Welcome to Spring 2019 at Dana!

Library Assistant Professor Laura Sobel at the UVM Medical Center Knowledge Fair in May

Spring is a busy time at the library and, in the last few months, much has happened that is newsworthy.  As we look back at what we have accomplished this semester, we also look forward to more changes in the coming months. We are very pleased to announce that the new Dean of UVM Libraries will be Dr. Bryn Geffert. Dr. Geffert comes to us from Amherst College and will begin his appointment in July. Along with a new Dean of Libraries, a search is underway for a new Director of the Dana Medical Library. We will be welcoming candidates to campus for this position starting at the end of May. Both of these administrative changes will open the door for new ideas, collaborations, and initiatives. Here at Dana, we are very excited about the possibilities!

In this current newsletter, we have an update from Collections, a new electronic platform in our Interlibrary Loan department, as well as new electronic services and resources available. We also highlight recent graphic medicine exhibits and events, recent faculty scholarship, as well as a new weekly in-library graduate writing clinic.



Check Out Dana’s New Electronic Services and Resources

Library Tab Now Available in myUVM

Dana resources are now available for students via a convenient tab on myUVM! This tab provides access to a select set of resources in a convenient place. When you log onto myUVM, you will see a link to the library, similar to this:

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By clicking on this link, you will have access to all 3 UVM Libraries – Dana Medical Library, Howe Memorial Library, and Silver Special Collections. There will be icons for each library that will take you to resources specific to that library. Basic search tools are available here like CATQuest, Research Guides, Research RoadMap, and Find a Journal.

For Dana, you have direct access to our Interlibrary Loan Services, Course Reserves, the ability to request a meeting with a librarian, and library hours and directions. If you have questions or need assistance, contact Gary Atwood.

Online Zotero Tutorials are Now Available

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Zotero is a research assistant tool that helps you collect, organize, cite, and share research. Dana now has easy-to-use online tutorials that show you how to install Zotero, add and organize references, set up Zotero groups, and use Zotero with Microsoft Word. Check out the Dana Medical Library Tutorial page to learn more. Questions? Contact Gary Atwood.

Printing from Laptops, Smartphones or Desktops


Users now have the ability to print from any device by simply uploading documents to the Pharos Print Center via a web browser or smartphone.

To begin, login to the Pharos Print Center with your UVM NetID and password. Then upload your documents from your browser or smartphone. In the print center, you can see your balance, specify black & white or color printing, page range and the number of copies. In addition, you can view your printing activity, delete print jobs and see a print preview. Then print and pay for your jobs at any one of the print stations in the Dana Medical Library, Howe Library, or at the CATCard Service Center. Note that unprinted documents are purged after 2 hours. For questions, contact Library Technology Services.

Reporting Problems with Electronic Resources


If you find yourself having trouble getting access to a database, e-journal, e-book or other electronic resource, please let us know! Fill out our form to report the issue. This form can be found under the “Services” tab at the top of the page. It will ask important questions, such as your location (on or off campus) and what type of resource you are trying to use. This information will help us determine the cause of the problem and if it may be affecting other users as well. If you are unsure of how to fill out the form, or have additional questions you’d like to discuss, feel free to reach out to a librarian for help. You can chat with us, email us or give us a call to try to figure out why the resource you are trying to use isn’t working.

While we do our best to provide seamless electronic access to our materials, sometimes things do go wrong. Your help in reporting errors allows us to find and resolve these issues more quickly! Thank you for your help!


Collections News


In the absence of library budget increases in the past four years, it’s tempting to think the Dana Medical Library doesn’t make changes in subscriptions to journals, databases, and other materials. The truth is, we are constantly assessing and adjusting our holdings to make sure we’re getting the best value for our funds, and that we’re acquiring the things our users want and need for education, research and clinical care.

For example, we’ve had multiple requests for The Journal of Hospital Medicine and we were able to add that for 2019.  We managed this by carefully monitoring the usage of all our journal titles for several years to identify ones that weren’t performing as well as they should be. When a title can be identified as having relatively low, or declining use, it’s a good sign that needs of users have changed.  We also examine other metrics, such as impact factors and ranking of relative importance of journal titles within a subject grouping. Recommendations and requests from faculty and students weigh heavily in our decisions, as well.

If there is a resource you believe the Dana Medical Library really needs to add to its collection, please don’t hesitate to request it.  Even if we can’t immediately accommodate your request, we will always work hard to try to make it happen! Request forms for adding a book, etc. can be found on our website. Feel free to contact us with questions, comments, or requests.

Introducing Human Anatomy Atlas by Visible Body

Virtually search, dissect, and examine the human body anywhere, anytime with Dana Medical Library’s new app, Human Anatomy Atlas.  Human Anatomy Atlas is a comprehensive 3D atlas of the human body that provides access to 3D views, animations, quizzes, and more.


Browse 3D views by regions, by systems, or in the Gross Anatomy Lab.  Search for specific structures or topics using the search function in the lower left corner.


Within a view, select a specific structure to find a definition (book icon), related pathology information (stethoscope icon), and its English pronunciation (speaker icon).  Hide structures to see anything that may be beneath them.  Note that in some views, certain structures may only be visible once others are hidden—in the screenshot above, several structures in the back were hidden to reveal the suboccipital triangle.

To test your knowledge or practice for an exam, take a quiz.  Quizzes will prompt you to identify specific structures in the given view.  In some cases, you may need to manipulate the view by rotating or hiding structures to find the correct answer.

Human Anatomy Atlas is available via the web app or download the Mobile App for access on both Android and iOS devices.  If you have any questions about how to access or use Human Anatomy Atlas, contact Jeanene Light for assistance.

Dana Gets New Interlibrary Loan Platform from National Library of Medicine

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As part of its current Strategic Plan, the National Library of Medicine (NLM) has retired their previous DOCLINE interlibrary loan request/routing platform and launched a completely rewritten DOCLINE 6.1. Their transition team adopted an “agile development” model which releases “basic functionality” and then continues developing and improving in response to user feedback. Timely communication from the participating libraries is essential to guide the process.

The project schedule was ambitious: libraries were informed of the project in June 2018, and instructed in how to create the new, more secure, log-in accounts. The NLM team then began building the basic new DOCLINE structure. By October 2018 the existing system data was imported into new DOCLINE. November 2018 brought interface preview and log-in testing for all libraries, and beta-testing for a selected few (not Dana!). In February 28, 2019 borrowing ceased in the old DOCLINE, with limited access to complete in-process lending. In March 4, 2019 DOCLINE 6.1 was released with full functioning.

The results were surprisingly good: by March 14, over 32,000 requests had been processed in the new DOCLINE. It is still a work in progress by definition, and many libraries are working out individual issues, but overall the project has been a success!

At Dana we’re learning to master the new user interface and advocating with the developers for some time-saving features. We are keeping up with our usual processing turn-around times, but please be aware that other libraries may take longer to send materials to us.

If you have any questions, or suggestions, please contact Laura Haines.

Dana Offered Spring Semester Graduate Writing Clinic Services

WritingCenterLogoIn partnership with the Graduate Writing Center, Dana offered a drop-in Graduate Writing Clinic at the library, Mondays 2:30-4:30 and Tuesdays 3:30-5:30 during the Spring 2019 semester. Consultant Alyssa Jones (Communication Sciences and Disorders) was available to meet with individual writers and writing teams on a full range of projects (course assignments, dissertations and capstones, proposals, personal statements, oral presentations and more) and at any stage of the composing process. Whether students dropped in with a quick fifteen-minute question or for a longer consultation, the service was provided free to all UVM graduate students. Learn more about UVM’s Graduate Writing Center and how to get assistance over the summer.

Graphic Medicine Events and Exhibits at Dana

This spring, Dana Medical Library hosted a series of events and exhibits that explored the writing genre called “Graphic Medicine”. Graphic Medicine, coined by Dr. Ian Williams, is “the intersection of the medium of comics and the discourse of healthcare”. Williams believes that graphic medicine can assist medical professionals by effectively relating patient or caregiver experience and playing a role in the discussion of difficult subject matters. It can be a means of healing from trauma.

Exhibit: Graphic Medicine as Medical Narrative

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Currently on display in Dana’s exhibit cases, Graphic Medicine as Medical Narrative explores why this is an important medium of expression for authors and medical professionals alike. It looks at why graphic medicine is so effective with the use of comics and the combination of image and text to convey perspective. The exhibit also points out some great graphic medicine books to pick up, including a few written by acclaimed Vermont authors.

NLM Exhibition: Graphic Medicine: Ill-Conceived & Well-Drawn!


Courtesy of the History of Medicine Division of the National Library of Medicine (NLM), Dana also hosted the traveling exhibition Graphic Medicine: Ill-Conceived & Well-Drawn! from March 4th to April 13th. Made up of 6 free-standing panels, “Graphic Medicine: Ill-Conceived & Well-Drawn! explores an increasingly popular, yet little-known literary field that presents personal stories of illness and health through the medium of comics. Showcasing items from the National Library of Medicine’s growing collection of graphic memoirs, the stories depict people’s experiences with an array of health issues, from breast cancer and deafness to mental illness and HIV/AIDS.” (This exhibition was produced by the US National Library of Medicine.)

Talk: Reclaiming Patient Narrative in Graphic Medicine

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On April 4th, Dana presented A Conversation with Graphic Medicine Author Rachel Lindsay: Reclaiming Patient Narrative in Graphic Medicine. “Rachel Lindsay [discussed] the creation of her book Rx: A Graphic Memoir, which chronicles her experience advertising psychopharmaceuticals as a bipolar person, and subsequent involuntary hospitalization for mania. A powerful new voice in the mental health realm of the Graphic Medicine community, Lindsay has spoken about her work at Harvard Medical School, Columbia University, Mount Sinai Hospital, and the California Institute of Integral Studies, among others. Based in Burlington, she is also the cartoonist of Rachel Lives Here Now, which runs weekly in Seven Days.” (Lindsay)

For more information about Dana’s Graphic Medicine events and exhibits, contact Kate Bright or Alice Stokes.

Faculty Scholarship

Joint Libraries Publication in The Journal for Academic Librarianship

Assistant Professor Graham Sherriff, MA, MLS (Howe Library), Associate Professor Daisy Benson, MA, MLIS (Howe Library), and Assistant Professor Gary Atwood, MA, MSLIS (Dana Medical Library) recently had an article published in The Journal of Academic Librarianship. “Practices, Policies, and Problems of Learning Data: A Survey of Libraries’ Use of Digital Learning Objects and the Data They Create” looks at how libraries manage the education-related data generated by the digital learning objects that they use. Examples of this data include answers to quizzes and responses submitted in tutorials. The authors asked survey respondents to describe what kind of data they collect; how they manage that data; and what problems they encounter. Results showed that some libraries have a data management policy, but that most did not. The authors recommend that libraries engage in more dialog with each other about this problem as well as with college and university administrators.

Librarians Present at the Medical Library Association (MLA) Conference

Library Assistant Professor Gary Atwood, MA, MSLIS and Library Associate Professor Nancy Bianchi MSLIS gave a Lightning Round presentation at the Medical Library Association (MLA) conference in Chicago May 3-8th called “Using a Poster and Survey Model to Reach New Heights at Library Orientation”. They described how they replaced a static library display with a more interactive library orientation experience that uses a poster and survey model.

Poster Presentation at the LCOM Teaching Academy Mud Season Retreat

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Library Assistant Professor Gary Atwood, MA, MSLIS and Library Associate Professor Fred Pond, MLS presented a poster at the Larner College of Medicine Teaching Academy’s Mud Season Education Retreat on March 29th. The poster highlighted UVM’s Institutional Repository ScholarWorks @ UVM. Scholarworks @ UVM collects, preserves, and shares the scholarly and creative works of UVM faculty, staff, students, and their collaborators. To learn more about Scholarworks @ UVM, contact Fred Pond.

Former Dana Medical Library Director Marianne Burke Publishes Article in the Journal of the Medical Library Association (JMLA)

Library Associate Professor, emerita, and former Dana Medical Library Director, Marianne Burke PhD, and Benjamin Littenberg, M.D. published an article in the Journal of the Medical Library Association (JMLA), April issue. In the article, “Effect of a Clinical Evidence Technology on Skin Disease Outcomes in Primary Care”, the authors conducted a cluster-randomized controlled trial to evaluate the effect of clinician’s use of a popular clinical information source (VisualDx) on patients’ symptoms and return appointments, compared to usual care. The trial included 31 clinicians and 433 patients at the University of Vermont Medical Center. There was no difference between groups in the outcomes measured. These results may help hospitals and medical libraries evaluate resources to license in support of evidence-based practice.

Citation: Burke M, Littenberg B. Effect of a clinical evidence technology on patient skin disease outcomes in primary care: a cluster-randomized controlled trial. 2019 Apr; 107(2):151-62. DOI: http://dx.doi.org/ 10.5195/jmla.2019.581