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Message from interim dean, Jan Lewis

The articles in this month’s e-newsletter highlight two themes central to Joyner Library’s mission:  collaboration and support for  teaching and research at the
university. Collaboration with area schools and museums, other libraries, and academic
departments at ECU results in stronger services and programs that meet user expectations, provide cultural opportunities, and enrich learning. Recognizing student
excellence in research and writing through the Rhem/Schwarzmann, Michael F. Bassman Honors Thesis, and W. Keats Sparrow Writing Awards are important ways
the Library reinforces the critical connections between the classroom and the Library.
The Faculty Book Awards are a great way to honor faculty for their contributions
to scholarship. All of these endeavors are supported by the information resources and
infrastructure provided collaboratively by Joyner and Laupus Libraries. A new
search widget, improvements to the Classic Catalog, and the new ECU Libraries landing
page are featured this month. I hope to see you at the Ninth Annual Eastern North Carolina Literary Homecoming. This year’s event, with the theme “Litflix: Adapting North
Carolina Literature into Film” and featuring numerous award-winning authors, is sure
to attract readers of quality literature as well as film buffs.  I look forward to talking to
faculty and students about how the Library can continue to improve its collections,
services, and spaces. I invite you to be part of the conversation by contacting
me by phone (328-2267),  e-mail or in person.

The library’s enewsletter may be found here:

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A message from Jan Lewis, interim dean


Interim Dean Jan Lewis and donor Betty Debnam Hunt
Photo by Linda Fox

Welcome back for Fall semester.  There have been a number of changes at Joyner Library over the summer and more are on the way.  Most importantly, Dean Larry Boyer retired on July 31.  He and his wife Sue have an exciting year of travel planned in the U.S., Mexico, Ecuador and Italy; we wish them safe travels accompanied by plenty of excellent adventures.

At the request of Provost Sheerer, I will be interim dean.  I look forward to leading the dedicated faculty and staff in Joyner Library in fulfilling the mission of the Library:  “We connect people to information and empower their lifelong learning by developing robust collections, superior services, and people-friendly spaces.”  As you will read in this newsletter, we have acquired some wonderful online collections and journal back files that add to the robustness of our collections.  These purchases were made possible by end-of-year funds from the Division of Academic Affairs.  The acquisition of the second installment of the Stuart Wright Collection and major donations to our Manuscript Collection and Music Library in recent months also enriched the collections we provide.

The most visible change to services is the new Circulation Desk near the Library entrance.  We had to wait a long time, but we think it was worth it.  The new desk provides greater visibility and facilitates patron/staff interactions.  Be sure to try out the self-checkout machine now located at the desk.  An area for returning items – something I and other patrons missed when it was removed several years ago – will be added soon.

The 2011 faculty survey results showed that the most desired new/expanded service is integration of library resources in Blackboard.  We’ve worked over the summer to develop new ways of embedding resources in Blackboard.  If you’re interested in learning more, please contact Katy Kavanagh at

Changes to our space include the construction of the Pirate CAVE Math 1065 Lab.  We are happy to be a partner in this critical student retention and success initiative.  To make room for the Pirate CAVE, we relocated microform reader/printers to a semi-enclosed space that will provide a quiet environment for their use and consolidated microform materials in fewer cabinets.  Our Government

Documents/Microforms staff and processing areas are in the process of moving to a space closer to the basement stairs.  This summer, we dedicated an important space in the library — the Betty Debnam Hunt Instructional Technology Classroom in the Teaching Resources Center.  It was an honor to meet Mrs. Hunt, the creator of “The Mini-Page,” and celebrate her contributions to family literacy and education.

I’m anticipating a busy and exciting year at Joyner Library and look forward to talking to faculty and students about how the Library can continue to improve its collections, services, and spaces.  I invite you to be part of the conversation by contacting me by phone (328-2267), e-mail (  or in person.

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Manuscripts & Rare Books – Extended Hours

The Manuscripts and Rare Books Department will extend its hours to 7 p.m., Monday-Thursday for the 2012-2013 academic year. New hours are:

Monday-Thursday, 8 a.m. – 7 p.m.
Friday, 8 a.m. – 5 p.m.
Saturday-Sunday, 1-5 p.m.

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Refill Your Water Bottle at Joyner Library

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ECU’s Joyner Library receives $100,000 endowment from philanthropist Betty Debnam Hunt

Press Release

GREENVILLE, N.C. (7/18/2012) — East Carolina University’s Joyner Library hosted a luncheon July 11th honoring the $100,000 gift to the Betty Debnam Hunt and Richard M. Hunt Endowment for the library’s Teaching Resources Center (TRC).

Faculty, family, and distinguished guests gathered to dedicate the Betty Debnam Hunt Instructional Technology Classroom.  Funds from the endowment will be used to provide technology support making the classroom one that provides the opportunity for current and future teachers to discover cutting edge technology and resources.  Additionally, the endowment will allow the selection of resources to further support the development of the Debnam Resource Center for Family Literacy established in March 2004.

“It is evident that education remains a strong theme in Ms. Hunt’s life with the establishment of this endowment to the TRC,” says Linda Teel, Head of Service for the Teaching Resources Center.

Hunt, of Raleigh, hailed from a family of journalists in eastern North Carolina devoted her career to education as a school teacher, children’s author and creater of “The Mini-Page,” a syndicated newspaper supplement for children.

The group viewed digitized versions of “The Mini-Page Archives” (which contains volumes from 1969-2007) and lunched on recipes featured in her children’s book “Rookie Cookie Cookbook:  Everyday Recipes for Kids.”

“It is an honor to celebrate the naming of the Betty Debnam Hunt Instruction Technology Classroom,” says Larry Boyer, Dean of Academic Library and Learning Resources.  “The endowment will enhance the academic success of future educators and we thank Betty for the years of service to education and generosity to Joyner Library.”

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Joyner Library embarks on campaign honoring alumna Janice Hardison Faulkner

Press Release

GREENVILLE, N.C. (Aug. 3, 2012) – Joyner Library at East Carolina University has launched a fundraising campaign to raise $150,000 towards a $275,000 renovation project that will provide a gallery space to host exhibitions, seminars, conferences and receptions for events such as scholarship recipients.

The new gallery will be named in honor of Janice Hardison Faulkner, a distinguished public servant and former university faculty member and administrator.

When the newly formed Joyner Library Advancement Council discussed its inaugural fundraising effort, the group wanted a project that would reflect the mission of the university and the library by “providing cultural enrichments and powerful inspiration as we work to sustain and improve the quality of life.”

Harry Stubbs IV, chair of the council, and Dr. Michael Priddy, chair of the council’s fundraising committee, created a plan to honor community leader and outstanding alumna Faulkner by renovating a portion of the library’s second floor creating the Janice Hardison Faulkner Gallery.

After a notable tenure at ECU as a Department of English faculty member and university administrator, Faulkner became a well-known and highly respected participant in state politics and government. She served as former North Carolina secretary of revenue, secretary of state and commissioner of the Department of Motor Vehicles.

Since her retirement from state government in 2001, she has served on multiple ECU boards, including the University Foundation and was founding chair of the ECU Women’s Roundtable.

The university honored Faulkner in 2009 with its highest service award – the Thomas Jordan Jarvis Medal.

“Joyner Library strives to provide an enriched environment for scholarship, collaboration and socializing,” said Jan Lewis, interim dean of Academic Library Services. “We appreciate the opportunity to showcase the talents and hard work of East Carolina’s students and faculty while giving the community another opportunity to experience art, culture, history and connection. The library was thrilled to receive the fundraising proposal to create a venue that promotes our mission and honor Ms. Faulkner.”

The Janice Hardison Faulkner Gallery will create a space that can host as many as 150 attendees while providing exhibition lighting and the latest in audio/visual presentation technology. It will also serve as a student study area.

“Janice Hardison Faulkner has served our university and state with grace and honor. This special place will be a fitting tribute to an outstanding citizen and I am pleased to be a participant in this endeavor,” said Dr. Michael Priddy, fundraising chair and former superintendent for Pitt County Schools.

Campaign officials finalized the architectural plans in June with a glass donors’ plaque on display at the gallery’s entrance. As of mid-August, more than $67,000 had been pledged to the project. The library will allocate $125,000 from the Verona Joyner Langford Endowment at the close of fundraising efforts.

For information on this project or Joyner Library, contact Dawn Wainwright at 252.328.4090 or

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Registration Open for the Eastern NC Literary Homecoming

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Honors College Convocation – Aug. 28

Joyner Library will host the 2012 Honors College Convocation on August 28.  Please join us at 4:30 pm in the second floor exhibit gallery to help welcome a new class of ECU Honors College students.

Honors College Convocation - August 28 at 4:30 pm


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FREE t-shirt or prize pack for ECU students

Joyner Library has a new official Facebook page.  ’Like’ the new page to keep up-to-date on Joyner happenings and have the latest library news sent directly to your news feed.  The first 200 ECU students to ‘like’ the page will receive a t-shirt or prize pack so go ahead and ‘like’ us today!

Click to view the Joyner Library Facebook page

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