Library News

Posted by on Thursday, November 1, 2012 - 10:21am
Power outlet

Over the last few months, the wonderful facilities staff at the library have been putting more than 100 new outlets throughout the building. Most of the outlets were added to the worktables in the library, so that students can plug in thirsty laptops.

This project is the result of the comments that students placed on the flipcharts we posted last year in the library. We asked how we could improve the library, and one of the most common suggestions was access to more power outlets. So we made it a top priority!

If you ever have suggestions on how to make the library better, please let us know! We truly do listen and are always looking for ways to improve Belk Library.

Posted by Megan Johnson on Friday, October 26, 2012 - 12:26pm
Information literacy

Belk Library and Information Commons, the University Writing Center, the Composition Program, and Writing Across the Curriculum Program present The Belk Library Prize for First-Year Students' Demonstration of Information Literacy Skills.  

This prize recognizes an outstanding research paper written by a first-year Appalachian State University student for a class in the UCO 1200 (First Year Seminar) or English 1000 course. The ability to find, evaluate, and use information effectively is an educational goal for every Appalachian State University graduate. 

This award promotes students' active engagement in the processes of library research and encourages them to synthesize library research skills with the reading, writing and critical thinking skills developed in their first year at Appalachian.



  • First Prize: $300 gift certificate to the book store
  • Second Prize: $200 gift certificate to the book store

In addition to the monetary award:

  • The winning student will allow a copy of his or her paper to be given to the University Archives.
  • The winning paper will be posted on the Belk Library & Information Commons Library website as well as the Composition and Rhetoric website.


Papers must display evidence of substantial research using library resources. Only papers written by first-year students at Appalachian State University will qualify.

Eligible students in the fall 2012 and Spring 2012 courses of:

  • UCO 1200: First Year Seminar (including honors sections) 
  • English 1000 (including honors sections)

Students wishing to enter a research paper for consideration should click on this application form (now past due date).

  • The date of submission
  • Your name, email and phone number
  • The assignment for the paper
  • The course name for the class in which the paper was written
  • Attach the paper below WITHOUT YOUR NAME ON IT (accpetable formats are a word document .doc or docx; .rtf or .pdf)
  • Put a short reflection about your research experience, including, but not limited to, skills employed and learned, problems encountered, and how those problems were addressed (please put the title of your research paper, but not your name, on the reflection)

The due date is Monday, March 11, 2013. 
The awards will be given to the winning students during the Celebration of Student Writing on April 17, 2013.

Criteria for Evaluation - Papers will be judged by a panel of librarians, members of the University Writing Center, the WAC program, and the Composition Program, according to the following criteria:

  1. The research paper displays its author's mastery of information literacy skills. Reminder: Information Literacy is the ability to find, evaluate, and use information effectively.
  2. Student has located and obtained a variety of library research materials. 
  3. Student synthesized the resources skillfully in service of their thesis. 
  4. The paper is well-written and well-organized, and demonstrates critical thinking. 
  5. The research paper cites all sources consistently and correctly according to a standard citation style appropriate to its topic or discipline. 
  6. The reflection statement demonstrates growth in the student's research and information literacy skills.

For additional information, please contact Megan Johnson at  

Posted by Geri Purpur on Wednesday, October 10, 2012 - 3:43pm
Celebrate the freedom to Read

Award winning authors Chris Crutcher and Lauren Myracle presented virtually in the AETZone (Appalachian Educational Technology Zone) on Oct. 2, 2012 as part of the Belk Library Banned Books Week celebration.  Sixty-one people attended the event virtually in the AETZone and physically in the Belk Library.  The authors spoke about their personal experiences with their books being challenged and banned. 

If you would like to listen to their inspirational stories, please click here.

Posted by Megan Johnson on Sunday, October 7, 2012 - 5:29pm

Reading The Chronicle of Higher Education is a great way to keep up on news and trends, legislation, meetings, seminars, workshops, classified employment advertising for higher education administrators, faculty members, researchers & scholars.  The Belk Library & Information Commons has the premium account- you can access it on or off campus, and you can set up an RSS feed if you so desire.

Posted by Megan Johnson on Sunday, October 7, 2012 - 5:22pm

This guide has links to voting information: how to register and vote, and who the candidates are.


Posted by on Thursday, October 4, 2012 - 2:59pm
Oxford Bibliographies

Oxford Bibliographies Online
 (Trial ends October 31, 2012)

"Oxford Bibliographies Online (OBO) is an entirely new research tool for the social sciences and humanities. A scholar-curated library of discipline-based subject modules, OBO is designed to help busy researchers find reliable sources of information in half the time by directing them to exactly the right chapter, book, website, archive, or data set they need for their research. Each entry is a selective guided tour through the key literature on a topic, receives multiple peer-reviews as well as Editorial Board approval, and is designed to facilitate a research experience with no dead ends. All citations are linked through to your collection via OpenURL, full-text via DOIs, or to the web via links to OCLC, WorldCat, and Google Books, allowing users to locate quickly full-text content directly from OBO. OBO is the ultimate collection development tool for librarians and time saving tool for students and researchers.

Posted by Megan Johnson on Wednesday, October 3, 2012 - 10:18am
RSS icon

RSS (Real Simple Syndiation) is an XML-based format for sharing and distributing web content that a user subscribes to.

An RSS reader allows you to view information from multiple web sites in a single interface.

You can use RSS to keep up to date on news headlines, and RSS can also help keep up with research. You can:

  • view table of contents from new journals issues
  • discover new journal articles on a specific topic (from multiple journals)
  • view news on general topics such as science, technology, business, health, etc. from Google, New York Times, BBC, etc.
  • follow blog discussions on certain topics.

To use RSS:

  • Create an RSS reader account -- for example, Google Reader or My Yahoo. Readers are also embedded in popular applications, like Microsoft Outlook, Firefox, and Internet Explorer.
  • Go to your favorite websites and look for a button or the words RSS, XML or Subscribe to this Feed.
  • Click the RSS link, copy and paste the URL (web address) into your RSS reader and click Add or Subscribe.
  • The name of the site with the number of new items in parentheses should apprear in your reader.
  • Check the reader for new content on your subscribed sites, and save, tag, share, or email items of note
  • Some feeds to consider: Project Muse or Academic Search Complete (in EbscoHost- check the "help" pages - type in "Alerts" for more information or tutorials) 
Posted by on Monday, October 1, 2012 - 11:39am
Appalachian Travels book cover

Congratulations to librarian Elizabeth Williams on the publication of Appalachian Travels: The Diary of Olive Dame Campbell!

In 1908 and 1909, noted social reformer and “songcatcher” Olive Dame Campbell traveled with her husband, John C. Campbell, through the Southern Highlands region of Appalachia to survey the social and economic conditions in mountain communities. Throughout the journey, Olive kept a detailed diary offering a vivid, entertaining, and personal account of the places the couple visited, the people they met, and the mountain cultures they encountered.

Although John C. Campbell’s book, The Southern Highlander and His Homeland, is cited by nearly every scholar writing about the region, little has been published about the Campbells themselves and their role in the sociological, educational, and cultural history of Appalachia. In this critical edition, Elizabeth McCutchen Williams makes Olive’s diary widely accessible to scholars and students for the first time. Appalachian Travels only offers an invaluable account of mountain society at the turn of the twentieth century.

American folklorist Olive Dame Campbell (1882–1954) was the author or coauthor of numerous books, including English Folk Songs from the Southern Appalachians. In 1925, she founded the John C. Campbell Folk School in Brasstown, North Carolina.

 Elizabeth McCutchen Williams is research librarian and assistant professor at Appalachian State University.

"A compelling account of turn-of-the-century Southern Appalachian society and culture based on the first impressions of an outsider who would later become a key interpreter of the region to the world beyond. Appalachian Travels is both an invaluable historical resource and a terrific read." — John C. Inscoe, author of Race, War, and Remembrance in the Appalachian South

"Olive Dame Campbell’s fascinating and entertaining diary contains much of the first-hand evidence gathered for the Campbell’s essential study, The Southern Highlander and His Homeland. It sheds new light on John and Olive Campbell but also on social conditions and daily life in Southern Appalachia, and the educational and religious work of protestant denominations in the area in the early twentieth century. Williams’ enlightening introduction and authoritative annotations greatly enhance the value of this work: a significant addition to Appalachian scholarship." - Fred J. Hay, Anne Belk Distinguished Professor and Librarian of the W.L. Eury Appalachian Collection, Appalachian State University

Posted by on Wednesday, September 26, 2012 - 6:59pm
photo of Barbara Kingsolver

Date: October 2

Time: 7:00pm

Location: Broyhill Event Center, Helen Powers Ballroom

A conversation with noted author Barbara Kingsolver, founder of the Bellwether Prize for Fiction, and authors Hillary Jordan and Naomi Benaron, winners of the prize for their books Mudbound and Running the Rift, will be held Tuesday, October 2 from 7 to 9 p.m. in the Helen Powers Ballroom of the Broyhill Events Center.

An informal reception will follow the presentation, and books will be available for purchase and signing. This is a free event.

photos of Hillary Jordan, Naomi Benaron, and Kathy Pories

Pictured: Barbara Kingsolver (above), Hillary Jordan, Naomi Benaron, and Kathy Pories, editor.

Posted by on Friday, September 14, 2012 - 3:50pm


Celebrate Banned Books Week @ Belk Library and Information Commons

With award winning authors Chris Crutcher and Lauren Myracle

Tuesday, Oct. 2 @ 7:00 pm
On-campus attendees:  Belk Library Rm. 421
Virtual attendees:  AETZone’s Belk Library Forum

Chris Crutcher, winner of numerous writing awards, including the Intellectual Freedom Award from the National Coalition Against Censorship and New York Times bestselling author Lauren Myracle will be speaking to us virtually in the AETZone. 

Chris Crutcher, one of the most frequently banned authors in North America - a fact he considers an accomplishment, rather than a drawback - is the author of fourteen books -- eleven novels, including his latest PERIOD 8, two short story collections and an autobiography.  Prior to his work as an author, he taught school in Washington and California and was acting director of an Oakland alternative school for nearly a decade. That academic history, coupled with 25 years as a child and family therapist specializing in abuse and neglect and 30 years as a Spokane Child Protection Team leader, has infused his literary work with realism and emotional heft. His signature blend of tragedy and comedy has made him a favorite with teen and adult readers. 

Lauren Myracle, one of the most challenged authors in 2009 and 2011, is the author of many young-adult novels including ttyl, ttfn and Shine all New York Times bestsellers. Myracle was born in Brevard, NC and grew up in Atlanta, GA. She earned a BA in English and Psychology from University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill where she was inducted into Phi Beta Kappa.  Later she earned an MA in English from Colorado State University, where she taught for two years, and an MFA in Writing for Children and Young Adults from Vermont College.  A portion of the proceeds of the book sales from her latest novel Shine benefits the Matthew Shepard Foundation. 

Chris Crutcher’s books in the Belk Library

Lauren Mryacle’s books in the Belk Library