As you know, the University of Vermont’s response to the COVID-19 epidemic has been evolving over the last few days as circumstances in the state change. As more changes arise, Dana Medical Library would like to reassure students, faculty, researchers, and staff that the library is still available to assist the Medical Education community with their information needs. Our website contains links to all of our resources and services, but there are a few things that we would like to highlight:
- Free Resources Research Guide - Dana has been updating its Free Medical Resources to Support Clinical Care Research Guide. With the onset COVID-19, trusted resource databases have been providing free access to COVID-19 resources. This Guide offers a comprehensive list of clinical care resources that are currently available for free online.
- Electronic Materials – Contact your Dana Liaison Librarian if you are looking for resources on specific topics. Some of our electronic resource venders have been very generous about extending access to collections that are not normally available. For faculty, the library currently has more latitude when it comes to scanning print material that we own so that it can be loaded directly into online courses. Again, your liaison librarian can assist with this process.
- Reference – Librarians will continue to be available to answer questions, assist with literature searches, etc. even if the physical library closes. People should click the Ask a Librarian link in order to speak to someone via chat, email, or phone. For extended consultations, remote meeting tools such as Zoom or Microsoft Teams are also available. Dana librarians and staff have a lot of experience working online so please don’t hesitate to ask.
- Interlibrary Loan – For materials that UVM Libraries does not own, interlibrary loan is available and easily accessible. A request form can be filled out on our website and our staff will work hard to get the requested materials in a timely manner. Please be aware that it will probably take longer than usual to get material due to increased volume. It will also be more difficult to get physical items, like books or videos, because more and more libraries are closing their physical buildings. When in doubt, please contact the library and ask. Our staff may be able to find alternative sources for free.
The Dana Medical Library has been busy planning for as many eventualities as possible in order to ensure ongoing service. No matter what, the library and its librarians and staff will still be available to provide assistance, so if you need help, please ask!
If you have questions about library operations, please contact Dana Medical Library Interim Director Gary Atwood.