Bake Sale Results

Joyner Library’s Support Staff Assembly is pleased to report that the annual spring bake sale raised $426.22.  Proceeds will go to Relay For Life’s fundraiser.

For more information, contact event coordinator Tracie Hampton at 328-4085.

Joyner Library and ECU’s Contemporary Writers Series present poet Dave Smith of Johns Hopkins University speaking at the Robert Penn Warren Exhibit.

RPW_screenDave Smith is currently the Elliott Coleman Professor of Poetry at Johns Hopkins University. Influenced by the work of James Dickey, AR Ammons, and Robert Penn Warren, Smith’s poetry chronicles the changing landscape of our country and the changing South.

The Robert Penn Warren Exhibit at Joyner Library represents some of the finest work in the Stuart Wright Collection and the largest collection of associated Warren material held outside the Beinecke Library at Yale University and the University of Kentucky.  Warren rare and fine print books, typescripts, holograph notes and manuscripts, letters, photographs, and ephemeral documents highlight the life and career of one of the greatest American writers of the 20thcentury. Robert Penn Warren (1905-1989) is the only writer to have won a Pulitzer Prize in both fiction and poetry.
Contact:    For more information, contact Tom Douglass at or 252-328-6723


First prize winner – Rhem/Schwarzmann Prize

ECU’s Joyner Library hosts award program for Rhem/Schwarzmann Prize

GREENVILLE, N.C. (3/26/2013) Joyner Library at East Carolina University honor award winners for the Rhem/Schwarzmann Prize on Monday, March 18, 2013.

Cory Adam Noe is the first prize winner of the Rhem/Schwarzmann Prize for Recognition of Student Research, which recognizes outstanding research papers written by sophomores, juniors, and seniors at East Carolina University.  His paper “Clarence Leroy Shuping’s Role in the Democratic Party Following the Election of Franklin Roosevelt in 1932” was written for Dr. Wade Dudley, a professor in the history department.

First prize winner Cory Noe with donor Ann Schwarzmann

First prize winner Cory Noe with donor Ann Schwarzmann

Noe is a senior at ECU earning a history education/history double major with a minor in political science.  He is a recipient of the NC Prospective Teachers Scholarship Loan and is an active member of the ECU College Democrats, serving as vice president during the 2012 election season.

Of the program, Noe states, “By using the Clarence Leroy Shuping Papers [in Special Collections], I was able to learn more about a time that I love through the eyes of someone who was directly involved in the political action at the time.  It was a truly remarkable experience.”

The Rhem-Schwarzmann Prize for Recognition of Student Research was established by Mrs. Ann Schwarzmann to honor William and Emily Rhem and Theodore and Ann Schwarzmann and awards cash prizes in the amount of $750 and $500.  Papers can be in any field of study, but must be based largely on primary sources held by J. Y. Joyner Library.

“Joyner Library supports student learning through its collections, people and spaces,” says Academic Library Services interim dean Jan Lewis.  “Mrs. Schwarzmann’s generous sponsorship of the Rhem-Schwarzmann Prize has allowed Joyner Library to become an even more integral part of undergraduate student learning.  Our staff has enjoyed working with these students as they discovered and used primary source materials.  What a pleasure it has been to hear the winners discuss their papers and to recognize their accomplishments in a tangible way!  The papers written by this year’s winners will be available in The ScholarShip, ECU’s institutional repository, along with those of past winners.”

Noe is a native of Carteret County and enjoys soccer and boating with wife, Brittany Lawrence Noe.  He is the son of Clifton Alan Noe and Katie Hamilton Noe.

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Dean’s Message

The March newsletter is filled with articles that illustrate the many ways Joyner Library supports teaching, research and life-long learning.  I want to focus on one area in this column: Joyner Library’s commitment to collaborative efforts to provide reliable access to high-quality information for the long term.  Our decisions to join the SCOAP3 initiative and to create the Cold War and Internal Security (CWIS) Collection were based in part on our participation in the Association of Southeastern Research Libraries (ASERL), a regional library consortium of 40 research, federal, and state libraries.  As described in the column below, SCOAP 3 will create a means for supporting the production of open-access journals in the field of high-energy physics.  ASERL passed a resolution in support of SCOAP3 in 2008 and is now coordinating members’ participation in this initiative.

ASERL has been exploring ways to enhance cooperative training, outreach, service and collection analysis and development activities to improve access to federal government information for the citizens in the region. All ASERL members who participate in the Federal Depository Library Program (FDLP) have agreed to identify at least one agency / topic / format within their collections as a Center of Excellence.   The ultimate goal is to identify Centers of Excellence necessary to establish, at minimum, two comprehensive FDLP collections in the region.  The CWIS has been designated as a Center of Excellence and Joyner is committed to maintaining and providing access to this collection of primary source historical materials.

ASERL and many other library and educational organizations support the Fair Access to Science and Technology Research (FASTR) Act of 2013, which has been introduced in both houses of Congress.  FASTR “require[s] federal agencies with annual extramural research budgets of $100 million or more to provide the public with online access to research manuscripts stemming from funded research no later than six months after publication in a peer‐reviewed journal.” FASTR would also require the content of the articles to be made available in electronic form for “productive reuse, including computational analysis” and includes provisions for long‐term archiving to ensure the information can be used by generations of future researchers, scientists, and citizens.  With the approval of the Director of Federal Relations of the University of North Carolina, I have asked our Senators and Representatives to co-sponsor and support this important legislation.

Another way Joyner Library supports open access to information is through its digitization program.  By adhering to best practices in digitizing materials, providing metadata to make them searchable and easy to find, and creating a user-friendly interface, Joyner Library adds to the body of high-quality information available to researchers anywhere.  The Vietnam War resistance newspapers described below is just one example of the materials we provide in our Digital Collections.

I hope you enjoy this issue.  As always, I invite you to contact me with any questions about the Library or suggestions for improvements by e-mail to or by phone at 328-2267.