McGoogan News

Reflection Space Celebrates One Year

Since February 2017, the library’s Reflection Room has provided a quiet space to reflect and meditate for members of the UNMC and Nebraska Medicine community. The UNMC Department of Psychiatry, a sponsor of the Reflection Room, advised on several aspects of setup, access, and promotion. Their support helped the library bring artwork, soft lighting, comfortable cushions and mats, and a massage chair to the space. A second massage chair was later added on the sixth floor. The library continues to partner with the UNMC Department of Psychiatry and UNMC’s Wellbeing Coordinating Council to increase the number of wellness resources and opportunities on campus.

The room has been used nearly 500 times, with UNMC students accounting about for half of those uses. As partners in campus wellness initiatives, the library is proud to host this Reflection Room on campus. The library has received several comments about the space:

“Please don’t get rid of this room. It is a lifesaver.” — a student

“THANK YOU SO MUCH! So extremely wonderful!” –unknown

“Thank you for providing this for us! I really feel more centered.” –a staff member

All user comments were reviewed by the library’s facilities planning committee. Some suggestions prompted us to make minor adjustments, such as the addition of signage and tips for accessing QR codes for music. We received requests to place scented items and incense in the room. However, scents do not appeal to everyone (and may cause headaches) and open flames are not allowed. When we were asked to help keep the space quiet, we made a note to address hallway noise with staff and visitors.

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.

New sample furniture, feedback sought

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!

Take time out in the Reflection Room

We are firmly in the new semester and stresses can increase. Take a moment or two to visit the Reflection Room. The room is available for 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. The room was made possible by funding from the Department of Psychiatry,

McGoogan Library additionally has a Wellness Corner on the northwest side of the 6th floor. A massage chair, 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.

Try out sample furniture in the library

During the Fall 2017 semester, McGoogan Library will be testing new furniture options in preparation for our upcoming renovation. The first round of furniture will be available August through September, with a second round October through December. Visit the library at Wittson Hall sixth floor south and let us know your preferences. Your feedback will help shape the future look of the library. Cards are available for your comments.