Library News

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

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
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



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.  


Posted by Geri Purpur on Monday, May 8, 2017 - 11:55am
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The following students played the game and won a prize:

  • Natasha Williams
  • Caylin Elkins
  • Anna Duke
  • Tad Fulbright
  • Layne Johnston
  • Kira Laws
  • Tabitha Spencer
  • Ashley Turner
  • Shay Kallam

Many thanks to the following University partners for promoting the event and donating prizes:

  • University Bookstore
  • Belk Library
  • University Housing

To learn more about the event go to:

Posted by Geri Purpur on Monday, May 1, 2017 - 9:25am
finals week study schedule

You wanted more quiet study areas and we listened!  Here is the schedule for May 1 - 12, Open 24/7.

Study Zone Survey

We need your feedback (just 2 questions)

Posted by on Monday, April 24, 2017 - 8:33am

You are cordially invited to the dedication of the

James and Louise Broyhill
Family Conference Room

Friday, April 28, 2017
2:00 p.m.
Belk Library and Information Commons
218 College Street, Room 421
Boone, North Carolina

Reception following in the 4th floor Atrium

Posted by Geri Purpur on Thursday, April 20, 2017 - 3:48pm

Danica Lee is the winner of the Libraries Transform National Library Week Contest!  Danica is a biology major in her junior year.  She is also the president of the Asian Student Association.

Congratulations Danica!

Posted by Geri Purpur on Wednesday, April 19, 2017 - 12:59pm
money smart week logo

Play the GeoCache for College Cash Contest and your name will be entered into a national drawing to win $1500.00, as well as other local prizes!

When: April 26, 2017 from noon to 8 pm

Where-Belk Library, First Floor

For more details about the contest:

To learn more about Money Smart Week: Library Guide to Financial Literacy


Posted by John Boyd on Monday, April 10, 2017 - 4:12pm
Appalachian Lecture in British History seal

You are cordially invited to attend

The Fifth Annual Appalachian Lecture in British History

“Between Two Worlds: The English Levant Company and the Ottoman Empire, 1581–1688”


Dr. Jason White
Appalachian State University

Thursday, April 27, 2017
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