PHS @ the Library holiday closings

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PHS @ the Library will maintain its usual schedule of noon-4:00 PM, Monday-Friday, until December 19th. The service will then close for the holidays from December 20th through January 2nd. PHS @ the Library will resume its normal schedule on January 3rd.

Happy holidays!

picture of pinecones and a wrapped box

Happy holidays!

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CMHSL unveils new Dashboard & Analytics Page!

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While the Library has long collected data for the purposes of planning and decision-making, we’re excited to announce a move toward greater transparency and user engagement:

All the Library data one could possibly want!

All the Library data one could possibly want!While the Library has long collected data for different purposes, we’re excited to announce a move toward greater transparency!

the new Health Sciences Library Dashboard and Analytics page! This tool will allow you to to see our latest stats and dashboards.

Operational data such as library consultations, service desk encounters, library gate counts, interlibrary lending, collections usage, and more are being captured, with the intention of using the data to make better-informed decisions about our services, collections, and space.

While you’re there, be sure to check out “Abbey’s Analytics” for all of the latest data discoveries and projects!

If you have questions about the new dashboard or the Analytics Page, please contact Abbey Heflin (

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More Medical Journal Podcasts

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Traveling for the holidays?  Looking for something to fill the long hours in transit?  Check out the free podcast services offered by many  of our online journal subscriptions. These podcasts provide a rich variety of audio content including author interviews, highlights of new  articles, discussions of medical controversies and developments, and many other topics of interest to busy medical professionals and students. If you don’t have time to sit and read the latest medical information, you can listen to the podcasts from any of these journals:

AMA Journal of Ethics
American Family Physician
American Journal of Gastroenterology
British Journal of Anaesthesia
British Medical Journal
Clinical Journal of Sports Medicine
European Heart Journal
Medical Education
Molecular Medicine
Open Forum Infectious Diseases
Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences
The Lancet

Additional journal podcasts can be found in this earlier Moore Library News article.

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An Interview with David Martin

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We are excited to welcome David Martin to our Research and Data Services department. We hope that you enjoy learning more about our new colleague.

Dr. David Martin

David Martin














What attracted you to this position?
I was drawn to this position because it provided me with an opportunity to have each day be a unique experience. One day I might be meeting with a nursing student to go over how to run statistical tests in SAS and then the next day I might be running a workshop on data visualization. This position will offer variety and will not simply involve doing the same rote tasks day in and day out, which I find quite appealing. I also feel the position will push me to continue learning new statistical techniques, software, and tools in order to keep current in the field and to be able to best help patrons.

What most excites you about your work here?
I am really excited about being to work with a diverse group of patrons, both in terms of the field in which they come from and in their level of expertise. I am looking forward to learning more about individual research projects in depth and also in helping patrons who are novices to data/research and those who have extensive experience. I am also excited by the opportunity to solve new and interesting problems that will arise daily from patrons.

What classes/workshops will you lead in the coming year?
As of now, the classes/workshops are not quite nailed down, however, I will most likely be leading workshops introducing patrons to SAS, SPSS, and possibly STATA. I would also like to run more advanced versions of these workshops and move patrons past the introductory stages into data analysis and visualization. I am also thinking of developing a workshop revolving around data cleaning/wrangling and some useful tips that can make these tasks more efficient and accurate.

What has surprised you about the Library or UVA?
Honestly, the lack of books at the library surprised me. It makes sense with the way things are moving, but I still have a picture in my head of a library and it is filled with journals and books. I used to work in the library at JMU and my time there was spent organizing books in the stacks, so seeing a library that was not filled with the smell of old paper was a bit surprising.

Where are you from originally/where did you grow up?
I would say I am from Yorktown, Virginia, however, I was an army brat so we moved around a bunch when I was younger. Moved from Maryland, to Germany, to Kansas, to New Jersey, and then to Hampton Roads, Virginia where I spent the bulk of my childhood.

You belatedly receive your Hogwarts letter. Into which house are you sorted?
Ravenclaw         Slytherin       Hufflepuff     Gryffindor

I think most people would want to say that they would be in Gryffindor, but I think the sorting hat would send me to Ravenclaw. I tend to use logic and creativity to solve problems and I, although hidden at times, can be witty.

If you would like to work with David, please email him at

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Data Services at the Health Sciences Library

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You’ve Got Data – We’ve Got Experts!
Whether you’re a beginning researcher or a seasoned expert, chances are if you’re doing research, you’ve got research data. And if you have data, you may reach a point where you need help or advice. That’s where Data Services at the Health Sciences Library (Data @ HSL) can assist you!

Personalized Assistance
Our Data Specialists, Marieke Jones and David Martin can help you with all aspects of working with research data, from:

  • Cleaning your data to ready it for analysis
  • “Wrangling” your data to transform it into its most useful form
  • Analyzing your data to discover trends and insights
  • Creating publication-worthy visualizations to best show your findings

Free Workshops
Looking for free, hands-on training? Watch for our roster of workshops in a wide range of statistical software packages such as R, RMarkdown, python, Jupyter notebooks, Stata, SAS, and SPSS. We’ll be announcing our Winter 2018 topics soon.

Learn More
To request a free consultation with our Data Specialists, just click on the D for Data Services from the HSL home page, or visit our Data Services page at While there, check out links to Workshops and Resources. We look forward to working with you and your data!

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An interview with Dr. Marieke Jones

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The Library is delighted to welcome Dr. Marieke Jones to our Research and Data Services department. We enjoyed getting to know our new colleague through this interview, and we hope that you do, too.

Dr. Marieke Jones, Research Data Specialist

Dr. Marieke Jones, Research Data Specialist













What originally drew you to your field?

During my PhD, I was drafted to teach a recitation section of biostatistics. Within the first semester I fell in love with teaching statistics and programming. It was really gratifying to convince students who self-identified with being bad at math that they could excel in statistics and could successfully learn R programming. Over time, I took on more responsibilities and students, leading lecture sections, developing online learning modules, and teaching advanced statistics and R for adult learners. By the time I finished my PhD I had taught over 2000 students and I knew that teaching data skills is what I wanted to do.

How does your work relate to the Library’s mission/guiding principles?

As the Research Data Specialist, I will be supporting the library’s mission of knowledge sharing to support education and research within the UVa Health System. To accomplish that mission, I will be teaching workshops and consulting one-on-one with researchers to elevate their data skills and research methodology.

What most excites you about your work here?

Libraries have always been in the business of helping people retrieve knowledge. Today, there is oodles of knowledge trapped in data, so to me, the transformation of libraries into a data analysis support center is a logical progression. The UVa Claude Moore Health System Library is at the forefront of this budding trend, and I am thrilled to be part of this innovative library model. I love teaching, data, and learning new things, so this is a great fit for me!

What classes/workshops will you lead in the coming year?

In 2018, we hope to offer our R workshop series including Intro to R, Data Wrangling in R, Essential Stats in R, and Advanced Data Visualization in R more often. With multiple instructors, that should be possible. Over the next few weeks we are looking at these curricula to ensure that the workshops progress from one to another logically and we actively working to standardize the content across all of our instructors.


Where are you from originally/where did you grow up?

I am proudly from New Jersey, the Garden State. I am here to testify that it really is beautiful! The area I grew up in is a region of rolling hills, horse farms, and small towns with colonial history. I went to college in Boston before heading south to Virginia where I attended graduate school at George Mason University in a collaborative program with the Smithsonian Conservation Biology Institute. My job search after my PhD graduation focused on Charlottesville because I absolutely adore this town and region. The great spine of mountains and undeveloped landscapes all around us here are just the best…and my apartment has a great view!

J.R.R. Tolkien did some amazing world-building when he created Middle Earth. With which race do you most identity, and why?

Dwarves   Elves   Hobbits   Orcs   Ents     Men

I like the idea of being an Ent and taking a long view of the world. Concerns of the other races on Middle Earth matter little to the Ents until the entire world is threatened when they are spurred into action. They are thoughtful and approach difficult decisions with careful attention and logic. Once they make up their minds, they act decisively and are effective at accomplishing their goal (of stopping Saruman and saving the world).

Are you interested in working with Dr. Jones? If so, please email her at

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A Guide to Studying in the Library

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Quiet Study

Quiet study is available in all areas of the library past the doors on the right side of the lobby.  This includes the large reading room, the two rooms with computers, and the smaller reading room.  The Cabell Room, accessible from the west side of the 2nd floor quiet study area, is also a quiet study area.

If a patron is talking in a quiet study area, feel free to notify the Service Desk and desk staff will talk to the patron.

Collaborative (Group) Study

Collaborative study is available in the lobby and in the MILL.  The MILL is located one floor below the lobby.

Questions?  Please contact the Service Desk or Dan Wilson, Assoc. Dir. for Collections & Library Services, at

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Selected eBooks of Interest

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imagesDeadly River : Cholera and Cover-Up in Post-Earthquake Haiti

Ralph R. Frerichs

In October 2010, nine months after the massive earthquake that devastated Haiti, a second disaster began to unfold—soon to become the world’s largest cholera epidemic in modern times. In a country that had never before reported cholera, the epidemic mysteriously and simultaneously appeared in river communities of central Haiti, eventually triggering nearly 800,000 cases and 9,000 deaths. What had caused the first cases of cholera in Haiti in recorded history?

imagesHow to Develop Your Healthcare Career : A Guide to Employability and Professional Development

Lisa E. Taylor

An informative guide to all key aspects of employability for graduating students, educators, managers, and qualified healthcare professionals. Written specifically for health professionals, focusing on their needs and the challenges they face, maximising employability potential, and managing career progression.



51mYFrabmWL._SX387_BO1,204,203,200_Healthy Places, Healthy People, 3rd Edition

Melanie C. Dreher, Lisa E. Skemp, and Susan P. Lehmann

Healthy Places, Healthy People (3rd ed.) provides everything that current and future nurses need to prepare, gather, organize, and analyze basic community information to create a public health strategy. A well-crafted strategy enables public health workers to effectively mobilize citizen action, working with groups and individuals to build capacity for health equity and, ultimately, a healthier future.



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Equipment Lending Service Changes

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We are currently phasing out much of our equipment lending service.  The equipment being phased out (i.e., not being replaced) include laptops, projectors, tablets, video cameras, tripods, and the GoPro camera.  This action is necessary due to the continuing increases in the cost of acquiring core resources (databases and online journals).  As a result, we are forced to cut back on the acquisition of other resources.

Functioning equipment will continue to be available for reservation and checkout at the following link:

Questions?  Please contact Dan Wilson (

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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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