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.


ECU’s Joyner Library hosts award program for Bassman Honors Thesis Award

Joyner Library at East Carolina University will honor the winner of the 2012 Michael F. Bassman Honors Thesis Award, on Dec. 4.

Danielle N. Martin is the winner of the 2012 Michael F. Bassman Honors Thesis Award, which recognizes excellence in research and writing by students in East Carolina University’s Honors College.  The award, in the amount of $500, is sponsored by ECU’s Joyner Library and honors Dr. Michael F. Bassman, associate professor of Foreign Languages & Literatures, formerly associate vice chancellor of the Honors Program, and its first Distinguished Honors Professor.

Martin’s award-winning paper is entitled “The Ever-Changing Social Perception of Autism Spectrum Disorders in the United States.” The paper has been accepted for publication in the peer-reviewed journal, “Explorations: the Journal of Undergraduate Research and Creative Activities for the State of North Carolina.”

“Joyner Library maintains a strong tradition of supporting undergraduate research on the ECU campus. The Bassman Award, created with the generous support of Dr. Bassman and the ECU community, allows us to further this important work, says Jan Lewis, interim dean of Academic Library and Learning Resources.  “We are especially delighted that Danielle Martin is our winner this year, as she exemplifies the very best of ECU, the Honors College and the EC Scholar’s program.”

The award will be presented at a ceremony in Joyner Library on Tuesday December 4, 2012 in the Administrative Conference Room, Room 2409, 2nd floor of the Library.  Dr. Bassman will be in attendance for the program.

This event is open to the public.  For more information, contact Dawn Wainwright at (252) 328-4090.


Bailey selected as leadership institute mentor

An East Carolina University librarian was selected as mentor for the North Carolina Library Association 2012 Leadership Institute, an intensive leadership training program for North Carolina library staff members.

Alan Bailey, assistant head of service and librarian for the Teaching Resources Center at Joyner Library, will mentor approximately five individuals throughout the year and serve as a communications conduit for attendees at the  2013 Biennial Conference.

Additional information can be found at