Laupus Library—Moldova Exchange

Laupus Library Manuscript Collection, LL 02.61
William E. Laupus Health Sciences Library
Physical description
1.265 Cubic Feet
Preferred Citation
Laupus Library—Moldova Exchange (LL 02.61), The William E. Laupus Health Sciences Library, East Carolina University, Greenville, North Carolina, USA.
Laupus Library History Collections
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Information and artifacts from the visits to Laupus Library by librarians from the Moldovan Scientific Medical Library in 2007 and by the Moldovan Minister of Health in 2008.

Biographical/historical information

North Carolina and Moldova forged a partnership through an American "Partnerships for Peace" initiative with former Soviet states. Since then, government, churches, civic organizations, nonprofit agencies, colleges and universities, doctors, nurses, engineers, private firms and others have provided assistance in Moldova. Along with other libraries across North Carolina, Laupus Library provides current medical literature and electronic journals to Moldova. The libraries periodically cull their collection of duplicate or redundant clinical books and journals. The materials are temporarily housed at ECU and shipped bi-annually in large batches to Moldova. In 2007, more than 7,000 books were sent to Moldova. The journals, books and electronic database are used by doctors and residents in teaching, research and caring for patients.

The Scientific Medical Library of Moldova was formed in 2005 by combining two libraries: the Library of the State Medical and Pharmaceutical University and The Republican Scientific Medical Library in the Republican Hospital. In 2007, there were 26 hospitals in Moldova, each with a hospital library that is assisted by the Scientific Medical Library. The library's collection is spread over several locations, and it contains 1,200,000 books which are all in Russian.

On 2007 March 26-27, Laupus Library welcomed two guests from the Scientific Medical Library—Luibovi Karnaeva, Director, and Silvia Ciubrei, Deputy Director. Both are leaders of the medical library International Partnership, a broader bilateral agreement begun in 1997 between Governor Easley of North Carolina and President Voronin of Moldova. In the Spring of 2006, the Robert M. Fales Health Sciences Library in Wilmington, North Carolina, began an international endeavor with the eastern European country with a goal to gather and ship 10,000 medical books and journals to Moldova before December 2007. All of the North Carolina medical libraries provide free electronic interlibrary loans to the Scientific Medical Library in Moldova. During their trip, Karnaeva and Ciubrei were invited to tour the Library building and meet with faculty and staff. They also discussed marketing and syllabi for instructional classes on OVID, StatRef, and MD Consult. They also made a special trip to visit and tour the Country Doctor Museum in Bailey, N.C., and discussed preservation issues with History Collections personnel. Karnaeva and Ciubrei were very interested to learn what they could do to care for the old and rare books at the Scientific Medical Library in Moldova.

On 2008 January 16, Dr. Ion Ababii, Moldovan Minister of Health, visited Laupus Library and the Brody School of Medicine as part of a multi-city visit in North Carolina. Dr. Ababii was accompanied by Major Robert Carver, Deputy Director of Civil Military Affairs; Gheorgie Aparece, Desk Officer for the Minister of Foreign Affairs; Diana Danu, translator and assistant to the U.S. Ambassador in Moldova; and Dr. Chris Bremer of Professor Emeritus of ECU Family Medicine. The program, planned by Laupus Library and Drs. Benson and Bremer was assembled of demonstrations and tours to help Dr. Ababii better understand key programs and services available at the Brody School of Medicine, Laupus Library, and the Division of Health Sciences. Laupus Library's was chosen to host this visit due to the availability of a highly advanced teleconference room which provided telemedicine, videoconferencing and other technological serves utilized throughout the visit. Dr. Ababii discussed strategies for providing cost-effective health care to people in rural areas and also learned more about newer approaches in education to provide better family medicine and primary health care. Dr. Ababii was presented a Laupus bronze medallion, a signature gift that acknowledges special friends and guests of the library, and a pictorial history of the university, "No Time for Ivy: East Carolina University, 1907-2007" by Henry Ferrell, autographed by Dr. Steve Ballard.

Scope and arrangement

The collection contains information and artifacts from the visits to Laupus Library by librarians from the Scientific Medical Library of Moldova in 2007 and by Dr. Ion Ababii, the Moldovan Minister of Health, in 2008. Includes an itinerary for Dr. Ion Ababii's visit and letters from Dr. Ababii thanking various library directors, director of collection management, and Vice Chancellor for Health Sciences.

Administrative information
Custodial History

Assembled and created by Laupus Library. Moldovan artifacts gifted by Dr. Ion Ababii (Moldovan Minister of Health).

Source of acquisition

Assembled and created by Laupus Library. Moldovan artifacts gifted by Dr. Ion Ababii (Moldovan Minister of Health).

Processing information

Processed by Allison N. Miller and Ashley Williams, 2016. Revised by Layne Carpenter, 2018.

Copyright notice

Literary rights to specific documents are retained by the authors or their descendants in accordance with U.S. copyright law.

Language of material

English, Romanian, and French

Container list
Box 1 Folder 1 Moldovan Librarians visit, March 2007
Box 1 Folder 2 Moldovan Minister of Health Visit, January 2008
Box 1 Folder 3 Republica Moldova panoramic, 2005
Box 1 Folder 4 Carti rare din colectia Koch Indice bibliografic, 1995
Box 1 Folder 5 State University of Medicine and Pharmacy "Nicolae Testemitanu" of the Republic of Moldova, 2012
Box 1 Folder 6 State Medical and Pharmaceutical University "Nicolae testemitanu" of the Republic of Moldova, 2004
Box 1 Folder 7 Moldovan Times, 2007
Box 1 Folder 8 Moldova Partnership, 2007
Box 1 Folder 9 Silvia Ciubrei Visit, 2013