Library News

Posted by John Wiswell on Friday, December 9, 2011 - 3:06pm

ASU will continue to have full access to PsycINFO.  Don't be alarmed if you see a message that NCLIVE is dropping it.  Belk Library will pay the cost, and ASU students, faculty, and staff should not experience any change in access.

Posted by on Wednesday, December 7, 2011 - 3:07pm

The Belk Library Student Advisory Group (in cooperation with Library Administration) will be doing a service learning project by sponsoring a "Food for Fines" drive beginning Monday, December 12th at 7:30 am until Dec 20th at 6 pm. 

Starting Monday, 12/12, we will be accepting 1 canned food item for every $1.00 (or partial part of a $1.00) owed on fines up to $15.00. NOTE:  Fines that have already been sent to Student Accounts are not eligible for this offer.  Canned good cannot be credited toward lost book charges.

Here’s what you do:

  • If you have an overdue fine here at the library, bring one can of nonperishable food to the Main Circulation Desk.
  • Tell the staff member that you are going to pay your fines with food.  You will be assessed one can of food per $1.00 (or part of a 1.00) of fines up to a total of $15.00.
  • Your account will be cleared up to $15.00.  Ask for a receipt.

It’s that simple! 

Even if you don't owe fines, we will accept canned foods for donation to the Hunger Coalition until December 20th.

We are excited about this partnership and hope you will help make this a rousing success and help us feed those in need locally!!

Posted by John Boyd on Friday, December 2, 2011 - 3:09pm
graduation cap

Congratulations to all the students who are graduating this December, 2011. We thank all of our student library employees for their hard work and dedication. Your work in the library is greatly appreciated!

  • Maeve Cunningham
  • Melissa Chappell
  • Michael Jenkins
  • Shane Martin
  •  Megan Stanfield
  • Xan Thomas
  • Dorine Momanyi
  • Emily Smith
  • Kayla DeLong
  • Christi Ponder
  • Kristen Morrison
  • Daniel Baker
  • Caitlin Buxton
Posted by on Tuesday, November 29, 2011 - 3:10pm

The Student Research Lab for Individual Quiet Study will open tonight through final exams in Classroom 026 on the Lower Level of Belk Library.  Computers will be open for student use in this classroom.  Unlike most of the library, there is no food or drink allowed in the classrooms and we ask that it be a quiet (no talking) zone.  This lab will open Sundays – Thursdays from 5 pm until midnight regularly and can be opened if demand warrants it.

Posted by on Friday, November 18, 2011 - 3:11pm

Please remember that the entire third floor of the library and the Special Collections area on the fourth floor are meant to be silent study areas. During this busy time leading up to exams, this rule is especially important!

  • Group study should not be done in these areas
  • No cell phone conversations

Please respect your fellow students! Be quiet on the third floor.

Posted by Megan Johnson on Thursday, November 10, 2011 - 3:13pm

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 7.
  • 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 Megan Johnson on Monday, October 31, 2011 - 4:15pm
chinese door photo

Date: Thursday, November 17, 2011

Time: 2:00 pm

Location: Belk Library, room 421

The Doorways International Program Series presents "Work, Life & Fun in Modern China" a panel presentation with visiting Chinese Scholars. Come and hear about life, work and fun in modern China. This is an interactive panel so be curious and bring questions! There might even be tasty tidbits of Chinese food to sample.

  • Guo Peixiao: Insigma Hengtian Software: Global Infrastructure Service (GIS) Project Manager on IT Outsourcing in China and Life in Hangzhou (a "village" of 8.7 million people).
  • Xu Xuan : Exchange Librarian from Fudan University on Librarianship and Campus Life at Fudan University in Shanghai, China
  • Zhu Shenshen : Shanghai Daily Newspaper: Business Journalist on Trends in the Internet Landscape in China and life in Shanghai
  • Lin Yang : China Internet Information Center : IT Infrastructure and security on information security and life in Beijing
  • Tan Hong: Software Engineer with Insima Hengtian Software on a "Typical Day" of an IT Software engineer in Hangzhou and weekend entertainment
  • Gu Jun works for Sinolingua Co. Ltd in Beijing, and will talk about publishing business in China.
  • Li Lei: A graduate student at Shaanxi Normal University will share her experience as a graduate student in a Chinese university.

The Doorways series is co-sponsored by Belk Library and Information Commons and the Office of International Education and Development. Its goal is to provide a platform for people to share their research and knowledge on international issues and build relationships on campus based on interest in international affairs. For more information on this program or the Doorways series, call (828) 262-4967.

Posted by Cynthia Harbeson on Thursday, October 27, 2011 - 4:17pm
civil war manuscipt

On Thursday, October 27, Special Collections will host an open house showcasing Civil War resources from the W.L. Eury Appalachian Collection. The open house will run from 1:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m. in the Rhinehart Room on the 4th Floor of Belk Library and Special Collections. Come see maps, books, letters, and other historic materials documenting the American Civil War, 1861-1865. Special Collections is holding this open house in celebration of North Carolina Archives Week, October 24-29, 2011.

A guide to many of our Civil War collections is available in the Civil War Subject Guide.

To learn more about Special Collections, visit us online, email, or call 828-262-4041.

Pictured: Beginning of letter from Robert Beall to sister-in-law Nealie Harper, Feburary 1861. Part of the Collection 392. Harper-Beall Papers, 1826-1959 in the W.L. Eury Appalachian Collection.

Posted by Megan Johnson on Tuesday, October 25, 2011 - 4:19pm

The library hosted The Faculty and Graduate Research Fair on October 21, 2011. Sixty people attended, with Provost Dr. Gonzalez opening the session with a short talk about the importance of research at Appalachian and then fielding questions. 

Her talk was followed by Lightening Rounds by five faculty members. Tracy Goodson-Espy (Department of Curriculum and Instruction) spoke on the importance of building a budget; Andy Heckert (Geology) spoke on field research with students; Suzi Mills from the Department of Muisc went over building on success; Dr. Jeff Hirst from the department of Mathematical Sciences discussed using GRAM (Graduate research assistance students) and the amazing software program TeX; and Scholarly Communication Librarian Allan Scherlen discussed NC DOCKS.

Areas from across campus were on hand to discuss their services, including:

Posted by Ken Johnson on Wednesday, October 19, 2011 - 4:22pm

Dear Campus Community,

Belk Library and Information Commons has had to reduce its hours of operation following a $22.8 million campus-wide reduction in state funds. While library staff members regret having to make this change, we have had to prepare for at least a $1.5 million budget cut, which is 30 percent of the library's non-personnel funds.

In addition to reducing hours for the building, the funds to update technology, which are needed to provide library resources and services, have been devastated. We have been forced to reduce the number of student employees, which puts more strain on the already heavy workload of staff members and may keep students from completing their education. Of critical importance is the potential 25 percent reduction of funds to buy books and electronic resources needed for faculty and student research and education. Cutting the library's print and electronic collections hurts present and future generations of students.

The Atrium, which has 86 seats and 11 computers, is open 24 hours, 5 days a week and staffed by a security guard to ensure students' safety. So far this semester, we have not had much use.

You will see from the historical data charts below that we have been keeping four floors of the library open 24/5 days a week for relatively light use except during finals. We are working with SGA and Academic Affairs to try to be open 24/5 during the week before and during final exams.

To see the library's operating schedule, visit the library hours calendar.

chart showing library usage

table showing library usage

As always, the library remains committed to providing the highest level of services and collections possible.

Mary Reichel
University Librarian