Biblioblast April 2024: Library News

In this issue:

  • From the Director
  • Staff News
  • Celebrating Pi Day in the Library
  • Library Birthday Exhibit
  • Solar Eclipse
  • Resource Spotlight: Sage Research Methods
  • New Books
  • Classes & Events

From the Director

As we step into spring, I am delighted to highlight several noteworthy events and initiatives happening at the D. Samuel Gottesman Library.

Last month, we were happy to participate in the College’s Pi Day celebration. During the days leading up to the March 14 event, students and postdocs participated in our “Find Uncle Albert” virtual and physical scavenger hunt. Prizes were awarded. As an added bonus, participants also learned about some new tools and resources available to them from the library.

This year marks a significant milestone for our library—the celebration of our 65th birthday! Since the library’s inception, we have been a center for intellectual curiosity, supporting generations of students, postdocs, researchers, and clinicians. To commemorate this achievement, we have curated a special exhibit that traces our 65-year history and contributions to medical education and research. We invite you to stop by the first floor of the Forchheimer building to see the exhibit and join us for cookies and ice cream at our 65th birthday party on Thursday, April 4 from 3:30-5:30pm.

We are hoping for clear skies during the afternoon of Monday, April 8 for the solar eclipse. The New York area is expecting about 85% coverage during the peak of the eclipse. We purchased solar eclipse glasses for you to share to get a glimpse of the event.

Tuesday, April 9 is National Library Workers Day. Please take a moment to thank a D. Samuel Gottesman Library staff member for all their hard work throughout the year.

As we look ahead, I am pleased to announce an exciting development. Starting in May, our library space will undergo a transformative renovation that will last several months. The reading room and service desk area will close on April 22 and is scheduled to reopen in early August. The Beren Study Center will remain open during the renovation. While the physical library space is closed, our dedicated staff will still be here to help you in person and virtually. Whether you need research assistance, access to electronic resources, or a friendly chat, we remain at your service. Watch for our upcoming office hours and our “pop-up libraries” around campus. Our print books will be housed at an off-site storage facility and will be accessible upon request. As always, our digital collections are available. We look forward to welcoming you into our new, improved space in August.

Staff News

Rachel Schwartz, M.L.S, Research and Education Librarian, co-authored a systematic review and meta-analysis that was published online in January in F & S Reviews. Congratulations, Rachel!

Galperin S, Gingold JA, Niderberg T, et al. Human chorionic gonadotropin value in early pregnancy after in vitro fertilization as a predictor of pregnancy outcome: a systematic review and meta-analysis. F & S reviews. 2024 Jan; 5(1):100068.

Caroline Delbourgo Patton, M.A., M.S.L.I.S, collaborated on a systematic review that was presented last month at the 2024 Society for Research on Nicotine & Tobacco Annual Meeting Congratulations, Caroline!

Hinds JT, Stern E, Plotnik I, et al. Tobacco Use and Gender Affirming Hormone Therapy: A Systematic Review. Poster presented at: Society for Research on Nicotine & Tobacco (SRNT) Annual Meeting; March 20-23, 2024; Edinburgh, Scotland.

Einstein librarians, Aurelia Minuti, M.L.S., Nancy Glassman, M.L.S., M.P.H., Caroline Delbourgo Patton, M.A., M.S.L.I.S, Rachel Schwartz, M.L.S, and Winifred King, M.A., M.S.L.I.S. recently participated in the Study Halls for the Impact Course – led by Dr. Jessica Rieder – to help first-year medical students conduct research for their Capstone proposal, as well as obtain access to valuable tools like Endnote.

Computers in Libraries

A few weeks ago, Digital Initiatives Librarian, Winifred King, M.A., M.S.L.I.S. attended the annual Computers in Libraries conference in Arlington, VA. The conference, with attendees from academic, medical, special, and public libraries, focuses on emerging and leading-edge technology. Hot topics included search and discovery, digitization, virtual community building, and Artificial Intelligence.

Celebrating Pi Day in the Library

Each day during the week of Pi Day, we challenged patrons to use library resources to find a hidden Uncle Albert figure. Sometimes, he was in our virtual space (i.e., our website); other times he was hanging out in our physical space. Those who were able to successfully locate one (or more!) of the Uncle Alberts were entered into a raffle to win a prize.

Congratulations to our four big winners – Hayden Hatch, Janet Hsu, Abigail Goldberger, and Humaira Ilyas – each of whom received a gift card. Everyone who entered got a pair of Einstein socks donated by the Office of Development & Alumni Relations as a thank you for participating in our challenge.  

The Library is Turning 65!

On Friday, April 5th, the D. Samuel Gottesman library will celebrate 65 years since its opening in 1959. In honor of our birthday, we will be holding a party with cookies and ice cream Thursday, April 4th from 3:30 pm to 5:30 pm, in the library. So please come and mark this milestone with us!

We also invite you to check out our display case where we have a new exhibit showcasing the history of the library through the decades. You will find everything from the fabulous fashions of the ‘60s and ‘70s to pictures of earlier iterations of our space to a look back at the technologies of past eras.

And don’t forget to see if you can spot the younger version of some of our current librarians and staff!

Come view the Solar Eclipse!

The Library will have solar eclipse viewing glasses to share with students on the afternoon of April 8 during the total solar eclipse. NYC is expected to have 85% coverage during the eclipse. Come watch the eclipse with us!

Resource Spotlight

Sage Research Methods

Whether you are an experienced researcher or starting your first research project, Sage Research Methods (SRM) can help. SRM is a multi-media collection of full-text ebooks, journal articles, videos, and podcasts, covering a variety of topics in qualitative and quantitative research. SRM is a multidisciplinary resource, encompassing medicine, health, dentistry, public health, psychology, social and public policy, and more.

For example, a search for the topic research ethics yields a variety of resources, including:

In addition, SRM offers several components that would be useful for novice researchers, in particular:

  • Methods Map is a visualization that illustrates relationships between method concepts.
  • Project Planner is a must for anyone who is new to research. This step-by-step guide covers defining a topic, reviewing the literature, developing a researchable question, design, planning, ethics, data collection, data analysis, writing up, and dissemination.

Content from Sage Research Methods can be embedded into Canvas and other course management systems. If you have questions or want to learn more, contact a research librarian.

New Books

Clinical depression: an individualized, biopsychosocial approach to assessment and treatment / Keith S. Dobson. Washington, DC : American Psychological Association, 2024.

Clinical neuropsychology: a pocket handbook for assessment, 4th ed. / Michael W. Parsons and Michelle M. Braun, editors. Washington, DC: American Psychological Association, 2024.

Essentials of clinical nutrition in healthcare / Elizabeth Frates, Marie-France Hivert, Christopher Duggan. New York: McGraw Hill, 2024.

Katzung's pharmacology examination & board review, 14th ed. / Marieke Kruidering-Hall, Bertram G. Katzung, Rupa Lalchandani Tuan, Todd W. Vanderah. New York: McGraw-Hill, 2024.


Classes and Events via Zoom

View the full calendar or click on a class title to sign up. Contact a Research Librarian to learn more, or to schedule your own personal or small-group session.


PubMed - Tuesday April 2, 3:00-4:00pm

Systematic approach to Systematic reviews - Wednesday April 3, 1:00-2:00pm

(in collaboration with the Office of Faculty Development.)

Mendeley: Getting Started – Wednesday April 10, 10:00-11:00am

Covidence – Wednesday April 17, 3:00-4:00pm

EndNote: Getting Started – Thursday April 18, 10:00-11:30am


Covidence: Streamline your Systematic Review – Thursday May 2, 12:00-1:00pm

(in collaboration with the Office of Faculty Development.)


PubMed – Wednesday May 8, 3:00-4:00pm

EndNote: Getting Started Tuesday, May 14, 3:00-4:30

Mendeley: Getting Started – Wednesday May 15, 10:00-11:00am

Systematic Reviews: What to Think About – Wednesday May 15, 3:00-4:00pm