From the Dean

interim dean Jan Lewis with major gift officer Dwain Teague during the 2013 ECU Homecoming Parade

interim dean Jan Lewis with major gift officer Dwain Teague during the 2013 ECU Homecoming Parade

Dwain Teague and I had a wonderful time on the Joyner Library float in the Homecoming Parade. It was great to hear student, faculty and community shout-outs for Joyner along the route. And the Pirate victory over Tulsa made it a perfect day!

Congratulations to the Joyner Library faculty and staff who presented at the recent North Carolina Library Association conference and to those who were elected to offices. Their involvement is critical to the success of the Association and to achieving its mission of promoting libraries, library and information services, librarianship, intellectual freedom and literacy. Two faculty members’ multi-year contributions to the Association were recognized: Eleanor Cook received the Marilyn Miller Award for Professional Commitment, while Alan R. Bailey received the Roadbuilder’s Award (Academic Librarianship). Read more about Joyner’s involvement in the NCLA on pages 10-11. Congratulations also to Barry Munson who is now a four-time recipient of the North Carolina Society of Historians’ Willie Parker Peace History Award and to Fred Harrison and Arthur Carlson on the publication of their recent books.

Thanks to everyone who provided feedback during the Scopus database trial. That trial has now ended and a decision will be made within the next few weeks as to whether the ECU Libraries will subscribe to Scopus. Trials of three other databases are currently underway. Please visit the Database Trials page for more information.

Have you visited The ScholarShip recently? If not, take a look at the most recent additions which include articles and presentations by faculty as well as theses and dissertations completed by ECU graduates. The ScholarShip is a permanent repository for the scholarly output of ECU, and provides a persistent URL to point to your work. It is easy to upload your publications to The ScholarShip. For more information, please see The ScholarShip Deposit Process or contact us at scholarlycomm@ecu.edu.

This is the final issue of Joyner Library’s eNews for fall semester. On behalf of everyone at Joyner Library, I extend warm wishes for a wonderful holiday season.

2013 Michael F Bassman Honors Thesis Award

Jacob Subash is the winner of the 2014 Michael F. Bassman Honors Thesis Award, hosted by Joyner Library.  Jacob’s research, “Protein synthesis regulation in the germ line affects gamete differentiation,” was completed under the direction of Dr. Brett Keiper, Associate Professor in the Department of Biochemistry, BSOM.

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Dr. Brett Keiper with winner Jacob Subash and Dr. Michael Bassman

Jacob entered the university as an East Carolina Scholar and recipient of the Brody School of Medicine Early Assurance Award. He graduated in May of 2013 magna cum laude with a degree in biochemistry.  Subash was named the Phi Kappa Phi Outstanding Senior at East Carolina University for 2012-2013.

Two honorable mentions were also awarded, to Mukund Patel, for work completed under the direction of Dr. Stefan Clemens, Associate Professor in the Dept. of Physiology at the Brody School of Medicine and Chelsea Hughes, for her thesis completed under the direction of Dr. Derrick Wirtz, in the Dept. of Psychology.

Mark Sanders with honorable mention Mukund Patel

Mark Sanders with honorable mention Mukund Patel

 

Deadline Approaching for Joyner Library Awards Program

Joyner Library is pleased to accept nominations for the 2013 Michael F. Bassman Honors Thesis Award.  The Award recognizes excellence in research and writing by students in the East Carolina University’s Honors College.  The award is sponsored by the Joyner Library and honors Dr. Michael F. Bassman, Associate Professor of Foreign Languages & Literatures, formerly Associate Vice Chancellor of the Honors Program, and its first Distinguished Honors Professor.

One winner is selected each year. The winner will receive a cash award of $500. The prize will be formally awarded at a reception in Joyner Library on Wednesday, December 4, 2013 at 2:00 p.m. Theses completed and submitted for graduation in December 2012, Spring 2013, Summer 2013, December 2013, or Spring 2014 will be considered in this award cycle.  The deadline for submitting applications for the 2013 award is Friday Nov. 8, 2013.

Additional information and details for nominating a thesis for the Michael Bassman Honors Thesis Award may be found at:

http://libguides.ecu.edu/BassmanAward

For questions, contact Bryna Coonin, Coordinator, Michael F. Bassman Honors Thesis Award  E-mail: cooninb@ecu.edu  Or phone (252) 328-0431.

 

Joyner Library Responds to Student Demand with Trial 24/5 Schedule

GREENVILLE, N.C. (8/15/2013) Joyner Library responds to student demand with trial 24/5 operating schedule for the 2013-14 academic year.

Beginning August 19 and continuing through the spring semester, Joyner Library will be open 24 hours a day, 5 days a week.  This pilot initiative is a result of student demand for expanded hours to work on assignments, use library resources, collaborate on group projects, and complete an array of other academic tasks. With the extended hours, the library opens at 10:00 a.m. on Sunday and remains open until closing at 9:00 p.m. on Friday.

After 11:00 p.m., an ECU OneCard is required for entry.  At 2:00 a.m. the basement, second and third floors are closed for housekeeping and reduced staffing, however the first floor remains open overnight.  The second and third floors reopen at 7:30 a.m.  Security staff are present during all operating hours.

According to Mark Sanders, assistant director for Public Services, “We are committed to being responsive to our patrons’ needs and 24 hour access is one of the requests we most frequently receive from students.  We will monitor the hourly building use data during the overnight period of the fall and spring semesters to see if it supports making 24/5 access permanent.  I’m hopeful it will.”

“After sharing the news with my roommate she was more than excited about the 24/5 access to Joyner. I’m certain she’ll utilize this resource to her advantage and she will benefit greatly!” says Cortney Hagans, senior Accounting major.

Joyner Library’s complete operating hours can be found at http://www.ecu.edu/cs-lib/libhours.cfm.  Operating hours are reduced during breaks, intercession periods, and the summer semesters.

Fossil Exhibit at Joyner Library: “Paleontology of Eastern North Carolina”

Through August 31st, the North Carolina Collection at J. Y. Joyner Library is exhibiting fossils from Eastern North Carolina.  The fossils are from the private collections of William O’Neal and Jay Holley. They have been collected over a period of roughly forty years. Mr. Holley is a geologist and instructor who provided technical expertise as well as fossils. The fossils on display are examples of the kind of items that can be found in local waterways, quarries, and other excavations. There are also explanatory materials from books and electronic resources that can be accessed through Joyner Library.

paleonFBpicThe fossils are from a wide date range. The oldest are from the Cretaceous Period, and can be as old as sixty-five million years plus. The youngest are from the Quaternary Period, the Pleistocene Epoch, or the age of large land mammals. These can be as old as 1.8 million years. The primary fossil bearing sediments from the region are marine in nature. The Coastal Plain has not always been dry land. The sands and clays of the area offer ready evidence of the abundance of sea creatures. Limestone from the Southern part of the state tells the same story.

The exhibit can be viewed on the third floor of Joyner Library in the North Carolina Collection. Tours can be arranged, and school groups are welcome. Further information can be obtained at 328-6601 or onealw@ecu.edu .

Fahrenheit 451…..On Display

We are celebrating 60 Years of Ray Bradbury’s Fahrenheit 451, published in 1953. Named one of the most important books of the 20th century, this book is still relevant.

Stop by the Exhibit Gallery on the 2nd floor, to view the display celebrating this classic book as we approach Banned Book Week from September 22nd – 28th.