June 2017

Congratulations to 2017 Graduates!

Posted by on Tuesday, June 13, 2017 - 8:12am
Belk Library Special Collections

Congratulations to all the students who are graduating this May and August, 2017. We especially thank all of our student library employees for their hard work and dedication. Your work in the library is greatly appreciated! You will be missed.

Graduating student library employees for 2017

Alana Patterson 
Tevin Potts 
Merafe Gedewon 
Kaleb Langmeyer 
Hunter Nicholson 
Koby Meyer
Grant Murray 
Kendall Rankin
Cassandra Mumford
Emily Hutchinson
Monica Nelson Redondo
Jamie Metreaud
Conner Bridges
Elisabeth Moore
Karen Ward
Khalieb Henry Benton
Taylor James 
Devon Carter
Colin Tate
Brooke Spivey
Abigail Altrath
Anna Grace Bankhead
Riley Tucker
Aaron Dickson
Graham Shelton
Brandi Bounds
Alyssa McLeroy
Megan Burbank
Anthony Puglisi
Aregash Theodros
Kierra Reed 
Ruben Garratt
Hannah Tennyson
Reanne Henry
Stephanie McCormack
David Christiansen
Molly Cogburn
Kaitlin Berry
Jasmine Ogunjimi
Chyna Melton
Lonnie Bryant

New Digital Exhibit: Katúah Journal

Posted by Andrea Leonard on Monday, June 12, 2017 - 9:23pm

Be sure to take a look at Special Collection's new digital exhibit: Katúah: Bioregional Journal of the Southern Appalachians. Katúah is the name for the Cherokees’ homeland in the Western North Carolina mountains and adjacent region. The journal, published by volunteer editors between 1983-1993, promoted activism in the region from an holistic view to tackle social, environmental, mental, emotional, and spiritual issues, many of which are still relevant today.

For more details, see this Special Collections blog post

To browse individual journal issues now, go to the Browse Items page for the Katúah Journal collection.

This exhibit and digital collection is the result of a graduate internship agreement through ASU's Appalachian Studies program and Belk Library and Information Commons.
The project was a collaboration across three library teams and UNCA Special Collections:

  • W.L. Eury Appalachian Collection:  Fred Hay and Dustin Witsman
  • Digital Scholarship and Initiatives:  Pam Mitchem, Dea Rice, and Matt Ransom
  • Technology Services:  Scott Goldstein
  • UNCA Special Collections:  Gene Hyde
  • Graduate student and Project Leader:  Andrea Leonard

Library Guide to the 2017 Common Reading Book - One Amazing Thing

Posted by on Tuesday, June 6, 2017 - 2:17pm

Since 1997, incoming freshmen at ASU have been asked to read a book as part of their orientation to Appalachian State University. By participating in the Common Reading Program, students establish a common experience with other new students.

This year's selection is One Amazing Thing by Chitra Banerjee Divakaruni. One Amazing Thing (Hyperion, 2010) is about nine people from different backgrounds who become trapped together by an earthquake for days, using storytelling to help them survive while they hope and pray for rescue. The book offers lessons for bridging cultural and ethnic diversity through storytelling; prompts discussions about prejudice, cultural misunderstanding, alienation and interpersonal communication; and offers inspiration for overcoming life’s obstacles.

As with Common Reading authors of past years, Divakaruni will speak on campus at Black and Gold Convocation. The 2017 Convocation, which is open to the public, will be on August 21. She will appear at other events that day as well, including a discussion with faculty, a book reading and book signing.

Divakaruni is an award-winning and bestselling author, poet, activist and teacher of writing. Her stories explore women, immigration, history, myth, magical realism and diversity. Her work has been published in over 50 magazines, including the Atlantic Monthly and The New Yorker, and included in over 50 anthologies, including “The Best American Short Stories,” the “O. Henry Prize Stories” and the “Pushcart Prize Anthology.”

Library catalog record for One Amazing Thing: Print / ebook / Audiobook
The book is also available for purchase in the University bookstore



Furniture Testing

Posted by Geri Purpur on Monday, June 5, 2017 - 4:01pm
sample chair

Help us choose new furniture for the library.  There are 2 sample pieces of furniture in the Fox Family Reading Room on the first floor (behind the fireplace).   Try it out and let us know what you think.

Survey forms have been placed on a table next to the sample chairs.