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Posted by on Monday, February 22, 2016 - 4:12pm

Two Subjects-One ICPSR Webinar! I) Finding usable research data for analysis and teaching II) Sharing research data

Join ICPSR for a webinar on March 01, 2016 at 12:30 PM EST.

Register now!

Register for the ICPSR webinar that will focus on two subject-areas: I) Finding usable research data to publish and pass, and teach and learn. II) Finding the right place to share research data. 

This 90-minute webinar will provide a full orientation to ICPSR data services. The webinar will provide those new to and those familiar with ICPSR a primer on: finding usable research data for analysis and for teaching; finding training on (beginning and advanced) quantitative methods and data management and curation; finding the right place to share and preserve your scientific research data. 

Serving over 40 disciplines/fields, ICPSR is the world’s largest archive of curated behavioral and social science research data. We advance research and instruction by acquiring, curating, preserving, and distributing original research data. 

This webinar is designed for those new to ICPSR, those exploring membership in ICPSR (Appalachian State is a member), and those desiring a refresher on ICPSR and its evolving data services and tools. 

Q&A will be available and this webinar is free and open to the public.

After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the webinar.

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 For more information about ICPSR, see the Library Guide to ICPSR

Posted by on Tuesday, February 16, 2016 - 7:52am
eBooks Workshop


The Belk Library has thousands of eBooks available for research or leisure reading. Learn how to identify, access and utilize eBooks to your best advantage. Open to all faculty, students, and staff.

Thursday, Feb 18, 2016


Beth Cramer & John Boyd

Missed the eBook workshop? View a past ebook webinar at (jump to the 2:00 mark)



What do I need to attend a online workshop?

  • PC or Mac with Internet Explorer, Safari, Firefox or Chrome.
  • A minimum of a 56K modem.
  • Speakers or headphones are required.
  • A microphone or the ability to text Chat.

How do I register for an online workshop?Register for online workshops by clicking the Register Here link.

  • Fill out the form to enroll
  • A message will be sent to the provided email when you submit your enrollment that contains a URL to attend the workshop.

How do I attend when it is time for the workshop?

  • Be sure to log in 20 minutes before the scheduled workshop. Use this time to test your microphone and speaker settings through the auto wizard.
  • The workshops will start on time, so there will not be anytime for troubleshooting during the workshop.

What if I cannot fit a session into my schedule?

Librarians can schedule one-on-one sessions either in person or online to accommodate  scheduling conflicts. Fill out the RAP request form and a librarian will contact you.



Posted by John Wiswell on Monday, February 8, 2016 - 1:08pm

Zotero is free!  You create a personal library to capture and store citations, pdf’s and more that you locate via an online catalog, google scholar, databases, or other websites. When writing your paper you can easily insert in-text citations and create bibliographies. No more cutting and pasting citation information into a Word document.  No more trying to find that pdf you saved somewhere on your desktop.  Really.  

One hour workshop.  Students, faculty and staff welcome.  Registration required.  
Note – please install the software on your laptop prior to the workshop. 

All sessions in Rm. 028, Belk Library and Information Commons.

Thurs. Feb. 11th          4-5 p.m.
Fri.       Feb. 12th          12-1 p.m.
Mon.    Feb. 22nd          5-6 p.m.
Fri.       March 18th       12-1 p.m.
Sat.      March 19th       12-1 p.m.

If you are not able to attend, you can contact us for an individual appointment:

Lisa Abbott,
John Wiswell,


Posted by Scott Goldstein on Thursday, January 28, 2016 - 4:46pm
Blender logo

This semester visitng scholar Piotr Arłukowicz has offered a series of workshops on how to use Blender open source software for modeling and animation.  The workshop on simulation and gaming is the last in the series.

It is recommended that you have attended at least one of the previous workshops or have some exposure to the basics of Blender

The workshop is scheduled for Friday, March 18th from 2:00-4:00pm in Belk Library, Room 028

CLICK HERE to register

If you want to learn more about Blender or about any of the workshops from this semester, please contact Piotr for a one-on-one consultation. 

Email Dr Arłukowicz 

Co-sponsored by Digital Humanities Working Group, University Documentary Film Services, and the University Library
Posted by Geri Purpur on Monday, January 11, 2016 - 2:17pm
Library Cares Campaign Logo

Based on student feedback and attendance, the three most popular events of the Library Cares Campaign were:

1)  Therapy Dogs - Therapy dogs visited the library 6 times during the campaign.

2)  Snack Breaks -  The four snack breaks included a variety of sweet and healthy snacks, hot tea, and coffee.  Snack break with the Chancellor and Deans attracted the largest number of students.

3)  Chair Massage - 56 lucky students received a chair massage.  Massage therapists were here 2 days for a 2-hour period each day.


The Library would like to give a big shout-out to the following individuals and groups who helped make the campaign a success:

Office of the Chancellor
Counseling Services
MYO Clinic
Therapy Dogs Knox, Sheela, and Irish
Still Point
Achord Acapella Group
VoiceMale Acapella Group
Jonathan Priest
Wired Scholar Coffee Shop
SGA-Academic Affiars Committee

To see photographs and additional highlights go to:  Library Cares Campaign

Posted by on Wednesday, December 9, 2015 - 2:12pm

Congratulations to all students who are graduating (or completing internships in the spring) this December, 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 December, 2015 are:

Chelsea Marqueda

Cherie Harrison

Ivan Magana

Cody Estes

Sara Weber

Kelsi Bryant

Kiefer Smith

Taylor Payne

Gabby Gabriel

Oana Devera

Evyan Gainey

Coburn Jones

Luce-Melissa Kouaho

Taylor Blue

Dawn Davis



Posted by Geri Purpur on Tuesday, December 1, 2015 - 4:46pm
Library Cares

Who doesn’t need a little TLC during finals week? The library is sponsoring free activities and snack breaks designed to help students navigate the stressful period during exam week.

Please join us for yoga, chair massages, therapy dogs, snacks, a cappella performances, and much more – just check the schedule!

Posted by Greta Browning on Tuesday, December 1, 2015 - 3:42pm
Limbs and Needles magazine cover

Special Collections' latest exhibit, “The Fraser Fir: A Modern Appalachian Icon,” features a broad array of materials from the W.L. Eury Appalachian Collection including archives, clippings files, magazines, and books, all related to the Christmas tree industry in Appalachia. The exhibit, curated by Appalachian Studies graduate student Adam Sheffield, is located inside Special Collections and is on display during the department’s open hours.

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

Posted by on Monday, November 16, 2015 - 9:28am

The Library will participate in International Education Week, November 16-20, 2015 with a display of selected print resources for international travelers and researchers. Check out our books on display in the center of the first floor. The library along with iPals and the office of International Education is also sponsoring the screening of A Girl Walks Home Alone at Night, the first Iranian Vampire Western, on Tuesday night at 7:00 pm in I.G. Greer.

We also have many online resources on international topics.  As usual, you can find ebooks and articles on your topic/place.  Want to learn about Poland or maybe something as specific as the political history of radio in Argentina?  We also have practical travel resources such as travel guides and Mango Languages for developing your skills.  And we have fun ways to help you experience international film, music, and art.

Selected online resources:

For a good introduction to library resources (print and online) on international related topics, see these selected Library Guides:

Do not overlook that the Library continues to provide service when you are abroad.  We can help you in person before you go or when you return, but we can help by chat or email even when you're gone.
See the complete schedule for International Education Week, and the schedule for the Appalachian Global Symposium on Wednesday, November 18, 2015.

Posted by on Monday, November 16, 2015 - 8:27am