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New Authoritative List of Resources in the Health Sciences

In the early sixties a librarian named Alfred Brandon recognized the growing need for an information tool to help guide medical librarians in their collection development decisions. The “Brandon/Hill Selected List of Print Books and Journals for the Small Medical Library” was first published in 1965. From its beginnings as a core list of clinical titles for hospital libraries, the Brandon/Hill list grew to become an indispensable selection tool for small hospital libraries as well as large academic medical libraries.

With the death of Dorothy R. Hill, co-author of the “Selected List,” the final edition of the “Brandon/Hill” medical list ceased publication in 2003. In 2010, members of the Medical Library Association’s Books Panel realized the need that had arisen for a resource that could be used for collection development purposes just as the Brandon/Hill lists had been used, especially in the area of digital and online publications.

The Medical Library Association’s Master Guide to Authoritative Information Resources in the Health Sciences is that new, indispensable collection development tool for librarians. It includes over 1,600 authoritative book and serial recommendations in print, digital and online formats. The editors of the Master Guide selected 108 contributors for their subject knowledge and expertise to compile the “best titles” across 35 specialties for this unique guide.

Now, Dana Medical Library is thrilled to recognize one of their own as a contributor to The Master Guide. Frances Delwiche, MLIS, MT(ASCP) is the expert contributor of the Clinical Laboratory Science specialty section in this work, that is sure to become an updated option to the iconic Brandon/Hill Selected List.

From HeLa Cells to Hospice Care

A new exhibit featuring popular works on health topics from Dana’s collections is now on display at the Dana Medical Library. These works serve both the consumer health and current awareness needs of the University of Vermont and Fletcher Allen Health Care communities.

The exhibit “From HeLa Cells to Hospice Care” features books such as the memoirs of Michael J. Fox and his struggles with Parkinson’s disease, and the story of Henrietta Lacks, the African American woman from whom HeLa cells originated. Other topics include DNA and the Human Genome Project, the nation’s first Navajo woman surgeon and her struggles to combine western medicine with Native American medicine, and end-of-life advice and guidance including the benefits of hospice care.

These and other works written for the public and health care communities are available for check-out from the Dana Medical Library. Contact the Reference Desk at 656-2201 or danaref@uvm.edu for more information.

Problems accessing what you need? Let us know!

Sometimes publishers don’t include all the articles from the print journal in the online version, or a whole issue is missing. Maybe you know we subscribe to an electronic journal but you just can’t get into it. And sometimes whole databases experience technical difficulties.

Problems accessing content online occur much more frequently than we would like. But, fortunately, we’re here to help!

Our first priority is to get you the content you need. If you have any problems, contact the reference desk at 656-2201 or danaref@uvm.edu. If it is after reference desk hours (M-F, 10-4), you can contact the circulation desk at 656-2200, who will also try to assist you. If we can’t access the content either, we will try to get it for you as quickly as possible through our Document Delivery and InterLibrary Loan departments.

The second step is to correct the problem so other people don’t have a similar experience. We always report difficulties to our technical services department who works hard to resolve the problem with the publisher or vendor.

There’s also something YOU can do: if you’re having difficulties accessing articles, electronic journals, databases, or e-books, the Libraries want to hear from you. An online form allows you to report problems directly to the e-resource troubleshooting team, who will work to resolve the problem as quickly as possible.

Help us improve our services by reporting any and all problems you have!

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Journal Changes for 2010

Below are changes in the area of electronic resources for FY 2010.

Journal Titles going from Print Only to Print & Online

  • Journal of Sports Medicine and Physical Fitness
  • Journal: Physical Therapy Education

Journal Title going from Print and Online to Online Only

  • Analytical Biochemistry (Science Direct)

Journal Titles added in Online Only unless specified

  • Lymphatic Research and Biology
  • Stem Cells
  • Journal of Orthopaedic Trauma
  • Respiratory Care (only available as a print & online package)
  • Science Translational Medicine
  • Journal of Vascular and Interventional Radiology
  • Cell Stem Cell
  • Medical Teacher
  • Mary Anne Liebert (NERL package) of 66 titles

Other Electronic Resources

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Library Olympics

Dana Library’s “Gold Medal Winner” of electronic journals for 2009 was The New England Journal of Medicine. Over 20,000 articles were downloaded from the journal by UVM users and affiliates. In second place the Silver Medal goes to Nature with over 13,000 articles, followed closely by The Journal of Biological Chemistry with the Bronze. Rounding out the top ten journals were Science, The Journal of the American Medical Association, The British Medical Journal, Lancet, Pediatrics, The Journal of Immunology, and The Journal of Neuroscience.

In the database division the Gold Medal goes to UpToDate, which totaled almost 120,000 topic searches. The second place Silver went to Web of Science, at 66,000 searches and the Bronze to OvidMEDLINE, with a strong showing of 52,000 searchers. These were followed by MDConsult, CINAHL Nursing & Allied Health, Clinical Pharmacology, SciFinder Scholar, Access Medicine, Gale Health & Wellness Center, and Nursing Reference Center.

In the print books category, the most circulated items were Color Atlas of Anatomy: a Photographic Study of the Human Body (Rohen), Robbins and Cotran Pathologic Basis of Disease (Kumar, Abbas, and Fausto), Biochemistry (Berg, Tymoczko, and Stryer), Molecular Biology of the Cell (Alberts, et al.) and Planning, Implementing, and Evaluating Health Promotion Programs: a Primer (McKenzie, Neiger, and Thackeray).

Call for Collection Proposals


The UVM Libraries’ Center for Digital Initiatives makes unique research collections available online. This digital library offers powerful search and browse capabilities and accepts a variety of formats − from film to books to born-digital files. Now that we’ve established this infrastructure, we want to expand CDI collections so that our users are better served.

The library’s goal is for CDI users to participate as creators of digital research collections in an open, collaborative environment. We are happy to announce that faculty, students, and staff may now propose collection ideas.

The Center for Digital Initiatives can help you by:

* Providing online access to new teaching collections

* Collaborating on course assignments which use our collections

* Creating collections which support faculty research and department strengths

* Engaging students in research projects and digital curation

If you have any questions about the CDI’s new collection proposal process, feel free to contact Robin M. Katz, Digital Initiatives Outreach Librarian at robin.katz@uvm.edu or (802) 656-3292.

Submit a collection proposal here.