Year in Review 2018 Joyner Library Annual Report

Supporting excellence, expanding opportunity and celebrating achievement

Investing in the people, tools and facilities needed to conduct mission-driven research

Enhancing the quality of life of eastern North Carolinians

2018 Highlights

  • Provided leadership on ECU’s high priority initiatives, including creation of the Heritage Hall website, implementation of Faculty180, complete restructuring of the University Records Management program and administration of the ECU open-access publishing fund.
  • 4.6 rating (on a 1-5 scale) on Graduate Student Exit Survey for "Effectiveness of online library resources for your learning experience," the highest rating on the survey!
  • 3D printing is booming. We saw a 60 percent increase in visitors to Joyner’s 3D Print Studio in spring semester as compared to fall and a 62 percent increase in the number of students trained.
  • Additions to our Manuscripts & Rare Books Collections included: Pitt County Historical Records, Peter Landers Makuck Papers, Captain David A. Spetrino Papers, Francis Speight Papers, Richard H. Owen Collection, NC East Alliance Records and the Dorothea Dix Hospital Records.
  • We added new online resources for student learning and research: Archives of Sexuality & Gender, Black Authors 1556-1922, Caribbean History and Culture, EBSCO Magazine Archives, Making of the Modern World III, Sage Research Methods and Women's Issues and Identities.
  • 98 percent of students who used "Book a Librarian" felt more confident in their library research abilities; 95 percent learned skills usable in other classes or assignments; and 99 percent would recommend the service to a friend.
  • Co-curricular activities provided for students included: Long Night Against Procrastination, Game Night, Pet Therapy, Human Library, African American Read-In, Racism and Propaganda in Jim Crow Era Pop Culture: A Closer Look, Study Abroad Photo Contest and Read Out for Banned Books.
  • Launched the Make a Difference program with four awards to Joyner faculty and staff for innovative projects that make a positive difference for library users.

Making education more affordable

Alternative Textbook Program

  • 45 faculty participants
  • 23 academic departments
  • 18 personal librarians

Course Adopted Textbook Program

  • 268 e-books (unlimited simultaneous use)
  • 400 course sections

$900,000+ in potential savings to ECU Students

Bringing innovation to campus

Over the first two months of the Fall 2018 semester, students used Joyner's new laptop kiosk more than 6,000 times.

Joyner Library recently unveiled a space-efficient way to have round-the-clock untethered access to mobile laptops. The self-service laptop kiosk holds 30 MacBooks, which are scanned with antivirus software and recharged each time they are checked in and out.

(Pictured: SGA President Jordan Koonts checks out the first laptop from the kiosk.)

The Senator Robert Morgan Collection

Robert Burren Morgan was a servant leader dedicated to ECU and the state of North Carolina. We are honored that he trusted Joyner Library to preserve and provide researchers access to his papers – more than 540 cubic feet of materials that document his years of service as state senator, attorney general, SBI director, US Senator, and member of the ECU Board of Trustees. Thanks to private donor support, his papers were processed and opened to researchers in April. Former Attorney General Rufus Edmisten and Judge S. Gerald Arnold spoke about Senator Morgan’s legacy at the opening reception.

(Pictured: Director Jan Lewis with Katy Morgan following her oral history interview.)

Sharing our expertise

17 publications

54 presentations

5 active grants

In addition to their job and service responsibilities, many Joyner Library faculty and staff are actively engaged in research. This year, they published peer-reviewed articles, edited journals, were principal investigators or co-PIs on grants totaling approximately $200,000, and made presentations at the local, state and national level.

Engaging the community

Joyner Library hosted several exhibitions, including two from the North Carolina Department of Natural & Cultural Resources, North Carolina in the Great War and Blackbeard 300. Complementary exhibitions featured related materials from our own collections.

Lectures, programming and events such as Blackbeard Family Fun Day held on Homecoming (pictured) attracted visitors from the community.

The kickoff for the Sycamore Hill Gateway Plaza at Town Common project was held on October 28. Joyner Library’s Beyond Bricks & Mortar program, funded in part by a 2016 grant from the NC Arts Council, was cited as instrumental in the City of Greenville’s planning for the project.

Joyner plans to extend the original work with the assistance of a just-awarded NC Humanities Council grant. Pictured next to the sign are Freddie and Lillian Outterbridge who have served as instrumental community partners throughout the project.

Joyner Library employees dedicated their time and expertise to several service projects including establishing a library at Third Street Academy, raising funds for area charities, and collecting and sorting food for the Food Bank of Central and Eastern North Carolina.

Our Mission

Joyner Library is the intellectual heart of ECU. We connect people to information and empower life-long learning by developing collections, superior services and people-friendly spaces.

Joyner Library Faculty & Staff - May 2018

Support the library

We are grateful for the many library supporters who share their time, talent and resources.

Want to learn more about library initiatives and naming opportunities? Interested in joining our Advancement Council or the Friends of Joyner Library?

Have family, professional, university or business materials appropriate for University Archives or our Manuscripts & Rare Books Collections?

We’d love to talk to you.

Contact Library Director Jan Lewis to start the conversation [phone: 252.328.2267; email: lewisja@ecu.edu].

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