Bernice Hetzner Interview and Transcript

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Bernice Martin Hetzner was born on April 15, 1909 in Omaha, Nebraska, graduating from Creighton University in 1933 with a degree in social sciences and French before receiving a degree in library science from the University of Denver in 1934 and a Masters in Education from Colorado State University in 1935. In 1947, Hetzner became Assistant Librarian for Cataloging at the University of Nebraska College of Medicine Library one year before being named Librarian (later Library Director), a position she held until her retirement in 1973. Through the Medical Library Assistance Act of 1965, she secured the funds to construct a new Medical Library at the University of Nebraska Medical Center, which opened in July 1970 and was named the Leon S. McGoogan Library of Medicine in 1978. Among a wide variety of professional accomplishments, in 1971 she was appointed to the National Library of Medicine Board of Regents, the first librarian to serve in that role, and in 1974 she was the first woman and one of the few non-physicians to receive UNMC’s Distinguished Service to Medicine Award. In 1990, the Medical Library Association named her a Distinguished Member of the Academy of Health Information Professionals, its highest honor.

Oral history interview and transcript with Bernice M. Hetzner. The interview discusses the history of the medical library at the University of Nebraska College of Medicine in the mid-twentieth century.

Subject(s): Libraries, Medical
Hetzner, Bernice M.

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