Library News

Posted by on Monday, June 8, 2015 - 7:50am

Tom Higgins, who has been called NASCAR’s storyteller, will talk about his sports writing career June 12 at Appalachian State University. Higgins wrote about motorsports for the Charlotte Observer for more than three decades.

Higgins’ talk is sponsored by Belk Library and Information Commons. The free event will begin at 4 p.m. in room 421 in the library. A reception will follow.

The fourth recipient of the Squier-Hall Award for NASCAR Media Excellence, Higgins was honored during NASCAR Hall of Fame induction ceremony in January and featured in an exhibit at the NASCAR Hall of Fame in Charlotte.

The Burnsville native began his career as a sports writer in the late 1950s, covering sports for the Canton Enterprise after graduating from Brevard College, where he played baseball and basketball. 

He later joined the Asheville Citizen-Times, and said in an interview with the paper that, “Once I got to Asheville and heard the clacking of those teletype machines and was part of the excitement of putting out a daily newspaper, I was hooked.”

His first auto race was at the Asheville Weaverville Speedway.

Higgins is the author of “Racing into the Past,” which covers the early years of NASCAR, “NASCAR Greatest Races: The 25 Most Thrilling Races in NASCAR History” and coauthor of “Junior Johnson: Brave in Life.”

Friday, June 12, 4:00 p.m.
Belk Library and Information Commons
Room 421



Posted by Greta Browning on Friday, June 5, 2015 - 2:01pm
First season "Horn in the West" poster

The newest exhibit in Special Collections features historical documents, photos, an original poster, and an artifact from Boone’s outdoor drama, “Horn in the West.” The exhibit, curated by Appalachian Studies graduate student Adam Sheffield, is located inside Special Collections and is on display through the summer during the department’s open hours.  All of the materials on display and much more is available in the Southern Appalachian Historical Association Records. Contact or visit the Dougherty Reading Room, which is located next to the exhibit case, to use the collection.

“Horn in the West” was first produced in 1952, and is the third oldest surviving American outdoor drama, following “The Lost Colony” and “Unto These Hills." The show derives from a script written by Dr. Kermit Hunter, originally titled “Wilderness Road.”  The Southern Appalachian Historical Association states that over 1.4 million people have attended “Horn in the West” since its first season. This month, on June 26th at 8pm, marks the beginning of the 63rd season of productions. For more information about Horn in the West, visit their website.

Questions?  Please contact the Dougherty Reading Room by phone 828-262-7974 or email

Pictured: Original poster by Elsie Freeman, artist, 1952.

Posted by Andrea Leonard on Friday, May 29, 2015 - 2:53pm

Summer is here and you can still access our OverDrive e-book and audiobook collection 24/7! Whether you’re taking a family vacation, going on a road trip with friends, or just want to enjoy a quiet afternoon relaxing, you can enjoy e-books, audiobooks, and more anytime, anywhere. 

You can borrow titles using your library login credentials and enjoy on your computer, tablet, smartphone or e-reader device. Read right in the internet browser or download using the free OverDrive app.  At the end of the lending period, titles automatically expire so there are never any late fees. Our OverDrive digital collection can be accessed anywhere in the world, as long as there is an internet connection.

To get started, browse here to see titles that are available:  OverDrive ebooks at Belk Library

Enjoy summer reading!

Posted by on Wednesday, May 27, 2015 - 11:41am
Films On Demand

Films On Demand provides access to over 22,000 high quality streaming video on a wide-variety of topics. Subject covered include business & economics, health & medicine, humanities & social sciences, science & mathematics, as well as travel and fitness programming, home and how-to videos, and popular music performances. The videos include Oscar, Emmy and Peabody award winning documentaries plus interviews, instructional and vocational training videos, historical speeches and newsreels.

Features include: Captioning and cross-searchable interactive transcripts on all titles; iPad, PC, Mac, and Android friendly; Public performance rights; Citations in MLA, CMS, and APA formats; ability to embed persistent and authenticated video clips into course management systems such as Blackboard and Moodle; and create and share personalized playlists using segments from multiple videos.

Access Films On Demand





Posted by Geri Purpur on Monday, May 4, 2015 - 9:04am
Therapy dog Knox and handler Brianne

Knox, a Canine Good Citizen and registered with Therapy Dogs, Inc. will be in the Belk Library today, May 4,  from 2:30-4:30 pm. 

Knox will be with his handler, Brianne Harris.    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!

Posted by on Friday, May 1, 2015 - 4:42pm
Graduation Pic

Congratulations to all the students who are graduating this May, 2015. We 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
May, 2015 are:

Crystal Pulley

Dana Wetmore

Molly Clay – DMS

Reece Bergen

Alex Savarda

Susan "Alex" Sames

Patrick Harrow

John "Kyle" McFarland

Ariel Cedillos

Kanisha Coleman

Lauren Dubose

Nina Farrow

Heydon Smith

Tony Walker

William Ward

Renee Cloud

Devante Martin

Jateria Pittman

Chimere Williams

Calie Brummer

Daniel Baker

Sam Stark

Kaylie Schmidt

Robin Tobiah Cramer

Amanda Gentile

Luce-Melissa Kouaho

Andrew Boyea



Posted by Geri Purpur on Wednesday, April 22, 2015 - 12:52pm
Erin Griffith, Joyce Ogburn, Gretchen Bailey

The Information Literacy Skills Prize Awards were presented at the Celebration of Student Writing on April 17, 2014.  Belk Library and Information Commons sponsored the contest, with help from the University Writing Center, the Composition Program, and Writing Across the Curriculum Program.  

The prize recognizes an outstanding research paper written by a first-year Appalachian State University student for a class in UCO 1200 (First Year Seminar) or English 1000. Information literacy is the ability to find, evaluate, and use information effectively and it is an educational goal for every Appalachian State University graduate. 

This award promotes students' active engagement in the processes of library research and encourages them to synthesize library research skills with the reading, writing and critical thinking skills developed in their first year at Appalachian.

The first place award, was a $300 gift certificate to the bookstore and it went to freshman Erin Griffith for her paper entitled Malnutrition in Children:  An Epic Epidemic.  The second place award, a $200.00 gift certificate to the bookstore, went to freshman Gretchen Bailey for her paper entitled Are Science and Spirituality Compatible?

Congratulations to Erin and Gretchen!

The Belk Library would like to thank all of the students who submitted their papers to this contest.

Image:  Erin Griffith, Joyce Ogburn, Dean of Libraries, Gretchen Bailey

Posted by on Friday, April 17, 2015 - 12:35pm

Posted by Beth Cramer on Thursday, April 16, 2015 - 12:21pm

Aquí y Allá
I.G. Greer Theater
Wednesday, April 22, 2015 6:30 p.m.

A film about a Mexican immigrant who returns home to a small mountain village in Guerrero, Mexico after years of working in the US, and struggles to rebuild his family and follow his dream of starting a band: the Copa Kings. The film won the International Critics' Week Grand Prize at the 2012 Cannes Film Festival.

Co-sponsored by Belk Library & Information Commons and the Hispanic Student Association.

With introductory comments about immigration and life in the US and Mexico by Dr. Greg Reck, Anthropology Department. Dr. Reck’s original fieldwork in Mexico was in a small, rural community in the eastern Sierra Madre mountains of the state of Puebla. He studied the impact of a shift from subsistence and local market food production to coffee production and its impact on land ownership and labor patterns. That research demonstrates how the intrusion of external capital negatively transforms the local economy, producing more and more landless laborers who are forced to immigrate from small communities.

For more information and a trailer of the film, see:; or contact Alex McAllister, (262-8472).

Posted by on Wednesday, April 15, 2015 - 1:45pm

Looking for scholarly resources on the environment and how we can be better stewards of the earth?  Try one or both of these!

Environmental Complete contains citations from more than 1,500 domestic and international titles going back to the 1940s (including 1,094 active core titles) as well as more than 100 monographs. The database contains full text for more than 600 journals. Environment Complete covers agriculture, ecosystem ecology, energy, renewable energy sources, natural resources, marine & freshwater science, geography, pollution & waste management, environmental technology, environmental law, public policy, social impacts, urban planning, and more.

GreenFILE covers all aspects of human impact on the environment. Topics covered include global climate change, green building, pollution, sustainable agriculture, renewable energy, recycling, and more.

Other resources, including contact information for Subject Librarians, can be found on the Databases for Environmental Science page.