McGoogan News

Good-bye, Steven Bridges, Master of the Study Dragons

Contributed by Dawn Wilson

ReadFor almost thirty years, Steven Bridges was the outgoing welcoming face at the McGoogan Library. He always came to work excited to see his friends, the students, the staff, and he knew most people by name, if not also their pets and parents. Steven was our in-house storyteller. He went on weekly “adventures”. He was accident prone, so his adventures always had a punch line, a sudden stop at the bottom of Long’s Peak (twice), or a very angry turkey. He supported all our students because he knew that, someday, that med student might end up caring for a loved one, or that researcher might cure cancer. Steve made sure everyone knew it was okay to get frustrated and exhausted, but that he was always here to listen and support them; he had the ultimate faith that everyone here will succeed. During test weeks, his favorite thing to say was, “Are you stressed? Because you can’t stay if you’re not stressed!”

When the young daughter of Steve’s childhood friend had cancer, Steve flew to England to help the family through the treatments, and while he was there, he and Kara made creatures out of pipe cleaners. These creatures started as guardian dragons, and then became study dragons, to help keep all the students focused. The thing about a study dragon is that it is supportive, so long as you try your hardest, but the second you lose focus or goof off, it’ll light you on fire and eat you. (That’s motivational!) He tirelessly “hatched” them—because they are magical creatures, they are not “made”—and occasionally created special creatures for our regular studiers, such as a dangerous giraffe or a study Pegasus. Every student has a power color, and the dragons would find their rightful humans. Steve always said, “They love riding in cars because it makes them feel like they’re going fast. They like to sit in holiday trees. And if you ever get four, you might wake up in the morning to music because they like to sing four-part harmony to greet the day.”

Steve's Dragons FlowersSteve passed away on Sunday May 25 after a heart attack, but he touched so many lives and supported so many people that we are all reaching out to each other right now, continuing to tell his stories and laugh while we cry. If you have a fun memory or a story about Steve, please stop by the library to sign our memory book, which we plan to give to his parents to show them just how many people cared about him. We are also including photos of students with their study dragons, if you want to send pictures of your dragons to, we will make sure they are included.

These are some of Steve’s beliefs that he shared over the years:

  • Never do laundry on your day off because you don’t get enough time to do fun stuff anyway.
  • Drive safe, but if you can’t, honk the horn a lot.
  • It’s your workplace or study place, so go out of your way to make the place a great environment; you deserve to be happy at work.
  • These aren’t just students. One day they’re going to be taking care of the health of our loved ones or maybe cure cancer.
  • If someone is mean or grumpy or self-absorbed, keep digging. Eventually they will be excited to visit the library and talk about hockey or polar bears or whatever. Interpersonal relations are the most important.
  • Express your appreciation, tell the people you love that you love them, and show it, too.
  • The wooly bear always knows what winter is going to be like.
  • Animals do have souls because they have a great sense of play.
  • Dragons do not understand the significance of cats.
  • There is a God because nature has laws and if there are laws, there is a law maker.


Event in library on May 28

The library will be hosting the Academic Affairs Employee Recognition Tea from 2-4 on Wednesday May 28. Anyone using the library for study are encouraged to use the 7th floor, study rooms, or on the outside parameter of the 6th floor.

Grammarly Subscription: It’s Official

Thank you for your feedback on our Grammarly trial!  Due to positive response, the library has subscribed to this resource.

Grammarly@EDU is an automated grammar tutor and revision tool for academic writing. A web-based application, Grammarly@EDU works one-on-one with a student to develop sentence-level writing skills, prevent plagiarism, and reinforce proper revision habits. Upload drafts of your writing assignments to Grammarly@EDU to receive immediate instructional feedback on over 100 points of grammar and double-check if all sources are properly cited!

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AccessEmergencyMedicine Now Available

The Department of Emergency Medicine and the library have partnered to bring AccessEmergencyMedicine to the UNMC campus.  AccessEmergency Medicine provides medical students with a variety of resources needed to excel on their clerkship; assists residents in gaining instant access to videos, self-assessment, and leading emergency textbooks that will establish an important foundation for learning; enables clinical instructors to create, track and report their students’ progress through our Custom Curriculum tool; and allows practicing physicians to brush up on their medical knowledge when studying for their recertification exam.

Why is AccessEmergency Medicine unique?

AccessEmergency Medicine provides unique benefits that deliver indispensable support in resident education and clinical practice – through these exclusive interactive features:

      • 20+ leading emergency medicine textbooks – A robust collection of the most current emergency medicine texts and pediatric references, including the world’s leading emergency medicine text, Tintinalli’s Emergency Medicine.
      • Online First: View Advanced Chapters from the upcoming Eighth Edition of Tintinalli’s exclusively on AccessEmergency Medicine – providing the reader with continuous access to the most updated EM content.
      • 160+ procedural videos – The most complete collection of detailed emergency medicine and pediatric procedural videos online – designed to help users through basic and advanced skills procedures, brief interventions, and applications of decision rules.
      • More than 10,000 high-quality images – An extensive library of images that includes common and uncommon clinical presentations and imaging studies of children and adults for quick diagnosis.
      • Interactive Self-Assessment – More than 3,000 review Q&A designed to help residents, clerks, recertifying physicians and pediatricians prepare for exams.
      • Integrated Drug Database – Look up dosing, indications, and adverse reactions quickly for more than 1,000 generic and brand-name drugs, and print out patient handouts available in both English and Spanish.
      • Clerkship Corner – An invaluable resource that brings together all clerkship specific resources, including text references, case files, and videos on essential concepts and procedures clerks may observe or assist in during their rotation.
      • Custom Curriculum – This powerful online tool helps ease the workflow for program directors by customizing and managing resident training from one convenient site. It also includes curricula built by AccessEmergency Medicine’s renowned advisory board, adaptable to your curriculum needs.

AccessEmergencyMedicine can be accessed from the library home page, the library mobile page, and the library’s a-z list.  The ebooks in AccessEmergencyMedicine are available through any of these venues but will also be listed individually in the library’s ebooks a-z list and ultimately, the library catalog.

New books added in April

  • Basic biostatistics : statistics for public health practice B. Burt Gerstman. WA 950 G383b 2015
  • Care of military service members, veterans, and their families edited by Stephen J. Cozza, Matthew N. Goldenberg, Robert J. Ursano. WB 116 C2711 2014
  • Designing clinical research Stephen B. Hulley, MD, MPH, Steven R. Cummings, MD, Warren S. Browner, MD, MPH, Deborah G. Grady, MD, MPH, Thomas B. Newman, MD, MPH. WA 950 D457 2013
  • The doctor wore petticoats: women physicians of the old West Chris Enss. WZ 150 E599d 2006
  • Epidemiology: study design and data analysis Mark Woodward. WA 950 W899e 2014
  • Health care USA: understanding its organization and delivery Harry A. Sultz, Kristina M. Young. W 84 AA1 S964h 2014
  • Health sciences literature review made easy: the matrix method Judith Garrard WZ 345 G238h 2014
  • High-yield gross anatomy Ronald W. Dudek, Thomas M. Louis. QS 18.2 D845h 2015
  • Medieval medicine: the art of healing, from head to toe Luke Demaitre. WZ 54 D369m 2013
  • Pharmacotherapy: a pathophysiologic approach [edited] by Joseph T. DiPiro, Robert L. Talbert, Gary C. Yee, Gary R. Matzke, Barbara G. Wells, L. Michael Posey. WB 330 P5357 2014
  • Polio wars: Sister Elizabeth Kenny and the golden age of American medicine Naomi Rogers WZ 100 R7241p 2014
  • The RDA workbook: learning the basics of Resource Description and Access Margaret Mering, editor Z 694.15 R47 2014
  • Wounded: a new history of the Western Front in World War I Emily Mayhew. WZ 112 M469w 2013