Monthly Archives: September 2011

In Circulation Now Available

The first issue of In Circulation, the University Libraries’ newsletter, is available in PDF format.

Read about:

  • New digital content created by the Center for Digital Initiatives and the Vermont Digital Newspaper Project.
  • Recent programs, such as Maple Week events and exhibits on artists books and stuttering.
    A grant project to improve healthcare information access.
  • Billings and Learning Commons capital projects.
  • Library faculty research.
  • New acquisitions, from rare books to streaming video.

You can pick up print issues of In Circulation at campus libraries.

Library staff and faculty share research

Event coordinator Alison Armstrong and Ruth Farrell compare notes.

The UVM Libraries’ first Research Conference was held on August 2nd, 2011 in the Bailey/Howe Library. Library faculty and staff shared details of research initiatives ongoing within the libraries, through oral presentations and poster sessions.

Ruth Farrell, Associate Vice President for Research Administration, opened the event by questioning why research gets done at a university, despite the challenges presented by time constraints, lack of funding, and the burden of associated administrative tasks. “What you do,” she assured assembled library faculty and staff, “impacts every single student and every single faculty member.”

Fred Pond, of the Dana Medical Library, presented Old Vermont Film, New Opportunities for Research, describing his efforts in collaboration with the Vermont Historical Society (VHS) to preserve and digitize items from the VHS’s collection of 16mm films. To date 24 films have been digitized, some of which can be viewed at

In An Analysis of Clinical Questions Asked at Professor Rounds, Nancy Bianchi, of the Dana Medical Library, described a study that analyzed 213 questions posed at the College of Medicine’s Pediatrics professor rounds, reviewing the types of information resources consulted to discover answers. 91% of questions were answerable, but Bianchi cautioned that in the context of the pedagogical model of professor rounds, “sometimes not finding an answer is as important as finding an answer.”

Fred Pond, Nancy Bianchi, and Vice President for Research and Graduate Studies Domenico Grasso

The Bailey/Howe Library’s Scott Schaffer examined possible impacts of higher education on census data with College Students and the US Census. Citing examples of counties such as Alachua, FL, Tuscaloosa, AL, and Brazos, TX, with poverty rates significantly higher than the national average, despite hosting large research universities, Schaffer raised questions about the ways college students’ habitats and finances are reported via census data, and how they might affect overall data about population, income, and ethnicity.

Daisy Benson, of Bailey/Howe Library, reported on A Portrait of UVM Students: the 2010-2011 First-Year and Senior Library Surveys, two surveys administered in 2010 and 2011 to measure the technology behaviors, confidence in information-seeking skills, and actual research skills of incoming first time first year students and outgoing seniors. A report on the 2010 first-year survey is available at

Donna O’Malley and Fran Delwiche, of Dana Medical Library, reported on Aligning Library Instruction with the Needs of Basic Science Graduate Students, a project to improve the library’s existing model by working in greater collaboration with basic science faculty and significantly revising workshop offerings, which resulted in increases in average information session attendance from twenty to 138 by 2010.

Researchers Say the Darndest Things

Researchers Say the Darndest Things: Using Semi-structured Interviews to Uncover the Unique Information Behaviors of Basic Sciences Researchers in an Academic Health Center, presented by Laura Haines, of the Dana Medical Library, presented data from a qualitative study of semi-structured interviews with basic science researchers that indicated interests in advanced searching skill building, institutional repositories, and targeted communications.

Marianne Burke, of Dana Medical Library, presented Finding the Evidence for Patient Care: Results of an Education Intervention with Vermont Primary Care Providers. Burke was the principal investigator for a project funded by the National Institutes of Health’s National Library of Medicine that surveyed nearly 300 primary care providers about their use of information resources. Courses were developed for local providers, based on the resulting data.

Bailey/Howe Library’s Birdie MacLennan, Tom McMurdo, and Prudence Doherty co-presented on From Reel to Real: the Vermont Digital Newspaper Project, detailing the progress made to date in this National Endowment for the Humanities-funded project to make digitally-available 100,000 pages of Vermont newspapers published between 1836 and 1922, and discussing possible avenues for further research, such as analysis of optical character recognition technologies or the social and agricultural history represented by titles such as St. Johnsbury’s Vermont Farmer. Digital newspapers from Vermont and beyond are available via

Mingling between presentations

Selene Colburn, of Bailey/Howe Library, and Paul Besaw, of the UVM Dance Program, co-presented Incorporating Information Literacy and Site Specific Dance, a case study of a course the presenters co-taught in the spring of 2011 that integrated place-based historical and related topical research with somatic and choreographic practices, as students created works in localities on and around UVM’s campus.

Bailey/Howe Library’s Karl Bridges’ The Fragility of the Internet examined the United States technology and network infrastructures from the point of view of national securities challenges, with attention paid to the potential cyberterrorist threats.

Daniel DeSanto, of Bailey/Howe, presented Developing a CDI Long Trail Collection iPhone App: Process and Implications. DeSanto has been working on the creation of a mobile application that would feature the more than 900 digitized images created from lantern slides in the Bailey/Howe’s Special Collections. View historic Long Trail images at

Empirical finding: snacks! Goes Mobile

By Megan Morley Thomas

UVM is now more accessible on your mobile device with the launch of* This launch comes months after the launch of iUVM, the iPhone app for

It’s true that has always been viewable on smart phones and some might wonder what this mobilization means. Web-enabled smartphone use makes it easy enough to access websites in miniature form, but the true mobilization of a website captures appropriate content in a format that’s much more conducive to reading on a handheld device. Regular-sized sites scaled down on a mobile device demand excessive scrolling of small text in order to read the content. True mobile sites optimize appropriate content and bring it to the surface while minimizing keystrokes — content for on-the-go readers.

While some universities offer a mobile friendly interface that links to regular full-size websites, UVM’s mobile site includes some of the main website’s most popular content areas such as news, directory and courses — all optimized for mobile. The site also features information of particular interest to mobile users including building information, emergency updates and events.

The site was researched for about a year with development beginning this past May and was built upon the Kurogo framework used by Harvard, MIT and Middlebury College (among others).

“The framework we chose was a good fit with our website infrastructure and allows for rapid deployment — a key to building a successful mobile website,” says Tatjana Salcedo, strategist for the UVM Web Team. She adds that is compatible with a huge variety of mobile devices from feature phones to the popular Android and iPhone. It’s even optimized for iPad.

Student power was key to the site’s completion. The site’s technical implementation was the summer project of computer science major Ebrahim Kobeissi (Eebs) ’12.

“I think it’s a very different experience programming for devices other than a computer. You have to consider problems that are outside the scope of normal issues,” says Kobeissi. “And it will be great to be able to reach people who are on the go, and give them a better experience when browsing UVM’s website.”

Next steps for UVM’s mobile site include integrating more content of particular use to mobile users such as dining location schedules, menus and campus shuttle info. There are also future plans to develop mobile apps based on the mobile webiste.

*Viewing note: The mobile site is viewable on a regular Web browser in a larger format; users navigating to from mobile devices will be offered a choice of entering the mobile site or going directly to the full “regular” site.

More space!

Dana made renovations this summer to make more room for quiet study. The back corner of the Library near the small study rooms now has additional carrels. While the carrels do not have network jacks (they are wired, however), an additional wireless router has been added in that area to boost connectivity to the carrels and surrounding area. This space was created through a massive effort to condense Dana’s print and audiovisual collections. Some older titles were discarded and some moved off site.

New Guest Borrower Senior Discount

UVM Libraries now offer a Guest Borrower Card to senior citizens (65 years and older) at the discounted price of $20.

Guest Borrowers may:

  • Use any library on campus subject to the policies governing that library.
  • Check out a maximum of 10 books from the circulating collections of UVM Libraries at any one time.
  • Use non-circulating materials (reference, periodicals, microforms, and resources in Special Collections) in the library.
  • Use other library services, such as reference assistance, photocopy machines and printers, as well as reference assistance in Government Documents and Special Collections.
  • Use library resources that are marked for public use.

Learn more about other types of guest library cards.

Walk-in Service at the Library Research Annex Ends

Walk-in service at the Library Research Annex will no longer be available as of August 29, 2011.

You can continue to request journals, monographs, and theses and dissertations that are located at the LRA through the library catalog.

Please contact Special Collections (656-2138) for information about University Archives and Special Collections materials housed in the LRA.

Reserve Items May Leave Library

Dana Library will begin allowing reserve items to leave the library. Patrons will be able to borrow a reserve book for 2 hours, as always, but beginning June 30th they can take the book out of the library during the day. Patrons may also borrow one reserve book overnight. Patrons may take the book within 2 hours of closing, no sooner, with the item due back within 30 minutes of opening.

Please contact Access Services if you have any questions: 656-2200.