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J.Y. Joyner Library Funding Priorities

Dean's Fund for Excellence
This unrestricted fund gives the dean of academic library services the resources to enhance the library with inspirational learning spaces and academic achievement ceremonies. Gifts to this fund have contributed to the purchase of works of art, special events to honor faculty authors, and awards for student research papers. Motivational library spaces and programs brand Joyner Library as the intellectual heart of the campus and advance ECU's prestige.

Collaborative Learning Center
Established in 2009 for the purchase of advanced technology, ergonomic furniture, and data infrastructure upgrades, the Collaborative Learning Center fund is used to facilitate individual and group productivity in Joyner Library. ECU students and faculty use legacy library collections with digital media in learning, teaching, research, and scholarship. This fund provides the tools and spaces for a 21st century academic library. Large gifts to this fund will enable renovations and expansions critical for our growing university.

Preservation and Conservation
The preservation and conservation fund provides equipment, tools, and materials to preserve library collections for present and future education and research. Joyner Library has an outstanding conservation laboratory for books, documents, works of art on paper and photographs, staff by highly skilled technicians.

Special Collections and Rare Books
Joyner Library's special collections and rare books are cultural treasures. Students, faculty, visiting scholars, and the people of eastern North Carolina have access to rich primary source materials for their education, research and scholarship. Special Collections include unique manuscripts, maps, documents, photographs, films and oral histories. Our North Carolina Collection is one of the finest in the state. The Rare Book Collection contains atlases, travel accounts, and North Carolina imprints, as well as works pertaining to American education, coastal studies, slavery, plantation life in the American South, and maritime, military and naval history. Your contribution to special collections and rare books will expand Joyner Library's prestige in the state, region and nation.

University Archives
The University Archives in Joyner Library contains ECU's institutional memory. It holds records of the university's creation, expansion and achievements. The collection includes paper documents, photographs, films and oral histories. Approximately 90 percent of the collection has not been processed. Your gift to the University Archives endowment will fund inventories and online finding aids that will open access to these hidden treasures.

Space Naming Opportunities

Collaborative Learning Center
$1 million
The Collaborative Learning Center located on the 1st floor of Joyner Library is a student-centered space for education and creative activities, reference, research, technical assistance on demand, and flexible furniture facilitating collaborative learning.

Special Collections and Research Library
$1 million
The leadership of Joyner Library has a vision for a Special Collections Research Library Reading Room (a library within the library) to provide a quiet and contemplative environment for ECU students, faculty, alumni and visiting scholars to engage with special collections for in-depth study. The research room will feature a single-service point for all Joyner Library special collections including Manuscripts, Rare Books and University Archives. Elegant furniture and exhibition cases promoting the book arts and historical materials will honor the legacy of traditional libraries. This naming gift will be used as seed money for design and planning for the construction of the new Special Collections Research Library Reading Room.

Music Library
ECU's music library, the largest music collection east of Raleigh, has grown from its original purpose of serving the ECU School of Music's educational mission to serving the needs of music lovers, performers, and educators in eastern North Carolina.

Teaching Resources Center
The mission of the Teaching Resources Center (TRC) is to facilitate teaching and learning initiatives by providing resources and services to pre-service, practicing and university educators. The center is a national model for school media centers. The outreach, research and partnerships facilitated in this center affect schools nationally.

STEPP Learning Cove
Joyner Library has embarked on a new and exciting partnership with Project STEPP, a comprehensive support program that serves college students with learning disabilities. New offices and study spaces have been built on the second floor of Joyner Library. The STEPP Learning Cove will be open to all ECU students on evenings and weekends. The synergy from STEPP and Joyner Library services is unique to ECU and the entire UNC System.

Reference Research Room
The reference research room is a nexus of student and faculty activity. Reference librarians answer thousands of questions from the services desk and online, in addition to teaching library research classes. The Reference Collection and computer technology in this room are vital educational and research assets.

Reading Lounge
Located near the Circulation Service Desk at Joyner Library's entrance, the Reading Lounge is a popular destination for ECU students and faculty. It is also close to the food and beverages offered by Java City. The synergy of books and art with natural lighting promotes a contemplative atmosphere.

Graduate Lounge
Adjacent to the Reference Reading Room, the Graduate Lounge is an oasis for graduate students seeking a secluded space with few distractions. Comfortable reading chairs, small tables, and a few computers create a workable space in a quiet area. The lounge also has a good view of the campus mall.

Group Study Room
On busy days, group study rooms are in high demand. Collaborative team projects are an essential element of the new pedagogy for many ECU professors, and these rooms allow students to engage in discussions without distributing others. Many of the group study rooms are equipped with large screen monitors that connect to laptop computers for collaborative work with technology.

Faculty Study
Many faculty at ECU share an office with a colleague and even those with private offices often need proximity to library collections away from their busy departments. Joyner Library Faculty Studies facilitate their production of scholarship. Priority is given to faculty working on additional degrees, books and journal articles, and other research where intensive engagement with library collections is required.


Program Naming Opportunities

Leadership and Professional Development
$5 million
Attendance at state, regional, national and international conferences is important for professional development and the dissemination of best practices for library services. Many librarians and staff hold offices in professional associations which also require travel. Representing Joyner Library at professional conferences elevates the university's prestige.

Eastern North Carolina Literary Homecoming
$4 million
Joyner Library partners with the English Department to provide the campus community and the people of eastern North Carolina a culturally enriching literary festival. The Eastern North Carolina Literary Homecoming brings well known authors and poets to ECU for key note lectures and writing workshops. Community events in neighboring counties extend the outreach of the main event.

Librarian to Librarian Networking Summit
$3 million
The summit is designed to encourage school media specialists/librarians to communicate with each other and the educational community at large to promote the essential role they play in student academic success. Hosted by the Joyner Library Teaching Resources Center this professional development summit attracts personnel from K-12 school libraries in North Carolina and other states.

Faculty Book Awards
$2 million
Joyner Library hosts an annual event to honor faculty in Academic Affairs who have published a book. Works of fiction and nonfiction in their discipline are eligible. Faculty colleagues, family and Friends of Joyner Library are invited to the event.

Paraprofessional Conference
$1 million
The Joyner Library Paraprofessional Conference offers the only staff development conference in North Carolina solely for library paraprofessionals. Obtaining quality development is an on-going challenge for support staff. Organized by the Joyner Library staff, this conference facilitates career growth for library paraprofessionals from academic, public and special libraries throughout the state.