Category Archives: News & Announcements

Take a Self-Guided Tour Around the Library!

Tour the library during the Larner Learning Commons Open House, Thursday, August 3, 2:30 to 4:00 pm! We invite you to take a self-guided tour. Our faculty and staff are available to answer your questions at some of the following locations. Please refer to the information below where there is not a person on hand, like in our study areas and group study rooms. And don’t hesitate to ask for directions! All locations are marked with signs.

The Library

  • Approximately 12,000 people use the library monthly
  • Front of the library can be used for group or individual work
  • Weekly UVM Statistical Software Support Consultant: We have a librarian available Tuesday and Thursday afternoons for walk-in statistical support
  • Soft group and individual seating; 6 computers

Main Desk
Our Main Desk is the hub of the library. Staff are ready to help patrons, whether it be with research, information, checking out books, or directions. Ask them questions! They are extremely friendly and helpful.

  • Main Desk staff answer over 250 questions monthly
  • Borrow items: Along with library Books and Media we have laptop peripherals, headphones, calculators and bookstands
  • Schedule study rooms
  • Borrow reserves
  • Research assistance: Main Desk staff can connect you with a librarian!

Classroom and Exhibits
The Dana Classroom is for instructional use for the library, Learning Commons and UVM affiliated departments, as well as for overflow study space.

  • Classroom contains 18 moveable seats and tables, a whiteboard, projection system, and laptop connections
  • Classroom is frequently used for library, medical, and health science related workshops, exams, trainings and meetings.
  • Contact Kate Bright at or 656-0695 to learn more.

The library has 4 display cases for rotating exhibits. Exhibits focus on medical and health science topics that highlight UVM research and programs. We try to have 4+ exhibits per year.

Books and Journals
Here are some facts from Dana’s Collections department:

  • Approximately 12,500 print monographs are stored at Dana while the rest are available by request from the Library Research Annex (LRA)
  • Over 2,100 electronic text books are available on most clinical and health sciences topics
  • Over 5,000 electronic medical journals
  • Access to dozens of health science reference databases
  • Electronic books and journals are available 24/7
  • Faculty and students can request back titles

Conference Room/Group Study
The Main Conference room is used for student group study sessions, small workshops, and library meetings and events. Scheduling instructions are posted on the door.

  • Seats eight to twelve
  • Computer, projection, and whiteboard
  • Connectivity for personal devices

Document Delivery/Interlibrary Loan (DD/ILL)
This department provides article delivery services both within the library and from other libraries:

  • Borrowing from other libraries
  • Scanned copies from Dana’s collection
  • Free to all affiliates
  • Fast turnaround time

Medical History and Anatomy
Newly re-designed to be a modern day “cabinet of curiosities” that includes:

  • Book collections from the 16th century onward with a focus on Vermont
  • Anatomical models for study use
  • Anatomage Table: a virtual dissection table with touch screen capabilities
  • Historical medical instruments
  • Doctors’ bags
  • Rotating exhibits

The Dana Administrative Offices include the offices of the Director, the Business Manager and Administrative Services. The programs that are run out of these offices are:

  • Facilities and program development
  • Communications and marketing
  • Human Resources
  • Budget

Group Study Rooms
Available to be reserved for small group study:

  • Reservations made at Main Desk
  • 3 small rooms with connectivity for personal devices, seats 1-3
  • 1 large room with large screen and whiteboard, seats 7
  • White boards

Study Spaces
Open areas in the back of the library:

  • 43 seats; soft seating with privacy screens; carrels; tables and chairs; 6 computers

Swipe access area for all COM and CNHS students: 39 seats; soft seating with privacy screens, carrels, tables and chairs

Librarians Foster Student Success in Evidence-based Competencies

Dana librarians focus on teaching competencies important to evidence-based practice such as formulating clinical questions, and locating and acquiring information from electronic resources. They presented in 90 sessions within credit courses in the Larner College of Medicine, College of Nursing and Health Sciences, Graduate Medical Education (GME), and other UVM Colleges and programs in 2016. This tally more than doubled Dana Librarians’ 2015 curriculum sessions total of 37.

Competence in finding and evaluating evidence-based information sources is essential for clinical knowledge and developing patient-care decision skills in Medical and Health sciences education. The Association of American Medical Colleges (AAMC) requires that graduating medical students “be able to identify key clinical questions in caring for patients, identify information resources, and retrieve information and evidence to address those questions.” Dana Librarians developed session content in collaboration with course faculty and tied retrieval and evaluation of evidence sources to specific educational goals needed for course success.

Library evidence-based education in 2016:

I had the opportunity to observe Nancy [Bianchi, MLS] in action with a small group of 1st yr DPT students as she guided us through a comprehensive search process.  Her guidance resulted in a successful learning experience for all involved and the students felt quite accomplished as they went on to find needed references for their specific project. On behalf of the DPT faculty, I thank you all for your ongoing interest to collaborate in the design of high impact learning experiences for the DPT students.

 ~ Barbara Tschoepe, DPT PhD, Director of the Doctor of Physical Therapy (DPT) program

For more information, contact Gary Atwood at 656-4488.

New Group Study Room Now Open for Use at Dana

Looking for a place for your group to meet? We have the perfect spot.

Room 120 F is designed to serve as a place for users to engage in collaborative work in small groups. The room comfortably seats six. Stop at the Main Desk to check out the key to this room. A minimum of two individuals must be present to check out the key.

Questions? Contact the Main Desk at 656-2200.

Dana Publishes List of New Available E-books

New e-books at the Dana Medical Library this month! From Basic Concepts in Pharmacology to Sjogren’s Syndrome, there is something for everyone in this month’s new e-book newsletter. For a list of new e-books, new editions, and other helpful information, go to E-Books, May 2017.

New Dana e-books as of May 2017:

Title: Basic Concepts in Pharmacology: What You Need to Know for Each Drug Class, 5e, 2017 Company/package: Access Medicine

Title: Cancer Treatment and the Ovary
Company/package: ClinicalKey

Title: Clinical challenges in therapeutic drug monitoring special populations, physiological conditions and pharmacogenomics, 2016
Company/package: ClinicalKey

Title: Ganong’s Medical Physiology Examination & Board Review, 2018
Company/package: Access Medicine

Title: Nelson pediatric symptom-based diagnosis, 2018
Company/package: ClinicalKey

Title: Nurse Manager’s Guide to Innovative Staffing, 2e, 2017
Company/package: Ebook Central

Title: Pediatric clinical practice guidelines & policies: a compendium of evidence-based
research for pediatric practice, 17e, 2017
Company/package: Ebook Central

Title:  Prostate cancer, 2e, 2016
Company/package: ClinicalKey