Monthly Archives: September 2010

Health Statistics Abound in New OECD iLibrary

Obesity, mental health and cardiac care are just a few of the health-related topics covered in the new OECD iLibrary. OECD iLibrary contains all the publications and datasets released by OECD (Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development), International Energy Agency (IEA), Nuclear Energy Agency (NEA), OECD Development Centre, PISA (Programme for International Student Assessment), and International Transport Forum (ITF) since 1998 — some 390 complete databases, 2.500 working papers, 5.500 books, 14.000 tables and graphs, 21.000 chapters and articles.

OECD iLibrary has the following new features:
• Navigation by country or theme
• Granular content – users can search and click directly to tables, chapters or articles.
• Integrated search results, showing all available file formats (PDF, HTML, XLS)
• A citation tool for all content, compatible with popular bibliographic management systems.
• Content in context – related content is one click away
• Links to previous editions, with the option to download any full-text item such as tables or chapters from the table of contents
• Every content level has a DOI (Digital Object Identifier) and fixed URL
• Users can navigate back and forth via hierarchical “breadcrumb trails”
• Executive summaries available for key titles in up to 20 languages
• Data available as ready-made, downloadable tables, or, for experienced users, in databases for users to build and extract their own tables
• OECD.Stat is fully integrated, offering multiple export formats (including SDMX) explanatory metadata and links to related publications
• 44,000 home pages with Google friendly URLs

Tommy DeFrantz Discusses Kake Walk

Kake Walks and Dance Competitions: Race and Performance in American Popular Culture

Monday, October 4, 2010

7:00 PM – Royall Tyler Theatre

Dr. Thomas DeFrantz

Former Alvin Ailey dancer and MIT Professor of Music, Theater Arts, Comparative Media Studies, and Women’s and Gender Studies Dr. Thomas DeFrantz will situate UVM’s Kake Walk in the broader context of American performance history. His most recent book is titled //Dancing Many Drums: Excavations in African American Dance and Dancing//. His most recent creative works include /Queer Theory! An Academic Travesty/ commissioned by the Theater Offensive of Boston and the Flynn Center for the Arts & “CANE,” an immersive environment dance theater experience that explores black sharecropping after the Civil War. He created historical choreography, including a Juba Dance, for the second iteration of the New York History Workshop’s award-winning exhibition /Slavery in New York/ on display at the New York Historical Foundation since 2007.

Part of the launch announcing Kake Walk at UVM, the newest digital collection from the Center for Digital Initiatives.

UVM’s Kake Walk, a synchronized dance competition during the annual Winter Carnival, featured fraternity brothers in blackface and kinky wigs high-stepping to the tune “Cotton Babes.” The event, abolished in 1969, occupies a controversial position in the university’s institutional memory; it is, for some, a hallowed tradition and for others, overt racism.

To read more about student contributions to the digital collection, see this recent story in UVM Today.

A Conversation about the John Dewey Collection

David Conrad, Professor Emeritus, College of Education and Social Services, will lead a conversation about John Dewey, the esteemed philosopher and educational theorist who graduated from UVM in 1879. Professor Conrad will illustrate the conversation with items from the library’s collections of Dewey papers, photographs, publications and other items.
Wednesday, September 29 at 5:30 pm in the Special Collections Reading Room, Bailey/Howe Library.
The event is free and open to the public. For more information, call 802-656-1493 or email

Library Catalog Gets a New Look

If you’ve been searching for books, journals, DVDs, or any of the other myriad things described in our library catalog, you may have noticed some changes. The catalog looks a bit different, and is hopefully a little easier to navigate.

There are a few functional changes as well:

  • The catalog does a better job remembering your previous searches and can even record your search history (if you log in).
  • Records can be exported to EndNote (coming soon!).
  • All results and searches can be bookmarked for future reference.

Additionally, we’ve improved the catalog’s ability to do things like sort records and automate requests.

We hope the improvements make it easier for you to find great things in your campus libraries. Let us know if you have any feedback:

Virtual Hair Makeover by Patrick Q used in accordance with Creative Commons.

UVM College of Medicine Graduate Student Research Day

The UVM College of Medicine Graduate Student Research Day will be held on Thursday, October 14, 2010 in the Health Sciences Research Facility (HSRF). Faculty, staff, friends, students and alumni are invited to join the College of Medicine community in celebrating the achievements of its graduate students and graduate alumni.

Graduate students in the College of Medicine and associated graduate programs will present their work in both poster and oral sessions to showcase the quality of their research projects to the College of Medicine Community.

The 2010 Graduate Alumni Award will be presented to recognize the achievements of Dr. Brooke Mossman, Professor of Pathology, whose dedication as both a scientist and mentor serve as an inspiration to our entire community.

For more information and to register contact

Student Faculty Research by Gettysburg College, used in accordance with Creative Commons.

What you need to know to use the Dana Library: Orientation and Tour

The Dana Library Orientation includes information about Library collections, online journal and database access, services such as Interlibrary Loan, a review of the web site, and other resources for assistance.

One-hour orientations will be held on:

Wed, Sept 1

Wed, Sept 15

Thurs, Sept 16

If these times are not convenient for you, please contact us to set up an alternative time.

The Dana Library also presents workshops on other topics such as Clinical Databases, Research Databases, and Endnote.

Care Team Model to be presented at Community Medical School

Paul Taheri, M.D. will speak on October 26 at the UVM/FAHC Community Medical School lecture series. The topic is “Who’s Taking Care of Me? Introducing the Health Care Team.” Dr. Taheri is a UVM Professor of Surgery, Senior Associate Dean for Clinical Affairs, and President of Faculty Practice.

The fall 2010 Community Medical School lecture series is sponsored by Fletcher Allen Health Care and the University of Vermont College of Medicine. The series is scheduled for seven Tuesday evenings September 14 – October 26. Lectures are held in the Carpenter Auditorium, UVM Given Building from 6:00 – 7:00 pm, followed by a half-hour Q&A session.

The lectures are free and open to the public. For more information or to register, call (802) 847-2886 or visit Community Medical School. Registration is encouraged.