Health Sciences Library Outreach Librarian Ann Duesing Retires

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This December, Ann Duesing, the Health Sciences Library Outreach Librarian based at UVA’s College at Wise, will retire after 22 years of service in Southwest Virginia. When Ann began working at the Library, she focused on providing library services and support to UVA medical students and preceptors in the largely rural area. Additionally, she acted as a consultant for small area hospitals which needed assistance with accessing quality health information via the National Library of Medicine. This pre-Internet time was challenging as the technology and access that we take for granted now were limited (or non-existent!) outside of large urban areas.

Duesing retires after 22 years of service.

Duesing retires after 22 years of service.

“Traveling the mountain roads of far southwest Virginia to small hospitals and clinics during my early Outreach years was a great adventure. I met amazing people who were always appreciative of information services, access, and training to help them meet the healthcare needs of an often underserved population.”

In addition to working with health professionals and hospitals, Ann became involved with numerous community health organizations which formed in response to the health concerns of specific populations. One of the first such organizations with which Ann collaborated was Mountain Empire Older Citizens, the Area Agency on Aging. Ann was part of team which was awarded a $50,000 grant from the National Network of Libraries of Medicine to assist in further developing the Mountain Laurel Cancer Resource and Support Center housed at the Agency.  She was an early and long-term supporter of the Appalachian Cancer Patient Navigator Project, as well as a member the Advisory Board for the UVA Cancer Center Without Walls. She worked on taskforces both locally and at the state level with the goal of ensuring that patients and family members could have access to quality health information.

When not out in the community, Ann was based at the John Cook Wyllie Library located at UVA’s College at Wise. Here Ann used her expertise to help science and nursing students find and use specialized resources for their school and careers, as well as providing reference services to the broader student population.

In 2004, Ann received the Marguerite Able Service Recognition Award from the Mid-Atlantic Chapter of the Medical Library Association, which recognized her exemplary service to the chapter.

In 2011, Ann was awarded the Michael E. DeBakey Library Services Outreach Award from the National Library of Medicine. The DeBakey is awarded to a practicing health sciences librarian in order to “recognize outstanding service and contributions to rural and underserved communities”. Ann, with her years of service to the underserved in Southwest Virginia, was much-deserving of this honor.

Though retiring, Ann is not leaving the area where she has made many friends and colleagues. She will continue to live in beautiful and historic Abingdon, Virginia. Come spring, she will begin a new adventure by visiting many state and national parks, and will also spend more time with her son and daughter in-law in Chicago.

We congratulate Ann on her years of service to the Library and the Southwest Virginia community. She has made many important contributions and has been instrumental in improving access to health information for health professionals as well as community members.

Recently Published E-Books

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cov200h (2)The 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 more 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.

2017 Intravenous Medications
Abdominal Imaging
Atlas of Abdominal Wall Reconstruction
Atlas of Head and Neck Pathology
Atlas of Pain Management Injection Techniques
Benzel’s Spine Surgery
Brocklehurst’s Textbook of Geriatric Medicine and Gerontology
Brown’s Atlas of Regional Anesthesia
Callen’s Ultrasonography in Obstetrics and Gynecology
Campbell’s Operative Orthopaedics
Clinical Cardiac Pacing, Defibrillation and Resynchronization Therapy
Comprehensive Gynecology
CT and MRI of the Whole Body
Current Medical Diagnosis & Treatment 2017
Dermatological Signs of Systemic Disease
Dermatology: An Illustrated Colour Text
Diagnosis and Treatment Planning in Dentistry
Emergency Surgery of the Hand
Ferri’s Clinical Advisor 2017
Fetal and Neonatal Physiology
Flaps and Reconstructive Surgery
Green’s Operative Hand Surgery
Henry’s Clinical Diagnosis and Management by Laboratory Methods
Human Anatomy, Color Atlas and Textbook
Immunology for Medical Students
Instant Work-Ups: A Clinical Guide to Medicine

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Join us for Jolly Digital Holidays!

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Join us for technology fun, and cookies & cocoa!

The Library invites you to have some technological fun this holiday season with our event “Jolly Digital Holidays”!

December 6th- 12:30-3:30 PM
December 15th- 9:00 AM- noon

The Presentation Studio (lower floor of the Health Sciences Library)

Bring your friends and some fun props and, via green screen magic, have your photo taken in front of one of three holiday backdrops! Your photo will be emailed to you immediately after it’s taken, and you can share it however you like.
While you wait, enjoy cookies & cocoa, and also decorate a snowman with the use of the VIVE, the Library’s virtual reality headset.

Video Production Coordinator Stephanie Fielding and Librarian for Digital Life Kimberley Barker will be your hosts.

Questions? Email or

 Jolly Digital Holiday

UVA BioConnector Gets More Collaborative

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The BioConnector is proud to announce a new partnership supporting research computing at UVA. The Computational and Data Resource Exchange (CADRE) is a University-wide service designed to simplify the process of finding local research and data support. BioConnector is working with partners across Grounds to help researchers connect with best resource available for their project, regardless of location or department. Through the CADRE partnership we can now connect researchers with expanded support in the following areas:

  • Data Analysis & Software
  • Computation
  • Visualization Services
  • Storage
  • Education, Training, and Outreach
  • Biomedical Computing
  • Art & Humanities
  • Data Sources

Learn more at

BioConnector will continue to be a resource at the UVA Health System, answering researcher questions such as:

  • How do I calculate sample size?
  • How do I choose a statistical test or model?
  • How can I prepare and analyze my data?
  • How can I optimize my code and workflow techniques?
  • How do I create exploratory visualizations?.

BioConnector specific services can be found at

If you have any questions please contact:

Bart Ragon
Health Sciences Library
(434) 243-6058

New Exhibit: Fever Charts

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The history of yellow fever dates back to the 1600s when the first recorded outbreaks occurred in the Caribbean. In the centuries that followed, researchers and physicians sought to understand and combat this deadly disease. Early theories about yellow fever attributed its transmission to “contagious air,” meteorological phenomena, and microbes. Significant advances were made around 1900 when the U.S. Army invested heavily in yellow fever research and established the U.S. Army Yellow Fever Commission. The Commission was led by Walter Reed, a major in the U.S. Army who received his medical degree from the University of Virginia in 1869. Reed and his team would ultimately confirm the vector for yellow fever: a species of mosquito known as Aedes aegypti.

A new exhibit, Fever Charts: Data Visualization and the History of Yellow Fever Research, now on display in the lobby of the Claude Moore Health Sciences Library, examines data visualizations used throughout many years of yellow fever research and explores their depictions of scientific insights, dead-ends, false positives, and dramatic discoveries. The maps and graphs tell a story as compelling as that of Walter Reed and the U.S. Army Yellow Fever Commission. They demonstrate the power of organized information and show that even the best-designed visualizations can be uninformative (or even disinformative) when applied to confounded or statistically questionable claims.

Fever Charts was designed and researched by VP Nagraj, Research Data Analyst at the Claude Moore Health Sciences Library, with support from Dan Cavanaugh and Emily Bowden of Historical Collections & Services. The exhibit draws on unique historical materials from the Library’s Philip S. Hench Walter Reed Yellow Fever Collection. It will be on display from November 14, 2016 until February 2017.

New eBook – Vital Signs: Core Metrics for Health & Health Care Progress

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indexVital Signs explores the most important issues – healthier people, better quality care, affordable care, and engaged individuals and communities – and specifies a streamlined set of 15 core measures. These measures, if standardized and applied at national, state, local, and institutional levels across the country, will transform the effectiveness, efficiency, and burden of health measurement and help accelerate focus and progress on our highest health priorities. Vital Signs also describes the leadership and activities necessary to refine, apply, maintain, and revise the measures over time, as well as how they can improve the focus and utility of measures outside the core set. – publisher information

October is American Archives Month

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American Archives Month 2016. Banner designed by Kimberley R. Barker


American Archives Month is a time to promote the work of archivists and celebrate archival collections around the country. From the National Archives in Washington, D.C., to local historical societies, institutions large and small use this month to highlight their mission and the materials they collect and preserve.

Historical Collections & Services at the Claude Moore Health Sciences Library maintains collections of rare books, photographs, and artifacts, in addition to serving as the permanent repository for historical records pertaining to the UVA Health System. In our archival collections you will find reports, newsletters, images, correspondence, and other documents that trace the history of health care and medical education at UVA back to the opening of the Hospital in 1901 and the University’s first course in medicine in 1825.

Featured in the Archives Month graphic above are three images from our collections: an illustration from the largest volume in our rare books collection, Bernhard Siegfried Albinus’ 1749 Tables of the Skelton and Muscles of the Human Body; a page from a 1633 herbal, a type of book that describes plants and details their medical properties; and a photograph of Walter Reed, leader of the U.S. Army Yellow Fever Commission, from the Library’s Philip S. Hench Walter Reed Yellow Fever Collection. These and other early anatomy illustrations, rare medical texts, and unique manuscripts holdings are available at the Health Sciences Library for research and educational purposes.

Equally important to our continued stewardship of these rare historical items is the work being done to preserve for future researchers and historians the records of today, which often come in the challenging form of electronic documents and data. A concentrated effort is underway to collect and maintain materials that will record 21st century activities and accomplishments of the Health System for years to come.

The Historical Collections & Services webpage is a great place to learn more and explore our collections. For questions or additional information about archives, contact Dan Cavanaugh, Alvin V. and Nancy Baird Curator of Historical Collections, or Emily Bowden, Historical Collections Specialist.


Library Director Gretchen Arnold, on National Medical Librarians Month

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Celebrate National Medical Librarians Month!

Celebrate National Medical Librarians Month!


October is National Medical Librarians Month. The Claude Moore Health Sciences Library is part of a national network of medical libraries, which includes the National Library of Medicine (part of the National Institutes of Health). All medical libraries have the goal of bringing the best quality information to users wherever they are and around the clock because that is how healthcare operates.
Here in the Claude Moore Health Sciences Library, we appreciate the importance of using the latest technologies but also understand that a human touch is important, too. That is why we place such value on our service ethic. We want every student, clinician, and staff member to have an excellent experience no matter what the need. Every day we work to ensure that our services and resources are aligned to the mission of the Health System which means we are doing all that we can to support the important patient care and research you do. It is a great time to be a librarian!

New Exhibit: Civil War Medicine

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Life and Limb PosterLife and Limb: The Toll of the American Civil War, a traveling exhibit from the National Library of Medicine, is now on display in the main lobby of the Claude Moore Health Sciences Library. The American Civil War is a fascinating time in the history of medicine: a time of significant developments in anesthesia, modern surgery, and sanitation practices, but, simultaneously, a time of horrific injuries, widespread disease, frequent infections, and limited medical care.

Tracing the story from the horrors of war to the plight of veterans after its end, six exhibit panels discuss trauma experienced on the battlefield, the medical care soldiers received, and the recovery and hardships that followed. Accompanying the panels are 19th century books and artifacts from the Claude Moore Health Sciences Library’s Historical Collections.

To browse the exhibit online and view additional digital content, visit the web exhibition of Life and Limb. The exhibit will be at the Health Sciences Library until the first week of November 2016. For questions or comments, contact Historical Collections & Services.

The Library welcomes Clinical Librarian

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The Library is pleased to welcome Elaine Attridge as our Clinical Librarian! Elaine obtained her Master’s in Library Science from the University of Pittsburgh, having been drawn to libraries from a very young age as a way to satisfy her curiosity about everything. She decided to pursue librarianship as a career after the Internet became mainstream in the 1990’s, as it was obvious to her that technology would evolve and greatly impact the field. This interviewer sat down with Elaine to learn more about her professional and personal interests.

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Elaine Attridge, Clinical Librarian

To date, what’s been the most interesting professional project of which you’ve been a part?

There have been so many! I really enjoyed working with the School of Nursing as they developed their curriculum to include understanding and finding evidence based literature.

What about your position interested you enough to apply for it?

My current position piqued my interest because of the opportunity to work with the service centers and administration to improve quality and safety for our patients and employees. To be successful, I know I will utilize my traditional librarian skills, but I also see the chance to develop new roles for librarians that will hopefully be very relevant to the Health System. This is a new position and I’m really excited to see where it takes us!

What are you most looking forward to in your work here?

Working with a variety of colleagues throughout the Health System and finding ways to support their information needs; I get to learn something new every day!

What do you do for fun?

I really love to travel with my family! We recently returned from Iceland and I have my eye on Cuba. Exercise such as pilates, lifting, and sculling is also important to me. If you catch me at home, you’ll probably find me listening to Alt Nation or NPR podcasts or heading out to target shoot. I also enjoy my volunteer work with CASA and in my children’s schools.

What else should we know about you?

I have three children ages 9, 12, and 18 who are incredibly fun in completely different ways. Like all parents, I spend a lot of time in the car driving them to their activities.

On a completely random note, I have lived in Virginia for most of my life, but consider myself an honorary New Yorker. Oh, and one other thing: Some find it “interesting” that I am a vegetarian — who occasionally eats sausage or a bacon-wrapped date.

(And this last question, because the interviewer appreciates whimsy, as well as a twist ending)

Voldemort vs. Gandalf: who would lose?

Both. I think the most powerful wizards are in Washington.

A bold statement, Elaine. Very bold indeed. Welcome, we’re happy that you’re here!