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Dana Medical Library Welcomes Incoming Family Medicine Interns

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This past Thursday, 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 will also present 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.

Systematic Reviews Workshop Series

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Starting February 10th, the Dana Medical Library will be holding a three-part series on Systematic Reviews.

Introduction to Systematic Reviews
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 & Gary Atwood
When: Wednesday, February 10, Noon – 1:00 pm
Where: Dana Classroom, Room 108

Searching for Systematic Reviews
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
When: Wednesday, February 17, Noon – 1:00 pm
Where: Dana Classroom, Room 108

Going Gray: How to Find Gray Literature
Have you ever considered the importance of information found in non-traditional resources such as conference proceedings and government documents? The Gray Literature can provide valuable information not provided in published journal literature. This presentation will cover the what, why, when, and how to search the grey literature.
Instructors: Nancy Bianchi & Gary Atwood
When: Wednesday, February 24, Noon – 1:00 pm
Where: Dana Classroom, Room 108

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.

Library acquires new ‘Bible’ on Free Radicals

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Free Radicals in Biology and Medicine comes to the library highly recommended.

Dana Medical Library has added the Fifth Edition of Free Radicals in Biology and Medicine by Barry Halliwell and John M. C. Gutteridge to its book collection. Published in 2015, this 905 page tome contains comprehensive and extensively referenced overviews of redox chemistry in plants, animals and humans. Here is what UVM Neurosciences Department Professor, Charles Pippenger, PhD has to say:

“A valuable reference tool for anyone working in free radical research, it is an excellent text for those just entering the field. Free Radicals in Biology and Medicine clearly maintains its reputation as the free radical researchers’ ‘Bible’.”

Find this book on the New Book shelf or contact the Main Desk at 656-2200 for more information.

CINAHL Workshop at the Dana Medical Library

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Please join us in the Dana Classroom for our final January workshop: Searching CINAHL.

This workshop is open to all UVM and University of Vermont Medical Center students, staff, and faculty. Unless otherwise noted, preregistration is not required.

Questions about any of our Workshops? Not affiliated with UVM or University of Vermont Medical Center? Please contact Gary Atwood at (802) 656-4488.

Searching CINAHL

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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
When: Wednesday, January 27th, Noon to 1 pm
Where: Dana Medical Library Classroom, Room 108