September 2011

Volunteer to Read at the Banned Books Week Virtual Read-out

Posted by on Monday, September 19, 2011 - 4:28pm
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Fight censorship and make your favorite banned book be heard! Join us in celebrating Banned Books Weekby volunteering to be recorded reading a banned book. We welcome all ASU students, faculty and staff!

How Does It Work?
Each participant will read from their choice of book for around two minutes. Belk Library will record the reading and post the video to both the ASU iTunes U channel as well as the American Library Association's YouTube channel. Your video will appear with videos of people from across the country.

When, Where, How?!
Recordings will be done in Belk Library room 156 (one of the small group study rooms) on Tuesday, September 27 between 2:00 and 4:00. Drop by any time to participate.

Choose any banned book you like. These lists may help you decide:

You can find most of these titles in the ASU library by searching the catalog. We will also have a small collection of banned titles available in the room where the recordings are done.

If you have any questions, please contact Amanda Bird at 262-2085 or Geri Purpur at 262-6903.

Distance Education Virtual Book Group

Posted by Lisa T. Abbott on Friday, September 2, 2011 - 4:35pm

Attention Distance Education Students! Want to participate in a discussion of the Summer Reading Book? Now you can via the new Distance Education Virtual Book Group.

    • What will we read? The Fall 2011 book is Born to Run by Christopher McDougall. The Spring book is yet to be determined.
    • When? Sept. 23rd 7-8 p.m. OR Sept. 24th 10-11 a.m.
    • How? You can choose to participate in the book discussion via ASU's web conferencing or in Teleplace, a 3-d virtual world used by the College of Education. No experience necessary.


To sign up to participate or if you have questions: Email Lisa Abbott,
Sign-up by Sept. 19th, 2011.

Two New Exhibits in Special Collections

Posted by on Friday, September 2, 2011 - 4:32pm
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The Bootleg Turn: Moonshine and the Genesis of NASCAR

The Bootleg Turn: Moonshine and the Genesis of NASCAR, a new exhibit, is now on display in the Atrium on the fourth floor of the library. Researched and designed by graduate student Jessica Michak, The Bootleg Turn showcases the development of NASCAR and its association with moonshining in Appalachia. This exhibit features materials from the following collections: the Cratis D. Williams Papers, the John T. Shepherd Papers, the Horton Family Papers, the Moonshining in Burke County: The Career of N.C. ABC Officer Fred Hennessee Collection, and the Stock Car Racing Collection.

To learn more about these collections, please visit Special Collections located in Room 432, send us an email at or visit our web pages.

Jack Jeffers Photo Exhibit

Jack Jeffers photoThe Dougherty Reading Room in Special Collections invites you to view a portion of the newly-acquired Jack Jeffers Photograph Collection, part of the W.L. Eury Appalachian Collection.

The collection, donated in the spring of 2011, features photographs of the landscapes and lives of the Appalachian region from over 40 years of Jeffers work. The exhibit also includes some of his original silver sulfide photographs. Come enjoy the photographs of a time gone in the Appalachian region. The display will be up for the fall semester.

If you are interested in learning more about Jack Jeffers, please visit his website.

The Dougherty Reading Room is open Monday - Friday, 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. For more information, call 828-262-7974 or email

Pictured: Country Store, 1972. Photo by Jack Jeffers

The Dougherty Reading Room is open Monday - Friday, 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. For more information, call 828-262-7974 or email