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Posted by on Wednesday, September 4, 2013 - 10:44am

We need your help!

Please join the Distance Education Student Advisory Committee to lend your voice and expertise on the best ways the Distance Education department can better serve its students. This committee offers a platform for you to voice your opinions and suggestions as well as an important leadership and professional development opportunity for students. Committee members will be responsible for exploring and reporting on issues related to Distance Education at Appalachian State, collaborating with each other on projects, and leading discussions on assigned topics.  Time commitment will not be overwhelming, but committee members will be expected to be adequately prepared for meetings.

The Process:

  • Several committee members for all Distance Education programs will be selected based on percentage of students enrolled in each college; ideally representatives from undergraduate and graduate programs within a variety of disciplines.
  • The Committee will participate via an ASU Learn course set-up to use multiple formats for communicating such as chat, forums, video-streaming, and web-conferencing.  The members will work independently and in groups to maximize our effectiveness.  If members wish and/or are more comfortable, face to face meetings  may be coordinated in various regions.
  • To volunteer please fill out this form: Volunteer Form for Student Advisory Committee. The deadline for applications is September 13, 2013
  • Committee members will be selected by September 15, 2013 and  notified by email on September 16, 2013.
  • If you have any questions, please contact Kelly McCallister or Bronwen Sheffield---we are looking forward to working with you!



Kelly McCallister -Distance Education

Bronwen Sheffield-Distance Education Program

Posted by on Friday, August 30, 2013 - 4:48pm
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This award promotes students' active engagement in the processes of library research and encourages them to synthesize library research skills with the reading, writing and critical thinking skills developed in their first year at Appalachian.


First Prize: $300 gift certificate to the bookstore

Second Prize: $200 gift certificate to the bookstore

In addition to the monetary award:

The winning student will allow a copy of his or her paper to be given to the University Archives.

The winning paper will be posted on the Belk Library & Information Commons Library website as well as the Composition and Rhetoric website.

Eligible students in the Fall 2013 and Spring 2014 courses of:

  • UCO 1200: First Year Seminar (including honors sections) 
  • English 1000 (including honors sections)

Students wishing to enter a research paper for consideration should click on this application form

Criteria for Evaluation

The due date is Monday March 10, 2014.

The winners will be announced at the Celebration of Student Writing on April 17, 2014.

Posted by John Wiswell on Wednesday, August 28, 2013 - 5:01pm
Cover of the Economist -- ML King Jr.

We have The Chronicle of Higher Education, the trade journal of higher education.  Also, see Inside Higher Ed, which is free on the Web. 

For other news, one good source is The Economist.  (Although, to tell you the truth, I'm partly suggesting it because it has Dr. King on the cover, which makes a good thumbnail image today.)

We have access to the New York Times and the Wall Street Journal also.  We get them through ProQuest, and they include today's articles if you go Advanced Search and choose today's date.  ProQuest is not quite as nice as the and interfaces.   I often start with those, until they ask for money.  Then, you can come to our ProQuest and find it in today's news.  But watch out.  The Wall Street Journal often has different article titles for otherwise identical and Proquest versions.

That's not all (and of course there's lots that's free on the Web).  See this list or this guide to news sources.  Or ask us for help.

Posted by Geri Purpur on Friday, August 23, 2013 - 2:57pm
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Attention all students (Undergraduate and Graduate) the Belk Library is looking for volunteers to serve on the Belk Library Student Advisory Committee.  This Committee, which began in Fall 2010 has done many exciting things to make the library a more user-centered environment. The committee is charged to advise, plan, evaluate new services and operate as a sounding board and test group for new and existing services and new library initiatives.

The Belk Library Student Advisory Committee will be composed of at least two representatives from each class: freshmen, sophomore, junior, senior, and grads, and we encourage a variety of majors to apply. The committee will meet several times a semester or as needed at a time that is convenient for the majority of committee members. The first meeting will be in mid to late September. The term for appointment is one year.  Your service on this is a great addition to your Co-Curricular Transcript.

So make your voice count! If you are interested in volunteering for our Student Advisory Committee, please fill out our volunteer form no later than September 6th.  Appointments will be made after that date and appointees notified by email.  If you have any questions, contact Geri Purpur, User Experience Librarian, by email at, or by phone at 828-262-6903. 

Thank you!

Posted by on Sunday, August 18, 2013 - 10:53pm
New Lumbee website

The Lumbee Indians: An Annotated Bibliography, a website that has been online since 2002, was relaunched today in an easier-to-use, database-driven format. The website provides references—most of them annotated—for sources about North Carolina's Lumbee Indians. The Lumbee Tribe is one of eight tribes recognized by the state of North Carolina and has had a limited form of federal recognition since 1956. There are 55,000 members of the Lumbee Tribe, most of them living in Robeson and adjacent counties of North Carolina.

The website has nearly 1,900 bibliography entries for sources in a wide range of formats. The emphasis is on published scholarly sources, but there are also numerous news sources, magazine articles, government publications, literary works, archival materials, and audio-visual sources. Over 1,000 of the sources were published, or discovered, after 1994. Around 750 of the sources first appeared in The Lumbee Indians: An annotated bibliography, with chronology and index (McFarland, 1994). The website was initiated as a supplement to this book. A grant from the Martha and Nancy Lee Bivens University Library Fund for Excellence paid for the data entry of the items from the book.

Most of the website content was written by Glenn Ellen Starr Stilling, Information Literacy Librarian and Professor. Over the years, extensive web development and support for the website's maintenance have been provided by several members of the Library's Technology Services Team. Library student assistants have written news annotations and performed data entry. The development of the new website has been ongoing since 2007.

Posted by on Wednesday, August 14, 2013 - 8:11am

Since 1997, incoming freshmen at ASU have been asked to read a book as part of their orientation to Appalachian State University. By participating in the Summer Reading Program, students establish a common experience with other new students.

This years selection is American Dervish by Ayad Akhtar. Hayat Shah is a young Pakistani-American who wrestles with his religious identity, tumultuous feelings for his mother's friend, Mina, that he can't explain, and his own sense of himself in Ayad Akhtar's American Dervish. In many ways, the story is as much Mina's and her mystical embrace of Islam as it is a coming of age story of Hayat.

For information on this year's selection, and for related library resources, see the Library Guide to the Summer Reading Program. The author will be on campus September 10 and 11, 2013: See the list of events.

Posted by on Friday, July 19, 2013 - 9:55am
New location in the Cratis Williams Reading Room

Access to archives, manuscripts, and rare books, currently available through the Dougherty Reading Room (Room 442) in Special Collections, will be relocated to the Cratis Williams Reading Room (the area by the tall windows) in Special Collections starting Monday, July 22, 2013. Hours, contact information, and most services will remain available for patrons using the rare, non-circulating materials in Special Collections. Services normally provided through the Dougherty Reading Room have been temporarily relocated due to construction occurring on the Library's 4th floor this summer.

Hours for use of materials are 10:00 am. to 4:00 p.m., Monday through Friday.  Click here to learn more about using our rare and unique collections.

Questions? Please contact us at 828-262-7974 or

Pictured: Service desk for archives, manuscripts, and rare books in the Cratis Williams Reading Room.

Posted by on Tuesday, July 2, 2013 - 2:23pm
Database testing

Between Monday July 8th and Wednesday July 31st, the library will be testing connections in EBSCO, ProQuest, Gale, and the Web of Science databases. 

The library is testing functionality only – for example, can you get to the resource? Does the ILLiad link work and fill the correct form out with the resource information? We will work on the interface’s "look and feel" if the tests prove successful.

If you’d like to be a part of this test, we would love to have your feedback!  Please try to find resources using the gold Find at ASU in any of the EBSCO databases and let us know how it goes.

You can send feedback to, submit an e-resources ticket here, or leave a comment below.



Posted by John Wiswell on Thursday, June 27, 2013 - 10:17am
Covers of new Nature journals

The Library now has access to the journals, Nature Climate Change and Nature Geoscience.

Posted by on Thursday, June 20, 2013 - 4:41pm

On Monday, June 24th, between 6:30am and 9:30am, the library will be testing a new product to access databases.  The test will be on EBSCO databases, such as Academic Search Complete, PsycINFO, Environment Complete or CINHAL Complete.

The library is testing functionality only – for example, can you get to the resource? Does the ILLiad link work and fill the correct form out with the resource information? We will work on the interface’s "look and feel" if the tests prove successful.

If you’d like to be a part of this test, we would love to have your feedback!  Please try to find resources using the gold Find at ASU in any of the EBSCO databases on Monday morning first thing and let us know how it goes.

You can send feedback to, submit an e-resources ticket here, or leave a comment below.