Library News

Posted by Megan Johnson on Tuesday, January 22, 2013 - 8:48am
Global Women

Global Women's Series 2013: Women and the Environment: Eco-feminism and Activism

The Global Women's Series addresses contemporary global issues affecting women and girls and is a collaborative effort between a wide range of faculty, students, staff and community members. The program is co-sponsored by the Office of International Education and Development, the Women's Studies Program, and the Belk Library and Information Commons. Faculty are encouraged to participate as well as invite students and staff to attend.

We would like to invite you to participate in the opening event of our first annual Global Women’s Series on Tuesday, March 5th from 5:00-7:00pm.  The theme for this year’s series is “Women and the Environment: Expressions of Inspiration”.

Faculty, students, staff and community members are invited to submit short performance works (5 minutes or less) or visual art to share individual and collective messages relating to building a sustainable community of health, justice, and connection. What are we doing to make a difference? What is our call to act?  Participate by submitting this Registration Form.

If you have students, friends or colleagues who have made quality expressive art pieces or projects along the theme of environmental justice and activism, please encourage them to participate!

Posted by on Thursday, January 17, 2013 - 12:23pm
Tours ad

Belk Library & Information Commons will offer drop-in (no sign up necessary) library orientation tours to First Year Seminar & Transfer students again this spring.

Spring 2013 Tour Schedule

January 22 - January 31, 2013
Monday - Thursday at 3pm, 5pm and 9pm

Tour participants should meet in the Belk Library Atrium, by the dancers statue.

Students who sucessfully complete the orientation tour will receive a tour completion certificate.

If you have questions please contact Amanda Bird at 828.262.2085 or

Posted by Greta Browning on Wednesday, January 16, 2013 - 3:02pm
Student in rocking chair

Due to budget cuts, Special Collections will change their regular hours for the Spring 2013 semester. 

Changes are as follows:

Open Stacks
Monday – Thursday:  8:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m.
Friday:  8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
Saturday:  Closed
Sunday:  5:00 p.m. to 10:00 p.m.

Dougherty Reading Room
Monday-Friday:  10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.

Special Holiday Changes

  • Sunday before first day of classes (1/13):  Closed

  • First day of classes (1/14):  8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.

  • Martin Luther King, Jr. Holiday (1/21) Weekend:  Closed Saturday, Sunday, and Monday

  • Spring Break (3/11 – 3/15) Weekends:  Closed Saturday, 3/9, Sunday, 3/10, and Saturday 3/16

  • University Holiday (April 1-2):  Closed

Special Collections hours are available on the hours calendar.

Posted by on Monday, January 14, 2013 - 11:35am

The library has just launched APPsearch, a new tool to search for books, journal and magazine articles, movies and much more -- all in one place!

APPsearch is a powerful, information-rich, highly intuitive, easy-to-use search tool. Starting with one simple search box, you can find all the library has to offer. Great, detailed information is now just a click away. APPsearch is loaded with useful features:

  • Google-like relevance ranking ensures that the best results rise to the top of your search
  • Cool Web 2.0 features-like tag clouds- help you focus your search by format, collection, subject
  • headings and lots of other ways
  • “Did you Mean?” feature eliminates confusion and corrects common spelling mistakes
  • Quick links to other Web-based resources

Take APPsearch for a test drive and give us your feedback!

More info.

Posted by on Wednesday, January 9, 2013 - 11:50am

If you or your department have been receiving delivered library materials, please help us by returning the green bags.  We're about to run out.  Return them to the library or to any of the library's remote book drops.  (Don't put them in campus mail.)

Information about delivery of library materials to ASU faculty.

Posted by John Wiswell on Wednesday, December 19, 2012 - 2:38pm

We have one ebook collection that allows you to check out ebooks and download them to read offline.  The (EBSCO) eBook Collection has about 80,000 ebooks.  These are not bestsellers but have been published by small and academic presses.  You can browse here or you might come across these books in our catalog.

Here's how to get them on your iPad, iPhone, or Android device.  You have to do these first 4 steps just once:

  1. Set up an EBSCOhost account.  If you have used EBSCO databases, you might already have one.
  2. Set up an Adobe ID.
  3. Install the free Bluefire Reader app on you iPad, iPhone, or Android device.
  4. Enter your Adobe ID information into your Bluefire Reader app.

Log into the EBSCO eBook Collection and find an ebook you want.

Click on "Download This eBook (Offline)" or "Download (Offline)" button.

Then click on "Checkout & Download" button.

Finally, click on the "Open in "Bluefire Reader"" button.




Posted by Megan Johnson on Monday, December 10, 2012 - 10:57am

Today is Melville Louis Kossuth (Melvil) Dewey's birthday. He was born December 10, 1851. Dewey is best remembered for inventing the Dewey Decimal System, which is a book organization system.  The Belk Library's Instructional Material's Center, which mirrors a K-12 school libary, uses this system. The library's main stacks use the Library of Congress Classifcation System. He also helped found the American Library Association, and was interested in simplfying spelling.   

Posted by on Thursday, December 6, 2012 - 4:28pm
Graduation caps in air

Congratulations to all the students who are graduating this December, 2012. We thank all of our student library employees for their hard work and dedication. Your work in the library is greatly appreciated!

Michelle Bowers
Alex Alberti
Sarah Blythe
Dace Crawford
Chris Trotta
Nick Stack
Paul Philavong
Jamie Mueller
Meaghan Philbrook
Jonathan Greene
Kayla DeLong

Posted by Megan Johnson on Thursday, December 6, 2012 - 2:13pm
screenshot of help screen

The NC LIVE eBooks Portal ( has a NEW eBooks Help page where you can...

  • Watch video tutorials to learn more about downloading NC LIVE eBooks
  • Read or print step-by-step instructions for downloading eBooks to various devices
  • Find answers to common questions about NC LIVE eBooks

Here are customized instructions for downloading books to specific devices.

After you visit the eBooks Help page, please feel free to contact NC LIVE with suggestions, comments, or questions. They want to know what will be the most helpful to users as they add new tutorials, so please let them know what you would like to see!

Posted by on Wednesday, November 28, 2012 - 1:57pm
Jack Love at the circulation desk

The University Library cordially invites you to a retirement reception in honor of Jack Love. Please join us to say thank you for his many years of service to the faculty, staff, students and others at Appalachian State University.

Date: Wednesday, December 12, 2012

Time: 3-5pm

Location: The Solarium, Plemmons Student Union

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