January 2012

Library Hours Change for Spring 2012

Posted by Ken Johnson on Thursday, January 26, 2012 - 2:43pm

For Spring 2012, the library and SGA worked to make the following changes to library late night hours:

1.  The Atrium area will close at 2 a.m. There will be no 24 hours access to the Atrium and Wired Scholar.

2.  For 2 weeks at Final exams, the library will be open 24/5 from Sunday night through Thursday nights.  

Find daily hours and any holiday/break exceptions on the official library hours calendar.

University Archives Finding Aids Now Online

Posted by on Friday, January 20, 2012 - 2:45pm
historical photo of ASU students

Searching for University Archives materials has just gotten easier.  University Archives finding aids are now online and searchable through the new search box on the main Special Collections page.  Finding aids, or guides to archival collections, are available for all University Archives material.  If you're looking for information about the history of ASU, this is the place to start.

New EBSCOhost Databases

Posted by John Boyd on Tuesday, January 17, 2012 - 2:51pm
ebsco logo

The following online databases from EBSCO are now available from the Library's Databases and E-Research Tools page (or click on the database below):

  • Art and Architecture Complete
  • Biography Reference Center
  • Educational Administration Abstracts
  • Entrepreneurial Studies Source
  • Gender Studies Database
  • Legal Information Reference Center
  • Peace Research Abstracts
  • Points of View
  • Public Administration Abstracts
  • Small Business Reference Center

Report on the "Food for Fines" Project held December 12 - December 20, 2011

Posted by on Tuesday, January 17, 2012 - 2:50pm

The Belk Library Student Advisory Group (in cooperation with Library Administration) sponsored a "Food for Fines" drive.  The drive lasted from December 12 – 22.  During that time, the library accepted 1 canned food item for every $1.00 owed in fines up to a $15.00 maximum.  Several patrons that did not owe fines also contributed to this drive.  During the drive, 533 items were collected and donated to the Watauga Hunger Coalition.  A special thanks to all who contributed.  We hope to do another “Food for Fines” drive again this year.

Duplexing on Lab and Library Black and White Printers Set as Default

Posted by on Thursday, January 12, 2012 - 2:57pm

All public computers in campus labs and in the library are now set up to print duplex by default.  This setting is only the default on the black and white printers.  The color printer is still set to single-sided printing.


We are going greener...

I want to remind everyone that beginning this semester TSS has changed all Pharos printing stations on campus to default to duplex printing where possible.  Students are not charged any extra charges for printing on both sides of the paper, and the cost per page remains the same.

Students may print single-sided if needed, but must change the setting within the print dialog box before the print job is sent.  TSS will be unable to refund any funds for miss-prints.  We are hopeful that this change will reduce our campus paper usage significantly.  I am also happy to tell you that we have upgraded the Pharos software over the holidays and this should help solve the Pharos problems we have experienced over the past semester.

Additionally, we are testing power save settings across many of the public workstations across campus.  We are changing some of our maintenance cycle schedules.  We are also changing our practice of turning computers on first thing in the morning, and instead having the first user of the day turn the machine on when it is needed.  This project has potential to save energy and save the university money.

We're pleased to be part of the sustainability efforts on campus.  Feel free to contact me regarding any of these initiatives.

Have a great semester.



Tom Van Gilder

Director of Technology Support Services

Appalachian State University

Library Tours: January 23 - February 2

Posted by on Thursday, January 12, 2012 - 2:53pm
tours poster

The library will be offering orientation tours for first year seminar and transfer students from January 23rd through February 2nd. Any other student who would like to attend is welcome as well! The tours will take approximately 45 minutes.

The schedule is:

Monday & Wednesday: 3:00 pm and 9:00 pm

Tuesday & Thursday: 11:00 am and 8:00 pm

Please meet by the dancers statue in the Atrium of Belk Library.

If you have any questions about the tours, please contact Amanda Bird at 828-262-2085.

Scholarly Communication in Legislative News

Posted by on Wednesday, January 11, 2012 - 2:58pm

House Bill H.R.3699 may effect your publishing rights. It is 1/2 a page and relatively easy read.

The gist is that publishers are concerned that the Open Access trend is gaining ground and will threaten their revenues.  This is the third try at this legislation. It is essentially to reverse the NIH mandate that publicly funded research articles be deposited in PubMed Central where these articles are freely available to citizens. Publishers are already protected by an up to 12 months embargo before having the deposit in PubMed Central.

Appalchian State University particpates in NC DOCKS as an open access repository of open access information. The bill would end this and limit any other agency from enacting similar provisions.

The Atlantic magazine published a good article on the topic.