Director’s Note: Where is the Medical Library?

snowflakeWhere is the Medical Library? The library is with you wherever you can use your tablet or desktop computer. Whether in clinic, in the lab, studying or relaxing, the electronic library is, now more than ever, the gateway to journals, books, class materials, and consultations. To “discover” what the library has to offer, start at the Dana website and search for anything by entering a title, subject, or keyword into the CATQuest search box. The library website is also your go-to source for making an appointment, getting a book or article delivered, and much more.

Renovations occurring within and adjacent to the library are bringing with them some disruption but also excitement for new possibilities. This newsletter issue shares the news, events and timeline for what is expected. We are focusing on the growth and expansion of collaborations and partnerships with the Teaching Academy and Larner College of Medicine Technology Services. We look forward to learning spaces adapted to both self-directed, team-based, and inter-professional learning. The completed renovations will create a Learning Commons that will include an upgraded multi-audience classroom, faculty development space, and both quiet and group study areas for medical and health sciences students.

The Dana Medical Library is committed to the support of evidence-based practice in the clinical professions through high quality information resources and medical librarian consultation. With the semester coming to a close and exams getting under way, make sure to take advantage of the resources that the library provides.

Wishing everyone safe and happy holidays,
Marianne Burke
Director, Dana Medical Library

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

Dana Medical Library Introduces New Book Retrieval Process as Collection is Moved Off-Campus

Many changes have occurred this semester at Dana as we prepare for library construction. The biggest change has been the removal of Dana’s book collection, with some exceptions, to off-site storage. Remember that the most current and frequently circulated books will return to the library when construction is completed. The remainder of the books and all journal volumes will stay off-site permanently.

Library staff, resources, and services are all still available to you, but the process of finding and checking out print books from the library has changed. Instead of going to the stacks to find items, borrowers first need to identify desired books in the online catalog. Next, they fill out an online form to request retrieval of the books from an off-site Annex. Library courier services retrieve books from their external locations and bring them to the Dana Library Monday through Friday for pick-up. If requests are filled before 11:30 am, books are guaranteed to be available for pick-up by 4:30 pm that same day.

Books specifically needed for classes in medicine, nursing and health sciences are staying in the library. These include:

  • Books on Reserve for courses (ask for these at the Main Desk)
  • USMLE Board preparation books
  • Radiology textbooks
  • Recent acquisitions
  • Current issues of selected print periodicals
  • Media (DVDs)

Dana’s most current and frequently circulating print collection will come back to the library in May of 2017. Meanwhile, the loan period for books has been extended to 90 days. All websites, electronic journals and databases are available through the Dana website, UVM Medical Center intranet, and COMET as usual.

Main Desk staff have received a positive response from patrons about the process:

“We have filled over 100 requests within the first month. I have spoken with many of these patrons when filling out the form and when receiving their request. The vast majority are … very pleased with how simple the process is and how quickly they are receiving their items.”
– Colin McClung, Dana Main Desk Library Support Generalist

Please stay tuned for updates on this process. For questions or concerns, contact Marianne Burke, Director, at 656-3483.

UVM Libraries’ CATQuest: Your Print and Electronic Resources Discovery Tool

The library catalog CATQuest makes it easy to find resources while Dana’s book collection is off-site. Whether you are looking for a print book, a chapter from a book, an e-book, or a journal article, CATQuest is the first step to getting what you need.catquest-screenshot

For books and journals that are stored off-site, we will scan and send copies of articles and book chapters for you. If you need the entire book, request it through CATQuest and pick it up at the library. Look for the “Request from Annex” button in CATQuest. Over 6,000 print books were checked out from Dana in 2015-2016.

There are over 2,000 electronic books in medical, nursing, and heath professional topics in the CATQuest database. UVM students, staff, and faculty, and UVM Medical Center employees can access the online collections from anywhere, anytime.

Even though there are no book shelves in the library, you can still browse! CATQuest has a special feature that allows you to browse electronically. When searching the Library Catalog in CATQuest, click on the ‘Virtual Browse’ tab to see other titles in the same call number range.


Where to look for “Virtual Browse”: Go to the Dana Webpage, click on CATQuest in the top toolbar, type in your subject heading and click on “Virtual Browse”.

So whatever you are looking for, start with CATQuest. For additional help, please contact the Main Desk by phone at 656-2200 or in person.

Dana’s E-book Collection Has Grown!

The Dana Medical Library has been purchasing e-books for many years, both in collections such as Access Medicine, Clinical Key, and Ovid, and individually. Many titles have unlimited simultaneous users, while a few have single-user licenses.  All e-books can be found in CATQuest by conducting a search by title. As shown with the following graph, Dana’s e-book collection has increased dramatically in the last few years due to these purchases:


E-books have the advantage of being available 24X7, take up no space in the library, and many have features like downloading to personal tablets and phones. In the last twelve months, over 40, 000 total “views” were logged in various e-books! The following table shows Dana’s top 15 most-accessed e-books:


For more information, contact Dana librarian Jeanene Light, MLS, Head of Collections Development, at 656-0521.

Document Delivery: Your Go-To Resource for Article and Book Chapter Retrieval

Now that the print journals and most books have moved off site, it can be a challenge to locate the journal article or chapter that you need. The Dana staff are available to find it for you and send it to you. On weekdays, our Document Delivery office will usually have what you need within 24 hours of your request. Click Document Delivery under ‘Services’ on the website to start your request.

How to get started
Requests are made by filling out the online form, sending an email, phoning (802) 656-4382 or sending a fax to (802) 656-0762. Normal turnaround time is 24 hours. Large requests, inaccurate or incomplete citations may result in the request taking longer. Rush delivery is available with time permitting. Articles may be delivered to you via e-mail, campus mail, fax, or you can ask to be notified to pick them up in print at the library.

Document Delivery Specifics
Document Delivery (Electronic Article Delivery) is a service that locates, scans and emails articles and book chapters from Dana Medical Library’s book and journal collections, both print and electronic.

If you need a chapter from a print textbook that is currently located in off-site storage (e.i. at the LRA or Williston Annex, as indicated in our catalog), you don’t have to wait for the book to be sent here so that you can photocopy/scan the chapter you want. Let us do the work for you! Simply fill out the online Document Delivery request form (see below), and we’ll make sure you get a PDF of the chapter(s) you need sent directly to your email.

Document Delivery is free to UVM health, biomedical, and medical students, and to University of Vermont Medical Center Residents and Fellows for articles requested from our print and electronic collections.

Dana’s Document Delivery department charges $5.00 per article/chapter requested from our electronic collection to UVM faculty and staff, and to University of Vermont Medical Center employees. This fee is waived for 5 requests per month. For requests of more than 5 articles per month, Dana will charge for ALL articles requested in that month.

Who can request Document Delivery? Anyone affiliated with UVM or the University of Vermont Medical Center can use Document Delivery. Others can contact us for specifics.
Contact us with any questions or suggestions at 656-4382.

Hear what our patrons are saying about Document Delivery:

“The DD/ILL does an excellent job sleuthing hard-to-find documents, with a short turnaround time. My expectations are high … DD/ILL meets my research needs”
– John McPartland, Family Medicine

“I have been involved in several intensive research projects that require obtaining a large number of articles from the peer reviewed literature. Those that I can’t obtain myself through membership organizations … I request through the Dana Document Delivery/Interlibrary Loan Department. They offer a very rapid turn around and have yet to not fill one of my many requests – even for articles in very obscure journals! I could not do my work adequately without their help.”
– John Searles, Vermont Department of Health, Health Research Affiliate

RENOVATIONS UPDATE: Learn What’s Happening Next at Dana

As preparations for library renovations continue, here are some dates to keep in mind when using the library.

What has happened so far:

  • The books have been removed from the library but are still available by request.
  • Shelving has been dismantled. Most recently, the compact shelving in the north rear section of the library has been taken apart. The pieces are being stored in the library temporarily.
  • Furniture from the middle rear section of the library has been moved and HVAC work is underway in this area.
  • NEW! Dana has a new study area created from a space at the north end of the library. Follow the signs!
  • NEW! The Brickyard quiet study area is now open as an alternative place for studying.

Timeline of what is to come:

Dec 19: Construction of a demountable wall system will begin. This will consist of a wall to the right of the New Books shelf in the middle rear of the library, and another wall just past the Document Delivery/ Interlibrary Loan Office in the south rear section of the library. The section between these two walls will be the future quiet study area. This process is expected to take three days. The walls will be glass with chair rails and baseboards with power and outlets every 6 feet. Also at this time, demountable walls will be used to construct a new group study room next to the current small group study rooms at the far south rear section of the library.
Jan 3: This is the target date for the furniture to be moved into the new quiet study area.
Jan 30: Construction begins on the wall at the north end of the library that will divide Dana from the Teaching Academy and the Larner College of Medicine Technology Services.
Feb 8 – May 5: Primary time of Construction

Questions about renovations? Contact Marianne Burke, Director of the Dana Medical Library, at 656-3483.

Exhibits at Dana Explore History, Medicine and War

In Honor of Veterans Day, Dana Library takes a close look at Dr. John McCrae (1872-1918)

Image from McCrae exhibit a Dana

Dr. John McCrae wrote In Flanders Fields, the most widely known poem associated with World War I. He was a revered professor at UVM and we are proud to count him as part of our rich and deep history. From 1903 to 1911, he served as professor of pathology at UVM’s Medical College, traveling down on the train from Montreal. In his short 46 years, he had established himself as an esteemed physician and professor, as well as an accomplished writer and poet.

This exhibit, on display in Dana’s Main Hall, tells viewers about this fascinating man’s life as a physician, poet and soldier. In conjunction with this exhibit, in November, the Larner College of Medicine had a special visit from author Susan Raby-Dunne. She presented her most recent book, John McCrae: Beyond Flanders Fields, giving us a never-before-seen glimpse into McCrae’s participation in World War I.  Also read the Larner College of Medicine blog post on McCrae.

Dana hosts National Library of Medicine exhibit, Binding Wounds, Pushing Boundaries: African Americans in Civil War Medicine

Group of contraband working for the Union Army Courtesy  MOLLUS US Military History Institute

Many histories have been written about medical care during the American Civil War, but the participation and contributions of African Americans as nurses, surgeons, and hospital workers have often been overlooked. Binding Wounds, Pushing Boundaries: African Americans in Civil War Medicine looks at the men and women who served as surgeons and nurses, and how their service as medical providers challenged prescribed notions of race and gender pushing the boundaries of the role of African Americans in America.

Through historical images and period documents, the exhibit explores the life and experiences of surgeons Alexander T. Augusta and Anderson R. Abbott, and nurses Susie King Taylor and Ann Stokes as they provided medical care to soldiers and civilians while participating in the fight for freedom. “Binding Wounds, Pushing Boundaries opens the door to this rarely studied part of history and brings a voice to those that have remained silent for nearly 150 years,” says Curator Jill L. Newmark. Learn more about this fascinating exhibit at the National Library of Medicine, Binding Wounds, web page.

This exhibition was developed and produced by the National Library of Medicine with research assistance from The Historical Society of Washington, D.C.

Both exhibits are up through December 16, 2016. Question about these exhibits? Contact Kate Bright at 656-0695.

Join Us in Welcoming Nick Pierce, Dana’s Newest Staff Member

Nick Pierce, DD/ILL

Nick Pierce is the newest member of the Dana Medical Library team, joining the Document Delivery & Interlibrary Loan Department in late October.  Nick recently moved to Winooski from Boston, where he served as the Assistant Manager of Access Services for the Horn Library of Babson College.  He studied Classics & Music at Skidmore College, graduating in 2010 and continuing to work at the Scribner Library. He went on to receive his Master’s in Information Science from SUNY Albany in 2012.  Nick’s passions outside of library service include exploring the many hiking opportunities Vermont has to offer with his partner, experimenting with home brewing beer, and keeping up with an ever-expanding list of films, books and music to enjoy.