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Get a start on your data management plan with the Center for Digital Research and Scholarship's Data Management Workshop Monday, November 18th at the Studio@Butler on Morningside Campus.

Monday, November 18th, 2013
1-3pm

Studio@Butler (rm 208 Butler Library), Morningside Campus

RSVP at http://bit.ly/DMPWorkshopRSVP

History of the Health Sciences Lecture
Thursday, December 12th at 6pm with refreshments at 5:30
Russ Berrie Pavilion, 1150 St. Nicolas Ave at W 168th St., Room 1

Ziv Eisenberg, Ph.D., Lecturer, Program in the History of Science & Medicine, Yale University

In the 1930s and early 1940s, American husbands were offered new roles in responding to their wives’ pregnancy and the birth of their newborn. Medical experts –obstetricians, gynecologists, pediatricians, and maternity nurses – produced new literature that taught expectant fathers to function as the doctor’s proxy in the home, supervising their wives’ behavior and ensuring that they followed the physician’s orders. Experts aimed not only to protect the health of mothers but also to empower husbands; however, at the same time, they also demanded that men provide their wives with meaningful, practical help. Through pregnancy classes, guidebooks and leaflets, husbands learned to perform traditionally female household tasks like cooking, changing diapers, and bathing their baby, without risking feminization.

The physicians and nurses who helped give expectant fatherhood a new meaning were part of an emerging reform movement that sought to make childbearing safer and reduce maternal mortality. Since breadwinning was a husband’s traditional source of authority, Depression-era unemployed and underemployed men lost their confidence and sometimes the respect of their families.

Capitalizing on the dismal state of men, medically-trained maternity experts sought to re-conceptualize “modern fatherhood” as therapeutic, an opportunity for a husband to prove his value and create strong bonds with his wife and baby. For men struggling to earn money and trying to maintain or regain their masculine authority, the whole nine months of pregnancy and the arrival of a new baby became unique opportunities to assert power in their family, keep busy, and find a new purpose in life. Dr. Eisenberg’s lecture opens a new window into the dynamic relationships between health care providers and expectant families, and suggests a fresh understanding of the history of modern pregnancy in America.

Free and open to the public.

Inspired by the findings from our February study room survey we will be launching a new study room reservation system on Monday November 11th. The improved system will require only a Columbia.edu email address (no additional login needed), provide a streamlined mobile interface, and provide email confirmation notices. The daily reservation lists will continue to be posted to the study room doors and all reservations made in the existing system will be transferred to the new system.

We are committed to improving your study experience at the library, so please do not hesitate to send us feedback on our new system.

From your desktop

  1. Easy to use date picker
  2. List of reservations for the selected date
  3. Green indicates open slots for booking. Select up to 3 slots per day.

Once you select a slot enter your name, email, reservation nickname (ex: 'biostats tutoring'), school affiliation, and the UNIs of your group members. Then watch your inbox for an email confirmation from alerts@libcal.com.

 

Mobile interface

Or from your mobile device select the group of rooms (ex: "Collaboration Rooms"), then the date and then choose an available slot. After entering your information and submitting watch your inbox for an email confirmation from alerts@libcal.com

Have you seen the poster asking you to tap in and tap out?

The Health Sciences Library is collecting data on traffic patterns in the library by asking that you tap in and tap out with your ID card each time you come to the library. This simple step will help us to better understand who is using the library, when and for how long, informing future space planning.

Questions? Contact Michael Koehn, mdk2126@columbia.edu, (212) 305-9213.

 

In this issue:

  • History of the Health Sciences Lecture
  • Dental Education in Videos
  • Resource Spotlight: LWW Health Library Basic Sciences Collection
  • Free recovery apps for mobile devices ...

... and more

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