“Rebuilding castles in the rubble of the humanities: Centering Spenser, an interdisciplinary website”

Please join us for our next Discussions in Digital Scholarship

“Rebuilding castles in the
rubble of the humanities:
Centering Spenser, an interdisciplinary website”

Featuring Thomas Herron
Department of English
East Carolina University

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Thursday, February 11 at 3:30pm
in the Janice Hardison Faulkner Gallery at Joyner Library

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


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 Please make plans to join on Wednesday, February 3rd at 3:30pm  in the Janice Hardison Faulkner Gallery for our next FaculTea featuring Dr. Kennetta Perry,  Assistant Professor of History at East Carolina University.

 The title of her presentation will be: “Black Britain and the Global Politics of Race in the Postwar World”

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





Joyner Library Alternative Textbook Program

Joyner Library Alternative Textbook Program Guidelines

.Joyner Library seeks applications from ECU faculty to participate in its pilot alternative textbook program. Alternative texts may include open textbooks, library subscription materials, and other free materials.   Ten stipends of up to $1,000 each will be awarded to faculty who are interested in incorporating these materials into their classroom to reduce textbook costs for their students.

Proposals will be accepted until March 1, 2016. A committee consisting of librarians and departmental faculty will select the recipients. Awarded faculty will be notified by April 1, 2016, so that they will have ample time to select or create alternative course materials and integrate them into their syllabi for fall 2016 classes. Funded faculty will have a personal librarian to work with during this period to assist with identifying potential course materials and answering copyright questions.

For more information about the alternative textbook program at ECU, please contact the Scholarly Communication Department at scholarlycomm@ecu.edu. A variety of alternative textbooks and open educational resources (OER) can be found on Joyner Library’s OER guide.

Informational sessions:

Two informational sessions will be held in the Office for Faculty Excellence (Joyner Library) on Thursday, January 28th at 10:00 a.m. (http://bit.ly/InfoSession1) and Wednesday, February 10th at 1:00 p.m. (http://bit.ly/InfoSession2).  For more information or to apply, please visit Joyner Library’s website (http://bit.ly/AlternativeTexts) or contact the Scholarly Communication Department at scholarlycomm@ecu.edu.


All full time ECU faculty members teaching during the 2016-2017 academic year are eligible to apply. Courses can be undergraduate or graduate classes. Additionally, they can be on-campus or distance education courses. Extra weight will be given to courses with 100 students or more, ECU Foundation courses, and/or distance education courses.

Selection Criteria:

The award committee will evaluate proposals using the following criteria:

  • 100-300 word narrative describing your project goals, student outcomes, and interest in using alternative texts
  • Total projected number of students and/or total projected cost savings for students for fall semester of 2016
  • Adoption of course materials by the start of the fall semester of 2016
  • Course offered during the fall semester of 2016
  • Creative Commons license for created materials
  • Use of library subscription materials (if applicable)
  • Sustainability of project after the awarded semester

Program Details:

  • Interested faculty must complete the online application (form listed below)
  • Awarded faculty agree to provide written feedback on their experiences of using alternative texts.
  • Faculty will be asked to share their experiences with the ECU community in a panel presentation during spring 2017, if possible
  • New textbooks that are written as a result of this program must be deposited in an appropriate repository, like MERLOT, and include a Creative Commons license.


Proposals are due by March 1, 2016

Apply Now!

Reducing Textbook Costs for Students at ECU

According to the National Center for Education Statistics, college students on average paid $1,260 for their textbooks during the 2013-2014 academic year.[1] Unfortunately, some students cannot keep up with the rising cost in textbooks. To help alleviate some of the costs to students, more faculty are using open educational resources in the classroom. Open Educational Resources (OERs) are texts or course materials that are freely available to the public and include an open license.[2]   Many of these OERs are peer-reviewed and/or created by faculty. A few established open textbook programs include OpenStax out of Rice University and the Open Textbook Library at the University of Minnesota.

Additionally, a number of libraries have started alternative textbook initiatives on their campus. These projects award faculty funds to incorporate OERs, library resources, and other low-cost alternatives into their courses. Recently, NC State has started an alternative textbook program and participating faculty will be sharing their experiences on November 13th at 11 a.m. in 1016 Bate.

Joyner Library will be starting an alternative textbook program for ECU faculty. More information about this program will be shared during the spring semester. However, faculty interested in learning more about OERs can use the OER Research Guide: http://libguides.ecu.edu/oer. Faculty can also contact the Scholarly Communication Department at scholarlycomm@ecu.edu for more information about incorporating OERs or library materials into their courses.


Upcoming Presentations on Faculty and Student Perspectives on Open Textbooks in the Classroom:

Have you heard about open educational resources? Do you want to reduce the cost of textbooks for your students? Joyner Library is sponsoring two events for faculty on using free or low cost textbook alternatives in the classroom.

Alternative Textbooks for Students: a faculty perspective on using open textbooks in the classroom

Friday, November 13th from 11 a.m. – 12 p.m. in 1016 Bate, please register here: https://goo.gl/sxQ0D4 or email scholarlycomm@ecu.edu.

Presented by:   Dr. Will Cross, Director, Copyright & Digital Scholarship Center

Dr. Maria Gallardo-Williams, Director, Organic Chemistry Teaching Laboratories

Dr. Janell Moretz, Assistant Director of Undergraduate Programs in Parks, Recreation & Tourism Management

Ms. Hannah Pope, Graduate Student, Teaching Assistant to Dr. Moretz

Our speakers will be talking about their experience with the Alt-Textbook program at NC State University.  Drs. Gallardo-Williams and Moretz are among the first faculty members to incorporate low-cost alternative textbooks into their classroom through the program at NC State University Libraries.


Using Alternative Textbooks in the Academic Classroom: a webinar

Thursday, November 19th from 11 a.m. -12 p.m., webinar, please register here: https://goo.gl/1aNKpt or email scholarlycomm@ecu.edu.

Presented by:     Mr. Joseph Thomas, Assistant Director of Collections and Scholarly Communication

Dr. Marc Sher, Professor of Physics, College of William and Mary

Dr. Jennifer Kidd, Senior Lecturer, College of Education, Old Dominion University

Our speakers will talk about using alternative textbooks in the classroom.  Drs. Sher and Kidd will provide examples of using free textbooks in their undergraduate courses.


Attention all students: Join Joyner Library and the Student Government Association on Friday, November 13th at 1:30 p.m. in 1016 Bate for a discussion about using free or low-cost textbooks in your classes. Dr. Will Cross, NC State, will talk about an alternative textbook program at NC State and its impact on the cost of textbooks for students.

Alternative Textbooks for Students: a student forum, co-sponsored by the Student Government Association

Friday, November 13th from 1:30 p.m. – 2:30 p.m. in 1016 Bate

Presented by: Dr. Will Cross, Director, Copyright & Digital Scholarship Center



[1] Ginder, S.A., Kelly-Reid, J.E., and Mann, F.B. Postsecondary Institutions and Cost of Attendance in 2013-14; Degrees and Other Awards Conferred, 2012-13; and 12-Month Enrollment, 2012-13: First Look (Preliminary Data). NCES 2014-066. U.S. Department of Education. Washington, DC: National Center for Education Statistics, 2014. http://nces.ed.gov/pubsearch

[2] SPARC. “Open Education Fact Sheet,” Accessed October 30, 2015, http://www.sparc.arl.org/sites/default/files/Open%20Education%20Fact%20Sheet.pdf.

Winter Clothing Drive

The Green Committee will be collecting gently used winter clothing and accessories now through January 31, 2016. Please place donations in the box located at the Special Collections single service point on the 3rd floor.

FaculTea – featuring Dr. Tom Rickenback & Dr. Enrique Reyes

Please join us for our upcoming FaculTea lecture  “Conversations on Climate Change.” This fall’s lecture will feature :

Dr. Tom Rickenback
Associate Professor, Department of Geography, Planning and Environment

Dr. Enrique Reyes
Professor, Department of Biology
Senior Scientist, Institute for Coastal Science and Policy

Monday, November 30
Faulkner Gallery, 2nd Floor
Joyner Library

Funding by NSF, NOAA, and EPA

Co-sponsored by the Thomas Harriott College of Arts & Sciences and Joyner Library