Informatics/Digital Librarian Joins Dana

benjamin-sandoval-005Benjamin 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.

Dana Medical Library Hours – Spring Semester 2009

The hours for the Spring 2009 semester will be as follows:

These hours are effective between Monday  January 5, 2009 and Thursday July 2, 2009.f_springflowem_a7d1d492

Mon-Thu – 7:30 am – 12 midnight
Fri – 7:30 am – 9 pm
Sat – 9 am – 9 pm
Sun – 9 am – 12 midnight


Martin Luther King Day
Monday January 19, 2009 (University Holiday): 9am-5pm

President’s Day
Monday February 16, 2009 (University Holiday): 9am-5pm

Memorial Day Weekend
Saturday May 23 9am-5pm
Sunday May 24 9am-5pm
Monday May 25 (University Holiday): closed

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.