Happy 2013 and Welcome to the Health Sciences Library!
The Health Sciences Library (HSL) of New York Medical College (NYMC) enthusiastically supports the vision, mission, and new initiatives of our merger into the Touro College and University System. We have already expanded hours, added resources, and expanded services. And, we would love to expand our services to you, our users!
In July 2012 the staff updated our three year strategic plan http://library.nymc.edu/Information/goals1213.cfm to provide priorities during FY2013 and continuing through FY2015, and plan to align our objectives into the College’s strategic initiatives as we move forward. The FY2013 objectives and action steps provide the framework to achieve measurable outcomes. Library committees, both standing and ad hoc, have been created to better foster results including: collection development, document delivery management, renovations, web management, communications, exhibits, NYMC archives, student e-books, and Table of Contents. For example, the communications committee now coordinates our informational messages in multiple formats to all users. The blog serves as our online newsletter with combined posts forwarded or linked via email, etc.
A summary of our FY2012 achievements are available at: http://library.nymc.edu/Information/summary2012.cfm. Notably, several of our databases were upgraded to site licenses to better support our Library users at more remote locations.
Beginning July 2012 our newly re-designed website was released, with upgrades and developments ongoing. Our educational media services staff have ramped up the webinar support and upgraded Media Library. Our Friends of the Library group was re-established with our first “Friend” welcomed: Dr. Debbie Viola. We sincerely thank Dr. Viola for her support and welcome new opportunities to expand our friends, affiliates and users.
We welcome our Touro library partners, and look for ways to expand support to our expanding group of library users.
One recent accomplishment to the19th edition of our NYMC Faculty Author Bibliography: http://library.nymc.edu/bibliog/. Co-sponsored by our Chancellor and CEO, Dr. Halperin, the January 8, 2013 celebration highlighted our recently published faculty and offered special awards [click here—coming]
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 (http://library.nymc.edu) 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 Building (MEC). The Library consists of approximately 19000 square feet, provides high-speed broadband to the University network as well as wireless capabilities. The Library maintains 9 Servers [with 1 in Cloud] networked servers to support the library’s infrastructure including website (http://library.nymc.edu), wiki, blog, etc. With the support one of our outstanding alums, the Novitch Lab was created to now provide state-of-the-art computers and a teaching lab. 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. We invite Loansome Docusers and requests; we honor METRO card access for the public via their local libraries.
Historically, the Library was established in 1885 under pressure from then current 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. 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.
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 Director
Updated 01/04/2013 DCunningham