Open House for new archives space!

The St. Michael’s Hospital Archives has officially moved to its new location on the second floor of the Li Ka Shing Knowledge Institute.  You are invited to help us celebrate with an Open House tomorrow, on International Archives Day!  We will offer tours of our new space, with posters, slides and archival artifacts on display.  Please join us for a light lunch on:

Thursday, June 9, 2016

11:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.


Click here for the PDF: SMH Archives Open House Invite Flyer

The St. Michael’s Hospital Archives opened on December 1, 1974, holding records compiled by Grace Murphy, a retired director of nursing at St. Michael’s.  Sister Camilla Young served as archivist for the first 14 years, and is responsible for organizing and describing all the documents in our general collection.  The archives collects and preserves a permanent record of the functions and activities of St. Michael’s; this includes corporate and historical material dating from the hospital’s founding in 1892, to present.  Come see for yourself what the Archives is all about!

Miss Grace Murphy, RN, 1964

Miss Grace Murphy, RN, in 1964, is responsible for founding the St. Michael’s Hospital Archives.

On this date…

In June 1893, Dr. Robert Dwyer, Medical Superintendent, found himself in the position of defending the new St. Michael’s Hospital against criticism made at a city council meeting, the main concern being that St. Michael’s was not deserving of financial support from the city.  Dr. Dwyer’s letter to the editor of The Globe was published on June 3, 1893:

Dr. Dwyer Letter to the Editor, 1893

“…To all these charges I give an absolute denial, as follows –

First: I am a graduate of Toronto university, and am, and have been, the resident medical superintendent of St. Michael’s hospital since its inception.

Second: We have a competent staff of nurses…

Third: The students of the Women’s Medical college have had clinics all winter, and the same liberty has been given to Toronto university…

Fourth: Patients are not given work to do after being cured…

The fifth charge [that patients are not properly attended] may be characterized as entirely untrue.”

To find out more interesting historical facts and stories about St. Michael’s, please come out to our Open House:

Thursday, June 9, 2016

11:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.


Click here for the PDF: SMH Archives Open House Invite Flyer

Send any questions to: Teruko Kishibe, Archivist (x77542 or

Rare opportunity to see three of the oldest St. Michael’s archival artifacts on display!

Come to the St. Michael’s Hospital Archives Open House on June 9th, and you will have the chance to view first-hand three artifacts dating from the earliest days of St. Michael’s history.

Artifact #1: A financial ledger book from 1892, describing what supplies were needed to run a hospital at the turn of the century and how much they cost

Artifact #2: A patient register from 1892-1899, showing who our earliest patients were and what ailed them

Artifact(s) #3: Photos of St. Michael’s when it opened in 1892, of the first group of interns, and of the first graduating class of nurses from the former School of Nursing

These original documents are not typically used for exhibit purposes due to their fragile nature, so do take this rare opportunity to view them!

Thursday, June 9, 2016

11:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.


Click here for the PDF: SMH Archives Open House Invite Flyer

Send any questions to: Teruko Kishibe, Archivist (x77542 or

Who cares about iThenticate? You should!

Did you know that more and more journal manuscripts are being screened with plagiarism detection software prior to publication? With large teams working on article manuscripts, it can be difficult for all authors to keep track of everything, including potential citation errors that might result in inadvertent plagiarism. Such software allows authors to find potential problems and fix them before the manuscript is submitted, saving time and potential embarrassment (or worse) later on.

To help SMH Scientists and Associate Scientists appointed to the Keenan Research Centre for Biomedical Science or the Li Ka Shing Knowledge Institute spot potential problems early, St. Mike’s currently subscribes to iThenitcate software. iThenticate scans and compares manuscripts against items on the internet and content in specific publisher databases. It then allows you to see the items that portions of your manuscript bear a resemblance to, provides a “similarity score” to let you know how similar they are, and pinpoints the similar sections for your review.

Contact Dina Coronios ( to register for an iThenticate account, and plan to attend the library’s ithenticate lunch and learn on Friday January 22nd to see it in action.

Congratulations to our costume contest winners! Halloween Spooktacular 2014

The judges have spoken, and we are pleased to announce the winners of the Halloween Costume Competition at the 2014 Library Spooktacular. Congratulations go out to:

Best Individual Costume:

Lucy Borges,  Patient Transport Assistant, Environmental Services – for Princess Devil


Best Medically Related Costume:

Joyce Grandy, Clinical Nurse Educator, Perioperative Services – for Bad Bug – Ebola

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Best Group Costume:

Carol Flewelling and the Telemedicine team –  for Telemedicine Teletubbies


Check out more great costumes on Flickr!

This party’s going to be Spooktacular!

Back by popular demand, the Health Sciences Library invites you to the 2nd annual Halloween Spooktacular. Check out these party events that are sure to be frighteningly fun!


1) Halloween Photobooth/Costume Contest – Pam Richards, Information Specialist and our resident photographer will once again lead this year’s photobooth. Strike a pose and automatically enter our contest for a chance to win prizes for the best single, best group, and best medically related costume. Don’t have a costume? We’ll have some on hand.

2) House of Horrors – Are you afraid of the dark? Then you’ll want to steer clear of our House of Horrors. This year prepare to be truly terrified.

3) Trick-or-Treat! Go door-to-door collecting candy as you learn about what’s new in library and information services.

4) Cake, candy, prizes, & games – Test your knowledge of medically related horrors, load up on sugary treats, and enter our trivia contest for a chance to win a fully loaded Halloween gift basket.

Date: October 31st (Halloween)

Time: 11am – 1pm

Where: LKS 353 Information Commons & Library


You CAN Take it With You: Going Mobile for Health

On Wednesday June 11th, over 40 librarians from health care institutions across the GTA got together at the University of Toronto to learn about app development.  This was a joint event sponsored by the Toronto Health Libraries Association (THLA) and the Health Science Information Consortium of Toronto (HSICT).

The session began with a keynote address from Michelle Hamilton-Page from CAMH.  This dynamic speaker gave an overview of developing public health interventions that fit into the ways people currently use technology.  The newly released app “Saying When” (released June 4, 2014) was featured.  This allows people to self monitor and reduce or stop drinking.  It is based on a proven 20 year old program and is now a top selling medical app.

The second part of the day consisted of a panel of developers: one librarian, two social workers and one clinical engineer.  The theme of creating apps that met users where they were already using technology remained strong.  Ron MacPherson, the Electronic Services Librarian from UHN developed “Find Cancer Resources“, a curated list of free resources for physicians without access to paid subscription services.  Next social workers Marisa Cicero and Amanda Hignell presented “My Baby and Me Passport“, which was designed for precariously housed pregnant women.  While it was difficult for this transient population to keep up with appointments and locate services, they always had a cellphone.  They realized that the information could be stored in a device they already owned.  The passport helps by providing information on what to expect during pregnancy, tracking appointments and questions and where to get services.  They won the 2014 Microsoft Humanitarian Response Citizenship Award.  Lastly Melanie Yeung presented on the principle of empathy and human factors in design.  The apps were “breathe“, “Bant“, & “Medley“.  All of these apps allow consumers to manage their chronic health conditions more effectively.

For the final portion of the day, the librarians went to the MAD Lab at UofT.  Android and iOS devices were loaded up with apps to compare and evaluate.

Videos of the all of the speakers may be found on the THLA website.

Future Directions

We hope to have more events and focus on some of the mechanics of how to actually make apps.

Submitted by Pam Richards, Team Leader