Retiring: Polly Beam; Welcoming: Rachel Harrison!

Goodbye to Polly Beam: The last day of 2013 is also the last day at the Levy Library for Polly Beam, the Levy Library’s outgoing Manager of Reference and Instruction.  Polly is retiring after 13 dedicated years of managing library reference and instruction services.  Polly always demonstrated a strong commitment to serving the information needs of students, faculty, residents, nurses, and staff.  Polly has been a committed champion of evidence based medicine, instructing users on complex searching techniques and concepts.  Her mastery of the biomedical literature and experience as a nurse, enabled her to make significant contributions to countless research and publication projects.  Polly also led the library’s many instructional initiatives for medical and graduate students.  We are sad to see her go, but are wishing her all the best in her retirement!!

Welcome to Rachel Harrison: While we say good-bye to Polly, we are very pleased to welcome Rachel Harrison, who will serve as the library’s new Manager of Reference and Instruction.  Rachel earned her B.A. summa cum laude from Emory University and her Master of Science in Library and Information Science (MLIS) from the Palmer School of Library and Information Science.  Prior to joining the Levy Library, Rachel spent five years working in the field of electronic resources publishing, first at ARTstor, a non-profit, digital library of images, and next at McGraw-Hill Professional.  At McGraw-Hill, Rachel was the founding member of the User Services Team, a group devoted to supporting both librarians’ and end-users’ use of the Access online medical resources, such as AccessMedicine and AccessSurgery.

After several years working for library vendors, Rachel is thrilled to cross the threshold into working in an academic library.  She hopes to bring the lessons she learned from working with dozens of medical libraries and the cross-institutional perspective this afforded her to help serve the Mount Sinai community.  Please join us in welcoming her to the Levy Library!

 

The Carl A. and Belle O. Morse Conference Room

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.

UpToDate Anywhere App

UpToDate has finally added an app for institutional subscribers!  Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai users can now download UpToDate’s free mobile app to access our library subscription to UpToDate off Mount Sinai’s  network.

Why is this Different?  Currently you can login through the library’s website with your email username and password to access UpToDate’s mobile version on your phone or device, wherever you are.  The new app provides a way to bypass the library’s login and is a sleeker interface on your phone than the regular mobile display.  Instead of logging in through the library’s website, you will need to login to the app with your UpToDate username and password.   In order to maintain access to the app, you will need to validate that you are still a member of Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai every 30 days, by logging into your account while on campus.

To Get Started with the App:

If you already have an UpToDate user name and password, getting UpToDate Anywhere rights is easy.  Access UpToDate while on campus.   Log in with your existing credentials and you’ll receive an email informing you that you now have UTD Anywhere rights and instructions on how to download the Mobile App.  The Log In/Register icon is in the top right hand corner.

If you don’t have an UpToDate account:

Access UpToDate while on campus. Register as a new user and create a user name and password. Use the link in the top right corner that says Log In Register. Upon completion of registration process, you will receive an email from UpToDate with instructions on downloading the mobile app.

Once you are registered for UpToDate Anywhere access with a unique user name and password, you can install the UpToDate Mobile App on up to two devices. For a full list of devices currently supported, please visit www.uptodate.com/home/uptodate-mobile-access.

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Estelle Blumberg, RN: A glance at nursing in the past

Estelle Berman Blumberg in the Mount Sinai Hospital School of Nursing Class of 1947 Yearbook

In reviewing a 20 year old issue of a publication called the Mount Sinai Nurse, Archives staff recently came across an article about Estelle Blumberg, RN, a graduate of The Mount Sinai Hospital School of Nursing, Class of 1947.  She came to Mount Sinai as a student in 1944, and the article outlines her experiences as a trainee and then a young graduate nurse on the wards.  Here are some excerpts from that article:

The Mount Sinai Hospital School of Nursing was housed in 5 E. 98th Street….Each morning, students gathered in the assembly hall to sing songs before going on duty. Clad in black shoes and stockings, and wearing plaid uniforms, student nurses were always easy to spot in the hospital.

Ms. Blumberg’s first job upon graduation was assistant charge nurse of a male ward with 41 beds.  Read more

Clinical Key Now Available Through the Levy Library

The Levy Library has recently subscribed to Clinical Key, a new rendition of MDConsult, which is being phased out by the end of 2014.  Clinical Key provides access to over 1,000 core clinical ebooks and 500 ejournals.  You will find all of the well known ebooks from MDConsult in Clinical Key.  Clinical Key provides access to html versions of ebooks with no extra login, however access to the PDF versions requires a free registration and login.  With your login you can also save searches and preferences.  Clinical Key provides a comprehensive search across a large collection of clinical resources covering all medical and surgical specialties, including many core textbooks.   You may access Clinical Key through the library’s databases page or directly at Clinical Key.

From the Archives: I.C. Rubin’s Nobel Prize Nomination

This week, the Swedish Academy announced the 2013 winners of the Nobel Prize in Medicine.
You may be familiar with the story of Dr. Rosalyn Yalow,
Mount Sinai’s first Nobel laureate, but she is not the only Mount Sinai doctor
to have been nominated for this most distinguished of awards.

In 1935, Dr. Ira Kaplan, a prominent radiologist at New
York’s Bellevue Hospital, was approached by the Nobel Committee to nominate a
candidate for the Prize. He chose Mount Sinai’s I.C. Rubin, a pioneering
gynecologist whose development of the Rubin insufflation test was a major
breakthrough in the diagnosis and treatment of infertility.

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Lunch and Learn a Success!

Lunch & Learn 2013_09_19

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

The Archives Has NOT Moved – But Our Door Has!

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.

Archives door 1

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