Library News

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

LearningExpress Library features nearly 1,000 online tutorials, practice tests,and eBooks to help patrons of all ages. It offers job search and workplace skills
improvement, skill building in reading, writing, math, and basic science, career certification and licensure exam prep, college and grad school entrance test prep,
GED® test prep, and more. Two sections are geared towards college students:

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
entrance exams.

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
begin your path to a bright future.

New titles recently added to the LearningExpress Library:

  • SAT® and ACT® Test Prep 
    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.



Posted by on Friday, August 19, 2016 - 8:25am

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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!

Posted by on Thursday, July 21, 2016 - 10:10am

Since 1997, incoming freshmen at ASU have been asked to read a book as part of their orientation to Appalachian State University. By participating in the Common Reading Program, students establish a common experience with other new students.

This year's selection is So You've Been Publicly Shamed by Jon Ronson. So You’ve Been Publically Shamed is Ronson’s most recent book; it begins with the author’s surprising discovery that a Twitter account had been started under his name without his knowledge or approval, and, that the account was continually active. From there the book goes on to explore a number of questions arising from the public dimensions of social media, and, especially, how it reflects other forms of social control. 

Critics have praised the book: Publisher’s Weekly calls it “clever and thought-provoking” and notes, “this book has the potential to open an important dialogue about faux moral posturing online and its potentially disastrous consequences.” The Huffington Post remarks that Ronson has an, “introspective and often funny lens” and that the book, “is an insightful, well-researched, and important text about how we react to others poor decisions," while Vulture magazine remarks that “with an introspective and often funny lens, [Ronson] tracks down those whose blunders have exploded in the public eye…So You've Been Publicly Shamed is an insightful, well-researched, and important text about how we react to others” on social media.

Multiple copies of the book are available from the library in print and ebook format. Additional resources about the author and the book are available from the Library Guide to the Common Reading Book, and from the Common Reading Program website.

Public Events with Jon Ronson

2016 Black and Gold Convocation, Monday, August 15, 2016 at 1:00 PM, Holmes Convocation Center

Public Reading, Q&A, and Book Signing, Monday, August 15, 2006 at 7:00 PM, Blue Ridge Ballroom, Plemmons Student Union

Public Reading and Book Signing, Tuesday, August 16, 2016 at 9:00 AM, Watauga County Public Library, Boone



Posted by Greta Browning on Friday, July 1, 2016 - 9:53am
Dustin Witsman

Welcome to Dustin Witsman!  He is the new Processing Archivist in Special Collections.  He started on June 6, 2016.

Dustin grew up in the Wabash Valley and lived in and around the mid-west until moving to Boone in late May, 2016.  He attended Southern Illinois University Carbondale where he studied English Literature, Philosophy, and Psychology, graduating with a BA in English in 2007.  He earned his MLIS from Dominican University in River Forest, Illinois in 2012 with a concentration in Archives and Cultural Heritage Resources and Services. 

Dustin has done work in a number of archives including:  the Special Collections Research Center at Southern Illinois University - Carbondale; the Center for Black Music Research at Columbia College Chicago; the Hubbard Street Dance Center in Chicago; Shorefront Legacy Center in Evanston, Illinois; the Institute of Jazz Studies at Rutgers University - Newark; and the Center for the History of Rural Iowa Education and Culture at the University of Northern Iowa.  

Dustin can be reached at, 828-262-4975, or in his office, Room 456.