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Welcome Katherine!

1 May 2018 - 8:22am by Kelly Perry

The Cushing/Whitney Medical Library is delighted to announce that Katherine Stemmer Frumento joined the Library as Assistant Director of Clinical Information Services on April 23rd. She can be reached at katherine.frumento@yale.edu and 203-785-6251.

Katherine Stemmer FrumentoKatherine’s most recent experience was at Greenwich Hospital where she was the Library Director for 17 years. At Greenwich, she developed and implemented consumer health literacy services to ensure that patients, their families, and the general public had resources for their health care information needs. Katherine also implemented clinical librarian services to ensure that all members of the health care teams had the evidence-based information they needed to provide the best care to patients. Katherine started her medical librarian career at Park City Hospital in Bridgeport and then went to Bridgeport Hospital as Library Director. After a thirteen-year tenure at Bridgeport Hospital, Katherine was appointed the Medical Library Director at Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center, where she served for many years before moving to Greenwich Hospital.

In addition to her MLS from Southern Connecticut State University, Katherine also holds an MBA from the University of New Haven.  Her professional memberships include the Medical Library Association, the Academy of Health Information Professionals, the Special Libraries Association, the North Atlantic Health Sciences Libraries, as well as the Connecticut Association of Health Sciences Librarians.

Welcome Katherine!

Resource Spotlight: Scopus

19 April 2018 - 11:13am 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.

In this edition of Resource Spotlight, we’ll be looking at Scopus. Scopus is the single largest abstract and citation database of peer-reviewed literature. Unlike Medline resources like PubMed and Ovid MEDLINE, Scopus is also the home to non-journal literature, like conference abstracts and books. Indexing more than 22,000 journals, Scopus covers science, technology, medicine, social sciences, arts, and humanities - making it a great resource for interdisciplinary projects. 

Scopus’ user-friendly interface mimics Google search in its simplicity. No special syntax or subject headings are needed to conduct an initial search. Being an academic resource, though, Scopus offers many functionalities that Google does not: 

  • Author search and author profiles
  • Search by affiliation to gauge the output of a specific school or department
  • The ability to search for certain document types
  • Optional advanced search functionality that lets you search specific fields like chemical or biological entities, editors, funding information, conference information and more

Offering data at the article, journal, and author level, Scopus’ broad range of content coverage makes its research impact information robust as well. Users can easily disambiguate authors and navigate to author profile pages that list publications, frequent collaborators, h-index, citation counts, disciplines that the author publishes in, and more. As mentioned above, this level of granular information is also available at the article and journal level. 

Scopus is a great place to start your research, a necessary inclusion in most systematic reviews, and a massive time-saver in calculating h-indices. 

With something to offer for students, clinicians, researchers, administrative staff and more start exploring Scopus today!

For questions on how to best use Scopus, feel free to contact Research & Education Librarian Caitlin Meyer.

Free 30-Day Trial to Aquifer Addiction

4 April 2018 - 9:08am by Lindsay Barnett

The Cushing/Whitney Medical Library is hosting a free 30 day trial to Aquifer Addiction (formerly CARE), and we would love your input!  If you are interested in exploring this product, please contact Lindsay Barnett who will create a trial account for you.  Please note that the trial is not available to students. 

About Aquifer Addiction:

Used in medical schools around the world, the Aquifer Addiction (CARE) online curriculum prepares medical students to identify, intervene and address substance use disorders.  The lack of formal education surrounding substance use disorders and addiction has left many practicing physicians and healthcare professionals inadequately prepared to assess, intervene, manage, and treat patients.

Key Features:

  • Twelve modules incorporate case studies, which provide an interactive platform for clinical consideration, and videos featuring today's leading experts in addiction covering key topics.
  • Created for educators, by educators, in conjunction with the American Society of Addiction Medicine and the Treatment Research Institute.
  • Proven pedagogy that standardizes experiences - overcoming geography, seasonality, and accessibility.
  • Evidence-based, peer-reviewed, and continuously updated content.
  • Self-assessment questions at the end of the course emphasize key content and enable students to test their knowledge and skills.
  • A wealth of source material, tools, and full references in each case.
  • Delivered via the Aqueduct learning management system, which includes user management options, easy reporting on student progress and course usage, plus tools for creating custom courses to match a specific curriculum.
  • Available for individual or institutional subscribers for students or as continuing education. 

The trial runs through May 2nd. 

Let us know what you think!  Contact Lindsay Barnett with feedback.

Finding Book Chapters

3 April 2018 - 4:38pm by Caitlin Meyer

Despite the promise of tools like Quicksearch and the breadth of massive databases like Scopus, certain types of information simply cannot be found in one place. No need to fret, though! We've got you covered. This new series of blog posts will serve as a home of recommended resources and searching tips for hard-to-find types of information. Have a suggestion for a subject? Shoot me an email

Despite being the primary site of scholarly conversation in the sciences, not all disciplines revolve around the journal literature. Often considered "book-based" disciplines include archeology, law, politics/international studies, psychology, philosophy, sociology, history, communications, and media studies. Book chapters are generally cited less than journal articles and there isn't as established of a culture of research impact measurement around book chapters as there is around journal articles. Book chapters are still valuable pieces of academic writing, however, as they provide a home to content that doesn't fit well into the article format. Finding book chapters using electronic resources can be a little bit tricky, as the tools are scattered, but read on for specific tips, tricks, and resources to try out. 

Recommended Resources

Tips & Tricks 

  • If searching for the title of a book chapter, mark it as a "Keyword" or "All Fields" search instead of "Title". If you mark it as "Title", you might miss out if we have the whole book your chapter is in but it isn't entirely indexed.

  • If you know the name of the book the chapter is in, try using Quicksearch to locate the book and navigate to the chapter that way. 

  • Tools like Scopus have robust author profile systems. Try to search for the author of the chapter, click on their name, then all of their publications (hopefully the chapter you seek) will populate. 

  • If the Yale libraries do not own the chapter, you can request a scan or delivery of the book through interlibrary loan

New exhibition on the Early Modern Pharmacy, 1500-1800

27 March 2018 - 11:17am by Melissa Grafe

The Historical Library is please to announce our newest exhibition:

The Early Modern Pharmacy: Drugs, Recipes, and Apothecaries, 1500-1800
April 2nd-July 5th, 2018

What did a pharmacy look like in Europe, between 1500 and 1800? What kind of activities took place within its walls? Who were the pharmacists? What kind of drugs did they make, and where did the ingredients come from? This exhibit, organized by the students in Professor Paola Bertucci's undergraduate seminar Collecting Nature and Art with the collaboration of Sarah Pickman, engages with these questions. It shows that, in the early modern period, collecting recipes and making medicines were common household activities carried out by women, while apothecaries often became targets of satire. The exhibit focuses also on a number of American ingredients, like coffee, cocoa, tobacco and chocolate, initially regarded as potential cure-alls, and on the mythical mandrake.

Join us for an opening reception April 2nd at 5:15 in the Rotunda of the Medical Library.

Dermatology Grand Rounds in the Historical Library

22 March 2018 - 12:22pm by Susan Wheeler

Dermatology Grand Rounds in the Historical Library

Wednesday, April 4, 2018

Viewing  8:00 - 9:00 am      Discussion  9:00 - 10:15 am.

Jean Bolognia, M.D., and Irwin Braverman, M.D., will present nine patients of Dr. Peter Parker (YC 1831, YMS 1834) as portrayed in the Historical Library’s paintings by Lam Qua.   A medical missionary, Parker founded a hospital in Canton and commissioned portraits (1836-1855) of over one hundred patients, many of whom had large tumors. In 1888, he bequeathed his collection of paintings to the Pathology Department of the Yale Medical School. The paintings were transferred to the Historical Library in the early 1970’s. Case reports of many of the patients survive, providing valuable insights. Today, the collection draws researchers in history of medicine, art, religion, clinical medicine and bioethics.

Census Panel Discussion: Recap and Additional Resources

20 March 2018 - 1:14pm by Lindsay Barnett

Update: On Monday, March 26th, the Commerce Department announced that the 2020 Census will reinstate the citizenship question for the first time in 70 years.  Our panelists discussed some of the dire and far-reaching consequences a Census undercount can have on public and economic health, as well as political representation.  A number of states are planning legal action in response to this decision.  See "What Can We Do?" below for a list of organizations advocating for a fair and trustworthy Census.  

Thanks to all who joined us on Tuesday, February 27th for a fascinating discussion: What happens to community health when data is compromised? A discussion panel on the 2020 Census and other survey data.

A special thanks to our phenomenal panelists who made this session possible:

 

Mark Abraham – Executive Director of DataHaven
Read Mark’s coauthored article with Aparna Nathan that appeared in the Hartford Courant, “Census Underfunding Could Hurt Connecticut.”

Rachel Leventhal-Weiner – Data Engagement Specialist at Connecticut Data Collaborative
Contact Rachel at rlw@ctdata.org.

Kenya Flash – Pol. Sci., Global Affairs & Gov. Info. Librarian at the Center for Science and Social Science Information, Yale University

Miriam Olivares – GIS Librarian at the Center for Science and Social Science Information, Yale University

Jim Hadler – Senior Consultant, Infectious Disease and Medical Epidemiology, Connecticut and Yale Emerging Infections Program, New York City Department of Health and Mental Hygiene, Council of State and Territorial Epidemiologists 

And our Moderator, Kyle Peyton, PhD candidate in Political Science, Yale University, ISPS Policy Fellow.

 

For those of you who could not attend, or want to stay involved in the discussion, here are some highlights and additional resources.

 

What does Census data do?:

Informs other population surveys

Acts as an integral part of geospatial work

Helps determine public health funding based on incidence

Allows for analysis of social determinants of health through the American Community Survey, which fills in important details of population data that the decennial Census outlines. 

 

Read more about the links between Census data and public health in these articles:

Using the Census to understand the link between flu and poverty in New Haven, CT

Exploring the relationship between poverty and premature mortality in New York City

 

Why is the Census endangered?

A question about citizenship status has been proposed for the 2020 Census.  This question has the potential to significantly reduce response rates among already undercounted immigrant and minority communities, jeopardizing the accuracy of the data collected and driving up costs as more resources are used to follow-up with non-responders.  As Census data drives redistricting and federal funding, an inaccurate count puts vulnerable communities at risk of not receiving necessary funding and resources.  Inaccurate Census data also hinders efforts of public health officers to initiate effective disease prevention programs in high risk communities.

In addition, underfunding of the Census has the potential to result in an inaccurate count, as fewer resources are available for field testing and follow-up of non-responders, among other issues.  The impacts of an undercount would be felt long after 2020, at both the local and national level.  Lack of funding doesn’t just affect the decennial Census, many Census programs and other federal surveys are at risk. 

As Census data provides the infrastructure for numerous policy, commerce, and research efforts, stripping resources from the Census is like tearing up our roads and highways! 

 

What can we do?

Reach out to your congressional representative and demand a fair and thorough count!  A full count is in their self-interest as well as the communities they represent. 

Follow The Census Project, a network of organizations that “support a fair and accurate 2020 Census and a comprehensive American Community Survey”.

https://thecensusproject.org/

The National Democratic Redistricting Committee (NDRC) is building a strategy to end gerrymandering and create fairer maps in the 2021 redistricting process.

https://democraticredistricting.com/

The Count on Stats initiative of the American Statistical Association aims to educate and advocate for the importance of trustworthy federal statistics. 

http://www.amstat.org/ASA/Science-Policy-and-Advocacy/Count-on-Stats.aspx

The Council of Professional Associations on Federal Statistics devoted to increasing the public’s knowledge of Federal statistics and creating dialog around the value of Federal statistics for the public good.

http://www.copafs.org/

At the local level, The Connecticut Data Collaborative aims to “empower an ecosystem of data users by democratizing access to public data and building data literacy”.  In addition to offering processed and machine-readable datasets through their data portal, the CT Data Collaborative offers a monthly open data conference call and provides updates in federal and state data in the news, in addition to various events.

http://ctdata.org/

Register for the next Open Data Call and learn more about The CT Data Collaborative’s events here:

http://ctdata.org/academy/

Contact a librarian at CWML for questions and additional resources about the Census and its impact on public health!

 

It's March Madness at Cushing/Whitney Medical Library!

16 March 2018 - 12:53pm by Caitlin Meyer

Join us March 21st and 22nd for March Madness at Cushing/Whitney Medical Library. 

We'll be offering special classes comparing popular library resources. What tool or database has what it takes to win it all? 

All classes are free and will be held in SHM L 103, also known as the TCC or computer classroom.

Schedule: 

Research Impact
Scopus vs Web of Science
Wednesday, March 21st at 1:00PM
Both Scopus and Web of Science offer access to huge amounts of literature, track citations, offer insights into research impact, and cover multiple disciplines. Which tool reigns supreme? Which one does what better?

Register here! 

Literature Searching
Ovid Medline vs PubMed
Wednesday, March 21st at 4:00 PM
Ovid MEDLINE and PubMed both search the MEDLINE journals - but which interface is better? Which database best suits your needs? Ovid’s search building feature and clean interface make it a strong candidate, but strong enough to beat out PubMed’s legacy and features like automatic term mapping? Join Alexandria Brackett for this showdown and decide for yourself!

Register here!

Point of Care Bedlam
UpToDate vs DynaMed Plus 
Thursday, March 22nd at 11:30 AM
During this game (class), we will compare the differences between these two point of care tools. We will assess the validity of the information, the currency of their resources, and the different perks of the two products, including calculators, guidelines, patient education information, and more. Come to this class to help you decide which tool is best for you and your patient care. Refereed by Alexandria Brackett. 

Register here!

Citation Management 
EndNote vs Zotero 
Both EndNote and Zotero help you manage your references and PDFs, make the creation of bibliographies a breeze, and integrate into paper-writing software such as Microsoft Word for easy citing while you're writing. Both are free. Which is right for you? Which does what better? Come decide for yourself with a showdown refereed by Caitlin Meyer. 

Register here!

 

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