The Development of Medicine in Eastern North Carolina

Laupus Library will be hosting an opening reception on April 29 2pm-4pm at the Evelyn Fike Laupus Gallery on the 4th Floor of Laupus Library to celebrate the new online discoverability of the manuscript collections of the Laupus Library and Country Doctor Museum.

This project is the result of a collaboration with Joyner Library, who received an LSTA grant to add new accessibility to the collections at Laupus and CDM.

The exhibit will be up from April 29-June 10, 2016

Opening Reception: Friday, April 29, 2016    
2pm-4pm at the Evelyn Fike Laupus Gallery on the 4th Floor of Laupus Library

Plasma screen FINAL

The focus of the project has been to convert the collection guides formerly only available locally in Word and Excel into online format and to digitize over 200 items for access worldwide.

People will learn about the history of medicine in North Carolina through viewing unique materials housed at Laupus Library as part of the exhibit. They will also be able to view finding aids for all of the archival collections from Laupus Library and at Country Doctor Museum through the use of laptops and iPads provided at the opening reception. The finding aids will be findable through the libraries’ websites as well.

About the Exhibition:
The exhibit will highlight several country doctors from eastern North Carolina beginning in the mid-19
th century, along with a father-son who owned and operated a pharmacy in Stantonsburg. A variety of papers and artifacts will highlight the development of medicine. Some of the items included are a Civil War-era amputation kit, ledger with non-monetary payments, handwritten botanical medicine recipes, and homeopathic chest. The exhibit will explore who country doctors were, what they did, where they lived, how they were education, etc. using the doctors highlighted on the exhibit graphic.  

This project is made possible through funding from the federal Institute of Museum of Library Services (IMLS) under the provisions of the Library Services and Technology Act as administered by the State Library of North Carolina, a division of the Department of Natural and Cultural Resources.

For more information contact Ashley Williams at WILLIAMSASH14@ECU.EDU

Joyner Library 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!

Friday, April 15 from 6pm-10pm


For more information contact: Heather White (252) 328-2970 or

Southern Women and the Belgian Congo

Please make plans to join us for Jonathan Blake Richard’s presentation “Southern Women and the Belgian Congo: progressivism, the social gospel, and womanhood in the mission fields.”

Richard’s will be giving his presentation today, Thursday, April 14 at 3pm at Joyner Library

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“Humans of Greenville” Exhibition

Please make plans to check out Joyner Library’s newest exhibition  in the Janice Hardison Faulkner Gallery – “Humans of Greenville.” Sponsored by the Friends of Joyner Library, this exhibition is collaboration between Joyner Library & The Daily Reflector. The exhibit features images from the Reflector’s Human’s of Greenville series.

April 12 – June 24, 2016
Janice Hardison Faulkner Gallery at Joyner Library

For more information contact: Heather White (252) 328-2970 or

Friends of Joyner Library Spring Banquet

Invite Front

Invite Back
 Featuring Natalie Baszile – Author of Queen Sugar

Honoring Elizabeth (Liz) Sparrow
with the Honorary Lifetime Membership Award

Thursday, April 21, 2016
Silent Auction begins at 5:30pm
Event starts at 6pm

Location: Hilton
2017 Greenville Blvd SW
Greenville, NC 27834

$40 members, $50 non-members
(prices includes sales tax)

RSVP by April 14, 2016

About the Author:
Natalie Baszile is the author of the novel, Queen Sugar, which is being adapted for TV by writer/director, Ava DuVernay of “Selma” fame, and co-produced by Oprah Winfrey for OWN, Winfrey’s cable network. Queen Sugar was named one of the San Francisco Chronicles’ Best Books of 2014, was long-listed for the Crooks Corner Southern Book Prize, and nominated for an NAACP Image Award.  Natalie has a M.A. in Afro-American Studies from UCLA, and holds an MFA from Warren Wilson College’s MFA Program for Writers. Her non-fiction work has appeared in The, Mission at Tenth, The Best Women’s Travel Writing Volume 9, and O, The Oprah Magazine. She lives in San Francisco.

FaculTea – “The Archaeology of Piracy”

Please make plans to join us for the final FaculTea of the year!

Dr. Charlie Ewen will be presenting, “The Archaeology of Piracy,” on Wednesday, April 6 at 3:30pm in the Janice Hardison Faulkner Gallery at Joyner Library.


With questions or for more information please contact Heather White at (252) 328-2870 or

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.