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.

Funding to Publication Series, Dana Medical Library

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Dana Medical Library’s Funding to Publication Series will start in mid-September and run for 5 weeks. For this year’s series, we’ve updated some classic workshops and added a new one on using REDCap to capture and manage your research data. This year’s topics include:

September 15-16 PubMed: Advanced Techniques
September 22-23 Reference Management: Introduction to EndNote
September 29-30 Data Management: An Overview of REDCap
October 6-7 Publishing: Find the Right Journal
October 13-14 Funding: Tools and Tips for the Search Process
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Location: Dana Medical Library Classroom
Time: Noon to 1:00pm
Registration is required for all workshops. Please fill out the registration form located at http:/go.uvm.edu/2015ftp.
Questions? Please contact Gary Atwood at (802) 656-4488.


Technology Upgrades for the Library Classroom

Over the winter break many technological upgrades were made to the projector, screen and podium in the Library Classroom in order to improve the teaching and learning experience. Students will now have a larger screen that is clearer and easier to read, and instructors will be able to project content from their favorite devices, including tablets and laptops. All technological changes were made with a focus on flexibility. Good teaching and learning happens in a variety of modalities and environments, so having spaces that are flexible enough to accommodate those differences was a priority in planning the upgrades.

Most noticeable is the now very large screen. A new Eiki screen, 87 X 139 inches, or 164 inches diagonally, was installed. The larger screen is more visible from the back of the room and displays a clearer image.

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The library classroom under construction.

The old projector was replaced with a new, significantly brighter projector, making the images projected onto the screen crisper and more detailed than before. The new projector can also project HD 1080p quality video in wide screen format, which makes it compatible with DVD movies and wide-screen PowerPoint presentations. It is also much more flexible than the old projector, and can accommodate other devices, such as tablets.

The electronics in the podium, except for the computer, have been completely upgraded. The VCR has been removed and a new DVD player that is capable of reading multiple formats (DVD Video/MP3/WMA/WAV, etc.) has been added. In addition, instructors can now plug in devices that are HDMI compatible (such as the iPad) in addition to just the standard VGA. Finally, there is a new Crestron touch screen control panel to run all of the technology in the podium. The new electronics in the podium can also be expanded to adapt to new technology, which will give instructors greater flexibility going forward.

Dana also obtained a new Sharp 55″ High Definition flat panel monitor mounted on a movable cart so that it can be moved from room to room as needed. Instructors and students can plug their laptops into the panel and display what is on their laptop on the monitor. Dana librarians foresee using this set up with smaller groups of people when the big screen would be too overwhelming.

As classes settle into this new space, Dana education librarian, Gary Atwood, who oversaw the project, will be surveying instructors and students alike for feedback on these technological improvements.

Laura Haines, MLS
laura.haines@uvm.edu

Spring Library Classes Are Underway

Gary Teaching 1Please join us in the Dana Classroom for one or more of our spring workshops. All workshops are open to all UVM and Fletcher Allen students, staff, and faculty. Unless otherwise noted, preregistration is not required.

Questions about any of our workshops? Have a suggestion for a topic you’d like us to cover? Please contact Gary Atwood at gatwood@uvm.edu or (802) 656-4488.

February

PubMed Basics and Beyond **Online Workshop**

Are your PubMed skills a little rusty? Come to this workshop and brush up on the basics such as using limits and MeSH headings to zero in on the results you need. We’ll move beyond the basics by answering whatever questions you have so come prepared to share!

This is an online class so pre-registration is required. Please send your name, email address, and phone number to Gary Atwood at gatwood@uvm.edu.

Instructor: Gary Atwood

Tuesday, February 25, 2014
7pm – 8pm
Managing References with Zotero

Learn the basics of Zotero. Capture citation information about books, articles, web sites, and more while you search. Link to Microsoft Word to produce citations in a variety of formats. Share your citations with collaborators.

Instructor: Laura Haines

Wednesday, February 26, 2014
Noon – 1pm

March

Searching CINAHL

This workshop will cover how to find high quality nursing and allied health information in CINAHL. In it, we’ll cover topics like advanced searching, how to use subject headings in your search, and how to fine-tune your results.

Instructor: Gary Atwood

Wednesday, March 5, 2014
1pm – 2pm
Managing References with EndNote **Online Workshop**

Learn the basics of EndNote. The following tasks will be demonstrated: adding citations to an EndNote library through a variety of methods; attaching PDFs to citations; managing information in an EndNote library; creating a bibliography; adding citations to a paper using EndNote and Microsoft Word.

This is an online class so pre-registration is required. Please send your name, email address, and phone number to Gary Atwood at gatwood@uvm.edu.

Instructor: Gary Atwood

Tuesday, March 11, 2014
7pm – 8pm
Copyright

Know your rights! This workshop provides an overview of copyright law and related resources. It also provides guidelines to help faculty, staff and students comply with copyright law and public funding mandates.

Instructor: Jeanene Light

Wednesday, March 12, 2014
Noon – 1pm
From Arnica to Zinc and Acupuncture to Yoga: Information Resources for Complementary & Herbal Medicine

Despite their popularity, it is often a challenge to find reliable information about the effectiveness of non-conventional therapies. Join us as we explore high-quality sources of information, both in print and online, that can help guide the wise use of these practices and products.

Instructor: Nancy Bianchi & Frances Delwiche

Thursday, March 20, 2014
Noon – 1pm
Managing References with EndNote

Learn the basics of EndNote. The following tasks will be demonstrated: adding citations to an EndNote library through a variety of methods; attaching PDFs to citations; creating a bibliography; adding citations to a paper using EndNote and Microsoft Word.

Instructor: Gary Atwood

Wednesday, March 26, 2014
Noon – 1pm

April

Personal Knowledge Management: Better Organization for Better Problem-Solving

How do you organize all of the information you collect for your research, work and personal life? How can you manage that information better so that you can use it more effectively? This workshop will explore the concepts of Personal Information Management (PIM) and Knowledge Management (KM), and offer a few concrete tips for managing your information. Tools such as EndNote, DropBox, and EssentialPIM will be covered.

Instructor: Laura Haines

Wednesday, April 2, 2014
Noon – 1pm
Creating the Simplified Data Management Plan

The workshop will introduce the recommended elements of a data management plan (DMP) and resources at UVM that can help with data management planning. Sample data management plans will be provided. Participants will then create their own simplified data management plans.

Instructor: Donna O’Malley

Wednesday, April 9, 2014
Noon – 1pm

What else would you like to learn?

We can also custom design a workshop for you, your class, or for your workgroup. Workshops can be held in the Library or in another location that’s more convenient for you. Please contact Gary Atwood at gatwood@uvm.edu or (802) 656-4488 for more information or to schedule a session.

Workshops on these topics are readily available, but you can request any combination of topics:

  • Advanced MedLine
  • CINAHL
  • Citation and E-Journal Troubleshooting
  • Clinical Pharmacology
  • Consumer Health on the Web
  • DynaMed
  • EndNote
  • Evidence-Based Practice (EBM) Tools
  • Google / Google Scholar
  • Keeping Up with the Literature
  • MD Consult
  • Medical Images
  • Navigating the Virtual Library
  • Nursing Reference Center
  • Ovid MedLine
  • Poster Presentations
  • PsychINFO
  • PubMed
  • UpToDate
  • Web of Science

Questions? Please contact Gary Atwood at gatwood@uvm.edu or (802) 656-4488.

Thanks for Another Great Funding to Publication Series

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Hilda Alajajian presents Finding Grant Opportunities: The Search Process

Mid October represents a lot of things. The leaves are falling. Cooler weather is coming. It also marks the end of another great Funding to Publication series. Funding to Publication is a series of workshops that focus on different aspects of the research process such as tools for finding research, sources of funding, and publication strategies. This year 57 people attended one or more of the workshops, which represents an increase of 42% over last year’s series. In fact, so many people signed up for two workshops (Advanced EndNote and Sources and Databases Beyond PubMed) that we had to add a third day to fit everyone in! Thank you to everyone who attended the workshops and for your help in making it such a great experience for everyone involved. If you missed any part of the series, take a look at its site, http://danaguides.uvm.edu/research2013, for class content and supplemental materials.

Although the Funding to Publication series is over, there are still lots of workshops being offered between now and December. For example, you can learn some new tricks on using images in PowerPoint in the “An Image is Worth a Thousand Words” workshop. Additional topics include EndNote, Google Scholar, The Cochrane Library, and a great session on creating posters. You can find a list of the workshops and when they’ll be offered on the Schedule of Library Workshops page.  How to Stay Up to Date: Alerts, Preparing Posters, and Introduction to Google Scholar are new selections alongside popular standards such as Advanced EndNote and Beyond PubMed.

Don’t see what you’re looking for? Please let us know. We’re always looking for great ideas for future workshops.

Gary Atwood, MSLIS
gary.atwood@uvm.edu

A Smart Resolution: Attend a Library Workshop

Happy New Year!  Why not start 2013 off on a positive note by attending a library workshop?  Our workshops are open to all UVM and FAHC faculty, staff, and students and are held in the Main Conference Room.  This semester, we’ll be covering:

 

Managing References with EndNote
Wednesday, January 23:  Noon-1pm
Wednesday, February 13:  Noon-1pm
Tuesday, February 26:  4:00pm-5:00pm
Wednesday, April 10:  Noon-1:00pm
PubMed: Basics and Beyond
Wednesday, January 30:  Noon-1:00pm
Friday, February 8:  7:30am-8:30am
Tuesday, February 12:  5:00pm-6:00pm
The Cochrane Library: New and Improved
Wednesday, February 6:  Noon-1:00pm
Friday, February 22:  7:30am-8:30am
How to Stay Up to Date:  Alerts
Wednesday, February 20:  Noon-1:00pm
Introduction to Google Scholar
Wednesday, February 27:  Noon-1:00pm
Friday, March 22:  7:30am-8:30am
Rx for PowerPoint
Wednesday, March 13:  Noon-1:00pm
Friday, April 5:  7:30am-8:30am
Managing References with Zotero
Wednesday, March 20:  Noon-1:00pm
Introduction to Mendeley
Wednesday, March 27:  Noon-1:00pmLit Search Clinic
Wednesday, April 3:  Noon-1:00pm

In addition to our face to face workshops, we will be offering two online workshops for the first time this year.  “Rx for PowerPoint” will be held on Tuesday, March 12 from 7:00pm-8:00pm and “Managing References with EndNote” will be offered on March 25 from 7:00pm-8:00pm.  Sit back and participate in both of these workshops from the comfort of your own couch!

For more information about all of the workshops, please see the Schedule of Library classes on the Dana Library website.

Don’t forget, we can create a custom workshop for you and that workshop can be held here in the library or someplace more convenient for you.  If that sounds like something you’d like to learn more about, please contact Gary Atwood at gatwood@uvm.edu or 802-656-4488.

Two Workshops Remain in Research Support Workshop Series

The popular workshop series From Funding to Publication will again be held in the Dana Medical Library Computer Classroom this fall. Classes will meet September 14-October 27 on seven consecutive Wednesdays from 12 noon-1 pm, and will be repeated each Thursday at the same time.

Through a combination of lectures and hands-on exercises, participants will learn about software, web sites, and databases that facilitate finding, managing, and publishing the results of scholarly research. Topics include the literature review process, keeping up to date with the scholarly research, and changes in the world of scholarly publishing.

September 14 and 15: Pre-workshop Orientation.
Navigate the Library’s web site, explore the library’s lineup of E-Resources, learn to access E-resources from home, and other essential skills. Ideal for those new to UVM.

September 21 and 22: Advanced literature searching skills.
Discover expert search techniques to refine and focus your literature searches. Learn to set up auto-alerts, save searches, and create online bibliographies.

September 28 and 29: Sources and databases beyond PubMed.
Explore other high quality databases and information sources in the biomedical sciences.

October 5 and 6: Managing references with EndNote.
Learn to create an EndNote library, download records from online databases, and insert citations directly into a manuscript.

October 12 and 13: Images: creating, finding, and using them.
Learn to create an Endnote library, download records from online databases, and insert citations directly into a manuscript.

October 19 and 20: Issues in scholarly publishing.
Evaluate approaches to assessing journal quality, review author’s rights, and explore alternative publishing models.

October 26 and 27: Identifying funding for your research.
Learn to use grant-seeking and grant-writing resources available to you at UVM.

Attendees may register for one or more of these sessions. To register, please contact Donna O’Malley, 656-4415.

Community Doctors Brush up on Medical Evidence on the Internet

Bob Sekerak, MLS demonstrates the evidence pyramid.

Primary care physicians gathered in St. Albans, Barre, and St. Johnsbury to attend late afternoon classes on finding evidence-based information using the Internet and the resources of Dana Medical library. The classes, named “Timely Access to Evidence-Based Information for Patient Care,” were approximately an hour long and conferred one Continuing Medical Education (CME) credit.

Librarian and outreach educator Bob Sekerak, MLS, conducted the classes in cooperation with the UVM College of Medicine Office of Primary Care and the Northeastern and Champlain Valley Area Health Education Centers (AHEC) to reach community physicians who teach medical students (preceptors). Attendees learned how to answer patient care questions as they arise in clinical practice on a daily basis. The instructor showed how searches using free Internet search engines such as PubMed, TRIP and Google can be combined with Dana Library licensed databases such as DynaMed to identify quality medical information from the literature. He also demonstrated how to distinguish the level of medical evidence and assess the quality of scientific information. Locating the full text of electronic medical journal articles was also covered. The focus was on information resources that preceptors can use where they practice and teach without being on the UVM/FAHC campus.

Responses to the classes to date have proved positive.  One student participant, a clinical faculty member, remarked,  “[there’s a] huge variety of information available via Dana….”  Another commented,“[Today’s session showed how to] access all the information I need to practice evidence based medicine.” Only one preceptor attending the classes previously knew about access to Dana’s resources and services, although he did not know their breadth and depth.

Additional classes were given at the Thomas Chittenden Health Center, Williston, and the Plainfield Health Center. Additional classes are planned at Grace Cottage Hospital, Townshend; the Porter Medical Center, Middlebury; and at the Dana Medical Library on 3/16 and 4/13 from 5 – 6 pm.

Funding for this statewide education series was received from National Institutes of Health contract with the National Network of Libraries of Medicine-New England Region. Additional support was provided through the UVM AHEC/Office of Primary Care SEARCH program funded by Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA).

For information about additional time and locations for the “Timely Access to Evidence-based Information” class series or to register, contact: Bob Sekerak, MLS, Outreach Education Coordinator, at 802-656-8471 or rsekerak@uvm.edu.

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