Library News

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

Posted by on Tuesday, September 9, 2014 - 5:50pm
Promotion image of American Song

In the spirit of our Common Reading program book, Clapton's Guitar, and in honor of Wayne Henderson and Old Time music, try out the American Song database!

American Song, part of Music Online by Alexander Street Press, offers tens of thousands of streaming audio from Colonial to Folk to African American to Country (including Old-Timey)  to Contemporary music and more. This database allows people to hear and feel the music from America's past. The database includes songs by and about American Indians, miners, immigrants, slaves, children, pioneers, and cowboys. Included in the database are the songs of Civil Rights, political campaigns, Prohibition, the Revolutionary War, the Civil War, anti-war protests, and...Old Time tunes.

American Song includes music from many labels, including Rounder Records, McNeil Music, Native Ground Music, Rebel Records, County Records, Smithsonian Folkways, and Document Records. Liner notes to all the albums are included (in PDF format) as well as static URLs to each track and album in the database. This release includes 38,087 albums, equaling 522,538 tracks, growing regularly.

Please note: Online databases and resources are, in almost all cases, only licensed for use by ASU students, faculty, and staff.

Posted by on Tuesday, September 2, 2014 - 3:09pm

Call for Volunteers for Distance Education Student Advisory Committee-2014-2015

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 Distance Education Student Advisory Committee. The deadline for applications is September 19, 2014.
  • Committee members will be selected by September 25, 2014 and notified by email on September 30, 2014.
  • If you have any questions, please contact Kelly McCallister or Bronwen Sheffield---we are looking forward to working with you!



Kelly McCallister -Distance Education Librarian-

Bronwen Sheffield-Distance Education Program

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 12th.  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 (link sends e-mail), or by phone at 828-262-6903. 

Thank you!

Posted by 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

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!