Joyner Library champions student perseverance

Joyner Library held its first Long Night Against Procrastination event on Wednesday, Feb. 28 from 6-10 p.m. in the Gateway Sounds at the top of College Hill. The format of the Long Night is a “buckle down session” where students come to study, collaborate with other students in a study group, or work on midterm projects before leaving for spring break.

The event follows the model created by other large academic libraries nationwide and was planned by research librarians in Joyner Library, with help from the Teaching Resources Center and the Music Library. Campus Housing and the Pirate Academic Success Center were also consulted during the organization of the event.

Katy Webb, the head of research and instructional services for Joyner Library, said, “This event is meant to help students engage with their studies during a stressful part of the semester midterms. When I was a student, I was just trying to make it to spring break so that I could have a bit of time to unwind. This event is meant to help students reach that final finish line after all of their hard work. The library wanted to reward students for their perseverance and help them in any way we could.”

The library provided research help, free printing and food for participants.

The event was not limited to freshmen. Outreach was conducted to the living-learning communities, students living in campus housing, and to students preparing to go on an alternative spring break trip through the LGBT Center.

“It made me motivated to focus while surrounded by other people working,” reported Niamh Massey, a freshman living in the Honors College Living Learning Community.

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ECU’s Joyner Library hosts the 2018 Networking Summit for school media coordinators

Joyner Library’s Teaching Resources Center held its 13th annual Librarian to Librarian Networking Summit on Saturday, Feb. 24.

The one-day professional development opportunity featured 25 diverse roundtable discussions on current topics for practicing and pre-service K-12 school media coordinators. Facilitated by experts in the profession, these sessions encouraged attendees to bring resources to share.

Relevant topics discussed this year included Open Educational Resources (OERs), resources and lesson plans for National Poetry Month, celebrating diverse books, evaluating news and resources, supporting social and emotional learning, exploring the new national library standards, and more.

This year’s featured speaker, award-winning children’s author, musician and educator John Claude Bemis, kicked off the summit by entertaining participants with music and inspiring them as he chronicled his journey from elementary school teacher to renowned author.

Works of fiction by Bemis include “The Wooden Prince,” “Lord of Monsters” and “The Nine Pound Hammer.” All proceeds from his picture book, “Flora and the Runaway Rooster,” are donated to Heifer International, an organization working towards ending hunger and poverty. On Friday afternoon, Bemis visited a group of children who participated in the Read to Feed program at Building Hope Community Life Center. Through this program, Building Hope has purchased livestock and fed numerous families in communities supported by Heifer International.

Bemis said, “What an honor to be a part of this gathering of North Carolina’s cutting-edge educators. Joyner Library’s Librarian to Librarian Networking Summit is a tremendous resource for our state. A wealth of ideas is shared that I know will strengthen our schools and foster innovative teaching practices.”

Joyner Library would like to offer special thanks to all 2018 sponsors, Children’s Plus Inc., ECU’s Master of Library Science Department, Oxford University Press and Perma-Bound Books. Without their generous support, the Librarian to Librarian Networking Summit would not be possible.

“North Carolina in the Great War” now on exhibit in 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.

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 to learn more.

Contact Fitz Daniels for more information at 252-328-0287 or



A Charming Southern Evening with Kristy Woodson Harvey

The Friends of Joyner Library present

A Charming Southern Evening with Kristy Woodson Harvey

Please join the Friends of Joyner Library for A Charming Southern Evening with Kristy Woodson Harvey on Thursday, March 22nd at the Greenville Hilton. Tickets can be purchased online and include dinner, silent auction, and a talk by Ms. Harvey. A proud ECU alumna, Ms. Harvey is the author of Dear Carolina, Lies and Other Acts of Love, Slight South of Simple and The Secret to Southern Charm, which will be released in April.

The Secret to Southern Charm is the second in the Peachtree Bluff (GA) 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.”

Come meet Kristy Woodson Harvey and learn more about her inspiration and creative process.

Thursday, March 22nd 2018
Doors open at 5:30 p.m. / Programs begins at 6pm
Hilton of Greenville
207 SW Greenville Blvd.
Greenville, NC 27858

Purchase Tickets Here 


RSVP by March 15th. Please direct any questions to or (252) 328-4090

Crossing Borders: Initiating Intergroup Dialogue

A documentary that follows 4 Moroccan and 4 American university students as they travel together through Morocco, and in the process of discovering “The Other,” discover themselves.

Wednesday, Feb. 28th
7pm – 9pm

Janice Hardison Faulkner Gallery, 2nd Floor – Joyner Library

This is a Wellness Passport Event

Sponsored by:
Joyner Library & The Office for Equity and Diversity

For more information please contact Meredith Morgan at 

Terrorism and Weapons of Mass Destruction: Government Actions to Confront a Complex Problem

Join us for February FaculTea on Monday, Feb. 26

Dr. Alethia Cook, Associate Professor of Political Science will present: Terrorism and Weapons of Mass Destruction:  Government Actions to Confront a Complex Problem

Since the early 1990s, experts have warned that a major WMD terrorist attack on the US is inevitable. In response, government has worked internationally and domestically to prevent an attack and improve our ability to respond to the impact of one if it happens. Chemical, biological, radiological and nuclear weapons have unique characteristics and impacts, which multiplies the challenges they pose. This presentation will examine this complex issue area and the elaborate policy framework that has been developed to try and keep us safe.

The presentation will be held in Joyner Library room 2409 from 3:30-5:30 p.m.


African American Read-In






 Light refreshments will be provided. 

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Historical Figures Interactive Exhibit


Celebrate Black History Month
Historical Figures Interactive Exhibit

Student actors portray historical African Americans and share their impact on American and Black History

Location: Janice Hardison Faulkner Gallery, Joyner Library

Date &Time: Tuesday, February 20th / 5pm until 7pm

Presented by:
M.U.V.E Greenville, The National Council of Negro Women, Queen in You, Geared Up, and Joyner Library

Using Free Textbooks and Course Materials: Faculty Experiences

Join us for two panel sessions featuring ECU faculty who are using course materials that are free for students. Information about Joyner Library’s Alternative Textbook Program will be shared as well.


Date: Tuesday, February 13, 2:00pm-3:00pm
Location: 2409 Joyner Library
Panelists: Kristine Callis-Duehl, Biology; Cindy Elmore, Communication; Joseph Lee, Health Education and Promotion; Terri Woods, Geological Sciences

Date: Thursday, February 15, 11:00am-12:00pm
Location: Joyner Library 2409
Panelists: Kermit Buckner, Educational Leadership; Christyn Dolbier, Psychology; Sharon Justice, Business

Please direct questions to Jeanne Hoover at