Leon S. McGoogan Health Sciences Library

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Emily McElroy, MLIS, became the inaugural dean of the McGoogan Health Sciences Library at UNMC on January 1, 2020.

An Illinois native, McElroy joined UNMC in 2013 as director of the McGoogan Health Sciences Library. Before joining UNMC, she was an associate university librarian for content management and systems at Oregon Health and Science University. She has served on the faculty of New York University’s Elmer H. Bobst Library, the University of Oregon Libraries, and Loyola University’s Health Sciences Library. At OHSU, she served in faculty governance as president of its faculty senate. She was active in Orbis Cascade Alliance, a leading library consortium of 38 colleges and universities in Oregon, Washington and Idaho. 

The McGoogan Health Sciences Library has expanded its collections, programs, and services under McElroy’s leadership. During her tenure, the library has planned for an extensive renovation of library space. As a primary focus of hers, McElroy has worked closely with library staff, students, and faculty in creating a new library. The renovated McGoogan Health Sciences Library will meet UNMC’s needs for a 21st-century library that is flexible, forward-thinking, and student-centered. Working closely with Dr. Bob Wigton and Chancellor Jeffrey P. Gold, McElroy has played a lead role in expanding the library’s special collections and archives into the Wigton Heritage Center. Its exhibits will engage users from alumni, visiting delegations, prospective students, current students and faculty, and Nebraska residents. No other academic health sciences library has a similar space in showcasing its resources.

McElroy is committed to the library’s mission of connecting the past, informing the present, and building the future. Inspiring excellence in education, research, and patient care through information. The library faculty work closely with faculty and students in all its colleges, institutes, and major units. Faculty are involved in outreach to Nebraska residents in providing more than 30 years of consumer health information.

With her interest in scholarly communications, McElroy serves on library advisory boards for the largest scientific, technical, and medical publishers. She is active in the American Library Association. She has served in leadership positions in its division, the Association of Library Collections and Technical Services. She is also active in the American Association of Health Sciences Libraries (AAHSL). Her interest in library assessment data has a particular focus on collections. She has led efforts in different purchasing models for library collections.