McGoogan News

Davis lecture on April 24

Poynter Hall’s place in the history of medical education is the focus of the sixth Richard B. Davis, M.D., Ph.D. History of Medicine Lecture. Medical education experienced a revolution in the late 19th and early 20th century, and the buildings erected during that time reflected the new focus on scientific medicine and experiential learning.

Built in 1913, Poynter Hall was the first home of the University of Nebraska College of Medicine on the new campus at 42nd and Dewey.  It is among eight medical schools covered in the lecture, along with:  Johns Hopkins, Harvard, Vanderbilt, Syracuse, Howard, Woman’s Medical College of Pennsylvania, and Columbia University’s College of Physicians and Surgeons.

The lecture will look at how funding influenced architectural developments, as well as how public-private partnerships supported medical school construction.  Under the leadership of Abraham Flexner, M.D., a particular building type was emphasized, and the work of Boston architectural firm Shepley, Rutan, & Coolidge was promoted.  They became the premier architectural firm specializing in medical schools in this period.  Flexner was the author of the landmark 1910 report Medical Education in the United States & Canada: a Report to the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching.

Who: Katherine L. Carroll, Ph.D., adjunct professor at Seton Hall University, will discuss this transformational history of medical school architecture. Her lecture is titled, “Grandeur Consolidated: The Original Poynter Hall in Architectural Context.”

Dr. Carroll is an architectural historian whose research focuses on institutional architecture with an emphasis on medical schools. She received her B.A. in art history from Williams College, and completed her M.A. and recently her Ph.D. in the history of art and architecture at Boston University. Dr. Carroll is in the process of revising her dissertation for publication as a book with the working title, Building Schools, Making Doctors: Architecture and the Coming-of-Age of American Physicians.

What: The Richard B. Davis, M.D., Ph.D., History of Medicine Lectureship brings national experts to the UNMC campus to discuss the history of medicine, in support of special collections at the McGoogan Library, including rare books and works on the history of medicine. The lectureship is supported through an endowed fund given by the late Richard B. Davis, M.D., Ph.D. (1926-2010), professor emeritus of internal medicine at UNMC, and his wife, Jean.  Davis supported this lectureship out of his long-standing interest in the history of medicine; he was a faculty member at UNMC from 1969-1994.

When: 12 Noon, Thursday, April 24. Lunch will be provided for the first 100 attendees starting at 11:30 a.m.

Where: Eppley Science Hall Amphitheater Room 3010

Library hosts open house Thursday

The McGoogan Library of Medicine is celebrating the grand opening of the new AskUs@UNMC desk, and the entire campus is invited.

Join the library staff for cookies, photos and a student drawing at the open house, set for Thursday from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m.

The library has undergone a facelift in the past several months. When entering, people will notice a new “one-stop shop” AskUs desk that combines reference and circulation, eliminating the need to refer students and faculty from desk to desk.

In addition, visitors can explore the expanded student computing area, the proposed location for a testing center, a new reading area for Consumer Health Information Resource Services (CHIRS) patrons, the eighth floor computer lab being renovated for the Faculty Development Center, and the new reserved student study carrels.

From Thursday through Nov. 20, UNMC students are invited to sign up for a drawing to help library staff test out the new study carrel area. Located on the seventh floor, the private carrels will have lockable filing cabinets where students can store their research while working on their dissertation or other research. Students will help test by using the carrels and lockable cabinets through Dec. 20 and reporting to library staff on positives and negatives. The carrels will be accessible during library hours, most days from 7:30 a.m. to midnight. (Closed only to remind students that they should sleep sometime!) The drawing will be held on Nov. 21 at 10 a.m. In the future, carrels will check out for a full semester.

Also available during the open house, librarians will demonstrate the new mobile tablet app BrowZine. You can check out BrowZine, along with other mobile resources such as UpToDate, at a booth on the third floor of Wittson Hall.

Fall book "sale"

The annual McGoogan Library Fall book sale has started and will continue into December. Books for sale are health sciences-related and are be located by the AskUs desk.  Only donations are accepted and all money raised buys books for the Fontenelle Elementary School Library.


National Library Week activities

Celebrate National Library Week with the McGoogan Library of Medicine April 14-20.  Following the theme of Communities Matter @ Your Library, the McGoogan Library has activities and outreach planned for all the UNMC communities.

For our hospital, university, and research communities:

Check out our special display in the central lobby of the library, featuring published UNMC authors.  Browse the books, articles, and other research the university has proudly fostered.  Ask library staff about our amazing resources, such as SCOPUS, which helps track how often your articles are cited, or have them help you search for research performed by your colleagues.

If your interests run antiquarian, tour the Rare Book Rooms Tuesday, April 16, 11:00am to 2:00pm.  The McGoogan Rare Book Rooms house manuscripts, texts, and drawings, many dating back to the fifteenth century.

Rare Book Room

Amnesty Week coincides with NLW.  Whether you have overdue books or fines festering on your account, stop by the Circulation Desk in person this week.  Returned books will have the fines waived, and patrons can also have up to $15 waived from old fines.  Let us help you end the school year with a clear record!

For our student community:

Student life is pretty hectic, but with our special Student Survival Kits, things might look a little rosier.  Raffle tickets can be filled out by UNMC students at the Circulation Desk Sunday through Thursday.  The drawing for the Survival Kits will take place Friday.  The Kit includes everything a student needs to survive and thrive, from treats to school supplies.

Survival Kit UNMCToday

Look for our program-specific posters in your building to see resources, software, journals, books, and anatomical models available for you at the library, tailored to your particular area of study.

For our liaison and public communities:

Not on campus?  The Library is sending outreach treats to many off-campus programs in Kearney, Norfolk, and Lincoln.  Every community matters at McGoogan.

McGoogan’s CHIRS program (Consumer Health Information Resource Services) is available to all Nebraska residents to search for health-related articles and research.  The program offers these searches free of charge to help facilitate better communication and understanding between patients and their health professionals.

Everyone is invited to peruse our Spring Reading Sale.  Look through our fiction, non-fiction, children’s, YA, DVDs, CDs, literary, mass market, and everything in between.  All proceeds go to Fontenelle Elementary School’s library.


McGoogan Library of Medicine is located on the 6th floor of Wittson Hall, just off 42nd Street.  Questions: Call the Library at 402-559-4006.


Special activities run April 14-20, 2013.

Join us for National Library Week: every community matters at the McGoogan Library of Medicine.

Davis History of Medicine lecture April 15

The McGoogan Library of Medicine
invites you to attend the annual
Richard B. Davis, M.D., Ph.D.
History of Medicine Lecture

A Brief & Necessarily Incomplete
Overview of Blood Transfusion
Throughout the Ages

– guest lecturer –
Leo J. McCarthy,
M.D., F.R.C.P. Edin/Ire

University of Nebraska College of Medicine Class of 1964
Professor Emeritus, University of Indiana, School of Medicine
Indianapolis, Indiana

12:00 noon, Monday, April 15, 2013

Eppley Science Hall Amphitheater Room 3010
Lunch will be provided to the first 100 attendees
beginning at 11:30 a.m.