McGoogan News

From the archives: ancient Roman baby bottle

By John Schleicher

The Alberts collection contains over 130 rare and historic infant feeding devices, baby bottles, and other associated items.  The infant feeders date from an ancient Persian clay feeding pot circa 100-200 B.C., to mid-to-late twentieth century glass and plastic baby bottles.  The collection includes various types of feeders, such as nursing flasks, pap boats and bubby pots.

The collection was assembled by M. E. Alberts, M.D. (born 1923), during his career as a pediatrician in Des Moines, Iowa.  Dr. Alberts is originally from Hastings, Nebraska, and is a 1948 graduate of the University of Nebraska College of Medicine.  Many of the artifacts in the library’s special collections were gifts from UNMC alumni.

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Roman Infant Feeder, 500 A.D.

One of the oldest and most interesting items in the collection is a Roman era baby bottle, made of pale translucent green blown glass.  The bottle is 3½ inches tall with an open flare top and a spout starting near the base.  The artifact was obtained from archeological excavations in Germany, probably from Nidda, a 5th century Roman settlement (near Frankfurt), and is dated circa 500 C.E.

To see more artifacts from the Alberts collection, as well as archival materials and historic photos of the UNMC campus, visit the special collections page at DigitalCommons@UNMC.

Resources for dealing with distress from violence

In order to offer support to the UNMC/NebraskaMedicine community’s wellness and resilience after Sunday morning’s attack in Orlando, McGoogan Library has added a guide listing resources to contact for information and support. The guide links to information useful for you when caring for yourself, your family, and your patients. Additional information can be requested through the Consumer Health Information Resource Service (CHIRS) at no charge. You can access the guide at: http://unmc.libguides.com/distress.

Resource spotlight: Procedures Consult

By Alison Bobal

Procedures Consult is an online tool that offers easy access to complete details on how to prepare for, perform and follow up on the most common procedures required in today’s hospital setting. Procedures Consult covers the procedures required by the ABIM (American Board of Internal Medicine) and conforms to ACGME standards to help physicians and residents to consistently achieve the best patient outcomes. This tool enhances efficiency and consistency of medical procedures education.

Procedures Consult contains high-quality illustrations and multi-media for each procedure, highlights patient safety guidelines and includes indications, contraindications, anatomy and equipment. It also includes self-directed procedures training and testing – with trackable results.

The Procedures Consult modules available at UNMC are Anesthesia, Emergency Medicine, Internal Medicine and Family Medicine.

Who in the library…faculty & staff profiles

Heather L. Brown
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Collection Services

Tell us about your job in the library.

I am the Head of Collection Services, which means I oversee Collection Development, Special Collections, and Interlibrary Loan. I’m also the lead administrator for Digital Commons, the campus institutional repository. It’s a full-text, open access database that can archive works created by the UNMC community.

When would you most likely meet or talk with me?

I’m the contact for the Digital Commons, but also copyright and publishing issues.

What do you like about working in the library?

I like how nothing stays the same. Information and its access continues to change, along with the ways we provide services. It’s exciting to work in a dynamic environment and to keep up with the needs of people that use the library.

What do you like to do outside of work?

I enjoy travel, particularly in Europe, photography, and beer brewing!