Levy Library Research Insider Seminars: At the intersection of information, technology, and research

Please join us for the first Levy Library Research Insider Seminar – “Rx in the App Store: Current Issues in Medical Apps”

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About the Levy Library Research Insider Seminar series:

The Levy Library Research Insider seminar series is intended to engage the Mount Sinai community in a discussion of critical issues that exist at the nexus of information, technology and research. Clinicians, researchers, informationists and technologists alike will have the opportunity to further advance their disciplines through collaboration and shared knowledge.

If you have any questions, please contact Robin Milford (robin.milford@mssm.edu)

Mount Sinai Archives Digitizes Historic Film and Video Collection

Two doctors enjoy themselves at the 1933 Associated Alumni of Mount Sinai meeting. This 35mm silent film reel is the oldest recording in the collection.

Two doctors enjoy themselves at the 1933 Associated Alumni of Mount Sinai meeting. This 35mm silent film reel is the oldest recording in the collection.

The Mount Sinai Archives recently digitized a large selection of items from its collection of historic film and video recordings. These recordings are now available for viewing by the public in the Echo360 video capture system, and high-resolution master copies are available in the Archives for reuse and research purposes. The collection includes event recordings, promotional films, internal and training films, and medical and scientific recordings. Highlights of the collection include:

A complete list of the films available for viewing can be found on the Archives’ website.

From the Archives: New “Computing at Mount Sinai” Exhibit

The latest quarterly exhibits from the collections of the Mount Sinai Archives are now on display in the Annenberg elevator lobby. This spring, the main exhibit focuses on the history of computing at Mount Sinai, from the mainframe era of the 1960s to the modern era of ubiquitous devices and Big Data. Did you know that in 1965 Mount Sinai was the first hospital in the world, and the first institution of any kind in New York City, to purchase IBM’s state-of-the-art System/360 mainframe computer? This is just one of many computing milestones celebrated by this season’s exhibit.

[Pictured: Dr. John Boland of the Department of Radiation Oncology and Dr. Jack Hahn of the Laboratory of Computer Science inspect a computer terminal, 1974.]

The spring Nursing exhibit, underneath the stairs to the Stern Auditorium, celebrates the life of Florence Nightingale, whose birthday is the reason Nurses’ Week is held annually in mid-May. Two original volumes of Nightingale’s work are on display, including a copy of Notes on Hospitals which belonged to Dr. S.S. Goldwater, Director of the Hospital from 1903 to 1929. The volumes will be opened to a different page every few weeks so that viewers can inspect a wide sample of Nightingale’s pioneering work.

More Mount Sinai Records Digitized

An artistic illustration from an article by Ely Perlman, “Near Fatal Allergic Reactions to Bee and Wasp Stings: A Review and Report of Seven Cases,” Journal of the MSH, v. 22, 1955, p. 377.

The Mount Sinai Archives is pleased to announce the online availability of over 51,000 additional digitized pages from 112 publications, across three different titles from our collection. As part of a recent grant from the Metropolitan New York Library Council (METRO), The Mount Sinai Archives has digitized The Mount Sinai Journal of Medicine, initially known as the Journal of The Mount Sinai Hospital. The time frame covered is from its founding in 1934 to 2010. We have also made available additional material from The Mount Sinai Hospital School of Nursing. The Archives’ collection of School Announcements/Bulletins/Catalogues (the title varied) for the years 1905-1973 has been scanned, along with a copy of a history of the School of Nursing written in 1981.

All of these publications are available from the Internet Archive (IA) website, Archive.org. This addition brings the total of Mount Sinai volumes on that website to 178. There have already been around 11,000 downloads of Mount Sinai material from IA, and we are sure that number will grow. This material will also be preserved in the Mount Sinai digital repository and linked to catalog records in the Levy Library catalog.

For more information about our digital collections, please contact the Mount Sinai Archives at msarchives@mssm.edu.

New Resource Available: PROQOLID

Information on research instruments can be notoriously difficult to find. Have you ever searched for a well-known research questionnaire only to have difficulty finding out how you can obtain copies? Or had trouble finding out whether a research instrument has been validated or find references for the validating studies? If so, you may want to check out a new database available from Levy Library, PROQOLID.

PROQOLID contains validation, licensing, and translation information on nearly 1,000 research instruments such as the Diabetes Quality of Life (DQoL) measure, Amsterdam IADL Questionnaire©, Philadelphia Geriatric Center Morale Scale and many others. Using this database you can:
• Discover an appropriate research instrument for your study
• Find out how to license copies of the tool, whether translations into other languages are available, and whether Conditions of Use apply
• Find references to validating studies

In order to access Levy Library’s subscription, please email us at RefDesk@mssm.edu and request the username and password to access PROQOLID.

Ingenuity Pathway Analysis (IPA) Workshop

Come learn how to advance your research projects with hands-on exercises. The following topics will be covered:

Search & Pathway Building – Gene/ Chemical, Functions, Drug Targets

• Advanced Search: Limiting results to a molecule type, family or disease-association.
• Building pathways: Creating a pathway, pathway navigating, Using Build and Overlay tools
• Bioprofiler

Dataset Analysis: Interpretation of Gene, Transcript, Protein and Metabolite Data

• Data Upload and Analysis: Uploading and formatting a dataset, setting analysis parameters and running an analysis
• Pathway Analysis and Canonical Pathways
• Downstream Effects Analysis and Interpreting the Heat Map
• Upstream regulators Analysis
• Regulator Effects Analysis
• Network Analysis: Interpreting networks and viewing your data in the context of cellular molecular networks
• Comparison analysis and Comparing multiple observations

When: Tuesday, April 7th, 2015, 1:30 PM – 4:30 PM
Where: Large Classroom, Levy Library
Speaker: Shawn M. Prince, Senior Field Application
Scientist, QIAGEN Bioinformatics
Register: tinyurl.com/llv3n9a

Human Gene Mutation Database (HGMD) Workshop

Human Genome Mutation Database (HGMD) is a unique resource providing comprehensive data on human inherited disease mutations, it is widely used in human genetics research, diagnostics, and personal genomics applications. The following topics will be covered in this hands-on workshop:

• Look up mutation information for a gene of interest
• Filter a genes mutation information by an associated disease
• Look up mutation information for a disease of interest
• Browse for mutations by type of mutation (missense, nonsense, indel, etc)
• Perform advanced searches to identify mutations by criteria such as nucleotide and
amino acid sequence context, affected genomic features, and more
• Export mutation tracks for viewing in UCSC’s genome browser

When: Tuesday, April 7th, 2015, 1:30 PM – 4:30 PM
Where: Large Classroom, Levy Library
Speaker: Alex Caplan, Field Application Scientist, QIAGEN Bioinformatics
Register: tinyurl.com/llv3n9a

Planned outage: Levy Library website

The Levy Library website (library.mssm.edu) will undergo scheduled maintenance tonight (Friday, February 13, 2015) between 10:00pm-11:30pm. Some Levy Library webpages may not be available during this time period.
Please contact us at refdesk@mssm.edu with any questions or concerns.

Tail Tuesdays!

Our visit with Alice the therapy dog proved so successful last November that Levy Library is proud to host a new program – Tail Tuesdays. Starting tomorrow (02.10) a certified therapy dog will visit Levy Library the second Tuesday of every month.

First up is Tazzy, a gray standard poodle from Good Dogs. Come meet her and owner Linda Frank on the 10th floor of Levy Library between 12-1pm.

Levy Library and ASC-IT hours – NYC Blizzard

Due to the expected storm and blizzard conditions within the New York area, the Levy Library located in ANB 11, will close today at 5:00 PM. Depending on weather conditions, the Library hopes to be open on Tuesday, January 27th from noon-8:00PM. Member hospital library locations at Beth Israel, NYEE, St Luke’s and Roosevelt will be closed Tuesday, January 27th, 2015.

Library resources may be accessed at our website 24/7 at:


Library reference services will be available by email at Refdesk@mssm.edu

The Academic IT Support Center (ASC-IT) service desk within ANB 11 will be closed Tuesday, January 27th, 2015 agents will be available by email (ascit@mssm.edu) during our regular hours of 8:00 AM-8:00 PM.

We will provide a status update tomorrow morning regarding our services.

Stay safe and warm!