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It’s a Library, where are the Books?


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.


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.

Change is in the air! Dana Medical Library Fall Semester Hours have begun


Fall 2016 semester hours run through Monday, January 2, 2017. They are as follows:

  • Monday thru Thursday, 7:30 am – 12 midnight
  • Friday, 7:30 am – 9 pm
  • Saturday, 9 am – 9 pm
  • Sunday, 9 am – 12 midnight


Thanksgiving Holiday

  • Wednesday, November 23, 7:30am-5pm
  • Thursday, November 24 (University Holiday), CLOSED
  • Friday, November 25 (University Holiday), CLOSED
  • Saturday, November 26, 9am-5pm
  • Sunday, November 27, Resume regular hours

Winter holidays: Hours will be reduced between Friday, December 16, 2016 and Monday, January 2, 2017

  • Friday, December 16, 7:30 am-7pm
  • Saturday, December 17 Saturday, 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. Contact the Main Desk at 656-2200 with any questions.

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.

It’s Not Too Late to Win a Current, Popular Book!

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A good book is a great escape from studying and research… and we’re giving them away! We have decided to extend our Summer Reading program to include the month September. So, if you haven’t quite finished the book that you have been working on, there is still time! Read a book and write a review about it, or tell us your thoughts in a quick survey about the summer reading exhibit. You will be entered into a drawing for popular reading books!

We all need a break from our work occasionally. One great way is to pick up a good book… and possibly win one too! Here is how it works:

Peruse the popular reading books that are on the table in Dana’s Main Hall. Check out a book that interests you, read it, and write a review about it on the card that is inside the cover of the book. Slip it into the survey and review box the next time you are in the library. You will automatically be entered into a drawing for one of these popular reading titles: When Breath Becomes Air, by Paul Kalanithi, Into the Magic Shop, by James Doty, and Lab Girl, by Hope Jahren.

You can also take a few moments to fill out our survey that is on the display table in Dana’s Main Hall. Slip it into the survey and review box and automatically be entered into the same drawing.

This summer has seen a great interest in the books in our display. Here are some of the most popular so far: Both Into the Magic Shop, by James Doty and Lab Girl, by Hope Jahren have circulated 7 times, Me Before You, by Jojo Moyes circulated 5 times, and The Gene: An Intimate History, by Siddhartha Mukherjee 4 times.

Questions? Contact Kate Bright at 656-0695.