Pirate Nation Gives

There are many ways you can be a part of Pirate Nation Gives Back.

Pirate Nation Gives Back is about philanthropy, service to others, giving of ourselves and our time, and supporting our great institution through charitable contributions. Don’t forget to share on social media with #PirateNationGives.

Support ECU by giving of your Time or Talent

Joyner Library Faculty & Staff will be volunteering at our local food bank! Tell us how you are giving back!

Support ECU by giving of your Treasure

Your generous contributions make a difference for every East Carolina student.
Learn how you can support Joyner Library!



We want to know how “Pirate Nation Gives Back!” Use #PirateNationGives to share your stories on social media. You will find plenty of “unselfie” materials and buttons on the Pirate Nation Gives Back website.

Thank you for celebrating Chancellor Staton’s installation through service and philanthropy. Go Pirates !

12th Annual Librarian to Librarian Networking Summit

The 12th Annual Librarian to Librarian Networking Summit will be held at Joyner Library’s Teaching Resources Center on the campus of East Carolina University on March 25th, 2017.

The Summit provides a variety of roundtable discussions on current topics for K-12 school media personnel. Facilitated by experts in the profession, these sessions also encourage attendees to bring resources to share. Our featured speaker is award winning author and illustrator, Don Tate.


We hope to see you there!

For additional information, call the TRC Service Desk
at (252) 328-6076 or by email at TRC@ecu.edu.

Joyner exhibit showcases trappings of early healthcare

Joyner Library is hosting the traveling exhibit “The Sick Room: Invalid Feeders and Bedside Necessities” in the Verona Joyner Langford North Carolina Collection on the third floor of the library. The exhibit, open through the month of May, showcases a variety of items — both beautiful and useful — that helped ease invalids back to health during the Victorian Period.

Caring for a sick family member was a common part of life, and any bedroom could become the “sick room” where a convalescing patient would rest undisturbed from the difficulties of life.

“The exhibit gives us a better understanding of what life was like taking care of sick family members during the late 19th century,” said Anne Anderson, exhibit curator for the Country Doctor Museum. “This responsibility usually fell to the woman of the household, and much of her time might have been spent using the types of objects featured in the exhibit.

“This concept still connects to us today where an illness can have a huge impact on family life.”

On loan from the Country Doctor Museum in Bailey, North Carolina, the exhibit includes invalid feeders, baby rattles, bedpans, and an invalid chair.

The exhibit also offers many pieces from the private collection of Brenda Rewalt of Bolivia, North Carolina, a retired nurse who has collected more than 700 feeders and related items, some dating back to the 1700s.

“Brenda Rewalt’s collection of invalid feeders is one of the best in the country, and the Country Doctor Museum is very fortunate to include some of her beautiful pieces in this exhibit,” said Anderson. “Her knowledge about the objects, both as a collector and nurse, helped inform the exhibit’s interpretation of life in the sick room.”

On April 6 from 1-3 p.m. in the first floor lobby of Joyner Library, Anderson will offer students an opportunity to participate in a related hands-on activity. Students will grind up medicinal herbs such as eucalyptus, rosemary and peppermint to make medicinal herb sachets, while Anderson and other Joyner Special Collections staff speak on how these herbs were used as home remedies, particularly in sick rooms.

Activities will continue on the third floor, and students are also encouraged to visit the exhibit and use the iPad kiosk to vote on their favorite exhibit item. Results will be posted to Joyner Library’s social media platforms.
“This is our first exhibit installation at Joyner Library and we are very grateful for the opportunity to share our passion for medical history with a new audience,” said Anderson.

For additional information, please contact the Country Doctor Museum at 252-235-4165 or email Anne Anderson, andersonan@ecu.edu.

Further Details:
Many of the beautiful objects on display are on loan from the private collection of Brenda Rewalt.  For additional information, please contact The Country Doctor Museum at 252-235-4165 or email Anne Anderson, andersonan@ecu.edu.



3rd Annual DISSH Symposium

Third Annual DISSH Symposium

Digital Innovation and Scholarship in the Social Sciences and Humanities

March 16, 2017
Faulkner Gallery, J.Y. Joyner Library, East Carolina University

This symposium explores the opportunities inherent in digital projects for interdisciplinary and collaborative research and education, hallmarks of the twenty-first century university. Together, the speakers and panelists point to the promise and potential of digital projects to bring people together from across the university setting, creating synergies across academic computing, libraries, departments and interdisciplinary programs.

Keynote speaker
David Germano is professor of Tibetan and Buddhist Studies at the University of Virginia. Germano is director of SHANTI (Sciences, Humanities, and the Arts Network of Technological Initiatives), the Contemplative Sciences Center, and the Tibet Center at the University of Virginia. He has worked for many years in Tibet on programs of scholarly engagement, community service, participatory knowledge, digital technology initiatives, oral traditions, cultural geography, literary corpora, and entrepreneurship. He also has led initiatives at UVA aimed at mainstreaming new digital technologies in teaching and research, including the design of software systems suited for academic sensibilities and needs. He is currently additionally working on the exploration of contemplative ideas, values, and practices involving scientific methodologies and new applications in diverse fields in the professional schools, and in higher education overall.

Join us at DISSH 2017 in Joyner Library on March 16, 2017!

Division of Academic Affairs
J. Y. Joyner Library
Thomas Harriot College of Arts and Sciences
Departments of English, Foreign Languages and Literatures, and History
Whichard Distinguished Professor in the Humanities (History)
Office for Faculty Excellence
ECU Chapter of Phi Kappa Phi
Dr. Lida Cope, Associate Professor of English
Dr. Juan Escourido, Assistant Professor, Foreign Languages and Literatures
Charlotte Fitz-Daniels, Events and Programs Coordinator, Joyner Library
Dr. Benjamin Fraser, Professor and Chair of Foreign Languages and Literatures
Laurie Godwin, Director, University Multimedia Center
Joyce Joines Newman MFA, Instructional Consultant, Office for Faculty Excellence
Dr. Donna Kain, Associate Professor, Department of English
Dr. Derek Maher, Associate Dean and Religious Studies Program, Harriot College of Arts and Sciences
Ginny Sconiers, Information Technology Manager, Academic Technologies, ITCS
Dr. Irina Swain, Education Technology Consultant, Foreign Languages and Literatures
Joseph Thomas, Assistant Director for Collections and Scholarly Communication, Joyner Library
Heather White, Director of Library Project Development, Joyner Library
Dr. Anne Whisnant, Whichard Distinguished Professor in the Humanities

2017 Alternative Textbook Program

Eligible program participants will receive a stipend and library support to replace their current textbook with open resources and/or library materials. Alternative texts may include a variety of materials, including open textbooks, library materials, and other free resources. If you have questions about the program, please contact Joyner Library’s Research and Scholarly Communication Department at scholarlycomm@ecu.edu.

 For eligibility and application information, please visit the Alternative Textbook Program website.  Applications are due by March 15, 2017.

 This program is supported by grant funds from the Institute of Museum and Library Services under the provisions of the federal Library Services and Technology Act as administered by the State Library of North Carolina, a division of the Department of Natural and Cultural Resources.


Beyond Bricks & Mortar: Revisiting the Sycamore Hill Community

Beyond Bricks and Mortar:
Revisiting the Sycamore Hill Community

Exhibit preserves history of Sycamore Hill community

GREENVILLE, N.C. (2/7/2017) – “Beyond Bricks and Mortar: Revisiting the Sycamore Hill Community,” a photography project that shares a missing piece in the history of the displaced community, has opened at East Carolina University’s Joyner Library.

On display in the Janice Hardison Faulkner Gallery through March 26, the exhibit illustrates that a community is much more than the bricks and mortar used to construct its homes. The photographs and narratives featured show how the ties that bind are found in human connections.

Students, visitors, and citizens of Greenville and surrounding areas are invited to visit the exhibit and learn about the predominately African American community that was displaced by a redevelopment project in the 1960s.

According to Joyner Library Director Janice S. Lewis, “The Beyond Bricks and Mortar project furthers the mission of Joyner Library and ECU to celebrate and preserve the life stories, art and images that represent the regional culture of eastern North Carolina. It is particularly timely as the Greenville City Council continues to discuss a planned memorial near the former location of Sycamore Hill Missionary Baptist Church, now part of Town Common. Recent meetings attended by former residents and church members provided an opportunity for us to learn more about the community, its importance, and the need to document its history before more time passes.”

Sycamore Hill Missionary Baptist Church was founded in 1860 and was originally known as the African Baptist Church. The name was changed in the 1880s and referred to the sycamore trees surrounding the church’s location on the corner of First and Greene streets. The large brick church featured in the exhibit’s historical photographs was constructed in 1917 and was a Greenville landmark for half a century. When the Town Common Park was created in the late 1960s, both the church and the vibrant community that existed around it were forced to move.

With the support of a North Carolina Arts Council Grassroots Grant and additional support from the Friends of Joyner Library, the Beyond Bricks and Mortar project began in late December, led by a team from Joyner Library including Charlotte Fitz Daniels, programs and events coordinator at Joyner Library, Heather White, assistant director for assessment and engagement at Joyner Library, and ECU graduate and professional photographer Michelle Butterfield.

“We are honored to help the Sycamore Hill community tell their story and are excited about the possibilities with this project, said White. “It was overwhelming to have such a large participation in the portrait project, which speaks volumes to the strong sense of community and connection this group continues to feel even years later.”

On Dec. 27 and 28, former Sycamore Hill community members and their descendants were photographed as close as possible to the sites of their former homes and church, many of which were located on what is now Greenville’s Town Common. Narratives from the former residents and family members about their memories of living in the Sycamore Hill community were collected by the Joyner Library team to accompany the portraits.

Historical images of the Sycamore Hill Missionary Baptist Church and the surrounding neighborhood from the Joyner Library Digital Collection are also included in the exhibition.

Amber Nannette Harris participated with her father in the project. “Listening to these stories is a scar for me too,” she said. “They’re my parents and these are my family, and I am happy to stand here and in the gap for those who have gone before us. These sacred grounds will forever be home in our hearts,” said Harris. “This acknowledgment is a start of a healing process.”

A public celebration honoring the Sycamore Hill community and recognizing participants in the project will be held on Friday, March 3 from 5-8 p.m. in the Janice Hardison Faulkner Gallery in Joyner Library. The celebration will include a short program at 5:15 p.m. and will be a part of the First Friday Artwalk series, with service by the Jolly Trolley.

“It is projects like these that allow Joyner Library to continue our commitment to documenting regional history and culture,” White explained. “Our goal is to honor our local community while supporting ECU’s strategic mission as a national model for student success, public service, and regional transformation.”

“I want to thank the former residents of the Sycamore Hill community who generously shared their memories with us,” said Lewis. “Many of the people we interviewed were children or teenagers when their lives were disrupted by the destruction of their neighborhood. Their pride in their community, their church, their schools, and their families could not be destroyed, however. We are glad that we are able to preserve and share this small part of their history through the Beyond Bricks and Mortar exhibit.”

After the exhibit closes, the images will be preserved and will continue to be available online as part of Joyner Library’s Digital Collections. The library hopes this project will be the seed for more extensive outreach and collection of regional history, including the history of communities that have been underrepresented in archival collections.

Joyner Library will also hold a Community Scanning Day on Saturday, March 4 from 9 a.m. until 1 p.m. at the Sycamore Hill Missionary Baptist Church located at 1001 Hooker Road, Greenville, North Carolina 27835.

If you have historical photographs of the Greenville area or related items that you would like to have scanned, please contact: Charlotte Fitz Daniels at FITZDANIELSC16@ECU.EDU or 252 328-0287

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Joyner Library
East Carolina University
Greenville, NC 27858

Janice Hardison Faulkner Gallery
Joyner Library
East Carolina University

 Exhibition Dates:
January 20 – March 26, 2017

Friday, March 3, 2017
5pm until 8pm

Sponsored by:
North Carolina Arts Council Grassroots Grant
Friends of Joyner Library

Community Scanning Day
Saturday, March 4, 2017 – 9am until 1pm
Sycamore Hill Missionary Baptist Church
1001 Hooker Road – Greenville, North Carolina 27835
Help us preserve your history! If you have photographs of the downtown Greenville area, or other items please contact: Charlotte Fitz Daniels at FITZDANIELSC16@ECU.EDU or 252 328-0287  

Media Coverage:

Saturday, March 4, 2017
The Daily Reflector (front page)
Exhibit goes beyond bricks and mortar

Saturday, March 4, 2017
The Daily Reflector
ECU will scan old neighborhood photos today

Tuesday, February 28, 2017
WCTI – Channel 12 – ABC – Evening News
Black History Month: Greenville’s Sycamore Hill Church has lots of history 

Tuesday, February 28, 2017
WITN – Channel 7 – NBC – Morning News
Beyond Bricks & Mortar: Revisiting the Sycamore Hill Community 

Friday, February 24, 2017
The Daily Reflector
Exhibit Preserves History of Sycamore Hill Community

Sunday, February 19, 2017
The Daily Reflector – ECU News
ECU Notes: Exhibit Preserves History of Sycamore Hill Community

Tuesday, February 14, 2017
ECUNow Blog
Exhibit Preserves History of Sycamore Hill Community

December 28, 2016
WITN – Channel 7 – NBC – 6pm news
Forgotten Greenville community gets history preserved

December 28, 2016
WNCT– Channel 9 – CBS – 6pm news
Beyond Bricks and Mortar to piece together Greenville Town Common’s past

December 28, 2016
The Daily Reflector – Front Page
Project saving memories from Sycamore Hill

For more information please contact:
Heather White
Assistant Director for Assessment & Engagement
Joyner Library – East Carolina University
(252) 328-2870

Joyner Library Spring Banquet to feature local, award-winning chef Vivian Howard

Joyner Library Spring Banquet to feature local, award-winning chef Vivian Howard 

The Friends of Joyner Library will host “A Night with Vivian Howard” as part of their 2017 Spring Banquet on March 30 at the Greenville Hilton.

Star and creator of the PBS show A CHEF’S LIFE and owner and chef of the acclaimed Chef and the Farmer restaurant in Kinston, North Carolina, Howard will share personal experiences with discovering age-old traditions for Southern cooking that inspired her latest cookbook, Deep Run Roots. A true celebration of the flavors from North Carolina’s coastal plain, Howard divulges over 200 recipes and stories to reveal the history of Southern food and its roots in family and tradition. ​

Also during the program, the Friends of Joyner Lifetime Membership Award will be presented to long-time member Edith Rand.

The event is open to the public including Friends members and non-members and will begin at 5:30 p.m. with a silent auction. Tickets may be purchased at tinyurl.com/friendsbanquet for $100 per person, which includes a signed copy of Deep Run Roots, or $1,000 per table of eight with preferred seating and eight books.

All proceeds will be used to support student awards, community events and opportunities for staff development at East Carolina University.

Please visit tinyurl.com/friendsbanquet to purchase your tickets today. Checks will also be accepted and should be made out to Joyner Library with “2017 Spring Banquet” in the memo line. Responses should be sent no later than March 16 to Rachel Becton at 252-328-4090 or masonr15@ecu.edu.

For more information about becoming a member of the Friends of Joyner Library please visit www.ecu.edu/cs-lib/giving/friends.cfm.

Community Scanning Day

Joyner Library will hold a Community Scanning Day on March 4 from 9 a.m. until 1 p.m. at Sycamore Hill Missionary Baptist Church, 1001 Hooker Road, Greenville.

Those with historical photographs of the Greenville area or related items that they would like to have scanned are invited to contact Charlotte Fitz Daniels at fitzdanielsc16@ecu.edu or (252) 328-0287.

2017 African American Writers Read-In

Celebrate black literary achievement by publicly reading excepts from works by your favorite black writers, artists, thinkers and creatives.  Bring your own book or choose one from Joyner Library’s collection that will on display during the Read In.

Thursday, March 2nd
Janice Hardison Faulkner Gallery
2nd Floor, Joyner Library 

For information please contact:

Charlotte Fitz Daniels
Programs and Events Coordinator
Joyner Library
East Carolina University
Greenville, NC 27858
252 328-0287

FaculTea – Dr. Bob Edwards

Please join us Feb. 22 at 3:30pm for the first FaculTea of 2017, as Dr. Bob Edwards will present his lecture “Protest Policing at the Republican and Democratic Nominating Conventions, July 2016”

For information please contact:

Charlotte Fitz Daniels
Programs and Events Coordinator
Joyner Library
East Carolina University
Greenville, NC 27858
252 328-0287