Uganda Photography Exhibit at Dana

Photograph by John Curtis

The Dana Medical Library is honored to exhibit a group of photos by John Curtis documenting the experiences of Yale physicians and medical students at Mulago Hospital in Kampala, Uganda. Since 2006, physicians, residents and medical students from Yale University, led by Majid Sadigh, M.D., associate professor of medicine at Yale, have been traveling to Mulago Hospital for month long rotations with members of the Faculty of Medicine at Makerere University and Uganda’s Ministry of Health. The photographs in this exhibit document this experience. While the goal of the collaboration between Yale and Mulago Hospital is certainly to improve medical care in Uganda, anyone viewing the exhibit will recognize that education flows both ways; the impact of the experience on the participating residents and medical students is obvious. For more information about the program, photographs and participants’ experience, see the article in Yale Medicine at

This exhibit came to the University of Vermont as part of the medical school’s Clerkship Core Bridge II curriculum. A lecture by Dr. Sadigh and photographer John Curtis earlier this month accompanied the exhibit. The exhibit will be in the Dana Medical Library for a few weeks. Questions may be directed to Laura Haines.

Dana Librarian to Present at Annual VCC Breast Cancer Conference

October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month, and this year the Vermont Cancer Center’s Breast Cancer Conference will meet again at the Sheraton Hotel and Conference Center on October 31st. This is the 11th year of the conference and each year Library Associate Professor Nancy Bianchi has been an exhibitor, highlighting breast cancer materials from the Consumer Health Collection at Dana and helping patients and families navigate the online world of breast cancer information. This year Nancy will again be hosting a table at the conference, but will also present “Treasures in the Breast Cancer Literature for Patients, Survivors and Their Families.” Her presentation will focus on the breast cancer information portal on MedlinePlus, a free database from the National Library of Medicine, as well as the rich collection of breast cancer books available in the Consumer Health Collection at UVM’s Dana Medical Library.

For more information about the conference, see the Vermont Breast Cancer Conference’s website at:

Dana Medical Library Staffing Changes

Sandra Aldrich has moved from the position of Acquisitions/Cataloging Library Professional to Serials/E-resources Library Professional.

Several of Dana‘s long term staff members retired this past year. Shirley Bolkum, Library Support Senior in Technical Services retired in December 2007 after 35 years of service to Dana Library, and Helen Olson, Library Support Assistant in Technical Services retired in February 2008 after 17 years of service to the University.

Library Assistant Professor Tina Kussey, formerly Technical Services Librarian at Dana Medical Library, is now serving as Interim Director of Collection Development/Acquisitions in the Bailey/Howe Collection Management Services Division here at University of Vermont Libraries.

New Dana Librarian, Claire Laforce
New Dana Librarian, Claire Laforce

Dana welcomes a new part-time temporary Library Assistant Professor to the Reference Department. Claire LaForce is currently the Director of the Health Sciences Library at Rutland Regional Medical Center and working at Dana Fridays for the next 9 months. Claire will be at the reference desk and working on special projects in outreach. She is a native of Burlington, and looks forward to assisting the health sciences community in this area again.

Library Associate Professor Jeanene Light, former Head of Access Services at Dana Medical Library, is currently serving as Interim Director of Information and Instruction Services at Bailey/Howe Library.

Nursing Grand Rounds

Nursing Librarian Angie Chapple-Sokol recently delivered a Nursing Grand Rounds entitled “Dana Medical Library: What’s In It for Nurses?” to an attentive group of Fletcher Allen nurses. The program, geared toward all nurses at FAHC, stressed the important role that information plays in maintaining the highest level of quality in patient care. Angie urged nurses to maintain their senses of curiosity, and to ask the question, “But WHY do we do it this way?” as frequently as possible. She also pointed out that in the age of easy electronic access to evidence-based information it is easier than ever to find the answers nurses seek.

Angie’s lecture covered the wide range of resources available to nurses, highlighting a Web site she created that pulls together Dana Library’s nursing resources for a “one-stop shopping” experience for nurses. This website, entitled FAHC Nursing Resources, can be found through the Dana Medical Library home page under Guides, or directly at Using clinical case scenarios, Angie demonstrated the resources found in this guide.

For more information about nursing resources, contact Angie Chapple-Sokol at 656-9396. To schedule a grand rounds or other library-related instruction session, contact the reference desk at 656-2201.

Recommend a Purchase

Is there a book you think Dana should own? Tell us about it! The Library has a form for recommending purchases. If you know of a book, journal, DVD, CD or other piece of media, simply fill out the online form and a librarian will review your request. While we can’t promise to purchase every requested item, we appreciate any feedback you can give us to make the UVM Libraries collections better.