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2013-2014 Annual Report now online

7 May 2015 - 1:23pm by Andy Hickner

(by John Gallagher, Interim Director)

On behalf of the staff of the Cushing/Whitney Medical Library, I’m honored to present this year’s Annual Report. Whether supporting the clinical, research, or educational goals of users, the Library seeks to be an essential and valued research partner.

This report highlights a wide range of activities and accomplishments, including:

  • The diverse roles librarians have played in the clinical setting
  • A 10% increase in the University’s overall compliance with the NIH Public Access Policy, thanks in part to Library support
  • The acquisition or licensing of new resources and collections
  • Librarian assistance with videos for the new Yale School of Medicine (YSM) flipped curriculum
  • A systematic review service supporting the publication of many articles, several of which listed librarians as coauthors
  • The Library’s formal designation as a Pan American Health Organization/World Health Organization Collaborating Centre
  • Delivery of Library services, resources, and expertise to Yale School of Nursing (YSN)’s new home on West Campus
  • Facility upgrades in study spaces provided by the Library
  • Record use of the Library’s world-class historical collections in classes, exhibits, and research
  • The addition of Finn, a therapy dog, who visited the Library most Fridays

And more!

All of us at the Medical Library share a deep sense of pride in this year’s accomplishments, and it is with optimism and enthusiasm that we look forward to supporting and serving our users in the coming year.

In memory of Lynn Sette

4 May 2015 - 9:31am by Andy Hickner

Lynn Sette

Sadly, after a long illness, Lynn Sette passed away peacefully last week. Lynn was beloved by so many here at the Cushing/Whitney Medical Library, as a truly kind and considerate friend and colleague. 

Lynn first joined the Medical Library as an Acquisitions Assistant in 1979. She earned her Masters in Library Science from Southern Connecticut State University in 1983, and truly loved being a reference librarian since then.  She was very passionate about her work, and served as a library liaison to the Departments of Pediatrics and Dermatology, as well as a personal librarian for medical students. Among her proudest accomplishments was her collaboration with staff at the New Haven Free Public Library to create a consumer health information resource and collection there to serve the health information needs of New Haven residents. For many years Lynn also volunteered weekly at Yale New Haven Hospital’s Newborn Special Care Unit, work that was extremely close to her heart. 

Please join the Library in extending our most heartfelt condolences to Lynn’s family. 

YSM Reunion Weekend - May 29-31, 2015

21 April 2015 - 1:52pm by Andy Hickner

The annual Yale School of Medicine Reunion Weekend is approaching.  As part of Reunion Weekend, the Library invites YSM alumni and friends to a number of events:

Friday, May 29
"The Modern Medical Library: “It’s all on the Internet! Isn’t it?” 3-4pm

Innovation and technology are transforming many industries, and libraries have not been immune to radical change. In this context some wonder about the relevance of libraries today. Join a panel of Cushing/Whitney Medical Librarians as they talk about how their roles have changed to meet the needs of the medical community. Hear about their diverse roles as research partners, and the fascinating ways they support the work of the Medical Center’s students, clinicians, scientists and educators.

Saturday, May 30

Light Continental Breakfast, 8-9am

"Treasures of the Medical Library," 2-3pm and 3-4pm

Enjoy a guided tour through the current exhibits at the Library: “Preserving Form, Preserving Content: Caring for Collections at the Medical Library” explores preservation efforts to care for the Medical Library’s important and varied collections, keeping them accessible for future generations of researchers. “Baldwin’s Patent Medicines,” a series of letterpress posters from the late 19th century, advertises the Baldwin Patent Medicine Company’s specific tonics and pills for an astonishing range of complaints. “100 Years of Public Health at Yale:” One of the oldest accredited schools of public health in this country, the school advances public health through research, education and practice. This exhibit examines the rise of public health at Yale through present day. And finally, tucked downstairs in the library is the Cushing Center: visit this one-of-a-kind center including the unique Brain Tumor Registry and the drawings, photographs and rare book collection of Dr. Harvey Cushing.
 

Other activities

Medical Treasure Hunters

Children ages 5-12 are invited to follow a self-guided, parent-assisted hunt for some of the Library’s extraordinary and amazing treasures. Maps and hunt instructions will be available at the Circulation Desk.

Can You Help the Library Identify Mystery Photographs?

Over the years, the Medical Historical Library has accumulated a collection of photographs representing many great people, places and events.  However, we need your help to identify who, where, and what are in some of our photographs! We hope you can help the Library as we work to preserve Yale’s history. Be on the lookout for our packet of photographs in the entrance to the Library.

Add your thesis to the Yale Medicine Thesis Digital Library!

The Cushing/Whitney Library is digitizing many of our former student theses to add to the digital archives at http://ymtdl.med.yale.edu. If you would like your thesis added to the repository with worldwide access, please download the permission form (http://tinyurl.com/pm9b2f2) or contact Nathan Rupp (nathan.rupp@yale.edu or 203-737-2960) with questions. Theses will be added in batches, over the course of the year.

For more information about Reunion Weekend, click here.

MLA awards 2015 Louise Darling Medal to Yale partner HINARI

17 March 2015 - 8:37pm by Andy Hickner

Library staff with Louise Darling awardLibrary staff and HINARI collaborators Nathan Rupp, Khadija El-Hazimy, and John Gallagher with the Louise Darling award.

The Medical Library Association (MLA) has announced that it has awarded its Louise Darling Medal for Distinguished Achievement in Collection Development in the Health Sciences to the HINARI Access to Research in Health Programme for 2015. HINARI partners with publishers around the world to deliver scholarly health information and content (articles, books, and databases) to developing countries around the world who otherwise could not afford these resources. Under the guidance of Nathan Rupp, the library’s Head of Collection Development and Management, the Cushing/Whitney Medical Library plays and essential role in supporting HINARI by helping update publisher content in the HINARI database. HINARI is headquartered at the World Health Organization in Geneva and is part of the Research4Life (R4L) series of programmes which also includes AGORA (agriculture), ARDI (applied technology), and OARE (environment). Yale University Library is a Founding Partner in Research4Life, starting with the launch of HINARI in 2002. 

Free CME courses now available through Henry Stewart Talks

12 March 2015 - 12:26pm by Andy Hickner

Yale Affiliates can now earn CME credits for listening to the Biomedical and Life Sciences Collection of the Henry Stewart Talks. Yale University and YNHH, as well as individual faculty and staff, spend hundreds of thousands of dollars to fulfill these requirements.

On the home page (linked above) you should see that you now have CME available. (If you don't, you may need to log in to the Yale VPN.) Anyone at Yale wanting to fulfill their CME credits as required by the American Medical Association, or other professional organization, can click to register.  

New guide to Open Access initiatives supported by Yale Library

27 February 2015 - 12:28pm by Andy Hickner

There is a new guide to Open Access initiatives supported by Yale Library.

The page lists OA programs in two categories:

  • those that provide Yale authors discounts on open access publication fees
  • OA initiatives supported through library memberships

The guide will be updated as YUL joins additional OA programs.

For further reading on Open Access, we recommend the SPARC OA page, Wikipedia entry, or one of several books the library holds on the subject.   

Library website update: New dropdown menus to launch February 20

11 February 2015 - 1:51pm by Andy Hickner

More changes are coming to the Medical Library website on February 20, when we plan to update our main navigation menu.

"But," I hear you ask, "what IS this menu you refer to?"  This menu is what you see in the block box in the image below - or, if you look above this post, the links in the orange bar.

During the process of redesigning the library's homepage, we began to identify additional opportunities to improve this menu, thereby making it easier for users to navigate the entire library website.  We tested a revised menu with a small series of users earlier this month, and used their feedback to further refine the new menu.

You can preview the new menu here (visible on the Yale network only). 

Key proposed changes include:

  • New labeling:  The "Find" section is now labeled "Databases, Articles, & Books" in order to better convey exactly what content users will find in this section.  Likewise, "Computing & Technology Support" has been re-labeled "Library Technology."
  • New sections: "Tutorials & Guides," "Research Help, & "Library Technology" are intended to help users more quickly locate popular pages on the library website.
  • New links:   We used Google Analytics data about what pages are most used to add popular links to nearly every section.  For example, you'll find a new link to the "Citation management" LibGuide under "Tutorials & Guides" to make it easier to access tools like Refworks and Endnote Web.   
  • Re-organized content:  Some of the content previously found under "Portals" has been moved to other sections; for example, the Evidence-Based Practice guide is now linked under Tutorials & Guides, and most of the old (lengthy) Services list has been re-allocated under "Research Help" or "Library Technology."

The new navigation menu will launch the evening of Friday, February 20 in order to minimize inconvenience to users.  I will post additional reminders late next week.

Please contact me directly with any questions, suggestions or concerns, or if you just can't find something in the new menu.    

Quicksearch Beta: A new library search tool

10 February 2015 - 9:40am by Andy Hickner

Medical Library users are invited to test a new online search tool, Quicksearch Beta, offered by Yale University Library.

The Quicksearch Project is the Library's effort to unite several of its online services under one discovery interface.  Quicksearch Beta performs a combined search of:

  • Books+ (books, journals, online resources, videos, and more) which searches Orbis (the YUL catalog) and Morris (the Law Library's catalog); and
  • Articles+ (journal articles, e-books, dissertations, and more)

For Medical Library users, we suggest trying Books+ as an alternative to searching library holdings in Orbis.  We suggest trying Articles+ as an alternative to Google Scholar or Google searching, for example to find journal and newspaper articles on non-biomedical topics. 

You can learn more about Quicksearch Beta at the Quicksearch Beta blog

 

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