Renovation Update!

9 February 2018 - 3:04pm by Kelly Perry

We are excited to announce that plans for the renovation are moving forward! The architects are preparing the final enhanced schematic design and construction drawings with an end of March timeline. As of now, construction is tentatively scheduled to begin in mid-July.

Here are some recent preliminary drawings of the proposed Team-Based Learning classroom and the relocated Information Commons. Please note: the colors are for definition of spaces, not the actual colors for the final designs.

New classroom viewed from entrance to the room  "cutaway" view of new classroom from above  New information room on lower level


We are delighted to share this transformation with you. Stay tuned for more details.

"A Man of Commanding Presence": Dr. James Henry Etheridge Papers and Exhibition

8 February 2018 - 3:26pm by Andy Hickner

Dr. James Henry Etheridge as a young man, seated(by Deborah Streahle, doctoral student in the Program in the History of Medicine and Science)

The Medical Historical Library is pleased to announce a gift of the papers of 19th century physician, obstetrician, and gynecologist Dr. James Henry Etheridge.  The papers are a donation from the estate of Margaret Grant Young, 2017.

Dr. Etheridge (1844-1899) was a distinguished Chicago physician in the late 19th-century. He graduated from Rush Medical College in 1869 and, after a brief sojourn in Europe, taught there for the rest of his life. As a professor of Materia Medica, Medical Jurisprudence, and Gynecology, Dr. Etheridge was passionate about medical education and highly regarded by his peers and students. Reflecting his dedication as an alumnus, his papers feature commencement programs, newsletters, and newspaper clippings related to Rush Medical College.

In addition to teaching, Dr. Etheridge practiced as a general physician and later specialized in gynecology. He advocated for this model of medical education for his students, arguing that a specialist must work from a solid foundation in general practice lest he become “a lamentably narrow physician.”[1] Dr. Etheridge’s papers reflect his expertise with reprints of his many lectures and journal articles on gynecology, as well as casebooks and ledgers recording his patient interactions in private practice.

Beyond his local responsibilities, Etheridge also traveled to attend the meetings of several professional organizations, among them the American Medical Association and the International Congress of Obstetricians and Gynecologists. Included in his papers are conference ephemera like invitations, welcome booklets, banquet menus, and travel guides.

After his sudden death from “aneurism of the heart” in 1899, his personal physician remarked, “He was a man of commanding presence and polish and popular with all whom he came in contact.” Upon hearing the news, his students at Rush adopted a set of formal resolutions in his honor. The resolutions officially memorialized his death and reflected his esteemed place at the college.

Dr. Etheridge was survived by his wife, Harriet Elizabeth Powers, and their two daughters. Five letter files contain his and his family’s extensive personal and professional correspondence from the 1850s-1920s, as well as a beautiful baby book. As a whole, the acquisition offers insight into the life and afterlife of a scholarly physician practicing in the late-19th century.

Please view a small exhibition featuring Etheridge’s papers in the Medical Historical Library, curated by Deborah Streahle, doctoral student in the Program in the History of Medicine and Science.

[1] J.H. Etheridge, “The Gynecologist as Specialist,” Chicago Medical Recorder, 1898.


Love Data Week at CWML - Schedule of Events!

8 February 2018 - 10:52am by Lindsay Barnett


Join us the week of February 12-16th as we celebrate data!  


Love Data Week Kick-Off

Monday, 2/12, 11am-1pm

Join us at the front entrance of the medical library for Valentines, candy, and data!


Intro to Genome Browsers

Monday, 2/12 2:30-4pm

Ensembl provides access to genomic information with a number of visualization tools.  This session will review the basic functionalities and navigation of Ensembl by using specific examples.  Join Biomedical Sciences Research Support Librarian Rolando Garcia-Milian to explore the data retrieving and visualization capabilities of this resource.  Please bring your laptop to follow the instructor.

Register for Intro to Genome Browsers.


Data Discussion: The Cushing Center and the Cushing Tumor Registry

Thursday, 2/15, 11am-12pm

You may have seen the Cushing Center, with brains, photographs and more - but have you heard the story of how the collection came to be, and how researchers are still using these samples today?  Join Cushing Center Coordinator Terry Dagradi and Research and Education Librarian Kate Nyhan to discuss the continuing life of this extraordinary collection.
The Cushing Center will be closed for construction on 2/15, so we will meet in the medical library alcove. You're welcome to drop by at any time in the eleven o'clock hour!


Practical Data Research Management Workshop

Thursday, 2/15, 4-5pm

Planning how you'll manage your research data will save you time and trouble.  This workshop will discuss moments of "data management risk" and practical approaches to data management that you can apply in your own work.  Join Research and Education Librarian Kate Nyhan and Access Services/Clinical Librarian Ayssa Grimshaw and leave this workshop with a checklist of practical next steps in data management.  

Register for the Practical Research Data Management Workshop.


Why do we love data? Learn more about Love Data Week here!

Color Our Collections Week - 2018!

7 February 2018 - 10:50am by Kelly Perry

It's that time of year again...  Color Our Collections Week is back!

Following the lead of the New York Academy of Medicine (please visit their website, which includes not only the CWML, but several other examples of coloring pages by numerous other libraries, museums, and universities), we have rendered some of our digital images into coloring pages.


To see our examples from this year and last, please click on the following links:

The 2018 Cushing/Whitney Medical Library Coloring Book.
The 2017 Cushing/Whitney Medical Library Coloring Book.
The 2016 Cushing/Whitney Medical Library Coloring Book.

New Exhibit for Winter 2018

7 February 2018 - 8:07am by Kelly Perry



Image of two volumes of "La Santé à la Portée de Tous"

Highlighting New Acquisitions in the Medical Historical Library
January 29th-March 28th, 2018

The Medical Historical Library expands its collections through the careful acquisition of new books, prints, posters, ephemera and other objects.  Spanning assorted topics, including anatomy, herbs and plants, plague and other diseases, protest against medicine and social justice, HIV/AIDS patients, Planned Parenthood, and more, this exhibition highlights just a few of the new pieces recently added to the Library.

On view in the Rotunda and Library Hallway.

Please view our Instagram account @yalemedhistlib for more collections, including other recent acquisitions.

Love Data Week and Endangered Data Week at CWML!

1 February 2018 - 4:39pm by Lindsay Barnett

Join the Cushing/Whitney Medical Library as we celebrate Love Data Week (February 12 - 16) and Endangered Data Week (February 26 - March 2)!

What are these weeks?

Date Weeks provide opportunities for researchers, scholars, data professionals, and the broader community to share stories about the data that shape our lives.  Love Data Week is devoted to data lifecycle management, including sharing, preservation, reuse, and research data services.  Endangered Data Week aims to bring light to data sets that are in danger of being deleted, repressed, mishandled, or lost.

Why are they important?

Data Weeks encourage us to stop and think about the data that we use, manage, and create both professionally and in the course of our everyday lives.  As the foundation of our research, scholarship and practice, we encourage you to consider: Are you giving your data the care it deserves?

Why celebrate with us?

Because we love data too!  We want to hear your stories and learn more about how you engage with data.  We want you to have the knowledge and tools to better manage and maintain your data.

What's happening?

CWML is planning a number of events for both weeks.  These include workshops, informational sessions, tours, and speakers. 

View our calendar of events for Love Data Week here!  

View our calendar of events for Endangered Data Week here!

Stop by our table at the front entrance of the library February 12th from 11am-1pm, as we kick-off Love Data Week with information, crafts, and candy!

If you would like to receive messages about Data Weeks events, please send your email address to

The Robert Bogdan Disability Collection

30 January 2018 - 3:55pm by Andy Hickner

Robert Bogdan

(by Melissa Grafe)

Yale University’s Medical Historical Library is pleased to announce the acquisition of an important collection of ephemera, photographs, and rare books related to disability, the Robert Bogdan Disability Collection.

Professor Robert Bogdan compiled an archive guided by the ideas of the field of Disability Studies, an approach that focuses on “disability” as a social, cultural, and political phenomenon. Bogdan, an early pioneer in that field, has taught courses related to it since 1971. He started collecting disability ephemera in early 1980s in order to advance his research and writing. As Bogdan began collecting he realized that although there were archives and collections related to specific aspects of disability and particular disability-related organizations, none took a broad Disability Studies approach.

Victorian-era boy in a wheelchair

The collection is unique in being both broad in scope yet deep in particular areas. For example, there are over four hundred photo postcards of people with a range of disabilities participating in regular life, pictures that might be found in family albums. The people are photographed as family members, friends and loved ones, not as clinical types. There are over one hundred pieces related to begging, ephemera used by people with disabilities to solicit money. There are close to three hundred items related to charities soliciting money for people with disabilities. In addition, there are hundreds items associated with institutions where people with disabilities were confined.  As Bogdan explains, “The collection expands our understanding of the social history of disability as well as contains images that are esthetically challenging and engaging.”

A Victorian-era male posing with two prosthetic legs

There are over 3,500 items in the collection. It covers the period from approximately 1870, when photographic images became widely available, through the 1970s, when the disability rights movement became an important force for social change. Most of the items are contained in 14 large three ring binders organized by topics.  Their format varies but the great majority of the materials are postcards, and most of those are photo postcards. Other photo formats include carte de visite, cabinet cards, as well as other larger photographs. These are complemented by pamphlets and other printed materials.  Please see the preliminary inventory of the collection

Bogdan’s work Freak Show is a classic in the field of disability studies, as are a number of his other publications. His most recent book, Picturing Disability, draws on images in the collection. Bogdan has received many honors and awards for his contribution to the field of disability studies.  He is a Distinguished Professor Emeritus in Social Science and Disability Studies at Syracuse University.

For questions concerning the collection, please contact Melissa Grafe, Ph.D, John R. Bumstead Librarian for Medical History:

Welcome new Cross-Departmental Team members

23 January 2018 - 12:23pm by Andy Hickner

(by Melissa Funaro)

Please join us in welcoming three new Cross Departmental Team members: Vasean Daniels, Dorota Peglow, and Christopher Zollo.

The formation of the Cross-Departmental Team (CDT) in early 2015 has allowed the Cushing/Whitney Medical Library to easily accommodate spikes in service requests. Having a skilled group of professionals has permitted the Library to undertake new projects. The team has been invaluable in supporting the work of the Systematic Review Service. In addition, The CDT creates EndNote libraries, places Interlibrary Loan (ILL) requests for articles not available in our Yale holdings, attaches requested full text articles received through Interlibrary Loan Service (ILL) to EndNote and Covidence. As a result, librarians have been able to expand outreach efforts and provide more robust services.

Resource Spotlight: Bates' Visual Guide to Physical Examination

19 January 2018 - 11:26am by Caitlin Meyer


Bates resource spotlight image

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.

In this edition of Resource Spotlight, we’ll be looking at Bates’ Visual Guide to Physical Examination. An online complement to the classic textbook, Bates’ Visual Guide to Physical Examination offers users head-to-toe and systems-based physical examination instructional videos.

The fifth edition of the Guide offers more than eight hours of high-quality video divided into 18 ‘chapters’. Each chapter is themed (e.g. “Head-to-Toe Assessment: Infant” “Cardiovascular System”, “Nervous System: Cranial Nerves & Motor System”) and the videos within each chapter range from bite-size, animated anatomy review to extended examination demonstrations. 

In addition to the general knowledge presented in the Guide, it also features a section of OSCE (Objective Structured Clinical Examinations) Clinical Skills Videos. These videos allow you to test your clinical reasoning skills by observing a clinical encounter and then being given an opportunity to develop an assessment or differential diagnosis, and provide a diagnostic workup. 

Bates’ Visual Guide to Physical Examination is available to Yale affiliates through the VPN, YNHH affiliates through the proxy server and everybody on the YaleSecure WiFi network.

Start exploring the Guide today. 

For questions on how to best use Bates’ Visual Guide to Physical Examination, feel free to contact us.

Open Position: Assistant Director of Clinical Information Services

10 January 2018 - 8:54am by Kelly Perry

We're hiring!  Join our team, or share this link with colleagues who may be interested.
Assistant Director of Clinical Information Services
Harvey Cushing/John Hay Whitney Medical Library
Yale University, New Haven, CT
STARS Requisition number:  47576BR
Schedule:  Full-time (37.5 hours per week); Standard Work Week (M-F, 8:30-5:00)
Position Focus
The Assistant Director of Clinical Information Services advances the Medical Library’s role in improving clinical quality, advancing patient care, educating trainees and faculty, and enhancing research in the Yale-New Haven Medical Center. Reporting to the Associate Director and working in a highly collaborative environment, the incumbent will develop innovative services, formulate a strategy for setting and achieving goals, assess skills and resources required to ensure success, and evaluate program effectiveness. 
In a busy, service-focused medical library, the Assistant Director of Clinical Information Services supervises the work of the Clinical Team and the long-established clinical liaison program. This involves coaching and evaluating the work of four direct reports, plus collaborating with other librarians involved in clinical outreach. The incumbent works with all library staff to provide research support to the medical center using a wide range of digital and mobile resources, and instructional and information technologies, and is involved in collection development. This position directly supports academic departments as a liaison librarian. 
The Assistant Director of Clinical Information Services serves on the Library’s Leadership Team, the Research and Education Department Managers’ Team, and partners closely with two other Assistant Directors on all aspects of outreach and education to promote teamwork and collaboration, to enhance the training and development of librarians, and to ensure the provision of services of the highest standards.
Essential Duties
1. Leads the Medical Library’s program in support of the Yale New Haven Medical Center’s clinical enterprise. Promotes the development, implementation, and evaluation of library services that align with user needs and the clinical care and research priorities of the university and the hospital.
2. Establishes and maintains relationships with clinicians, administrative and house staff, hospital and health system administrators, and chairs of academic departments.
3. Provides leadership and vision for the Clinical Team and manages the Library’s clinical liaison program.
4. Hires, trains, coaches, supervises, and evaluates the work of four librarians.
5. Serves as a liaison librarian to selected departments and offers orientations, instruction, consultation, searching, and research services and support to faculty, staff, and trainees.
6. Provides training in the use of knowledge management and information resources, tools, and strategies including: evidence-based searching, systematic reviews, content management tools, databases, mobile apps.
7. Collaborates with the Collection Development and Scholarly Communication Librarian and other librarians in the health system to build robust clinical collections, resources, and tools.
8. Teaches in the Library’s general instruction program, depending on skills and interests (e.g. biomedical databases, citation management tools, biomedical research strategies, enhancing research impact).
9. Serves on the Library’s Leadership Team and the REED Managers’ Team.
10. Collaborates with other librarians and libraries at Yale University.
11. Promotes the use of current and emerging technologies.
12. May participate in the Personal Librarian Program.
13. Serves on Library and University committees.
14. Participates in professional activities outside of Yale and monitors developments and best practices to encourage innovation and ensure the excellence of the Library.
15.  May be required to assist in disaster recovery efforts.
16. May perform other duties as assigned.
Required Education and Experience
  • Master’s degree from an ALA-accredited library school and a minimum of five years of professional library experience in a medical/health sciences library, or equivalent.
  • Understanding of the current issues in medical education and training and clinical practice. Demonstrated knowledge of and experience teaching biomedical research resources.
  • Proven ability to design, implement, and assess innovative outreach programs and services to achieve library objectives.
  • Ability to supervise the work of others and commitment to mentoring, training and developing staff.
  • Excellent interpersonal, analytical, and communication skills, including the ability to actively listen, understand and articulate user needs. Proven ability working both independently and collaboratively with varied groups.
  • Ability to prioritize, multi-task, and meet deadlines, and to conceptualize new solutions to problems with creativity and flexibility.
Preferred Education, Experience and Skills
  • Eight to ten years of professional library experience in a biomedical or clinical environment.
  • Participation in health sciences research teams as a peer.
  • Experience supervising librarians.
  • Degree in a health science, education, science or public health area.
We invite you to discover the excitement, diversity, rewards, and excellence of a career at Yale University.  One of the country's great workplaces, Yale University offers exciting opportunities for meaningful accomplishment and true growth.  Our benefits package is among the best anywhere, with a wide variety of insurance choices, liberal paid time off, fantastic family and educational benefits, a variety of retirement benefits, extensive recreational facilities, and much more.
How to Apply
Review of applications will begin immediately and will continue until the position is filled.  Applications, consisting of a cover letter, resume, and the names and contact information of three professional references should by submitted by applying online at
Yale University considers applicants for employment without regard to, and does not discriminate on the basis of an individual's sex, race, color, religion, age, disability, status as a veteran, or national or ethnic origin; nor does Yale discriminate on the basis of sexual orientation or gender identity or expression.
Subscribe to RSS - blogs