News from the McGoogan Library of Medicine
March 2019
Renovation Update
We are feeling the excitement as the clock is ticking down on the library’s upcoming renovation. These new renderings show you just why we are so excited to bring you a state-of-the-art library.

To learn more about the renovation and construction of the central campus projects, visit the Central Campus Construction blog and subscribe!

The physical library will be closed as of May 6, but services, such as interlibrary loan and literature searching, will continue. Librarians will be out and about on campus, serving embedded hours in different locations. Our collection is 98% online and there will be no interruption in that access. You can read more about our service plan in our renovation FAQ. The library will remain closed until renovation is complete, with an anticipated reopening in spring 2020.
“Yes, And…” Improv in the Library
Over the past several years, library staff have participated in a variety of trainings to enhance communication skills. In January, library staff and faculty participated in a series of workshop sessions involving improvisation games. The training was designed to build trust and communication between co-workers, as well as encourage on-the-spot thinking. Activities ranged from simple rhythm games that established group flow, to improvised scenes that required listening and cooperation.

One particular improv game had participants working together to fulfill a simple mission, then adapting when the facilitator added a new element, such as someone suddenly having the ability to fly. As a result of these workshops, the library found new ways to strengthen relationships and develop fast and creative solutions in times of change.
NU Special Collections Working Together
Collaboration across the NU system spans four university libraries. In this issue, we feature the archives group, otherwise known as our special collections group. The archives group has been working on two projects over the past year. One project is the group’s first collaborative online exhibit. “ All Together Now: The 50th Anniversary of the University of Nebraska System Merger, 1968-2018” chronicles the creation of the University of Nebraska system and highlights photographs, videos and documents from all four archives. Additional online exhibits will be developed in the future.

The second project developed by the archives group is a collaboration on ArchivesSpace, a web-based, open-source, community-supported tool for managing and accessing archival collections. “It is similar to a library catalog system but is specifically designed for archival collections,” explains Larissa Krayer, Digital Archivist for Special Collections. Users can search collections by keyword, subject or person. Over the past year, the group has worked to migrate the four separate ArchivesSpace instances from each campus into one portal with separate repositories. This change in structure allows researchers to conveniently search across all campuses or within a single repository. 

The University of Nebraska Consortium of Libraries (UNCL) formed as a council in the late 1970s to support cooperation and collaboration between the University of Nebraska libraries. The group formally became a consortium in 2015 to allow the group to work more closely together.
An 8,300 Mile Collaboration: Library Training Partnership between UNMC and University of Gitwe, Rwanda
Librarians in Nebraska and Rwanda worked together in February to deliver training on digital access to scientific and medical research resources.

Through funding from a grant from the Elsevier Foundation and the Medical Library Association, Emily Glenn, Interim Associate Director for Education and Research Services at UNMC’s McGoogan Library and James Oluka, Chief Librarian at the University of Gitwe, delivered training on library and information resources through the Hinari Access to Research in Health program. During workshops held over two weeks, Emily and James reached 180 students, faculty, and hospital staff from the University of Gitwe, University of Gitwe Hospital, and Kabgayi Hospital. Twelve librarians from several regional institutions also participated in the workshops.

Capacity building and outreach are critical components of the Hinari program, which ensures that individuals in participating organizations can access and use Hinari effectively. The partners supporting the development of the Research4Life programs (Hinari, AGORA, OARE and ARDI) conduct "train-the-trainers" workshops at regional, national and sub-national levels. The training materials are diverse and include modules on basic and advanced literature searching, information retrieval, information literacy, evidence-based practice and evidence-based medicine, authorship, and resource advocacy. During one workshop, librarians developed advocacy plans to lead training programs at their own institutions.

The Hinari Access to Research in Health program provides free or very low-cost online access to information sources in biomedical and related social sciences. More than 5,700 institutions in more than 100 eligible countries, areas and territories are registered for Hinari, one of the world's largest collections of biomedical and health literature. Hinari is coordinated by the World Health Organization (WHO) on behalf of its many public and private partners.

These workshops built upon UNMC’s existing relationship with the University of Gitwe, a private academic medical center located in the Southern Province of Rwanda. This visit coincided with UNMC’s fourth year students on rotation at Gitwe Hospital. Since around 2016, UNMC faculty, staff, and students have traveled to University of Gitwe to develop education projects, complete clinical rotations, and support instruction and learning in the classroom and clinic.

This project was sponsored by a 2018 Medical Library Association Librarians without Borders® / Elsevier Foundation/ Research4Life Grant. These grants are funded by the Elsevier Foundation to support HINARI/R4L training activities that promote the use of the programs’ scientific research resources in emerging/low income countries.

Staff and Faculty Notes
Christian Minter became the supervisor of the AskUs staff and services.

Christian Minter co-authored the following article: Ossom Williamson, P., Minter, C.I.J. (2019). Exploring PubMed as a Reliable Resource for Scholarly Communication Services. Journal of the Medical Library Association, 107(1): 16-29.

Cindy Schmidt began work on the PubMed Central new journal review team.

Dana Boden received the Sandra Herzinger Award from the Technical Services Round Table of the Nebraska Library Association for his work in interlibrary loan.

Danielle Drummond, assistant professor, joined the McGoogan Library faculty as an Education & Research Services librarian.

DiAnna Hemsath, assistant professor, joined the McGoogan Library faculty as an archivist in the Special Collections Department.

Emily Glenn became the interim associate director of Education & Research Services.

Emily Glenn was elected to the MLA Nominating Committee and was appointed to the UNMC Room Technology Committee.

Emily McElroy participated in a panel presentation at Nebraska Women in Higher Education Leadership, presenting “Educational Leadership: The Care and Feeding of Your Personal Brand.”

Heather Brown assumed the role of chair of the Midcontinental Chapter of the Medical Library Association.

Heather Brown, Danielle Drummond, and Christian Minter authored the following article: Brown, Heather, Drummond, Danielle, Minter, Christian I. J. (2018) Establishing a Review Process to Evaluate Research Guides, Medical Reference Services Quarterly, (37)4: 367-374.

Larissa Krayer presented at the Nebraska Library Association annual meeting, “ArchivesSpace in a Shared Environment: The University of Nebraska Consortium of Libraries Experience.”

Mary Helms was appointed chair of the Erich Meyerhoff Prize for the Medical Library Association.

Roxanne Cox, associate professor and associate director of Education & Research Services, retired on December 31, 2018.
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