Levy Library Holiday Hours

It's winter break! This year the Levy Library's holiday hours are:

Holiday Hours
Sunday December 18th, 2011— January 2nd, 2012

Sunday, Dec. 18
12 Noon — 7:50 P.M.
Monday, Dec. 19 Friday, Dec. 23
 7:30 A.M. — 7:50 PM
Saturday, Dec. 24
9:00 A.M. — 4:50 P.M.
Sunday, Dec. 25
Monday, Dec. 26 Friday, Dec. 30    7:30 A.M. — 7:50 PM
Saturday, Dec. 31
9:00 A.M. — 4:50 P.M.
Sunday, Jan 1
Monday, Jan 2
12 Noon —7:50 P.M.

Regular Library Hours
Tuesday, January 3 — Saturday, January 28

Monday Thursday
 7:30 A.M. — 11:50 P.M.
 7:30 A.M. — 7:50 P.M.
 9:00 A.M. — 7:50 P.M.
 12 Noon — 11:50 P.M.

Extended Academic Hours Resume Sunday, January 29

Monday Thursday
 7:30 A.M. — 1:50 A.M.
 7:30 A.M. — 7:50 P.M.
 9:00 A.M. — 7:50 P.M.
 10:00 AM — 1:50 A.M.

Library Resource Apps and Mobile-Optimized Sites

MdconsultiphoneAttention Mount Sinai iphone, ipad, blackberry, android and other mobile device users!  Many of the Levy Library's core resources provide mobile applications (apps) and mobile-optimized sites for accessing content.  Librarians have compiled the lists below which include some very useful apps. Perhaps the best news?  All of the apps are included in our library license negotiations and are provided at no cost to Mount Sinai faculty, students, and staff!

Our list of apps: http://library.mssm.edu/reference/apps.shtml includes apps for accessing clinical and drug information, searching the medical literature, accessing e-journals, e-books, and medical images, and searching the library's catalog.

View our list of mobile-optimized sites: http://library.mssm.edu/reference/mobile.shtml to access Levy Library licensed resources from your mobile browser.

We hope these apps and mobile sites will be useful to all of our Mount Sinai physicians, nurses, medical students and other health care providers who carry smartphone or mobile devices!  If you have any comments or questions, please send us an email.

This Devil’s Cauldron of Genius

Every December I create a list of the important anniversaries will occur in the coming year of events that happened at Mount Sinai 25, 50, 100, or even 150 years ago.  These are usually building openings, new programs starting, or organizational changes in structure or leadership.  I also look at what milestone papers were published in those anniversary years to show how Mount Sinai has created new medical knowledge.

While often inspiring, I am always frustrated by how limited a view this is of the institution, especially when it comes to the intellectual activity that has long been part of the environment at Mount Sinai. But how do you get across to people the scientific milieu that led to the greater achievements? 

I realized this year that one of the ways to understand the intellectual environment here at Mount Sinai in the past is to look at a series of volumes that was created by the librarians of the Jacobi Library.  They gathered together the reprints of articles authored by Mount Sinai staff and bound them into thick books, starting with what they could find for 1874 and continuing to 1966.  Reading the list of articles that appears in the front of each volume transports you to a different time.  Some articles seem quaint – “A New and simple method of sterilizing catgut by boiling” (1901) – and others seems current:  “Dynamics and therapy of depressive states” (1937).

Misc Writings volumes 1

So thank you to the nameless librarians and staff that gathered these 12,913 reprints together and typed the lists of articles that allow us to search them.  If you would ever like to spend some time browsing this wonderful series, please contact the Archives about stopping in.  This resource is evidence for why Bernard Simon, MD, House Staff Class of 1942, would call Mount Sinai “this devil’s cauldron of genius, this witches brew of talent”.

General Surgery now in UpToDate

UpToDate has announced the addition of a new topic area: General Surgery. UpToDate, the popular provider of clinical topic reviews and evidence-based recommendations, now contains 19 specialties.


UpToDate's newest section covers all areas of General Surgery including abdominal wall and hernia, bariatric and metabolic, breast, burn, colorectal, endocrine, head and neck, pancreatic and hepatobiliary, plastic and reconstructive, skin and soft tissue, thoracic, trauma, upper GI, and vascular surgery. Also included are sections on minimally invasive surgery, as well as anesthesia and analgesia, general surgical principles and surgical quality and safety.

UpToDate claims that: "Beta testing by surgeons has shown that UpToDate answers 94% of general surgeons’ clinical questions and 87% of their surgery-specific questions."

UpToDate is licensed for on-campus use only.