Library News

Posted by Megan Johnson on Monday, June 9, 2014 - 1:39pm
Tom Robbins: A True Account of an Imaginative Life

Celebrate Tom Robbins Week with Appalachian State University Libraries!

Internationally-renowned novelist and Blowing Rock native Tom Robbins returns home for the first time in more than seven decades, and with a new book, Tibetan Peach Pie: A True Account of an Imaginative Life. This is a rare southern stop for the author of multiple cult classics including Another Roadside Attraction, Even Cowgirls Get the Blues, and Skinny Legs and All.

 

Take a Trip with Tom Instagram Contest
Ongoing, with winner announced September 9, 2014.  Entering the Belk Library “Take a Trip with Tom” contest is easy!

1.  Come to the library and checkout a Tom Robbins fan face

2.  Take an awesome photo using it

3.  Upload it to Instagram

4.  Tag it #takeatripwithtom

***Please make sure that your app is set to allow public posting of photos. Go to Edit Your Profile, and turn “photos are private” to off.

  • The winning photographer will meet Tom Robbins, receive an autographed copy of Tibetan Peach Pie:  A True Account of an Imaginative Life, and a front row seat at his September 11th reading in Rosen Concert Hall.
  • Second and Third place winners will receive front row seating and autographed copies of his memoir.
  • We will also have weekly random drawings for gift cards to The Wired Scholar

For more information, visit http://photo.library.appstate.edu/.

Movie: Even Cowgirls Get the Blues
Tuesday, September 9, 10:00 p.m.
Room 114 Belk Library and Information Commons
Free popcorn and free copies of the new memoir Tibetan Peach Pie to the first three people through the door.

 

Welcome Home Reception
Wednesday, September 10, 6:00 p.m.
Blowing Rock Art and History Museum
Tickets $75 each includes an autographed copy of Tibetan Peach Pie, preferred seating at the September 11 speaking engagement and an opportunity to meet Tom Robbins. Click here to purchase your ticket.

 

A True Account of an Imaginative Life
Thursday, September 11, 7:00 p.m.
Rosen Concert Hall
Doors open: 6:30 p.m
Tickets for the Thursday, September 11th event are free and will be available on a first come first reserved basis beginning August 20. The best way to get the tickets is to call the Schaefer Center box office at 828-262-4046 or 800-841-2787. We will mail the tickets to the patron if they would like for us to.

Posted by on Friday, August 29, 2014 - 3:50pm
call for volunteers

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 monthly throughout the semester or as needed at a time that is convenient for the majority of committee members. The first meeting will be in 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 (link is external) no later than September 9th.  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 purpurgm@appstate.edu (link sends e-mail), or by phone at 828-262-6903. 

Thank you!

Posted by James Smith on Thursday, August 28, 2014 - 3:05pm
Inside the Audio Recording Room

Today, August 28, 2014, is the grand opening of the Audio Recording Room on the lower level of Belk Library and Information Commons. Patrons now have access to a soundproof room for audio recording--including narration, sound loops for video, and musical instruments.

 

Hours of Operation

Monday through Thursday: 10 am to 11 pm

Friday: 10 am to 9 pm

 

Reserve Your Time Slot and Check In

To use the Audio Recording Room, reserve your time slot using the Book a Study Room page on the library's website. You can also book the Audio Recording Room by scanning the QR code on the door with your smartphone. Here are the basic steps to follow:

  1. Log in with your university username and password.
  2. Select Advanced Room Finder.
  3. Choose Audio Recording Room to pick a date and reserve your slot.
  4. Provide your ID at the Tech Desk to check in.

You can use this room up to 4 hours at at time. No renewals for 4 hours after last use.

 

Software Programs and Recording Gear Available

Software programs include:

  • Adobe Audition
  • GarageBand,
  • Logic Pro X
  • Pro Tools 11

Recording gear available include:

  • 2 mics
  • Double-screen computer monitors
  • Mini-keyboard
  • Multi-track mixer
  • Audio interface
  • Connections for instruments and mics
  • Headphones

An instruction booklet is provided at time of checkout for the room.

 

Learn More about the Audio Recording Room

If you have questions or need help, please visit the Digital Media Studio on the 3rd floor of Belk Library in Room 355 or call Wil Cummings at 828-262-7414.

 

EDITOR'S NOTE: Photograph courtesy of Molly Clay, ASU student and part-time manager of the DMS

Posted by Greta Browning on Monday, August 25, 2014 - 10:32am
Early car with two passengers on The Blowing Rock in North Carolina

A new exhibit, "The Automobile as an Agent of Change," is now on display in the 4th Floor atrium in Belk Library and Information Commons. More than just a means of getting from one place to another, automobiles have brought great change to our economy, our culture, and our local surroundings and habits over the past century. This Special Collections exhibit explores this change through the lens of our collections. The exhibit will run through the end of November 2014.

Come learn about fan reaction to Richard Petty's switch from Plymouth to Ford in 1969, early 1900s car culture in the booming town of Shull's Mills, North Carolina, and how the invention of the automobile empowered women in the 20th century, among other topics.

This exhibit was curated by Suzanne Wise and Greta Browning, with invaluable help from student assistants Forrest Yerman (exhibit research) and Wesley Davis (exhibit preparation).

For more information, please contact us at 828-262-7974 or spcoll@appstate.edu.

Photo: From AC.500, Appalachian Cultural Museum Records in the W.L. Eury Appalachian Collection.

Posted by Andrea Leonard on Tuesday, August 5, 2014 - 5:08pm
Home Grown eBooks - Fiction & nonfiction from North Carolina

Through NC LIVE, Belk Library is offering a new e-book collection of more than 1,200 fiction and nonfiction titles from eight North Carolina publishers. This "Home Grown eBook Collection" covers a wide range of interests such as biography, autobiography, education, family & relationships, adult and juvenile fiction, history, nature, performing arts, poetry, politcial science, sports, and travel.

The NC LIVE eBook program is a collaborative effort to bring eBooks published by North Carolina publishers to the virtual shelves of North Carolina libraries. The titles are part of NC LIVE's permanent collections, and can be read simultaneously by an unlimited number of readers.

All of the titles in the collection can be read instantly inside the browser window. For best results, users will need the latest version of Google Chrome (link is external) or Safari (link is external).

You can also access the collection via the BiblioBoard Library app. Available for iPad®, Kindle Fire HD®, Nexus tablets® and Galaxy Tab® (4.0+) mobile devices.

  1. Go to the Home Grown eBook Collection site.
  2. Click on the yellow "tablet" link in the upper-right corner.
  3. Create your own user account.
  4. Download the appropriate app and login using the account information created in step 3.

Try a "home grown" e-book soon!

Posted by on Tuesday, August 5, 2014 - 11:11am

Charlie Lovett, the last author in our 2014 Summer Lecture Series has been rescheduled to Friday, November 14, 2014 at 3:30 pm in room 421.

Hope to see you all there.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Posted by Jon Morris on Friday, July 18, 2014 - 3:53pm
Tom Robbins Birthday July 22nd

Watauga County native and internationally celebrated author Tom Robbins caps off another productive year this July 22nd. Happy birthday Tom! Mr. Robbins has recently published 'Tibetan Peach Pie: a True Account of an Imaginative Life,' his eleventh book.  Robbins will be visiting ASU in this Fall Semester and will speak this September 11th at 7pm in Rosen Concert Hall. 

Thursday, September 11, 7:00 p.m.
Rosen Concert Hall
Presented by: Appalachian State University Libraries and the Library Advisory Board 
Tickets: Free
Doors open: 6:30 p.m.

An example of Robbins' writing:

“At birth we are red-faced, round, intense, pure. The crimson fire of universal consciousness burns in us. Gradually, however, we are devoured by our parents, gulped by schools, chewed up by peers, swallowed by social institutions, wolfed by bad habits, and gnawed by age; and by that time we have been digested, cow style, in those six stomachs, we emerge a single disgusting shade of brown. The lesson of the beet, then, is this: hold on to your divine blush, your innate rosy magic, or end up brown. Once you’re brown, you’ll find that you’re blue. As blue as indigo. And you know what that means, Indigo. Indigoing. Indigone.” -Tom Robbins, Jitterbug Perfume

If you are interested in reading some Robbins before his visit, here are his books in our collection

Posted by Melanie Bullard on Monday, June 16, 2014 - 1:01pm
Tom Robbins

Appalachian State University Libraries are very excited to bring acclaimed New York Times bestselling author Tom Robbins to the Appalachian State University campus during the Fall 2014 semester.  Robbins has just released his memoir, Tibetan Peach Pie: A True Account of an Imaginative Life, and for the first time in more than 70 years he will return to Watauga County, the place of his childhood.

Mark your calendars for his visit, Thursday, September 11, 2014 at 7:00 PM, at Rosen Concert Hall, an intimate venue to hear from this author, who’s been said to use black-belt ninja word skills to write books that critics call hyper imaginative and magical.

Tom Robbins was just a boy when he lived in Blowing Rock, North Carolina, but it was here where he began pounding out stories with his “talking stick."

"Allowed to roam freely in both the streets and the woods, I observed and interacted not only with the wonders of nature but with an assortment of squirrel hunters, rabbit trappers, berry pickers, banjo pickers, moonshiners, tramps, real Gypsies, snake handlers, mule-back preachers (like my grandpa), eccentric characters with names such as Pink Baldwin and Junebug Tate, and perhaps most influential, bib-overalled raconteurs, many of whom spun stories as effortlessly and expertly as they spit tobacco juice."  Tibetan Peach Pie: A True Account of an Imaginative Live 

We will host an entire week of events to celebrate the homecoming of this author, who influenced the lives of a generation and beyond, including Alumnus and University Library Advisory Board Chair Craig Popelars.  Our thanks to Craig for making this visit a reality.  More information is forthcoming, including opportunities for faculty to incorporate this once-in-a-lifetime event into their syllabi, and an opportunity to meet and mingle with this writer's writer.

(UPDATE: For more information, please visit http://library.appstate.edu/news/2014/06/tom-robbins .)

This might be your last chance to see Tom Robbins, who is now in his 80s - this is his last hurrah in writing and touring. Come indulge your unconventional and wilder side- and read or re-read one of his great books:

Posted by Scott Goldstein on Friday, June 13, 2014 - 3:56pm
Retirement reception for Catherine Wilkinson
Check back later for more news!
Posted by Andrea Leonard on Thursday, June 5, 2014 - 2:47pm
Image of man playing banjo

Our e-resources highlight of the month is Mountain People: Life and Culture in Appalachia, which is a database containing primary resources such as "diaries, journals, and narratives of explorers, emigrants, military men, Native Americans, and travelers. In addition, there are accounts on the development of farming and mining communities, family histories, and folklore. These accounts provide a view of the of the vast region between Lexington, Kentucky and Winchester, Virginia, from Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania to Birmingham, Alabama, which spans three and a half centuries and provides information on the social, political, economic, scientific, religious and agricultural characteristics of the region."

The date range is 1700s - 1950s and the database contains over 42,122 images. 

Take some time and explore the "Mountain People: Life and Culture in Appalachia" database.

We also have the content of this database available in microfiche format in Special Collections on the 4th floor of the library.

 

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Please note:

  • Quote and image (with permission) from the vendor, Gale CenGage Learning
  • Online databases and resources are, in almost all cases, only licensed for use by ASU students, faculty, and staff.

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