Follow these links to register for the session that fits your schedule or the session on your favorite topic. Tuesday, April 2, 3:30pm - 4:30 pm: Literature searching for healthy communities and violence prevention: double workshop Wednesday, April 3, 8:15am - 8:45 am: Literature searching for rural health Thursday, April 4, 12:00pm - 12:30 pm: Literature searching for technology and public health Friday, April 5, 9:00am - 9:30 am: Literature searching for climate change Friday, April 5, 12:30pm - 1:00 pm: Literature searching for global health   And if you'd like to arrange a special session for your class, center, department, or student group, get in touch!  
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