Library News

Posted by Greta Browning on Monday, July 9, 2012 - 11:59am
Rhinehart Room

The Rhinehart Rare Books and Special Collections Room on the 4th Floor of Belk Library and Information Commons will be open Wednesday afternoons, July 11, 18, and 25, from 1:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. for visits, questions, and book viewings from the Rhinehart Collection on British History.  Dr. Marjon Ames, Rhinehart post-doctoral fellow and assistant professor of history at Wesleyan College in Rocky Mount, North Carolina, will be available to answer questions and provide information about the rare book collections.

Typically, this room is not open to the public, so take advantage of this opportunity to see books printed as early as the 16th and 17th centuries.

For more information, call 828-262-4041 or email

Posted by on Tuesday, June 19, 2012 - 12:01pm
website screenshot

The library is launching the beta phase of its new website today. We are joining the many departments and colleges on campus running a Drupal website. We're excited about the possibilities this software will give us to develop useful and fun new features to the library website.

We're implementing this beta phase in order to let our users test out the site before we replace the existing website. We'll be doing usability studies to make sure it's working the way it should. We'll also be listening to everyone's comments and fine-tuning it over the next couple weeks.

We would love to have your feedback and suggestions for the site. Please fill out our feedback form and help us make the site better.

Thank you,

The Library Web Team

Posted by on Friday, June 15, 2012 - 12:06pm
fax machine

For Summer 2012, the Main Circulation Desk will offer a mediated fax service (incoming and outgoing) for ASU faculty, staff, students and Community Borrowers. This service is available all hours the library is open. The incoming fax number is: 828-262-7217.

Outgoing: $1/page up to a maximum charge of $5 (no matter total pages)
Incoming: $1 first page, $.10 each additional page

  • Charges for ASU faculty, staff and students will be added to their library account.
  • Incoming faxes will be kept in a basket for pick-up for one semester and will be shredded at the end of the semester.
  • Fax jobs will be done on a first-come, first serve basis and will be sent within an hour of receipt.
  • The library reserves the right to refuse any job over 25 pages.
  • The number of the Main Circulation Desk is (828) 262-2818.
Posted by on Thursday, June 14, 2012 - 12:08pm
Jack Jeffers photo

Special Collections has received a grant from the National Historical Publications and Records Commission (NHPRC) for an ambitious two-year project that will eliminate the backlog of the W. L. Eury Appalachian Collection and provide students, faculty, staff, and outside researchers with access to these collections.  Grant funds will primarily be used to hire a Project Archives Assistant. 

Among the collections to be processed are the papers of Kelly Bennett, who was instrumental in the development of America’s national parks; the papers of social activist and documentarian John Gaventa; Appalachian photographer Jack Jeffers’ collection of prints and digital images; and the papers and musical scores of composer Tui St. George Tucker.

Photograph by Jack Jeffers.

Posted by on Thursday, May 31, 2012 - 12:19pm
2012 Summer Author Series

The Belk Library and Information Commons is happy to announce its 2012 Summer Author Series.

Alan Shapiro

Alan Shapiro photoAuthor of the novel Broadway Baby and ten books of poetry that have won numerous awards. The talk will be followed by a book signing and reception.

Date: Thursday, June 7, 2012

Time: 3:30 p.m.

Location: Room 421, Belk Library and Information Commons

Free Event


Charles Duell photoCharles Duell

President of the Middleton Place Foundation, Charleston, South Carolina. The topic of his presentation is "Middleton Place: A Phoenix Still Rising."

Date: Friday, June 22, 2012

Time: 11:30 a.m.

Location: Blowing Rock Country Club, Blowing Rock, NC

*Fundraising Event -- fee charged*


Clyde Edgerton photoClyde Edgerton, 2012 Belk Distinguished Lecturer

Well-known North Carolina writer who has charmed his devoted readings with such books as Walking Across Egypt and Lunch at the Piccadilly. The topic of his presentation is "Reading, Stories, and Music." The event will be followed by a book signing and reception.

Date: Thursday, July 12, 2012

Time: 3:30 p.m.

Location: Calloway Peak Room, Plemmons Student Union

Free Event


Georgann EubanksGeorgann Eubanks

Author of Literary Trails of the North Carolina Mountains and Literary Trails of the North Carolina Piedmont. Followed by book signing and reception.

Date: Thursday, August 2, 2012

Time: 3:30 p.m.

Location: Room 421, Belk Library and Information Commons

Free Event


Mark de Castrique photoMark de Castrique

Author of the popular "Buryin' Barry" and "Sam Blackburn" series of mysteries set in Asheville. Followed by book signing and reception.

Date: Thursday, August 16, 2012

Time: 3:30 p.m.

Location: Room 421, Belk Library and Information Commons

Free Event


Download the 2012 Summer Author Series flyer

If you have any questions regarding the Summer Author Series, please contact Lynn Patterson ( at 828-262-2087.

Posted by on Wednesday, May 30, 2012 - 12:32pm
Historical photo of Doc Watson

When the University Library and the College of Arts and Sciences were seeking funding for the National Endowment for the Humanities Challenge Grant in the 1990s, a fund was named the Doc Watson Endowment in Appalachian Music in honor of Doc's important contributions to Appalachian music and culture.

These were his words when he learned that the endowment would bear his name: "I'm certainly proud that my career in music has been an effort to preserve Southern Appalachian culture. And I certainly endorse the effort to catalog and preserve it. I strongly back the NEH grant."

Everyone is deeply saddened by the loss of Doc Watson, and the Library pledges to keep his memory alive through the Appalachian Collection and the Music Library.

Photo above from the ASU Historical Photos Collection, showing Doc Watson (center right, with banjo) performing for students in Plemmons Student Union in the 1970s.

Posted by on Monday, May 28, 2012 - 12:34pm

Through a successful collaboration with Student Accounts, the Registrar's Office, ITS and the University Library, all library charges will now sync with the ASU Banner system.  This change will make the library billing process faster, simpler and more transparent and brings the library in line with other campus units.  All library charges will appear at the library and on faculty, staff and student banner accounts. 

Students (and any faculty and staff that once were ASU students) may pay their fines through the Student Services tab in APPALnet, through invoice mailed to Student Accounts, or in person at the Student Account Office.  Faculty and staff who have not been students at ASU can pay either by invoice mailed to Student Accounts or in person at the Student Accounts Office. 

Please note that at any time, you may check your library account by going to MY ACCOUNT at the top of the University Library’s home page (  Log in using your last name and banner ID number.  You can check here any time, 24 hours/day, for any fines, fees, holds, late books from any web-enabled device.  Here is a short tutorial to assist you.

Posted by John Boyd on Thursday, May 24, 2012 - 12:36pm
Farm City book cover

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 Summer Reading Program, students establish a common experience with other new students.

This years selection, Farm City, by Novella Carpenter, chronicles her efforts to live off the land in inner city Oakland. Her efforts to have a sustainable source of food for herself–with some for friends and neighbors as well-- sends her down a path inspired by Henry Thoreau, Euell Gibbons and her mother. The experiment to eat exclusively from her urban squat farm tries her will and ingenuity while bolstering her spirit with a sense of connection with all around her.

For information on this year's selection, and for related library resources, see the Summer Reading Book - Library Resources Guide. The author will be on campus September 6, 2012: See the list of events.

Posted by John Boyd on Monday, May 7, 2012 - 12:39pm

Congratulations to all the students who are graduating this May, 2012. We thank all of our student library employees for their hard work and dedication. Your work in the library is greatly appreciated!

Payton Brown
Calvin Bruns
Amanda Carroll
Ian Clontz
Tim Coyle
Jeremy Ryne Danielson
Rachel Donovan
Patrick Elliott
Carrie "Lexi" Ellis
Williams Fincannon
Nancy Gibson
Mitch Greco
Bryan Green
Molly Hansen
Addy Haseltine
Tim Hefflinger
Eric Holm
Emily Hopper
Maya Hutchins
Sydney Jones
Kelly Kluz
Aaron Lancaster
Rachel Little
Katy Manis
Nick McCollister
Jessica Michak
Matt Miller
Chase Mitchell
Kristen Morrison
Tiara O'Neal
Brooke Rideout
Kaitlynn Sansone
Elizabeth Smith
Caleb Sonneland
Lauren Turner
Ian Watkins
Jason West
Jessica Whitman

Posted by on Monday, May 7, 2012 - 12:38pm

Laptops are a "hot commodity" during exam time. In fact, we often check out of them at the Main Circulation Desk. Never fear... did you know we have Dell Laptops for check out at the Lower Level Service Desk? So "check them out"....

Good Luck on Exams!