Library News

Posted by on Monday, May 9, 2016 - 8:31am
Pam Mitchem Photo

Boone - University Libraries faculty member, Pam Mitchem is the 2016 recipient of the Thornton W. Mitchell Service Award.  Pam Mitchem has been a professional archivist for 18 years, working in digitization and digital curation since 2000.  She held positions as Preservation and Digital Projects Archivist, Interim University Archivist, and Special Assistant to the Dean of Libraries for Digital Initiatives. Mitchem earned an M.A. in Appalachian studies from Appalachian State University and an Ed.S. in leadership and higher education, also from Appalachian. She is a certified archivist (CA) with the Academy of Certified Archivists and is a Society of American Archivists certified digital archives specialist (DAS). She is at work on her post-masters certificate in data curation at UNC-Chapel Hill and is associate professor and the coordinator of digital scholarship and initiatives team at the Appalachian State University Libraries.

Established in 2003, the Award seeks to recognize an individual who has demonstrated outstanding service to the archival profession in the state of North Carolina by promoting public awareness, appreciation, or support of cultural heritage institutions, preserving historical and cultural resources, providing leadership in archival organizations or associations, or teaching, training, or mentoring new members of the archival profession.

The award honors the late Thornton W. Mitchell, who served as North Carolina State Archivist from 1973 until his retirement in 1981, and was an active member of the archival profession for forty years. The first Thornton W. Mitchell Service Award was presented at the SNCA spring meeting in March 2004.


Posted by on Tuesday, May 3, 2016 - 10:58am

Congratulations to all the students who are graduating this May, 2016. We especially thank all of our student library employees for their hard work and dedication. Your work in the library is greatly appreciated! You will be missed.

Graduating student library employees for 2016:

Amanda Andersen
Jennifer Asciutto
LeCount Beale
Andy Bratton
Ariel Bushel
Brianna Carr
Isaac Church
Dawn Davis
Wesley Davis
Shelby Gaskin
Teri Gravel
Sydney Goodman
Cecilia Taylor-Hardy
Jackson Hart
Alexandra Higgins
Haley Holland
Will Hyatt
Bria Ikard
Hunter Irving
Eric Janken
Darrick Keller
Hannah Lanier
John Magee
Ryan Malone
Kylil Martin 
Emily Miller
Sarah Paap
Tamela Queen
Hayley Razzeto
Jack Sales
Samantha Sawyer
Jordann Smart
Victoria Sutton
Curtis Tweed
Katelyn Turbyfill
Cody Ward
William Ward
Shane Watson
Hayden Waugh
Shannon Wiggins 

Good Luck on your Next Adventure!



Posted by Alex McAllister on Monday, April 25, 2016 - 10:16am
Reading and the Body by Thomas McLaughlin

Dear Faculty, Staff, and Students:

You are invited to attend the first Bivens Occasional Lecture on the Scholarship of Books and Reading. Professor Thomas McLaughlin will deliver the lecture at 5:30pm on Friday, April 29, in Room 114 of the Belk Library and Information Commons. McLaughlin specializes in literary criticism and theory and cultural studies. His lecture, entitled “Reading and the Body: The Physical Practice of Reading,” will be based on his recently published book. Here is a brief description of the lecture:

We tend to think of reading as an act of the disembodied mind, but in fact reading requires skillful use of the eyes and the hands, as well as postures and habits that support their work. The reading body operates within powerful cultural disciplines, but it is also capable of highly idiosyncratic improvisations. “Reading and the Body” examines these physical skills and habits and disciplines, in an effort to understand the contribution of the body to the process of reading, especially in an era in which the material process of reading is changing as our culture moves from the book to the screen.

McLaughlin is also the author of the following books:

  • Give and Go: Basketball as a Cultural Practice. SUNY Press, 2008.
  • Street Smarts and Critical Theory. University of Wisconsin Press, 1996.
  • Critical Terms for Literary Study. 2nd ed. University of Chicago Press, 1995.

We look forward to seeing you there!

Posted by John Boyd on Monday, April 25, 2016 - 8:42am
Fourth Annual Appalachian Lecture in British History (April 28, 2016)

You are cordially invited to attend

The Fourth Annual Appalachian Lecture in British History

“The Court of the Crusader King”


Dr. Richard R. Heiser
Presbyterian College
Clinton, South Carolina

Thursday, April 28, 2016
7:00 pm
Room 114
Belk Library and Information Commons

Appalachian State University
Boone, North Carolina

Tours of the Rhinehart Room and Rare Book Collection begin at 6:00 pm

Posted by Geri Purpur on Thursday, April 21, 2016 - 4:30pm
National Library Week 2016 winner

Hanna Caudill is the lucky winner of the View-Master Virtual Reality Starter Pack. Hanna is a graduating senior in the Nutrition and Health Care Management program.

Thanks to everyone who participated in the contest.

Image: Hanna Caudill with Belk Library PR Committee members Geri Purpur and Ken Johnson

Posted by Geri Purpur on Thursday, April 21, 2016 - 11:55am
library cupola

Belk Library Celebrates Earth Day!

The Belk (Green) Library was the first building on campus to incorporate many of the goals of the LEED program. 

Check out our latest Green Reads and Green Movies.

Check out our resources on the environment and how we can be better stewards of the earth.

Posted by on Thursday, April 21, 2016 - 8:54am

North Carolina Zoo Trip
Bus Trip to the North Carolina Zoo
Asheboro, North Carolina
Friday, May 20

8:00am — Return at 7:00pm Cost $30 per person (18 years of age and older please)
Includes transportation and admission to the zoo; lunch on your own inside the park.


  • Meet at 7:30am at the Library Parking Deck (free parking)
  • Depart at 8:00am
  • Depart from the Zoo at 4:00pm
  • Return to Boone at 7:00pm 

All reservations are due by Friday, May 13. For more information please call Lynn Patterson at 828‐262‐2087.

Sponsored by the Richard T. Barker Friends of the University Library

Zoo Trip Flyer 

Posted by on Friday, April 15, 2016 - 9:04am

Laura Wright, author of “The Vegan Studies Project: Food, Animals, and Gender in the Age of Terror” will give a lecture titled “Imagining Vegan Studies: English, Activism, and Animals" on April 21 in Bell Library and Information Commons.

When: Thursday, April 21, 2016 at 5:30 p.m.

Where: Room 114, Belk Library and Information Commons

Wright is a professor and head of the English department at Western Carolina University, where she specializes in postcolonial literatures and theory, ecocriticism and animal studies. She received her undergraduate degree in English from Appalachian in 1992.

Her monographs include “Writing Out of All the Camps: J. M. Coetzee’s Narratives of Displacement” and “Wilderness into Civilized Shapes: Reading the Postcolonial Environment.” She is lead editor, with Jane Poyner and Elleke Boehmer, of “Approaches to Teaching Coetzee’s Disgrace and Other Works.” Her most recent monograph, “The Vegan Studies Project: Food, Animals, and Gender in the Age of Terror” was published by the University of Georgia Press in October of 2015.

Published in 2015 by the University of Georgia Press, “The Vegan Studies Project” has been called “the foundational text for the nascent field of vegan studies.”



Posted by on Wednesday, April 13, 2016 - 9:01am
Sustainable Development

Topic: Sustainable Development in the High Country: climate change, sustainable development and the social and scientific effects upon the citizens of the High Country.

Wednesday, April 27, 2016 at 5:30 p.m.

Room 114, Belk Library and Information Commons

Panel Participants include:

Jeff Deal - Appalachian Voices - Project Manager & IT Consultant

Steve Owen  - The Appalachian Institute for Renewable Energy,  Executive Director

Ed Miller - General Manager for New River Light and Power

Jennifer Westerman and Brian Burke  - Faculty, Sustainable Development; Appalachian State University

Moderated by Dr. Sandra Lubarsky - Chairperson, Sustainable Development, Appalachian State University

Sponsored by the Richard T. Barker Friends of the University Library

Program flyer