Library News

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:

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.”


For more information contact: Allan Scherlen, Belk Library -

Posted by Greta Browning on Thursday, October 3, 2013 - 4:47pm
Medieval exhibits

What do Robin Hood, Jack tales, and castles have in common?  Find out in the two exhibits, "Medieval Folklore & Stories" and "Medieval Life," in Plemmons Student Union, now on display through October 8.  Library resources from Special Collections and the Instructional Materials Center related to the medieval period are on display just as the Southeast Medievalists Association comes to Appalachian State University for its annual meeting.

Posted by on Thursday, October 3, 2013 - 10:04am
TEA Scholars

Students and Scholars Exchange: Meet, Greet, and Eat

October 9, 2013 | 5:30-7:00 pm | RCOE Rm 124a


A Panel Discussion and Conversation with the Teaching Excellence and Achievement Program (TEA) Scholars

 Students, Did you know that Appalachian State University is currently hosting an international group of 21 teacher-scholars from four continents? Please come out and meet these teachers and learn about education and life in their home countries. Countries represented include: Argentina, Bangladesh, Chile, Colombia, India, Lithuania, Nepal, Nicaragua, Panama, Peru, Poland, Romania, South Africa, Ukraine, and Uzbekistan.

Faculty and students are welcome! Appetizers and refreshments will be provided.

Sponsored by the RCOE and the University Library’s Doorways Panel. For more information on this program, please contact Dr. Xiaorong Shao at

Posted by Greta Browning on Wednesday, October 2, 2013 - 2:49pm
Clippings file heading for Swain County

This Friday and Saturday, October 4 and 5, the North Shore Decoration Day Symposium will be held on campus.  For those interested in learning more about the North Shore and Decoration Day, the W.L. Eury Appalachian Collection in Special Collections contains materials documenting this history.  Of note are:

For more information, visit Special Collections on the 4th floor of Belk Library and Information Commons, call 828-262-4041, or email



Posted by Greta Browning on Monday, September 30, 2013 - 10:47am

During the first few weeks of September, dancers in Collaborative Process (DAN 4830) have visited the Library twice to learn about its resources: once, on September 10, to learn about library resources for their final papers, and again on September 19, to explore how physical space affects their creative processes.  One visit involved sitting in a computer classroom; the other involved actually dancing on the main staircase and in the first floor atrium. In both cases, they used the Library's resources to explore dance intellectually and physically.


Associate Professor of Dance and the class’s instructor Emily Daughtridge explained the less-traditional, but creative use of the Library's resources that her class experienced on the Thursday the 19th: 


"The students were members of my Collaborative Process class, which is a course for senior Dance Studies majors.  The  students in Collaborative Process  are exploring the nature of creativity in collaborative work, crossing disciplines and group processes. [Thursday’s] class, guided by invited guest and chair of Theatre and Dance, Marianne Adams, took inspiration from Postmodern era dance artists such as Trisha Brown.  These artists are interested in exploring, dancing and choreographing in relationship to the elements, be they architectural, cultural, etc., of a given environment, or "found" space as it may be.


“During [Thursday’s] class the dance students explored improvisational performance in the library rotunda and in the large open stair case.  Both spaces provide unique spatial dimensions, architectural features, viewing perspectives and the opportunity to negotiate movement and interactions not only with fellow dancers but also with unsuspecting pedestrians.  In addition Ms. Adam's gave the dancers the following prompts to consider: the shape of the space, the initiation/intention of the movement, and the awareness of being a part of a greater whole."

Watch a video of Collaborative Process students dancing in the Library!


Photos by Rao Aluri and Greta Browning

Video by Marianne Adams

Posted by on Friday, September 27, 2013 - 9:58am

As part of the Hayes School of Music’s Max Smith Memorial Gamelan and Organ Concert on Sunday, September 29, rare music books, scores, and manuscripts from Special Collections will be on display in the Music Library, located on the second floor of the Broyhill Music Center.  Organist and retired faculty member Max Smith (1931-2012) created an endowment to build special collections in classical music to enhance teaching and research at the School of Music.

The concert begins at 3:00 p.m. in Rosen Concert Hall.  Click here for more information.

Pictured: Title page from Franz Liszt's Feuilles d'Album pour Piano.

Posted by on Thursday, September 26, 2013 - 3:12pm
Betsy Williams

Information Literacy Librarian Elizabeth (Betsy) McCutchen Williams was invited to give a lecture at the Filson Historical Society in Louisville, Ky about her publication Appalachian travels : the diary of Olive Dame Campbell / edited by Elizabeth McCutchen Williams published by the University Press of Kentucky, c2012.

In 1908 and 1909, noted social reformer and “songcatcher” Olive Dame Campbell traveled with her husband, John C. Campbell, through the Southern Highlands region of Appalachia to survey the social and economic conditions in mountain communities. Throughout the journey, Olive kept a detailed diary offering a vivid, entertaining, and personal account of the places the couple visited, the people they met, and the mountain cultures they encountered.

Although John C. Campbell’s book, The Southern Highlander and His Homeland, is cited by nearly every scholar writing about the region, little has been published about the Campbells themselves and their role in the sociological, educational, and cultural history of Appalachia. In this critical edition, Elizabeth McCutchen Williams makes Olive’s diary widely accessible to scholars and students for the first time.Appalachian Travels only offers an invaluable account of mountain society at the turn of the twentieth century.

American folklorist Olive Dame Campbell (1882–1954) was the author or coauthor of numerous books, including English Folk Songs from the Southern Appalachians. In 1925, she founded the John C. Campbell Folk School in Brasstown, North Carolina.



Posted by on Thursday, September 19, 2013 - 3:46pm
Information Technology and Libraries

E-learning Librarian Megan Johnson published "Usability Test Results for Encore in an Academic Library" in Information Technology and Libraries (ITAL) 32.3 (2013): 59-85 doi: 10.6017/ital.v32i3.4635

This case study gives the results a usability study for the discovery tool Encore Synergy (locally branded as APPsearch), an Innovative Interfaces product, launched at  Belk Library & Information Commons in January 2013.  Nine of the thirteen participants in the study rated the discovery tool as more user friendly.  All of the study’s participants were in favor of switching the interface to the new “one box” search. Several glitches in the implementation were noted and reported to the vendor.  The study results have helped develop Belk library training materials and curricula.  The study will also serve as a benchmark for further usability testing of Encore and Appalachian State Library’s website. This article will be of interest to libraries using Encore Discovery Service, investigating discovery tools, or performing usability studies of other discovery services.


Posted by on Monday, September 16, 2013 - 11:22am
Image of Banned Books Display in the IMC

Checked out a banned book lately? Belk Library is celebrating Banned Books Week, an annual event held during the last week of September that celebrates your freedom to read. The event was first held in 1892 after an increase in the number of challenges to books in schools, bookstores, and libraries.  Over 11,300 books have been challenged since 1892. Due to the commitment of librarians, teachers, parents, students and other concerned citizens, most challenges are unsuccessful and most materials are retained in the school curriculum or library collection. Belk Library is committed to supporting the freedom to seek and to express ideas, even those some consider unorthodox or unpopular.
Stop by the Instructional Materials Center on the lower level to check out books from our banned books display, and visit our Pinterest board of banned books to discover what you are missing.