December 2011

Search Local First

Posted by on Monday, December 19, 2011 - 3:02pm

The library made important changes to the catalog, which will affect how people search for books and other materials.

What changed about the catalog?

In the past, the catalog was set by default to search three libraries: ASU, UNCA, and WCU. We have changed it so that the default search will bring up only ASU items.  We did this because our users made it clear they want to see what they have access to locally first, electronically or in paper.  If needed, they can then expand their search.  Another reason for the change is because electronic resources, especially e-books, are available only at the school that has a subscription to them, so it can be frustrating to see these items.

However, you can still view and request items from UNCA or WCU, and the ever-popular ABC express service is available. (ABC express stands for Asheville-Boone-Cullowhee and is a delivery service for books and bound journals between ASU, WCU and UNCA.)

  • From the Books and Media tab on the homepage, you can choose ASU, ABC Express, or UNC libraries via the radio buttons beneath the search bar.

Books and Media tab on the library's homepage

  • Once you are in the catalog, you can expand your search to ABC Express using the button below.

Search ABC Express button

If you have comments or suggestions, let us know in the comments below!

Travelling to the Big City? Online Travel Books

Posted by John Wiswell on Friday, December 16, 2011 - 3:05pm
NYC travel guide

Our Safari Books Online database has travel guides for 16 major cities, including New York City, Washington, Chicago, Berlin, and Hong Kong (but not Charlotte, Dublin, or Shanghai).  If you're standing on a street corner in Barcelona, you can access the Spain guide and search on Barcelona.  Nice maps  and you won't entirely look like a tourist. (There are also lots of books on photography.)

USA and Canada:  Washington, New York City, Boston, Chicago, San Francisco, Seattle, Toronto

Europe:  London, Paris, Rome, Madrid, Barcelona, Berlin, Munich

Asia: Beijing, Hong Kong,

PsycINFO Access Will Continue

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.

"Food for Fines" Project December 12 - December 20, 2011

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!!

Congratulations to Graduating Students!

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