Dana Participation at Breast Cancer Conference Goes from Pink to Green

Once again, the Dana Medical Library participated in the Exhibits Fair at the 2009 Breast Cancer Conference, sponsored by the Vermont Cancer Center. The goal of  Dana’s exhibit was to continue to spread the news about library resources and services for affiliated health care providers, students, and educators as well as for unaffiliated  users, including survivors, caregivers, and  community members. The Library has exhibited at this annual event since the first conference was held back in 1997. However, this year, the Library’s exhibit took on a more environmentally-friendly approach. An electronic Breast Cancer library guide was created to serve as a virtual information portal for the Conference. This “green” library guide provides links to Dana’s robust Consumer Health Collection (CHC) of breast cancer books and to breast cancer Internet sites. A simple, yet attractive, paper bookmark featuring the library guide website was designed and distributed to replace the many paper “pink” bibliographies and patient handouts from past conferences.

In addition, a display of some of the new CHC breast cancer books on Dana’s exhibit table caught the attention of many of the almost 700 attendees at this year’s conference.

Update: VCC Breast Cancer Conference a Success

As noted earlier, the 11th annual Vermont Cancer Center’s Breast Cancer Conference was held last Friday, October 31st at the Sheraton in Burlington. Over 700 attendees, breast cancer patients, survivors and their families, viewed exhibits and participated in workshops and presentations. Dana Medical Library’s exhibit table was in good company with the Vermont Cancer Center and UVM/FAHC Hematology/Oncology Dept exhibits, and had many visitors. Conference goers and organizers alike commented about the wealth of medical library resources and services that were on display.

Nancy Bianchi, MLS, with attendee at Dana exhibit table.
Nancy Bianchi, MLS, with attendee at Dana exhibit table.

Nancy Bianchi, Associate Library Professor at the Dana Medical Library, also presented “Treasures in the Breast Cancer Literature for Patients, Survivors and Their Families” to a full audience. Her presentation focused on the breast cancer information portal on MedlinePlus, a free database from the National Library of Medicine, as well as the rich collection of breast cancer books available in the Consumer Health Collection at UVM’s Dana Medical Library.

Congratulations to all who participated in this year’s successful Breast Cancer Conference!