Library News

Posted by on Tuesday, August 18, 2015 - 1:57pm

Attention all students (Undergraduate and Graduate)!

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 and 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. In Fall 2015, the committee will meet at 6pm on Sept. 30, Oct. 28, and Nov. 18 for 60-90 minutes.  The term for appointment is one year, with the option to extend if you would like. 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 no later than September 2, 2015.   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 or by phone at 828-262-6903.

Thank you!

Posted by Geri Purpur on Monday, August 17, 2015 - 4:27pm
picture of printer

No more waiting in long lines just to print a few pages.  The Belk Library now has an Express Print Station for printing 10 pages or less.  It is located on the first floor, near the front entrance. 

Posted by on Thursday, July 30, 2015 - 1:56pm
A Long Way Gone

Since 1997, incoming freshmen at ASU have been asked to read a book as part of their orientation to Appalachian State University. By participating in the Common Reading Program, students establish a common experience with other new students. 

This year's selection is A Long Way Gone: Memoirs of a Boy Soldier by Ishmael Beah. Ishmael Beah was born in 1980 in the nation of Sierra Leone.  While Beah was still a young boy, his country descended into a horrific civil war, and Beah was forced to flee his village when rebels brutally attacked. Beah was picked up as a young teenager by the government army. While still at heart a gentle boy, he was nevertheless pressed into service as a government guerrilla soldier. 

Campus Events:

Fall Convocation
September 3, 2015 10:00 a.m., Holmes Convention Center

Q&A Panel Discussion with Faculty, Staff, and Students
Septermber 3, 2015 2:00 p.m., Blue Ridge Ballroom, Plemmons Student Union

Author Reading and Book Signing
September 3, 2015, 7:30 p.m., Blue Ridge Ballroom, Plemmons Student Union

For more information, see the Common Reading Program and the Library Guide to the Common Reading Book.

Posted by Scott Goldstein on Thursday, July 23, 2015 - 11:28am
Tom and Anita Elliott

Please join us for a reception honoring

Tom and Anita Elliott

celebrating their dedicated service to Appalachian State University


Thursday, July 30, 2015

at 2:00pm

The Solarium

Plemmons Student Union


For more information, please email Diana Barbee at or call 828-262-6725

Free parking available in the Library Deck

Posted by on Monday, July 6, 2015 - 8:12am
Jim Grimsley

Jim Grimsley, known for his work as a novelist and playwright, will speak July 16 at Appalachian State University.

His talk, sponsored by Belk Library and Information Commons, begins at 4 p.m. in room 114 in the library. The event is free and the public is invited. A reception and book signing will follow his presentation.

His book “How I Shed My Skin: Unlearning the Racist Lessons of a Southern Childhood,” published in April by Algonquin Books, has been called “a powerful meditation on race” by former U.S. Poet Laureate Natasha Trethewey, and “a sensitive memoir that probes the past to discover what and how Grimsley learned about race, equality and democracy ‘from the good white people’ in his family and community,” according to Kirkus Reviews.

Grimsley also is the author of the science fiction novels “The Ordinary” and “The Last Green Tree,” and the dark comedy “Forgiveness.”

His other novels include “Winter Birds,” a finalist for the PEN/Hemingway Award; “Dream Boy,” winner of the Award for Gay, Lesbian and Bisexual Literature; “My Drowning,” a Lila-Wallace-Reader’s Digest Writer’s Award winner; and “Comfort and Joy,” a Lambda Literary Award finalist.

He has written 11 full-length and four one-act plays, including “Mr. Universe,” “The Lizard of Tarsus,” “White People” and “The Existentialists.” A collection of his plays, “Mr. Universe and Other Plays,” was published by Algonquin in 1998, and was a Lambda Literary Award finalist in drama.

Grimsley has been playwright-in-residence at 7Stages Theatre of Atlanta since 1986 and was playwright-in-residence at About Face Theatre of Chicago from 2000-04. In 1988 he was awarded the George Oppenheimer Award for Best New American Playwright for his play “Mr. Universe.” He was also awarded the first-ever Bryan Prize for Drama, presented by the Fellowship of Southern Writers in 1993 for distinguished achievement in playwriting.


Posted by Scott Goldstein on Sunday, June 28, 2015 - 7:43pm
APPsearch new and improved

Belk Library has a new version of APPsearch!

You will now see a new interface, which has the power to simultaneously search across content from over 100 library databases and the library catalog.

APPsearch will now provide the user with a customized searching experience, based on a variety of search options and tools. Best of all, the new APPsearch displays results super fast.

Another change is the new search box on the library homepage. The new search box is more streamlined, allowing for a simpler, more efficient searching experience.

Posted by John Wiswell on Monday, June 22, 2015 - 10:58am
HL Wiki's survey of popularity of citation managers

We do not have any workshops scheduled so far this summer for learning EndNote, Zotero, or Mendeley, but we can work with you by appointment.  Either in person or web conferencing.  Small groups are welcome also.

Submit a RAP request or contact John Wiswell,  For Reich College of Education requests, for Zotero, contact Lisa Abbott,

Also see our library guide.

Posted by Scott Goldstein on Thursday, June 11, 2015 - 4:01pm
EDS logo

APPsearch will soon have a new search engine. This summer, we are switching to EBSCO Discovery Service (EDS). You will notice a new interface (but familiar to those who already search EBSCO products), basic and advanced search options, searching simultaneously across content from over 100 library databases and the library catalog, along with quick display of search results.

You can try it out now and tell us what you think. We are planning on going live at the end of June.

Posted by on Monday, June 8, 2015 - 7:50am

Tom Higgins, who has been called NASCAR’s storyteller, will talk about his sports writing career June 12 at Appalachian State University. Higgins wrote about motorsports for the Charlotte Observer for more than three decades.

Higgins’ talk is sponsored by Belk Library and Information Commons. The free event will begin at 4 p.m. in room 421 in the library. A reception will follow.

The fourth recipient of the Squier-Hall Award for NASCAR Media Excellence, Higgins was honored during NASCAR Hall of Fame induction ceremony in January and featured in an exhibit at the NASCAR Hall of Fame in Charlotte.

The Burnsville native began his career as a sports writer in the late 1950s, covering sports for the Canton Enterprise after graduating from Brevard College, where he played baseball and basketball. 

He later joined the Asheville Citizen-Times, and said in an interview with the paper that, “Once I got to Asheville and heard the clacking of those teletype machines and was part of the excitement of putting out a daily newspaper, I was hooked.”

His first auto race was at the Asheville Weaverville Speedway.

Higgins is the author of “Racing into the Past,” which covers the early years of NASCAR, “NASCAR Greatest Races: The 25 Most Thrilling Races in NASCAR History” and coauthor of “Junior Johnson: Brave in Life.”

Friday, June 12, 4:00 p.m.
Belk Library and Information Commons
Room 421



Posted by Greta Browning on Friday, June 5, 2015 - 2:01pm
First season "Horn in the West" poster

The newest exhibit in Special Collections features historical documents, photos, an original poster, and an artifact from Boone’s outdoor drama, “Horn in the West.” The exhibit, curated by Appalachian Studies graduate student Adam Sheffield, is located inside Special Collections and is on display through the summer during the department’s open hours.  All of the materials on display and much more is available in the Southern Appalachian Historical Association Records. Contact or visit the Dougherty Reading Room, which is located next to the exhibit case, to use the collection.

“Horn in the West” was first produced in 1952, and is the third oldest surviving American outdoor drama, following “The Lost Colony” and “Unto These Hills." The show derives from a script written by Dr. Kermit Hunter, originally titled “Wilderness Road.”  The Southern Appalachian Historical Association states that over 1.4 million people have attended “Horn in the West” since its first season. This month, on June 26th at 8pm, marks the beginning of the 63rd season of productions. For more information about Horn in the West, visit their website.

Questions?  Please contact the Dougherty Reading Room by phone 828-262-7974 or email

Pictured: Original poster by Elsie Freeman, artist, 1952.