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.

Free Online Resources for Alumni & Non-UVM Clinicians


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.

Find Out More About Top Ranking Journals


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.

Community Medical School Is Back for Its 10th Year

cms_brochure_final_sp09-133x205The 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 heart failure, DNA, food allergies, asthma, melanoma, stem cell transplants, coronary artery bypass surgery and incontinence. Each lecture is videotaped for distribution to libraries and to public access cable television stations around the state.

Past lectures on DVD can be found in the Dana Medical Library’s consumer health collection. Dana-created supplemental reading lists for past lectures are also available.

For more information about Community Medical School, call (802) 847-2886.

Featured Resource: Nursing Reference Center

nrcbannerNursing Reference Center (NRC) is a comprehensive reference tool designed for nurses and other health care professionals for use at the point-of-care. It provides evidence-based information about diseases and conditions, plus drugs, laboratory & diagnostic tests, practice guidelines, patient education handouts, continuing education modules, and more. It is published by EBSCO and made available by license through Dana Medical Library at the University of Vermont.

Key Components of Nursing Reference Center

  • Quick Lessons:  Clinically-organized nursing overviews on diseases and conditions, designed to map the nursing work flow.
  • Evidence-based Care Sheets: evidence-based summaries on key topics, incorporating the best available evidence through rigorous, systematic surveillance.
  • Drug Information:  searchable information covering trade and generic drugs, drug classes, IV therapy tips, and teaching and home care tips.
  • Patient education information, available in English and Spanish
  • Reference books:

Davis’s Comprehensive Handbook of Laboratory & Diagnostic Tests with Nursing Implications
Taber’s Cyclopedic Medical Dictionary

Davis’s Drug Guide for Nurses
Diseases and Disorders: A Nursing Therapeutics Manual
AHFS Drug Information Essentials

  • Clinical Practice Guidelines:  structured abstracts or summaries from the National Guideline Clearinghouse through the United States Department of Health & Human Services
  • Research instruments such as clinical assessment tools and psychological tests
  • Continuing education modules
  • Nursing news
  • Links to DynaMed, another clinical point-of-care resource from EBSCO
  • Links to nursing organizations, including the American Nurses Association and the Vermont Nurses Association.

For more information about Nursing Reference Center, see: Featured Resource on NRC.

New Genetics Study Aid Available

dna_lego12Scitable is a new “free, collaborative learning space,” with a current focus in genetics, from the Nature Publishing Group. The Genetics Study Center allows you to post genetics questions to experts and access over 40 study packs on topics such as the discovery of DNA, mitosis and cell division, genetic mutation, gene mapping and disease, chromosomal abnormalities, and the ethics of genetic testing.

Faculty can host a free and easy-to-maintain online research site for their genetics students, including shared articles from Scitable’s library and group discussion capabilities. Faculty can visit www.nature.com/scitable/classGroup and follow the four-step wizard to set up a classroom space in less than five minutes.

mknowlesLego DNA model used in accordance with the Creative Commons license.

Book Display for Bruce A. Gibbard Memorial Lecture


Bruce A. Gibbard, MD

The Dana Medical Library is happy to display a set of books donated in support of the Bruce A. Gibbard Memorial Lectureship Program, to be held Friday, April 10 at the Davis Auditorium, Fletcher Allen/UVM.

The featured speaker this year is Eve Caligor, MD, who will present An Evidence-Based Psychodynamic Psychotherapy for Borderline Personality Disorder.

Eve Caligor, M.D. is an experienced clinician and researcher, an award-winning teacher, and a widely recognized lecturer about psychoanalytic technique who lives and works in New York City. Dr. Caligor is Training and Supervising analyst and Senior Associate Director for Psychotherapy Training and Research at the Columbia University Center for Psychoanalytic Training and Research. She is also the Associate Director of Residency Training at New York University School of Medicine. She has participated in and designed research trials with Otto Kernberg’s group at Cornell’s Personality Disorders Institute. She directs the Psychodynamic Psychotherapy program at Columbia and has been involved with designing curricula in psychoanalytic ideas nationally. Dr. Caligor is a member of the editorial board of the Journal of the American Psychoanalytic Association.

The following titles have been generously donated to the Library:

Jeremy Holmes, Attachment, Intimacy, Autonomy: Using Attachment Theory in Adult Psychotherapy. Northvale, NJ: Jason Aronson, 1996.

Arnold Modell, Other Times, Other Realities: Toward a Theory of Psychoanalytic Treatment. Cambridge, MA: Harvard University Press, 1990.

Wilma Bucci, Psychoanalysis & Cognitive Science: A Multiple Code Theory. NY: Guilford Press, 1997.

Eve Caligor, Otto Kernberg, and John Clarkin, Handbook of Dynamic Psychotherapy for Higher Level Personality Pathology. Washington, D.C.: American Psychiatric Publishing, 2007.

For more information about the lecture, contact Brooke Barss, UVM Gibbard Committee Chair, at 951-9101 or mbbarss@me.com.

Journal Changes for 2009

medphoto_dsc1135_uncroppedEvery year Library faculty and staff work hard to assess the journal collection to make sure it meets the needs of patrons. Indicators such as journal usage statistics, impact factors, and ranking of a journal title within its subject area assist the Library in deciding which journal titles to add, change to online subscription, or, in some cases, cancel. The attached document lists all changes in the journal collection for 2009.

We welcome feedback! Please comment below, or contact the reference desk at danaref@uvm.edu or 656-4143.

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