August 2014

Call For Student Volunteers!

Posted by on Friday, August 29, 2014 - 3:50pm
call for volunteers

Attention all students (Undergraduate and Graduate) the Belk Library is looking for volunteers to serve on the Belk Library Student Advisory Committee.  This Committee, which began in Fall 2010 has done many exciting things to make the library a more user-centered environment. The committee is charged to advise, plan, evaluate new services and operate as a sounding board and test group for new and existing services and new library initiatives.

The Belk Library Student Advisory Committee will be composed of at least two representatives from each class: freshmen, sophomore, junior, senior, and grads, and we encourage a variety of majors to apply. The committee will meet monthly throughout the semester or as needed at a time that is convenient for the majority of committee members. The first meeting will be in late September. The term for appointment is one year.  Your service on this is a great addition to your Co-Curricular Transcript.

So make your voice count! If you are interested in volunteering for our Student Advisory Committee, please fill out our volunteer form (link is external) no later than September 12th.  Appointments will be made after that date and appointees notified by email.  If you have any questions, contact Geri Purpur, User Experience Librarian, by email at purpurgm@appstate.edu (link sends e-mail), or by phone at 828-262-6903. 

Thank you!

Grand Opening: Audio Recording Room in Belk Library

Posted by James Smith on Thursday, August 28, 2014 - 3:05pm
Inside the Audio Recording Room

Today, August 28, 2014, is the grand opening of the Audio Recording Room on the lower level of Belk Library and Information Commons. Patrons now have access to a soundproof room for audio recording--including narration, sound loops for video, and musical instruments.

 

Hours of Operation

Monday through Thursday: 10 am to 11 pm

Friday: 10 am to 9 pm

 

Reserve Your Time Slot and Check In

To use the Audio Recording Room, reserve your time slot using the Book a Study Room page on the library's website. You can also book the Audio Recording Room by scanning the QR code on the door with your smartphone. Here are the basic steps to follow:

  1. Log in with your university username and password.
  2. Select Advanced Room Finder.
  3. Choose Audio Recording Room to pick a date and reserve your slot.
  4. Provide your ID at the Tech Desk to check in.

You can use this room up to 4 hours at at time. No renewals for 4 hours after last use.

 

Software Programs and Recording Gear Available

Software programs include:

  • Adobe Audition
  • GarageBand,
  • Logic Pro X
  • Pro Tools 11

Recording gear available include:

  • 2 mics
  • Double-screen computer monitors
  • Mini-keyboard
  • Multi-track mixer
  • Audio interface
  • Connections for instruments and mics
  • Headphones

An instruction booklet is provided at time of checkout for the room.

 

Learn More about the Audio Recording Room

If you have questions or need help, please visit the Digital Media Studio on the 3rd floor of Belk Library in Room 355 or call Wil Cummings at 828-262-7414.

 

EDITOR'S NOTE: Photograph courtesy of Molly Clay, ASU student and part-time manager of the DMS

Historical Automobile Exhibit, 4th Floor

Posted by Greta Browning on Monday, August 25, 2014 - 10:32am
Early car with two passengers on The Blowing Rock in North Carolina

A new exhibit, "The Automobile as an Agent of Change," is now on display in the 4th Floor atrium in Belk Library and Information Commons. More than just a means of getting from one place to another, automobiles have brought great change to our economy, our culture, and our local surroundings and habits over the past century. This Special Collections exhibit explores this change through the lens of our collections. The exhibit will run through the end of November 2014.

Come learn about fan reaction to Richard Petty's switch from Plymouth to Ford in 1969, early 1900s car culture in the booming town of Shull's Mills, North Carolina, and how the invention of the automobile empowered women in the 20th century, among other topics.

This exhibit was curated by Suzanne Wise and Greta Browning, with invaluable help from student assistants Forrest Yerman (exhibit research) and Wesley Davis (exhibit preparation).

For more information, please contact us at 828-262-7974 or spcoll@appstate.edu.

Photo: From AC.500, Appalachian Cultural Museum Records in the W.L. Eury Appalachian Collection.

NC LIVE Home Grown eBook Collection

Posted by Andrea Leonard on Tuesday, August 5, 2014 - 5:08pm
Home Grown eBooks - Fiction & nonfiction from North Carolina

Through NC LIVE, Belk Library is offering a new e-book collection of more than 1,200 fiction and nonfiction titles from eight North Carolina publishers. This "Home Grown eBook Collection" covers a wide range of interests such as biography, autobiography, education, family & relationships, adult and juvenile fiction, history, nature, performing arts, poetry, politcial science, sports, and travel.

The NC LIVE eBook program is a collaborative effort to bring eBooks published by North Carolina publishers to the virtual shelves of North Carolina libraries. The titles are part of NC LIVE's permanent collections, and can be read simultaneously by an unlimited number of readers.

All of the titles in the collection can be read instantly inside the browser window. For best results, users will need the latest version of Google Chrome (link is external) or Safari (link is external).

You can also access the collection via the BiblioBoard Library app. Available for iPad®, Kindle Fire HD®, Nexus tablets® and Galaxy Tab® (4.0+) mobile devices.

  1. Go to the Home Grown eBook Collection site.
  2. Click on the yellow "tablet" link in the upper-right corner.
  3. Create your own user account.
  4. Download the appropriate app and login using the account information created in step 3.

Try a "home grown" e-book soon!

Charlie Lovett Rescheduled to November 14, 2014

Posted by on Tuesday, August 5, 2014 - 11:11am

Charlie Lovett, the last author in our 2014 Summer Lecture Series has been rescheduled to Friday, November 14, 2014 at 3:30 pm in room 421.

Hope to see you all there.