Library Associate Professor, Donna O’Malley, MLS, will be Acting Director of the Dana Medical Library from July through December 2015 while Director Marianne Burke is on sabbatical. Donna is Library Associate Professor and Head of Technology and Digital Projects at Dana. Donna has contributed extensively to teaching and learning in medical student education over many years and has held numerous leadership roles in the UVM Libraries. She was an advocate for the creation of ScholarWorks @ UVM, the UVM Libraries-sponsored institutional repository, and currently chairs its implementation committee. She has served on Faculty Senate Committees including the Education, Research, and Technologies Committee. Contact Donna at firstname.lastname@example.org or (802) 656-4415.
Marie McGarry, Interlibrary Loan (ILL) Specialist, retires on February 28, 2014 after 29 years of service for the University of Vermont. Marie came to the Dana Medical Library in January of 1985. Initially working in cataloging, Marie then moved to ILL Borrowing, where she filled requests from UVM and Fletcher Allen patrons for materials to be borrowed from other libraries or institutions. Marie has borrowed books and other materials from as far away as Hong Kong and Australia, and is known for filling requests at lightning speed. ILL regularly receives requested journal articles as quickly as 4 hours after the request has been placed. Marie has been particularly good at meeting patron needs for high quality materials delivered quickly, and she does so while saving the Library money but never sacrificing quality patron service.
Many health sciences area patrons appreciate her work. In a recent survey of Dana ILL users, 87% indicated that being able to borrow materials for patient care, research or academic work was “essential”, with 13% rating it “very important.” Many respondents commented positively on Interlibrary Loan. “Being able to… request articles from the [Interlibrary Loan] service is absolutely critical to the teaching mission,” said one respondent. Another noted, “This [Interlibrary Loan] service is so efficient and reliable, I really depend on it to keep me up to date on related research, etc.” Speed of delivery was also rated as important and commented on by survey respondents. One respondent said, “I have been amazed that many of my ILL requests are filled the same day.”
Judging by patron feedback, Interlibrary Loan is an important service for all kinds of work: from student assignments to clinical practice. Dana Library is committed to continuing this high level of service, but there can be no denying that Marie has been a key member of the Interlibrary Loan team. She will be missed by colleagues and patrons alike. Dana Library faculty and staff wish her the very best in her new adventure of retirement!
Outreach and professional development work is very important for librarians and library staff. Not only does it provide an opportunity to communicate Dana Medical Library’s full range of services to potential patrons, it helps the Library better understand the diverse needs and interests of our clients. Leaving the library to present at or attend an event ultimately helps fine tune current collections, services and programs and develop new ones for the future.
Here are a few of the events attended this past quarter.
Going Mobile for EDU@UVM
Dana Librarian Alice Stokes presented a class on mobile library resources during the EDU@UVM Staff Development series over Spring Break. The class, Library Databases, Journals and Books on your Mobile Device, attracted staff from seven University departments and offices. Participants learned about library apps for smartphones and tablets, e-books, and the Libraries mobile websites. More information about mobile apps from Dana can be found on the Library website: http://danaguides.uvm.edu/mobile.
Health Information Equity
A recent conference sponsored by the National Library of Medicine (NLM), New England Region examined issues of health information equity. The conference was attended by medical and public librarians, public health workers, AHEC representatives and Regional Medical Library staff. Dana Library Director, Marianne Burke, who has conducted health information outreach projects and has had NLM-sponsored contracts was in attendance.
Vermont’s own Jessamyn West, a librarian who consults with rural public libraries on technology and information access spoke on the continued Digital Divide. She provided data from recent Pew studies showing that digital access disparity parallels health disparity in populations by race, socio-economic class, and region. A lack of computing and network resources can translate into health literacy disparities in communities. Since so much health information is communicated at the family and community level, the lack of technology access may make the dispersion of information throughout communities slower. Public libraries have been a great leveler providing high speed internet access across rural and disadvantaged urban regions; they are also good sources of health information. Studies have shown that library–based Internet need exceeds capacity, and that many inquiries at libraries are health-related.
State Conference for Leaders in Nursing
Vermont Organization of Nurse Leaders (VONL) held their annual conference April 19 and 20. Fred Pond, MLS and Bob Sekerak, MLS staffed an exhibit and met with close to 150 nurse leaders from across the state. Dana resources and services were highlighted.
Old Vermont Films
Fred Pond, MLS Dana Librarian, presented at the first spring 2012 presentation at UVM’s Center on Research on Vermont on the work he has done to preserve old films.
Pond was working with the film collection at the Vermont Historical Society in Barre when he uncovered a film cannister marked, “Montpelier- Silent.” Inside was a 16mm color film of about 45 minutes in length. When Pond looked more closely, he discovered the film was more than a film featuring Montpelier. The film turned out to be a silent documentary showing the Vermont State Guard during World War II.
Vermont State Guard in World War II is among the films which the Vermont Historical Society recently embarked on a project to move from film to DVD, digitizing them for use by communities, researchers and film makers. Pond presented the challenges and rewards of this process, along with selected footage from titles from the VHS Leahy Library Collection, featuring a mix of home movies, state development, and commercial films of Vermont’s industries.
Careers in Libraries
On April 3, 2012 Dana Medical Library joined 90 area businesses at the 13th annual South Burlington High School Career/Job EXPO. The event offers high school students an opportunity to explore new career pathways and talk with professionals and business leaders about college options, employment, shadowing, and internship opportunities. This year Dana librarian Nancy Bianchi used a Harry Potter theme to welcome students to learn about careers in medical librarianship. EXPO attendees who stopped at the Library’s exhibit table were invited to take a five question Harry Potter quiz, and then encouraged to ask the librarian about the magical similarities between the “Wizarding World of Harry Potter” and Medical Librarianship. Potions, Hogwarts Library, and Dementors made the Dana Medical Library’s exhibit a popular stop at this year’s Career/Job EXPO!