Spotlight: NYMC Health Sciences Library

College Health Sciences Library’s “skyway,” which includes study carrels and part of our current print journal collectionsThe Health Sciences Library (HSL) of New York Medical College (NYMC) serves the three schools of New York Medical College and affiliated members of the NYMC community and their programs at approximately two dozen clinical sites. In serving this diverse clientele the HSL offers a full range of services and facilities: comfortable study space for students, group study rooms, up-to-date computing facilities and networks, and training rooms on campus. A wide array of the most appropriate resources are purchased, many of which are remotely accessible to our students, residents and faculty, who are spread geographically from Staten Island to Kingston to Danbury, CT. Expert health sciences librarians have developed training programs that are designed to meet the current and emerging information management needs of our community. In addition, the HSL is committed to conducting outreach programs for the seven county Hudson Valley region of New York State.

NYMC, located in Valhalla, NY, in central Westchester County, is one of the nation’s largest private health sciences universities, one of only a handful of private standalone medical schools not affiliated with a larger university system. The challenges and opportunities that this brings to the HSL means that in addition to all traditional library services, HSL provides unique services like management of the medical school’s cardiac patient simulators, poster printing for the university’s researchers, coordination of all university distance education and audiovisual needs, and offering standard information management classes such as a class on PubMed, Citation searching, and a class on RefWorks, as well as instruction on computer programs such as Microsoft Access and PowerPoint.

In addition to the School of Medicine, NYMC includes an accredited School of Public Health and a Graduate School of Basic Medical Sciences, offering DrPH and PhD degrees. As part of the greater mission of the university, the HSL has recently taken the lead on several outreach projects in an overall effort entitled, “Public Health Information Partners” (PHIP) that includes such activities as evaluation of and training in informatics skills for public health professionals in three Hudson Valley health departments and a recent conference on health literacy which attracted a wide audience of health professionals, and helped to forge deep relationships with many community partners. One outcome of the literacy conference was the creation of a virtual health literacy toolkit which has been heavily used since the May 2007 conference. Further information and links are available at http://library.nymc.edu.

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