Dana Wants to Hear from YOU!

libqual_logo_100px_highThe Dana Medical Library cares about what you think. We want your voice to be at the heart of our planning and assessment efforts as we evaluate library services, including such things as electronic journal access, library employees’ ability to solve problems, the new library web page, and the quality of the physical facilities.

On Monday, April 6th, Dana will launch an electronic survey, LibQUAL+ ™, to evaluate the library, and to benchmark our collection, services and facilities with other libraries.

LibQual is a nationally-normed survey developed by the Texas A&M University Libraries in partnership with the Association of Research Libraries (ARL). The survey gauges library users’ opinions of the resources and services provided by the library. The survey includes three general areas: Affect of Service, or how patrons felt their needs were met by staff; Information Control, or how easily patrons are able to find what they are looking for; and Library as Place, or how well the location works for study and research.

The Dana Medical Library participated in the LibQUAL+ ™ survey in April 2005. At that time, the Library’s highest ratings were in the area of Affect of Service. The area of Information Control presented a different picture. Three out of 9 questions reflected inadequate performance. For example, in answer to the question of whether journal collections were sufficient for one’s work, respondents, particularly faculty and graduate students, rated the collection as inadequate. The physical Library was also identified as below standard. Since that time, the Dana Medical Library has made several changes. Most obviously, the Library moved to a new facility. Another important change has been the significant increase in the number of electronic journals available. How important are these changes? What additional changes should be considered? What should not be changed? We want to know!

Please consider participating in this survey at http://library.uvm.edu/surveys/. Sample responses indicate it takes approximately 10 minutes to complete.

Your investment of time now will be greatly appreciated, and will help to shape the future of the Dana Medical Library.

Find Out More About Top Ranking Journals

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Are you thinking of submitting a manuscript to Plant Cell but don’t know how high that journal is ranked in your field? Do you want to know more about the top journals in your field?

Journal Citation Reports can help! This resource allows you to evaluate and compare journals using citation data drawn from over 7,500 scholarly and technical journals from 3,300 publishers in over 60 countries. It covers the areas of science, technology and the social sciences. Journal Citation Reports displays the:

  • Most frequently cited journals in a field
  • Highest impact journals in a field
  • Largest journals in a field

Citation and article counts may indicate how frequently current researchers are using individual journals. By tabulating and aggregating citation and article counts, JCR offers one perspective for journal evaluation and comparison.

To use JCR, simply click on Articles & Databases on the home page and then go to Web of Science. Once there, click on the yellow tab at the top that reads Additional Resources. A link to Journal Citation Reports is in the upper left-hand corner.

Be aware that JCR is not the only way to evaluate a journal’s value or impact on a field. ISI, the makers of JCR, offer valuable advice on using this resource wisely, so consider reading this before you proceed.

Celebrating 10 years of Service to Middlebury Area Hospital

porter“It’s a great service to pick up the phone and get what you need,” says Elaine Coon, coordinator of education services at Porter Medical Center, a small hospital that serves the health care needs of Middlebury, VT and surrounding communities.

Ten years ago, the Dana Medical Library started sending a librarian to Porter Medical Center  for assistance with a variety of information needs. In the beginning, the librarian answered research questions and helped develop and catalog the hospital’s small book collection. As the information environment changed however, Dana librarians have taken on management of electronic journals, the creation, maintenance and hosting of Porter’s own library web site, and more of an educational role to elevate the health literacy of Porter’s employees.

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Angie Chapple-Sokol, Assistant Library Professor and Librarian for Porter Medical Center.

Dana’s contract with Porter Hospital agrees to provide literature searches, inter library loans, and articles to nurses, physicians, and administrators at Porter. In addition, the contract librarian agrees to develop and teach classes, provide educational materials to Porter staff, and facilitate the physical processing of new materials. Administrative oversight, such as collection development and management of electronic content contracts, web site production and hosting, and promotion of products and services for the library, is provided for in the contract as well.
Recent activities and accomplishments at Porter include a completely redesigned web site, two successfully negotiated contracts for clinical point-of-care databases, educational sessions on topics ranging from “What is Evidence-Based Practice?” to “Finding Good Patient Information on the Web,” and a journal research project that will help determine the future of many of Porter’s subscriptions.

Elaine Coon is Dana’s regular contact at Porter, and she has only good things to say.  She appreciates having input on collection development, and the exposure to current technologies and databases. “It’s just great to be able to talk to a librarian,” she says, “It’s important to have a liaison and face to the Dana Library.”

Dana Supports Administrative Personnel

1-10-2008-010A handful of brave souls came out on a stormy day in January to attend a reception held by Dana Library Liaisons for administrative personnel across the College of Medicine, College of Nursing and Health Sciences and Fletcher Allen. This was the second year Dana librarians hosted such an event in the hopes of educating more staff about the services available to them through the Liaison Program. Last year’s event was a success with many attendees becoming regular library service users.

Administrative staff learned more about the following services:

  • 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

To learn more about services available at the Library, see http://library.uvm.edu/dana/services/liaison/. And keep on the look-out for next year’s Administrative Personnel Reception.

New Year’s Resolution: Do a Better Search, Ask a Research Question

longviewstudent11With the new semester starting, it’s great to see so many students in the Dana Library getting a jump on research papers, board exams, and study.

Are you working on a research project? A literature review is a normal part of the research paper. It requires that you find authoritative journal articles, books and websites on your topic. A good research question is the backbone of a good literature search. Focused questions on specific topics result in the best searches in PubMed and other databases. Questions that cover a broad subject area need to be focused or you will retrieve too many articles to manage. Limiting your search to review articles, clinical queries, or articles from specific journals are some ways to focus a broad topic in PubMed.

Do you need help formulating your research question or identifying the best databases to search for your topic? Do not hesitate to contact a medical librarian at Dana to give you a hand. Reference Desk hours are 10:00 am – 4:00 pm, Monday – Friday, or click on the purple “Ask a Librarian” button on the Dana web page.

Or , you can help yourself by taking the PubMed Flash tutorials at http://library.uvm.edu/dana/guides/help/pubmed/. There are basic and advanced techniques shown and you can do as much or as little as time and interest permits.

So resolve to do better literature searches this year. Dana librarians will be happy to help.

Best of luck with all your work in medicine, nursing, and health sciences this semester,

Marianne Burke MLS AHIP
Library Associate Professor and Director,
Dana Medical Library

Lunch and Learn Series Spring Schedule

Bring your lunch and your questions to the Dana Library Conference Room for our Brown Bag Lunch and Learn sessions, Wednesdays at noon.

EndNote

Learn the basics of EndNote. This demonstration could include creating a list of references in EndNote, downloading records from online databases such as PubMed, creating a bibliography, or adding citations to a paper using EndNote and Microsoft Word. The last 15 minutes is reserved for in-depth questions.

Wednesday
January 21, 2008
Noon-1pm

CINAHL
CINAHL® (Cumulative Index to Nursing and Allied Health Literature) has switched to a new interface. Find out how to search using CINAHL subject headings, and enjoy the many searching improvements included in this new version.

Wednesday
January 28, 2009
Noon-1pm

Search the Biomedical Literature with PubMed or OvidMEDLINE
Bring questions about search techniques for using this leading database of the medical literature.

Wednesday
February 4, 2009
Noon-1pm

Keep Current With News & Research:RSS, blogs, and tagging.
Come with specific journals, subjects, or authors that you’d like to create alerts for, and we’ll help you set them up!

Wednesday
February 11, 2009
Noon-1pm

EndNote
Learn the basics of EndNote. This demonstration could include creating a list of references in EndNote, downloading records from online databases such as PubMed, creating a bibliography, or adding citations to a paper using EndNote and Microsoft Word. The last 15 minutes is reserved for in-depth questions.

Wednesday
February 18, 2009
Noon-1pm

Find Answers Quickly At The Point Of Care
Bring your clinical questions to explore databases designed to directly answer those questions. Databases may include UpToDate, Dynamed, Micromedex, Medline and CINAHL.

Wednesday
February 25, 2009
Noon-1pm

CINAHL
CINAHL® (Cumulative Index to Nursing and Allied Health Literature) has switched to a new interface. Find out how to search using CINAHL subject headings, and enjoy the many searching improvements included in this new version.

Wednesday
March 4, 2009
Noon-1pm

Search the Biomedical Literature with PubMed or OvidMEDLINE
Bring questions about search techniques for using this leading database of the medical literature.

Wednesday
March 18, 2009
Noon-1pm

EndNote
Learn the basics of EndNote. This demonstration could include creating a list of references in EndNote, downloading records from online databases such as PubMed, creating a bibliography, or adding citations to a paper using EndNote and Microsoft Word. The last 15 minutes is reserved for in-depth questions.

Wednesday
March 25, 2009
Noon-1pm

Google Scholar
Share favorite sites and handy tips.

Wednesday
April 1, 2009
Noon-1pm

NIH Public Access Policy Compliance
Review procedures and tools at UVM.

Wednesday
April 8, 2009
Noon-1pm

EndNote
Learn the basics of EndNote. This demonstration could include creating a list of references in EndNote, downloading records from online databases such as PubMed, creating a bibliography, or adding citations to a paper using EndNote and Microsoft Word. The last 15 minutes is reserved for in-depth questions.

Wednesday
April 15, 2009
Noon-1pm

Our workshops are open to UVM and FAHC faculty, staff and students.

We can custom design a workshop for you, for your class, or for your workgroup. Workshops can be held in the Library or in another more convenient location for you. Call 656-4415 or email donna.omalley@uvm.edu for more information or to schedule a session.

Workshops on these topics are readily available, or request a customized combination of topics:

PubMed
Google
Ovid Medline
CINAHL
EndNote
PsycInfo
Electronic Journal Troubleshooting
Evidence-Based Practice Tools
Navigating the Virtual Library    Citation and E-Journal Troubleshooting
MD Consult
FirstCONSULT
Clinical Pharmacology
UpToDate
Advanced MEDLINE
Consumer Health on the Web
Web of Science

Questions? Call 656-2201, or send an email to danaref@uvm.edu.

Winter Holiday Hours

snow-man-colored2Dana Medical Library hours will be reduced between Friday December 19, 2008 and Sunday January 4, 2009:

Friday December 19 7:30am-7pm
Saturday December 20 9am-7pm

Sunday December 21 9am-10pm
Monday-Tuesday, December 22 and 23 8am-10pm
Wednesday December 24 8am-3pm
Thursday December 25 through Sunday December 28 – CLOSED

Monday – Wednesday December 29-31 noon-5pm
Thursday January 1 through Saturday January 3, 2009 – CLOSED

Sunday January 4, 2009 9am-5pm

Regular hours will resume Monday January 5, 2009

If you need further information about Library Hours, go to http://library.uvm.edu/dana/hours/exceptions.html. You may also call 656-2200 with any questions.

HOLIDAY REFERENCE DESK HOURS

The reference desk will be open regular hours, Monday-Friday, 10am to 4pm through Tuesday, December 23rd. The reference desk will be CLOSED Wednesday, December 24th-Sunday, January 4th, reopening at 10 am on Monday, January 5th.

HOLIDAY DOCUMENT DELIVERY & INTERLIBRARY LOAN HOURS

Document Delivery and Interlibrary Loan requests will not be filled from Wednesday, December 24th, through Sunday, January 4th.  Service will resume on Monday, January 5th.

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.

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