April 2013

New Jack Jeffers Exhibit on 4th Floor

Posted by on Monday, April 29, 2013 - 3:12pm
Jeffers photograph of chair and shoes

A new photography exhibit, “Cabin in the Woods: The Early Appalachian Still Life Photography of Jack Jeffers,” is now on display in the Dougherty Reading Room in Special Collections on the 4th floor of Belk Library and Information Commons. The exhibit is accessible during the regular operating hours of the Dougherty Reading Room, Monday through Friday, 10am – 4pm. Jack Jeffers donated much of his 40 years-worth of work to the W.L. Eury Appalachian Collection in the spring of 2011. The bulk of this work represents Jeffers’ Appalachian portfolio, which he saw as capturing a vanishing way of life in the mountain south.

Curated by Appalachian Studies graduate student and Dougherty Reading Room reference assistant David Funderburk, the exhibit includes eight photographs that represent the early stages of photographer Jack Jeffers’ decades of work documenting the Appalachian region. Jeffers’ career was marked by the artist’s desire to seek out and capture images of the “true mountain people.” The images in the current exhibit track Jeffers’ 1969 discovery of an abandoned cabin in the Virginia woods, which he saw as a relic of this disappearing way of life. Jeffers’ work presents a view of mountain life that is at once elevated to the sublime by the artist’s reverence for the precious nature of his subject matter and punctuated by horrific displays of abandonment and decay.

If you are interested in learning more about Jack Jeffers, please visit his website. For more information about the exhibit, please contact the Dougherty Reading Room at 828-262-7974 or spcoll@appstate.edu.

Summer Reading Recommendations

Posted by on Friday, April 26, 2013 - 4:37pm
2013 Summer Reading Recommendations

 The wettest county in the world

Library Student Employee Haydon: The Wettest County in the World : a Novel Based on a True Story by Matt Bondurant.

Read it because: An exciting adventure and mostly true piece of history that is based close to home.


  Los Alamos

Librarian Betsy: Los Alamos : a novel by Joseph Kanon.

Read it because: A murder-mystery about the making of the atom bomb. Everything Kanon writes is good. His books are all based on history, usually Europe before and during WWII.


God's Jury

Librarian Allen S.: God's Jury: The Inquisition and the Making of the Modern World by Cullen Murphy.

Read it because: It is interesting how the author traces how the history of the investigative and record keeping techniques of church inquisitors that began in the 13th century and continued to the 20th links to modern political, military and bureaucratic techniques of acquiring, organizing and using information. In short, modern public administration and bureaucracy has roots in the infamous practices of the Inquisition.


Sunday's Child

Library Coordinator Sandy: Sunday's Child by Tom E. Lewis.

Read it because: The author is from the Rocky Mount and New Bern areas of NC, and this book is the first of the author's Pea Island Gold Trilogy. These are historical fiction based on a family line story of the NC coast. The historical side is as intriguing as the story line. I have yet to be disappointed with Mr. Lewis' offerings.


Angel's Knocking on Heaven's Door

Librarian Jon M.: The Angels Knocking on the Tavern Door : Thirty Poems of Hafez / translated by Robert Bly and Leonard Lewisohn.

Read it because: Hafiz/Hafez is a poet from 14th century Persia but his poems seem so fresh today. Their essence are to revel in loving the imperfect perfectly.


Keeping the Castle

Librarian Jennie: Keeping the Castle by Patrice Kindl.

Read it because: It's like Jane Austen-lite, the witty story of an 18-year-old beauty who must find a rich husband to help prop up her crumbling ancestral home. A delightful, quick read with a satisfying conclusion.



Library Student Employee Chris W.: Ishmael by Daniel Quinn.

Read it because: Ishmael is a philosophical novel written in narrative form that follows a man and his frustrations with mankind. The story begins after he responds to an ad in the paper that reads: "Teacher seeks pupil. Must have an earnest desire to save the world. Apply in person." Quinn is similar to Marx in the sense that once you have read his work, the concepts communicated start showing up in every aspect of your life and society. Ishmael is inspirational, optimistic, and bold.


Jonathan Strange and Mr Norrell

Library Technician Chris L.: Jonathan Strange and Mr Norrell by Susanna Clarke.

Read it because: A wonderful mixture of historical fiction and fantasy. Immense detail with illustrations, not a fast read but worth every minute.


Emily and Einstein

Graduate Library Student Employee Michelle B.: Emily and Einstein by Linda Francis Lee.

Read it because: A heartwarming story about a girl and her dog, a novel of second chances.


In the Heart of the Sea

Library Specialist Jill: In the Heart of the Sea by N. Philbrick.

Read it because: An engrossing examination of the events that inspired Moby Dick. Includes an angry sperm whale, poor decisions, rickety lifeboats, and cannibalism.


The Shamanic way of the bee

Librarian Georgie: The Shamanic Way of the Bee: Ancient Wisdom and Healing Practices of the Bee Masters by Simon Buxton.

Read it because: Incredibly strange and fabulous story of the rituals of being initiated into bee shamanism -- with plenty of delightful mythical history and practical

knowledge of beekeeping and bees. Glorious and weird.



Librarian John A.: Matterhorn: a novel of the Vietnam War by Karl Marlantes.

Read it because: Written by Rhodes Scholar Marlantes who was a Marine in Vietnam. This is his infantryman's view of the war and its ultimate futility. A worthy companion to Michael Herr's Dispatches.


Romeo and Juliet by William Shakespeare.

Read it because: Read by most high school students as a tale of youth, but when read as an adult it is a very different story of conflict with seemingly forgotten beginnings and senseless continuity and how adults indoctrinate their offspring to perpetuate the conflicts. As a parent, it is a chilling story of reckless action with deadly consequences for an impetuous son and daughter. Friar Laurence, in any parent's role, tries in his very human and inexpert way to influence the outcome to go differently and fails.



Library Technician Russel: Delirium by Lauren Oliver.

Read it because: Oliver imagines a world where love is viewed as a crutch, something that the educated no longer need. A cure has been found for love's delirium, and now all are required by law to receive it at 18. The story's focus on life without one of our most basic liberties is an enjoyable, challenging idea.

Need more? Visit our reference desk for more personalized suggestions. We also have access to the book review and read-alike database Novelist Plus here.

McFadden Collection Dedication Today, 4/24

Posted by on Wednesday, April 24, 2013 - 1:44pm
Golden Cables of Sympathy book cover

Special Collections cordially invites you to attend the dedication of the Maggie McFadden Collection in Women’s Studies.

Date: Wednesday, April 24, 2013

Time: 4:00 to 6:00 pm

Remarks at 4:00 pm

Location: Belk Library, Room 421

Selections from the collection will be on exhibit in the Rhinehart Room following the remarks.

For questions about the collection, please contact Special Collections at 828-262-7702 or spcoll@appstate.edu.

Research, Recycle & Relax in the Library

Posted by on Monday, April 22, 2013 - 2:32pm

Did You Know?

The Belk Library and Information Commons was the first building on campus to incorporate many of the goals of the LEED (U.S. Green Building Council's Leadership in Energy and Environment Design) program.

Some highlights of your green library:

*The carpet is made of partially recycled material and is itself completely recyclable

*Cork flooring is used on the 4th floor. Cork is a sustainable resource because cork can be harvested by stripping the bark from cork trees without damaging or killing the tree.  Cork also absorbs sound and is less expensive than solid wood flooring. 

*The steel structural frame is made of 75% recycled steel

*Recycling bins are located throughout the library

Do your part, check out our Biking and Walking Library Resource Guide 


Green Reads

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Green Cinema


Persepolis - Film & Book Discusssion - Tue Ap 30 6:00 Rm 114

Posted by Allan Scherlen on Wednesday, April 17, 2013 - 3:32pm

Date:  Tuesday, April 30, 2013

Time: 6:00 pm

Location: Belk Library -- Room 114

Admission: Free, open to the public

Students, faculty and community members are invited to read the graphic novel Persepolis:  the library has placed copies of the book on 24-hour reserve.  There will be a showing of the film Persepolis on Tuesday, April 30th at 6:00 pm at the library (Rm 114). Both the book and the film will be discussed afterwards.

Persepolis is a 2007 animated film based on Marjane Satrapi's autobiographical graphic novel of the same name.  The film received numerous awards including being a co-winner of the Jury Prize at the 2007 Cannes Film Festival.  It was also nominated for many awards including an Academy Award for Best Animated Feature.  The story follows a young girl as she comes of age against the backdrop of the Iranian Revolution.

The film will be introduced by Dr. Renee Scherlen, who will also lead discussion on the film and book following the showing.  Dr. Scherlen is a professor of Political Science at Appalachian State University; comparative politics, foreign policy, international politics, and gender are among her areas of specialization.

The event is presented by ASU Library in conjunction with the ASU Humanities Council and the Muslim Students Association with support from the National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) program.  This is the fourth in a series of programs that compose the 2013 Bridging Cultures, Muslim Journeys Program.

More on the film:  Filmmakers Vincent Paronnaud and Marjane Satrapi collaborated to co-write and co-direct this adaptation of Satrapi's bestselling autobiographical graphic novel detailing the trials faced by an outspoken Iranian girl who finds her unique attitude and outlook on life repeatedly challenged during the Islamic Revolution.

The Guardian described the film as “superbly elegant” and goes on to note: “Persepolis gives us the sheer pleasure of narrative, rarely found in modern cinema or indeed fiction: a gripping story of what it is like to grow from a lonely imaginative child into an adult, and to find this internal tumult matched by geo-political upheaval.”

For more information contact: Allan Scherlen, Belk Library - scherlnag@appstate.edu

Information Literacy Skills Prize Awarded

Posted by on Wednesday, April 17, 2013 - 1:38pm
Georgie Donovan, Associate University Librarian; Freshman Stephanie Filotei & Zachary Mennona and Information Literacy Librarian Amanda Bird

The first Information Literacy Skills Prize Awards were presented at the Celebration of Student Writing on April 17, 2013.  Belk Library and Information Commons sponsored the contest, with help from the University Writing Center, the Composition Program, and Writing Across the Curriculum Program.  

The prize recognizes an outstanding research paper written by a first-year Appalachian State University student for a class in UCO 1200 (First Year Seminar) or English 1000. Information literacy is the ability to find, evaluate, and use information effectively and it is an educational goal for every Appalachian State University graduate. 

This award promotes students' active engagement in the processes of library research and encourages them to synthesize library research skills with the reading, writing and critical thinking skills developed in their first year at Appalachian.

The first place award, was a $300 gift certificate to the bookstore and it went to freshman Zachary Mennona for his paper entitled Motivation of Soldiers, Slaves, and Statesmen in the American Civil War. Zachary made abundant use of primary resources, and wrote in his reflection statement:

“Being a complete newcomer to the field of research, I am grateful to my English professor and the staff of the Belk Library for their assistance in teaching me the strategies involved in crafting a research paper….Skills like critical thinking, book analysis, information collecting, and interpretation of data developed out of necessity and allowed me to answer the rhetorical question when time finally came to writing the research down. The skills developed throughout this project will be of tremendous service to me for the remainder of life as a researcher and writer.”

The second place award, a $200 gift certificate to the bookstore, went to freshman Stephanie Filotei for her paper Borderline Personality Disorder.  Stephanie noted in her reflection “At first, I dreaded finding twenty sources because that seemed like too many. In the end, I learned that it only helped me to find an abundant amount of information that would help me recognize useful sources from the useless ones.”  Stephanie also made several trips to the University writing center and found they helped her improve the grammar and flow of her paper significantly.

Image:Georgie Donovan, Associate University Librarian; Freshmen Stephanie Filotei & Zachary Mennona and Information Literacy Librarian Amanda Bird 





Enter Our Instagram Contest and Win $50

Posted by on Monday, April 15, 2013 - 9:31am
Instagram contest

Belk Library Through My Eyes

Celebrate National Library Week (April 14-20) by taking a photo that shows what you love about Belk Library. Take an Instagram snapshot capturing something you feel is special about our library and provide a single line caption conveying the idea.

This week, the Belk Library and Information Commons joins libraries in schools, campuses and communities nationwide in celebrating National Library Week, a time to highlight the value of libraries, librarians and library workers.

Entering the Belk Library Through My Eyes contest is easy!

  1. Take an awesome Belk Library photo
  2. Upload it to Instagram
  3. Tag it #BelkLibraryContest

View all the entries!

The winning snapshot will win a $50.00 University Bookstore gift card.

Have fun and be creative! Show us a feature that you love or a part of the library that is special to you. Here are some ideas to get you going:

  1. Belk Library in the spring
  2. Get collaborative in a group study room
  3. Find the library’s best keep secrets
  4. Relax in the Fox Reading Room
  5. Go digital in the Digital Media Studio
  6. Find your inner child in the Instructional Materials Center

Contest Rules

The public is encouraged to enter the Belk Library Through My Eyes contest often by tagging multiple Instragram photos with the hashtag #BelkLibraryContest. The snapshot can include a few words or a single line caption. The library’s public relations committee will choose the winning snapshot. The winner will receive a $50.00 University Bookstore gift card. The contest will officially end on Sunday, April 28th, 2013.

The contest winner will be notified via an Instagram comment from the Belk Library Instagram account. The winner must respond with their email address in order to be eligible to receive the book store gift certificate.

The photographs must obey all laws, including applicable copyright and privacy laws.

Like Your Favorite Photos!

The Instagram app allows you to “like” photos — go ahead and vote for your own photo or other photos you think are good by liking it in Instagram. The committee will take this into consideration when deciding on the winning photo.

What Is Instagram?

Instagram is an application for mobile devices that allows you to take photos, add filters for special effects, and then upload your pics to a personal photo stream. It is available for free in the Apple App Store and Google Play store.

Spring 2013 Edition of the Commons

Posted by on Friday, April 12, 2013 - 12:33pm
Commons Spring 2013

The latest issue of The Commons, the library's newsletter is now available on the library's giving page.  The theme of the Spring 2013 edition is Student learning, and highlights collaborations between librarians and faculty across campus.  An interview with Dean Reichel is included, outlining her twenty years of leadership and details about her future assignment in Academic Affairs. 

Festa do Brasil, Plemmons Student Union, April 10-12

Posted by on Friday, April 5, 2013 - 12:40pm
Festo do brasil

Three days of free festivities celebrating Brazilian culture, April 10-12. Learn about Brazilian culture, including music and dance at Appalachian State University. A series of international events focusing on Brazil will be held in Plemmons Student Union. All activities are free and open to the public.

Wednesday, April 10, 7:00pm - 9:00pm, Price Lake Room, Student Union
Faculty members Gabrielle Motta-Passajou, Andres Fisher and Brent James will present “Brazil's National Treasures: Faculty Presentations on Capoeira, Football and Samba."

Thursday, April 11, 6:00pm - 9:00pm Greenbriar Theater, Student Union
The documentary “Bus 174” will be shown. A panel discussion with Craig Fischer from the Department of English, Brent James from the Department of Language, Literatures & Cultures, and Bruce Dick from the Department of English will follow. The film was voted one of the 10 best films of the year by the New York Times.

Friday, April 12, 5:00pm - 10:00pm, Grandfather Ballroom, Student Union
Festa do Brasil, a Brazilian festival, will be held in the Grandfather Ballroom. Activities include  an Afro-Brazilian dance workshop beginning at 5:00pm. A Capoeira performance at 6:30pm, and a traditional Brazilian dinner with music from 8:00pm to 10:00pm.

Co-sponsored by Appalachian State University, Belk Library & Information Commons, and the local community.

New Exhibit on Black Mountain College, 4th floor

Posted by Greta Browning on Monday, April 1, 2013 - 9:14pm
Studies Building on Lake Eden at Black Mountain College

A new exhibit titled, “Black Mountain College: Innovation in Art, Education, and Lifestyle,” is now on display in the 4th Floor atrium of Belk Library and Information Commons. Black Mountain College was an experimental school, located just outside of Asheville, North Carolina, that only existed for 23 years, from 1933 to 1956. During that short time, it fostered many different artists including dancers, musicians, photographers, painters, and poets.


The exhibit has three display cases that follow the three major rectors, or elected leaders, of the college. The first explores the 1930s through John A. Rice, the founder of the college. The second looks at the 1940s and focuses on visual art through the leadership of Josef Albers. The final one examines the 1950s through Charles Olson, when writing became a central focus of the school.


Most of the artifacts on display come from the John A. Rice Papers and the recently added F. Whitney Jones Papers. Additional artifacts and images come from the Paul and Maryrose Carroll Beat Poetry Collection in Special Collections; the Western Regional Archives, State Archives of North Carolina; Joseph Bathanti; Elizabeth S. Rose; and University of Connecticut Libraries. Joseph Bathanti, North Carolina Poet Laureate, and Professor of Creative Writing advised on the creation of the exhibit. The exhibit was executed by public history graduate student Rebecca Dion.


In addition to the exhibit, two up-coming related lectures will be given in April.  On Wednesday, April 3, Professor David Silver of the University of San Francisco will deliver a talk, “The Farm at Black Mountain College: A History in Five Acts with Lessons for Today,” at 5:00 p.m. in Belk Library Room 114.  On Thursday, April 11, writer Tom Patterson will give a talk, “Reconstituting Black Mountain: Reflections on the Black Mountain College Festival at St. Andrews College, 1974,” at 7:30 p.m. in The Great Hall, Living Learning Center at Appalachian State University.


For more information on Black Mountain College, see Black Mountain College: An Exploration in Community by Martin Duberman, Black Mountain College: Sprouted Seeds: an Anthology of Personal Accounts edited by Mervin Lane, or The Arts at Black Mountain College by Mary Emma Harris.


Click here for more information on John A. Rice Papers and the F. Whitney Jones Papers in Special Collections in Belk Library and Information Commons. These collections are available for use in the Dougherty Reading Room located in Special Collections, Room 432. The Dougherty Reading Room is open Monday - Friday, 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. For more information, call 828-262-7974 or email spcoll@appstate.edu


Photo:  Studies Building across Lake Eden, Black Mountain College Campus. Courtesy of the Western Regional Archives, State Archives of North Carolina.