Dana Medical Library Director Marianne Burke Retires

Marianne Burke, Dana Medical Library
Marianne Burke, MA LS

After 16 years as Director, Marianne Burke retired from the Dana Medical Library at the end of March. At the University of Vermont, she oversaw 2 library moves, one to the Given Courtyard, the library’s temporary location during the construction of the current Medical Education building, and the move to the new library in 2005. She has overseen library renovations several times since, most recently last year with the construction of the new Larner Learning Commons. There have also been 2 separate occasions of flooding in the library which she handled with grace and humor.

Marianne graduated with a B.A. from California State University in Los Angeles in 1975 and then with an M.A. in Librarianship and Information Management from the University of Denver in 1980. She also received the Academy of Health Information Professionals (AHIP) certification in 1995, and was recertified at the Distinguished level in 2000.

Before coming to Dana Medical Library, Marianne worked as the Assistant Director for Resource Management at the Countway Library of Medicine at the Harvard Medical School from 1992 to 2001. Prior to her appointment at Harvard, Marianne held positions of increasing responsibility at Boston Library Consortium (1988 – 1992) and University of Colorado Libraries (1981 – 1988), among others. At the University of Vermont, she has established herself as a contributing member of the UVM Medical Community and has served well as medical library ambassador to students, faculty, administrators, and affiliates.  She has taught and advised, held positions on many committees, published papers, and presented frequently over the years.

She is currently completing her PhD in Clinical and Translational Science at UVM. Though we have said goodbye to Marianne as Director, she will be returning to the library as a student. We look forward to seeing her in and around the health science complex. We wish Marianne well in her future endeavors!

What I’ve seen in the short time that I’ve been here is Marianne’s unerring dedication to the library. She has a love for Dana and a commitment to it that is steadfast. She is dedicated to representing the library professionally, she is not afraid to fight for what the library needs, she sees the value in inclusivity and stands as a good advocate for the community that has been built here.
– Kate Bright, Dana Administrative Library Assistant

Dana Welcomes Donna O’Malley as Interim Director

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Donna O’Malley, MLS

We are pleased to announce that Donna O’Malley is fulfilling the role of Interim Director at Dana Medical Library as of April 1st. Donna has been a faculty member in the libraries since 1985. Her research interests center on scholarly communication, including software tools for accessing and organizing published scholarship, as well as methods for facilitating the publishing and sharing of research. Donna has led the UVM Libraries Institutional Repository group, coordinating the growth and development of ScholarWorks @ UVM. She also participates in the College of Medicine Vertical Integrated Curriculum. Donna serves as a consultant and co-instructor in the Public Health graduate certificate and MPH programs. Please join us in welcoming Donna into her new interim role at the UVM Libraries.

UVM Libraries Runs Important Survey

libqual-logoEvery four years the University of Vermont Libraries run a nationally-benchmarked electronic survey that helps us learn how our users view library services, collections, and facilities. Dana Medical Library is very interested in opinions of our collections and services from the University of Vermont Biomedical and Health Sciences Community.

Past survey responses have directly impacted library planning, leading us to:

  • renovate library learning spaces
  • create additional group study rooms
  • add new quiet study spaces
  • expand our electronic collections
  • redesign library websites

All individuals who use or frequent Dana Medical Library or Bailey/Howe are encouraged to apply, whether they are students, professors, physician, administrators or community members. Responses are be held in confidence and no identifying links between responses and the individual responding will be retained. Completing the survey will give Dana valuable information with which to make future decisions.

Complete the survey HERE.

Participants can enter a drawing for gift certificates to UVM’s bookstore. If you have any difficulty in accessing or taking the survey, please contact Lynda Howell.  Thank you so much for your time and consideration!

Dana Hosts Plaque-Hanging Ceremony and Medical History Open House

On March 27th, Dana Medical Library hung a commemorative plaque that honors the famous physician, poet and soldier, Dr. John McCrae. UVM Department of Pathology and Laboratory Medicine dedicated the plaque to the library in 2016 when the library hosted a talk and exhibit on John McCrae. He was also the author of the famous poem, In Flanders Fields.

The library also hosted a Medical History Open House at this time to showcase its extensive medical history collection.  In addition to a collection of books specifically devoted to the history of medicine in Vermont, the Medical History room contains a large display cabinet filled with tools dating from the early 19th century, and other artifacts used by physicians in Vermont and elsewhere.

In attendance were individuals from the Department of Pathology and Laboratory Medicine, the Chittenden County Historical Society and the UVM Libraries. Director Marianne Burke spoke and Medical History Librarian Angie Chapple-Sokol gave a brief talk on Dr. John McCrae.

Dana’s Medical History room is open to the public every Wednesday, 1-3pm. For more information, contact Angie Chapple-Sokol at Anne.Chapple-Sokol@uvm.edu.

Access the Newest and Most Update E-books!

MedMicrobiology_AprilPostNow available at Dana, we have new titles on Medical BioChemistry, Molecular and Cellular Therapies for Motor Neuron Diseases, and New Therapeutics for Traumatic Brain Injury. Our newly updated titles include Atlas of Cardiac Surgical Techniques, First Aid for the USMLE Step 1 2018, Thoracic Imaging: The Requisites, and many more. See the full list of our April New and Updated E-books HERE.

Dana keeps up to date on the newest e-book editions as they are released to keep on top of current information. We frequently advertise new and updated e-books so keep an eye out!

Search for these e-books, along with others, through CatQuest on Dana’s website or ask at the Main Desk, 656-2200, for assistance.

New Exhibit at Dana! Alzheimer’s Disease: Walking the Path of Science, Medicine, and Care-giving

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Dana Medical Library has a new exhibit up in its Main Hallway tackling the topic of Alzheimer’s Disease. This exhibit looks at what it is, why it occurs, and why it is considered a public health issue. Even now, researchers do not know everything about this disease though they understand that there is a correlation between the build-up of protein in and around brain cells and the disruption of transmission between cells. Memory loss is the direct effect of this disruption. Alzheimer’s Disease is the most common form of dementia (a general term for the decline in mental faculties) and is the slow decline of cognitive abilities affecting memory, thinking and behavior, mostly in older individuals.

The exhibit also looks at the research, initiatives, fundraising, and stories that have come to the forefront to combat and to reconcile this life-changing disease. From The Healthy Brain Initiative to the Walk to End Alzheimer’s to The Longest Day fundraiser, people have recognized the need to shine a light on not just the on-going search for a cure,  but the caregivers and family members who do the daily work of caring for their loved ones and family members. See the Alzheimer’s Association website for more information.

This exhibit concludes with a powerful story told in an emerging book genre: Graphic Medicine. Dana Walrath’s book, Aliceheimer’s: Alzheimer’s Through the Looking Glass, tells the story about caring for her mother, Alice Mashoian Walrath. The story is a circuitous, fluid journey between the present and the past, following the meanderings of Alice’s Alzheimer’s, from seeing her late husband up in a tree outside her daughter’s Vermont farmhouse to trips back to World War II and food rationing. Dana puts her anthropological expertise to work to help deal with her mom’s memory loss, time traveling, emotions, and sense of security. Dana’s voice in her writing is one of deep respect for her mother, and shows a strong desire to keep her mother’s dignity intact.

The exhibit will be on display through mid-June (June is Alzheimer’s and Brain Awareness Month) in Dana Medical Library’s main hallway. Stop by and take a look!

Questions about the exhibit? Contact Kate Bright at 656-0695.

Survey Results Released on Health Network Clinicians Use and Need for Clinical Information

survey-2316468_1280 (2)Following numerous inquiries from University of Vermont Health Network community hospitals to the UVM Dana Library requesting access to clinical information resources, Health Network leaders collaborated with the library on a survey to determine the information needs of clinicians. The survey was sent to the UVM Medical Center and network community hospitals and distributed to clinicians.  The survey purpose was to discover what clinical information resources clinicians currently use, what resources they need but are lacking, and what barriers clinicians encounter when seeking information sources and whether there are differences in access and needs between community hospital clinicians and UVMMC clinicians. The survey was administered during the summer of 2017.

Health care clinicians from 5 community hospitals and the UVM Medical Center participated in the survey. There were 98 respondents from community hospitals and 366 respondents from UVM Medical Center. Physicians comprised 45% of respondents, nurses were 35%, and others, including physicians assistants, were 20% of respondents. A majority of network clinicians seek information resources at least seven times per month for patient care reasons. Both community hospital and UVMMC clinicians used UpToDate, (82% and 62%) in the previous month. Community hospital clinicians used PubMed medical literature database far less often than UVMMC clinicians and 36% of community hospital providers reported lack of access to the PubMed database.  More community hospital clinicians reported lack of access to journal articles than UVMMC respondents (32% v. 26%). In terms of barriers, “lack subscription to needed resource” was a barrier for more of community hospital group clinicians than UVMMC, 46% compared to 26%. A more significant barrier for the UVMMC group was “too much information to sift through” (19% vs. 9%).

Based on the survey results, the report proposes strategies for improved access to information resources for Health Network clinicians such as expanded licensing of information resources across all sites, improved network access to technologies, and education of clinicians in identifying and using available clinical information resources.

The report, Health Network Clinicians Use and Need for Clinical Information Sources: Result of a Survey was prepared by Marianne Burke, MA, Director, and Jeanene Light, MLS, Collection Development and Management Librarian, Dana Medical Library, University of Vermont. See the full report HERE.

Dana Medical Library Classroom in the Larner Learning Commons boasts New Technology

classroom pic croppedresizedAs part of the renovations for the new Larner Learning Commons, Dana’s Classroom has transformed to accommodate active learning and multi-functional events. This new active learning classroom now offers a flexible, technology-rich, educational space for self-contained classes or meetings, or for videoconferencing. The room includes:

  • 80” monitor
  • Video/audio hardware for videoconferencing
  • Built-in Windows computer or bring your own Mac/Windows laptop to plug in
  • Screen mirroring for devices: iOS, Android, and Windows. Bring your own device and display it on the monitor.
  • Adjustable ceiling lights
  • Four whiteboards for group brainstorming  or reporting out
  • Flexible seating and tables for 18

UVM health science faculty and staff, and UVM Medical Center professionals can learn more about reserving the classroom for events, classes, workshops, trainings, meetings, exams, etc. by contacting Kate Bright. When the classroom does not have a scheduled event, the room is open for student study use.

New Dana Faculty

Laura Sobel

Laura Sobel

We are very happy to have Laura join the UVM Libraries Community. Her first day was April 30th and she is in the process of orienting to life at Dana. Laura comes to us, most recently, from the Boston University Alumni Medical Library. She received her MSLIS from Simmons College in May 2013.

Laura will work as a .75 FTE librarian for the next 12 months and will be the liaison to the public health programs and Department of Medicine subspecialities. She joins librarians Gary Atwood and Alice Stokes in providing consultations, computer searches, and educational sessions to medical students and VIC faculty. Along with other Dana instructional activities, she will have 3 reference shifts. Laura is also responsible for planning and developing Dana’s IT resources, including the website, and spearheading technology initiatives that may advance Dana’s mission. Welcome, Laura!

Fred Pond

Fred Pond

Library Associate Professor Frederick C. Pond will be joining Dana for 12 months, starting May 21st. His .5 FTE workload will include management and leadership of the UVM institutional repository and contributions to health research affiliate services and coordination with UVM Health Network services. Fred has served positions at Dana in the past and we look forward to welcoming Fred back.