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Posted by Allan Scherlen on Monday, November 11, 2013 - 3:41pm
Children of Abraham book cover

Date:  Tuesday, November 12, 2013

Time: 5:00 pm

Location: Belk Library -- Room 114

Admission: Free, open to the public

Have you wanted to know more about the differences and commonalities among Christianity, Judaism, and Islam? Students, faculty & community members are invited to attend a panel discussion by three Appalachian State faculty members of the book, The Children of Abraham: Judaism, Christianity, Islam by F. E. Peters.  The three panelists, Dr. Alan Hauser (Dept. of Philosophy & Religion), Dr. Maria Lichtmann (Dept. of Philosophy & Religion), & Dr. Rahman Tashakkori (Dept. of Computer Science), will use this classic comparative study to discuss the interconnections between these three major faiths.

Copies of the book are available in the Browsing section of the Appalachian State University Library.  Students, faculty, and community members are encouraged to check-out the book and participate in discussion.  But familiarity with the book is not necessary to appreciate this event.   The event will be Tuesday, Nov 12, at 5:00 PM in the Library auditorium Room 114.

The event is presented by ASU Library in conjunction with the Muslim Students Association as the third event of the Muslim Journeys Bridging Cultures “Let’s Talk About It” Program, a series of book and film discussions. The Program is supported by a grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) and the American Library Association.  This series follows upon the Muslim Journeys Bridging Cultures Bookshelf Program begun in spring 2013 which provided materials related to Muslim cultures to the University Library.

Please contact Allan Scherlen  (scherlnag@appstate.edu) for more information

 

Posted by John Wiswell on Thursday, November 7, 2013 - 1:42pm
Joanna Briggs logo

 The Library has several good options for finding high quality systematic reviews in the health sciences.

During November and on campus only, we have trial access to the Joanna Briggs EBP Database.  It includes systematic reviews and other types of documents.  Everything is full text.  Try it and let us (wiswellj@appstate.edu) know what you think.

We also have the Cochrane Collection Plus, which includes one database of the Cochrane Collaboration's systematic reviews and another database of Cochrane's reviews of others' systematic reviews.  The Cochrane reviews are all full text.   Ask for help getting full text of the SRs that Cochrane reviews, if you need it.

What is a systematic review?  It's a comprehensive attempt to find all research on a topic, to evaluate how good it is, and present it in a useful format.  Not all systematic reviews are of high quality, but Joanna Briggs and Cochrane reviews have a great reputation.

Not all systematic reviews focus on health.  See the Campbell Collaboration Library of Systematic Reviews.  It's free on the Web and addresses several other fields: Crime and Justice, Education, Social Welfare, International Development.  (The full text of the reviews may not be free.  Ask for help finding that, if you need it.)

Posted by Megan Johnson on Monday, November 4, 2013 - 11:06am
Database trials

The Collection Management Team is conducting several Database Trials in November.  

Europa World
Trial ends on 11/30/2013

ProQuest Congressional (Historical Archives)
Trial ends on 12/01/2013

The World Religion Database
Trial ends on 11/30/2013

Joanna Briggs Institute database
Focuses on health and may be interest to some in Psychology and Counseling.

They welcome your feedback- would you use this database in your research?  

Contact John Abbott (abbottjp@appstate.edu).

Posted by on Monday, October 21, 2013 - 9:38am

Date:  Tuesday, October 29, 2013
Time: 5:00 pm
Location: Belk Library -- Room 114
Admission: Free, open to the public

Students, faculty, and community members are invited to attend a discussion of Muhammad & Islam led by Saiyid Hasnain using the book Muhammad, A Very Short Introduction by Jonathan Brown as a starting place for discussion. 

Copies of the book are available in the Browsing section of the Appalachian State University Library.  Students, faculty, and community members are encouraged to check-out the book and participate in discussion.  But familiarity with the book is not necessary to appreciate this event.   The event will be Tuesday, Oct 29, at 5:00 PM in the Library auditorium Room 114. Mr. Saiyid Hasnain was originally from Pakistan but moved to the U.S. in the 1980s.  He is an engineer with an international firm and in the course of his work has traveled throughout the world. He and his family currently live in Raleigh, North Carolina where he is a speaker at his mosque.

The event is presented by ASU Library in conjunction with the Muslim Students Association as the second event of the Muslim Journeys Bridging Cultures “Let’s Talk About It” Program, a series of book and film discussions. The Program is supported by a grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) and the American Library Association.  This series follows upon the Muslim Journeys Bridging Cultures Bookshelf Program begun in Spring 2013 which provided materials related to Muslim cultures to the University Library.

Please contact Allan Scherlen  (scherlnag@appstate.edu) for more information

Posted by on Tuesday, October 15, 2013 - 8:36am
Watauga Chopped Kraut label

Special Collections in Belk Library & Information Commons will host an open house in the Rhinehart Room (4th Floor) on Thursday, October 24, 2013, 2:00 to 4:00 p.m., in honor of North Carolina Archives Week! This year’s theme is "Home Grown! A Celebration of Food Culture and History." 

You are invited to join us for a display of items from our collections and to learn more about Special Collections and archives in general. Come view cookbooks and recipes from the Appalachian region; letters from the 1800s discussing farming practices; photographs featuring food-based festivals, cooking demonstrations, and Appalachian State University’s Food Services; a farm map from 1922; and much more.  Please email inquiries to Cyndi Harbeson, harbesoncd@appstate.edu.

Posted by Jon Morris on Thursday, October 10, 2013 - 2:57pm

During Fall Break, why not break your academic-only fast with some high-fiber fun reading? Here are some places to find great suggestions in and from the library and where to browse our newest arrivals:

Recommended Reading from ASU Students and Library Staff: http://www.pinterest.com/asubelklibrary/cupola-love/

RSS Feeds of our newest arrivals: http://wncln.wncln.org/screens/feedsASU.html

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Need Audiobooks? Look here on the 2nd Floor for adult fiction and non-fiction:

Physical Audiobooks Location

Other titles are available in the IMC Collection for Young Adult Books. Refining your search to 'Books on CD' in the Classic Catalog will show you most titles.
A few are also available online through our Overdrive database.

Want to browse more or see readalikes for your favorite authors and books? Try our Database Novelist Plus (Go to 'Article Databases and E-Research Tools' from our Homepage, it will be found under the 'By Name' section under the 'N's.

Or you can stop by the Reference Desk in the center of our First Floor and speak with a librarian anytime for some suggestions!

Posted by on Thursday, October 10, 2013 - 11:44am
Soldiers Marching in Burma

A new exhibit, The Art of Kenneth Baldwin, is now on display in Special Collections on the fourth floor of the library.

Kenneth Baldwin (1914-1999) was a self-taught artist born in Black Mountain, North Carolina.  He spent most of his life in Greenville, South Carolina.  In June 1943, Baldwin joined the Army, where he worked as a camera technician in Central Burma, India, and China.  The Kenneth Baldwin Artwork collection includes approximately fifty sketches and paintings, primarily in charcoal, pastels, and watercolors.  The art illustrates the peoples and scenery of India, Burma, and China as well as documenting aspects of army life.  Original works from Baldwin’s collection are displayed in this exhibit.

Posted by Geri Purpur on Wednesday, October 9, 2013 - 9:52am
Library tours Oct. 22 and 23 at 3 pm and 8 pm

Free and Open to All

Are you feeling the mid-semester crunch?  A library tour will help you with your research and writing assignments.  If you missed the libray tours at the beginning of the semester, Sign up for a tour now.     The tours are 30 minutes long and meet in the library atrium. 

Posted by Geri Purpur on Friday, October 4, 2013 - 11:44am
photo contest

Submit a photograph that reflects an experience during education abroad that has influenced how you view the world.  A photo jury will select 20 photographs to be displayed in the Belk Library Atrium between Nov. 13-Nov. 19.  All members of the campus community may vote for their top choice.  The winner will be announced at the closing ceremony for the Appalachian Global Symposium on Nov. 20.  For more details about the contest and to submit your photo go to: http://international.appstate.edu/outreach/iew/photo-contest.

Posted by Allan Scherlen on Friday, October 4, 2013 - 10:14am

Date:  Tuesday, October 8, 2013

Time: 5:00 pm

Location: Belk Library -- Room 114

Admission: Free, open to the public

Students, faculty and community members are invited to attend the Academy Award winning film, A Separation.  There will be a showing of the film on Tuesday, Oct 8 at 5:00 pm in the library, Rm 114.  Discussion after the film will be led by Anousha Shahsavari, an artist and language teacher from Iran.  Faculty who teach courses that would benefit from a better understanding of families and society in Iran are encouraged to ask their students to attend.

The event is presented by ASU Library in conjunction with the Muslim Students Association as the first event of the Muslim Journeys “Let’s Talk About It” Program series of book and film discussions. The Program is supported by a grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) and the American Library Association.  This series follows upon the Muslim Journeys Bridging Cultures Program begun in Spring 2013

ABOUT THE FILM: A Separation is a 2011 Iranian film written and directed by Asghar Farhadi. The film focuses on a recently separated Iranian couple and their daughter and the cascading social and legal conflicts that unfold after the husband fires a lower-class care giver of his elderly father who suffers from Alzheimer's disease. This powerful drama explores conflict that cuts across gender and class at the heart of Iranian society.   Rotten Tomatoes rates the film a 9 out of 10, describing it as “morally complex, suspenseful, and consistently involving.” Roger Ebert described the film as providing “a useful portrait of Iran today” and showing “a more nuanced nation” than is often depicted in cinema generally seen by Americans. “The writer-director’s only agenda seems to be to express empathy.”

AWARDS: A Separation won the Academy Award for Best Foreign Language Film in 2012, becoming the first Iranian film to win the award.  It also received the Golden Bear for Best Film and the Silver Bears for Best Actress and Best Actor at the 61st Berlin International Film Festival. It also won the Golden Globe for Best Foreign Language Film.  Rotten Tomatoes gave it a 9 out of 10 rating describing it as “morally complex, suspenseful, and consistently involving.”

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For more information contact: Allan Scherlen, Belk Library - scherlnag@appstate.edu

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