Library News

Posted by Cynthia Harbeson on Friday, January 20, 2012 - 2:45pm
historical photo of ASU students

Searching for University Archives materials has just gotten easier.  University Archives finding aids are now online and searchable through the new search box on the main Special Collections page.  Finding aids, or guides to archival collections, are available for all University Archives material.  If you're looking for information about the history of ASU, this is the place to start.

Posted by John Boyd on Tuesday, January 17, 2012 - 2:51pm
ebsco logo

The following online databases from EBSCO are now available from the Library's Databases and E-Research Tools page (or click on the database below):

  • Art and Architecture Complete
  • Biography Reference Center
  • Educational Administration Abstracts
  • Entrepreneurial Studies Source
  • Gender Studies Database
  • Legal Information Reference Center
  • Peace Research Abstracts
  • Points of View
  • Public Administration Abstracts
  • Small Business Reference Center
Posted by on Tuesday, January 17, 2012 - 2:50pm

The Belk Library Student Advisory Group (in cooperation with Library Administration) sponsored a "Food for Fines" drive.  The drive lasted from December 12 – 22.  During that time, the library accepted 1 canned food item for every $1.00 owed in fines up to a $15.00 maximum.  Several patrons that did not owe fines also contributed to this drive.  During the drive, 533 items were collected and donated to the Watauga Hunger Coalition.  A special thanks to all who contributed.  We hope to do another “Food for Fines” drive again this year.

Posted by on Thursday, January 12, 2012 - 2:57pm

All public computers in campus labs and in the library are now set up to print duplex by default.  This setting is only the default on the black and white printers.  The color printer is still set to single-sided printing.


We are going greener...

I want to remind everyone that beginning this semester TSS has changed all Pharos printing stations on campus to default to duplex printing where possible.  Students are not charged any extra charges for printing on both sides of the paper, and the cost per page remains the same.

Students may print single-sided if needed, but must change the setting within the print dialog box before the print job is sent.  TSS will be unable to refund any funds for miss-prints.  We are hopeful that this change will reduce our campus paper usage significantly.  I am also happy to tell you that we have upgraded the Pharos software over the holidays and this should help solve the Pharos problems we have experienced over the past semester.

Additionally, we are testing power save settings across many of the public workstations across campus.  We are changing some of our maintenance cycle schedules.  We are also changing our practice of turning computers on first thing in the morning, and instead having the first user of the day turn the machine on when it is needed.  This project has potential to save energy and save the university money.

We're pleased to be part of the sustainability efforts on campus.  Feel free to contact me regarding any of these initiatives.

Have a great semester.



Tom Van Gilder

Director of Technology Support Services

Appalachian State University

Posted by on Thursday, January 12, 2012 - 2:53pm
tours poster

The library will be offering orientation tours for first year seminar and transfer students from January 23rd through February 2nd. Any other student who would like to attend is welcome as well! The tours will take approximately 45 minutes.

The schedule is:

Monday & Wednesday: 3:00 pm and 9:00 pm

Tuesday & Thursday: 11:00 am and 8:00 pm

Please meet by the dancers statue in the Atrium of Belk Library.

If you have any questions about the tours, please contact Amanda Bird at 828-262-2085.

Posted by Megan Johnson on Wednesday, January 11, 2012 - 2:58pm

House Bill H.R.3699 may effect your publishing rights. It is 1/2 a page and relatively easy read.

The gist is that publishers are concerned that the Open Access trend is gaining ground and will threaten their revenues.  This is the third try at this legislation. It is essentially to reverse the NIH mandate that publicly funded research articles be deposited in PubMed Central where these articles are freely available to citizens. Publishers are already protected by an up to 12 months embargo before having the deposit in PubMed Central.

Appalchian State University particpates in NC DOCKS as an open access repository of open access information. The bill would end this and limit any other agency from enacting similar provisions.

The Atlantic magazine published a good article on the topic.

Posted by on Monday, December 19, 2011 - 3:02pm

The library made important changes to the catalog, which will affect how people search for books and other materials.

What changed about the catalog?

In the past, the catalog was set by default to search three libraries: ASU, UNCA, and WCU. We have changed it so that the default search will bring up only ASU items.  We did this because our users made it clear they want to see what they have access to locally first, electronically or in paper.  If needed, they can then expand their search.  Another reason for the change is because electronic resources, especially e-books, are available only at the school that has a subscription to them, so it can be frustrating to see these items.

However, you can still view and request items from UNCA or WCU, and the ever-popular ABC express service is available. (ABC express stands for Asheville-Boone-Cullowhee and is a delivery service for books and bound journals between ASU, WCU and UNCA.)

  • From the Books and Media tab on the homepage, you can choose ASU, ABC Express, or UNC libraries via the radio buttons beneath the search bar.

Books and Media tab on the library's homepage

  • Once you are in the catalog, you can expand your search to ABC Express using the button below.

Search ABC Express button

If you have comments or suggestions, let us know in the comments below!

Posted by John Wiswell on Friday, December 16, 2011 - 3:05pm
NYC travel guide

Our Safari Books Online database has travel guides for 16 major cities, including New York City, Washington, Chicago, Berlin, and Hong Kong (but not Charlotte, Dublin, or Shanghai).  If you're standing on a street corner in Barcelona, you can access the Spain guide and search on Barcelona.  Nice maps  and you won't entirely look like a tourist. (There are also lots of books on photography.)

USA and Canada:  Washington, New York City, Boston, Chicago, San Francisco, Seattle, Toronto

Europe:  London, Paris, Rome, Madrid, Barcelona, Berlin, Munich

Asia: Beijing, Hong Kong,

Posted by John Wiswell on Friday, December 9, 2011 - 3:06pm

ASU will continue to have full access to PsycINFO.  Don't be alarmed if you see a message that NCLIVE is dropping it.  Belk Library will pay the cost, and ASU students, faculty, and staff should not experience any change in access.

Posted by on Wednesday, December 7, 2011 - 3:07pm

The Belk Library Student Advisory Group (in cooperation with Library Administration) will be doing a service learning project by sponsoring a "Food for Fines" drive beginning Monday, December 12th at 7:30 am until Dec 20th at 6 pm. 

Starting Monday, 12/12, we will be accepting 1 canned food item for every $1.00 (or partial part of a $1.00) owed on fines up to $15.00. NOTE:  Fines that have already been sent to Student Accounts are not eligible for this offer.  Canned good cannot be credited toward lost book charges.

Here’s what you do:

  • If you have an overdue fine here at the library, bring one can of nonperishable food to the Main Circulation Desk.
  • Tell the staff member that you are going to pay your fines with food.  You will be assessed one can of food per $1.00 (or part of a 1.00) of fines up to a total of $15.00.
  • Your account will be cleared up to $15.00.  Ask for a receipt.

It’s that simple! 

Even if you don't owe fines, we will accept canned foods for donation to the Hunger Coalition until December 20th.

We are excited about this partnership and hope you will help make this a rousing success and help us feed those in need locally!!