Welcome back: a note from the director

It is my sincere pleasure to welcome you back to the Division of Health Sciences for another academic year. Laupus Library is proud to support all of our divisional employees and students with your information needs, including those related to curriculum and research and (of course) in preparation for class assignments. I’d like to share some of the ways Laupus will be maximizing our space and the talents of our library staff to ensure you have an excellent library experience this year.

New initiatives from our staff

  • Kerry Sewell is our new Research Librarian. She is available to assist researchers and students in all aspects of research support activities, including data management, grant applications, and discoverability of published works
  • Michelle Messer is handling User Engagement and will manage the inaugural Laupus Student Advisory Board – let her know if you’re interested in participating. We place a tremendous value on student opinion and feedback
  • Not so much a new initiative, but one we continue to grow – our Systematic Review Service. If you’re a researcher interested in developing a systematic review please reach out to our librarians who can provide in-depth support for finding information

New furniture to enhance productivity and increase comfort

  • We’ve added 10 Brody WorkLounge stations over the summer to ensure your ergonomic support and comfort for a long study or work session
  • We’ve replaced and upgraded 30 soft seats to those with tablet arms
  • We are dampening the sound on the 3rd floor to insure an environment of limited disruption and distraction
  • Enjoy the fresh fall air from our balcony! Patio seating is available and can accommodate individuals and small groups

Study aids

  • Our 65” 4K ultra high def IDEUM touch table is near our main entrance and can be used for an array of activities, including group or individual study of the library’s anatomical software packages
  • WE HAVE MODELS. 168, in fact. Our anatomical models are the perfect complement to traditional images for studying. The models can be used in-house and can be reserved during heavy-use times of year.

Cultural enrichment

  • We will host Allied Health Chair of Occupational Therapy and Professor Leonard Trujillo’s “Visions in Wood: Carved Creations” relief carving exhibit later this semester
  • “Fire and Freedom: Food and Enslavement in Early America” panel exhibit will be on loan to us from the National Library of Medicine starting this week
  • Following that, the “Pictures of Nursing: The Zwerdling Postcard Collection” exhibit will be on display

Please also stop by the atrium area of the library on August 30th and enjoy some ice cream as you get informed about diversity efforts on our campus.


Welcome back!

Beth Ketterman


Laupus Library