The new Library of Medicine, built on top of the new basic sciences building (later named Wittson Hall), was in a prime campus location right on 42nd Street, and opened in 1970. The design of the two buildings shared only a central service core, later modified by the addition of fifth floor administrative offices, altering the original design. The basic sciences building and the library had different architects and different construction contractors.
The construction companies completed the building by July 1970, and the library moved over the July 4th weekend, and then opened
later that month to high accolades. Boasting 71,000 square feet, with a staff of nearly fifty, ten of whom were professional librarians, the library housed three stories of information. The library contained more than 160,000 volumes, subscribed to over 2,400 medical journals. With seating for 330 people, the new library was nine times larger than the old library, which had been located “temporarily” in a wing of University Hospital for nearly 40 years.
Legislation passed in the mid-1960s, the Medical Library Assistance Act, allowed the National Library of Medicine to distribute funds via a competitive grant program for the improvement of medical libraries across the country. COM Dean Dr. Cecil Wittson submitted a construction grant and received $1.6 million in 1968. A matching fund drive led by Dr. Leon S. McGoogan raised an additional $385,000 for the library. In 1978, the Board of Regents named the library for Dr. McGoogan, in honor of his long affiliation with and service to the library, as well as his fundraising efforts.
New pieces of test furniture have arrived! Help select the furniture that will go in to the eventual renovated library. The furniture samples are located on the 6th floor of the library, on the south side past the writing center. Comment cards are available, so sit, study and let us know what you think!
Due to budget cuts, the McGoogan Library of Medicine has identified the resources below for cancellation. For the majority of the resources, access will be retained to content published during the subscribing years. New content can be requested through Interlibrary Loan.
Cancellations will go into effect January 2018.
If you would like to provide feedback on these planned reductions to the library’s collections, please send your comments to Alison Bobal at email@example.com by October 31, 2017.
The rate of publication based on conference abstracts is 52.6% (citation). Lack of time and negative or null results are often cited as reasons for not pursuing publication (citation). Many conference proceedings are included in databases such as Scopus or published in journal supplements, but the actual poster or presentation slide deck are often not available online or are difficult to find.
DigitalCommons@UNMC is a repository hosted by the McGoogan Library that allows you to publish your poster or presentation on a stable and searchable platform. The repository is indexed by Google and Google Scholar, improving findability. Usage statistics, including download counts and geographic and institutional usage, are also available.
To submit your poster or presentation slide deck, email firstname.lastname@example.org along with the abstract and conference name and date. Repository staff will check permissions and post the files.
Hassan Tetteh, M.D., delivered a presentation titled “Embracing Diversity for Improved Health Outcomes” on September 27, 2017 at noon in Sorrell Center, Room 2014. Dr. Tetteh’s vibrant and interactive presentation highlighted the important aspect of strategic communication, including uninterrupted listening during communication between patients and providers. When engaged in active listening, responsiveness between patient and provider increases, leading to better health outcomes. Similarly, satisfaction rates for health centers can increase among patient, faculty, staff, and student populations when utilizing active listening tools and other techniques such as those demonstrated during Dr. Tetteh’s presentation. The September 27 presentation can be viewed online here.
Dr. Tetteh also met with members of the UNMC GRADS student group. He shared his own personal experiences on how to successfully handle life’s challenges.
Dr. Tetteh’s novel, Gifts of the Heart, is available for sale at the UNMC Bookstore. The Bookstore’s hours can be found here.