W. Keats Sparrow Writing Awards

W. Keats Sparrow Writing Awards

August 24, 2016

Janice Hardison Faulkner Gallery
2nd Floor, Joyner Library

The W. Keats Sparrow Writing Award recognizes excellence in research and writing by students in ECU’s English 1100 and 2201 classes.  The award is sponsored by the Friends of Joyner Library.

keats sparrow 2016 invite

For more information please contact Heather White at (252) 328-2870 or whiteh@ecu.edu 

rivers and roads

The newest exhibition on display in the Janice Hardison Faulkner Gallery features work by ECU School of Art and Design faculty member, Dan Elliott. The exhibit, “rivers & roads,” will be on display August 1 through October 7, 2016.

A reception celebrating the exhibit will take place on Friday, October 7 from 5pm until 8pm. 

rivers & roads
an exhibition by dan elliott
this series of work is divided into two main parts. one part continues my exploration with old road maps and ink applied via brayer. the second part experiments with abstracted geography focused on rivers. each of the road maps selected has a border defined by one of the rivers that were abstracted in the letterpress prints.


“I am compelled to try new things. to investigate ideas lurking in my head. To lose myself in the creative process without rules or fear of failing.”

Dan explores letterpress printing and mixed media to create designs that he describes in contradictory terms: clean and messy, clear and abstract, simple and complex. His work is largely influenced by the history of art and graphic design such as the Arts and Crafts movement of the late 19th-century, the avant-garde movements of the early 20th-century to Gutenberg’s first movable type printing press.

Dan received his undergraduate degree in Graphic Design from Illinois State University and his MFA in Graphic Design from the University of Illinois at Chicago. Dan has taught at the University of Illinois at Chicago and served as the Head of the Graphic Design program at Harrington College of Design in Chicago. He has worked professionally as a graphic designer in both Chapel Hill and Chicago with clients ranging from large financial institutions to a small-scale independent skateboard maker.

Dan’s artwork is shown in galleries across the US as well as sold internationally by CB2. His artwork is also in the permanent archive at Hamilton Wood Type & Printing Museum.

Dan lives in Greenville, NC and teaches Graphic Design at East Carolina University. Learn more about his work by visiting: http://www.piecesofcraft.com/


For more information please contact Heather White at whiteh@ecu.edu or (252) 328-2870

Joyner Awarded Breastfeeding-Friendly Business Award

The North Carolina Breastfeeding Coalition just presented Joyner Library with the 2016 Breastfeeding-Friendly Business Award! The award was given to recognized outstanding efforts to promote the health and happiness of mothers and babies in our state.

Joyner Library is happy to support mothers, children, and families.  Our commitment is to provide a comfortable, safe, and welcoming environment for both our employees and patrons! Research shows that breastfed infants are significantly less likely to suffer from illnesses, infections, and obesity, and mother who breastfed also enjoy health benefits, including faster recovery from pregnancy and reduced risk of breast cancer and osteoporosis.

For more information please contact:
Heather White at (252) 328-2870 or whiteh@ecu.edu

Grant to Reduce Textbook Costs

A grant from the State Library of North Carolina will aid students at East Carolina University and the University of North Carolina at Greensboro by reducing their costs for required textbooks. The grant is part of the Library Services and Technology Act and is made possible by LSTA grant funding from the U.S. Institute of Museum and Library Services, a federal grant-making agency. The State Library of North Carolina, a Division of the Department of Cultural Resources, awarded a grant to librarians from J.Y. Joyner Library at ECU and Jackson Library at UNCG to develop a two-pronged approach to Alternative Textbooks. Including matching funds from both universities, the total cost of the two-year project is $184,332.

Sharing best practices, procedures, and promotional materials, the librarians at both institutions will work with departmental faculty to reduce students’ textbook costs and increase their academic engagement through two concurrent strategies. One strategy is to award departmental faculty mini-grants to adopt, adapt, or create Open Educational Resources (OER’s) as the bases for their syllabi. The second strategy is to identify required texts that either the library already owns or can purchase as ebooks that students may use in addition to or instead of a printed copy that they purchase.

Textbook affordability is a personal goal for Joyner Library director Janice S. Lewis, as well as a library goal. She is looking forward, she says, to working with colleagues at UNCG’s Jackson Library on “our cooperative efforts to provide high quality educational resources to students while saving them money.” Kathy Crowe, Interim Dean for the UNCG’s University Libraries, says “We are delighted to have the opportunity to enhance and build on our OER initiatives at UNCG and broaden the scope across the state.”  Student response to a UNCG pilot program was equally enthusiastic; one student commented “I believe that this method of teaching is great, and I have learned just as much as I would using a textbook.” 

The Alternative Textbooks Project benefits to students include a reduction in the cost of attending college and increased opportunities for engagement and academic success in their classes. Studies of student achievement across multiple colleges and universities have suggested that students in OER classes take more classes, have higher retention rates and shorter times to degree, and have learning outcomes equivalent to or slightly higher than students in classes with traditional textbooks. 

Any OER objects created will be made freely available to a global audience, and planning documents, procedures, and promotional materials will be shared with other libraries so that they can adopt this model for their own campuses. For more information, contact any of our co-principal investigators: Cindy Shirkey or Joseph Thomas from East Carolina University, or Beth Bernhardt from UNC Greensboro. 


Reducing Barriers

Joyner Library’s alternative textbook program benefits faculty and students

May 2, 2016

By Kelly Rogers Dilda
University Communication

An alternative textbook program launched by J.Y. Joyner Library this year has the potential to save East Carolina University students hundreds of dollars each semester, and faculty members are eager to propose cost-saving solutions.

The program encourages faculty to explore alternative texts such as Open Access textbooks, freely-available articles and books, or library-licensed resources in lieu of assigning traditional textbooks.

Joyner Library Director Janice S. Lewis said faculty members across the university recognize that the high cost of textbooks is a barrier to student success and they wanted to do something about it.

“I think we have a responsibility to first-generation and low-income college students to reduce barriers to getting the knowledge needed to succeed,” said Dr. Joseph G.L. Lee, assistant professor in the Department of Health Education and Promotion.

The average cost of books and supplies for ECU undergraduate students is $1,260 per year. That mirrors the average costs nationwide, according to the Digest of Education Statistics.

Students shared with Lewis that they simply did not purchase course materials because of the cost, particularly for courses outside their major. Instead, they shared a book with a classmate or relied on their class notes and materials their instructor shared via PowerPoints or through Blackboard.

Only select faculty are able to participate at this time, but the response for proposals was so positive that Lewis said they’ll expand the program from 10 to 15 faculty when it begins this fall. Proposals included adopting existing open textbooks, incorporating library subscription resources such as journal articles, e-book chapters and streaming video in courses, and creating completely new content.

In many cases, faculty are also frustrated by the inability to find a textbook that adequately covers the subject matter they are teaching, and they are excited about the possibility of customizing content.

“I am interested in this program to enable more students to afford to attend college by reducing cost,” said Dr. Christyn Dolbier, associate professor in the Department of Psychology. “The program addresses issues I have with the traditional textbooks I’ve used and reduces reliance on publisher-provided learning activities. It will also allow me to pursue my scholarly interest in investigating ways to enhance student learning.”

Several proposals touted other advantages of alternative textbooks such as engaging students in active learning and ensuring that every student has access to course materials on the first day of class.

Margaret Blythe, a junior in the Department of Sociology, said she thinks students will benefit from the program.

“I particularly love using e-books because of their easy access,” she said. “They allow you to highlight important things and then later track and compile them for notes.”

“The fact that alternative textbooks also help students cut down on spending is fantastic,” she added.

“I am convinced that in many instances, alternative textbooks can provide higher quality content that is more timely and relevant for students than the texts currently being used,” said Lewis. “Through the program, Joyner Library can support faculty in their efforts to improve course materials and can help save students money on textbooks at the same time.”

Faculty in the program receive a $1000 stipend to compensate for additional time spent developing new course materials and assignments.  They will also be paired with a librarian who will assist with identifying potential course materials and offer copyright guidance.

Current recipients are from the Thomas Harriot College of Arts & Sciences, the College of Business, the College of Education, the College of Engineering and Technology, the College of Fine Arts and Communication, and the College of Health and Human Performance.

The alternative textbook program is funded by library donors and income from the Fred Timms Langford and Verona Lee Joyner Langford Endowment Fund.

For more information, contact the Joyner Library scholarly communication department at scholarlycomm@ecu.edu or 252-328-2261.

IMAGE: Student Margaret Blythe, a junior in the Department of Sociology, likes the easy, online access of alternative textbooks and the cost savings associated with the program.

Visitor One Million Celebration!


For the first time ever, the gate count for the Joyner Library building will exceed ONE MILLION visitors during a fiscal year. We will celebrate this landmark on Wednesday, June 29, at 2:00 pm with popcorn, ice cream and general merriment. Please come be part of the celebration and meet our symbolic VISITOR NUMBER ONE MILLION, whose identity will not be determined until he or she walks through the door!

Wednesday, June 29th

Joyner Library e-newsletter

Take a peek at our Special Edition of Joyner Library’s e-newsletter celebrating National Library Week! This issue covers topics such as our Alternative Textbook Program, the Joyner Library Student Advisory Board, recent grant awards here at the library, our 3D Printing service, and much more.

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The theme for National Library Week, “Libraries Transform,” is designed to increase public awareness of the value, impact and services provided by libraries.

As always, if we can be of assistance with your classes or research, please let us know!


Faculty Loan Periods


Book Loan Period Change at Joyner Library and the Music Library    

Starting on April 6, 2016, the faculty, staff, and retiree loan periods from Joyner Library and the Music Library for general collection books, music scores, and federal documents will be changed to 180 days with three possible unseen renewals. The due dates for materials will be presented to you on a paper receipt when checking out and emailed to you as part of the checkout process. You will be able to see your due dates at any time in the library’s catalog My Account feature. As a due date approaches, the library will email you a reminder. Renewal requests will continue to be available through the My Account feature, by phone to 252-328-6690, and by email to circulation@ecu.edu. After three renewals, items will need to be brought into the library. Unless there are holds on the items from other patrons, you will be able to check-out the items again.

The decision to change to a 180 day loan period was made in consultation with ECU’s Compliance Management office and as a result of a review of loan periods at the rest of the UNC system libraries and other university libraries. The prior due date of the end of the spring semester was deemed to be too long of a period for appropriate inventory management, especially if an item were renewed yearly for a total of three additional years. The concern about inventory management results from the libraries having had numerous faculty, staff, and retirees lose materials during their long loan periods and others who have left the employment of ECU during the loan period without returning the materials. Such issues resulted in intensive debt collection efforts as required by state law and the inability to collect on some of this debt. It is hoped that the change in the loan period will reduce these negative experiences and protect the libraries’ investments in collections. The Faculty Senate Libraries Committee was consulted about this change at its meeting on January 20, 2016, and expressed its understanding for the need to change the loan period. 

For full details on Joyner Library’s circulation procedures, please consult our Circulation Procedure at http://www.ecu.edu/cs-lib/services/circulation.cfm.

Please note that this change at Joyner Library and the Music Library does not change the current 90 day loan period for faculty and staff at ECU’s Laupus Health Sciences Library.