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Director's Desk

Director's Desk, Laura Abate

While it still looks and feels wintry outside, I think many of us are looking forward to spring. In the library, there are signs of a fresh start as users settle into a recently updated study space on the 1st floor. The study alcove which until recently housed workspaces with desktop computers, has been updated with shared high-top study tables which provide access to electric and USB plugs as well as comfortable rolling stools. The space seems to be working well as users sat down, plugged in, and got to work as soon as the tables and chairs were in place! Please stop by Himmelfarb to check out this new study area!

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What's New at Himmelfarb Library

What's New at Himmelfarb

  • The Annual Himmelfarb Art Show will happen soon! Mark your calendar for the opening day reception on Monday, April 15, from 4-5:30 pm!
  • The Health Info @ Himmelfarb search tool has been updated! The default search scope has been changed to: “Articles + GW & Consortium Catalog”. This search includes items from other academic libraries in the Washington Research Library Consortium in your search results. Check out our blog post on the update for additional information.
  • Come and check out our new furniture! We hope these new study spaces offer you the comfort and space needed for the best study sessions!


The Annual Himmelfarb Art Show!

Annual Art Show

For more than 35 years, this annual event has given artists from the SMHS, GWSPH, and Nursing an opportunity to share their work!  Submitted items will be displayed throughout the first floor of the library from Monday, April 15 through Friday May 10.  There will also be an opening reception on the first floor of the library on Monday, April 15, from 4-5:30pm.

We are accepting submissions starting Monday, March 4 through Friday, April 12.  We gladly accept submissions from students, faculty, and staff within the SMHS, GWSPH, and SON.

The Art Show isn’t limited to photographs and paintings.  We accept and display artwork in a variety of media - needlepoint, pottery, jewelry, metal craft, and more.

We also accept digital artwork for inclusion in our Virtual Art Show.

To see items from past Himmelfarb Art Shows, check out the collection in our Health Sciences Resource Commons.

To submit, please bring your artwork to the library’s first floor circulation desk, just past the entry gate.  If you would like to make a submission to the Virtual Art Show or if you have any questions, please reach out to Temitayo Wolff at

Drug Information Resources & Apps

Drug Information Resources and Apps

Himmelfarb Library provides multiple drug information resources to meet your needs whether you’re accessing online or using an app!

Lexicomp is a clinical drug information tool produced by Wolters Kluwer.  Lexicomp’s search interface allows you to search simultaneously across all available content sets to identify information in Lexi-Drugs, Pediatric and Neonatal Lexi-Drugs, Geriatric Lexi-Drugs, Pharmacogenomics, Drug Allergy and Idiosyncratic Reactions, Lexi-Tox, Briggs Drugs in Pregnancy and Lactation, and more.  Lexicomp’s drug monographs provide the complete full-text as well as images and patient education materials. In addition to these content sets, Lexicomp provides decision support tools including Trissel’s IV Compatibility, a drug interaction checker, drug identification search tool, patient education materials, and clinical calculators.

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New Year, New Catalog Scope!

Core Title List Project

At Himmelfarb Library, we are always looking for ways to improve the ways our users can access our collections. In early January 2024, following an assessment of our library catalog, Himmelfarb introduced a change to Health Information @ Himmelfarb. The default catalog search scope is now “Articles + GW & Consortium Catalog”. This includes physical materials, primarily print books, from other libraries in the Washington Research Library Consortium (which includes Gelman and other DC-area academic libraries) as well as Himmelfarb’s content (books, journal articles, videos, and more) in your search results.

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2023 Highlights!

Highlights from 2024

The new year offers us the opportunity to reflect on all that we’ve accomplished over the past year. In that spirit, here are some highlights from Himmelfarb’s 2023!

Last year, we acquired new resources and updated our current collection to provide the latest in health sciences research and support. The Bloedorn Technology Center received new 3-D printed anatomical models. Thanks to a generous gift from Dr. Seymour Perlin and Ruth Perlin, the library now hosts the Suicide and Suicidology Collection. Our Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Committee was hard at work: in spring, the committee released an Anti-Racism in Healthcare research guide, and the Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Policy was published in the fall

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Staff Profile - A Sit Down With Himmelfarb’s Associate Director, Library Operations: Ruth Bueter

Staff Profile

Learn more about Himmelfarb Library staff members. In this issue, we learn more about Ruth Bueter, Associate Director of Library Operations.

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Faculty Profile - Interview with Dr. Juan Klopper, Teaching Associate Professor of Biostatistics and Bioinformatics

Faculty Profile

Himmelfarb Library continues this feature in our newsletter that lets us become better acquainted with our friends and colleagues at the George Washington University. In this issue, we learn more about Dr. Juan Klopper, Teaching Associate Professor of Biostatistics and Bioinformatics.

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