August 2013

Information Literacy Prize-First Year Student Writing

Posted by on Friday, August 30, 2013 - 4:48pm
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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.


First Prize: $300 gift certificate to the bookstore

Second Prize: $200 gift certificate to the bookstore

In addition to the monetary award:

The winning student will allow a copy of his or her paper to be given to the University Archives.

The winning paper will be posted on the Belk Library & Information Commons Library website as well as the Composition and Rhetoric website.

Eligible students in the Fall 2013 and Spring 2014 courses of:

  • UCO 1200: First Year Seminar (including honors sections) 
  • English 1000 (including honors sections)

Students wishing to enter a research paper for consideration should click on this application form

Criteria for Evaluation

The due date is Monday March 10, 2014.

The winners will be announced at the Celebration of Student Writing on April 17, 2014.

Chronicle of Higher Education and other News Sources

Posted by John Wiswell on Wednesday, August 28, 2013 - 5:01pm
Cover of the Economist -- ML King Jr.

We have The Chronicle of Higher Education, the trade journal of higher education.  Also, see Inside Higher Ed, which is free on the Web. 

For other news, one good source is The Economist.  (Although, to tell you the truth, I'm partly suggesting it because it has Dr. King on the cover, which makes a good thumbnail image today.)

We have access to the New York Times and the Wall Street Journal also.  We get them through ProQuest, and they include today's articles if you go Advanced Search and choose today's date.  ProQuest is not quite as nice as the and interfaces.   I often start with those, until they ask for money.  Then, you can come to our ProQuest and find it in today's news.  But watch out.  The Wall Street Journal often has different article titles for otherwise identical and Proquest versions.

That's not all (and of course there's lots that's free on the Web).  See this list or this guide to news sources.  Or ask us for help.

Call For Undergraduate and Graduate Volunteers

Posted by Geri Purpur on Friday, August 23, 2013 - 2:57pm
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Attention all students (Undergraduate and Graduate) the Belk Library is looking for volunteers to serve on the Belk Library Student Advisory Committee.  This Committee, which began in Fall 2010 has done many exciting things to make the library a more user-centered environment. The committee is charged to advise, plan, evaluate new services and operate as a sounding board and test group for new and existing services and new library initiatives.

The Belk Library Student Advisory Committee will be composed of at least two representatives from each class: freshmen, sophomore, junior, senior, and grads, and we encourage a variety of majors to apply. The committee will meet several times a semester or as needed at a time that is convenient for the majority of committee members. The first meeting will be in mid to late September. The term for appointment is one year.  Your service on this is a great addition to your Co-Curricular Transcript.

So make your voice count! If you are interested in volunteering for our Student Advisory Committee, please fill out our volunteer form no later than September 6th.  Appointments will be made after that date and appointees notified by email.  If you have any questions, contact Geri Purpur, User Experience Librarian, by email at, or by phone at 828-262-6903. 

Thank you!

Lumbee Indians bibliography website relaunch

Posted by on Sunday, August 18, 2013 - 10:53pm
New Lumbee website

The Lumbee Indians: An Annotated Bibliography, a website that has been online since 2002, was relaunched today in an easier-to-use, database-driven format. The website provides references—most of them annotated—for sources about North Carolina's Lumbee Indians. The Lumbee Tribe is one of eight tribes recognized by the state of North Carolina and has had a limited form of federal recognition since 1956. There are 55,000 members of the Lumbee Tribe, most of them living in Robeson and adjacent counties of North Carolina.

The website has nearly 1,900 bibliography entries for sources in a wide range of formats. The emphasis is on published scholarly sources, but there are also numerous news sources, magazine articles, government publications, literary works, archival materials, and audio-visual sources. Over 1,000 of the sources were published, or discovered, after 1994. Around 750 of the sources first appeared in The Lumbee Indians: An annotated bibliography, with chronology and index (McFarland, 1994). The website was initiated as a supplement to this book. A grant from the Martha and Nancy Lee Bivens University Library Fund for Excellence paid for the data entry of the items from the book.

Most of the website content was written by Glenn Ellen Starr Stilling, Information Literacy Librarian and Professor. Over the years, extensive web development and support for the website's maintenance have been provided by several members of the Library's Technology Services Team. Library student assistants have written news annotations and performed data entry. The development of the new website has been ongoing since 2007.

Summer Reading Book - Library Resources

Posted by on Wednesday, August 14, 2013 - 8:11am

Since 1997, incoming freshmen at ASU have been asked to read a book as part of their orientation to Appalachian State University. By participating in the Summer Reading Program, students establish a common experience with other new students.

This years selection is American Dervish by Ayad Akhtar. Hayat Shah is a young Pakistani-American who wrestles with his religious identity, tumultuous feelings for his mother's friend, Mina, that he can't explain, and his own sense of himself in Ayad Akhtar's American Dervish. In many ways, the story is as much Mina's and her mystical embrace of Islam as it is a coming of age story of Hayat.

For information on this year's selection, and for related library resources, see the Library Guide to the Summer Reading Program. The author will be on campus September 10 and 11, 2013: See the list of events.