Library News

Posted by Geri Purpur on Tuesday, October 7, 2014 - 10:28am
Get it done at the Library

Study Space

  • Quiet study on 3rd floor with individual study desks
  • Group study rooms w/ collaborative technology tools
  • Study tables on 1st and 2nd floors



 And have some fun too!

  • Humans vs Zombies night on Friday, Oct. 24, 9:30-11:30 pm (more details coming soon)
Posted by on Monday, September 29, 2014 - 9:32am
Carlo Demand

Works by Automotive Artist Carlo Demand on Display in the Library
Art from the Mark & Barbara Moskowitz Collection is currently on display in the fourth floor atrium of Belk Library as well as several locations in the Turchin Center for the Visual Arts. German-born artist Carlo Demand is known for his depictions of race cars, airplanes, trucks, and other automotive vehicles. Much of his work was done in charcoal or gouache. He published several books of his work and also did commercial art and illustrations for books, magazines, and newspapers. He was a founding member of the Automobile Fine Arts Society. Demand died in 2000. Exhibit closes December 5, 2014.


Posted by on Thursday, September 25, 2014 - 1:48pm
Afrilachian Poet Norman Jordan

An Evening with

Norman Jordan:  West Virginia's Most Published Affrilachian Poet

Thursday, October 9
6:00-8:00 pm
Room 114 Belk Library
An Evening with Norman Jordan
Come have your mind blown. Evening will begin with a short biographical film entitled, "Life as a poet in Cleveland, Ohio in 1972." Mr. Jordan will read his work as well as speak on Affrilachia, Affrilachian poetry, & West Virginia. See the flier here.

Sponsored by:
Appalachian State University's Center for Appalachian Studies, College of Arts and Sciences

Co sponsored by:
Department of Cultural, Gender, and Global Studies
Department of English
Richard T. Barker Friends of the University Libraries
Center for Multicultural Student Development
Department of Sociology

Posted by on Wednesday, September 24, 2014 - 6:37pm
Christmas Past

Launch party for Sharyn McCrumb’s Christmas novella on Oct. 6 at Belk Library and Information Commons

6:00 pm | Monday, October 6, 2014
Room 114, Belk Library and Information Commons

Area residents and fans of Sharyn McCrumb are invited to a book launch for her Christmas novella “Nora Bonesteel’s Christmas Past” Oct. 6 at Appalachian State University. The event will feature readings and stories by the author and Charlotte Ross, the inspiration for the main character of Nora Bonestell. Book signing and reception immediately following.

For more information, call Lynn Patterson at 828-262-2087.

McCrumb is known for her Appalachian “Ballad” novels, including the New York Times best sellers “The Ballad of Tom Dooley,”The Ballad of Frankie Silver” and “Ghost Riders.” Her Revolutionary War novel, “King’s Mountain,” was published in September 2013 by St. Martin’s Press.

Ross, known as the “Legend Lady,” has collected or composed more than 3,400 tales of legends and laughter from Appalachia. She has performed at the Philadelphia Folk Festival, Corn Island Storytelling Festival, Great Smoky Mountain National Park, Blue Ridge Parkway, North Carolina Storytelling Festival, The Great Aunt Stella Center, Ulster Folk and Transport Museum in Ireland, and for the Smithsonian Institution Folklife Programs. She also has been a featured storyteller on National Public Radio’s “All Things Considered.”

McCrumb’s first-ever holiday novella brings back her most popular characters, Nora Bonesteel and Spencer Arrowood, in a heartwarming story of a ghost of Christmas past and a felon of Christmas present. The book finds Nora happy to see some life brought back to the old Honeycutt mansion, even if it is by “summer people.” But when her new neighbors decide to stay through Christmas, they find more than old memories in the walls.

The New York Times Book Review wrote, “Ms. McCrumb writes with quiet fire and maybe a little mountain magic....She plucks the mysteries from people’s lives and works these dark narrative threads into Appalachian legends older than the hills. Like every true storyteller, she has the Sight.”

Posted by on Wednesday, September 24, 2014 - 12:20pm
film marker

Film screening policy page: This is a long page, but will answer most your questions

At the bottom it has:

Steps for screening a film in Belk Library and Information Commons

To reserve space in Room 114:

  • Complete the online reservation request form. If the date/time is available, and public performance rights are required, your reservation will flagged as 'TENTATIVE.'
  • If the film screening does not meet the Classroom Screenings/Face-to-Face Teaching then a letter of permission for public performance or a Public Performance License must be provided before your reservation can be confirmed. This proof must be provided at least 48 hours (and during Monday through Friday 8:00 am-5:00 pm) prior to the event or your reservation will be cancelled.
  • Once your reservation is confirmed and prior to the scheduled date, contact Katherine Alford sends e-mail)(link sends e-mail) (or at 828-262-4972) for training on the equipment.


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Posted by Geri Purpur on Tuesday, September 23, 2014 - 9:25am
Information Literacy Prize Contest-First Year Students

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 2014 and Spring 2015 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 Tuesday March 31, 2015



Posted by on Friday, September 19, 2014 - 9:28am
Artemis Literary Sources

Artemis Literary Sources brings together Gale's premier literary databases in a new digital environment that allows researchers, faculty and students to search across these resources to discover and analyze content in entirely new ways. Artemis Literary Sources include the following databases:

  • Dictionary of Literary Biography Complete Online
  • Literature Criticism Online
  • Literature Resource Center
  • Something About the Author Online


Artemis Primary Sources unifies extensive digital archives and enables researchers to make never-before-possible research connections. The Artemis Primary Sources program combined major archives of eighteenth and nineteenth century monographs, manuscripts, newspapers, maps, and early photographs. Artemis Primary Sources include the following collections:

  • Eighteenth Century Collections Online
  • Nineteenth Century Collections Online
  • Sabin Americana, 1500-1926
  • The Making of the Modern World

All databases provided by Belk Library can be found on the Article Databases and E-Research Tools page. 



Posted by on Wednesday, September 17, 2014 - 3:01pm
OverDrive eBooks

Belk Library & Information Commons offers students, staff, and faculty access to OverDrive, a service which allows users to download ebooks and audiobooks to their favorite mobile device. Titles include popular fiction, study aids (GRE, LSAT, GMAT, CPA), travel guides, foreign language study audiobooks, and more.

Items are available in four formats: Kindle, EPub, MP3 and WMA audio. Download to your portable device using either the OverDrive App or a Kindle device or App. For help, see our Library Guide for eBooks/OverDrive, or visit us in the library. You can always read available ebooks through your browser without having to download any software.

Explore OverDrive to see the growing collection of downloadable ebooks and audiobooks, and enter your Banner/Univeristy ID number to download up to three titles at a time for a 21 day check-out. Titles are returned automatically at the end of the lending period, so there are never late fees.

Posted by on Monday, September 15, 2014 - 3:37pm
Books Are Fun

Come join us for the Books Are Fun Book Fair in room 421, Belk Library and Information Commons.

  • Tuesday, September 16; 11 am - 5 pm
  • Wednesday, September 17; 8 am- 1 pm

With over 250 great titles at unbelievable prices, you are sure to find something for everyone.

Product categories include children's story books, cookbooks, New York Times best sellers, stationery and scrapbooking, music collections, and gifts for all ages. 

Cash, all debit and credit cards, checks and post-dated checks accepted.

Sponsored by the Richard T. Barker Friends of the Library

For more information please call Lynn Patterson at 828-262-2087.

Posted by John Wiswell on Friday, September 12, 2014 - 7:51am

Graduate Students:  Article Databases, Zotero and more!

Upgrade your library research skills and learn about services, resources, strategies and tools that will save you time.  Deadlines for those research papers are just around the corner.  New and returning graduate students welcome! 

Join us for a caffeinated Saturday morning workshop on September 27, 2014, 9:00 a.m. - 12:30 p.m. (registration required). 

In Base Camp – Library Research Skills you will: 

  • Explore, identify and search discipline-specific article databases and other resources to obtain the most relevant results.
  • Learn advanced search strategies and other tips.
  • Utilize services that allow you to tap into resources beyond those at ASU – at no cost to you.
  • Learn Zotero, a free online, citation management tool.  Zotero allows you to easily collect and store citations for books, articles, web pages and more; cite-as-you-write to insert in-text citations within a document and use the collected bibliographic citations to create your bibliography. 

Come as you are.  We’ll provide coffee and a continental breakfast.

Register here.

Can’t attend the September 27th Base Camp?  You can schedule an appointment, via our RAP service, to meet one-on-one with a librarian.

Questions?  Contact Lisa Abbott,, 828.262.2009