Alternative Textbook Program

East Carolina University’s J.Y. Joyner Library has announced the names of faculty who will receive $1,000 stipends to develop or incorporate alternative texts in their courses. Alternative texts provide learning materials distinct from traditional, often high-cost, textbooks, and may include Open Access Textbooks, freely-available articles and books, or library-licensed resources. Joyner Library’s pilot program launched in January 2016 with a call for proposals. The response was so positive that Joyner Library Director Janice S. Lewis decided to expand the number of stipends awarded from 10 to 15. Proposals included adopting existing open textbooks, incorporating library subscription resources such as journal articles, e-book chapters and streaming video in courses, and creating completely new content.

Recipients are from the Thomas Harriot College of Arts & Sciences, the College of Business, the College of Education, the College of Engineering and Technology, the College of Fine Arts and Communication, and the College of Health and Human Performance. In addition to a stipend, each recipient will be paired with a librarian who will assist with identifying potential course materials and offer copyright guidance.

The program’s primary goal is to reduce costs for students. A proposal for an introductory Economics course offers potential savings of close to $100,000 per semester if the alternative textbook is used for all sections of the course. One professor noted, “I think we have a responsibility to first-generation and low-income college students to reduce barriers to getting the knowledge needed to succeed.” Many proposals touted other advantages of alternative textbooks such as providing more timely and relevant content, engaging students in active learning, and ensuring that every student has access to course materials on the first day of class.

Faculty receiving stipends are:

Teal Darkenwald – Dance

Christyn Dolbier – Psychology

Carol Goodwillie – Biology

Joseph G. L. Lee – Health Education & Promotion

Lisa Maag – Psychology

James McKernan – Special Education, Foundations, & Research

Karen A. Mulcahy -Geography, Planning, & Environment

Margaret O’Hara – Management Information Systems

Erol Ozan – Technology Systems

Randall Parker – Economics

Kennetta Hammond Perry – History

Tracy Tuten – Marketing & Supply Chain Management

Jennifer M. Valko – Foreign Languages & Literatures

Cecelia Valrie – Psychology

Jeffrey D. Wilhelm – History

The alternative textbook program is funded by library donors and income from the Fred Timms Langford and Verona Lee Joyner Langford Endowment Fund. For more information, contact the Joyner Library Scholarly Communication Department by email [] or telephone [252-328-2261].

Virtual Library Budget – Open Forums

Two library forums will be held in April, one on each campus. The first will be held on Thursday, April 21 from 10am until 11:30am at Laupus Library in Room 4503. The second forum will be held on Friday, April 22 from 2:30pm until 4:00pm at Joyner Library in 2409.

These forums will be a chance for the campus community to provide feedback on possible changes to e-journal subscription packages. Information about the Virtual Library budget and expenditures, “Big Deal” e-journal packages, and related reading is available at  We encourage you to convey your comments using the Comments Blog tab at the top of this page.

Presentation & Book Signing by Young Adult Children’s Author J.J. Johnson

Join young adult novelist J.J. Johnson at as she shines light on all aspects of publishing. From first draft to galley, from query letters to agent percentages, from soul-crushing reviews to shimmering awards banquets, J.J. will take you behind the scenes and spill the beans. The presentation will be held at Sheppard Memorial Library at 2:30 PM on Saturday, March 19th. Ms. Johnson’s books will be available for purchase and she will autograph books following her presentation. The event is free and open to the public. For additional information, contact Dan Zuberbier at 252-328-0406 or

Human Library

The Diversity Committee at Joyner Library is hosting the Human Library, an event where attendees can check out human beings.  These “human books” are featured because they have an interesting life story to share.  Attendees choose a human book and have a 10-15 minute conversation.  The purpose of the event is to open dialog on campus about including people of all beliefs, walks of life, abilities, and backgrounds.

Tuesday, April 12 from 1pm until 4pm
Janice Hardison Faulkner Gallery at Joyner Library

For more information contact: KATY KAVANAGH WEBB (252) 328-0734 KAVANAGHK@ECU.EDU 

Third Annual Human Library

The Third Annual Human Library event will be taking place on Tuesday, April 12, 2016 from 1-4 PM in the Faulkner Gallery in Joyner Library. This special event allows attendees to check out human beings. Each of the “human books” is pre-selected because they have an interesting life story to share. After attendees choose a human book based on the title and description provided, they are paired with them to have a 10-15 minute conversation. The topics this year include religion and spirituality, health-related topics, families, and more. The purpose of the event is to open dialog on campus about including people of all beliefs, walks of life, abilities, and backgrounds. This is a Wellness Passport Premiere event; classes are invited to take part in the program, as well. It is free and open to the public. 

Make plans to attend the Humans of Greenville gallery opening at 4:30, directly after this event!

For more information contact:

Please contact Katy Kavanagh Webb at Joyner Library to learn more. and 252-328-0734.

2016 DISSH Symposium

This symposium explores the opportunities inherent in digital projects for interdisciplinary and collaborative research and education, hallmarks of the twenty-first century university. Together, the speakers and panelists point to the promise and potential of digital projects to bring people together from across the university setting, creating synergies across academic computing, libraries, departments and interdisciplinary programs.

This year’s keynote lecture will be delivered by David Bodenhamer, Director of the Polis Center, Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis, and co-editor of The Spatial Humanities (2010) and Deep Maps and Spatial Narratives (2015). A second invited speaker will be Allen Tullos (Emory Center for Digital Scholarship and Department of History and Senior Editor of Southern Spaces, Emory University). Numerous invited panelists will engage in discussions on various topics related to digital scholarship.

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Librarian to Librarian Networking Summit

The 11th Annual Librarian to Librarian Networking Summit will be held at Joyner Library’s Teaching Resources Center on the campus of East Carolina University on March 19th, 2016. The conference theme is Building Communities.

The summit provides a variety of roundtable discussions on current topics for K-12 school media personnel. Facilitated by experts in the profession, these sessions also encourage attendees to bring resources to share. Our featured speaker is North Carolina young adult author J. J. Johnson

We hope to see you there!

For additional information, call the TRC Service Desk
at 252-328-6076 or by email at