Spring is a busy time at the library and, in the last few months, much has happened that is newsworthy. As we look back at what we have accomplished this semester, we also look forward to more changes in the coming months. We are very pleased to announce that the new Dean of UVM Libraries will be Dr. Bryn Geffert. Dr. Geffert comes to us from Amherst College and will begin his appointment in July. Along with a new Dean of Libraries, a search is underway for a new Director of the Dana Medical Library. We will be welcoming candidates to campus for this position starting at the end of May. Both of these administrative changes will open the door for new ideas, collaborations, and initiatives. Here at Dana, we are very excited about the possibilities!
In this current newsletter, we have an update from Collections, a new electronic platform in our Interlibrary Loan department, as well as new electronic services and resources available. We also highlight recent graphic medicine exhibits and events, recent faculty scholarship, as well as a new weekly in-library graduate writing clinic.
As a new year begins, we look back at what we have accomplished this past year. In the fall, we published a new, revamped 2017/18 Annual Report for Dana Medical Library. This report gives an overview of the changes that have occurred recently with renovations, staff changes and library stats. Dana has had some insightful exhibits, changes in library education, outreach for our digital repository – ScholarWorks @ UVM, recently updated software, and a new drop-in clinic for EndNote. In this newsletter, we also highlight Dana’s virtual dissection table, the Anatomage Table. Enjoy!
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
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.
New 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 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.
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
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.
What do the words Circulation or Reference mean to you? A few years ago we took down the large letter signs over the service desks at the front of the Library that said “Circulation” and “Reference”. The terms seemed obscure, especially in a medical library (Circulation, defined as the continuous movement of blood through the heart and blood vessels.) “Circulation” was where library users checked out and returned books or journal volumes. “Reference” was the desk with the knowledgeable medical librarian who readily found answers to questions as they arose.
Since research journals, textbooks, and multi-format media are now available on mobile devices and desktops, thousands of downloads of UVM Libraries licensed content are completed each year without a visit to the brick and mortar library. Along with electronic delivery of services (article delivery requests for example), many queries are now answered remotely .
Yet, students, faculty, and clinicians do visit the library every month. They come to the library to study, seek services, find a book, and consult with a librarian (See “Dana Survey asks…” article). In fact, 13,409 items were checked out in FY2015. As we evaluated services and library use, we learned that most questions, including topic-based collection queries, were answered effectively by the professional staff at the front service desk. Librarians, as liaisons to medical & health science campus departments and education programs, are frequently out of the library.
In January, the front desk (formerly known as Circulation) was officially renamed the Main Desk. The Reference Desk was taken down, replaced with on-demand librarians for complex queries and research consultation by appointment. (See Main Desk article.)
Medical libraries are changing, and our names are changing too. Does the term “reference librarian” still apply without a reference desk? Many academic health science libraries don’t think so. Depending on their position, librarians are called knowledge managers, research informaticians, information literacy specialists, and informationists.
What do you think? What’s in a name? Do you prefer the traditional nomenclature and services of the library or can you envision with us an exciting, unfolding future?
Marianne Burke MA AHIP, Library Associate Professor
After carefully researching the library literature and conducting wide-ranging discussions among Library faculty and staff, Dana closed and removed its Reference Desk in January. Although the word “Reference” may not be used any longer, an on-demand librarian assistance service is still available through the Main Desk. In addition, the Main Desk now answers a variety 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!
In 2015, the Main Desk staff encountered 1,840 reference questions and, in the first quarter of 2016 (January to March), the new single service Main Desk received 662 reference queries. Main Desk staff are now, more than ever, prepared to answer research questions. However, for more in-depth queries, staff can refer you to the on-demand librarian.
Assistance 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 individual or group research.
Student Curriculum and Technical Support
The Main Desk is also 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.
Staffed by Lesley Boucher (supervisor), John Printon, Brenda Nelson, Colin McClung and Craig Chalone, with the help of student assistants, the Main Desk is available to help you with all your library needs. Contact them at 656-2200 to get started.