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As a part of our plan to improve your study room experience the library will be making a number of changes, including:

  • Displaying each room’s reservations (as of 8am) on the door to clarify when the rooms are reserved
  • Removal of frosted glass on study room doors to allow room use to be determined without interrupting others
  • Increased maintenance checks by staff to ensure the rooms are clean and markers stocked
  • Providing cleaning wipes to help students keep the rooms clean 

Over the next few months we will also be running an observational study. The data will allow us to better address the other issues brought up in the survey. So keep an eye out for further improvements in the fall!

In collaboration with the Scholarly Communication Program and the Columbia University Libraries, we will be sponsoring a panel discussion on the topic of communicating computational science. Computational approaches in science have increased the complexity in disseminating research results and misunderstandings surrounding these methods can hamper research use. An interdisciplinary panel (see below) will discuss the practices, polices and tools that can improve communication of research on April 4th at the Morningside Campus Faculty House and via webcast. The webcast will be available online and in a group viewing in room LL1 109A-B of the Hammer Health Sciences Building.

Neil Chue Hong, Director of the Software Sustainability Institute
Matthew Jockers, Assistant Professor of English at the University of Nebraska, Lincoln
Daniel P.W. Ellis, Associate Professor of Electrical Engineering at Columbia University

The Challenge of Communicating Computational Science
April 4th, 2013
12-2 pm
3rd floor of the Faculty House on Morningside Campus

Live Webcast

A group viewing of the webcast will also be available in room LL1 109A-B in the Hammer Health Sciences Building.

For more information see the full announcement at the Scholarly Communication Program website.


The Augustus C. Long Health Sciences Library currently has a trial subscription to the clinical care tool, DynaMed. While the trial subscription, which includes mobile app access, will continue until June we are seeking your feedback during the month of April as a part of our evaluation and purchasing decision making process.

If you haven't yet tried DynaMed we encourage you to visit it from your desktop or try the mobile app first. Then let us know what you think.

DynaMed Feedback 


In this issue:

  • New exhibit on early medicine in Hammer
  • MD Conference Express on trial
  • Resource spotlight
  • "Watering hole" attacks - reminder of unique password importance

... and more

Archives & Special Collections, Augustus C. Long Health Sciences Library, is pleased to announce the opening of its new exhibit, Medicine in the Early United States, 1790-1830, which can now be seen on Lower Level 2 of the Hammer Health Sciences Building.

The early years of the new nation –from roughly the ratification of the Constitution in 1789 until the deaths of the last Founding Fathers circa 1830 – was a period that saw the beginnings of a medical infrastructure in the U.S.: the country’s first medical journal began publication; hospitals were established; medical societies proliferated; and there was a dramatic increase in the number of medical schools – from 4 in 1790 to 24 in 1830.

On display are books, journals, manuscripts and ephemera which illustrate this formative era.  Viewers can see a copy of the Medical Repository, the country’s first medical journal, founded by Columbia College medical faculty members in 1797; books on the terrible yellow fever epidemics that ravaged Philadelphia and New York during this period; an 1810 letter from a medical student describing his studies in Philadelphia with famed physician Benjamin Rush; the first charter of P&S (1807); the 1811 ledger of rural Maine physician showing his charges for bleeding and delivering babies; and a copy of the 1831 Massachusetts “Anatomy Act” – the first in the nation – which allowed medical schools access to unclaimed bodies for use in anatomical dissection.

Compared to Europe, U.S. medicine in this period remained poorly organized.  It lacked authority and prestige, and received no government research support.  American medical education was distinctly sub-par, leading many students to pursue further education in Great Britain and France. Nevertheless, the efforts made by American physicians in this era gave promise of future distinction.

The exhibit is on display on Lower Level 2 of the Teaching & Learning Center in the Hammer Health Sciences Building from March 11 through May 24.  It may be seen 7 days a week from 7 am to 10 pm.  You must have a valid Columbia University or New York-Presbyterian Hospital ID to gain entry to the Hammer Health Sciences Building. Those without one should contact Archives & Special Collections at to obtain admission.