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Construction in the Concourse Beginning Early Saturday Morning

Dana Medical Library will open at Noon on Saturday, March 25th, due to construction in the Medical Education Center Concourse. The Concourse will be closed at certain times during the weekend to complete the work. Traffic will be rerouted outside during these times. Please see the following Construction Update for more information:

CONSTRUCTION UPDATE: Saturday and Sunday, March 25th & March 26th

LOCATION OF WORK: Medical Education Center Concourse from Medical Education Pavilion Building to the UVMMC.

Contractors will be on site on Saturday and Sunday, March 25th and 26th beginning at 6:30AM. They will be sawing through the concrete in the concourse to install new electrical services to the west side (window side) of the concourse.  This work will be disruptive, as the use of concrete saw cutters and chipping hammers is expected. Portions of the concourse will be shut down to pedestrian traffic and will be rerouted outside throughout the weekend.

If you plan to utilize the  Medical Education Center Concourse during this time period, please dress appropriately as everyone will be using the outside walkways to go back and forth between the hospital and UVM.

Cara Hanson, UVM Facilities Design and Construction or 656-3426

Sue Williams, LCOM Dean’s Office or 656-9459

Elayna Mellas-Hulett, LCOM Dean’s Office or 656-0377

Thank you for your patience & understanding as we renovate our facilities!

Workers to Begin Installation of New Carpeting in Dana

Starting on Wednesday, March 22, workers will be installing new carpeting at the south end of the library. This is the study area that is closest to the bathrooms. We will keep you updated as we learn more about accessibility to this area. We apologize for the inconvenience!

For questions or concerns about the current renovations in the library, please contact Library Director Marianne Burke at 656-3483.

Create Origami Butterflies to Support COTS

Dana Medical library has set up an origami butterfly-making station at the front of the library in support of COTS, the Committee on Temporary Shelter, Burlington.  Take a break from your studies and research to help out by folding a few butterflies!

Why Butterflies? A note from COTS:

In honor of our annual Walk and the opening of our newly renovated program facility, we are celebrating “transformations” and “second chances,” as symbolized by the butterfly.
“I think that by our COTS Walk, my office will be filled to the brim with origami butterflies,” Community Outreach and Volunteer Specialist Sian Leach said.

We’re calling this: The Butterfly Project.
Our goal: Fold 3,500 origami butterflies – 100 butterflies for each of COTS’ 35 years of service to people who are homeless or at risk of homelessness in our community. Enable hope. Empower transformation.
Guests in our program shelters and services, volunteers, staff, and various groups have already folded more than 1,000 origami butterflies, and, nothing would make us happier than to blow long past our original goal of 3,500 butterflies!
Would it be too much to hope to reach 30,000 butterflies, with each butterfly representing a person helped by COTS over our 35-year history? Want to help us try? We’ve already filed paperwork to be considered for a new Guinness book of world record for most origami butterflies.
As for the plans with the butterflies, we aim to display them at the COTS Walk and in our new building, said Gillian Taylor, our Development Database Manager. “We’re actually hoping to work with local artists to create an aesthetically pleasing view of them.”

COTS welcomes anyone interested in creating origami butterflies to participate. All colors, types, sizes of paper butterflies are invited.

More about COTS:
COTS, the Committee on Temporary Shelter, Burlington, is the largest service provider for the homeless and those at risk of becoming homeless in Vermont.
Becoming Homeless
There are many misconceptions about what causes homelessness. While the root causes are many and varied, it is surprisingly easy for people to become homeless if they have no savings or family to lean on for help. Here is a real-life example based on a working, two-parent household that ended up living in shelter at COTS in late 2008.

Steve and Alice Jones have two kids, ages 7 and 9, and have lived in their apartment in Burlington for seven years.  Steve works 40 hours a week at an auto parts store and Alice works as a teacher’s aide at a local school.

Their monthly budget (wages are based on $9 and $11/hrly wages)
Alice hurts her back helping a disabled student and has to stop working. As an hourly employee, she does not qualify for disability benefits. She cannot work for four months.

She and Steve do the best they can, but they fall behind in their rent payments. They are unable to catch up and now they have credit card debt because they used a cash advance to help pay for their monthly expenses.
Three months after Alice stops working, their landlord begins the eviction process. The Jones family receives notification from the sheriff that they must vacate their apartment. They arrive that same day at a COTS family shelter.

On any given payday, thousands of working families are struggling to balance increasing expenses against flat or falling wages.  One unforeseen expense — a medical emergency, a drop in wages or a major car repair — can result in a desperate financial situation, which can lead to a family’s becoming homeless.
*The average fair market rent for a 2-bedroom apartment in Chittenden County is $1,015 — 44% higher than the national average. Wages required to afford that rent are $19.48 an hour or $40,518 a year.

For more information, contact Laura Haines at 656-4143.

UVM Libraries Celebrate Fair Use Week! February 20th – 24th

What is Fair Use/Fair Dealing Week?

Fair Use/Fair Dealing Week is an annual celebration of the important doctrines of fair use in the United States and fair dealing in Canada and other jurisdictions. Under these terms, copyrighted materials are allowed use without permission from the copyright holder under certain circumstances. Fair use is one of the traditional safety valves intended to balance the interests of copyright holders with the public interest in the wider distribution and use of creative works by allowing certain limited uses that might otherwise be considered infringement.

While students, faculty, librarians, journalists, and all users of copyrighted material employ fair use and fair dealing on a daily basis, Fair Use/Fair Dealing Week celebrates this important right.

How do you determine fair use in your research or education?

To determine if a use is “fair use”, there are typically four factors used to evaluate the work in question. Read more, and find more information, about these four factors at the University of Texas Libraries website page on Fair Use. Here is an infographic that points out Myths and Facts about Fair Use.

Contact Jeanene Light at 656-0521 with questions about Fair Use Week at UVM.

The New Year Brings New Electronic Resources to Dana

Happy New Year from Dana Medical Library! Hopefully you all had an enjoyable holiday and are ready to tackle the new year. The library has a couple of belated presents for you in the form of two new electronic resources.

LWW Health Library
LWW Health Library includes materials in a wide variety of formats including ebooks, videos, cases, self-assessments and more. Some of the key titles included are Grant’s Atlas of Anatomy and Bates’ Guide to Physical Examination and History Taking. You can find this collection by going to the library home page: click on Articles and Databases, scroll to E-Books and E-Texts section, and click on LWW Health Library. Off-campus access is available by logging in with your UVM NetID and Password.

BrowZine is a program that allows you to browse, read, and monitor journals that are available from Dana Medical Library. You can also create bookshelves for fast and easy access to key titles.
The easiest way to use BrowZine is to get the app on your mobile device and use it on the go. Follow the instructions on how install or email Gary Atwood at for a printed copy. There is also a web browser version of BrowZine.

New/Updated E-books
We now have a number of new e-books and a handful of titles that have been recently updated. The complete list is now available. Also, search for titles directly by using the CatQuest search box in the upper right hand side of the library homepage.

If you have problems locating or accessing an e-book, please contact Gary Atwood for assistance.

Dana’s E-book Collection Has Grown!

The Dana Medical Library has been purchasing e-books for several years, both in collections such as Access Medicine, Clinical Key, and Ovid, and individually. Many titles have unlimited simultaneous users, while a few have single-user licenses.  All e-books are found in CatQuest by conducting a search by title. As shown with the following graph, Dana’s e-book collection has increased dramatically in the last few years due to these purchases:

E-books have the advantage of being available 24X7, take up no space in the library, and many have features like downloading to personal tablets and phones. In the last twelve months, over 40, 000 total “views” were logged in various e-books! The following table shows Dana’s top 15 most-accessed e-books:

For more information, Contact Dana Librarian Jeanene Light, MLS, Head of Collections Development, at 656-0521.

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