Rhem-Schwarzmann Award Ceremony

Please join us for the
Rhem-Schwarzmann Award Ceremony

Wednesday, April 5th
3pm until 5pm
Joyner Library, 4th Floor

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.

Submissions must adhere to the following rules:

  • Papers could be in any field of study, but must be based largely on primary sources held by the J.Y. Joyner Library’s Special Collections, which is made up of the Manuscripts and Rare Books Department, University Archives, and North Carolina Collection.
  • Submissions could come from any course or project produced when the entrant was enrolled as a sophomore, junior, or senior at East Carolina University.
  • Each paper could not be not less than 10 pages/2,500 words in length submitted works will be judged on the basis of (a) originality of the topic or thesis; (b) quality of research; (c) quality of style, including documentation; and (d) overall excellence. There is no upper limit for submissions.
  • Papers written during the spring or fall semester of 2016 were eligible. Papers had to be submitted electronically by February 17, 2017.


For more information please contact Arthur Carlson, J.Y. Joyner Library, East Carolina University. For more information, call 328-6838 or send an e-mail message to CarlsonAr@ecu.edu


The Sick Room – Hands On Event

Joyner Library is hosting the traveling exhibit “The Sick Room: Invalid Feeders and Bedside Necessities” in the North Carolina Collection. The exhibit, open through the month of May, showcases a variety of items that helped ease invalids back to health during the Victorian Period and is on loan from the Country Doctor Museum.

Today, Thursday, April 6 from 1-3 p.m. in the first floor lobby of Joyner Library, students will have the opportunity to participate in a related hands-on activity. Participants can grind up medicinal herbs such as eucalyptus, rosemary, and peppermint to make medicinal herb sachets, while Country Doctor Museum employees speak on how these herbs were used as home remedies, particularly in sick rooms.

 Activities will continue on the third floor where students are encouraged to visit the exhibit and vote for their favorite exhibit item. The exhibit curator will also be on hand to discuss the artifacts on display and answer any questions.



Joyner Library and the School of Art & Design present “dataSTEAM”

East Carolina University’s School of Art and Design and Joyner Library will present the “dataSTEAM” exhibition at the Janice Hardison Faulkner Gallery in ECU’s Joyner Library from March 30 to May 31.

The exhibition highlights artists who work directly with scientists to contextualize data in their art, bringing visual data into a fine art gallery setting to facilitate conversations among students, faculty and the community about how artists and scientists can collaborate.

Students and faculty from art and design, biology, chemistry, biochemistry and molecular biology, and the Honors College formed teams to develop data-based artwork for the exhibition.

Visiting artists Scott Groniger from the University of Hawaii-Manoa and Dornith Doherty from the University of North Texas will present during the opening weekend. Groniger’s lecture will be Friday, March 31, at 4 p.m. while Doherty will speak Saturday, April 1, at 5 p.m. in Speight Auditorium in Jenkins Fine Art Center on the ECU campus.

An opening reception will be held Friday, March 31 at 5:30 p.m. in the Janice Hardison Faulkner Gallery on the 2nd floor of Joyner Library.

All events are free and open to the public. For more information, contact Daniel Kariko, 252-328-4063 orkarikod@ecu.edu.

Individuals requesting accommodation under the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) should call 252-737-1016 (voice/TTY) at least 48 hours prior to the event.

Joyner Library Spring Banquet to feature local, award-winning chef Vivian Howard

Joyner Library Spring Banquet to feature local, award-winning chef Vivian Howard 

The Friends of Joyner Library will host “A Night with Vivian Howard” as part of their 2017 Spring Banquet on March 30 at the Greenville Hilton.

Star and creator of the PBS show A CHEF’S LIFE and owner and chef of the acclaimed Chef and the Farmer restaurant in Kinston, North Carolina, Howard will share personal experiences with discovering age-old traditions for Southern cooking that inspired her latest cookbook, Deep Run Roots. A true celebration of the flavors from North Carolina’s coastal plain, Howard divulges over 200 recipes and stories to reveal the history of Southern food and its roots in family and tradition. ​

Also during the program, the Friends of Joyner Lifetime Membership Award will be presented to long-time member Edith Rand.

Event Registration has closed.

All proceeds will be used to support student awards, community events and opportunities for staff development at East Carolina University.

For more information please contact Rachel Becton at 252-328-4090 or masonr15@ecu.edu.

ECU’s Joyner Library offers books of the human genre

Joyner Library at East Carolina University will host its fourth annual Human Library event on Tuesday, March 28, to allow students and community visitors a chance to check out human beings for a 10-15 minute conversation. The event serves to open more dialog on campus and for participants to learn more about people of all beliefs, walks of life, abilities and backgrounds.

The preselected human books will be volunteers from diverse backgrounds with interesting life stories to share. From 1-4 p.m. in the Janice Hardison Faulkner Gallery, located on the library’s second floor, attendees can check out one of more than 30 human books based on their book titles and descriptions. They will have a conversation with that person including a chance to ask questions to clarify misconceptions and learn more about that topic.

At least two of this year’s human books will share their personal stories of living the life of a refugee.

“I feel like it is important for ECU students and people in the community to see the faces and speak directly to a few refugees,” said Katy Webb, Head of Research and Instructional Services for Joyner Library. “I believe they will hear the strength, resilience and hope from people who are often labeled and minimized.”

Webb brought the event to ECU in 2014 as part of her role on the university’s diversity committee with co-sponsorship from the Friends of Joyner Library.

Webb said the library’s diversity committee members contacted several organizations on campus, including the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender (LGBT) Resource Office, many student organizations and a local synagogue for volunteers willing to share their stories.

All areas of diversity, defined by The Office for Equity and Diversity, will be represented at this year’s event. Human book titles offered this year include “A Tale of Two Moms,” “No Animal Products Included,” “Living Life as a Traveler” and more.

For more information about the event please contact Katy Webb at kavanaghk@ecu.edu or (252) 328-0734.


Pirate Nation Gives

There are many ways you can be a part of Pirate Nation Gives Back.

Pirate Nation Gives Back is about philanthropy, service to others, giving of ourselves and our time, and supporting our great institution through charitable contributions. Don’t forget to share on social media with #PirateNationGives.

Support ECU by giving of your Time or Talent

Joyner Library Faculty & Staff will be volunteering at our local food bank! Tell us how you are giving back!

Support ECU by giving of your Treasure

Your generous contributions make a difference for every East Carolina student.
Learn how you can support Joyner Library!



We want to know how “Pirate Nation Gives Back!” Use #PirateNationGives to share your stories on social media. You will find plenty of “unselfie” materials and buttons on the Pirate Nation Gives Back website.

Thank you for celebrating Chancellor Staton’s installation through service and philanthropy. Go Pirates !

12th Annual Librarian to Librarian Networking Summit

The 12th Annual Librarian to Librarian Networking Summit will be held at Joyner Library’s Teaching Resources Center on the campus of East Carolina University on March 25th, 2017.

The Summit provides a variety of roundtable discussions on current topics for K-12 school media personnel. Facilitated by experts in the profession, these sessions also encourage attendees to bring resources to share. Our featured speaker is award winning author and illustrator, Don Tate.


We hope to see you there!

For additional information, call the TRC Service Desk
at (252) 328-6076 or by email at TRC@ecu.edu.

3rd Annual DISSH Symposium

Third Annual DISSH Symposium

Digital Innovation and Scholarship in the Social Sciences and Humanities

March 16, 2017
Faulkner Gallery, J.Y. Joyner Library, East Carolina University

This symposium explores the opportunities inherent in digital projects for interdisciplinary and collaborative research and education, hallmarks of the twenty-first century university. Together, the speakers and panelists point to the promise and potential of digital projects to bring people together from across the university setting, creating synergies across academic computing, libraries, departments and interdisciplinary programs.

Keynote speaker
David Germano is professor of Tibetan and Buddhist Studies at the University of Virginia. Germano is director of SHANTI (Sciences, Humanities, and the Arts Network of Technological Initiatives), the Contemplative Sciences Center, and the Tibet Center at the University of Virginia. He has worked for many years in Tibet on programs of scholarly engagement, community service, participatory knowledge, digital technology initiatives, oral traditions, cultural geography, literary corpora, and entrepreneurship. He also has led initiatives at UVA aimed at mainstreaming new digital technologies in teaching and research, including the design of software systems suited for academic sensibilities and needs. He is currently additionally working on the exploration of contemplative ideas, values, and practices involving scientific methodologies and new applications in diverse fields in the professional schools, and in higher education overall.

Join us at DISSH 2017 in Joyner Library on March 16, 2017!

Division of Academic Affairs
J. Y. Joyner Library
Thomas Harriot College of Arts and Sciences
Departments of English, Foreign Languages and Literatures, and History
Whichard Distinguished Professor in the Humanities (History)
Office for Faculty Excellence
ECU Chapter of Phi Kappa Phi
Dr. Lida Cope, Associate Professor of English
Dr. Juan Escourido, Assistant Professor, Foreign Languages and Literatures
Charlotte Fitz-Daniels, Events and Programs Coordinator, Joyner Library
Dr. Benjamin Fraser, Professor and Chair of Foreign Languages and Literatures
Laurie Godwin, Director, University Multimedia Center
Joyce Joines Newman MFA, Instructional Consultant, Office for Faculty Excellence
Dr. Donna Kain, Associate Professor, Department of English
Dr. Derek Maher, Associate Dean and Religious Studies Program, Harriot College of Arts and Sciences
Ginny Sconiers, Information Technology Manager, Academic Technologies, ITCS
Dr. Irina Swain, Education Technology Consultant, Foreign Languages and Literatures
Joseph Thomas, Assistant Director for Collections and Scholarly Communication, Joyner Library
Heather White, Director of Library Project Development, Joyner Library
Dr. Anne Whisnant, Whichard Distinguished Professor in the Humanities