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.

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