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BiblioBlast, April 2018: Home

The D. Samuel Gottesman Library


Welcome to BiblioBlast, the D. Samuel Gottesman Library of the Albert Einstein College of Medicine.  BiblioBlast will inform you about new Library resources and keep you up to date with our classes, events and other activities.  It will also highlight tips to make our online resources easier and faster to use.

Quiet Study Spaces in the Library

The library will be open for extended study hours. Regular library services will be available during the daytime but the library will be open as a study space during the overnight hours. See library hours here.

Some of the quiet study spaces available are: The Harry H. Beren Study Center (open 24/7), the library Reading Room, the Quiet Room (glass room), and the five study rooms at the back of the library. 

More information on Group Study Rooms and room reservation is available here.

Staff News

Nancy Glassman, Assistant Director, Aurelia Minuti, Head of Research and Education, Racheline Habousha, Director, Winifred King, digital Initiatives Librarian, Rachel Schwartz, Research and Education Librarian, Karen Sorensen, Research and Education Librarian, Librarians at the Albert Einstein College of Medicine have published the following article:

Minuti A, Sorensen K, Schwartz R, King WS, Glassman NR, Habousha RG., "Librarians Flip for Students: Teaching Searching Skills to Medical Students Using a Flipped Classroom Approach", Med Ref Serv Q. 2018 Apr-Jun;37(2):119-131.

Celebrate National Library Week

Beginning Monday, April 9, join the staff of Einstein's D. Samuel Gottesman Library in marking National Library Week. To kick off the week's events, stop by the Forchheimer lobby between 11:30 a.m. and 2 p.m., or the library from 4 to 6 p.m, to take part in the Library Card-a-thon. Staff from the NYPL Morris Park Branch will be on hand to help you register for an NYPL card. And snacks will be provided to those attending the card registration in the library. Also make sure to check the library website ( for details of other activities taking place throughout the week!

UnSPOOLing Good Fun

Demonstrate your resourceful creativity!  How? Well, the library's 3-D printer uses a plant-based filament; however, the primary vendor of the filament uses plastic spools that are not easily recyclable. To help mark Earth Week (and to address this issue), the library staff invites members of the Einstein community to explore creative ways to reuse/repurpose these empty spools. During the week of April 9, take part in their “New Uses for Old Spools” Contest! Simply stop by the library and pick up an empty spool, let your creative juices flow, and invent a new use for it. Bring your new iteration to the library by Friday, April 20.

Your creations will be put on display in the library from April 23 to April 27, and members of the Einstein community will be invited to vote for:

  • most useful/practical
  • most creative
  • most quirky/unusual

Prizes will be awarded for each of these categories. Our spool supply is limited and will be distributed on a first come, first served basis.

National Drug Take Back Day Is April 28, 2018

The National Prescription Drug Take Back Day aims to provide a safe, convenient, and responsible means of disposing of prescription drugs, while also educating the general public about the potential for abuse of medications.

Locate a Collection Site Near You

Database will be active on April 1, 2018. Search by zip code or city/state to find a collection site near you.

Drug Disposal Information

Become an Academic Genealogist

For researchers of all types, the Academic Family Tree is "a nonprofit, user-content-driven web database that aims to accurately document and publicly share the academic genealogy of current and historical researchers across all fields of academia." The project emerged from a project that sought to map out neuroscience research around the globe. Since launched in 2005, scholars in other disciplines began to develop their own "academic genealogies."

Today, the Academic Family Tree contains nearly 700,000 researchers from dozens of disciplines, including education, linguistics, sociology, biology, law, history, and much more. Visitors may search the Academic Family Tree by research institution and individual. From here, you can view how individual researchers are connected to one another (e.g. advisors and graduate students). In addition, you can search for connections between researchers.


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Rachel Schwartz
D. Samuel Gottesman Library
Albert Einstein College of Medicine
1300 Morris Park Ave.
Bronx, New York 10461

PubMed Shuts Down its Comments Feature, PubMed Commons

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The U.S. National Institutes of Health (NIH) is closing PubMed Commons, the feature that enabled readers to post comments on abstracts indexed in PubMed. PubMed Commons discontinued on March 5, 2018.

Read the full article here.

New Grant Funding Organizations for MEDLINE/PubMed from Europe PMC, HRA and DHS


In spring 2018, the National Library of Medicine (NLM) will start receiving grant funding information from a new Europe PubMed Central (Europe PMC) organization, the Health Research Alliance (HRA), and the U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS)

Starting April 2018, the Europe PMC Swiss National Science Foundation in Switzerland will begin supplying grant funding data to NLM.

Read the announcement here.