April 2012

Tips on Surviving the End of the Semester!

Posted by on Monday, April 30, 2012 - 12:44pm

Throughout this week, we will be posting some tips to help make the end of the semester a little less stressful. Hope it helps!

Tip #1 Don't be a victim of lost files at the end of the semester!

It is heartbreaking when a student has something unexpected happen here in the library resulting in the loss of a critical paper or other research assignment. Sometimes all we can say is that we are sorry because the paper is a "lost cause." But there are tech solutions out there that can help minimize this risk.

Here are some solutions:

Don't open your document from ASULearn or email and begin to work on it. Be sure to save it to either:

1) Online free cloud computer spaces like Google Docs or Dropbox. These are free accounts and even the free versions give you lots of storage space. Dropbox also has an application that you can download to your own computer so that saving a document is as simple as saving it in the "Dropbox" folder. This will sync that document to any device used (whether at school, home, work, etc.).

2) Portable device such as a USB flash drive or burning to CD/DVD. We have both on sale at the Circulation desk if you need to purchase one.

3) Email the document to yourself.

4) Remember where you save it and DON'T save it to the Desktop unless it's REALLY temporary: If you use a library computer, be sure to note where you save the document. The best place is "My Documents" and should be the default.

We hope that these tips will help minimize your risk of losing your important work! Good luck!

University Writing Center Open for Drop-in Sessions ONLY during Final Exams

Posted by on Wednesday, April 25, 2012 - 12:51pm

Posted on behalf of the University Writing Center

The University Writing Center, located in Belk Library and Information Commons 008, will be open for drop-in sessions only during the week of Final Exams from 10am-3pm Monday, 5/7, through Thursday, 5/10.

Rachel Strickland
Assistant Director
University Writing Center


Winners of the "Go Green - Guess How Many" Contest

Posted by on Wednesday, April 25, 2012 - 12:49pm
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Thanks to the 49 entries in our "Go Green - Guess How Many" Bottles and Cans contest!  We had a great time with this contest!  Guesses ranged from 37 - 70,000 (with the caveat that it was because there is a black hole in the middle of the bag)!  The correct number was 102.

We had 2 winners of the "Go Green" Contest.  The winners are.... Ambrose Young and Samuel Brown (seen below). They BOTH guessed 106 cans (the answer was 102!) Congrats on winning, guys!  The winners won a Belk Library reusable book bag, a reusable coffee mug and a reusable drinking glass... as well as other little goodies inside the bag (i.e. candy!).

Keep your eye out for other fun activities!  And thanks for going green to celebrate 2012 Earth Week in the library!

Student Research Lab for Individual Quiet Study Open Now until Exams End

Posted by on Tuesday, April 24, 2012 - 12:52pm

The Student Research Lab for Individual Quiet Study is 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.

Library Budget Reduction Strategies FY 12/13

Posted by on Thursday, April 19, 2012 - 2:39pm

In fiscal year 11-12, the allocation to the Library's collection budget had to be reduced by $400,000, part of the overall $1.8 million reduction in library funding.

Since the library will not know about actual budget conditions until August 2012 or later, the library faculty has identified $400,000 worth of cancellations from the collection expenditures. The library has consulted widely with various groups including Faculty Senate and in depth with the Library Services Committee which has faculty, staff, and student members.

This website gives background information on the budget, the process, and the actual recommended cancellations. Please review this information and send feedback to University Librarian Dr. Mary Reichel (reichelml@appstate.edu) or John Abbott, Coordinator of Collection Management (abbottjp@appstate.edu) by the end of the semester.

If the budget is not as bad as feared, the library will not make these cuts.

The Library Celebrates Earth Week!

Posted by on Monday, April 16, 2012 - 2:46pm

Earth Week Contest

Guess how many recycled cans are in the bag and you may win a prize!

On April 18, you will see a big plastic bag filled with recycled cans on the first floor in front of the circular reference desk. If you guess the correct number of recycled cans, you will win a prize.

Your Green Library

Find out how green your library is.

Check out our new library guide: Your Green Library

Earth Day "Guess How Many" Contest WEDNESDAY!

Posted by on Saturday, April 14, 2012 - 2:41pm
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Earth Week Contest to start Wednesday April 18th 9 am - 2 am April 19th!

Come by the Reference Desk on Wednesday, April 18th and guess how many recycled cans and bottles are in the bag and you may win a prize!

On April 18, you will see a big plastic bag filled with recycled cans on the first floor in front of the circular reference desk. If you guess the correct number of recycled cans, you will win a prize. In case of a tie, all the winners will be entered into a grand prize drawing!

Flash Fiction Contest Winners

Posted by Geri Purpur on Wednesday, April 11, 2012 - 3:01pm
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Congratulations to our Flash Fiction Contest Winners!

Librarian Geri Purpur, Jesse Oates, Matt Paden, University Librarian Dr. Mary Reichel, Librarian Amanda Bird, Eric Spivey & Dr. Mary Reichel

First place was awarded to Jesse Oates for “The Book.”  The Book, an interesting and quick tale about people and their unique relationships with books, was chosen as the winner for its well-crafted realism and descriptive language.  Oates received a $150.00 University Book store gift certificate.

Second place was awarded to Eric Spivey for “Shards.” Spivey received a $100.00 University Book Store gift certificate.

Third place was awarded to Matt Paden for “Partisan Extremis.”  Paden received a $50.00 University Book Store gift certificate.


This was the second annual Flash Fiction Contest sponsored by the Belk Library and Information Commons.

Books Are Fun Book Fair this Thursday and Friday!

Posted by on Wednesday, April 11, 2012 - 2:57pm
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Come enjoy the Books Are Fun book fair held at Belk Lbrary and Information Commons

Room 421, Belk Library
Appalachian State University

Thursday, April 12, 2012; 11am - 5pm
Friday, April 13, 2012; 8am - 2pm


Food for Fines - National Library Week

Posted by on Thursday, April 5, 2012 - 3:07pm

In celebration of National Library Week, Belk Library is sponsoring a "Food for Fines" drive beginning April 10 at 7:30 am until April 17 at 6 pm.

Starting Tuesday, April 10 we will be accepting one 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 goods cannot be credited toward lost book charges.

Here's what you do:

If you have an overdue fine 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.

Distance Education students may participate too, by donating food to a charity of their choosing. Simply email Geri Purpur (purpurgm@appstate.edu) with your name, the name of the charity, and the amount donated. The subject line should read: Food for Fines.

It's that simple! Even if you don't owe fines, we will accept canned foods for donation.

Belk Library on Pinterest - Follow our boards on Pinterest

Posted by on Monday, April 2, 2012 - 3:18pm
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Belk Library is launching our new Pinterest site -- just in time to celebrate the upcoming National Library Week (April 8 – 14).  Pinterest is one of the fastest growing social networking sites around today.  It combines the connectivity of Facebook with the capability of “bookmarking” all wrapped in beautiful visual imagery.  “Pinning” on Pinterest is like having a room full of bulletin boards--all on different subjects--where the user can “pin” pictures, links to websites, recipes, posters, etc. to the appropriate board to view and refer. Check us our and follow our pin boards at http://pinterest.com/asubelklibrary/

Life and Death in the Pyramid Age

Posted by on Monday, April 2, 2012 - 3:15pm

The Doorways International Program Series presents Egyptologist Dr. Peter Lacovara, on the topic of "Life and Death in the Pyramid Age: The Emory Old Kingdom Mummy."

Date: Thursday April 12, 2012

Time: 5:30 pm

Location: Belk Library and Information Commons, Room 114

Life and Death in the Pyramid Age: The Emory Old Kingdom Mummy

An open lecture at Appalachian State University by Egyptologist Peter Lacovara will discuss the oldest Egyptian mummy in the Western Hemisphere. More than 4,000 years old, Emory University's Old Kingdom mummy, acquired from excavations at the sacred cemetery of Abydos in Middle Egypt in 1920, comes from the twilight of Egypt's Pyramid Age. After more than two years of study and conservation, the Old Kingdom mummy has now been exhibited to the public for the first time, restored to its original appearance.

The open lecture will shed light on ancient Egyptian rites and rituals regarding the afterlife, by chronicling the development of the burial site of Abydos and the cult of Osiris, with reference to the current excavations where the Old Kingdom mummy was found nearly a century ago.

Peter Lacovara is one of this country's foremost experts in Egyptology, and is Senior Curator of Ancient Art Collections at the Emory Carlos Museum in Atlanta. He has written and contributed to numerous books and publications on Egyptian art. His fieldwork includes site supervision and excavation at locations such as the Valley of the Kings at Thebes, the Sphinx/Isis Temple, and now at the palace of Amenhotep III at Thebes, where Lacovara is currently excavating. Since Lacovara came to the Carlos Museum, Emory has become one of the South's leading centers for ancient Egyptian and Near Eastern art. In 1999, Lacovara was the driving force behind the Carlos Museum's acquisition of a collection of ancient Egyptian mummies. Included in that collection was a mummy identified as Ramesses I, the patriarch of one of ancient Egypt's greatest dynasties. In 2003, when a delegation led by Lacovara returned the pharaoh to Egypt and residence at the Luxor Museum, the University earned the thanks of a grateful Egyptian nation. Currently, Lacovara is excavating at the palace of Amenhotep III at Thebes.

Peter's short bio.

This Doorways session is organized by John Stephenson in the Art Department, and co-sponsored by the Belk Library Doorways series, General Education, the Office of the Dean of Applied and Visual Arts, and the Anthropology department. The Doorways series provides 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.