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The Periodic Table in the Twentieth Century On View!

Tue, 07/15/2014 - 12:23 -- Melissa Grafe

The Periodic Table in the Twentieth Century:
Selected from a gift from William Drenttel (1953-2013)
Currently on view in the Medical Historical Library

Post and exhibit by Charlotte Abney, graduate student in the Program in the History of Science and Medicine

       For centuries, alchemists and chemists had created tables to organize the elements by their physical and chemical properties, though not until the mid-nineteenth century did scientists agree upon the basic modern conception of elements and atoms. In 1869, Dmitri Mendeleev published a table that organized the known elements by atomic weight into four vertical columns, so that elements with similar properties lined up horizontally in groups. Though several others had created similar tables, one of Mendeleev's primary innovations was the addition of blank spaces where properties did not line up evenly, anticipating elements yet to be discovered.
       The twentieth century saw not only the addition of those elements and more, but also the development of concepts from subatomic particles to radioactivity and quantum physics. As the common understanding of the nature of the atom changed, table designers changed its components and format to incorporate more information.
       Atomic number came into use following the work of Henry Moseley in 1913 and replaced atomic weight as the ordering principle of the table during the 1920s. Consensus among chemists, authors, and table designers took time to build, and even such lasting changes were incorporated unevenly and over several decades, including the designation and placement of the lanthanides and actinides, beginning in the 1940s; the division of the metals, nonmetals, and metalloids, in the 1950s; and placement of the noble gases on the right edge of the table, rather than the left, in the 1960s. Throughout the development of the standardized periodic table, scientists have also used other designs and formats that provide alternative or superior visualizations of various elemental patterns.
       The current version of the periodic table in common use no longer varies in its structural design. This standardization has allowed it to become familiar cultural shorthand for laboratory science and innovation, while its design elements have come to represent scientific thinking, the breakdown of ideas into fundamental elements, and the organization of concepts into groups and families.
       The materials in this exhibit are part of the recently donated collection of William Drenttel (1953-2013). A graphic designer with an interest in chemistry, Drenttel collected over 200 books, advertisements, collectibles, and other objects documenting the development of the periodic table and the incorporation of its components into graphic design spanning 150 years. The collection has come to the Medical Historical Library by the generous donation of Drenttel's wife, Jessica Helfand. The Medical Historical Library collects in medicine and the sciences, including chemistry.

A 1905 version of the Periodic Table

A 1905 version of the Periodic Table

Renovated CRL reopens as the 24/7 Computer & Study Space

Wed, 06/25/2014 - 19:28 -- Mark Gentry

       

                       

                                                      

The Medical Library Computer Resource Laboratory (CRL) has reopened with a very different look. We decided it deserved a new name - the 24/7 Computer & Study Space. The new name emphasizes the multiple purposes of the room and reminds our users that is accessible to anyone with a Yale University ID badge anytime, day or night.  Some of the changes you will see in the renovated space are:

  • All new furniture with more work space
  • Upgraded monitors on Windows computers
  • New software such as qualitative analysis software packages Atlas.ti and nVivo
  • Height-adjustable tables (great for laptop users)
  • A large wall-mounted monitor for collaborative work
  • COMING SOON! Soft seating for the area around the monitor

Entrance to the 24/7 Space is through the door just past the newspaper reading area whenever the library is open.  After hours entry is from the stairwell just outside the entrance to the Medical Library.  We hope you will enjoy the enhancements to this space.

YaleLinks & Journal List: New Look

Thu, 06/19/2014 - 16:08 -- Jan Glover

As you know, YaleLinks allows quick electronic access to journals and journal articles.  On Monday, June 23rd, there will be a dramatic change in the way the YaleLinks menu looks in order to access a journal or article.  However, the new YaleLinks menu has all of the same functionalities as before, allowing direct access to full text articles and linking out to Inter Library Loan (ILL).

If you use the A-Z journal title list you will also see a change in the way it looks. But again, there is no compromise to functionality.

We expect that the new interface will be easy to navigate, but if you encounter trouble while using YaleLinks, please contact the library at http://library.medicine.yale.edu/services/crs/email.

StatLab Consultants Summer Hours

Fri, 05/09/2014 - 12:21 -- Mark Gentry

Consultants from the Yale StatLab will be available in the Medical Library most weeks this summer.   Summer hours begin on Tuesday, May 13.  You can find the consultants at the rear of the Information Desk on the following days and times:

·         Wednesdays from 5:30pm to 9:30pm  (UPDATED 5/27)

·         Thursdays from 1pm to 5pm

GIS Specialist hours with Stacey Maples remain the same, Wednesdays from 1pm to 5pm.

For more information on GIS and STATLAB consultation services...

 

Kenny Marone retires

Wed, 05/07/2014 - 13:28 -- Jan Glover

Kenny Marone

Medical Library Director, Kenny Marone retired on May 1, 2014 after 36 years of service. Susan Gibbons, University Librarian, expressed it best in her January 17, 2014 email to the entire Library staff:

In recent years, Kenny has held two vital positions at YUL.  She is Director of the Cushing/Whitney Medical Library at Yale University, which has balance modern innovation with the stewardship of one of the most important history of medicine and science collection in the world.  Under Kenny’s leadership the Medical Library has become a campus-wide leader embracing technology, change, innovation, and creative staff participation.  Her goal has always been to make the Medical Library indispensable to faculty, students, and staff.

Kenny is also Associate University Librarian for Research Support and Collections with oversight of CSSSI and the science libraries, Art Library, Divinity Library, Music Library, International Collections & Research Support, and Humanities Collections & Research Support, as well as Collection Development.  In her AUL role she has worked to ensure that access to YUL’s services and resources is seamless for faculty and students and fostered collaboration across all of YUL’s libraries.

Kenny’s professional life has coincided with a period of rapid technology transfer in how information is received, organized and disseminated.  During her tenure at Yale, the Medical Library has been a leader in the migration from print to electronic.  She has led and worked on a variety of committees within YUL, the Yale School of Medicine, and at the university level.  Recently, her excellent leadership was keenly felt in the creation of the Center for Science and Social Science Information (CSSSI) which combined the former Science Library, the Social Science Library and the StatLab.

As an active library professional, Kenny has worked with local, regional and national professional organizations.  She has published extensively in the areas of technology and user interfaces and has demonstrated a keen interest in the role of the librarian in the future.  Kenny has served as a formal and informal mentor to dozens of librarians thus ensuring that her passion for patron-focused library services will be a key part of her enduring legacy on the profession. 

Please join me in expressing best wishes to Kenny in her next adventure, which will undoubtedly be shared with a dog or two!

Best wishes,

susan

John Gallagher, Interim Medical Library Director

Wed, 05/07/2014 - 13:26 -- Jan Glover

John Gallagher

University Librarian Susan Gibbons announced the appointment of John Gallagher to Interim Director of the Medical Library:

I am pleased to announce that John Gallagher will serve as the interim director of the Cushing/Whitney Medical Library upon the departure of Kenny Marone on May 1nd.  The position of director of the Cushing/Whitney Medical Library also reports to the Medical School, and John’s interim appointment carries the full support of Richard Belitsky, Deputy Dean for Education at the School of Medicine

John has been the Associate Director of the Medical Library since October 2011 and, since Kenny’s appointment as AUL for Research Support and Collection he has represented the Medical Library on numerous forums within both the School of Medicine and the Library. John joined Yale in November 1999 as a casual employee at the Library Shelving Facility and since then has held numerous leadership positions of increasing responsibility at the Medical Library. In April 2000 he became the Evening and Weekend Circulation Supervisor, and in July was appointed as the Head of Circulation. He pursued his MLS shortly thereafter, graduating from Southern Connecticut State University in January 2005. Other positions he has held include Access Services Librarian and Deputy Director for Public Services.

John has led strategic planning initiatives at the Medical Library, and co-chaired the inaugural University Library’s Joint Departmental Best Practices effort that strived to improve Labor/Management relations at Yale University. He has been involved in the management of a number of major construction projects at the Medical Library, including The Cushing Center, which is home to Harvey Cushing’s Brain Tumor Registry, and a complete renovation of the Medical Historical Library’s rare book stacks to upgrade environmental conditions to archival standards. Currently he is working with the YSM’s Office of Education to address space concerns associated with the redesign of the School of Medicine’s curriculum.

John is a recent graduate of the 2012/2013 NLM/AAHSL Leadership Fellows Program, a program focused on preparing emerging leaders for director positions in academic health sciences libraries. He has also served on both the Executive Committees of the North Atlantic Health Sciences Libraries and the Connecticut Association of Health Sciences Libraries. From its foundation in 2010 until 2012, John served on the Governance Committee of the Medical Heritage Library, a digital curation collaborative among some of the world’s leading medical libraries, that promotes free and open access to quality historical resources in medicine. Finally, John has authored a number of articles related to operational management in medical libraries, and has been the Principal Investigator on grants related to the digitization of some of the Cushing/Whitney Medical Historical Library’s remarkable collections.

Please join me in thanking John for his willingness to serve as the interim director and his assistance in ensuring a smooth leadership transition for the Medical Library.

Best wishes,

susan

Staff Updates: New Biomedical Sciences Research Support Librarian

Wed, 04/30/2014 - 10:25 -- Andy Hickner

Rolando Garcia-Milian

The Cushing/Whitney Medical Library welcomes Rolando Garcia Milian as the Library's Biomedical Sciences Research Support Librarian. In this role, Rolando will serve as the primary liaison between the Medical Library and research departments, laboratories, and individual scientists across the Medical Center.

Rolando brings to this position some wonderful expertise that we are really excited to bring on board at the Medical Library. Since graduating from SCSU with an MLS in 2010, Rolando has worked at the University of Florida's Health Science Center Libraries as a Basic Biomedical Sciences Librarian. In this role he has delivered biomedical information, data, and bioinformatics support, and most recently has co-taught a for credit bioinformatics course to UFL students. Prior to entering librarianship, Rolando was a molecular biologist for the Center for Genetic Engineering and Biotechnology in Havana, Cuba. Rolando previously worked at Yale University Library from 2008 to 2010, both at the Library Shelving Facility and then as a Cataloging Assistant at the Sterling Memorial Library.

Monday, May 5th will be Rolando's first day. He may be reached by email at rolando.milian@yale.edu, by phone at (203)785-6194, and his desk is located at SHM L 111 here at the Medical Library.

Staff Updates: New Evening/Weekend Supervisor & Reference Librarian

Wed, 04/30/2014 - 10:18 -- Andy Hickner

Melissa Funaro

Cushing/Whitney Medical Library welcomes Melissa Funaro as the Library's new Evening/Weekend Supervisor & Reference Librarian.

Melissa has worked in the Collection Development and Management Department at the Cushing/Whitney Medical Library for 7 years. She’s been active in the Connecticut Library Association, Connecticut Association of Health Sciences Librarians and recently presented at the New England Technical Services Librarians’ annual conference.

This position is a shared position between Access and Delivery Services (ADS) and Curriculum and Research Support (CRS).  While supervising the evening and weekend ADS staff,  Melissa will also support CRS by teaching classes and providing advanced reference service in the evenings and on Sundays.  

Melissa received her Master of Library Science degree from Southern Connecticut State University in 2009.  She also holds a Master of Science, Horticulture degree from West Virginia University.

She will assume her new job responsibilities on May 1, 2014.

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