A note from the director, Emily McElroy

As the new director of the McGoogan Library of Medicine, I follow eight outstanding individuals who served the University of Nebraska Medical Center.  It is a privilege to follow Nancy Woelfl who led McGoogan for the last 26 years.  Her leadership resulted in new programs and services, the recruitment and retention of nationally recognized library staff, and the growth of collections that meet UNMC user needs.

From my first campus visit in August, to meetings this week, I am inspired by the enthusiasm of the library staff who are excellent stewards of our collections and library resources.  We are expanding our support for UNMC, the new Clinical Enterprise, and Nebraska residents in our education, research, and clinical missions.  In the coming months, you will learn more about our curation of the Wolfensberger collection, support for e-learning, and the development of an institutional repository. At the same time, we will engage in conversations with students and faculty about the library’s physical space. Since July and, under Marie Reidelbach’s leadership, library staff had conversations with campus leaders, evaluated services at peer institutions, and moved forward on several new and exciting projects.

Finally, I want you to know that I am thrilled to be in Omaha.  I am a native Midwesterner who grew up in rural northwestern Illinois.  My Illinois winters prepared me for the polar vortex! Many people have asked me if I was familiar with Omaha prior to moving here.  As it happens, my first trip to Omaha occurred when I was an infant on a visit to close family friends, which was followed by annual trips throughout my childhood.  Like many school age children, I had to write a report on a state of my choosing. I chose Nebraska.  I have always had a soft spot for Omaha even though our close family friends are now Hoosiers.  I have worked at several academic health centers, including Northwestern University, Loyola University in Maywood, and Oregon Health and Science University.  I also have a background working at libraries serving the general undergraduate and graduate programs of the University of Oregon and New York University.  My most recent experience was serving as the Associate University Librarian for Content Management and Systems at Oregon Health and Science University in Portland, Oregon.

Please feel free to ask me about Chuck, my weird cat; my excitement about Frank Thomas making it to the Baseball Hall of Fame; my adoration of goats; hatred of Oregon spiders; background in and love of history; organizing my epic lists of films I want to watch or books I want to read; love of college basketball; and my excitement about living closer to family and friends in the Midwest.

I look forward to meeting you!

Please feel free to contact me at emily.mcelroy@unmc.edu or at 559-7078.

Subscription changes for 2014

With the New Year comes addition of new resources and cancellation of others.  There are many factors that go into our subscription decisions, the first of which are requests from our users.  We listen to feedback and depend on it to keep us informed about what you need, NOW.   As rapidly as research and practice in the health sciences evolve, our resource offerings need to be flexible to keep the pace.  At the same time, we take our responsibility as stewards of institutional holdings very seriously, and try to balance innovation with curation.

The following are changes coming in January:


UNMC’s MICROMEDEX license was shared with The Nebraska Medical Center.  When TNMC decided to move to Lexicomp, the library followed suit.  We believe it is important to train students on the resource that they will likely use in practice.  The NEOFAX resource from Truven Health Analytics will remain accessible to UNMC users, but the rest of the MICROMEDEX interface will be gone.


Joining its cousins AccessPharmacy and AccessMedicine, the library (per user requests) has added AccessSurgery to its offerings.   AccessSurgery offers textbooks, video, images, test prep, and more for the Surgery student.   Each textbook in AccessSurgery is also listed in the library’s catalog and Ebook A-Z list


Dynamed had been licensed by the library for many years.  Use was consistent but not extremely high.   From November 2012-November 2013 there were 9100 sessions among UNMC users.  This put the cost per session of Dynamed at $2.60.  The library, after seeking input from stakeholders, decided that the $23000.00 subscription fee could be better used to fill other needs.


Journal addition decisions are made by user request, a large amount of interlibrary loan requests, or a high citation count from UNMC authors.  New journals for 2014 are as follows:

  • JoVE: Bioengineering, Clinical and Translational, and Infection and Immunology
  • Clinical Medicine: Journal of the Royal College of Physicians
  • Journal of Intraprofessional Care
  • Journal of Neurotrauma
  • The Medical Teacher
  • Tobacco Control


Journal cancellation decisions this year were based on citation data.  If a journal had a high cost per use and was cited less than 25 times in the last 12 months by UNMC researchers, it was cancelled.  These journals will still be available via Interlibrary Loan.

  • Acta Anaesthesiologica Scandinavica
  • American Journal of Hypertension
  • Anesthesia
  • Bioassays
  • Birth-Issues in Perinatal Care
  • BJU International
  • Cancer Biology and Therapy
  • Childhood Obesity
  • Clinical Transplantation
  • Epilepsia
  • Genes, Chromosomes & Cancer
  • International Journal of Oncology
  • Journal of Hospital Medicine
  • Journal of Sports Medicine and Physical Fitness
  • Medical Education
  • Pediatric Obesity
  • Pharmacotherapy
  • Research in Nursing & Health
  • Transfusion


The library has added these databases to fill a niche for searching the social sciences literature.  These databases have been accessible to UNMC in the past, but the library has now officially entered into a subscription for them.

As always, the library would like to hear from you about any future additions or cancellations to the library’s holdings.  We are always available at askus@unmc.edu or through chat, text, phone, or online forms at http://www.unmc.edu/library.

Happy New Year, and thank you to our funding partners!  Many of our current holdings are funded by the following groups:

  • INBRE – Nebraska Idea Network for Biomedical Research Excellence
  • The Nebraska Medical Center
  • UNMC COM Family Medicine
  • UNMC Office of the Vice Chancellor for Research
  • UNMC College of Pharmacy
  • UNMC COM Radiation Oncology
  • UNMC COM Surgery – Cardiothoracic Surgery Division
  • UNMC COM Department of Anesthesiology
  • UNMC COM Orthopaedic Surgery and Rehabilitation
  • UNMC COPH Center for Preparedness Education