Letter to Medical and Health Sciences Students

Marianne Burke, Dana Medical Library

Marianne Burke, MLS, AHIP,
Director, Dana Medical Library

We know that study space is a problem for medical and health science students at UVM. We share the concerns of graduate students in the MD, MePN, MSN,DPT, MS/CSD programs, and those  in graduate research programs, who have not had study seats available to them during the crowded University exam periods. We have also heard the concerns of undergraduates in Nursing, Rehabilitation & Movement Science, Medical Laboratory & Radiation Science, and Communication Sciences & Disorders who have also experienced this crowding, and we want to assure you that there is study space at Dana for you as well.

Sign-with-StudentsAt Dana Library, we want to maintain as much study space as possible for our primary student groups. To that end, Dana library has established a reserved medical and graduate student study area. The area contains 26 table seats and six lounge chairs and it is located in the front-side, south end of the Library. Medical and graduate students in College of Medicine and College of Nursing and Health Sciences (CNHS) programs are welcome to study in this area. The remaining study seats at tables and carrels are available to CNHS undergraduates and others on an open seating basis. UVM faculty, FAHC residents and attending physicians, nurses, and other professional staff also appropriately conduct study and research in the Library.

To reduce the incentive for students in non-CNHS undergraduate general enrollment classes to study at Dana, we will no longer have reading materials on reserve for those classes. However, all reading materials associated with programs in CNHS will still be available at Dana.

While providing quiet study space is an important Library service, other teaching, learning, and research activities of the Academic Health Center and the University take place at Dana Library. Activities such as finding and checking out books, using electronic information sources, consultation with a librarian, and attending classes taught by the librarians on information competency and evidence-based practice are important uses of Library space. We hope you will find the physical library a great place to study, but also take advantage of the many other services the Library offers both in the building, and online at the Dana website: library.uvm.edu/dana.

Please let us know your comments and concerns, and give us your feedback concerning study seating at Dana Medical Library, including the new Med/Grad study space.

Wishing you success with your course of study and career,

Marianne Burke, MLS AHIP

Director, Dana Medical Library

Yes, Dana DOES read the comment book!

The Dana Medical Library faculty and staff regularly read your comments in the comment book located at the front of the Library, and make their best effort to respond to your suggestions. Recent changes include:

Audio/Visual Rooms have become small group study rooms. Small groups can now use the A/V rooms in the back of the Library. One larger room still contains a slide projector, VHS/DVD player and TV and fits 3-4 people. The other two rooms accommodate 2-3 people each, but have no A/V equipment. All rooms also have a network port, white board, markers and pens. The white boards were added to each room in response to a comment in the book. To use one of these rooms, please check out a key at the circulation desk. During busy times reservations for these rooms may be required.

A coin-operated printer has been added to Dana’s printing options. Patrons no longer need to use Cat$cratch to pay for print jobs; one of the Library printers now accepts cash. The default printing method on all computers in the library, however, is still Cat$cratch, black and white, double-sided. If you wish to pay cash, print in color or print on one side of the paper only, please see a Library staff member for assistance.

Hand sanitizer now available in both men’s and women’s restrooms. In response to patron requests, Dana is now looking out for more than just your health information needs.

Continue to write things in the comment book, and look for a virtual comment book coming soon!

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