August 2011

Doorways series: September 7

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.

Summer Reading Book - Library Resources

Posted by on Wednesday, August 31, 2011 - 4:38pm
Born To Run 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, 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.

Call for Undergraduate and Graduate Student Volunteers

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!

New Business Databases

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.

Computer Availability Maps

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.

New Library Hours (2012)

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).

iPads Available for Checkout!

Posted by on Tuesday, August 23, 2011 - 4:48pm

ANNOUNCING: The Belk Library iPad project! The Main Circulation Desk now has 10 iPads available for check out. The loan period is one week, with one renewal allowed.

The apps and links currently available on the iPads are: Belk Library home page, WNCLN Catalog, TSS Help desk, iBooks, EBSCOhost, British Library 19th Century Collection, Amazon Kindle, Zite, Merrimam Webster Dictionary, Quickoffice, Google Earth, Apple Remote, Bamboo Paper, & GoSkyWatchP.

See more details.

Library Orientation Tours

Posted by on Monday, August 22, 2011 - 4:50pm
Tours poster

Library orientation tours will be offered for First Year Seminar and Transfer students.
The tours will be offered August 29 through September 15, and will average about 45 minutes.
Meet in the atrium of the library, near the statue of ballet dancers.

Mondays* and Wednesdays: 
Tours will be offered at 3:00 p.m. and 9:00 p.m.
* except for labor day

Tuesdays and Thursdays: 
Tours will be offered at 11:00 a.m. and 8:00 p.m.

The purpose of these tours is to introduce students to the Library as a place. 
Students will receive an orientation to the physical space, collections, and service points.

I Love My Librarian Award

Posted by on Saturday, August 20, 2011 - 4:51pm

Nominations are open for the 2011 Carnegie Corporation of New York/New York Times I Love My Librarian Award.

The award invites library users nationwide to recognize the accomplishments of librarians in public, school, college, community college and university libraries for their efforts to improve the lives of people in their community.  Nominations are being accepted online at through Sept. 12.

Up to 10 librarians will be selected.  Each will receive a $5,000 cash award, a plaque and will be honored at an awards ceremony and reception in New York, hosted by The New York Times, in December.

Over the past three years, 30 librarians from across the country have won the I Love My Librarian Award.  Last year, more than 2,000 library users nationwide nominated a librarian.  Previous winners have been lauded for starting community gardens, helping students with severe disabilities read classic works of literature, for helping non-traditional students learn new technology to get better jobs and more.  For more information on previous winners, visit

Each nominee must be a librarian with a master's degree from a program accredited by the ALA in library and information studies or a master's degree with a specialty in school library media from an educational unit accredited by the National Council for the
Accreditation of Teacher Education.  Nominees must be currently working in the United States in a public library, a library at an accredited two- or four-year college or university or at an accredited K-12 school.

The Carnegie Corporation of New York/New York Times I Love My Librarian Award is administered by the Campaign for America's Libraries, ALA's public awareness campaign that promotes the value of libraries and librarians. The Campaign is made possible by ALA's Library Champions, corporations and foundations.

New PBS Streaming Videos

Posted by on Thursday, August 18, 2011 - 4:53pm
Eyes on the Prize DVD cover

The Library is happy to announce the addition of nearly 100 new PBS videos available now through the Library's website, including the complete 14-part award-winning Civil Rights Era documentary, Eyes on the Prize.

To see all available streaming videos go to PBS Streaming Videos from the NC LIVE Video Collection.

Student Logins on Library Computers

Posted by on Friday, August 5, 2011 - 4:54pm

To the Belk Library & Information Commons community,

In compliance with a Technology Support Services campus-wide change, the library and computer labs on campus will be implementing student logins by fall semester 2011. Testing and other preparations have been underway this summer. Any student using these computers can log in with their Appalnet username and password. This brings the campus in line with security standards expected by Information Technology auditors.

The library has set aside 12 computer workstations on the main floor that are open to the general public. In addition, stand-up computer workstations on the upper floors will remain open to search for books and other basic functions. These accommodations are similar to those at other libraries in the state and nationally.

Thank you for your willingness to adjust to these required changes.