New Dana Faculty

Laura Sobel

Laura Sobel

We are very happy to have Laura join the UVM Libraries Community. Her first day was April 30th and she is in the process of orienting to life at Dana. Laura comes to us, most recently, from the Boston University Alumni Medical Library. She received her MSLIS from Simmons College in May 2013.

Laura will work as a .75 FTE librarian for the next 12 months and will be the liaison to the public health programs and Department of Medicine subspecialities. She joins librarians Gary Atwood and Alice Stokes in providing consultations, computer searches, and educational sessions to medical students and VIC faculty. Along with other Dana instructional activities, she will have 3 reference shifts. Laura is also responsible for planning and developing Dana’s IT resources, including the website, and spearheading technology initiatives that may advance Dana’s mission. Welcome, Laura!

Fred Pond

Fred Pond

Library Associate Professor Frederick C. Pond will be joining Dana for 12 months, starting May 21st. His .5 FTE workload will include management and leadership of the UVM institutional repository and contributions to health research affiliate services and coordination with UVM Health Network services. Fred has served positions at Dana in the past and we look forward to welcoming Fred back.


Staff News: New Education Librarian

Gary Atwood, MLS
Library Assistant Professor

Hi, my name is Gary Atwood and I am the new Health Sciences Education Librarian here at Dana Medical Library. Prior to UVM, I worked at Springfield College in Springfield, MA as a Reference and Instruction Librarian. I hold a BA in Political Science and an MA in American History from the University of Maine and a MSLIS from Simmons College.

Like all librarians, I have a wide variety of job responsibilities. I provide reference and instruction services to students, faculty, and staff as well as the clinicians at Fletcher Allen Health Care. In addition, I am the liaison to the Department of Nursing, Psychiatry, and Neurological Sciences as well as the College of Medicine’s Clerkship program. I am also involved in expanding the library’s education efforts in areas such as the use of technology in teaching and in teaching online.

In my spare time, I like to read, explore Vermont with my family, and work with our dog Bady. I am also a passionate Liverpool Football Club supporter.  Go Reds!

Spotlight on: Dana Liaison Program

nurse-6Since 2005, the Dana Medical Library has had a Library Liaison Program in order to foster direct and effective communication about services, information resources, and other library matters. Under this program, a professional health sciences faculty librarian at the Dana Medical Library is assigned to serve as a liaison between the Libraries and units of the University of Vermont College of Medicine, College of Nursing and Health Sciences, Fletcher Allen Health Care and Porter Medical Center.

Depending on the needs of the unit, activities of a Librarian Liaison might include:

Services for Staff

  • E-resource access and trouble shooting
  • Training in knowledge management tools: EndNote; Journal Table of Contents Alerts; Current Awareness searches; RSS Feeds
  • Assistance with grant formatting
  • Literature searching

Services for Clinicians

  • Research assistance
  • E-resource access and troubleshooting
  • Orientations to Dana Resources
  • Library Grand Rounds/ Presentations
  • Training in knowledge management tools:EndNote; Journal Table of Contents Alerts; Current Awareness searches; RSS Feeds
  • Assistance with Graduate Medical Education competency compliance
  • Literature searches for Journal Clubs, Grand Rounds & other presentations

Services for Faculty and Researchers

  • Research assistance
  • Monitoring curricular and research developments
  • Review of information needs
  • Discussion of research and teaching needs with graduate students, faculty, and postdoctoral associates
  • E-resource access and troubleshooting
  • Training in knowledge management tools: EndNote; Journal Table of Contents Alerts; Current Awareness searches; RSS Feeds
  • Tailoring instructional programs to specific needs
  • Electronic integration of resources into UVM curriculum via course management systems (COMET and WebCT)

For more information about the Liaison Program and to find your department’s Liaison, go to:

Dana Librarian to Present at Annual VCC Breast Cancer Conference

October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month, and this year the Vermont Cancer Center’s Breast Cancer Conference will meet again at the Sheraton Hotel and Conference Center on October 31st. This is the 11th year of the conference and each year Library Associate Professor Nancy Bianchi has been an exhibitor, highlighting breast cancer materials from the Consumer Health Collection at Dana and helping patients and families navigate the online world of breast cancer information. This year Nancy will again be hosting a table at the conference, but will also present “Treasures in the Breast Cancer Literature for Patients, Survivors and Their Families.” Her presentation will focus on the breast cancer information portal on MedlinePlus, a free database from the National Library of Medicine, as well as the rich collection of breast cancer books available in the Consumer Health Collection at UVM’s Dana Medical Library.

For more information about the conference, see the Vermont Breast Cancer Conference’s website at:

Dana Medical Library Staffing Changes

Sandra Aldrich has moved from the position of Acquisitions/Cataloging Library Professional to Serials/E-resources Library Professional.

Several of Dana‘s long term staff members retired this past year. Shirley Bolkum, Library Support Senior in Technical Services retired in December 2007 after 35 years of service to Dana Library, and Helen Olson, Library Support Assistant in Technical Services retired in February 2008 after 17 years of service to the University.

Library Assistant Professor Tina Kussey, formerly Technical Services Librarian at Dana Medical Library, is now serving as Interim Director of Collection Development/Acquisitions in the Bailey/Howe Collection Management Services Division here at University of Vermont Libraries.

New Dana Librarian, Claire Laforce
New Dana Librarian, Claire Laforce

Dana welcomes a new part-time temporary Library Assistant Professor to the Reference Department. Claire LaForce is currently the Director of the Health Sciences Library at Rutland Regional Medical Center and working at Dana Fridays for the next 9 months. Claire will be at the reference desk and working on special projects in outreach. She is a native of Burlington, and looks forward to assisting the health sciences community in this area again.

Library Associate Professor Jeanene Light, former Head of Access Services at Dana Medical Library, is currently serving as Interim Director of Information and Instruction Services at Bailey/Howe Library.

October is National Medical Librarians Month

The Medical Library Association has declared October National Medical Librarians Month to celebrate the accomplishments of librarians working in the health sciences fields. Medical librarians assist health care providers, students, faculty, and members of the community locate and retrieve health information on a variety of topics. Medical librarians also organize resources so information seekers can better retrieve and use them.

Medical librarians are found in a number of different roles within the information setting such as Web designers, medical informatics experts, catalogers, instructors, reference librarians, and more. Furthermore, medical librarians work in a variety of settings from hospitals and academic health centers to universities and private industry.

The medical librarians at the Dana Medical Library are appointed as library faculty and serve the academic health center (UVM and Fletcher Allen Health Care) in three areas: educational mission, service and scholarship. Medical librarians at Dana meet their educational mission in a variety of ways: reference; instruction; cataloging; systems management; Web design; outreach and more. Each library faculty person also serves the larger university and library community by working on committees, planning conferences and speaking nationally. Librarians contribute scholarship to the field by presenting posters and publishing papers, mostly in the library literature but also in the fields of medical and health sciences education.

To learn more about the Dana medical librarians, visit the exhibit in the Library. To learn more about medical librarianship, visit the Medical Library Association’s home page at