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: Faculty can also contact the Scholarly Communication Department at 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: or email

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: or email

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.

[2] SPARC. “Open Education Fact Sheet,” Accessed October 30, 2015,

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


Pet Therapy at Joyner Library

Take a break from studying for exams and join us for Pet Therapy at Joyner Library!
Look for us near the circulation desk.

Tuesday, December 8
12noon – 1pm

Wednesday, December 9
5pm – 6pm

Thursday, December 10
1pm – 2pm

For more information please contact:
Carolyn Willis
328- 0400

Southern Women in American Roots Music

The traditional duet Lynda Dawson and Pattie Hopkins will perform on violin and guitar a performance/presentation celebrating southern women in blues and bluegrass.  This event especially will highlight the role of NC women in traditional music.

Blues and Bluegrass in Joyner Library
Reception begins at 3:30pm
Performance begins at 4pm

Friday, November 13 at 3:30pm to 5:30pm

Joyner Library, Faulkner Gallery
Greenville, NC 27858-4353

Co-Sponsored by:

ECU Women’s Studies Program
Joyner Library

Graduate Student Art & Design Exhibition

8th Annual Graduate Student Art & Design Exhibition

Showcases textiles, jewelry, photography, sculpture, and metal works by ECU graduate students.

Opening Reception:
Thursday, October 15, 2015
Faulkner Gallery, 2nd Floor

Exhibit Dates: October 15, 2015 – January 4, 2016

2015 Juror: Holly Garriott – Pitt County Arts Council at Emerge

2014 Winners:
Graduate School Dean’s Award: “Head on a Swivel” By Addison Brown
Friends of Joyner Library Purchase Award: “He was a Blind Carpenter, but that isn’t how He Lost his Finger” By Alyssa Karpa

Faculty Author Book Awards

Celebrating the accomplishments of faculty who have contributed to the prestige of East Carolina University and the scholarship of higher education through publication of scholarly books between July 1, 2014 and June 30, 2015.

Friday, November 6, 2015
Faulkner Gallery, 2nd Floor

Joyner Library enewsletter


The August 2015 “Back to School Issue”  of the Joyner Library eNews newsletter covers topics such as the annual K-12 Student Art from Pitt County Schools exhibition in our Teaching Resources Center (TRC), the Teacher Toolbox Series (also in the TRC) which focuses on assisting teachers with integrating technology in the classroom, new equipment in our Special Collections, and VIVO, a platform for ECU researcher profiles.