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Director’s Cut: Article of the Month from Library Director Jeff Garvey

Director’s Cut: Article of the Month from Library Director Jeff Garvey

Sunstein, CR., Making dumb groups smarter: the new science of group decision making. Harvard Business Review 92 (12): 90-8.

Since the beginning of history, people have been making decisions in groups. Unfortunately groups frequently fail to live up to their potential, making bigger mistakes than individuals would. Groups often amplify individual errors, stampede toward bad decisions, foment polarization and extremism and ignore information that isn’t already held. The answer? Encourage individuals to share their diverse knowledge rather than suppress it. Read more... https://hbr.org/2014/11/making-dumb-groups-smarter  You must be signed into your Athens account to read this article. 

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Library Receives Book Grant from Lake Erie College of Osteopathic Medicine

Hunter-Rice Health Sciences Library received a grant of $5,000 from the Lake Erie College of Osteopathic Medicine (LECOM) to further the studies of their medical students who are spending their third year of medical school at Samaritan Medical Center,  This generous grant enabled the Library to purchase over 50 medical textbooks and other medical texts, which will be of great benefit to not only the LECOM Medical Students, but to many other Library patrons as well. 

LECOM Medical Students

 LECOM Medical Students With Their New Textbooks










Library Unveils New Catalog

The Hunter Rice Health Sciences Library has a new online catalog that is now available at their web site http://library.samaritanhealth.com . When you click on Library Catalog under Quick Links, you will be taken to the new catalog.  The new catalog has robust search features that make it much easier to use than the old one.  You can search by key word, title, subject, author and item type.  The real strength of the new catalog is how it displays search results, which are displayed both graphically and textually.  Once you find something you want to borrow, you can click on the online request forms to send your request directly to the Library.  Use Ask A Librarian to request books and CD-ROMs.  Videos can be requested by clicking on the Video Request Form.  The new catalog is part of an upgraded version of the Koha Library Automation Software used by the Library since 2006.  The new catalog was made possible by a Technology Upgrade Grant from the Northern New York Library Network.  If you have any questions, contact Library Technician Mike Chartrand at 785-4191 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

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