Spring is a busy time at the library and, in the last few months, much has happened that is newsworthy. As we look back at what we have accomplished this semester, we also look forward to more changes in the coming months. We are very pleased to announce that the new Dean of UVM Libraries will be Dr. Bryn Geffert. Dr. Geffert comes to us from Amherst College and will begin his appointment in July. Along with a new Dean of Libraries, a search is underway for a new Director of the Dana Medical Library. We will be welcoming candidates to campus for this position starting at the end of May. Both of these administrative changes will open the door for new ideas, collaborations, and initiatives. Here at Dana, we are very excited about the possibilities!
In this current newsletter, we have an update from Collections, a new electronic platform in our Interlibrary Loan department, as well as new electronic services and resources available. We also highlight recent graphic medicine exhibits and events, recent faculty scholarship, as well as a new weekly in-library graduate writing clinic.
As a new year begins, we look back at what we have accomplished this past year. In the fall, we published a new, revamped 2017/18 Annual Report for Dana Medical Library. This report gives an overview of the changes that have occurred recently with renovations, staff changes and library stats. Dana has had some insightful exhibits, changes in library education, outreach for our digital repository – ScholarWorks @ UVM, recently updated software, and a new drop-in clinic for EndNote. In this newsletter, we also highlight Dana’s virtual dissection table, the Anatomage Table. Enjoy!
What do the words Circulation or Reference mean to you? A few years ago we took down the large letter signs over the service desks at the front of the Library that said “Circulation” and “Reference”. The terms seemed obscure, especially in a medical library (Circulation, defined as the continuous movement of blood through the heart and blood vessels.) “Circulation” was where library users checked out and returned books or journal volumes. “Reference” was the desk with the knowledgeable medical librarian who readily found answers to questions as they arose.
Since research journals, textbooks, and multi-format media are now available on mobile devices and desktops, thousands of downloads of UVM Libraries licensed content are completed each year without a visit to the brick and mortar library. Along with electronic delivery of services (article delivery requests for example), many queries are now answered remotely .
Yet, students, faculty, and clinicians do visit the library every month. They come to the library to study, seek services, find a book, and consult with a librarian (See “Dana Survey asks…” article). In fact, 13,409 items were checked out in FY2015. As we evaluated services and library use, we learned that most questions, including topic-based collection queries, were answered effectively by the professional staff at the front service desk. Librarians, as liaisons to medical & health science campus departments and education programs, are frequently out of the library.
In January, the front desk (formerly known as Circulation) was officially renamed the Main Desk. The Reference Desk was taken down, replaced with on-demand librarians for complex queries and research consultation by appointment. (See Main Desk article.)
Medical libraries are changing, and our names are changing too. Does the term “reference librarian” still apply without a reference desk? Many academic health science libraries don’t think so. Depending on their position, librarians are called knowledge managers, research informaticians, information literacy specialists, and informationists.
What do you think? What’s in a name? Do you prefer the traditional nomenclature and services of the library or can you envision with us an exciting, unfolding future?
Marianne Burke MA AHIP, Library Associate Professor
After carefully researching the library literature and conducting wide-ranging discussions among Library faculty and staff, Dana closed and removed its Reference Desk in January. Although the word “Reference” may not be used any longer, an on-demand librarian assistance service is still available through the Main Desk. In addition, the Main Desk now answers a variety 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!
In 2015, the Main Desk staff encountered 1,840 reference questions and, in the first quarter of 2016 (January to March), the new single service Main Desk received 662 reference queries. Main Desk staff are now, more than ever, prepared to answer research questions. However, for more in-depth queries, staff can refer you to the on-demand librarian.
Assistance 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 individual or group research.
Student Curriculum and Technical Support
The Main Desk is also 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.
Staffed by Lesley Boucher (supervisor), John Printon, Brenda Nelson, Colin McClung and Craig Chalone, with the help of student assistants, the Main Desk is available to help you with all your library needs. Contact them at 656-2200 to get started.
During the last week of February (Feb 23-28), Dana conducted a library survey to determine “Who is using the Dana Library?” and “For what purpose?”. Library faculty and staff distributed surveys to everyone entering the Library for one hour at different times on each day. The survey asked visitors to state why they were using the Library and allowed them to select more than one activity. A total of 268 surveys were distributed with 243 patrons completing the questionnaire. Of those surveyed, 90% (219) came to the library to study or do coursework and many of those individuals used their personal laptops. The following chart reveals more survey details:
As the chart above shows, our largest patron group was Medical Students (35%), followed by Other Undergraduate Students (28%). Our lowest Patron Group was UVM Med Center employees (2%). For Purpose of Visit, Study or Coursework (90%) was the most common reason and 70% of patrons preferred to use their laptops as opposed to the library computers.
Dana will use this information to plan programs and services at the Library. We will also compare this information with previous years’ patron studies and map trends in library usage. For more information, contact Donna O’Malley at 656-4415.
Dana Librarian Fred Pond, MLS, recently participated in a professional visit at the Pontifical Catholic University of Peru (PUCP), in Lima. Building on a university collaboration which was formed in 2010, Fred & Bailey-Howe Librarian Laurie Kutner spent several days working with librarians at PUCP, discussing building relationships between librarians and teaching faculty. Specifically, UVM & PUCP librarians worked to enhance access, or discoverability of library information resources, such as databases, journals, books, and research guides, similar to what is available at Dana’s website, Research Guides By Subject. At the end of the visit, Fred & Laurie attended a Latin American Librarian conference, the International Congress of University Libraries (CIBU 2016), held on the PUCP campus. UVM & PUCP librarians will continue to exchange knowledge in the coming year; a follow-up visit may occur in the future, including professional exchanges in other disciplines.
Fred is an acting member of the Dana Library staff through June. He is currently the liaison for the departments of Family Medicine, Surgery, Anesthesiology, and Pharmacies, and has broad interests in Health Sciences, History of Medicine and Vermont History.
Benjamin Sandoval joins the Dana Medical Library this month as the new temporary Informatics/Digital Librarian. Ben has a Masters degree in Library and Information Science at UCLA and BA in history with a secondary education focus. His most recent library position was at the UCLA Biomedical Library. He comes to Vermont from Arizona, where he’s lived all but two years of his life.
When asked how he approaches his work and his hopes for this work experience, Ben replied,
I always ask myself ‘what if’ questions and let the brainstorming begin.I also like to take an ‘evidence-based’ approach to the solutions I formulate. [I hope] to create something out of nothing.
At Dana Ben is currently working on the Virtual Microscope Project jointly with COMET, CATSearch which is a joint project with the Center for Clinical and Translational Science, and a Dana internal project on designing a system to collect statistics.
The NIH Public Access Policy will continue to be in effect in 2009 and “thereafter,” according to a provision in the recently approved federal appropriations bill.
“The Director of the National Institutes of Health shall require in the current fiscal year and thereafter [emphasis added] that all investigators funded by the NIH submit or have submitted for them to the National Library of Medicine’s PubMed Central an electronic version their final, peer-reviewed manuscripts upon acceptance for publication, to be made publicly available no later than 12 months after the official date of publication: provided, That the NIH shall implement the public access policy in a manner consistent with copyright law.”
The NIH Revised Policy on Enhancing Public Access requires eligible NIH-funded researchers to deposit electronic copies of their peer-reviewed manuscripts into PubMed Central. Full texts of the articles are then made publicly available online in PubMed Central no later than 12 months after publication in a journal. Nature reports in its online News section that the “Open-access policy flourishes at NIH,” (April 7, 2009.) [http://dx.doi.org/10.1038/458690a]