Friday, March 27th, 2020

In light of the ongoing spread of Covid19, the latest coronavirus outbreak, the Library is offerring informational resources.  This page will be updated daily.

This list will be updated regularly with additional information 


Finally, above all else, it is important to keep a clear head.  Hand sanitizers that contain >60% alcohol are effective at disrupting the viral envelope, but nothing is better than vigorous hand washing.  The video below starkly demonstrates with easy visuals how important it is to be thorough when you wash your hands in order to be effective.



The best way to combat the dangers that coronavirus pose is to help keep the medical infrastructure from being overloaded rapidly.  By slowing the spread of the virus, although hospitals may eventually treat the same total number of cases, they will not have to attempt to do so all at once.  Overtaxing the capacity of hospitals and clinics results in fatalities due to insufficient medical resources for symptoms that could be more easily treated in less overburdened times.  So remember to avoid exposure when possible, and, because someone could be a symptom-free carrier for almost a week before falling ill, wash your hands frequently to kill any virus you may have been exposed to

Stay healthy.  And if you are self quarantined, we recommend John M. Barry's excellent book on the 1918 Spanish Flu, The Great Influenza: The Story of the Deadliest Pandemic in History.

Technical Training

 The CSHL Library has seats available for online training through the O'Reilly Online Learning. This is a great resouce to learn a new skill,  the latest programming languages or to get a certification.  The training seat will give you access to: Interactive learning (with prebuilt coding environments), Live Online training, learning paths and lots of O'Reilly technical books. Contact Tom x6898 in the library, if you would like access to a training seat.

PubMed Is Getting A Makeover

The PubMed interface we all know and love, and have been used to for decades, is getting a makeover.

Image showing new PubMed search page

To bring the face of the world's most popular biomedical literature database into the 21st century, NCBI (The National Center for Biotechnology Information), a division of NLM (the National Library of Medicine), is unveiling a new mobile-friendly main page, with a fundamentally different underlying database-searching algorithm.  That new algorithm, named Best Match, uses machine learning to tailor search results for each user based on past search histories.

This updated version of PubMed is currently available at . The new PubMed will become the default in spring 2020 and will ultimately replace the legacy version.  You can learn more about it in the NLM Technical Bulletin linked here.

The Best Match algorithm was introduced in a PLoS Biology paper in August of 2018.  It can be found in the PubMed Central database at this link.


If you have any questions about the new PubMed, don't hesitate to contact Matt Dunn in the library at x8825 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. Or, you can always contact the general library staff at x6872 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. 

LibKey Nomad

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Single click access to library content from publisher websites, PubMed, Wikipedia and more

  • Single click access to library content from publisher websites, PubMed, Wikipedia and more
  • Link to the full range of available content, including primary publishers, aggregators, open access alternatives and more
  • Easily install in seconds in Chrome, the world’s most popular web browser
  • Compatibility with enterprise imaging tools allows Nomad to be installed and pre-configured for your institution in all computers across your organization
  • For further technical details about LibKey Nomad please visit the LibKey Nomad FAQ in our support pages

 How does Nomad function with PubMed?


With Nomad installed, for the first time clinicians and researchers are able to download articles directly from the search results screen in PubMed!  LibKey presents in-line links as well as the ability to view articles "in context" within BrowZine, helping to launch them into a serendipitous discovery journey to similar articles from the same journal.  Further, LibKey also brings in the massive 22,000+ journal cover image archive to enhance the pubmed result page allowing popular journals like NEJM, BMJ, JAMA and others to jump out in the search results to help researchers better filter their search results.

How do you install Nomad?

LibKey Nomad is a Chrome browser extension which means you install it via the Chrome store. Installing and setup is quick and easy.  Simply download and install the extension, choose your supported institution "Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory" and you are all set.

Jan Interviews Nobel Laureate Bill Kaelin

CSHL's resident historian, Jan Witkowski, regularly conducts interviews with the scientists who come to present at meetings here on campus.  The Symposia week is a particularly busy time for him, but his hard work and effort pay off handsomely.  For instance, in 2016, Jan had the pleasure to interview Bill Kaelin about his work on oxygen-sensing in cancer.  As of today, October 7, 2019, it has been announced that Bill shares the 2019 Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine for this work! 

You can watch the interview here, and learn all about Bill's impoortant research, as well as Jan's tireless efforts to bring an understanding of high-caliber work like Bill's to the broader public.

Availability of Material

For specific information on the availability of materials or to arrange an appointment to use the Archives, please contact (516)367-8414 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. Please consult our Permissions & Copyright Policies for any materials you wish to use.

This collection was processed under the grant History and Development of Molecular Biology: New Sources through the Hidden Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory Archives Collections (1890-1910), (NAS11-RB-50178-11). Funding provided by the National Historical Publications and Records Commission. nhprc-2-m