Library News

Posted by on Wednesday, January 14, 2015 - 9:44am
Diana Barbee

The Dean of ASU's Belk Library, Joyce Ogburn, asked me to share a little news about a most worthy endeavor accomplished last year.

My name is Diana Barbee, and I am the new Administrative Assistant to Dean Ogburn and a member of the Library’s Administrative Services team.  I also serve as a committee member and volunteer for the ASU Staff Senate's program called AppKIDS. Our committee's goal is to organize hundreds of volunteers and gather resources to purchase warm clothing like boots, socks, coats, and gloves for local children in need. This effort was accomplished with a lot of volunteers and a year's worth of activities that served over 90 children.  This was our 34th year doing this event, and it has grown as the community need has increased.  Local school counselors selected children who would benefit the most.  ASU students stuffed donated backpacks with donated school supplies.  Faculty and staff transported children and took them shopping.

Faculty and off-campus donors contributed enough funds for each child to have a $160 budget.  Local retailers provided extra deep discounts to help stretch each dollar.  In addition, the ASU Business Affairs Office and the Chancellor's Office sponsored breakfast and lunch on-campus.

The children think it's really cool to be on campus and they may enjoy a mini tour at the end of the day. I've seen their eyes light up when walking through our big, beautiful library.  Who knows, maybe one day, they just might want to attend college or work at a University.  Actually, the program is inspiring to everyone involved.  Even Chancellor Everts was moved to speak to the children and volunteers at the breakfast event.  My coworkers and I agree that seeing a smile on every child's face that morning was the beginning of a perfect holiday season.

Our big shopping day happens every November, just one very special day every year.  If you are interested in learning more, you're welcome to contact me at or at 828-262-6725.  Thank you for letting me share my excitement with you.

Posted by Greta Browning on Tuesday, January 13, 2015 - 3:07pm
Special Collections Cratis Williams Reading Room

Special Collections, located on the 4th Floor of Belk Library and Information Commons, will be closed to the public until Monday, February 16, for repairs and restoration due to water damage.  The rest of the 4th floor is open. Circulating materials in the collection are available through the Library’s Request It! service.  Non-circulating materials, including rare books, archives, and manuscripts, will not be available until Special Collections reopens.  Special Collections is responding to inquiries through email and telephone at and 828-262-4041.

Special Collections includes the W.L. Eury Appalachian Collection, University Archives, Stock Car Racing Collection, and Rare Books and Manuscripts.  For more information about the collections, please visit

Posted by Megan Johnson on Friday, January 9, 2015 - 10:50am

The University Library at Appalachian State University seeks one or more librarians to work at the library service desk for 15-25 hours per week, for the period of January 15, 2015 through June 30, 2015.  Additional hours and duties in other areas of the library may be possible.


The work will include research assistance, basic technology help, circulation assistance, and some nights and weekends.


Required: ALA/NCATE accredited library master’s degree or significant equivalent library experience in an academic, community college, or busy public library. 

Preferred: Excellent written and oral communication skills.

The appointment will be an adjunct faculty member at the rank of Instructor or Assistant Professor. Salary is commensurate with qualifications. Possible continuation beyond June 30, 2015 will be based on organizational needs and availability of funding.  Any offer of employment to a successful candidate will be conditioned upon the University's receipt of a satisfactory criminal background report.  Documentation of identity and employability of the applicant will be required before the hiring process can be finalized. 

Initial review of applications will begin immediately and continue until the position is filled. 

Please send a cover letter stating qualifications and resume or curriculum vitae which includes the names, addresses, telephone numbers, and email addresses of three references to:

Sherrye Perry (
Belk Library and Information Commons
Appalachian State University
P.O. Box 32026
Boone, NC  28608-2026


Appalachian State University is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity Employer.  The University does not discriminate in access to its educational programs and activities, or with respect to hiring or the terms and conditions of employment, on the basis of race, color, national origin, religion, sex, gender identity and expression, political affiliation, age, disability, veteran status, genetic information or sexual orientation.

Posted by on Tuesday, December 9, 2014 - 10:38am
Charles Town in a Nutshell from the Appalachian Collection

The two-year grant project funded by the National Historical Publications and Records Commission to process the backlog of the W.L. Eury Appalachian Collection was successfully completed last month. Running from September 2012 to November 2014, the grant provided funding for a full-time processing assistant and for the purchase of archival supplies. The processing was completed by Project Archives Assistant Trevor McKenzie (the grant-funded position) and Processing Assistant Anita Elliott under the direction of Processing Archivist Cynthia Harbeson, who served as project manager.

As a result of this project, a total of 1,917.14 linear feet of previously unprocessed, and therefore inaccessible, materials were processed. This total was 707.14 linear feet (or 58%) more than the 1,210 linear feet outlined in the grant proposal. The project also resulted in the creation of 456 new finding aids (or guides to the collections) and the revision and enhancement of finding aids for an additional 75 selected collections. These finding aids are all online and searchable through our Special Collections website. The collections themselves are available for use in the Dougherty Reading Room, located on the 4th floor in Special Collections.

The Backlog Blog has been highlighting collections processed during this project for the past two years. Some of the collections included on the blog are: AC.104: Appalachian Land Ownership Task Force Records; AC.124: Speculation Land Company Records; AC.362: Hartzog Family Papers; AC.836: Stephens Store Records; and AC.689: Episcopal Diocese of Western North Carolina Records.

The image seen here is from AC.806: Charles Town (West Virginia) in a Nutshell, 1900. It was one of the collections processed through the grant project.

Posted by on Sunday, December 7, 2014 - 12:10pm
dog and massage therapy

Dog and Massage Therapy that is.

To relieve a little stress, the libary is sponsoring the following 2 events:

Free 10-Minute massage by the fireplace-Massage Therapists from the MYO Clinic in Boone will be here on:

Monday, Dec. 8 from 3-5 pm

Tuesday, Dec. 9 from 2-4 pm

Sign-up sheet will be on the table by the fireplace!


Knox, a Canine Good Citizen and registered with Therapy Dogs, Inc. will be here with his handler, Brianne Harris on Dec. 8 from 2 to 4 pm and Dec. 10 from 6:30 to 8:30 pm.  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 Wednesday, December 3, 2014 - 6:28pm
ASU Grads

Congratulations to all the students who are graduating this December, 2014 or completing internships in the spring.  We thank all of our student library employees for their hard work and dedication. Your work in the library is greatly appreciated!

Laura Arevalo-Gallego
Andrew Aiken
Dylan Boan
Madison Coughlin
Barry Hamilton
Caleb Hoopingarner
Keri Hutchins
Albert Lindsey
Crystal Pulley
Andrew Nelson Redondo
Shannon Thompson
Chimere Williams

Posted by Andrea Leonard on Wednesday, December 3, 2014 - 1:02pm

Use Mango Languages to sharpen your skills in another language!  Mango Languages is a completely web-based language-learning system that focuses on conversation skills. Two courses are offered: Basic--helps you learn basic words and phrases, and Complete--to help you move beyond basic language skills. Learn on the go via the free mobile app!

Cultural specialty courses are included, like Medical Spanish

You can even learn ‘Pirate'   !

Over 60 languages are available, such as Arabic, Chinese (Mandarin), Dari, Farsi, French, German, Greek, Hebrew, Hindi, Irish, Italian, Japanese, Korean, Pashto, Portuguese, Russian, Spanish, Tagalog, Thai, Turkish, Urdu, Vietnamese. Some languages are only available as a Basic course. There are also over 17 ESL language courses.

Posted by on Monday, December 1, 2014 - 2:38pm

Wednesday December 3

The library will host an 8 hour graphic novel drawing session on the main floor. Just inside the library, students from an art department graphic novel class and students from an art education methods course will be drawing comics 8AM until 5 PM.

Anyone is welcome to join in the drawing.

Drawing materials are not provided but Zines are free!

Read some great comics, browse the library's comic and graphic novel collection and take home a Zine! See you there!


Posted by Geri Purpur on Thursday, November 20, 2014 - 8:54am
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Citation Resources and  Examples from the ASU Writing Center

 Citation Resources and Examples from the OWL at Purdue

KnightCite Citation Service
Creates your citations for you.  Developed by Heckman Library at Calvin College


Print/eBook Resources:

Publication Manual of the American Psychological Association by American Psychological Association Staff

MLA Handbook for Writers of Research Papers by Joseph Gibaldi; Modern Language Association of America Staff

The Chicago Manual of Style by University of Chicago Staff

Posted by on Wednesday, November 19, 2014 - 11:51am

The Richard T. Barker Friends of the University Library is sponsoring its annual reception for faculty who published books during the past academic year (2013-2014) or who have achieved similar recognition in their fields. For example, music faculty who had works published or art faculty who had pieces accepted for major collections should be honored.

The reception will be held on Friday, November 21 at 3:30 p.m. with remarks at 4:00 p.m. in Room 421 in Belk Library and Information Commons. Chancellor Everts and Interim Provost Stan Aeschleman will be on hand to present the certificates.

Below is the list of faculty who had works published 2013-2014.


Cheryl Claassen

Beliefs and Rituals in Archaic Eastern North America:  An Interpretive Guide. University of Alabama Press.  Tuscaloosa, Alabama. 2013.



Frank Aycock

Television in The Cloud. CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform. Seattle, Washington.  2014.

Nina-Jo Moore

Nonverbal Communication: Studies and Applications, 6th Ed. Oxford University Press. New York, NY. 2014.


Computer Information Systems

Joseph Cazier

Hacking to Learn: A Hands on Prep Guide for CEH Certification. Amazon Digital Services, Inc.  Seattle, Washington.  2013.

Richard Crandall

Vanishing Boundaries, How Integrating Manufacturing and Services Creates Customer Value. CRC Press, Taylor & Francis Group. Boca Raton, Florida. 2013.

Christopher Taylor

Hacking to Learn: A Hands on Prep Guide for CEH Certification. Amazon Digital Services, Inc.  Seattle, Washington.  2013.


Curriculum and Instruction

Tracy Smith

CD/DVD/Video; The Middle Level Legacy Video Series; The Legacy of Middle School Leaders: In Their Own Words. Association for Middle Level Education. Westerville, OH. 2013.



Todd Cherry

Toward a New Climate Agreement: Conflict, Resolution and Governance. Routledge. New York, NY.  2013.

David McEvoy

Toward a New Climate Agreement: Conflict, Resolution and Governance. Routledge. New York, NY.  2013.



Joseph Bathanti

Half of What I Say Is Meaningless. Mercer University Press. Macon, Georgia. 2014.

Alison Gulley

Chastity and Martyrdom: The Displacement of the Body in Ælfric’s Virgin Martyr Lives. Ashgate Publishers. Surrey, United Kingdom. 2014.

Nathan Hauke

Pastoral (years later). Shirt Pocket Press. Grand Rapids, Michigan. 2013.

Kirsten Jorgenson

Sediment & Veil. Horseless Press. Grand Rapids, MI. 2014.

Kathryn Kirkpatrick

Her Small Hands Were Not Beautiful: Poems. Clemson University Press. Clemson, South Carolina. 2014.

Alexander  Pitofsky

American Boarding-School Fiction, 1928-1981: A Critical Study of All the Privileged Young Men. McFarland Publishers.  Jefferson, North Carolina. 2014.


Government and Justice Studies

James Barnes

Wisdom and Initiation in Gabon: A Philosophical Analysis of Fang Tales, Myths and Legends by Bonaventure Mve Ondo, Translation.  Lexington Books.  Lanham, Maryland. 2013.

Nancy Love

Studying Politics Today: Critical Approaches to Political Science, with Mark Mattern, Routledge/Taylor and Francis. Abingdon, England. 2014.

Catherine Marcum

Cybercrime. Wolters Kluwer. New York, New York. 2013.

Matthew Robinson

Media Coverage of Crime and Criminal Justice, 2nd Edition. Carolina Academic Press.  Durham, North Carolina.  2014.



Andrea Burns

From Storefront to Monument:  Tracing the Public History of the Black Museum Movement. University of Massachusetts Press.  Amherst, Massachusetts. 2013.

Anatoly Isaenko

Polygon of Satan: Ethnic Traumas and Conflicts in the Caucasus. 3rd Edition. Kendall Hunt Publishing. Dubuque, Iowa. 2014

Michael Turner

Liberty and Liberticide: The Role of America in Nineteenth-Century British Radicalism. Lexington Books. Lanham, Maryland. 2013.


Human Development and Counseling

Geraldine Miller

Learning the Language of Addiction Counseling, 4th Edition.  Wiley Press. Hoboken, New Jersey. 2014

Jon Winek

CD/DVD/Video; From Theory to Practice:  Emotional Focused Therapy. Sage Publications; Thousand Oakes, California. 2013


Languages, Literatures, and Cultures

Benito del Pliego

Extraccio - Notas de un dietario. El tucán de Virginia. Mexico. 2013

Objetos y Retratos: Geografía. Gertrude Stein.  Amargord. Madrid, Spain, 2014

Andres Fisher

Objetos y Retratos: Geografía. Gertrude Stein.  Amargord. Madrid, Spain, 2014


Leadership and Education Studies

Barbara Bonham

Developmental Education: Readings on its Past, Present, and Future. Bedford/St. Martin’s. Boston, Massachusetts. 2014.

Hunter Boylan

Developmental Education: Readings on its Past, Present, and Future. Bedford/St. Martin’s. Boston, Massachusetts. 2014.

Rick Howe

Serendipitous Gleanings, Volume XIII, Appalachian State University, Boone, North Carolina. 2014

Serendipitous Gleanings, Volume XIV, Appalachian State University,  Boone, North Carolina.  201



Alan Singer

Business Ethics in the 21st Century: Stability and Change. Nova Science Publishers. New York, New York.  2013.


Mathematical Sciences Department

Witold Kosmala

A Friendly Introduction to Analysis: Single and Multivariable, 2nd Edition. Pearson. New York, New York. 2013.



William Harbinson

At Twilight (A musical composition).  Carl Fischer Publications. New York, New York.  2014.

Steve Hopkins

Praise the Lord (for men’s voices and piano).  Carl Fischer, LLC. New York, New York. 2014.

Jennifer Snodgrass

Contemporary Musicianship:  Analysis and the Artist.  Oxford University Press. New York, New York.  2014.



Phoebe Pollitt

The History of Professional Nursing in North Carolina, 1902-2002. Carolina Academic Press.  Durham, North Carolina. 2014


Nutrition and Health Care Management

Martin Root

Nutrition and Health. Burlington, MA. Jones and Bartlett Learning, Inc. 2014.

David Williams

The Funding of Biopharmaceutical R&D. Woodhead Publishing. 2013.


Philosophy and Religion

Tom Ellis

On the Death of the Pilgrim: The Postcolonial Hermeneutics of Jarava Lal Mehta. Springer Publishing. New York, New York. 2013.

Davis Hankins

The Book of Job and the Immanent Genesis of Transcendence. Northwestern University Press. Evanston, Illinois.  2014.

Kevin Schilbrack

Philosophy and the Study of Religions: A Manifesto. Wiley Blackwell. Hoboken, New Jersey. 2014


Reading Education and Special Education

Darrell Morris

Diagnosis and Correction of Reading Problems. Gilford Press. New York, New York.  2014


Research Institute for Environment, Energy, and Economics

John Pine

Hazards Analysis: Reducing the Impact of Disasters. Second Edition. CRC Press, Taylor Frances Group.  Boca Raton, Florida.  2014.


Cameron Lippard

Race and Racism in the United States: An Encyclopedia of the American Mosaic. Greenwood Press. Santa Barbara, California.  2014. 

Martha McCaughey

Cyberactivism on the Participatory Web. Routledge Press. New York, New York.  2014.

Kenneth Muir

The Sociological Perspective. Kendall-Hunt. Dubuque, Iowa. 2013.

Theatre and Dance

Laurie Atkins

Stolen Goods-take 2. Laurie Atkins, Choreographer. Vision of Sound Concert, Rochester, NY 2014. (Performance)

University Libraries

Pam Mitchem

Appalachian State University.  Arcadia Publishing. 2014.