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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.

Summer Reading, At Your Fingertips: Win a Popular Reading Book!

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A good book is a great escape from studying and research… and we’re giving them away! 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.

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.

Questions? Contact Kate Bright at 656-0695.

Current and Bestselling Books Highlighted in New 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).

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.

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.

Whiteboard Survey: Students Weigh-in on Study Space

Furniture survey board image resizedIn February, Library staff conducted a whiteboard survey in the space where the Reference Desk once resided. With the removal of the Desk, this empty space was re-claimed as study space, and now it needed furniture! Who better to ask about usable and comfortable furniture than our very own patrons? Library patrons were asked to share their thoughts on the whiteboard to the following two questions:

What kind of furniture would you like in this area? The choices were: Carrels, Lounge Chairs, Lounge Chairs with Laptop Desks, Round Tables, Rectangular Tables.

Comments or other suggestions?

The most popular response came from the Comments question. Twenty-one respondents indicated that they would prefer standing desks. The next most popular response was rectangular tables (19), followed by lounge chairs (9) and lounge chairs with desks (8). Only five people wanted to see carrels in this area. No one was a fan of round tables.

Other popular survey suggestions included a fish tank, massage chairs, and kittens and puppies. Another idea was to move all the chairs against the wall from the former Reference area, and fill in the center with tables.

As a result of the survey, we have rearranged the existing furniture as suggested and added another rectangular table. We are in the process of scheduling more visits from Tucker the therapy dog. And we are investigating using our mobile monitor to display a fish tank video when it is not in use elsewhere. Survey feedback will also inform future decisions about purchasing furniture for the Dana Library. As a reminder, the Main Desk has nine portable stand-up desks that can be checked out.

More questions or comments? Contact Lesley Boucher at 656-4404.

Dana’s April Workshops: Mark your calendar!

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Come join us all month long in the Dana Classroom for workshops on important library resources and databases!

How to Search Google Scholar

Wednesday, April 6, Noon – 1:00pm

Google Scholar is a freely accessible web search engine that indexes the full text of scholarly literature with many irresistible features along with some definite challenges. Come learn how to make Scholar an important tool in your clinical or research toolkit. Instructor: Alice Stokes

Introduction to EndNote

Wednesday, April 13, Noon – 1:00 pm

This beginning EndNote class will get you started with using this powerful reference management software. You’ll learn how easy it is to export citations from popular online databases and automatically insert them into your paper or manuscript. Instructor: Frances Delwiche

PubMed: Basics & Beyond

Wednesday, April 20, Noon – 1:00 pm

Are your PubMed skills a little rusty? Come to this workshop and brush up on the basics such as using limits and MeSH headings to zero in on the results you need. We’ll move beyond the basics by answering whatever questions you have so come prepared to share! Instructor: Fred Pond

Searching CINAHL

Wednesday, April 27, Noon – 1:00 pm

This workshop will cover how to find high quality nursing and allied health information in CINAHL. In it, we’ll cover topics like advanced searching, how to use subject headings in your search, and how to fine-tune your results. Instructor: Fred Pond

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 Gary Atwood at (802) 656-4488.

Don’t forget about Dana’s Interlibrary Loan Service!

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Joanne Montanye and Elinor Avery, our Interlibrary Loan staff.

Having trouble finding something? Make sure to take advantage of Dana’s Interlibrary Loan services. Our staff is available to help you with your search.

Here are the specifics of this great service:

Interlibrary Loan (ILL) provides access to journal articles, books, and audiovisual materials that are not available in the Dana Medical Library. ILL is different from Document Delivery in that Document Delivery is a service that supplies journal articles and book chapters from our own collection.

Dana Medical Library provides free Interlibrary Loan to UVM health, biomedical, and medical students, and to University of Vermont Medical Center residents. We also provide 25 free Interlibrary Loans per semester to UVM faculty and staff and to University of Vermont Medical Center employees. After this there is a $5.00 per item charge.

Learn more on Dana’s Interlibrary Loan webpage.

How to request an Interlibrary Loan:

You can request an ILL by filling out the online form, sending an e-mail, phoning (802) 656-4382, or sending a FAX to 656-0762.

We can send documents to you by email, through campus mail or U.S. Mail, or by fax. For items which need to be picked up, we can notify you by phone or email. Office hours are Monday – Friday 8:00 am – 4:00 pm.

Check out Dana’s Interlibrary Loan YouTube video for step-by-step instructions.

Dana Main Desk Expands Roles

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The Main Desk at the Dana Medical Library has expanded its role to be the central point for help, information, and services for the library. It’s not just for checking out books anymore!
The Main Desk, staffed by Lesley Boucher (supervisor), John Printon, Brenda Nelson, Colin McClung and Craig Chalone, with the help of student assistants, can help with ejournal access, finding books, and selecting databases. They can assist you in ordering materials from other libraries and checking out books, media, and print journals. Now, instead of having two help desks, we have one to reduce the uncertainty of who to ask, for any question.

Research Support at the Dana Medical Library

The Main Desk is now the place to arrange to meet with a librarian for in-depth research assistance. Librarians are available on a walk-in basis from 10-4, Monday through Friday. You can also make an appointment with a librarian.

For more information, contact the Main Desk at 656-2200.