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“The Robert Morgan Papers” on exhibit in Joyner Library

Sen. Robert Burren Morgan

Sen. Robert Burren Morgan (Photos contributed by Joyner Library)

Joyner Library is currently exhibiting “The Robert Morgan Papers,” a selection of materials from the Senator Robert Burren Morgan Collection, on the fourth floor of Joyner Library. Morgan, a United States Senator for North Carolina from 1975-1981, has also served as North Carolina’s attorney general, and later as director of the State Bureau of Investigation.

On display through Nov. 30, items from the collection include political campaign posters for a United State Senate race, letters from John Wayne, Gov. Jimmy Carter and an array of photographs and papers.

Papers, letters, and photographs chronicle Morgan’s successes and challenges throughout his political career.

Papers, letters, and photographs chronicle Morgan’s successes and challenges throughout his political career.

An April 8 opening reception was held for donors, friends and family and other supporters of Morgan and the collection.

Guests attended an April 8 opening reception and exhibit viewing.

Guests attended an April 8 opening reception and exhibit viewing.

A special announcement about the creation of the Senator Robert Morgan Research Award was also presented during the event. The one-time $1,000 research award will be granted to any ECU graduate or undergraduate student who uses the Robert Morgan Collection as the main primary source for either a traditional paper or digital scholarship piece. Entries will be accepted through May 2019 with the winning entry selected by an appointed committee.

View the complete Senator Robert Burren Morgan digital collection at https://digital.lib.ecu.edu/collection/robertmorgan.aspx.

 

-Contact: Heather White at whiteh@ecu.edu for more information. 

Conference promotes diversity, inclusion

Keynote speaker Derrick Jefferson, an academic librarian at American University in Washington, D.C. presented to a crowd of 125 attendees. (Photos contributed by Joyner Library)

Keynote speaker Derrick Jefferson, an academic librarian at American University in Washington, D.C., presented to a crowd of 125 attendees. (Photos contributed by Joyner Library)

A recent conference at ECU aimed to promote a better understanding of diversity and inclusion among paraprofessional library staff across the state.

Joyner Library’s 14th annual Paraprofessional Conference, “Navigating the Path to Diversity,” was held May 11 for school, public and academic library staff, who aren’t professionally licensed librarians.

The conference provided 125 attendees an array of sessions and presentations focused on the concept that libraries should be inclusive environments that make their many resources available to all individuals in the communities they serve.

It also offered guidance on how library staff might better navigate their roles and responsibilities in creating safe environments by embracing concepts that promote an understanding of diversity.

“I think for really inclusive organizations to come into fruition, people are going to have to back down a little bit and listen,” said keynote speaker Derrick Jefferson, an academic librarian at American University in Washington, D.C. “Really listen. Then listen to more people. And it’s going to take a lot of talking, and a lot sharing, and a lot of conversations. I think that’s when we begin breaking down walls.”

David Hisle presented an iPad photography application and challenged participants to a self-guided tour of the library.

David Hisle presented an iPad photography application and challenged participants to a self-guided tour of the library.

For many individuals and communities, a library may be the only free source of computer and Internet access, classes and events, and special support for the disabled. Libraries also offer facilities where academic and civic groups can congregate around various local and national topics.

Attendees participated in a raffle for the chance to win amazing door prizes, announced at the end of the conference.

Attendees participated in a raffle for the chance to win amazing door prizes, announced at the end of the conference.

“Libraries aren’t just books, but a pulse for the neighborhood,” said Jefferson, who earned a master’s in library information sciences from Louisiana State University. As a graduate student he also worked as a Project Recovery scholar in New Orleans, using grant funding from the Institute of Museum and Library Services to help rebuild libraries and educate library science students after the devastating storms of 2005.

Jefferson recommended social media as a good resource for library paraprofessionals to stay up-to-date on the diversities within their communities. He said Twitter in particular can be an excellent resource for libraries to connect with people in the real world in real time.

“You have to remember when you took your very first breath in this world we live in, the mold was broken. You are exactly who you are meant to be. Don’t forget that,” he said. “How you represent your organization matters. How we keep that growing more powerful than any fear is by working together. From the strength we possess as a group, to each of us on a microscopic level – we can make change.”

Joyner Library’s SHRA Assembly sponsored the event, with additional funding provided by the ECU’s Office for Equity and Diversity and the Master of Library Science Program.

 

-by Kelly Rogers Dilda, University Communications

“Building the State Park System in North Carolina” on exhibit in Joyner Library

“Building the State Park System in North Carolina” is on display in the Verona Joyner Langford North Carolina Collection on the third floor of Joyner Library.

Books, pamphlets and documents from the North Carolina Collection and the East Carolina Manuscript Collection tell the story of the park system’s origins, its subsequent expansion and relationship to eastern North Carolina.

It also focuses on North Carolinians’ interest in and advocacy for the park system and the state government’s role in establishing and maintaining parks.

The exhibit’s timeline spans from the 1910s when the park system depended on private donations and federal assistance to the establishment of more permanent funding sources in the 1990s.

Material about recreational opportunities in the state as well as books about three parks in eastern North Carolina are also featured.

“Doing the research for this exhibit has given me a greater appreciation for the variety of outdoor experiences we have access to in North Carolina,” said Sarah McLusky, outreach and instruction librarian in special collections. “I hope visitors enjoy learning about the many different ways in which new state parks were created, and perhaps even discover a nearby park they need to visit themselves.”

The exhibit will be on display through Sept. 3.

For additional information, contact the North Carolina Collection at 252-328-6601 or email Mcluskys16@ecu.edu.

 

-by Kelly Rogers Dilda, University Communications

Student researchers awarded Joyner Library’s Rhem/Schwarzmann Prize

Three East Carolina University students from the Department of History in the Thomas Harriot College of Arts and Sciences have been awarded Joyner Library’s ninth annual Rhem/Schwarzmann Prize for student research.

Established by Ann Schwarzmann to honor William and Emily Rhem and Theodore and Ann Schwarzmann, the Rhem/Schwarzmann Prize recognizes outstanding research papers written by sophomores, juniors and seniors at ECU.

Winners pose with Joyner Library leadership. From left to right, Sarah McLusky, outreach and instruction librarian, Anna Scott Marsh, Andrew Colton Turner, Noah S. Shuler, and Jan Lewis, director. (Contributed by Joyner Library)

Winners pose with Joyner Library leadership. From left to right, Sarah McLusky, outreach and instruction librarian, Anna Scott Marsh, Andrew Colton Turner, Noah S. Shuler, and Jan Lewis, director. (Contributed by Joyner Library)

Winning the award for first place — and a $750 prize — was Andrew Colton Turner, a 2017 graduate, for “Ordinary People, Extraordinary Events: The Experiences of Common People During the Siege and Capture of Fort Macon.”

“It’s a great honor to receive an award like this and to use these resources to do the research worthy of such an award,” said Turner.

Senior Noah S. Shuler took second place and a $500 prize for “A Struggle for Growth: The Civil War and North Carolina Religiosity.”

Junior Anna Scott Marsh received a $250 prize and third place for “Life, Labor, & Lasting Legacy: James Yadkin Joyner’s Investment in North Carolina’s Educational System.”

Eligibility criteria required students to use the library’s Special Collections, which houses manuscripts, rare books, university archives and the North Carolina Collection, as a primary source for their research.

“Joyner Library’s Special Collections contain a wealth of primary source materials relevant to every field of study,” said Joyner Library Director Jan Lewis. “We are happy to partner with ECU instructors to encourage the exploration and use of these materials by undergraduate students and to recognize excellence in student research through the Rhem/Schwarzmann prize.”

Papers could be in any field of study but had to be at least 10 pages or 2,500 words in length and submitted by Feb. 17. Entries were judged on originality, quality of research, style, documentation and overall excellence by a panel comprised of faculty and staff from the library.

“Joyner’s Special Collections offers me the opportunity to use really good primary resources located right in my backyard,” said Turner. “It’s really interesting to see how someone’s letters from Rhode Island end up in a library in North Carolina and then can be used for something I’m interested in.”

Turner said he enjoyed how easily accessible the collection is along with the controlled environment that is safe for both the user and the materials.

“When you sit down and hold something that someone 150 years before you held, it’s a totally different experience. You get a better personal connection to your topic than if you were just staring at a computer screen. It’s a full circle.”

Turner also offered advice for students who haven’t yet explored the collection.

“The special collections staff is extremely helpful, so don’t be intimidated. Requesting a document from the collection is completed online. Then all you have to do is show up and your box will be there waiting for you to do your research.”

“My favorite part of working in special collections is getting to see what students can do with our material,” said Sarah McLusky, outreach and instruction librarian in special collections. “It was a pleasure to read this year’s entries, and to hear the winners speak with such enthusiasm about their research.”

This year’s awards were made possible by the Friends of Joyner Library and the generosity of the late Ann Schwarzmann.

“Mrs. Schwarzmann would be pleased to see the enthusiasm and deep subject matter engagement by this year’s prize recipients,” said Lewis.

For more information about the awards and future participation, contact McLusky at 252-328-2444 or mcluskys16@ecu.edu.

To learn more about manuscripts and rare books, university archives, digital collections and the North Carolina Collection, visit www.ecu.edu/cs-lib/specialcollections.

 

-by Kelly Rogers Dilda, University Communications

Joyner Library Spring Banquet to feature ECU alumna and author Kristy Woodson Harvey

Kristy Woodson Harvey will present as this year’s Spring Banquet.

Kristy Woodson Harvey will present as this year’s Spring Banquet. (Photo contributed by Joyner Library)

The Friends of Joyner Library will host “A Charming Southern Evening” with Kristy Woodson Harvey as part of its 2018 Spring Banquet on March 22.

Harvey is a Phi Beta Kappa, summa cum laude graduate of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill’s School of Journalism and holds a master’s degree in English from East Carolina University, with a concentration in multicultural and transnational literature. She is the author of “Dear Carolina,” “Lies and Other Acts of Love,” “Slightly South of Simple,” and “The Secret to Southern Charm.”

“The Secret to Southern Charm,” to be released in April, is her second novel in the Peachtree Bluff Series featuring Ansley Murphy and her three daughters. According to New York Times bestselling author Elin Hinderbrand, “Harvey’s signature warmth and wit make this a charming and poignant story of first loves, missed opportunities, and second chances and proves that she is the next major voice in Southern fiction.”

Her writing has also appeared in numerous publications and websites including Southern Living, Traditional Home, Parade, USA Today, Houzz and Our State. She has been seen in Women’s Health, The Washington Post, U.S. News & World Report, The Huffington Post, Marie Claire’s The Fix, Woman’s World, Readers’ Digest and North Carolina Bookwatch.

Guests of this year’s event will enjoy dinner, a silent auction, a copy of “The Secret to Southern Charm” and a chance to learn more about Harvey’s inspiration and creative process. Also during the program, the Friends of Joyner Lifetime Membership Award will be presented to long-time member Frances Mallison.

The event is open to the public and will begin at 5:30 p.m., with programming scheduled to start at 6 p.m. at the Greenville Hilton. All proceeds will be used to support student awards, community events and opportunities for staff development at ECU.

Tickets may be purchased at tinyurl.com/friendsbanquet for $75 per person until March 15. Checks will also be accepted and should be made out to Joyner Library with 2018 Spring Banquet in the memo line.

Responses should be sent no later than March 15 to Rachel Mason, Joyner Library development officer, at 252-328-4090 or joynerfriends@ecu.edu.

For more information about the Friends of Joyner Library, visit http://www.ecu.edu/cs-lib/giving/friends.cfm.

 

-by Kelly Rogers Dilda, University Communications

‘North Carolina in the Great War’ now on exhibit in Joyner Library

Excerpt from a page that features a soldier embracing her sweetheart from the Saturday Evening Post.

Excerpt from a page that features a soldier embracing his sweetheart from the Saturday Evening Post. (Photos contributed by Joyner Library.)

Joyner Library is now displaying “North Carolina in the Great War,” a traveling exhibition on loan from the North Carolina Department of Natural and Cultural Resources.

The exhibition will be on display until March 25 in the Janice Hardison Faulkner Gallery on the library’s second floor.

“World War I happened over 100 years ago and may not seem relevant to many people today,” said Charlotte Fitz Daniels, programs and events coordinator for Joyner Library. “We hope the exhibit gives viewers more insight, especially about North Carolina’s role in the Great War. It provides a vast overview of how North Carolina participated both on the front line and on the home front.”

The exhibition includes 10 informational panels and artifacts documenting the state’s wartime efforts including a nurse and soldier uniform.

Artifacts from Joyner Library’s special collections also will be showcased, including nine scrapbook pages from Charlotte native Dorothy Repiton Knox. She began creating the 145-page scrapbook when, as she states, “the boys in our crowd went off to camp in 1917.”

During World War I, Knox worked as a Red Cross volunteer, aiding servicemen at the Southern Railway Station as well as destitute families in the poorest section of the city and surrounding mill villages. Her scrapbook includes letters and mementos that tell the story of her life and her friendships with soldiers and pilots who were stationed briefly at Camp Greene. Dorothy played an important role in assisting at the Red Cross Canteen serving troop trains and caring for flu victims in Mecklenburg County.

Excerpt from Dorothy Repiton Knox’s WWI Scrapbook

Excerpt from Dorothy Repiton Knox’s WWI Scrapbook

The display of excerpts from her scrapbook offers a glimpse into the young woman’s life and the lives of the soldiers she became friends with in Charlotte.

“I found Dorothy Knox’s meticulous documentation in the scrapbook very surprising,” said Fitz Daniels. “She is truly telling a story through the correspondence from soldiers, along with the news clippings and illustrations. The entries gave me a sense of who these people were and how in the midst of war, they still had such a strong wit and sense of humor. It’s evident through the funny letters and cartoons they sent to her.”

A small collection of items from Joyner Library’s Federal Documents Collection, published between 1916-19, are also on display. Included are a number of publications from the Committee on Public Information (CPI), which existed from 1917-19.

Dubbed by historians to be America’s “first ministry of information,” the CPI sought to mobilize American public opinion behind the war effort and to shape media coverage in a pro-government direction. Among the CPI publications on display are pamphlets that denounced German imperialism and real or alleged German war crimes.

Other CPI items discussed the Wilson administration’s war aims and provided basic information on the war. The final report of the 1918-19 Senate Judiciary Subcommittee investigating “Brewing and Liquor Interests and German and Bolshevik Propaganda” is also displayed. Chaired by N.C. Senator Lee Overman, the subcommittee is considered the forerunner of the House Un-American Activities Committee and other congressional bodies tasked with investigating domestic subversion.

“These documents help show how America’s involvement in World War I substantially changed our country,” said David Durant, federal documents and social sciences librarian for Joyner Library. “They are artifacts of both the growth of American nationalism and the increasing role played by the federal government in our society. They show the beginnings of many of the trends that continued through World War II and the early Cold War.”

Another exhibit in the Verona Joyner Langford North Carolina Collection is “North Carolina in the First World War,” featuring a rare volume entitled “Tar Heel War Record.” The collection is located on the third floor of the library.

Joyner Library will hold a reception on Friday, March 2 at 5 p.m. in the Janice Hardison Faulkner Gallery. The reception is open to the public and will coincide with Uptown Greenville First Friday Artwalk. Visit http://uptowngreenville.com/play/artwalk/ to learn more.

Contact Fitz Daniels for more information at 252-328-0287 or fitzdanielsc16@ecu.edu.

 

-by Kelly Rogers Dilda, University Communications

Joyner Library to host “Racism & Propaganda in Jim Crow Era Pop Culture: A Closer Look”

Joyner Library will host “Racism & Propaganda in Jim Crow Era Pop Culture: A Closer Look,” Nov. 9 from 3:30-5 p.m. in the Janice Hardison Faulker Gallery on the second floor of the library.

Led by associate professors Dr. David Dennard and Dr. Kennetta Perry from the Department of History in the Thomas Harriot College of Arts and Sciences, the program will feature a discussion about the role of propaganda in the history of United States race relations and modern popular culture. Portions of the film Ethnic Notions by California Newsreel will be screened, along with other examples that use images to portray racial stereotypes.

A behind-the-scenes exhibition viewing on the fourth floor of Joyner Library will follow. Guests will be invited to view items from the private collection of Dr. Walter King of Pinehurst. They will experience a self-guided exhibit tour that defines popular racist stereotypes of the Jim Crow era.

Additionally, supplementary items will be on display that demonstrate the ways in which these stereotypes were regularized and adopted by pop culture via the mainstream media, souvenirs, entertainment and advertising.

This is an ECU Wellness Passport Event and is also open to the public.

The program is sponsored by Joyner Library and the African and African American Studies Program.

For more information contact Heather White at 252-328-2870 or whiteh@ecu.edu.

 

-by Kelly R. Dilda, University Communications

Joyner Library celebrates ECU faculty scholarship

Twenty-four ECU faculty were celebrated during the 2017 Joyner Library/Academic Affairs Faculty Author Book Awards during an Oct. 13 reception in the Janice Hardison Faulkner Gallery.

The event celebrated the accomplishments of Division of Academic Affairs faculty who have contributed to the scholarship of higher education by authoring, co-authoring or editing scholarly monographs published between July 1, 2016 and June 30, 2017.

Dr. Kimberly Anderson and Dr. Ron Michelson. (contributed photos)

Dr. Kimberly Anderson and Dr. Ron Michelson. (contributed photos)

Eleanor Cook, assistant director for discovery and technology services and academic library services, along with Dr. Ron Mitchelson, provost and senior vice chancellor for academic affairs, presented awards to this year’s recipients.

“The quality of scholarship at ECU is on the rise and is clearly reflected in the breadth and depth of these authors’ contributions,” said Mitchelson. “I can only applaud them for their collective creativity and commitment to the scholarly life. It makes me proud to be a Pirate!”

Published works represented a wide range of topics such as poetry, law and justice, and race issues.

“This recognition is a tangible indication of Joyner Library’s support for East Carolina University authors,” said Cook. “We are pleased to be able to continue this tradition.”

 

This year’s authors include:

Michael Albers – English

John Bishop – Economics

Nicole Caswell – English

Alethia Cook – Political Science

Tom Douglas – English

Gabrielle Freeman – English

Jeffrey Johnson – English

Armin Krishnan – Political Science

Joyce Middleton – English

Marie Olson Lounsbery – Political Science

Olga Smirnova – Political Science

John Tucker – History

Arthur Carlson – Joyner Library

Venkat Gudivada – Computer Science

Aneil Mishra – Business Management

Crystal Chambers – Educational Leadership

Martin Readon – Educational Leadership

Kimberly Anderson – Literacy Studies

Allison Crowe – Interdisciplinary Professions

Brian Housand – Elementary Education and Middle School Education

Matthew Militello – Educational Leadership

Steven Schmidt – Interdisciplinary Professions

Guli Zhang – Special Education, Foundations and Research

Jessica Christie – Art History

 

Joyner Library book author medallion.

Joyner Library book author medallion.

For more information contact Charlotte Fitz Daniels, programs and events coordinator for Joyner Library, at 252 328-0287 or fitzdanielsc16@ecu.edu.

 

-by Kelly R. Dilda, University Communications

Joyner Library team develops resource to improve student literacy skills

Two faculty members from Joyner Library have produced a new digital resource targeted to help students successfully complete research assignments.

Information Literacy Concepts, an open educational resource created by David Hisle, learning technologies librarian, and Katy Kavanagh Webb, head of research and instructional services, introduces high school, community college and college students to information literacy topics and gives them an overview of how to conduct their own research.

Open educational resources (OERs) are free to access and are openly licensed text, media and other digital assets used for teaching, learning, assessing and research. They also are commonly used in distance education and open and distance learning.

“By choosing to publish their textbook as an OER, Hisle and Webb have not only created a clearly-written, well-organized and thorough text that that can be used in multiple educational settings to teach information literacy concepts, but also one that can be freely customized or modified by other instructors to suit their teaching styles and their students’ learning needs,” said Jan Lewis, director of Joyner Library.

This openly accessible primer also provides learners with an overview of major information literacy concepts identified in the ACRL Framework for Information Literacy.

According to its introductory framework, “Students have a greater role and responsibility in creating new knowledge, in understanding the contours and the changing dynamics of the world of information, and in using information, data and scholarship ethically.”

“We want to prepare our students for today’s rapidly changing information landscape,” said Hisle. “Information literacy skills are essential not just in the work they do as student researchers, but also as college graduates who will need to know how to find and evaluate information to meet their real-world information needs.”

Intended learners for this resource include students in their final year of high school as well as those in the first year or two of college. Specifically, these are learners encountering college-level research assignments for the first time.

Because these students are likely unfamiliar with many basic research concepts, this OER will guide them to fulfill the university’s expectations for conducting research and locating high-quality sources for their research-based assignments.

Content includes chapters stemming from navigating search engines, library databases and discovery tools, to evaluating source credibility and recognizing fake news.

“This freely available e-textbook will be a critical supplement for librarians at ECU (and beyond) to give a big-picture view of the skills that students will need to engage in to produce their own high-quality research,” said Webb. “We have tried to write the book in a way that it would be applicable to students in a variety of contexts, whether they are completing assignments for a writing composition course, in their majors or in a semester-long research skills course.”

Information Literacy Concepts is available at http://media.lib.ecu.edu/DE/tutorial/OER/Information_Literacy_Concepts.pdf.

For more information please contact David Hisle at hisled@ecu.edu or Katy Kavanagh Webb at kavanaghk@ecu.edu.

 

-by Kelly Rogers Dilda, University Communications

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