New faculty spotlight: Kiara Comfort

Kiara Comfort is a new faculty member at UNMC.

  • Name: Kiara Comfort
  • Hometown: Missouri Valley, Iowa
  • Title and department at UNMC: Assistant professor, community outreach and health systems librarian, McGoogan Health Sciences Library

Research/professional interests:

  • Community outreach
  • Health information literacy
  • Diversity, equity and inclusion
  • Rural health

How I fell in love with librarianship: When I was younger, I enjoyed my weekly trips to the local public library. My fascination with libraries continued as I volunteered and worked in a variety of libraries. I was fortunate to be able to do my practicum at McGoogan Library, which solidified my love of health sciences librarianship. I enjoy being able to connect our diverse community to their information needs.


  • Master of library and information science, University of Missouri, Columbia, 2019
  • Bachelor of general studies, University of Nebraska at Omaha, 2015. Emphasis: Geography and public administration


  • Medical Library Association
  • Midcontinental Chapter of the Medical Library Association
  • ICON Library Consortium

Three things people may not know about me:

  • I worked in the health care field for nine years prior to becoming a librarian.
  • I was born in Omaha but have lived in a rural community my entire life.
  • I studied abroad in Ireland and the United Kingdom, where I was able to tour a variety of libraries. The Wellcome Collection, a museum and library that focuses on different aspects of health, was one of my favorite places.


  1. Jessica Semin says:

    Welcome Kiara! I am very excited to work with you! 🙂

  2. Regina Idoate says:

    Welcome Kiara! So grateful to have you join our team. I share all of your research interests. We are going to do some GOOD work together!!! And, the Wellcome collection is amazing! So cool you got to be there.

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