Library News

Posted by Paul Orkiszewski on Thursday, February 26, 2015 - 10:00am
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February 23-27 is Fair Use Week! Fair use is a concept embedded in U.S. law that allows certain uses of copyright-protected material without the permission from the copyright holder. Fair Use Week is an effort by universities and library organizations to celebrate this important doctrine and to inform and empower students and faculty. There is a handy infographic that provides an overview of fair use concepts and your rights.

There are no hard and fast rules for what constitutes fair use, but in determining whether a particular situation is fair use or infringement, courts use four factors which can be remembered by the acronym PANE.

  • Purpose - The purpose of the use (e.g. commercial vs. educational)
  • Amount - The amount of the material used (the greater the amount copied, the less likely it is fair use)
  • Nature - The nature of the copyrighted work
  • Effect - The effect of use on the potential market for or value of the work

Copyright law and fair use claims result in lawsuits and cases, some of which become famous, that inform and guide our use of copyright material. The library maintains a guide on copyright and fair use. If you have questions or want more information, please contact Paul Orkiszewski at or 828 262 6588.

Posted by John Wiswell on Wednesday, February 18, 2015 - 11:56am

The ebook experience can be pretty painful.  So here's a suggestion that works for our 2 largest ebook sources, ProQuest ebrary and EBSCOhost.  Use them by the chapter.  It's fairly easy to open a chapter and download it as a pdf, just as you would a journal article.

One word of caution.  For my example, I downloaded the exact same chapter 7 from the same book, once in ProQuest ebrary and once in EBSCOhost.  ProQuest ebrary tried to download the entire Part 2 containing several chapters.  I had to look up and enter the page numbers instead.  But the newly redesigned interface was so responsive, that only took a few extra seconds.

We hope that library ebooks improve over the next few years.  For now, we are leasing thousands of ebooks, but we also continue to buy thousands of traditional physical books.

Posted by on Tuesday, February 10, 2015 - 1:12pm


Appalachia News Sources in NewsBank offers access to 357 publications from northern, central, and southern Appalachia. Find full-text articles on local news, issues, events, people and much more from current and archived issues from sources such as newspaper articles, transcripts, videos, blogs, magazines. Updated daily, it includes obituaries, editorials, announcements, sports, real estate and other sections.

Some of the features include setting up email alerts for the latest news on a topic, saving searches, and emailing articles to yourself or a colleague.

Coverage dates: 1980 – current.



Please note: Online databases and resources are, in almost all cases, only licensed for use by ASU students, faculty, and staff.

Posted by John Wiswell on Tuesday, February 3, 2015 - 12:06pm

Base Camp for Graduate Students:  Article Databases, Zotero and more!

Update your library research skills and learn about services, resources, strategies and tools that will save you time. New and returning graduate students welcome!

Section 2: Search Strategies, Feb. 17, 4-5:15
Section 3: Zotero, Feb. 17, 5:30-6:45
Section 4: Zotero, Feb.18, 4-5:15pm  This has been cancelled, due to weather.  Contact to schedule.
Register here for any of the sessions.

In Base Camp – Library Research Skills you will: 

  • Explore, identify and search discipline-specific article databases and other resources to obtain the most relevant results.
  • Learn advanced search strategies and other tips.
  • Use services that allow you to tap into resources beyond those at ASU – at no cost to you.
  • Learn Zotero, a free online, citation management tool.  Zotero allows you to easily collect and store citations for books, articles, web pages and more; cite-as-you-write to insert in-text citations within a document and use the collected bibliographic citations to create your bibliography.

Pre-Requisites for Zotero Session only

Can’t attend these Base Camp dates?  You can schedule an appointment, via our RAP service, to meet one-on-one with a librarian.

Questions?  Contact Lisa Abbott,, 828.262.2009, or John Wiswell,, 828.262.7853.

Posted by on Tuesday, January 27, 2015 - 10:08am

With the success of Tech Open House last year, we decided to put on another exhibit showcasing the digital technologies available in Belk Library during spring semester. Join us for our Tech Showcase on February 3-5, 2015 from 10 am to 4 pm in the Atrium of Belk Library and Information Commons.

Digital technologies change at a rapid pace. New gadgets and devices are cropping up all over the place. How are you to keep up with all the changes? Where can you go to learn more about your favorite electronic device?

Staff in Belk Library's Technology Services are on the bleeding edge of the latest in digital technologies. During the Tech Showcase, they will be available to demonstrate such things as 3D printing, Oculus Rifts, Makey Makey, and more.

Stop by and get answers to those nagging technology questions, or suggest ideas for workshops you would like to see in the future.

Tech Showcase

Date: February 3-5, 2015

Time: 10 am to 4 pm

Location: Atrium of Belk Library and Information Commons

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To register please go to

Posted by Greta Browning on Thursday, January 22, 2015 - 4:47pm
Special Collections instruction session

Special Collections, located on the 4th Floor of Belk Library and Information Commons, will reopen to the public on Monday, January 26, 2015. All regular services and hours will resume at that time.

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 or call 828-262-4041.

Posted by Scott Goldstein on Wednesday, January 21, 2015 - 5:04pm
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Technology for Teaching Fair

Friday, March 20, 2015

Belk Library and Information Commons

Technology for Teaching Fair: Enhancing Student Engagement and Learning is designed to enable teachers to share how they effectively utilize technology to enrich student learning. The format will be an E-Poster format with roundtable discussions in between sessions. This format is designed to promote interaction, sharing and collaboration. Poster presentations could include simple technologies which, for example, promote student engagement to the more elaborate technologies that empower creativity and professional presentations, projects and websites.

Potential presentation topic could include: ways to adapt a course or assignment for diverse needs or learning perspectives; the provision of choices/options; increasing accessibility to course and course activities; student research and publishing tools; using graphics, audio and/or animation; managing and documenting course activities, blogs and assignments; group or collaborative works; surveys and quizzes; learning support tools and strategies; course design; organizing and presenting; website and E-portfolio development; electronic rubrics and rating scales; ASULearn initiatives; distance learning formats; providing progressions and scaffolds to better match learning to student needs; large course engagement tools and strategies; and support services, just to name a few possibilities.

We encourage anyone using technology to submit a proposal and everyone to register to attend! Registration is free and includes lunch, refreshments and prize draws among other great things. If you have questions please contact Nigel Davies (

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