Berlin Wall Exhibit Opening and Reception 9/15/14

“25th Anniversary of the Fall of the Berlin Wall” exhibit opens 9/15/14 and will run through 11/15/14.  Join us on 9/15 at 4:30pm in the  Janice Hardison Faulkner Gallery for a reception and lecture “The Berlin Wall:  A Historical and Photographic Exhibit to Commemorate the 25th Anniversary of its Fall” featuring speakers Dean William Downs and Dr. Jill Twark.

The exhibit is located on the 1st floor hallway leading to Research & Instructional Services.

NEW: 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.

Knights of Pythias Donation to Joyner Library

Neill Lindsay, Grand Chancellor and Bill Spade, Grand Secretary, both of the Grand Lodge Knights of Pythias Domain of North Carolina donated $1,000 on behalf of the group to Joyner Library’s Manuscripts and Rare Books Department in December 2013.  The funds will assist in the processing of the Knights of Pythias Grand Lodge, Domain of North Carolina Records collection which is housed in the ECU Manuscript Collection.  The collection dates back to May 2009 and contains records (1873-2010) of the fraternal secret society Knights of Pythias Grand Lodge, Domain of North Carolina. Records include biennial and annual reports of local lodges, the Records of Proceedings for the annual sessions of the Grand Lodge, financial records, constitutions and bylaws, publications and items such as the 1909 Pythian Service Book.

KnightsPythias

Left to Right:  Bill Spade, Jan Lewis, Joyner Library interim dean, Dale Sauter, Manuscripts and Rare Books interim head of service, and Neill Lindsay.

photo by Dawn Wainwright

Deadline Approaching for Joyner Library Awards Program

Joyner Library is pleased to accept nominations for the 2013 Michael F. Bassman Honors Thesis Award.  The Award recognizes excellence in research and writing by students in the East Carolina University’s Honors College.  The award is sponsored by the Joyner Library and honors Dr. Michael F. Bassman, Associate Professor of Foreign Languages & Literatures, formerly Associate Vice Chancellor of the Honors Program, and its first Distinguished Honors Professor.

One winner is selected each year. The winner will receive a cash award of $500. The prize will be formally awarded at a reception in Joyner Library on Wednesday, December 4, 2013 at 2:00 p.m. Theses completed and submitted for graduation in December 2012, Spring 2013, Summer 2013, December 2013, or Spring 2014 will be considered in this award cycle.  The deadline for submitting applications for the 2013 award is Friday Nov. 8, 2013.

Additional information and details for nominating a thesis for the Michael Bassman Honors Thesis Award may be found at:

http://libguides.ecu.edu/BassmanAward

For questions, contact Bryna Coonin, Coordinator, Michael F. Bassman Honors Thesis Award  E-mail: cooninb@ecu.edu  Or phone (252) 328-0431.

 

Joyner Library Responds to Student Demand with Trial 24/5 Schedule

GREENVILLE, N.C. (8/15/2013) Joyner Library responds to student demand with trial 24/5 operating schedule for the 2013-14 academic year.

Beginning August 19 and continuing through the spring semester, Joyner Library will be open 24 hours a day, 5 days a week.  This pilot initiative is a result of student demand for expanded hours to work on assignments, use library resources, collaborate on group projects, and complete an array of other academic tasks. With the extended hours, the library opens at 10:00 a.m. on Sunday and remains open until closing at 9:00 p.m. on Friday.

After 11:00 p.m., an ECU OneCard is required for entry.  At 2:00 a.m. the basement, second and third floors are closed for housekeeping and reduced staffing, however the first floor remains open overnight.  The second and third floors reopen at 7:30 a.m.  Security staff are present during all operating hours.

According to Mark Sanders, assistant director for Public Services, “We are committed to being responsive to our patrons’ needs and 24 hour access is one of the requests we most frequently receive from students.  We will monitor the hourly building use data during the overnight period of the fall and spring semesters to see if it supports making 24/5 access permanent.  I’m hopeful it will.”

“After sharing the news with my roommate she was more than excited about the 24/5 access to Joyner. I’m certain she’ll utilize this resource to her advantage and she will benefit greatly!” says Cortney Hagans, senior Accounting major.

Joyner Library’s complete operating hours can be found at http://www.ecu.edu/cs-lib/libhours.cfm.  Operating hours are reduced during breaks, intercession periods, and the summer semesters.

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 douglasst@ecu.edu 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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