A New Year with an Old Calendar

Central Park winter 1989
The New Year is upon us, a time when we often think about, well, time: times past and what the future might hold. And while you can never go back, sometimes years do repeat themselves, or at least the calendar does. The New Year of 2013 will have the same calendar as 1991, 1985, 1980, 1974, 1963, 1957 and so on going back through the years. How do you find out what years have matching calendars? Now you can go online to sites such as that created by the Archives at Notre Dame University. They have a page devoted to perpetual calendars where you can find a year just by typing in a day and date, reverse the search and find the day based on the year, or find years whose calendars match.

But why would anyone need to know this stuff, aside from the interesting trivia factor? Archivists and historians refer to perpetual calendars when trying to find a complete and correct date for documents and photographs that only contain partial information. For instance, if a letter has a date of Tuesday, January 29th and you know it was written in the 1970s, looking at a perpetual calendar shows you that there was only one year in the '70s that had that configuration: 1974.

Another calendar tie-in archivists may make is if their collection actually contains old calendars. Such is the case with the UCLA Archives where the Library Special Collections Blog has an entry about their collection of medical and scientific calendars. They even have a link where you may download your own copy of calendars from 1889, 1895 and 1907, which are also the same as 2013.

Whatever calendar you use, all of us here wish you a very Happy New Year!

Holiday Hours at the Levy Library

Monday – Thursday, 12/17-12/20, 7:30am – 10:15pm

Friday 12/21, 7:30am – 7:50pm

Saturday 12/22, 9:00am – 7:50pm

Sunday 12/23,12pm – 7:50pm

Monday 12/24, 7:30am – 5:50pm

Tuesday 12/25 – CLOSED

Wednesday – Friday 12/26 – 12/28, 7:30am – 7:50pm

Saturday 12/29, 9:00am – 7:50pm

Sunday 12/30, 12pm – 7:50pm

Monday 12/31, 7:30am – 5:50pm

Tusday 1/1/2013, CLOSED

Extended Library Hours will resume Wednesday 1/2/2013.

From the Archives: Mount Sinai and the 1965 Blackout

When Hurricane Sandy struck New York City, The Mount Sinai Medical Center was
a leader in the medical community’s response to the disaster. Careful disaster
preparation and the hard work of Mount Sinai faculty, students and staff meant
that the Medical Center was able not only to keep the lights on on its own
wards, but could expand service to receive evacuated patients from NYU Langone
Medical Center and Bellevue Hospital.

Information desk black out 1965Above: Metzger Pavilion Information Desk clerk Roy Brown works by candlelight at the during the 1965 blackout.

This is not the first time that Mount Sinai has had to deal with a disaster
that knocked out much of New York’s power grid. This week marks the anniversary
of the Blackout of 1965, the second largest blackout in American history. At
5:16 PM on November 9, 1965, an incorrectly set protective relay in Queenston,
Ontario failed to activate. Within fifteen minutes, the resulting electrical surge
had overloaded the power grid, causing blackouts not only in Ontario but throughout
the northeastern United States. New York City, including Mount Sinai, was
plunged into darkness.

In the operating rooms and delivery rooms, battery-powered emergency lights
quickly came on. The Engineering Department activated the hospital’s emergency
generators, allowing staff to keep elevators and crucial medical equipment
running. Most of the facility, however, remained without power, and over a
thousand flashlights, lanterns and candles were issued to staff members.

The Mount Sinai community worked throughout the night to keep the hospital
running despite the blackout. House staff and nurses continued to make regular
rounds. 1,200 patient meals were served on schedule, and 15 healthy babies,
including a pair of twins, were delivered. Hospital Director Martin Steinberg,
MD, would later write that “the Hospital’s performance remained close to normal”
thanks to the “spectacular” efforts of the staff.

Weather Emergency, Day 2

Levy Library will remain closed through Monday, 10/29. We will reopen based on storm conditions; at present it seems likely that we will be closed at least through Tuesday morning. Check back here and on the Library's Hours page for updates.

Levy Library Online is, of course, still up and running — thanks to Mount Sinai's IT network staff and service providers.  Visit us virtually at library.mssm.edu.

Stay safe, everybody.

Celebrate Open Access Week with the Levy Library

Access Week
is October 22-28, and to celebrate we’re highlighting some of the
Open Access (OA) resources available through the Levy Library. Open Access is a new publishing model, where authors pay a fee when they submit to the journal and then accepted articles are published freely on the web.  Why publish Open Access?  Some studies have suggested that OA articles get cited more than equivalent traditionally published articles.  Check here for an open access article examining open access citation trends. 

Did you know that Mount Sinai is a BioMed Central supporting member?  This gives Mount Sinai authors at least a 15% discount on the article processing
charge when publishing in any of BioMed Central's 212 journals,
including, for example, BMC Medical Education, Genome Biology, BMC Medicine, BMC Systems Biology, Critical Care and Molecular Neurodegeneration.  And Mount Sinai authors are taking advantage of this membership – take a look at some of our recent publications

the Levy Library we want you to have the access to as many resources as
possible, so we list Open Access journals and publishers in our linking software.  That way, when you do research you’ll be linked
directly to OA articles just like standard ones so that your research goes smoothly.  The library links to BioMed Central articles, the PLOS group of journals, hybrid and new OA journals from publishers like Elsevier, PubMed Central and the Directory of Open Access Journals, eLife and other OA resources such as the Wellcome Images, and many more.  Questions or comments?  As always, let us know at Ask A Librarian.