Our user population seems to be made up equally of student groups working together on projects and single scholars poring through their notes or finishing up assigned reading. Access to computer workstations is at a premium, and group study rooms are fully booked.
This time next month, calm will reign in Joyner Library giving our staff and librarians the opportunity to work on getting ready for the start of a new academic year. Summer is the best time to contact us to make arrangements for a library instruction session for your classes, update your reserves list (both print and electronic), or to suggest a new title for the collections. It is also a great time to visit us to check out our new collections or catch up on your professional reading.
All of us here at Joyner want you to know and remember that we are here for you, and we encourage you to contact us with your requests for service, books or other materials.
Written by Dr. John A. Tucker
J. Y. Joyner Library is hosting an exhibit of select paintings by former East Carolina Chancellor Dr. Leo W. Jenkins through May 31, 2012.
Entitled Dr. Leo Jenkins and the Art of Giving, the exhibit highlights Jenkins’ love of painting, his embrace of eastern North Carolina, and his gracious generosity with his works. Jenkins’ paintings were often given to friends, family, charities, alumni, and major supporters of East Carolina during his years as chancellor.
The exhibit, curated by University Historian, Dr. John A. Tucker, and his graduate assistant, Ms. Kate Schnitzer, brings together Jenkins’ paintings (many of which are on loan) from various corners of the campus.
The paintings may be viewed on the first floor corridor leading to Reference Services.
Why did Oxford mathematician Timothy Gowers call for a boycott of publishing giant Elsevier? How did his boycott not only garner more than 7,800 signers by early March, but also capture the attention of the Chronicle of Higher Education, the New York Times, Wired, and Forbes? Gowers’ complaints focused on Elsevier’s (1) “exorbitant high prices;” (2) bundling of journals into “Big Deals,” and (3) its support of SOPA, PIPA and the Research Works Act, all of which Gower maintains will unnecessarily restrict access to information. His boycott was triggered in part by Elsevier’s $1.6B in profits for 2010. In response to concerns expressed by researchers, Elsevier withdrew its support for the Research Works Act on February 27. The same day, the bill effectively died. The underlying issues, however, live on.
On Monday, March 19, four ECU professors will speak on a panel designed to engage fellow faculty in some of these underlying issues:
- Journal pricing: especially how large commercial presses compare to university or association publishers
- Bundling: how do we know whether ECU’s “Big Deals” are good deals for our university?
- Publication practices in the disciplines: is the literature of a discipline concentrated in the hands of just a few publishers? There are alternatives, ranging from SCOAP3 to BioMed Central, and faculty do have a role to play in controlling the literature of their disciplines.
- Evaluating a publisher: what factors come into play when faculty members select a journal and/or publisher to disseminate their work?
Please join me in this Panel Discussion, which is jointly sponsored by the Faculty Senate Libraries Committee and the administration of ECU Libraries. https://collab.ecu.edu/sites/cferegistration/default.aspx
The Friends of Joyner Library at East Carolina University
Cordially invite you and a guest to the Annual Spring Banquet
On Thursday April 19, 2012 at 6:30 in the evening at the Greenville Country Club
Guest speaker/mystery writer
To reserve your seat, RSVP by Friday April 6, 2012, make check payable to The Friends of Joyner Library in the amount of
$35 per person for Friends members or $45 per person for non-Friends members. Mail to Blythe Tennent, 2400 Joyner Library, Mail Stop 516 East Carolina University,
Greenville NC 27858.
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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, the Rhem-Schwarzmann Prize annually recognizes outstanding research papers written by sophomores, juniors, and seniors at East Carolina University. Cash prizes in the amount of $750, $500, and $250 will be awarded to first-, second-, and third-place winners. Papers can be in any field of study, but must be based largely on primary sources held by J. Y. Joyner Library’s Special Collections Department.
I have been thinking about the definition and role of the Academic Library, both in general and in particular for East Carolina. In the last decade, developments in printing and publishing technology and the rapid growth and availability of electronic information have wrought incredible changes in academic libraries and the delivery of services to our students and faculty. Research that used to take weeks and months poring through printedindices and retrieving sometimes hundreds of books and bound journals, can now be done in weeks if not days or hours—and often without physically coming to the university library itself. What we sometimes forget is that obtaining and maintaining those electronic databases, journals, and e-books requires the hard work and expertise of highly skilled and experienced librarians, who just like the librarians of yesteryear who painstakingly built, organized, preserved and protected the great research libraries we revere and remember. And, just as vital as ever are library buildings themselves. Less space in them may be devoted to shelving books and even less to printed journals, but they are still important and integral to the success of our students and faculty. Providing safe, comfortable and invitingspaces coupled with state of the art technology, information retrieval services, and knowledgeable, approachable and proactive librarians and staff will always be important. Readers, moreover, still need a quiet reflective space and access to the collections. Joyner Library provides all of these—and we invite you to visit, virtually and in person.
I continue to be so excited about the Stuart Wright Literary Collection. Today we had a sneak preview of an exhibit, Stuart Wright: A Life in Collecting, that will open officially August 1. The show, mounted in six cases scattered throughout the 4th floor Special Collection Reading Room features but a few of the more than 3000 books and 5000 manuscripts to be found in the Collection, but it is more than enough to give you a clue as to the great depth of the treasures to be found within. Many thanks to Matt Hagler, our summer intern, for doing such a fine job creating the exhibit and to all who have been working so hard on getting the collection ready for the public–this has been the work of many, many hands and thousands of hours!
July is two-thirds over—in just a little over a month, classes will begin again. Summer is a slower time, or so our gate count would lead you believe. Still there is so much going on. We continue to buy books and journals. The reading rooms remain open, and students and community users are happy to find a quiet, welcoming place to study, read, and collaborate.
The last finishing touches on the new STEPP Learning Cove (on the second floor) are being completed, and the faculty, staff, and students for that program will shortly begin their “boot camp.” It will be wonderful having this dynamic program as one of Joyner Library’s partners in learning. The Teaching Resources Center is coming back together—renovations have added 50 additional seats, more computers, an instruction room, and a new, more visible service desk. I invite you to drop by for a visit soon, and be on the look out for invitations to the opening celebrations for both of these areas.
While we are excited about the new spaces and additional seating, we are also troubled by the drastic cuts that this campus and the Library will be facing this academic year and, unfortunately, for years to come. With permanent cuts amounting to more than 7%, on top of the nearly 20% reductions we have experienced over the last three years, we will have to very carefully examine and evaluate all of our services and resources. Even though our budget is decreasing, inflation, especially for serials and journals, has not abated, and we will need to begin cutting or eliminating journal titles, if not this year, then almost certainly in the following. We will be asking the entire campus to participate in this conversation, because Joyner Library is your library—the students and faculty of ECU.