Graphic Medicine Events and Exhibits at Dana

This spring, Dana Medical Library hosted a series of events and exhibits that explored the writing genre called “Graphic Medicine”. Graphic Medicine, coined by Dr. Ian Williams, is “the intersection of the medium of comics and the discourse of healthcare”. Williams believes that graphic medicine can assist medical professionals by effectively relating patient or caregiver experience and playing a role in the discussion of difficult subject matters. It can be a means of healing from trauma.

Exhibit: Graphic Medicine as Medical Narrative

Graphic Medicine Homepage

Currently on display in Dana’s exhibit cases, Graphic Medicine as Medical Narrative explores why this is an important medium of expression for authors and medical professionals alike. It looks at why graphic medicine is so effective with the use of comics and the combination of image and text to convey perspective. The exhibit also points out some great graphic medicine books to pick up, including a few written by acclaimed Vermont authors.

NLM Exhibition: Graphic Medicine: Ill-Conceived & Well-Drawn!


Courtesy of the History of Medicine Division of the National Library of Medicine (NLM), Dana also hosted the traveling exhibition Graphic Medicine: Ill-Conceived & Well-Drawn! from March 4th to April 13th. Made up of 6 free-standing panels, “Graphic Medicine: Ill-Conceived & Well-Drawn! explores an increasingly popular, yet little-known literary field that presents personal stories of illness and health through the medium of comics. Showcasing items from the National Library of Medicine’s growing collection of graphic memoirs, the stories depict people’s experiences with an array of health issues, from breast cancer and deafness to mental illness and HIV/AIDS.” (This exhibition was produced by the US National Library of Medicine.)

Talk: Reclaiming Patient Narrative in Graphic Medicine

Graphic Medicine Author Rachel Lindsay

On April 4th, Dana presented A Conversation with Graphic Medicine Author Rachel Lindsay: Reclaiming Patient Narrative in Graphic Medicine. “Rachel Lindsay [discussed] the creation of her book Rx: A Graphic Memoir, which chronicles her experience advertising psychopharmaceuticals as a bipolar person, and subsequent involuntary hospitalization for mania. A powerful new voice in the mental health realm of the Graphic Medicine community, Lindsay has spoken about her work at Harvard Medical School, Columbia University, Mount Sinai Hospital, and the California Institute of Integral Studies, among others. Based in Burlington, she is also the cartoonist of Rachel Lives Here Now, which runs weekly in Seven Days.” (Lindsay)

For more information about Dana’s Graphic Medicine events and exhibits, contact Kate Bright or Alice Stokes.

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

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.

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.

UVM Librarians Collaborate in Peru

Fred Pond, MLS, in Lima, Peru

Dana Librarian Fred Pond, MLS, recently participated in a professional visit at the Pontifical Catholic University of Peru (PUCP), in Lima. Building on a university collaboration which was formed in 2010, Fred & Bailey-Howe Librarian Laurie Kutner spent several days working with librarians at PUCP, discussing building relationships between librarians and teaching faculty.  Specifically, UVM & PUCP librarians worked to enhance access, or discoverability of library information resources, such as databases, journals, books, and research guides, similar to what is available at Dana’s website, Research Guides By Subject. At the end of the visit, Fred & Laurie attended a Latin American Librarian conference, the International Congress of University Libraries (CIBU 2016), held on the PUCP campus. UVM & PUCP librarians will continue to exchange knowledge in the coming year; a follow-up visit may occur in the future, including professional exchanges in other disciplines.

Fred is an acting member of the Dana Library staff through June. He is currently the liaison for the departments of Family Medicine, Surgery, Anesthesiology, and Pharmacies, and has broad interests in Health Sciences, History of Medicine and Vermont History.

Associated webpages:

Pontifical Catholic University of Peru

International Congress of University Libraries

Dana’s Research Guides

Thinking Locally, Acting Globally: Global Health exhibit features UVM

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Health Assessment, Manikganj, Bangladesh

Hundreds of library patrons had an opportunity to learn about global health activities at UVM over the Spring semester. Kate Bright and librarian colleagues at the Dana Medical Library mounted an exhibit focused on global health initiatives with the enthusiastic help of faculty and students throughout the University.

Each of the four panels of the exhibit case highlighted a different global health project, and all panels rotated their displays midway through the semester. The College of Medicine Ebola mission to Liberia and the School of Nursing public health nursing programs in Uganda and Bangladesh opened the exhibit in January. These projects were closely followed by exhibit panels featuring global health research in Anthropology, Women’s Healthcare in Uganda and Tanzania, and Physical Therapy Down Under.

In addition, the exhibit provided the Library with a wonderful opportunity to display many of its new books on global health as well as to remind patrons of the availability of the Global Health database in its collection. The closing of the Library exhibit coincided quite nicely with a celebration of World Health Day on April 7, 2016.

Please check Dana’s website for the January to March segment of Thinking Locally, Acting Globally: Global Health at UVM. Questions? Please contact Kate Bright at 656-0695.

New NLM Exhibit on the History of Drugs and Addiction at Dana

Crack is Wack playground mural, Keith Haring, 1986. Courtesy Keith Haring Foundation and Jonathan Kuhn/New York City Parks & Recreation

In May and June, The Dana Medical Library will host the National Library of Medicine Traveling Exhibition Pick Your Poison: Intoxicating Pleasures and Medical Prescriptions.

Mind-altering drugs have been used throughout the history of America. While some remain socially acceptable, others are outlawed because of their toxic, and intoxicating, characteristics. These classifications have shifted at different times in history, and will continue to change. The transformation of a particular drug, from an acceptable indulgence to a bad habit, or vice versa, is closely tied to the intentions of those endorsing its use, and their status in society. This exhibition explores some of the factors that have shaped the changing definition of some of our most potent drugs, from medical miracle to social menace.

This exhibition was developed and produced by the National Library of Medicine, National Institute of Health. For more information, contact Kate Bright at 656-0695.