June 2016

Library’s Summer Author Series begins June 30

Posted by on Wednesday, June 15, 2016 - 12:51pm

High Country Sustainability is the theme of the 2016 University Libraries Summer Author Series to be held at Appalachian State University. The series is sponsored by the Richard T. Barker Friends of the Library. Janet Larsen, co-author of 2015’s “The Great Transition: Shifting from Fossil Fuels to Solar and Wind Energy,” kicks off the series with a talk Thursday, June 30, at 3:30 p.m. in Parkway Ballroom of the Plemmons Student Union.

Other speakers in the series are Jay Leutze at 3:30 p.m. July 14, also in the student union’s Parkway Ballroom, and Chris Arvidson, Julie Townsend and Scot Pope at 3:30 p.m. Aug. 4 in Room 114 Belk Library and Information Commons.

Janet Larsen

Larsen is an environmental analyst working to connect the dots between climate, energy, water, agriculture and security. She led the research efforts of the Earth Policy Institute (EPI) from its inception in 2001 until 2015. Prior to the creation of Earth Policy Institute, Larsen worked at the Worldwatch Institute. Her research has covered a range of topics, from bike sharing and bottled water to food security, forest cover and crop yields.

In addition to “The Great Transition,” Larsen also co-authored “The Earth Policy Reader.” She managed the research for all of EPI’s books, including the “Plan B” series and “Full Planet, Empty Plates.” She holds a degree in earth systems from Stanford University.

Jay Leutze

Leutze was born in Virginia and now lives in the Southern Appalachian Mountains of North Carolina. Trained as an attorney, he has become a leading voice for state and federal conservation funding for investment in public lands. He is a trustee for Southern Appalachian Highlands Conservancy, one of the nation’s most established land trusts.

He is the author of 2012’s “Stand Up that Mountain: The Battle to Save One Small Community in the Wilderness Along the Appalachian Trail,” winner of the Reed Environmental Writing Award. Leutze’s book tells the true story of a North Carolina outdoorsman who teams up with his Appalachian “mountain people” neighbors to save treasured land from being destroyed.

Chris Arvidson, Julie Townsend and Scot Pope

These three writers edited the 2015 anthology “Reflections on the New River: New Essays, Poems and Personal Stories.” Arvidson is a writer who has worked in land and water conservation. She lives in West Jefferson. Pope is a photographer, musician and writer who lives in Creston. Townsend has taught writing for 23 years at UNC-Charlotte and Appalachian State University. She lives in Fleetwood.

For more information about the series, contact Lynn Patterson at 828-262-2087.

 

Primary Source Collections from Archives Around the World

Posted by on Tuesday, June 7, 2016 - 9:22am

The library provides access to the following primary source collections from Adam Matthew Digital:

  • African American Communities 
    Focusing predominantly on Atlanta, Chicago, St. Louis, New York, and towns and cities in North Carolina this resource presents multiple aspects of the African American community through pamphlets, newspapers and periodicals, correspondence, official records, reports and in-depth oral histories.
     
  • American Consumer Culture: Market Research & American Business, 1935-1965
    Market Research and American Business, 1935-1965 provides a unique insight into the American consumer boom of the mid-20th century through access to the complete market research reports of Ernest Dichter, the era’s foremost consumer analyst, market research pioneer and widely-recognised ‘father’ of Motivational Research. 

  • American History, 1493-1945
    This unique collection documents American History from the earliest settlers to the mid-twentieth century. It is sourced from the Gilder Lehrman Collection, one of the finest archives available for the study of American History. 

  • American Indian Histories and Cultures
    Explore manuscripts, artwork and rare printed books dating from the earliest contact with European settlers right up to photographs and newspapers from the mid-twentieth century. 

  • China: Trade, Politics & Culture 1793-1980
    This collection is based on substantial collections of unique manuscript materials held at the library of the School of Oriental and African Studies (SOAS) and the British Library in London.

  • Colonial America
    This unique collection of largely manuscript material from the archives of the British government is an invaluable one for students and researchers of all aspects of seventeenth- and eighteenth-century American history and the early-modern Atlantic world.

  • Empire Online
    This resource brings together manuscript, printed and visual primary source materials for the study of 'Empire' and its theories, practices and consequences. The materials span across the last five centuries and are accompanied by a host of secondary learning resources including scholarly essays, maps and an interactive chronology.

  • Global Commodities: Trade, Exploration & Cultural Exchange
    This resource brings together manuscript, printed and visual primary source materials for the study of global commodities in world history.

  • Slavery, Abolition & Social Justice
    This resource is designed as an important portal for slavery and abolition studies, bringing together documents and collections covering an extensive time period, between 1490 and 2007, from libraries and archives across the Atlantic world.  

See Primary Source Databases from the library website for more primary source collections.