Heather L. Brown
Head of 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!
The library will be closed Sunday May 29 and Monday May 30 in observance of Memorial Day.
By John Schleicher
Olga (Sadilek) Stastny, M.D. (1878-1952) was a leading Omaha physician during the first half of the 20th century. She was born in Wilber, Nebraska, and graduated from high school there in 1895, and the same year she married dentist Charles Stastny, and they had two children. Her husband died in 1907, and Stastny went back to school, eventually earning her M.D. in 1913 from the University of Nebraska College of Medicine.
She did postgraduate study at the College of Medicine, New York; as well as at Mary Thompson Hospital, Chicago. She also travel led to Prague, Czechoslovakia, and Berlin, Germany, 1913-14, for further postgraduate work. She was an intern at the New England Hospital for Women and Children in Boston.
She practiced medicine in Omaha from 1913-16, and in 1918 she volunteered to become an anesthetist in the American Women’s Hospital in France during World War I. From 1919-20, she was a faculty member of the School of Social Service, Prague; and from 1919-22, she was director of the International YMCA’s Department of Health for Czechoslovakia. From 1923-24, she was the supervisor of a quarantine station for refugees from Greece and Asia Minor.
She returned to private practice in Omaha and also served as volunteer faculty for the University of Nebraska College of Medicine from 1925-1948, in the area of obstetrics and gynecology. She was president of the American Women’s Medical Association from 1930-31.
The library based Writing Center, provided by UNO, will be closed this summer. The program was a pilot and will undergo assessment.
The UNO Writing Center will be open this summer at their Arts & Sciences Hall location starting May 16. Hours are Monday/Wednesday 10 am-3pm and Tuesday/Thursday 2 pm-7 pm. For information about the center, visit their website.
Please note our summer hours, which begin on Monday, May 9:
Monday – Friday 7:30 a.m. – 9:00 p.m.
Saturday 10:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m.
Sunday 1:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m.