April 2016

Bivens Occasional Lecture on the Scholarship of Books and Reading

Posted by Alex McAllister on Monday, April 25, 2016 - 10:16am
Reading and the Body by Thomas McLaughlin

Dear Faculty, Staff, and Students:

You are invited to attend the first Bivens Occasional Lecture on the Scholarship of Books and Reading. Professor Thomas McLaughlin will deliver the lecture at 5:30pm on Friday, April 29, in Room 114 of the Belk Library and Information Commons. McLaughlin specializes in literary criticism and theory and cultural studies. His lecture, entitled “Reading and the Body: The Physical Practice of Reading,” will be based on his recently published book. Here is a brief description of the lecture:

We tend to think of reading as an act of the disembodied mind, but in fact reading requires skillful use of the eyes and the hands, as well as postures and habits that support their work. The reading body operates within powerful cultural disciplines, but it is also capable of highly idiosyncratic improvisations. “Reading and the Body” examines these physical skills and habits and disciplines, in an effort to understand the contribution of the body to the process of reading, especially in an era in which the material process of reading is changing as our culture moves from the book to the screen.

McLaughlin is also the author of the following books:

  • Give and Go: Basketball as a Cultural Practice. SUNY Press, 2008.
  • Street Smarts and Critical Theory. University of Wisconsin Press, 1996.
  • Critical Terms for Literary Study. 2nd ed. University of Chicago Press, 1995.

We look forward to seeing you there!

The Fourth Annual Appalachian Lecture in British History - April 28, 2016

Posted by John Boyd on Monday, April 25, 2016 - 8:42am
Fourth Annual Appalachian Lecture in British History (April 28, 2016)

You are cordially invited to attend

The Fourth Annual Appalachian Lecture in British History

“The Court of the Crusader King”


Dr. Richard R. Heiser
Presbyterian College
Clinton, South Carolina

Thursday, April 28, 2016
7:00 pm
Room 114
Belk Library and Information Commons

Appalachian State University
Boone, North Carolina

Tours of the Rhinehart Room and Rare Book Collection begin at 6:00 pm

National Library Week Contest Winner!

Posted by Geri Purpur on Thursday, April 21, 2016 - 4:30pm
National Library Week 2016 winner

Hanna Caudill is the lucky winner of the View-Master Virtual Reality Starter Pack. Hanna is a graduating senior in the Nutrition and Health Care Management program.

Thanks to everyone who participated in the contest.

Image: Hanna Caudill with Belk Library PR Committee members Geri Purpur and Ken Johnson

Belk Library Celebrates Earth Day!

Posted by Geri Purpur on Thursday, April 21, 2016 - 11:55am
library cupola

Belk Library Celebrates Earth Day!

The Belk (Green) Library was the first building on campus to incorporate many of the goals of the LEED program. 

Check out our latest Green Reads and Green Movies.

Check out our resources on the environment and how we can be better stewards of the earth.

North Carolina Zoo Trip - May 20, 2016

Posted by on Thursday, April 21, 2016 - 8:54am

North Carolina Zoo Trip
Bus Trip to the North Carolina Zoo
Asheboro, North Carolina
Friday, May 20

8:00am — Return at 7:00pm Cost $30 per person (18 years of age and older please)
Includes transportation and admission to the zoo; lunch on your own inside the park.


  • Meet at 7:30am at the Library Parking Deck (free parking)
  • Depart at 8:00am
  • Depart from the Zoo at 4:00pm
  • Return to Boone at 7:00pm 

All reservations are due by Friday, May 13. For more information please call Lynn Patterson at 828‐262‐2087.

Sponsored by the Richard T. Barker Friends of the University Library

Zoo Trip Flyer 

Lecture, April 21 by the Author of the "The Vegan Studies Project"

Posted by on Friday, April 15, 2016 - 9:04am

Laura Wright, author of “The Vegan Studies Project: Food, Animals, and Gender in the Age of Terror” will give a lecture titled “Imagining Vegan Studies: English, Activism, and Animals" on April 21 in Bell Library and Information Commons.

When: Thursday, April 21, 2016 at 5:30 p.m.

Where: Room 114, Belk Library and Information Commons

Wright is a professor and head of the English department at Western Carolina University, where she specializes in postcolonial literatures and theory, ecocriticism and animal studies. She received her undergraduate degree in English from Appalachian in 1992.

Her monographs include “Writing Out of All the Camps: J. M. Coetzee’s Narratives of Displacement” and “Wilderness into Civilized Shapes: Reading the Postcolonial Environment.” She is lead editor, with Jane Poyner and Elleke Boehmer, of “Approaches to Teaching Coetzee’s Disgrace and Other Works.” Her most recent monograph, “The Vegan Studies Project: Food, Animals, and Gender in the Age of Terror” was published by the University of Georgia Press in October of 2015.

Published in 2015 by the University of Georgia Press, “The Vegan Studies Project” has been called “the foundational text for the nascent field of vegan studies.”



Sustainable Development in the High Country - Panel Discussion

Posted by on Wednesday, April 13, 2016 - 9:01am
Sustainable Development

Topic: Sustainable Development in the High Country: climate change, sustainable development and the social and scientific effects upon the citizens of the High Country.

Wednesday, April 27, 2016 at 5:30 p.m.

Room 114, Belk Library and Information Commons

Panel Participants include:

Jeff Deal - Appalachian Voices - Project Manager & IT Consultant

Steve Owen  - The Appalachian Institute for Renewable Energy,  Executive Director

Ed Miller - General Manager for New River Light and Power

Jennifer Westerman and Brian Burke  - Faculty, Sustainable Development; Appalachian State University

Moderated by Dr. Sandra Lubarsky - Chairperson, Sustainable Development, Appalachian State University

Sponsored by the Richard T. Barker Friends of the University Library

Program flyer

National Library Week 2016

Posted by Geri Purpur on Friday, April 8, 2016 - 10:39am
National Library Week

Belk Library National Library Week Contest – April 10–16

Win a View-Master Virtual Reality Starter Pack!  Watch this movie and answer 3 questions correctly about the movie. Your name will be entered into a drawing to win the View-Master on April 18.

Here is the contest link: http://goo.gl/forms/0cwse1KCGA

Good luck!

You may also view the slides by clicking here.

Books are Fun Bookfare - April 12 & 13

Posted by on Thursday, April 7, 2016 - 3:29pm
Books are Fun

WHEN:      April 12 - April 13

WHERE:    Borkowski Reading Room - Belk Library and Information Commons (1st floor)

Tuesday, April 12, 11:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Wednesday, April 13, 8:00 AM - 1:00 PM

Cash, All Debit and Credit Cards, Checks and Post-Dated Checks Accepted




ICPSR Webinar - Bringing Data into the Classroom with ICPSR - 4/12/16

Posted by on Friday, April 1, 2016 - 1:01pm

Join ICPSR for a webinar on Apr 12, 2016 at 12:00 PM EDT.

Register now!


"Really? It's time to teach ______ again? How can I spice that up??" 

Why not use data?! Students learn quantitative skills, you have an easy way of adding interest to the topic you would rather not teach -- it's a win-win! 

This Webinar will demonstrate the data tools, content resources, and opportunities ICPSR has for exposing undergraduate students to data. The ideas included will touch on topics from deviance to sampling and voting behavior to operationalization of variables. 

This webinar is free and open to the public. Please share this invitation!

After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the webinar.

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