East Carolina University will honor the region’s literary traditions Sept. 20 – 21. The Eastern North Carolina Literary Homecoming presented by the “North Carolina Literary Review” and Joyner Library will offer interactive writing workshops in addition to panel presentations. This year’s theme, “North Carolina: A State of Change, A Changing State,” focuses on change in North Carolina and how it is reflected in the state’s literature.
For ten years, the ENCLH has been nourishing and revitalizing the creative spirit for writers as the event provides a place where artists and community members can interact and share ideas. The theme of the annual event mirrors the theme of the award-winning “North Carolina Literary Review’s” special feature section. The writers coming to ECU are featured in the pages of NCLR’s current and forthcoming print and online issues.
Each year, the Literary Homecoming kicks off on Friday evening with the presentation of the Roberts Award for Literary Inspiration. This year the award will be presented to former North Carolina Poet Laureate and UNC–Greensboro Professor Emeritus Fred Chappell for his significant influence upon the literature of North Carolina.
Also on Friday evening, guests can enjoy a reading from Wiley Cash, author of “A Land More Kind than Home,” and music by poet-musician Jim Clark of Barton College.
“Joyner Library is pleased to host the Literary Homecoming again this year,” said Jan Lewis, interim dean of the library. “The Friday evening dessert reception, sponsored by the Friends of Joyner Library, is always a wonderful way to start the weekend. We invite members of the community to celebrate the literary traditions of North Carolina with us during this two-day event.”
On Saturday, several North Carolina writers will take part in two different panels. The first will focus on “Tarheel Literature in Black and White.” The second will focus on the emerging Latina/o voices among North Carolina writers and the resulting literary and cultural production that represents the experiences, needs, and aspirations of the Latino communities in the state.
Javier Lorenzo, chair of the Spanish Curriculum Committee at ECU, said, “Given the extraordinary growth of the Hispanic population in Eastern N.C., there is no better time to meet the authors featured in the Homecoming and to get acquainted with a literature that reflects the changing face of our state.”
At the lunch Saturday, Fred Chappell will present the 3rd James Applewhite Poetry Prize to the 2013 recipient, and Anna Jean Mayhew, author of “The Dry Grass of August,” will read from her new novel in progress, “Tomorrow’s Bread.”
The afternoon will feature six different workshops with visiting authors, covering the writing and presenting of poetry, fiction, playwriting, and memoir.
NCLR Editor Margaret Bauer invites everyone to read interviews and essays from many of the writers participating in this year’s Literary Homecoming, in the recently released 2013 issue of the “North Carolina Literary Review,” and then meet the authors in person.
All events, except for Saturday author’s luncheon ($12), are free and open to the public. For program and registration information, go to www.ecu.edu/lithomecoming, call 252.328.1537, or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.
The event is a recognized program for Certificate Renewal Credit for teachers. Contact Dawn Wainwright for CEU credit information at email@example.com or 252.328.4090.
Joyner Library is responding to student demand with a trial 24/5 operating schedule for the 2013-14 academic year.
Beginning August 19 and continuing through the spring semester, Joyner Library will be open 24 hours a day, 5 days a week.
This pilot initiative is a result of student demand for expanded hours to work on assignments, use library resources, collaborate on group projects and complete an array of other academic tasks. With the extended hours, the library will open at 10 a.m. on Sunday and remain open until closing at 9 p.m. on Friday.
After 11 p.m., an ECU OneCard is required for entry. At 2 a.m. the basement, second and third floors will be closed for housekeeping and reduced staffing, while the first floor will remain open overnight. The second and third floors will reopen at 7:30 a.m. Security staff will be present during all operating hours.
Mark Sanders, assistant director for Public Services, said, “We are committed to being responsive to our patrons’ needs and 24 hour access is one of the requests we most frequently receive from students. We will monitor the hourly building use data during the overnight period of the fall and spring semesters to see if it supports making 24/5 access permanent. I’m hopeful it will.”
Joyner Library’s complete operating hours can be found at http://www.ecu.edu/cs-lib/libhours.cfm. Operating hours are reduced during breaks, intercession periods and summer semesters. For more information, contact Mark Sanders at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Faculty in J.Y. Joyner Library has reported publications and professional activities as follows:
Article by David Hursh and Christine Avenarius (Anthropology), “What Do Patrons Really Do in Music Libraries? An Ethnographic Approach to Improving Library Services,” in Music Reference Services Quarterly.
Article by Katy Kavanagh, “Incorporating cartoons in an academic library: Spicing up LibGuides graphically at East Carolina University,” in College and Research Libraries News.
An article by Mark Sanders, “Creating a safe haven for university students: How are we doing?” in the Journal of Access Services.
An article by Linda Teel, “Transforming Space in the Curriculum Materials Center,” in Education Libraries. Teel received The Order of the Long Leaf Pine from Gov. Pat McCrory on June 5.
An article by Virginia Bacon and Patrick L. Carr, “Assessing Value Through Cross-Institutional Comparisons: A Discussion of the 2012 University of North Carolina System-Wide E-Journal Survey,” in Serials Review.
An article by Lisa Barricella, Eleanor Cook, Robert James, Jan Mayo, Mark Sanders and Ralph Scott, “E-book readers come to eastern North Carolina,” in North Carolina Libraries.
Presentations and professional activities
Katy Kavanagh moderated a panel at the American Library Association conference for the distance learning section of ACRL called, “Is it Worth It? Assessing Online Instruction.”
Katy Kavanagh and Jeanne Hoover presented a poster session for ACRL’s science and technology section at the American Libraries Association conference titled, “Universal Design for Learning, the Library and STEM: Common Cause, Uncommon Ground.”
Presentation by Kavanagh and Angela Whitehurst, “How May We Serve You? Libraries, Hospitality Management and the Creation of Leaders,” for the LAUNC-CH Research Forum (Librarian’s Association at UNC Chapel Hill).
Presentation by Kavanagh, Whitehurst and Mark Sanders, “Connect with a right JAB: Joyner Library and Blackboard,” for the Think-in: A Teaching with Technology Showcase in Greenville.
Presentation by Mark Sanders and Angela Whitehurst, “Don’t be Lost in Space: Assess, Renovate, and Repurpose your Library,” for the North Carolina Library Association in Thomasville, N.C.
A presentation by Alan Bailey, “An Overview of Stephen Covey’s 7 Habits of Highly Effective People” to librarians at Appalachian Regional Public Library System’s Professional Development Day in Boone.
A presentation by Cindy Shirkey and Lisa Barricella, “Adding a use factor measure to a materials allocation plan for books in an academic library” at the Acquisitions Institute at Timberline Lodge.
Invited presentation by Bryna R. Coonin, “Come to Your Census: the development of the U.S. Census from its inception to the present,” for the North Carolina Library Association Government Resources Section.
Presentation by William Gee, “Making Space for Interlibrary Loan: Space Survey Results and Renovation Tips” at the ILLiad International Conference in March.
ECU graduate students may appreciate the Academic and Student Life Resource Fair set for 1 to 2:30 p.m. on Aug. 16 in the first floor of Joyner Library.