Summer Library Hours

Starting on June 29, 2014 the Levy Library will observe the following Summer Hours:

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

The Library will be closed on Friday, July 4, 2014 for Independence Day.

The Library’s online resources, guides and tutorials are available 24 hours/day, 7 days per week and are available both on and off-campus.  For more information on library hours and services please see:

Enjoy your Summer!

Lunch and Learn a Success!

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On September 19th, a group of faculty and staff met in the Levy Library for the first in a monthly series of Lunch and Learn sessions sponsored by The Icahn School of Medicine Instructional Technology Team and the Institute for Medical Education (IME).  The speaker was Kenny Chu, Senior Director, Information Technology, IT Security. His topic was “New Institutional Guidelines: Cloud Computing/IT Security”.  Chu covered security topics relevant to the Icahn medical education community relating to cloud computing, including new cloud services use guidelines, different types of cloud services, and encryption.  Members of the audience asked a number of questions, as well as making some helpful observations.  Read more

MathWorks Day at Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai








The Department of Academic Informatics/Levy Library is sponsoring:

Image Processing with MATLAB: seminars for Faculty, Researchers and Students

January 31, 2013

These seminars will be particularly valuable for anyone intending to use MATLAB to process, analyze and visualize medical images and video as well as general data analysis, plotting, and publishing reports. All examples and MATLAB code will be available to all registrants. 

Schedule of Events:

Session 1- Introduction to Image Processing with MATLAB

10:30am – 12:00pm, East Building, Goldwurm Auditorium 

  • Introduction to Technical Computing Workflow
  • How to import, display, and examine images in MATLAB 
  • Series of examples 
  • Quantification of tissue metastasis including workflow automation 

Session 2 - Image Processing with MATLAB for Advanced Users

  12:30pm – 2:00pm, East Building, Goldwurm Auditorium 

  • Detailed and advanced topics continuation from morning session. 
  • Volume visualization from a brain MRI image stack 
  • Measurement of vessel tortuosity
  • Video analysis and neural network-classification of a fluorescein angiogram
  • Automate analysis and share results
  • Introduction to Parallel Computing

Register at:



A New Year with an Old Calendar

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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!

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.

Researcher ID!

Thompson Reuters has created Researcher ID, an online registry where you can build a publication list of your published research. When you sign up for Researcher ID, you'll be able to make lists public or private. You will be assigned a unique Researcher ID number that will differentiate you from other researchers who may share your name and initials. And, you can generate citation metrics including total times citated, average times citated and your h-index.

Build your profile and then add publications by importing them from Web of Science and/or reference citation software such as EndNote.

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Memorial Day Hours

The Library will be open this weekend but with reduced hours on Monday. We'll be open our regular 9am-7:50pm on Saturday and 10am-1:50am on Sunday, then reduced hours of 8am-7:50pm on Monday. Check out the library hours here.

Commencement: Endings and Beginnings

This week Mount Sinai School of Medicine holds its 43rd commencement ceremony. Think about it: we use the word commencement - which can mean the beginning of something - to mark the end of our academic training.   So, let's look back 40 years to the beginning of the School and the first time Mount Sinai graduated a group that had spent all four years of their training here. 

When the School first opened in 1968, the administration was honored to be able to recruit both a first year and a third year class. This was in recognition of the many years Mount Sinai faculty had spent teaching the medical students from other schools.  Thus the first commencement ceremony was held in 1970, two years after opening, and marked a milestone for the young school.


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Happy parents after the 1972 commencement ceremony; the Class of 1972 reciting the Hippocratic Oath. [Click on the photo to see a larger image]

The 1972 graduation of the first ever first year class was also eagerly anticipated.  The students, faculty, and families gathered at the Hunter College Assembly Hall on June 4th. There were 47 students graduating. (Last year Mount Sinai awarded 249 Masters, Ph.D. and MD degrees.)  The ceremony was led by Hans Popper, MD, Ph.D., the Acting Dean and President who had stepped in when Dean George James had died suddenly in March 1972. Gustave L. Levy, the Chairman of the Boards of Trustees, spoke and also awarded the diplomas.  The commencement address was delivered by Thomas S. Szasz, MD, a well known psychiatrist who discussed the ethics involved in medicine and being a physician.  Jeffrey S. Flier spoke as the Student Representative. (Dr. Flier is today the Dean of Harvard's Medical Faculty.)  It was a momentous occasion for all involved and remains a powerful memory for those who were there.

In many ways, the 1972 commencement marked the end of the beginning for the young medical school, just as all commencements represent an ending and a new beginning for the students themselves. Congratulations to the Mount Sinai School of Medicine Class of 2012!

A Golden Anniversary for Patient Wrist Bands


    The hospital patient ID wrist band is one of those things that everyone recognizes. Show up at any event with one of these on and people immediately know that you have been to the hospital. (And if you are still wearing it out in public, you probably want to share the whole story!)   Although they have certainly evolved and become more high tech over the years, they remain a clearly identifiable object in our society.  But they have not always been a part of hospital life.

    The Mount Sinai Hospital began using the wrist identification on April 2, 1962 – 50 years ago this month. It was such an important change in policy that the Hospital newsletter contained a small blurb about it on the front page: 

Patient ID Bands

Since April 2, all patients admitted to the Hospital are given an identification band, which lists the patient's full name and unit number in the Hospital.  It is put on the patient's right wrist at admission, and assures the proper identication for such procedures as diagnosis, treatments, transportation and transfer.

So, happy birthday to all those plastic bands. Who would have ever guessed that 50 years later they would still be going strong?