Library News

Posted by on Tuesday, September 27, 2016 - 1:07pm

An International Doorways Presentation
Monday, October 10 at 12:00 pm
Belk Library, Room 421 

Join us for a presentation on Appalachian’s continuing programs for its American Cultural Center (ACC) at Northeastern University, Shenyang, China and for other ACCs in China. Co-PIs Xiaorong Shao and Allan Scherlen (Library) and collaborator Matthew Robinson (Government and Justice Studies) will share highlights of this year’s theme of Academic Writing, in which graduate students at several universities in China participated in both online and in-person workshops. Geri Purpur (Library) will highlight her experience as this year’s exchange librarian at Fudan University in Shanghai.   

Begun in 2012 with an initial $100,000 grant from the U.S. State Department, Appalachian has continued its American Culture Center projects in China with three subsequent $50,000 annual grants that have shared scholarly expertise in such areas as sustainability and American culture and history. Appalachian’s collaboration with several Chinese universities through the ACC projects has provided opportunities for students and faculty at both institutions to learn about each other’s culture and discuss issues of common interest.

So come hear from those who have been involved in this past year’s ACC program and the University Library’s cooperation with Chinese university libraries. You may be interested in participating in the program in the future.

Chinese snacks and tea will be served.


Posted by Greta Browning on Monday, September 26, 2016 - 8:49am
Victoria Jackson

Dr. Victoria Jackson is the 2016-2017 Rhinehart Postdoctoral Fellow in British History.  She will spend the academic year at Appalachian researching in the Rhinehart Rare Book Collection on British History in Special Collections and writing a book on practices of dining in sixteenth and seventeenth-century Britain. 

She grew up in Canada, in a small town north of Toronto, before moving to the United Kingdom.  She graduated from the University of Toronto in 2007 with a BA (Hons) in Art History and Italian.  In 2009, she earned an MA in Art History from the University of Sussex and in 2014, a PhD in History from the University of Birmingham.       

Since finishing her PhD, she’s taught at the University of Birmingham, The Open University, and the Shakespeare Birthplace Trust.

You can reach her by email (, telephone 828-262-7420, or alternatively just stop by her office Belk Library and Information Commons, Room 434.

Posted by Hannah Pope on Wednesday, September 21, 2016 - 5:06pm
Fall 2016 Tech Workshops poster

Ever wanted to create a 3D model?  Get it printed?  Maybe you are interested in creating something electronic?  Come to the Belk Library's free technology workshops.  Workshops are open to all students, faculty and staff.  No experience necessary!  

3D Printing - Learn the ins and outs of 3D printing.  If you ever wanted to get a model printed, this is the workshop for you.

3D Design - Create your own 3D models in Tinkercad in this workshop.  We will go over how to use the program as well as some of the alternatives that you can use in our Digital Media Studio. 

Intro to Arduino - If you were curious about the basics of electronics, this workshop will provide the basics of arduino and help you get started creating your own projects.

e-Textiles - Learn a combination of circuitry and sewing in this interactive workshop which puts LED lights on your clothes.  Each participant will learn the basics of wearable electronics and take home a packet of materials including a circuit board and conductive thread.  This workshop has limited supplies, so sign up right away if you want to participate.



Intro to 3D Printing:

September 29th @ 5pm,  Belk Library 028

October 13th @ 2pm,  Belk Library 028  Cancelled

October 19th @ 5pm,   Belk Library 028

November 9th @ 1pm, Belk Library 024


3D Design:

October 6th @ 5pm,   Belk Library 028

October 26th @ 1pm,   Belk Library 028

November 17th @ 2pm,  Belk Library 028


Intro to Arduino:

October 12th @ 3pm,  Belk Library 028

November 3rd @ 5pm,   Belk Library 028


e-Textiles (Wearables):

October 20th @ 5pm,  Belk Library 028  


If you have any questions, or are unable to make any of these workshops, contact Hannah Pope at  We hope you join us!

Posted by Scott Goldstein on Wednesday, September 21, 2016 - 11:30am
University Writing Center at Appalachian State University. We're moving!

Attention university community:

The University Writing Center is moving from room 008 on the lower level of the Belk Library to a new second floor location in the same building.

Unfortunately, building a new writing center can be quite noisy, so we recommend that library patrons make use of other library areas during the second floor construction. The project is scheduled for completion in early November.

The UWC will continue to provide writing assistance to students, faculty, staff and community members in room 008. Our hours are 9AM–9PM on Monday through Thursday and 9AM–1PM on Friday.

For more information about the writing center, please contact Amy Hansen at or 828-262-7835.

Posted by on Thursday, September 15, 2016 - 11:10am

Journey to the West (China, 2014). Directed by Stephen Chow, director of Shaolin Soccer and Kung Fu Hustle.

Wednesday, September 21, 6:30 PM. FREE and open to the public.
I.G. Greer Theater 

Based on one of the Four Great Classical Novels of Chinese literature of the same name, Stephen Chow's 'Journey To The West' is a contemporary remake of the misadventures of a Buddhist monk as he makes a pilgrimage from China to India—Magnet.

Featured speaker: Wendy Xie, Professor in the Languages, Literatures, and Cultures Department. Co-Sponsored by the Belk Library and Information Commons, the Office of International Education and Development, and the Chinese Language Club.

See also the Library Guide to the Global Film Series


Posted by Geri Purpur on Tuesday, September 6, 2016 - 2:56pm
student advisory committee logo

Attention all students (Undergraduate and Graduate)!

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 and 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. In Fall 2016, the committee will meet 2–3 times per semester at 6 pm on Wednesday nights, beginning in early October. The term for appointment is one year, with the option to extend if you would like. 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 by September 23, 2016. 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 or by phone at 828-262-6903.

Thank you!

Posted by Scott Goldstein on Thursday, September 1, 2016 - 4:04pm
Technology Showcase 2016

Join us for our Technology Showcase on September 7–8, 2016 from 10 to 3 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 Technology Showcase, they will be available to demonstrate such things as 3D printing, Oculus Rifts, Makey Makey, and more.

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

Posted by on Monday, August 29, 2016 - 12:33pm

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College Center
This center provides valuable resources that help college students strengthen their academic skills, prepare for placement tests, and get ready for graduate school
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Career Center
Are you preparing for a professional exam? Are you curious about a particular occupation or looking to improve your workplace skills? Choose the Career Center and
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    Twenty-five (25) new resources were added for 2016 SAT® test preparation, including complete, full-length practice tests in a test-simulation mode that helps students become confident with the format, timing, and content of the official exam. Complete practice tests and two (2) writing practice tests were also added for the ACT® test.

  • New eBooks 
    The eBook collection includes new eBooks for GED® test prep, time management, communication skills, and Praxis II test prep, plus new editions of Nursing School Entrance ExamsNursing Assistant/Nurse Aide ExamPraxis: Core Academic Skills for Educators (5712, 5722, 5732), ASVAB Core Review, and Border Patrol Exam.

  • CLEP® Test Practice
    Two (2) practice tests for the CLEP® College Mathematics exam have been updated to match the latest CLEP® test specifications.

    New Career Center Practice Tests
    Test prep for military exams increased with the addition of practice tests for the SIFT, ASTB-E: OAR, and ASTB-E: Aviation and Nautical Information tests.



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Posted by Geri Purpur on Tuesday, August 2, 2016 - 5:20pm
Welcome to the Library

Stop by the Belk Library for free donut holes and coffee on Tuesday, August 16 between 10 am and noon.  Library workers will be available to answer questions and talk about library services.  There will be lots of free stuff!