Data and Privacy: A Panel Discussion

16 January 2020 - 12:46pm by Dana Haugh

Following the December 2019 Day of Data Conference, we invite you to meet more Yale medical campus faculty working at the intersection of data and privacy. Speakers include Jennifer Miller, Theodore Holford, Gregg Gonsalves, Joshua Wallach, and Donna Spiegelman.    When: Thursday, February 13, 2020, 2-4pm Where: Sterling Hall of Medicine 115, inside Cushing/Whitney Medical Library   Refreshments will be served.

Explore some of the earliest printed medical books in our collection online

8 January 2020 - 9:54am by Melissa Grafe

The Cushing/Whitney Medical Library is pleased to announce that parts of our incunable collection are now available online! The effort to digitize these incunables and make them freely available worldwide was generously funded by the Arcadia Fund. The Medical Historical Library, part of the Cushing/Whitney Medical Library, contains over 300 medical and scientific incunabula, which are books, broadsides, and pamphlets printed before 1501. These incredibly rare incunables represent the earliest history of printing in Europe and the first examples of medical knowledge circulated in printed form. Many of the incunables display elements of the print and manuscript world, including marginalia, historiated initials, and some of the earliest printed depictions of the human body, often derived from manuscript illustrations. The 44 incunables digitized in this project represent ones not found online anywhere. Topics include astrology, medicine, plague, anatomy, remedies, herbals and much more. The incunable collection was donated to the Medical Library by one of our founders, Dr. Arnold Klebs (1870-1943), a Swiss tuberculosis expert and bibliophile. The last decade of Klebs’ life was especially devoted to his ambitious incunabula project. He hoped to publish a catalog with full entries for scientific and medical incunabula. In 1938, he published a short-title catalog (i.e. brief entries), Incunabula scientifica and medica, of all known scientific and medical incunabula. Klebs did not purchase many incunabula himself. Instead, he encouraged fellow bibliophile and famed neurosurgeon Dr. HarveyCushing to buy them and acted as intermediary with book dealers in Europe. Through the efforts of Klebs and Cushing, Yale’s Medical Historical Library holds one of the largest medical and scientific incunable collections in the United States. Please explore these incunables on the Cushing/Whitney Medical Library site on Internet Archive, as part of the Medical Heritage Library. You can also find other Arcadia-funded digitized texts, including medieval and Renaissance medical and scientific manuscripts, Yale Medical School theses and early Arabic and Persian books and manuscripts, in this collection. 

MS COLL 64 The Martha H. Roper Papers

11 December 2019 - 1:40pm by Katherine Isham

By Michelle Peralta, Resident Archivist for Yale Special Collections Yale Class of 1974 Alumna Throughout the 2019-2020 academic year, Yale University is celebrating fifty years of co-education with many events and exhibitions that demonstrate the magnitude of contributions of Yale’s women graduates in all areas of life, including politics, sports, academia, and medicine. Thus, it feels particularly fitting that the latest archival collection available at the Medical Historical Library, Ms Coll 64 The Martha H. Roper Papers, was created by an alumna of one of Yale’s earliest co-education classes. The collection contains research, publications, and subject files that document the professional career of Martha H. Roper, Yale class of 1974, and her expertise in international epidemiology. A global health authority on maternal and neonatal tetanus, Roper worked for the World Health Organization, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, and the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF).   A Lifetime of Service Martha Roper (known as Marty to most) dedicated her life to serving the underserved. A colleague wrote that Roper “fought for the uplift of those who were poor, marginalized and whose voices are rarely heard. She loved the human moments that come with being in the field, which keep us honest and true to purpose.” Roper’s service brought her across the world, traveling often to remote locations, and sometimes working in challenging conditions, but she remained committed to her cause of providing health care solutions to the most disadvantaged. This commitment was apparent early on in Roper’s career, when she worked as a research assistant at Yale Medical Center providing support for women experiencing domestic abuse in New Haven and contributing to research on battering and domestic abuse of women by their partners. Afterwards, Roper moved to the West coast and eventually worked as the medical director of Highland General Hospital’s Acute Care Clinic in Oakland, California where she was instrumental in providing support and resources for people dealing with substance abuse, alcoholism, and pelvic infections. Roper continued to work for public health almost until her untimely passing from lung cancer in 2016.  Meticulous Attention to Detail Roper was known for her attention to detail, and her papers arrived at the Medical Historical Library in records cartons filled with folders arranged by topic and labeled with neat handwriting. The collection includes several notebooks filled with research notes and data, but one journal from Roper’s early career labeled “Die Naturphilosophie,” containing a few entries about Roper’s relocation to Alaska to temporarily fill in for a local doctor in his medical clinic, provides a glimpse of Roper’s personality beyond the known medical professional.  “Enough for today. Tomorrow the adventure truly begins. Tonight, I’ll retire with a book, my usual evening occupation, and thereby bridge my familiar past and unfamiliar future.”  An Emerging Field Martha Roper was an early adopter of the Global Positioning System (GPS) and Geographic Information Systems (GIS) and her papers document howthese new technologies became important tools for the field of epidemiology in the 1990s. The collection includes workshop materials, maps, and her presentation: “Spatial Patterns of Malaria Case Distribution in Padre Cocha, Peru” from the third ever conference on Geographic Information Systems (GIS) in Public Health in 1998. Ms Coll 64 The Martha H. Roper Papers is open and available for research at the Harvey Cushing / John Hay Whitney Medical Historical Library at Yale University. A description and listing of collection contents is available at Archives at Yale.

New Paper by CWML Medical Librarians

10 December 2019 - 10:44am by Dana Haugh

A paper written by a team of medical librarians from the Cushing/Whitney Medical Library was recently published in Research Integrity and Peer Review. The paper investigates librarian involvement in the peer review process of systematic review manuscripts. Health science librarians often contribute to the production of systematic reviews, but little was known about their involvement in peer reviewing SR manuscripts submitted to journals for publiction. As experts in conducting literature searches and systematic review methodologies, the team suggests that librarians have should play a larger role in the peer review process. To better assess the landscape, the authors distrubuted a survey to three listservs used by biomedical information professionals who do systematic reviews. The study found that the majority of librarians surveyed (78%) have not been invited to peer review systematic review manuscripts, yet many are willing to provide this service. Editors should involve experienced librarians with peer review, and the paper suggests some strategies to consider. Grossetta Nardini HK, Batten J, Funaro MC, Garcia-Milian R, Nyhan, K, Spak JM, Wang L, Glover JG. Librarians as methodological peer reviewers for systematic reviews: results of an online survey. Research Integrity and Peer Review 4, 23 (2019) doi:10.1186/s41073-019-0083-5

Medical Librarians at NAHSL 2019

11 November 2019 - 2:01pm by Dana Haugh

On Friday 11/8, CWML staff members attended the North Atlantic Health Science Libraries (NAHSL) Annual Conference in Springfield, MA. NAHSL is a regional chapter of the Medical Library Association, comprising medical librarians in Connecticut, New Hampshire, Rhode Island, Massachusetts, and Maine. The one-day conference featured presentations and posters by eight staff members from CWML.  Presentations included: Creating an Instruction Community of Practice: Logistics, Lesson Plans, and Lessons Learned by Caitlin Meyer Design Basics for Creating Better Visuals by Dana Haugh Fine-tuning a Medical Library's Bioinformatics Support Program to Address the Data Challenges of Biomedical Researchers in the Age of Omics and Precision Medicine by Nur-Taz Rahman All Aboard! Outreach Initiatives by a Clinical Library Team by Alexandria Brackett, Katherine Stemmer Frumento, Janene Batten, Melissa Funaro, and Alyssa Grimshaw Taking the Long Road: Keeping Track of Searches to Improve a Mediated Search Service by Melissa Funaro, Katherine Stemmer Frumento, Janene Batten, Alexandria Brackett, and Alyssa Grimshaw

Plastic Surgery at Yale: Surgical Expertise, Innovation, and History

7 November 2019 - 11:02am by Melissa Grafe

NEW EXHIBITION Plastic Surgery at Yale: Surgical Expertise, Innovation, and History On view in the Cushing Rotunda from October 30th 2019 - February 24th, 2020   Surgical attempts to reconstruct the human body after injury or illness have long been at the forefront of medical innovation. The expansive field of plastic surgery emerged over centuries, now including reconstruction and cosmetics and aesthetic surgery.   In this exhibition, evolving techniques and procedures dating from ancient times through the present day are on display through a sampling of major historical plastic surgery texts from the Medical Historical Library. Discover technologies used in reconstructive and cosmetic surgery today through the models and tools on loan from Yale Plastic Surgery. Learn about innovations from Yale's own plastic surgery faculty through various publications, instruments, and the international non-profit work performed around the globe.   The exhibition, in partnership with Yale Plastic Surgery, was curated by Marc E. Walker, MD, MBA, with assistance from Melissa Grafe, Ph.D, Head of the Medical Historical Library.  

November: National Awareness Month for Alzheimer’s Disease and Home Health Care

6 November 2019 - 2:25pm by Sawyer Newman

The bubble plot shown on this page (you may have also noticed it on the Medical Library’s digital signage and webpage banner), was created using ggplot2 in R. It shows publications related to Alzheimer’s Disease, Family Caregivers, and Home Health Care that has been cited more than 40 times by other research efforts. Follow the link here to interact with this graph, and view more details about each of the publications represented in this visualization.     If you have any questions about this graph, please email medicaldata@yale.edu.  

Free health sciences resources

5 November 2019 - 1:01pm by Dana Haugh

Leaving Yale soon? Bookmark our guide of free health sciences resources you can access without an institutional license: https://guides.library.yale.edu/alumni-resources/tools It contains resources for clinical research, patient care, health literacy, consumer education, health information across the globe, and general tools for getting access to the research you need.

Open Access Week 2019

18 October 2019 - 2:46pm by Dana Haugh

Open Access week is October 21 - 27, 2019! Open Access (OA) literature is digital, online, free of charge, and free of most copyright and licensing restrictions. What makes it possible is the internet and the consent of the author or copyright-holder.    Celebrate open access publishing and scholarship with the medical library: October 21 from 11am - 1pm: Stop by the medical library to kick off open access week and learn more about how we support open access publishing October 23 from 3pm - 4:30pm: “Reuse My Material – Copyright Clinic” – YSPH, LEPH 126 October 25 from 12:15pm - 12:45pm: “Copyright and Images – How to Find Open Access Images, YSPH And join our colleagues at the Center for Science and Social Science on October 24th for a workshop on "Choosing an Open Access Journal for Publication of a Paper."  
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