Library News

Posted by Greta Browning on Monday, February 13, 2017 - 9:47am
Srudents sledding on cafeteria trays

Special Collections’ new winter exhibit, “Snow Scenes of Winters Past,” gives this year’s snow-starved region a visual feast of past snows in the history of Appalachian State University. A physical exhibit is now on display on the 4th floor of Belk Library and Information Commons on the Appalachian State campus. A digital component, which maps a selection of the images on display to their locations on campus, is available through this link.

The exhibit draws on images from the University Archives’ photo collections and The Rhododendron yearbooks and presents a multitude of snow scenes on campus from the 1920s to the 2000s. The exhibit explores three themes: “Snow Activities,” which include all of the many amusements that snow provides — sledding, skating, skiing, snowball fights, and even snow juggling; “Winter Beauty: Natural and Man-Made,” which showcases scenic beauty of snow on campus as well as several images of creative snow sculptures that students have fashioned over the years; and “Coping with Snow,” which reveals that snow does have some downsides, as in digging cars out of snow, University Physical Plant workers preparing the campus for foot traffic, and steeling oneself to brave winter snow and wind to get across campus.

The exhibit was curated by Greta Browning and Graham Shelton, graduate student in history at Appalachian State University. The digital exhibit was created by Dan Devine. The exhibit on the 4th floor will be available through the end of March. By then, maybe we’ll be ready for spring!

For more information, please contact Special Collections at 828.262.4041 or

Pictured:  Students sledding on cafeteria trays in 1984.  From UA. 5015, University Communications Records.

Posted by on Thursday, February 9, 2017 - 4:05pm



Register to Attend the NCLA College & University Section Virtual Conference!

The College and University Section of the North Carolina Library Association in partnership with Appalachian State University’s Center for Academic Excellence is hosting its first Virtual Conference on February 24, 2017! This new web-only conference will focus on innovation, whether in terms of technology, services, outreach, instruction, or anything else. Brief, 30-minute presentations will focus on a success, lessons learned from a not-so-successful innovation, or both! The best part: You don't even have to leave your office for this free event!

View the full Virtual Conference schedule and Register to Attend online.  All sessions will be recorded and archived at

NCLA CUS Virtual Conference

Cost: Free | Website | Register

Friday, February 24, 2017


Please contact Kelly McCallister with any questions:

Posted by on Thursday, February 9, 2017 - 9:58am

Feb. 13 - Finding Articles in Education Databases - 5:00-6:00pm Register Here


Feb. 16 - Zotero: Citation Management - 12:00-1:15pm Register Here


Feb. 20 - Zotero: Citation Mangement - 5:00-6:15pm Register Here


Feb. 22 - How to Use eBooks - 2:00-3:00pm Register Here


Feb. 23 - Finding Articles in Education Databases - 12:00-1:00pm Register Here


March 7 - Zotero - Citation Management - 5:00-6:15pm Register Here


More information about upcoming online library workshops, including videos of past workshops.





Posted by Jennifer Natale on Thursday, February 2, 2017 - 2:21pm

Belk Library is excited to be hosting an African American Read-In honoring Black History Month. 
The event will be held on February 15, 2017 from 11:30-1:30 in the Belk Library atrium. Refreshments will be served.

Please stop by during that time to listen to or read works by African American authors. So that everyone can take part, readings will be 5 minutes or less and could include poems, passages from a novel, article, speech, etc. Feel free to bring a favorite or choose from the books we have on display on the 1st floor of the library.
If you would like to learn more about African American authors and be inspired to read something new, please go to
We hope to see you there!

Posted by Hannah Pope on Wednesday, February 1, 2017 - 10:29am

The Belk Library and Information Commons now has a makerspace!  

Now that the new space is open, we are holding a contest to both name the space and create a logo.  If your design is chosen, we will use it for all makerspace marketing and you will win a FREE personal 3D printer!  

Entries are due by February 28th at 5pm! For official rules, visit  For any questions, please contact Hannah Pope at

The makerspace is a place where App State students, faculty and staff have a chance to create and develop projects using machines that they might not normally have access to.  All for free!  For more information, visit

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:

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:  For more information, email Hannah Pope at or Karl Moretz at

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: 

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. 

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  Sign up for the workshop here: 


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 We hope you join us!

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.



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:

If you would like to add your comments or suggestions, please do: