From the Portland Free Herald, “For quality health care, seek out hospitals with a health science librarian.” We love our Librarians here at the Dana Medical Library. This article explains why Medical Librarians are so important to the institutions that they serve. Enjoy!
At the Dana Medical Library, we see a fascinating intersection of literature, medicine and science. In the new exhibit, Medicine, Science and Literature: Reading for the Summer Months, we highlight a special collection of books that are most definitely not clinical. Instead, these literary works – fiction, nonfiction, memoirs, poetry, essays – can inspire and encourage health care professionals to take a deeper look into life and to explore topics that are both age old and cutting edge.
This summer, the Library is showcasing only the most current and bestselling books, and we encourage you to stop by and pick one up! This new exhibit is now up in our display cases.
Questions about the exhibit? Contact Kate Bright at 656-0695. To check out a book, contact or stop by the Main Desk (656-2200).
Dana Medical Library supports approximately 195 classes across the Nursing and Health Sciences and Medical School curricula during a given year. Reserves are intended to make a limited resource available to as many users as possible. Library policies have evolved in the last couple years to reflect this main purpose, balanced with making sure students are allowed to use materials as long as they need. The ultimate goal is to keep an item in the hands of a user rather than on a library shelf.
Two hour Reserves, that used to be “In Library Use Only”, are now allowed to leave the library. Students can study in another location or sometimes photocopy the material in their department. The two hour loans can also leave the library overnight to accommodate night owls. Materials can be checked out within two hours of closing and are due back within 30 minutes of opening the next day. There is also a Book Return located outside the library’s main entrance.
Using reserves is easy with the Course Reserves link. The quickest way to search is by Course number. Once you find your item, staff at the Main Desk need the call number to be able to retrieve it. Scrap paper is available to write numbers down, but many users pull up the information on their smart phone and simply hand staff their device.
Reserves are available on a first come first serve basis. Wait lists are not an option because of no-shows. The two-hour loan means that materials come back in a timely manner so that the next user can wait and study something else. It is understandable that overdue fines are steep at $10 per hour. Materials can be renewed if no one else has asked for them. Please bring the item with you to the Main Desk to request a renewal, just in case someone else is waiting for the item.
Loan Periods for reserves are not limited to 2 hours, some can be 3 days, 7 days or 4 weeks depending on the item. The professor, not the library, chooses the loan period. Professors adding books or audiovisual materials to Reserve should use this link.
All of the services linked to here are also available on the library’s main webpage. For questions, contact the Main Desk at 656-2200. Hope to see you in the library soon.
On Thursday, June 23rd, Dana Librarian Fred Pond, MLS, presented to incoming UVM Medical Center Family Medicine Interns on available library resources and services. An example of the many services that the Library provides to the UVM Medical Center, the session touched on the following topics:
- Mobile Devices-Activation & Practice
- Searching & Comparing Point of Care Resources
- PubMed Advanced Tips & Techniques
One of the many jobs of Dana librarians is to provide outreach to the UVM Medical Center and UVM Medical Complex departments giving them the information they need to utilize the library to the best of their ability. Each librarian serves as a liaison, or subject specialist, to each department. To contact the liaison for your department or subject, find a complete list of the departments and respective liaisons on the Subject Specialists page of Dana’s website.
Fred Pond also presented on Monday, June 27th to the incoming UVM Medical Center Pharmacies Interns. For more information on the work that Fred does, contact Fred Pond at 656-4143.
Dana Medical Library is running a limited trial on the USMLE test portion of BoardVitals, an online test prep program that contains thousands of high quality board review questions. Here is how to sign up:
In order to use the program, you will create an account that will keep track of your progress. Individuals can register at BoardVitals Sign Up. You will then receive an email with a confirmation link. Click on this link and the question banks will be added to your account. Then go to the BoardVitals Login Page and sign in. You can then select a medical specialty and start studying.
Please let us know what you think! Send all comments, pro or con, to Jeanene Light so that we can determine if this is the best Test Prep Program for the library. Thank you!
Library faculty and staff distributed surveys to everyone entering the Library for one hour at different times on each day. The survey asked visitors to state why they were using the Library and allowed them to select more than one activity. A total of 268 surveys were distributed with 243 patrons completing the questionnaire. Of those surveyed, 90% (219) came to the library to study or do coursework and many of those individuals used their personal laptops. The following chart reveals more survey details:
As the chart above shows, our largest patron group was Medical Students (35%), followed by Other Undergraduate Students (28%). Our lowest Patron Group was UVM Med Center employees (2%). For Purpose of Visit, Study or Coursework (90%) was the most common reason and 70% of patrons preferred to use their laptops as opposed to the library computers.
Dana will use this information to plan programs and services at the Library. We will also compare this information with previous years’ patron studies and map trends in library usage. For more information, contact Donna O’Malley at 656-4415.
Dana Medical Library provides workshops focusing on important resources and databases each Wednesday throughout the month. Come check them out!
Introduction to EndNote
June 1, Noon – 1:00 pm: This beginning EndNote workshop will get you started with using this powerful reference management software. You’ll learn how easy it is to export citations from popular online databases and automatically insert them into your paper or manuscript. Instructor: Frances Delwiche, MLIS
PubMed: Basics & Beyond
June 8, Noon – 1:00 pm: Are your PubMed skills a little rusty? Come to this workshop and brush up on the basics such as using limits and MeSH headings to zero in on the results you need. We’ll move beyond the basics by answering whatever questions you have so come prepared to share! Instructor: Alice Stokes, MLIS
June 15, Noon – 1:00 pm: This workshop will cover how to find high quality nursing and allied health information in CINAHL. In it, we’ll cover topics like advanced searching, how to use subject headings in your search, and how to fine-tune your results. Instructor: Fred Pond, MLS
Searching for Systematic Reviews
June 22, Noon – 1:00 pm: Systematic reviews summarize, appraise, and interpret evidence from healthcare research, primarily from journal articles. They can be the most efficient way to bring the results of clinical research into clinical decision making. This workshop will explore databases and methodologies for locating high-quality systematic reviews. Instructor: Donna O’Malley, MLS
Introduction to EndNote
June 29, Noon – 1:00 pm: This beginning EndNote workshop will get you started with using this powerful reference management software. You’ll learn how easy it is to export citations from popular online databases and automatically insert them into your paper or manuscript. Instructor: Gary Atwood, MSLIS
Workshops are open to all UVM and University of Vermont Medical Center students, staff, and faculty. Unless otherwise noted, preregistration is not required for library workshops. Questions about any of our workshops? Not affiliated with UVM or University of Vermont Medical Center? Please contact Gary Atwood at (802) 656-4488.
After carefully researching the library literature and conducting wide-ranging discussions among Library faculty and staff, Dana closed and removed its Reference Desk in January. Although the word “Reference” may not be used any longer, an on-demand librarian assistance service is still available through the Main Desk. In addition, the Main Desk now answers a variety of questions. Switching to a single service location maximizes library space and better serves patron needs while becoming the central point for help, information, and services at the Library. Stop at the Main Desk to find an e-journal or get started on a PubMed or CatQuest search on your topic!
In 2015, the Main Desk staff encountered 1,840 reference questions and, in the first quarter of 2016 (January to March), the new single service Main Desk received 662 reference queries. Main Desk staff are now, more than ever, prepared to answer research questions. However, for more in-depth queries, staff can refer you to the on-call librarian.
Assistance from librarians is available on a walk-in basis 10 am to 4 pm each weekday. Or make an appointment on the Library’s webpage. Get focused attention for individual or group research.
Student Curriculum and Technical Support
The Main Desk is also the place to go for curriculum support. Access and place materials on reserve, request articles through electronic article delivery and interlibrary loan, gain support for research, get help with database navigation and reserve group study spaces. Also, check out books, media and print journals and borrow supplies like ethernet & power cables, standup desks, white boards & markers, and headphones.
Get help with technology for printing, scanning, copying, public computers, wireless access, and referral to external IT support. In addition, the library has a lost and found and can provide emergency cleanup supplies.
Staffed by Lesley Boucher (supervisor), John Printon, Brenda Nelson, Colin McClung and Craig Chalone, with the help of student assistants, the Main Desk is available help you with all your library needs. Contact them at 656-2200 to get started.
Wednesday, May 25, 2016; Noon – 1:00 pm
Google Scholar is a freely accessible web search engine that indexes the full text of scholarly literature with many irresistible features along with some definite challenges. Come learn how to make Scholar an important tool in your clinical or research toolkit. Instructor: Gary Atwood, MLIS
Workshops are open to all UVM and University of Vermont Medical Center students, staff, and faculty. Unless otherwise noted, preregistration is not required for library workshops. Questions about any of our workshops? Not affiliated with UVM or University of Vermont Medical Center? Please contact Gary Atwood at firstname.lastname@example.org or (802) 656-4488.
In February, Library staff conducted a whiteboard survey in the space where the Reference Desk once resided. With the removal of the Desk, this empty space was re-claimed as study space, and now it needed furniture! Who better to ask about usable and comfortable furniture than our very own patrons? Library patrons were asked to share their thoughts on the whiteboard to the following two questions:
What kind of furniture would you like in this area? The choices were: Carrels, Lounge Chairs, Lounge Chairs with Laptop Desks, Round Tables, Rectangular Tables.
Comments or other suggestions?
The most popular response came from the Comments question. Twenty-one respondents indicated that they would prefer standing desks. The next most popular response was rectangular tables (19), followed by lounge chairs (9) and lounge chairs with desks (8). Only five people wanted to see carrels in this area. No one was a fan of round tables.
Other popular survey suggestions included a fish tank, massage chairs, and kittens and puppies. Another idea was to move all the chairs against the wall from the former Reference area, and fill in the center with tables.
As a result of the survey, we have rearranged the existing furniture as suggested and added another rectangular table. We are in the process of scheduling more visits from Tucker the therapy dog. And we are investigating using our mobile monitor to display a fish tank video when it is not in use elsewhere. Survey feedback will also inform future decisions about purchasing furniture for the Dana Library. As a reminder, the Main Desk has nine portable stand-up desks that can be checked out.
More questions or comments? Contact Lesley Boucher at 656-4404.