A message from Jan Lewis, interim dean


Interim Dean Jan Lewis and donor Betty Debnam Hunt
Photo by Linda Fox

Welcome back for Fall semester.  There have been a number of changes at Joyner Library over the summer and more are on the way.  Most importantly, Dean Larry Boyer retired on July 31.  He and his wife Sue have an exciting year of travel planned in the U.S., Mexico, Ecuador and Italy; we wish them safe travels accompanied by plenty of excellent adventures.

At the request of Provost Sheerer, I will be interim dean.  I look forward to leading the dedicated faculty and staff in Joyner Library in fulfilling the mission of the Library:  “We connect people to information and empower their lifelong learning by developing robust collections, superior services, and people-friendly spaces.”  As you will read in this newsletter, we have acquired some wonderful online collections and journal back files that add to the robustness of our collections.  These purchases were made possible by end-of-year funds from the Division of Academic Affairs.  The acquisition of the second installment of the Stuart Wright Collection and major donations to our Manuscript Collection and Music Library in recent months also enriched the collections we provide.

The most visible change to services is the new Circulation Desk near the Library entrance.  We had to wait a long time, but we think it was worth it.  The new desk provides greater visibility and facilitates patron/staff interactions.  Be sure to try out the self-checkout machine now located at the desk.  An area for returning items – something I and other patrons missed when it was removed several years ago – will be added soon.

The 2011 faculty survey results showed that the most desired new/expanded service is integration of library resources in Blackboard.  We’ve worked over the summer to develop new ways of embedding resources in Blackboard.  If you’re interested in learning more, please contact Katy Kavanagh at kavanaghk@ecu.edu.

Changes to our space include the construction of the Pirate CAVE Math 1065 Lab.  We are happy to be a partner in this critical student retention and success initiative.  To make room for the Pirate CAVE, we relocated microform reader/printers to a semi-enclosed space that will provide a quiet environment for their use and consolidated microform materials in fewer cabinets.  Our Government

Documents/Microforms staff and processing areas are in the process of moving to a space closer to the basement stairs.  This summer, we dedicated an important space in the library — the Betty Debnam Hunt Instructional Technology Classroom in the Teaching Resources Center.  It was an honor to meet Mrs. Hunt, the creator of “The Mini-Page,” and celebrate her contributions to family literacy and education.

I’m anticipating a busy and exciting year at Joyner Library and look forward to talking to faculty 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 (lewisja@ecu.edu)  or in person.

Joyner Library Recieved NEA Art Works Grant to Support the 9th Eastern NC Literary Homecoming

Greenville, N.C. ( 6/5/2012) – National Endowment for the Arts (NEA) Chairman Rocco Landesman announced that East Carolina University’s Joyner Library is one of 788 not-for-profit national regional, state, and local organizations nationwide to receive an NEA Art Works grant.

Joyner Library received a $15,000 grant to NEA Art Works grant to support the Eastern North Carolina Literary Homecoming, a program that celebrates and promotes the culture and literature of North Carolina. With activities in 5 counties, the program provides a rich opportunity for people of eastern North Carolina to learn about and meet North Carolina writers. The 788 Art Works grants total $24.81 million and support the creation of art that meets the highest standard of excellence, public engagement with diverse and excellent art, lifelong learning in the arts, the strengthening of communities through the arts.

The theme for this year’s Homecoming: “Litflix: Adapting North Carolina Literature into Film” will explore how film can both enhance and distract from the written word. The program will engage participants in panel discussions and writing workshops. Other events are planned in Wilson, Rocky Mount, New Bern, Morehead, City, Beaufort and Greenville and include a showcase of short films and programs presented by authors on the adaptions of their books into film.

Chairman Landesman said, “The arts should be a part of everyday life. Whether it’s seeing a performance, visiting a gallery, participating in an art class, or simply taking a walk around a neighborhood enhanced by public art, these grants are ensuring that across the nation, the public is able to experience how art works.”

The NEA received 1,624 eligible applications under the Art Works category for this round of funding, requesting more than $78 million in funding. For a complete listing of projects recommended for Art Works grant support, please visit the NEA website at arts.gov.

For more information about the Eastern North Carolina Literary Homecoming or Joyner Library, contact Dawn Wainwright (252.328.4090).

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Joyner Library holds first “Edible Book Festival”

Wittiest: "To Grill A Mockingbird" created by Victoria Sexton, based on the book "To Kill A Mockingbird" by Harper Lee

A grilled mockingbird, a chocolate pie representing “The Help,” and a battle scene constructed with Peeps and graham cracker fortress walls from “A Storm of Swords” by George R.R. Martin were some of the creations submitted for the first Edible Book Festival at Joyner Library held March 31.

With 26 entries and 80 attendees, the event raised $300 for the library’s preservation and conservation fund. The fund provides equipment, tools, and materials to ensure that collections are available for future generations.

Winning entries are as follows:

— Most Edible: “Rabbit Finds a Way” created by Dana Raper, based on the book with the same title by Judy Delton.

— Least Edible: “The Tiny Seed” created by Tracie Hampton, based on the book of the same name by Eric Carle.

— Wittiest: “To Grill (Kill) a Mockingbird” created by Victoria Sexton, based on the book “To Kill a Mockingbird” by Harper Lee.

— Best Youth Entry: “Insects” created by Shawn Bingham, based on the book with the same title by Jenny Tesar.

— Best in Show: “Four Mice Deep in the Jungle” created by Jane Lawrence, based on the book with the same title by Geronimo Stilton.

“It was exciting to host our very first Edible Book Festival at Joyner Library. It’s a great way to promote reading and the appreciation of books through a creative interpretation that is fun and also delicious,” said Eleanor Cook, assistant director for Technical Services at Joyner Library.

The Edible Book Festival was initiated by Judith A. Hoffberg over a Thanksgiving turkey with book artists in 1999, and became an international event through the artist Béatrice Coron in 2000. This annual event has become a sensation at libraries across the country, said Cook.

The Joyner Library Edible Book Festival planning began last year after several library staff attended the festival held at Duke University, where the event has been held since 2006.

“What a wonderful sight to see the expressions on the faces of people as they observed so much color, so much creativity and so much fun at the Duke University Edible Book Festival in 2011. It was a true delight to be among the sightseers,” said Gloria Bradshaw, university library technician at Joyner Library.

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Records Center Closing

The University Records Center will be closed for approximately 30 days beginning on August 8, 2011 . We apologize for any inconvenience this may cause. This time will provide staff the opportunity to perform renovations and inventory our holdings.

On Display

in North Carolina Collection

Exhibit on Display
Native Carolinians, 1585: The Theodor de Bry Engravings of John White Watercolors from the Collection of Michael N. Joyner

Includes 27 engravings of Native Americans, based on original watercolors by John White ca. 1585, that illustrated the 1590 edition of Thomas Harriot’s A Briefe and True Report of the New Found Land of Virginia.

April 4 – May 15, 2011
North Carolina Collection
Joyner Library, Third Floor

Call for Papers

Keats Sparrow Award




Please consider submitting research papers written in ENGL 1100 or 1200 for consideration in the 2011 W. Keats Sparrow Writing Award.  


Award amounts are:


*       First place – $200


*       Second place – $150


*       Third Place – $100


*       Papers may be submitted by an instructor (with the student's permission) or a student.


Guidelines & Application Form:


Entries Due: Friday, May 6, 2011 at 5 pm