Library News

Posted by John Wiswell on Wednesday, August 28, 2013 - 5:01pm
Cover of the Economist -- ML King Jr.

We have The Chronicle of Higher Education, the trade journal of higher education.  Also, see Inside Higher Ed, which is free on the Web. 

For other news, one good source is The Economist.  (Although, to tell you the truth, I'm partly suggesting it because it has Dr. King on the cover, which makes a good thumbnail image today.)

We have access to the New York Times and the Wall Street Journal also.  We get them through ProQuest, and they include today's articles if you go Advanced Search and choose today's date.  ProQuest is not quite as nice as the nytimes.com and wsj.com interfaces.   I often start with those, until they ask for money.  Then, you can come to our ProQuest and find it in today's news.  But watch out.  The Wall Street Journal often has different article titles for otherwise identical wsj.com and Proquest versions.

That's not all (and of course there's lots that's free on the Web).  See this list or this guide to news sources.  Or ask us for help.

Posted by Geri Purpur on Friday, August 23, 2013 - 2:57pm
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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 several times a semester or as needed at a time that is convenient for the majority of committee members. The first meeting will be in mid to 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 no later than September 6th.  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, or by phone at 828-262-6903. 

Thank you!

Posted by James Smith on Sunday, August 18, 2013 - 10:53pm
New Lumbee website

The Lumbee Indians: An Annotated Bibliography, a website that has been online since 2002, was relaunched today in an easier-to-use, database-driven format. The website provides references—most of them annotated—for sources about North Carolina's Lumbee Indians. The Lumbee Tribe is one of eight tribes recognized by the state of North Carolina and has had a limited form of federal recognition since 1956. There are 55,000 members of the Lumbee Tribe, most of them living in Robeson and adjacent counties of North Carolina.

The website has nearly 1,900 bibliography entries for sources in a wide range of formats. The emphasis is on published scholarly sources, but there are also numerous news sources, magazine articles, government publications, literary works, archival materials, and audio-visual sources. Over 1,000 of the sources were published, or discovered, after 1994. Around 750 of the sources first appeared in The Lumbee Indians: An annotated bibliography, with chronology and index (McFarland, 1994). The website was initiated as a supplement to this book. A grant from the Martha and Nancy Lee Bivens University Library Fund for Excellence paid for the data entry of the items from the book.

Most of the website content was written by Glenn Ellen Starr Stilling, Information Literacy Librarian and Professor. Over the years, extensive web development and support for the website's maintenance have been provided by several members of the Library's Technology Services Team. Library student assistants have written news annotations and performed data entry. The development of the new website has been ongoing since 2007.

Posted by on Wednesday, August 14, 2013 - 8:11am

Since 1997, incoming freshmen at ASU 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.

This years selection is American Dervish by Ayad Akhtar. Hayat Shah is a young Pakistani-American who wrestles with his religious identity, tumultuous feelings for his mother's friend, Mina, that he can't explain, and his own sense of himself in Ayad Akhtar's American Dervish. In many ways, the story is as much Mina's and her mystical embrace of Islam as it is a coming of age story of Hayat.

For information on this year's selection, and for related library resources, see the Library Guide to the Summer Reading Program. The author will be on campus September 10 and 11, 2013: See the list of events.

Posted by on Friday, July 19, 2013 - 9:55am
New location in the Cratis Williams Reading Room

Access to archives, manuscripts, and rare books, currently available through the Dougherty Reading Room (Room 442) in Special Collections, will be relocated to the Cratis Williams Reading Room (the area by the tall windows) in Special Collections starting Monday, July 22, 2013. Hours, contact information, and most services will remain available for patrons using the rare, non-circulating materials in Special Collections. Services normally provided through the Dougherty Reading Room have been temporarily relocated due to construction occurring on the Library's 4th floor this summer.

Hours for use of materials are 10:00 am. to 4:00 p.m., Monday through Friday.  Click here to learn more about using our rare and unique collections.

Questions? Please contact us at 828-262-7974 or spcoll@appstate.edu.

Pictured: Service desk for archives, manuscripts, and rare books in the Cratis Williams Reading Room.

Posted by Megan Johnson on Tuesday, July 2, 2013 - 2:23pm
Database testing

Between Monday July 8th and Wednesday July 31st, the library will be testing connections in EBSCO, ProQuest, Gale, and the Web of Science databases. 

The library is testing functionality only – for example, can you get to the resource? Does the ILLiad link work and fill the correct form out with the resource information? We will work on the interface’s "look and feel" if the tests prove successful.

If you’d like to be a part of this test, we would love to have your feedback!  Please try to find resources using the gold Find at ASU in any of the EBSCO databases and let us know how it goes.

You can send feedback to leonardaa@appstate.edu, submit an e-resources ticket here, or leave a comment below.

 

 

Posted by John Wiswell on Thursday, June 27, 2013 - 10:17am
Covers of new Nature journals

The Library now has access to the journals, Nature Climate Change and Nature Geoscience.

Posted by Megan Johnson on Thursday, June 20, 2013 - 4:41pm
EBSCO

On Monday, June 24th, between 6:30am and 9:30am, the library will be testing a new product to access databases.  The test will be on EBSCO databases, such as Academic Search Complete, PsycINFO, Environment Complete or CINHAL Complete.

The library is testing functionality only – for example, can you get to the resource? Does the ILLiad link work and fill the correct form out with the resource information? We will work on the interface’s "look and feel" if the tests prove successful.

If you’d like to be a part of this test, we would love to have your feedback!  Please try to find resources using the gold Find at ASU in any of the EBSCO databases on Monday morning first thing and let us know how it goes.

You can send feedback to leonardaa@appstate.edu, submit an e-resources ticket here, or leave a comment below.

Posted by on Wednesday, June 12, 2013 - 1:48pm

The Rhinehart Rare Books and Special Collection Room at Appalachian State University's Belk Library and Information Commons is open to the public Wednesday afternoons from 1 to 4 p.m. through July 31.

Dr. Marjon Ames, an assistant professor of history at North Carolina Wesleyan College, will be on hand from 1 to 4 p.m. to show visitors some of the more interesting books in the room. Ames was the Rhinehart Postdoctoral Fellow of British Studies in 2010-2011 and is currently continuing the work of Dr. John Higby on producing a detailed bibliography of the collection. Higby, a retired English professor who worked with the collection for six years, died in December.

The room contains an outstanding collection of rare books on British history and new exhibit about the Rye House Plot of 1683, as well as a display of unique Victorian page turners, all of which were donated by Bill and Maureen Rhinehart of Melville, N.Y. A native North Carolinian, Bill earned two degrees at Appalachian and was a long-time school principal.

For more information. call Belk Library Special Collections at 828-262-4041.

Posted by Megan Johnson on Tuesday, June 11, 2013 - 10:29am
Joyce Ogburn

Joyce L. Ogburn has been named dean of libraries and the Carol Grotnes Belk Distinguished Professor for Library and Information Studies at Appalachian State University. She will begin her duties Aug. 1.

Ogburn was dean of the Marriott Library at the University of Utah from 2005-12 and more recently special assistant to the senior vice president for academic affairs at the university.

“It will be an honor to join Appalachian State University, which ranks very high in student satisfaction, and is a leader in providing global experiences for students and in sustainability initiatives,” Ogburn said. “The libraries are greatly valued by the community, highly used, and central to the whole academic experience. Belk Library and Information Commons is an architectural gem. I relish the opportunity to participate in the leadership of such a forward looking institution and to returning to North Carolina.”

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