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 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

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.


Pet Therapy

Join us during exams for a snack break and pet therapy!

Wednesday, April 27th     12:00pm-1:00pm
Thursday, April 28th     1:00pm-2:00pm
Monday, May 2nd     5:00pm-6:00pm

Circulation Reading Room – 1st Floor of Joyner


Twelfth Annual Paraprofessional Conference

The SPA Assembly of Joyner Library is pleased to announce the 12th Paraprofessional Conference at ECU will be held on Friday, May 13, 2016. This event allows library paraprofessionals from any field the opportunity to attend presentations, discussions, and workshops on a variety of topics that will allow them to bring positive change and growth to their home institutions. Individuals representing school, public, and academic libraries will be present to share their knowledge and talent with those in attendance. This year’s theme is Digital Humanities and the Library Community.

This year’s keynote will be provided by Arianne Hartsell-Gundy, Head of Humanities Section and Librarian for Literature and Theater Studies at Duke University.

This year’s theme is Digital Humanities and the Library Community. The digitization of texts and images has resulted in a proliferation of new scholarship and scholarly approaches to the humanities and, subsequently, libraries have been afforded an array of new opportunities and challenges. Such questions, from among many, to consider are: What is digital scholarship and how does is manifest in library collections and discovery? What roles can libraries, specifically library paraprofessional, play in digital humanities and how might it differ from the library’s relationship to traditional scholarship? How may workflows and staff responsibilities change? What has been done in the area of digital humanities already and what can uninitiated libraries learn?

We look forward to seeing you there!

For more information please contact:
David Wilbourne ( or 252-328-4030).

Sponsored by The SPA Assembly of Joyner Library and The Friends of Joyner Library


Parking Notice

Due to a major construction project around Joyner Library, conference attendees are asked to park in the Minges Coliseum lot and use the shuttle service which will be provided from 7:45-8:45am, 12:30-1:30pm, and 4-5pm. Please see the Directions for more information.

National Library Week Contest



In honor of National Library Week (April 11-15)
we are kicking off a contest to win a Reading Day Study Package!

Winner Receives:
The winning student will receive 24 consecutive hours of exclusive access to group study room in Joyner Library, with meals. The winning student may choose up to 3 fellow students with whom to share the room for the 24 hour period. Breakfast and lunch will be provided by Panera; dinner will be provided by Papa Johns. Light snacks also will be included.

Contest Rules:
1.      Contest runs from  midnight of April 8 to midnight of April 14
2.      Post to Twitter, Facebook, and/or Instagram pictures with statement
about why you love Joyner Library
3.      Pictures must be taken within Joyner or, if outside the building,
within its immediate surroundings
4.      Use hashtag #lovejoyner
5.      The winner will be drawn April 15; if the winner does not respond by
midnight on Monday, April 18, then another drawing will take place

Contest participation must abide by the University Student and Employee Computer Use Policy to be valid:

For more information or with questions please contact:
Heather White at (252) 328-2870 or

UNC Press Visit – Open Sessions

John McLeod, Director of the UNC Press Office of Scholarly Publishing Services, will visit ECU on Friday, April 15, to discuss the services UNC Press offers authors, journal editors, and publishers. Services include editorial, design, and production (including printing); sales, marketing, and distribution; and assistance with intellectual property, copyright, and subsidiary rights. UNC Press handles a wide variety of publishing projects including open access digital works and open educational resources, print and digital journals, print and digital books and textbooks, print and digital course packs and supplemental materials, audio books and educational materials, conference and symposia proceedings, and transforming rare manuscripts and out-of-copyright works into accessible books and eBooks.

Two open sessions will be held in Joyner Library, Room 2409. You are welcome to attend either or both of these sessions.
10:30-11:30         Journal publishing with UNC Press

2:15-3:15              UNC Press support for researchers and digital scholarship

The Development of Medicine in Eastern North Carolina

Laupus Library will be hosting an opening reception on April 29 2pm-4pm at the Evelyn Fike Laupus Gallery on the 4th Floor of Laupus Library to celebrate the new online discoverability of the manuscript collections of the Laupus Library and Country Doctor Museum.

This project is the result of a collaboration with Joyner Library, who received an LSTA grant to add new accessibility to the collections at Laupus and CDM.

The exhibit will be up from April 29-June 10, 2016

Opening Reception: Friday, April 29, 2016    
2pm-4pm at the Evelyn Fike Laupus Gallery on the 4th Floor of Laupus Library

Plasma screen FINAL

The focus of the project has been to convert the collection guides formerly only available locally in Word and Excel into online format and to digitize over 200 items for access worldwide.

People will learn about the history of medicine in North Carolina through viewing unique materials housed at Laupus Library as part of the exhibit. They will also be able to view finding aids for all of the archival collections from Laupus Library and at Country Doctor Museum through the use of laptops and iPads provided at the opening reception. The finding aids will be findable through the libraries’ websites as well.

About the Exhibition:
The exhibit will highlight several country doctors from eastern North Carolina beginning in the mid-19
th century, along with a father-son who owned and operated a pharmacy in Stantonsburg. A variety of papers and artifacts will highlight the development of medicine. Some of the items included are a Civil War-era amputation kit, ledger with non-monetary payments, handwritten botanical medicine recipes, and homeopathic chest. The exhibit will explore who country doctors were, what they did, where they lived, how they were education, etc. using the doctors highlighted on the exhibit graphic.  

This project is made possible through funding from the federal Institute of Museum of Library Services (IMLS) under the provisions of the Library Services and Technology Act as administered by the State Library of North Carolina, a division of the Department of Natural and Cultural Resources.

For more information contact Ashley Williams at WILLIAMSASH14@ECU.EDU

Joyner Library Game Night

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!

Friday, April 15 from 6pm-10pm


For more information contact: Heather White (252) 328-2970 or