ALS Reception draws Faculty from Nursing and Neurological Sciences

This past Thursday, June 22, Dana saw the coming together of faculty, library professionals and administrators to view Dana’s current ALS exhibit and learn more about the disease and its research. Dr. Rup Tandan, Professor in the Department of Neurological Sciences, was on hand to answer questions about ALS as well as give insight into related research and clinical practice here at UVM. Dr. Tandan was instrumental in providing information for the exhibit and patiently answered the multitude of questions asked. We would like to thank Dr. Tandan for his wealth of invaluable knowledge and information!

This exhibit looks at the presence of ALS, or Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis, in the Champlain Valley and the research being done at UVM in search of a cure. A study spearheaded by Dr. Rup Tandan, a professor of Neurology at the Larner College of Medicine, finds a connection between the presence of the neurotoxin beta methyl-amino-alanine (BMAA), found in blue-green algae blooms in local bodies of water, and the higher number of recorded cases of ALS in the surrounding areas. The Champlain Valley has been cited as one of these areas.

ALS, or Lou Gehrig’s Disease, is a progressive neurodegenerative disease that is 100% fatal. It affects the nerve cells in the brain and spinal cord and causes motor neurons to degenerate and die off.  When this happens, the brain is unable to relay signals to those muscles and control voluntary muscle movements. About 20,000 Americans can have this disease at any given time.

The exhibit also highlights books and movies on ALS, as well as people whose lives have been affected.

The exhibit will be on display through June 29th. Stop by and learn more! Questions? Contact Kate Bright at 656-0695.

New Group Study Room Now Open for Use at Dana

Looking for a place for your group to meet? We have the perfect spot.

Room 120 F is designed to serve as a place for users to engage in collaborative work in small groups. The room comfortably seats six. Stop at the Main Desk to check out the key to this room. A minimum of two individuals must be present to check out the key.

Questions? Contact the Main Desk at 656-2200.

Dana Publishes List of New Available E-books

New e-books at the Dana Medical Library this month! From Basic Concepts in Pharmacology to Sjogren’s Syndrome, there is something for everyone in this month’s new e-book newsletter. For a list of new e-books, new editions, and other helpful information, go to E-Books, May 2017.

New Dana e-books as of May 2017:

Title: Basic Concepts in Pharmacology: What You Need to Know for Each Drug Class, 5e, 2017 Company/package: Access Medicine
URL: http://voyager.uvm.edu/vwebv/holdingsInfo?bibId=4025805

Title: Cancer Treatment and the Ovary
Company/package: ClinicalKey
URL: http://voyager.uvm.edu/vwebv/holdingsInfo?bibId=4024004

Title: Clinical challenges in therapeutic drug monitoring special populations, physiological conditions and pharmacogenomics, 2016
Company/package: ClinicalKey
URL: http://voyager.uvm.edu/vwebv/holdingsInfo?bibId=4024008

Title: Ganong’s Medical Physiology Examination & Board Review, 2018
Company/package: Access Medicine
URL: http://voyager.uvm.edu/vwebv/holdingsInfo?bibId=4025807

Title: Nelson pediatric symptom-based diagnosis, 2018
Company/package: ClinicalKey
URL: http://voyager.uvm.edu/vwebv/holdingsInfo?bibId=4024019

Title: Nurse Manager’s Guide to Innovative Staffing, 2e, 2017
Company/package: Ebook Central
URL: http://voyager.uvm.edu/vwebv/holdingsInfo?bibId=4023825

Title: Pediatric clinical practice guidelines & policies: a compendium of evidence-based
research for pediatric practice, 17e, 2017
Company/package: Ebook Central
URL: http://voyager.uvm.edu/vwebv/holdingsInfo?bibId=4024841

Title:  Prostate cancer, 2e, 2016
Company/package: ClinicalKey
URL: http://voyager.uvm.edu/vwebv/holdingsInfo?bibId=4024006

Dana Provides Services to Community Health Agencies and Hospitals

Dana Medical Library’s Health Research Associates (HRA) program provides research journal articles, books, and literature search services to hospitals and health-related agencies in Vermont and the Champlain Valley. The HRA program is Dana’s community outreach program.

Journal article delivery was the most requested service during FY16 with 755 articles requested. Librarians conducted 60 literature searches for member institutions, a 25% increase from FY15. Topics for these searches included patient specific cases, nursing best practices, and hospital management.

The 25 HRA members in FY16 included 5 community hospitals and 6 health-related organizations. 2 hospitals, Central Vermont Medical Center and Champlain Valley Physicians Hospital, also belonged to the University of Vermont Health Network. HRA members supported the program with cost-recovery fees for service.

Besides hospitals and health-related agencies, 12 firms and 3 individuals are members of the program. Founded in 1994, the objective of the HRA program is to serve the information needs of medical and health professionals who have little or no access to information resources needed for life-long learning and patient care.

Dana’s Health Research Associates Representative is Alice Stokes. For more information, contact Alice at 656-4386.

Library Reception to be held on June 22 for ALS Exhibit

Join us in recognizing ALS Research at UVM at a reception from 2 to 3 pm. Enjoy light refreshments and take a closer look at the exhibit that is now on display.

Exhibit Title: Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis (ALS): the Science, the Search, and the Stories
When: Thursday, June 22, 2 – 3 pm
Where: Dana Medical Library Main Hallway

This exhibit looks at the presence of ALS, or Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis, in the Champlain Valley and the research being done at UVM in search of a cure. A study spearheaded by Dr. Rup Tandan, a professor of Neurology at the Larner College of Medicine, finds a connection between the presence of the neurotoxin beta methyl-amino-alanine (BMAA), found in blue-green algae blooms in local bodies of water, and the higher number of recorded cases of ALS in the surrounding areas. The Champlain Valley has been cited as one of these areas.

ALS, or Lou Gehrig’s Disease, is a progressive neurodegenerative disease that is 100% fatal. It affects the nerve cells in the brain and spinal cord and causes motor neurons to degenerate and die off.  When this happens, the brain is unable to relay signals to those muscles and control voluntary muscle movements. About 20,000 Americans can have this disease at any given time.

The exhibit also highlights books and movies on ALS, as well as people whose lives have been affected.

Exhibit will be up until the week of June 26th. Stop by and learn more! Questions? Contact Kate Bright at 656-0695.

Changes to the Dana Classroom Allow for a More Flexible Space

As part of the new Larner Learning Commons, the classroom has been upgraded with new furniture, technology, paint and carpet. To create a multi-functional and flexible space, new tables and chairs have been installed. The room contains seating and tables for 18, which, for instructional classes and workshops, may be arranged in a variety of ways. An instructor’s computer and projection system are available and personal laptops may be connected to the projection system. In order to accommodate classes scheduled through mid-July, nine computer workstations are available in the room. After July 14, these computers will be removed in order to support active learning strategies that can take advantage of the variety of classroom configurations now possible.

Dana Classroom Reservation Policy:
The Dana Classroom is primarily for library instructional use. The room can be reserved by UVM faculty and staff and UVM Medical Center employees for exams, instruction, workshops, or training for 1 or more sessions up to 6 months in advance. The classroom will not support a recurring curriculum class.  Please contact Kate Bright at 656-0695 for more details.

Dana Exhibit Takes a Closer Look at ALS

A new exhibit looks at the presence of ALS, or Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis, in the Champlain Valley and the research being done at UVM in search of a cure. A study spearheaded by Dr. Rup Tandan, a professor of Neurology at the Larner College of Medicine, finds a connection between the presence of the neurotoxin beta methyl-amino-alanine (BMAA), found in blue-green algae blooms in local bodies of water, and the higher number of recorded cases of ALS in the surrounding areas. The Champlain Valley has been cited as one of these areas.

ALS, or Lou Gehrig’s Disease, is a progressive neurodegenerative disease that is 100% fatal. It affects the nerve cells in the brain and spinal cord and causes motor neurons to degenerate and die off.  When this happens, the brain is unable to relay signals to those muscles and control voluntary muscle movements. About 20,000 Americans can have this disease at any given time.

The exhibit also highlights books and movies on ALS, as well as people whose lives have been affected.

Stop by the exhibit cases and learn more! Questions? Contact Kate Bright at 656-0695.

 

Dana’s 2016 Annual Report is Now Available

Check out what has been happening at YOUR library in the last year. The Annual Report gives you statistics on library, website, and collections use, as well as updates to our services at the Main Desk, education, and outreach. Also learn about newsworthy topics, events and exhibits.

The The Dana Medical Library 2016 Annual Report can be found on Dana’s website under “About Dana Medical Library” on the right-hand toolbar. Or pick up a paper copy at the Main Desk. Enjoy!

Questions? Contact Kate Bright at 656-0695.

Dana has a New Look!

If you haven’t walked through our doors recently, you may not realize how much things have changed around here. After months of renovations, Dana is finally returning to a space of quiet study and research.

Though we have maintained our resources and services throughout the construction, one big change is that our books have returned to the library. They are now located in the back north end and mark the completion of construction.

There are still a few more last minute renovation items to be completed. Our classroom has new furniture and is close to being completed. Instead of a presentation-style room, the new tables are moveable so that the room can be a more multi-functional space, allowing for round-table discussion sessions and group collaborations. We will soon have a new Medical History room that will house both our Medical History collection as well as new educational models for student study and practice. We will have a new small group study room in the back south end of the library. The technology and whiteboard have been installed in this space. It will soon have a table and chairs, and will be open for use.

New furniture and interesting study spaces can now be found throughout the library. Make sure you stop by the library and check them out.

If you have any questions or concerns regarding our changing library, please contact Director Marianne Burke at 656-3483.

Dana Library has a New Anatomical Model

The Dana Medical Library has acquired a life-size human skeleton model for use in studying gross anatomy. The skeleton can be checked out for use within the library for 2-hour periods. Since the model is on a rolling stand, it can easily be moved to small group study areas or other study spaces.

The skeleton is not only anatomically correct in terms of height and proportions, it contains approximately 200 bones which are numbered.  It has a flexible vertebral column, muscles, ligaments, and a removable three-part skull.  Ligaments are flexible, so the model can demonstrate movements.

The skeleton can be checked out by going to the Main Desk and asking for the supporting pamphlets that accompany it.  It will eventually be moved to the newly renovated Medical History/Anatomy space.

The skeleton model was ordered through 3B Scientific. They have named him “Sam the Superskeleton.”