April 2014

Information Literacy Skills Prize Awarded for 2013-14

Posted by Geri Purpur on Thursday, April 24, 2014 - 11:47am
Image: Tanner Gill, Kayla Greeson and Georgie Donovan, Associate Dean of Libraries

The Information Literacy Skills Prize Awards were presented at the Celebration of Student Writing on April 17, 2014.  Belk Library and Information Commons sponsored the contest, with help from the University Writing Center, the Composition Program, and Writing Across the Curriculum Program.  

The prize recognizes an outstanding research paper written by a first-year Appalachian State University student for a class in UCO 1200 (First Year Seminar) or English 1000. Information literacy is the ability to find, evaluate, and use information effectively and it is an educational goal for every Appalachian State University graduate. 

This award promotes students' active engagement in the processes of library research and encourages them to synthesize library research skills with the reading, writing and critical thinking skills developed in their first year at Appalachian.

The first place award, was a $300 gift certificate to the bookstore and it went to freshman Tanner Gill for his paper entitled  Hunting the Hunters.   The second place award, a $200.00 gift certificate to the bookstore, went to freshman Kayla Greeson for her paper entitled The Controversy Over Higher Education.

Congratulations to Tanner and Kayla!

Image: Tanner Gill, Kayla Greeson and Georgie Donovan, Associate Dean of Libraries


Party Like it's 1564

Posted by on Tuesday, April 15, 2014 - 9:09pm
Partying Shakespeare

"Do you think because you are virtuous, that there shall be no more cakes and ale?" William Shakespeare, Twelfth Night: Act 2, Scene 3

Wednesday, April 23, 2014
Belk Library, 4th Floor, Rhinehart Room

Yes, there will be cake when the Belk Library celebrates William Shakespeare’s 450th birthday, and you are invited.  In addition to the confections, all attendees will receive the opportunity to view one of Belk Library’s most valuable rare books; Raphael Holinshed's Chronicles of England, Scotland and Ireland, first published in 1577.  Ours, acquired in the 1950’s, is a second edition, printed in 1587 when the Bard was a mere 23 years old.  Hollinshed’s Chronicles was the history book on hand when Shakespeare wrote many of his historical plays. Get the 411 on Holinshed's Chronicles!  See a piece of history, eat a piece of cake.  Happy Bardday.

Student Poetry Slam 4.14.14

Posted by on Monday, April 14, 2014 - 10:31am
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 @ purpurgm@appstate.edu

Amanda Bird @ birdam@appstate.edu

Zack Herman @ zacharyherman6@gmail.com

Zac Corsi @ corsizk@email.appstate.edu


New Database: Rock's Backpages - the Ultimate Archive of Music Journalism

Posted by on Monday, April 14, 2014 - 9:00am
Rock's Backpages

Rock's Backpages provides access to over 24,000 classic articles on artists from Aaliyah to ZZ Top, on all genres from rockabilly to hip hop, by the finest music writers of the last 50 years. These feature over two thousand artists and range from 500-word album (or concert) reviews to 10,000-word interviews and features.

Rock's Backpages has been voted one of the best 25 music sites by the Observer, who called it "a cultural resource for students and a tool for journalists." The database also features a library of over 350 audio interviews, including classic coversations with Jimi Hendrix, Mick Jagger, Marc Bolan, Leonard Cohen, Johnny Cash, Kurt Cobain, Nick Cave, and Tom Waits.

Written by over 500 of the biggest names in music journalism, they are taken from the widest possible range of publications in the US and UK, from Creem and Rolling Stone, and from NME and MOJO.

Access Rock's Backpages


April 9 - How Muslims, Jews and Christians Created a Culture of Tolerance in Medieval Spain – A Panel Discussion

Posted by Allan Scherlen on Tuesday, April 8, 2014 - 3:15pm

Date:  Wednesday, April 9, 2014

Time: 5:00 pm

Location: Belk Library -- Room 114

Admission: Free, open to the public

During the years 786 to 1492 in Andalucía, Spain three cultures--Judaic, Islamic, and Christian--forged a relatively stable coexistence.   Students, faculty & community members are invited to attend a panel discussion by three Appalachian State faculty members discussing this coexistence, using the book, Ornament of the World: How Muslims, Jews and Christians Created a Culture of Tolerance in Medieval Spain by María Rosa Menocal.  The three panelists, Dr. Edward Behrend-Martinez & Dr. Scott Jessee, of the Dept. of History, and Dr. James Fogelquist, of the Dept. of Languages, Literatures & Culture, will use this interesting and accessible history to discuss the interconnections between these three major faiths during that time in Spain.

Students, faculty, and community members are encouraged to check-out the book and participate in discussion.  Copies of the book are available in the Browsing section of the Appalachian State University Library.  But familiarity with the book is not necessary to appreciate this event.   The event will be Wednesday, April 9, 2014, at 5:00 PM in the Library auditorium Room 114.

If ASU faculty members are interested in offering extra credit to thier students for attending this event, contact Allan Scherlen (scherlnag@appstate.edu) who will be happy to take attendance for you.

The event is presented by ASU Library in conjunction with the Muslim Students Association as the fifth 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  (scherlnag@appstate.edu) for more information

The Second Annual Appalachian Lecture in British History

Posted by on Tuesday, April 8, 2014 - 8:13am
British Lecture Map

You are cordially invited to attend

The Second Annual Appalachian Lecture in British History


“Can A Woman Be a King? The History of Britain’s Queens Regnant”


Dr. Charles Beem

University of North Carolina at Pembroke


Thursday, April 10, 2014

7:00 pm

Room 114

Belk Library and Information Commons


Appalachian State University

Boone, North Carolina


Tours of the Rhinehart Room and Rare Book Collection begin at 6:00 pm

Sponsored by The Department of History, University Libraries and Mr. Bill Rhinehart





Library Resources for the Environmental Humanities Symposium

Posted by on Thursday, April 3, 2014 - 2:54pm
dale jamieson

The Environmental Humanities Symposium begins at 9 a.m. April 4th in Table Rock, Plemmons Student Union. The event features three keynote speakers, an interdisciplinary faculty panel, a closing roundtable discussion and a reception. The keynote speakers are Dale Jamieson, professor of philosophy and environmental studies and affiliate professor of law at New York University, Phaedra Pezzullo, associate professor of rhetoric and public culture at Indiana University; and Mel Y. Chen, associate professor of gender and women's studies at University of California Berkeley.

The library has a strong collection in environmental humanites and has several of the keynote speaker's publications including:


Animacies : biopolitics, racial mattering, and queer affect by Mel Y. Chen

ASU Main Stacks  P240.65 .C44 2012

Toxic tourism: rhetorics of pollution, travel, and environmental justice by Phaedra Pezzullo

ASU Main Stacks  G155.A1 P47 2007

Reason in a dark time : why the struggle against climate change failed and what it means for our future by Dale Jamieson

ASU Main Stacks GE40.J36 2014

To learn more about library resources in environmental humanities, schedule a Research Advisory Program (RAP) today!



Affrilachian Poetry Exhibit, 4th Floor

Posted by Greta Browning on Tuesday, April 1, 2014 - 11:11am
Affrilachian poets

In celebration of National Poetry Month, an exhibit of Affrilachian Poetry is now on display inside Special Collections on the 4th floor of Belk Library for the month of April. The exhibit, curated by graduate student Forrest Gray Yerman, is accessible while Special Collections is open.  Click here for hours.

Affrilachian poetry is a distinction to say, Appalachian poetry by poets of minority ethnic backgrounds either from Appalachia, or with a connection to the Appalachian region. This distinction is made due to the historical and prevalent myth of Appalachians as white, mountain people, or hillbillies.

Like Appalachian poetry, Affrilachian poetry features many themes such as connection to place, family, food, music, nature, and coal mining, as well as poems and poets that take a broad view in writing about the South; broader, the United States; and most broadly, the world, and our human connection to the whirling “business” that surrounds all 7 billion of us. This exhibit features books of poetry from past and contemporary poets, as well as several books from members of the Affrilachian Poets, a formal, nationally recognized, invitation-only group of Affrilachian writers.

Curator Forrest Gray Yerman is pursuing a Master’s degree in Appalachian Studies and works in Special Collections. Affrilachia and the Affrilachian Poets are the focus of his graduate studies.

For more information about Affrilachian poetry, please see the pathfinder dedicated to this subject.


Top: This picture features several members of the Affrilachian Poets, and friend Parneshia Jones, and testifies to the true diversity of  the Appalachian region and the group. From the top, left to right: Mitchell L.H. Douglas, Rane Ramón Arroyo, and Hao Wang; bottom, left to right: Crystal Good, Parneshia Jones, Ellen Hagan, Amanda Johnston, Kelly Norman Ellis, Tania James, and Bianca Spriggs

Middle: Randall Horton, member of the Affrilachian Poets, and Forrest Gray Yerman.

Bottom: Affrilachian Poet Ricardo Nazario y Colón wearing an original Affrilachian Poets t-shirt.