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Improved Access to Medical Journals?


The Dana Medical Library is trialing the new interface BrowZine for accessing e-journals. If you’re planning to read any journals online over the next couple of weeks, please give BrowZine a try and let us know what you think!

Connect to BrowZine to use it in a web browser. Also, create an account and download the app from the Apple App Store, Google Play Store or Amazon App Store. With BrowZine, you can:

  • Browse and read journals: Browse by subject, review tables of contents, and link to and download full articles.
  • Stay Current with My Bookshelf: Create a personal bookshelf of titles to follow and receive new article notifications.
  • Access on any device: Access BrowZine from your iOS and Android device and on the web to stay up to date wherever you are. It was originally developed for mobile devices, so it works really well on them.
  • Save and export articles: Use the BrowZine app to save articles for off-line reading or export to services such as DropBox, Mendeley, RefWorks, EndNote, Zotero, Papers and more.


Your feedback could include responses to these questions:
Did you try the desktop or mobile version, or both?
How straightforward is it to access journals in your field currently and would BrowZine make a difference?
Did BrowZine allow you to do anything new and useful?
What are the drawbacks of BrowZine?

Other feedback would also be welcome. We’d like to make a decision about purchasing this product in the next two weeks, so responses before December 20 would be most welcome. Questions about this trial? Contact Donna O’Malley at 656-4415.

Dana Collects Books for the Fletcher Free Library Gift Campaign


Join the Dana Medical Library in giving books this holiday season to Burlington’s community centers and preschool programs. Through December 12th, a box is on display at the front of the Dana Library for your donations. Not sure what books to get? Pick up a flyer next to the box that gives a list of book suggestions. All books that are collected will be donated to the Fletcher Free Library Gift Campaign. Here is a little bit more information on the Campaign:

The Fletcher Free Library and local booksellers invite you to share the joy of reading with Burlington’s next generation of book lovers. Gifts of new picture books for 3 or 4 year olds will be accepted through December 12, 2016 to be distributed through Burlington community centers and preschool programs. Crow Bookshop and Phoenix Books in downtown Burlington will offer a discount of 20% on all picture books purchased for this program, and then hold them for the library to pick up and distribute. You may also purchase new picture books from any other source and bring them to the Dana Medical Library by December 12, 2016.

Books should be NEW picture books. Find a list of recommended book at Dana, or feel free to make your own selections, as long as the books are appropriate for 3 or 4 year olds.

For more information, contact Alice Stokes at 656-4386.


Dana Library’s Hours Adjust for Holiday Break


As we near holiday break, keep in mind that library hours will change on certain days. Hours will be reduced between Friday, December 16, 2016 and Monday, January 2, 2017 as follows:
Friday, December 16: 7:30 am-7pm
Saturday, December 17: 9am -7pm
Sunday, December 18: 9am-10pm
Monday, December 19 – Thursday, December 22: 7:30am-10pm
Friday, December 23 – Monday, January 2 (University Holidays and Winter Break Days) CLOSED 

Regular hours will resume Tuesday, January 3, 2017:
Mon-Thu: 7:30 am – 12 midnight
Fri: 7:30 am – 9 pm
Sat: 9 am – 9 pm
Sun: 9 am – 12 midnight


EndNote Workshop offered at Dana Medical Library

EndNote: Tips & Tricks
November 30, Noon – 1:00 pm
Join us for a post-Thanksgiving break workshop on EndNote! In this workshop, we’ll explore some of the more sophisticated features of this powerful reference management software. 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. Questions about any of our workshops? Not affiliated with UVM or University of Vermont Medical Center? Please contact Frances Delwiche at (802) 656-4423.

African Americans in Civil War Medicine Exhibit Opens at Dana

Binding Wounds, Pushing Boundaries: African Americans in Civil War Medicine
Hosted by Dana Medical Library through December 16th.


Susie King Taylor Courtesy East Carolina University

Many histories have been written about medical care during the American Civil War, but the participation and contributions of African Americans as nurses, surgeons and hospital workers has often been overlooked. Binding Wounds, Pushing Boundaries: African Americans in Civil War Medicine looks at the men and women who served as surgeons and nurses and how their service as medical providers challenged the prescribed notions of race and gender pushing the boundaries of the role of African Americans in America.

Through historical images and period documents the exhibit explores the life and experiences of surgeons Alexander T. Augusta and Anderson R. Abbott, and nurses Susie King Taylor and Ann Stokes as they provided medical care to soldiers and civilians while participating in the fight for freedom. “Binding Wounds, Pushing Boundaries opens the door to this rarely studied part of history and brings a voice to those that have remained silent for nearly 150 years,” says Curator Jill L. Newmark.

Learn more about this fascinating exhibit at the National Library of Medicine, Binding Wounds, web page.

This exhibition was developed and produced by the National Library of Medicine with research assistance from The Historical Society of Washington, D.C. Question about this exhibition? Contact Kate Bright at 656-0695.

In Honor of Veterans Day, Dana Library takes a close look at John McCrae, MD (1872-1918)


Dr. John McCrae wrote In Flanders Fields, the most influential poem associated with World War I. He was a revered professor at UVM and we are proud to count him as part of our rich and deep history. From 1903 to 1911, he served as professor of pathology at UVM’s Medical College, traveling down on the train from Montreal. In his short 46 years, he had established himself as an esteemed physician and professor as well as an accomplished writer and poet.

In this exhibit, learn more about this fascinating man’s life as a physician, poet and soldier. The exhibit will be up in the library’s Main Hall through December 16th. Also read the Larner College of Medicine blog post on McCrae.

Questions? Contact Kate Bright at 656-0695.

Dana Library would like YOUR input in a trial of the online tool, APA Style Central

Dana Medical Library is currently running a trial of the APA Style Central. APA Style Central is an online tool that shows faculty, students, and researchers how to properly cite resources in APA format through a series of quick guides, tutorials, and self-quizzes. For example, let’s say that you need to cite something from a YouTube video. A quick look at the Sample Reference section will show you an example of what a properly cited reference looks like or, if you need more information, you can go to the “Audiovisual Material Reference” Quick Guide tutorial for a more in-depth explanation of what elements to include. Viewers can even save these training aids in a favorites folder for future reference.

APA Style Central includes three other modules in addition to the training center. The Research module provides an overview of how to conduct research including select texts on how to conduct research and analysis. The Write module is an online word processor that works with the other modules in APA Style Center to ensure that your paper is properly formatted. Finally, the Publish module helps researchers find journals to submit their papers to for publishing.

If you like APA Style Central and would like to see the library subscribe to it permanently, please email Gary Atwood at and share your feedback. This trial runs until November 26, 2016.

Dana Provides Information Management, Research and Publication Assistance in November

There will be a variety of great workshops at Dana in November. Come join us! Workshops are every Wednesday and are open to all UVM and University of Vermont Medical Center students, staff, and faculty. Unless otherwise noted, preregistration is not required.

Personal Information Management: Tools November 2, Noon – 1:00 pm
Managing all of the information you collect for research, work and home can be overwhelming. This workshop will provide an overview of various personal information management tools to help, and offer basic instruction in OneNote and Evernote. Instructor: Laura Haines, MLS

UVM’s Institutional Repository in the Lifecycle of Scholarship November 9, Noon – 1:00 pm
From undergraduate theses, to grant reports, to journal articles of value to a variety of communities, UVM’s institutional repository hosts a range of scholarly publications authored by UVM’s faculty and students. Come see how your work could benefit from inclusion in ScholarWorks @ UVM. Instructor: Donna O’Malley, MLS

PubMed: Basics and Beyond November 16, 2016 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

EndNote Tips & Tricks November 30, 2016 Noon – 1:00 pm
In this workshop, we’ll explore some of the more sophisticated features of this powerful reference management software. Instructor: Gary Atwood, MSLIS

Questions about any of our workshops? Not affiliated with UVM or University of Vermont Medical Center? Please contact Frances Delwiche at or (802) 656-4423.

Dana Responds to Book Retrieval Questions and Concerns

With a new book retrieval system under way, Dana is working to smooth out the kinks. Through the Dana website feedback page and in person at the Main Desk, we welcome questions and concerns from patrons. The following is feedback submitted by a CNHS graduate student.
I am unhappy with the books of the library being re-located. This makes it very difficult to complete assignments that require book references in a timely manner. I would suggest bringing the book sources back into the library or finding a way to make the book sources readily available in an online format.

Dana Information Services responds with the following post.
Thank you for your comment. While we can’t bring the books back to the Library, we can reassure you that the majority of the books will be returning in May. Those books will be the most current and most desired books in our collection. A portion of the total collection will remain in storage.
Starting Monday, October 10th, there will be a courier who will retrieve books from off-site storage. If you request a book before 11:30 am, the book will be delivered to the Library by 4:00 pm the same day Monday through Friday.
Talking to your professors may help; if there are books that the professor would like to be readily available to students, that professor can request that the book(s) be put on Reserve here in the Library.
We cannot make all books available electronically, because not all titles have an electronic version. However, the Library does have a robust collection of electronic books. Search for ebooks in CATQuest and click to Show only Online Resources.
We have forwarded your complaint to the project team to let them know of your concerns, and to make sure they understand that everyone would like the books back as soon as possible.
We are certain there will be many bumps in the road during this renovation project, and we are truly sorry. We appreciate feedback, and welcome any ideas you might have as to ways we can improve our stored book retrieval system. We also appreciate your patience during this transition.

The library continues to make adjustments and improvements as issues arise. For example, Dana just recently made changes to the online retrieval form to clearly emphasize contact information, add a confirmation email, and state that requests will be filled within 1 business day.  As each search and request is unique, Dana’s knowledgeable staff are ready and available to assist with any concerns and questions. Please contact the Main Desk at 656-2200 or leave a comment on our website feedback page.

Dana Medical Library Introduces New Book Retrieval Process as Collection is Moved Off-Campus


Dana Library’s books, with some exceptions, were moved to off-site locations the last weeks of September in preparation for the construction of the Larner Learning Commons which will include a recording studio, an upgraded multi-audience classroom, faculty development space, and an enclosed quiet study area for medical, nursing, and health sciences students. The most current and frequently circulated books will return to the library when construction is completed. The remainder of the books and all journal volumes will remain off-site permanently.

Library staff, resources, and services are all available, but the process of finding and checking out print books from the library has changed. Instead of going to the stacks to find items, borrowers need to identify desired books in the online catalog first. Next, they fill out an online form to request retrieval of the books from an off-site Annex. Library courier services retrieve books from their external locations and bring them to the Dana Library Monday through Friday for pick-up.

Students, faculty, and staff find e-books and all print books through the library’s discovery tools: CATQuest and the Classic Catalog, both available on the Dana Website. For best results, the Library recommends using CATQuest to get a print book. Contact the Dana Main Desk by email  or by phone at 656-2200 for assistance navigating library services.

Many books and textbooks can be accessed electronically (as e-books) through CATQuest. There are over 2,000 electronic books in medical, nursing, and heath professional topics in the database. The print texts are still wanted and used by many in our community. Over 6,000 print books were checked out from Dana in 2015-2016.

Books specifically needed for classes in medicine, nursing and health sciences are staying in the library. These include:

  • Books on Reserve for courses (ask for these at the Main Desk)
  • USMLE Board preparation books
  • Radiology textbooks
  • Recent acquisitions
  • Current issues of selected print periodicals
  • Media (DVDs)
  • The Medical History collection

The most used and recent portions of the Dana print collection will come back to the library when the construction is completed in May 2017. In the meantime, the loan period for books has been extended. All websites, electronic journals and databases are available through the Dana website , UVM Medical Center intranet, and COMET as usual.

Please stay tuned for updates on this process. For questions or concerns, contact Marianne Burke, Director, at 656-3483.