October is National Medical Librarians Month!

5 October 2015 - 2:19pm by Andy Hickner

National Medical Librarians month

(Written by John Gallagher, Interim Director)

October is National Medical Librarians Month, a month to both celebrate and raise awareness of the important role of the health information professional. Indeed, medical librarians are an integral part of the healthcare team, and research demonstrates that librarian-led information services and resources improve clinical decision making and patient-care outcomes. Librarians also have a direct impact on the quality of research conducted, by helping users stay current about advances in their specialty areas. Librarians teach students and healthcare providers how to find and evaluate information.

 The Cushing/Whitney Medical Library has a wonderful team of librarians and staff. While their individual responsibilities and topics of expertise can vary widely, all sincerely share the utmost commitment to helping you save time, and succeed in your patient-care, research, or educational goals.

Do you know your Medical Librarian?

Founder's Day activities at the Medical Library

5 October 2015 - 11:49am by Andy Hickner

The Medical Library is hosting 2 events for Founder's Day, this Wednesday, Otober 7.  

From 11-3 we will offer tours featuring the Cushing Center and our current exhibit, Historical Illustrations of Skin Disease.

We will also have a visit from our therapy dog, Finn, from 11am-noon.

For more info visit

Get help with data from the Research Data Consultation Group

30 September 2015 - 10:57am by Andy Hickner

The Research Data Consultation Group is a collaborative, university-wide group created to provide consultation on data management best practices, implement data management services, and help link users to resources. The RDCG’s membership includes experts in data management, metadata, information technology, and preservation as well as domain expertise in the sciences, social sciences, and humanities.

RDCG can, for example:

  • assist in the creation and implementation of federally mandated data management plans as well as data management plans created outside of federal mandate requirements
  • assist researchers in finding, acquiring, and using research data for research and teaching purposes
  • consult on best practices and implementation services for: metadata, data collection, study design, information security, data analysis, research computing, and long term preservation and access

Visit the Research Data Consultation Group website to learn more and to request a consultation.

Fall exhibit: "Historical Illustrations of Skin Disease: Selections from the New Sydenham Society Atlas 1860-1884," opening September 17

10 September 2015 - 12:04pm by Susan Wheeler

Historical Illustrations of Skin Disease:  Selections from the New Sydenham Society Atlas 1860-1884

image from the exhibitThe Atlas of Skin Diseases was among the first publications undertaken, in 1859, by the New Sydenham Society. 

Time-consuming and costly to produce, it was issued in seventeen parts over a period of twenty-four years. 

In this exhibit, Yale dermatologists Jean Bolognia and Irwin Braverman present the celebrated nineteenth century illustrations to a current clinical audience, making a relevant teaching point with each plate.  Twenty-five of the Atlas’ forty-nine plates are selected for display.  They depict cutaneous diseases ranging from the common, e.g. psoriasis and eczema, to the rare, e.g. iododerma and systematized epidermal nevi.  Examples of skin signs of systemic disease, including Addison’s disease, neurofibromatosis, and lupus erythematosus, are also shown.  The emotional toll which these chronic diseases inflicted upon patients is a striking feature of the many portraits on view. 

The exhibit is curated by Drs. Jean Bolognia and Irwin Braverman, Professors of Dermatology at the School of Medicine, and Susan Wheeler, Curator of Prints and Drawings at the Library.

On view:  September 17, 2015-January 10, 2016

Statistical Consultants Schedule for Fall 2015

8 September 2015 - 9:20am by Andy Hickner

(by Mark Gentry)

The Medical Library will once again host Statistical Consultants for the fall semester.  Consultants are scheduled to be in the Medical Library on Tuesday and Thursday evenings between 5pm to 9pm for most weeks during the term.   Be aware that schedules may change and shifts may be canceled for a variety of reasons, so it is always good to verify the shift immediately before you come to the Library.  Check here for the full CSSSI Statistical Consultants Schedule.

For assistance when there is no consultant at the Medical Library, contact the consultants at 203-432-3278, or visit the Consultant's Desk at the Center for Science and Social Science Information (CSSSI) in the Kline Biology Tower, 219 Prospect Street.

More information on GIS and Statistical Consultants at the Medical Library and elsewhere at Yale is available at this link:  Fall classes on GIS, methods, and statistical packages at CSSSI begin September 17. 

Fall Semester GIS support

8 September 2015 - 9:02am by Andy Hickner

(Authored in collaboration with Kelly Barrick, Center for Science and Social Science Information)

There has been significant change with GIS support recently at Yale.  First, the Libraries are currently in the process of filling the GIS Librarian vacancy. This position will be instrumental in supporting the suite of geospatial services and resources that Yale has to offer. The library is also working with faculty and departments to find additional ways of managing multiple tiers of GIS assistance across campus.

Any questions related GIS, ESRI licensing and installation, workshops and instruction can be addressed to The StatLab will continue to provide GIS and spatial statistics workshops alongside its research and data analysis offerings. For the schedule see

Online tutorials based on earlier workshops are available from the GIS Libguide ( In addition, members of the Yale community can take advantage of online offerings directly from ESRI ( and To request ESRI Virtual Campus Access Codes, email the with a list of up to three (3) course titles. Codes are only valid for Yale University ( email addresses.

Researchers who require assistance with items in the Map Department collection may contact the department directly at or 203-432-1867.

For assistance with finding data or data management, please contact Michelle Hudson, Data Librarian, at

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