Dana Library has the September Buzz

First year medical students and Fletcher Allen residents may have arrived on campus weeks ago but there is something about September and the official beginning of the academic year at UVM that enlivens the Library atmosphere and increases our sense of possibilities.

The Library is filling up with serious students and faculty. A study of who visited the Library last spring showed that Dana patrons include medical school students, nursing and health sciences majors, graduate and undergraduate students in the sciences, faculty, and clinicians. All are rubbing elbows, sharing space, collaborating, and working with librarians and staff to find what they need. There is so much you can do and use at the Library in person or from your home, lab, classroom or clinic.

In this Newsletter issue we highlight some of our services to help you succeed in your classes, research, teaching and practice. Do take advantage of all the Library has to offer whether you study, ask questions or check out a book at Dana, or find the answers in over 5000 electronic journals and databases. Welcome.

Marianne Burke, MLS, AHIP
Director, Dana Medical Library

Dana to Host Research Support Workshop Series

A workshop series From Funding to Publication will be held in the Dana Medical Library Computer Classroom from September 22 – October 28 on six consecutive Wednesdays and Thursdays from noon to 1 pm.

Through a combination of lectures and hands-on exercises, participants will learn about software, web sites and databases that facilitate finding, managing, and publishing the results of scholarly research. The series is especially appropriate for graduate students, fellows, and junior faculty.

September 22 and 23: Advanced literature review skills. Discover expert search techniques to refine and focus your literature searches. Use MyNCBI to set up automatic e-mail updates, and save searches, bibliographies, and settings.
Instructors: Fran Delwiche and Donna O’Malley, Dana Medical Library

September 29 and 30: Managing references with EndNote. Create a list of references in EndNote, download records from online, add citations to a paper using EndNote and Microsoft Word.  Instructor: Angie Chapple-Sokol, Dana Medical Library

October 6 and 7: Sources and databases beyond PubMed. Explore other high quality databases and data sources in the biomedical sciences.  Instructors: Nancy Bianchi and Donna O’Malley, Dana Medical Library

October 13 and 14: Preparing posters. Learn guidelines for creating legible, attractive, and effective scientific posters. Identify sources of medical images and discuss associated copyright issues.  Instructor: Raj Chawla, Medical Photography, College of Medicine

October 20 and 21: Scholarly publishing. Evaluate approaches to assessing journal quality, determine author’s rights, explore alternative publishing models.  Instructors: Gary Ward, Microbiology and Molecular Genetics, and Jeanene Light, Dana Medical Library

October 27 and 28: Identifying funding. Learn to use the grant seeking and grant writing resources available to you at UVM.  Instructor: Hilda Alajajian, Office of Sponsored Programs

Space is limited. To register for these sessions, please contact Donna O’Malley, 656-4415.

Brown Bag Lunch and Learn Sessions Offered

Bring your lunch and your questions to the Dana Library Conference Room for our Brown Bag Lunch and Learn sessions on Wednesdays from noon – 1 pm (unless otherwise noted). Workshops are open to all UVM and FAHC faculty, staff and students. The following workshops are available during the fall semester:

Orientation to the Library and Website – Wed., September 15; Thurs., September 16
Clinical Databases – Wed., November 3
Research Databases – Wed., November 17
EndNote – Wed., September 8; November 10; December 1
Keeping Up To Date with Electronic Alerts – Wed., December 8

For more information see the Schedule of Library Classes on the Dana website.

We can also custom design a workshop for you, for your class or for your workgroup. Workshops can be held in the Library or in another location more convenient to you. Call 656-4415 or email Donna O’Malley for more information or to schedule a class.

Communication Disorders Database (ComDisDome)Trial Underway

The Dana Medical Library now offers access to ComDisDome, a communication disorders database on the CSA Illumnia platform for a one-year trial period beginning July 2010. After a year trial the Library will assess whether to continue the subscription. Focusing on the literature of speech-language pathology and audiology, ComDisDome helps faculty, students, and clinicians in the communication sciences keep up with the latest research findings, improve patient communication and education, write research reports and grants, and identify and communicate with prominent researchers in the field.

Designed specifically for speech-language pathology and audiology, ComDisDome retrieves more results and with better precision than larger, more general databases. It features a powerful thesaurus (located under the Search Tools tab) with over 5600 topics to help you find the best terms to expand or narrow your search. ComDisDome provides citations and abstracts, plus links for obtaining full-text articles through UVM’s electronic journal subscriptions.

Look for the link to ComDisDome on our homepage under Articles & Databases. Click on ComDisDome and switch to the Advanced Search tab. We invite feedback and comments from clinicians, faculty and students about this exciting new resource. Just click on the Comments link at the bottom of the Search the Literature column.

Library Catalog Feature Lets UVMers Buy the Books

Requesting that a book be ordered for the Dana Medical Library has never been easier. Now, with just the click of a button, you can participate in collection development and order a book using the Library’s new Order on Demand service.

The UVM Libraries online catalog now includes all in-print publications records from three popular book publishers – John Wiley, Oxford University Press, and Palgrave-MacMillan. When a patron searches the Libraries online catalog, these order records appear along with the books the Library already owns. The new Order on Demand service provides a icon for these records. Simply click on the icon, indicate how soon you need the book, and provide your contact information. You will be notified when the book arrives, in as few as 3 business days. Take advantage of this new and timely service.

Libraries are exploring a “just in time” model of collection development in which the patrons drive the acquisitions process. We are testing whether users’ directly expressed needs should guide the expenditures of collection funds. There has been a “Recommend a Purchase” option on the Dana Library web page for many years. You can use this feature for any publication or any request.

Survey: Patrons Use Library Computers, Like Quiet

Dana Medical Library staff distributed surveys to everyone entering the Library on April 20 -24 for one hour at different times on each day. 292 people responded to the survey.

The purpose of the survey was to determine “Who is using the Dana Library?” and “For what purpose?” The survey asked visitors to state why they were using the Library and allowed them to select more than one activity. 204 of the 292 surveyed said they were using a Library computer, 188 were using a laptop/tablet and 126 did some other activity which included studying and checking out materials.

Of the 292 respondents there were 40 College of Nursing and Health Sciences (CNHS) students, 110 other undergraduate students, 55 graduate students, 46 medical students, 19 UVM staff or faculty, 13 FAHC employees, and 9 other. Almost half of the undergraduate students who were not in the CNHS indicated that their area of study was one that might require biomedical sciences library materials or services, for example Biology, Biochemistry, Nutrition, Psychology and Microbiology. Other fields of study mentioned were Business, Political Science, and Engineering. Two unsolicited comments on the returned forms indicated that the students had selected Dana Library because it was quiet and provided a good atmosphere for serious study.

Dana Library will use the survey to plan programs and services at the Library.

Librarian Holds Office Hours for EndNote X4 Help

A new version of EndNote TM citation management tool is now available for download by the UVM community. Before you’ve even had a chance to learn EndNote X3, X4 arrived just in time for the new school year. UVM community members may get the new version at www.uvm.edu/software.

Dana Librarian Angie Chapple-Sokol MLS, has scheduled regular office hours for EndNote help on Tuesdays from 11 am – 12 noon. For best results call or email ahead to reserve the time achapple@uvm.edu, 656-9396. Drop-ins are also welcome.

The new X4 version is compatible with Windows 2010, the newest Windows operating system. Useful features of both X3 and X4 versions include:
• Fast startup—EndNote installs the 100 most popular styles to make Cite While You Write faster. You can easily select additional styles as needed.
• Import PDF files or a folder of PDFs directly to your library. Basic bibliographic data is extracted from most PDFs and you can even search the contents.
• Wildcards (*) expand searching within your personal library and in PubMed.
• Hyperlink between in-text citations and the bibliography in EndNote and Microsoft Word.
• Meets the complete APA 6th style requirements and offers customizable short forms for footnote styles.

Classes on using EndNote are scheduled at Dana Library (Main Conference Room) on these three Wednesdays at noon:

  • September 8 – Noon-1pm
  • November 10 – Noon-1pm
  • December 1 – Noon-1pm

Bring your EndNote questions to the Dana Library for individual assistance during Angie’s EndNote office hours or come to a class. She’ll provide instruction, solve a citation problem, and help you get your library of documents under control. Check out the revised EndNote LibGuide.

ID Needed after 9:00 pm to Enter Medical Education Concourse

After 9 pm a UVM Cat Card is required to enter the doors located on the west side of the corridor in the Medical Education concourse (facing Converse Hall). The Dana Medical Library is open to anyone from the time the library opens until 9 pm every evening (or earlier if the library closes before 9 pm). Cat Card access is limited to UVM faculty, staff and currently enrolled students.

For people who have Cat Card access to Given, the doors at the south end of the corridor in front of the library lock at 7 pm and on weekends. If you visit the Library after 7 pm or over the weekend, you will need your Cat Card to re-enter Given.

Doors going into FAHC on the north end of the corridor lock at 7 pm and on weekends. Access through these doors is granted by FAHC Security.