Editor’s Note: Every other month, we publish the profile of a member of Doody’s Library Board of Advisors (LBA). The LBA has guided the development of our company’s library services since our inception. With gratitude, this month we present the profile of Jeffrey Coghill of the Laupus Library at East Carolina University.
DEI: Where do you currently work and what is your position?
JC: I am the Head of Outreach & Director, Eastern AHEC (EAHEC) Library Services, East Carolina University, Laupus Library (July 2009-Present), Greenville, North Carolina. I have been at ECU for 17 years.
DEI: Provide a one sentence description of your library and its services.
JC: We are an academic health sciences library serving ECU’s Brody School of Medicine, College of Nursing, College of Allied Health, and School of Dentistry. We also serve and support Eastern Area Health Education Center (EAHEC) in a 23-county region of Eastern North Carolina.
DEI: When do you start in medical librarianship? What was your position? With what institution?
JC: I began working in libraries after I graduated from library school at the University of Alabama in 1997. First, I was Circulation Librarian at McNeese State University, Lake Charles, Louisiana. Then, I applied for a position as Electronic Resources Librarian at ECU in April 2001. I’ve been here ever since.
DEI: Name two of the most important issues facing medical librarianship today.
JC: Keeping up with the changes in the medical literature environment and the rapid pace of technological innovation that keeps happening on a near daily basis.
DEI: Why do you volunteer to serve on Doody’s Library Board of Advisors?
JC: Because it’s fun! The Doody Enterprises folks really treat you like family. Plus, working with librarians from across the country is a bonus. If you attend the Annual MLA Meetings there is always a Board of Advisors Meeting and seeing my colleagues year after year is a treat.
DEI: What is one thing you want to make sure all librarians know about Doody’s services?
JC: If you have a problem with any Doody product or service — call or email them. They are quick to respond and remedy an issue for you. Since Doody’s is a small organization, they respond quickly to users. Dan Doody really LISTENS to his constituents. The Doody staff, all of them, are very approachable at conferences and are attuned to trends in librarianship and publishing.