October is National Medical Librarians Month

The Medical Library Association has declared October National Medical Librarians Month to celebrate the accomplishments of librarians working in the health sciences fields. Medical librarians assist health care providers, students, faculty, and members of the community locate and retrieve health information on a variety of topics. Medical librarians also organize resources so information seekers can better retrieve and use them.

Medical librarians are found in a number of different roles within the information setting such as Web designers, medical informatics experts, catalogers, instructors, reference librarians, and more. Furthermore, medical librarians work in a variety of settings from hospitals and academic health centers to universities and private industry.

The medical librarians at the Dana Medical Library are appointed as library faculty and serve the academic health center (UVM and Fletcher Allen Health Care) in three areas: educational mission, service and scholarship. Medical librarians at Dana meet their educational mission in a variety of ways: reference; instruction; cataloging; systems management; Web design; outreach and more. Each library faculty person also serves the larger university and library community by working on committees, planning conferences and speaking nationally. Librarians contribute scholarship to the field by presenting posters and publishing papers, mostly in the library literature but also in the fields of medical and health sciences education.

To learn more about the Dana medical librarians, visit the exhibit in the Library. To learn more about medical librarianship, visit the Medical Library Association’s home page at www.mlanet.org.

Expert Searching Works for Clinicians and Researchers Alike

Whether you’re pursuing evidence-based clinical practice or creating new knowledge through research, a literature review is an essential step in the process. The literature review can provide you with:

  • vital background information,
  • a rationale for research,
  • highlights of work that has already been undertaken in the field,
  • a review of previously-used methods, or
  • insight into unexplored research areas.

A thorough literature review prevents duplication of efforts, stimulates creative ideas for how to proceed, and confirms or validates the results of your research. In the end, high quality literature searching leads to success in the research process, promotes efficient use of funding, and ensures the safety of patients.

Unfortunately many clinicians and/or researchers and their assistants who perform literature searches do not have the time to search the literature effectively and efficiently. Keeping up with the constantly shifting information landscape can seem nearly impossible. However, the use of comprehensive evidence- or knowledge-based information retrieved through the expert searching process is crucial to ensuring clinical, administrative, educational, and research success.

The Library Faculty Liaisons at the Dana Medical Library are proud to offer an expert literature searching service for your convenience. So, the next time you’re contemplating a grant, investigating a complex patient care issue, or preparing to undertake a research project, start by contacting your liaison librarian or a DML reference librarian for a literature search that will get the job done.

To find the Library Liaison for your department go to http://library.uvm.edu/dana/services/liaison/, or contact the Dana Medical Library reference desk at 802-656-2201 or danaref@uvm.edu.

Featured Resource on Integrative Medicine

Natural Standard

Want to know if the Eat Right 4 Your Blood Type diet has been studied by scientists? Curious to find out if echinacea can really fend off a common cold?

The UVM Libraries provide access to Natural Standard, a powerful resource that provides high quality, evidence-based information on complementary and alternative therapies such as herbal treatments, dietary supplements, and nutritional recommendations. Natural Standard assists clinicians, patients, and health care institutions in making informed therapeutic decisions. Founded by clinicians at Harvard University and the University of California, Natural Standard has grown to an international research collaboration with more than 500 contributors from over 100 eminent academic institutions.

For each therapy covered by Natural Standard, a research team systematically gathers scientific data and opinions. A sophisticated grading system is utilized to evaluate the quality of available evidence, and findings are presented in order of strength of evidence. Links to relevant news items are provided, as well as abundant references, often numbering into the hundreds, with links to article abstracts.

Natural Standard is impartial and is not supported by any interest group, professional organization, product, or manufacturer.

To learn more about Natural Standard, visit the Dana Medical Library’s Featured Resource Bulletin, which provides an in-depth overview.

Community Medical School Returns

The Community Medical School lecture series began in 1998 and was designed to provide people in the community with an opportunity to share in the medical learning experience. Offered each semester, Community Medical School consists of seven weekly lectures on such diverse subjects as high-altitude medicine, DNA, food allergies, asthma, melanoma, stem cell transplants, coronary artery bypass surgery and antibiotic resistance.

The Dana Medical Library hosts a table at each lecture featuring materials from the Library’s collection and other general consumer health information. The Library also provides a web site listing additional resources on each week’s topic.

NEW Resource: McGraw-Hill’s AccessScience

McGraw-Hill’s AccessScience 2.0 is a redesign of an online science platform, featuring searchable content from McGraw-Hill’s Encyclopedia of Science & Technology, 10th Edition. The new generation of AccessScience gathers and synthesizes scientific information, and organizes it to give patrons quick access to over 20 major areas of science and technology.

This resource features:

  • Over 8,500 online articles the McGraw-Hill Encyclopedia of Science & Technology 10th edition
  • Research Updates from the McGraw-Hill Yearbooks of Science & Technology
  • 110,000+ definitions from the McGraw-Hill Dictionary of Scientific and Technical Terms
  • 15,000 illustrations and graphics, and bibliographies containing more than 28,000 literature citations
  • Content contributed by more than 5000 researchers, including 36 Nobel Prize winners
  • Biographies of more than 2,000 well-known scientists from the Hutchinson Dictionary of Scientific Biography®
  • The latest news in science and technology from Science News® and ScienCentral® videos
  • Added illustrations, animations, and image galleries
  • Questions answered in a weekly Q&A

AccessScience also uses RSS feeds, Flash® animations, image galleries, podcasts, videos, and more, with an enhanced search engine to access this wide range of information.

For Students

  • Data, tables and tools linked directly from topic home pages
  • Essay topics to guide research and reports

For Educators

  • High quality images and illustrations, downloadable to use in PowerPoint presentations
  • Study Center offers curriculum-oriented tools, Flash tutorials, and study guides

UVM Libraries are pleased to add AccessScience to its collections.

Yes, Dana DOES read the comment book!

The Dana Medical Library faculty and staff regularly read your comments in the comment book located at the front of the Library, and make their best effort to respond to your suggestions. Recent changes include:

Audio/Visual Rooms have become small group study rooms. Small groups can now use the A/V rooms in the back of the Library. One larger room still contains a slide projector, VHS/DVD player and TV and fits 3-4 people. The other two rooms accommodate 2-3 people each, but have no A/V equipment. All rooms also have a network port, white board, markers and pens. The white boards were added to each room in response to a comment in the book. To use one of these rooms, please check out a key at the circulation desk. During busy times reservations for these rooms may be required.

A coin-operated printer has been added to Dana’s printing options. Patrons no longer need to use Cat$cratch to pay for print jobs; one of the Library printers now accepts cash. The default printing method on all computers in the library, however, is still Cat$cratch, black and white, double-sided. If you wish to pay cash, print in color or print on one side of the paper only, please see a Library staff member for assistance.

Hand sanitizer now available in both men’s and women’s restrooms. In response to patron requests, Dana is now looking out for more than just your health information needs.

Continue to write things in the comment book, and look for a virtual comment book coming soon!

Library Pilots Interlibrary Loan Fee Waiver

The Dana Medical Library is pleased to announce a pilot project in Interlibrary Loan waiving the ILL fee on the first 25 requests for all UVM current faculty, staff and students, and Fletcher Allen Health Care employees, in the fall 2008 semester, starting immediately. The regular $5 fee will be waived for all routine interlibrary loan requests, including journal articles, books and audiovisual materials. Copyright fees may still apply and will not be waived. In the event of copyright charges, the ILL Department will always contact the patron first. For more information about Interlibrary Loan, go to: http://library.uvm.edu/dana/services/dd_ill.html.

The impact of the fee waiver plan on patron service and library costs will be evaluated in January.

Library Offers Assistance with Revised NIH Public Access Policy

Confused about the requirements of the NIH Public Access Policy Revision that went into effect on April 7, 2008? The Dana Medical Library presentation on NIH Public Access: Submissions, copyright, and compliance has been provided to two groups at UVM/FAHC and is scheduled for presentation to a third group. If you would like to schedule this presentation for your own department, lab, or other group please contact Jeanene Light. Powerpoint slides from the presentation are available.