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Posted by Megan Johnson 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 Megan Johnson 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.

Posted by Geri Purpur on Friday, September 13, 2013 - 2:19pm
student volunteers

The Belk Library would like to thank everyone who applied to serve on this committee.  We greatly appreciate your interest in and dedication to the Library.

The Belk Library Student Advisory Committee Members for 2013-2014 are:

Forrest Yerman
Brittany Hicks
Yuxiu Wu

Michael Link
Michael Simmons
Emily Oswalt
Olivia Smith

Crystal Pulley
Shannon Thompson
Joseph Wheeler
Devon Matti

Abigail Schneider
Katelyn Emanuelson
Jack Leff
Ryan Maranville

Savannah Stewart
Erica Badenchini
Wesley Rawles
Lauren Abercrombie

Posted by Kelly McCallister on Friday, September 13, 2013 - 2:17pm
Mango languages

Ahoy Hearties! Next Thursday, September 19, 2013 is the International Talk Like a Pirate Day! Amaze your friends and family with your fluent pirate speaking skills by logging onto the Mango Languagesdatabase on the Belk Library and Information Commons website. From the main page click on the Databases link or type in Mango Languages, click on the link, create an account, and let the pirate conversations begin!

Also, check out our LibGuide for other cool Language Resources:  http://guides.library.appstate.edu/languageresources

Manage Languages offers conversational learning to teach simple, practical and polite conversational skills for beginners. Mango Languages are offered in over 60 languages, examples include: Arabic, Chinese (Cantonese) , Chinese (Mandarin), French, German, Italian, Spanish, etc.. Very similar to Rosetta Stone,Mango Languages offers a fun, interactive way to learn a new language. 

 

So log on the Library website today and be prepared to ‘Blow me down’...Savvy?

Posted by on Thursday, September 5, 2013 - 1:12pm
OverDrive eBooks

Belk Library now offers the Appalachian State community access to OverDrive, a service which allows users to download ebooks and audiobooks to their favorite mobile device. Titles include popular fiction, study aids (GRE, LSAT, GMAT, CPA), travel guides, foreign language study audiobooks, and more.

Items are available in four formats: Kindle, EPub, MP3 and WMA audio. An Adobe ID or Amazon Kindle account is required, and either an OverDrive Media Console App or a Kindle device or App. For help, see our Library Guide for eBooks/OverDrive, or visit us in the library. You can always read available ebooks through your browser without having to download any software.

Explore OverDrive to see the growing collection of downloadable ebooks and audiobooks, and enter your Banner/Univeristy ID number to download up to three titles at a time for either a 7, 14, or 21 day check-out. Titles are returned automatically at the end of the lending period, so there are never late fees.

Posted by on Wednesday, September 4, 2013 - 10:44am

We need your help!

Please join the Distance Education Student Advisory Committee to lend your voice and expertise on the best ways the Distance Education department can better serve its students. This committee offers a platform for you to voice your opinions and suggestions as well as an important leadership and professional development opportunity for students. Committee members will be responsible for exploring and reporting on issues related to Distance Education at Appalachian State, collaborating with each other on projects, and leading discussions on assigned topics.  Time commitment will not be overwhelming, but committee members will be expected to be adequately prepared for meetings.

The Process:

  • Several committee members for all Distance Education programs will be selected based on percentage of students enrolled in each college; ideally representatives from undergraduate and graduate programs within a variety of disciplines.
  • The Committee will participate via an ASU Learn course set-up to use multiple formats for communicating such as chat, forums, video-streaming, and web-conferencing.  The members will work independently and in groups to maximize our effectiveness.  If members wish and/or are more comfortable, face to face meetings  may be coordinated in various regions.
  • To volunteer please fill out this form: Volunteer Form for Student Advisory Committee. The deadline for applications is September 13, 2013
  • Committee members will be selected by September 15, 2013 and  notified by email on September 16, 2013.
  • If you have any questions, please contact Kelly McCallister or Bronwen Sheffield---we are looking forward to working with you!

 

Facilitators: 

Kelly McCallister -Distance Education Librarian-mccallisterkc@appstate.edu

Bronwen Sheffield-Distance Education Program Manager-sheffieldbl@appstate.edu

Posted by on Friday, August 30, 2013 - 4:48pm
Information literacy image-brain

This award promotes students' active engagement in the processes of library research and encourages them to synthesize library research skills with the reading, writing and critical thinking skills developed in their first year at Appalachian.

Award:

First Prize: $300 gift certificate to the bookstore

Second Prize: $200 gift certificate to the bookstore

In addition to the monetary award:

The winning student will allow a copy of his or her paper to be given to the University Archives.

The winning paper will be posted on the Belk Library & Information Commons Library website as well as the Composition and Rhetoric website.

Eligible students in the Fall 2013 and Spring 2014 courses of:

  • UCO 1200: First Year Seminar (including honors sections) 
  • English 1000 (including honors sections)

Applications 
Students wishing to enter a research paper for consideration should click on this application form

Criteria for Evaluation

The due date is Monday March 10, 2014.

The winners will be announced at the Celebration of Student Writing on April 17, 2014.

Posted by John Wiswell on Wednesday, August 28, 2013 - 5:01pm
Cover of the Economist -- ML King Jr.

We have The Chronicle of Higher Education, the trade journal of higher education.  Also, see Inside Higher Ed, which is free on the Web. 

For other news, one good source is The Economist.  (Although, to tell you the truth, I'm partly suggesting it because it has Dr. King on the cover, which makes a good thumbnail image today.)

We have access to the New York Times and the Wall Street Journal also.  We get them through ProQuest, and they include today's articles if you go Advanced Search and choose today's date.  ProQuest is not quite as nice as the nytimes.com and wsj.com interfaces.   I often start with those, until they ask for money.  Then, you can come to our ProQuest and find it in today's news.  But watch out.  The Wall Street Journal often has different article titles for otherwise identical wsj.com and Proquest versions.

That's not all (and of course there's lots that's free on the Web).  See this list or this guide to news sources.  Or ask us for help.

Posted by Geri Purpur on Friday, August 23, 2013 - 2:57pm
raised hands

Attention all students (Undergraduate and Graduate) the 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, 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. The committee will meet several times a semester or as needed at a time that is convenient for the majority of committee members. The first meeting will be in mid to late September. The term for appointment is one year.  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 no later than September 6th.  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 purpurgm@appstate.edu, or by phone at 828-262-6903. 

Thank you!

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