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New Dynamed App Now Available

Tablet physician

DynaMed has released a new mobile app that is available to UVM and UVM Medical Center users.  DynaMed provides clinicians quick and easy access to evidence-based information at the point-of-care.

The new app features:

  • * Improved user experience
  • * Seamless authentication
  • * Easy access with or without an internet connection
  • * Note taking and bookmarking functions

To get started, visit DynaMed from a browser on the UVM or University of Vermont Medical Center network and click on the “Mobile” link in the top toolbar. See the Dana Mobile Apps guide for complete information.

Photo by NEC Corporation of America with Creative Commons license.


UpToDate Goes Anywhere… and Everywhere!


The UVM Libraries/FAHC-licensed UpToDate goes anywhere and everywhere!

This new version, called UpToDate Anywhere, allows full access to UpToDate at UVM, Fletcher Allen Health Care, all FAHC practice sites… and from anywhere with an Internet connection.

To take advantage of UpToDate Anywhere, users must first register an individual account from within the UVM or FAHC networks. These networks include accessing UpToDate:

  • while at UVM;
  • while at FAHC;
  • remotely with EZ Proxy or VPN;
  • through FAHC’s Remote Access Gateway;
  • on the UVM wireless network;
  • or on FAHC’s employee wireless network (NOT the FAHC guest wireless network).

With this account, UpToDate can then be accessed anywhere just by logging in with the registered user name and password. The account also enables users to accrue CME credits for reading UpToDate articles, and to download an UpToDate app to a mobile device.

Directions for downloading and installing the iPhone/iPad/iPod Touch and Android versions of the mobile app are available at http://researchguides.uvm.edu/mobile. A more detailed description of UpToDate Anywhere can be found here: http://danaguides.uvm.edu/uptodate.

As usual, if you have any questions or concerns, please do not hesitate to contact the Library at 802-656-2201 or danaref@uvm.edu.

Four iPads Available for Check-out

Who can borrow an iPad?

UVM students, faculty and staff.

How long can I keep an iPad?

Loans are for one week. iPads may be renewed for an additional checkout period if no other user has requested its use. In order to renew, you must call the Circulation desk at 656-2200 or stop by and request an extension before it is due. Late return of an iPad will result in immediate fines of $10.00 per day and will block borrowing privileges; fees may be assessed and loss of iPad borrowing privileges may result.

What comes with the iPad?

iPad kits include an iPad (16GB, wi-fi only), power adapter, dock cable and carrying case.

What comes on the iPad?

  • Dynamed: A clinical point-of-care tool
  • Skyscape: Medical reference platform, includes Natural Standard
  • Calculate by QxMD: Clinical calculators
  • AHRQ ePSS: Preventive care screening tools
  • Eponyms for students: Quick eponym reference
  • Micromedex Drug Information: A drug reference tool
  • Inkling: Interactive textbooks (comes loaded with Netter’s Clinical Anatomy)
  • ebrary: ebooks from Dana Medical Library (including USMLE study guides)
  • PubMed Mobile: Search PubMed
  • Radiology 2.0: One Night in the ED
  • Pages: Word processing
  • Adobe Reader: PDF reading software
  • Dragon Dictation: Dictation software
  • Bluefire Reader: e-reader software

Can I download new apps on the iPad?

Apps and content may be loaded on the iPad using your own iTunes account. When an iPad is returned, all data and settings will be wiped from the device. Any apps you purchase should remain available to you through your iTunes account.

 What about my personal data on the iPad?

You should remove any personal information from the iPad before you return it to the Circulation Desk. However, each iPad will be restored to default settings, deleting all data and apps from the previous user. The UVM Libraries are not responsible for anything you put or leave on the equipment.


Dana Mobile Apps page

Apple iPad Guided Tour

University Launches Device-Friendly Uvm.edu

By Megan Morley Thomas

Users might not realize that uvm.edu has drastically changed, that is unless they are looking on a tablet or mobile device where they’ll see a more streamlined, easily navigable and appropriately-sized site (device-dependent). The Web Team launched a responsive uvm.edu on Jan. 7 after concluding that the higher ed web landscape was on a precipice.

“Institutions are increasingly aware that the public front door of their university — their website homepage — is being accessed from any number of devices now: smartphones, desktop computers or tablets — all of varying screen sizes,” says Tatjana Salcedo, Web Team strategist. “In order to provide the best possible user-experience, we opted to rebuild the site in a responsive way.”

“Responsive web design” is a method of web design developed by Ethan Marcotte that uses CSS and other techniques to allow the layout and content of pages on a website to respond according to the screen resolution and orientation of the device viewing the site. This means making your design and images shrink and grow to the browser window and altering the layout (often the number of columns) at specified resolution thresholds. Additionally, responsive web designs allow easy interaction when using a touchscreen and contain video and audio that plays across a wide range of devices. The result, when implemented well, is a highly functional and attractive website that scales elegantly, regardless of the device used to access it.

The project — completed in-house by the Web Team — had to consider every aspect of the homepage, from buttons better sized to fit fingertips to navigation appearance and behavior to content prioritization.

“Responsive design keeps the visual integrity of a page as it changes shapes and rearranges content. This allows the user to have a better experience on any device,” says Deb Goller, Web Team graphic designer.

Enrollment management implications

Of the many audiences who visit uvm.edu, there’s one audience in particular whose mobile usage is skyrocketing.

A 2012 E-Expectations Report* conducted a survey of 2,000 college-bound juniors and seniors about their expectations for college websites, mobile usage, e-mail, and social media. The report indicates that 67 percent of college-bound students have access to a mobile device. Fifty-two percent of college-bound students have looked at a college site on a mobile device while 20 percent of them have looked at a college site on a tablet.

The Jan. 7 responsive launch included the undergraduate admissions web pages.

Bringing your unit into responsive design

Starting Monday, Jan. 14, the UVM Web templates offered online will be responsive upon download. Retrofitting an existing site is a different story, although if a site has stayed true to the offered publishing system features, the transition to responsive should be fairly simple. Webmasters can view online documentation and make appointments with the team for support. In addition, the Web Team will host an open info session on Monday, Jan. 28, 2013 from 9-10 a.m. in the 113T Waterman computer lab. Highly customized sites, such as the colleges, will be addressed one at a time with a great deal of assistance from the Web Team.

“The more customized a site, the more complicated the transition,” says Megan Hack, team developer. “We’ll plan to tackle those sites one at a time.”

For more information, see:

*E-Expectations Report conducted and published by Noel-Levitz, OmniUpdate, CollegeWeekLive, and NRCCUA® (National Research Center for College & University Admissions).

HighWire Press Celebrates Its 1000th App

From HighWire Press

HighWire Press recently announced the launch of its one thousandth mobile website.”This product was designed with users in mind, to better serve their mobile workflows.”

The latest mobile site to launch on HighWire is the American Journal of Respiratory and Critical Care Medicine, a publication of the American Thoracic Society. When a reader uses their smartphone device – iPhone, iPod Touch, Android, or BlackBerry – to access any of the ATS journals (AJRCCM as well as the American Journal of Respiratory Cell and Molecular Biology and the Proceedings of the American Thoracic Society), they are automatically directed to the mobile-optimized version of the site.

“Our members are delighted at the release of the mobile version of the AJRCCM site,” said Diane Gern, Publisher at the American Thoracic Society. “Mobile websites allow our users to access content quickly and easily. The HighWire solution improves the user experience for our constituents.”

Many journal titles and resources are available in a mobile version; check publisher web sites for availability. For further information regarding mobile devices and library resources, see Dana Library’s Mobile Guide, or contact the reference desk at 656-2201.

Workshop on Library Content for Your Mobile Device

Library Databases, Journals, and Books on Your Mobile Device

Discussion of databases, journals and books available for iOS, Android, and Blackberry devices, followed by an iPad demonstration of the relevant apps and web sites.

February 1, 2012

Our workshops are open to UVM and FAHC faculty, staff and students.

We can custom design a workshop for you, for your class, or for your workgroup. Workshops can be held in the Library or in another more convenient location for you. Call 656-2201 or email danaref@uvm.edu for more information or to schedule a session. Workshops on these topics are readily available, or request a customized combination of topics.

Nursing Reference Center Mobile App

The NRC application is available for free from the Apple App Store. Once you download the app install it on your device, you must authenticate it.

To authenticate the NRC app:

1. Log into Nursing Reference Center.

2. Click the Nursing Reference Center iPhone/iPod Touch Application link at the bottom of the page and enter your email address. An email with an authentication key is sent to you.

3. Access the email from your device and click the link found in the email to authenticate the application. You have 24 hours to access the key from your device to authenticate the app. If the key is not used within 24 hours, it expires and you will need a new key.

Note: Once it is authenticated, the app can be used for nine months, after which you must send yourself a new authentication key from the NRC interface.

Contact the Reference Desk at 656-2201 or danaref@uvm.edu for assistance.

UVM.edu Goes Mobile

By Megan Morley Thomas

UVM is now more accessible on your mobile device with the launch of m.uvm.edu.* This launch comes months after the launch of iUVM, the iPhone app for uvm.edu.

It’s true that uvm.edu has always been viewable on smart phones and some might wonder what this mobilization means. Web-enabled smartphone use makes it easy enough to access websites in miniature form, but the true mobilization of a website captures appropriate content in a format that’s much more conducive to reading on a handheld device. Regular-sized sites scaled down on a mobile device demand excessive scrolling of small text in order to read the content. True mobile sites optimize appropriate content and bring it to the surface while minimizing keystrokes — content for on-the-go readers.

While some universities offer a mobile friendly interface that links to regular full-size websites, UVM’s mobile site includes some of the main website’s most popular content areas such as news, directory and courses — all optimized for mobile. The site also features information of particular interest to mobile users including building information, emergency updates and events.

The site was researched for about a year with development beginning this past May and was built upon the Kurogo framework used by Harvard, MIT and Middlebury College (among others).

“The framework we chose was a good fit with our website infrastructure and allows for rapid deployment — a key to building a successful mobile website,” says Tatjana Salcedo, strategist for the UVM Web Team. She adds that m.uvm.edu is compatible with a huge variety of mobile devices from feature phones to the popular Android and iPhone. It’s even optimized for iPad.

Student power was key to the site’s completion. The site’s technical implementation was the summer project of computer science major Ebrahim Kobeissi (Eebs) ’12.

“I think it’s a very different experience programming for devices other than a computer. You have to consider problems that are outside the scope of normal issues,” says Kobeissi. “And it will be great to be able to reach people who are on the go, and give them a better experience when browsing UVM’s website.”

Next steps for UVM’s mobile site include integrating more content of particular use to mobile users such as dining location schedules, menus and campus shuttle info. There are also future plans to develop mobile apps based on the mobile webiste.

*Viewing note: The mobile site is viewable on a regular Web browser in a larger format; users navigating to www.uvm.edu from mobile devices will be offered a choice of entering the mobile site or going directly to the full “regular” site.

Going Mobile@Dana

It’s even easier to go mobile at Dana now that a guide written by librarians specifically for UVM and FAHC patrons is available on the web site. The guide provides detailed directions for accessing or downloading mobile apps for many of the library’s licensed resources. It also lists the most popular medical mobile apps, and directs users to more comprehensive listings and reviews of apps. Directions for getting technological help at UVM or FAHC can also be found.

DynaMed for iPhone

DynaMed, an evidence-based, point-of-care decision support tool similar to UpToDate but available remotely, can also be used on your iPhone. You must be affiliated with UVM or FAHC in order to use this service.

In order to put DynaMed on your iPod Touch or iPhone, you must first download Skyscape, a free app for the iPhone and iPod Touch from the App Store. Once in the Skyscape app, choose the Tools menu, then Install Resource.

You must now enter a serial number for DynaMed in the Skyscape Serial Number field. (Even though the name of the field is Skyscape Serial Number, you should enter a serial number for Dynamed.) Each user will have to obtain a unique serial number.  In order to get the serial number for DynaMed, send an email to dynamedsupport@ebscohost.com requesting a DynaMed serial number. You must send the email from your UVM or VTMEDNET email account when requesting a serial number. Explain that you would like a serial number to be able to use DynaMed on an iPhone or iPod Touch.

After you have entered that number in the Skyscape Serial Number field, click Continue and Skyscape will download DynaMed data and make it available to you from your home screen.

Skyscape also offers several free medical resources such as Archimedes Medical Calculator, Outlines in Clinical Medicine and RxDrugs Dosing Companion.

DynaMed can be used on other hand held devices such as Blackberries, Palm Pilots or Pocket PCs. Visit DynaMed at http://www.ebscohost.com/dynamed/technical.php for further instructions. Again, you will need to obtain a serial number to use these features.

If you have any questions, please contact the Reference Desk at danaref@uvm.edu or 656-2201.