The Mount Sinai Archives has just installed a new display in the exhibit cases in the north lobby of the Annenberg Building titled: The Highest Honor Bestowed by Mount Sinai:The Jacobi Medallion of The Mount Sinai Alumni.
This display highlights the history of the Medallion from its creation in 1952 to today. There are images of a few recipients, including the first woman, Bella Trachtenberg; the first graduate of MSSM to win, Janice Gabrilove, MD; a Nobel Prize winner, Rosalyn Yalow, Ph.D.; and Jonas Salk, MD, a noted house staff alumnus. There are also a few items relating to Abraham Jacobi, MD, for whom the medal is named, as well as William Hitzig, MD, the Alumni President who created the award in 1952.
Please stop in and take a look. Contact the Archives if you have any questions on this or Mount Sinai history in general.
We're pleased that the library renovations are causing a minimum of disruption to our operations. True, temporary walls are still up and it is a slightly further walk to get to the Library Adminstrative Offices and Academic Computing, but the noise and dust are being kept very low and the Reference Librarians are conveniently located right up front to offer you help. People are still dropping by the library to study, use computers and relax in our very comfy lounge chairs, so don't fear the renovations!
Librarians at the Levy Library have been available to chat with you on AIM for awhile; now it’s gotten even easier to chat with us. There is usually a librarian online from about 9 am until around 6 pm (hours vary), ready to answer your questions. If you don’t see a librarian online and you need help, we’re available through email, telephone or in person – or you can leave a message in the chat box, but make sure to leave your email address or phone number so we can find you! You can chat with us right here, or on our Ask a Librarian page.
There was an interesting article this week in The New York Times entitled Defeating Bedlam. The author, Olivia Judson, discusses the challenge of organizing saved articles and references on her computer. She also mentions two programs that are available: free Zotero and Papers, for Mac. At Mount Sinai most people prefer using our licensed resources RefWorks or EndNote to organize their references and files. However, some may like the convenience of Zotero's in-Firefox capabilities.The comments after the article are also particularly interesting. It seems many people in science have the same challenges!
The holidays are already upon us and many of us are taking a little bit of time off to spend with family or friends, relax, and prepare for the new year. If you're looking for some reading material that's a little more, well, leisurely than our new copies of Core Pathology, Third Edition and Introduction to Genetic Analysis, check out the Levy Library's Leisure Reading collection. Escape with Breakfast at Tiffany's and Me Talk Pretty One Day, or keep it educational with The Spirit Catches You and You Fall Down and The Velocity of Honey. The Leisure Reading collection is on the 11th floor of the Library, to your right when you walk in. Books can be borrowed for two weeks and renewed, just like our regular collection, and you can check in advance if we have a particular book by searching the Catalog.
What are you reading this holiday season?
Tired of Drosophila and Mus musculus? Longing for a model organism that makes better cocktail party conversation fodder than C. elegans? As genomes continue to be sequenced and biologists continue to expand their research, more and more species are gaining ground as model organisms in the lab. But it may be a little bit more difficult to find procedures and protocols for the Blind Cave Fish than it is for yeast. Cold Spring Harbor Protocols are helping with these new needs, with the Emerging Model Organisms protocol series (links work on campus only). So far the series contains background, sourcing and husbandry information, as well as specifics on genetics, technical approaches and model systems for a dozen newly emerging model organisms, with more planned for release soon.
A couple of changes have been made to PubMed lately, and there are more coming up. If you're a frequent PubMed user, you may have noticed some changes in how your search results are displayed. Article titles are now listed before the authors, and the title functions as the link to the full record. This should make it a bit easier to scan your list of results. Also, the links to find Related Articles have been moved underneath each citation instead of next to it, and the icons that previously indicated the presence of free full text or abstracts have been replaced with statements like "Free Article in PMC". This makes it really easy to see which articles are available for free from PubMed Central, but remember that Mount Sinai provides access to many more full text articles using the LinkOut and FindIt services.
And if you haven't yet taken a look at PubMed's new "Advanced Search" feature, now might be a good time. In the next few weeks the familiar tabs for Limits, History, Details and others will disappear – all the functions will be accessible from the Advanced Search screen. We don't know yet if the same thing will happen to other NCBI databases, like Entrez Gene. In any case, if you have questions about PubMed or other resources, you can always Ask a Librarian!