Program Session

5 - Horsing Around: Creating an Exhibit on Equine Anatomy from a Historical Veterinary Medicine Collection

Monday, May 29
11:35 AM - 11:50 AM
Room: 603

Objectives: The study of equine anatomy holds a prominent place in the history of veterinary medicine and was an ideal frame for an exhibit highlighting notable veterinary works at the Michigan State University Libraries. Developing the exhibit provided the perfect opportunity for the veterinary librarian to learn about the history of the field and led to collaborations within both the MSU Libraries and the College of Veterinary Medicine.

Methods: Taking advantage of a large historical veterinary medicine print collection, the librarian created an exhibit on equine anatomy to highlight its notable works. Creation of the exhibit involved several individuals from across the library, including special collections, conservation, graphic services, and collaboration with the veterinary college and its faculty. Due to interest generated by the exhibit’s content, after the library-based exhibit ended the material has been transformed into additional physical displays with artifacts at the college. A digital exhibit is also in process of being developed. In this presentation, the librarian will talk about the development and design of the exhibit, the opportunities for collaboration it led to in both the library and the veterinary college, and plans for future exhibits of the collection beyond the topic of equine anatomy.

Results: The equine anatomy exhibit successfully generated interest in works that are part of the MSU Libraries historical veterinary medicine collection. The skills and experience of many individuals in the library were necessary for the exhibit’s success. Artifacts for the exhibit were generously loaned by the veterinary college and borrowing them provided an opportunity to connect with an alumnus of the College of Veterinary Medicine. Creation of a digital version of the exhibit has led to a greater conversation of how the MSU Libraries can use virtual exhibits to highlight other notable collections that are housed in special collections, and how best to design and organize a digital exhibit. The exhibit is used as an example of how subject specialist librarians can collaborate with special collections librarians, and the veterinary librarian is exploring other ways to strengthen and expand this relationship beyond exhibits.

Conclusion: Creating an exhibit on equine anatomy using items from the historical veterinary medicine collection at the MSU Libraries provided ample opportunities to connect and work with individuals within the library and beyond. The exhibit highlighted an underutilized collection and has led to larger conversations about how other subject specialist librarians can bring more attention to items in their own subject areas.

Keywords: veterinary medicine, special collections, history of medicine, exhibits, collaboration

Program Session

Andrea C. Kepsel

Health Sciences Educational Technology Librarian
MSU Libraries
East Lansing, MI

Andrea Kepsel, MLIS, AHIP is a Health Sciences Educational Technology Librarian at Michigan State University and is the liaison to the College of Veterinary Medicine, the Department of Animal Science, the Biomedical Laboratory Diagnostics Program, and the Department of Biomedical Engineering. Prior to becoming a librarian and joining MSU in 2011, she worked as a molecular biologist at Wayne State University in Detroit, MI for seven years. Andrea’s interests include instructional design, emerging technologies, and mobile health care. She is especially passionate about technology’s role in enhancing the user experience for library patrons.

Andrea is professionally active at the national, regional, and state levels. She is currently the Chair of the Web/Technology Communications Committee for MLA’s Medical Informatics Section, a member of the Veterinary Medical Libraries Section, and Chair of the Michigan Health Sciences Libraries Association Communications Committee. In her free time, Andrea volunteers as a docent at Potter Park Zoo in Lansing, MI, where she gets to combine her love of animals and teaching to educate the zoo’s visitors about the many different animals who call it home.


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