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E-learning Librarian Megan Johnson published "Usability Test Results for Encore in an Academic Library" in Information Technology and Libraries (ITAL) 32.3 (2013): 59-85 doi: 10.6017/ital.v32i3.4635
This case study gives the results a usability study for the discovery tool Encore Synergy (locally branded as APPsearch), an Innovative Interfaces product, launched at Belk Library & Information Commons in January 2013. Nine of the thirteen participants in the study rated the discovery tool as more user friendly. All of the study’s participants were in favor of switching the interface to the new “one box” search. Several glitches in the implementation were noted and reported to the vendor. The study results have helped develop Belk library training materials and curricula. The study will also serve as a benchmark for further usability testing of Encore and Appalachian State Library’s website. This article will be of interest to libraries using Encore Discovery Service, investigating discovery tools, or performing usability studies of other discovery services.
Checked out a banned book lately? Belk Library is celebrating Banned Books Week, an annual event held during the last week of September that celebrates your freedom to read. The event was first held in 1892 after an increase in the number of challenges to books in schools, bookstores, and libraries. Over 11,300 books have been challenged since 1892. Due to the commitment of librarians, teachers, parents, students and other concerned citizens, most challenges are unsuccessful and most materials are retained in the school curriculum or library collection. Belk Library is committed to supporting the freedom to seek and to express ideas, even those some consider unorthodox or unpopular.
Stop by the Instructional Materials Center on the lower level to check out books from our banned books display, and visit our Pinterest board of banned books to discover what you are missing.
The Belk Library would like to thank everyone who applied to serve on this committee. We greatly appreciate your interest in and dedication to the Library.
The Belk Library Student Advisory Committee Members for 2013-2014 are:
Ahoy Hearties! Next Thursday, September 19, 2013 is the International Talk Like a Pirate Day! Amaze your friends and family with your fluent pirate speaking skills by logging onto the Mango Languagesdatabase on the Belk Library and Information Commons website. From the main page click on the Databases link or type in Mango Languages, click on the link, create an account, and let the pirate conversations begin!
Also, check out our LibGuide for other cool Language Resources: http://guides.library.appstate.edu/languageresources
Manage Languages offers conversational learning to teach simple, practical and polite conversational skills for beginners. Mango Languages are offered in over 60 languages, examples include: Arabic, Chinese (Cantonese) , Chinese (Mandarin), French, German, Italian, Spanish, etc.. Very similar to Rosetta Stone,Mango Languages offers a fun, interactive way to learn a new language.
So log on the Library website today and be prepared to ‘Blow me down’...Savvy?
Belk Library now offers the Appalachian State community access to OverDrive, a service which allows users to download ebooks and audiobooks to their favorite mobile device. Titles include popular fiction, study aids (GRE, LSAT, GMAT, CPA), travel guides, foreign language study audiobooks, and more.
Items are available in four formats: Kindle, EPub, MP3 and WMA audio. An Adobe ID or Amazon Kindle account is required, and either an OverDrive Media Console App or a Kindle device or App. For help, see our Library Guide for eBooks/OverDrive, or visit us in the library. You can always read available ebooks through your browser without having to download any software.
Explore OverDrive to see the growing collection of downloadable ebooks and audiobooks, and enter your Banner/Univeristy ID number to download up to three titles at a time for either a 7, 14, or 21 day check-out. Titles are returned automatically at the end of the lending period, so there are never late fees.
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Please join the Distance Education Student Advisory Committee to lend your voice and expertise on the best ways the Distance Education department can better serve its students. This committee offers a platform for you to voice your opinions and suggestions as well as an important leadership and professional development opportunity for students. Committee members will be responsible for exploring and reporting on issues related to Distance Education at Appalachian State, collaborating with each other on projects, and leading discussions on assigned topics. Time commitment will not be overwhelming, but committee members will be expected to be adequately prepared for meetings.
Kelly McCallister -Distance Education Librarianfirstname.lastname@example.org
Bronwen Sheffield-Distance Education Program Manageremail@example.com
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.
Eligible students in the Fall 2013 and Spring 2014 courses of:
The due date is Monday March 10, 2014.
The winners will be announced at the Celebration of Student Writing on April 17, 2014.
For other news, one good source is The Economist. (Although, to tell you the truth, I'm partly suggesting it because it has Dr. King on the cover, which makes a good thumbnail image today.)
We have access to the New York Times and the Wall Street Journal also. We get them through ProQuest, and they include today's articles if you go Advanced Search and choose today's date. ProQuest is not quite as nice as the nytimes.com and wsj.com interfaces. I often start with those, until they ask for money. Then, you can come to our ProQuest and find it in today's news. But watch out. The Wall Street Journal often has different article titles for otherwise identical wsj.com and Proquest versions.
Attention all students (Undergraduate and Graduate) the Belk Library is looking for volunteers to serve on the Belk Library Student Advisory Committee. This Committee, which began in Fall 2010 has done many exciting things to make the library a more user-centered environment. The committee is charged to advise, plan, evaluate new services and operate as a sounding board and test group for new and existing services and new library initiatives.
The Belk Library Student Advisory Committee will be composed of at least two representatives from each class: freshmen, sophomore, junior, senior, and grads, and we encourage a variety of majors to apply. The committee will meet several times a semester or as needed at a time that is convenient for the majority of committee members. The first meeting will be in mid to late September. The term for appointment is one year. Your service on this is a great addition to your Co-Curricular Transcript.
So make your voice count! If you are interested in volunteering for our Student Advisory Committee, please fill out our volunteer form no later than September 6th. Appointments will be made after that date and appointees notified by email. If you have any questions, contact Geri Purpur, User Experience Librarian, by email at firstname.lastname@example.org, or by phone at 828-262-6903.
The Lumbee Indians: An Annotated Bibliography, a website that has been online since 2002, was relaunched today in an easier-to-use, database-driven format. The website provides references—most of them annotated—for sources about North Carolina's Lumbee Indians. The Lumbee Tribe is one of eight tribes recognized by the state of North Carolina and has had a limited form of federal recognition since 1956. There are 55,000 members of the Lumbee Tribe, most of them living in Robeson and adjacent counties of North Carolina.
The website has nearly 1,900 bibliography entries for sources in a wide range of formats. The emphasis is on published scholarly sources, but there are also numerous news sources, magazine articles, government publications, literary works, archival materials, and audio-visual sources. Over 1,000 of the sources were published, or discovered, after 1994. Around 750 of the sources first appeared in The Lumbee Indians: An annotated bibliography, with chronology and index (McFarland, 1994). The website was initiated as a supplement to this book. A grant from the Martha and Nancy Lee Bivens University Library Fund for Excellence paid for the data entry of the items from the book.
Most of the website content was written by Glenn Ellen Starr Stilling, Information Literacy Librarian and Professor. Over the years, extensive web development and support for the website's maintenance have been provided by several members of the Library's Technology Services Team. Library student assistants have written news annotations and performed data entry. The development of the new website has been ongoing since 2007.