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.