Conference promotes diversity, inclusion

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.”

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.

“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




ECU Libraries Faculty Survey

The ECU Libraries, in collaboration with the Faculty Senate Libraries Committee, are conducting a needs assessment survey of faculty. Analysis of the results will help us target areas for improvement and plan future services. The 2018 results will be compared to the results of a similar survey conducted in 2014. The survey takes approximately 10 minutes to complete. Your participation is very important, and we appreciate your taking time to respond. 

Access the survey at:

ECU Libraries Faculty Survey or

If you have questions or concerns, please contact:

Jan Lewis, Director, Joyner Library, phone: 252.328.2267

Heather White, Assistant Director for Assessment & Engagement, Joyner Library, phone: 252.328.2870

Beth Ketterman, Director, Laupus Health Sciences Library, phone: 252.744.3056

GAMENIGHT – Friday, April 13th

Please join us for a great night at Joyner Library. Enjoy electronic video games, board games, contests, prizes, pizza, snacks, etc and learn more about the services and resources Joyner offers!
Free with an ECU One Card

Joyner Library announces 2018 Alternative Textbook Program recipients

J.Y. Joyner Library is pleased to announce this year’s Alternative Textbook Program recipients. Sixteen faculty were selected for the 2018-2019 program and they will receive stipends of up to $1,000 to incorporate open textbooks, library materials, and/or other free resources in their courses. Additionally, recipients will be paired with a personal librarian who will provide assistance with copyright and identifying possible course materials. The goal of the program is to reduce costs for students while also giving faculty the opportunity to customize their course materials.

Congratulations to the following program recipients:

  • Jaclyn Beierlein, Finance
  • Melissa Cox, Health Education and Promotion
  • Kathy Barrett Dawson, Philosophy and Religious Studies
  • Mauro Falasca, Marketing and Supply Chain Management
  • Janne Gaub, Criminal Justice
  • Tim Jenks, History
  • Jin-Ae Kang, Communication
  • Richard Miller, Philosophy and Religious Studies
  • Joy Moses-Hall, Geological Sciences
  • Chris Oakley, History
  • Jonathan Reid, History
  • Frank Romer, History
  • Amy Rundio, Kinesiology
  • Debra Rush, Foreign Languages and Literatures
  • Michael Stellefson, Health Education and Promotion
  • Essie Torres, Health Education and Promotion

More information about the Alternative Textbook Program can be found here:


This program was 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.

Fifth Annual Human Library

This special event allows attendees to check out human beings. Each of the “human books” is pre-selected because they have an interesting life story to share. After attendees choose a human book based on the title and description provided, they are paired with them to have a 10-15 minute conversation. The topics this year include religion and spirituality, health-related topics, families, and more.

The purpose of the event is to open dialog on campus about including people of all beliefs, walks of life, abilities, and backgrounds. This is a Wellness Passport event; classes are invited to take part in the program, as well. It is free and open to the public. 

If you would like to include the event as extra credit for a class or have further questions, please contact Katy Kavanagh Webb at


FaculTea Lecture Series – featuring Dr. Katherine Ford

Please join us for our next FaculTea Lecture Series on Mon., Mar. 26 at 3:30 p.m. in room 2409, located on the second floor of Joyner Library.

Dr. Katherine Ford, associate professor of Hispanic Studies will discuss her recently published book, The Theater of Revisions in the Hispanic Caribbean.

Dr. Ford explores the textured process of rewriting theatrical works in the Spanish-speaking Caribbean. Tracing these themes through community theater groups, ancient Greek theater, religious traditions, and national historical events, Ford weaves script, performance and final product together with an eye to the social significance of revision. Ultimately, to rewrite and revise is to re-envision and re-imagine stage practices in the twentieth-century Hispanic Caribbean.

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 

African American Read-In






 Light refreshments will be provided. 

 Email for more information.