#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.

Librarians at Yale-New Haven Hospital on March 22

16 March 2016 - 5:22pm by Andy Hickner

Medical Librarians will be available on Tuesday, March 22, from 9:30 am- 2:00 pm, on the second floor of Yale-New Haven Hospital, above the atrium, to show you the most recent online information resources including useful mobile apps.  They will also be highlighting a new clinical decision support tool, DynaMed Plus, which is currently located in EPIC and on the clinical work station.  Please stop by to ask questions about what the library can offer you to help support your clinical work, research and education/teaching needs.

One month trial of PsycEXTRA, a grey literature database

16 March 2016 - 9:47am by Andy Hickner

The Library has a one month trial to PsycEXTRA, a grey literature database.

PsycEXTRA, produced by the American Psychological Association, is the premier resource for gray literature relating to behavioral sciences, ethics, health, psychology, and social sciences. It proactively uncovers and presents new developments and research in these disciplines and allows behavioral science researchers to go beyond traditional peer-reviewed materials and locate research before it appears in published journals and books. When combined with conventional research materials, this database allows users to gain vital insight across these disciplines.

Document types in this database include hard to find materials such as amicus briefs; bibliographies; blogs; brochures; clinical trials; conference materials; consumer brochures; curricula; data; directories; dissertations; fact sheets; government reports; grants; guidelines; interviews; legal testimony; legislation; magazines and periodicals; monographs; multimedia; newsletters; newspapers; oral histories; patents; patient-oriented fact sheets and brochures; policy statements; press releases; reports; speeches; standards; technical and annual reports; testimonies; theses; and web articles.

This database includes international materials from countries such as Australia, Canada, Ireland, Latvia, Norway, Sweden, and the United Kingdom, as well as organizations such as academic and research institutions; foundations; the military; national, state and regional psychological associations; federal and state agencies; and international organizations such as the United Nations and World Health Organization.

Updated biweekly, this database includes records for items published from 1825 to the present, none of which overlap with PsycINFO.

Users can browse this database by topic, year, author, document type, or content owner; can search it by content owner, keywords, author names; and publication titles; or can use the Thesaurus of Psychological Index Terms to navigate their way through the database.

We ask users to explore this resource and to send any feedback to your departmental or personal librarian. The trial runs through April 13.

More publishers now requiring ORCID iDs

4 March 2016 - 2:15pm by Andy Hickner

In January 2016, ORCID announced that a number of publishers - eLife, PLOS, the Royal Society, IEEE, AGU, EMBO, and Science - plan to require submitting authors to register for and provide ORCID IDs.  

In its own words,

ORCID is an open, non-profit, community-driven effort to create and maintain a registry of unique researcher identifiers and a transparent method of linking research activities and outputs to these identifiers. ORCID is unique in its ability to reach across disciplines, research sectors and national boundaries. It is a hub that connects researchers and research through the embedding of ORCID identifiers in key workflows, such as research profile maintenance, manuscript submissions, grant applications, and patent applications.  

ORCID provides two core functions: (1) a registry to obtain a unique identifier and manage a record of activities, and (2) APIs that support system-to-system communication and authentication.

As ORCID puts it,

Benefits for researchers, in addition to improved discoverability of their works, include single sign-on across journals and streamlined data entry.  The recent launch of Crossref’s auto-update functionality means that researchers can opt to have their ORCID record automatically updated when their papers are published, which in turn means that university and other systems can receive updates directly and reduce reporting burden on researchers.

To learn more about the benefits of ORCID and how to get started, contact your departmental librarian

Transparency and Openness: TOP Guidelines will promote standards in biomedical publishing

3 March 2016 - 9:49am by Andy Hickner

(by Kate Nyhan)

Because the Cushing/Whitney Medical Library supports both students and researchers, we pay special attention to trends in science policy and scholarly communication. One initiative I'm watching and applauding is the Transparency and Openness Promotion Guidelines -- TOP Guidelines for short. Journals, publishers, scholarly societies, and repositories are signing on to these standards to promote transparency and reproducibility. Marcia McNutt, president-elect of the National Academy of Sciences and editor-in-chief of Science discussed this movement at AAAS 2016, and I encourage you to learn more about the project by reading “Promoting an open research culture.”

How will the TOP Guidelines affect researchers at the Yale Schools of Public Health, Medicine, and Nursing? Well, it depends on the journals where researchers hope to publish. Science, PLoS Medicine, and more than five hundred other journals have signed on to the guidelines, and you can check to see if the journals where you plan to publish have also signed on here. But you'll need to get a little more granular, because the TOP Guidelines are actually eight modular standards, each of which can be accepted at four levels.

Science policy goals

Standards from the TOP Guidelines

Reward researchers who engage in open practices through:


  • Citation standards
  • Replication

Support replication and evaluation by describing “transparency” in practical terms:

  • Analytic methods (code) transparency
  • Research materials transparency
  • Design and analysis transparency
  • Data transparency

 Support preregistration through:

  • Preregistration of analysis plans
  • Preregistration of studies

The levels allow journals to find the "sweet spot," as Dr. McNutt put it in her remarks at AAAS: verification, openness, transparency, or mere encouragement. Verification involves ascertaining compliance or validity; openness means that authors must make evidence widely available; transparency means authors state what they have done regarding data sharing, code sharing, and preregistration; encouragement is, well, encouragement, but not a mandate.

I encourage everyone to check out the TOP Guidelines documentation, no matter where you publish. You may decide to hold yourself to some or all of the TOP Guidelines, whether you currently publish in TOP signatory journals or not; you may even decide to start framing student assignments in similar terms. All of us need to keep up with changing expectations in scholarly communication.

I'd love to talk with you, your class, or your journal club about what to expect from funders and journals in the near future. Contact me at

Jeannette Ponzio: 50 Years with the Library

2 March 2016 - 3:14pm by Andy Hickner

(by Katie Hart)

Since she joined the library in 1965, Jeannette Ponzio has witnessed the Cushing/Whitney Medical Library evolve significantly. Interim Director, John Gallagher, sat with Jeannette, the library’s longest serving employee, for a conversation about her many years of exceptional service.

JG:       Jeannette, tell me about when you first joined the Medical Library. What was it like then? What was your first job?

JP:        Before coming to Yale University, I worked as a bookkeeper at the American Supply Company after receiving my bookkeeping certificate from New Haven’s Stone Business College. I began working at Yale in October of 1965. My first job was as a shelver in the Medical Library. Back then books and journals were all that there was, so my days were very busy re-shelving materials in the stacks and helping patrons to find books and articles. The stacks weren’t as large then as they became after the major renovation in the 1990’s. The Circulation Department back then was a part of the Reference Department and the Circulation Desk just off the rotunda where the entrance to the Information Room is now.

John Gallagher & Jeannette Ponzio

John Gallagher & Jeannette Ponzio

JG:       What was your next job?

JP:        In 1971 Stanley Truelson, who was the Director of the Library then, created a part-time evening position for me in Circulation. My husband and I were expecting our first child, and it was important to me to be able to spend the days with her. Times were very different then and Stanley even permitted me to train my husband to do my job while I was out on maternity leave. It worked out great for us. I enjoyed working nights and continued to do so for the next 11 years.

JG:       Over the last 50 years you have seen so many changes. What are some of the most significant ways that the library has changed from your perspective?

JP:        So many things have changed! I don’t know where to begin! The switch from GEAC to Orbis for the library catalog was huge. Also significant was the switch from using photocopy auditrons to copy cards in the ‘80s was another radical change. Finally, now that our users can access so many of the resources they need though our website has really made it easier for them to find the information they need. I can’t imagine what the next major change will be, but the library has always been good at anticipating what our users want. There’s always something fun and new.

JG:       Tell me about your current responsibilities. How did you find yourself in Collection Development and Management?

JP:        After working as the acting head of Circulation in the mid ‘80s, I made the switch from the frontlines of Circulation to supporting back-office operations in 1990, and I have had numerous Technical Services responsibilities since then. Most of my time has been spent on the acquisitions side, helping purchase materials for our patrons and coordinating the work of 3 other people as lead person. Most recently however I have become more involved in the World Health Organization’s HINARI initiative, updating our holdings in the National Library of Medicine’s DOCLINE database, and working with the Access & Delivery Service’s staff to prepare and process print journals and books for transfer to the Library Shelving Facility.

JG:       What has been the best thing about working here for so long?

JP:        Undoubtedly it’s the people. It’s been wonderful over the years to work with so many lovely and dedicated people. With all the changes there’s always someone there to help and train you. It has been great, and a wonderful place to work!

JG:       Thank you Jeannette. On behalf of the Library and Yale we are so grateful for all the wonderful contributions you have made, and for your 50 years of dedicated service! 

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