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Over the last few months, the wonderful facilities staff at the library have been putting more than 100 new outlets throughout the building. Most of the outlets were added to the worktables in the library, so that students can plug in thirsty laptops.
This project is the result of the comments that students placed on the flipcharts we posted last year in the library. We asked how we could improve the library, and one of the most common suggestions was access to more power outlets. So we made it a top priority!
If you ever have suggestions on how to make the library better, please let us know! We truly do listen and are always looking for ways to improve Belk Library.
Belk Library and Information Commons, the University Writing Center, the Composition Program, and Writing Across the Curriculum Program present The Belk Library Prize for First-Year Students' Demonstration of Information Literacy Skills.
This prize recognizes an outstanding research paper written by a first-year Appalachian State University student for a class in the UCO 1200 (First Year Seminar) or English 1000 course. The ability to find, evaluate, and use information effectively 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.
Papers must display evidence of substantial research using library resources. Only papers written by first-year students at Appalachian State University will qualify.
The due date is Monday, March 11, 2013.
The awards will be given to the winning students during the Celebration of Student Writing on April 17, 2013.
Criteria for Evaluation - Papers will be judged by a panel of librarians, members of the University Writing Center, the WAC program, and the Composition Program, according to the following criteria:
For additional information, please contact Megan Johnson at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Award winning authors Chris Crutcher and Lauren Myracle presented virtually in the AETZone (Appalachian Educational Technology Zone) on Oct. 2, 2012 as part of the Belk Library Banned Books Week celebration. Sixty-one people attended the event virtually in the AETZone and physically in the Belk Library. The authors spoke about their personal experiences with their books being challenged and banned.
If you would like to listen to their inspirational stories, please click here.
Reading The Chronicle of Higher Education is a great way to keep up on news and trends, legislation, meetings, seminars, workshops, classified employment advertising for higher education administrators, faculty members, researchers & scholars. The Belk Library & Information Commons has the premium account- you can access it on or off campus, and you can set up an RSS feed if you so desire.
This guide has links to voting information: how to register and vote, and who the candidates are.
Oxford Bibliographies Online (Trial ends October 31, 2012)
"Oxford Bibliographies Online (OBO) is an entirely new research tool for the social sciences and humanities. A scholar-curated library of discipline-based subject modules, OBO is designed to help busy researchers find reliable sources of information in half the time by directing them to exactly the right chapter, book, website, archive, or data set they need for their research. Each entry is a selective guided tour through the key literature on a topic, receives multiple peer-reviews as well as Editorial Board approval, and is designed to facilitate a research experience with no dead ends. All citations are linked through to your collection via OpenURL, full-text via DOIs, or to the web via links to OCLC, WorldCat, and Google Books, allowing users to locate quickly full-text content directly from OBO. OBO is the ultimate collection development tool for librarians and time saving tool for students and researchers.
RSS (Real Simple Syndiation) is an XML-based format for sharing and distributing web content that a user subscribes to.
An RSS reader allows you to view information from multiple web sites in a single interface.
You can use RSS to keep up to date on news headlines, and RSS can also help keep up with research. You can:
To use RSS:
Congratulations to librarian Elizabeth Williams on the publication of Appalachian Travels: The Diary of Olive Dame Campbell!
In 1908 and 1909, noted social reformer and “songcatcher” Olive Dame Campbell traveled with her husband, John C. Campbell, through the Southern Highlands region of Appalachia to survey the social and economic conditions in mountain communities. Throughout the journey, Olive kept a detailed diary offering a vivid, entertaining, and personal account of the places the couple visited, the people they met, and the mountain cultures they encountered. Although John C. Campbell’s book, The Southern Highlander and His Homeland, is cited by nearly every scholar writing about the region, little has been published about the Campbells themselves and their role in the sociological, educational, and cultural history of Appalachia. In this critical edition, Elizabeth McCutchen Williams makes Olive’s diary widely accessible to scholars and students for the first time. Appalachian Travels only offers an invaluable account of mountain society at the turn of the twentieth century.
American folklorist Olive Dame Campbell (1882–1954) was the author or coauthor of numerous books, including English Folk Songs from the Southern Appalachians. In 1925, she founded the John C. Campbell Folk School in Brasstown, North Carolina. Elizabeth McCutchen Williams is research librarian and assistant professor at Appalachian State University.
"A compelling account of turn-of-the-century Southern Appalachian society and culture based on the first impressions of an outsider who would later become a key interpreter of the region to the world beyond. Appalachian Travels is both an invaluable historical resource and a terrific read." — John C. Inscoe, author of Race, War, and Remembrance in the Appalachian South
"Olive Dame Campbell’s fascinating and entertaining diary contains much of the first-hand evidence gathered for the Campbell’s essential study, The Southern Highlander and His Homeland. It sheds new light on John and Olive Campbell but also on social conditions and daily life in Southern Appalachia, and the educational and religious work of protestant denominations in the area in the early twentieth century. Williams’ enlightening introduction and authoritative annotations greatly enhance the value of this work: a significant addition to Appalachian scholarship." - Fred J. Hay, Anne Belk Distinguished Professor and Librarian of the W.L. Eury Appalachian Collection, Appalachian State University
Date: October 2
Location: Broyhill Event Center, Helen Powers Ballroom
A conversation with noted author Barbara Kingsolver, founder of the Bellwether Prize for Fiction, and authors Hillary Jordan and Naomi Benaron, winners of the prize for their books Mudbound and Running the Rift, will be held Tuesday, October 2 from 7 to 9 p.m. in the Helen Powers Ballroom of the Broyhill Events Center.
An informal reception will follow the presentation, and books will be available for purchase and signing. This is a free event.
Pictured: Barbara Kingsolver (above), Hillary Jordan, Naomi Benaron, and Kathy Pories, editor.
Celebrate Banned Books Week @ Belk Library and Information Commons
With award winning authors Chris Crutcher and Lauren Myracle
Tuesday, Oct. 2 @ 7:00 pm
On-campus attendees: Belk Library Rm. 421
Virtual attendees: AETZone’s Belk Library Forum
Chris Crutcher, winner of numerous writing awards, including the Intellectual Freedom Award from the National Coalition Against Censorship and New York Times bestselling author Lauren Myracle will be speaking to us virtually in the AETZone.
Chris Crutcher, one of the most frequently banned authors in North America - a fact he considers an accomplishment, rather than a drawback - is the author of fourteen books -- eleven novels, including his latest PERIOD 8, two short story collections and an autobiography. Prior to his work as an author, he taught school in Washington and California and was acting director of an Oakland alternative school for nearly a decade. That academic history, coupled with 25 years as a child and family therapist specializing in abuse and neglect and 30 years as a Spokane Child Protection Team leader, has infused his literary work with realism and emotional heft. His signature blend of tragedy and comedy has made him a favorite with teen and adult readers.
Lauren Myracle, one of the most challenged authors in 2009 and 2011, is the author of many young-adult novels including ttyl, ttfn and Shine all New York Times bestsellers. Myracle was born in Brevard, NC and grew up in Atlanta, GA. She earned a BA in English and Psychology from University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill where she was inducted into Phi Beta Kappa. Later she earned an MA in English from Colorado State University, where she taught for two years, and an MFA in Writing for Children and Young Adults from Vermont College. A portion of the proceeds of the book sales from her latest novel Shine benefits the Matthew Shepard Foundation.
Chris Crutcher’s books in the Belk Library
Lauren Mryacle’s books in the Belk Library