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.

Contemporary Writers Series: Robert Penn Warren Exhibit, April 10, 2013, 4pm

The Robert Penn Warren Exhibit:  Keynote speaker: Poet Dave Smith

Written by Professor Tom Douglass, Department of English

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.  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 20th century. Robert Penn Warren (1905-1989) is the only writer to have won a Pulitzer Prize in both fiction and poetry. He was at the center of American literary life during his long and prolific career. Educated at Vanderbilt, University of California at Berkeley, and Yale University where he was also chosen to be a Rhodes Scholar at New College, Oxford, Warren first gained notice alongside the Fugitive Poets of Nashville — John Crowe Ransom, Allen Tate, Andrew Lytle and Donald Davidson, writers who are also represented in the SWC.

Warren (along with Cleanth Brooks) co-founded The Southern Review at the newly built Louisiana State University in Baton Rouge, a time and place that would help him conceive All the King’s Men (1946), a novel based loosely on the life Governor Huey Long.  The Brooks and Warren collaborative editions of Understanding Poetry and Understanding Fiction would define how literature would be taught in the American classroom.

Warren was a prolific author of poetry and fiction, but he also became an important voice of American criticism and the national conscience. The 1964 collection of interviews he conducted with leaders of the nascent Civil Rights movement in Who Speaks for the Negro? (1965) included the first interviews with Martin Luther King, Jr. and Malcolm X, among others, his Jefferson lectures published in Democracy and Poetry (1975) charted the way for a more diverse and democratic representation in American literature.

Recipient of the Bollingen prize, and two-times awarded the Pulitzer Prize in Poetry for for Promises: Poems 1954-1956 (1958) and Now and Then (1979), Warren was named the first U.S. Poet Laureate Consultant in Poetry in 1986. The SWC includes many manuscripts of his early and later work, and a handful of unpublished poems.

The many prizes of the SWC include manuscripts and published versions of Audubon: A Vision (1969), Brother to Dragons (1953) and (1979), A Place To Come To (1977), Now and Then (1978), Chief Joseph of the Nez Pierce (1983), New Dawn (1983), New and Selected Poems (1985), Portrait of a Father (1988), stage and film versions of All the King’s Men, and several essays – “Why Do We Read Fiction?” and “The Use of the Past,” among others. The hundreds of Warren ex-libris in the SWC display his critical interests and the vital relationship shared with the Fugitive Poets and writers of mid-century — Randall Jarrell, Robert Lowell, Peter Taylor, Eudora Welty, and Katherine Anne Porter. Many of these books also contain personal correspondence and significant marginalia.RPW_screen

Joyner Library and ECU’s Contemporary Writers Series are pleased to present Poet Dave Smith as the keynote speaker for the exhibit. 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. He has authored more than 17 books of poetry including Hawks on Wires: Poems 2005-2010 (2011), Little Boats (2006), and The Wick of Memory: New and Selected PoemsLittle Boats, Unsalvaged: Poems 1992–2004 and The Wick of Memory: New and Selected Poems, 1970–2000,Little Boats, Unsalvaged: Poems 1992–2004 and The Wick of Memory: New and Selected Poems, 1970–2000,Little Boats, Unsalvaged: Poems 1992–2004 and The Wick of Memory: New and Selected Poems, 1970–2000,Little Boats, Unsalvaged: Poems 1992–2004 and The Wick of Memory: New and Selected Poems, 1970–2000, (2000) published by LSU Press and Gray Soldiers (1984) published by Stuart Wright. Formerly editor of The Southern Review (the same literary magazine co-founded by Warren), Smith now serves as editor of the Southern Messenger Poets series for Louisiana State University Press.

New Exhibit in Special Collections Opens April 4th


Please join us for the opening of a new exhibit “Selections from John James Audubon’s Fifty Best Watercolors”.  The reception will honor donors Dr. and Mrs. Rick Webb.  It will feature brief talks by three faculty members on how this collection can be used as a teaching tool in diverse disciplines.
Michael Ehlbeck, MFA, School of Art and Design

Susan McRae, PhD, Department of Biology

Karl Rodabaugh, PhD, Department of History

The exhibit was curated by Paul Goodson, MLS under the direction of Maury York, Assistant Director for Special Collections.

From the Dean

February is the month for love – epitomized by the art on display in the Faculty Art Show and the Valentine books featured in an exhibit in the Teaching Resources Center.  It is also a fitting time to recognize the dedication of the staff and faculty in Joyner Library.  I am proud to work every day with people who have a deep commitment to our shared mission of “connecting people to information and empowering their lifelong learning by developing robust collections, superior services, and people-friendly spaces.”  Joyner Library employees who received the Treasured Pirate award in 2012 are listed in our February enewsletter.  They represent nine departments and were recognized for very different contributions, ranging from the handling of fines to the digitization of collections.  Their work, along with that of our other faculty and staff, often goes without recognition, but is critical to the success of the Library.

On a somber note, at the end of January, one of our staff members, Lynda Werdal, passed away following complications from surgery.  We will treasure our memories of Lynda, including her sweet smile and her ability to always see the best in others.  Lynda was a member of the Interlibrary Loan Services department and helped many faculty and students throughout the university who needed to use materials owned by other libraries.  She was also the long-time advisor of Lutheran Student Ministry.  She will be greatly missed.

Articles in this month’s e-newsletter describe several new services and resources.  Features on a student’s donation of a lithograph to the North Carolina Collection and the Library’s involvement in the Lifelong Learning Program highlight the importance of personal connections.  What better time than February to reflect on the importance of friendship, mentorship and reaching out to others?  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.

Happy New Year!

photo courtesy of Joe Barricella

As I write this column, I can see construction workers outside my window and hear the sounds of sawing and drilling.  If you’ve been in Joyner Library recently, you’ve seen the grey construction wall near the entrance.  In March, this wall will come down and the new areas for the Office for Faculty Excellence and the University Writing Center will be revealed.  We’re looking forward to even stronger partnerships with these two groups when that occurs.

Joyner Library published its annual report in December.  The report documents some of the ways the Library provides the foundation for student learning and faculty research as well as valuable cultural and educational opportunities for the ECU community and the region.  Please contact Dawn Wainwright (  if you’d like a print copy of the report.  The report is also accessible here.  And, of course, there is always something new at Joyner.  I hope that you’ll find the current exhibits, upcoming events, database trials, and services described in this month’s newsletter of interest and that we’ll see you in Joyner soon.

One of my favorite parts of my job is talking to faculty, staff and students about how the Library can continue to improve its collections, services, and spaces. I invite you to be part of the conversation by contacting me by phone (328-2267), e-mail ( or in person.  I hope you have a productive and fulfilling spring semester.