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EndNote Workshop offered at Dana Medical Library

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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.

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

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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.

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

Dana Provides Information Management, Research and Publication Assistance in November

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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 frances.delwiche@uvm.edu or (802) 656-4423.

Dana Responds to Book Retrieval Questions and Concerns

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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

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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.

 

October Workshops Assist with Personal Information and Reference Collection and Management

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As there starts to be a nip in the air and you are immersed in your semester work, make sure to keep organized and up-to-date with library resources. Join us for 2 important workshops this October.

Personal Information Management: Best Practices Wednesday, October 19, Noon – 1:00 pm

How do you organize all the information you collect for your research, work and personal life? Do you wish there were ways to manage that information more efficiently? This workshop will explore the concepts of Personal Information Management (PIM), and offer concrete tips for optimum productivity and effective management of all your information. Instructor: Laura Haines, MLS

Basics of EndNote Wednesday, October 26, 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 (frances.delwiche@uvm.edu) for other options. Instructor: Frances Delwiche, MLS

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 frances.delwiche@uvm.edu or 656-4423.

Dana’s Wednesday Workshop Explores the Topic Gray Literature

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Finding Gray Literature October 12th, Noon to 1pm

The gray literature, including resources such as conference proceedings, technical reports, and government documents, can provide valuable information that isn’t found in the published journal literature. This presentation will cover the what, why, when, and how to search the gray literature. Instructors: Nancy Bianchi, MSLIS and Gary Atwood, MA, 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. Workshops are held on Wednesdays in the Dana Classroom, room 108.

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

It’s a Library, where are the Books?

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Recently, you may have seen movers, books on carts, and emptying shelves. The movers have removed almost all of the library’s books, with a few exceptions, to nearby off-site locations leaving us with a library with wide open spaces. And, for now, we have a small respite from the noise and busyness.

Keep in mind that all library resources and print and electronic collections are still available to you. If you have attempted to find or check out a book, the process has changed. A retrieval process is being set up for your convenience. Your patience is greatly appreciated as we work out the kinks.

More books are electronic, but many are print. The Library has acquired more and more electronic books (e-books) and textbooks each year. There are over 1000 electronic texts in most clinical and health sciences topics. But print texts are still wanted and popular as well. Over 6,000 books were checked out from Dana in 2016. You can find e-books and all print books through the Library’s discovery tools: CATQuest, Classic Catalog and the Dana Website. The e-books are available anytime 24/7. To get a print book, you need to ask for a delivery using CATQuest, Classic Catalog or Dana’s Website. Contact the Main Desk at 656-2200 for assistance with navigating library services.

Have no fear! The books will return (eventually). Our most current book collection is expected to return within 4 to 8 months. In the meantime, we encourage you to request the books that you need and we will do everything in our power to get it for you.

So why is this happening? The library is being renovated to develop a Learning Commons in collaboration with the College of Medicine. Former collection space will be freed up for new educational technology and faculty development uses. Student study space will also be enhanced to provide more space for quiet individual study.

For questions or concerns, contact Marianne Burke, Director, at 656-3483.

3-part Systematic Reviews Workshop Series Returns this Fall to Dana!

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The Dana Medical Library is once again running its popular workshop series on Systematic Reviews. Join us! 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. Workshops are held on Wednesdays in the Dana Classroom, room 108.

Introduction to Systematic Reviews September 28th, 2016, Noon – 1pm

This workshop will contrast the rigorous methodology used to produce systematic reviews with other approaches to reviewing the literature. Attendees will have the opportunity to begin constructing their own systematic review protocol, enabling them to both evaluate systematic reviews, and participate in authoring a systematic review. Instructors: Donna O’Malley, MLS & Gary Atwood, MSLIS

Searching for Systematic Reviews October 5th, Noon to 1pm

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

Finding Gray Literature October 12th, Noon to 1pm

The gray literature, including resources such as conference proceedings, technical reports, and government documents, can provide valuable information that isn’t found in the published journal literature. This presentation will cover the what, why, when, and how to search the gray literature. Instructors: Nancy Bianchi, MSLIS and Gary Atwood, MA, MSLIS

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

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

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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.