Monthly Archives: April 2010

Crossing the Divide

The Ninth Annual Cultural Awareness Workshop “Crossing the Divide: Understanding the Impact of Culture and Diversity on Grieving and End of Life” will be held on Wed., June 2 from 7:30 am – 1:30 pm in the Silver Maple Ballroom, Davis Center. The workshop is being presented by the Department of Family Medicine and Office of Multicultural Affairs, College of Medicine, University of Vermont. The Dana Medical Library will exhibit at the conference and feature information services that are available to non-UVM health care providers and agencies, and will also highlight relevant library collections on cultural diversity and health.

MedU Case Studies

Dana is pleased to announce the addition of MedU Case Studies, online educational tools that provide virtual patients for students in medical clerkships. Dana has obtained WISE-MD (Web Initiative for Surgical Education), a set of eleven surgery modules, and CLIPP (Computer Assisted Learning in Pediatrics Program), a set of 31 patient cases.

WISE-MD surgery modules consists of video presentations concerning medical fundamentals of the condition followed by patient-doctor interactions involving patient history, physical exam, laboratory studies, imaging studies, decision making, surgery, and post operative care.

CLIPP pediatric case studies present patient scenarios and ask questions to test student’s knowledge, related to diagnosis and treatment of conditions, in a step by step manner. After users submit answers to the questions results and comments are provided with references.

Vermont Go Local To Be Phased Out

The National Library of Medicine has decided to phase out its support for all Go Local projects. The goal of Vermont Go Local is to link MedlinePlus (an NLM consumer health database) health topics  to Vermont health care providers and facilities. Vermont Go Local is a joint project of the National Library of Medicine (NLM), University of Vermont Dana Medical Library, the FAHC Frymoyer Community Health Resource Center, and the United Ways of Vermont, Vermont 2-1-1; we have been partners since 2007.

Since the project’s conception in 2001, NLM has monitored and reviewed the consumer usage and has noticed a gradual declined over the years because of the availability of similar information on the Internet.  These sites include provider-level directory information and can collect user reviews that Go Local cannot.

Without the support of NLM, the Dana Library has decided to discontinue Vermont Go Local by the end of 2010.  We look forward to providing other resources that will substitute for this important consumer health information on our library website.  The Go Local staff members will keep you informed of the exact date when we will discontinue the Vermont Go Local link.

Thank you for your continued interest in this consumer database.

Reckoning with Torture

Librarians, professors, students, lawyers, writers, and others will read from government memos and personal testimonies in a program “Reckoning with Torture” Monday, April 12 at 7 p.m. at the Memorial Lounge of the Waterman Building on the University of Vermont campus.

The event — free and open to the public — is sponsored by the American Civil Liberties Union of Vermont and the University of Vermont Libraries. It is being held during National Library Week in recognition of the important work done by libraries to make information available to the public.

Much of the material to be read at the program comes from documents kept secret until the government was forced to disclose them through Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) requests or court order. The ACLU obtained more than 130,000 pages of documents in 2009 after a protracted legal battle. The information in the documents provided Americans with the first comprehensive look at interrogation tactics used by the government following the events of 9/11.

The New York Times called the ACLU’s public records action one of the “most successful in the history of public disclosure.”

The “Reckoning with Torture” event will draw on those documents to relay the scope and breadth of the acts of abuse and torture taken against detainees, many of whom were never charged with crimes and some of whom were wrongly arrested, taken into custody, and later released.

Featured readers include:
• Philip Baruth, UVM English professor and writer
• David Budbill, writer
• Stephanie Farrior, Vermont Law School international law professor
• Robert Gensburg, Guantanamo detainee lawyer
• Traci Griffith, Saint Michael’s College communications professor
• Ateqah Khaki, ACLU National Security Program staff
• Trina Magi, UVM library professor
• Travis Nelson, UVM political science professor
• Hilary Neroni, UVM film and television studies professor
• Adelit Rukomangana, M.A. in theology and native of Rwanda
• David Sleigh, Guantanamo detainee lawyer
• Emma Vick, UVM student
• Sydnee Viray, social worker, advocate, and UVM staff member

Opening and closing remarks will be offered by Allen Gilbert, executive director, ACLU-VT, and Jeffrey Marshall, acting dean, UVM Libraries.

A list of the readings, and samples of the documents to be read, can be found at the ACLU-VT Web site — http://www.acluvt.org/news/torture_scripts.php

Read the 2009 New York Times story, “ACLU Lawyers Mine Documents for Truth.”

Learning about the recent federal health reform legislation

The Kaiser Family Foundation Health Reform Gateway summarizes the new law in several well-organized documents. The Summary of Final Health Reform Law groups changes into section headings such as employer requirements, individual mandate, and health insurance exchanges. The Health Reform Implementation Timeline arranges the specific provisions of the law by implementation date.