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.
Every time I meet new people, I’m curious when and how they’re going to ask me about my job and what reaction they are going to have when they hear my answer. When I started working in the field of instructional design and technology, my default answer to the above question was that – I’m a teacher. Eventually, as I grew more and more attached to what I was doing and felt I could actually explain it to people, I started saying the truth – I’m an Instructional Designer.
And this is when the fun started. Over the years, I’ve been collecting the different questions I got after people heard this answer. Here are just some of them:
So, what do you design?
Does that mean you are a teacher?
I know what interior design is, but what is instructional design about?
So, really, what is instructional design about and do we need it?There is a saying that if you don’t know where you are going any road will get you there. I follow it frequently when I’m visiting a new country or meditating near the lake. However, when it comes to creating meaningful and engaging learning materials, this is probably the worst approach to take. What instructional design does is it helps us figure out the right destination as well as the best road to get there. Some people refer to Instructional Design as the science of instruction, since it relies on many theories and methods. Some think it’s an art, because the end product heavily depends on the creative ability of the designer to envision the end product and artistically use the different methods to produce it. In the end, it’s probably both. The moment you have an idea of the course you want to create, instructional design will help you implement it and ensure that your students have a great learning experience.
Why should you be concerned with instructional design? We all remember those courses that we were excited to sign up for, but when we actually came to the classroom, the only thing we wanted to do was leave. Why? The class was poorly designed. Was the material too difficult or too basic? Poor instructional design. Was the instructor/material jumping from one topic to another? Poor instructional design. Was the test in the end of the course too hard or too easy? Poor instructional design. Of course, there are other reasons as well, but poor instructional design is in the root of many of them.
Our Instructional Technology team is comprised of a number of experienced instructional designers. So here are just some ways we could help you make your course more interesting, engaging, and fun.
- Analyze the existing materials (written or not)
- Recommend different delivery methods based on the course requirements and logistics
- Create prototypes and develop actual course materials
- Create test questions that will not only check students knowledge but also stimulate final sealing of it
The Mount Sinai Archives is at work processing the papers
of Dr. Hans Popper (1903-1988) so that they can be made available to
researchers. Totaling over 33 linear feet, this collection documents the career
of an extraordinarily accomplished doctor who was a founding father of modern
hepatology and one of the driving forces behind the creation of Mount Sinai
School of Medicine. Read more
The new Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders, 5th Edition is here, online and in print!
Levy Library is providing access to the DSM V online through the Psychiatry Online database, where it is linked prominently on the home page. Or, link to it by searching our E-Books page or the Catalog.
You’ll find a print copy in our Reserve collection, here in the (physical) Library. Ask for call number WM 15 D536 2013.
After several years of being out of the public eye, the Levy Library has recently found a new home for a bust of Abraham Jacobi, MD (1830-1919), the ‘Father of American Pediatrics.’ The bust was created by Jo Davidson (1883-1952) in 1910 and was presented to The Mount Sinai Hospital by the Medical Staff at an event marking Dr. Jacobi’s 80th birthday and his 50th year on the Medical Staff of the Hospital. The creation of the Abraham Jacobi Library at Mount Sinai was also announced during this celebration. The Jacobi Library was later merged into the Levy Library, which was established in 1973 to serve the new School of Medicine. This bust has remained in the Mount Sinai library since that time, but often out of view. A few days ago, the sculpture was placed on the west side of the Library and now Dr. Jacobi is once again a presence at Mount Sinai.
Here in the Levy Library’s e-resources department, we’ve been fielding a lot of questions about the availability of the new DSM 5. Judging from the number of requests we’ve been receiving, psychiatry faculty, housestaff, researchers, and others are anxiously awaiting access to the new edition of the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders, 5th Edition as soon as it comes out. We have some good news and bad news on that topic. Read more
Today (or very soon!) you will see two new full-text icons in PubMed, pictured above. The icon on the left, the LinkOut button, appears next to articles that participate in PubMed’s LinkOut service and are subscribed to online by the Levy Library. Using the LinkOut button is often the fastest way to open a copy of the article.
The FIND IT button appears next to every article in PubMed, and offers more options for obtaining the full-text including entering direct InterLibrary Loan requests. Read more
Last year, the Archives introduced the Mount Sinai
Digital Repository, a system for the long-term management of electronic records
of enduring value. The Repository stores a wide range of both scanned and
born-digital items, ensuring that Mount Sinai’s history will be preserved for
posterity even in a fast-paced technological age.
Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai's smartphone users can now access the Levy Library's mobile apps and sites from a specially designed mobile-formatted site (http://libguides.mssm.edu/mobile). This site is a mobile version of our current Medical Apps & Mobile Resources guide, and was designed to provide mobile users with an easier way to read about and access library mobile resources while using their handheld devices.
Check out this guide for a list of mobile-optimized library sites including UpToDate Mobile, MDConsult Mobile, Stat!Ref Mobile and more.
The Library's list of apps and mobile sites currently includes mobile resources related to Library resources and providers. All of the apps and mobile sites on our list are included in our library licenses and are free to Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai faculty, students, and staff.