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The Director's corner:

The NYMC Health Sciences Library celebrates: 2014/2015

Welcome to all current, new or prospective students, residents, fellows, faculty, and employees to the Health Sciences Library (HSL) of New York Medical College NYMC).  We are proud to be a part of the Touro College and University System, and we have enjoyed reaching out to our colleagues in the new Biology Education and Medical Ethics Programs with many more to come in 2015.  After 22 years, I retire as of October 30, 2014 knowing that I leave the library in competent, agile hands under the new director.

The 2013/2014 academic year was another year of challenges and opportunities.   Last year the Library launched a new Skyline branch location adding 3,000 square feet, adding much needed quality study and research space.  Library staff used our archives and historical sources to document photographs, portraits, and other items for the Heritage Halls now in place in Sunshine, the Medical Education Center, Skyline and the Basic Sciences Building.  New banners celebrating notable alums were created, mounted and framed.  Along the way LibGuides, new web development software, documented many new resources on our website. Our FYI online blog posts increased and we continued to promote our activities in the FYI newsletter.  Take a moment and view our Summer 2014 issue as well as our previous issues. Vol. 6(1)Vol. 6(2)Vol. 7(1).

Last year and this, exhibits were a high priority, beginning with the National Library of Medicine travelling exhibits' Opening Doors: Contemporary Academic African American surgeons, "From DNA to Beer," followed by the U.S. Holocaust Museum's Deadly Medicine exhibit, relevant author events, a stuttering exhibit to accompany the showing of "The King's Speech", and the Harry Potter's World exhibit.  All have given us a chance to highlight important aspects of medicine, science and human behavior, as well as promoting our resources, staff expertise, and developing a community of curious and engaging users. 

Keeping up in a turbulent environment requires careful planning, and staff once again updated the Library's strategic plan for FY2015-2017.  New priorities center on LCMC re-accreditation, and self study requirements are a major priority now.

The updated brief summary of our FY2014 academic accomplishments is available at: 

Thank you one and all for your support this past year, and please contact me at any time to discuss your information and related needs.  

Diana Cunningham., MLS, MPH, Associate Dean and Lillian Hetrick Huber Endowed Director 

Michael Antonnelle, M.D.'62
Gerhard Haas, Ph.D.
Sanford Sherman, M.D., ‘56
Bruce Hauptman, M.D., ‘63
Deborah Viola, Ph.D.

About the Library:  
The Health Sciences Library (HSL) serves all faculty, employees, students, sponsored residents and fellows of the New York Medical College. As of June 2011, faculty and students of the Touro College and University System have onsite access privileges. The Library's services and resources are established to respect the requirements of our overall university system, yet provide the appropriate access individuals require.

The HSL's webpage ( or serves as the gateway to the library's hours, services, and resources. The Library facility, including the Educational Media Services unit, is located in Valhalla, New York, in both the Basic Sciences Building (BSB) and the Medical Education Center (MEC). The Library consists of approximately 19,000 square feet, 3033 Sq. ft Skyline and 251 Sq. ft. Media library provides high-speed broadband to the University network as well as wireless capabilities. The Library maintains 9 Servers, to support the library's infrastructure including its website (, wiki, blog, and newsletter. The Library's NYMCat catalog serves as the master file for all of our resources.

The Library participates in various global networks or consortia…more than a dozen overall.  The New York State Library has designated us as a Leader Electronic Doorway Library.   The Library is also a Resource Library in Region 1 of the National Network of Libraries of Medicine (NN/LM). The Library actively participates in the Online Computer Library Center (OCLC) global network and remains a full member of METRO, the New York metropolitan area library planning cooperative. Loansome Doc use is promoted and encouraged; we honor METRO card access for the public via local libraries. The Library is also a founding member of the HILOW+ library consortia, composed of health sciences libraries in the upper Westchester County and Hudson Valley region of New York State.

Historically, the Library was established in 1885 under pressure from students and alumni with encouragement from the faculty. In 1972 the libraries of The New York Medical College Flower and Fifth Avenue Hospitals  and Westchester Academy of Medicine, Purchase, New York merged under an agreement signed by both parties.  Until 1992, the members of the Academy were considered primary library constituents. The library has grown and changed with each move of its parent institution, New York Medical College and to the Touro College and University System.. 

Take some time to explore our resources, especially the links to the left of this page.  Our goal is to bet to know every one of our users..  If you haven't had a chance to meet us, please contact the library at (914) 594 4200, Website, via your liaision, or just stop by.  We are here to support your information needs! 

Updated D. Cunningham 10/01/2014
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