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Dana Print Collection will be Moved during Library Re-model. Streamlined Current Collection to Return.


While all of the staff, resources, and services you have come to expect will still be here, there will be some changes this semester and the coming year. All websites, electronic journals and databases are available through the UVM network, Dana website and COMET as usual.

Beginning in September, print collections will be moved to new locations outside of the library in preparation for Learning Commons renovations. The compact shelving at the north rear of the library will be removed. Expect special staff moving in and around the library as well as some noise.

After that, a contained area for study will be quickly built to reduce any construction noise. The purpose of the construction is to improve health sciences and medical education by adding a recording studio, an upgraded inter-professional classroom, and faculty development space. The new construction will also provide a larger quiet study area and 24×7 study space.

This may sound dramatic but don’t worry, we are doing everything we can to reduce problems.

    • The contained quiet study area will be built as the first part of the project.
    • All books will be retrieved for you on request.
    • Many books that you might need for classes in Medicine, and Nursing and Health Sciences are available on Reserve at the Main Desk. USMLE and other Board study books will be kept in the library. Why not check out the books you want now.
    • The most used and recent portions of our print collection will come back upon completion of the renovations. In the meantime, the loan period for books will be increased from 4 weeks to the end of the Fall semester.

If you have any concerns, please ask a staff member at the Main desk to help or contact Marianne Burke, Director, Dana Medical Library, 656-0695.

Predatory Publisher Charged by the FTC

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The US Federal Trade Commission has filed an official Complaint with the US District Court in Nevada charging OMICS Group, Inc. with unfair and deceptive practices. The FTC states that “Since at least 2009, Defendants have published numerous online publications styled as academic journals. To solicit articles and manuscripts from consumers, Defendants represent that various academic experts serve as editors, are members of the editorial boards, or are otherwise associated with Defendants’ journals, and that consumers’ articles are subject to industry-standard peer review before publishing.”

In fact, submitted articles do not undergo peer review, nor are the academics listed on their editorial boards connected with those journals. The Complaint goes on to describe deceptive statements made by OMICS about impact factors and indexing in PubMed Central, as well as their practice of selling registrations to misrepresented academic conferences. Read more.

In their blog post Academics and scientists: Beware of predatory journal publishers, the FTC refers academics to their librarians. Please contact Donna O’Malley at 656-4415 if you’d like help sorting legitimate and questionable publishers.

Dana’s Main Desk: A Central Location for all Library Services

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For those of you returning from break or beginning your journey as a student, faculty member or medical professional, all the services that you expect from your medical library are available to you through the Main Desk:

The Main Desk is the source for answers to a wide range 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!

The Main Desk is 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.

A medical librarian is at hand for research support. Although the word “Reference” may not be used any longer, an on-demand librarian assistance service is available through the Main Desk. Get focused attention for your individual or group research. Help 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. Meet some of our Research Support Librarians:

Dana removed its Reference Desk after carefully researching the library literature and conducting wide-ranging discussions among Library faculty and staff. The Circulation Desk then morphed into the central location for all services and became the Main Desk.

Staffed by Lesley Boucher (supervisor), John Printon, Brenda Nelson, Colin McClung and Craig Chalone, with the help of student assistants, the Main Desk is the place to find help for all your library needs. Contact them at 656-2200 to get started.

September Workshops offer important back-to-school Information on Resources and Databases

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Dana Medical Library’s workshops provide information that is vital to new and returning students and faculty. Make sure to get up to speed on library resources and databases so that your semester gets off to the best start! Workshops are held each Wednesday throughout the month. The following are the first 3 workshops of the semester. Come check them out!

Navigating UVM Libraries Resources: September 7th, Noon – 1:00 pm

New to UVM or returning to research after a break? Learn about library services, and available databases and journals, and how to find full-text articles and access library materials from off-campus. Instructor: Alice Stokes, MLIS

Searching the Biomedical Literature thru Medline: September 14th, Noon – 1:00 pm

Learn to effectively and efficiently search the MEDLINE database to support patient care, research, and education. This workshop will focus on searching Ovid or PubMed, the two most popular Medline interfaces at DML. Instructor: Nancy Bianchi, MSLIS

Basics of EndNote: September 21st, Noon – 1:00 pm

Learn the basics of EndNote to collect and manage references, and to insert them into a manuscript. If you would like to attend an EndNote workshop, but cannot make this date, contact Frances Delwiche ( for other options. Instructor: Frances Delwiche, 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 Fran Delwiche at 656-4423.

One More Time Or The Secret to Unlimited Library Renewals

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Due dates are stamped on all library items when you check them out of the library.  You, the borrower, are responsible to know when the item is due after that.  The library does everything it can to send Courtesy Notices before an item is due, Overdue Notices after the due date has passed, and finally a Bill Notice once an item is ‘lost’.  The library does not like having to send the last type any more than you like getting them!  The easiest, fastest and overall best way to avoid notices is to renew your items.  The library has several ways to do that:

Email, Call the Main Desk at 656-2200, or go to our website under Services: Renew a Book.

The majority of circulating materials have a ‘limit’ of three renewals.  After that you need to bring the item back to the library to be renewed.  Three renewals for a book stacks book means that you could effectively have an item for four months before having to renew it in person with the item in hand.  We want you to think about if you are actively using the materials after that time, or if they can be returned to the library and be available to other library users.  Library materials stay in use this way, rather than stored in a locker, left on a desk, or hidden under some piece of furniture, which ultimately leads to some items getting lost.

Renewals can be blocked if you have overdue fines, billed items or if another person has Recalled the materials.  Otherwise you have access to unlimited library renewals.

Current and Bestselling Books Highlighted in Summer Reading Exhibit

At Dana, we encounter a fascinating intersection of literature, medicine and science. The new exhibit that is now up in our display cases, Medicine, Science and Literature: Reading for the Summer Months, examines a special collection of books that strays away from the clinical. Instead, these literary works – fiction, nonfiction, memoirs, poetry, essays –  can inspire and encourage health care professionals, and the greater public, to take a deeper look into life and to explore topics that are both age old and cutting edge. The books being showcased are only the most current and bestselling and we encourage you to stop by and pick one up!

Here are four books that are worth a closer look:Dreamland Quinones resized

Dreamland: The True Tale of America’s Opiate Epidemic, by Sam Quinones, is a startling account of the opiate epidemic facing America today. An epidemic that was quietly fueled by pharmaceutical companies and doctors who treated pain pills as wonder drugs and by enterprising Mexican drug traffickers who supplied heroin on demand to desperate opiate addicts.

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Lab Girl Jahren resizedLab Girl, by Hope Jahren, is a book about work, love, and the mountains that can be moved when those two things come together. It is told through Jahren’s remarkable stories: about her childhood in rural Minnesota with an uncompromising mother and a father who encouraged hours of play in his classroom’s labs; about how she found a sanctuary in science, and learned to perform lab work done “with both the heart and the hands”; and about the inevitable disappointments, but also the triumphs and exhilarating discoveries, of scientific work. – Amazon

Gratitude Sacks resizedGratitude is a collection of essays from Oliver Sacks’ last 2 years of life. “Oliver Sacks was like no other clinician, or writer. He was drawn to the homes of the sick, the institutions of the most frail and disabled, the company of the unusual and the ‘abnormal.’ He wanted to see humanity in its many variants and to do so in his own, almost anachronistic way—face to face, over time, away from our burgeoning apparatus of computers and algorithms. And, through his writing, he showed us what he saw.” – Atul Gawande, author of Being Mortal 

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 Highlights Medicine and Science-inspired Summer Reading

Into the Magic Shop ResizedAt 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).

Reserves: In The User’s Hands

ReservesThreebooks (2) resizedDana 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.

ReservesTwoscreen (2) resizedUsing 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.


Dana Medical Library Welcomes Incoming Family Medicine Interns


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.