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Winner of Student Author Open Access Drawing

Hang Su, Graduate StudentDuring Open Access Week, held October 22-28, the library sponsored a drawing for students to receive funds toward the article processing charge (APC) for one article published in an open access or hybrid journal. Hang Su, a graduate student in Pharmacology and Experimental Neurosciences is the winner of the random drawing. His paper, which explores the early events during HIV-1 infection using humanized mouse models, is currently in the peer review process for consideration in an open access journal. If accepted, the library will cover the cost of the APC.  

In his submission application, Hang stated: “Science is about inventing, discovering, and sharing adventures with others. It is only worth by working with each other, helping each other, and celebrating with each other. Publishing an article with open access is all about this.” 

Hang’s article will also appear in the library’s institutional repository, DigitalCommons 

Open Access Week is promoted each year around the world in order to raise awareness of access to resources and possibilities of using “open” publishing models to disseminate research. If you have questions about open access, please contact the library.

How to Find OERs for Health Sciences Curriculum

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Are you a faculty member looking for creative ways to customize your course materials? Or maybe you’re a student looking for additional resources to help you understand a new concept. Then open educational resources (OERs) may be for you!

The United Nations defines OERs as “teaching, learning and research materials in any medium … that reside in the public domain or have been released under an open license that permits no-cost access, use, adaptation and redistribution by others with no or limited restrictions.” These materials can include books, documents, multimedia, or online modules and courses that are provided for free to reuse as part of learning activities. Many OERs are intended to be available to the public, however, some may be limited to access within a specific institution.  The benefits of using OERs include lower costs for learners and the open sharing of knowledge. It also provides the opportunity for faculty to create or adapt materials to the specific needs of a course.

You may not be ready to create a brand new OER yet, however, there are many resources already available for you to use. This list will highlight just a few OER repositories to help you get started.

UNMC E-Learning Gallery 

The UNMC E-Learning Program provides resources to support faculty and students in creating innovative e-modules. Many of the modules are also available for reuse in the E-Gallery. The gallery includes twelve categories of information. Faculty can fill out a brief form to request permission to link to a module in their course.

MERLOT: Health Sciences 

MERLOT is online repository that includes over 4,000 open educational resources for all areas of health sciences. It includes simulations, animations, reference materials, games and more. Created and maintained by the California State University System.

Open Michigan 

Open Michigan includes open educational resources for multiple areas of health sciences including dentistry, medicine, nursing, public health, and pharmacy. The University of Michigan provides access to course materials, videos, lectures, and more.

MIT Open Courseware 

The Massachusetts Institute of Technology provides a website of undergraduate and graduate open courses. The site is searchable by type of collection or material, topic, department, and instructional approach. Resources include images, simulations, lecture notes, textbooks, and more.

NCBI Bookshelf

The National Library of Medicine provides free access to books, reports, and other documents in life science and healthcare.

Looking for more resources? Send an email to or contact your Liaison Librarian.

Consumer Health Tips: Information Resources for Men’s Health

June is Men’s Health Month and raises awareness of preventable health problems. Take this time to encourage the men and boys in your life to seek regular medical care and early treatment for injury and disease. If you are looking for good health websites to share with your community, we have some resources for you! Check out the links below for information on screenings, healthy eating, mental health, and more.

This website is provided by the National Library of Medicine for patients and their families and friends. Information is easy-to-read and covers 1,000 health topics. Here are links to pages focused on men’s health:

Men’s Health Network 
Men’s Health Network is a nonprofit organization that reaches out to men and boys and their families. The website includes an A to Z list of information on health problems that men and boys experience, links for free healthcare services, an online support group, and fact sheets on men’s health.

Young Men’s Health 
This website is provided by Boston Children’s Hospital for teen boys, young men, and parents. The goal is to empower young men to take control of their own health. The site includes information on general, sexual and emotional health.  There is also information on nutrition and specific diseases common among young men.

National Institute on Mental Health: Men and Mental Health 
This website is provided by the National Institutes of Health and includes information on mental health disorders that are common among men. The site highlights web resources, booklets, apps, and crisis phone numbers.

National Center for Complementary and Integrative Health: Men’s Health 
This website is provided by the National Institutes of Health. It includes an overview of health conditions common among men, and a summary of the research on complementary health approaches to treating those conditions.

Library Outreach: Brown Bags and Clinic Visits

Recent library outreach to the UNMC community has included visiting outpatient clinics, and a consumer health presentation.

Visiting Nebraska Medicine Clinics

Starting in Fall 2017, McGoogan Library has been reaching out to outpatient clinics to raise awareness of library services that support patient care. We are starting with primary care, and have visited seven clinics so far. During the visit we attend a staff or provider meeting to discuss our Consumer Health Information Resource Service (CHIRS) for patients and families, and highlight library services available to providers and staff.  Our next stop will be the Chalco clinic in March! If you would like a librarian to visit your clinic, please contact Christian Minter, Community Engagement & Health Literacy Librarian at

Olson Center Brown Bag Lecture

In January, Marty Magee provided the presentation “They Said It, You Heard It: Health Issues in the Headlines” for the Olson Center Brown Bag Lecture. The presentation featured criteria to evaluate health news shared in the media, and resources to find quality health news stories. You can watch a recording on the UNMC Brown Bag page.

Consumer Health Tips: Toy Safety for Children

December is National Safe Toys and Gifts Month. Each year, thousands of children suffer toy-related accidents, including eye injuries, hearing loss, cuts and bruises, and choking. If you are wondering how to keep your holidays safe and jolly, we have some resources for you! Check out the links below for tips and advice on how to buy safe toys, and what to look for when inspecting new toys that you receive as gifts.

For Kids’ Sake: Think Toy Safety (U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission)
This 2-page handout provides tips for thinking about safety when buying, maintaining, and storing toys.

Safety Toy Checklist (Prevent Blindness)
This checklist provides tips for selecting and inspecting toys to help protect children’s eyesight.

Able Play Toy Guide (Able Play)
Able Play provides a rating system and information for toys for children of all abilities. The site also provides a new toy guide to make play accessible for everyone.

Choosing Safe Toys (KidsHealth)
This article provides information on choosing age-appropriate toys, toy safety in the home, and how to report unsafe toys.

Safety Education Resources: Toys (U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission)
Includes links to different education resources including toy safety alerts, guides for buying and selling toys, and posters.