Dean’s Message

As the academic year comes to an end, it is a good time to reflect on some of the happenings in Joyner Library.  This year saw the opening of the Pirate CAVE in August and the renovation and grand opening of the Office for Faculty Excellence, the Office of the Quality Enhancement Plan (QEP), the University Writing Center, and the University Writing Program in May.  When students and faculty return in the fall, there will be a new Starbucks in Joyner Library, an expanded study area, a state-of-the-art security station, and reconfigured staff space on first floor.  These changes will help us provide a safe, secure 24/5 library space for ECU students, faculty and staff to enjoy beginning on August 20.  We’ll have a new library instruction room (Room 1415) as well.  We’ll expect to set a new record for monthly gate count, breaking the record of 113,979 people set in October.  While group and individual study rooms, powerful computers, large monitors, whiteboards, and equipment available for check-out are part of the attraction, certainly our knowledgeable and helpful faculty and staff and our wealth of print and online resources that support student learning and faculty research are a large part of the attraction.  We look forward to the 2013-2014 academic year bringing even stronger partnerships with the Office of the QEP, the Writing Center, Research & Graduate Studies, Student Affairs, the Student Government Association, and other groups as we continue to work together to make ECU the best institution in the region.

As I come to the end of my first year as Interim Dean, I want to thank a number of individuals and groups for the support they have given to me and to Joyner Library.  Here are just a few of them:

The ECU Faculty Senate Libraries Committee

Provost Sheerer

The Friends of Joyner Library

The Joyner Library Advancement Council

Donors to Joyner Library

The wonderful staff and faculty of Joyner Library

I wish everyone a productive yet reinvigorating summer and look forward to seeing you in August.

Bake Sale Results

Joyner Library’s Support Staff Assembly is pleased to report that the annual spring bake sale raised $426.22.  Proceeds will go to Relay For Life’s fundraiser.

For more information, contact event coordinator Tracie Hampton at 328-4085.

Joyner Library and ECU’s Contemporary Writers Series present poet Dave Smith of Johns Hopkins University speaking at the Robert Penn Warren Exhibit.

RPW_screenDave Smith is currently the Elliott Coleman Professor of Poetry at Johns Hopkins University. Influenced by the work of James Dickey, AR Ammons, and Robert Penn Warren, Smith’s poetry chronicles the changing landscape of our country and the changing South.

The Robert Penn Warren Exhibit at Joyner Library represents some of the finest work in the Stuart Wright Collection and the largest collection of associated Warren material held outside the Beinecke Library at Yale University and the University of Kentucky.  Warren rare and fine print books, typescripts, holograph notes and manuscripts, letters, photographs, and ephemeral documents highlight the life and career of one of the greatest American writers of the 20thcentury. Robert Penn Warren (1905-1989) is the only writer to have won a Pulitzer Prize in both fiction and poetry.
Contact:    For more information, contact Tom Douglass at or 252-328-6723


First prize winner – Rhem/Schwarzmann Prize

ECU’s Joyner Library hosts award program for Rhem/Schwarzmann Prize

GREENVILLE, N.C. (3/26/2013) Joyner Library at East Carolina University honor award winners for the Rhem/Schwarzmann Prize on Monday, March 18, 2013.

Cory Adam Noe is the first prize winner of the Rhem/Schwarzmann Prize for Recognition of Student Research, which recognizes outstanding research papers written by sophomores, juniors, and seniors at East Carolina University.  His paper “Clarence Leroy Shuping’s Role in the Democratic Party Following the Election of Franklin Roosevelt in 1932” was written for Dr. Wade Dudley, a professor in the history department.

First prize winner Cory Noe with donor Ann Schwarzmann

First prize winner Cory Noe with donor Ann Schwarzmann

Noe is a senior at ECU earning a history education/history double major with a minor in political science.  He is a recipient of the NC Prospective Teachers Scholarship Loan and is an active member of the ECU College Democrats, serving as vice president during the 2012 election season.

Of the program, Noe states, “By using the Clarence Leroy Shuping Papers [in Special Collections], I was able to learn more about a time that I love through the eyes of someone who was directly involved in the political action at the time.  It was a truly remarkable experience.”

The Rhem-Schwarzmann Prize for Recognition of Student Research was established by Mrs. Ann Schwarzmann to honor William and Emily Rhem and Theodore and Ann Schwarzmann and awards cash prizes in the amount of $750 and $500.  Papers can be in any field of study, but must be based largely on primary sources held by J. Y. Joyner Library.

“Joyner Library supports student learning through its collections, people and spaces,” says Academic Library Services interim dean Jan Lewis.  “Mrs. Schwarzmann’s generous sponsorship of the Rhem-Schwarzmann Prize has allowed Joyner Library to become an even more integral part of undergraduate student learning.  Our staff has enjoyed working with these students as they discovered and used primary source materials.  What a pleasure it has been to hear the winners discuss their papers and to recognize their accomplishments in a tangible way!  The papers written by this year’s winners will be available in The ScholarShip, ECU’s institutional repository, along with those of past winners.”

Noe is a native of Carteret County and enjoys soccer and boating with wife, Brittany Lawrence Noe.  He is the son of Clifton Alan Noe and Katie Hamilton Noe.

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