Whiteboard Survey: Students Weigh-in on Study Space

Furniture survey image (2)In February, Library staff conducted a whiteboard survey in the space where the Reference Desk once resided. With the removal of the Desk, this empty space was re-claimed as study space, and now it needed furniture! Who better to ask about usable and comfortable furniture than our very own patrons? Library patrons were asked to share their thoughts on the whiteboard to the following two questions:

  1. What kind of furniture would you like in this area? The choices were: Carrels, Lounge Chairs, Lounge Chairs with Laptop Desks, Round Tables, Rectangular Tables
  2. Comments or other suggestions?

The most popular response came from the Comments question. Twenty-one respondents indicated that they would prefer standing desks. The next most popular response was rectangular tables (19), followed by lounge chairs (9) and lounge chairs with desks (8). Only five people wanted to see carrels in this area. No one was a fan of round tables.

Other popular survey suggestions included a fish tank, massage chairs, and kittens and puppies. Another idea was to move all the chairs against the wall from the former Reference area, and fill in the center with tables.

As a result of the survey, we have rearranged the existing furniture as suggested and added another rectangular table. We are in the process of scheduling more visits from Tucker the therapy dog. And we are investigating using our mobile monitor to display a fish tank video when it is not in use elsewhere. Survey feedback will also inform future decisions about purchasing furniture for the Dana Library. As a reminder, the Main Desk has nine portable stand-up desks that can be checked out.

More questions or comments? Contact Lesley Boucher at 656-4404.

A Successful Dana Medical Library Anniversary Event!

10th Anniversary Reception 2015 001 On July 30th, Dana Medical Library celebrated its 10th Anniversary in the Larner Medical Education Center. The reception was a big success! A steady stream of people, both familiar and new, joined us in looking back at the history of the library, looking forward by predicting what is to come, and eating copious amounts of cake!

10th Anniversary Reception 2015 026Acting Director Donna O’Malley briefly spoke on the changes that have occurred at the library in the last 10 years, some invisible, such as the increasing number of journals and books available online, and some visible, like the decreasing number of print subscriptions. She also spoke of the most visible change: re-purposing library space to make room for the team-based learning Larner Classroom. She thanked Dana employees in regards to these changes and asked the question, “What will happen in the next 10 years?” and inviting guests to make their best guess by writing down on a post-it what they would like to see at Dana in the future.

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Attendees speculated on the future of the library.

The library received many responses to this question. The reception gave Dana faculty and staff the opportunity to share the library’s rich history, and to receive feedback from the UVM and Medical Sciences Community. A sample of responses were: free printing, free coffee, more windows, 24/7 study space, and a fish tank. We take all of these suggestions seriously!

Thank you to all who were able to join us! The true reason for these events is to connect and reconnect with those people we might not see every day. It is a vital part of creating a successful learning and research environment.

For more information on this event, contact Kate Bright at (802) 656-0695.


Staff News

Craig Chalone

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Craig Chalone

Joining Access Services in February, Craig Chalone comes to the library from the University of Maine at Machias, Merrill Library, where he also worked as Adjunct Faculty in Music at the college. Before his time in Maine, Craig worked at the Bailey-Howe Library here at the University of Vermont for 6 years. Outside of work, Craig enjoys reading, walking, baseball, playing guitar and mandolin, and collecting music. He also has a love for nature and animals.

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Kristin Florian

Kristin Florian

Joining Collections Management, Kristin Florian began work in March and has been busily learning the ropes of medical collection development, e-resources trouble-shooting, and a host of other activities. She comes to us most recently from the Lexington County Public Library System in Lexington, South Carolina where she coordinated non-fiction collection development, among other tasks. This past winter was her first winter in Vermont and she tried both downhill and cross-country skiing for the first time.

Kate Bright

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Kate Bright

Kate Bright is Dana’s newest member, joining Dana’s Admin Department in May. Kate is originally from Upstate New York and, as a child, spent summers on Schroon Lake in the Adirondacks. She graduated from Bard College in 2001 and moved to Madison WI to complete a graduate art degree in painting in 2007. After spending 6 years in Wisconsin and having her 2 children at home, she and her family moved to VT to be closer to family. She more recently worked at the Shelburne Museum in their education department facilitating programs, one of which was a tour program for individuals who are blind or partially sighted. Continuing to paint, she still spends a lot of time in the Adirondacks but has acquired a deep love for Vermont and is happy to call it home.

Marianne Burke

From July to December 2015, Dana Medical Library Director Marianne Burke, MLS AHIP, will be on sabbatical pursuing a doctoral degree at the UVM Center for Clinical and Translational Science, and conducting research at the hospital.

For more information on Staff News, contact Kate Bright at (802) 656-0695.


Print Journals on the Move

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Beginning August 7th, over 1,300 linear feet of print journals has been packed up and transferred out of the Dana Medical Library. Why? You may ask.

The Dana Medical Library is, increasingly, home to electronic journals…thousands of them, in fact, and increasingly, students and researchers prefer the convenience and 24/7 access of ejournals over print.

What hasn’t changed, though, is the continuing desire and need for library space- individual, quiet study, collaborative group study, and classrooms – for a variety of teaching and learning activities.

To that end, the University Libraries recently licensed extensive collections of electronic “backfiles” of those titles that were not originally available in electronic form before the years dating approximately 1986-1995.

These purchases made it possible for the Library to transfer many hundreds of titles out of the library to remote storage areas, or to give them away to other libraries. Before they were earmarked for transfer, though, staff performed a careful examination to compare the print and electronic titles for the following elements:

  • All print content available in electronic format
  • All charts, illustrations and graphics legible
  • All supplements and added materials included
  • Format of content- PDF or HTML or both?
  • Editorial staff directories included
  • Advertisements and Announcements included

The electronic content was found to be acceptable in almost all backfiles evaluated. The only content that was regularly omitted was the last element- advertisements and announcements of upcoming meetings and conferences. Since that last information has a short “shelf life” of relevant interest, this seemed a reasonable trade-off to gain both physical space in the crowded library and provide additional electronic content to our users.

In the next few years Dana Medical Library will see many changes to its physical space to accommodate the diverse ways people in the health sciences learn, study and research. Making room for these changes by moving to an increasingly electronic environment is the first step in this exciting evolution of libraries.

For more information on the Library’s journal shift, contact Jeanene Light at (802) 656-0521.


SPECIAL EDITION

We are excited to share upcoming changes to Dana Medical Library’s space and services. This special edition of our newsletter introduces you to learning commons concepts, and Phase One of our transformation: the construction of the Larner Classroom for Team-Based Learning.

Enjoy!

Medical Library to Host Classroom for Team Learning

Larner-rendering-April-3Construction of a new classroom to support active team-based learning at the Dana Medical Library will begin in early June 2014. The classroom, to be named in honor of Dr. Robert Larner, will be located in the front south side of the Library. Prior to the classroom construction study tables currently located in the front of the Library will be relocated to the rear. To create space for the tables some bound journal volumes will move to adjacent Fletcher Allen storage space on May 19. These volumes will be available on request.

Outer walls will be built around the classroom construction site in early June and the new Larner Classroom will be built over the summer. The opening of the Classroom is scheduled for the fall semester. Medical students in the Foundations level (first and second years) will be the first learners using the classroom. The classroom will accommodate 120 students at small tables optimizing the team-based or active learning philosophy. The space will feature flexible furniture to support a variety of learning configurations, multiple projection screens, an advanced video and sound system, and active acoustics to accommodate both small and large groups.

The development of the Larner Classroom is a first step in the Library’s pursuit of the Learning Commons approach to offering a content and technology enriched and learner-driven environment. The Dana Medical Library supports the education, research, and clinical practice of students, faculty and staff in medicine, nursing, and the health sciences. Librarians are working with faculty, staff, and students from the College of Medicine and the College of Nursing and Health Sciences to further develop the enhanced space and services.

These projects will result in disturbance and displacement for students, faculty, and staff. There will be an impact on study space beginning May 19. There will be noise and disruption at times. We will advise Library visitors of alternative study spaces if the need arises. All Library services including electronic and print book and journal access, interlibrary loan, reference and consultation services will be available during our regular summer hours.

We appreciate your patience during the construction period and look forward to the new classroom and reconfigured study space for the fall semester.

Contact Marianne Burke (marianne.burke@uvm.edu), Director, or Donna O’Malley (donna.omalley@uvm.edu), Project Coordinator, Dana Medical Library.

What is a Learning Commons?

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A Learning Commons (sometimes called an Information Commons or Digital Commons) is an educational space that incorporates multiple information technologies, online or distance learning, tutoring, collaboration, content creation, collections and resources, meetings, and reading or study. Academic libraries began developing learning commons, and the learning commons concept, in the early 1990s. Since then, many university libraries have transformed themselves by including technology-rich classrooms, creating vibrant and flexible collaborative spaces, and offering additional tools and services to meet the wide variety of patron educational needs.

As the intellectual and educational center of our community, the Dana Medical Library supports the education, research, and clinical practice of University of Vermont students, faculty and staff. In order better to meet the needs of our patrons, the Dana Library is adopting a Learning Commons model of library service. The Learning Commons will offer a media-rich, content rich, and learner-driven environment, with assistance from professionals at various points along the educational continuum. We look forward to engaging our patrons in this exciting transformation over the next several months.

For more information about a learning commons, read 7 Things You Should Know About™ the Modern Learning Commons by Educause Learning Initiative.

Library Construction Timeline, May 19 – mid-June 2014

This timeline is accurate to the best of our knowledge on May 15, 2014. Please call or email the Dana Library for more up to date information.

May 19, 20           Books, journals, and media in the south end of the back of the library will be relocated. Study space in the front of the library, the computer classroom, and the medical student study will be available.

The back of the library will not be open to patrons. Please ask at a service desk if you want a book, journal or media from the stacks. Please ask for assistance with printing at a service desk. Bathrooms in the library will be unavailable.

May 21, 22           Electricians will be unwiring tables and lamps in the front south end of the library. In the rear south end of the library air ducts will be cleaned and tested. Books will be stored on carts and media and most journals will be in storage space.

Study space in the computer classroom, the back north end of the library, and the medical student study room will be available. Some books and journals will be available on compact shelving in the back north end of the library.

The front south end of the library will not be available as study space. Please ask at a service desk if you want a book, journal or media from the stacks. Please ask for assistance with printing at a service desk. Bathrooms in the library will be unavailable.

May 23, 24           The carpets in the back south end of the library will be cleaned and will need to dry. Some books will remain on carts. Media and most journals will be in storage.

Study space in the front north end of the library, the back north end of the library, the computer classroom, and the medical student study will be available. Study space in the front south end of the library will be available, but there will be no power or data at those tables.

The back south end of the library will not be open to patrons. Please ask at a service desk if need help finding a book, journal or media. Please ask for assistance with printing at a service desk. Bathrooms in the library will be inaccessible.

May 25, 26           The library will be closed.

May 27, 28           Tables and chairs will be moved from the front south end of the library to the back south end of the library. Books that were on carts will be restored to shelves in the back south end of the library. At this point all of the books will be in the library, some on the compact shelving, some on regular shelves. Journals from A to the Journal of Biological Chemistry will be in compact shelving in the library. The remaining print journals, from the Journal of Biological Photography to Z, will be in storage.

Study space in the front north end of the library will be available.

The back south end of the library will not be open to patrons. Because movers will be carrying tables and chairs from the back to the front of the library down both hallways, the back of the library, the computer classroom, and the medical student study will all be closed. Please ask at a service desk if you want a book, journal or media from the stacks. Please ask for assistance with printing at a service desk. Bathrooms in the library will be unavailable.

May 29                   The movement of collections and furniture will conclude for this time period.

All of the book collection will be in the library, some on the compact shelving in the north end of the back of the library, some on regular shelves in the south end of the back of the library. Print journals from A to the Journal of Biological Chemistry will be in compact shelving in the library. The remaining print journals, from the Journal of Biological Photography to Z, will be in storage.

Please ask at a service desk if you need a print journal or a DVD that is located in storage. We will be happy to retrieve it for you. Please let us know if you need help finding a book. Printing and bathroom access will resume as before.

Mid-June               Renovation begins with the construction of a wall around the new construction zone. We expect the library to be especially noisy while this wall is erected. We will post more details as they become available.