Library News

Posted by John Wiswell on Thursday, June 27, 2013 - 10:17am
Covers of new Nature journals

The Library now has access to the journals, Nature Climate Change and Nature Geoscience.

Posted by on Thursday, June 20, 2013 - 4:41pm

On Monday, June 24th, between 6:30am and 9:30am, the library will be testing a new product to access databases.  The test will be on EBSCO databases, such as Academic Search Complete, PsycINFO, Environment Complete or CINHAL Complete.

The library is testing functionality only – for example, can you get to the resource? Does the ILLiad link work and fill the correct form out with the resource information? We will work on the interface’s "look and feel" if the tests prove successful.

If you’d like to be a part of this test, we would love to have your feedback!  Please try to find resources using the gold Find at ASU in any of the EBSCO databases on Monday morning first thing and let us know how it goes.

You can send feedback to, submit an e-resources ticket here, or leave a comment below.

Posted by on Wednesday, June 12, 2013 - 1:48pm

The Rhinehart Rare Books and Special Collection Room at Appalachian State University's Belk Library and Information Commons is open to the public Wednesday afternoons from 1 to 4 p.m. through July 31.

Dr. Marjon Ames, an assistant professor of history at North Carolina Wesleyan College, will be on hand from 1 to 4 p.m. to show visitors some of the more interesting books in the room. Ames was the Rhinehart Postdoctoral Fellow of British Studies in 2010-2011 and is currently continuing the work of Dr. John Higby on producing a detailed bibliography of the collection. Higby, a retired English professor who worked with the collection for six years, died in December.

The room contains an outstanding collection of rare books on British history and new exhibit about the Rye House Plot of 1683, as well as a display of unique Victorian page turners, all of which were donated by Bill and Maureen Rhinehart of Melville, N.Y. A native North Carolinian, Bill earned two degrees at Appalachian and was a long-time school principal.

For more information. call Belk Library Special Collections at 828-262-4041.

Posted by on Tuesday, June 11, 2013 - 10:29am
Joyce Ogburn

Joyce L. Ogburn has been named dean of libraries and the Carol Grotnes Belk Distinguished Professor for Library and Information Studies at Appalachian State University. She will begin her duties Aug. 1.

Ogburn was dean of the Marriott Library at the University of Utah from 2005-12 and more recently special assistant to the senior vice president for academic affairs at the university.

“It will be an honor to join Appalachian State University, which ranks very high in student satisfaction, and is a leader in providing global experiences for students and in sustainability initiatives,” Ogburn said. “The libraries are greatly valued by the community, highly used, and central to the whole academic experience. Belk Library and Information Commons is an architectural gem. I relish the opportunity to participate in the leadership of such a forward looking institution and to returning to North Carolina.”


Posted by on Monday, June 10, 2013 - 9:30am
Mary Reichel

You're invited! [PDF invitation]

Please join us for a brunch honoring Dr. Mary Reichel, Dean of Libraries. Celebrating 21 years of service to the University Library at Appalachian State University.

Date: Friday, June 21, 2013

Time: 9:30am (Provost remarks at 10am)

Location: Belk Library, Room 421

For more information, please contact Lottie Oliver at or 828-262-6725.

Posted by on Wednesday, May 29, 2013 - 3:28pm
Snow falling on Belk Library

Congratulations to Alyssa Ruberto for her winning snapshot in Belk Library's Instagram Contest.  Aylssa's striking photo of snowflakes falling on Belk Library's glowing cupola has won her a $50.00 University Bookstore Gift Card. 


There were so many great shots of the library that we have several honorable mentions.  Thank you to everyone who paritcipated in the contest. See all of the fabulous entries here.





Honorable Mentions

Sunset at Belk Library   Atrium in Belk Library   Azaleas at Belk Library   Drone Belk Library   Fun at Belk Library   Seashell Atrium

Posted by John Wiswell on Wednesday, May 29, 2013 - 2:13pm
Bluefire Reader app

We have one ebook collection that allows you to check out ebooks and download them to read offline.  The (EBSCO) eBook Collection has about 120,000 ebooks.  These are not bestsellers but have been published by small and academic presses.  You can browse here, but you're also likely to find them in our catalog.

Here's how to get them on your iPad, iPhone, or Android device.  You have to do these first 4 steps just once:

  1. Set up an EBSCOhost account (click on "Sign in").  If you have used EBSCO databases, you might already have one.
  2. Set up an Adobe ID.
  3. Install the free Bluefire Reader app on you iPad, iPhone, or Android device.
  4. Enter your Adobe ID information into your Bluefire Reader app.

You need to do these steps each time you find an EBSCO ebook:

  1. Log into the EBSCO eBook Collection (click on "Sign in") and find an ebook you want.
  2. Click on "Download This eBook (Offline)" or "Download (Offline)" button.
  3. Then click on "Checkout & Download" button.
  4. Finally, click on the "Open in "Bluefire Reader"" button.

Please ask for help at the service desk.

Posted by John Boyd on Thursday, May 23, 2013 - 2:06pm
American Dervish

The Summer Reading Book for 2013 is American Dervish by Ayad Akhtar. Since 1997, incoming freshmen at Appstate have been asked to read a book as part of their orientation to Appalachian State University. By participating in the Summer Reading Program, students establish a common experience with other new students.

American Dervish will be provided to all incoming freshmen at Appalachian, and Ayad Akhtar will speak to members of the campus community and others during Convocation in the Holmes Center on campus, September 10. Akhtar also will participate in other discussions on campus and in the community, on September 11.

Library Guide for the Summer Reading Book

Summer Reading Events

Summer Reading Program

American Dervish can be puchased in the University Bookstore. Limited copies will be available for checkout from Belk Library.



Posted by John Boyd on Thursday, May 23, 2013 - 10:12am
Single Stream Recycling


The Appalachian campus is now recycling in a single stream. Not sure what that means? All recyclables can be placed in a single bin that are marked with the Single Stream Recycling stickers (the above image). Not sure what can be recycled? Go to the Office of Sustainability's Recycling Guide for a complete list of items accepted for single stream.

The University has comitted to being a zero waste campus by 2022. To see waste reducation tips and facts, go to, and also check out the University's Special Programs to help reach the goal of zero waste.

Posted by on Wednesday, May 15, 2013 - 3:46pm
Central Service Desk

This summer, look to the center desk for library services.  We've moved all 1st Floor services to that center desk.  Need to check out a book, movie, or laptop?  That's the place.  Have a question about your research or need help with a tech problem?  That's right.  That's the place.