Check Out Dana’s New Electronic Services and Resources

Library Tab Now Available in myUVM

Dana resources are now available for students via a convenient tab on myUVM! This tab provides access to a select set of resources in a convenient place. When you log onto myUVM, you will see a link to the library, similar to this:

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By clicking on this link, you will have access to all 3 UVM Libraries – Dana Medical Library, Howe Memorial Library, and Silver Special Collections. There will be icons for each library that will take you to resources specific to that library. Basic search tools are available here like CATQuest, Research Guides, Research RoadMap, and Find a Journal.

For Dana, you have direct access to our Interlibrary Loan Services, Course Reserves, the ability to request a meeting with a librarian, and library hours and directions. If you have questions or need assistance, contact Gary Atwood.

Online Zotero Tutorials are Now Available

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Zotero is a research assistant tool that helps you collect, organize, cite, and share research. Dana now has easy-to-use online tutorials that show you how to install Zotero, add and organize references, set up Zotero groups, and use Zotero with Microsoft Word. Check out the Dana Medical Library Tutorial page to learn more. Questions? Contact Gary Atwood.

Printing from Laptops, Smartphones or Desktops

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Users now have the ability to print from any device by simply uploading documents to the Pharos Print Center via a web browser or smartphone.

To begin, login to the Pharos Print Center with your UVM NetID and password. Then upload your documents from your browser or smartphone. In the print center, you can see your balance, specify black & white or color printing, page range and the number of copies. In addition, you can view your printing activity, delete print jobs and see a print preview. Then print and pay for your jobs at any one of the print stations in the Dana Medical Library, Howe Library, or at the CATCard Service Center. Note that unprinted documents are purged after 2 hours. For questions, contact Library Technology Services.

Reporting Problems with Electronic Resources

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If you find yourself having trouble getting access to a database, e-journal, e-book or other electronic resource, please let us know! Fill out our form to report the issue. This form can be found under the “Services” tab at the top of the page. It will ask important questions, such as your location (on or off campus) and what type of resource you are trying to use. This information will help us determine the cause of the problem and if it may be affecting other users as well. If you are unsure of how to fill out the form, or have additional questions you’d like to discuss, feel free to reach out to a librarian for help. You can chat with us, email us or give us a call to try to figure out why the resource you are trying to use isn’t working.

While we do our best to provide seamless electronic access to our materials, sometimes things do go wrong. Your help in reporting errors allows us to find and resolve these issues more quickly! Thank you for your help!

 

Dana Gets New Interlibrary Loan Platform from National Library of Medicine

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As part of its current Strategic Plan, the National Library of Medicine (NLM) has retired their previous DOCLINE interlibrary loan request/routing platform and launched a completely rewritten DOCLINE 6.1. Their transition team adopted an “agile development” model which releases “basic functionality” and then continues developing and improving in response to user feedback. Timely communication from the participating libraries is essential to guide the process.

The project schedule was ambitious: libraries were informed of the project in June 2018, and instructed in how to create the new, more secure, log-in accounts. The NLM team then began building the basic new DOCLINE structure. By October 2018 the existing system data was imported into new DOCLINE. November 2018 brought interface preview and log-in testing for all libraries, and beta-testing for a selected few (not Dana!). In February 28, 2019 borrowing ceased in the old DOCLINE, with limited access to complete in-process lending. In March 4, 2019 DOCLINE 6.1 was released with full functioning.

The results were surprisingly good: by March 14, over 32,000 requests had been processed in the new DOCLINE. It is still a work in progress by definition, and many libraries are working out individual issues, but overall the project has been a success!

At Dana we’re learning to master the new user interface and advocating with the developers for some time-saving features. We are keeping up with our usual processing turn-around times, but please be aware that other libraries may take longer to send materials to us.

If you have any questions, or suggestions, please contact Laura Haines.

Dana Offered Spring Semester Graduate Writing Clinic Services

WritingCenterLogoIn partnership with the Graduate Writing Center, Dana offered a drop-in Graduate Writing Clinic at the library, Mondays 2:30-4:30 and Tuesdays 3:30-5:30 during the Spring 2019 semester. Consultant Alyssa Jones (Communication Sciences and Disorders) was available to meet with individual writers and writing teams on a full range of projects (course assignments, dissertations and capstones, proposals, personal statements, oral presentations and more) and at any stage of the composing process. Whether students dropped in with a quick fifteen-minute question or for a longer consultation, the service was provided free to all UVM graduate students. Learn more about UVM’s Graduate Writing Center and how to get assistance over the summer.

Connecting to the Library from Off-campus

laptop-820274_1920 (2)Academic health science library users, like students and faculty, often bring their work home with them and need to access the library remotely to do their work. Library resources are easily accessible with a UVM NetID by clicking on the “Connect From Off-Campus” button on Dana’s homepage.  Here is how you can gain access:

You will be prompted to log in with your UVM NetID.  Once you’ve logged in, you’ll return to the Dana Medical Library homepage, but with one small change – the URL should now include the words “ezproxy.uvm.edu.”  EZproxy is a service that lets websites know that you are coming from UVM and can get access to the resources we subscribe to.  Now, you’ll be able to access library resources like databases, ejournals and ebooks.  Want a visual guide to this process?  Check out our tutorial video.

Not sure what you are looking for or need more help?  Dana Medical Library also offers Research Guides and Tutorials that you can view from anywhere, anytime.  See our full list of Research Guides in different subject areas to get started.  If you need help using PubMed, CINAHL, or EndNote, we have a guide specifically for tutorials.  Keep in mind that as long as the library is open, you can talk to us virtually via chat or give us a call!

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!

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.

From the Director

Welcome to the Library!

Marianne Burke, Dana Medical Library
Marianne Burke, Dana Medical Library

Welcome back students and faculty in Medicine, Nursing, and all Health Sciences! The Dana Medical Library is your virtual and physical learning space.

Here are a few things to know:

  • The Dana Library Website and the Main Desk service center comprise the best starting places for finding resources and connecting with librarian subject specialists and liaisons to your major program.
  • Virtually all journals, textbooks and databases are electronic and networked with your UVM Net-ID or COMET password.
  • Books and textbooks are easy to find from your laptop or mobile device using CATQuest, the UVM Libraries discovery search engine, or databases such as PubMed, Web of Science, and Clinical Key.

We want to know how we are doing and what you need, please send us a note in our Feedback button, Ask a librarian on the website, stop by the Main desk, or drop me a line at Marianne.Burke@uvm.edu.

Have a great year!

Dana’s Main Desk: A Central Location for all Library Services

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The Main Desk is the source for answers to a wide range 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!

The Main Desk is 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.

A medical librarian is at hand for research support. Although the word “Reference” may not be used any longer, an on-demand librarian assistance service is available through the Main Desk. Help 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 your individual or group research. Here are some of the librarians who are available to help you:

 

Dana removed its Reference Desk after carefully researching the library literature and conducting wide-ranging discussions among Library faculty and staff. The Circulation Desk then morphed into the central location for all services and became the Main Desk.

Staffed by Lesley Boucher (supervisor), John Printon, Brenda Nelson, Colin McClung and Craig Chalone, with the help of student assistants, the Main Desk is the place to find help for all your library needs. Contact them at 656-2200 to get started.