Banned Books Reading Event 9/25/14

GREENVILLE, N.C. (September 16, 2014) —East Carolina University’s Joyner Library will partner with the Department of English to mark Banned Books Week on Thursday, September 25 with a Read Out and program.

Banned Books Week is an annual event held the last week in September that celebrates our freedom to read and the importance of the First Amendment.

The Read Out will begin at 4:30pm in the Sonic Plaza outside of the library.  ECU students and faculty are invited to read excerpts from banned or challenged books.  Readers are invited to bring their own books and organizers will have books available for attendees.  A program about book burning and banning will follow at 5:30pm in Joyner Library room 2409.

“Joyner Library is proud to be the host and co-sponsor of ECU’s Banned Books Reading Event, says Jan Lewis, interim dean of Academic Library Services.” “Co-sponsored by the American Library Association, Banned Books Week celebrates the freedom to read and to seek and to express ideas, even those some consider threatening or unorthodox. Many of my favorite books are on the ALA’s list of banned and challenged books, making it hard to choose just one to read from on September 25. Come to the Reading Event – you may be surprised by what you hear,” says Lewis.

Banned Books Week is also sponsored by the American Booksellers Association; American Booksellers Foundation for Free Expression; American Society of Journalists and Authors; Association of American Publishers; and the National Association of College Stores.  It is endorsed by the Center for the Book in the Library of Congress.

“Sigma Tau Delta, the English Club, and the English Department feel honored to help host the discussion of banned books at the 5:30 program,” says Dr. Corinee Guy, professor of English.  Guy continues, “We hope the audience will participate during the program, and afterwards continue to question our rights and responsibilities in a free society.  Come to Joyner 2409, and let your voice be heard!”

Organizer of the Read Out, Margaret Earley-Thiele says, “We are excited to hold a Read Out, one of several awareness and learning events scheduled during the week, which will kick off on Monday, September 22 with a Life Long Learning class entitled, “You Read Banned Books? How Scandalous!”

This free program is open to the ECU community and the general public.

For more information, contact Dawn Wainwright at 252.328.4090 or wainwrightd@ecu.edu.

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7th Annual Graduate Student Art & Design Exhibition 9/23/14

The reception and awards ceremony for the 7th Annual Joyner Library Graduate Art & Design Exhibition is scheduled for September 23, 2014.  Reception begins at 4:30pm and program at 4:45pm in the Janice Hardison Faulkner Gallery on the 2nd floor.  The Graduate Student Art & Design Exhibition showcases various mediums including textiles, jewelry, photography, sculpture, and metal works by ECU graduate students.

The opening reception honors award winners, including the Joyner Library Purchase Award sponsored by the Friends of Joyner Library.  The event is open to ECU community and general public.

Berlin Wall Exhibit Opening and Reception 9/15/14

“25th Anniversary of the Fall of the Berlin Wall” exhibit opens 9/15/14 and will run through 11/15/14.  Join us on 9/15 at 4:30pm in the  Janice Hardison Faulkner Gallery for a reception and lecture “The Berlin Wall:  A Historical and Photographic Exhibit to Commemorate the 25th Anniversary of its Fall” featuring speakers Dean William Downs and Dr. Jill Twark.

The exhibit is located on the 1st floor hallway leading to Research & Instructional Services.

FotoTastic Exhibit Closing Reception

Reception:  September 4, 2014 at 5:00pm. “FotoTastic 2014,” created by School of Art and Design photography students, is a brief introduction to contrasting approaches to making contemporary fine art images, while maintaining a strong sense of formal and conceptual issues.

2014 W. Keats Sparrow Writing Awards

Join us for the W. Keats Sparrow Writing Awards on August 27, 2014 from 5:00-6:00pm in the Janice Hardison Faulkner Gallery on the second floor.  Sponsored by the Friends of Joyner Library, this award recognizes excellence in research and writing by students in ECU’s English 1100 & 1200 classes.

The award is named in honor of the late Dr. W. Keats Sparrow, Professor Emeritus of English and former Dean of the Thomas Harriot College of Arts and Sciences.

RSVP to wainwrightd@ecu.edu

Work Study Job Fair at Joyner Library

Joyner Library Work Study Job Fair will be held on August 28, 2014 at 2:00pm.  Join us to learn about student employment opportunities.  All students are welcome to join the fair.  The fair will be held from 2:00-4:00pm in the Janice Hardison Faulkner Gallery on the second floor.

Author Reception and Book Signing: Alan R. Bailey

Joyner Library is hosting an Author Reception and Book Signing for Alan R. Bailey on Friday, August 15, 2014.  Join us from 4:00-6:00pm in the Janice Hardison Faulkner Gallery on the second floor.

Copies of Bailey’s book “Building a Core Print Collection for Preschoolers” will be available for purchase.

RSVP to wainwrightd@ecu.edu by August 11.

Joyner Library Recovers From Major Water Leak

GREENVILLE, N.C. (7/2/2014) Joyner Library personnel discovered a major water leak on June 29, 2014.  Initial findings included standing water in the stacks on the second floor with a major leak from a rusted pipe fitting in the conservation lab located between the North Carolina Collection and University Archives on the third floor.

The library’s disaster response team was activated and campus police and ECU’s facility services reported to the site along with CareMaster Fire and Restoration.

“Thank you to the library first responders who found the leak’s source and stopped it to prevent additional damage.  Thanks also to the many library staff members who reported on their day off to assist with the recovery effort,” says Janice Lewis, interim dean of Joyner Library.

Damage to the collections included forty-six boxes and 25 bundles of the University Archives holdings.  Approximately 1500 books in the general collection were affected.  Initial loss estimates are $30,000 for 600 books and $5000 to repair approximately 500 books.  The remaining materials will be restored at minimal cost.

Joyner Library salvage teams followed standard disaster protocol by triaging water-damaged materials.  General collection books were placed on water absorbent paper, positioned appropriately and fanned out.  Rare and one-of-a-kind holdings from Archives were layered between Reemay and blotting paper.  All materials were centralized in containment areas with dehumidifiers and fans.  Processing time for the Archives materials is estimated at seven to ten days.  Materials from the general collection could take up to four months to be returned to circulation.

“We were fortunate that the response time was so quick,” says Eleanor Cook, assistant director for Discovery and Technology Services and disaster response team coordinator.  “It was a great team effort by Joyner personnel and in some cases their families.  The disaster response team had a tabletop exercise planned over the summer.  This live drill was an unexpected test of our preparedness and couldn’t have been more smooth.”

The building suffered damage to ceiling tiles, walls, and carpet and floor areas on the second and third floors.  The estimated costs for repair and clean up are ongoing.  The North Carolina Collection (NCC) remains closed to the public; however, unaffected materials may be requested and delivered as needed by the Circulation or Special Collections staff.  The NCC service desk anticipates reopening in ten days.

Subject liaison librarians will work in conjunction with ECU faculty on replacing necessary materials lost from the general collection over the fall semester.

For more information, please contact Eleanor Cook at 252.328.2598.

Joyner Library Volunteers

Barricella, Lisa   Bradshaw, Gloria   Carlson, Arthur   Conlin, June   Conner, Floyd

Cook,  Eleanor   Dembo, Jonathan   Galetka, Leland   Gathercole, Erin   Guill, Kacy

Hampton, Tracie   Hardison, Nanette   Joyner, Jennifer   Lawrence, John

Lewis, Jan   Lundin, Lynnette   Mayo, Jan   Perkins, David   Reece, Michael

Reynolds, Matt   Rhodes, Tamara   Rolison, Joe   Sanders, Mark

Sauter, Dale   Scott, Ralph   Shirkey, Cindy   Stilley, Brandon

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Joyner Library Grant Award Leads to $119,500 Archival Project

GREENVILLE, N.C. (6/13/2014) – The National Archives’ National Historical Publications and Records Commission has awarded a grant to the Special Collections Division at Joyner Library to process the archives of the Institute of Outdoor Theatre.  With matching funds from East Carolina University, Joyner Library and the IOT, the total project budget exceeds $119,500, according to Dr. Michael C. Hardy, director of the IOT, which is located at the university.

The one-year, $56,290 grant is part of the Commission’s Documenting Democracy: Access to Historical Records program which funds projects that promote the preservation and use of the nation’s most valuable archival resources. The grant will also allow for the creation of a comprehensive online archive allowing worldwide access to the IOT archive.

“I am pleased that Joyner Library can partner with ECU’s College of Fine Arts and Communication and the Institute of Outdoor Theatre to provide access to the archives to researchers worldwide,” said Janice S. Lewis, interim dean of Joyner Library. “The photographs, video and audio recordings, publicity materials, feasibility studies, original research, and other materials will provide unparalleled insights into the challenges and successes experienced by outdoor theatres and the communities in which they operate. I look forward to sharing its riches with a broader audience.”

Since its founding in 1963, the IOT has amassed a considerable collection related to more than 600 outdoor theatres. The earliest of those theatres began in the 1920s. The institute was founded with the purpose of supporting these theatres with technical assistance, documentation of best practices in the field, and management and feasibility studies.

“The archival materials accumulated by the Institute of Outdoor Theatre over the past 50 years provide a unique view of a distinct movement in American Theatre history,” said Hardy. “We are very pleased to have received this important recognition of the quality of our archives from the National Archive’s panel of experts, and we look forward to making them available to future researchers when this project is complete.”

The audience for these materials includes set builders, regional and social historians, folklorists, those concentrating on performing arts history, tourism history and those interested in the general origin of historical outdoor drama in the United States, as well as Shakespeare and Renaissance festivals and outdoor theatre.

Assistant Director for Special Collections Kacy Guill said, “Once processed, we believe the IOT collection will have appeal to ECU students as well as national and international researchers.”

For more information, contact Dale Sauter, principal investigator and interim head of service, at 252.328.0275 or sauterd@ecu.edu.

Photos and materials "Unto These Hills" and "The Lost Colony"  — both North Carolina outdoor productions — will be included in the Institute of Outdoor Theatre's archival project. This photo shows the Eagle Dance from "Unto These Hills." Photo by Chris McCoy.

Photos and materials “Unto These Hills” and “The Lost Colony” — both North Carolina outdoor productions — will be included in the Institute of Outdoor Theatre’s archival project. This photo shows the Eagle Dance from “Unto These Hills.” Photo by Chris McCoy.

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