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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!


From the archives: Olga Stastny

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.  Stastny Olga 1913Her 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.

NLM Spotlight: Redesign of Genetics Home Reference

Genetics Home Reference home page

Genetics Home Reference is maintained by the National Library of Medicine (NLM), and provides information about genetic conditions and the associated genes and chromosomes. It covers over 1,100 health conditions, over 1,300 genes, and all the chromosomes and mitochondrial DNA. The site also includes a “Help Me Understand Genetics” book which is downloadable in PDF format, and provides a basic introduction to how genes work, and how genetic mutations impact health. There are additional resources for support and advocacy, genetic testing, research, classroom materials, policy and ethics, news articles, and much more. The site is written for patients and families, and is useful for anyone with an interest in human genetics.

On April 25, NLM launched a redesign of the site. New features include:

  • Mobile-responsive design to enhance usability on mobile devices
  • New and updated content
  • In-text links that improve navigation between related topics
  • Educational images from the National Institutes of Health, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, and other sources integrated into health condition summaries
  • Streamlined navigation of webpages, to make it easier to find information of interest
  • Improved browser printing
  • and more!

You can visit Genetics Home Reference at