Category Archives: Joyner Library

Grant will improve access to history collection at ECU’s Laupus Library

A wooden medicine case with 27 medicine vials, 1860-1880.  Photo courtesy The Country Doctor Museum

A wooden medicine case with 27 medicine vials, 1860-1880. Photo courtesy The Country Doctor Museum

A grant from the State Library of North Carolina will aid in improving accessibility to historical archives housed in an East Carolina University library.

The State Library of North Carolina, a Division of the Department of Cultural Resources, awarded a nine-month, $59,200 grant to the Special Collections Division at J.Y. Joyner Library to process the History Collections at the William E. Laupus Health Sciences Library.

The grant is part of the Library Services and Technology Act and is made possible by LSTA grant funding from the U.S. Institute of Museum and Library Services, a federal grant-making agency. With matching funds from Joyner Library, the total project exceeds $66,900.

“The purpose of this project is to improve accessibility of the history collections at the Laupus Health Sciences Library,” said Janice S. Lewis, director of Joyner Library. “The Laupus history collections, which consist of over 6,200 monographs, 200 artifacts and a growing number of oral history materials, document the history of medicine and health care in eastern North Carolina.”

The history collections include two distinct categories of material: Laupus Library Archival Collection and the Country Doctor Museum Archival Collection. The Country Doctor Museum archival collection is less than half of the museum’s special collections – the majority of the artifacts are stored at the museum in Bailey, North Carolina.

“The primary focus of this project will be to convert collection guides from Word documents and Excel spreadsheets into encoded archival description finding aids, thus making all collection guides and inventories available online,” said Jennifer Joyner, digital archivist and grant principal investigator. “Currently, there are no online finding aids directing users to these rich and unique collections.”

“The lack of online access to the history collections is in stark contrast to the online accessibility of the manuscript materials at Joyner Library’s special collections division,” Lewis added. “During the 2013-14 year, the finding aids in our East Carolina Manuscript Collection and University Archives received 135,205 page views and were searched over 30,122 times.”

The final step of the project will be to digitize key materials from the Laupus history collections that are representative of the holdings. The digitized materials will become a part of ECU Digital Collections, and item level metadata will be shared with the Digital Public Library of America. The creation of multiple access points will improve the accessibility and visibility of these valuable historical collections.

For more information, contact Dawn Wainwright at (252) 328-4090.

ALA accredits ECU's MLA program

The American Library Association has accredited East Carolina University’s master of library science degree program, the largest producer of school library media coordinators in the state.

ALA_accredited-seal_mediumAs a result of the accreditation, future ECU graduates and recent alumni can apply for positions in any library setting, providing greater flexibility and mobility in career choices, said Dr. John B. Harer, ECU associate professor of library science and master of library science (MLS) program coordinator.

The new designation is seen as essential to MLS graduates seeking employment in academic and public libraries. It is a required standard by the Association of College and Research Libraries. Most employers, except school libraries, require an ALA-accredited master’s for professional level positions, Harer said.

“ALA accreditation will also give students more choices to design a course of study for a specialization in a professional library career,” Harer said. “The program can now build a more dynamic curriculum so that students will be able to choose a specific skill set within the career concentrations of academic and public librarianship.”

ALA accreditation ensures that ECU has undergone a self-evaluation process, been reviewed by peers and meets standards established by the ALA and Committee on Accreditation. Students currently enrolled in the program will receive an accredited degree upon graduation as well as ECU alumni who graduated in 2015, 2014 and 2013.

ECU has been preparing library professionals since 1939. Library science is the largest program in the College of Education. Last fall, 194 students were enrolled.

The online program features high-tech and hands-on learning, providing a web-based course of study using new and emerging technologies. It is designed for students seeking employment as librarians and information professionals in pre-K through 12th grade schools, universities, community colleges and public libraries.

For more information, contact Harer at or 252-328-4389 or visit the website at

Award-winning author to speak at Joyner Library banquet

Allan Gurganus, acclaimed author of “Oldest Living Confederate Widow Tells All,” will be the keynote speaker for the Friends of Joyner Library’s annual spring banquet scheduled for 6 p.m., April 30.

Allan Gurganus

Allan Gurganus

Gurganus is also the author of “White People” (Los Angeles Times Book Prize, Pen-Faulkner Finalist), “Plays Well with Others,” “The Practical Heart: Four Novellas” (Lambda Literary Award) and 2013’s “Local Souls.” His stories have won the National Magazine Prize and have been honored in “Best American Stories,” “The O’Henry Prize Collection” and “The Norton Anthology of Short Fiction.”

The writer’s essays and editorials appear in The New York Times and the New York Review of Books. He was featured in the PBS “American Masters” series as a scholar-reader for “Walt Whitman, An American.” Gurganus wrote and narrated the script “A House Divided: Poetry of the American Civil War” for BBC 4.

The CBS version of “Widow” won four Emmys. The writer was a recent John Simon Guggenheim Fellow and is a fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Letters. Gurganus has taught literature and writing at Duke University, The Iowa Writers’ Workshop, Stanford University, and Sarah Lawrence College.

“Allan Gurganus is one of our state’s most gifted authors and storytellers,” said Janice Lewis, interim dean of Joyner Library. “I am thrilled that he will share his insights with us. I started reading ‘Local Souls’ last night and was completely captivated by the characters and the town of Falls, North Carolina.”

This year’s banquet will be held at Yankee Hall and the program will honor lifetime Friends of Joyner Library member and library benefactor, the late Ann Rhem Schwarzmann. Tickets may be purchased ($35 members, $45 non-member) at or 328-6514.

The Friends of Joyner Library is a non-profit organization that provides support to the library, which serves the university and region.

For more information, contact Dawn Wainwright at 328-4090.

University Archives launches site profiling ECU icons

By Steve Tuttle

Minna Towner Inglis Fletcher (1879-1969) wrote 12 novels in her “Carolina Series” set during the colonial era in state history. She lived for many years at Bandon Plantation in Edenton. A world traveler, here’s she’s dressed in costume during a tour of Africa.  Fletcher Residence Hall on main campus is named for her. (Contributed photo)

Minna Towner Inglis Fletcher (1879-1969) wrote 12 novels in her “Carolina Series” set during the colonial era in state history. She lived for many years at Bandon Plantation in Edenton. A world traveler, here’s she’s dressed in costume during a tour of Africa. Fletcher Residence Hall on main campus is named for her. (Contributed photo)

Ever wonder about the people whose names are on campus buildings? Who were they?

A new web site answers those questions with profiles and pictures of the people who made lasting contributions to East Carolina University. The site is a joint effort of University Archives, Joyner Library Digital Collections, Application & Discovery Services, and East magazine.

The ECU Icons Gallery, at, launched recently with an initial collection of six biographies. The site will be expanded at regular intervals with biographies of other notable individuals in ECU history.

The gallery is an effort to communicate the university’s rich history to a wider and younger audience at the click of a mouse.

Each icon will include a biography, photos, memorabilia and a link to additional resource material housed within the Special Collections Division of Joyner Library. East magazine will contribute occasional content to the site, mainly the stories in its “Upon the Past” feature.

Among the first group of icons is East Carolina founding father Thomas Jordan Jarvis. A former governor, ambassador to Brazil, and veteran of the Civil War, Jarvis is largely responsible for securing Greenville as the site of what was then East Carolina Teacher Training School. He also influenced the unique architecture of the six original buildings on campus, with their distinctive red tile roofs.

Also in the first group are two women who have residence halls named for them – early feminist Sallie Cotten and novelist Minna Fletcher. Three others are former faculty members, Wellington Gray, Howard McGinnis and Wendell Smiley.

New groups of icons will be added to the site quarterly.

To suggest an individual to be profiled, or to learn more about using materials housed in Special Collections, please contact Arthur Carlson at 252-328-6838 or

ECU’s Joyner Library honors ECU faculty authors

Faculty honorees as the annual book awards ceremony. (Contributed photo)

Faculty honorees as the annual book awards ceremony. (Contributed photo)

The fourth annual Joyner Library/Academic Affairs Faculty Author Book Awards held Oct. 24 honored 35 faculty members for scholarly book publications.

“Publishing a scholarly book is a significant professional achievement for university faculty.  We want to recognize our faculty authors and congratulate them on their accomplishments, said Jan Lewis, interim dean of Academic Library Services. “The library is an important partner in the creation of scholarly output so it’s a natural fit for us to host such an event,” Lewis added.

Dr. Ron Mitchelson, interim provost and senior vice chancellor of Academic Affairs remarked, “the book remains the signature event in an academic’s life and we admire our authors for their creativity and endurance.”

Criteria for the book awards were books authored, co-authored or edited; peer reviewed by scholars, published between July 1, 2013 and June 30, 2014; and authors employed at ECU when the book was published.

Faculty members honored are as follows:

Dr. Katie Flanagan, Health Education & Promotion; Dr. Megan Janke, Department of Recreation & Leisure Studies; Dr. Kimberly Myers, Department of Nutrition Science; Dr. Roman Pawlak, Department of Nutrition Science; Dr. John Kerbs, Department of Criminal Justice; Dr. Melvin Weber, Department of Hospitality Leadership; Dr. Dori Dennison, Department of Hospitality Leadership; Dr. George Fenich, Department of Hospitality Leadership; Dr. Jennifer Hodgson, Department of Child Development & Family Relations; Dr. Cheryl Johnson, Department of Child Development & Family Relations; Dr. Anglea Lamson, Department of Child Development & Family Relations.

Also Dr. Susanne Jones, Department of Foreign Languages & Literature; Dr. Tom Eamon, Department of Political Science; Dr. Holly Hapke, Department of Geography; Dr. Kyle Summers, Department of Biology; Dr. Nathan Richards, Department of Maritime Studies; John Tucker, Department of History; Dr. Jonathan Reid, Department of History; Dr. Jeffrey C. Johnson, Department of Sociology; Dr. Helena Feder, Department of English; Dr. Seodial Deena, Department of English; Dr. Tracy Morse, Department of English; Dr. Ken Parille, Department of English; Dr. David Wilson-Okamura, Department of English.

Also Dr. David Griffith, Department of Anthropology; Dr. Michael Hardy, Institute of Outdoor Theatre; Fred Harrison, Academic Library Services; Barry Munson, Academic Library Services; Alan Bailey, Academic Library Services; Arthur Carlson, Academic Library Services; Dr. Lori Flint, College of Education – Special Education Foundations & Research; Dr. Jami Biles Jones, Department of Interdisciplinary Professions; Dr. Kylie Dotson-Blake, Department of Interdisciplinary Professions; Dr. Scott Glass, Department of Interdisciplinary Professions; Dr. Hoazhe Chen, Department of Marketing & Supply Chain Management.

Joyner Library collects, organizes, preserves, and provides access to books for education, research, and enrichment.  The books featured at the awards ceremony are added to the reading collections and are available for check out.

For more information, contact Dawn Wainwright at (252) 328-4090.

ECU’s Joyner Library awarded Grassroots Art Project Grant

Pictured above is a tea given for African-American Teachers, Oct. 19, 1954.  Attending were Pitt County School teachers including (third from right) Miss Sadie I. Saulter, former principal of the Fleming Street School now named Sadie Saulter School.  (Photo courtesy of Joyner Library Digital Collections "The Daily Reflector Image Collection.")

Pictured above is a tea given for African-American Teachers, Oct. 19, 1954.  Attending were Pitt County School teachers including (third from right) Miss Sadie I. Saulter, former principal of the Fleming Street School now named Sadie Saulter School.  (Photo courtesy of Joyner Library Digital Collections “The Daily Reflector Image Collection.”)

J.Y. Joyner Library at East Carolina University was awarded a $1,750 Grassroots Art Project Grant to support the planning and implementation of the upcoming project “African American Life in Eastern North Carolina.”

“The African-American Life in Eastern North Carolina” project will consist of an exhibition and community event to celebrate the art, culture, and living traditions of eastern North Carolina’s African-American community.

“We are excited about this opportunity to showcase the talent of local artists and musicians, along with our own unique collections, through this collaboration,” says Janice S. Lewis, interim dean of Joyner Library.

The project will include a physical exhibition combining the artwork of eastern North Carolina African American artists with images from Joyner Library’s extensive African-American History Collection within the Special Collections Division. The exhibition will open in the newly renovated Janice Hardison Faulkner Gallery in February 2015, coinciding with African-American History Month. The project will also include a free community celebration event honoring the opening of the exhibition and featuring performances by eastern North Carolina African-American musicians.

Heather White, director of library project development, said the event provides an opportunity to engage the campus, community and region. “Through visual arts, music, and our collections, our hope is to celebrate the rich African American tradition and experience,” she said.

Grassroots Arts Project Grants are made possible by the North Carolina Arts Council and dispersed to each county by their local arts council. Since 1977, the N.C. Arts Council’s Grassroots Arts Program has provided North Carolina citizens access to quality arts experiences. The program distributes funds for the arts in all 100 counties of the state primarily through partnerships with local arts councils. The Pitt County Arts Council at Emerge serves as the N.C. Arts Council’s partner in awarding subgrants to local organizations for arts programs in Pitt County.

For more information, contact Dawn Wainwright at (252) 328-4090.

Lecture to focus on life of Paul Crouch

Gregory Taylor, associate professor of history at Chowan University in Murfreesboro, will present “Cold War Pawn: One Man’s Ideological Journey through a Divided World, at 5 p.m. Oct. 8 in the Janice Hardison Faulkner Gallery, Joyner Library.

Taylor will focus on the life of North Carolina native Paul Crouch, a former member of the Communist Party of the USA who eventually quit the party and testified widely about the dangers of communism.  The presentation will also examine how Crouch and others like him often find themselves used, abused and discarded by more sophisticated operators, like Joseph Stalin or Joe McCarthy.

Taylor is author of “The Life and Lies of Paul Crouch: Communist, Opportunist, Cold War Snitch” and “The History of the North Carolina Communist Party.”

For more information, contact David Durant at or 252.737.2258.


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