New director of Laupus Health Sciences Library announced

East Carolina University’s Board of Trustees approved the appointment of Elizabeth “Beth” Ketterman as the new director of ECU’s William Laupus Health Sciences Library during a special called meeting Friday, Aug. 25.

Ketterman is an associate professor and has served as interim director of Laupus Library since November 2015. She has worked in various positions within ECU’s libraries for 16 years and will begin her new role Sept. 1.

“I am excited and humbled by the opportunity to lead the Laupus Library, particularly at this time in our university’s history as we seek to grow the research enterprise,” said Ketterman. “Laupus will contribute meaningfully to those efforts by innovating our services and collections in response to our faculty and students’ health-related information needs.”

Elizabeth “Beth” Ketterman (Photo by Gretchen Baugh)

Elizabeth “Beth” Ketterman (Photo by Gretchen Baugh)

As director, Ketterman will oversee library operations and services, including those of the Country Doctor Museum in Bailey, N.C. She currently serves on several committees at ECU including the Medical and Health Sciences Foundation Board and Discovery Advisory Board.

“Ms. Ketterman is an accomplished researcher and administrator and brings a wealth of experience to the role as director of the William Laupus Health Sciences Library,” said Dr. Phyllis Horns, vice chancellor for the Division of Health Sciences at ECU.

Ketterman received her undergraduate degree from the College of William & Mary and a master’s degree in library science from North Carolina Central University. She is an American Association of Health Sciences Libraries (AAHSL) Fellow and received a leadership scholarship from the organization in 2015. She was also a recipient of the Medical Library Association Daniel T. Richards MLA Collection Development award.

Ketterman’s research efforts include 23 combined publications, articles and presentations in the arena of library science with a focus on collection development, electronic health information awareness, and implementation of electronic resources and technology in medical science libraries.


-by Jamie Smith