Library News

Posted by Megan Johnson on Monday, April 2, 2012 - 3:15pm

The Doorways International Program Series presents Egyptologist Dr. Peter Lacovara, on the topic of "Life and Death in the Pyramid Age: The Emory Old Kingdom Mummy."

Date: Thursday April 12, 2012

Time: 5:30 pm

Location: Belk Library and Information Commons, Room 114

Life and Death in the Pyramid Age: The Emory Old Kingdom Mummy

An open lecture at Appalachian State University by Egyptologist Peter Lacovara will discuss the oldest Egyptian mummy in the Western Hemisphere. More than 4,000 years old, Emory University's Old Kingdom mummy, acquired from excavations at the sacred cemetery of Abydos in Middle Egypt in 1920, comes from the twilight of Egypt's Pyramid Age. After more than two years of study and conservation, the Old Kingdom mummy has now been exhibited to the public for the first time, restored to its original appearance.

The open lecture will shed light on ancient Egyptian rites and rituals regarding the afterlife, by chronicling the development of the burial site of Abydos and the cult of Osiris, with reference to the current excavations where the Old Kingdom mummy was found nearly a century ago.

Peter Lacovara is one of this country's foremost experts in Egyptology, and is Senior Curator of Ancient Art Collections at the Emory Carlos Museum in Atlanta. He has written and contributed to numerous books and publications on Egyptian art. His fieldwork includes site supervision and excavation at locations such as the Valley of the Kings at Thebes, the Sphinx/Isis Temple, and now at the palace of Amenhotep III at Thebes, where Lacovara is currently excavating. Since Lacovara came to the Carlos Museum, Emory has become one of the South's leading centers for ancient Egyptian and Near Eastern art. In 1999, Lacovara was the driving force behind the Carlos Museum's acquisition of a collection of ancient Egyptian mummies. Included in that collection was a mummy identified as Ramesses I, the patriarch of one of ancient Egypt's greatest dynasties. In 2003, when a delegation led by Lacovara returned the pharaoh to Egypt and residence at the Luxor Museum, the University earned the thanks of a grateful Egyptian nation. Currently, Lacovara is excavating at the palace of Amenhotep III at Thebes.

Peter's short bio.

This Doorways session is organized by John Stephenson in the Art Department, and co-sponsored by the Belk Library Doorways series, General Education, the Office of the Dean of Applied and Visual Arts, and the Anthropology department. The Doorways series provides a platform for people to share their research and knowledge on international issues and build relationships on campus based on interest in international affairs. For more information on this program or the Doorways series, call 262-4967.

Posted by on Friday, March 30, 2012 - 3:20pm
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In celebration of National Library Week (April 8-14), Belk Library will be gathering input from students, faculty, and staff about what their favorite books are. We'll be gathering entries via a form on the library's website, and then posting them on one of the library's Pinterest boards. The book that is entered the most times will be added to all the library's Kindles, so that even more people can experience it!

Share your favorite!

View ASU's Favorite Books on Pinterest

The form is open now, and we'll be accepting entries until April 14. Tell us what book has inspired you, given you joy, or taught you an important lesson.

We'll be announcing other events in celebration of National Library Week soon!

Posted by Greta Browning on Wednesday, March 21, 2012 - 3:22pm
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Special Collections invites you to visit its new exhibit, “A New Look at Old Friends: An Exhibit of Vintage Series Books for Girls,” now on display in the 4th Floor atrium of Belk Library and Information Commons.

The exhibit features books from the Elaine J. O’Quinn Girls’ Studies Collection in Special Collections.  On display are a variety of materials related to girls’ series books from the mid-1800s through the early 20th century. Featured series include Nancy Drew, Cherry Ames, Beverly Gray, and Elsie Dinsmore, among many others.

Each display case visually explores three interrelated approaches to girls’ series books. The first case, “Fans,” shows the marketing and fan following of girls’ series books. The second case, “Collectors,” displays a selection of collectible books and literature about collecting them. The final case, “Scholars,” highlights how girls’ series books are now being studied and shows related scholarly literature.

In addition to the exhibit, on April 19, 2012, the Elaine J. O’Quinn Girls’ Studies Collection will be dedicated and Dr. O’Quinn will give a lecture about her research on girls’ series books.

To learn more about the O’Quinn Collection, visit our webpage. The collection is available for use in the Dougherty Reading Room located in Special Collections, Room 432. The Dougherty Reading Room is open Monday - Friday, 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. For more information, call 828-262-7974 or email

Posted by on Monday, March 19, 2012 - 3:26pm
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Check out the new high-tech drink/water and snack machines located in the Library’s Atrium near Classroom 114 and the bus stop!  These new machines offer greater selections of snacks (including some healthy alternatives), power drinks, chilled coffee drinks, juice, green tea and lifewaters.  We hope to add more healthy snacks to the machines.  Feel free to let us know what you would like to see in the snack machines.  Check it out and happy snacking!

Posted by on Monday, March 19, 2012 - 3:24pm

You asked, we listened! Change in laptop loan periods:

Starting today (3/19), all laptop checkouts in the library will increase from a four-hour checkout to an eight-hour checkout with 1 (two-hour) renewal. Please let us know how you like this change.

Posted by Paul Orkiszewski on Thursday, March 8, 2012 - 2:27pm

The Library Student Advisory Group met on February 23rd and offered some excellent suggestions for developing the kiosks.

  • Interactive Campus Maps – with maybe the capability to give directions to other buildings. 
  • Put Belk Library floor maps on the kiosk with things like bathrooms, snack machines etc. listed on them
  • With the maps, have a listing of what items are on each floor 
  • List of the Library of congress subject areas (classification guides) like the posters around the building so patrons would know where to browse an area.
  • Searchable directories 
  • Applecart schedules
  • Having a background on the Kiosks on the library’s closing time for the day.
  • Put a clock face on the kiosk so patrons would know the time. 
  • Link to the comments/suggestions link

The kiosks are definitely a work in progress, so please let us know what you would like to see!

Posted by Megan Johnson on Tuesday, March 6, 2012 - 2:30pm

Three new videos!

  1. If you have a citation, or finding a "known" item 
  2. Finding Articles' Full-text Using Find@ASU
  3. Finding Books: Searching other Libraries (using ABC Express or UNC express)

These brief tutorials (only 2 or 3 minutes each) will make the time you spend doing research more efficient.  If you are a professor, and would like these videos embedded into your AsULearn course, contact Megan johnson @



Posted by John Boyd on Monday, February 27, 2012 - 2:32pm
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The Appalachian State University Global Film Series presents Tambien la Lluviaa (Even the Rain) on Tuesday, March 6, at 7 p.m. in I.G. Greer Auditorium. Admission is free.

The award-winning film is directed by Iciar Bollain and stars Gael Garcia Bernal and Luis Tosar.

Set in contemporary Cochabamba, Bolivia, the film deals with matters of globalization, indigenous rights, and environmental/sustainable development issues.

Benito Del Pliego, an associate professor in the Department of Foreign Languages and Literature, will introduce the film. A panel discussion featuring study abroad students that traveled to Cochabamba will share what they learned about the Bolivian people and issues highlighted in the film.

For additional information, contact Beth Cramer in Belk Library and Information Commons ( or Gus Pena in the Office of Multicultural Development (

Information about the series is online at

Posted by on Friday, February 10, 2012 - 2:35pm
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The library has added new touchscreen information kiosks on each floor of the building. These monitors will give you instant, easy access to some of our most popular web tools:

  • Book group study rooms
  • View computer availability maps
  • Find events in the library

Our technology services staff is currently working on getting small printers attached to each monitor, so that students may print out confirmation slips when booking group study rooms.

Kiosk Locations

  • 1st floor: Two are located between the front doors and the reference desk
  • Lower level, 2nd, and 3rd floors: One on each floor by the main elevators

We're working on additional apps to add to the kiosks. Can you think of anything else you'd like to be able to do on these kiosks? Let us know in the comments.

Posted by John Boyd on Thursday, February 9, 2012 - 2:37pm
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Submit a short work of fiction (must be 500 words or less) and you could win a $150 gift certificate from the University Bookstore. Gift certificates to the top 3 authors. Open to all current Appalachian State University Students.

  • Story must be 500 words or less
  • Story must include the Wired Scholar Coffee Shop in some manner
  • Double-spaced, typed, 12-point font
  • Submit entry by email attachment (.doc or .pdf file) with subject line "Flash Fiction Contest" to
  • Put your name and email address on attached cover sheet
  • Deadline for all stories is Friday, March 16 (deadline extended to March 23), 2012 at 5:00 p.m.