September 2014

OverDrive: eBook and Audiobook Access

Posted by on Wednesday, September 17, 2014 - 3:01pm
OverDrive eBooks

Belk Library & Information Commons offers students, staff, and faculty access to OverDrive, a service which allows users to download ebooks and audiobooks to their favorite mobile device. Titles include popular fiction, study aids (GRE, LSAT, GMAT, CPA), travel guides, foreign language study audiobooks, and more.

Items are available in four formats: Kindle, EPub, MP3 and WMA audio. Download to your portable device using either the OverDrive App or a Kindle device or App. For help, see our Library Guide for eBooks/OverDrive, or visit us in the library. You can always read available ebooks through your browser without having to download any software.

Explore OverDrive to see the growing collection of downloadable ebooks and audiobooks, and enter your Banner/Univeristy ID number to download up to three titles at a time for a 21 day check-out. Titles are returned automatically at the end of the lending period, so there are never late fees.

Books Are Fun Book Fair this Tuesday and Wednesday!

Posted by on Monday, September 15, 2014 - 3:37pm
Books Are Fun

Come join us for the Books Are Fun Book Fair in room 421, Belk Library and Information Commons.

  • Tuesday, September 16; 11 am - 5 pm
  • Wednesday, September 17; 8 am- 1 pm

With over 250 great titles at unbelievable prices, you are sure to find something for everyone.

Product categories include children's story books, cookbooks, New York Times best sellers, stationery and scrapbooking, music collections, and gifts for all ages. 

Cash, all debit and credit cards, checks and post-dated checks accepted.

Sponsored by the Richard T. Barker Friends of the Library

For more information please call Lynn Patterson at 828-262-2087.

Graduate Students - Library Base Camp

Posted by John Wiswell on Friday, September 12, 2014 - 7:51am

 Library Base Camp for Graduate Students

On the long climb through your graduate research?   Your undergraduate skills are no match for this adventure?  Are the resources in your discipline confusing?  Do you wonder if you have missed something? 

Join us for a caffeinated Saturday morning workshop on September 27, 2014 from 9:00a to 12:30p (registration required).

You’ll learn graduate-level library research skills: 

  • Where to search
  • How to search
  • How to find resources beyond ASU's library
  • How to keep track of the great stuff you find

Come as you are.  We’ll provide coffee, continental breakfast, and the trail map.

Register here.

Can’t attend the 9/27 Base Camp?  You can meet one-to-one with a librarian.  Schedule an appointment, via our RAP service.

Questions?  Please contact Lisa Abbott,

Music Online: American Song

Posted by on Tuesday, September 9, 2014 - 5:50pm
Promotion image of American Song

In the spirit of our Common Reading program book, Clapton's Guitar, and in honor of Wayne Henderson and Old Time music, try out the American Song database!

American Song, part of Music Online by Alexander Street Press, offers tens of thousands of streaming audio from Colonial to Folk to African American to Country (including Old-Timey)  to Contemporary music and more. This database allows people to hear and feel the music from America's past. The database includes songs by and about American Indians, miners, immigrants, slaves, children, pioneers, and cowboys. Included in the database are the songs of Civil Rights, political campaigns, Prohibition, the Revolutionary War, the Civil War, anti-war protests, and...Old Time tunes.

American Song includes music from many labels, including Rounder Records, McNeil Music, Native Ground Music, Rebel Records, County Records, Smithsonian Folkways, and Document Records. Liner notes to all the albums are included (in PDF format) as well as static URLs to each track and album in the database. This release includes 38,087 albums, equaling 522,538 tracks, growing regularly.

Please note: Online databases and resources are, in almost all cases, only licensed for use by ASU students, faculty, and staff.

Call for Volunteers for Distance Education Student Advisory Committee-2014-2015

Posted by on Tuesday, September 2, 2014 - 3:09pm

Call for Volunteers for Distance Education Student Advisory Committee-2014-2015

We need your help!

Please join the Distance Education Student Advisory Committee to lend your voice and expertise on the best ways the Distance Education department can better serve its students. This committee offers a platform for you to voice your opinions and suggestions as well as an important leadership and professional development opportunity for students. Committee members will be responsible for exploring and reporting on issues related to Distance Education at Appalachian State, collaborating with each other on projects, and leading discussions on assigned topics.  Time commitment will not be overwhelming, but committee members will be expected to be adequately prepared for meetings.

The Process:

  • Several committee members for all Distance Education programs will be selected based on percentage of students enrolled in each college; ideally representatives from undergraduate and graduate programs within a variety of disciplines.
  • The Committee will participate via an ASU Learn course set-up to use multiple formats for communicating such as chat, forums, video-streaming, and web-conferencing.  The members will work independently and in groups to maximize our effectiveness.  If members wish and/or are more comfortable, face to face meetings  may be coordinated in various regions.
  • To volunteer please fill out this form: Volunteer Form for Distance Education Student Advisory Committee. The deadline for applications is September 19, 2014.
  • Committee members will be selected by September 25, 2014 and notified by email on September 30, 2014.
  • If you have any questions, please contact Kelly McCallister or Bronwen Sheffield---we are looking forward to working with you!



Kelly McCallister -Distance Education Librarian-

Bronwen Sheffield-Distance Education Program