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We Say Goodbye to Oliver Sacks

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After battling cancer, famed Neurologist and Author Oliver Sacks passes away.

Learn more about Oliver Sacks’ work and impact on the medical world in the poignant New York Times Article.

Dana Medical Library carries many of his books and many were highlighted in the Library’s Summer Reading in Medicine and Science Exhibit. The following are a list of his books that are on display in the main hall of our library and available to check out:

Migraine                                                                   WL 344 S121ma 1999
Musicophilia                                                            ML 3830 S121 2007
On the Move: A Life
The Man Who Mistook his Wife for a Hat          WZ 305 S121m 1998
The Mind’s Eye                                                       WL 9 S121 2010
Uncle Tungsten                                                      WZ 100 S121u 2002

 

For more information, contact Kate Bright at 656-0695 or, to check out a book, contact circulation at 656-2200.

Staff News

The Dana Medical Library has recently welcomed 3 new staff members to its team: Craig Chalone, Kristin Florian, and Kate Bright. Stop by the library and introduce yourself!

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Craig Chalone
Joining Access Services in February, Craig Chalone comes to the library from the University of Maine at Machias, Merrill Library, where he also worked as Adjunct Faculty in Music at the college. Before his time in Maine, Craig worked at the Bailey-Howe Library here at the University of Vermont for 6 years. Outside of work, Craig enjoys reading, walking, baseball, playing guitar and mandolin, and collecting music. He also has a love for nature and animals.

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Kristin Florian
Joining Collections Management, Kristin Florian began work in March and has been busily learning the ropes of medical collection development, e-resources trouble-shooting, and a host of other activities. She comes to us most recently from the Lexington County Public Library System in Lexington, South Carolina where she coordinated non-fiction collection development, among other tasks. This past winter was her first winter in Vermont and tried both downhill and cross-country skiing for the first time.

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Kate Bright
Kate Bright is Dana’s newest member, joining the Admin Department in May for Director and Library Support. Kate is originally from Upstate New York and, as a child, spent summers on Schroon Lake in the Adirondacks. She graduated from Bard College in 2001 and moved to Madison WI to complete a graduate art degree in painting in 2007. After spending 6 years in Wisconsin and having her 2 children at home, she and her family moved to VT to be closer to family. She, more recently, worked at the Shelburne Museum in their education department facilitating programs, one of which was a tour program for individuals who are blind or partially sighted. Continuing to paint, she still spends a lot of time in the Adirondacks but has acquired a deep love for Vermont and is happy to call it home.

Questions? Contact Kate Bright at 656-0695.

Print Journals on the Move

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Beginning August 7th, over 1,300 linear feet of print journals has been packed up and transferred out of the Dana Medical Library. Why? You may ask.

The Dana Medical Library is, increasingly, home to electronic journals…thousands of them, in fact, and increasingly, students and researchers prefer the convenience and 24/7 access of ejournals over print.

What hasn’t changed, though, is the continuing desire and need for library space- individual, quiet study, collaborative group study, and classrooms – for a variety of teaching and learning activities.

To that end, the University Libraries recently licensed extensive collections of electronic “backfiles” of those titles that were not originally available in electronic form before the years dating approximately 1986-1995.

These purchases made it possible for the Library to transfer many hundreds of titles out of the library to remote storage areas, or to give them away to other libraries. Before they were earmarked for transfer, though, staff performed a careful examination to compare the print and electronic titles for the following elements:

  • All print content available in electronic format
  • All charts, illustrations and graphics legible
  • All supplements and added materials included
  • Format of content- PDF or HTML or both?
  • Editorial staff directories included
  • Advertisements and Announcements included

The electronic content was found to be acceptable in almost all backfiles evaluated. The only content that was regularly omitted was the last element- advertisements and announcements of upcoming meetings and conferences. Since that last information has a short “shelf life” of relevant interest, this seemed a reasonable trade-off to gain both physical space in the crowded library and provide additional electronic content to our users.

In the next few years Dana Medical Library will see many changes to its physical space to accommodate the diverse ways people in the health sciences learn, study and research. Making room for these changes by moving to an increasingly electronic environment is the first step in this exciting evolution of libraries.

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For more information on the Library’s journal shift, contact Jeanene Light at (802) 656-0521.

2015 Funding to Publication Series

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Dana Medical Library’s Funding to Publication series will start in mid-September and run for 5 weeks. For this year’s series, we’ve updated some classic workshops and added a new one on using REDCap to capture and manage your research data. This year’s topics include:

  • September 15-16 – PubMed: Advanced Techniques
  • September 22-23 – Reference Management: Introduction to EndNote
  • September 29-30 – Data Management: An Overview of REDCap
  • October 6-7 – Publishing: Find the Right Journal
  • October 13-14 – Funding: Tools and Tips for the Search Process

Location – Dana Medical Library Classroom

Time – Noon to 1:00pm

To register – Registration is required for all workshops. Please fill out the registration form located at http://go.uvm.edu/2015ftp.

Questions? Please contact Gary Atwood at gatwood@uvm.edu or (802) 656-4488.