Category Archives: Laupus Library

Medical Library Association recognizes Forbes for outstanding service

Laupus Library Interlibrary Loan Supervisor Carrie Forbes is the recipient of the 2016 Mid-Atlantic Chapter (MAC) Award for Outstanding Health Sciences Library Paraprofessional from the Medical Library Association (MLA). The award honors Forbes for her outstanding customer service efforts related to her work in interlibrary loan and document delivery for Laupus Library.


Forbes (contributed photo)

“I am humbled and honored to receive this award and had no idea I was even nominated,” said Forbes. “I truly love working at Laupus Library and serving the ECU Health Sciences Campus and Vidant Medical Center by being able to provide Interlibrary Loan and Document Delivery services for our patrons.”

The purpose of the MLA-MAC Outstanding Health Sciences Library Paraprofessional of the Year Award is to honor an outstanding library paraprofessional in a health sciences library and to recognize the critical role and important contributions library paraprofessionals make to the development and evolution of modern health sciences libraries and librarianship.

“Laupus Library is very fortunate to have many dedicated and talented staff,” says Roger Russell, Assistant Director for User Services. “I am elated that the MLA-MAC funds this award and that Carrie was chosen to receive it this year.”

–Kelly Dilda

Laupus Library offers respites for stressed students

Final exam week is the busiest time for Laupus Library each semester, as students pack into every available study space for hours of studying. To encourage students to take a healthy break from their hard work, Laupus hosted a variety of stress relieving activities and programs April 26-29 for those needing a brief escape.

The library’s ongoing Pet Therapy program, sponsored by the Friends of Laupus Library, kicked off the week with much success as many students were eager to spend a little time with man’s best friend.

Health Sciences students take a break from studying for exams to engage in some pet therapy – part of an expanding student program sponsored by the Friends of Laupus Library. (Contributed photos)

Christa Sanderford, a graduate student in the environmental health sciences program, was talking on the phone about exams with her mom when she walked into the library and spotted the therapy dogs. “I was like, ‘mom I have to go,’” she said. “There are dogs in the library!”

“I am so excited,” she gushed after giving both dogs a good rub. “My exam is in 30 minutes and I am so much more cheerful now.”

“Bringing these dogs to the library is a way we can acknowledge that we appreciate what these students are going through and provide a bit of emotional comfort, particularly during finals week when the stress goes up another notch, explained Beth Ketterman, interim director of Laupus Library. “And there is good evidence in the health sciences literature that taking a few moments to stop and pet an animal has a positive impact on human psychology and physiology.”

Physician assistant studies student Hayden Mulligan says she spends more time in the library than her own home.

“Sometimes it’s hard to incentivize yourself to take a break because there is so much work to be done,” she said. “It’s so nice to be able to take a second away from studying and love on an animal that is sweet and generous and cuddly.”

“These dogs help me remember there is real life outside of school,” she continued. “They relax me and make the library feel a little more like home.”

Because of the positive response from students, the Friends of Laupus Library voted earlier this year to double the number of offerings by sponsoring sessions for fall and spring semesters during mid-term and final exam weeks.

Friends Chair John Papalas says the group is proud to support the library and students it serves.

“By sponsoring and promoting events like this we hope to highlight the prominent role Laupus plays in the education of a growing and ever more diverse student body,” he said.

Other activities held throughout the week included a Food N’ Fun Break on Wednesday evening for students who enjoyed free pizza, snacks, giveaways and board games. Also during the break, students completed surveys which collected feedback on ways the library can improve services to better meet their needs.

Programs concluded on Friday, April 29, as Laupus VIP contest winner Brittany Eure – a freshman nursing student – and four invited friends received 12 hours of private and reserved study space and a full day of pampering. Free breakfast, lunch, and dinner were delivered to the lucky group along with snacks and other giveaways throughout the day.

Laupus staff also decorated the exclusive spot to make the long study hours a more enjoyable experience.

“Winning the contest has made a huge difference in my studying,” claimed Eure. “I actually looked forward to coming to study today and was relieved not to have to worry about finding a room.”

The competition, created to encourage students to follow the library’s social media sites, required students to attend the Food N’ Fun Break and post a photo from the event on the Laupus Library Facebook or Instagram pages. Participant names were entered into a drawing held on Thursday morning.

“All these programs show the library cares about the students and wants to make this time as manageable as possible for us,” Mulligan said. “That makes me feel like they are on my team and I really appreciate their support.”

–Kelly Dilda

Grant will improve access to history collection at ECU’s Laupus Library

A wooden medicine case with 27 medicine vials, 1860-1880.  Photo courtesy The Country Doctor Museum

A wooden medicine case with 27 medicine vials, 1860-1880. Photo courtesy The Country Doctor Museum

A grant from the State Library of North Carolina will aid in improving accessibility to historical archives housed in an East Carolina University library.

The State Library of North Carolina, a Division of the Department of Cultural Resources, awarded a nine-month, $59,200 grant to the Special Collections Division at J.Y. Joyner Library to process the History Collections at the William E. Laupus Health Sciences Library.

The grant is part of the Library Services and Technology Act and is made possible by LSTA grant funding from the U.S. Institute of Museum and Library Services, a federal grant-making agency. With matching funds from Joyner Library, the total project exceeds $66,900.

“The purpose of this project is to improve accessibility of the history collections at the Laupus Health Sciences Library,” said Janice S. Lewis, director of Joyner Library. “The Laupus history collections, which consist of over 6,200 monographs, 200 artifacts and a growing number of oral history materials, document the history of medicine and health care in eastern North Carolina.”

The history collections include two distinct categories of material: Laupus Library Archival Collection and the Country Doctor Museum Archival Collection. The Country Doctor Museum archival collection is less than half of the museum’s special collections – the majority of the artifacts are stored at the museum in Bailey, North Carolina.

“The primary focus of this project will be to convert collection guides from Word documents and Excel spreadsheets into encoded archival description finding aids, thus making all collection guides and inventories available online,” said Jennifer Joyner, digital archivist and grant principal investigator. “Currently, there are no online finding aids directing users to these rich and unique collections.”

“The lack of online access to the history collections is in stark contrast to the online accessibility of the manuscript materials at Joyner Library’s special collections division,” Lewis added. “During the 2013-14 year, the finding aids in our East Carolina Manuscript Collection and University Archives received 135,205 page views and were searched over 30,122 times.”

The final step of the project will be to digitize key materials from the Laupus history collections that are representative of the holdings. The digitized materials will become a part of ECU Digital Collections, and item level metadata will be shared with the Digital Public Library of America. The creation of multiple access points will improve the accessibility and visibility of these valuable historical collections.

For more information, contact Dawn Wainwright at (252) 328-4090.

Laupus to host new book discussion series

Laupus Library will launch a new series April 16 titled “Speaking Volumes: A Book Discussion Series Focusing on the Health Sciences.”

The inaugural program will showcase a recently published book, Global Health Nursing: Narratives from the Field, and will be held at 4:30 p.m. Thursday, April 16 in the Evelyn Fike Laupus Gallery, located on the 4th floor of Laupus Library. The event is free open to the public.

Chapter contributor Dr. Kim L. Larson from ECU’s College of Nursing will be joined by book editor Christina A. Harlan (UNC Chapel Hill School of Nursing), and chapter contributors Marie Collins Donahue (UNC Children’s Hospital), Christina Martinez Kim (Duke University Health Systems), and Ruth-Ann McLendon (Johns Hopkins Medical Center).

Introductory remarks will be followed by chapter readings from all four contributing authors. Each will share their own perspectives and experiences as nurses serving as front-line providers in global health. The authors will recount their personal experiences with the Ebola epidemic, treating patients with AIDS, and the challenges and rewards of confronting vast health disparities and providing health care in other languages and different cultural contexts.

The series will serves as an opportunity for others to learn more about the culture of the Division of Health Sciences and the work done by East Carolina University scholars and researchers.

“Speaking Volumes” also complements Laupus Library’s Health Sciences Author Recognition Awards program, which honors Health Sciences faculty and staff each fall for their published research and scholarly contributions to their area of study.

For more information, contact Kelly Rogers Dilda at

Faculty/staff publications, awards reported

An article by Academic Library Sciences personnel Jeanne Hoover (Joyner Library), Elizabeth Ketterman (Laupus Library) and Kathy Cable (Laupus Library), titled “Creating a shared neuroscience collection development policy,” won the Daniel T. Richards prize for writing. The award is presented by the Medical Library Association. The article was published in the Journal of Electronic Resources in Medical Libraries.

An article by Ginny Boyer and Virginia Bacon (Joyner Library), “Beyond Discovery Tools: The Evolution of Discovery at ECU Libraries,” appeared in the September 2013 issue of Against the Grain.

New exhibit opens at Laupus Library

Laupus Library opens its latest art exhibit today with “Artscience in Spacetime: STEAM.” TonyBreuerReceptionFlyer

The exhibit will be on display through March 12.

Dr. Anthony C. Breuer, affiliate professor of neurology in the Brody School of Medicine and a neurologist at East Carolina Neurology, will showcase his collection of acrylic and oil paintings, depicting recognizable see-through images in multiple layers and at times warped to more closely resemble their “actual” appearance in spacetime. His work is conceptual, semi-abstract, and embedded with the nature of reality, energy, and matter, space and time.

The opening reception for the exhibit will be held Jan. 29 from 4:30 p.m. until 6 p.m. in the fourth floor gallery of Laupus Library.

The spring semester exhibit is the third in the Art as Avocation series, which Laupus Library began last year as a way to highlight the artistic talents and self-expression of faculty, staff and students from the Division of Health Sciences who often pursue demanding health care and higher education careers.

Visitors are welcome during normal operating hours posted at or call 252-744-2219. Visit to learn more about the artist or series.


Laupus Library staff present at conference

Jeffrey Coghill and Jennifer Walker of East Carolina University’s Laupus Library presented “Capitalizing on the New Technology: the iPad 2 Project” at the Mid-Atlantic Chapter of the Medical Library Association meeting Oct. 12 in Richmond, Va. The project surveyed library users about their use of the Laupus Library iPads available for check out.  The aim of the project was to determine how and why the devices are being used by patrons of the academic health sciences library.

Coghill and Jason Cottle of the Laupus Library presented “Creating effective Posters for Presentation: Posters 101” at the same event. This presentation outlined the do’s and don’ts for effective poster presentation.  The paper explained appropriate format, style, presentation, color,  use of white space and other graphic design elements necessary for a good presentation.  The discussion also included examples of good posters versus poor poster design.