From the Director

Welcome to the Library!

Marianne Burke, Dana Medical Library
Marianne Burke, Dana Medical Library

Welcome back students and faculty in Medicine, Nursing, and all Health Sciences! The Dana Medical Library is your virtual and physical learning space.

Here are a few things to know:

  • The Dana Library Website and the Main Desk service center comprise the best starting places for finding resources and connecting with librarian subject specialists and liaisons to your major program.
  • Virtually all journals, textbooks and databases are electronic and networked with your UVM Net-ID or COMET password.
  • Books and textbooks are easy to find from your laptop or mobile device using CATQuest, the UVM Libraries discovery search engine, or databases such as PubMed, Web of Science, and Clinical Key.

We want to know how we are doing and what you need, please send us a note in our Feedback button, Ask a librarian on the website, stop by the Main desk, or drop me a line at

Have a great year!

Dana’s Main Desk: A Central Location for all Library Services

WordleImage resized LARGEFor those of you returning from break or beginning your journey as a student, faculty member or medical professional, all the services that you expect from your medical library are available to you through the Main Desk:

The Main Desk is the source for answers to a wide range of questions. Switching to a single service location maximizes library space and better serves patron needs while becoming the central point for help, information, and services at the Library. Stop at the Main Desk to find an e-journal or get started on a PubMed or CatQuest search on your topic!

The Main Desk is the place to go for curriculum support. Access and place materials on reserve, request articles through electronic article delivery and interlibrary loan, gain support for research, get help with database navigation and reserve group study spaces. Also, check out books, media and print journals and borrow supplies like ethernet & power cables, standup desks, white boards & markers, and headphones.

Get help with technology for printing, scanning, copying, public computers, wireless access, and referral to external IT support. In addition, the library has a lost and found and can provide emergency cleanup supplies.

A medical librarian is at hand for research support. Although the word “Reference” may not be used any longer, an on-demand librarian assistance service is available through the Main Desk. Help from librarians is available on a walk-in basis 10 am to 4 pm each weekday. Or make an appointment on the Library’s webpage. Get focused attention for your individual or group research. Here are some of the librarians who are available to help you:


Dana removed its Reference Desk after carefully researching the library literature and conducting wide-ranging discussions among Library faculty and staff. The Circulation Desk then morphed into the central location for all services and became the Main Desk.

Staffed by Lesley Boucher (supervisor), John Printon, Brenda Nelson, Colin McClung and Craig Chalone, with the help of student assistants, the Main Desk is the place to find help for all your library needs. Contact them at 656-2200 to get started.

Dana Print Collection will be Moved During Library Re-model. Streamlined Current Collection to Return.

DTK_5448New and returning students and faculty, welcome to Dana Medical Library.

While all of the staff, resources, and services you have come to expect will still be here, there will be some changes this semester and the coming year. All websites, electronic journals and databases are available through the UVM network, Dana website and COMET as usual.

Beginning at the end of August, print collections will be moved to new locations outside of the library in preparation for Learning Commons renovations. The compact shelving at the north rear of the library will be removed. Expect special staff moving in and around the library as well as some noise.

After that, a contained area for study will be quickly built to reduce any construction noise. The purpose of the construction is to improve health sciences and medical education by adding a recording studio, upgraded inter-professional classroom, and faculty development space. The new construction will also provide a larger quiet study area and 24×7 study space.

This may sound dramatic but don’t worry, we are doing everything we can to reduce problems.

  • The contained quiet study area will be built as the first part of the project.
  • All books will be retrieved for you on request.
  • Many books that you might need for classes in Medicine, and Nursing and Health Sciences are available on Reserve at the Main Desk. USMLE and other Board study books will be kept in the library. Why not check out the books you want now.
  • The most used and recent portions of our print collection will come back to the library soon, within a few weeks we hope. In the meantime, the loan period for books will be increased from 4 weeks to 8 weeks.

If you have any concerns, please ask a staff member at the Main desk to help or contact Marianne Burke, Director, Dana Medical Library at 656-0695.

Elinor Avery of Dana Interlibrary Loan Retires

Elinor Avery, DD/ILL

Elinor Avery, of the Document Delivery/Interlibrary Loan Department (DD/ILL), retired on June 30, 2016 after 14 years of service for the University of Vermont. Elinor started in DD/ILL in September of 2002, back when Document Delivery had a brisk photocopying business. Elinor’s work focused for many years on Document Delivery and Interlibrary Loan lending. She filled requests for photocopies and scans from Dana Library’s collections for Dana patrons as well as for libraries all over the world. Later, Elinor’s position changed to incorporate all aspects of DD/ILL, including filling requests from UVM and Fletcher Allen patrons for materials to be borrowed from other libraries or institutions. Elinor was known for her excellent patron service and superb sleuthing skills, verifying citations and locating hard-to find items, often filling requests in less than 24 hours. Her friendly face greeted patrons at the DD/ILL door.

Faculty Praise for ILL

Many health sciences patrons appreciated her work and high level of customer service. In a survey of Dana ILL users, 87% indicated that being able to borrow materials for patient care, research or academic work was “essential,” with 13% rating it “very important.” Many respondents commented positively on Interlibrary Loan. “Being able to… request articles from the [Interlibrary Loan] service is absolutely critical to the teaching mission,” said one respondent. Another noted, “This [Interlibrary Loan] service is so efficient and reliable, I really depend on it to keep me up to date on related research, etc.” Speed of delivery was also rated as important and commented on by survey respondents. One respondent said, “I have been amazed that many of my ILL requests are filled the same day.”

Active in Campus Service

Ms. Avery was also a valued colleague who often gave time to University Libraries-wide service opportunities. She served on UVM Libraries Staff and Faculty Development Committee and many other working groups focused on improving the patron experience at Dana Medical Library and Bailey/Howe Library. Her positivity, collegiality, and strong commitment to excellence will be missed by all of her coworkers in the Libraries. But her friendship and work ethic will especially be missed by those in Dana Medical Library; we wish her the best of luck on all her future adventures in retirement.

Reserves: How-to Guides for Faculty and Students

Faculty: Put Educational Materials in Your Students’ Hands

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Dana Medical Library supports education for Nursing and Health Sciences students and Medical students, as well as University of Vermont Medical Center employees. Educators in these programs are welcome to place materials on Reserve at the Dana Main Desk.

Dana’s Reserve collection is intended to make limited resources available to as many users as possible. Educators can place UVM Libraries’ books, DVDs, or any other physical thing on Reserve at Dana. Materials can be placed on Reserve by completing the on-line form or e-mailing the course syllabus or reading list to Personal or department-owned copies of books and legal copies of media may also be placed on Reserve. Just bring the material to the Main Desk at the Dana Medical Library.

Because different educational programs have different needs, a variety of different loan periods are available for Reserve items: 2 hours, 3 days, 7 days or 4 weeks. All Reserve materials may leave the library. The two hour loans checked out within two hours of closing are due back within thirty minutes of opening the next day. There is a Book Return located outside the library’s main entrance in the event the library is closed.

Students: In the User’s Hands

Using reserves is easy with the Course Reserves link.  The quickest way to search is by Course number.  Once you find your item, staff at the desk need the call number to be able to retrieve it. Scrap paper is available to write numbers down, but many users pull up the information on their smart phone and simply hand staff their device.

ReservesTwoscreen (2)Reserves are available on a first come first serve basis.  Wait lists are not an option because of no-shows. The two hour loan means that materials come back in a timely manner so that the next user can wait and study something else. It is understandable then that overdue fines are steep at $10 per hour.  Materials can be renewed if no one else has asked for them. Please bring the item with you to the Main Desk to request a renewal, just in case someone else is waiting for the item.

Loan Periods for reserves are not limited to 2 hours, some can be 3 days, 7 days or 4 weeks depending on the item. The professor, not the library, chooses the loan period.

Don’t hesitate to contact Dana’s Main Desk at 656-4401 with any questions about Reserves.

Active Orientations for New Residents Conducted at Dana

Every summer, new residents enter postgraduate medical training programs at the University of Vermont Medical Center. An introduction to the Dana Medical Library is a standard orientation activity for these new residents. In the past, this consisted of a short lecture outlining library resources, services, and policies. Feedback from the residents revealed that they frequently retained little information from these orientations. This was due to the passive nature of the lecture and the fact that they were being overwhelmed with other information at the same time.

This year, the library redesigned and updated its new resident orientation. The old, passive lecture was replaced with an active learning exercise focused on a poster that highlighted essential Dana Medical Library resources and services. Participating residents spent one minute reading through the library poster, were asked to complete a brief poster survey and were encouraged to ask questions.

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Active Learning Exercise Poster, Created by Nancy Bianchi and Gary Atwood

The results of this new orientation format were quite revealing. The poster prompted many questions and interesting on-the-spot conversations between residents and librarians. In addition, 80% of the new residents returned completed surveys. Most residents liked the format and felt that it was an effective way to introduce the library. Dana librarians will continue to study this passive turned active learning activity, and build on its success with other library presentations.

For more information, contact Library Associate Professor, Nancy Bianchi at or 656-4371.

Summer Reading Program Highlights Must-Read Books on Medicine and Science

This summer and through September, the library has transformed its display cases into a Summer Reading Program for popular reading in Medicine and Science. We present books at the intersection of literature, humanities, medicine and science. This display, Medicine, Science and Literature: Reading for the Summer Months, examines a special book collection that strays away from the clinical. These literary works – fiction, nonfiction, memoirs, poetry, essays –  can inspire and encourage health care professionals, and the greater public, to take a deeper look into life and to explore topics that are both age old and cutting edge.

Read a book and write a review about it, or tell us your thoughts in a quick survey about the summer reading exhibit. Participants are entered into a drawing for popular reading books! Here is how it works:

  • Peruse the current fiction and non-fiction that are on the table in Dana’s Main Hall and check out a book.
  • Write a short review or fill out a survey to be entered in the drawing.
  • Slip your review or survey into the box in Dana’s Main Hall the next time you are in the library. You will automatically be entered into a drawing for: When Breath Becomes Air by Paul Kalanithi, Into the Magic Shop by James Doty, or Lab Girl by Hope Jahren.

Don’t Worry! There is still plenty of time to read one of these best-selling books. The Program will be up until the end of September. The drawing will occur on October 3rd.

Here are the most popular titles: Me Before You, by Jojo Moyes; Lab Girl, by Hope Jahren; The Gene: An Intimate History, by Siddhartha Mukherjee; Into the Magic Shop, by James Doty; and The Gilded Razor, by Sam Lansky

Take a little break from your work and pick up a book today! Questions? Contact Kate Bright at 656-0695.

Staff News

Dana Librarian Publishes Article on Zika Virus

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Frances Delwiche, MLS

Dana Library Associate Professor, Fran Delwiche MLIS, publishes an article on the rise and challenges of the Zika virus in the journal of Science & Technology Libraries.

Frances A. Delwiche (2016): Reviews of Science for Science Librarians: The Challenge of the Zika Virus: An Emerging Arbovirus Disease. Science & Technology Libraries. DOI:10.1080/0194262X.2016.1192007


Dana Librarian appointed to editorial board of MedEdPORTAL

Gary Atwood, MSLIS

Dana Library Associate Professor, Gary Atwood, MA, MSLIS, has been appointed to the editorial board of MedEdPORTAL for a two-year term. MedEdPORTAL is an online publication service provided at no charge by the Association of American Medical Colleges (AAMC). The intent is to promote collaboration and educational scholarship by helping educators publish and share educational resources. As a member of the board, Gary will assist in providing guidance on the MedEdPORTAL peer review process and editorial policies as well as the strategic priorities and positioning of the program.