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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.


Harry Potter’s World exhibit

In 1997, British author J. K. Rowling introduced the world to Harry Potter and a literary phenomenon was born. Millions of readers have followed Harry to the Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry where he discovers his heritage, encounters new plants and animals, and perfects his magical abilities. Although a fantasy story, the magic in the Harry Potter books is partially based on Renaissance traditions that played an important role in the development of Western science, including alchemy, astrology, and natural philosophy. Incorporating the work of several 15th- and 16th-century thinkers, the seven-part series examines important ethical topics such as the desire for knowledge, the effects of prejudice, and the responsibility that comes with power.

This exhibition, using materials from the National Library of Medicine, explores Harry Potter’s world, its roots in Renaissance science, and the ethical questions that affected not only the wizards of Harry Potter, but also the historical thinkers featured in the series.

Visit Harry Potter’s World in the McGoogan Library of Medicine, August 4 – September 13.

You can visit the online exhibit at

This exhibition is brought to you by the National Library of Medicine, National Institutes of Health, and was curated by Elizabeth J. Bland.

New exhibit: Medieval Medical Illustrations

View the latest panel exhibit in the library’s Linder Lounge: Though a Mirror Darkly: The Art of Medieval Medical Illustrations.

The artists and draftsmen of medical books in the Middle Ages appreciated just as much as we do today the value of pictures in the conveying of certain kinds of information. Pictures could be used to illustrate case histories, to demonstrate techniques, to make instruments for diagnosis and prognosis, to reveal structures and functions within the body and to depict the substances needed to make medicine.

Endowment funds buy books

Thanks to the following endowment funds, the library has added, to date, 71 titles to the book collection. Some of these books are now displayed inside the library’s entrance on the 6th floor.

  • Edgar Adler
  • Alice Buffet
  • George Hays
  • Morris Margolin
  • Paul Marx
  • COM Class of 1977 in honoring Drs. W.K. and Norah Metcalf
  • Howard Mitchell
  • Melvin L. Sommer
  • Chester Q. Thompson

Books by authors at UNMC now on display

Books that have been authored, edited, or contributed to by UNMC faculty are now on display in the library. They are located on the shelving near the entrance to the library on the 6th floor and include an annotation of the UNMC authors or editors. The books include:

  • ACS surgery : principles & practice / Wiley W. Souba … [et al.].
  • Atlas of minimally invasive hand and wrist surgery / edited by John T. Capo, Virak Tan.
  • Cell biology : a laboratory handbook / edited by Julio E. Celis.
  • Essential clinical procedures / [edited by] Richard W. Dehn, David P. Asprey.
  • Greenfield’s surgery : scientific principles and practice / editors, Michael W. Mulholland … [et al.], with 216 contributors illustrations by Holly R. Fischer.
  • Institutional review board : management and function / [edited by] Elizabeth A. Bankert, Robert J. Amdur.
  • Mastery of vascular and endovascular surgery / editors, Gerald B. Zelenock … [et al.].
  • Medical care for children & adults with developmental disabilities / edited by I. Leslie Rubin and Allen C. Crocker.
  • Multicultural medicine and health disparities / [edited by] David Satcher, Rubens J. Pamies contributing editor, Nancy N. Woelfl.
  • Nanoparticulates as drug carriers / editor, Vladimir P. Torchilin.
  • Deep brain stimulation for Parkinson’s disease / edited by Gordon H. Baltuch, Matthew B. Stern.
  • Neurosurgical emergencies / [edited by] Christopher M. Loftus.
  • Non-viral gene therapy : gene design and delivery / K. Taira, K. Kataoka, T. Niidome, eds.
  • Pediatric hematopoietic stem cell transplantation / edited by Ronald M. Kline.
  • Pulmonary medicine review / [editors-in-chief], Michael Zevitz, Richard Lenhardt.
  • Review of vascular surgery : companion to Vascular surgery, 6th edition / Robert B. Rutherford.
  • Sabiston textbook of surgery : the biological basis of modern surgical practice / [editors] Courtney M. Townsend Jr. … [et al.].
  • Sabiston textbook of surgery, board review / [edited by] Courtney M. Townsend, Jr. … [et al.].
  • Taylor’s 10-minute diagnosis manual : symptoms and signs in the time-limited encounter / editors, Paul M. Paulman, Audrey A. Paulman, Jeffrey D. Harrison.
  • Taylor’s manual of family medicine / editors, Paul M. Paulman, Audrey A. Paulman, Jeffrey D. Harrison with 201 contributors.
  • The Practice of clinical echocardiography / [edited by] Catherine M. Otto.
  • Trauma. vol. 1, Emergency resuscitation, perioperative anesthesia, surgical management / edited by William C. Wilson, Christopher M. Grande, David B. Hoyt.
  • Tuberculosis & nontuberculous mycobacterial infections / edited by David Schlossberg.
  • Vascular and endovascular surgery : a comprehensive review / [edited by] Wesley S. Moore.
  • Vascular surgery / [edited by] Robert B. Rutherford.