“The Robert Morgan Papers” on exhibit in Joyner Library

Joyner Library is currently exhibiting “The Robert Morgan Papers,” a selection of materials from the Senator Robert Burren Morgan Collection, on the fourth floor of Joyner Library. Morgan, a United States Senator for North Carolina from 1975-1981, has also served as North Carolina’s attorney general, and later as director of the State Bureau of Investigation.

On display through Nov. 30, items from the collection include political campaign posters for a United State Senate race, letters from John Wayne, Governor Jimmy Carter and an array of photographs and papers.

An April 8 opening reception was held for donors, friends and family and other supporters of Morgan and the collection.

A special announcement about the creation of the Senator Robert Morgan Research

Award was also presented during the event. The one-time $1,000 research award will be granted to any ECU graduate or undergraduate student who uses the Robert Morgan Collection as the main primary source for either a traditional paper or digital scholarship piece. Entries will be accepted through May 2019 with the winning entry selected by an appointed committee.

Contact Heather White at whiteh@ecu.edu for more information.

View the complete Senator Robert Burren Morgan digital collection at https://digital.lib.ecu.edu/collection/robertmorgan.aspx.

Conference promotes diversity, inclusion

A recent conference at ECU aimed to promote a better understanding of diversity and inclusion among paraprofessional library staff across the state.

Joyner Library’s 14th annual Paraprofessional Conference, “Navigating the Path to Diversity,” was held May 11 for school, public and academic library staff, who aren’t professionally licensed librarians.

The conference provided 125 attendees an array of sessions and presentations focused on the concept that libraries should be inclusive environments that make their many resources available to all individuals in the communities they serve.

It also offered guidance on how library staff might better navigate their roles and responsibilities in creating safe environments by embracing concepts that promote an understanding of diversity.

“I think for really inclusive organizations to come into fruition, people are going to have to back down a little bit and listen,” said keynote speaker Derrick Jefferson, an academic librarian at American University in Washington, D.C. “Really listen. Then listen to more people. And it’s going to take a lot of talking, and a lot sharing, and a lot of conversations. I think that’s when we begin breaking down walls.”

For many individuals and communities, a library may be the only free source of computer and Internet access, classes and events, and special support for the disabled. Libraries also offer facilities where academic and civic groups can congregate around various local and national topics.

“Libraries aren’t just books, but a pulse for the neighborhood,” said Jefferson, who earned a master’s in library information sciences from Louisiana State University. As a graduate student he also worked as a Project Recovery scholar in New Orleans, using grant funding from the Institute of Museum and Library Services to help rebuild libraries and educate library science students after the devastating storms of 2005.

Jefferson recommended social media as a good resource for library paraprofessionals to stay up-to-date on the diversities within their communities. He said Twitter in particular can be an excellent resource for libraries to connect with people in the real world in real time.

“You have to remember when you took your very first breath in this world we live in, the mold was broken. You are exactly who you are meant to be. Don’t forget that,” he said. “How you represent your organization matters. How we keep that growing more powerful than any fear is by working together. From the strength we possess as a group, to each of us on a microscopic level – we can make change.”

Joyner Library’s SHRA Assembly sponsored the event, with additional funding provided by the ECU’s Office for Equity and Diversity and the Master of Library Science Program.

By: Kelly Rogers Dilda
University Communications




“Building the State Park System in North Carolina” on exhibit in Joyner Library

“Building the State Park System in North Carolina” is on display in the Verona Joyner Langford North Carolina Collection on the third floor of Joyner Library.

Books, pamphlets and documents from the North Carolina Collection and the East Carolina Manuscript Collection tell the story of the park system’s origins, its subsequent expansion and relationship to eastern North Carolina.

It also focuses on North Carolinians’ interest in and advocacy for the park system and the state government’s role in establishing and maintaining parks.

The exhibit’s timeline spans from the 1910s when the park system depended on private donations and federal assistance to the establishment of more permanent funding sources in the 1990s.

Material about recreational opportunities in the state as well as books about three parks in eastern North Carolina are also featured.

“Doing the research for this exhibit has given me a greater appreciation for the variety of outdoor experiences we have access to in North Carolina,” said Sarah McLusky, outreach and instruction librarian in special collections. “I hope visitors enjoy learning about the many different ways in which new state parks were created, and perhaps even discover a nearby park they need to visit themselves.”

The exhibit will be on display through Sept. 3.

For additional information, contact the North Carolina Collection at 252-328-6601 or email Mcluskys16@ecu.edu.

Student researchers awarded Joyner Library’s Rhem/Schwarzmann Prize

Three East Carolina University students from the Department of History in the Thomas Harriot College of Arts and Sciences have been awarded Joyner Library’s ninth annual Rhem/Schwarzmann Prize for student research.

Established by Ann Schwarzmann to honor William and Emily Rhem and Theodore and Ann Schwarzmann, the Rhem/Schwarzmann Prize recognizes outstanding research papers written by sophomores, juniors and seniors at ECU.

Winning the award for first place — and a $750 prize — was Andrew Colton Turner, a 2017 graduate, for “Ordinary People, Extraordinary Events: The Experiences of Common People During the Siege and Capture of Fort Macon.”

“It’s a great honor to receive an award like this and to use these resources to do the research worthy of such an award,” said Turner.

Senior Noah S. Shuler took second place and a $500 prize for “A Struggle for Growth: The Civil War and North Carolina Religiosity.”

Junior Anna Scott Marsh received a $250 prize and third place for “Life, Labor, & Lasting Legacy: James Yadkin Joyner’s Investment in North Carolina’s Educational System.”

Eligibility criteria required students to use the library’s Special Collections, which houses manuscripts, rare books, university archives and the North Carolina Collection, as a primary source for their research.

“Joyner Library’s Special Collections contain a wealth of primary source materials relevant to every field of study,” said Joyner Library Director Jan Lewis. “We are happy to partner with ECU instructors to encourage the exploration and use of these materials by undergraduate students and to recognize excellence in student research through the Rhem/Schwarzmann prize.”

Papers could be in any field of study but had to be at least 10 pages or 2,500 words in length and submitted by Feb. 17. Entries were judged on originality, quality of research, style, documentation and overall excellence by a panel comprised of faculty and staff from the library.

“Joyner’s Special Collections offers me the opportunity to use really good primary resources located right in my backyard,” said Turner. “It’s really interesting to see how someone’s letters from Rhode Island end up in a library in North Carolina and then can be used for something I’m interested in.”

Turner said he enjoyed how easily accessible the collection is along with the controlled environment that is safe for both the user and the materials.

“When you sit down and hold something that someone 150 years before you held, it’s a totally different experience. You get a better personal connection to your topic than if you were just staring at a computer screen. It’s a full circle.”

Turner also offered advice for students who haven’t yet explored the collection.

“The special collections staff is extremely helpful, so don’t be intimidated. Requesting a document from the collection is completed online. Then all you have to do is show up and your box will be there waiting for you to do your research.”

“My favorite part of working in special collections is getting to see what students can do with our material,” said Sarah McLusky, outreach and instruction librarian in special collections. “It was a pleasure to read this year’s entries, and to hear the winners speak with such enthusiasm about their research.”

This year’s awards were made possible by the Friends of Joyner Library and the generosity of the late Ann Schwarzmann.

“Mrs. Schwarzmann would be pleased to see the enthusiasm and deep subject matter engagement by this year’s prize recipients,” said Lewis.

For more information about the awards and future participation, contact McLusky at 252-328-2444 or mcluskys16@ecu.edu.

To learn more about manuscripts and rare books, university archives, digital collections and the North Carolina Collection, visit www.ecu.edu/cs-lib/specialcollections.

By: Kelly Rogers Dilda
University Communications

ECU Libraries Faculty Survey

The ECU Libraries, in collaboration with the Faculty Senate Libraries Committee, are conducting a needs assessment survey of faculty. Analysis of the results will help us target areas for improvement and plan future services. The 2018 results will be compared to the results of a similar survey conducted in 2014. The survey takes approximately 10 minutes to complete. Your participation is very important, and we appreciate your taking time to respond. 

Access the survey at:

ECU Libraries Faculty Survey or https://ecu.az1.qualtrics.com/jfe/form/SV_39LWj8xYApj5fiB

If you have questions or concerns, please contact:

Jan Lewis, Director, Joyner Library, phone: 252.328.2267

Heather White, Assistant Director for Assessment & Engagement, Joyner Library, phone: 252.328.2870

Beth Ketterman, Director, Laupus Health Sciences Library, phone: 252.744.3056

GAMENIGHT – Friday, April 13th

Please join us for a great night at Joyner Library. Enjoy electronic video games, board games, contests, prizes, pizza, snacks, etc and learn more about the services and resources Joyner offers!
Free with an ECU One Card

Joyner Library champions student perseverance

Joyner Library held its first Long Night Against Procrastination event on Wednesday, Feb. 28 from 6-10 p.m. in the Gateway Sounds at the top of College Hill. The format of the Long Night is a “buckle down session” where students come to study, collaborate with other students in a study group, or work on midterm projects before leaving for spring break.

The event follows the model created by other large academic libraries nationwide and was planned by research librarians in Joyner Library, with help from the Teaching Resources Center and the Music Library. Campus Housing and the Pirate Academic Success Center were also consulted during the organization of the event.

Katy Webb, the head of research and instructional services for Joyner Library, said, “This event is meant to help students engage with their studies during a stressful part of the semester midterms. When I was a student, I was just trying to make it to spring break so that I could have a bit of time to unwind. This event is meant to help students reach that final finish line after all of their hard work. The library wanted to reward students for their perseverance and help them in any way we could.”

The library provided research help, free printing and food for participants.

The event was not limited to freshmen. Outreach was conducted to the living-learning communities, students living in campus housing, and to students preparing to go on an alternative spring break trip through the LGBT Center.

“It made me motivated to focus while surrounded by other people working,” reported Niamh Massey, a freshman living in the Honors College Living Learning Community.

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Joyner Library announces 2018 Alternative Textbook Program recipients

J.Y. Joyner Library is pleased to announce this year’s Alternative Textbook Program recipients. Sixteen faculty were selected for the 2018-2019 program and they will receive stipends of up to $1,000 to incorporate open textbooks, library materials, and/or other free resources in their courses. Additionally, recipients will be paired with a personal librarian who will provide assistance with copyright and identifying possible course materials. The goal of the program is to reduce costs for students while also giving faculty the opportunity to customize their course materials.

Congratulations to the following program recipients:

  • Jaclyn Beierlein, Finance
  • Melissa Cox, Health Education and Promotion
  • Kathy Barrett Dawson, Philosophy and Religious Studies
  • Mauro Falasca, Marketing and Supply Chain Management
  • Janne Gaub, Criminal Justice
  • Tim Jenks, History
  • Jin-Ae Kang, Communication
  • Richard Miller, Philosophy and Religious Studies
  • Joy Moses-Hall, Geological Sciences
  • Chris Oakley, History
  • Jonathan Reid, History
  • Frank Romer, History
  • Amy Rundio, Kinesiology
  • Debra Rush, Foreign Languages and Literatures
  • Michael Stellefson, Health Education and Promotion
  • Essie Torres, Health Education and Promotion

More information about the Alternative Textbook Program can be found here: http://libguides.ecu.edu/AlternativeTextbookProgram.


This program was supported by grant funds from the Institute of Museum and Library Services under the provisions of the federal Library Services and Technology Act as administered by the State Library of North Carolina, a division of the Department of Natural and Cultural Resources.

Fifth Annual Human Library

This special event allows attendees to check out human beings. Each of the “human books” is pre-selected because they have an interesting life story to share. After attendees choose a human book based on the title and description provided, they are paired with them to have a 10-15 minute conversation. The topics this year include religion and spirituality, health-related topics, families, and more.

The purpose of the event is to open dialog on campus about including people of all beliefs, walks of life, abilities, and backgrounds. This is a Wellness Passport event; classes are invited to take part in the program, as well. It is free and open to the public. 

If you would like to include the event as extra credit for a class or have further questions, please contact Katy Kavanagh Webb at kavanaghk@ecu.edu.