Fall Exhibits Bring Visitors

Epilepsy: The Science Behind the Disease

This fall, the Dana Medical Library presents an exhibit exploring the science behind UVM’s 2015 First Year Summer Reading book, The Spirit Catches You and You Fall Down, by Anne Fadiman.

On August 31st, 2012, a young woman named Lia Lee died in Sacramento, California. For 26 of her 32 years, Lia had been in a persistent vegetative state, the result of a severe epileptic seizure suffered at the age of 4. The Spirit Catches You and You Fall Down is the story of Lia’s, and her Hmong family’s, experience with epilepsy and the American health care system, as told by renowned author Anne Fadiman.

Although this exhibit focuses on the scientific and clinical aspects of epilepsy, perhaps the most profound – and painful – lessons that have been learned from Lia’s story were those relating to the delivery of health care across cultures. Since its publication in 1997, Fadiman’s book has been enormously influential in changing how we think about and provide cross-cultural health care in this country.

On November 12th, the Dana Medical Library held a reception to celebrate the exhibit and to honor epilepsy research at UVM. November was also National Epilepsy Awareness month.

This exhibit will be on view until the end of December.

Against the Odds: Making a Difference in Global Health

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Oral Hydration. Image courtesy of the National Library of Medicine.

From November 16th to December 16th, the Dana Medical Library has the honor of hosting a National Library of Medicine (NLM) exhibition. Taking an in-depth look at the health issues that affect people on a global level, this display of six panels explores what individuals of all professions are doing to improve people’s health. “Communities, in collaboration with scientists, advocates, governments, and international organizations, are taking up the challenge to prevent disease and improve quality of life” (Against the Odds brochure). Stop by and check out this fascinating exhibition.

Global Health at UVM

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CNHS students with children in Bangladesh. Photo courtesy of Dr. Hendrika Maltby

In conjunction with the NLM traveling exhibition, the Dana Medical Library has compiled a series of images for its main foyer screen that give a glimpse of global health programs here at UVM.

University of Vermont faculty and students have welcomed the opportunity to go abroad, learn from other medical situations, and bring resources and access to information. Programs in Global Health are helping to improve essential health care, fight deadly outbreaks of disease, and make an impact by teaming up with doctors and nurses in other countries. The programs that have been developed see these immersions as an opportunity for reciprocity in knowledge, culture, and understanding. Some of the places that UVM doctors, students, and professors have been are Uganda, China, Russia, Vietnam, Liberia, India, Tanzania, the Netherlands and many others.

The slide show will run through the end of December.

Global Health Reception and Presentation

On Monday December 7th, the Dana Medical Library and the College of Medicine hosted a Global Health event.

3:30 pm ~ Open House Reception: Against the Odds: Making a Difference in Global Health (brought to you by the National Library of Medicine) and Global Health at UVM

Dana Medical Library, Medical Education Center Concourse

5:30 pm ~ Presentation: The Cost of Sickness and Health in Uganda

Sullivan Classroom, Medical Education Center 200

This presentation will be a first-hand account of human suffering and survival from reporter Mackenzie Rigg and photo-journalist Tyler Sizemore of Hearst Connecticut Media Group.

Questions? Contact Kate Bright at 656-0695 for more information.


Recent Library Faculty Scholarly Activities

Library faculty at Dana pursue a variety of scholarly activities. Those below are a sample of recent publications.


O’Malley D. Gaining Traction in Research Data Management: A Case Study. Journal of EScience Librarianship. 2014. 3(1): Article 9. http://dx.doi.org/10.7191/jeslib.214.1059

Atwood, G. S. (2015). Using Guide on the Side to Build More Interactive Tutorials. MLA News, 55(7), 23.

Higgins, S. T., Kurti, A. N., Redner, R., White, T. J., Gaalema, D. E., Roberts, M. E., … & Atwood, G. (2015). A literature review on prevalence of gender differences and intersections with other vulnerabilities to tobacco use in the United States, 2004-2014. Preventive Medicine, 80, 89-100. doi: 10.1016/j.ypmed.2015.06.009


Alice Stokes, Jeanene Light, Laura Haines, and Fred Pond presented “Access to Mobile Resources: How Does It Affect the Clerkship Experience” at the University of Vermont College of Medicine Stick Season Retreat, December 2014, Burlington, VT.

Education News

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Gary Atwood, Library Associate Professor, teaching PubMed

Librarians Present to Graduate Medical Education Committee

Nancy Bianchi and Gary Atwood gave a short presentation to the UVM Medical Center’s Graduate Medical Education Committee on October 15, 2015. Using Julia Sollenberger’s article “The Evolving Role and Value of Libraries and Librarians in Health Care (1),” as a backdrop, the presentation outlined the resources and services that the library provides to residents. Special emphasis was placed on the liaison program, which connects reference librarians to specific departments, and the literature search consultation service available to anyone doing research. The presentation concluded with a request for the resident directors to encourage their students to reach out to the library when they need assistance. After all, as Nancy Bianchi noted, we can’t answer a question if you don’t ask.

1. Sollenberger JF, Holloway RG, & Jr. (2013). The evolving role and value of libraries and librarians in health care. JAMA, 310(12), 1231–1232. http://doi.org/10.1001/jama.2013.277050

Vermont Library Association Presentation

On October 29th, Nancy Bianchi and Gary Atwood gave a presentation at the Vermont Library Association’s College and Special Libraries Section annual conference. Titled “Not Your Mother’s Library Tour,” the two described how they replaced the traditional library tour for new residents and replaced it with a more interactive discussion of the library’s resources and services. The goal of the redesign was to develop a deeper connection between the things that the residents and interns already use and what is available at Dana Medical Library. Participants were also asked to anonymously submit a research obstacle or something similar that they want the librarians to be aware of. The librarians plan to use these responses when designing future educational programs for residents and interns.

Not Another Boring Lecture

The phrase “active engagement” became more meaningful in the physical therapy curriculum this academic semester. Their information literacy instruction moved from being a largely passive series of lectures to a true active learning experience.

As doctoral candidates, physical therapy graduate students are exposed to the literature of evidence-based practice early in their academic career. They begin to learn how to navigate online databases to find the evidence for their clinical practice.

This year, PT students were instructed to complete web-based tutorials before meeting the physical therapy liaison librarian in the classroom. These tutorials reside in an online box beside a live web page that students can use. The online tutorials get the students actively using the databases prior to coming to class. Ovid MEDLINE– Advanced Searching for DPT Students is an example of one of the PT tutorials.

The pre-class preparation was followed by in-class time where the students were quizzed individually on database features and mechanics. Students then joined small groups to repeat the testing activity, and were challenged to find correct answers to quiz questions as a team. Moving away from boring lectures and toward activities that get students using the skills they’re learning can lead to engaged students and more meaningful learning experiences.

Tucker The Therapy Dog


Occasionally, we have an esteemed visitor to the Dana Medical Library. Tucker is a trained therapy dog who is an unofficial staff member of Living Well on campus. Though he only works part time, he makes frequent visits to offices, departments and libraries throughout the UVM campus in order to give much needed puppy therapy to hard-working faculty, staff and students. Follow Tucker on Instagram and look for him at Living Well in the Davis Center… or at Dana!

What IS a Systematic Review?

The Systematic Review is much more than simply a literature or narrative review. It is a formal research study design that aims to identify, analyze, and synthesize all studies relevant to a particular research question. In health care, systematic reviews frequently focus on the effects of interventions for the treatment, prevention, or rehabilitation of diseases. They may also be conducted to investigate the performance of diagnostic tests, to assess the prognosis of health conditions, or for a variety of other purposes.

Systematic Reviews seek to identify all relevant studies through a comprehensive literature search conducted across multiple databases, combined with searches of unpublished literature and even hand searches of key journals. Target outcomes are identified, and a strict set of inclusion and exclusion criteria are established for determining which studies shall be included in the review. Meta-analyses are often conducted in conjunction with systematic reviews, resulting in both qualitative and quantitative analyses of the research question.

In recent years, the number of systematic reviews published in the scholarly journal literature has increased exponentially. Although any author or group can do this type of research, the Cochrane Database of Systematic Reviews remains the gold standard for systematic reviews in healthcare.

In October four librarians from Dana attended a Medical Library Association Continuing Education class to learn more about the librarian’s possible role in systematic reviews. For more information about systematic reviews, or to find out how we might be able to help you conduct one, contact a reference librarian or your department library liaison.


Image credit: Centre for Health Communication and Participation La Trobe University, Australasian Cochrane Centre https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Systematic_reviews_-_what_authors_do.png


New Study Space Available

sunlight-and-leavesThe Dana Medical Library has responded to patron feedback for more study space with natural light! Since we cannot easily move walls, put in skylights and make new windows, we have removed 4 computers from the front computer area so that there is more space for study next to the windows. There are Ethernet cables to hook up your laptop, so don’t hesitate to spread out and get some work done!

Additionally, we have replaced 2 soft arm chairs with a round table with chairs at the front. Enjoy the variety of seating in the natural light and happy studying!

Questions? Contact Lesley Boucher at 656-4404.

New Database Trials

course-logoThe Dana Medical Library has arranged for a 30-day trial of USMLE Easy, a board prep software from McGraw-Hill. It contains study materials for Step 1, Step 2 CK and Step 3 exams, including practice questions, study planning, adaptive quizzes, flashcards, and one full-length test. The trial will run from November 25-December 25.

The Library would welcome any feedback on the quality of the materials. Send comments to Jeanene Light.

Here are a few details about the trial:
• To create an account, visit this site from a browser on the UVM network.
• Once your account is created, sign-in to the software.
• Access the student user guide.

Oxford Bibliographies

The Dana Medical Library is offering a thirty-day trial of Oxford Bibliographies. Collections and topics of particular interest include: Public Health, Environmental Science, Social Work and a variety of others.

Oxford Bibliographies offers exclusive, authoritative research guides. Combining the features of an annotated bibliography and a high-level encyclopedia, this resource guides researchers to the best available scholarship across a wide variety of subjects.” Full text links will be included if the Library licenses this resource.

The dates of the trial are: December 15- January 2nd can be accessed via the following url:

Additional help can be found at: http://www.oxfordbibliographies.com/help.

Please provide feedback to Jeanene Light if you do explore this resource.