Dana Medical Library Introduces New Book Retrieval Process as Collection is Moved Off-Campus

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Dana Library’s books, with some exceptions, were moved to off-site locations the last weeks of September in preparation for the construction of the Larner Learning Commons which will include a recording studio, an upgraded multi-audience classroom, faculty development space, and an enclosed quiet study area for medical, nursing, and health sciences students. The most current and frequently circulated books will return to the library when construction is completed. The remainder of the books and all journal volumes will remain off-site permanently.

Library staff, resources, and services are all available, but the process of finding and checking out print books from the library has changed. Instead of going to the stacks to find items, borrowers need to identify desired books in the online catalog first. Next, they fill out an online form to request retrieval of the books from an off-site Annex. Library courier services retrieve books from their external locations and bring them to the Dana Library Monday through Friday for pick-up.

Students, faculty, and staff find e-books and all print books through the library’s discovery tools: CATQuest and the Classic Catalog, both available on the Dana Website. For best results, the Library recommends using CATQuest to get a print book. Contact the Dana Main Desk by email  or by phone at 656-2200 for assistance navigating library services.

Many books and textbooks can be accessed electronically (as e-books) through CATQuest. There are over 2,000 electronic books in medical, nursing, and heath professional topics in the database. The print texts are still wanted and used by many in our community. Over 6,000 print books were checked out from Dana in 2015-2016.

Books specifically needed for classes in medicine, nursing and health sciences are staying in the library. These include:

  • Books on Reserve for courses (ask for these at the Main Desk)
  • USMLE Board preparation books
  • Radiology textbooks
  • Recent acquisitions
  • Current issues of selected print periodicals
  • Media (DVDs)
  • The Medical History collection

The most used and recent portions of the Dana print collection will come back to the library when the construction is completed in May 2017. In the meantime, the loan period for books has been extended. All websites, electronic journals and databases are available through the Dana website , UVM Medical Center intranet, and COMET as usual.

Please stay tuned for updates on this process. For questions or concerns, contact Marianne Burke, Director, at 656-3483.

 

October Workshops Assist with Personal Information and Reference Collection and Management

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As there starts to be a nip in the air and you are immersed in your semester work, make sure to keep organized and up-to-date with library resources. Join us for 2 important workshops this October.

Personal Information Management: Best Practices Wednesday, October 19, Noon – 1:00 pm

How do you organize all the information you collect for your research, work and personal life? Do you wish there were ways to manage that information more efficiently? This workshop will explore the concepts of Personal Information Management (PIM), and offer concrete tips for optimum productivity and effective management of all your information. Instructor: Laura Haines, MLS

Basics of EndNote Wednesday, October 26, 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 (frances.delwiche@uvm.edu) for other options. Instructor: Frances Delwiche, MLS

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 frances.delwiche@uvm.edu or 656-4423.

Dana’s Wednesday Workshop Explores the Topic Gray Literature

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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

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.

Questions about any of our workshops? Not affiliated with UVM or University of Vermont Medical Center? Please contact Frances Delwiche at (802) 656-4423.

How to Request a Dana Book (It’s probably not in the Library)

Because most of our books are in external storage at the moment, you will need to put in a request to get the books you need. Here is how to make a request:
Search for books using CATQuest, Classic Catalog or Dana’s Website. When you find the books you want, look for the “Request from Annex” button in RED, click on it, and complete the available form. This is how you can electronically request those books that are not in the library. There is no need to request a book in person at the library. Make the request online from anywhere.
Request submitted by 11:30 am, will be available for pick-up by 4:30 pm that same day, Monday thru Friday!

request-from-annex-screenshotIf you don’t see the “Request from Annex” button, look  to see if the book is located at the Research or Williston Annex. If this is so, from Dana’s homepage, choose “Request from Annex” under Services and complete the form.
Are you not sure where the item is? Please contact the Main Desk by phone at 656-2200, by email at dana@uvm.edu or in person.
For questions or concerns, contact Marianne Burke, Director, at 656-3483.

It’s a Library, where are the Books?

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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.

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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 (fdelwiche@uvm.edu) 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.