Letter to Medical and Health Sciences Students

Marianne Burke, Dana Medical Library
Marianne Burke, MLS, AHIP,
Director, Dana Medical Library

We know that study space is a problem for medical and health science students at UVM. We share the concerns of graduate students in the MD, MePN, MSN,DPT, MS/CSD programs, and those  in graduate research programs, who have not had study seats available to them during the crowded University exam periods. We have also heard the concerns of undergraduates in Nursing, Rehabilitation & Movement Science, Medical Laboratory & Radiation Science, and Communication Sciences & Disorders who have also experienced this crowding, and we want to assure you that there is study space at Dana for you as well.

Sign-with-StudentsAt Dana Library, we want to maintain as much study space as possible for our primary student groups. To that end, Dana library has established a reserved medical and graduate student study area. The area contains 26 table seats and six lounge chairs and it is located in the front-side, south end of the Library. Medical and graduate students in College of Medicine and College of Nursing and Health Sciences (CNHS) programs are welcome to study in this area. The remaining study seats at tables and carrels are available to CNHS undergraduates and others on an open seating basis. UVM faculty, FAHC residents and attending physicians, nurses, and other professional staff also appropriately conduct study and research in the Library.

To reduce the incentive for students in non-CNHS undergraduate general enrollment classes to study at Dana, we will no longer have reading materials on reserve for those classes. However, all reading materials associated with programs in CNHS will still be available at Dana.

While providing quiet study space is an important Library service, other teaching, learning, and research activities of the Academic Health Center and the University take place at Dana Library. Activities such as finding and checking out books, using electronic information sources, consultation with a librarian, and attending classes taught by the librarians on information competency and evidence-based practice are important uses of Library space. We hope you will find the physical library a great place to study, but also take advantage of the many other services the Library offers both in the building, and online at the Dana website: library.uvm.edu/dana.

Please let us know your comments and concerns, and give us your feedback concerning study seating at Dana Medical Library, including the new Med/Grad study space.

Wishing you success with your course of study and career,

Marianne Burke, MLS AHIP

Director, Dana Medical Library

Fewer print journals means more study space


If you’ve been into Dana recently, you may have noticed a few physical changes. In response to a number of comments from patrons that there are times when it is hard to find a good spot to study, staff at Dana have started to look carefully at the space and ways we can make room for more people.

In recent years many journal titles are being used more online than in print. Over the last 3 years, the Library has switched about two thousand print subscriptions to electronic subscription. This change has had benefits in cost saving, patron satisfaction and freed up space in the Library. We have now removed empty shelving and replaced it with a combination of comfortable seating and tables and chairs.


The Library also recently reduced the audio-visual collection size to only the most current, relevant and utilized materials, again freeing up shelf space. Those shelves will be removed and study carrels will take their place. We moved the remaining DVD’s, films and videos to a new but still convenient location.

Come to Dana and check out our new study spaces, and, as always, let us know what you think!