Love Data Week and Endangered Data Week at CWML!

1 February 2018 - 4:39pm by Lindsay Barnett

Join the Cushing/Whitney Medical Library as we celebrate Love Data Week (February 12 - 16) and Endangered Data Week (February 26 - March 2)!

What are these weeks?

Date Weeks provide opportunities for researchers, scholars, data professionals, and the broader community to share stories about the data that shape our lives.  Love Data Week is devoted to data lifecycle management, including sharing, preservation, reuse, and research data services.  Endangered Data Week aims to bring light to data sets that are in danger of being deleted, repressed, mishandled, or lost.

Why are they important?

Data Weeks encourage us to stop and think about the data that we use, manage, and create both professionally and in the course of our everyday lives.  As the foundation of our research, scholarship and practice, we encourage you to consider: Are you giving your data the care it deserves?

Why celebrate with us?

Because we love data too!  We want to hear your stories and learn more about how you engage with data.  We want you to have the knowledge and tools to better manage and maintain your data.

What's happening?

CWML is planning a number of events for both weeks.  These include workshops, informational sessions, tours, and speakers. 

View our calendar of events for Love Data Week here!  

View our calendar of events for Endangered Data Week here!

Stop by our table at the front entrance of the library February 12th from 11am-1pm, as we kick-off Love Data Week with information, crafts, and candy!

If you would like to receive messages about Data Weeks events, please send your email address to

The Robert Bogdan Disability Collection

30 January 2018 - 3:55pm by Andy Hickner

Robert Bogdan

(by Melissa Grafe)

Yale University’s Medical Historical Library is pleased to announce the acquisition of an important collection of ephemera, photographs, and rare books related to disability, the Robert Bogdan Disability Collection.

Professor Robert Bogdan compiled an archive guided by the ideas of the field of Disability Studies, an approach that focuses on “disability” as a social, cultural, and political phenomenon. Bogdan, an early pioneer in that field, has taught courses related to it since 1971. He started collecting disability ephemera in early 1980s in order to advance his research and writing. As Bogdan began collecting he realized that although there were archives and collections related to specific aspects of disability and particular disability-related organizations, none took a broad Disability Studies approach.

Victorian-era boy in a wheelchair

The collection is unique in being both broad in scope yet deep in particular areas. For example, there are over four hundred photo postcards of people with a range of disabilities participating in regular life, pictures that might be found in family albums. The people are photographed as family members, friends and loved ones, not as clinical types. There are over one hundred pieces related to begging, ephemera used by people with disabilities to solicit money. There are close to three hundred items related to charities soliciting money for people with disabilities. In addition, there are hundreds items associated with institutions where people with disabilities were confined.  As Bogdan explains, “The collection expands our understanding of the social history of disability as well as contains images that are esthetically challenging and engaging.”

A Victorian-era male posing with two prosthetic legs

There are over 3,500 items in the collection. It covers the period from approximately 1870, when photographic images became widely available, through the 1970s, when the disability rights movement became an important force for social change. Most of the items are contained in 14 large three ring binders organized by topics.  Their format varies but the great majority of the materials are postcards, and most of those are photo postcards. Other photo formats include carte de visite, cabinet cards, as well as other larger photographs. These are complemented by pamphlets and other printed materials.  Please see the preliminary inventory of the collection.  The Medical Historical Library created this finding aid of the collection, which researchers can use to request materials to view in the Library's secure reading room.

Bogdan’s work Freak Show is a classic in the field of disability studies, as are a number of his other publications. His most recent book, Picturing Disability, draws on images in the collection. Bogdan has received many honors and awards for his contribution to the field of disability studies.  He is a Distinguished Professor Emeritus in Social Science and Disability Studies at Syracuse University.

For questions concerning the collection, please contact Melissa Grafe, Ph.D, John R. Bumstead Librarian for Medical History:

Welcome new Cross-Departmental Team members

23 January 2018 - 12:23pm by Andy Hickner

(by Melissa Funaro)

Please join us in welcoming three new Cross Departmental Team members: Vasean Daniels, Dorota Peglow, and Christopher Zollo.

The formation of the Cross-Departmental Team (CDT) in early 2015 has allowed the Cushing/Whitney Medical Library to easily accommodate spikes in service requests. Having a skilled group of professionals has permitted the Library to undertake new projects. The team has been invaluable in supporting the work of the Systematic Review Service. In addition, The CDT creates EndNote libraries, places Interlibrary Loan (ILL) requests for articles not available in our Yale holdings, attaches requested full text articles received through Interlibrary Loan Service (ILL) to EndNote and Covidence. As a result, librarians have been able to expand outreach efforts and provide more robust services.

Resource Spotlight: Bates' Visual Guide to Physical Examination

19 January 2018 - 11:26am by Caitlin Meyer


Bates resource spotlight image

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 Bates’ Visual Guide to Physical Examination. An online complement to the classic textbook, Bates’ Visual Guide to Physical Examination offers users head-to-toe and systems-based physical examination instructional videos.

The fifth edition of the Guide offers more than eight hours of high-quality video divided into 18 ‘chapters’. Each chapter is themed (e.g. “Head-to-Toe Assessment: Infant” “Cardiovascular System”, “Nervous System: Cranial Nerves & Motor System”) and the videos within each chapter range from bite-size, animated anatomy review to extended examination demonstrations. 

In addition to the general knowledge presented in the Guide, it also features a section of OSCE (Objective Structured Clinical Examinations) Clinical Skills Videos. These videos allow you to test your clinical reasoning skills by observing a clinical encounter and then being given an opportunity to develop an assessment or differential diagnosis, and provide a diagnostic workup. 

Bates’ Visual Guide to Physical Examination is available to Yale affiliates through the VPN, YNHH affiliates through the proxy server and everybody on the YaleSecure WiFi network.

Start exploring the Guide today. 

For questions on how to best use Bates’ Visual Guide to Physical Examination, feel free to contact us.

Open Position: Assistant Director of Clinical Information Services

10 January 2018 - 8:54am by Kelly Perry

We're hiring!  Join our team, or share this link with colleagues who may be interested.
Assistant Director of Clinical Information Services
Harvey Cushing/John Hay Whitney Medical Library
Yale University, New Haven, CT
STARS Requisition number:  47576BR
Schedule:  Full-time (37.5 hours per week); Standard Work Week (M-F, 8:30-5:00)
Position Focus
The Assistant Director of Clinical Information Services advances the Medical Library’s role in improving clinical quality, advancing patient care, educating trainees and faculty, and enhancing research in the Yale-New Haven Medical Center. Reporting to the Associate Director and working in a highly collaborative environment, the incumbent will develop innovative services, formulate a strategy for setting and achieving goals, assess skills and resources required to ensure success, and evaluate program effectiveness. 
In a busy, service-focused medical library, the Assistant Director of Clinical Information Services supervises the work of the Clinical Team and the long-established clinical liaison program. This involves coaching and evaluating the work of four direct reports, plus collaborating with other librarians involved in clinical outreach. The incumbent works with all library staff to provide research support to the medical center using a wide range of digital and mobile resources, and instructional and information technologies, and is involved in collection development. This position directly supports academic departments as a liaison librarian. 
The Assistant Director of Clinical Information Services serves on the Library’s Leadership Team, the Research and Education Department Managers’ Team, and partners closely with two other Assistant Directors on all aspects of outreach and education to promote teamwork and collaboration, to enhance the training and development of librarians, and to ensure the provision of services of the highest standards.
Essential Duties
1. Leads the Medical Library’s program in support of the Yale New Haven Medical Center’s clinical enterprise. Promotes the development, implementation, and evaluation of library services that align with user needs and the clinical care and research priorities of the university and the hospital.
2. Establishes and maintains relationships with clinicians, administrative and house staff, hospital and health system administrators, and chairs of academic departments.
3. Provides leadership and vision for the Clinical Team and manages the Library’s clinical liaison program.
4. Hires, trains, coaches, supervises, and evaluates the work of four librarians.
5. Serves as a liaison librarian to selected departments and offers orientations, instruction, consultation, searching, and research services and support to faculty, staff, and trainees.
6. Provides training in the use of knowledge management and information resources, tools, and strategies including: evidence-based searching, systematic reviews, content management tools, databases, mobile apps.
7. Collaborates with the Collection Development and Scholarly Communication Librarian and other librarians in the health system to build robust clinical collections, resources, and tools.
8. Teaches in the Library’s general instruction program, depending on skills and interests (e.g. biomedical databases, citation management tools, biomedical research strategies, enhancing research impact).
9. Serves on the Library’s Leadership Team and the REED Managers’ Team.
10. Collaborates with other librarians and libraries at Yale University.
11. Promotes the use of current and emerging technologies.
12. May participate in the Personal Librarian Program.
13. Serves on Library and University committees.
14. Participates in professional activities outside of Yale and monitors developments and best practices to encourage innovation and ensure the excellence of the Library.
15.  May be required to assist in disaster recovery efforts.
16. May perform other duties as assigned.
Required Education and Experience
  • Master’s degree from an ALA-accredited library school and a minimum of five years of professional library experience in a medical/health sciences library, or equivalent.
  • Understanding of the current issues in medical education and training and clinical practice. Demonstrated knowledge of and experience teaching biomedical research resources.
  • Proven ability to design, implement, and assess innovative outreach programs and services to achieve library objectives.
  • Ability to supervise the work of others and commitment to mentoring, training and developing staff.
  • Excellent interpersonal, analytical, and communication skills, including the ability to actively listen, understand and articulate user needs. Proven ability working both independently and collaboratively with varied groups.
  • Ability to prioritize, multi-task, and meet deadlines, and to conceptualize new solutions to problems with creativity and flexibility.
Preferred Education, Experience and Skills
  • Eight to ten years of professional library experience in a biomedical or clinical environment.
  • Participation in health sciences research teams as a peer.
  • Experience supervising librarians.
  • Degree in a health science, education, science or public health area.
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
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.

The Cushing/Whitney Medical Library is pleased to introduce our new therapy dog, Gracie!

9 January 2018 - 12:02pm by Melissa Funaro

Gracie will visit the library on Tuesdays from noon - 2:00 pm, starting on August 21, 2018.

Gracie with handler Lou

Gracie is a 9 years old Goldendoodle (part Golden Retriever and Poodle) and is a member of Pet Partners Therapy Animal Program and K9 First Responders (K9FR), a Critical Incident Mental Health Support (CIMHS) organization. 

Gracie and her handler, Lou Siegel will be at the Library most Tuesdays from noon to 2:00 pm.  Gracie’s therapy status is rated “Complex” which means she can handle noisy and populated areas.

Melanie Zheng, Yale School of Medicine, class of 2021 and student library representative, said, “My classmates and I were all so excited to hear about Gracie's visits. Having a therapy dog come to visit regularly has been such a good way to de-stress in the middle of busy schedules. She is such a sweet dog, and we really appreciate the library for hosting her!"

Construction in the 24-7 room

9 January 2018 - 10:35am by Andy Hickner

On Monday, January 8, there was a leak in the 24/7 room. The leak was caused by a combination of snow on the roof and a frozen drain.

The snow has been removed, the drain cleared, and repairs have begun.  It will probably take 2 weeks (minimum) for repairs to be completed.  During this time, 3 of the desks in the 24/7 space will have to be removed. The room is still available for use during this time, but it may be noisy.

2016/17 Annual Report

8 January 2018 - 10:19am by Katie Hart

We are pleased to present the 2016/17 Annual Report of the Harvey Cushing/John Hay Whitney Medical Library.

The library provides access to an extensive array of information resources and tools, offers research assistance and expertise, and delivers meaningful services to our users, to support innovation and excellence in biomedical research, patient care, and the development of scholars and future leaders in healthcare. This report documents some of the ways the library has worked to fulfill its mission.

Please do not hesitate to contact the library if you have any questions regarding the initiatives the library has been working on, or if you recognize emerging opportunities that would benefit from the library’s participation and expertise.

New Resource Alert: Try BMJ Learning free until Feb. 16th!

5 January 2018 - 3:36pm by Caitlin Meyer

The Cushing/Whitney Medical Library is always searching for the newest and most useful resources to license for our users. We're considering subscribing to BMJ Learning and would love your input -- sign up for an account today and let us know how you like it!

BMJ Learning offers evidence-based continuing medical education resources for everyone in the healthcare community from undergraduate medical students to attending physicians. The platform is composed of hundreds of peer-reviewed learning modules in text, video, and audio formats on topics ranging from foundational competencies to advanced surgical skills. 

Most modules take about an hour to complete, but you can work through them at your own pace in multiple sessions through your personalized homepage. After you successfully complete a module, you can print a certificate and the completion details populate in your BMJ Portfolio. 

Examples of modules you will encounter on the platform include: 

  • The “hospital presentation” series, which allows you to learn about a topic through a specific case scenario
  • The 10-minute “quick tips” series, brief modules on topics ranging from treating patients with excessive ear wax to head lice to how scarlet fever presents
  • The progressive “practical skills” series, with basic and advanced levels across most specialties
  • The “medical education” series, which offers modules on topics like dealing with conflict, communication skills, public speaking, writing a CV, and interviewing skills

To get started, head to BMJ Learning’s homepage and click register. To register, you’ll need to be connected to Yale Secure, the YNHH network, or the VPN. After you register, you’ll be able to access the platform from anywhere. 

The trial runs through February 16th.

Let us know how you like it!
Contact Andy Hickner with feedback. 

New year, new classes! Check out our new PubMed and EndNote workshops

5 January 2018 - 2:55pm by Caitlin Meyer

We’ve offered PubMed and EndNote classes for years, but this year we’re trying something new to make our workshops as efficient and productive as possible!


We realize that our different user groups use the same products in very different ways. Residents and attending physicians may need quick answers to clinical questions whereas students writing their theses may need a more comprehensive search of the literature. We also realize everybody is very busy and 60 minutes are hard to find. To meet these needs, we’ve created two new 30 minute PubMed classes: PubMed for Clinicians and PubMed for Research. Both classes are followed by an optional half-hour hands-on session where attendees can work through their own questions or provided examples. 


Despite offering the same functionality, EndNote looks very different on Apple computers and PCs. To address these discrepancies and make learning basic EndNote tasks easier, we’ve split the introductory class into two: EndNote for Mac and EndNote for PC. Attendees can bring their own computers to become familiar with the interface and create a functioning, organized library by the end of the class. For advanced users, we’ve created a retooled Advanced EndNote class where attendees will fill out a survey prior to the class that lets the instructors cater each session to the needs and questions of the people in the room. No two sessions will be alike!


Check out the class calendar for upcoming workshops. 

Are you interested in attending a library workshop and can’t make it to 333 Cedar St.? Let us know, and we can schedule something for your group at your location. 

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