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Posted by Geri Purpur on Wednesday, August 1, 2012 - 2:28pm
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Call for Volunteers for Distance Education Student Advisory Committee-2012-2013

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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

Posted by on Friday, June 15, 2012 - 12:06pm
fax machine

For Summer 2012, the Main Circulation Desk will offer a mediated fax service (incoming and outgoing) for ASU faculty, staff, students and Community Borrowers. This service is available all hours the library is open. The incoming fax number is: 828-262-7217.

Outgoing: $1/page up to a maximum charge of $5 (no matter total pages)
Incoming: $1 first page, $.10 each additional page

  • Charges for ASU faculty, staff and students will be added to their library account.
  • Incoming faxes will be kept in a basket for pick-up for one semester and will be shredded at the end of the semester.
  • Fax jobs will be done on a first-come, first serve basis and will be sent within an hour of receipt.
  • The library reserves the right to refuse any job over 25 pages.
  • The number of the Main Circulation Desk is (828) 262-2818.
Posted by on Thursday, June 14, 2012 - 12:08pm
Jack Jeffers photo

Special Collections has received a grant from the National Historical Publications and Records Commission (NHPRC) for an ambitious two-year project that will eliminate the backlog of the W. L. Eury Appalachian Collection and provide students, faculty, staff, and outside researchers with access to these collections.  Grant funds will primarily be used to hire a Project Archives Assistant. 

Among the collections to be processed are the papers of Kelly Bennett, who was instrumental in the development of America’s national parks; the papers of social activist and documentarian John Gaventa; Appalachian photographer Jack Jeffers’ collection of prints and digital images; and the papers and musical scores of composer Tui St. George Tucker.

Photograph by Jack Jeffers.

Posted by on Thursday, May 31, 2012 - 12:19pm
2012 Summer Author Series

The Belk Library and Information Commons is happy to announce its 2012 Summer Author Series.

Alan Shapiro

Alan Shapiro photoAuthor of the novel Broadway Baby and ten books of poetry that have won numerous awards. The talk will be followed by a book signing and reception.

Date: Thursday, June 7, 2012

Time: 3:30 p.m.

Location: Room 421, Belk Library and Information Commons

Free Event


Charles Duell photoCharles Duell

President of the Middleton Place Foundation, Charleston, South Carolina. The topic of his presentation is "Middleton Place: A Phoenix Still Rising."

Date: Friday, June 22, 2012

Time: 11:30 a.m.

Location: Blowing Rock Country Club, Blowing Rock, NC

*Fundraising Event -- fee charged*


Clyde Edgerton photoClyde Edgerton, 2012 Belk Distinguished Lecturer

Well-known North Carolina writer who has charmed his devoted readings with such books as Walking Across Egypt and Lunch at the Piccadilly. The topic of his presentation is "Reading, Stories, and Music." The event will be followed by a book signing and reception.

Date: Thursday, July 12, 2012

Time: 3:30 p.m.

Location: Calloway Peak Room, Plemmons Student Union

Free Event


Georgann EubanksGeorgann Eubanks

Author of Literary Trails of the North Carolina Mountains and Literary Trails of the North Carolina Piedmont. Followed by book signing and reception.

Date: Thursday, August 2, 2012

Time: 3:30 p.m.

Location: Room 421, Belk Library and Information Commons

Free Event


Mark de Castrique photoMark de Castrique

Author of the popular "Buryin' Barry" and "Sam Blackburn" series of mysteries set in Asheville. Followed by book signing and reception.

Date: Thursday, August 16, 2012

Time: 3:30 p.m.

Location: Room 421, Belk Library and Information Commons

Free Event


Download the 2012 Summer Author Series flyer

If you have any questions regarding the Summer Author Series, please contact Lynn Patterson ( at 828-262-2087.