Monthly Archives: March 2013

Take our library survey & raise money for the food shelf

Please take our library user survey now by selecting your most frequently-used library:

Bailey/Howe Library
Dana Medical Library

The University Libraries care about what you think. We want your voice to be at the heart of our planning efforts.

Every four years we run a very important, nationally-benchmarked electronic survey that helps us learn how our user community views library services, collections, and facilities.

Help us raise up to $2,000 for the Chittenden County Emergency Food Shelf by participating in this year’s survey. We’ll donate 50 cents for every response until we reach our goal. It takes approximately ten minutes to complete the survey − in that time you’ll be providing multiple meals to a hungry neighbor. Additionally, participants can enter a drawing for gift certificates to UVM’s bookstore.

Your responses will be held in confidence. No identifying links between responses and the individual responding will be retained. The survey is called LibQUAL+ (TM) and is administered by the Association of Research Libraries. If you have any difficulty in accessing or taking the survey, please contact Selene Colburn at Selene.Colburn@uvm.edu.

Paddling Toward Health

An exhibit featuring Dragonheart Vermont is now on display at the Dana Medical Library. Dragonheart Vermont is a breast cancer survivor and supporter organization whose focus is on survivorship, wellness, teamwork, hope and community. The exhibit highlights the organization’s mission, the Dragonheart teams, and the Lake Champlain Dragon Boat Festival. Also highlighted is Survivorship NOW, a cancer wellness center established by Dragonheart Vermont in 2011 to meet the need for ongoing help and support for all cancer survivors in our community after their clinical treatment ends. This exhibit will be on view through the end of May 2013.

 

Document Delivery Fee Changes

Document Delivery is a service whereby journal articles requested from our library collection will be located and delivered to you by email, campus mail, fax, or for pick up in the library. Recently Document Delivery has changed its fee structure. Dana Document Delivery now charges $5.00 per article. It does not matter whether the article is available electronically or in print. This fee is waived for 5 requests in a month. Your 6th request in a month will invoke the fee for each article; if you request more than 5 articles in a month, Dana will charge you for ALL articles requested in that month. Please see the full Document Delivery policy for more information.

Most online journal articles can be easily found by library patrons, while others are difficult to find. For assistance locating online journal articles yourself, which will result in faster access for you in the long run, please see Dana’s e-journal help guide or contact us.

And, don’t forget: If Dana does not have access to a journal article you need, Interlibrary Loan can borrow it from other libraries. Dana Medical Library provides 25 free Interlibrary loans per semester to UVM faculty and staff and FAHC affiliates. After this, there is a $5.00 per item charge. See the full Interlibrary Loan policy for more details.

Letter to Medical and Health Sciences Students

We know that study space is a problem for medical and health science students at UVM. We share the concerns of graduate students in the MD, MePN, MSN,DPT, MS/CSD programs, and those in graduate research programs, who have not had study seats available to them during the crowded University exam periods. We have also heard the concerns of undergraduates in Nursing, Rehabilitation & Movement Science, Medical Laboratory & Radiation Science, and Communication Sciences & Disorders who have also experienced this crowding, and we want to assure you that there is study space at Dana for you as well.

At Dana Library, we want to maintain as much study space as possible for our primary student groups. To that end, Dana library has established a reserved medical and graduate student study area. The area contains 26 table seats and six lounge chairs and it is located in the front-side, south end of the Library. Medical and graduate students in College of Medicine and College of Nursing and Health Sciences (CNHS) programs are welcome to study in this area. The remaining study seats at tables and carrels are available to CNHS undergraduates and others on an open seating basis. UVM faculty, FAHC residents and attending physicians, nurses, and other professional staff also appropriately conduct study and research in the Library.

To reduce the incentive for students in non-CNHS undergraduate general enrollment classes to study at Dana, we will no longer have reading materials on reserve for those classes. However, all reading materials associated with programs in CNHS will still be available at Dana.

While providing quiet study space is an important Library service, other teaching, learning, and research activities of the Academic Health Center and the University take place at Dana Library. Activities such as finding and checking out books, using electronic information sources, consultation with a librarian, and attending classes taught by the librarians on information competency and evidence-based practice are important uses of Library space. We hope you will find the physical library a great place to study, but also take advantage of the many other services the Library offers both in the building, and online at the Dana website: library.uvm.edu/dana.

Please let us know your comments and concerns, and give us your feedback concerning study seating at Dana Medical Library, including the new Med/Grad study space.

Wishing you success with your course of study and career,


Marianne Burke, MLS AHIP

Director, Dana Medical Library