March 2012

ASU's Favorite Books

Posted by on Friday, March 30, 2012 - 3:20pm
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In celebration of National Library Week (April 8-14), Belk Library will be gathering input from students, faculty, and staff about what their favorite books are. We'll be gathering entries via a form on the library's website, and then posting them on one of the library's Pinterest boards. The book that is entered the most times will be added to all the library's Kindles, so that even more people can experience it!

Share your favorite!

View ASU's Favorite Books on Pinterest

The form is open now, and we'll be accepting entries until April 14. Tell us what book has inspired you, given you joy, or taught you an important lesson.

We'll be announcing other events in celebration of National Library Week soon!

Girls Series Book Exhibit in 4th Floor Atrium

Posted by Greta Browning on Wednesday, March 21, 2012 - 3:22pm
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Special Collections invites you to visit its new exhibit, “A New Look at Old Friends: An Exhibit of Vintage Series Books for Girls,” now on display in the 4th Floor atrium of Belk Library and Information Commons.

The exhibit features books from the Elaine J. O’Quinn Girls’ Studies Collection in Special Collections.  On display are a variety of materials related to girls’ series books from the mid-1800s through the early 20th century. Featured series include Nancy Drew, Cherry Ames, Beverly Gray, and Elsie Dinsmore, among many others.

Each display case visually explores three interrelated approaches to girls’ series books. The first case, “Fans,” shows the marketing and fan following of girls’ series books. The second case, “Collectors,” displays a selection of collectible books and literature about collecting them. The final case, “Scholars,” highlights how girls’ series books are now being studied and shows related scholarly literature.

In addition to the exhibit, on April 19, 2012, the Elaine J. O’Quinn Girls’ Studies Collection will be dedicated and Dr. O’Quinn will give a lecture about her research on girls’ series books.

To learn more about the O’Quinn Collection, visit our webpage. The collection is available for use in the Dougherty Reading Room located in Special Collections, Room 432. 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

Swanky New Drink Machines on the Bus Stop side of the Library Atrium

Posted by on Monday, March 19, 2012 - 3:26pm
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Check out the new high-tech drink/water and snack machines located in the Library’s Atrium near Classroom 114 and the bus stop!  These new machines offer greater selections of snacks (including some healthy alternatives), power drinks, chilled coffee drinks, juice, green tea and lifewaters.  We hope to add more healthy snacks to the machines.  Feel free to let us know what you would like to see in the snack machines.  Check it out and happy snacking!

Library Laptop Checkout Changed to 8 Hours with 1 Renewal

Posted by on Monday, March 19, 2012 - 3:24pm

You asked, we listened! Change in laptop loan periods:

Starting today (3/19), all laptop checkouts in the library will increase from a four-hour checkout to an eight-hour checkout with 1 (two-hour) renewal. Please let us know how you like this change.

Suggestions for Kiosks

Posted by Paul Orkiszewski on Thursday, March 8, 2012 - 2:27pm

The Library Student Advisory Group met on February 23rd and offered some excellent suggestions for developing the kiosks.

  • Interactive Campus Maps – with maybe the capability to give directions to other buildings. 
  • Put Belk Library floor maps on the kiosk with things like bathrooms, snack machines etc. listed on them
  • With the maps, have a listing of what items are on each floor 
  • List of the Library of congress subject areas (classification guides) like the posters around the building so patrons would know where to browse an area.
  • Searchable directories 
  • Applecart schedules
  • Having a background on the Kiosks on the library’s closing time for the day.
  • Put a clock face on the kiosk so patrons would know the time. 
  • Link to the comments/suggestions link

The kiosks are definitely a work in progress, so please let us know what you would like to see!

Search Smarter

Posted by on Tuesday, March 6, 2012 - 2:30pm

Three new videos!

  1. If you have a citation, or finding a "known" item 
  2. Finding Articles' Full-text Using Find@ASU
  3. Finding Books: Searching other Libraries (using ABC Express or UNC express)

These brief tutorials (only 2 or 3 minutes each) will make the time you spend doing research more efficient.  If you are a professor, and would like these videos embedded into your AsULearn course, contact Megan johnson @