May 2013

Belk Library Instagram Contest Winner

Posted by on Wednesday, May 29, 2013 - 3:28pm
Snow falling on Belk Library

Congratulations to Alyssa Ruberto for her winning snapshot in Belk Library's Instagram Contest.  Aylssa's striking photo of snowflakes falling on Belk Library's glowing cupola has won her a $50.00 University Bookstore Gift Card. 


There were so many great shots of the library that we have several honorable mentions.  Thank you to everyone who paritcipated in the contest. See all of the fabulous entries here.





Honorable Mentions

Sunset at Belk Library   Atrium in Belk Library   Azaleas at Belk Library   Drone Belk Library   Fun at Belk Library   Seashell Atrium

Download EBSCO ebooks to your iPad or iPhone

Posted by John Wiswell on Wednesday, May 29, 2013 - 2:13pm
Bluefire Reader app

We have one ebook collection that allows you to check out ebooks and download them to read offline.  The (EBSCO) eBook Collection has about 120,000 ebooks.  These are not bestsellers but have been published by small and academic presses.  You can browse here, but you're also likely to find them in our catalog.

Here's how to get them on your iPad, iPhone, or Android device.  You have to do these first 4 steps just once:

  1. Set up an EBSCOhost account (click on "Sign in").  If you have used EBSCO databases, you might already have one.
  2. Set up an Adobe ID.
  3. Install the free Bluefire Reader app on you iPad, iPhone, or Android device.
  4. Enter your Adobe ID information into your Bluefire Reader app.

You need to do these steps each time you find an EBSCO ebook:

  1. Log into the EBSCO eBook Collection (click on "Sign in") and find an ebook you want.
  2. Click on "Download This eBook (Offline)" or "Download (Offline)" button.
  3. Then click on "Checkout & Download" button.
  4. Finally, click on the "Open in "Bluefire Reader"" button.

Please ask for help at the service desk.

Summer Reading Book - Library Resources

Posted by John Boyd on Thursday, May 23, 2013 - 2:06pm
American Dervish

The Summer Reading Book for 2013 is American Dervish by Ayad Akhtar. Since 1997, incoming freshmen at Appstate 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.

American Dervish will be provided to all incoming freshmen at Appalachian, and Ayad Akhtar will speak to members of the campus community and others during Convocation in the Holmes Center on campus, September 10. Akhtar also will participate in other discussions on campus and in the community, on September 11.

Library Guide for the Summer Reading Book

Summer Reading Events

Summer Reading Program

American Dervish can be puchased in the University Bookstore. Limited copies will be available for checkout from Belk Library.



Recycling in the Library

Posted by John Boyd on Thursday, May 23, 2013 - 10:12am
Single Stream Recycling


The Appalachian campus is now recycling in a single stream. Not sure what that means? All recyclables can be placed in a single bin that are marked with the Single Stream Recycling stickers (the above image). Not sure what can be recycled? Go to the Office of Sustainability's Recycling Guide for a complete list of items accepted for single stream.

The University has comitted to being a zero waste campus by 2022. To see waste reducation tips and facts, go to, and also check out the University's Special Programs to help reach the goal of zero waste.

Library Services at the Central Service Desk this Summer

Posted by on Wednesday, May 15, 2013 - 3:46pm
Central Service Desk

This summer, look to the center desk for library services.  We've moved all 1st Floor services to that center desk.  Need to check out a book, movie, or laptop?  That's the place.  Have a question about your research or need help with a tech problem?  That's right.  That's the place.