Joyner Library’s 2017 Paraprofessional Conference

Joyner Library’s 2017 Paraprofessional Conference connects fellow institutions with community empowerment opportunities

GREENVILLE, N.C. (May 15, 2017) — Joyner Library’s SHRA Assembly held its 13th annual Paraprofessional Conference on Friday, May 12.

This year’s theme, Libraries and Community Empowerment, addressed the role played by libraries and librarians to help individuals and communities acquire knowledge about themselves and the world around them.

Joe Barricella, digital services production coordinator for Joyner Library, said, “Our Library and librarians interact with the community daily. We offer a variety of resources, including computers and books, which allow us to serve patrons. Although Joyner Library is often thought of as being a library for only the university, one of our key goals is also to serve the public.”

“The Beyond Bricks & Mortar: Revisiting the Sycamore Hill Community project is a perfect example of Joyner library partnering with the local community,” Barricella explained. “We were able to offer resources they might not have had readily available. These collaborative partnerships are the types of projects we hope to continue completing in the future.”

The one-day event was attended by more than 110 school, public and academic library paraprofessionals from at least 13 counties in North Carolina. In addition to a keynote presentation, attendees were offered four concurrent sessions for a total of 16 presentations about bringing positive change and growth to their home institutions.

This year’s keynote speaker, teaching assistant professor and graduate advisor in the Library Science Program for the Department of  Interdisciplinary Professions at East Carolina University, Dr. Lou Sua, presented a message on “Library as Place: Community, Leadership and Empowerment.”

Sua believes libraries are equalizers in their communities and more important today than ever.

“It’s our job to empower communities,” said Sua. “We are the people who can make a difference in the lives of so many people.”

With a percentage of the population unable to afford access to technology, libraries offer these resources and services for free. Libraries have also been a place where people develop citizenship skills.

“I think that we help shape our communities by providing an atmosphere for them to develop their own learning,” said Sua. “And with everything that’s going on now with fake news and alternative facts, it’s the libraries that can help people understand exactly what is real and what is not.”

She also thinks this conference gives attendees the tools they need to go back and do their jobs even better. “During this conference, people share their experiences and talk about what works well for them,” she explained. “Conferences like this help someone from a library that’s maybe struggling from budget cuts hear another approach to cost savings and inspire them to bring that back to their community.”

Facilitated by experts in the profession, attendees were offered a variety of session topics such as the role of free educational resources for community members, outreach to community groups and special populations, and citizen science community engagement.

Tammiika Krowner works in the Curriculum Learning Resources Lab at Fayetteville State University and attended a session on open educational resources (OERs).

These are free materials that can be used as an outreach tool for the public to gain access to work that might only normally be available through a paid educational institution or school. OERs can be used as supplements or core learning for homeschool families that are on limited budgets, for those seeking additional materials, as well as self-learning and discovery.

“I work with pre-service teachers and we are moving away from textbooks towards online information,” she said. “Building up those resources and the teachers’ knowledge about them and where to locate them is paramount for the future.”

Barricella says his biggest hope was for the attendees to enjoy themselves and learn something. “I believe this year’s conference was a big success,” he said. “Everyone I’ve spoken to has been enthusiastic about what they’ve learned today.”

Joyner Library offers special thanks to The Scullery, Great Harvest Bread Company, Dowdy Student Stores and Bagelman for their donations in support of this year’s conference:

For more information on this event or about Joyner Library, contact Kelly Rogers Dilda at or 252-744-2232.

ECU Libraries awarded funding to partner with research faculty on open science

East Carolina University’s 2017-2018 Interdisciplinary Research Awards (IRA) recipients include a collaboration between Joyner and Laupus libraries and the College of Allied Health Sciences.

Interdisciplinary Research Awards (IRA) are seed grants to support interdisciplinary research projects leading to competitive applications for extramural funding.

The project, “Transitioning to Open Science in Research Labs: a partnership between librarians and research faculty,” will explore open science tools for faculty and students to use in the lab, with the ultimate goal of developing an institutional infrastructure to facilitate open science now and in the future at ECU.

Open science is a movement towards making research more accessible to researchers and the public. Open science can encompass all aspects of the research process, including open data, open access articles, and even open lab notebooks. Additionally, open science tools can make it easier for researchers to adhere to public access policies required by federal funders.

Scholarly Communication Librarian for Joyner Library Jeanne Hoover and Dr. John Willson from the Department of Physical Therapy in the College of Allied Health Sciences will serve as primary investigators. The one-year pilot project will be based in the Human Movement Analysis Laboratory at ECU.

“I am looking forward to working with Dr. Willson and colleagues from Laupus Library on exploring ways to use Open Science Framework to help make research more accessible and reproducible,” Hoover said.

Research labs are a key component of teaching and scholarship at academic institutions. Proponents of the open science movement believe that establishing a culture of open science within research labs will drastically improve the exchange of information with the scientific community and general public and as a result, address questions of transparency and research reproducibility.

Co-investigators on the grant include Ting Fu, Laupus liaison to the College of Allied Health Sciences; Roger Russell, assistant director of user services for Laupus Library; and Joseph Thomas, assistant director for collections and scholarly communication for Joyner Library.

“I am very excited about this award, which brings opportunity for exploring Open Science at ECU,” said Fu. “There hasn’t been a project like this before on campus. We hope ours serves as an ice-breaker that will bring change and inspiration to all researchers in the future.”


Joyner Library recognizes prize winners for outstanding student research


Caption: Joyner Library director Jan Lewis, second place winner, Zachary Dale, first place winner, Jeanann Woodard, and Arthur Carlson, Joyner’s university archivist pose during an April 5 awards ceremony.

Joyner Library announced the winners of its eighth annual Rhem/Schwarzmann Prize for student research during an April 5 ceremony held in the Special Collections Reading Room located on the fourth floor of Joyner Library.

Established by Mrs. Ann Schwarzmann to honor William and Emily Rhem and Theodore and Ann Schwarzmann, the Rhem/Schwarzmann Prize recognizes outstanding research papers written by sophomores, juniors and seniors at East Carolina University.

Eligibility criteria required students to use Joyner Library’s Special Collections, which houses manuscripts, rare books, university archives and the North Carolina collection, as a primary source for their research.

“The papers written by this year’s Rhem/Schwarzmann Prize winners enrich our knowledge of university, community and regional history,” said Joyner Library director Jan Lewis. “Their papers illustrate how primary sources in Joyner Library’s Special Collections can be used to research recent events as well as those occurring more than 150 years ago.”

Papers could be in any field of study but had to be at least 10 pages or 2,500 words in length, and submitted by Feb. 17.  Entries were judged on originality, quality of research, style, documentation and overall excellence by a panel comprised of faculty members from the Thomas Harriot College of Arts and Sciences and Joyner Library.

“Through close reading and analysis of primary resource materials, these students improved their critical thinking skills and demonstrated the importance of identifying biases and questioning assumptions,” Lewis noted.

Winning the award for first place — and a $750 prize — was Jeanann Woodard, senior in the Department of History Education in the ECU College of Education, for “Planning and Patronizing: Urban Renewal and Race Relations in Greenville, N.C. in the 1960s.”

“I particularly enjoyed using the special collections because it allowed me to travel back in time and connect with people I may never have a chance to meet,” said Woodard. “While reviewing documents and images, I got the closest thing to a firsthand look at Greenville in the 1960s. The primary sources in the special collection allowed me to better connect to the residents who lost their homes for urban renewal and Sycamore Hill Missionary Baptist Church members, while also exploring the perspective of the city council and the redevelopment commission.”

Two additional award winners were:

Zachary Dale, senior in the Department of History Education in the College of Education, in second place — a $500 prize — for “Queer History: LGBT Activism at East Carolina University.”

 Andrew Turner, junior in the Department of History in the Thomas Harriot College of Arts and Sciences, in third place — a $250 prize — for “The Battle of New Bern: Trial by Fire.”

“Ultimately, the special collections provided me with the evidence needed to construct an argument for the thesis of my research paper,” Woodard continued.

Arthur Carlson, Joyner’s university archivist, said this year’s cycle was the most successful to date as it featured a record number of qualified entries.

“We are especially proud of our winners, who used the unique resources available in special collections to produce research papers that made an original contribution to human knowledge,” he said.

This year’s awards are made possible by the Friends of Joyner Library and the generosity of the late Mrs. Ann Schwarzmann.

For more information about the awards and future participation, contact Arthur Carlson at 328-6838 or

To learn more about manuscripts and rare books, university archives, digital collections, and the North Carolina Collection, please see



2017-2018 Alternative Textbook Program Recipients

J.Y. Joyner Library is pleased to announce this year’s Alternative Textbook Program recipients.  Sixteen faculty were selected for the 2017-2018 program and they will receive stipends of up to $1,000 to incorporate open textbooks, library materials, and/or other free resources in their courses.  Additionally, recipients will be paired with a personal librarian who will provide assistance with copyright and identifying possible course materials.  The goal of the program is to reduce costs for students while also giving faculty the opportunity to customize their course materials.

Congratulations to the following program recipients:

Margaret Bauer, English

Mark Bowler, Psychology

Andy Brimhall, Human Development and Family Science

Kermit Buckner, Educational Leadership, Education

Kristine Callis-Duehl, Biology

Cindy Elmore, Communication

Eric Horsman, Geological Sciences

Lee Johnson, Religious Studies

Sharon Justice, Business

Sharon Knight, Health Education and Promotion

Gregory Lapicki, Physics

Seung Hyun Lee, School of Hospitality Leadership, Business

Laura Levi Alstaedter, Foreign Languages & Literatures

Nicholas Rupp, Economics

Jennifer Williams, Special Education, Foundations and Research, Education

Terri Woods, Geological Sciences

More information about the Alternative Textbook Program can be found here:


This program was supported by grant funds from the Institute of Museum and Library Services under the provisions of the federal Library Services and Technology Act as administered by the State Library of North Carolina, a division of the Department of Natural and Cultural Resources.

Libraries and Community Empowerment

The SHRA Assembly of Joyner Library is pleased to announce the 13th Paraprofessional Conference at ECU will be held on Friday, May 12, 2017. 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 Libraries and Community Empowerment. Libraries and librarians help individuals and communities acquire knowledge. This knowledge helps community members learn more about themselves and the world around them, thus giving them the opportunity to improve their community. How do libraries reach out to and influence their community? How do we define a library’s community? How do online resources change the way libraries define community and the way communities interact with libraries? What role do paraprofessionals play in this relationship?

 The keynote will be delivered by Dr. Lou Sua, Teaching Assistant Professor and Graduate Advisor for the Department of Library Science at ECU. Her research interests include Public Libraries and the community, among other topics. The title of her keynote address is “Library as Place: Community, Leadership, and Empowerment”

 We look forward to another year of great sessions and we hope you are able to attend the conference!

Visit to register.

For more information, please email


Pet Therapy

During finals, ECU’s Joyner Library is hosting a study break for students with a unique twist.

The library teams with Pet Partners to present three pet therapy sessions, which means bringing animals into the library area to interact with students.

Research shows interactions with dogs and cats help students unwind, providing a good option for helping students deal with the stresses of the final exam period. The study breaks include refreshments and an opportunity to send a free postcard home or to a friend.

Pet Therapy takes place in Joyner Library on the 1st Floor of Joyner near Circulation

·         Wednesday, April 26th   12:00pm-1:00pm

·         Thursday, April 27th    1:00pm-2:00pm

·         Monday, May 2nd    5:00pm-6:00pm

For more information please contact:
Carolyn Willis
328- 0400

New Study WorkLounges

Joyner Library offers the very best in innovative study space for our studying students. Newly located on the 3rd floor, a designated quiet study area, students can enjoy 20 WorkLounge modular workstations designed for performance, comfort and support.

Specially created with lumbar support, ergonomic design and a comfortable footstool, these units fulfill the needs of our students for power, privacy, personal storage, and an adjustable work surface. Who says you can’t be comfortable while cramming for exams?!

Up With the Sun

Are you pulling an all-nighter ahead of exams? Do you plan to come in super early to get a start on the day? If so, pick up one of our Spring 2017 limited edition buttons “Up with the Sun”

Available 4/28 starting at 5am by the Joyner Security Desk.

Where History Launches the Future

Where History Launches the Future
Donations to ECU libraries help patrons prepare for their futures

n honor of National Library Week, East Carolina University is spotlighting the generous gifts made by alumni and friends of the university.

Use of private funds and unique donations can be seen across all three of ECU’s libraries; you just have to know where to look. Whether it is historic papers at Joyner, distinct music collections in Fletcher Music Center, or places to study while enjoying the spring weather at Laupus – the impact of donors is all around us.

Learn more here:

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!
Free with an ECU One Card