Library News

Posted by on Friday, March 4, 2016 - 8:54am

February 22 - March 31, 2016
Belk Library and Information Commons - 2nd floor rotunda
Free and open to the public

Art Department Faculty member IlaSahai Prouty is determined to expand the dialog about race and stereotypes on campus. Her new installation, Paper Bag Test - Boone is designed to present race as a social construct and to engage students, faculty, staff and the community about how we use words to describe, imply and evaluate race.

The paper bag test is said to have been used to evaluate who might be admitted into certain African-American clubs, organizations and parties. People darker than a paper bag were welcome while those lighter were directed to others.

“I remember thinking, ‘Which paper bag did they use?’ when I first heard about the test,” recalls Prouty. “I wanted to belong, but I knew that, regardless of which bag was used, there would always be a certain mismatch, and plenty of labels, names and false categories to go around.”

As a bi-racial woman, Prouty lives with the question of how race is constructed in our culture. Her recent work is driven by the themes of identity, power, repetition and dreaming. Paper Bag Test - Boone, on display through March in the Belk Library and Information Commons second floor rotunda, consists of 22 paper bags coated in various colors and stamped with a label. Visitors are invited to add comments to the bags and post selfies on Instagram under #paperbagtest.

Prouty writes, “My goals with this piece are to engage people in thinking about how we use words to describe, imply and evaluate race, to ask them to reflect on how they see their own skin tone and the skin tones of others, and to present race as a social, as opposed to scientific, construction.

“This piece attempts to develop a complex dialog about skin tone and stereotypes in contrast with what is often a shallow and reductive conversation in our culture. Hopefully, it also offers the possibility of reclaiming and redefining the language we use to construct the categories of race.”

At the close of the exhibit, the story and photo gallery will live on A version of the piece will go to the Artfields festival April 22-30 in Lake City, South Carolina, and at the Visual Art Exchange this September in Raleigh. The piece has already been hosted at Greensboro College, High Point University, ETSU, and The Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts. In the future, Prouty will create a book using the comments and selfies provided by participants from many locations.

Information about the artist



Posted by Greta Browning on Tuesday, March 1, 2016 - 4:07pm
Man rock climbing

And you thought the 4th floor was a climb...

Did you know you can climb Mt. Everest in approximately 8 hours? The newest exhibit in Special Collections features hand-drawn maps, printed guides, and newspaper clippings relating to mountain climbing. Many of the items being showcased are part of the Ralph Fickel Papers and the Ralph Fickel Memorial Collection. Fickel was a rock and ice climber who attended Appalachian State University and later became a guide to climbers whose abilities ranged from novice to more advanced.

The exhibit, installed by sophomore Exercise Science major Ashton Schoen, is located inside Special Collections and is on display through the end of the semester during the department's open hours. Special thanks to Special Collections' Reading Room Manager Dean Williams for his help with the exhibit.

Feel free to research the Special Collections' materials related to rock climbing and mountaineering by contacting or visiting the Dougherty Reading Room, which is located next to the exhibit case.

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


Posted by on Wednesday, February 24, 2016 - 10:43am
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How are we doing?  The Library would like to gauge your general impression of our services and resources.  We'd love to hear your opinions and perspectives on our strengths and areas of opportunity. 

Please take a moment to fill out this short survey.

Thank you!

Posted by Paul Orkiszewski on Tuesday, February 23, 2016 - 12:46pm

Register at:

Classroom teaching is enhanced by the use of creative works such as music, video, art, the written word, theatrical works, charts and graphs, and more. Most of these works are subject to U.S. Copyright law. What kind of rights and responsibilities do you have in the use of this germane and useful material in your teaching and scholarship?

Please join a team drawn from ASU's Office of General Counsel, Learning Technology Services, and the Library as we try and shed some light, raise issues and awareness, and engage in a discussion on copyright in the higher education environment.

Posted by on Monday, February 22, 2016 - 4:12pm

Two Subjects-One ICPSR Webinar! I) Finding usable research data for analysis and teaching II) Sharing research data

Join ICPSR for a webinar on March 01, 2016 at 12:30 PM EST.

Register now!

Register for the ICPSR webinar that will focus on two subject-areas: I) Finding usable research data to publish and pass, and teach and learn. II) Finding the right place to share research data. 

This 90-minute webinar will provide a full orientation to ICPSR data services. The webinar will provide those new to and those familiar with ICPSR a primer on: finding usable research data for analysis and for teaching; finding training on (beginning and advanced) quantitative methods and data management and curation; finding the right place to share and preserve your scientific research data. 

Serving over 40 disciplines/fields, ICPSR is the world’s largest archive of curated behavioral and social science research data. We advance research and instruction by acquiring, curating, preserving, and distributing original research data. 

This webinar is designed for those new to ICPSR, those exploring membership in ICPSR (Appalachian State is a member), and those desiring a refresher on ICPSR and its evolving data services and tools. 

Q&A will be available and this webinar is free and open to the public.

After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the webinar.

View System Requirements

 For more information about ICPSR, see the Library Guide to ICPSR

Posted by on Tuesday, February 16, 2016 - 7:52am
eBooks Workshop


The Belk Library has thousands of eBooks available for research or leisure reading. Learn how to identify, access and utilize eBooks to your best advantage. Open to all faculty, students, and staff.

Thursday, Feb 18, 2016


Beth Cramer & John Boyd

Missed the eBook workshop? View a past ebook webinar at (jump to the 2:00 mark)



What do I need to attend a online workshop?

  • PC or Mac with Internet Explorer, Safari, Firefox or Chrome.
  • A minimum of a 56K modem.
  • Speakers or headphones are required.
  • A microphone or the ability to text Chat.

How do I register for an online workshop?Register for online workshops by clicking the Register Here link.

  • Fill out the form to enroll
  • A message will be sent to the provided email when you submit your enrollment that contains a URL to attend the workshop.

How do I attend when it is time for the workshop?

  • Be sure to log in 20 minutes before the scheduled workshop. Use this time to test your microphone and speaker settings through the auto wizard.
  • The workshops will start on time, so there will not be anytime for troubleshooting during the workshop.

What if I cannot fit a session into my schedule?

Librarians can schedule one-on-one sessions either in person or online to accommodate  scheduling conflicts. Fill out the RAP request form and a librarian will contact you.



Posted by John Wiswell on Monday, February 8, 2016 - 1:08pm

Zotero is free!  You create a personal library to capture and store citations, pdf’s and more that you locate via an online catalog, google scholar, databases, or other websites. When writing your paper you can easily insert in-text citations and create bibliographies. No more cutting and pasting citation information into a Word document.  No more trying to find that pdf you saved somewhere on your desktop.  Really.  

One hour workshop.  Students, faculty and staff welcome.  Registration required.  
Note – please install the software on your laptop prior to the workshop. 

All sessions in Rm. 028, Belk Library and Information Commons.

Thurs. Feb. 11th          4-5 p.m.
Fri.       Feb. 12th          12-1 p.m.
Mon.    Feb. 22nd          5-6 p.m.
Fri.       March 18th       12-1 p.m.
Sat.      March 19th       12-1 p.m.

If you are not able to attend, you can contact us for an individual appointment:

Lisa Abbott,
John Wiswell,


Posted by Scott Goldstein on Thursday, January 28, 2016 - 4:46pm
Blender logo

This semester visitng scholar Piotr Arłukowicz has offered a series of workshops on how to use Blender open source software for modeling and animation.  The workshop on simulation and gaming is the last in the series.

It is recommended that you have attended at least one of the previous workshops or have some exposure to the basics of Blender

The workshop is scheduled for Friday, March 18th from 2:00-4:00pm in Belk Library, Room 028

CLICK HERE to register

If you want to learn more about Blender or about any of the workshops from this semester, please contact Piotr for a one-on-one consultation. 

Email Dr Arłukowicz 

Co-sponsored by Digital Humanities Working Group, University Documentary Film Services, and the University Library
Posted by Geri Purpur on Monday, January 11, 2016 - 2:17pm
Library Cares Campaign Logo

Based on student feedback and attendance, the three most popular events of the Library Cares Campaign were:

1)  Therapy Dogs - Therapy dogs visited the library 6 times during the campaign.

2)  Snack Breaks -  The four snack breaks included a variety of sweet and healthy snacks, hot tea, and coffee.  Snack break with the Chancellor and Deans attracted the largest number of students.

3)  Chair Massage - 56 lucky students received a chair massage.  Massage therapists were here 2 days for a 2-hour period each day.


The Library would like to give a big shout-out to the following individuals and groups who helped make the campaign a success:

Office of the Chancellor
Counseling Services
MYO Clinic
Therapy Dogs Knox, Sheela, and Irish
Still Point
Achord Acapella Group
VoiceMale Acapella Group
Jonathan Priest
Wired Scholar Coffee Shop
SGA-Academic Affiars Committee

To see photographs and additional highlights go to:  Library Cares Campaign

Posted by on Wednesday, December 9, 2015 - 2:12pm

Congratulations to all students who are graduating (or completing internships in the spring) this December, 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 December, 2015 are:

Chelsea Marqueda

Cherie Harrison

Ivan Magana

Cody Estes

Sara Weber

Kelsi Bryant

Kiefer Smith

Taylor Payne

Gabby Gabriel

Oana Devera

Evyan Gainey

Coburn Jones

Luce-Melissa Kouaho

Taylor Blue

Dawn Davis