The McGoogan Library piloted a new service to facilitate study and scholarly research in the library. Four study carrels were selected on the seventh floor to be furnished with a locked two-drawer filing cabinet, lights, electrical outlet and chair. All UNMC students were invited to sign up for a drawing to win use of one of the four carrels through the end of the semester. There were 42 entries for the study carrels, with the four winners representing the College of Medicine. Students who won were asked to complete a short survey on the positives and negatives of having access to a lockable study carrel. Responses were positive with the students using the filing cabinets for storage of personal items. They recommended checking out the carrels for a month or less and to be on a first come, first served basis. The library will continue to explore the value of this new service in the months ahead.
The McGoogan Library held a successful Open House on November 14, 2013. The library introduced the combined Reference and Circulation desk, highlighted the Browzine app, and launched a reserved study carrel pilot project. Over 125 people participated in the event: 80 stopped by the Browzine booth, 42 students entered the study carrel drawing, where four winners were randomly chosen. Staff and faculty had many interactions with people at the combined desk, which has been dubbed the AskUs desk.
While great information was imparted, perhaps the most fun during the Open House were the souvenir photos, in which visitors photographed themselves with either a vintage gross anatomy group or the 1900 Omaha Medical College football team!
Need to quickly charge your device and don’t have your charging cables? The library now provides quick charging stations, which are compatible with most phones and tablets. Cables include four sizes of Apple, 2 micro USB, and one mini USB. The charging stations are located on the 6th floor, near the Reference computers and the 7th floor near the study carrels. Locations may change, based on usage. Please note that the library is not responsible for lost or stolen devices or for technical malfunctions.