WORCESTER, MA – The Lamar Soutter Library, which is is the only public medical library in the state, hosted the Native Voices traveling exhibit from January to March 2015.
The Lamar Soutter Library is named after the first dean of the University of Massachusetts Medical School. The Medical School opened in 1970, and was one of a cohort of U.S. medical schools founded in response to fears of a physician shortage at that time.
The Library is open 24 hours a day, and librarians estimated about 30 visitors stopped by to look at the exhibit within a 24-hour period.
This was “great timing for us to have the exhibit,” said Mary Piorun, Associate Director of the Soutter Library.
“Many potential medical students were interviewing and touring the school at that time. During the library tour, the exhibit was pointed out and cited as an example of the library going above and beyond to educate students,” Piorun said.
One student responded that they found Native Voices “thought provoking.”