McGoogan News

Enjoy your summer…with the library

By Dawn Wilson

It’s summer in the library. You might expect it to be quiet, a place filled with books and anatomical models but devoid of people. After all, large portions of the student population are traveling, visiting family, playing video games, and catching up on sleep before their next semester. Summer and libraries? What could be more opposite?

Well, everything, of course! The library staff is still here, all summer long, helping, searching, and training. When summer comes and students go, the researchers and faculty come out of the woodwork. Summer is The Season to work on publications, especially for faculty, who’ve been busy teaching the rest of the year.

Guess what: the librarians can even help you maximize the time you get to spend at the beach relaxing. The librarians at McGoogan can do a literature search for you, tailored to your needs. Need more articles to support your research? Missing a key citation? Attempting a complicated literature search, but keep coming up dry? Just Ask Us!

Summer is also a great time to brush up on skills you know you’ll soon need. Haven’t used RefWorks in a year or two, but your dissertation is coming due? Schedule a one-on-one appointment with a librarian now, and get the kinks worked out of RefWorks before you need your final draft. Let us help you lessen the stress of your upcoming deadlines.

So what’s the best way to maximize your summer with the library? Bring your lemonade, wear your straw hat and flip-flops, and spend some quality time face-to-face with a librarian.

Free interlibrary loans begin January 1

Beginning January 1, 2015, the library will no longer charge the $9 interlibrary loan fee to UNMC faculty and staff, Nebraska Medicine, and Children’s Hospital Omaha. Additionally, students will not be limited to 50 free requests per year. This change is being made to make information more accessible to the UNMC and Nebraska Medicine community.

Please note that copyright payments will still be required if the individual exceeds five articles from the same title dated within the last five years or if more than one article from a single issue is requested. The charge will cover costs only and will be capped at $30. Copyright counts reset with each fiscal year.

Change to document delivery fees

Beginning October 1, 2013, articles or book chapters in the library’s print collection will now be free to faculty and staff and no longer count towards the 50 free requests for students. These changes are being made in order to make the library’s print collection more accessible. Currently, the cost to have the library scan an article from the print collection is $3. For students, this service is included in their 50 free requests per year. Please continue to make these requests through the McGoogan Docs system.

These requests are processed Monday through Friday and will be delivered to you on the same or next business day. This free service is available to the faculty, staff, and students of UNMC, The Nebraska Medical Center, Bellevue Medical Center, and Children’s Hospital.

Staff at The Nebraska Medical Center, Bellevue Medical Center, and Children’s Hospital will also no longer be charged for articles in the library’s electronic journal collection. However, delivery of articles may still vary, due to licensing terms.

Library FAQ – Answers when you need them

The library has recently launched the Ask Us FAQ, which contains answers to the questions most asked by the UNMC community. This ever-growing knowledgebase already contains nearly 200 questions, many of which include troubleshooting tips for the bibliographic manager RefWorks. The FAQ is also attached to a form, so that when an answer cannot be found, you can submit it to the Reference Desk for answering.

The FAQ can be accessed via the Ask Us FAQ tab on the library’s home page and at Try it out!