McGoogan News

Reflection room now open

The McGoogan Library of Medicine would like to announce the opening of a space of reflection on February 1, 2017. The Reflection Room made possible by funding from the Department of Psychiatry, will be available to students, faculty, and staff to carry out quiet meditation or reflection. The room holds displays of art that will rotate periodically, soft lighting, and comfortable cushions and mats for meditation. A massage chair is also available in the room.  Contemplative music selections are available for access via QR code on your mobile device. The Reflection Room is located on the 8th floor of the McGoogan Library of Medicine in room 8016A and is open to all during regular library hours. No reservations are required.

McGoogan Library additionally has a Wellness Corner on the northwest side of the 6th floor. Large-format relaxing images, a coloring station, and wellness-themed books on relaxation techniques, yoga, and managing stress are available. Relaxing song and music recommendations are also available in this area via QR code on your mobile device.

 

Who in the library…faculty & staff profiles

Laura Bashus
Business Operations Administrator
Library Administration

Tell us about your job in the library.

I’m the Business Operations Administrator in McGoogan Library. I prepare financial and other business reports, tackle space-related issues, participate in library workflow reviews, and serve on various library committees.

When would you most likely meet or talk with me?

A person would most likely meet or talk with me when they have questions on the library’s business operations or workflows. For example, when the library and another NU unit collaborate on a project, I provide consultation on how to accomplish the business aspect of the project.

What do you like about working in the library?

Working in the library has reminded me of the unique and critical role the library fills by making high-quality information resources accessible to faculty, staff, students, clinicians, patients, and other library patrons. The library makes it possible to sort through the vast amount of available information with confidence that we are working with the most appropriate, relevant and valuable material.

What do you like to do outside of work?

Outside of my work, I enjoy spending time with family, which includes two especially busy toddler grandchildren and one equally demanding grandpup.

My favorite relaxation endeavor is playing the piano. Interestingly, the piano seems to have quite the opposite effect when the toddlers are playing (banging) on it (haha), but it’s still music to my ears.

 

UNMC Makers 3D Invent-a-thon registration open

WHAT: A week-long competition to design and 3D print a solution to a real-world healthcare problem. Prizes will be awarded to the winning team.

WHO: Teams of high school students (up to four per team) from the Omaha area. No prior 3D printing experience is required and the event is free.

WHEN: February 27 to March 3 (evenings).

WHERE: UNMC campus (42nd and Emile St.) and Do Space (72nd and Dodge St.)

Register for the 2017 Invent-a-thon at http://bit.ly/invent2017

Contact 3Dmakers@unmc.edu for more event and registration information. Registration deadline: February 17th.

In collaboration with Tethon 3D, Do Space, UNeMed, UNMC iExcel, UNO Biomechanics, Children’s Hospital, and Metro Community College Fab Lab.

Sponsored by the McGoogan Library and NE SciFest

From the archives: first amputation illustration

By John Schleicher

The first published illustration of an amputation scene, showing ligature-tourniquet, knife, and saw. The figure in the backgrouGersdorff amputationnd has an injured hand, perhaps having lost fingers to encourage the patient having the amputation.

The illustration was published in a work by Hans von Gersdorff (born circa 1455), a German army surgeon with decades of experience. His landmark work was Feldtbüch der Wundartzney (Fieldbook of Surgery—i.e. “Wound Doctoring”), published in Strasburg in 1517. He was one of Germany’s most noted surgeons during the late 15th and early 16th centuries, though little is known about the personal life or background of the man

He described a number of surgical techniques and instruments in his text, accompanying them with several illustrations, including instructive illustrations of early surgical procedures. The work on surgery contained numerous woodcuts, partly anatomical, partly surgical. The latter showed graphically how operations were performed. Gersdorff concentrated on traumatic surgery and wounds, showing the extraction of arrows and bullets.

Many of the images were quite technical, if not always complete or precisely accurate. The book was widely used as a basic surgical text for many years, most notably for its advice on limb amputation, for which Gersdorff was reputed to be much experienced, with at least 200 procedures to his credit.

Gersdorff died in 1529 at the age of 74, presumably the consequence of old age rather than a gruesome amputation or surgery.

Journals and news resources added to the library’s collection

Through the cooperation and funding assistance from the University of Nebraska Consortium of Libraries (UNCL), the McGoogan Library now has access to more than 3,700 journals from two major publishers: Wiley and Taylor & Francis. Funding for these high-impact, multi-disciplinary journal packages came from student library fees and one-time strategic investment funds from President Bounds.

UNCL is leading the University of Nebraska libraries to increase seamless access to information resources for teaching, learning, and research on all campuses and working to leverage purchasing power for the benefit of the system as a whole.

Our library also benefits from UNCL-funded resources that are of importance to the other campuses. Students and faculty can access the additional new resources funded from the incentive money provided by President Bounds. These include Bloomberg BNA, a database covering business and law news, Access World News, a resource that includes more than 9,000 international news publications and is updated daily, and the archives (1885-1983) of the Omaha World Herald.