Sunday, July 20, 2008
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Friday, July 11, 2008
Thursday, July 10, 2008
There were also a couple of other pieces that provided some food for thought. The article by Nancy Courtney on “Paying faculty to use library resources,” outlined Ohio State University Libraries grant program which encourages teaching faculty to incorporate library electronic resources in their course. The author concludes by saying that the library “has come to view the grant program as a valuable incentive for bringing together faculty and librarians and maximizing the use of our resources.” Would this be something we might want to try? What funds could we use to do something similar; OSU set aside $50,000 to support the program and gave $2,000 faculty grants?
In the same issue, Maria Anna Jankowska provided “A call for sustainable library operations and services.” Are we here at Joyner doing our part to be more sustainable in our operations and services? Would anyone be interested in a task force?
Wednesday, July 9, 2008
Thanks to all of my Joyner colleagues who participated in the Verona Lee Joyner Langford celebration. Mrs. Langford's extraordinary generosity has meant a lot to this Library and to the ECU Community and by creating an endowment she provided the gift that keeps on giving. I am including the remarks I made at the ceremony, and when Joe provides his pictures, I will share those:
Happy Birthday Verona Lee!
Thanks to all of you for coming today to help us celebrate the Life and Generosity of Verona Lee Joyner Langford. Thanks especially to her niece, Emily Davidson, who helped us organize this celebration. You will hear more from her in just a few moments.
I never had the pleasure of meeting Mrs. Langford, but I surely wish I had so that I could thank her and her husband in person. Their endowment enables the Joyner Library to serve and enrich the lives of our students, faculty and community in so many ways.
At the time of the gift, July 2001, the News and Observer Newspaper said “Fred and Verona Joyner Langford shared a prudent life in Eastern NC, where he was a high school agriculture teacher and she taught home economics. And the couple had a knack for investing that now has turned into an $8 million windfall for ECU.”
Verona Lee’s family had deep roots in the soil of eastern North Carolina, and as a 1935 graduate of East Carolina Teacher’s College, she wanted to give something to her alma mater that would help the students and the community directly. Although the University originally wanted her to support a merit scholarship program, she decided that giving it to the Library would benefit more people. We are certainly glad she did. That $8 million has grown to more than $10.5 million and it will continue to grow & benefit the Library and the University over time.
Since the original gift, the endowment has been used to add books and manuscripts, especially to our NC and Special Collection. These acquisition have very often been treasures which we would be unable to buy without the endowment. Just recently we purchased an exceedingly rare 1585 Latin edition of DeBrye’s A Briefe and True Report of the New Found Land of Virginia – a seminal work in American and NC history.
Moreover, the Langford gift has also been used to enhance our students’ education by allowing us to create two wonderful, state of the art Library Instruction Classrooms. And soon the entire first floor of this building will be transformed into a Collaborative Learning Center filled with the most up to date computers and technology, media authoring labs, practice presentation rooms, and comfortable, flexible areas for consultation, study and group work.
Yes, thank you and Happy Birthday Verona Lee!
Friday, August 24, 2007
Here at Joyner Library we value…
Respect for others
They will soon be distributing vision and mission statements—again reflecting on the retreat discussions. Once these documents are distributed we will have a library wide discussion about making these documents an integral part of our strategic plan.
I also wanted to thank everyone for attending the “ALS Opening Meeting” this past Monday. As usual the food and camaraderie were excellent. I particularly enjoyed the opportunity of sharing our bragging points with all of you. We had a full and exciting 2006-2007, and this new academic year is already off to a great start. September 1 is my official one year anniversary, although as you will probably remember, Sue & I took the month of September to visit Guatemala and study Spanish. I truly cannot believe that it has been one year already.
For those of you who missed the presentation, but want to review the presentation, you can check out my new personal website, http://personal.ecu.edu/boyerl/index.html. The presentation can be accessed at the ALS 2007 tab.
Friday, August 10, 2007
At our retreat last week, I was intrigued and fascinated by the list of roles and expectations of leaders the group came up with. For me it seems a perfect report card, especially in measuring interpersonal skills, although I have added one. I plan to take it out and look at it on a regular basis, and at the end of this year ask the Library to grade me on these:
Set an example
Have an open door
Solicit different perspectives and listen to understand
Give me your full attention
Focus on me, why I’m there
Offer feed back
Have a pleasant, open expression
Provide positive reinforcement
Recognize that it’s a reciprocal relationship
Be willing to be led
Be open to feedback
Get to know your colleagues-their preferences, styles, etc.
Respect their differences and those with you
Don’t assume, know what you know
Communicate what, how, and why if decisions, let staff know why
Seek to motivate others
Provide development and training
Set clear and attainable expectations
Don’t ask others to do what you aren’t prepared to do
Practice ethical leadership
Make decisions, take timely action
Solicit input from those affected, expected to implement
Set clear priorities for work
Be proactive, anticipate problems, be ready to act
Accept new ideas and methods
Ask for help