Library News

Posted by Greta Browning on Friday, January 31, 2014 - 11:59am

A new Special Collections exhibit, "The Lives of Nobles: Downton Abbey in the Rhinehart Collection," examines a selection of common themes between the hit BBC and PBS series Downton Abbey and the Rhinehart British Studies Rare Book Collection in Special Collections. The exhibit explores the themes of entail, country homes, and country house libraries. The display is located on the Library's 4th floor at the top of the main staircase next to the Rhinehart Rare Books and Special Collections Room.

In Downton Abbey, the library is a common backdrop, yet few people know that we have a similar library right here in Belk Library. The Rhinehart Rare Books and Special Collections room was designed in the style of an English country library.

To more fully absorb the aura of such a library, Special Collections is hosting "A Downton Afternoon" open house in the Rhinehart Room, Wednesday, February 19, from 2:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. Attendees will have a chance to see the Rhinehart Room and its collection, and enjoy a Downton Abbey-themed afternoon. All are invited. Costumes are optional.

For more information, please contact Greta Browning, Reference Archivist/Librarian, at or 828.262.7702.

Photo credit: "Secrets of The Manor House Series,"

Posted by Greta Browning on Friday, January 31, 2014 - 11:38am

"An Exhibit of Unexpected Finds in Special Collections" is now installed in the atrium exhibit cases on the 4th floor of Belk Library and Information Commons. Most people may think of Special Collections holdings consisting of books, manuscripts, DVDs, or CDs, but the collections also include a small selection of other, unexpected items. We do not seek most of the items displayed here, but their presence in our collections enriches the historical record that we do collect.

Items on display include Southern Appalachian hand-made baskets discovered by photographer Jack Jeffers, T. Taylor Warren's yellow NASCAR photographer's shirt and hat, a roller organ collected by W. Amos Abrams, and the Boone Community Book created by Jennifer Barron in 2005.

All items are available for research. For more information, contact us at or 828-262-7974.

Posted by on Thursday, January 30, 2014 - 1:46pm
High Country Festival of the Book

The High Country Festival of the Book in conjunction with the Friends of the Watauga Public Library, Junaluska Heritage Association, and Richard T. Barker Friends of the University Library would like to invite you to join them in celebrating the 50th Anniversary of the Civil Rights Act.

‘Race to Civility’

Featuring authors Deborah Johnson and Ed Williams.

Saturday, February 8th
from 10:00 – 3:00
Room 421, Belk Library, ASU Campus (see map)
Free Garage Parking

10:00 am Noon Author Presentations
Noon  1:30 Lunch
1:30 3:00 Panel with Moderator Dr. Michael G. Wade

Lunch catered by F.A.R.M. Café. Ticket price $10, advance purchase required & includes lunch.

Tickets available at Watauga County Public Library.
Call 828-264-8784 for more information

Posted by John Wiswell on Wednesday, January 29, 2014 - 11:47am
cover of JAMA (journal)

The Library has thousands of journals on the health sciences.  Many of them focus narrowly on subdisciplines.  But we also have the big names, such as these:

New England Journal of Medicine

JAMA (Journal of the American Medical Association)

BMJ (British Medical Journal)

The Lancet

Health Affairs

American Journal of Public Health

Posted by on Thursday, January 23, 2014 - 9:31am
Merchant Archives

The library now provides access to Mergent Archives, a database that provides essential political, economic and commercial information for evaluating risks and opportunities on over 130 countries worldwide.

Mergent Archives consist of  three reports: DnB Country Risk Profile, DnB Country Risk Report, and Mergent Country Profiles. Together, these reports provide in-depth analysis to assist in monitoring international markets, help to identify changes in business risk, and provide detailed analysis of a country’s prospects in the short to medium term. Each report presents data in a clear and consistent format, facilitating comparison.

Access Mergent Archives

For more information, please contact your Business Librarian, Leslie Farison.



Posted by on Friday, January 17, 2014 - 3:42pm

Belk Library & Information Commons Library Tours

Hit the library before you hit the books! Spring 2014 library tours are free and open to all!

Library tours will be held January 21st-January 30th, at 12 pm and 9 pm. Sign up for a tour today and get to know your library!

* Tours meet in the library atrium


If you have questions please contact Amanda Bird at 828.262.2085 or

Posted by on Wednesday, January 15, 2014 - 2:10pm



In order to provide the most efficient and useful collection, we need your help! Please take the time to complete the below survey to help us assess our collection:


Belk Library offers the Appalachian State community access to several types of eBooks and audiobooks! The majority of eBooks, but not all, in these collections can also be accessed through our Library Catalog, just as if they were physical books.

  • eBook Collection (EBSCOhost)We now have over 100,000 academic ebooks in this collection, on a wide variety of sublects. You can read them online, save or print PDFs of chapters, or set up an account and check them out. For checked-out books, the ebooks can then be read using Adobe Digital Editions. (Free download from Also, you can load them on iPads, iPhones, and other devices with the Bluefire Reader app. Most EBSCOhost ebooks are available to more than one reader at a time.
  • ebrary Many academic books on a variety of subjects. You can read online (best using ebrary Reader), or you can download or print up to about 20-60 pages. Most ebrary ebooks are only available to one reader at a time.
  • Business Expert PressBusiness Expert Press's eBooks cover supply and operations management, international business, social media, finance, accounting, public relations, and marketing strategy. Nearly 200 titles are available using the ebrary platform.
  • LearningExpress LibraryLearningExpress Library offers over 300 online test resources, including a wide variety of tests preparation, skill builders, and courses, as well as more than 130 e-Books
  • MyiLibrary MyiLibrary offers access to more than 350 full-text online books.
  • OneClickDigital OneClickdigital provides access to over 1,200 audiobooks, including fiction, nonfiction, classics and popular titles. Download books to your portable player, including most iPods, iPhones and MP3 players.
  • OverDriveOverDrive provides access to popular fiction, study aids (GRE, LSAT, GMAT, CPA), travel guides, foreign language study audiobooks, and more. OverDrive eBooks allows you to download eBooks and audiobooks to computers and portable devices.
  • Oxford Scholarship OnlineOxford Scholarship Online offers full text access to over 4,200 books published by Oxford University Press. These books allow downloading of chapters.
  • Safari Books OnlineOver 22,000 books in the fields of computer science and information technology from the two premier IT publishers, OReilly & Associates, Inc., and The Pearson Technology Group. Safari ebooks include many How To guides for software. There are also many other topics such as personal finance and travel, just to name two. These ebooks can only be used online. No downloads.




Thanks for you consideration!

Posted by on Tuesday, January 14, 2014 - 11:42am
Web of Science

Web of Science, a multidisciplinary database of more than 12,000 scholarly journals, is now providing access through a new interface. The Web of Science platform also hosts Biological Abstracts, Medline, and the Zoological Record databases.

Read about what's new in Web of Science at

Recorded training and live training opportunities are available at

Try out the new Web of Science

Posted by John Boyd on Tuesday, January 14, 2014 - 11:20am

The library added the following databases over the holiday break:

Artemis Literary Sources: provides combined access to a new interface, with new features, to Literature Criticism Online (10 multidisciplinary series) and to Literature Resource Center.

Artemis Primary Sources: provides access to a new interface, with new features, to the combined Eighteenth Century Collections Online (ECCO) and Nineteenth Century Collections Online (NCCO).

British History Online: provides access to some of the core printed primary and secondary sources for the medieval and modern history of the British Isles.

InfoTrac Newsstand: provides access to over 2,500 newspapers, newswires, and radio and TV news transcripts.

Mergent Intellect: search U.S. and international company listings by industry, size, location, and other criteria to create marketing plans, conduct competitive analysis, and raise funds.

A listing of all library databases can be found on the Article Resources and E-Research Tools page.


Posted by on Saturday, January 4, 2014 - 2:38pm
Dollar sign

Paying Library Fines and Fees

Students, staff, and faculty pay library fines and fees through the Student Accounts office. All library fines and fees for students, staff, and faculty are transferred to the Student Accounts billing system on a nightly basis.  Only community borrowers and spouses or domestic partners with AppCards make payments at the Circulation Services Desk on the main floor of Belk Library.

For concerns regarding a library fine or fee, contact the Circulation Services Manager, Jason Stamper, at 828 262-6904 or

To make payment:

  1. Students can pay library fines and fees online through Appalnet.  Once logged in, click the Self-Service tab > Student tab > Student Accounts link.
  2. Faculty and staff members must contact the Student Accounts office to arrangement payment.  
    NOTE: faculty members and staff who have completed coursework at Appalachian are able to pay online through Appalnet (see step 1).  
    All others must work directly with Student Accounts.
    Student Accounts | 2nd Floor John E. Thomas Hall (map) | (828) 262-2113