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Timeline of Laupus Library

The Health Sciences Library was established in 1969, created to serve the fledgling School of Health Affairs. As the timeline below shows, the library has grown from a one-person operation in an old cafeteria to a modern information facility.

1969 Health Affairs Library established. Dr. Jo Ann Bell hired as director. The library, located in an old cafeteria, consisted of twelve tons of donated books on a steam table and one professional librarian.
1970 Moved to the Biology Building.
1971 The General Assembly appropriated $350,000 to establish the Health Affairs Library to serve Allied Health and Nursing.
1972 Moved to the Belk Building. Collection: 12,683 volumes. 3 librarians and 1 support staff.
1973 The National Library of Medicine approved the Health Affairs Library as a MEDLINE center for the 1973-1974 academic year. The Library also was the recipient of a RML grant for working with community hospitals.
1974 During 1974-1975, EAHEC and the Health Affairs Library signed a contract for the library to operate as the learning resource center for the region.
1978 The Health Affairs Library began using the terminal based OCLC network for cataloging.
1980 The Health Affairs Library became the Health Sciences Library. The library also purchased two TRS-80 microcomputers to process the current journal list.
1981 Moved to the Brody Building. Collection: 87,550 volumes. 13 librarians (Director, Assoc. Director, 6.5 Public Service, 4.5 Technical Service), 18 support staff.
1984 LS/2000 Integrated Library System installed and many library functions automated.
1985 Computer lab was established in the Audiovisuals Department with 6 IBM PCs and 3 Apple IIe's. Classes began on searching the online catalog and user-friendly databases.
1987 Funeral held for the Card Catalog, which was being removed.
1988 Second floor renovated to enlarge journal stacks and create an expanded Computer Lab. Collection: 140,669 volumes. 12 librarians (Director, 7 Public Service, 4 Technical Service), 23 support staff.
1989 Heath Sciences Library celebrated 20th anniversary, and publication of Information On Call, a client newsletter, began.
1991 Guidelines were established for providing off-campus library services.
1992 Local Medline network installed; database available to clients in-house and by dial-access.
1992 All library employees had a desktop PC and were linked to each other and to remote information resources via local area network.
1993 Library named for Dr. William E. Laupus, a former Dean of the School of Medicine.
1993 Marquis Integrated Library System installed to replace LS/2000.
1994 First floor reference area remodeled. Collection: 169,027 volumes. 13 librarians (Director, 10 Public Service, 2 Technical Service) 26.5 support staff.
1997 Dr. Jo Ann Bell, Director, retires after 30 years of service. Dr. Dorothy A. Spencer named as new director. Collection: 177,015 volumes. 15 librarians (Director, 9 Public Service, 3 Technical Service, 2 Systems) 26.5 Support Staff.
1998 Library remodeling project begins, involving all library departments.
1999 North Carolinians enthusiastically voted to permit the issuance of $3.2 billion in higher education construction bonds which included funding for a new library as part of the Learning Village project.
2001 Wireless computer access was established. The library newsletter Information on Call became News in Brief.
2002 Criminal Justice and Social Work collections moved to Joyner Library.
2003 The Country Doctor Museum's Board of Directors dissolved itself and donated the Museum and its collections to the Medical Foundation of ECU. The Laupus Library took over the management of the Museum.
2004 The Learning Village Groundbreaking Ceremony was held for the Laupus, Allied Health, and Nursing Building (later renamed the Health Sciences Building). The Country Doctor Museum reopened to the public. The Library received the Karel B. Absolon History of Medicine Library, a major donation of over 2,000 items related to the history of medicine.
2005 The 1st Annual Faculty Author Recognition Awards program was held. The Medical History Interest Group held its first lecture.
2006 Laupus Library moved to its present location in the new Health Sciences Building.
The library newsletter News in Brief became The Umbrella.
2008 The Inaugural Friends of Laupus Library was launched.
2009 The East Carolina University Libraries, Laupus and Joyner, installed Symphony, a new integrated library system. ECU students, staff, and faculty have a single library account. The online catalog contained more than 1.7 million bibliographic records and over 2 million item records (print and electronic) including records from ECU and Elizabeth City State University.
The Medical History Interest Group Lecture Series begins recording most lectures.
2011 One Search, a good place to start research, launched on the Library's home page. It covered books, DVDs, many journal articles, and other things provided by the ECU Libraries.
2012 Laupus Library began "Art as Avocation", a series of visual art exhibitions showing and celebrating the artistic talents of current and retired Division of Health Sciences faculty, staff and students.
2013 Dr. Dorothy A. Spencer, Director, retired after 15 years of service. Former Chancellor Dr. Richard Eakin named Interim Director.
2014 Dr. Eakin appointed to another assignment. Dr. Gregory Hassler named Interim Director.
The ECU Libraries develop their first joint strategic plan.
2015 Dr. Hassler appointed to another assignment. Elizabeth Ketterman, a member of the Laupus faculty, named Interim Director.
2017 Elizabeth Ketterman named new Director.

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