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The Director's corner:

The NYMC Health Sciences Library celebrates: 2014!

The Health Sciences Library (HSL) of New York Medical College NYMC) enthusiastically supports the vision, mission, and new initiatives of the Touro College and University System. Staff continues to work closely with our Touro colleagues and have already explored library support for our emerging hybrid academic programs: nursing, biology education, and the physicians assistant program. Dentistry should soon follow.

As of January 2014 the Library launched a new Skyline branch location, completed a special historical signage project working with the Office of Institutional Advancement, a notable alums set of banners, and restored historical photos and images.  Last July 2013 our online blog postings of news items was expanded to include semi-annual newsletter which enables us to highlight the library, our resources, services, staff accomplishments and thank our friends and supporters in ways that cannot be done via blog posts. Take a moment and view both issues. Vol. 6(1), Vol. 6(2)

Change by definition is dynamic, and reportedly every generation assumes their environment is changing faster than anyone earlier. We don’t have time to figure it out, but our strategic plan guides us in setting priorities and activities for the year. Please take a look:

A summary of our FY2013 achievements is available at: Below are a few recent highlights:

  • We celebrated Constitution Day, September 17, with a quiz and hoopla.
  • Our Skyline branch library opened and our study space expanded another 3000 sq ft.
  • The 20th edition of the NYMC Faculty Author Bibliography was published covering the FY2013 academic year. "The faculty online submission form was launched.  And over 100 people celebrated with the Chancellor and the authors on January 8; view the photos yourself.
  • Plans for the 21st edition of the NYMC faculty author bibliography are underway with a joint publication planned with our Touro colleagues and family of libraries; both Touro and NYMC faculty bibliography websites have been linked.
  • Our mobile website has been upgraded; check it out: Mobile Site
  • Our Content Management System (CMS), the system that manages and enables access to our archival materials, is now available
  • The Library has successfully moved into the new University print management system; the library staff witnesses a brisk daily business as students print their class handouts in a convenient location
  • Plans for a potential co-sponsored NYMC writing center is underway, with an aim to develop better support the writing needs of our users
  • Access to the 2013 electronic theses has been enabled.
  • Staff continue to explore new service models, especially with the addition of the Media and Skyline branch locations, and many more distant users and learners
  • Staff created support guide for managing research data
  • Staff service to support for systematic reviews established.
  • Exhibit plan completed with upcoming exhibits:  From Beer to DNA 05/12/2013 - 06/21/2014 / US Holocaust Museum scheduled from 07/15/2014 - 09/03/2014
  • Our access to e-books now over 100,000 titles!
  • Awarded New York State Dept. of Education Cooperative Collection Development Grant;
  • Provided educational media support for Boardroom, Skyline, Auditorium as well as campus-wide events
  • Last, but perhaps at the top of the list, we celebrated the 50th anniversary of the Graduate School of Basic Medical Sciences.  Take a look at our poster and view our story.

As the 2013 calendar year end, I would like to thank our users and especially our friends notably the following individuals for your support: 

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 ( 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 [with 1 in the Cloud], to support the library's infrastructure including its website (, wiki, blog, and newsletter [insert link] 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 their 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.  The Library continues to support members via a web site address for this group.

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.  Contact us, by any and all means.  Again, welcome!

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

Updated D. Cunningham 02/24/2014
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