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John Gallagher, Interim Medical Library Director

7 May 2014 - 1:26pm by Jan Glover

John Gallagher

University Librarian Susan Gibbons announced the appointment of John Gallagher to Interim Director of the Medical Library:

I am pleased to announce that John Gallagher will serve as the interim director of the Cushing/Whitney Medical Library upon the departure of Kenny Marone on May 1nd.  The position of director of the Cushing/Whitney Medical Library also reports to the Medical School, and John’s interim appointment carries the full support of Richard Belitsky, Deputy Dean for Education at the School of Medicine

John has been the Associate Director of the Medical Library since October 2011 and, since Kenny’s appointment as AUL for Research Support and Collection he has represented the Medical Library on numerous forums within both the School of Medicine and the Library. John joined Yale in November 1999 as a casual employee at the Library Shelving Facility and since then has held numerous leadership positions of increasing responsibility at the Medical Library. In April 2000 he became the Evening and Weekend Circulation Supervisor, and in July was appointed as the Head of Circulation. He pursued his MLS shortly thereafter, graduating from Southern Connecticut State University in January 2005. Other positions he has held include Access Services Librarian and Deputy Director for Public Services.

John has led strategic planning initiatives at the Medical Library, and co-chaired the inaugural University Library’s Joint Departmental Best Practices effort that strived to improve Labor/Management relations at Yale University. He has been involved in the management of a number of major construction projects at the Medical Library, including The Cushing Center, which is home to Harvey Cushing’s Brain Tumor Registry, and a complete renovation of the Medical Historical Library’s rare book stacks to upgrade environmental conditions to archival standards. Currently he is working with the YSM’s Office of Education to address space concerns associated with the redesign of the School of Medicine’s curriculum.

John is a recent graduate of the 2012/2013 NLM/AAHSL Leadership Fellows Program, a program focused on preparing emerging leaders for director positions in academic health sciences libraries. He has also served on both the Executive Committees of the North Atlantic Health Sciences Libraries and the Connecticut Association of Health Sciences Libraries. From its foundation in 2010 until 2012, John served on the Governance Committee of the Medical Heritage Library, a digital curation collaborative among some of the world’s leading medical libraries, that promotes free and open access to quality historical resources in medicine. Finally, John has authored a number of articles related to operational management in medical libraries, and has been the Principal Investigator on grants related to the digitization of some of the Cushing/Whitney Medical Historical Library’s remarkable collections.

Please join me in thanking John for his willingness to serve as the interim director and his assistance in ensuring a smooth leadership transition for the Medical Library.

Best wishes,

susan

Staff Updates: New Biomedical Sciences Research Support Librarian

30 April 2014 - 10:25am by Andy Hickner

Rolando Garcia-Milian

The Cushing/Whitney Medical Library welcomes Rolando Garcia Milian as the Library's Biomedical Sciences Research Support Librarian. In this role, Rolando will serve as the primary liaison between the Medical Library and research departments, laboratories, and individual scientists across the Medical Center.

Rolando brings to this position some wonderful expertise that we are really excited to bring on board at the Medical Library. Since graduating from SCSU with an MLS in 2010, Rolando has worked at the University of Florida's Health Science Center Libraries as a Basic Biomedical Sciences Librarian. In this role he has delivered biomedical information, data, and bioinformatics support, and most recently has co-taught a for credit bioinformatics course to UFL students. Prior to entering librarianship, Rolando was a molecular biologist for the Center for Genetic Engineering and Biotechnology in Havana, Cuba. Rolando previously worked at Yale University Library from 2008 to 2010, both at the Library Shelving Facility and then as a Cataloging Assistant at the Sterling Memorial Library.

Monday, May 5th will be Rolando's first day. He may be reached by email at rolando.milian@yale.edu, by phone at (203)785-6194, and his desk is located at SHM L 111 here at the Medical Library.

Staff Updates: New Evening/Weekend Supervisor & Reference Librarian

30 April 2014 - 10:18am by Andy Hickner

Melissa Funaro

Cushing/Whitney Medical Library welcomes Melissa Funaro as the Library's new Evening/Weekend Supervisor & Reference Librarian.

Melissa has worked in the Collection Development and Management Department at the Cushing/Whitney Medical Library for 7 years. She’s been active in the Connecticut Library Association, Connecticut Association of Health Sciences Librarians and recently presented at the New England Technical Services Librarians’ annual conference.

This position is a shared position between Access and Delivery Services (ADS) and Curriculum and Research Support (CRS).  While supervising the evening and weekend ADS staff,  Melissa will also support CRS by teaching classes and providing advanced reference service in the evenings and on Sundays.  

Melissa received her Master of Library Science degree from Southern Connecticut State University in 2009.  She also holds a Master of Science, Horticulture degree from West Virginia University.

She will assume her new job responsibilities on May 1, 2014.

Staff changes at Medical Library

30 April 2014 - 9:59am by Andy Hickner

The Medical Library is undergoing a number of key personnel changes over the next week.  These include the retirement of Director & Associate University Librarian R. Kenny Marone; Associate Director John Gallagher assuming the position of Interim Director; current Library staff member Melissa Funaro assuming the position of Evening/Weekend Supervisor and Reference Librarian; and the arrival of Rolando Garcia-Milian in the newly created position of Biomedical Sciences Research Support Librarian.  Stay tuned for more detailed posts on each of these events over the coming week.

Medical Library Annual Report published online

24 April 2014 - 10:08am by Andy Hickner

The Medical Library’s 2012-2013 report is now available online.   The report highlights a number of recent projects, including:

  • Integrating library resources and services with those of the Hospital of St. Raphael (HSR) after its acquisition by  Yale-New Haven Hospital (YNHH);
  • Helping Yale researchers comply with the requirements of NIH Public Access policy;
  • Training YNHH nurses in evidence-based practice, thereby helping YNHH attain ANCC Magnet Recognition Program status; and
  • Tailoring classes to help meet ACGME core competencies.

Browse the Annual Report to learn more about these and other initiatives.

Happy 145th Birthday Harvey Cushing!

8 April 2014 - 1:07pm by Andy Hickner

Happy 145th Birthday Harvey Cushing! 

Harvey Cushing, born on April 8th in Cleveland in 1869, was the last of ten children of Henry Kirke and Betsey Maria Cushing and descended from a long line of Cushing doctors.

A brief list of his accomplishments include: 

  • He considerably improved the survival of patients after difficult brain operations for intracranial tumors.
  • In clinical medicine, he was an early advocate of x-ray and blood pressure determination.
  • He developed techniques to control bleeding from the scalp and promoted decompression for relief of pain in cases of inoperative brain tumors.
  • Cushing was an early adopter of electrosurgery, playing a role in the development of Bovie electrocautery tool with physicist W. T. Bovie.

He was the world's leading teacher of neurosurgeons in the first decades of the 20th century.

Harvey Cushing Society, 1939

For Cushing’s 70th birthday in April of 1939, The Harvey Cushing Society, formed in 1932 by younger neurosurgeons in Cushing’s honor, met in New Haven Ct. for a celebration.    

Dr Louise Eisenstadt presents Dr Cushing with Bibliography of the Writings of Harvey Cushing

At the formal dinner Louise Eisenstadt, MD, colleague and collaborator of the Curator of the Brain Tumor Registry presented Cushing with the gift of Bibliography of the Writings of Harvey Cushing, prepared by the Harvey Cushing Society and published by Charles C Thomas.

To learn more about Cushing’s life and accomplishments, please visit an online exhibition curated by Toby Appel:  Harvey Cushing: A Journey Through His Life or come visit the Cushing Center.

The Cushing Center: “Insightfully beautiful”

24 February 2014 - 2:10pm by Andy Hickner

Since its opening in June 2010, the Cushing Center has become a destination of interest to many visitors including students from area schools, members of the Yale University and the New Haven community, medical students, physicians, and writers worldwide.   As of page 126 of the guest book, visitors have come from at least 33 US states and 46 countries including places as far away as Tasmania and Madagascar.

Last year we provided guided tours to over 2,300 visitors, while many others ventured into the center on their own.  Here are a few of the comments left behind by visitors.

The center is open to all:

Sunday:  9:30am-8:00pm

Monday-Friday:  8:00am-8:00pm

Saturday:  10:00am-7:00pm

If you don’t have a Yale ID you’ll need to show a picture ID at the library circulation desk to borrow a proxy ID.

Tours are offered:

Thursday: 2:00pm & Friday: 11:00am & 2:00pm.  

Guests meet in front of the library circulation desk.

For tours beyond these hours, contact terry.dagradi@yale.edu

The Cushing Center is located in the Cushing/Whitney Medical Library at 333 Cedar St.  From the library entrance, walk straight down the hallway to the Information Room.  Take the stairway on the right and walk down two flights.  The center entrance is on the right.

ORCID: Connecting Research and Researchers

20 February 2014 - 3:26pm by Lynn Sette

Have a common name?  Or have you changed your name?  Or your institutional affiliation over your career? Now you can make your research easier to find.  ORCID (Open Researcher and Contributor ID) provides a universal, 16-digit unique identifier that links your publications/research activities to you.

You will start to come across ORCID during publication activities like manuscript and grant submissions.  Register now to help insure that your work is associated with the correct person.

orcid.org

"The Perfect Man" on view in the Library

7 February 2014 - 2:05pm by Susan Wheeler

The Perfect Man recently acquired by the Historical Library
 on view in the Cushing Rotunda

Join us for an exhibit tour of selected acquisitions
with curator Susan Wheeler
Wednesday, February 19, at 12 noon



In 1895, the original bodybuilder Eugen Sandow was proclaimed “the perfect man” by Dudley Sargent (YMS 1878).  In 1827, former slave Belfast Burton was paid tribute by his patients and mentor in a rare broadside testimonial circulated in Philadelphia.  In 1871, J.J. Woodward shared the first micrographs taken in sunlight with the Surgeon General.  In 1891, Victor Emile Prouvé employed the most delicate coloring to render opium’s intoxicating sleep state in an art print distributed through subscription portfolio.   In 1902, James Haran, British medical officer in newly founded Nairobi, attended all the victims of plague (the first of many outbreaks) leaving complete case records.   In 1922, artist Käthe Kollwitz created pro bono a poster announcing public events during Anti-Alcohol Week in Schöneberg, a locality of Berlin. In 1978, Rachel Romero and the San Francisco Poster Brigade plastered the city with activist art “To Hell with their Profits:  Stop Forced Drugging of Psychiatric Inmates” produced for the Mental Patients Liberation Movement.

These and other acquisitions are on view through May 2, 2014.  They are a small sampling of the substantial number of acquisitions through endowment made by the Historical Library, Cushing\Whitney Medical Library.

Finn's Schedule

7 February 2014 - 9:45am by Andy Hickner

Finn the Therapy Dog - the newest member of the Cushing/Whitney Medical Library's staff - was officially introduced to the Yale community at a coffee hour on Friday, January 24th at 10am. Finn, a certified therapy dog, attended the event with his friend, Krista Knudson. 

Finn will be here every Friday EXCEPT:

  • February 7
  • April 4
  • April 11

The library will provide coffee and snacks.

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