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  1. May 15, 2017

    Other Graduate StudentThe new look at the front of the library reminds me of a lobby or a (nice) bus station. Was that the intention? By the way there is no category for a College of Medicine Graduate student in the drop-down menu for affiliation.

    1. May 15, 2017

      We will add COM Graduate Student to the drop-down menu.Thanks for letting us know.

  2. October 4, 2016

    CNHS Graduate StudentI am unhappy with the books of the library being re-located. This makes it very difficult to complete assignments that require book references in a timely manner. I would suggest bringing the book sources back into the library or finding a way to make the book sources readily available in an online format.

    1. October 14, 2016

      Thank you for your comment.

      While we can’t bring the books back to the Library, we can reassure you that the majority of the books will be returning in May. Those books will be the most current and most desired books in our collection. A portion of the total collection will remain in storage.

      Starting Monday, October 10th, there will be a courier who will retrieve books from off-site storage. If you request a book before 11:30 am, the book will be delivered to the Library by 4:00 pm the same day Monday through Friday.

      Talking to your professors may help; if there are books that the professor would like to be readily available to students, that professor can request that the book(s) be put on Reserve here in the Library.

      We cannot make all books available electronically, because not all titles have an electronic version. However, the Library does have a robust collection of electronic books. Search for ebooks in CATQuest (http://primo.uvm.edu) and click to Show only Online Resources.
      We have forwarded your complaint to the project team to let them know of your concerns, and to make sure they understand that everyone would like the books back as soon as possible.

      We are certain there will be many bumps in the road during this renovation project, and we are truly sorry. We appreciate feedback, and welcome any ideas you might have as to ways we can improve our stored book retrieval system. We also appreciate your patience during this transition.

  3. September 28, 2016

    COM Medical StudentHello! I would like to spend more time in the quiet room for Medical Students @ Dana, but I always have to listen to music/wear headphones in there as the ventilation system is so audibly rickety. Is there a way to fix this? Thanks!

    1. September 28, 2016

      Having listened in the Medical Student Study Room I hear no other sound other than the continuous sound of the fan running but will continue to check for rickety for a week or two.If you hear it again, please come to the Main Desk so we can also hear the noise and report this problem promptly. Did you know that we have earplugs at the Main Desk to assist patrons with distracting noises in the Library?

  4. September 9, 2016

    COM Medical StudentHi – I’ve noticed recently as I’ve been in the library more that the staff often speak at full volume in hallways or offices with the doors open, which everyone in the library can hear. This has even happened out in the main floor of the library where people are clearly working. I’ve had to ask a couple of times to shut a door or for people to quiet down, but it’s been happening nearly every time I’m in the library. If everyone could be a little more cognizant of where their voices carry that would be greatly appreciated.

    1. September 9, 2016

      Thank you for this reminder. I have passed this on to all library staff.

  5. January 11, 2016

    COM Medical StudentI really appreciate having the quiet study room for medical students in the library. However, the clock on the wall ticks, and can be somewhat distracting. I was wondering if it might be possible to replace it with a digital clock, or an analog clock that doesn’t make noise. Thank you!

    1. January 13, 2016

      Thank you for the suggestion to purchase a digital clock for the Medical Student Study Room. It should be here soon.

  6. September 4, 2015

    Other Graduate StudentI really appreciated the summer reading program. I read three books: The Spirit Catches You by Anne Fadiman, Monday Mornings by Sanjay Gupta, and Cutting for Stone by Abraham Verghese. I like a good story, and all three had compelling stories though at different levels. Is anyone thinking of having a Book Group at the Library?

    1. October 14, 2015

      Thank you! The summer reading program was very popular. We haven’t considered doing a book group in the past, but it is true that many medical libraries run book groups to discuss titles that combine literature and medicine or science. Leaders at Dana will discuss this possibility and keep patrons posted on any developments! Thank you again for your suggestion.

  7. August 21, 2015

    Other Graduate StudentI think it would be great if there were standing desks in this library. I find that sitting for extended periods of times while studying can really take a toll on both my physical and mental wellbeing. It’s hard to remember to get up an move around when in the midst of studying and I think standing desks offer a great alternative. See this article from Business Insider for more info: http://www.businessinsider.com/proof-standing-desks-you-more-productive-2013-9. Thanks for listening!

    1. August 21, 2015

      As the result of this same suggestion by a student we do have stand up desks. They may be borrowed for up to 7 days. Please ask for one at either of the library service desks. In future designs of the library we will also consider stand-up study carrels.

  8. June 30, 2015

    Other Graduate StudentWhat are the vibrations that happen every so often in the library? Could they be stopped?

    1. June 30, 2015

      The vibrations are caused by the traffic driving directly overhead around the circle for the entrance to the UVM Medical Center. We have contacted the UVM Medical Center several times about this. A fix that has helped with the vibrations is to patch the holes and crevices in the surface of that road. Maybe it’s time to patch again.

  9. May 5, 2015

    Other Graduate StudentToday I was using the conference room inside Dana, which I had signed up for between 10:00am-12:00pm. A staff member knocked on the door at 11:37, informing me that a “group” was waiting for the room and they had priority over individual users. I was in the middle of something, so I asked if I could have 5 or 6 minutes to wrap up.

    …. the idea of a pair of people displacing an individual is slightly ridiculous, akin to a group of 4 people displacing a group of 3, because they have an additional person.

    My suggestions are the following:

    1) The priority of group over individual should be made clear in the sign-up instructions.

    2) Groups should be 3 people or more.

    I highly value the space and resources that Dana Library provides, and am generally very pleased with the experience in there. Hope this can be sorted out so that it doesn’t happen again.

    (this Comment has been edited)

    1. May 6, 2015

      Thank you for letting us know that the information on the Conference Room door does not indicate that priority is given to a group (more than one person). I will update the information on the door immediately.
      The University Libraries define a group as more than one person. A single person can work anywhere in the library, two or more people working and talking together need to be behind a closed door. We work hard to provide a place for groups to work as well as provide a quiet study space for patrons. We appreciate your thoughtfulness and patience as library staff work to accommodate all our users.

  10. June 5, 2014

    UVM Faculty/StaffHave you considered creating a “quick list” to key journals – JAMA, NEJM, Pediatrics, and others? Or perhaps you have a way to do this that I don’t know about?

    1. June 9, 2014

      Thank you for your suggestion! We will certainly consider adding such a feature to our Web site. In the meantime, we do have Research Guides that frequently pull together the top key journals for a particular topic area, for example pediatrics or anesthesiology. These can be found here (http://researchguides.uvm.edu/browse.php?o=g&gid=6408) under Research Guides by Subject on the home page.

  11. May 7, 2014

    COM Medical StudentWould you allow the Stand Up Desks to be borrowed for a week?

    1. May 7, 2014

      Thanks for the suggestion. We have changed the lending period for the Stand Up Desk to 7 days.

  12. March 6, 2014

    UVM Faculty/StaffIt would be very useful to designate a reference specialist in public and global health and community medicine.

    1. March 6, 2014

      Donna O’Malley is our reference specialist in Public Health. You may contact her at donna.omalley@uvm.edu .

  13. March 4, 2014

    Other Graduate StudentSome of the chairs are a bit smelly…Is steam cleaning an option?

    1. March 4, 2014

      It certainly is! What area have you noticed this? We will ask Custodial Services to start there. Thank you.

      1. March 7, 2014

        We have asked Custodial Services to begin cleaning all the chairs over the next several weeks.Thanks for bringing this to our attention.

  14. March 4, 2014

    COM Medical StudentSmall dry erase boards that can be signed out at the Front desk.

    1. March 4, 2014

      Because of your suggestion we have purchased 10 – 12″x18″ white boards, please ask to borrow one at a services desk. The boards are accompanied by an eraser and a blue and black marker. They can be borrowed until we close for the night.

  15. January 31, 2013

    Stay open later on weekends please!

  16. January 31, 2013


    1. February 2, 2013

      Please recognize that the university is cutting budgets, staying open later becomes a resource and therefore a financial issue. There are areas open, after we close, to our main constituents in the near area. The Given Building, Med Ed Complex, and HSRF building for COM students, Rowell is open until 10pm for CNHS students.
      The Davis Center is open until midnight and the Bailey Howe Library is open until midnight, with an all night study in the Cyber Cafe Sundays-Thursdays.

  17. January 11, 2013

    Best place on UVM Campus!!

    1. January 12, 2011

      Thank you

  18. November 9, 2012

    I like that you’re not allowed to talk much, but there’s no cell service : (

    1. November 12, 2012

      Ironically, having poor cell reception in the library forces those who feel the need to talk on their cell phones to leave the library to do so, thus making the library a quieter place.

  19. November 9, 2012

    Atmosphere is very conducive to learning (lights, windows, etc.) Aesthetics are good.
    I would suggest you get more computers, but I know… $$…

  20. August 11, 2011

    Medical studentThe best thing about the Dana Medical Library is the organization.

    Please make USMLE Step I books available to be checked out more than 6 months in advance of the test date, which for most of us happens to be in late February/early March. This is august and I can’t check out the latest copies of the books to study at home. I’m sure the other medical students who are starting to study for Step I early would also appreciate it.

    1. August 17, 2011

      Several years ago the medical students requested that we expand and update the USMLE board review books, to have them all in one place (easily browse-able) and that they not be able to leave the library (so they’re always available to everyone).

      I do believe it’s time to review this. I will be getting in contact with your student representative.

      1. September 18, 2011

        We have recently reviewed this process with a medical student representative. Along with updating the collection, and updating USMLE information on the libraries homepage, we are allowing the USMLE collection books to leave the library for 2 hours.

        1. September 28, 2016

          UPDATE: USMLE books can be cheeked out for 3 days.

  21. May 1, 2011

    This is our new favorite place to study! Thank you for actually enforcing the quiet rule!!

    1. May 5, 2011

      Thank you and you’re welcome.