ECU News Services

Yasheka Batts, left, and Tayloria Kesler try out one of the new touch-screen monitors available for students to use in the new learning center in Joyner Library. (Photos by Cliff Hollis)

Joyner Library to open Collaborative Learning Center

The Collaborative Learning Center at J.Y. Joyner Library at East Carolina University will officially open for students on Sept. 1; however, the university community is already trying out the new study spaces and technology.

The learning blueprint for today’s university student is far different than the traditional instruction some East Carolina alumni may remember. Independent study has been replaced largely by the collaborative learning model, library officials say. Joyner Library provides the venue for 21st century learning with the launch of a state-of-the-art Collaborative Learning Center, located on the first floor of the library where reference was previously housed.

When classes begin later this month, Phase I of this transformation will provide increased seating capacity from 345 to more than 525. Comfortable yet ergonomic seats, high-tech computer stations, tables, lounge chairs, and booths will provide even better study and work conditions.
“I’m excited about the remodeling of the first floor. More space and better furniture will make working on team projects easier,” said Yasheka Batts, an ECU senior child life major, who tried out one of the touch screen monitors on Wednesday. “Having this new technology available will help us for classes and for our jobs.”

“Joyner Library’s new furniture configurations and technology upgrades will increase collaboration and production among our students,” said Mark Sanders, head of reference services. “And of course, the reference department remains positioned to provide research and instructional support in person, via telephone, e-mail, instant message or text message.”

State-of-the-art technology, especially in the new presentation practice room, will allow students to DVR their presentation or group project, play it back, and download to a flash drive. Wi-Fi is available throughout the library; students can check out laptops, camcorders, and iPods.

To complete the comprehensive learning experience, the Pirate Tutoring Center and University Writing Center have moved to the first floor of Joyner Library. Vending areas offer a variety of food and beverages so students can take breaks on site.

“Joyner Library’s new state-of-the-art Collaborative Learning Center will support ECU students by providing an encouraging environment for study, research, and social interaction,” says Dr. Larry Boyer, dean of Academic Library and Learning Resources.

The opening reception is scheduled for 3-5 p.m. Sept. 1, which will include self-guided tours, refreshments and a T-shirt giveaway for students. For more information, contact Dawn Wainwright at 252-328-4090.

Jeff Kinnin with ECU Facilities Services Paint Shop puts a final coat of paint Wednesday on the new Collaborative Learning Center area in Joyner Library.

This story appeared originally in the Aug. 27, 2010 issue of Pieces of Eight. An archived version of that issue is available at