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 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

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

2017 Alternative Textbook Program

Eligible program participants will receive a stipend and library support to replace their current textbook with open resources and/or library materials. Alternative texts may include a variety of materials, including open textbooks, library materials, and other free resources. If you have questions about the program, please contact Joyner Library’s Research and Scholarly Communication Department at

 For eligibility and application information, please visit the Alternative Textbook Program website.  Applications are due by March 15, 2017.

 This program is 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.


Beyond Bricks & Mortar: Revisiting the Sycamore Hill Community

Beyond Bricks and Mortar:
Revisiting the Sycamore Hill Community

Exhibit preserves history of Sycamore Hill community

GREENVILLE, N.C. (2/7/2017) – “Beyond Bricks and Mortar: Revisiting the Sycamore Hill Community,” a photography project that shares a missing piece in the history of the displaced community, has opened at East Carolina University’s Joyner Library.

On display in the Janice Hardison Faulkner Gallery through March 26, the exhibit illustrates that a community is much more than the bricks and mortar used to construct its homes. The photographs and narratives featured show how the ties that bind are found in human connections.

Students, visitors, and citizens of Greenville and surrounding areas are invited to visit the exhibit and learn about the predominately African American community that was displaced by a redevelopment project in the 1960s.

According to Joyner Library Director Janice S. Lewis, “The Beyond Bricks and Mortar project furthers the mission of Joyner Library and ECU to celebrate and preserve the life stories, art and images that represent the regional culture of eastern North Carolina. It is particularly timely as the Greenville City Council continues to discuss a planned memorial near the former location of Sycamore Hill Missionary Baptist Church, now part of Town Common. Recent meetings attended by former residents and church members provided an opportunity for us to learn more about the community, its importance, and the need to document its history before more time passes.”

Sycamore Hill Missionary Baptist Church was founded in 1860 and was originally known as the African Baptist Church. The name was changed in the 1880s and referred to the sycamore trees surrounding the church’s location on the corner of First and Greene streets. The large brick church featured in the exhibit’s historical photographs was constructed in 1917 and was a Greenville landmark for half a century. When the Town Common Park was created in the late 1960s, both the church and the vibrant community that existed around it were forced to move.

With the support of a North Carolina Arts Council Grassroots Grant and additional support from the Friends of Joyner Library, the Beyond Bricks and Mortar project began in late December, led by a team from Joyner Library including Charlotte Fitz Daniels, programs and events coordinator at Joyner Library, Heather White, assistant director for assessment and engagement at Joyner Library, and ECU graduate and professional photographer Michelle Butterfield.

“We are honored to help the Sycamore Hill community tell their story and are excited about the possibilities with this project, said White. “It was overwhelming to have such a large participation in the portrait project, which speaks volumes to the strong sense of community and connection this group continues to feel even years later.”

On Dec. 27 and 28, former Sycamore Hill community members and their descendants were photographed as close as possible to the sites of their former homes and church, many of which were located on what is now Greenville’s Town Common. Narratives from the former residents and family members about their memories of living in the Sycamore Hill community were collected by the Joyner Library team to accompany the portraits.

Historical images of the Sycamore Hill Missionary Baptist Church and the surrounding neighborhood from the Joyner Library Digital Collection are also included in the exhibition.

Amber Nannette Harris participated with her father in the project. “Listening to these stories is a scar for me too,” she said. “They’re my parents and these are my family, and I am happy to stand here and in the gap for those who have gone before us. These sacred grounds will forever be home in our hearts,” said Harris. “This acknowledgment is a start of a healing process.”

A public celebration honoring the Sycamore Hill community and recognizing participants in the project will be held on Friday, March 3 from 5-8 p.m. in the Janice Hardison Faulkner Gallery in Joyner Library. The celebration will include a short program at 5:15 p.m. and will be a part of the First Friday Artwalk series, with service by the Jolly Trolley.

“It is projects like these that allow Joyner Library to continue our commitment to documenting regional history and culture,” White explained. “Our goal is to honor our local community while supporting ECU’s strategic mission as a national model for student success, public service, and regional transformation.”

“I want to thank the former residents of the Sycamore Hill community who generously shared their memories with us,” said Lewis. “Many of the people we interviewed were children or teenagers when their lives were disrupted by the destruction of their neighborhood. Their pride in their community, their church, their schools, and their families could not be destroyed, however. We are glad that we are able to preserve and share this small part of their history through the Beyond Bricks and Mortar exhibit.”

After the exhibit closes, the images will be preserved and will continue to be available online as part of Joyner Library’s Digital Collections. The library hopes this project will be the seed for more extensive outreach and collection of regional history, including the history of communities that have been underrepresented in archival collections.

Joyner Library will also hold a Community Scanning Day on Saturday, March 4 from 9 a.m. until 1 p.m. at the Sycamore Hill Missionary Baptist Church located at 1001 Hooker Road, Greenville, North Carolina 27835.

If you have historical photographs of the Greenville area or related items that you would like to have scanned, please contact: Charlotte Fitz Daniels at FITZDANIELSC16@ECU.EDU or 252 328-0287

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Joyner Library
East Carolina University
Greenville, NC 27858

Janice Hardison Faulkner Gallery
Joyner Library
East Carolina University

 Exhibition Dates:
January 20 – March 26, 2017

Friday, March 3, 2017
5pm until 8pm

Sponsored by:
North Carolina Arts Council Grassroots Grant
Friends of Joyner Library

Community Scanning Day
Saturday, March 4, 2017 – 9am until 1pm
Sycamore Hill Missionary Baptist Church
1001 Hooker Road – Greenville, North Carolina 27835
Help us preserve your history! If you have photographs of the downtown Greenville area, or other items please contact: Charlotte Fitz Daniels at FITZDANIELSC16@ECU.EDU or 252 328-0287  

Media Coverage:

Sunday, April 2, 1917
The Daily Reflector (front page)
Symbol of city’s past still stands on a country road

Saturday, March 4, 2017
The Daily Reflector (front page)
Exhibit goes beyond bricks and mortar

Saturday, March 4, 2017
The Daily Reflector
ECU will scan old neighborhood photos today

Tuesday, February 28, 2017
WCTI – Channel 12 – ABC – Evening News
Black History Month: Greenville’s Sycamore Hill Church has lots of history

Tuesday, February 28, 2017
WITN – Channel 7 – NBC – Morning News
Beyond Bricks & Mortar: Revisiting the Sycamore Hill Community–Mortar-Revisiting-They-Sycamore-Hill-Community–401251575.html

Friday, February 24, 2017
The Daily Reflector
Exhibit Preserves History of Sycamore Hill Community

Sunday, February 19, 2017
The Daily Reflector – ECU News
ECU Notes: Exhibit Preserves History of Sycamore Hill Community

Tuesday, February 14, 2017
ECUNow Blog
Exhibit Preserves History of Sycamore Hill Community

December 28, 2016
WITN – Channel 7 – NBC – 6pm news
Forgotten Greenville community gets history preserved

December 28, 2016
WNCT– Channel 9 – CBS – 6pm news
Beyond Bricks and Mortar to piece together Greenville Town Common’s past

December 28, 2016
The Daily Reflector – Front Page
Project saving memories from Sycamore Hill

For more information please contact:
Heather White
Assistant Director for Assessment & Engagement
Joyner Library – East Carolina University
(252) 328-2870

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.

The event is open to the public including Friends members and non-members and will begin at 5:30 p.m. with a silent auction. Tickets may be purchased at for $100 per person, which includes a signed copy of Deep Run Roots, or $1,000 per table of eight with preferred seating and eight books.

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

Please visit to purchase your tickets today. Checks will also be accepted and should be made out to Joyner Library with “2017 Spring Banquet” in the memo line. Responses should be sent no later than March 16 to Rachel Becton at 252-328-4090 or

For more information about becoming a member of the Friends of Joyner Library please visit

Community Scanning Day

Joyner Library will hold a Community Scanning Day on March 4 from 9 a.m. until 1 p.m. at Sycamore Hill Missionary Baptist Church, 1001 Hooker Road, Greenville.

Those with historical photographs of the Greenville area or related items that they would like to have scanned are invited to contact Charlotte Fitz Daniels at or (252) 328-0287.

2017 African American Writers Read-In

Celebrate black literary achievement by publicly reading excepts from works by your favorite black writers, artists, thinkers and creatives.  Bring your own book or choose one from Joyner Library’s collection that will on display during the Read In.

Thursday, March 2nd
Janice Hardison Faulkner Gallery
2nd Floor, Joyner Library 

For information please contact:

Charlotte Fitz Daniels
Programs and Events Coordinator
Joyner Library
East Carolina University
Greenville, NC 27858
252 328-0287