Library News

Posted by on Tuesday, October 4, 2011 - 4:26pm
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Date: Thursday, Oct. 6, 2011

Time: 8pm

Location: Belk Library, room 114

The Catherine J. Smith Gallery and the Arts Management Organization (AMO) are proud to co-host a screening of the film Exit through the Gift Shop on Thursday, October 6 at 8pm in Belk Library and Information Commons in room 114 at Appalachian State University. Admission is free and open to the public. The screening is sponsored in part by Belk Library and Information Commons. Members of AMO will introduce the film and lead a discussion after the screening. The student organization will sell popcorn and drinks as a fundraiser for the club.

Exit through the Gift Shop is a 2010 documentary directed by Banksy, a well-known British street artist and prankster recognized for his unorthodox stunts in the art world. Unlike many prominent contemporary artists, who are known by name, Banksy’s identity remains a well-kept secret, even though he appears in the film itself. Rather than focusing on Banksy, the documentary primarily follows a budding French artist by the name of Thierry Guetta. Under the spell of Banksy’s influence, Guetta (a.k.a., Mr. Brainwash) transforms from film artist to street art enthusiast, a journey that eventually leads to his installing and hosting an exhibition of his own work in Los Angeles and turns him into an overnight artistic sensation. Exit through the Gift Shop has been widely recognized by notable cinematic organizations, including the Sundance Film Festival and the Berlin International Film Festival, among others.

"Banksy is a graffiti artist with a global reputation whose work can be seen on walls from post-hurricane New Orleans to the separation barrier on the Palestinian West Bank. He fiercely guards his anonymity to avoid prosecution. An eccentric French shopkeeper turned documentary maker attempts to locate and befriend Banksy, only to have the artist turn the camera back on its owner. Includes footage of Banksy, Shepard Fairey, Invader, and many of the world's most infamous graffiti artists at work, on walls and in interview. As Banksy describes it, ‘It's basically the story of how one man set out to film the un-filmable. And failed.’"
—Paranoid Pictures

The Catherine J. Smith Gallery is located in Farthing Auditorium at 733 Rivers Street, Boone, NC. Hours are Monday through Friday from 9 AM to 5 PM. Admission is free. Currently on view in the gallery “Sail!” featuring artwork by Jewel Castro. For information please call 828-262-7338 or visit

The Arts Management Organization is a University-recognized club that seeks to promote professionalism and networking within the arts fields by increasing the awareness of the arts on ASU's campus and in the community. For more information, please email or visit

Posted by on Monday, September 19, 2011 - 4:28pm
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Fight censorship and make your favorite banned book be heard! Join us in celebrating Banned Books Weekby volunteering to be recorded reading a banned book. We welcome all ASU students, faculty and staff!

How Does It Work?
Each participant will read from their choice of book for around two minutes. Belk Library will record the reading and post the video to both the ASU iTunes U channel as well as the American Library Association's YouTube channel. Your video will appear with videos of people from across the country.

When, Where, How?!
Recordings will be done in Belk Library room 156 (one of the small group study rooms) on Tuesday, September 27 between 2:00 and 4:00. Drop by any time to participate.

Choose any banned book you like. These lists may help you decide:

You can find most of these titles in the ASU library by searching the catalog. We will also have a small collection of banned titles available in the room where the recordings are done.

If you have any questions, please contact Amanda Bird at 262-2085 or Geri Purpur at 262-6903.

Posted by Lisa T. Abbott on Friday, September 2, 2011 - 4:35pm

Attention Distance Education Students! Want to participate in a discussion of the Summer Reading Book? Now you can via the new Distance Education Virtual Book Group.

    • What will we read? The Fall 2011 book is Born to Run by Christopher McDougall. The Spring book is yet to be determined.
    • When? Sept. 23rd 7-8 p.m. OR Sept. 24th 10-11 a.m.
    • How? You can choose to participate in the book discussion via ASU's web conferencing or in Teleplace, a 3-d virtual world used by the College of Education. No experience necessary.


To sign up to participate or if you have questions: Email Lisa Abbott,
Sign-up by Sept. 19th, 2011.

Posted by on Friday, September 2, 2011 - 4:32pm
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The Bootleg Turn: Moonshine and the Genesis of NASCAR

The Bootleg Turn: Moonshine and the Genesis of NASCAR, a new exhibit, is now on display in the Atrium on the fourth floor of the library. Researched and designed by graduate student Jessica Michak, The Bootleg Turn showcases the development of NASCAR and its association with moonshining in Appalachia. This exhibit features materials from the following collections: the Cratis D. Williams Papers, the John T. Shepherd Papers, the Horton Family Papers, the Moonshining in Burke County: The Career of N.C. ABC Officer Fred Hennessee Collection, and the Stock Car Racing Collection.

To learn more about these collections, please visit Special Collections located in Room 432, send us an email at or visit our web pages.

Jack Jeffers Photo Exhibit

Jack Jeffers photoThe Dougherty Reading Room in Special Collections invites you to view a portion of the newly-acquired Jack Jeffers Photograph Collection, part of the W.L. Eury Appalachian Collection.

The collection, donated in the spring of 2011, features photographs of the landscapes and lives of the Appalachian region from over 40 years of Jeffers work. The exhibit also includes some of his original silver sulfide photographs. Come enjoy the photographs of a time gone in the Appalachian region. The display will be up for the fall semester.

If you are interested in learning more about Jack Jeffers, please visit his website.

The Dougherty Reading Room is open Monday - Friday, 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. For more information, call 828-262-7974 or email

Pictured: Country Store, 1972. Photo by Jack Jeffers

The Dougherty Reading Room is open Monday - Friday, 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. For more information, call 828-262-7974 or email

Posted by on Wednesday, August 31, 2011 - 4:39pm
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Visiting Artist Talk by Jewel Castro

Wednesday September 7 Belk Library Room 114, 6:30 PM

Jewel Castro was born in Chicago and grew up in San Diego. Her maternal grandparents established the First Samoan Congregational Christian Church of San Diego. Castro's early career in art was in graphic design and illustration and culminated in a position in television programming administration for public broadcasting. Castro received a B.A. in Art with an emphasis in Painting and Drawing from San Diego State University in 1995 and an M.F.A. in Visual Arts with a Studio emphasis in 1998. Since then, Castro has been adamantly working as a multimedia artist, curator, part-time teacher of studio art, writer, and public speaker.

Castro is interested in bringing national attention to contemporary Oceanic art, having already curated two exhibitions that have received international exposure, including Island Affinities, Contemporary Art of Oceania at California State University Northridge (2007) with Dr. Peri Klemm and Turning Tides: Gender in Oceania Art at the University of California San Diego (2006) with Dr. Pamela Rosi. Her work is published in several journals, including Pacific Studies, The Contemporary Pacific, and Pacific Arts: The Journal of the Pacific Art Association, as well as a few books, including Samoan Art and Artists: O Measina a Samoa, edited by Sean Mallon, Moon Over the Pacific by Kay Flavell, and Pacific Island Artists Navigating the Global Art World, edited by Karen Stevenson.

This Doorways series is co-sponsored by Belk Library and Information Commons, the Office of General Education and the Program in Public History. 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 262-4967.

Posted by on Wednesday, August 31, 2011 - 4:38pm
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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, Born to Run, by Christopher McDougall, is an epic adventure that began with one simple question: Why does my foot hurt? In search of an answer, Christopher McDougall sets off to find a tribe of the world's greatest distance runners and learn their secrets, and in the process shows us that everything we thought we knew about running is wrong.

For information on this year's selection, and for related library resources, see the Library Guide to the Summer Reading Program. The author will be on campus September 15 2011: See the list of events.

Posted by on Friday, August 26, 2011 - 4:41pm

Attention all students (Undergraduate and Graduate): There is still time to volunteer to serve on the Belk Library Student Advisory Group. The Committee began last fall (Fall 2010) and has done many exciting things to make the library a more user-centered environment. The committee is charged to advise, plan, 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. The committee will meet several times a semester or as needed at a time that is convenient for the majority of committee members. The first meeting will be in mid to late September. The term for appointment is one year, but sitting committee members may volunteer for a second year-long term. 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 5th. Appointments will be made after that date and appointees notified by email.If you have any questions, contact Susan Jennings, Lead Desk Services Librarian, by email at or by phone at 828-262-2782.

If you have already volunteered, we'll be in touch soon!

Thank you!

Posted by on Thursday, August 25, 2011 - 4:43pm

The Library recently added two new business databases for student research:

Bizminer offer industry financial analysis benchmarks for over 5,000 lines of business and industry market trends on thousands more. Market analysis reports are available at the national and local levels down to the zip code.

IBISWorld Industry Market Research Reports cover over 700 industries in the United States as categorized by the North American Industry Classification System (NAICS). Individual reports provide key statistics, segmentation, market characteristics, industry conditions, key competitors, industry performance and outlook, and are available online in HTML, PDF, or Word format.

Go to Library Databases and E-Research Tools to see the complete list of Business Databases.

Posted by on Wednesday, August 24, 2011 - 4:46pm
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At a glance, see where the available computers are in the library!

The library is now offering a new service -- computer availability maps. The new policy of requiring student log-ins on public computers has given us the ability to track what computers in the library are currently being used. The Web Team at the library has created a web application that collects this information in real time and displays it on maps of each floor of the library.

So now when the library's busy, you don't have to wander around looking for an available computer! Just check the maps.

We are currently working on a mobile version of the maps for viewing on smartphones, as well as a way to display them on large screens in the library.

Posted by on Wednesday, August 24, 2011 - 4:44pm


Please note, this post pertains to the 2012 hours reduction. Currently library hours can be found on the hours calendar.

Dear Campus Community,

In response to recent University budget cuts, the library has reduced its operating hours. The library will no longer be open 24 hours 5 days a week, and hours will be slightly reduced on Fridays and Saturdays.

In order to provide overnight study space and wireless access, the Atrium/Cyber Cafe area will remain open Sunday-Thursday nights between 2 AM and 7:30 AM. There are some computers available in this area, and to help ensure safety of students, a security guard will be on duty. Entry will require an Appcard.

At the library, we know that being open 24 hours 5 days a week has been popular with students, and understand this cutback is a disappointment. However, a 16% budget reduction has forced the University to make difficult choices. The library remains dedicated to providing the highest level of research support and services possible.

The typical schedule of library hours will be:
Sun: 12:30 PM - 2 AM
Mon-Th: 7:30 AM - 2 AM
Fri: 7:30 AM - 6 PM
Sat: Noon - 6 PM

(Exceptions to these hours during holidays and breaks are posted on the library hours calendar).