Medical Library Association Annual Conference

29 June 2018 - 11:34am by Katie Hart

At the end of May ten of our librarians attended the Medical Library Association (MLA) Annual Meeting in Atlanta, GA. The MLA meeting schedule was chock full of classes, poster sessions, formal and informal meetings, sharing sessions, exhibits, and paper sessions that explored the latest trends in medical librarianship. Our librarians taught and took continuing education classes, presented six posters and two papers, and served on committees, special interest groups, and task forces. By attending MLA, our librarians contribute to the profession as well as gain practical ideas and knowledge that help us better train healthcare professionals to make the best evidence-based decisions. To highlight a few:

Melanie Norton, Head of Access and Delivery Services, has been invited to join the Editorial Board of the Journal of the Medical Library Association (JMLA). JMLA Editorial Board members make critical contributions to the quality and direction of the JMLA by lending their specific expertise, reviewing manuscripts, assisting with the development of journal policies and practices, and acting as ambassadors of the journal. Melanie brings to the JMLA a record of scholarly publishing and a deep knowledge of health sciences librarianship.

Janene Batten, Nursing Librarian, was selected as a member of the inaugural Research Training Institute for Health Sciences Librarians.The Institute provides practicing librarians an opportunity to immerse themselves in instruction and activities related to scholarly research, inquiry, and publishing. Janene will attend a week-long intensive in Chicago in July to learn about research design. She plans to research the information needs of nurse practitioners based in Connecticut school-based health centers. & Paper Presentations

  • Janene Batten– Integrating into the Doctor of Nursing Practice program: A case study in librarian immersion
  • Melanie Nortron, Janene Batten, Alyssa Grimshaw– 2017 Inaugural celebration of Yale School of Nursing authors
  • Holly Grossetta Nardini, Fanny Duprilot, Kate Nyhan, Rolando Garcia Milian, Lei Wang, Judy Spak, Melissa Funaro, Janene Batten, Janis Glover– Librarians as methodological peer reviewers for journal systematic review submission
  • Caitlin Meyer– Transforming our teaching: adapting our instruction program to better meet user needs
  • Kate Nyhan–Institutional research impact assessment: how I learned that good can be better than perfect (and how I discussed this with faculty) (paper)
  • Alexandria Brackett (with former colleagues from LSU) – Transforming a Nation: Leading Librarians to Consumer Health by Adapting Access to the Consumer Health Information Specialization Program
  • Melissa Funaro, Kate Nyhan, Alexandria Brackett, Andy Hickner, Rolando Garcia Milian –Developing a program for Institutional Animal Care and Use Committee compliance: benefits for researchers and libraries (paper)
  • Katherine Stemmer Frumento and Donna Belcinski (Greenwich Hospital) – Opportunities to grow: adapting services, transforming relationships, and leading the informational way on the magnet journey

Resource Spotlight: BMJ Case Reports

28 June 2018 - 11:58am 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 BMJ Case Reports. BMJ Case Reports is a peer-reviewed, interdisciplinary collection of case articles and reports from around the world. This collection makes it easy for researchers and clinicians alike to find clinically important information on both common and rare conditions.

BMJ Case Reports has been running for 10 years, with thousands of case reports available immediately online and in full-text PDFs. Within the interface, you can: 

  • Browse case reports by most recent, type of case, or specialty
  • Filter the collection by patient age, ethnicity, sex and more
  • Subscribe to an RSS feed of case reports on a topic of your choice
  • Access synthesized information in the case summary field 
  • Opt into email alerts to follow if a case is cited

Not only can you read case reports with this resource, you can publish your own - for free! The Harvey Cushing/John Hay Whitney Medical Library has created an institutional membership with BMJ for the Case Reports so that researchers at the university and Yale-New Haven Hospital can submit new cases to the journal free of charge. Click here for the submission code.

With something to offer for all specialties, start exploring BMJ Case Reports today!

Finding Conference Proceedings

28 June 2018 - 10:24am 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 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

Conference proceedings – the collections of papers and/or abstracts that are presented at conferences – may be published in book format, as special issues of a journal, or as a serial.  Sometimes they are in the format of an abstract, sometimes in the form of a ‘conference paper’. A conference paper may morph into a journal article (usually with substantial additional material) but not always.

If a conference abstract is found, then further sleuthing is required to see if the organization supporting the conference published proceedings or stopped at abstracts only. You might do an author search in the following resources to see if the author followed up the conference abstract or paper with a full-length journal article: PubMed, Web of Science, Scopus, Embase, or Google Scholar. 

Last resort? Contact the author/researcher directly and ask!

Recommended Resources

  • Conference Proceedings Citation Index (Web of Science)
    Click on ‘More settings’ to restrict your search to specific conference proceedings citation indices or search the entire Web of Science Core Collection.
  • Embase
    Limit to publication types: conference abstract, conference paper, or conference review.
  • HSRProj (Health Services Research Projects in Progress)
    Information about ongoing health services research and public health projects.
  •  InterDok 
    Since 1965, InterDok has amassed material from conferences, congresses, meetings, and symposia. Locate records by search author names and paper titles associated with a particular proceedings.
  • ProceedingsFirst (OCLC)
    This is an index of worldwide conference proceedings – every published congress, symposium, conference, exposition, workshop and meeting received by the British Library Document Supply Centre.
  • WorldCat 
    This ‘world catalog of publications’ is an excellent tool for finding conference proceedings. Search specific conference number and title (16th and “international AIDS conference”), limit by year(s): 1989 or 1990 or 1991

Tips & Tricks

  • Associations usually publish abstracts from their Annual Convention in the association journal in the same issue or special supplement every year.
  • Sometimes both the authors and the title will change when published as a full-length journal article. Make sure to search creatively and read carefully.
  • Society, organization, and association websites frequently have information about their publications, including proceedings and annual meeting abstracts.
  • Requesting conference proceedings through Interlibrary Loan may take longer than traditional requests. It may only ever be available as an abstract (see second bullet point).

CWML Librarians receive national recognition

5 June 2018 - 2:18pm by Katie Hart

Holly Grossetta NardiniAlexandria Brackett

It gives us tremendous pleasure to share exciting and wonderful news from the Cushing/Whitney Medical Library. Two of our medical librarians received national recognition from our primary professional organization, the Medical Library Association (MLA).

  • Holly Grossetta Nardini, Associate Director of the CWML, was selected as the 2018 Estelle Brodman Academic Medical Librarian of the year.
  • Alexandria “Lexi” Brackett, Clinical Librarian, was selected as one of the MLA’s 2018-2019 Rising Stars.

The Estelle Brodman Award for the Academic Medical Librarian of the Year “recognizes an academic medical librarian at mid-career level who demonstrates significant achievement, the potential for leadership, and continuing excellence.” This prestigious award recognizes Holly’s outstanding contributions to academic health sciences librarianship through demonstrated excellence in performance, publications, research, and service. Holly is keenly dedicated to our users and their needs, and through her expertise and passion for her work, adds tremendous value to the scholarship and work of the clinicians, researchers, educators, students, and communities we serve. She has a proven track record of demonstrated creativity, and has developed and expanded novel services that benefit users and librarians here at Yale and beyond.

The MLA Rising Stars program has been developed to give members the opportunity to develop skills, knowledge, and personal characteristics needed to become a leader in MLA. Only four librarians are selected each year for this intensive year-long program. Since joining the Medical library last June, Alexandria has proven herself to be an energetic and enthusiastic librarian, committed to the support of clinicians in the departments she serves. Participation in the Rising Stars Program will provide Alexandria with valuable understanding of the MLA as an organization, and the important work it does to further the profession of health sciences librarianship and the vital role librarians play in healthcare. The program will also help develop Alexandria’s leadership potential, paving the path for her to assume positions of responsibility within both MLA and her career.

Please join us in congratulating Holly and Alexandria!

Easy Victims to the Dreaded European Visitor

21 May 2018 - 1:16pm by Melissa Funaro

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Easy Victims to the Dreaded European Visitor:
Using Digital Humanities Tools and Archival Documents from Yale University and New Haven to Explore Local Knowledge during a Global Influenza Epidemic, 1889-1890
Wednesday, May 30th, 2018
11 a.m.
Historical Library, Cushing/Whitney Medical Library
333 Cedar Street, New Haven
Please join us for a talk that combines digital humanities and deep research on a global influenza epidemic, drawn from Yale’s libraries and archives! Tom Ewing, Ph.D. is a professor in the Department of History at Virginia Tech. Dr. Ewing is the 2017-2018 Ferenc Gyorgyey Research Travel Grant recipient at the Historical Library, Cushing/Whitney Medical Library, Yale University.  His research on the Russian influenza epidemic is also funded by a bilateral digital humanities grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities.  

Job Posting: Web Services Librarian

17 May 2018 - 2:37pm 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!
Web Services Librarian, Medical Library (requisition #49815BR)
Reporting to the Assistant Director of Technology and Innovation Services, the Web Services Librarian is the content strategist, information architect, interface designer, and user experience expert for the Medical Library. The Web Services Librarian is responsible for developing, testing, maintaining, and assessing the Medical Library’s websites, and translating user needs into professional web interfaces in support of the educational, research and clinical missions of the Yale Schools of Medicine, Nursing and Public Health, and the Yale-New Haven Medical Center. The successful candidate for this position possesses an understanding of Library services and work processes and participates in research, education, clinical support, or marketing activities.
For your convenience, the complete posting and a link to apply can be viewed here:

VisualDx access at CWML!

11 May 2018 - 12:33pm by Lindsay Barnett

VisualDx is now available through the library!  Thanks to all of you who reached out to share your feedback about the cancellation of this resource a year ago.  After months of conversation with VisualDx, we were able to negotiate terms more amenable to the library's budget and expectations.   We have restored access to VisualDx, and you can begin using the resource immediately.  Please let Lindsay Barnett or your departmental liaison know if you have any questions!

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 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!

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