Dana Medical Library has received a contract to create digitized images of a portion of its historical Medical Instrument Collection. This collection includes 19th and 20th century medical kits and instruments that were used in rural Vermont. The contract will fund the creation of images for 223 individual instruments and 36 kits. The award will provide funding to process the images of the instruments along with information about these unique items. The collection will be available on the UVM Scholar Works website in April 2015, joining the College of Medicine Yearbook and Catalog collections. For further information contact Donna O’Malley, MLS, PI at Donna.OMalley@uvm.edu. and Sarah McGlynn, PC, MLS at Sarah.McGlynn@uvm.edu.
The Larner Classroom is moving along and several items will be worked on in the next few weeks. New furniture will arrive and building inspections will begin in the classroom. On October 2nd there will be a fire marshal inspection and final cleaning will commence. The next step will be to work on the lighting controls which is scheduled for October 6th. The first seminar class will take place on October 17th. These are all great steps that will be taking place to get us to the Grand Opening of the new Larner Classroom and Learning Commons!
Check out the new exhibit in the Bailey/Howe Lobby, “Reflection and Vision: 200 Years of Libraries at the University of Vermont,” which depicts the history of library collections and spaces at the University of Vermont.
The University’s earliest efforts to create a library, including Professor Joseph Torrey’s nine month book collecting mission in Europe
The construction of Billings Library, designed by famed architect H. H. Richardson
The creation of the Bailey/Howe and Dana Medical Libraries
The future of library spaces and digital collections
Excerpts from a portfolio documenting the Billings Library after its dedication in 1885 are also on view. The complete set of photographs can be viewed in Special Collections.
The entire Billings Portfolio can also be viewed on Flickr.
Susan Bishop, Administrative Assistant to the Director, was recently given the University Libraries 2013 Delmar Janes Staff Excellence Award. This award “recognizes outstanding employees whose overall commitment, exemplary performance, positive attitude and acts of achievement (extending above and beyond the call of duty) serve to further the libraries’ mission while enhancing the work environment.”
Susan’s service to UVM Libraries spans as far back as 1977, when she was hired to work as technical assistant for the Hospital Library Development Service, an outreach grant funded by the (US) National Library of Medicine, to develop and strengthen the region’s small hospital libraries. Later, Susan went on to obtain permanent status with UVM, and has been working at the Dana Medical Library for well over thirty-five years. Susan has had a positive impact on every staff member throughout her career. She has also worked in every department in the Library.
During her tenure at UVM, Susan performed myriad duties, from billing and managing departmental budgets to schedule management and exhibit curation. She filled in at the circulation desk, substituted on the reference desk during librarians’ meetings, and worked in the Audiovisual Department. At one point, she typed the individual cards and pockets that used to line the backs of books and journals. She trekked across campus in all types of weather to deposit funds at Waterman, and get change for the various coin boxes. Susan was the first person at Dana to have a computer!
Describing Susan’s current job description isn’t easy, either. She plays an important role in organizing and creating the various exhibits displayed in the DML, whether they are on loan from the National Library of Medicine or created in-house. She works on a variety of assignments such as gathering yearly statistics, supporting the creation of the newsletter and annual reports, delivering the mail, managing the Director’s calendar, filling in and assisting in ILL, and lending her design expertise in the creation of scholarly posters. She coordinates Dana Council meetings through calendars, provides well-written, timely minutes, and schedules these meetings and locations. She is a wonderful editor. She orders library supplies and organizes all the files. Simply put, Dana wouldn’t run smoothly without her.
All at Dana are lucky to work with Susan Bishop, and offer a hearty congratulations for this well-deserved award.
Jeanene Light, MLS
We asked everyone who works in Bailey/Howe—from the ground floor to the third floor—to tell us about their favorite person, place or thing in this building. Their answers are this exhibit. From old-school media equipment that’s still in use to books about Bigfoot, we invite you to “Discover This.” (And us in the process.)
The Libraries’ latest edition of “In Circulation,” our annual newsletter, is ready for your viewing pleasure. Discover what’s new in our collections, who’s new to our roster of colleagues, as well as what we’re doing for our campus and community. Here’s a sample of what you’ll find inside: Special Collections Turns 50; A Librarian Speaks with President Obama; and, Architectural Plans for the Billings Renovation Project. Read it and reap.
The UVM Libraries are proud to introduce CATQuest, a new search engine that provides information about, and access to, a wide variety of research materials from the UVM Libraries and beyond. You’ll find books, journals, scholarly articles, newspaper and magazine articles, digital items and more. A large selection of the journals and other online sources we subscribe to at UVM are in CATQuest. Nearly everything in the UVM Libraries is included. CATQuest is now available via the search box on our library’s homepage. If you’re a fan of what we’re calling our classic library catalog, never fear − you’ll find that prominently featured as well. Click here if you need information on how to use CATQuest.
And as always, let us know what you think!