Change is in the air! Dana Medical Library Fall Semester Hours have begun

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Fall 2016 semester hours run through Monday, January 2, 2017. They are as follows:

  • Monday thru Thursday, 7:30 am – 12 midnight
  • Friday, 7:30 am – 9 pm
  • Saturday, 9 am – 9 pm
  • Sunday, 9 am – 12 midnight

Exceptions:

Thanksgiving Holiday

  • Wednesday, November 23, 7:30am-5pm
  • Thursday, November 24 (University Holiday), CLOSED
  • Friday, November 25 (University Holiday), CLOSED
  • Saturday, November 26, 9am-5pm
  • Sunday, November 27, Resume regular hours

Winter holidays: Hours will be reduced between Friday, December 16, 2016 and Monday, January 2, 2017

  • Friday, December 16, 7:30 am-7pm
  • Saturday, December 17 Saturday, 9am -7pm
  • Sunday, December 18, 9am-10pm
  • Monday, December 19—Thursday, December 22, 7:30am-10pm
  • Friday, December 23 – Monday, January 2 (University Holidays and Winter Break Days)- CLOSED

Regular hours will resume Tuesday, January 3, 2017. Contact the Main Desk at 656-2200 with any questions.

One More Time Or The Secret to Unlimited Library Renewals

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Due dates are stamped on all library items when you check them out of the library.  You, the borrower, are responsible to know when the item is due after that.  The library does everything it can to send Courtesy Notices before an item is due, Overdue Notices after the due date has passed, and finally a Bill Notice once an item is ‘lost’.  The library does not like having to send the last type any more than you like getting them!  The easiest, fastest and overall best way to avoid notices is to renew your items.  The library has several ways to do that:

Email, Call the Main Desk at 656-2200, or go to our website under Services: Renew a Book.

The majority of circulating materials have a ‘limit’ of three renewals.  After that you need to bring the item back to the library to be renewed.  Three renewals for a book stacks book means that you could effectively have an item for four months before having to renew it in person with the item in hand.  We want you to think about if you are actively using the materials after that time, or if they can be returned to the library and be available to other library users.  Library materials stay in use this way, rather than stored in a locker, left on a desk, or hidden under some piece of furniture, which ultimately leads to some items getting lost.

Renewals can be blocked if you have overdue fines, billed items or if another person has Recalled the materials.  Otherwise you have access to unlimited library renewals.

It’s Not Too Late to Win a Current, Popular Book!

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A good book is a great escape from studying and research… and we’re giving them away! We have decided to extend our Summer Reading program to include the month September. So, if you haven’t quite finished the book that you have been working on, there is still time! Read a book and write a review about it, or tell us your thoughts in a quick survey about the summer reading exhibit. You will be entered into a drawing for popular reading books!

We all need a break from our work occasionally. One great way is to pick up a good book… and possibly win one too! Here is how it works:

Peruse the popular reading books that are on the table in Dana’s Main Hall. Check out a book that interests you, read it, and write a review about it on the card that is inside the cover of the book. Slip it into the survey and review box the next time you are in the library. You will automatically be entered into a drawing for one of these popular reading titles: When Breath Becomes Air, by Paul Kalanithi, Into the Magic Shop, by James Doty, and Lab Girl, by Hope Jahren.

You can also take a few moments to fill out our survey that is on the display table in Dana’s Main Hall. Slip it into the survey and review box and automatically be entered into the same drawing.

This summer has seen a great interest in the books in our display. Here are some of the most popular so far: Both Into the Magic Shop, by James Doty and Lab Girl, by Hope Jahren have circulated 7 times, Me Before You, by Jojo Moyes circulated 5 times, and The Gene: An Intimate History, by Siddhartha Mukherjee 4 times.

Questions? Contact Kate Bright at 656-0695.

Current and Bestselling Books Highlighted in Summer Reading Exhibit

At Dana, we encounter a fascinating intersection of literature, medicine and science. The new exhibit that is now up in our display cases, Medicine, Science and Literature: Reading for the Summer Months, examines a special collection of books that strays away from the clinical. Instead, these literary works – fiction, nonfiction, memoirs, poetry, essays –  can inspire and encourage health care professionals, and the greater public, to take a deeper look into life and to explore topics that are both age old and cutting edge. The books being showcased are only the most current and bestselling and we encourage you to stop by and pick one up!

Here are four books that are worth a closer look:Dreamland Quinones resized

Dreamland: The True Tale of America’s Opiate Epidemic, by Sam Quinones, is a startling account of the opiate epidemic facing America today. An epidemic that was quietly fueled by pharmaceutical companies and doctors who treated pain pills as wonder drugs and by enterprising Mexican drug traffickers who supplied heroin on demand to desperate opiate addicts.

Gene Mukherjee resizedFrom the Pulitzer Prize-winning, bestselling author of The Emperor of All MaladiesThe Gene: An Intimate History, by Siddhartha Mukherjee, is a magnificent history of the gene and a response to the defining question of the future: What becomes of being human when we learn to “read” and “write” our own genetic information? A #1 New York Times Bestseller – Amazon

Lab Girl Jahren resizedLab Girl, by Hope Jahren, is a book about work, love, and the mountains that can be moved when those two things come together. It is told through Jahren’s remarkable stories: about her childhood in rural Minnesota with an uncompromising mother and a father who encouraged hours of play in his classroom’s labs; about how she found a sanctuary in science, and learned to perform lab work done “with both the heart and the hands”; and about the inevitable disappointments, but also the triumphs and exhilarating discoveries, of scientific work. – Amazon

Gratitude Sacks resizedGratitude is a collection of essays from Oliver Sacks’ last 2 years of life. “Oliver Sacks was like no other clinician, or writer. He was drawn to the homes of the sick, the institutions of the most frail and disabled, the company of the unusual and the ‘abnormal.’ He wanted to see humanity in its many variants and to do so in his own, almost anachronistic way—face to face, over time, away from our burgeoning apparatus of computers and algorithms. And, through his writing, he showed us what he saw.” – Atul Gawande, author of Being Mortal 

Questions about the exhibit? Contact Kate Bright at 656-0695. To check out a book, contact or stop by the Main Desk (656-2200).

Dana Highlights Medicine and Science-inspired Summer Reading

Into the Magic Shop ResizedAt the Dana Medical Library, we see a fascinating intersection of literature, medicine and science. In the new exhibit, Medicine, Science and Literature: Reading for the Summer Months, we highlight a special collection of books that are most definitely not clinical. Instead, these literary works – fiction, nonfiction, memoirs, poetry, essays –  can inspire and encourage health care professionals to take a deeper look into life and to explore topics that are both age old and cutting edge.

This summer, the Library is showcasing only the most current and bestselling books, and we encourage you to stop by and pick one up! This new exhibit is now up in our display cases.

Questions about the exhibit? Contact Kate Bright at 656-0695. To check out a book, contact or stop by the Main Desk (656-2200).

Reserves: In The User’s Hands

ReservesThreebooks (2) resizedDana Medical Library supports approximately 195 classes across the Nursing and Health Sciences and Medical School curricula during a given year.  Reserves are intended to make a limited resource available to as many users as possible.  Library policies have evolved in the last couple years to reflect this main purpose, balanced with making sure students are allowed to use materials as long as they need. The ultimate goal is to keep an item in the hands of a user rather than on a library shelf.

Two hour Reserves, that used to be “In Library Use Only”, are now allowed to leave the library.  Students can study in another location or sometimes photocopy the material in their department.  The two hour loans can also leave the library overnight to accommodate night owls. Materials can be checked out within two hours of closing and are due back within 30 minutes of opening the next day. There is also a Book Return located outside the library’s main entrance.

ReservesTwoscreen (2) resizedUsing reserves is easy with the Course Reserves link.  The quickest way to search is by Course number. Once you find your item, staff at the Main Desk need the call number to be able to retrieve it.  Scrap paper is available to write numbers down, but many users pull up the information on their smart phone and simply hand staff their device.

Reserves are available on a first come first serve basis.  Wait lists are not an option because of no-shows. The two-hour loan means that materials come back in a timely manner so that the next user can wait and study something else. It is understandable that overdue fines are steep at $10 per hour.  Materials can be renewed if no one else has asked for them. Please bring the item with you to the Main Desk to request a renewal, just in case someone else is waiting for the item.

Loan Periods for reserves are not limited to 2 hours, some can be 3 days, 7 days or 4 weeks depending on the item. The professor, not the library, chooses the loan period. Professors adding books or audiovisual materials to Reserve should use this link.

All of the services linked to here are also available on the library’s main webpage. For questions, contact the Main Desk at 656-2200. Hope to see you in the library soon.

 

Dana Medical Library Welcomes Incoming Family Medicine Interns

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On Thursday, June 23rd, Dana Librarian Fred Pond, MLS, presented to incoming UVM Medical Center Family Medicine Interns on available library resources and services. An example of the many services that the Library provides to the UVM Medical Center, the session touched on the following topics:

  • Mobile Devices-Activation & Practice
  • Searching & Comparing Point of Care Resources
  • PubMed Advanced Tips & Techniques

One of the many jobs of Dana librarians is to provide outreach to the UVM Medical Center and UVM Medical Complex departments giving them the information they need to utilize the library to the best of their ability. Each librarian serves as a liaison, or subject specialist, to each department. To contact the liaison for your department or subject, find a complete list of the departments and respective liaisons on the Subject Specialists page of Dana’s website.

Fred Pond also presented on Monday, June 27th to the incoming UVM Medical Center Pharmacies Interns. For more information on the work that Fred does, contact Fred Pond at 656-4143.

Library Trials New Test Prep Program – BoardVitals

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Dana Medical Library is running a limited trial on the USMLE test portion of BoardVitals, an online test prep program that contains thousands of high quality board review questions. Here is how to sign up:

In order to use the program, you will create an account that will keep track of your progress. Individuals can register at BoardVitals Sign Up. You will then receive an email with a confirmation link. Click on this link and the question banks will be added to your account. Then go to the BoardVitals Login Page and sign in. You can then select a medical specialty and start studying.

Please let us know what you think! Send all comments, pro or con, to Jeanene Light so that we can determine if this is the best Test Prep Program for the library. Thank you!

Dana Survey asks, Who uses the library for What?

Library faculty and staff distributed surveys to everyone entering the Library for one hour at different times on each day. The survey asked visitors to state why they were using the Library and allowed them to select more than one activity. A total of 268 surveys were distributed with 243 patrons completing the questionnaire. Of those surveyed, 90% (219) came to the library to study or do coursework and many of those individuals used their personal laptops. The following chart reveals more survey details:

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As the chart above shows, our largest patron group was Medical Students (35%), followed by Other Undergraduate Students (28%). Our lowest Patron Group was UVM Med Center employees (2%). For Purpose of Visit, Study or Coursework (90%) was the most common reason and 70% of patrons preferred to use their laptops as opposed to the library computers.

Dana will use this information to plan programs and services at the Library. We will also compare this information with previous years’ patron studies and map trends in library usage. For more information, contact Donna O’Malley at 656-4415.