The Dana Medical Library, University of Vermont, has received an award from the National Network of Libraries of Medicine New England Region (NNLM-NER) to conduct an assessment of the information needs of Vermont’s community healthcare providers. The project also includes a survey of Vermont hospitals’ knowledge-based information resources and services.
The reports resulting from the surveys will help Dana Library, a resource library of the NNLM, to update and improve its services to unaffiliated health care providers, including physicians, advanced practice nurses, and allied health practices. Medical librarians will develop and present classes based on the provider needs assessment survey. The Library will also work with partners and supporters in the UVM College of Medicine Office of Primary Care, the Vermont AHECs (Area Health Education Centers), and the Vermont State Library to plan and advocate for information resources in health-related areas.
The $34,000 award is funded through April 2011. Marianne Burke, Dana Library Director, is principal investigator.
With the recent launch of the new Dana Medical Library website, http://library.uvm.edu/dana/, many of the helpful subject-based web resource guides have also been updated.
The featured guide this month is the Free Resources to Support Clinical Care guide, a collection of websites that do not require a UVM affiliation. Alumni, healthcare providers in the general community, and anyone at all can make use of this guide and its collection of clinical resources.
The major category headings are:
- E-Journals that are freely available online
- E-Books collections
- Drugs & Toxicology resources,
- Clinical Evidence & Medical Literature resources, as well as
- Patient Education & Public Health, and a section for physician social networking.
The guide is a work in progress and will be updated regularly. Feedback to keep the site fresh and relevant is appreciated. Email Claire.LaForce@uvm.edu directly.
“What are your unmet health information needs?” librarian exhibitors asked at the Vermont Blueprint for Health Conference, on March 9 at the Sheraton Burlington Hotel and Conference Center. Public health professionals among others wanted to know how they could obtain full-text journal articles if they are not affiliated with UVM. The Dana Medical Library exhibit, presented in cooperation with the National Network of Libraries of Medicine-New England Region, provided answers that highlighted the Library’s Health Research Affiliates Program, and the services of eight hospital libraries throughout Vermont. Free resources such as Medlineplus.gov and the Vermont Go Local health services referral database were also featured. Marianne Burke, MLS, UVM Dana Library, and Claire LaForce, MLS, UVM and Rutland Regional Medical Center, were the exhibitors.
For more information about VT Blueprint for Health, go to: http://healthvermont.gov/blueprint.aspx.
The Medical Library Association each year evaluates and lists the top ten sites for personal health use. Whether you are recommending a site to a patient, or using one for yourself, these ten are “best bets!”
(Sites are listed in alphabetical, NOT ranked, order.)
The Consumer and Patient Health Information Section (CAPHIS) of MLA evaluates web sites based on the following criteria: credibility, sponsorship/authorship, content, audience, currency, disclosure, purpose, links, design, interactivity, and disclaimers.
The Community Medical School lecture series began in 1998 and was designed to provide people in the community with an opportunity to share in the medical learning experience. Offered each semester, Community Medical School consists of seven weekly lectures on such diverse subjects as high-altitude medicine, DNA, food allergies, asthma, melanoma, stem cell transplants, coronary artery bypass surgery and antibiotic resistance.
The Dana Medical Library hosts a table at each lecture featuring materials from the Library’s collection and other general consumer health information. The Library also provides a web site listing additional resources on each week’s topic.