January 2017

Appalachian leads writing projects at Chinese universities

Posted by Xiaorong Shao on Tuesday, January 31, 2017 - 2:41pm

BOONE, N.C.—At several Chinese universities, instruction in writing English has taken on a distinctly American character, and Appalachian State University deserves much of the credit....Check the following link for the news report of the 2016 American Cultural Center grant activities:


Makerspace Grand Opening!

Posted by on Tuesday, January 24, 2017 - 12:55pm

You are invited to a three day event full of food, prizes, and fun!  Come out January 31st, February 1st and February 2nd from 1-4pm to learn more about the space, use some of the equipment, and eat.  There will also be a prize drawing of a 3Doodler 3D printing pen.  Join us!

The Belk Library Makerspace is a space where students, faculty and staff can use equipment to create anything they can dream up.  The makerspace is free to use, and will be open for various times thoughout the semester.    


Our current equipment consists of: 

3D Printers

Vinyl Cutters

Electronics and soldering

Sewing machines

Virtual Reality gear


For more information about the makerspace and its equipment, check out this guide: guides.library.appstate.edu/makerspace.  For more information, email Hannah Pope at popehl@appstate.edu or Karl Moretz at moretzks@appstate.edu.

Makerspace Workshops

Posted by Hannah Pope on Tuesday, January 24, 2017 - 12:14pm

Ever wanted to create a 3D model?  Get it printed?  Maybe you are interested in creating something electronic?  Come to the Belk Library's free technology workshops in the Belk Library Makerspace.  Workshops are open to all students, faculty and staff.  No experience necessary!  More information about these technologies here: guides.library.appstate.edu/makerspace 

3D Printing - Learn the ins and outs of 3D printing.  If you ever wanted to get a model printed, this is the workshop for you.  Taking this workshop will also make you eligible for free 3D printing!

3D Design - Create your own 3D models in Tinkercad in this workshop.  We will go over how to use the program as well as some of the alternatives that you can use in our Digital Media Studio. 

Arduino - If you were curious about the basics of electronics, this workshop will provide the basics of arduino and help you get started creating your own projects.

e-Textiles I - Learn a combination of circuitry and sewing in this interactive workshop which puts LED lights on your clothes.  Each participant will learn the basics of wearable electronics and take home a packet of materials including a circuit board and conductive thread.  This workshop has limited supplies, so sign up right away if you want to participate. https://e-textiles1.eventbrite.com 

e-Textiles II - Already know how to create a circuit?  Take this workshop to learn how to code your e-textiles project.  We will be using LEDs and the LilyPad Arduino board to program our clothing.  No coding experience necessary, although it is highly recommended that you take e-textiles I first.  If you are unable to take e-textiles I but would like the information, contact Hannah Pope at popehl@appstate.edu.  Sign up for the workshop here: https://e-textiles2.eventbrite.com. 


Schedule - All workshops will be held in the Makerspace on the Lower Level of the Belk Library

Intro to 3D Printing:

February 1st @ 4pm

February 8th @ 5pm

March 2nd @ 3pm Rescheduled to February 28th @ 4pm 

April 12th @ 5pm


3D Design:

February 2nd @ 4pm

February 16th @ 2pm

March 6th @ 5pm

April 20th @ 5pm


Intro to Arduino:

February 20th @ 5pm

March 29th @ 5pm


e-Textiles I (Wearables):

March 28th @ 5pm


e-Textiles II:

April 6th @ 5pm


If you have any questions, or are unable to make any of these workshops, contact Hannah Pope at popehl@appstate.edu. We hope you join us!

Access Ad Age Datacenter

Posted by on Tuesday, January 24, 2017 - 11:06am

Ad Age Datacenter (only available on campus) provides rankings and statistics on the advertising sector including top advertisers, media, and agencies. Selected statistics include:

  • World's 100 Largest Advertisers
  • 200 Leading National Advertisers
  • U.S. Major-Media and Marketing-Services Spending Forecast
  • Prime-time broadcast TV pricing survey
  • Advertising Age/RBC Social Media Survey, September 2016
  • And much more...

And for the upcoming Super Bowl on February 5, 2017,  Ad Age is providing a wealth of data and articles on Super Bowl ads, including the Super Bowl Ad Archive, Super Bowl ad prices since 1967, Super Bowl ratings since 1967, and much more.  Ad Age (AdvertisingAge) is the leading global source of news, intelligence and conversation for the marketing and media community. 

To access Ad Age go to the Article Databases and E-Research Tools page on the library website. For a lot more information about advertising resources, see the Library Guide to Advertising.



Library Cares Campaign - 2016

Posted by Geri Purpur on Tuesday, January 17, 2017 - 12:04pm
Library cares logo

The Library would like to thank the following university and community partners for volunteering their time and resources:

  • Office of the Chancellor & Academic Leadership Team

  • Wired Scholar Coffee Shop

  • Alchemy Center for Healing Therapies
  • Therapy Dogs-Irish, Sheela, Leo and Knox

To see highlights of the Campaign, go to: http://guides.library.appstate.edu/librarycares

If you would like to add your comments or suggestions, please do: http://tinyurl.com/gwaouof

Report Problems with eResources

Posted by John Wiswell on Friday, January 6, 2017 - 11:31am

Although electronic resources are available 24/7, even through university breaks, problems do arise.  If your database, journal, ebook, or other resource fails to open or otherwise misbehaves, one option is to complete our Report a Problem form.  You can access it by clicking on Report a problem, on the far right of Databases page.

Or you can just click here.

Our team troubleshoots these problems.  Sometimes it's a problem on our end.  Sometimes we need to contact our vendors.  Sometimes it's a real puzzle, and sometimes a quick correction to a URL or checking a box will fix it.

The form allows you include your name and email, if you wish, in order to get a direct response.  In general, more detail, enough to allow us to reproduce your problem, is good.

Faculty -- Need streaming video for your class?

Posted by John Wiswell on Wednesday, January 4, 2017 - 9:46am
Véra Clouzot, in Les Diaboliques, available in Kanopy

Many of of our streaming films are available through our catalog, but we also request others through Swank, Kanopy, Docuseek2, and other platforms.  Many films are not available for library-friendly streaming, but you don't know until you check.  See our guides to Streaming Video and Swank or ask us.

We still buy DVDs also, and you can place them on Reserves for your classes.  Contact your subject librarian or John Wiswell, wiswellj@appstate.edu.