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

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.

Links to Great Archival Resources Online

The American College of Surgeons is getting ready to start celebrating the centennial of their founding in 1913.  As part of the events marking this milestone, they have created a wonderful timeline that highlights the history of American surgery, as well as the the history of the College itself.  It is a fascinating, well done look at their past, using images, documents, and video clips.  (I loved the 1972 M*A*S*H video.)

Online representations of history are becoming more frequent from archives around the world. Here are a few I have noticed recently:

The history pages of the Massachusetts General Hospital are a great example of technology making history available in an exciting format. Be sure to check out the flying numbers and dates. 

This year the New York City Municipal Archives announced the availability of 88,000 images relating to the City.  They are available here. These images are in the same software as those placed online by the National Library of Medicine, including 100 images of the home of Mount Sinai's World War I affiliated unit, Base Hospital No.3 in Vauclaire, France. (Use the search term 'Vauclaire' to find these.)

Archives around the world are trying to find the staff time and resources to place more and more online every day, and although this represents only a small amount of what exists in their collections, it is wonderful to look through the treasures to be found.

Celebrate New York Archives Week with the Mount Sinai Archives

Next week, institutions across New York City will celebrate
the annual New
York Archives Week
. From October 7th through 14th, a
program of lectures, exhibits and open houses will introduce New York’s diverse
archival collections to a broader audience.

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Here at The Mount Sinai Medical Center, the week is a good
time to get acquainted with the Mount Sinai Archives, which preserves the
history of the Medical Center from its founding in 1852 to its activities on
the cutting edge of today’s medicine. Although you are probably familiar with
the Archives’ displays in the Annenberg lobby, you may not be aware that we are
open to public research. All members of the Medical Center community, as well
as external researchers, are welcome to use the Archives to research topics of
interest. If you are a student interested in the history of medicine, a faculty
member interested in the history of your department, or simply have an interest
in Mount Sinai’s history as one of the world’s premier medical institutions,
the Archives will be happy to accommodate your request.

holdings of the Archives include a wide range of material. They include the
nineteenth-century founding documents of The Mount Sinai Hospital and the
personal papers of such distinguished Mount Sinai staff members as Drs. Burrill
, Arpad Gerster and Kurt Deuschle. The Archives holds an extensive
collection of material from the founding of Mount Sinai School of Medicine, and
it is the primary repository for the records of The Mount Sinai Hospital School
of Nursing, which trained 4,700 nurses between its founding in 1881 and its
closing in 1971. Today, the Archives collects print, audiovisual and digital
material from sources throughout the Medical Center in order to ensure that
Mount Sinai’s rich history is preserved for future generations.