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"The Time is Now! The Many Faces of Diversity": A National Disability Awareness Month lunchtime workshop

25 September 2017 - 11:30am by Melissa Funaro

Join us on October 17th, 12:00 - 1:00 pm in the Medical Historical Library (Sterling Hall of Medicine, L-wing, 333 Cedar Street) for a lunchtime workshop entitled, "The Time is Now! The Many Faces of Disability." The talk will be led by Dr. Cindy Miller, MD, Department of Radiology. Dr. Miller's workshop will focus on the relationship between disability and diversity, the definition of disability, the diversity within disability, and disability as a "process." Additionally, the discussion will include what Yale is doing well with respect to disability, and directions in which Yale could continue to move for improvement.

The workshop is sponsored by DiversAbility at Yale (DAY) Affinity Group and in celebration of National Disability Awareness Month 

This event is open to all members of the Yale Community.

RSVP: https://goo.gl/vNBVvJ

 

Pop-Up Exhibit: Revolutionary Public Health Campaign, September 27, 4-6 p.m.

20 September 2017 - 1:33pm by Susan Wheeler

Venereal disease poster from the exhibition

“The Soviet government is waging a relentless battle against venereal diseases…Participation in this battle is everyone’s duty….”

In commemoration of the centennial of the Russian Revolution, the Cushing/Whitney Medical Library joins the Yale University Libraries--Beinecke, CSSI, Gilmore Music Library, Haas Arts Library, and Manuscripts and Archives in sharing works from our collections pertaining to this era and event. 

Join us to view "A Revolutionary Public Health Campaign," 4 p.m. to 6 p.m. in the Historical Library, Wednesday, September 27, 2017.

The Cushing/Whitney Medical Library will show a very rare portfolio of posters, "Venereal Diseases and the Fight Against Them,  1928, created by the People’s Commissariat on Health." Designed for exhibition and use in public lectures, the portfolio was distributed throughout the Russian Soviet Federative Socialist Republic.

 

Drop-in Mindfulness Practice

20 September 2017 - 1:12pm by Melissa Funaro

 

Afternoon group meditation for the Yale Community
Beginners or experienced practitioners, all are welcome
Free, no equipment needed, no sign-up required!

Sterling Hall of Medicine, 333 Cedar Street

Wednesdays 12:15-12:45 pm
Medical Library, L Wing, Room E25
Note: Sept 13 and Nov 15 sessions will be held in Room 103
Sept 27, Oct 25, Nov 8 sessions will be held in Room 101a

Fridays 12:15-12:45 pm
C Wing, Room smh c103

The meditations are led by either Anne Dutton, of the Yale Stress Center or Danielle Casioppo, of Being Well at Yale.

Stay up to date! Join the Mindfulness on the Medical Campus
listserv: yale.mindfulness.med.campus@mailman.yale.edu

Wellness & Self-Care Space: Can't make these times but still want to take a break and meditate? Visit our Wellness and Self-Care Space in the lower level of the Cushing/Whitney Medical Library, Room 22B

Back-to-School Supply Drive, August 4-25

4 August 2017 - 3:33pm by Andy Hickner

The Yale Employee Affinity Groups are hosting another Back-to-School Supply Drive for 2 New Haven elementary schools, Columbus Family Academy and Benjamin Jepson School.  The Supply Drive will run from Friday, August 4 to Friday, August 25. The Library will be hosting a donation box near the circulation desk.
 
Encourage others to donate! Share information about the drive with colleagues and friends.

Your generosity will give students a great start to their 2017-2018 academic year.

 

Collection Development & Scholarly Communication Librarian

12 July 2017 - 9:06am by Kelly Perry

We're hiring! Join our team, or share this link with colleagues who may be interested.
 
Collection Development & Scholarly Communication Librarian
Harvey Cushing/John Hay Whitney Medical Library
Yale University, New Haven, CT
Rank: Librarian II — III
Requisition:  44636BR
 
Schedule: Full-time (37.5 hours per week); Standard Work Week (M-F, 8:30-5:00)
 
The Collection Development & Scholarly Communication Librarian provides leadership in developing and sustaining collection development and scholarly communication activities at the Cushing/Whitney Medical Library. Primary areas of responsibilities include license and price negotiation, vendor relations, collection analysis and assessment, budget management, trouble-shooting Medical Center e-resource access issues, and serving as the in-house expert for staff and users on matters of open access, alternative publishing models, and other issues related to scholarly information. Reports to the Associate Director of the Medical Library and collaborates closely with all departments. Provides guidance and decision support to the Director for joint-licensing resources for academic and health system partnerships, including working with the Yale New Haven Health System-affiliated hospitals and librarians. Collaborates with collections staff throughout the Yale University Library (YUL) on approaches to resource expenditures and coordinated collection development and policies.
 
Responsibilities
  • Supports the selection, acquisition, licensing, discovery, and marketing of collections, databases, and information tools and resources that enhance the clinical, curricular, research and missions of Yale New Haven Medical Center schools, programs, and departments.
  • Collaborates with librarians to offer classes, workshops, learning objects, consultations, and information sessions about open access and other scholarly publication trends and issues. Provides advice and guidance to both Medical Library staff and users.
  • Works closely with the Medical Library’s Business Manager to provide budget projections for library collections, and to insure the effective management of general account and endowed collection funds, in accordance with university and library fiscal policies. Manages a budget of $4.4M.
  • Works with procurement and legal staff at the Yale New Haven Health System and with hospital librarians from affiliated hospitals to negotiate pricing and licenses for clinical point-of-care resources integrated into the electronic health record.
  • Understands and keeps current with issues and trends related to scholarly communication, publishing, and emerging information and data sharing, particularly in the health sciences.
  • Participates in outreach including the Medical Library’s personal librarian program.
  • Serves as a primary point of contact with vendors to suggest developments to user interfaces and development priorities.
  • Collaborates with YUL Collections and Technical Services units, including the Director of Collection Development and the Director of E-Resources and Serials Management.
  • Utilizes metrics and other evaluation criteria to support data-driven collection development decisions and to implement practices and tools to increase the efficiency of processes and workflows.
  • Compiles and analyzes collection usage data from a variety of sources to inform decisions and comply with university library and national library association statistical reporting requirements.
  • Manages Medical Library e-resources access and authentication solutions. Investigates and helps resolve e-resources access issues from clinical sites.
  • Participates in library planning, committees, and task forces, and engages in campus, regional, and national professional organizations and collaborative activities. May represent Yale to state, national, and international organizations.
  • May be required to participate with disaster recovery efforts.
Qualifications
  • M.L.S. from an ALA-accredited library school, with a minimum of two years of professional library experience and professional accomplishments, preferably in an academic setting.
  • Knowledge of the electronic publishing environment and scholarly communication issues. Demonstrated experience with electronic resources management, including license and product negotiations, vendor relations, and collection development and management. Demonstrated experience with analyzing usage statistics (e.g. COUNTER compliant usage statistics).
  • Ability to manage a collections budget and strong Microsoft Excel skills.
  • Ability to design and implement effective programs, projects, and services, and bring them to fruition or conclusion in a timely manner to achieve library objectives.
  • Excellent organizational skills and demonstrated ability to solve problems and manage complex workflows.
  • Excellent oral and written communication skills, including public presentations.
  • Excellent interpersonal and team collaboration skills; and the ability to work effectively in a fast-paced, rapidly changing and ambiguous environment.
  • Must be able to work with faculty, staff and students in a culturally diverse environment.
Preferred
  • Demonstrated experience with biomedical information resources and tools, as well as knowledge of health sciences libraries and their evolving roles in medical education, biomedical research, clinical practice, and scholarly communication.
  • Demonstrated experience and expertise with implementing joint licenses between academic entities and health systems.
  • Public services experience and training, preferably in a health sciences library setting.
  • Demonstrated ability to manage a collections budget.
Salary and Benefits
We invite you to discover the excitement, diversity, rewards, and excellence of a career at Yale University.  One of the country's great workplaces, Yale University offers exciting opportunities for meaningful accomplishment and true growth.  Our benefits package is among the best anywhere, with a wide variety of insurance choices, liberal paid time off, fantastic family and educational benefits, a variety of retirement benefits, extensive recreational facilities, and much more.
 
How to Apply
Review of applications will begin immediately and will continue until the position is filled.  Applications, consisting of a cover letter, resume, and the names and contact information of three professional references should by submitted by applying online at www.yale.edu/jobs, requisition 44636BR.  Please direct all correspondence to hiring supervisor Holly Grossetta Nardini.
 
Yale University considers applicants for employment without regard to, and does not discriminate on the basis of an individual's sex, race, color, religion, age, disability, status as a veteran, or national or ethnic origin; nor does Yale discriminate on the basis of sexual orientation or gender identity or expression.

Beyond Impact Factor: How do I know which journal to publish in?

30 June 2017 - 12:04pm by Melissa Funaro

 

When researchers consider where to submit an article, they often consider a journal’s impact factor.  The impact factor is a measure of the frequency an average article has been cited in a particular year. However, some journals, such as those not indexed by Thompson Reuters’ Journal Citation Report (JCR), or journals with less than three years of publication, will not have an impact factor.  Another option to view journal level impact is Scopus’s serials comparison tool lists the journals CiteScore, and various other journal metrics such as SNIP and SJR. In addition, Scopus can provide you with article-level information such as how many times an article has been cited by other articles. 

You can access Scopus through the Cushing/Whitney Medical Library’s home page: http://library.medicine.yale.edu/

For more information on journal-level metrics of impact, check out this video tutorial. For a series of video tutorials related to this topic click here.

Cataloging Cushing's Patients

30 May 2017 - 3:26pm by Melissa Grafe

The Cushing/Whitney Medical Library is pleased to announce the completion of a grant funded to catalog 2,600 glass plate negatives from the Cushing Brain Tumor Registry.  The grant proposal, "Rethinking Early Neurosurgery: The Harvey Cushing Collection," was funded through a National Network of Libraries of Medicine-New England Region Knowledge/Data Management Award.  From mid-February through April 30th 2017,  a team of graduate and undergraduate students carefully inputted information on over 3,000 glass plate negatives into the Cushing Center database, exceeding the estimated amount in the grant. The negatives depict Dr. Harvey Cushing's patients, including histology. 

Harvey Cushing, the pioneer and father of neurosurgery, was born on April 8, 1869 in Cleveland, Ohio. He graduated from Yale University in 1891, studied medicine at Harvard Medical School and received his medical degree in 1895. In 1896, he moved to Johns Hopkins Hospital where he trained to become a surgeon under the watchful eye of William S. Halstead, the father of American surgery. By 1899 Cushing became interested in surgery of the nervous system and began his career in neurosurgery. During his tenure at Johns Hopkins, there were countless discoveries in the field of neuroscience.

In 1913, Cushing relocated to Harvard as the surgeon-in-chief at the new Peter Bent Brigham Hospital. Cushing continued to operate on several hundred patients a year with remarkable results.  In addition he was relentless in his recording of patient histories and continued his careful attention to the details and documentation of each surgery.

In 1932 Harvey Cushing retired and in 1933 he agreed to join the staff at Yale University, his alma mater, as the Sterling Professor of Medicine in Neurology.  Cushing died in 1939.

The negatives are undergoing rehousing and digitization, and will be made available for research through the Cushing Center database, which brings multiple parts of Harvey Cushing's work together in one place.  The database, still in development, will allow researchers to explore Cushing's medical work and patients.  Please contact Terry Dagradi, Cushing Center Coordinator, for details.

 

New exhibition: "New Lives for Old Specimens," May 25-November 3, 2017

18 May 2017 - 10:52am by Andy Hickner

Prof. Crelin using a skeleton to demonstrate anatomy to students
 
New Lives for Old Specimens
May 25th-November 3rd, 2017
Cushing Rotunda, Cushing/Whitney Medical Library
 
Is there any use for old anatomy and pathology specimens, usually consigned to dusty basements for storage or destroyed after a number of years?   In our new exhibition “New Lives for Old Specimens,” the Cushing/Whitney Medical Library features current medical research using historical specimens from Yale’s collections.  Multiple curators drawn from inside and outside the School of Medicine, including a Yale medical student, Yale faculty, and Connecticut and international research teams, describe projects involving historical specimens.  From tumors in the Cushing brain tumor registry and fetal skulls within the Kier/Conlogue collection to 1970s dissection videos featuring the late Yale Professor of Anatomy Edmund Crelin Jr., old specimens are finding new ways into current research and medical education.
 
Please see the digitized dissection videos from Dr. Crelin and current videos put out by the Department of Anatomy here: http://tinyURL.com/CrelinExhibit
 
Curators: 
Charles Cecil Duncan, MD, Professor of Neurosurgery and of Pediatrics    
Shanta Elizabeth Kapadia, MBBS, Lecturer in Surgery (Gross Anatomy)         
William B Stewart, PhD, Associate Professor of Surgery (Gross Anatomy); Section Chief       
Cynthia Tsay, Yale School of Medicine student, Class of 2018
Gerald Joseph Conlogue,  MHS, RT(R)(CT)(MR), Professor Emeritus, Diagnostic Imaging Department
Co-Director, Bioanthropology Research Institute at Quinnipiac University, Curator, Kier/Conlogue Anatomic Collection

 

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