March 2014

Trial Access to Browzine App

Posted by John Wiswell on Monday, March 31, 2014 - 11:20am
Favorite journals displayed on tablet

We have a trial through mid-April for Browzine.  Browzine is an iPad and Android app
that allows you you gather your favorite journals, read them online, and save
some of the articles to read offline later.  Browzine updates your library with
the latest issues.

More information at

Download at and choose Appalachian State.

Let us know what you think.

Student Poetry Slam 4.14.14

Posted by on Tuesday, March 25, 2014 - 1:11pm
Poetry Slam

In celebration of National Library Week (April 13-19) and National Poetry Month, Belk Library along with Verses Slam Team and Lyric, Appalachian’s spoken word poetry club is sponsoring a Student Poetry Slam.

Our Master of Ceremonies and Guest Poet is renowned North Carolina Poet Laureate Joseph Bathanti!

The poetry slam is April 14th @ 7:00 p.m. in library room 114.


COMPETITORS: This competition is open to ANYONE who is interested and has at least 3 original poems to perform. Sign-up is at the door and you must be early if you hope to have a spot to compete. The rules are simple:

  1. All pieces performed must be poets own, original work.
  2. Poems must be a maximum of 3 minutes in length, with a 10 second grace period. All poems over 3:10 will receive a time penalty to score.
  3. No props.
  4. A maximum of 12 poets will be in the lineup.
  5. Spots are given on a first come first serve basis.

ATTENDEES: This competition is thoughtfully and sensually provocative, and is also a lot of fun! If you hear something you like, we encourage you to snap your fingers, stomp your feet and hoot and holler (try not to drown out the poet though)!

 ADMISSION IS FREE and REFRESHMENTS ARE PROVIDED so bring your friends and family! 

For more information, please contact one of the event leaders:

Geri Purpur @

Amanda Bird @

Zack Herman @

Zac Corsi @

Award Winning Documentary Film: New Muslim Cool- Mar 25

Posted by Allan Scherlen on Thursday, March 20, 2014 - 4:35pm
New Muslim Cool

Date:  Tuesday, March 25, 2014

Time: 6:00 pm

Location: Belk Library -- Room 114

Admission: Free, open to the public

Students and faculty members are invited to attend the award winning and powerful documentary film, New Muslim Cool.  .  Discussion after the film will be led by Dr. Laurie Semmes, a professor of music history and musicology. 

ABOUT THE FILM: New Muslim Cool touches upon Muslim-American hip hop culture but is more about the spiritual journey of Puerto Rican-American, Hamza Pérez, who left drug dealing to begin anew as a young Muslim. In Pittsburgh's tough North Side he starts a religious community and takes his message of faith to other young people through the music of his hip-hop duo M-Team. The film shows how difficult it is to be a young Muslim in America (Perez and his Pittsburgh mosque are targeted by the FBI), but also how Islam's adherents change amid tumultuous times and how they reach out in significant ways to people of other faiths.

AWARDS: Official Selection, Lincoln Center Independents Night, co-sponsored by Human Rights Watch Film Festival; Winner, Freedom Award, Al Jazeera International Film Festival, Opening Night Selection, POV on PBS;

If you are interested in offering extra credit to your students for attending this event, contact Allan Scherlen ( who will be happy to take roll for you.

The event is presented by ASU Library in conjunction with the Muslim Students Association as part of the Muslim Journeys “Let’s Talk About It” Program series of book and film discussions and in conjunction with the ASU Library Global Film Series. The Muslim Journeys Program is supported by a grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) and the American Library Association. 

For more information contact: Allan Scherlen, Belk Library -

Belk Library Presents the Global Film Series

Posted by on Thursday, March 20, 2014 - 7:55am

Belk Library and Information Commons presents the Appalachian State University Global Film Series for Spring, 2014. The Global Film Series is a cooperative campus effort to provide a blend of cinema from around the world, in various languages, and representing a wide variety of cinematic genres. Based on input from students groups, faculty, and staff, we select current releases both educational and entertaining. In addition, the Global Film Series provides a platform for student groups and faculty to share their international experience, knowledge, and extracurricular opportunities through a variety of associated activities.

Thursday, April 10, 2014
6:00 p.m. Greenbriar Theater in the Plemmons Student Union
Co-Sponsored by Festa do Brasil and Belk Library and Information Commons

"Babenco weaves the stories of a dozen inmates into a densely textured fabric, capturing the feel of a closed society whose members have lost their freedom yet still maintain a tenuous grip on their humanity."
J. R. Jones, Chicago Reader

New Muslim Cool
Tuesday, March 25, 2014
6:00 p.m. Room 114, Belk Library
Co-Sponsored by Muslim Journeys and Belk Library and Information Commons.

"This spellbinding documentary by San Francisco filmmaker Jennifer Maytorena Taylor gives us the full dimension of a Muslim American man who’s a rapper, educator, father, husband and idealist.”
Jonathan Curiel, San Francisco Chronicle

Girl Rising
Tuesday, March 25, 2014
7:00 p.m. I.G. Greer Theater
Co-Sponsored by AIESEC and Belk Library and Information Commons.

“If Girl Rising is wholly a vehicle furthering the cause of girls’ education across the globe, it’s more of a multicolored bus to worthy destinations than a pace car.”
New York Times, March 2013

Wadjda (A Saudi Girl and the Green Bike)
Monday, March 17, 2014
7:00 p.m. I.G. Greer Theater
Co-Sponsored by INTAPP, the Language and Culture Community, and Belk Library and Information Commons.

"Haifaa al-Mansour’s “Wadjda” is the story of a spirited 10-year-old Saudi girl discovering the severe limitations placed on women in the name of custom, Islam and family honor. With impressive agility, “Wadjda” finds room to maneuver between harsh realism and a more hopeful kind of storytelling."
A. O. Scott, N.Y. Times

All Films are Free

For more information: or contact: Beth Cramer,


Books Are Fun Book Fair this Tuesday and Wednesday!

Posted by Lynn Patterson on Friday, March 14, 2014 - 4:46pm

Come enjoy the Books Are Fun Book Fair held at Belk Library and Information Commons!

Tuesday, March 18, 2014; 11am-5pm
Wednesday, March 19, 2014;  8am-1pm

in Belk Library Room 421
Appalachian State University

Wed Mar 19 - The Sufi Roots of a North African Tale - Dr. Bill Hutchins discusses his new book and its ties to Conference of the Birds

Posted by Allan Scherlen on Thursday, March 6, 2014 - 6:48pm

Date:  Wednesday, March 19, 2014

Time: 5:00 pm

Location: Belk Library -- Room 114

Admission: Free, open to the public

Attend a rare evening with Appalachian State University’s own award-winning Arabic translator, Dr. Bill Hutchins.  He will discuss his newly translated book, New Waw, Saharan Oasis by Ibrahim al-Koni, a tale set among the nomadic Tuareg people of Northern Africa, and how the story ties into the Sufi classic, Conference of the Birds.  As an added bonus, the event will open with a world premiere of a 15-minute animated film by Sarah Beddington, for which Dr. Hutchins provided translation.

Dr. Bill Hutchins, from ASU’s Department of Philosophy and Religion, is a prolific and award-winning translator of literary Arabic and a recent winner of the Saif Ghobash Banipal Prize for Arabic Literary Translation for his translation of Yemeni author Wajdi al-Ahdal’s A Land Without Jasmine.  Among his many achievements is his translation of the Cairo Trilogy by Egyptian Nobel Prize-winner Naguib Mahfouz, widely regarded as one of the finest works of fiction in Arabic literature. 

 New Waw, Saharan Oasis is a Tuareg tale of the tension between nomadism and settled life that represents a choice faced by people everywhere, in many walks of life, as a result of globalism. al-Koni sees an inevitable interface between myth and contemporary life.

Conference of the Birds, by the Persian poet Farid El-Din Al-Attar, is a Sufi epic poem dating from 1177 in which the birds of the world gather to decide who is to be their king. The hoopoe, the wisest of them all, suggests that they should find the legendary Simorgh, a mythical Persian bird roughly equivalent to the western phoenix. The hoopoe leads the birds, each of whom represent a human fault which prevents man from attaining enlightenment. When the group of thirty birds finally reaches the dwelling place of the Simorgh, all they find is a lake in which they see their own reflection.

Students, faculty, and community members are encouraged to check-out the books discussed and participate in discussion.  Copies are available in the Browsing section of the Appalachian State University Library.  But familiarity with the books is not necessary to appreciate this event.   The event will be Wednesday, March 19, 2014, at 5:00 PM in the Library auditorium Room 114.

Presented by ASU Library in conjunction with the Muslim Students Association as the sixth event of the Muslim Journeys Bridging Cultures “Let’s Talk About It” Program, a series of book and film discussions. The program is supported by a grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) and the American Library Association.  This series follows upon the Muslim Journeys Bridging Cultures Bookshelf Program begun in spring 2013 which provided materials related to Muslim cultures to the University Library.

Please contact Allan Scherlen (LIB)  ( for more information


Unexpected Finds Exhibit 4th Floor

Posted by on Monday, March 3, 2014 - 2:08pm
Warren Jacket and hat

"An Exhibit of Unexpected Finds in Special Collections" is now installed in the atrium exhibit cases on the 4th floor of Belk Library and Information Commons. Most people may think ofSpecial Collections holdings consisting of books, manuscripts, DVDs, or CDs, but the collections also include a small selection of other, unexpected items. We do not seek most of the items displayed here, but their presence in our collections enriches the historical record that we do collect.

Items on display include Southern Appalachian hand-made baskets discovered by photographer Jack Jeffers, T. Taylor Warren's yellow NASCAR photographer's shirt and hat, a roller organ collected by W. Amos Abrams, and the Boone Community Book created by Jennifer Barron in 2005.

All items are available for research. For more information, contact us at or 828-262-7974.