McGoogan News

Who in the library … faculty & staff profiles

McGoogan News is starting a new feature, faculty and staff profiles! Each month, you will meet someone new who works in the library.

Alison Bobal
Associate Professor
Head of Collection Development and Metadata

Tell us about your job in the library.

I oversee collection development and metadata services in the library. I negotiate agreements with publishers and vendors for electronic resources and coordinate their acquisition and implementation. I also identify books (print and online) to add to our collection. I track usage of our collection and monitor whether it’s meeting the needs of students and faculty. Fortunately I have wonderful colleagues who handle a lot of the essential, day-to-day acquisitions and cataloging work which makes my job easier and, more importantly, helps our users get the information they need in a timely fashion.

When would you most likely meet or talk with me?

The folks at the Ask Us desk are extremely knowledgeable about our collection so most of the time they can help you out. However, I’m available if you if you ever have any specific questions or feedback about the library’s collection (e.g. databases, journals, books) or wish to make suggestions of resources to add. I’m tucked away up on the 8th floor of the library so you may never meet me, but that doesn’t mean that I’m not here to help.

What do you like about working in the library?

I really like that most days aren’t the same (ok, sometimes that frustrating). I enjoy working with colleagues who are passionate about facilitating access to data and helping people find the information they need. I’ve been here for five months and it’s been great seeing how our library is working to position our services, resources and space for the future.

What do you like to do outside of work?

Currently, I’m trying to find ways to safely cross streets in Omaha.

When 3D printing goes wrong

By Dawn Wilson

3D printers are the next major technology item for many libraries. McGoogan currently has two printers, both from MakerBot: a 5th Generation single color printer and the double-extruder 2X model for printing two colors at once.

Requests are open to the UNMC and Nebraska Medicine, and we currently print objects for academic, clinical, and research use. As we’re still in the novelty and testing phase, we just never know how well the files are going to print! Just like a paper printer, some copies come out great and others are… not quite right. A lot depends on the file and type of printer it was designed for, but even more can be trial and error.

So how does it work (ideally)? Primarily, the files we use come from Thingiverse and Embodi, from Creative Commons files that other users have graciously uploaded. The printers use plastic filament (either PLA or ABS), which is colored and thicker than fishing line. The machine melts the filament and follows the pattern from the downloaded file, squirting a thin line of melted filament into a base and then the shape. When it comes to protrusions, the printer adds supports (to be removed later) to hold up sections that do not touch the build plate (such as the curved portion of a mandible). Inside, the honeycomb infill gives strength to the finished model.

So that’s how it’s supposed to work! But here are a few things we’ve learned along the way:

• PLA filament comes in a multitude of colors.
• ABS filament gives you a smoother build.
• Sorry, we cannot turn a photograph of your cat into a 3D print.
• 3D printers can jam, just like paper printers! If you catch it right away, you might be able to clear the jam and resume, otherwise you’ll end up with half a print. But the cool thing is that then you can see the inner workings of the build!
• It’s best to build on a raft so your print doesn’t fall over halfway through.
• Heated build plates bring their own list of problems when the models don’t want to stick.
• Large prints can take days. Our longest print took over three days.

Going into our third month, we’ve accepted 130 print jobs, most of which have been successful. Take a look at the photos to get an idea of the process!

For more information, see our 3D printing library guide.

Get better RefWorks records from Google Scholar

By Cindy Schmidt

If you’ve ever imported a Google Scholar “hit”/record into RefWorks, you know that the results can be disappointing.  If you’re lucky, the authors names, article and journal titles, and page numbers will be formatted correctly.  The abstract, DOI, PMID and other useful (sometimes essential) information are rarely included.

If you’re willing to do just a little extra work (2 more clicks and a bit of scrolling), you can usually obtain a beautiful PubMed-quality, RefWorks record from Google Scholar.  Here’s how it’s done:

1.  To do any type of export from Google Scholar to Refworks, you must first visit the Google Scholar “Settings” page (cogwheel on Scholar homepage).

2.  Scroll down to the “Bibliography manager” section near the bottom of the page.  Change the default “BibTeX” selection to “RefWorks” and click “Save.”


3.  Now we come to the extra steps that you’ll need to take if you want a beautiful RefWorks record.  Instead of clicking on the “Import into RefWorks” link under the “hit” of interest, click on the “All __ versions” link.  This is your first extra click.


4.  Now look for a record from (#1 in figure below). When you find a “hit”/version obtained from, look to the right. Is there a “Full Version” link or “” link on the right? If so, the record you’ve located is a PMC record not a PubMed record. Keep looking for another “hit”. The PubMed record from will often be among the last versions listed in Google Scholar.


5.  When you find the needed version, click on its “Import into RefWorks” link (arrow 2 in the figure above).

6.  If you’re not already logged into your RefWorks account, you will be asked to login.

7.  The beautiful record will appear in your RefWorks account.

8.  When you return to you Google Scholar results, you will have to use your browser’s “back” button to leave the “versions” list and return to your search results page.  This is the second extra click.

From the archives: Historical Nebraska pharmacy resources

Omaha Druggist, April 1900
Omaha Druggist, April 1900

By John Schleicher

The archives hold historic resources in all areas of the health professions, including pharmacy. These include various periodical materials such as pharmacists’ scientific and trade publications, from national, regional, state and local publishers and organizations.

The Omaha Druggist: a Monthly Journal of Pharmacy (see image), was published in the city from 1888-1927. The Nebraska collection holds issues from 1900-1927. This journal contains advertisements for various sideline products, such as candy, cigars, hair tonic and snuff, which might be featured in the traditional drug store setting. The publication also has news of the profession across Nebraska and the upper Midwest region, including drug stores for sale, and a section of news about individual pharmacists called “Personal Mention.”

Other titles in the library’s collection include: Nebraska Mortar & Pestle (from the Nebraska Pharmacists’ Association, still in publication, issues from 1938-2015) and the Midwestern Druggist (issues from 1925-1972), among others.

To visit the archives and the Nebraska collection, contact the Special Collections Department at 402-559-7094 to schedule an appointment or inquire at the AskUs desk on the 6th floor of Wittson Hall.

New books now available

  • Berek & Hacker’s gynecologic oncology [edited by] Jonathan S. Berek, MD, MMS, Laurie Kraus Lacob Professor, Director, Stanford Women’s Cancer Center, Stanford Cancer Institute, Chair, Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology, Stanford University School of Medicine, Stanford, California, Neville F. Hacker, AM, MD, Professor of Gynaecologic Oncology, Conjoint, University of New South Wales, Director, Gynaecologic Cancer Centre, Royal Hospital for Women, Sydney, Australia; illustrations and design by Deborah Berek. MA, Tim Hengst, CMI, FAMI. WP 145 B487 2015
  • Clinical laboratory hematology Shirlyn B. McKenzie, PhD, MLS(ASCP) CM, SH(ASCP), CM, Department of Clinical Laboratory Sciences, University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio, J. Lynne Williams, PhD, MT(ASCP), Biomedical Diagnostic and Therapeutic Sciences Program, School of Health Sciences, Oakland University, Consulting editor: Kristin Landis-Piwowar, PhD, MLSA(ASCP) CM, Biomedical Diagnostic and Therapeutic Sciences Program, School of Health Sciences, Oakland University. WH 25 C641 2015
  • Clinical neuroendocrinology volume editors, Eric Fliers, Márta Korbonits, and Johannes A. Romijn. WK 500 C6413 2014
  • Defining excellence in simulation programs edited by Janice C. Palaganas, Juli C. Maxworthy, Chad A. Epps, Mary Elizabeth (Beth) Mancini. WY 105 D3138 2015
  • The foundation directory 2015 compiled by the Foundation Center] ; David G. Jacobs, director; Regina Judith Faighes, coordinator. AS 911 F7711 2015
  • Introduction to radiologic & imaging sciences & patient care [edited by] Arlene M. Adler, Richard R. Carlton. WN 200 I6196 2016
  • Managing cardiovascular complications in diabetes edited by D. John Betteridge, Stephen Nicholls. WK 835 M2666 2014
  • Marks’ essentials of medical biochemistry: a clinical approach Michael Lieberman, PhD, distinguished teaching professor, Department of Molecular Genetics, Biochemistry, and Microbiology, University of Cincinnati College of Medicine, Cincinnati, Ohio; Alisa Peet, MD, Associate Professor of Clinical Medicine, Director, Medicine Clerkship, Department of Internal Medicine, Temple University School of Medicine. QU 4 M346b 2015
  • Medical dosage calculations: a dimensional analysis approach June L. Olsen, Anthony Patrick Giangrasso, Dolores M. Shrimpton. QV 748 O522m 2016
  • Operative techniques in transplantation surgery editor, Michael J. Englesbe ; editor-in-chief, Michael W. Mulholland. WO 660 O617 2015
  • The parathyroids: basic and clinical concepts editor-in-chief, John P. Bilezikian ; associate editors, Robert Marcus, Michael A. Levine, Claudio Marcocci, Shonni J. Silverberg, John T. Potts, Jr. WK 300 P226 2015
  • Pathology of bone and joint disorders with clinical and radiographic correlation Edward F. McCarthy, Frank J. Frassica. WE 225 M748p 2015
  • Sternberg’s diagnostic surgical pathology editor, Stacey E. Mills ; associate editors, Joel K. Greenson, Jason L. Hornick, Teri A. Longacre, Victor E. Reuter. WO 142 D536 2015