Library News

Posted by on Monday, July 6, 2015 - 8:12am
Jim Grimsley

Jim Grimsley, known for his work as a novelist and playwright, will speak July 16 at Appalachian State University.

His talk, sponsored by Belk Library and Information Commons, begins at 4 p.m. in room 114 in the library. The event is free and the public is invited. A reception and book signing will follow his presentation.

His book “How I Shed My Skin: Unlearning the Racist Lessons of a Southern Childhood,” published in April by Algonquin Books, has been called “a powerful meditation on race” by former U.S. Poet Laureate Natasha Trethewey, and “a sensitive memoir that probes the past to discover what and how Grimsley learned about race, equality and democracy ‘from the good white people’ in his family and community,” according to Kirkus Reviews.

Grimsley also is the author of the science fiction novels “The Ordinary” and “The Last Green Tree,” and the dark comedy “Forgiveness.”

His other novels include “Winter Birds,” a finalist for the PEN/Hemingway Award; “Dream Boy,” winner of the Award for Gay, Lesbian and Bisexual Literature; “My Drowning,” a Lila-Wallace-Reader’s Digest Writer’s Award winner; and “Comfort and Joy,” a Lambda Literary Award finalist.

He has written 11 full-length and four one-act plays, including “Mr. Universe,” “The Lizard of Tarsus,” “White People” and “The Existentialists.” A collection of his plays, “Mr. Universe and Other Plays,” was published by Algonquin in 1998, and was a Lambda Literary Award finalist in drama.

Grimsley has been playwright-in-residence at 7Stages Theatre of Atlanta since 1986 and was playwright-in-residence at About Face Theatre of Chicago from 2000-04. In 1988 he was awarded the George Oppenheimer Award for Best New American Playwright for his play “Mr. Universe.” He was also awarded the first-ever Bryan Prize for Drama, presented by the Fellowship of Southern Writers in 1993 for distinguished achievement in playwriting.


Posted by Scott Goldstein on Sunday, June 28, 2015 - 7:43pm
APPsearch new and improved

Belk Library has a new version of APPsearch!

You will now see a new interface, which has the power to simultaneously search across content from over 100 library databases and the library catalog.

APPsearch will now provide the user with a customized searching experience, based on a variety of search options and tools. Best of all, the new APPsearch displays results super fast.

Another change is the new search box on the library homepage. The new search box is more streamlined, allowing for a simpler, more efficient searching experience.

Posted by John Wiswell on Monday, June 22, 2015 - 10:58am
HL Wiki's survey of popularity of citation managers

We do not have any workshops scheduled so far this summer for learning EndNote, Zotero, or Mendeley, but we can work with you by appointment.  Either in person or web conferencing.  Small groups are welcome also.

Submit a RAP request or contact John Wiswell,  For Reich College of Education requests, for Zotero, contact Lisa Abbott,

Also see our library guide.

Posted by Scott Goldstein on Thursday, June 11, 2015 - 4:01pm
EDS logo

APPsearch will soon have a new search engine. This summer, we are switching to EBSCO Discovery Service (EDS). You will notice a new interface (but familiar to those who already search EBSCO products), basic and advanced search options, searching simultaneously across content from over 100 library databases and the library catalog, along with quick display of search results.

You can try it out now and tell us what you think. We are planning on going live at the end of June.

Posted by on Monday, June 8, 2015 - 7:50am

Tom Higgins, who has been called NASCAR’s storyteller, will talk about his sports writing career June 12 at Appalachian State University. Higgins wrote about motorsports for the Charlotte Observer for more than three decades.

Higgins’ talk is sponsored by Belk Library and Information Commons. The free event will begin at 4 p.m. in room 421 in the library. A reception will follow.

The fourth recipient of the Squier-Hall Award for NASCAR Media Excellence, Higgins was honored during NASCAR Hall of Fame induction ceremony in January and featured in an exhibit at the NASCAR Hall of Fame in Charlotte.

The Burnsville native began his career as a sports writer in the late 1950s, covering sports for the Canton Enterprise after graduating from Brevard College, where he played baseball and basketball. 

He later joined the Asheville Citizen-Times, and said in an interview with the paper that, “Once I got to Asheville and heard the clacking of those teletype machines and was part of the excitement of putting out a daily newspaper, I was hooked.”

His first auto race was at the Asheville Weaverville Speedway.

Higgins is the author of “Racing into the Past,” which covers the early years of NASCAR, “NASCAR Greatest Races: The 25 Most Thrilling Races in NASCAR History” and coauthor of “Junior Johnson: Brave in Life.”

Friday, June 12, 4:00 p.m.
Belk Library and Information Commons
Room 421



Posted by Greta Browning on Friday, June 5, 2015 - 2:01pm
First season "Horn in the West" poster

The newest exhibit in Special Collections features historical documents, photos, an original poster, and an artifact from Boone’s outdoor drama, “Horn in the West.” The exhibit, curated by Appalachian Studies graduate student Adam Sheffield, is located inside Special Collections and is on display through the summer during the department’s open hours.  All of the materials on display and much more is available in the Southern Appalachian Historical Association Records. Contact or visit the Dougherty Reading Room, which is located next to the exhibit case, to use the collection.

“Horn in the West” was first produced in 1952, and is the third oldest surviving American outdoor drama, following “The Lost Colony” and “Unto These Hills." The show derives from a script written by Dr. Kermit Hunter, originally titled “Wilderness Road.”  The Southern Appalachian Historical Association states that over 1.4 million people have attended “Horn in the West” since its first season. This month, on June 26th at 8pm, marks the beginning of the 63rd season of productions. For more information about Horn in the West, visit their website.

Questions?  Please contact the Dougherty Reading Room by phone 828-262-7974 or email

Pictured: Original poster by Elsie Freeman, artist, 1952.

Posted by Andrea Leonard on Friday, May 29, 2015 - 2:53pm

Summer is here and you can still access our OverDrive e-book and audiobook collection 24/7! Whether you’re taking a family vacation, going on a road trip with friends, or just want to enjoy a quiet afternoon relaxing, you can enjoy e-books, audiobooks, and more anytime, anywhere. 

You can borrow titles using your library login credentials and enjoy on your computer, tablet, smartphone or e-reader device. Read right in the internet browser or download using the free OverDrive app.  At the end of the lending period, titles automatically expire so there are never any late fees. Our OverDrive digital collection can be accessed anywhere in the world, as long as there is an internet connection.

To get started, browse here to see titles that are available:  OverDrive ebooks at Belk Library

Enjoy summer reading!

Posted by on Wednesday, May 27, 2015 - 11:41am
Films On Demand

Films On Demand provides access to over 22,000 high quality streaming video on a wide-variety of topics. Subject covered include business & economics, health & medicine, humanities & social sciences, science & mathematics, as well as travel and fitness programming, home and how-to videos, and popular music performances. The videos include Oscar, Emmy and Peabody award winning documentaries plus interviews, instructional and vocational training videos, historical speeches and newsreels.

Features include: Captioning and cross-searchable interactive transcripts on all titles; iPad, PC, Mac, and Android friendly; Public performance rights; Citations in MLA, CMS, and APA formats; ability to embed persistent and authenticated video clips into course management systems such as Blackboard and Moodle; and create and share personalized playlists using segments from multiple videos.

Access Films On Demand





Posted by Geri Purpur on Monday, May 4, 2015 - 9:04am
Therapy dog Knox and handler Brianne

Knox, a Canine Good Citizen and registered with Therapy Dogs, Inc. will be in the Belk Library today, May 4,  from 2:30-4:30 pm. 

Knox will be with his handler, Brianne Harris.    Brianne is an Appalachian 2012 Psychology alumna and says that Knox, a Great Pyrenees is a good listener and is great for hugging. 

Squeezes, rubs, hugs, and scratches are free!

Posted by on Friday, May 1, 2015 - 4:42pm
Graduation Pic

Congratulations to all the students who are graduating this May, 2015. We 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
May, 2015 are:

Crystal Pulley

Dana Wetmore

Molly Clay – DMS

Reece Bergen

Alex Savarda

Susan "Alex" Sames

Patrick Harrow

John "Kyle" McFarland

Ariel Cedillos

Kanisha Coleman

Lauren Dubose

Nina Farrow

Heydon Smith

Tony Walker

William Ward

Renee Cloud

Devante Martin

Jateria Pittman

Chimere Williams

Calie Brummer

Daniel Baker

Sam Stark

Kaylie Schmidt

Robin Tobiah Cramer

Amanda Gentile

Luce-Melissa Kouaho

Andrew Boyea