Medical Heritage Library

The Medical Heritage Library (MHL) is a digital repository whose aim is to promote free and open access to quality historical resources in medicine and health care. MHL is a collaborative effort of some of the world’s leading medical libraries, including The College of Physicians of Philadelphia, The Cushing/Whitney Medical Library at Yale University, The New York Academy of Medicine, and many others.

The MHL’s growing collection includes thousands of digitized rare medical books, pamphlets, full journal runs back to the 19th century, and films, with representative works from the past six centuries. All of these are freely available through the Internet Archive. This massive digitalization project allows researchers to take advantage of this tremendous resource from their desktops.

For additional information about the Medical Heritage Library, contact Jonathon Erlen at

*Parts of this article were reprinted from The Medical Heritage Library.

~ Jonathon Erlen

HSLS Staff News

The HSLS Staff News section includes recent HSLS presentations, publications, staff changes, staff promotions, degrees earned, etc.


Barbara Epstein, HSLS director, was elected to a three-year term (2012-2015) on the Board of Directors of the Association of Academic Health Sciences Libraries (AAHSL). AAHSL membership is composed of academic health sciences libraries whose medical schools are members of the Association of American Medical Colleges.


Michelle Burda, Network and Advocacy Coordinator, NN/LM MAR, along with co-author L. Citrome1, published “A Clinician’s Best Friend: The U.S. National Library of Medicine’s Patient Resources” in The International Journal of Clinical Practice, 66(11): 1018, Nov 2012.

1New York Medical College, Valhalla, N.Y.

Jonathon Erlen, history of medicine librarian, published “Current Journal Articles on Disability History: Dissertations” in H-Disability: an H-Net Discussion Network, 137, Oct 2012; “Dissertation/Theses” in Canadian Bulletin of Medical History, 29(2):419-20, 2012; “New Dissertations” in Nursing History Review, 21:155-160, 2012; and Disability Studies: Disabilities Abstracts” in The Review of Disability Studies: An International Journal, 9(3):60-62, 2012.

Nancy Tannery, senior associate director, along with co-authors Lauren A. Maggio1, Kathy J. Davies2, Nancy Allee3, Jim Beattie4, Donna Berryman5, Dawn Littleton6, and Kerry O’Rourke7, published “Literature Searching in Medical Education: Online Tutorial Development from Idea to Creation” in Medical Reference Services Quarterly, 31(4): 372-82, Oct 2012.

1Lane Medical Library and Knowledge Management Center, Stanford University Medical Center, Stanford, Calif.
2Greenblatt Library, Georgia Health Sciences University, Augusta, Ga.
3Health Sciences Library, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, Mich.
4Bio-Medical Library, University of Minnesota, Minneapolis, Minn.
5Health Science Libraries and Technologies, University of Rochester Medical Center, Rochester, N.Y.
6Mayo Clinic Libraries, Mayo Clinic Rochester, Rochester, Minn.
7UMDNJ-Robert Wood Johnson Library of the Health Sciences, New Brunswick, N.J.


Barbara Folb, public health informationist and reference librarian, along with co-author Elaine Hicks1, presented a poster, “Competency-Based Information Literacy Instruction in Public Health: Library and Faculty Collaborations” at the American Public Health Association annual meeting, San Francisco, Calif., on Oct 29, 2012.

1Rudolph Matas Library of the Health Sciences, Tulane University, New Orleans, La.


Congratulations to three HSLS staff member who were honored for milestone anniversaries as University of Pittsburgh employees: Philip Bittenbender (10 years), Dennis Miller (10 years), and Angie Zack (5 years). Storage Specialist Bittenbender is responsible for overseeing the operations of the HSLS offsite storage facility at Lexington Technology Park in Pittsburgh’s Point Breeze neighborhood. Miller is a library specialist and a member of Metadata Services team where he participates in bibliographical maintenance work for electronic resources as well as copy-cataloging for serials. Zack is a Web & application programmer.

Classes January-February

HSLS offers classes on database searching, software applications such as Adobe Photoshop, bibliographic management, molecular biology and genetics, and library orientations. For more information, visit the online course descriptions.

Classes are held on the first floor of Falk Library (200 Scaife Hall) in Classroom 1 and on the upper floor of the library in Classroom 2. All classes are open to faculty, staff and students of the schools of the health sciences at the University of Pittsburgh. They are also open to UPMC residents and fellows.

No registration is required for any of these classes. Seating for classes is first-come, first-served, until the class is full. Classes marked with an asterisk (*) qualify for American Medical Association Category 2 continuing education credit.

Class schedules are subject to change. Please consult the online class calendar for the most current information.

Faculty, staff and students of the schools of the health sciences will need a valid Pitt ID or e-mail account to attend these classes. UPMC residents/fellows will need to show their UPMC IDs.



Introduction to HSLS Resources and Services at Falk Library

(Meet inside entrance to Library)

Wednesday, January 9 9-10 a.m.

Also offered upon request to groups or individuals. Call 412-648-8866.


Painless PubMed* (Falk Library Classroom 1)

Wednesday, January 9 noon-1 p.m.
Monday, January 14 3:30-4:30 p.m.
Friday, January 25 11 a.m.-noon
Tuesday, January 29 9-10 a.m.
Wednesday, February 6 11 a.m.-noon
Monday, February 11 1-2 p.m.
Thursday, February 21 noon-1 p.m.
Tuesday, February 26 9-10 a.m.

Testing Beyond the Laboratory: Finding Testing Instruments Used in Research and Clinical Settings* (Falk Library Classroom 1)

Monday, January 7 11 a.m.-noon


Locating Gene/Protein Information: Literature (Part 1)* (Falk Library Classroom 2)

Wednesday, January 16 1-3 p.m.

Locating Gene/Protein Information: Literature (Part 2)* (Falk Library Classroom 2)

Wednesday, January 23 1-3 p.m.

Genome Browsers 1* (Falk Library Classroom 2)

Wednesday, January 30 1-3 p.m.

Genome Browsers 2* (Falk Library Classroom 2)

Wednesday, February 6 1-3 p.m.

Gene Regulation Resources* (Falk Library Classroom 2)

Wednesday, February 13 1-3 p.m.

SNPs & Genetic Variation* (Falk Library Classroom 2)

Wednesday, February 20 1-3 p.m.

Cancer Informatics* (Falk Library Classroom 2)

Wednesday, February 27 1-3 p.m.


Adobe Photoshop (Falk Library Classroom 2)

Tuesday, January 15 12:30-2:30 p.m.
Monday, February 11 nooon-2 p.m.

Advanced PowerPoint for Presentations (Falk Library Classroom 2)

Tuesday, January 8 noon-2 p.m.

EndNote Basics (Falk Library Classroom 2)

Wednesday, January 16 9:30-11:30 a.m.
Monday, February 4 noon-2 p.m.

PowerPoint for Conference Posters (Falk Library Classroom 2)

Tuesday, January 29 noon-2 p.m.


Customized classes can be developed for your department, course, or other group.