Dana Medical Library Director Marianne Burke Retires

Marianne Burke, Dana Medical Library
Marianne Burke, MA LS

After 16 years as Director, Marianne Burke retired from the Dana Medical Library at the end of March. At the University of Vermont, she oversaw 2 library moves, one to the Given Courtyard, the library’s temporary location during the construction of the current Medical Education building, and the move to the new library in 2005. She has overseen library renovations several times since, most recently last year with the construction of the new Larner Learning Commons. There have also been 2 separate occasions of flooding in the library which she handled with grace and humor.

Marianne graduated with a B.A. from California State University in Los Angeles in 1975 and then with an M.A. in Librarianship and Information Management from the University of Denver in 1980. She also received the Academy of Health Information Professionals (AHIP) certification in 1995, and was recertified at the Distinguished level in 2000.

Before coming to Dana Medical Library, Marianne worked as the Assistant Director for Resource Management at the Countway Library of Medicine at the Harvard Medical School from 1992 to 2001. Prior to her appointment at Harvard, Marianne held positions of increasing responsibility at Boston Library Consortium (1988 – 1992) and University of Colorado Libraries (1981 – 1988), among others. At the University of Vermont, she has established herself as a contributing member of the UVM Medical Community and has served well as medical library ambassador to students, faculty, administrators, and affiliates.  She has taught and advised, held positions on many committees, published papers, and presented frequently over the years.

She is currently completing her PhD in Clinical and Translational Science at UVM. Though we have said goodbye to Marianne as Director, she will be returning to the library as a student. We look forward to seeing her in and around the health science complex. We wish Marianne well in her future endeavors!

What I’ve seen in the short time that I’ve been here is Marianne’s unerring dedication to the library. She has a love for Dana and a commitment to it that is steadfast. She is dedicated to representing the library professionally, she is not afraid to fight for what the library needs, she sees the value in inclusivity and stands as a good advocate for the community that has been built here.
– Kate Bright, Dana Administrative Library Assistant

Dana Welcomes Donna O’Malley as Interim Director

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Donna O’Malley, MLS

We are pleased to announce that Donna O’Malley is fulfilling the role of Interim Director at Dana Medical Library as of April 1st. Donna has been a faculty member in the libraries since 1985. Her research interests center on scholarly communication, including software tools for accessing and organizing published scholarship, as well as methods for facilitating the publishing and sharing of research. Donna has led the UVM Libraries Institutional Repository group, coordinating the growth and development of ScholarWorks @ UVM. She also participates in the College of Medicine Vertical Integrated Curriculum. Donna serves as a consultant and co-instructor in the Public Health graduate certificate and MPH programs. Please join us in welcoming Donna into her new interim role at the UVM Libraries.

Marie McGarry in Dana Interlibrary Loan Retires

Marie McGarry, Interlibrary Loan (ILL) Specialist, retires on February 28, 2014 after 29 years of service for the University of Vermont. Marie came to the Dana Medical Library in January of 1985. Initially working in cataloging, Marie then moved to ILL Borrowing, where she filled requests from UVM and Fletcher Allen patrons for materials to be borrowed from other libraries or institutions. Marie has borrowed books and other materials from as far away as Hong Kong and Australia, and is known for filling requests at lightning speed. ILL regularly receives requested journal articles as quickly as 4 hours after the request has been placed. Marie has been particularly good at meeting patron needs for high quality materials delivered quickly, and she does so while saving the Library money but never sacrificing quality patron service.

Many health sciences area patrons appreciate her work. In a recent survey of Dana ILL users, 87% indicated that being able to borrow materials for patient care, research or academic work was “essential”, with 13% rating it “very important.” Many respondents commented positively on Interlibrary Loan. “Being able to… request articles from the [Interlibrary Loan] service is absolutely critical to the teaching mission,” said one respondent. Another noted, “This [Interlibrary Loan] service is so efficient and reliable, I really depend on it to keep me up to date on related research, etc.” Speed of delivery was also rated as important and commented on by survey respondents. One respondent said, “I have been amazed that many of my ILL requests are filled the same day.”

Judging by patron feedback, Interlibrary Loan is an important service for all kinds of work: from student assignments to clinical practice. Dana Library is committed to continuing this high level of service, but there can be no denying that Marie has been a key member of the Interlibrary Loan team. She will be missed by colleagues and patrons alike. Dana Library faculty and staff wish her the very best in her new adventure of retirement!

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.