CWIS Collection Cold War Lecture Featuring Dr. Gregory Taylor

“Cold War Pawn:  One Man’s Ideological Journey through a Divided World”
October 8, 2014   •   5:00pm – 7:00pm
Janice Hardison Faulkner Gallery   •    Joyner Library, 2nd floor

This talk focuses on the life of North Carolina native Paul Crouch.  During his seventeen years as a member of the Communist Party of the USA, Crouch studied in the Soviet Union, placed Communists in the US military, tried to infiltrate the federal government, organized strikes and radical labor groups, and published countless screeds against capitalism. In 1949 he quit the party and spent the next five years testifying about the dangers of Communism in court cases, Congressional hearings, and public forums. He died in 1955, fearing the Red Menace to the bitter end.  This talk thus will conclude with an exploration of the manner in which political ideologues, like Crouch, often found themselves used, abused, and discarded by more sophisticated political operators, like Joseph Stalin or Joe McCarthy.

About the speaker:  Dr. Gregory Taylor is Associate Professor of History at Chowan University in Murfreesboro, NC. He is the author of The Life and Lies of Paul Crouch: Communist, Opportunist, Cold War Snitch (University Press of Florida, 2014) and of The History of the North Carolina Communist Party (University of South Carolina Press, 2009).

For more information, contact David Durant at durantd@ecu.edu or 252.737.2258.

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

Tuthill, Jeff   Whaley, Matt   Elmore Martha    Elmore Mickey1 2 3 4# # #

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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Edible Book Festival Winners Announced

ECU’s Joyner Library hosts annual Edible Book Festival

GREENVILLE, N.C. (Mar. 31, 2014) – Joyner Library at East Carolina University hosted its third annual Edible Book Festival on Saturday, March 29.

“The Edible Book Festival is held annually internationally around the first of April,” says Eleanor Cook, festival director and assistant director for Discovery and Technology Services.  “Joyner Library has partnered with the ECU Youth Arts Festival for the past three years. The Edible Book celebrates books and culinary craftsmanship that draws upon the creativity of community members,” said Cook.

Juried categories included Most Edible, Least Edible, Wittiest, Best in Show/Youth and Adult.  This year’s judges were Greenville Banks, Jr and Cecilia Moore-Cobb from the Friends of Joyner Library Board of Directors.

The silent auction featured professional cakes donated by Aramark/ECU and Lowe’s Foods. “Proceeds of more than $100 from the silent auction and other voluntary donations received during the event benefit the Joyner Library Preservation & Conservation fund,” says Lisa Barricella, department head of Monographic Acquisitions & Preservation/Conservation.  “This fund helps to support the purchase of equipment and materials used in Joyner’s conservation labs where technicians conserve books, documents, manuscripts and photographs for long-term access,” said Barricella.

2014 winners:

  • Most Edible:  “Horton Hears a Who!” by Dr. Seuss.  Makayla Gilland (Youth entry)
  • Least Edible:  “Fish! Tales” by Stephen Lundin et al.  Gloria Bradshaw
  • Wittiest:  “Cold Mountain” (Dew) by Charles Frazier.  Stephanie Hedgepeth
  • Best in Show/Youth:  “Little House on the Prairie” by Laura Ingalls Wilder.  Walker Bixby
  • Best in Show/Adult:  “Swiss (Cheese) Family Robinson” by Johann David Wyss.  Wesley Dills

Winners each received a handcrafted notebook, winner’s ribbon, and a gift certificate.  Photos of entries may be viewed at https://www.ecu.edu/cs-lib/techsrv/edibleabout.cfmhortonMost Edible winner Makayla Gilland

swissBest in Show/Adult winner Wesley Dills

For information on this project or Joyner Library, contact Dawn Wainwright at 252.328.4090 or wainwrightd@ecu.edu