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.

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