Many people have attended meetings in the Levy Library conference room, 11-28, but few could tell you whose generosity made that room possible. One reason for this would be that the plaque outside the room was old and easily overlooked. We have now taken steps to correct this. A new plaque has been put in place next to the door to recognize Carl and Belle Morse, who donated the funds to establish that room. Mr. and Mrs. Morse were significant donors that helped with the creation of what is today the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai. When offered the choice of a facility that would bear their name into the future, they chose a room in the Levy Library, the academic center of the School. It is only right that we remember their generosity and honor them with a new plaque.
The Mount Sinai Archives has a new door! Not new space; not a new location; just a new, temporary door. Due to the construction on the 10th floor of the Levy Library, the Archives has had to temporarily close its front door. Our new door opens into the east corridor of the Annenberg 10th floor and has a fancy, paper sign.
The 2009 library renovations focused mostly on the 11th floor, bringing new classrooms, more computers, new furniture and an updated space. Now the 10th floor is getting a new look, with four new classrooms being built. The construction is getting underway now and will take place through Feb. 11. To minimize disruption, construction will occur between 12 midnight and 3:30 pm. It'll probably be best to study on the 11th floor instead of the 10th during the construction period (and we definitely ask you to stay on the 11th floor during our overnight hours), so we're adding more seats to the 11th floor to accomodate as many studiers as we comfortably can.
Also, the new renovation has led to some juggling of the print journal collection and our library catalog hasn't quite caught up yet, so if you need something from a print journal please give us a call at 212-241-7791 to make sure it's available before coming over to see us.
…and the 10th floor in January.
What's behind the wall? We'll let you know as soon as we find a way to sneak back there…
FYI to all the fans of print journals and dissertations out there: the stairs down to the tenth floor will be closed all day today while they are being re-treaded. This means essentially no tenth floor access for the day. It will be open again tomorrow though! As always, please let us know if you have any questions about this.
After a renovation-induced hiatus, we are happy to announce that we are teaching drop-in classes again in the Levy Library – and in a new, renovated space, no less! The schedule and registration form are up now at http://fusion.mssm.edu/levy/classes/.
Notice especially that there are two new classes: for the first time we will be teaching a Photoshop class that will help you improve your images for publications and presentations (without distorting or falsifying your data), and we also have several sessions to orient you to the new PubMed interface – it's in Beta-testing now and will soon be the only way to search PubMed.
EndNote X3: Advanced Features
11/19/2009 (Thursday) 4:00 – 5:00
12/17/2009 (Thursday) 4:00 – 5:00
EndNote X3: An Introduction
10/29/2009 (Thursday) 4:00 – 5:00
11/12/2009 (Thursday) 4:00 – 5:00
12/10/2009 (Thursday) 4:00 – 5:00
Genome Browsers – UCSC, Ensembl and NCBI Map Viewer
12/02/2009 (Wednesday) 4:00 – 5:30
NCBI's Entrez and Blast: An Introduction
11/03/2009 (Tuesday) 4:00 – 5:30
12/14/2009 (Monday) 4:00 – 5:30
Photoshop: Preparing Images for Publication
12/03/2009 (Thursday) 4:00 – 5:00
PowerPoint 2007: An Introduction
10/27/2009 (Tuesday) 4:00 – 5:30
PowerPoint: Finding Images and Using Them in Presentations
12/08/2009 (Tuesday) 4:00 – 5:30
PubMed: Navigating the New Interface
11/10/2009 (Tuesday) 4:00 – 5:00
11/12/2009 (Thursday) 12:00 – 1:00
12/09/2009 (Wednesday) 4:00 – 5:00
RefWorks: An Introduction
11/17/2009 (Tuesday) 4:00 – 5:00
12/16/2009 (Wednesday) 4:00 – 5:00
Register at http://fusion.mssm.edu/levy/classes/!
Things have been changing so fast at the Library that by the time I get photos uploaded, they are no longer accurate! Here are some hot off the digital presses though:
As you can see, the biggest parts of the renovation are done! As soon as you step off the elevator, you notice things are different:
And our services are now conviently collected up front, with circulation staff, reference librarians and computing help desk specialists now all located behind or next to the front desk:
There's also some nice new furniture (including, yes, the ever popular recliners in a new model):
And, of course, the same library staff ready and waiting to help you out. So please, come on up and visit us!
There hasn't been a post with a renovation update for a while now – not because there is nothing happening, but because there has been too much happening! The temporary walls at the Library entrance have been taken down, revealing new carpeting, a new ceiling, the new services desk…and about a dozen contractors hurrying to finish everything. Things are still changing every day, with various parts of the Library blocked off by plastic or yellow tape, but we are getting close to being finished with the major portions of the renovation. As always, ask us if you have any questions about where things are (you can call too, at x47791 or x47793), and look out for some new pictures on the blog and Facebook as soon as we resuscitate the battery in our trusty old camera…
Our shiny new front desk has arrived and been assembled behind The Wall. It's much bigger than the old one, and will serve as both the Circulation Desk and the Reference Desk. I meant to sneak back and take some pictures of it when it was still in big piled-up pieces, but of course time just flies when you're working on a PubMed tutorial (right?) and I didn't get a chance. So I hope these are an interesting peak into our still unfinished entrance area!
If you've come to the Library recently you've noticed a whole lot of new walls where there were no walls before, and Library staff and desks have been scattered around to the four corners (almost). We're all still here though – answering questions checking out books, and all the other things you've come to expect (including, yes, asking you not to drink coffee at our new computers). Here's a quick rundown of where people and things are now:
When you step off the elevators and enter the Library, you have a choice of going left – down the stairs to the 10th floor, which has our bound journals and probably the quietest study space at the moment – or going right, towards the Circulation Desk and the rest of the 11th floor.
On the opposite side of the 11th floor (walk allllll the way around the offices or elevator bank to get there) are the public computers, along with the Reference Desk – which is for the moment just a little table with a computer on it, but it does have the most important feature, the reference librarians.
From the public computer area you'll see the new classrooms, and if you walk alongside them you'll get to the temporary office of the Levy Library Computing Help Desk (which used to be downstairs on the 10th floor in the former Media Resource Center).
The Library Administrative Offices, Academic Computing and the Archives are right where they were before – but if a new wall is preventing you from taking your normal route, just ask us and we'll tell you the new way.
And, sorry: the men's room is closed.
We don't know either! But hopefully it will reappear in its new (temporary) location tomorrow. The circulation desk is also on the move, as the contractors are about to start the next phase of renovations, which is, yes, the very front of the library. So look out for some detours and changed locations over the next few days. It might get a bit (more) confusing, but remember there are always lots of ways to reach us: by phone – 212-241-7791 for circulation and 212-241-7793 for reference, by email at firstname.lastname@example.org, or by chatting with us using the IM screen name mssmref or the box below.
PS – there's more pictures on our facebook page!