“The Robert Morgan Papers” on exhibit in 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, Governor Jimmy Carter and an array of photographs and papers.

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

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.

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

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

“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.

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.

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 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 http://uptowngreenville.com/play/artwalk/ to learn more.

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



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 joynerfriends@ecu.edu or (252) 328-4090

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.


Joyner Library announces winners of Graduate Student Art and Design Exhibition

Joyner Library has announced the winners of its 10th annual Joyner Library Graduate Student Art and Design Exhibition, located in the Janice Hardison Faulkner Gallery on the second floor of Joyner Library. Winners were selected from 43 artworks by 21artists that have been on display since the exhibition’s Oct. 20 opening.

The competition is a collaboration between Joyner Library and the School of Art and Design to showcase some of the best work of the year by School of Art and Design students.

“This year marks a decade since Joyner Library began this wonderful collaboration with the School of Art and Design,” said Jan Lewis, director of Joyner Library. “I am always impressed by the students’ talent and hard work.”

Winning the Friends of Joyner Library Purchase Award — the competition’s marquee award that comes with a $1,000 prize — was Katya Harris for her painting, “Strength.

“Selecting the Friends of Joyner Library Purchase Award is one of my favorite responsibilities as library director, even though it is difficult to choose just one,” said Lewis. “‘Strength’ will be a worthy addition to the library’s permanent collection, as it is both a timely and timeless representation of the power of women.”

Four additional award winners were:

Joanne Lang, winner of the College of Fine Arts and Communication $500 Dean’s Merit Award for the metal series “The Early Bird Catches the Worm.”

Robin Carter, winner of the School of Art and Design $350 Director’s Award for the ceramic sculpture, Augury.

Holly Roddenbery, winner of the School of Art and Design $250 Award for the metal sculpture, Mourning Yoke.

Brian Culbertson, winner of the Dowdy Student Store $50 Award for the photograph, “Depersonalization 2.

Juror and ECU alumnus Catherine Coulter Lloyd, an independent curator and ceramic artist in Lugoff, South Carolina was wowed by this year’s entries.

“The gallery was full of well-expressed narratives asking the viewer to read, connect and become more aware,” said Lloyd. “The skillfully crafted narratives pushed the boundaries of traditional medias using strong technical abilities and fearless experimentation,” she continued. “I am impressed by the artists’ dedication to concept without losing the quality of craftsmanship and their abilities to connect visually with their audience.”

Charlotte Fitz Daniels, events and program coordinator at Joyner Library, said one of her favorite aspects of this exhibit is being able to witness the growth of skills and ideas the students gain during the three years they are in the SOAD graduate school program.

“Other than the master of fine arts thesis exhibitions at the Gray Gallery, I am proud to say that Joyner Library is the only other venue at ECU or in the community where graduate students can showcase their artworks all together,” she said.

The exhibition is on display until Jan. 28 in the Janice Hardison Faulkner Gallery on the second floor of Joyner Library.

–Kelly R. Dilda
University Communications

Joyner Library offers studying students a quick escape

Joyner Library offers a few extras every year during exam time to help students make it through long hours of studying. This year, those extras will come in the form of some warm, fuzzy hugs from therapy dogs and some snacks to help them focus.

Interaction with the dogs is expected to help students relax and enjoy a break from the rigors of exams.

We hope you will plan to visit Joyner on the first floor of the library during the following days and times.

Wednesday, December 6
12pm – 1pm

Thursday, December 7
1pm – 2pm

Monday, December 11

-Kelly R. Dilda
University Communications