Library News

Posted by Geri Purpur on Friday, April 8, 2016 - 10:39am
National Library Week

Belk Library National Library Week Contest – April 10–16

Win a View-Master Virtual Reality Starter Pack!  Watch this movie and answer 3 questions correctly about the movie. Your name will be entered into a drawing to win the View-Master on April 18.

Here is the contest link: http://goo.gl/forms/0cwse1KCGA

Good luck!

You may also view the slides by clicking here.

Posted by on Thursday, April 7, 2016 - 3:29pm
Books are Fun

WHEN:      April 12 - April 13

WHERE:    Borkowski Reading Room - Belk Library and Information Commons (1st floor)

Tuesday, April 12, 11:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Wednesday, April 13, 8:00 AM - 1:00 PM

Cash, All Debit and Credit Cards, Checks and Post-Dated Checks Accepted

BENEFIT FOR FRIENDS OF THE LIBRARY

 

 

Posted by on Friday, April 1, 2016 - 1:01pm

Join ICPSR for a webinar on Apr 12, 2016 at 12:00 PM EDT.

Register now!

https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/register/6330168090635368194

"Really? It's time to teach ______ again? How can I spice that up??" 

Why not use data?! Students learn quantitative skills, you have an easy way of adding interest to the topic you would rather not teach -- it's a win-win! 

This Webinar will demonstrate the data tools, content resources, and opportunities ICPSR has for exposing undergraduate students to data. The ideas included will touch on topics from deviance to sampling and voting behavior to operationalization of variables. 

This webinar is free and open to the public. Please share this invitation!

After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the webinar.

View System Requirements

 

 

Posted by on Wednesday, March 30, 2016 - 9:44am
Country Flags

ADVENTURE BEGINS IN THE LIBRARY: ONLINE WORKSHOP

A workshop for anyone planning international study/travel or wanting to expand their knowledge of world cultures. Whether you are going to study-abroad, participate in an international alternative service experience, or head out on a summer or gap year adventure. The Library can help you prepare for global adventures with our wide range of language learning resources, documentaries and feature films, global literature, travel guides, and library distance education support while abroad. 

  • Online Language Resources Including Mango Languages, Pronunciator, and Overdrive language instruction ebooks and audiobooks. 
  • Global Road Warrior An online resource that provides vital travel information about all countries. Topics include Human Rights, Communications, Electrical, and Holidays & Festivals.
  • Streaming Videos and DVD Collection We have thousands of documentaries and feature films from around the world.
  • Literature and Graphic Novels Parallel text readers, graphic novels, and global literature (both in original language and English translation).
  • Travel Guides and Literature For the armchair traveler and the traveler preparing for their own adventure. Eric Newby, Paul Theroux, Eric Hansen, Mark Twain, V.S. Naipul, Ernest Hemingway, and more.
  • Research Help While Abroad As an Appalachian State University student, faculty, or staff, you have access to the Library’s collections and services while abroad. Find out how we can help you during your travels.
  •  A Library in Your Back Pocket Via our ebook collections, you never have to pack another book for travel. Download a personal library onto your personal device for all of your academic and pleasure reading. 

Date

Time

Instructor

Attend

Thur, Mar 31

4:00-5:00 Beth Cramer & Mollie Peuler

Register Here

 

 

Posted by on Tuesday, March 15, 2016 - 8:07pm

Do you, or someone you know, have old 16mm, 8mm or Super 8mm stored away and unseen for decades?  If so, bring your reels to the first annual High Country Home Movie Day.

The High Country Home Movie Day is sponsored by University Documentary Film Services, Richard T. Barker Friends of the Library, and Blowing Rock Arts & History Musuem (BRAHM).  The event is free and open to the public.  Drop by anytime between1-4 on March 19th at BRAHM.  If you don't have any old film, come enjoy watching other home movies.  Win door prizes by filling out bingo cards while watching the films.

Home Movie Day is an international event celebrating amateur films and filmmaking. Home Movie Day events provide the opportunity for individuals and families to see and share their own home movies with an audience of their community, and to see their neighbors’ in turn. It’s a chance to discover why to care about these films and to learn how best to care for them.

For more information about the event, contact Beth Davison (davisonb@appstate.edu)

Posted by on Tuesday, March 15, 2016 - 8:05pm

Posted by on Friday, March 11, 2016 - 1:44pm

Kevin Smith, Director of the Office of Copyright and Scholarly Communication at Duke University, will be visiting Appalachian, March 17-18, and offering two presentations on scholarly communication. Please click below to read more about and to register for these events. 

Scholarly Publishing in the Digital Age, Thursday, March 17, 2 pm, Belk Library 421

https://workshops.appstate.edu/detail.aspx?key=1398

&

Fair Use: Trends and Impacts on Higher Education, Friday, March 18, 10 am, Belk Library 421

https://workshops.appstate.edu/detail.aspx?key=1397

 

Contact Paul Orkiszewski - orkiszewskip@appstate.edu, 828 262 6588 - for more information. 

Posted by on Thursday, March 10, 2016 - 10:14am

ADVENTURE BEGINS IN THE LIBRARY: ONLINE WORKSHOP

A workshop for anyone planning international study/travel or wanting to expand their knowledge of world cultures. Whether you are going to study-abroad, participate in an international alternative service experience, or head out on a summer or gap year adventure. The Library can help you prepare for global adventures with our wide range of language learning resources, documentaries and feature films, global literature, travel guides, and library distance education support while abroad. 

  • Online Language Resources Including Mango Languages, Pronunciator, and Overdrive language instruction ebooks and audiobooks. 
  • Global Road Warrior An online resource that provides vital travel information about all countries. Topics include Human Rights, Communications, Electrical, and Holidays & Festivals.
  • Streaming Videos and DVD Collection We have thousands of documentaries and feature films from around the world.
  • Literature and Graphic Novels Parallel text readers, graphic novels, and global literature (both in original language and English translation).
  • Travel Guides and Literature For the armchair traveler and the traveler preparing for their own adventure. Eric Newby, Paul Theroux, Eric Hansen, Mark Twain, V.S. Naipul, Ernest Hemingway, and more.
  • Research Help While Abroad As an Appalachian State University student, faculty, or staff, you have access to the Library’s collections and services while abroad. Find out how we can help you during your travels.
  •  A Library in Your Back Pocket Via our ebook collections, you never have to pack another book for travel. Download a personal library onto your personal device for all of your academic and pleasure reading. 

Date

Time

Instructor

Attend

Thur, Mar 31

4:00-5:00 Beth Cramer & Mollie Peuler Register Here
Posted by on Friday, March 4, 2016 - 8:54am

February 22 - March 31, 2016
Belk Library and Information Commons - 2nd floor rotunda
Free and open to the public
 

Art Department Faculty member IlaSahai Prouty is determined to expand the dialog about race and stereotypes on campus. Her new installation, Paper Bag Test - Boone is designed to present race as a social construct and to engage students, faculty, staff and the community about how we use words to describe, imply and evaluate race.

The paper bag test is said to have been used to evaluate who might be admitted into certain African-American clubs, organizations and parties. People darker than a paper bag were welcome while those lighter were directed to others.

“I remember thinking, ‘Which paper bag did they use?’ when I first heard about the test,” recalls Prouty. “I wanted to belong, but I knew that, regardless of which bag was used, there would always be a certain mismatch, and plenty of labels, names and false categories to go around.”

As a bi-racial woman, Prouty lives with the question of how race is constructed in our culture. Her recent work is driven by the themes of identity, power, repetition and dreaming. Paper Bag Test - Boone, on display through March in the Belk Library and Information Commons second floor rotunda, consists of 22 paper bags coated in various colors and stamped with a label. Visitors are invited to add comments to the bags and post selfies on Instagram under #paperbagtest.

Prouty writes, “My goals with this piece are to engage people in thinking about how we use words to describe, imply and evaluate race, to ask them to reflect on how they see their own skin tone and the skin tones of others, and to present race as a social, as opposed to scientific, construction.

“This piece attempts to develop a complex dialog about skin tone and stereotypes in contrast with what is often a shallow and reductive conversation in our culture. Hopefully, it also offers the possibility of reclaiming and redefining the language we use to construct the categories of race.”

At the close of the exhibit, the story and photo gallery will live on diversity.appstate.edu. A version of the piece will go to the Artfields festival April 22-30 in Lake City, South Carolina, and at the Visual Art Exchange this September in Raleigh. The piece has already been hosted at Greensboro College, High Point University, ETSU, and The Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts. In the future, Prouty will create a book using the comments and selfies provided by participants from many locations.

Information about the artist

 

 

Posted by Greta Browning on Tuesday, March 1, 2016 - 4:07pm
Man rock climbing

And you thought the 4th floor was a climb...

Did you know you can climb Mt. Everest in approximately 8 hours? The newest exhibit in Special Collections features hand-drawn maps, printed guides, and newspaper clippings relating to mountain climbing. Many of the items being showcased are part of the Ralph Fickel Papers and the Ralph Fickel Memorial Collection. Fickel was a rock and ice climber who attended Appalachian State University and later became a guide to climbers whose abilities ranged from novice to more advanced.

The exhibit, installed by sophomore Exercise Science major Ashton Schoen, is located inside Special Collections and is on display through the end of the semester during the department's open hours. Special thanks to Special Collections' Reading Room Manager Dean Williams for his help with the exhibit.

Feel free to research the Special Collections' materials related to rock climbing and mountaineering by contacting or visiting the Dougherty Reading Room, which is located next to the exhibit case.

Questions? Please contact the Dougherty Reading Room by phone 828-262-7974 or email spcoll@appstate.edu.

 

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