McGoogan Library's Emily McElroy named dean

by John Keenan, UNMC public relations | January 10, 2020

Image with caption: Emily McElroy

Emily McElroy

Emily McElroy has been named dean of the McGoogan Library of Medicine at UNMC, effective Jan. 1.

Chancellor Jeffrey P. Gold, M.D., said that McElroy already has been part of the leadership team for some time, and the change in title is an acknowledgement of the key role she plays on campus.

"UNMC has traditionally not used the dean title," Dr. Gold said. "However, Emily's job description, scope of activities (including supervision of faculty involved in scholarly work and teaching, management of staff in different divisions and fundraising activities) are similar to, and in some cases more complex than, other academic health science campuses. This change brings Emily's title to be commensurate with other nationally regarded campuses."

McElroy said she sees the title change as an acknowledgement of the importance of the library, and its faculty and staff, to UNMC.

"We serve the clinical, research and educational sides," she said. "We have faculty on curriculum committees; we've long been represented in Faculty Senate. This will give some clarity to the organizational structure for our faculty. And our faculty and staff are proud that there is a new level of recognition for the library and the role we play."

McElroy also has been a driving force behind the University of Nebraska Consortium of Libraries, which has served as a model of how units across the different NU campuses can work together.

"Besides the outstanding leadership Emily McElroy has provided to the UNMC McGoogan Library of Medicine, she has been key partner in the success of the University of Nebraska Consortium of Libraries," said Susan Fritz, Ph.D., past interim president of the University of Nebraska. "This consortium maximizes access to library materials for NU students, faculty and staff while holding down costs by leveraging their collective buying power."

McElroy joined UNMC in December 2013.

"I am honored to be the inaugural dean of the library," McElroy said. "Certainly all of my predecessors set the foundation for this title change."

Abigail Elder
February 09, 2020 at 10:44 AM

Hurray! Congratulations on this well-deserved accomplishment!! (PS: Miss you!)

Loree Hyde
January 18, 2020 at 9:37 PM

Congratulations Dean McElroy! This is such a nice announcement. What an honor to be the inaugural dean. Congratulations again!

James Tonna
January 17, 2020 at 7:13 PM

Congratulations Emily. Well deserved

Christopher Schneider
January 15, 2020 at 1:41 PM

Congratulations! - Chris Schneider

Noel Knapp
January 14, 2020 at 12:12 PM

Emily, congratulations!! I knew you’d be up there with the biggies some day.

Samuel Bierner, MD
January 13, 2020 at 5:54 PM

Congratulations on your appointment!

Matthew Stelzer
January 11, 2020 at 9:22 AM

Congratulations Emily! Well deserved!

Marie Reidelbach
January 10, 2020 at 5:32 PM

Congratulations Emily.

Mary Haven
January 10, 2020 at 3:56 PM

Very happy to see you have been named the inaugural dean of the library. Congratulations!

Beth Culross
January 10, 2020 at 2:42 PM

Congratulations Emily! This is wonderful.

Sarah Gloden Carlson
January 10, 2020 at 12:31 PM

Congratulations, Emily! UNMC is so lucky to have you!

Pat O'Neil
January 10, 2020 at 12:24 PM

Emily, Congratulations on this well-deserved acknowledgement of your contributions, talents and vision.

Elayne Saejung
January 10, 2020 at 11:57 AM

Congratulations, Emily! Great news!

Dr. Linda Love
January 10, 2020 at 11:51 AM

Congratulations on your legacy of leadership Dean McElroy!

Jen Bredehoft
January 10, 2020 at 10:59 AM

Congratulations, Dean McElroy!! Great work!

Catherine Mello
January 10, 2020 at 10:45 AM

Awesome Emily!

Pe g Hendrickson
January 10, 2020 at 10:35 AM

I am so very proud of my daughter.

Heidi Kaschke
January 10, 2020 at 10:05 AM


John Keenan
January 10, 2020 at 9:45 AM

Congratulations, Emily. This is a well-deserved recognition, not only for you, but for your hardworking team, as well.

Tanya Custer
January 10, 2020 at 9:41 AM

Congratulations Emily!

Jerrie Dayton
January 10, 2020 at 9:37 AM

Congratulations Emily! It's nice to see you and the library recognized for their integral role in the University.

Patty M
January 10, 2020 at 9:29 AM


Karen Burbach
January 10, 2020 at 9:21 AM

Congrats, Emily!

julie sommer
January 10, 2020 at 9:09 AM

WooHoo! Congrats, Dean Emily.

Fran Higgins
January 10, 2020 at 8:58 AM

Awesome! Congratulations, Emily!

Anne Lawlor
January 10, 2020 at 8:49 AM

Congratulations, Emily!!

Erin Wirth
January 10, 2020 at 8:42 AM

Congrats, Emily!

Linda Johnson
January 10, 2020 at 8:28 AM

Congrats Emily and looking forward to working with you on the completion of all your renovations and the great things they will enable faculty, students and staff.

Bill Lawlor
January 10, 2020 at 8:22 AM

Congrats Emily. Well deserved!

Anne Heimann
January 10, 2020 at 8:21 AM

Congrats Emily!

Tom O'Connor
January 10, 2020 at 8:03 AM

Congrats, Emily. Kudos on all the great things occurring with the library. Very exciting!

Kacie Baum
January 10, 2020 at 7:30 AM

Congrats Emily!

Patrick Wortmann
January 10, 2020 at 7:25 AM

Congratulations Emily. I am happy when UNMC sees the value of deserving people.

Charlotte Evans
January 10, 2020 at 7:10 AM

Congratulations, Dean McElroy. Well deserved!

Paula Smith Turpen
January 10, 2020 at 6:49 AM