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Himmelfarb Headlines: November/December 2023

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Director's Desk

Director's Desk, Laura Abate

As I write this, the fall calendar is winding down and it seems we’re only a few weeks away from the end of the semester. With academic calendars, it seems we’re always on the verge of ending and beginning. As you consider the educational, clinical, and research work that you’ve undertaken this fall - and also look forward to renewed efforts in 2024, I wanted to remind you about resources available to you via Himmelfarb Library.

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What's New at Himmelfarb Library

What's New at Himmelfarb

We have recently installed brand new whiteboards in our study rooms! In order to take advantage of these, reserve a study room today. Study rooms must be reserved in advance. 

Winter Break

The Himmelfarb Library will close at 6:00 pm on December 23, 2023, and will remain closed until January 2, 2024, when we open at 7:30 am. We wish you all a safe and happy Holiday season! Spring semester classes begin on Tuesday, January 16, 2024.

Now Streaming

Check out The Script - Queer Futures, a collection of interviews that explore the relationships between trans and nonbinary communities with commentary from medical providers regarding gender-affirming care. To access this film, make sure you are connected to the GWU VPN.

New Library DEI Policy

What's New at Himmelfarb

Himmelfarb Library recently instituted a Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion (DEI) Policy, which lays out principles that guide our organization’s engagement with DEI issues. The policy also provides opportunities for our users to provide feedback.

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Systematic Reviews - New Himmelfarb Policy

Systematic Review Policy

More and more, systematic reviews are a popular scholarly activity for students and faculty alike. A properly done systematic review surveys all relevant published and unpublished data in order to answer a specific research question (or questions). Because the intent of a systematic review is to be an exhaustive synthesis of all pertinent information, it requires that a very thorough search be performed. Because of this, librarians are often recruited to assist with these projects as they have the skills and experience needed to thoroughly mine a wide range of information sources. The Cochrane Handbook for Systematic Reviews of Interventions even indicates the necessity of including a librarian or information specialist from the very beginning of a systematic review project

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Core Title List Project

Core Title List Project

For the past several months, Himmelfarb Health Sciences Library has been working to update its Core Title List, a list of books that are considered required or essential reading for students, faculty, and other members of the Himmelfarb community. This includes titles required on syllabi from the School of Medicine and Health Sciences, the School of Nursing, and the Milken Institute School of Public Health, as well as additional books recommended by individual departments. The Core Titles list allows the library to easily check for new editions, as well as allowing us to check titles’ usage and determine which books merit multiple copies or ebook licenses. The updated List is also providing expanded representation for titles required by the Nursing and Public Health programs.

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Staff Profile - Introducing Rebecca Kyser, Reference and Instruction Librarian

Staff Profile

Learn more about Himmelfarb Library staff members. In this issue, we learn more about Rebecca Kyser, Reference and Instruction Librarian.

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Student Spotlight - Meet Mehrshad Fahim Devin, MPS a first year medical student

Student Profile

This feature lets us become better acquainted with the students that use the Himmelfarb Library resources on a daily basis. Meet Mehrshad Fahim Devin, MPS a first-year medical student.

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