Library classes announced

Pick up some new library tricks: from our bag to yours! Library classes for January and February of 2014 have just been announced. To register, go to or contact Teresa Hartman at

Advanced PubMed Class
February 18, Tuesday, Noon-1:30pm

You use PubMed every day – come to this class and learn new tips and tools to improve your PubMed searches and methods to keep up with your research topics. This one-hour, hands-on class will cover constructing effective searches, getting to full-text, and setting up alerts to keep up with your research interests. The class is open to UNMC and The Nebraska Medical Center faculty, staff, students, and affiliates.

RefWorks-Citations and Bibliographies Made Easier   
February 21, Friday, 10:30am-Noon

Create a searchable database from your MEDLINE, CINAHL, and PsycINFO search results. Use that database to insert citations and create bibliographies in your papers in just minutes. Reformat your paper for submission to a new journal in seconds. Learn how to do this and more. The class is open to all UNMC faculty, staff, students, and alumni

APA-Citation style
January 23, Thursday, Noon-1:30pm
February 19, Wednesday, Noon-1:30pm

Are you interested in learning more about the basics of citing using the American Psychological Association (APA) style? Come to this class. This one-hour, hands-on class will cover rules about the APA style format, in-text citing, and the Reference List. You will also learn where to look in the Manual for your answers!

Setting up Research Alerts   
February 12, Wednesday, Noon-1pm

Conducting research and want to keep up on the latest? Alerts can help you track what is being published, who is citing you and what your colleagues are working on. During this 1 hour session we will discuss how to create search alerts in Google News and Google Scholar, EBSCOHost, and MyNCBI through PubMed.

Google Scholar   
January 21, Tuesday, Noon-1pm

Learn how to use this interdisciplinary tool to locate and manage your research information. Class covers tips on searching and customizing your personal Scholar interface.

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Note from the Interim Director, Marie Reidelbach

Some may think that when a Director retires, the organization comes to a complete halt.  This is definitely not what is happening at the McGoogan Library of Medicine!  Due to the compression of the print collection and a move to more online journals, space opened up on the sixth floor of the library.  With the campus need for a larger testing center, providing a testing center in the library appeared to be a reasonable idea.  A testing center task force was put into place and a survey of campus needs was initiated.  A visit to another campus library which housed a testing center further reinforced the viability of this idea.  The testing center initiative continues to be at the forefront for possible use of renovated library space.  However, the proposed testing center will not fill all the available space.  Following a faculty/department head brainstorming session, four library task forces related to space planning were established.  The task forces included:  1) Faculty Development Space Production; 2) Collaborative and Flexible Group Space;  3) Writing Center;  and 4) Tutoring Center.  All groups were given a charge to investigate other library websites of UNMC’s Peer Institutions as well as the Big 10 Universities to ascertain whether they offer similar services from their libraries or institutions.  A final summary of all the task forces will be forthcoming.

One task force seeing its efforts completed soon is the implementation of a combined Circulation/ Reference service desk.  A pilot was done in 2010 supporting the idea of combining the two desks into one.  With the increased workload of the reference librarians, and the limited day staff for the Circulation Department, combining staff and work functions into one location was essential.  A task force met to put the plan into action, visited other libraries, researched the literature, and established core competencies  for Circulation and Reference staff to acquire after training. The combined service desk will be in place by the end of October 2013.

It has been a busy summer and early fall, but from my viewpoint, I could not be more pleased with the Library faculty and staff.  They all stepped up to the plate to work on projects, covered for one another with limited staff in some areas, and have retained a positive outlook toward the future.  I have been very pleased to serve as the Interim Director for this brief time and continue to look forward to a bright future ahead under new leadership.