Library News

Posted by on Tuesday, October 15, 2013 - 8:36am
Watauga Chopped Kraut label

Special Collections in Belk Library & Information Commons will host an open house in the Rhinehart Room (4th Floor) on Thursday, October 24, 2013, 2:00 to 4:00 p.m., in honor of North Carolina Archives Week! This year’s theme is "Home Grown! A Celebration of Food Culture and History." 

You are invited to join us for a display of items from our collections and to learn more about Special Collections and archives in general. Come view cookbooks and recipes from the Appalachian region; letters from the 1800s discussing farming practices; photographs featuring food-based festivals, cooking demonstrations, and Appalachian State University’s Food Services; a farm map from 1922; and much more.  Please email inquiries to Cyndi Harbeson,

Posted by on Thursday, October 10, 2013 - 2:57pm

During Fall Break, why not break your academic-only fast with some high-fiber fun reading? Here are some places to find great suggestions in and from the library and where to browse our newest arrivals:

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Need Audiobooks? Look here on the 2nd Floor for adult fiction and non-fiction:

Physical Audiobooks Location

Other titles are available in the IMC Collection for Young Adult Books. Refining your search to 'Books on CD' in the Classic Catalog will show you most titles.
A few are also available online through our Overdrive database.

Want to browse more or see readalikes for your favorite authors and books? Try our Database Novelist Plus (Go to 'Article Databases and E-Research Tools' from our Homepage, it will be found under the 'By Name' section under the 'N's.

Or you can stop by the Reference Desk in the center of our First Floor and speak with a librarian anytime for some suggestions!

Posted by on Thursday, October 10, 2013 - 11:44am
Soldiers Marching in Burma

A new exhibit, The Art of Kenneth Baldwin, is now on display in Special Collections on the fourth floor of the library.

Kenneth Baldwin (1914-1999) was a self-taught artist born in Black Mountain, North Carolina.  He spent most of his life in Greenville, South Carolina.  In June 1943, Baldwin joined the Army, where he worked as a camera technician in Central Burma, India, and China.  The Kenneth Baldwin Artwork collection includes approximately fifty sketches and paintings, primarily in charcoal, pastels, and watercolors.  The art illustrates the peoples and scenery of India, Burma, and China as well as documenting aspects of army life.  Original works from Baldwin’s collection are displayed in this exhibit.

Posted by Geri Purpur on Wednesday, October 9, 2013 - 9:52am
Library tours Oct. 22 and 23 at 3 pm and 8 pm

Free and Open to All

Are you feeling the mid-semester crunch?  A library tour will help you with your research and writing assignments.  If you missed the libray tours at the beginning of the semester, Sign up for a tour now.     The tours are 30 minutes long and meet in the library atrium. 

Posted by Geri Purpur on Friday, October 4, 2013 - 11:44am
photo contest

Submit a photograph that reflects an experience during education abroad that has influenced how you view the world.  A photo jury will select 20 photographs to be displayed in the Belk Library Atrium between Nov. 13-Nov. 19.  All members of the campus community may vote for their top choice.  The winner will be announced at the closing ceremony for the Appalachian Global Symposium on Nov. 20.  For more details about the contest and to submit your photo go to:

Posted by Allan Scherlen on Friday, October 4, 2013 - 10:14am

Date:  Tuesday, October 8, 2013

Time: 5:00 pm

Location: Belk Library -- Room 114

Admission: Free, open to the public

Students, faculty and community members are invited to attend the Academy Award winning film, A Separation.  There will be a showing of the film on Tuesday, Oct 8 at 5:00 pm in the library, Rm 114.  Discussion after the film will be led by Anousha Shahsavari, an artist and language teacher from Iran.  Faculty who teach courses that would benefit from a better understanding of families and society in Iran are encouraged to ask their students to attend.

The event is presented by ASU Library in conjunction with the Muslim Students Association as the first event of the Muslim Journeys “Let’s Talk About It” Program series of book and film discussions. The Program is supported by a grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) and the American Library Association.  This series follows upon the Muslim Journeys Bridging Cultures Program begun in Spring 2013

ABOUT THE FILM: A Separation is a 2011 Iranian film written and directed by Asghar Farhadi. The film focuses on a recently separated Iranian couple and their daughter and the cascading social and legal conflicts that unfold after the husband fires a lower-class care giver of his elderly father who suffers from Alzheimer's disease. This powerful drama explores conflict that cuts across gender and class at the heart of Iranian society.   Rotten Tomatoes rates the film a 9 out of 10, describing it as “morally complex, suspenseful, and consistently involving.” Roger Ebert described the film as providing “a useful portrait of Iran today” and showing “a more nuanced nation” than is often depicted in cinema generally seen by Americans. “The writer-director’s only agenda seems to be to express empathy.”

AWARDS: A Separation won the Academy Award for Best Foreign Language Film in 2012, becoming the first Iranian film to win the award.  It also received the Golden Bear for Best Film and the Silver Bears for Best Actress and Best Actor at the 61st Berlin International Film Festival. It also won the Golden Globe for Best Foreign Language Film.  Rotten Tomatoes gave it a 9 out of 10 rating describing it as “morally complex, suspenseful, and consistently involving.”


For more information contact: Allan Scherlen, Belk Library -

Posted by Greta Browning on Thursday, October 3, 2013 - 4:47pm
Medieval exhibits

What do Robin Hood, Jack tales, and castles have in common?  Find out in the two exhibits, "Medieval Folklore & Stories" and "Medieval Life," in Plemmons Student Union, now on display through October 8.  Library resources from Special Collections and the Instructional Materials Center related to the medieval period are on display just as the Southeast Medievalists Association comes to Appalachian State University for its annual meeting.

Posted by on Thursday, October 3, 2013 - 10:04am
TEA Scholars

Students and Scholars Exchange: Meet, Greet, and Eat

October 9, 2013 | 5:30-7:00 pm | RCOE Rm 124a


A Panel Discussion and Conversation with the Teaching Excellence and Achievement Program (TEA) Scholars

 Students, Did you know that Appalachian State University is currently hosting an international group of 21 teacher-scholars from four continents? Please come out and meet these teachers and learn about education and life in their home countries. Countries represented include: Argentina, Bangladesh, Chile, Colombia, India, Lithuania, Nepal, Nicaragua, Panama, Peru, Poland, Romania, South Africa, Ukraine, and Uzbekistan.

Faculty and students are welcome! Appetizers and refreshments will be provided.

Sponsored by the RCOE and the University Library’s Doorways Panel. For more information on this program, please contact Dr. Xiaorong Shao at

Posted by Greta Browning on Wednesday, October 2, 2013 - 2:49pm
Clippings file heading for Swain County

This Friday and Saturday, October 4 and 5, the North Shore Decoration Day Symposium will be held on campus.  For those interested in learning more about the North Shore and Decoration Day, the W.L. Eury Appalachian Collection in Special Collections contains materials documenting this history.  Of note are:

For more information, visit Special Collections on the 4th floor of Belk Library and Information Commons, call 828-262-4041, or email



Posted by Greta Browning on Monday, September 30, 2013 - 10:47am

During the first few weeks of September, dancers in Collaborative Process (DAN 4830) have visited the Library twice to learn about its resources: once, on September 10, to learn about library resources for their final papers, and again on September 19, to explore how physical space affects their creative processes.  One visit involved sitting in a computer classroom; the other involved actually dancing on the main staircase and in the first floor atrium. In both cases, they used the Library's resources to explore dance intellectually and physically.


Associate Professor of Dance and the class’s instructor Emily Daughtridge explained the less-traditional, but creative use of the Library's resources that her class experienced on the Thursday the 19th: 


"The students were members of my Collaborative Process class, which is a course for senior Dance Studies majors.  The  students in Collaborative Process  are exploring the nature of creativity in collaborative work, crossing disciplines and group processes. [Thursday’s] class, guided by invited guest and chair of Theatre and Dance, Marianne Adams, took inspiration from Postmodern era dance artists such as Trisha Brown.  These artists are interested in exploring, dancing and choreographing in relationship to the elements, be they architectural, cultural, etc., of a given environment, or "found" space as it may be.


“During [Thursday’s] class the dance students explored improvisational performance in the library rotunda and in the large open stair case.  Both spaces provide unique spatial dimensions, architectural features, viewing perspectives and the opportunity to negotiate movement and interactions not only with fellow dancers but also with unsuspecting pedestrians.  In addition Ms. Adam's gave the dancers the following prompts to consider: the shape of the space, the initiation/intention of the movement, and the awareness of being a part of a greater whole."

Watch a video of Collaborative Process students dancing in the Library!


Photos by Rao Aluri and Greta Browning

Video by Marianne Adams