New Artifacts on Display

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Earlier this year, the Claude Moore Health Sciences Library received a generous donation of medical artifacts and books from Robert and Ruth Carroll of Nacogdoches, TX. While practicing family medicine in Texas, Dr. Carroll spent years building an impressive collection of medical antiques and rare books. Dr. and Mrs. Carroll are alumni of the University of Virginia; Dr. Carroll received an MD from the School of Medicine and Mrs. Carroll received a BSN from the School of Nursing, both in 1966. A selection of artifacts from the Carrolls’ donation is currently on display in the main lobby of the Library. Among these materials are items which belonged to Dr. R. Lindsay Robertson (1859-1922), a grandfather of Dr. Carroll. Dr. Robertson received his medical degree from UVA in 1882 and later practiced medicine in Charlottesville.

Artifacts donated by Robert and Ruth Carroll to the Claude Moore Health Sciences Library, 2017.

Artifacts donated by Robert and Ruth Carroll to the Claude Moore Health Sciences Library, 2017.

Several references to R.L. Robertson can be found within University catalogs and other publications held by the Library. From these materials we know that between 1880 and 1882, Robertson attended the University of Virginia and studied chemistry, anatomy, physiology, medical jurisprudence, general medicine, and surgery. He graduated June 30, 1881 with a degree in Chemistry and then, after a further year of study, received a Doctor of Medicine degree from UVA on June 29, 1882.

Prior to his studies at UVA, Robertson was a student at Virginia Military Institute, where he was a member of the school’s Corps of Cadets. After graduating from UVA, Dr. Robertson served as a surgeon in the U.S. Army and spent time in Nebraska and Texas. Later he returned to Charlottesville, VA, to practice medicine. In 1910, Dr. Robertson was elected “City Physician and Health Officer” of Charlottesville, according to an issue of Virginia Medical Semi-Monthly. Dr. Robertson died in 1922 and is buried at Riverview Cemetery in Charlottesville.

On display you can see Dr. Robertson’s personal medicine case, his office sign, and a textbook he used during his time as a student at UVA. Other materials donated by the Carrolls include a unique color-blindness test, several electrotherapy instruments, patent medicine advertisements, and a 1940s era diabetes testing kit. If you have questions about the Library’s medical artifacts collection or the Carroll donation, please contact Historical Collections and Services.

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Guided Meditation @ CMHSL

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Every Tuesday and Thursday through the remainder of the semester, guided meditation sessions will be offered at the Health Sciences Library.  The sessions are held from 1pm to 1:30pm in the Studio, which is located on the first floor of the library.

The goal of meditation is to facilitate physical and mental relaxation allowing mindfulness to become a part of everyday life.  This reduces stress and increases feelings of well being, and compassion for oneself and others. Present moment awareness trains the brain to better focus on the task at hand facilitating clearer decision making.

Betty Mooney, a practicing meditator for over 12 years, will be leading the sessions.  She has attended week long retreats with Thich Nhat Hahn and Tara Brach and has taken courses from Rick Hanson and Jack Kornfield.

The sessions are free.   Beginners to those with previous meditation experience are welcome!

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UVA Libraries Digital Collecting Project

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Screenshot from the Library’s Digital Collecting website.

Recognizing the significance of the events that took place the weekend of August 12, the University of Virginia Libraries are building an archive of materials that are relevant to the “Unite the Right” rally and its aftermath.

An online portal is now available for individuals who want to submit their personal stories to the archive: This could include photos, videos, or just your recollections of where you were on that day and how it has affected you. We hope to preserve a large, diverse range of materials so that future scholars and researchers have access to and are able to tell the stories of this important event in local—and national–history.

If you have any physical materials related to the events of August 12 that you would like to donate, please email the Albert and Shirley Small Special Collections Library.

The Claude Moore Health Sciences Library is committed to archiving the role of the UVA Health System as a part of the community’s response to the events surrounding the “Unite the Right” rally. If you are interested in adding to the archive materials specifically related to the work of the UVA Health System and its team members, please contact the Health Sciences Library’s Historical Collections and Services Department at

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Data, Analysis, Visualization, and Computing Workshops!

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Searching for free workshops on all things data? Look no further! The fall roster of sessions on data management, analysis, visualization, and computing is complete.

Whether you’re a computing novice or a seasoned programmer, we have something for everyone. There are sessions on popular programming languages, including R and Python, as well as software packages such as SAS and SPSS.

All sessions take place at the Health Sciences Library, and are taught by experts from SOM Research Computing, Public Health Sciences, Bioinformatics Core, Health Sciences Library, and UVA Library’s Research Data Services. All workshops are FREE for UVA students, faculty, and staff, including UVA Health System employees.

Sample workshop titles are listed below, but for a full listing, with class descriptions and registration information, visit:

Introductory Programming and Computing Workshops

Introduction to Python

Introduction to R

Introduction to the Command Line

Introduction to Git and GitHub

Computing at UVA

Overview of UVA Research Computing Resources

Introduction to Ivy

Introduction to Rivanna

Introduction to Cloud Computing with AWS

Research Software

Introduction to SPSS

Introduction to SAS

Introduction to Matlab

Advanced Topics

R Package Development Tools

Automated Image Analysis with ImageJ

Python Web Apps Using the Flask Framework

Want even more workshop topics? See sessions from our partners in Advanced Research Computing Services and University Library Research Data Services at

We hope to see you at a fall data workshop! For more information, contact Andrea Denton, Research and Data Services Manager, at




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New Exhibit: From DNA to Beer

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DNA-Logo-mlnBacteria, yeast, mold, and other microorganisms can be the catalysts for severe illnesses, but they can also be used to produce life-saving medications, not to mention food and beverage items that are consumed every day. A traveling exhibit from the National Library of Medicine, currently on display in the lobby of the Claude Moore Health Sciences Library, explores several major scientific accomplishments related to microorganisms. The exhibit also shows the close relationship that medicine and industry have shared throughout modern history; a relationship that has produced insulin, antibiotics, and antitoxins, not to mention, beer!

On the panels that make up this colorful exhibit, you can read about the rise of penicillin, which earned the nickname “yellow magic” for its life-saving applications during World War II. The exhibit also documents the development and early applications of human growth hormone and describes the techniques invented by Louis Pasteur for studying microorganisms during the beer-making process.

From DNA to Beer, on display in the lobby of the Claude Moore Health Sciences Library.

Also being exhibited in the lobby are artifacts and books from the Claude Moore Health Sciences Library’s Historical Collections. Among these items you can find an 1879 edition of Louis Pasteur’s Studies on Fermentation, a 19th century microscope once owned by a UVA student, and a World War II-era penicillin bottle which was used at the Eighth Evacuation Hospital, a wartime medical unit sponsored by UVA.

From DNA to Beer: Harnessing Nature in Medicine & Industry was developed and produced by the National Library of Medicine and the Smithsonian’s National Museum of American History. The accompanying display of artifacts and books was designed by Eric Drongowski, formerly of Historical Collections & Services. The exhibit will remain up through the end of September 2017.

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An interview with Dan Wilson

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Dan Wilson, Associate Director for Collections & Library Services, has served as the liaison to the UVA Health System Emergency Management team for several years. Below, Dan recounts his experiences working in the Family Assistance Center, which was located in the Health Sciences Library, on August 12, 2017.

Associate Director Dan Wilson

Associate Director Dan Wilson









Kimberley:  How are you doing?

Dan:  I’m okay.  Friends and family are safe, but I’m still thinking about those who were injured and killed during this past weekend’s violence.  It’s hard to believe all of this took place right here in Charlottesville.

Kimberley:  Tell me about Saturday, August 12.

Dan: I was at the library working with a team from the Health System charged with managing the Family Assistance Center.  A Family Assistance Center (FAC) is an important part of disaster planning, as it functions to support and comfort the family members of those being treated at the hospital following an incident that involves several injuries.  Our FAC response effort included chaplains, social workers, Volunteer Services, Patient Services, and Telemedicine, who facilitated communication between the FAC and the Emergency Department (ED).  Several volunteers, including two volunteers from the American Red Cross, were also on hand to escort family members to and from the FAC and offer other support.

Kimberley: How did you come to work with disaster planning teams in the Health System?

Dan: Over the years, I’ve done a lot of work with the National Network of Libraries of Medicine (NNLM) on helping libraries better prepare for disasters and become partners with the emergency planning community on using space and expertise to improve community resilience.  The best way to make that happen is to reach out to emergency planners and listen for ways the library can help in their planning effort.  I did that here with the UVA Health System Emergency Management team a few years ago, which led to the library being selected as the site for the Family Assistance Center.

Kimberley: Has the FAC been activated before?

Dan: No.  In fact, we were hoping that it would never need to be activated.  Again, activation only occurs when multiple injuries (in our planning more than ten) occur.  Smaller incidents are handled through normal procedures, which do not include activation of the FAC.

Kimberley: When did you sense that the FAC was going to be activated?

Dan: Based on briefings by UVA Health System Emergency Management, I knew that there was a good chance of violence well before the weekend.  When opposing sides began clashing mid-morning on Saturday we decided to put the FAC into action, and I asked some patrons to relocate to another area of the library.  We were ready by the time the horrible news came to us of the car that slammed into several protesters.

Kimberley: What was your role during the activation?

Dan: I posted myself near the door in our library that leads to the space where the FAC was set up.  This gave me the opportunity to explain to our patrons what was going on and I was able to monitor access in order to make certain that only family members and UVA personnel entered the space.  I also responded to some facility requests from the FAC team and was available to make adjustments if we needed to scale up the FAC to include a larger portion of the library.

Kimberley: So the library was open during the entire time?

Dan: Yes.  A new class of medical students had arrived the previous week and several of them were studying in the library.  I was privy to news about what was happening and, if necessary, would have locked down the library to ensure their safety.

Kimberley: What do remember most from the activation?

Dan:  I remember seeing our wonderful chaplains, social workers, and Patient Services Representatives comforting family members of the victims.  I remember the Health System’s EVP, Richard Shannon, coming by to talk to family members.

Kimberley: Are there any lessons learned that you’d like to share?

Dan:  I learned that we can no longer hope that the FAC will never be activated.  I think this is good, as it makes us more diligent with planning and exercising drills.  I also learned about the need for emotional aid.  I was at the library for 11 hours and then went home and watched the news reports of the violence.  I thought I was doing fine until I started crying uncontrollably in the shower the next morning.  And my experience was minor compared to first responders, chaplains, social workers, and our healthcare team in the ED.

Kimberley: Is there anything else that you’d like to add?

Dan: It was an honor to be part of the FAC team.  The Health System put in a lot of planning for the possibility of mass casualties as a result of the rally, and it certainly showed from my viewpoint.  I am proud to work for the University of Virginia and I look forward to continue to seek ways that the library can support the needs of the UVA Health System Emergency Management.


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Recent Acquisitions

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connsThe newly published books listed below have been added to the Library’s collection of electronic books. Click on any linked title to browse a table of contents or to read the full-text. A comprehensive list of health sciences e-books available can be found on the Library’s E-Books page. Do you want to recommend the purchase of a book for the Library’s collection? You can submit your requests via our online Purchase Recommendation form.

Basics of Anesthesia, 7th Edition
Berne and Levy Physiology, 7th Edition
Benzel’s Spine Surgery, 4th Edition
Biomarkers of Kidney Disease, 2nd edition
Cardiology Secrets, 5th Edition
Cellular and Molecular Immunology, 9th Edition
Clinical Gynecologic Oncology, 9th Edition
Clinical Orthopaedic Rehabilitation: A Team Approach, 4th Edition
Conn’s Current Therapy 2017
Diagnosis and Management of Adult Congenital Heart Disease, 3rd Edition
Evidence-Based Physical Diagnosis, 4th Edition
Fetal and Neonatal Physiology, 5th Edition
Harriet Lane Handbook
Hinman’s Atlas of Urologic Surgery, 4th Edition
Insall & Scott Surgery of the Knee, 6th Edition
Integrative Medicine, 4th Edition
Kumar and Clark’s Clinical Medicine, 9th Edition
Musculoskeletal Physical Examination: An Evidence-Based Approach, 2nd Edition
Nelson Pediatric Symptom-Based Diagnosis
Netter’s Sports Medicine, 2nd Edition
Physiology, 6th Edition
Plotkin’s Vaccines, 7th Edition
Principles and Practice of Pediatric Infectious Diseases, 5th Edition
Robbins Basic Pathology, 10th Edition
Ryan’s Retina, 6th Edition
Tietz Textbook of Clinical Chemistry and Molecular Diagnostics, 6th Edition
Zitelli and Davis’ Atlas of Pediatric Physical Diagnosis, 7th Edition

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Welcome from the Director

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Welcome, new students and faculty!

On behalf of the staff of the Claude Moore Health Sciences Library, I would like to express our excitement at having you here with us.  We hope that you will think of the Health Sciences Library as “your” library; we are here to support you in your studies, research, and clinical work.

We work to keep our phyScreen Shot 2017-08-09 at 11.40.25 AMsical spaces bright and attractive, as well as conducive to a variety of study and work needs.  We provide a vast amount of resources, almost all of which are accessible online.  Our staff members are enthusiastic about their work, and want to be as helpful as possible .  If you have questions or suggestions, stop by the Service Desk (to your left as you enter the Library) or contact the library liaison who has been assigned to your group.

We wish you all the best for a happy and productive year!

Gretchen Arnold, Library Director

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Lunchtime Yoga in the Library

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Thanks to a partnership with the School of Nursing’s Compassionate Care Initiative, four free yoga sessions will be offered in the library in August.  The sessions are from noon to 12:45 on August 1st, 8th, 15th, and 22nd.  A limited number of mats will be available for check-out.  Please call the library at 434-924-5444 for further information.


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Library Conference Room Available for Self-reservations

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The Detmer Conference Room in the after-hours space of the Health Sciences Library is now available for self-reservations, 24 hours a day, 365 days a year.  Reservations are limited to 3 hours per day.  For more information, please contact our Service Desk at 434-924-5444.

Click here to reserve the room.

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