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McGoogan News

Excellence on Display: McGoogan Library Celebrates Faculty Promotions

We are thrilled to announce the promotion of three McGoogan Library faculty members to the rank of Associate Professor, effective July 1, 2024. 

  • Carrie Meyer, MA, MA 
  • Erin J. Torell, MA 
  • Danielle Westmark, MLIS 

Carrie, Erin and Danielle documented their achievements in three areas and presented their stories of accomplishments. Their packets of application were evaluated by external peer reviewers, then reviewed and recommended by a library committee and the Vice Chancellor of Academic Affairs. The Chancellor completed the final review. 

The three areas of professional emphasis include: (1) teaching/librarianship, (2) research and other scholarly activities, and (3) service (including administration) to the University (including all subunits), peer professionals and the public. 

Broadly, McGoogan Health Sciences Library’s mission includes educating undergraduate and graduate students; supporting research programs designed to advance health sciences education and understanding of health and disease, as well as advance basic scientific knowledge and educational methods; and supporting the provision of comprehensive patient care. 

For promotion to Associate Professor, it is expected that significant achievement is made in at least two areas of academic endeavor and competence demonstrated in at least one other area of emphasis. This record of accomplishment must document an emerging reputation of regional or national scope in the candidate’s academic discipline. 

Congratulations, Carrie, Erin and Danielle on this career milestone! 

Get to Know the Library’s New Associate Dean: Katie Bishop

We are happy to welcome Katie Bishop to McGoogan Library as the Associate Dean for Education and Research Services. Katie began her position on July 1. She comes to UNMC from the UNO Criss Library, where she served as Director of Research, Access, & Instruction Services.

Katie has recently presented on strategies for supporting new initiatives and is currently in the final stages of a research project assessing Criss Library’s OER grant program. She was selected to join the summer 2024 cohort of the Leadership Institute for Academic Librarians at the Harvard Graduate School of Education.

Katie holds an MA in American Studies from the University of Iowa and an MS in Library and Information Science from the University of Illinois.

“I thrive in mission-driven roles and am excited to work with all of my wonderful McGoogan colleagues to support the library and campus mission!” said Katie.

In her spare time, Katie is active with her dogs. She also admits to watching “an unhealthy amount of reality TV.”

When asked about her favorite space in the library Katie said, “The overlook to the Wigton Heritage Center. I love being able to see the original facade from Level 6!”

Welcome to the library team, Katie! We’re happy to have you on board.

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DigitalCommons@UNMC: Making a Global Impact

McGoogan Library’s DigitalCommons@UNMC recently reached a significant milestone—one million downloads. This achievement reflects the incredible dedication of our UNMC community members who share their valuable work through this platform. 

DigitalCommons@UNMC, an institutional repository (IR), is a service of the McGoogan Library in support of UNMC’s strategic vision to “Increase the research scope and prominence of UNMC as a top tier academic health sciences center” by providing online access to faculty, staff, and student scholarship. Open access principles are central to the design of this repository, which breaks down financial barriers to education and also increases the impact of the work contained within it by showcasing it to the global community. 

Content types can vary widely by discipline, but the goal of storing all content is the same: To provide a common opportunity for presenting internally and globally what is being accomplished by UNMC and its clinical partners. 

Learn more about DigitalCommons@UNMC and the content guidelines for adding an item to the repository. 

A New Chapter as an Archive Specialist for Kelly Gonzalez

McGoogan Library is happy to share that Kelly Gonzalez has joined the Robert S. Wigton Department of Special Collections and Archives (SCA) team as the new Archive Specialist. Kelly began her new role April 1. No stranger to the library, Kelly had served as an Education and Research Associate since February 2020. In that capacity she provided reference and circulation assistance for in-person and virtual library users, researched and responded to health information requests, authored digital subject guides, and liaised with the SCA department creating metadata and processing oral history interviews. Prior to working in libraries, Kelly held positions at the Sullivan Museum and History Center and the Smithsonian National Air and Space Museum. Kelly has a BA in history and an MA in military history from Norwich University. She also earned certificates in Consumer Health Information Specialist, Level 2, and Introduction to Records Management. 

When asked about her new role in the library, Kelly said, “The transition … lets me continue the great relationships I’ve made at McGoogan Library and UNMC while allowing me to return to my early career in preservation.” 

Kelly also shared that she is “excited to be able to help tell the stories of our users who I’ve come to know at the AskUs desk for the UNMC community of the future.” 

Congratulations on your new role, Kelly!