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.


Joyner faculty to keynote summit

Joyner Library faculty Patrick Carr and Virginia Bacon were invited to keynote Springer’s ROI and Assessment Summit on Jan. 30th in Toronto. Carr is head of service for Electronic & Continuing Resources Acquisitions and Bacon is Electronic Resources Access & Discovery Librarian.

Springer is a leading global scientific publisher, providing researchers in academia, scientific institutions and corporate research and development departments with quality content via innovative information products and services.


Collection of Civil War letters focus of Saturday event

The editor of a book of Civil War letters will give a reading from “Sparrow’s Nest of Letters” at 10:30 a.m. Saturday, Dec. 8 in the Manuscripts and Rare Books Department at Joyner Library.

Joy W. Sparrow will have a reading and signing of the work that feature letters between Capt. Thomas Sparrow and his son, George Atmore Sparrow, and their lives before, during and after the Civil War. Many of the letters were written from or mention places in Greenville, Falkland and Pitt County, including Green Wreath Plantation.

Some of the letters included in the book are from the Thomas Sparrow Papers in Joyner Library’s East Carolina Manuscript Collection. Those papers were the first collection acquired for the East Carolina Manuscript Collection in the 1960s. The late Keats Sparrow, former dean of the Thomas Harriot College of Arts and Sciences, encouraged Joy Sparrow to publish the letters.


Joyner celebrates graduate student art and design exhibition

Slide 1

Work by Graham Erisman, "Emotions of Burden"

Slide 2

"Bark Necklace" by Audrey Peck

Slide 3

"Past Life Portrait #2" by Lorraine Turi

Slide 4

"Automatons of Industry" by Kevin Vanek

Slide 5

"Pond Life Series: Muddy Bottoms Mug with Brown Bullhead" by Catherine Stasevich

Joyner Library at East Carolina University celebrated the opening reception and award ceremony for the 5th Annual Graduate Student Art and Design Exhibition Nov. 15.

This exhibition, held every fall semester, showcases the talent and hard work of ECU graduate students and provides an inspirational learning environment for all students, faculty, and library patrons.  Cash awards were given, with one funded by the Friends of Joyner Library to add original art to the Library’s permanent collection.  Diverse works include paintings and drawings, textile and metal designs, sculpture, photography, pottery, and more.

“The works by the 17 artists participating in this year’s exhibition are inspiring, creative, and thought-provoking.  Joyner Library is excited to host this exhibit and to provide an opportunity for the artists to share their talent with the community and to be recognized for their work,” says Jan Lewis, interim dean of Academic Library & Learning Resources.

C. Barbour Strickland III served as this year’s juror.  With more than 30 years of experience in N.C. arts, Strickland is the owner of FrameMakers, Strickland Art Resources & Gallery, and The Arts Connection website.  He is the former art director of the Greenville Museum of Art and currently serves on boards of art organizations statewide, including as president of the Friends of ECU’s School of Art and Design.

The 2012 winners are as follows:

Friends of Joyner Library Purchase Award        $1000

Artist: Graham Erisman

Title:   “Emotions of Burden”

Medium: Cast Iron & Fabricated Steel

College of Fine Arts & Communication Dean’s Merit Award   $400

Artist: Audrey Peck

Title: “Bark Necklace”

Medium: Bark, Copper, Steel, Brass, and Paper

School of Art and Design Director’s Award      $400

Artist: Lorraine Turi

Title: “Past Life Portrait # 2”

Medium: Scanogram – Inkjet

Graduate Schools Dean’s Award            $300

Artist: Kevin Vanek

Title: “Automatons of Industry”

Medium: Cast Iron

Uptown Art Supply and Gallery at UBE           $100 Gift Certificate

Artist: Catherine Stasevich

Title: “Pond Life Series: Muddy Bottoms Mug with Brown Bullhead”

Medium: Wood Fired Ceramics

The exhibit runs through Jan. 15, 2013 and is located in the exhibit gallery on the second floor of the library.  The exhibit viewing is free and open to the public.

For more information, contact Dawn Wainwright at 252.328.4090.