Dean’s Message

As the academic year comes to an end, it is a good time to reflect on some of the happenings in Joyner Library.  This year saw the opening of the Pirate CAVE in August and the renovation and grand opening of the Office for Faculty Excellence, the Office of the Quality Enhancement Plan (QEP), the University Writing Center, and the University Writing Program in May.  When students and faculty return in the fall, there will be a new Starbucks in Joyner Library, an expanded study area, a state-of-the-art security station, and reconfigured staff space on first floor.  These changes will help us provide a safe, secure 24/5 library space for ECU students, faculty and staff to enjoy beginning on August 20.  We’ll have a new library instruction room (Room 1415) as well.  We’ll expect to set a new record for monthly gate count, breaking the record of 113,979 people set in October.  While group and individual study rooms, powerful computers, large monitors, whiteboards, and equipment available for check-out are part of the attraction, certainly our knowledgeable and helpful faculty and staff and our wealth of print and online resources that support student learning and faculty research are a large part of the attraction.  We look forward to the 2013-2014 academic year bringing even stronger partnerships with the Office of the QEP, the Writing Center, Research & Graduate Studies, Student Affairs, the Student Government Association, and other groups as we continue to work together to make ECU the best institution in the region.

As I come to the end of my first year as Interim Dean, I want to thank a number of individuals and groups for the support they have given to me and to Joyner Library.  Here are just a few of them:

The ECU Faculty Senate Libraries Committee

Provost Sheerer

The Friends of Joyner Library

The Joyner Library Advancement Council

Donors to Joyner Library

The wonderful staff and faculty of Joyner Library

I wish everyone a productive yet reinvigorating summer and look forward to seeing you in August.