Library News

Posted by Megan Johnson on Monday, October 31, 2011 - 4:15pm
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Date: Thursday, November 17, 2011

Time: 2:00 pm

Location: Belk Library, room 421

The Doorways International Program Series presents "Work, Life & Fun in Modern China" a panel presentation with visiting Chinese Scholars. Come and hear about life, work and fun in modern China. This is an interactive panel so be curious and bring questions! There might even be tasty tidbits of Chinese food to sample.

  • Guo Peixiao: Insigma Hengtian Software: Global Infrastructure Service (GIS) Project Manager on IT Outsourcing in China and Life in Hangzhou (a "village" of 8.7 million people).
  • Xu Xuan : Exchange Librarian from Fudan University on Librarianship and Campus Life at Fudan University in Shanghai, China
  • Zhu Shenshen : Shanghai Daily Newspaper: Business Journalist on Trends in the Internet Landscape in China and life in Shanghai
  • Lin Yang : China Internet Information Center : IT Infrastructure and security on information security and life in Beijing
  • Tan Hong: Software Engineer with Insima Hengtian Software on a "Typical Day" of an IT Software engineer in Hangzhou and weekend entertainment
  • Gu Jun works for Sinolingua Co. Ltd in Beijing, and will talk about publishing business in China.
  • Li Lei: A graduate student at Shaanxi Normal University will share her experience as a graduate student in a Chinese university.

The Doorways series is co-sponsored by Belk Library and Information Commons and the Office of International Education and Development. Its goal is to provide a platform for people to share their research and knowledge on international issues and build relationships on campus based on interest in international affairs. For more information on this program or the Doorways series, call (828) 262-4967.

Posted by Cynthia Harbeson on Thursday, October 27, 2011 - 4:17pm
civil war manuscipt

On Thursday, October 27, Special Collections will host an open house showcasing Civil War resources from the W.L. Eury Appalachian Collection. The open house will run from 1:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m. in the Rhinehart Room on the 4th Floor of Belk Library and Special Collections. Come see maps, books, letters, and other historic materials documenting the American Civil War, 1861-1865. Special Collections is holding this open house in celebration of North Carolina Archives Week, October 24-29, 2011.

A guide to many of our Civil War collections is available in the Civil War Subject Guide.

To learn more about Special Collections, visit us online, email, or call 828-262-4041.

Pictured: Beginning of letter from Robert Beall to sister-in-law Nealie Harper, Feburary 1861. Part of the Collection 392. Harper-Beall Papers, 1826-1959 in the W.L. Eury Appalachian Collection.

Posted by Megan Johnson on Tuesday, October 25, 2011 - 4:19pm

The library hosted The Faculty and Graduate Research Fair on October 21, 2011. Sixty people attended, with Provost Dr. Gonzalez opening the session with a short talk about the importance of research at Appalachian and then fielding questions. 

Her talk was followed by Lightening Rounds by five faculty members. Tracy Goodson-Espy (Department of Curriculum and Instruction) spoke on the importance of building a budget; Andy Heckert (Geology) spoke on field research with students; Suzi Mills from the Department of Muisc went over building on success; Dr. Jeff Hirst from the department of Mathematical Sciences discussed using GRAM (Graduate research assistance students) and the amazing software program TeX; and Scholarly Communication Librarian Allan Scherlen discussed NC DOCKS.

Areas from across campus were on hand to discuss their services, including:

Posted by Ken Johnson on Wednesday, October 19, 2011 - 4:22pm

Dear Campus Community,

Belk Library and Information Commons has had to reduce its hours of operation following a $22.8 million campus-wide reduction in state funds. While library staff members regret having to make this change, we have had to prepare for at least a $1.5 million budget cut, which is 30 percent of the library's non-personnel funds.

In addition to reducing hours for the building, the funds to update technology, which are needed to provide library resources and services, have been devastated. We have been forced to reduce the number of student employees, which puts more strain on the already heavy workload of staff members and may keep students from completing their education. Of critical importance is the potential 25 percent reduction of funds to buy books and electronic resources needed for faculty and student research and education. Cutting the library's print and electronic collections hurts present and future generations of students.

The Atrium, which has 86 seats and 11 computers, is open 24 hours, 5 days a week and staffed by a security guard to ensure students' safety. So far this semester, we have not had much use.

You will see from the historical data charts below that we have been keeping four floors of the library open 24/5 days a week for relatively light use except during finals. We are working with SGA and Academic Affairs to try to be open 24/5 during the week before and during final exams.

To see the library's operating schedule, visit the library hours calendar.

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table showing library usage

As always, the library remains committed to providing the highest level of services and collections possible.

Mary Reichel
University Librarian

Posted by on Friday, October 7, 2011 - 4:24pm

The Richard T. Barker Friends of the University Library is sponsoring its annual reception for faculty who published books during the past academic year (2010-2011) 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.

Below is the list of faculty who had works published from July 2010 to June 2011. If we have missed your publication, please send your citation to Mary Ann Forrester ( /828-262-2188) by Thursday, October 20 and we will add you to the list.

The reception will be held on Tuesday, November 1 at 3:30 p.m. with remarks at 4:00 p.m. in Room 421 in Belk Library and Information Commons. Chancellor Peacock and Provost Lori Gonzalez will be on hand to present the certificates. Invitations will be sent to the honorees and department chairs as soon as we hear from you.

This is one of our favorite annual events, and we look forward to honoring many members of our faculty.


Cheryl P. Claassen. Feasting With Shellfish in the Southern Ohio Valley. University of Tennessee Press. (2010)

Municipalidad Indígena de Sololá and Timothy J. Smith, eds. Autoridad y Gobierno Kaqchikel de Sololá/Runuk’ulem ri Kaqchikel Q’atbäl Tzij richin Tz’olöj Ya’ (Kaqchikel Authority and Government of Sololá). Guatemala: Editorial Junajpu’. (2011)

Schug G. Robbins. Bioarchaeology and climate change: a view from South Asian prehistory. Gainesville: University Press Florida. (Book series: Bioarchaeological Interpretations of the Human Past: Local, Regional, and Global Perspectives, ed. by Clark Larsen). (2011)

Timothy J. Smith and Abigail E. Adams, eds. After the Coup: An Ethnographic Reframing of Guatemala 1954. Urbana: University of Illinois Press. (2011)


M. W. Denslow, M. W. Palmer, and Z. E. Murrell. A bibliography of North Carolina local floras. Castanea. 75(4): 475-483. (2010)

D. Poindexter and Z. E. Murrell. Noteworthy Collections Virginia. Castanea. 76(2): 197-198. (2011)

Michael Windelspecht. Essentials of Biology - Third Edition. McGraw-Hill Science/Engineering/Math. (2011)

-- Human Biology - Twelfth Edition. McGraw-Hill Science/Engineering/Math. (2011)


Steve Smith. Heirlooms CD of original and traditional Appalachian Music. Copyright 2005-2011. Cabin Cove Music.

Communication Sciences and Disorders

A. Losardo & A. Notari-Syverson. Alternative approaches to assessing young children (2nd ed.). Baltimore, MD: Paul H. Brookes. (2011).

Computer Information Systems

C. C. Chen. Publishing for Success: Effective Writing Strategies for Non-Native English Scholars, Taipei, Taiwan: Future Career Publishing Co., Ltd. (2011)

C.C. Chen. Workbook: Publishing for Success – Effective Writing Strategies for Non-Native English Scholars, Taipei, Taiwan: Future Career Publishing Co., Ltd. (2001)


John Whitehead, editor. Preference Data for Environmental Valuation: Combining Revealed and Stated Approaches. (Routledge Explorations in Environmental Economics) Publisher: Routledge (2011)


William D. Brewer, ed. Walsingham; or, The Pupil of Nature, by Mary Robinson. The Works of Mary Robinson. Vol. 5. London: Pickering & Chatto, (2010)

William D. Brewer, co-ed. with Sharon Setzer. Miscellaneous Prose and Dramas, by Mary Robinson. The Works of Mary Robinson. Vol. 8. London: Pickering & Chatto. (2010)

Rosemary Horowitz, ed. The Memorial Books of Eastern European Jewry, McFarland Press, Jefferson, N C. (2011)

Leon Lewis, Editor. Critical Insights: Sherman Alexie. Salem Press/EBSCO Publishing: Pasadena, CA. (2011)

Foreign Language & Literature

Victoria Cox co-authored with Dr. Nora Glickman of City University of New York: El inglés en el teatro y el cine argentino: De los orígenes a Malvinas. (The Portrayal of the English Colonial Invasion in Argentine Popular Theatre and Film). Buenos Aires: Editorial Corregidor. (2011)

Martial K. Frindethie. Globalization and the Seduction of Africa's Ruling Class: An Argument for a New Philosophy of Development. McFarland (2010)

Global Studies

Jeanne Dubin. Virginia Woolf and the Literary Marketplace (Palgrave Macmillan). (2010)

Government & Justice Studies

Nancy S. Love. Dogmas and Dreams: A Reader in Modern Political Ideologies 4th ed. CQ Press. (2010)

Matthew B. Robinson. Media Coverage of Crime and Criminal Justice. Carolina Academic Press. (2011)


Judkin J. Browning. Shifting Loyalties: The Union Occupation of Eastern North Carolina. University of North Carolina Press. (2011)

Anthony Gene Carey, Sold Down the River: Slavery in the Lower Chattahoochee Valley of Alabama and Georgia. Tuscaloosa: University of Alabama Press. (2011).

René Harder Horst. El Regimen de Stroessner y la Resistencia Indigena, Centro de Estudios Antoropologicos de la Universidad Catolica, Biblioteca de Estudios Paraguayos Vol. 89, Asuncion, Paraguay. (2011)

Rene D. Horst. Military Struggle and Identity Formation in Latin America. University Press of Florida. (2010)

Anatoly V. Isaenko. Polygon of Satan: Ethnic Traumas and Conflicts in the Caucasus. Kendal/Hunt Publishing Company. (2010)

Bruce E. Stewart. Moonshiners and Prohibitionists: The Battle over Alcohol in Southern Appalachia. University Press of Kentucky. (2011)

Michael J. Turner. An International History of British Power, 1957-1970. Teneo Press. (2010)

-- Britain's International Role, 1970-1991. Palgrave Macmillan. (2010)

Human Development & Psychological Counseling

Geraldine A. Miller. Fundamentals of Crisis Counseling. Wiley Press (2011)

Geraldine A. Miller. Learning the Language of Addiction Counseling-3rd Edition. Wiley Press. (2010)

Language, Reading, & Exceptionalities

Constance R. Green. Religious Diversity and Children's Literature. Information Age Publishing. (2011)

Sandra B. Oldendorf. Religious Diversity and Children's Literature. Information Age Publishing. (2011)

Leadership and Educational Studies

Kim E. Becnel. Bloom's How to Write About George Orwell. Chelsea House. (2010)


Bill Harbinson. Kallalanta (Symphonic Orchestra), Alfred Publishing (Van Nuys, CA) (2011)

Bill Harbinson. Converse Fantasy (Concert Band), Carl Fischer Publishing (NY) (2011)

Bill Harbinson. Sparkle (Concert Band), Alfred Publishing (Van Nuys, CA) (2011)

Philosophy & Religion

William M. Hutchins. Ibrahim Al-Koni's The Puppet [translation]. Center for Middle Eastern Studies, University of Texas at Austin. (2010)


Cameron D. Lippard. Being Brown in Dixie: Race, Ethnicity, and Latino Immigration in the New South. Lynne Rienner Publishing. (2010)

Posted by on Tuesday, October 4, 2011 - 4:26pm
movie poster

Date: Thursday, Oct. 6, 2011

Time: 8pm

Location: Belk Library, room 114

The Catherine J. Smith Gallery and the Arts Management Organization (AMO) are proud to co-host a screening of the film Exit through the Gift Shop on Thursday, October 6 at 8pm in Belk Library and Information Commons in room 114 at Appalachian State University. Admission is free and open to the public. The screening is sponsored in part by Belk Library and Information Commons. Members of AMO will introduce the film and lead a discussion after the screening. The student organization will sell popcorn and drinks as a fundraiser for the club.

Exit through the Gift Shop is a 2010 documentary directed by Banksy, a well-known British street artist and prankster recognized for his unorthodox stunts in the art world. Unlike many prominent contemporary artists, who are known by name, Banksy’s identity remains a well-kept secret, even though he appears in the film itself. Rather than focusing on Banksy, the documentary primarily follows a budding French artist by the name of Thierry Guetta. Under the spell of Banksy’s influence, Guetta (a.k.a., Mr. Brainwash) transforms from film artist to street art enthusiast, a journey that eventually leads to his installing and hosting an exhibition of his own work in Los Angeles and turns him into an overnight artistic sensation. Exit through the Gift Shop has been widely recognized by notable cinematic organizations, including the Sundance Film Festival and the Berlin International Film Festival, among others.

"Banksy is a graffiti artist with a global reputation whose work can be seen on walls from post-hurricane New Orleans to the separation barrier on the Palestinian West Bank. He fiercely guards his anonymity to avoid prosecution. An eccentric French shopkeeper turned documentary maker attempts to locate and befriend Banksy, only to have the artist turn the camera back on its owner. Includes footage of Banksy, Shepard Fairey, Invader, and many of the world's most infamous graffiti artists at work, on walls and in interview. As Banksy describes it, ‘It's basically the story of how one man set out to film the un-filmable. And failed.’"
—Paranoid Pictures

The Catherine J. Smith Gallery is located in Farthing Auditorium at 733 Rivers Street, Boone, NC. Hours are Monday through Friday from 9 AM to 5 PM. Admission is free. Currently on view in the gallery “Sail!” featuring artwork by Jewel Castro. For information please call 828-262-7338 or visit

The Arts Management Organization is a University-recognized club that seeks to promote professionalism and networking within the arts fields by increasing the awareness of the arts on ASU's campus and in the community. For more information, please email or visit

Posted by on Monday, September 19, 2011 - 4:28pm
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Fight censorship and make your favorite banned book be heard! Join us in celebrating Banned Books Weekby volunteering to be recorded reading a banned book. We welcome all ASU students, faculty and staff!

How Does It Work?
Each participant will read from their choice of book for around two minutes. Belk Library will record the reading and post the video to both the ASU iTunes U channel as well as the American Library Association's YouTube channel. Your video will appear with videos of people from across the country.

When, Where, How?!
Recordings will be done in Belk Library room 156 (one of the small group study rooms) on Tuesday, September 27 between 2:00 and 4:00. Drop by any time to participate.

Choose any banned book you like. These lists may help you decide:

You can find most of these titles in the ASU library by searching the catalog. We will also have a small collection of banned titles available in the room where the recordings are done.

If you have any questions, please contact Amanda Bird at 262-2085 or Geri Purpur at 262-6903.

Posted by Lisa T. Abbott on Friday, September 2, 2011 - 4:35pm

Attention Distance Education Students! Want to participate in a discussion of the Summer Reading Book? Now you can via the new Distance Education Virtual Book Group.

    • What will we read? The Fall 2011 book is Born to Run by Christopher McDougall. The Spring book is yet to be determined.
    • When? Sept. 23rd 7-8 p.m. OR Sept. 24th 10-11 a.m.
    • How? You can choose to participate in the book discussion via ASU's web conferencing or in Teleplace, a 3-d virtual world used by the College of Education. No experience necessary.


To sign up to participate or if you have questions: Email Lisa Abbott,
Sign-up by Sept. 19th, 2011.

Posted by Cynthia Harbeson on Friday, September 2, 2011 - 4:32pm
historical photo of bootleggers

The Bootleg Turn: Moonshine and the Genesis of NASCAR

The Bootleg Turn: Moonshine and the Genesis of NASCAR, a new exhibit, is now on display in the Atrium on the fourth floor of the library. Researched and designed by graduate student Jessica Michak, The Bootleg Turn showcases the development of NASCAR and its association with moonshining in Appalachia. This exhibit features materials from the following collections: the Cratis D. Williams Papers, the John T. Shepherd Papers, the Horton Family Papers, the Moonshining in Burke County: The Career of N.C. ABC Officer Fred Hennessee Collection, and the Stock Car Racing Collection.

To learn more about these collections, please visit Special Collections located in Room 432, send us an email at or visit our web pages.

Jack Jeffers Photo Exhibit

Jack Jeffers photoThe Dougherty Reading Room in Special Collections invites you to view a portion of the newly-acquired Jack Jeffers Photograph Collection, part of the W.L. Eury Appalachian Collection.

The collection, donated in the spring of 2011, features photographs of the landscapes and lives of the Appalachian region from over 40 years of Jeffers work. The exhibit also includes some of his original silver sulfide photographs. Come enjoy the photographs of a time gone in the Appalachian region. The display will be up for the fall semester.

If you are interested in learning more about Jack Jeffers, please visit his website.

The Dougherty Reading Room is open Monday - Friday, 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. For more information, call 828-262-7974 or email

Pictured: Country Store, 1972. Photo by Jack Jeffers

The Dougherty Reading Room is open Monday - Friday, 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. For more information, call 828-262-7974 or email

Posted by on Wednesday, August 31, 2011 - 4:39pm
doorways poster

Visiting Artist Talk by Jewel Castro

Wednesday September 7 Belk Library Room 114, 6:30 PM

Jewel Castro was born in Chicago and grew up in San Diego. Her maternal grandparents established the First Samoan Congregational Christian Church of San Diego. Castro's early career in art was in graphic design and illustration and culminated in a position in television programming administration for public broadcasting. Castro received a B.A. in Art with an emphasis in Painting and Drawing from San Diego State University in 1995 and an M.F.A. in Visual Arts with a Studio emphasis in 1998. Since then, Castro has been adamantly working as a multimedia artist, curator, part-time teacher of studio art, writer, and public speaker.

Castro is interested in bringing national attention to contemporary Oceanic art, having already curated two exhibitions that have received international exposure, including Island Affinities, Contemporary Art of Oceania at California State University Northridge (2007) with Dr. Peri Klemm and Turning Tides: Gender in Oceania Art at the University of California San Diego (2006) with Dr. Pamela Rosi. Her work is published in several journals, including Pacific Studies, The Contemporary Pacific, and Pacific Arts: The Journal of the Pacific Art Association, as well as a few books, including Samoan Art and Artists: O Measina a Samoa, edited by Sean Mallon, Moon Over the Pacific by Kay Flavell, and Pacific Island Artists Navigating the Global Art World, edited by Karen Stevenson.

This Doorways series is co-sponsored by Belk Library and Information Commons, the Office of General Education and the Program in Public History. Its goal is to provide a platform for people to share their research and knowledge on international issues and build relationships on campus based on interest in international affairs. For more information on this program or the Doorways series, call 262-4967.