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Behind-the-scenes peek at the CWML renovation

15 November 2018 - 10:53am by Katie Hart

The renovation is well underway! Demolition is completed, however that doesn’t mean the end of the noise. Be sure to grab a pair of earplugs at the circulation desk if you need them. The progress may not look like much now, but trust us, there will be beautiful and useful spaces come June. In the meantime, enjoy a behind-the-scenes peek at what is going on behind those renovation barriers.    The former information room has been gutted and is slowing becoming a flexible 125-seat teaching and learning commons.    Heading downstairs, this picture is taken from the middle of the new information commons, looking toward the stairs and the future enlarged faculty video production studio.   The left of this picture shows where two new meeting rooms will be and to the right is the future location of the Information Desk.   Did you know that the library’s bookshelves help hold up the ceiling? In order to remove the stacks, a steel superstructure was added on the E-level to keep the first floor Morse Reading Room exactly where it is! You’re looking at the location of six new classrooms and two group study rooms.   Standing in the future doorway of a group study room, imagine study space ahead and classrooms on the right.    

Demolition Begins!

11 September 2018 - 11:54am by Katie Hart

Renovation partition walls have been built throughout the library and construction is officially underway! The library has been lucky so far in the noise department, however expect a large uptick in the overall construction noise during the weeks of September 17 and 24. Demolition will begin and construction noise will inevitably be disruptive in certain parts of the library. Construction ends before 3pm daily, so if you need some peace and quiet to study, try us in the evening. Apologies in advance for the inconvenience this will cause. If you haven't already done so, consider signing up for the Hard Hat Harvey list-serv for the most up to date information about the renovation and current coniditons in the library. We will keep the emails to a minimum, but still keep you informed of renovation progress. We also keep a list of Frequently Asked Questions with current information about the renovation.

Medical Library Association Annual Conference

29 June 2018 - 11:34am by Katie Hart

At the end of May ten of our librarians attended the Medical Library Association (MLA) Annual Meeting in Atlanta, GA. The MLA meeting schedule was chock full of classes, poster sessions, formal and informal meetings, sharing sessions, exhibits, and paper sessions that explored the latest trends in medical librarianship. Our librarians taught and took continuing education classes, presented six posters and two papers, and served on committees, special interest groups, and task forces. By attending MLA, our librarians contribute to the profession as well as gain practical ideas and knowledge that help us better train healthcare professionals to make the best evidence-based decisions. To highlight a few: Melanie Norton, Head of Access and Delivery Services, has been invited to join the Editorial Board of the Journal of the Medical Library Association (JMLA). JMLA Editorial Board members make critical contributions to the quality and direction of the JMLA by lending their specific expertise, reviewing manuscripts, assisting with the development of journal policies and practices, and acting as ambassadors of the journal. Melanie brings to the JMLA a record of scholarly publishing and a deep knowledge of health sciences librarianship. Janene Batten, Nursing Librarian, was selected as a member of the inaugural Research Training Institute for Health Sciences Librarians.The Institute provides practicing librarians an opportunity to immerse themselves in instruction and activities related to scholarly research, inquiry, and publishing. Janene will attend a week-long intensive in Chicago in July to learn about research design. She plans to research the information needs of nurse practitioners based in Connecticut school-based health centers.   Poster & Paper Presentations Janene Batten– Integrating into the Doctor of Nursing Practice program: A case study in librarian immersion Melanie Nortron, Janene Batten, Alyssa Grimshaw– 2017 Inaugural celebration of Yale School of Nursing authors Holly Grossetta Nardini, Fanny Duprilot, Kate Nyhan, Rolando Garcia Milian, Lei Wang, Judy Spak, Melissa Funaro, Janene Batten, Janis Glover– Librarians as methodological peer reviewers for journal systematic review submission Caitlin Meyer– Transforming our teaching: adapting our instruction program to better meet user needs Kate Nyhan–Institutional research impact assessment: how I learned that good can be better than perfect (and how I discussed this with faculty) (paper) Alexandria Brackett (with former colleagues from LSU) – Transforming a Nation: Leading Librarians to Consumer Health by Adapting Access to the Consumer Health Information Specialization Program Melissa Funaro, Kate Nyhan, Alexandria Brackett, Andy Hickner, Rolando Garcia Milian –Developing a program for Institutional Animal Care and Use Committee compliance: benefits for researchers and libraries (paper) Katherine Stemmer Frumento and Donna Belcinski (Greenwich Hospital) – Opportunities to grow: adapting services, transforming relationships, and leading the informational way on the magnet journey

CWML Librarians receive national recognition

5 June 2018 - 2:18pm by Katie Hart

It gives us tremendous pleasure to share exciting and wonderful news from the Cushing/Whitney Medical Library. Two of our medical librarians received national recognition from our primary professional organization, the Medical Library Association (MLA). Holly Grossetta Nardini, Associate Director of the CWML, was selected as the 2018 Estelle Brodman Academic Medical Librarian of the year. Alexandria “Lexi” Brackett, Clinical Librarian, was selected as one of the MLA’s 2018-2019 Rising Stars. The Estelle Brodman Award for the Academic Medical Librarian of the Year “recognizes an academic medical librarian at mid-career level who demonstrates significant achievement, the potential for leadership, and continuing excellence.” This prestigious award recognizes Holly’s outstanding contributions to academic health sciences librarianship through demonstrated excellence in performance, publications, research, and service. Holly is keenly dedicated to our users and their needs, and through her expertise and passion for her work, adds tremendous value to the scholarship and work of the clinicians, researchers, educators, students, and communities we serve. She has a proven track record of demonstrated creativity, and has developed and expanded novel services that benefit users and librarians here at Yale and beyond. The MLA Rising Stars program has been developed to give members the opportunity to develop skills, knowledge, and personal characteristics needed to become a leader in MLA. Only four librarians are selected each year for this intensive year-long program. Since joining the Medical library last June, Alexandria has proven herself to be an energetic and enthusiastic librarian, committed to the support of clinicians in the departments she serves. Participation in the Rising Stars Program will provide Alexandria with valuable understanding of the MLA as an organization, and the important work it does to further the profession of health sciences librarianship and the vital role librarians play in healthcare. The program will also help develop Alexandria’s leadership potential, paving the path for her to assume positions of responsibility within both MLA and her career. Please join us in congratulating Holly and Alexandria!

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.

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!    

69th Annual Lecture of the Associates of the Cushing/Whitney Medical Library

13 February 2017 - 2:58pm by Katie Hart

Please join us for the 69th Annual Lecture of the Associates of the Cushing/Whitney Medical Library. March 29th, 2017 at 4:00pm Reception to follow. “HIV/AIDS from A(labama) to Z(ambia): Research and response since 1981” Sten H. Vermund, M.D., Ph.D.  Anna M.R. Lauder Professor of Public Health Dean of Public Health Professor of Pediatrics, Yale School of Medicine  

67th Annual Associates Lecture

25 March 2015 - 10:14am by Katie Hart

Please join us for the 67th annual lecture of the Cushing/Whitney Medical Library Associates on April 8, 2015 at 4pm in the Historical Medical Library. This year's speaker is Dr. Unni Karunakara, Senior Fellow, Jackson Institute for Global Affairs and Resident Fellow, Morse College, Yale University and past international president of Médecins Sans Frontières. Dr. Karunakara's lecture is entitled "Humanitarian Duties and Action."  
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