April Newsletter

This month in the Library & Knowledge Services newsletter, we discuss some of the changes coming to the library space and print journal collection and provide a link to the updated library website. See our new guide for using a My NCBI account and check out a new resource for research in administration and healthcare institution management, Health Business Elite. Liz Kellermeyer offers a review of When Breath Becomes Air , and don’t forget to add Earth Day and the March for Science (April 22nd) to your calendars!

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The New York Public Library’s Digital Collections

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The New York Public Library’s digital image collection was recently made 180,000 items larger, offering the public unrestricted access to view – and use – images of such varied items as Medieval and Renaissance manuscripts to photographs of Ellis Island immigrants. From sheet music to the political correspondence of some of America’s most important historical figures, these images offer both crisp visual enhancement to scholarly presentations and can even serve as primary sources for historical inquiry. Take a look at history and enhance your next presentation with this invaluable resource!

National Jewish Health Makes [Radio] Waves

This winter, researchers at National Jewish Health have been featured in two health news stories that have aired on National Public Radio’s “Morning Edition” and “All Things Considered.” See below for links to the stories and to read the radio transcript or hear the recording.

Doctor’s Say Parents Shouldn’t Smoke Pot Around Kids | Read the Transcript


Are Food Allergies on the Rise? Experts Say They Don’t Know  | Read the Transcript



Titles Returning to Tucker Medical Library

Two journals are now available on the online catalog at the Tucker Medical Library.

jbcThe Journal of Biological Chemistry has been publishing current research advancing knowledge of “the molecular and cellular basis of biological processes” for over 100 years.

Science Translstmational Medicine seeks to advance medicine by acting as a platform that fosters collaboration among “basic, translational, and clinical research practitioners and trainees,”  helping to bridge the gap between research and treatment and between researchers, industry, and policy makers.

On This Day in 1899

In this, the season of giving, we should remember our own Frances Wisebart Jacobs, Mother of Charities. It was at her urging, along with Rabbi William Stern Friedman and a group of dedicated supporters incorporated as the Jewish Hospital Association, that a hospital was built to “alleviate suffering and render aid to the distressed” and to admit Jews and non-Jews alike. After the financial setbacks of the 1893 “Silver Crisis” the hospital found new support from B’nai B’rith, and on December 10, 1899 dedication ceremonies were held for the National Jewish Hospital for Consumptives. While the Denver Post account names a young woman from Minnesota as the first patient, the hospital ledger* has a “string maker” from Boston, Eli Brown, as the first recorded admission.  Though hospital policy was to admit patients for long-term care, Mr. Brown stayed for only seven days, having been released for “continuous violation of rules.”


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Learn more about the history of National Jewish Health by visiting our Patient and Visitor Resource Guide and the Our History page on the National Jewish Health website. Then head to the Beck Archives at the University of Denver for more artifacts from the early days of National Jewish.

Directories of Datasets

Researchers looking for places to publish and manage data have a few options in the US Department of Health & Human Services Registry of Patient Registries, the Open Knowledge Foundation’s Datahub, and the German Research Foundation’s re3data.

resgistryofpatientregistriesThe Registry of Patient Registries allows registry owners to provide information “intended to promote collaboration, reduce redundancy, and improve transparency among registry holders.” The Agency for Healthcare Research and quality intends that this registry provides useful information for work involving clinicaltrials.gov.

datahubFore more general datasets, Datahub is a CKAN-based tool that allows users to “browse and find the data they need, and preview it using maps, graphs and tables – whether they are developers, journalists, researchers, NGOs, citizens or your own colleagues.” Datahub also allows users to maintain their own datasets and to sign up to receive updates about datasets related to groups of interest.

re3datare3data is another option for storing and accessing data from a variety of academic fields. It offers a permanent storage solution for scholarly data and “promotes a culture of sharing, increased access and better visibility” of information.