New Exhibit in North Carolina Collection

“How They Lived: The Material Culture of Eastern North Carolina, 1780 – 1882″ is on display in the Verona Joyner Langford North Carolina Collection, Department of Special Collections, 3rd Floor, J. Y. Joyner Library through April 30, 2015.

“How they Lived…” looks at the material culture of eastern North Carolina – namely the architecture, furniture, silver goods, trade ceramics, and agricultural and gardening material – produced in the region between 1780 and 1882, as well as the 20th century study of this material that has aided in the production of restorations and publications that continue to inform scholarly work as well as the interpretation of this material to the public. 

The section on architecture details both vernacular and high style design features of the region, highlighting some specific homes as examples of the period’s frequent use of Georgian and Federal style design elements. This is complimented with a look at the evolution in the study of regional architecture via rare publications spanning the 20th century. 

Agriculture and gardening is examined through a collection of 19th century publications representative of those typically owned and used by farmers and planters in the region selected from among the North Carolina Collection’s rare books. A brief look at domestic gardening and the maps of eastern North Carolina towns made by Claude Joseph Sauthier between 1768-1770 focuses on the importance of these maps to 20th century archaeologists and architectural historians, particularly for their representation of domestic garden plans.

A group of silversmiths that worked in the region during this period are featured in the exhibit’s section on silver, which presents profiles on a selection of silversmiths as well as images of their work. Also included in the display is an example of a 19th century silver teaspoon made in the region, as well as a copy of one of the only published studies of silver produced in eastern NC.

Several publications on furniture of the region are displayed – all rather recent due to the relative recent (late 20th century) emergence in scholarly publications on the subject. An early 19th century turned side chair from the Southampton county, VA/Martin County, NC area is displayed along with a period cast iron griddle, and a reproduction 19th century floorcloth.

A reproduction creamware chestnut basket is displayed as an example of the kind of trade ceramics that were popular in eastern North Carolina during this time. Also included is a discussion of the region’s somewhat unique collection of custom ordered, british-made liverpool-type transferware pieces.

The exhibit was curated by Fred Harrison and Emily Powell and is open now in the North Carolina Collection.

Winter Clothing Drive

The Joyner Library Green Committee will be collecting gently used winter clothing and accessories now through January 31, 2015. Donations will be distributed through the REAL Crisis Intervention Center.  Please place all donations in the collection box located at the Special Collections single service point on the 3rd floor.  Thanks for your support.

Pet Therapy – Student Exam Break

PAWS FOR THE CAUSE

Students are invited to join us during exams for a snack break and pet therapy.

Thursday, December 11th   12:00pm – 1:00pm

Monday, December 15th   12:30pm – 1:30pm

Tuesday, December 16th   5:00pm – 6:00pm

Circulation Reading Room, 1st floor

Expanded Hours

All main floors in Joyner Library will remain open 24/5 (Sun-Fri) through December 17, 2014.  Students can remain on any of the floors during all hours of the overnight period and won’t have study sessions interrupted at 2 a.m. to move to the first floor.  Security patrols throughout the building will be stepped up to ensure everyone’s safety and the current practice of restricting entry to ECU affiliates only starting at 11 p.m. will remain in effect.

New Titles List Blog

Joyner Library is pleased to announce the release of its New Titles List blog (http://blog.ecu.edu/sites/newtitlesatjoyner/). Updated weekly, this blog provides the ECU community with the ability to easily view lists of newly added titles to the Library’s collections.

Featured collections in the list currently include general stacks, TRC children’s books, e-books, and music media. General stacks titles are organized by disciplinary topics. Clicking on a hyperlinked entry in the list directs you to the library’s catalog, where a user can obtain location and availability information about the title.

Look for the “New Titles” link under the search box at http://www.ecu.edu/lib/.

NEW: Absolute Quiet Room

Joyner Library is pleased to announce room 1019 is now an absolute quiet room.  The absolute quiet room is designed for library users wanting space free of nearly all ambient noise.  In addition to the prohibition on talking or headphones, cell phones and other devices must be silenced (not just set to vibrate) upon entry.  The creation of this quiet space is in response to the spring 2014 student survey.  The room is open during normal library operating hours.

The third floor remains a quiet study area although cell phones, headphones, etc. are permitted.  Security guards will increase patrol of the area to better enforce reduced noise levels.

Mango Languages Online Language-Learning Database

Joyner Library is pleased to announce its acquisition of the Mango Languages online language-learning database.  Freely accessible to all ECU students and personnel, Mango Languages offers a fast and convenient solution for meeting many of the ECU community’s language-learning needs.  Simply visit the database homepage via https://lib.ecu.edu/databases/mango and create a Mango Languages profile to access this unique resource.

Each lesson in the database combines real life situations and audio from native speakers with simple, clear instructions. The database draws on an audio-visual framework to integrate components of vocabulary, pronunciation, grammar, and culture in order to enable users to learn actual conversation and break down complex linguistic elements.

Mango Languages currently offers over 60 foreign languages courses, 16 English as a Second Language (ESL) courses, and specialty language courses such as Latin, Ancient Greek, Biblical Hebrew, and—a fun bonus for ECU fans!—Pirate. Additionally, for some of the languages, the database includes access to feature films that enables users to further enhance their learning by watching foreign films supplemented by interactive content.

Joyner Library’s acquisition of Mango Languages comes as a result of repeated requests from the ECU community for an online language learning database. During the fall of 2013, Joyner Library provided a one month period of university-wide trial access to Mango Languages. Feedback from the period of trial access was very positive and funds became available in the summer of 2014 for Joyner Library to move forward with the acquisition.

Mango Languages may be accessed online at https://lib.ecu.edu/databases/mango. For more information, please contact a librarian at http://www.ecu.edu/cs-lib/libask.cfm.

Tom Eamon Book Lecture 10/22/14

 

Tom Eamon Book Lecture
October 22, 2014
3:00pm  •  Special Collections Reading Room
Joyner Library, 4th floor

The Special Collections Division of J.Y. Joyner Library and the North Carolina Studies Program of the Thomas Harriot College of Arts and Sciences are pleased to host a book talk by Tom Eamon regarding his recent book:  The Making of a Southern Democracy : North Carolina Politics from Kerr Scott to Pat McCrory.

Professor Eamon has taught political science at East Carolina University for over forty years. His teaching and research interests include American political parties, southern politics, and minority participation in the political process. The session will be held on October 22, at 3:00 p.m. in the Fourth Floor, Special Collections Reading Room of Joyner Library.

Light refreshments will be served. Students, faculty and the general public are welcome to attend.