#SteppingOutAtYale – APHA’s #1BillionSteps Challenge, Library Edition

30 March 2017 - 11:38am by Kate Nyhan

Cushing/Whitney Medical Library loves public health, and so we’re celebrating National Public Health Week with the American Public Health Association. In the first week of April, you can enjoy daily public health-themed literature workshops and daily social media postings of our favorite public health posters from the Medical Historical Library. But wait, there’s more!

#1BillionSteps logo from the American Public Health Association

Are you part of APHA’s #1BillionSteps Challenge, encouraging everyone to do consistent physical activity? Would you like to get a few more steps in your day? We’ve got your back! During National Public Health Week, you can join the #1BillionSteps Challenge, Library Edition – right here at Yale. It’s easy and fun!

  1. Walk over to visit another library on campus.
  2. Take a selfie with something special there.
  3. Post your pictures on Instagram with hashtags – especially #SteppingOutAtYale
  4. You can win a healthy prize from the medical library!

With five libraries to visit, maybe you should check out one every day! Use these hashtags and mentions to tell Instagram about your travels.

147 steps from LEPH to Cushing/Whitney Medical Library

See how close we are? Pop over to the Cushing/Whitney Medical Library and take a selfie with Harvey Cushing, our library founder, in the beautiful Medical Historical Library. Walk the long way, by Blue State and in the front of Sterling, to get more steps! And while you’re here, stop in and say hi to public health librarian Kate Nyhan. #SteppingOutAtYale @yalemedhistlib #HappyBirthdayHarvey #1BillionSteps #NPHW #NPHW17 @americanpublichealth #litreviewpleasehelp

1056 steps to Robert B. Hass Family Arts Library

Are you looking for a laugh? Visit the Robert B Hass Family Arts Library, where librarians Meredith Hale and Jae Rossman have created a special pop-up exhibition for National Public Health Week! Starting at 10AM on Monday, you can see historical sports imagery from the American Trading Card Collection and An Almanac of Twelve Sports. Look for it behind the glass of the special collections area downstairs, any time the library is open. Thanks @hassartslibrary for these #SpecialCollections! #SteppingOutAtYale #1BillionSteps #NPHW #NPHW17 @americanpublichealth

1478 steps to Lillian Goldman Law Library

Do you need a giant rabbit in your life? Of course you do! Visit the Lillian Goldman Law Library and meet Pufendorf. Pufendorf is a symbol of resilience, having survived not only the 2003 Yale Law School bombing but also a kidnapping by 3L’s. Photography is normally forbidden in the law library, but you have a special dispensation for selfies with Pufendorf – if you can find him! Here’s how: Enter the law school from the Wall Street entrance. At the main staircase (right in the middle of the main hallway) go left and down into Library Level 2 (L2) which houses the computer lab, IT, the Rare Book Room, and Tech Services. There is another set of stairs on the left past the Rare Book Room. You’ll find Pufendorf at the base of the stairs. #SteppingOutAtYale #1BillionSteps #NPHW #NPHW17 @americanpublichealth #totemicdappledrabbit

1479 steps to Beinecke Rare Book and Manuscript Library

Do you want to enjoy history, art, and rare memorabilia of the Harlem Renaissance? Visit the Beinecke Rare Book and Manuscript Library. Explore their rich exhibition “Gather Out of Star-Dust” – what will be your favorite part?

  • The playful map of Harlem nightlife – go right from the entrance; it’s hung to make selfies irresistible
  • The 1917 Silent Protest Parade – go left from the entrance
  • Langston Hughes’s collection of rent party cards – second level behind the Cube. PS, here’s literature on housing insecurity.
  • Art, photographs, and sheet music about dancing – all over! PS, here’s literature on dance as exercise.

Check out the whole exhibit. You’ll love it! And pick up an exhibit pamphlet with a reproduction of the Harlem map, too. Thanks @beineckelibrary #HarlemRen #SteppingOutAtYale #1BillionSteps #NPHW #NPHW17 @americanpublichealth

1267 steps to Sterling Memorial Library

Do you want to see the mother ship of Yale University Libraries? Visit Sterling Memorial Library and explore the beautiful nave. Check out the stained glass, and visit the Yale printing press. #SteppingOutAtYale @yalelibrary #1BillionSteps #NPHW #NPHW17 @americanpublichealth

You can be a winner!

Everyone who participates in #SteppingOutAtYale and #1BillionSteps gets fresh air and exercise – and the winners will also get packets of vegetable seeds and local, sustainable maple syrup from the Yale Landscape Lab! All you have to do is post a library selfie on Instagram with the hashtag #SteppingOutAtYale. The more posts, the better your chances of winning a prize -- thank you @yalewestcampus #yalelandscapelab #maplefest2017

Get in touch

Contact public health librarian Kate Nyhan with questions, comments,  boasts about how many steps you’ve taken, and complaints that these figures are off. Email or click here to set up a meeting to talk about literature searching and more.

Thank you

Thanks to all the participating libraries and their staff, medical library colleagues, the Yale Sustainability Program and Landscape Lab, APHA, and the Medical Library Association’s Public Health/Health Administration section.


Flo Gillich retires from the Medical Historical Library

29 March 2017 - 11:55am by Andy Hickner

(by Melissa Grafe)

Flo Gillich

Florence Gillich retired this week after 18 1/2 years of service. Before coming to the Medical Historical Library, Flo began working at Yale in 1998 as a Media Technician for the School of Nursing, assisting patrons with audiovisual requests and instructional media services. Flo also worked to digitize materials, something she carried into her job at the Medical Historical Library. Flo joined the Medical Historical Library Library in 2005 as our Historical Library Assistant, and quickly jumped into creating metadata and scanning our digital collections, beginning with our portrait engravings. Over the years, Flo has been a major force in the shaping of our Digital Library, ensuring online access to Medical Historical Library collections.

Beyond her work with the Digital Library, Flo helped many Library patrons over the years, assisting in reference, ILL, and image requests, and getting patrons settled into research in the Medical Historical Library. Many patrons over the years have commented on how much they appreciated all the help Flo has provided. She also assisted with the Library Associates for a number of years, maintaining contacts with the Associates, helping with programming, and ensuring the smooth coordination of the program. Flo supervised students, and has been a wonderful colleague to all of us.

Join us in expressing best wishes to Flo in her next adventure in life and thanking her for all that’s she’s done for Yale. Flo is looking forward to spending more time with her family. We will sorely miss her at the Cushing/Whitney Medical Library.


3 new articles on scholarly publishing you ought to read

23 March 2017 - 3:16pm by Andy Hickner

The latest issue of The Economist includes 3 articles focused on issues you should be aware of as you seek to publish your research. "Assessing the Importance of Scientific Work" discusses the development of altmetrics and profiles 2 companies working in the field. "The Findings of Medical Research are Disseminated Too Slowly" looks at how the old model of scientific research locked up behind paywalls is changing, as funders such as the Gates Foundation begin to require its grantees to make their work freely available to the public. "The Shackles of Scientific Journals, and How to Cast them Off" outlines the problems with the old model of scientific publishing, which results in profits for journal publishers to the detriment of the scientific enterprise and to the general public, as well as additional solutions including open access repositories and more transparent peer review.

These are quick reads, and we encourage our researchers to spend the less than 10 minutes it takes to skim them. We thank Heather Joseph, Executive Director of SPARC, for drawing our attention to these articles. 

If you are a researcher, check out our Research Impact guide to learn how to use altmetrics and other tools to help you tell the story of *your* research impact. 

Cushing/Whitney Medical Library celebrates National Public Health Week

15 March 2017 - 4:46pm by Kate Nyhan

National Public Health Week logo

The first week of April is National Public Health Week. Here at the medical library, we’re teaching literature searching workshops with a public health theme – every day! Check out our April calendar to see all our National Public Health Week Edition workshops, or click on these links to register. Everyone is welcome! And don't forget that you can also celebrate National Public Health Week, and win prizes, with the #SteppingOutAtYale #1BillionSteps Challenge!

Hands-on PubMed – National Public Health Week Edition

Searching MEDLINE on the OVID Platform – National Public Health Week Edition

Searching for Geospatial Literature – National Public Health Week Edition

Managing your References with Refworks – National Public Health Week Edition

Finding Health Statistics – National Public Health Week Edition

A big thank you to the medical librarians of the Research and Education Department, who are thoughtfully planning these workshops with public health research in mind. Thanks also to the Sewell Fund for helping public health librarians like me start participating in the American Public Health Association, the moving spirit behind National Public Health Week. 

Kate Nyhan, research and education librarian for public health

Yale School of Nursing jumps in USNWR rankings

14 March 2017 - 11:40am by Andy Hickner

In the latest U.S. News & World Report rankings, Yale School of Nursing (YSN) has risen 13 places to number 6 in the overall rankings, and is now ranked number 8 in its Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) program.  Congratulations to our colleagues at YSN!  Click here to read more about how YSN performed in the USNWR rankings. 

Musical Revue

2 March 2017 - 4:38pm by Katie Hart

Friday, April 7 at 12:00 pm, Historical Library
Cushing/Whitney Medical Library

Come to the Medical Historical Library for a live musical revue of selections from our exhibit “Yale Medicine Goes to War, 1917.” Bring your lunches and enjoy the medically themed ballads and marches inspired by the nation’s entrance into World War I. Songs will be performed by library and development staff members, and doctors from the Medical School. Join us!



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