McGoogan News

Donate books, help raise money

Books purchased for Fontenelle Elementary School Library with donations from the library's book sale.

Books purchased for Fontenelle Elementary School Library with donations from the library's book sale.

By Dawn Wilson

Get ready for the annual Leisure Reading Book Sale. Hosted by the McGoogan Library of Medicine, all proceeds go to buy new books for the library at Fontenelle Elementary School. So how can you help? By cleaning off your book cases, checking under your beds, clearing out the trunk of your car, and donating all those forgotten books to the library.

What else can you donate?

  • Books–fiction, non-fiction, children’s, picture books, etc
  • Journals/magazines
  • Cookbooks
  • Music CDs
  • Computer games
  • Video games
  • DVDs

Have too much to carry yourself? Call the Ask Us desk at 402-559-4006 and a staff member can meet you at the loading dock with a cart.

What else can you do? Come visit the Leisure Reading Book Sale when it starts the first week of April and stock up on your summer reading! Purchases are made by at-will donations–all money raised goes to buy books for the Fontenelle library! The event will be held on the 6th floor of the Library in Wittson Hall. More information about the sale will be posted closer to the start date.

Donations are tax deductible and help with spring cleaning!

Searching the literature for non-standard administration of a drug

By Cindy Schmidt

Need information about topical methotrexate (or other drugs administered by a non-standard route)? Try Embase!

The problem:

Searching for articles that mention non-standard administration of a drug can be tricky. PubMed, for instance, offers no method for linking the name of a drug to the route of that drug’s administration. A search for topical AND methotrexate yields several articles about topical steroid failure followed by oral methotrexate treatment, as well as a few relevant articles. A search for “topical methotrexate” fails to retrieve relevant articles in which the words are not adjacent or in the stated order. A search using the subject headings for topical administration and methotrexate is no more helpful.

Enter Embase!

Embase has subject headings (Emtree terms) for drugs with associated route subheadings and indexes drug terms more thoroughly than PubMed.

View this step-by-step guide to learn how to search in Embase.

JoVE mobile app now available

JoVE, a video-based journal, can now be accessed by the UNMC community on Apple and Android mobile devices. Additionally, a mobile accessible website is available.

To access JoVE content in the app:

  1. Create a personal JoVE account on the JoVE website. A UNMC email address is required for registration and access.
  2. Confirm the registration, which will be sent to your email address.
  3. Download the app from the app store.
  4. Log in with your UNMC email address and JoVE password.

The library subscribes to the following JoVE journals:

  • Bioengineering
  • Biology
  • Clinical and translational medicine
  • Immunology and infection
  • Neuroscience

From the archives: UNMC yearbooks


By John Schleicher

The various colleges on the UNMC campus issued a number of different yearbooks during many years of the 20th century. The College of Medicine published the “Caduceus” yearbook (see full image below) in 1929 and 1930, as well as the “Scope” which focused on the class of 1948. From 1951 through 1957 the College of Nursing (then the School of Nursing) published a yearbook called “Starch & Stripes.” The College of Pharmacy published its own yearbook from 1913-1920, while still located on the UNL city campus in Lincoln.

The library’s collections also house various years of the UNL “Cornhusker” yearbook from 1899 through 1968, which contain sections on the schools and/or Colleges of Medicine, Nursing, Pharmacy and Dentistry.




In the library with an art collection

Haythorn Branding '96

Haythorn Branding '96

By Dawn Wilson

If you don’t have time to visit the Library of Congress in Washington, D.C. or even to take a trip to the Durham Museum, you can still satisfy your creative side by wandering around the McGoogan Library. Many of the same photographs that are on exhibit at the Library of Congress and at the Durham can also be found on permanent display at our Library. Dr. Charles W. Guildner, who graduated from UNMC in 1957, donated photographs from his “Lives of Tradition” collection to the Library. Dr. Guildner took up photography after he retired as an anesthesiologist.

The photographs, focusing on rural Nebraska, ranches in the Midwest, and the people who live and work there, are displayed on walls and in study rooms throughout both the 6th and 7th floors of the Library. Although the photographs are contemporary—they were taken over a seventeen year period, starting in 1990—they have a timeless and almost antiquated feel. The black and white images of unspoilt farming landscapes, showcasing people who still rely on ranching techniques that have changed little over the past two centuries, show little of the bustle of modern life and technological dependency found in the city. Instead, you will see timeless blizzards, farming using “six-abreast” horse teams, and men and women working at the hand-hewn ranch buildings built generations ago by their families.

On his website (, Dr. Guildner says he focused on “finding and recording people who are living and working in characteristic ways that have changed little since the settling of the heartland of this country.”

Each of the photographs on display in the Library are accompanied by an interpretive plaque where Dr. Guildner explains the scenes, the humble people, and his impetus for taking the photographs.

If the photographs on display in the Library whet your appetite to see more, you can visit the Durham Museum in downtown Omaha. There, you will find more photographs in the South Gallery, as well as donated camera equipment. Just take your UNMC ID card with you, as admittance for UNMC students, staff, and faculty is free thanks to a partnership between UNMC and the Museum.