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

benzel Biomarkers Cardiology Harriet


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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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New Exhibit: Surviving and Thriving

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A new traveling exhibit from the National Library of Medicine is on display in the main lobby of the Claude Moore Health Sciences Library. Surviving and Thriving: AIDS, Politics, and Culture documents the history of AIDS and the experiences of people living with AIDS during the early years of the epidemic. Far more than just “AIDS patients,” these individuals were critical in the political and medical fight against HIV and AIDS.

First identified in 1981, AIDS quickly developed into a devastating epidemic in the United States. While physicians struggled to provide patient care and pursue research into HIV and AIDS, the U.S. government issued little response to the crisis for nearly half a decade. To counter this inaction on the part of the federal government, many people living with AIDS stepped into roles of activists and educators. These individuals promoted AIDS prevention methods, fought homophobia, and advocated for research funding and public health initiatives focused on addressing the epidemic.


Brochures promoting AIDS education. Image from the National Library of Medicine.

The Surviving and Thriving exhibition was developed and produced by the National Library of Medicine at the National Institutes of Health. Visit the exhibition website for additional content and a digital gallery of posters and ephemera related to AIDS from the collections of the National Library of Medicine. Also on display in the Library lobby are research and educational publications on AIDS from the 1980s and 1990s, as well as documents related to the history of AIDS in Virginia and at UVA. The exhibit will be on display until August 11, 2017. For questions or comments about the exhibit, contact Historical Collections & Services.

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F1000 Workspace: A New Way Manage Literature References

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f1000Workspace_01-300x188What Is F1000Workspace? F1000Workspace is a platform to help biology and medical researchers discover and collect literature, manage references and prepare manuscripts, grant  applications, posters, talks, etc. for submission. It consists of a web-based application, a browser extension, and a powerful plugin for Microsoft Word plus a lightweight desktop app for importing PDFs. The browser extension adds a special button to your browser you can use to save and annotate articles as you browse. The Microsoft Word plugin allows you to easily insert citations, search for new references and even get smart citation recommendations. F1000Workspace is freely available to all UVa employees.

Using F1000Workspace

F1000Workspace has the following key functions:

  • Manage references – easily import your existing references and collect new ones using the F1000 browser button. You can import references from all popular reference management tools (EndNote, RefWorks, Mendeley, Zotero, Papers, etc.) as well as directly from PDFs on your computer.
  • Save and annotate – The F1000 browser extension allows you to easily save references as you browse to the webpage of a relevant article. You can save multiple references (for example from a PubMed search results page) and even save the citations of an article you are interested in. In addition you can highlight and annotate relevant text and share this with members of a shared project.
  • Share references – F1000Workspace allows you to set up shared projects where you and invited colleagues can create a shared reference list, share comments and annotations and easily edit each other’s references when in Word (you must have the F1000 Word plugin installed).
  • Reference discovery – At the core of F1000Workspace is an intelligent algorithm that suggests relevant references you may not have already discovered. This includes references recommended by the F1000 Faculty, a body of over 10,000 biomedical experts and other references from PubMed.

Getting started with F1000Workspace

Start by going to and setting up an account. If you have an existing F1000Prime username and password, you can login with your existing credentials. F1000Workspace is primarily a web-based application, but it works best if you download the browser extension, Microsoft Word plugin and desktop shortcut. After registering for your F1000Workspace account, you can access various user guides in the following locations. These take you step-by step through the installation process:

If you have any questions about F1000 Workspace or any other literature reference management issues, you may contact one of our reference librarians at

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The Summer of Classes & Ice Cream

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Hot topics & cool ice cream: definitely a winning combination!

Hot topics & cool ice cream: definitely a winning combination!

If you’re searching for ways to stay cool this summer, then look no further than the Health Sciences Library! Our Summer Class Series offers hot topics and cold ice cream so that you can keep learning and enjoy delicious treats at the same time. Further, we’ve heard your requests for later class times, and we have listened! See the schedule below and, if you have questions, email

*All classes in the Summer Series will take place in July, in the Health Sciences Library*

6th- “Beyond Bullets: Creating Better Presentations”
5:00 PM- 6:00 PM; Carter Classroom

10th- “Cool It Down with Teach-back when Low Health Literacy Turns Up The Heat”
4:30 PM- 5:30 PM; The MILL

11th- “Digital Privacy: Why you should care, and how to protect it”
5:00 PM- 6:00 PM; Carter Classroom

12th- “Introduction to Virtual Reality”
5:00 PM- 6:00 PM; The MILL

13th- “Altmetrics: New Measures for New Scholarly Products”
5:00 PM- 6:00 PM; Carter Classroom

17th- “Cool It Down with Teach-back when Low Health Literacy Turns Up The Heat”
4:30 PM- 5:30 PM; The MILL

19th- “Introduction to Digital Life”
5:00 PM – 6:00 PM; Carter Classroom

24th- “Cool It Down with Teach-back when Low Health Literacy Turns Up The Heat”
4:30 PM- 5:30 PM; The MILL

31st- “Cool It Down with Teach-back when Low Health Literacy Turns Up The Heat”
4:30 PM- 5:30 PM; The MILL

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AccessSurgery Not Being Renewed

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After consultation with the Department of Surgery, the Library has decided to not renew the license for AccessSurgery online textbooks when the current agreement expires on June 30, 2017.  Decreased usage and rising costs were the basis for this decision.  However, some of the AccessSurgery textbooks will continue to be available through AccessMedicine:

Case Files: Surgery 
Current Diagnosis & Treatment in Orthopedics
Current Diagnosis & Treatment in Otolaryngology—Head & Neck Surgery
Current Diagnosis & Treatment: Surgery
Principles of Critical Care
Schwartz’s Principles of Surgery

Print copies of  a select number of other AccessSurgery textbooks are available in the Library’s Reserves collection.


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CMHSL: A New Live Performance Venue

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Beginning this fall, the Health Sciences Library will add live performance venue to its list of services and resources.  Scheduled throughout the year will be lunchtime performances provided by your fellow UVA students, staff, and faculty.  It’s all in the name of fun and the only payment is a little exposure and the satisfaction of providing a welcomed lunchtime respite to the Health System.

The kickoff event is Claudestock, which will take place on Tuesday, September 5th, from noon until 1pm.  During Claudestock, performers will be stationed at various non quiet study locations in and around the library.  Don’t miss out on this opportunity to perform at this inaugural event.  Remember how much Joni Mitchell regretted not performing at Woodstock.

Please contact Dan Wilson ( or Kimberley Barker ( for further information or to sign up.

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