December 2014

Special Collections Processing Project a Success!

Posted by on Tuesday, December 9, 2014 - 10:38am
Charles Town in a Nutshell from the Appalachian Collection

The two-year grant project funded by the National Historical Publications and Records Commission to process the backlog of the W.L. Eury Appalachian Collection was successfully completed last month. Running from September 2012 to November 2014, the grant provided funding for a full-time processing assistant and for the purchase of archival supplies. The processing was completed by Project Archives Assistant Trevor McKenzie (the grant-funded position) and Processing Assistant Anita Elliott under the direction of Processing Archivist Cynthia Harbeson, who served as project manager.

As a result of this project, a total of 1,917.14 linear feet of previously unprocessed, and therefore inaccessible, materials were processed. This total was 707.14 linear feet (or 58%) more than the 1,210 linear feet outlined in the grant proposal. The project also resulted in the creation of 456 new finding aids (or guides to the collections) and the revision and enhancement of finding aids for an additional 75 selected collections. These finding aids are all online and searchable through our Special Collections website. The collections themselves are available for use in the Dougherty Reading Room, located on the 4th floor in Special Collections.

The Backlog Blog has been highlighting collections processed during this project for the past two years. Some of the collections included on the blog are: AC.104: Appalachian Land Ownership Task Force Records; AC.124: Speculation Land Company Records; AC.362: Hartzog Family Papers; AC.836: Stephens Store Records; and AC.689: Episcopal Diocese of Western North Carolina Records.

The image seen here is from AC.806: Charles Town (West Virginia) in a Nutshell, 1900. It was one of the collections processed through the grant project.

Who Doesn't Need a Little Therapy During Finals Week?

Posted by on Sunday, December 7, 2014 - 12:10pm
dog and massage therapy

Dog and Massage Therapy that is.

To relieve a little stress, the libary is sponsoring the following 2 events:

Free 10-Minute massage by the fireplace-Massage Therapists from the MYO Clinic in Boone will be here on:

Monday, Dec. 8 from 3-5 pm

Tuesday, Dec. 9 from 2-4 pm

Sign-up sheet will be on the table by the fireplace!


Knox, a Canine Good Citizen and registered with Therapy Dogs, Inc. will be here with his handler, Brianne Harris on Dec. 8 from 2 to 4 pm and Dec. 10 from 6:30 to 8:30 pm.  Brianne is an Appalachian 2012 Psychology alumna and says that Knox, a Great Pyrenees is a good listener and is great for hugging. 

Squeezes, rubs, hugs, and scratches are free!

Congratulations to Graduating Students!

Posted by on Wednesday, December 3, 2014 - 6:28pm
ASU Grads

Congratulations to all the students who are graduating this December, 2014 or completing internships in the spring.  We thank all of our student library employees for their hard work and dedication. Your work in the library is greatly appreciated!

Laura Arevalo-Gallego
Andrew Aiken
Dylan Boan
Madison Coughlin
Barry Hamilton
Caleb Hoopingarner
Keri Hutchins
Albert Lindsey
Crystal Pulley
Andrew Nelson Redondo
Shannon Thompson
Chimere Williams

Traveling Abroad During Winter or Spring Break? Get ready with Mango Languages!

Posted by Andrea Leonard on Wednesday, December 3, 2014 - 1:02pm

Use Mango Languages to sharpen your skills in another language!  Mango Languages is a completely web-based language-learning system that focuses on conversation skills. Two courses are offered: Basic--helps you learn basic words and phrases, and Complete--to help you move beyond basic language skills. Learn on the go via the free mobile app!

Cultural specialty courses are included, like Medical Spanish

You can even learn ‘Pirate'   !

Over 60 languages are available, such as Arabic, Chinese (Mandarin), Dari, Farsi, French, German, Greek, Hebrew, Hindi, Irish, Italian, Japanese, Korean, Pashto, Portuguese, Russian, Spanish, Tagalog, Thai, Turkish, Urdu, Vietnamese. Some languages are only available as a Basic course. There are also over 17 ESL language courses.

Comic-athon, Wednesday December 3rd, 8 am-5 pm

Posted by on Monday, December 1, 2014 - 2:38pm

Wednesday December 3

The library will host an 8 hour graphic novel drawing session on the main floor. Just inside the library, students from an art department graphic novel class and students from an art education methods course will be drawing comics 8AM until 5 PM.

Anyone is welcome to join in the drawing.

Drawing materials are not provided but Zines are free!

Read some great comics, browse the library's comic and graphic novel collection and take home a Zine! See you there!