Skip to Main Content
It looks like you're using Internet Explorer 11 or older. This website works best with modern browsers such as the latest versions of Chrome, Firefox, Safari, and Edge. If you continue with this browser, you may see unexpected results.

Biblioblast, November/December 2014: Home

The D. Samuel Gottesman Library's Newsletter.


Welcome to BiblioBlast, the newsletter of the D. Samuel Gottesman Library of the Albert Einstein College of Medicine. BiblioBlast will inform you about new Library resources and keep you up to date with our classes, events and other activities. It will also highlight tips to make our online resources easier and faster to use. 

Sign up to receive BiblioBlast via email.

In this issue:

Upcoming Library Events

Workshops are held via Zoom. Click on a title to sign up.

Contact the Reference Department for more information, or to schedule an individual or small-group session.

Celebrating the Library

At the Library Open House on Friday, October 31 (pictured), Library staff members showed off their Halloween costumes while serving up refreshments and chatting with library users. Throughout the month of October, library staff celebrated National Medical Library Month by offering gifts, such as the ever-popular retractable ID holders, pens, key chains and MetroCard holders. Other events during the month included Study Break with snacks and soft drinks for students, weekly raffle drawings for Amazon or Starbucks gift cards, Amnesty Week when fines for overdue materials were waived. Mark your calendars for October 2015!

Medical Librarians: Improving Research Quality, Reducing Bias

On recent post in the Doctor’s Tablet blog, Nancy Glassman, the Library’s assistant director for informatics, discussed how collaborating with a librarian can improve the quality of your research. Read the post and find out if you are making the most of our expertise.

New Ebola Virus Information Guide

The Library has published a new guide to ebola virus information resources. The guide includes resources for professionals and consumers from:

  • international organizations
  • U.S. and local government
  • medical journals
  • professional associations

Are there other resources you think we should add to this guide? Please let us know.

New! Publications of the National Bureau of Economic Research

 The National Bureau of Economic Research is a private, nonprofit, nonpartisan research organization dedicated to promoting a greater understanding of how the economy works. The NBER is committed to undertaking and disseminating unbiased economic research in a scientific manner. Publications include:

MedlinePlus Mobile

MedlinePlus, the National Library of Medicine’s consumer health information resource, has released a new, improved version of its mobile sites in English and Spanish.
Unlike the original mobile sites that contained only a subset of the information available on MedlinePlus, the new sites have all of the content found on MedlinePlus and MedlinePlus en español.  They also have an improved design for easier use on mobile devices.

Resource Update: Household Products Database (HPD)

The NLM’s Household Products Database (HPD) now contains over 14,000 products.The HPD links consumer brands to health effects and allows scientists and consumers to research products based on chemical ingredients. The database is designed to help answer the following typical questions:

  • What are the chemical ingredients and their percentage in specific brands?
  • Which products contain specific chemical ingredients?
  • Who manufactures a specific brand? How do I contact this manufacturer?
  • What are the acute and chronic effects of chemical ingredients in a specific brand?
  • What other information is available about chemicals in the toxicology-related databases of the National Library of Medicine?

HealthReach for Multicultural Health Information

HealthReach, from the NLM and the Center for Public Service Communications, is a resource of multilingual, multicultural public health information for those working with or providing care to individuals with limited English proficiency. Resources include:

  • health education materials in various languages and formats (brochures, fact sheets, videos)
  • provider tools (including best practices, cultural information, and effective use of interpreters)
  • special collections on Emergency and Disaster, Women’s Health and Mental Health

CamScanner: Scanner on the Go

Need to scan documents on the go? There are apps for that. The CamScanner app turns your mobile device into a scanner using your device’s built in camera. The app, available for Android, iPhone, iPad, and Windows Phone 8, comes in both a free and a more fully featured paid version. The free version allows you to save scanned documents in .jpg or .pdf format. Download the app.

Einstein Book Club

Join the Book Club in 2015 as we consider a subject we all love: food! The six books we read this year will have six different perspectives on the topic, from science to history to mystery. We start off with Lionel Shriver’s novel, Big Brother. “[W]ho would have thought that a novel about a diet could be so moving, and so suspenseful?” (The Independent) Start reading so you can discuss it with us at our January 14 meeting.

 Switching next to a plant’s perspective, for our March 11 meeting, we’ll read Michael Pollan’s The Botany of Desire. “Pollan explores the ways in which four common crops have enjoyed and suffered the very best and worst of human intentions....The result is a wry, informed pastoral” (The New Yorker).
The Book Club is open to the entire Einstein Community. Meetings are held every other month. Books are selected by club members.