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By: David Provost

Quick—make sure you have your ID on you!

During Reading Days and Finals, access to the Hill and Hunt Libraries is limited to the NC State community only. Restricted access begins at 8 a.m. on Saturday, April 29, and continues through 7 a.m. on Wednesday, May 10. Libraries hours are listed on the front page of our website and on our hours page.

Exams mean extra studying, but they also mean extra support from the Libraries. Final Exam Survival Kits sponsored by the Friends of the Library Young Alumni Leadership Council will be available on Monday, May 1 at 11 a.m. at both Hunt and Hill. The kits include all the essentials to get you through the end of the semester: a highlighter, a pen, a mechanical pencil, a pack of notecards, ear plugs, a granola bar, and yoga tips. Don’t dally—get your survival kit while supplies last.

We will also serve up donuts and coffee after midnight every night of exams. If you’re studying late on April 30-May 1, May 3-4, or May 7-9, have a pick-me-up on us!

Speaking of coffee, University Dining is also serving up free, late-night coffee to students during Reading Days and Finals at both Hill of Beans in D. H. Hill and Common Grounds in the Hunt Library. If you’re in the libraries at 1 a.m. on May 1-4 or May 8-10, come by the cafes for a free cuppa joe.

By: David Provost

By: Linda Sellars

Blog post contributed by Jessica Serrao and Taylor de Klerk, Library Associates

NC State University boasts a top ranked College of Veterinary Medicine, and the Special Collections Research Center is excited to improve access to two collections that highlight the university’s emphasis on veterinary education and research. The Gregory A. Lewbart Papers and the William Medway Papers now have new online finding aids to help you navigate the professional and research files of these two prominent veterinarians.

Gregory Lewbart is a veterinarian of aquatic animals and terrestrial invertebrates and reptiles. His research interests include zoological medicine, infectious diseases, and public health. Lewbart joined the faculty of the North Carolina State University College of Veterinary Medicine (CVM) as Professor of Aquatic Animal Medicine in 1993. In 2016, he became the Assistant Department Head for the CVM’s Department of Clinical Sciences.

In 2012, Lewbart received the “William Medway Award for Excellence in Teaching” from the International Association for Aquatic Animal Medicine (IAAAM). Medway, a founding member and former president of IAAAM, was an influential researcher and instructor in veterinary clinical pathology and aquatic mammal medicine at the University of Pennsylvania School of Veterinary Medicine. Throughout his career, Dr. Medway contributed influential veterinary research on dolphins, manatees, and whales. Lewbart studied under Medway while at Penn as a veterinary student of marine mammal medicine.

The Gregory A. Lewbart Papers is mostly comprised of materials from his time at North Carolina State University’s College of Veterinary Medicine and his work and leadership in the national and international veterinary community. Some material pertains to his education at the University of Pennsylvania and prior work experience in Florida.

The William Medway Papers includes photographic slides, veterinary clinical reports, administrative documentation from the International Association for Aquatic Animal Medicine (IAAAM), and publications by Medway (as an individual and as a collaborator with other veterinary professionals). Dr. Medway was a founding member of IAAAM and served as its president from 1974 until 1975. IAAAM is a society of professionals and students focusing on aquatic animal medicine. Dr. Lewbart is also actively involved in IAAAM, and he served as its president in the mid-1990s. His collection contains materials from sixteen of their annual conferences, administrative organizational papers, and newsletters.

A significant portion of Lewbart’s collection is clinical case files. These files are organized according to his original numbering scheme that is based on the year in which the case opened, and then numbered consecutively by occurrence (ex: 1999-005, 1999-006, 1999-007). There are records for hundreds of patients, most of which include diagnoses, reports, clinical instructions, and other documentation. One fun aspect of processing this collection was seeing the unique animal names in these files. For example, Dr. Lewbart treated a yellow-bellied slider named “Dragster,” a goldfish named “Tulip,” a loggerhead turtle named “Stumpy,” a salamander named “Doo Doo,” and an iguana named “Piggy.”

Many of the clinical case files have corresponding photographs as visual documentation of the medical procedures. These photos (in both Lewbart’s and Medway’s collections) are not for the squeamish, including a significant number of photos in both collections from their research activities. Among other things, Dr. Lewbart conducted research on algal infections in horseshoe crabs (Limulus polyphemus) and there is a large quantity of photos of microscope slides that show the evolution of different infections.

Additionally, Lewbart has a special interest in turtles, and is a faculty advisor for CVM’s Turtle Rescue Team. The team is part of the Wildlife, Avian, Aquatic, and Zoological Medicine student organization and it aims to release healthy and rehabilitated turtles into the wild after providing medical, surgical, and/or husbandry services. Education about wildlife and ecosystems is also one of the organization’s main goals. Their papers are housed in University Archives; more information can be found in the team’s finding aid.

For more information about the Gregory A. Lewbart Papers and the William Medway Papers, please consult the collection guides online. To learn more about finding and using archival collections at NCSU, please visit our website. You can also search directly within our collection guides or browse a list of our collections for more. If you have any questions about how to find or use the collections, as always, contact us! We are here to help you find what you need.


“Dr. William Medway Honored,” Bellwether Magazine 1, no. 31 (Summer/Fall 1991), Accessed 3 April 2017.

Sam H. Ridgway, “History of Veterinary Medicine and Marine Mammals: A Personal Perspective,” Aquatic Mammals 34, no. 3 (2008): 471-513, accessed 3 April 2017,

By: David Provost

As the College of Veterinary Medicine enters the Final Examinations period of the Spring 2017 semester, the Veterinary Medicine Library will be open the following extended hours:

Monday – Friday, April 10-14 7:00 am — Midnight
Saturday, April 15 6:00 am — 7:00 pm
Sunday, April 16 10:00 am — Midnight
Monday – Thursday, April 17-20 6:00 am — Midnight
Friday, April 21 6:00 am — 6:00 pm
Saturday, April 22 1:00 pm — 5:00 pm

(Regular hours resume Sunday, April 23)

The D. H. Hill Library and James B. Hunt Library have longer hours, including 24 hour access during the week. See the NCSU Libraries website for more details.

By: David Provost

West’s pulmonary pathophysiology : the essentials
West, John B. (John Burnard), author.

By: David Provost

Take a look at the CVM author publications for March 2017 courtesy of the NCSU Scholarly Publications Repository.
CVM and other NC State authors are specifically highlighted with their department affiliation and links to their other publications in the repository. To access the full text of any of these articles, click on “Find Text (NCSU Only)” link.

If you have questions or would like information about the repository or NC State publications, please email or call us at 919-513-6218.

By: Kris Alpi

3D Printing will be on display at the Veterinary Medicine Library this Saturday, April 1st at the College of Veterinary Medicine Open House!

Visit the Veterinary Medicine Library to see a consumer-grade printer generating a dog scapula bone, examine other 3D-printed bones and materials, and learn more about 3D printing in research and medical education. Learn more about the laboratory of Assistant Professor Dr. Christopher Walker, an anatomist and biological anthropologist. 3D printed models from his research have already made it into area classrooms, allowing students to handle and mark up affordable versions of the the specimens that they’re learning about in their labs. “3D printed bones are durable, fully replaceable, recyclable and customizable. With the digital bone files, students can also use free software to view and study bones in three dimensions without needing to print,” according to Dr. Walker. Several of the bones he has digitized are freely available as printable files at Morphosource.

By: David Provost

Immunity : the evolution of an idea
Tauber, Alfred I., author.
Dental materials : foundations and applications
Powers, John M., 1946- author.
The midnight dog walkers
Phenix, Annie, author.

By: David Provost

A GoPro Hero5The William Rand Kenan Jr Library of Veterinary Medicine is pleased to announce the introduction of two new Tech Lending items that will offer NC State students, faculty and staff new opportunities for capturing and sharing both video and audio.

The GoPro Hero5 is a top-of-the-line action camera. Small but powerful, the Hero5 is capable of capturing 4K video at 30 frames per second, as well as time-lapse and standard photographs. The easy-to-use touchscreen and voice commands make the camera accessible to the average user, and videos and images can easily be transferred to your computer via USB or SD card.

The H4n Pro audio recorder

The VML has also added two brand new four-track digital audio recorders. The Zoom H4n Pro is the gold standard of field recording, with advanced dual microphones, natural-sounding preamps and a super-low noise floor. Two combo input jacks allow use of many types of external microphones, and the audio out port allows it to send high-definition stereo recordings directly to your camera.

Stop by and check them out today!

By: David Provost

A kid’s guide to keeping chickens
Caughey, Melissa, author.
The behavioural biology of chickens
Nicol, Christine, author.