In Gratitude to Dean Doug Varner

February 28, 2024


Doug Varner, DML Assistant Dean for Information Management & Chief Biomedical Informationist has decided to retire from GUSoM after 16 years service. Doug has an MS in Veterinary Science, so he is a natural fit for his new position as Information & Customer Services Branch Chief at the National Agriculture Library [NAL].

During his time at DML, Doug provided leadership and guidance as we moved into uncharted areas of library service. It is nearly impossible to summarize his contributions over a 16 year period. He played a pivotal role in moving DML from a library which nearly failed LCME 2003 [“a 2nd rate community hospital library”] to what LCME 2011 stated was a model academic health sciences library.

It seems quaint now, but Doug pioneered the use of iPhones and iPads as service tools used by librarians. He garnered dozens of grants to create and supply efforts like the Clinical iPad Mini project, fielding and supporting nearly 100 iPads distributed in support of clinical work in MGUH, and providing iPads with health / medical content for the DC Public Library at no cost to GUMC. He led the way in creating and presenting hundreds of workshops and orientations for all our constituents, embedding DML librarians in services like the COME Subcommittee on Evaluation and Assessment, and on every GU IRB Committee. Amongst other innovations, we had the first 3D printer in a Georgetown library; the first sets of Google Glass in the District/clinical settings; and we had the first clinical informationist on rounds in a DC hospital.

Doug and a colleague from Nebraska practically invented the concept of examining library resource expenditures and return on investment in research support.

Possibly most important, Doug built a team which, working closely with Linda Van Keuren, DML Assistant Dean for Resources & Access Management and her team, kept DML services and resources available 24/7 from Day One of COVID, the only academic health sciences library which kept operations active with no down time. All measurements of service and resource use exploded exponentially, some as much as 850% and Doug ended up playing an advisory role in how DML did that for national and international library organizations.

I know I have left out a lot of accomplishments, including many you could point out from your work with him and DML.
Please join us in wishing Doug well in his new endeavor.


Jett McCann, MLS, CKM, DM/AHIP
Senior Associate Dean for Knowledge Management
Director, Dahlgren Memorial Library
The Graduate Health & Life Sciences Research Library at
Georgetown University Medical Center
3900 Reservoir Road NW
Washington DC 20057-1420
iPhone: 202-431-9460

New STATPearls Nurse Practitioner Test Banks

February 8, 2024

DML is now offering access to STATPearls, a platform with over 30 test banks for Nurse Practitioners. Questions are categorized by difficulty and span all anatomic and clinical science areas for targeted review. Access to the resource is available as follows:

Connect to
Click on “Databases A to Z”
Scroll to the “S” entries and select STATPearls
Follow the directions to set up an account.

Questions? Ask a DML Librarian

DML Services – President’s Day

January 22, 2024

In observance of the President’s Day Holiday,

The Information Services Desk will be closed on Monday, Feb 19th 2024.

The library’s physical facility will remain open 24/7.

Please swipe your GOCard for access. Hospital Staff can show MGUH ID to the Security Guard for access.

DML Services – Martin Luther King Jr. holiday

January 9, 2024

In observance of the MLK Jr. Holiday,

The Information Services Desk will be closed from 6pm on Friday, Jan 12th until 8am Tuesday, Jan 16th.

The library’s physical facility will remain open 24/7.

Please swipe your GOCard for access. Hospital Staff can show MGUH ID to Security Guard for access.

Extended DML building access January 2024

December 29, 2023

Access to the DML building 24/7 started 8:00am Monday 01 January and will continue through Sunday 25 February 2024. Swipe card access will be required for access into the facility that entire period. Starting Monday 26 February, the facility will be accessible from 8:00am through midnight 7 days a week.

Access to the DML building will be available 24/7 starting 8:00am Monday 01 January through Wednesday 31 January 2024. Swipe card access will be required for access into the facility that entire period. Depending on use levels, 24/7 access might be extended during the month of February.

This service reflects a tradition of providing access to study space during intensive study periods. Please feel free to share your comments with Dean McCann at

Thank you

DML Services and the Winter Break 2023

December 19, 2023

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Library Facility
Dec 18th -21st: 8am-midnight
Closed from December 22nd to December 31st.
Normal operating hours will resume on January 1st.

Information Services Desk
Dec 18th -21st: 8am-6pm
Closed from December 22nd to January 1st.
Normal operating hours will resume on January 2nd.
DML Circulation Email: Inquiries sent after December 21st will be addressed as soon as possible after January 1st.

Ask a DML Librarian
Chat: There will be no service from December 21st starting at noon to January 1st.
Normal hours for chat will return on January 2nd.
DML Reference Email: Inquiries sent after December 21st will be addressed as soon as possible after January 1st.

DML Resources and Hospital Support Email
Inquiries sent after December 21st will be addressed as soon as possible after January 1st.

Document Delivery
Document delivery requests submitted after December 15th may not be completed until after January 2nd.

Medical Center Room keys

Your reservation day/time is: You can pick up keys:
December 18th -January 1st between 6pm-8am Between 8am-5pm on December 18th

Happy Holidays!

Streamline DML Access – Download Lean Library Today

December 19, 2023

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Avoid payment requests like paywalls for articles or avoid purchasing books already owned by the library.

Can’t find an item?
Lean Library can easily generate a Document Delivery request.

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Lean Library also connects you with a DML Librarian whenever you need one.

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DML Lost and Found

November 29, 2023

The lost and found cabinet at the IS desk will be cleaned out on Tuesday, December 12th, 2023. Please stop by the IS Desk to retrieve your items before December 12th. All items in the cabinet will be discarded or donated.

DML Services – Thanksgiving

November 7, 2023

Thanksgiving Weekend Library Building Hours

The library’s physical facility will be open the following hours:

Thursday, November 23rd : 8am-midnight
Friday, November 24th: 8am-midnight
Saturday, November 25th: 8am-midnight
Sunday, November 26th: 8am-midnight

Thanksgiving Weekend Library Services

All DML services will be unavailable Thursday, November 23rd through Sunday, November 26th.

Happy Thanksgiving!

Oct 25th – National Capital Therapy Dogs at DML

October 23, 2023

On Wednesday, October 25th, National Capital Therapy Dogs will be visiting Dahlgren. Stop by DML from 12-1pm and say hello.

For those with allergies, there will be no animals on the lower level or first floor.

Therapy Dog
Wednesday, October 25th Noon to 1pm
Dahlgren Memorial Library