Dana Lunchtime Class Series

Wednesday, December 3rd, is the last class of this semester’s Brown Bag Lunch and Learn at Dana Medical Library series. This time the topic is how to Keep Current With News & Research: RSS, blogs, and tagging. Come with specific journals, subjects, or authors that you’d like to create alerts for, and we’ll help you set them up!

These sessions are a great way to learn a new technology, get help with a specific problem or find out about a new resource. Look for the schedule of topics for next semester at the end of January.

We can also custom design a workshop for you, for your class, or for your work group. Workshops can be held in the Library or in another more convenient location for you. Call 656-4415 or email donna.omalley@uvm.edu for more information or to schedule a session. Workshops on these topics are readily available, or request a customized combination of topics:

Evidence-Based Practice Tools
Navigating the Virtual Library
Citation and E-Journal Troubleshooting
MD Consult
Clinical Pharmacology
Advanced MEDLINE
Consumer Health on the Web
Web of Science.

Spotlight on: Dana Liaison Program

nurse-6Since 2005, the Dana Medical Library has had a Library Liaison Program in order to foster direct and effective communication about services, information resources, and other library matters. Under this program, a professional health sciences faculty librarian at the Dana Medical Library is assigned to serve as a liaison between the Libraries and units of the University of Vermont College of Medicine, College of Nursing and Health Sciences, Fletcher Allen Health Care and Porter Medical Center.

Depending on the needs of the unit, activities of a Librarian Liaison might include:

Services for Staff

  • E-resource access and trouble shooting
  • Training in knowledge management tools: EndNote; Journal Table of Contents Alerts; Current Awareness searches; RSS Feeds
  • Assistance with grant formatting
  • Literature searching

Services for Clinicians

  • Research assistance
  • E-resource access and troubleshooting
  • Orientations to Dana Resources
  • Library Grand Rounds/ Presentations
  • Training in knowledge management tools:EndNote; Journal Table of Contents Alerts; Current Awareness searches; RSS Feeds
  • Assistance with Graduate Medical Education competency compliance
  • Literature searches for Journal Clubs, Grand Rounds & other presentations

Services for Faculty and Researchers

  • Research assistance
  • Monitoring curricular and research developments
  • Review of information needs
  • Discussion of research and teaching needs with graduate students, faculty, and postdoctoral associates
  • E-resource access and troubleshooting
  • Training in knowledge management tools: EndNote; Journal Table of Contents Alerts; Current Awareness searches; RSS Feeds
  • Tailoring instructional programs to specific needs
  • Electronic integration of resources into UVM curriculum via course management systems (COMET and WebCT)

For more information about the Liaison Program and to find your department’s Liaison, go to: http://library.uvm.edu/dana/services/liaison/.

EndNote Class on Wednesday, November 19th

en-tagLearn the basics of EndNote. This demonstration could include creating a list of references in Endnote, downloading records from online databases such as PubMed, creating a bibliography, or adding citations to a paper using Endnote and Microsoft Word. The last 15 minutes is reserved for in-depth questions.

The Dana Medical Library offers training, troubleshooting and support in EndNote. For more information, contact the Dana Reference Desk at danaref@uvm.edu or 656-2201.

Featured Resource: The Cochrane Library

cochrane_bannerThe Cochrane Library is a regularly updated collection of evidence-based medicine databases that brings together relevant research on the effectiveness of health care treatments and interventions. The Cochrane Library can be used to inform health care decision-making for hundreds of medical conditions, plus related topics such as injury prevention, smoking cessation, oral health, professional practice, and natural & alternative treatments. Published by Wiley InterScience, The Cochrane Library is recognized worldwide as a source of high-quality, independent evidence for health care interventions.

Learn more about this Featured Resource.

Update: VCC Breast Cancer Conference a Success

As noted earlier, the 11th annual Vermont Cancer Center’s Breast Cancer Conference was held last Friday, October 31st at the Sheraton in Burlington. Over 700 attendees, breast cancer patients, survivors and their families, viewed exhibits and participated in workshops and presentations. Dana Medical Library’s exhibit table was in good company with the Vermont Cancer Center and UVM/FAHC Hematology/Oncology Dept exhibits, and had many visitors. Conference goers and organizers alike commented about the wealth of medical library resources and services that were on display.

Nancy Bianchi, MLS, with attendee at Dana exhibit table.
Nancy Bianchi, MLS, with attendee at Dana exhibit table.

Nancy Bianchi, Associate Library Professor at the Dana Medical Library, also presented “Treasures in the Breast Cancer Literature for Patients, Survivors and Their Families” to a full audience. Her presentation focused 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.

Congratulations to all who participated in this year’s successful Breast Cancer Conference!