Library News

Posted by John Boyd on Monday, February 27, 2012 - 2:32pm
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The Appalachian State University Global Film Series presents Tambien la Lluviaa (Even the Rain) on Tuesday, March 6, at 7 p.m. in I.G. Greer Auditorium. Admission is free.

The award-winning film is directed by Iciar Bollain and stars Gael Garcia Bernal and Luis Tosar.

Set in contemporary Cochabamba, Bolivia, the film deals with matters of globalization, indigenous rights, and environmental/sustainable development issues.

Benito Del Pliego, an associate professor in the Department of Foreign Languages and Literature, will introduce the film. A panel discussion featuring study abroad students that traveled to Cochabamba will share what they learned about the Bolivian people and issues highlighted in the film.

For additional information, contact Beth Cramer in Belk Library and Information Commons (crameree@appstate.edu) or Gus Pena in the Office of Multicultural Development (penaae@appstate.edu).

Information about the series is online at http://guides.library.appstate.edu/globalfilmseries.

Posted by on Friday, February 10, 2012 - 2:35pm
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The library has added new touchscreen information kiosks on each floor of the building. These monitors will give you instant, easy access to some of our most popular web tools:

  • Book group study rooms
  • View computer availability maps
  • Find events in the library

Our technology services staff is currently working on getting small printers attached to each monitor, so that students may print out confirmation slips when booking group study rooms.

Kiosk Locations

  • 1st floor: Two are located between the front doors and the reference desk
  • Lower level, 2nd, and 3rd floors: One on each floor by the main elevators

We're working on additional apps to add to the kiosks. Can you think of anything else you'd like to be able to do on these kiosks? Let us know in the comments.

Posted by John Boyd on Thursday, February 9, 2012 - 2:37pm
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Submit a short work of fiction (must be 500 words or less) and you could win a $150 gift certificate from the University Bookstore. Gift certificates to the top 3 authors. Open to all current Appalachian State University Students.

  • Story must be 500 words or less
  • Story must include the Wired Scholar Coffee Shop in some manner
  • Double-spaced, typed, 12-point font
  • Submit entry by email attachment (.doc or .pdf file) with subject line "Flash Fiction Contest" to boydjd@appstate.edu
  • Put your name and email address on attached cover sheet
  • Deadline for all stories is Friday, March 16 (deadline extended to March 23), 2012 at 5:00 p.m.
Posted by on Monday, February 6, 2012 - 2:39pm
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Belk Library is hosting training sessions for Web of Science and EndNote Web.

Date: Tuesday, February 14

Time: Web of Science 12:00pm - 1:00pm | EndNote 1:00pm - 2:00pm

Location: Belk Library, room 024

Thomson Reuters, producer of both products, is sending one of their trainer/teachers for one workshop for each product.  Seating in each session is limited to the first 40 who email requesting a seat.  Each class is 1 hour.

To register for either session, please email John Abbott (abbottjp@appstate.edu) and put "workshop" in the subject line and indicate which session(s) you wish to attend.

Web of Science

Are you interested in discovering who is citing your work or the work of others? Learn how to use Web of Science to utilize your research time more efficiently.

The Web of Science seminar covers:

  • The publication selection process
  • Using the search interfaces for topic, author, source title, and address searching
  • Using citation connections to navigate through literature both forward and backward in time
  • Integration with the ResearcherID author identification product
  • E-mailing, saving, printing, or exporting your results to EndNote Web
  • Saving a search history and creating search and citation alert
  • Social sciences and Humanities are also part of the content of WoS.

EndNote Web

Are you interested in learning better ways to effectively manage your references with a simple accessible tool? Learn how to use EndNote Web to manage your references more effectively and save time in your writing process.

With Web of Knowledge, you have access to EndNote Web, a reference organizer and collaboration tool that enables users to collect references and collaborate easily with other. Plus, insert citations and create bibliographies in Microsoft Word, instantly!

The seminar will cover:

  • Navigating the user interface
  • Integration with the Web of Knowledge
  • Collecting and sharing your references
  • Using Cite-While-You-Write to insert citations and create bibliographies in Microsoft Word
Posted by Ken Johnson on Thursday, January 26, 2012 - 2:43pm

For Spring 2012, the library and SGA worked to make the following changes to library late night hours:

1.  The Atrium area will close at 2 a.m. There will be no 24 hours access to the Atrium and Wired Scholar.

2.  For 2 weeks at Final exams, the library will be open 24/5 from Sunday night through Thursday nights.  

Find daily hours and any holiday/break exceptions on the official library hours calendar.

Posted by Cynthia Harbeson on Friday, January 20, 2012 - 2:45pm
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Searching for University Archives materials has just gotten easier.  University Archives finding aids are now online and searchable through the new search box on the main Special Collections page.  Finding aids, or guides to archival collections, are available for all University Archives material.  If you're looking for information about the history of ASU, this is the place to start.

Posted by John Boyd on Tuesday, January 17, 2012 - 2:51pm
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The following online databases from EBSCO are now available from the Library's Databases and E-Research Tools page (or click on the database below):

  • Art and Architecture Complete
  • Biography Reference Center
  • Educational Administration Abstracts
  • Entrepreneurial Studies Source
  • Gender Studies Database
  • Legal Information Reference Center
  • Peace Research Abstracts
  • Points of View
  • Public Administration Abstracts
  • Small Business Reference Center
Posted by on Tuesday, January 17, 2012 - 2:50pm

The Belk Library Student Advisory Group (in cooperation with Library Administration) sponsored a "Food for Fines" drive.  The drive lasted from December 12 – 22.  During that time, the library accepted 1 canned food item for every $1.00 owed in fines up to a $15.00 maximum.  Several patrons that did not owe fines also contributed to this drive.  During the drive, 533 items were collected and donated to the Watauga Hunger Coalition.  A special thanks to all who contributed.  We hope to do another “Food for Fines” drive again this year.

Posted by on Thursday, January 12, 2012 - 2:57pm

All public computers in campus labs and in the library are now set up to print duplex by default.  This setting is only the default on the black and white printers.  The color printer is still set to single-sided printing.

UPDATE FROM TECHNICAL SUPPORT SERVICES - Email from the Director

We are going greener...

I want to remind everyone that beginning this semester TSS has changed all Pharos printing stations on campus to default to duplex printing where possible.  Students are not charged any extra charges for printing on both sides of the paper, and the cost per page remains the same.

Students may print single-sided if needed, but must change the setting within the print dialog box before the print job is sent.  TSS will be unable to refund any funds for miss-prints.  We are hopeful that this change will reduce our campus paper usage significantly.  I am also happy to tell you that we have upgraded the Pharos software over the holidays and this should help solve the Pharos problems we have experienced over the past semester.

Additionally, we are testing power save settings across many of the public workstations across campus.  We are changing some of our maintenance cycle schedules.  We are also changing our practice of turning computers on first thing in the morning, and instead having the first user of the day turn the machine on when it is needed.  This project has potential to save energy and save the university money.

We're pleased to be part of the sustainability efforts on campus.  Feel free to contact me regarding any of these initiatives.

Have a great semester.

Best,

Tom

Tom Van Gilder

Director of Technology Support Services

Appalachian State University

Posted by on Thursday, January 12, 2012 - 2:53pm
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The library will be offering orientation tours for first year seminar and transfer students from January 23rd through February 2nd. Any other student who would like to attend is welcome as well! The tours will take approximately 45 minutes.

The schedule is:

Monday & Wednesday: 3:00 pm and 9:00 pm

Tuesday & Thursday: 11:00 am and 8:00 pm

Please meet by the dancers statue in the Atrium of Belk Library.

If you have any questions about the tours, please contact Amanda Bird at 828-262-2085.

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