Letter to Medical and Health Sciences Students

Marianne Burke, Dana Medical Library
Marianne Burke, MLS, AHIP,
Director, Dana Medical Library

We know that study space is a problem for medical and health science students at UVM. We share the concerns of graduate students in the MD, MePN, MSN,DPT, MS/CSD programs, and those  in graduate research programs, who have not had study seats available to them during the crowded University exam periods. We have also heard the concerns of undergraduates in Nursing, Rehabilitation & Movement Science, Medical Laboratory & Radiation Science, and Communication Sciences & Disorders who have also experienced this crowding, and we want to assure you that there is study space at Dana for you as well.

Sign-with-StudentsAt Dana Library, we want to maintain as much study space as possible for our primary student groups. To that end, Dana library has established a reserved medical and graduate student study area. The area contains 26 table seats and six lounge chairs and it is located in the front-side, south end of the Library. Medical and graduate students in College of Medicine and College of Nursing and Health Sciences (CNHS) programs are welcome to study in this area. The remaining study seats at tables and carrels are available to CNHS undergraduates and others on an open seating basis. UVM faculty, FAHC residents and attending physicians, nurses, and other professional staff also appropriately conduct study and research in the Library.

To reduce the incentive for students in non-CNHS undergraduate general enrollment classes to study at Dana, we will no longer have reading materials on reserve for those classes. However, all reading materials associated with programs in CNHS will still be available at Dana.

While providing quiet study space is an important Library service, other teaching, learning, and research activities of the Academic Health Center and the University take place at Dana Library. Activities such as finding and checking out books, using electronic information sources, consultation with a librarian, and attending classes taught by the librarians on information competency and evidence-based practice are important uses of Library space. We hope you will find the physical library a great place to study, but also take advantage of the many other services the Library offers both in the building, and online at the Dana website: library.uvm.edu/dana.

Please let us know your comments and concerns, and give us your feedback concerning study seating at Dana Medical Library, including the new Med/Grad study space.

Wishing you success with your course of study and career,

Marianne Burke, MLS AHIP

Director, Dana Medical Library

Staff News: New Education Librarian

Gary Atwood, MLS
Library Assistant Professor

Hi, my name is Gary Atwood and I am the new Health Sciences Education Librarian here at Dana Medical Library. Prior to UVM, I worked at Springfield College in Springfield, MA as a Reference and Instruction Librarian. I hold a BA in Political Science and an MA in American History from the University of Maine and a MSLIS from Simmons College.

Like all librarians, I have a wide variety of job responsibilities. I provide reference and instruction services to students, faculty, and staff as well as the clinicians at Fletcher Allen Health Care. In addition, I am the liaison to the Department of Nursing, Psychiatry, and Neurological Sciences as well as the College of Medicine’s Clerkship program. I am also involved in expanding the library’s education efforts in areas such as the use of technology in teaching and in teaching online.

In my spare time, I like to read, explore Vermont with my family, and work with our dog Bady. I am also a passionate Liverpool Football Club supporter.  Go Reds!

A Smart Resolution: Attend a Library Workshop

Happy New Year!  Why not start 2013 off on a positive note by attending a library workshop?  Our workshops are open to all UVM and FAHC faculty, staff, and students and are held in the Main Conference Room.  This semester, we’ll be covering:


Managing References with EndNote
Wednesday, January 23:  Noon-1pm
Wednesday, February 13:  Noon-1pm
Tuesday, February 26:  4:00pm-5:00pm
Wednesday, April 10:  Noon-1:00pm
PubMed: Basics and Beyond
Wednesday, January 30:  Noon-1:00pm
Friday, February 8:  7:30am-8:30am
Tuesday, February 12:  5:00pm-6:00pm
The Cochrane Library: New and Improved
Wednesday, February 6:  Noon-1:00pm
Friday, February 22:  7:30am-8:30am
How to Stay Up to Date:  Alerts
Wednesday, February 20:  Noon-1:00pm
Introduction to Google Scholar
Wednesday, February 27:  Noon-1:00pm
Friday, March 22:  7:30am-8:30am
Rx for PowerPoint
Wednesday, March 13:  Noon-1:00pm
Friday, April 5:  7:30am-8:30am
Managing References with Zotero
Wednesday, March 20:  Noon-1:00pm
Introduction to Mendeley
Wednesday, March 27:  Noon-1:00pmLit Search Clinic
Wednesday, April 3:  Noon-1:00pm

In addition to our face to face workshops, we will be offering two online workshops for the first time this year.  “Rx for PowerPoint” will be held on Tuesday, March 12 from 7:00pm-8:00pm and “Managing References with EndNote” will be offered on March 25 from 7:00pm-8:00pm.  Sit back and participate in both of these workshops from the comfort of your own couch!

For more information about all of the workshops, please see the Schedule of Library classes on the Dana Library website.

Don’t forget, we can create a custom workshop for you and that workshop can be held here in the library or someplace more convenient for you.  If that sounds like something you’d like to learn more about, please contact Gary Atwood at gatwood@uvm.edu or 802-656-4488.

Paddling Toward Health

DH VT Boat Serenity PhotoAn exhibit featuring Dragonheart Vermont is now on display at the Dana Medical Library. Dragonheart Vermont is a breast cancer survivor and supporter organization whose focus is on survivorship, wellness, teamwork, hope and community. The exhibit highlights the organization’s mission, the Dragonheart teams, and the Lake Champlain Dragon Boat Festival. Also highlighted is Survivorship NOW, a cancer wellness center established by Dragonheart Vermont in 2011 to meet the need for ongoing help and support for all cancer survivors in our community after their clinical treatment ends. This exhibit will be on view through the end of May 2013.

Voyage to Health POSTERIn addition to the Dragonheart exhibit, the Library is hosting A Voyage to Health, a traveling exhibition developed and produced by the National Library of Medicine, National Institutes of Health. A Voyage to Health explores the recent revival of the ancient arts of navigation and voyaging that first brought the people of Hawaii to their island homes. By restoring their heritage, this new generation seeks to heal the Hawaiian people. A Voyage to Health explores this resurgence and its significance for health, well-being, and self-determination. This traveling exhibit will be on display at the Library from January 28 – March 9, 2013. Please visit the exhibit online.

Visit the Library to view both exhibits, and to browse through Dana’s print resources on cancer and wellness.

New Year, New Resources

NatureEndcrinologyThe Dana Medical Library wants to maintain a dynamic and relevant collection of books, journals, and databases for our health sciences patrons at UVM and FAHC.  Requests are submitted by faculty, staff, and students.

Each year the Collections Team sits down with the “wish list” of items requested by our users, and after evaluating their price, impact factor, and other evaluative measures, decides which ones to add to our collection.

This year, the Dana Medical Library added the following electronic journals:

  • Nature Reviews Endocrinology
  • Journal of  Electronic Resources in Medical Libraries
  • Journal of Visualized Experiments (JoVE)- Clinical & Translational Medicine and
  • JoVE- Neurosciences
  • Journal of Strength and Conditioning Research
  • Journal of Bone & Joint Surgery British edition (new title)

In addition, the Library added another simultaneous user for the title Journal of Pediatric Orthopedics as a result of high numbers of patrons being turned away.

Still under consideration is another segment of the MEDU database, which offers virtual patient cases for use in medical education. CORE provides educational cases designed for use in radiology. Dana Library has subscribed to this resource for trial this month to evaluate its usefulness.

A collection of streaming videos for use with psychiatry clerkship students as well as residents has been also added.  It can be found in our catalog under the title Symptom Media.

And, of course, the Library regularly adds book titles– print and eBooks. An up to date list of new books at Dana can always be found at: http://library.uvm.edu/dana/newbooks/index.php/.

Vermont Environmental Public Health Tracking Resource


How clean is Vermont’s air? What health problems could be linked to the water we drink? What relationships may exist between environmental exposures and cancer?

Vermont’s Environmental Public Health Tracking Program aims to assist policymakers, health professionals, scientists, researchers and others to answer these questions and more. According to the Vermont Public Health Tracking web site, environmental public health tracking brings environmental and public health data together in one place in order to understand how environmental factors play a role in certain illnesses. As the VT Department of Health notes,

For decades, the United States has faced a fundamental gap in understanding how environmental contaminants affect people’s health. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) is working to close this gap by improving surveillance through the National Environmental Public Health Tracking Network (Tracking Network). The Tracking Network is a dynamic Web-based tool that, for the first time, provides health and environment data in one easy to find location.

Policy makers and public health officials can use the Tracking Network to make critical decisions about where to target environmental public health resources and interventions. Health practitioners and researchers can use the Tracking Network to learn more about health conditions related to the environment, and improve treatment plans. Anyone can use the Tracking Network to find out how the environment may be affecting them, their family’s or community’s health.

The building blocks of the national network are state and local health departments around the country that are funded to build local tracking systems. These systems supply data to the National Tracking Network and address local environmental public health concerns. The tracking programs use their networks every day to improve the health of their communities.

Vermont’s Tracking Program also links you to comparable information from other states and to national data.

Anyone can use the site to search for data about environmental and health topics such as air quality, cancer, lead, drinking water and birth defects. The site also connects users to additional resources on the health and environmental topics. For more information, be sure to visit the site at healthvermont.gov/tracking.