Library News

Posted by on Monday, August 20, 2012 - 4:50pm
Library Tours poster with schedule

The library will be offering orientation tours for first year seminar and transfer students from August 27 through September 6. Any other student who would like to attend is welcome as well! The tours will take approximately 45 minutes.

The schedule is:

Monday - Thursday at 3:00, 5:00 and 9:00 p.m.

Please meet by the dancers statue in the Atrium of Belk Library.

If you have any questions about the tours, please contact Amanda Bird at 828-262-2085.

Posted by on Thursday, August 16, 2012 - 8:13am

Join us for an exciting program and learn about the plays of the late Romulus Linney on Tuesday, August 28th at 6:30pm at the Watauga County Public Library. Dr. Susan S. Cole, professor emerita and former chair of the Department of Theatre & Dance will present a lecture titled "The Appalachian Plays of Romulus Linney," to be followed by a community conversation with opportunities for area residents to share memories, stories, and anecdotes about Linney. Light refreshments will be provided.

This program precedes a two-day event in late September that is part of the Dedication and opening of the Romulus Linney Papers in Belk Library and Information Commons.

Visit our event pages for more information. 

Posted by on Monday, August 13, 2012 - 10:22am
Screenshot of the library homepage

The library launched its new website over the weekend. We are joining the many colleges and departments around the university using the content management system Drupal. This software makes it easier for us to update and maintain the library websites.

Give Us Feedback!

We would love to hear what you think of the new library websites. We are constantly working to make our sites easier and more pleasant to use. We will continue fine-tuning the site based on our users' feedback.

Posted by Geri Purpur on Wednesday, August 1, 2012 - 2:28pm
ASU Distance Education logo

Call for Volunteers for Distance Education Student Advisory Committee-2012-2013

View more information and volunteer.

The deadline for applications is August 10, 2012.

Posted by Greta Browning on Tuesday, July 31, 2012 - 2:21pm
Abrams record label

The earliest recording of Doc Watson is part of the archival collections of the W.L. Eury Appalachian Collection at Belk Library and Information Commons at Appalachian State University. This now internationally-known performer from Deep Gap, North Carolina, performed “Precious Jewel” at the 1941 Boone Fiddler’s Convention and was recorded by folklorist Dr. Amos Abrams. The recording is available online as part of the Library’s digital collections.

Dr. Amos Abrams (1905-1991), an English professor at Appalachian State Teacher’s College from 1932 to 1946, made this recording of Doc Watson when Watson was about 18 years old. As he tells at the beginning of the recording, Dr. Abrams thought that this was the first time Watson had sung for a microphone.

Dr. Abrams was an active collector, scholar, and promoter of North Carolina folklore. His archival collection contains hundreds of field recordings from the 1930s and 1940s of the traditional music of western North Carolina, including well-known musicians such as Doc Watson and Frank Profitt. The titles contained in Abrams’ collection range from Child Ballads to nineteenth century popular music to compositions of local origin. The collection includes transcriptions of the songs and their variants, also created by Dr. Abrams.

For more information about the W.L. Eury Appalachian Collection, please visit our website or call 828-262-4041.

Posted by Greta Browning on Thursday, July 19, 2012 - 4:23pm
V.H. Drummond cover art

A new exhibit of artwork, "Miraculous Creatures and Natural Encounters: Selections from the Beulah C. Campbell Collection of Original Illustrations from Children's Books," is now on display in the Dougherty Reading Room in Special Collections on the 4th floor of Belk Library and Information Commons. The exhibit is accessible during the regular operating hours of the Dougherty Reading Room, Monday through Friday, 9am – 4pm. The exhibit, curated by graduate student and Dougherty Reading Room reference assistant David Funderburk, includes works by artists Pauline Baynes, Eric Carle, V. H. Drummond, Susan Jeffers, and Symeon Shimin. The illustrations on display were selected based on their depictions of animals and encounters with the natural world as fantastical or miraculous. This small selection includes heroic horses, an enchanted wood, animals with mythical abilities, a man who talks to a tree, and more.

The Beulah C. Campbell Collection of Original Illustrations for Children's Books is a compilation of over 400 original illustrations by European and American artists that were published primarily in children's literature and picture books. The collection includes works from twenty-eight twentieth-century illustrators, such as James Daugherty, Eric Carle, Jan Pienkowski, Symeon Shimin, Robert Quackenbush, and Leo and Diane Dillon. It includes pencil and charcoal drawings, pastels, watercolor paintings, photographs, printed posters, and other mediums. The illustrations and the children's books for which they were created are housed in Special Collections and are available to researchers by request through the Dougherty Reading Room. The illustration collection is viewable online through the Library's Digital Collections.

For more information, please contact us at 828-262-7974 or

Pictured: Detail from illustrator and author V.H. Drummond's cover art for Mrs. Easter and the Storks (1957).

Posted by on Wednesday, July 18, 2012 - 4:42pm
Costa Rica travel guide

Traveling this summer? Check out the library's new travel guides in the Browsing Collection! The collection includes over 30 books for countries all over the world.

Full list of titles

The Browsing Collection is located on the first floor, along the wall to the left of the fireplace. The travel guides are shelved at the end of the row. While you're there, check out the popular fiction and nonfiction books!

Posted by Greta Browning on Wednesday, July 11, 2012 - 11:55am
Rhinehart Room

A new rare book exhibit, “Architecture and Design in Britain: Selections from the Rhinehart Collection,” is now on display in the Rhinehart Rare Books and Special Collections Room on the 4th floor of Belk Library and Information Commons.  The exhibit runs through August 2012 and is accessible during Wednesday afternoon open houses in July or by appointment.

The publications on display contribute to and are evidence of the long history of architecture and design in Britain.  Given the nature of the topics discussed in each, all contain visual elements, such as woodcuts, engravings, or chromolithographs.  Of note is a recent acquisition, nineteenth-century Gothic Revival designer and architect A.W. N. Pugin’s Glossary of Ecclesiastical Ornament and Costume (1868, third edition), which contains over 60 chromolithographs.

For more information, please contact us at 828-262-7974 or, or visit Special Collections on the web.

Posted by Greta Browning on Monday, July 9, 2012 - 11:59am
Rhinehart Room

The Rhinehart Rare Books and Special Collections Room on the 4th Floor of Belk Library and Information Commons will be open Wednesday afternoons, July 11, 18, and 25, from 1:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. for visits, questions, and book viewings from the Rhinehart Collection on British History.  Dr. Marjon Ames, Rhinehart post-doctoral fellow and assistant professor of history at Wesleyan College in Rocky Mount, North Carolina, will be available to answer questions and provide information about the rare book collections.

Typically, this room is not open to the public, so take advantage of this opportunity to see books printed as early as the 16th and 17th centuries.

For more information, call 828-262-4041 or email

Posted by on Tuesday, June 19, 2012 - 12:01pm
website screenshot

The library is launching the beta phase of its new website today. We are joining the many departments and colleges on campus running a Drupal website. We're excited about the possibilities this software will give us to develop useful and fun new features to the library website.

We're implementing this beta phase in order to let our users test out the site before we replace the existing website. We'll be doing usability studies to make sure it's working the way it should. We'll also be listening to everyone's comments and fine-tuning it over the next couple weeks.

We would love to have your feedback and suggestions for the site. Please fill out our feedback form and help us make the site better.

Thank you,

The Library Web Team