Tom Schmiedel joins the Dana Medical Library this month as the new temporary Content Development Librarian. Tom holds a BA in Chemistry from the University of Colorado at Boulder, an MS in Education from Western Connecticut State University and an MLS from Southern Connecticut State University. He comes to Dana from Colorado, where he served as Visiting Electronic Resources Librarian at Fort Lewis College in Durango for the past year.
In his position at Dana Professor Schmiedel will be selecting health sciences resources, identifying open-access content and data for inclusion in the current organized collections, and analyzing collection usage and research collection alternatives. He hopes to “gain a better understanding of how Dana’s community of users views the library’s resources.” He is especially excited to improve the current collection by acquiring resources that Library patrons truly wish to use in their studies and research.
In his free time, Tom enjoys running, cycling, hiking, photography and writing. He is excited to be exploring new territories in Vermont this summer.
Fletcher Allen Health Care celebrated National Nurses Week on Wednesday, May 13th, with a Knowlege Fair featuring informational displays from around the organization including one hosted by Dana’s Nursing Librarian, Angie Chapple-Sokol. Professor Chapple-Sokol hosted a table with information about the library and a PowerPoint presentation entitled A Day in the Life of a Dana Medical Librarian: Anatomy of a Literature Search. The presentation follows a reference librarian’s literature search from the initial request to the delivery of articles to the patron.
Our new acquisitions lists are now available as weekly RSS feeds. Subscribe to one or more feeds to receive weekly notification of titles in your field(s) of interest. Updates are posted on Friday morning.
This month many titles dealing with the respiratory system are featured. To subscribe to a feed on this topic, visit the Respiratory System feed page.
A new Online Resource Guide [http://danaguides.uvm.edu/images] has been created to assist patrons in locating and using medical images in papers and presentations. The guide provides a road map to general medical images as well as images in the areas of oncology, neurology and medical history, just to name a few. Copyright issues are also explained so you can feel confident using images in your presentation legally.
There is a new wireless service on campus that replaces the old CatsPaws network. The new “UVM” network does not require Cisco VPN. Joining “UVM” takes a few minutes of setup the first time, but after that, your wireless device should connect automatically. Important: You must have changed your NetID password since May 2008 to successfully configure the UVM wireless. Instructions for setting up the “UVM” wireless are at http://www.uvm.edu/ets/wireless/.
Shiela Phillipe’s poster, entitled UVM Dana Medical Library’s Community Services, covered the many programs Dana initiates to meet the health information needs of the citizens of Vermont. Highlights included VT Go Local, a Dana-maintained Vermont health services online referral site, and Dana’s Health Research Associate program that provides needed health information to local physicians not affiliated with UVM/FAHC’s Academic Health Center.
Nancy Bianchi’s poster, Liaison Librarian and the Department of Pediatrics: Working Together to Improve the Health Care of Vermont Kids, presented an overview of Professor Bianchi’s work with the Pediatric Department. Specifically it covered her role as an informationist and librarian who attends weekly Pediatric Professor Rounds to answer reference questions raised by the clinical cases presented.
Many other Vermont libraries showcased their programs and services during this presentation, which coincided with the Advocacy Cocktail Reception.