Visitors to the McGoogan Library will be greeted by reference librarians and staff at the new AskUs Desk. The Circulation Desk was recently renovated to serve all customers better by merging the services of the Reference and Circulation Departments into one service point. Circulation staff will be available during all library hours to assist students with reserve materials, checking out materials (including the collection of anatomical models), assistance with copying and printing, and answering general questions about the library. Reference librarians will staff the desk between 8am and 5pm, Monday through Friday answering questions about McGoogan’s biomedical databases and information resources. The combined desk will result in better customer service as well as staffing cost savings. The area on the sixth floor previously used for the Reference Desk will be repurposed.
As many of you may have noticed, there are a lot of empty shelves in the library. Don’t despair!
Through careful budgeting and financial support from campus administration, the library has been able to purchase online access to many of our most used journal titles and subsequently remove these volumes from the shelves. This has allowed the library to reduce the amount of space needed to house the remaining print volumes. By the end of December this year, almost all of the library’s circulating print collections will be on the seventh floor. We also plan on creating more quiet study space on the seventh floor away from the center staircase.
There are several plans being discussed for the empty stack space on the sixth floor, so stay tuned as the McGoogan Library redesigns itself as the library that will continue to meet the needs of our users and support the education, research, and clinical missions of the UNMC community.