Sep 062013

This fall, Laupus Library has a new tool that expands remote access for students and faculty.

Division of Health Sciences’ faculty and students now have access to Browzine, a tablet-compatible application that serves as a digital library for academic publications. Beginning this semester, faculty and students can access the service for free, 24 hours a day.  (Perfect for our many on-the-go students and teachers, who are often training, learning and treating patients outside of campus.)

The best part: use your Pirate ID and password to access the publications.

Here at Laupus, we’ve been keeping a close eye on similar emerging tools that offer remote access to journals, research publications and archived documents. In fact, we’ve brought several of them to campus in just the past year. Browzine is an exciting new achievement in this arena because of the way it instantly updates its publications with the latest editions – and notifies users of new versions through “push” notifications automatically served to their device.

What’s more, the user-friendly platform makes it easier than ever to search, find, read and save publications. Once downloaded, article pages can be manipulated just like a regular PDF, allowing users to pinch, zoom, swipe and scroll selected areas of the article for a closer look. And, anything can be saved for later on a virtual bookshelf that’s sorted by subject, or alphabetically.

Take a quick tour of the app here: Happy browsing!

Jul 192013

When someone says ‘research,’ what pops into your head? For some, it’s a person crouched at a library carrel, nose in a book with notes strewn everywhere. For others, it’s someone in a white lab coat peering intently into a microscope.

At Laupus Library, we’re at the intersection of the academic and the clinical, and we’re always working to give our ECU health sciences students and faculty the tools they need to solve complex problems they encounter on a daily basis. Since their needs are constantly changing, we are always on the lookout for innovative resources that they can utilize. 

As highlighted by a recent article in The Guardian, the role of the academic library is shifting. The sources may be the same, but often those sources have moved online or to an e-books format. For example, the article cites a survey of medical academics that found four out of five wouldn’t mind if libraries dropped a medical journal’s print edition. The survey showed tremendous support for offering those medical journals strictly as an online resource.

At Laupus, we offer a multitude of journals in both print and e-editions to suit the needs and preferences of our students and faculty. We also are constantly adding new reference resources in addition to our huge wealth of textbooks and clinical guides.

So, come see us. Whether you prefer to thumb through a book or flip through a journal article on your iPad, we’re here to point you in the right direction and help you get started.


Jun 282013



Silvia Ciubrei

“Du-Te Pirat.”

That’s how Silvia Ciubrei will say “Go Pirates” when she returns to her home town of Chisinau, Moldova.

In addition to a new-found appreciation for purple and gold, she’ll also bring home a wealth of knowledge after touring Laupus Library as part of a visit sponsored by the Medical Library Association (MLA). The MLA’s Irene Cunningham Traveling Fellowship enabled Ciubrei to visit several health science libraries – including Laupus – after attending the MLA’s annual conference in Boston.

While at Laupus, Ciubrei met with librarians from multiple divisions including collections management and medical history, as well as librarians from our digital collection. She also visited the College of Nursing, where she was able to test the equipment in the cutting edge simulation lab.

During her visit, Ciubrei expressed her interest in evidence-based medicine and praised the way Laupus fits into the overall mission of the Division of Health Sciences.

“I’m very interested in Laupus Library because the people here understand the role of the library in the health system,” she said.

Through the years, Laupus has been honored to host visitors through the North Carolina-Moldova Partnership for Peace initiative. Formalized in 1999, it is a bi-lateral association that works together in the areas of civil emergency operations, expansion of markets, cultural, scientific and academic exchanges, and the coordination of humanitarian efforts.

Laupus and other health sciences libraries across the state also have provided thousands of medical books and electronic journals to the former Soviet state in eastern Europe.

Here at Laupus, we are always excited to share our knowledge and discuss best practices with our librarian colleagues, both near and far.

Jun 112013

What if you could diagnose, recommend and manage patient care from your iPad? Thousands of health care professionals across the country do it every day. And this summer, so can ECU health sciences students and faculty.

Through July 31, Laupus Library is providing the health sciences community with exclusive access to VisualDx, an innovative new application used by more than 1,500 hospitals for diagnostic accuracy, patient engagement, and medical education.

Designed for ease of use at the point of care, VisualDx is supported by regularly-updated data reviewed by physician experts across a variety of practices. Covering more than 1,200 pediatric and adult conditions represented by over 25,000 images, VisualDx guides users through a visually-based diagnostic process, providing on-the-spot patient education with real medical images a patient can relate to.

Providing our students and faculty members with this cutting-edge tool is an exciting educational opportunity for future graduates to familiarize themselves with an emerging new technology they might soon use in the workforce. And because it’s designed for the patient care setting, VisualDx also gives students a glimpse into the patient-provider dynamic – a perspective our many future primary care providers can especially benefit from.

To learn more and to view the trial link and evaluation information, click here:

Kelly R. Dilda
Public Communications Specialist
Laupus Library

Jun 072013

This week, we’ve enjoyed kicking off the summer season – and the launch of our new ECU Division of Health Sciences Twitter and LinkedIn pages – by participating in National Sun Safety Week. It’s a topic that hits home for all of the schools and colleges within our division, as sun damage can affect all parts of the body.

Our research-based tweet tips are a good place to start for those of us who need a sun safety refresher course heading into the warmest months of the year. But protecting your skin from harmful rays can be just as much about what not to do.  With that in mind, here are four ways some sun worshippers get burned:

1)      Skipping sunscreen on overcast or cloudy days. A common misconception is that the risk of sunburn on cloudy days is less, but the sun’s damaging UV light can pass through clouds (in fact, up to 40% of UV radiation reaches earth on a completely cloudy day!). So, don’t let the weather be what determines your SPF use; wear it no matter the forecast.

2)      Putting off dermatology check-ups. While skin cancer is by far the most common type of cancer, it is also one of the most treatable. The key is to get checked regularly – especially if you fall into any of these high-risk categories.

3)      Neglecting to reapply. Many times, we think we’re covered by lathering up with sunscreen once. Not true, says the American Academy of Dermatology: sunscreen should be applied every 2 hours and/or after swimming or sweating heavily, perhaps after a rigorous game of beach volleyball. Keep that sunscreen bottle by your bag, rather than buried at the bottom of it.

4)      Assuming the sun can’t find you in certain places, times or by wearing “protective” covering. We often think about getting sunburned in the obvious places and ways: usually, on the beach, in a bathing suit, on a hot summer day. While that’s certainly a high-risk setting for overexposure, UV rays can also hit us in everyday places we don’t think about: in the car, through our clothes, and in mountainous or wooded areas. The lesson: use sunscreen liberally no matter the time, place – or outfit.

Keep sun safety in mind all year round and you’ll ward off skin cancer – and be able to enjoy the warm summer weather that much more.