Joyner Library responds to student demand with trial 24/5 schedule


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  Operating hours are reduced during breaks, intercession periods and summer semesters.  For more information, contact Mark Sanders at


Joyner Library faculty, staff report professional activities

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.




Resource Fair targeted to grad students

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.

The event includes an orientation and reception with Joyner Library and representatives from University Writing Center, ECU Career Center, Student Health Services, Counseling Center, Campus Safety, Campus Wellness & Recreation, and Parking/Traffic.
For additional information, contact David Hisle or Dawn Wainwright, 252-328-4978 or e-mai or

Library hosts exhibit featuring Audubon watercolors


Joyner Library at East Carolina University will host an exhibit titled “Selections from John James Audubon’s Fifty Best Watercolors,” beginning with an opening reception at 5 p.m. April 4 in the Special Collections department on the 4th floor.

The reception will honor donors Dr. and Mrs. Rick Webb. ECU faculty members Susan McRae (Biology), Karl Rodabaugh (History) and Michael Ehlbeck (Art and Design) will speak on how the collection can be used as a teaching tool in diverse disciplines.

The exhibit was curated by Paul Goodson, MLS under the direction of Maury York, assistant director for Special Collections.


Awards recognize outstanding student research papers


Joyner Library at ECU will host the Rhem/Schwarzmann Awards at 5 p.m. on March 18 in the library.

The award recognize outstanding research papers by ECu sophomores, juniors and seniors, with cash prizes in the amount of $750, $500 and $250 awarded to first-, second- and third-place winners. Papers may be in any field of study, but should be based largely on primary sources held by the library’s manuscripts and rare book/archives departments.

The awards were established by Ann Schwarzmann to honor William and Emily Rhem and Theodore and Ann Schwarzmann.


Joyner Library to hold edible book festival

Edible books created for the 2012 event included "To Grill a Mockingbird," pictured above. (Photo by Cliff Hollis)

Edible books created for the 2012 event included “To Grill a Mockingbird,” pictured above. (Photo by Cliff Hollis)

Joyner Library at East Carolina University will host an Edible Book Festival April 6 on the second floor of the library. The festival celebrates books and food and the people who love them.

A silent auction held during the event benefits the Joyner Library Preservation Fund. A demonstration of techniques and capabilities of the library’s Conservation Lab is also planned.

Organizers of the event urge participants to enter with a piece of edible art related to books. The art can make a pun on a book’s title, refer to a scene or a character, look like a book or just be related to books. All entries must be edible. Examples can be found online by searching for “edible book festival.”

Register by April 1 at

Prizes will be awarded for wittiest, most edible, least edible, honorable mentions and youth (ages 12 and under).

The schedule for events is as follows:

  • 2 – 3 p.m. Entries delivered, installed, photographed
  • 3 – 4 p.m. Public viewing, silent auction, voting. Refreshments served.4:15 p.m. Prize winners and acution winners announced

For a slideshow of last year’s events, visit For additional information about the festival, visit


Joyner Faculty report presentations, publications

ECU librarians Carolyn Willis, Jeanne Hoover and Clark Nall received notification that their poster presentation proposal was selected for this year’s ACRL (Association of College & Research Libraries) 2013 Conference in Indianapolis for their work with Project STEPP.

Housed in Joyner Library, Project STEPP serves college students with documented learning disabilities. The program offers academic, social and life-skills support to motivated and committed students who show the potential to succeed in college.

The title of their presentation is “Teach, Assess, and Redesign: Creating a framework of universal design for learning for students with learning disabilities.”

A poster session by Joyner Library staff Mark Sanders and Angela Whitehurst, “Don’t be Lost in Space:  Assess, Renovate, and Repurpose your Library” was presented for the North Carolina Library Association meeting in Thomasville.

An article by Sanders, “Creating a safe haven for university students:  How are we doing?” appeared in the Journal of Access Services.