MLA awards 2015 Louise Darling Medal to Yale partner HINARI

17 March 2015 - 8:37pm by Andy Hickner

Library staff with Louise Darling awardLibrary staff and HINARI collaborators Nathan Rupp, Khadija El-Hazimy, and John Gallagher with the Louise Darling award.

The Medical Library Association (MLA) has announced that it has awarded its Louise Darling Medal for Distinguished Achievement in Collection Development in the Health Sciences to the HINARI Access to Research in Health Programme for 2015. HINARI partners with publishers around the world to deliver scholarly health information and content (articles, books, and databases) to developing countries around the world who otherwise could not afford these resources. Under the guidance of Nathan Rupp, the library’s Head of Collection Development and Management, the Cushing/Whitney Medical Library plays and essential role in supporting HINARI by helping update publisher content in the HINARI database. HINARI is headquartered at the World Health Organization in Geneva and is part of the Research4Life (R4L) series of programmes which also includes AGORA (agriculture), ARDI (applied technology), and OARE (environment). Yale University Library is a Founding Partner in Research4Life, starting with the launch of HINARI in 2002. 

Free CME courses now available through Henry Stewart Talks

12 March 2015 - 12:26pm by Andy Hickner

Yale Affiliates can now earn CME credits for listening to the Biomedical and Life Sciences Collection of the Henry Stewart Talks. Yale University and YNHH, as well as individual faculty and staff, spend hundreds of thousands of dollars to fulfill these requirements.

On the home page (linked above) you should see that you now have CME available. (If you don't, you may need to log in to the Yale VPN.) Anyone at Yale wanting to fulfill their CME credits as required by the American Medical Association, or other professional organization, can click to register.  

Access to Electronic Books and Journals via ClinicalKey

5 March 2015 - 9:29am by Nathan Rupp

Cushing/Whitney Medical Library provides access to ClinicalKey, a clinical search engine that provides easy access to over 1,100 electronic books and over 600 electronic journals across over thirty medical specialties. It includes titles like Boron’s Medical Physiology; Bolognia’s Dermatology; and Goldman’s Cecil Medicine, along with the Clinics of North America series, all of which can be accessed via Orbis, the Yale University Library catalog ( and the Medical Library’s e-book and e-journal lists (

Clinicians may find ClinicalKey's evidence-based point-of-care tool First Consult particularly useful. 

If you have any questions about ClinicalKey, please contact your personal librarian or departmental library liaison.

New guide to Open Access initiatives supported by Yale Library

27 February 2015 - 12:28pm by Andy Hickner

There is a new guide to Open Access initiatives supported by Yale Library.

The page lists OA programs in two categories:

  • those that provide Yale authors discounts on open access publication fees
  • OA initiatives supported through library memberships

The guide will be updated as YUL joins additional OA programs.

For further reading on Open Access, we recommend the SPARC OA page, Wikipedia entry, or one of several books the library holds on the subject.   

Library website update: New dropdown menus to launch February 20

11 February 2015 - 1:51pm by Andy Hickner

More changes are coming to the Medical Library website on February 20, when we plan to update our main navigation menu.

"But," I hear you ask, "what IS this menu you refer to?"  This menu is what you see in the block box in the image below - or, if you look above this post, the links in the orange bar.

During the process of redesigning the library's homepage, we began to identify additional opportunities to improve this menu, thereby making it easier for users to navigate the entire library website.  We tested a revised menu with a small series of users earlier this month, and used their feedback to further refine the new menu.

You can preview the new menu here (visible on the Yale network only). 

Key proposed changes include:

  • New labeling:  The "Find" section is now labeled "Databases, Articles, & Books" in order to better convey exactly what content users will find in this section.  Likewise, "Computing & Technology Support" has been re-labeled "Library Technology."
  • New sections: "Tutorials & Guides," "Research Help, & "Library Technology" are intended to help users more quickly locate popular pages on the library website.
  • New links:   We used Google Analytics data about what pages are most used to add popular links to nearly every section.  For example, you'll find a new link to the "Citation management" LibGuide under "Tutorials & Guides" to make it easier to access tools like Refworks and Endnote Web.   
  • Re-organized content:  Some of the content previously found under "Portals" has been moved to other sections; for example, the Evidence-Based Practice guide is now linked under Tutorials & Guides, and most of the old (lengthy) Services list has been re-allocated under "Research Help" or "Library Technology."

The new navigation menu will launch the evening of Friday, February 20 in order to minimize inconvenience to users.  I will post additional reminders late next week.

Please contact me directly with any questions, suggestions or concerns, or if you just can't find something in the new menu.    

Quicksearch Beta: A new library search tool

10 February 2015 - 9:40am by Andy Hickner

Medical Library users are invited to test a new online search tool, Quicksearch Beta, offered by Yale University Library.

The Quicksearch Project is the Library's effort to unite several of its online services under one discovery interface.  Quicksearch Beta performs a combined search of:

  • Books+ (books, journals, online resources, videos, and more) which searches Orbis (the YUL catalog) and Morris (the Law Library's catalog); and
  • Articles+ (journal articles, e-books, dissertations, and more)

For Medical Library users, we suggest trying Books+ as an alternative to searching library holdings in Orbis.  We suggest trying Articles+ as an alternative to Google Scholar or Google searching, for example to find journal and newspaper articles on non-biomedical topics. 

You can learn more about Quicksearch Beta at the Quicksearch Beta blog


Furniture upgrades and noise on February 11

4 February 2015 - 1:48pm by Andy Hickner

On Wednesday, February 11th, the Medical Library will be undergoing major furniture upgrades. This will result in more individual quiet study space, better designations of the quiet study space and better seating everywhere! 

Unfortunately however,  this means that February 11th will not be a great day for quiet study at the Library. There will be very little quiet study space available for large portions of the day and the Morse Reading Room will be closed until 4pm.

We apologize for any inconvenience, and we thank you for your patience as we improve our space to better serve you. 

New Biosketch Format Required for NIH Applications Submitted on or After May 25, 2015

23 January 2015 - 4:24pm by Rolando Garcia-Milian

New Biosketch Format Required for NIH Applications Submitted on or After May 25, 2015

In a notice issued last December 5, 2014, the National Institute of Health (NIH) and the Agency for Healthcare Research announced the requirement of a new biosketch format for grant applications submitted for due dates on or after May 25, 2015.

The new format extends the page limit for the biosketch to five pages. It allows researchers to describe up to five of their most significant contributions to science. Each description can be supported by a list of up to four peer-reviewed publications or other research products, including A/V products, patents, databases, educational materials, instruments or equipment, models, protocols, etc. that are relevant to the described contribution.

Image courtesy of Dr. Trawick, National Library of Medicine, NIH

Although not required at this point, the NIH suggests the use of the Science Experts Network Curriculum Vitae (SciENcv), -a MyNCBI online tool- that serves as an interagency system designed to create biosketches for multiple federal agencies. This, along with the use of My Bibliography for grant activity reporting and NIH Public Access Policy compliance, increases the importance of using MyNCBI as a tool for managing NIH-sponsored research.

In response to this, the Cushing/Whitney Medical Library will offer the workshop “My Bibliography and SciENcv:  grant reporting, compliance and biosketch through MyNCBI” to introduce researchers, research assistants and administrators on the effective use of these online tools.

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