Library News

Posted by Megan Johnson on Friday, February 21, 2014 - 12:42pm
24/5 Hours

Dear colleagues and students,

I am delighted to tell you that the Belk Library & Information Commons will return to 24/5 operation, Sundays through Thursdays, starting on March 16, 2014.  Provost Gonzalez and Chancellor Peacock were very eager to make this happen. I appreciate their encouragement and also wish to thank Appalachian State students for considering the Library so important to their success.  

Please note:

  • The University will not be charging any additional fees to students for these extended hours.
  • Between 2:00 am and 7:30 am, a valid AppCard will be required to enter or stay in the building.  Patrons should be mindful of security and not prop or hold doors for others.
  • 24/5 will run during Fall and Spring semesters.
  • We will also increase hours on Fridays and Saturdays.  See the library hours calendar for the full schedule.

Some services will be limited during very late night hours:

  • All desk and reference services will be closed from 2:00 am - 7:30 am.  
  • Self-checkout will remain open for books.
  • Laptops will be due at 1:00 am so that we can update them.
  • The fourth floor will continue to close at 10:00 pm.

Joyce Ogburn
Dean of University Libraries

2/18/2014

Posted by Greta Browning on Thursday, February 20, 2014 - 11:42am
Visitors at Downton Abbey open house

Thank you to everyone who attended "A Downton Afternoon" on Wednesday, February 19.  We had a record turn-out of 70 visitors, including faculty, staff, students, Friends of the Library, and others. Dr. Margot Olson of Technology and Enviornmental Design brought her interior design students to examine the room's architectural features (pictured above).  Everyone enjoyed taking the Downton Abbey book quiz from the Rhinehart Rare Book Collection on British History and discussing the show.  Throughout the afternoon we enjoyed hearing visitors say, "This is cool!" and "This is exciting!" Indeed, a rare book library can be exciting!

Stay tuned for future Special Collections events.

Posted by on Monday, February 17, 2014 - 3:24pm
Highclere Castle

On Wednesday, February 19, from 2:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m., Special Collections in Belk Library and Information Commons will be hosting “A Downton Afternoon,” a Downton Abbey-themed open house in the Rhinehart Rare Books and Special Collections Room on the 4th Floor. 

In the hit BBC and PBS series Downton Abbey, the library is a common backdrop, yet few people know that we have a similar library in Belk Library. The Rhinehart Rare Books and Special Collections Room was designed in the style of an English country library.

Attendees will have a chance to see the Rhinehart Room and its British studies rare book collection, and enjoy a Downton Abbey-themed afternoon.  All are invited.  Costumes are optional.

For more information, visit http://www.library.appstate.edu/news/2014/01/downton-abbey-exhibit-and-open-house or contact Greta Browning, Special Collections Reference Archivist/Librarian, at browningge@appstate.edu or 828.262.7702.

Photo credit: "Secrets of The Manor House Series," http://www.pbs.org/program/secrets-manor-house/

Posted by Allan Scherlen on Monday, February 17, 2014 - 11:31am
Mystical_Poems_of_Rumi_book

Date:  Tuesday, February 25, 2014

Time: 5:00 pm

Location: Belk Library -- Room 114

Admission: Free, open to the public

Dr. RahmanTashakkori (CS) will do a reading of the Persian Sufi poet, Jalal al-Din Rumi (1207-1273) with audience discussion welcome.  He will be using the book, Mystical Poems of Rumi translated from the Persian by A.J. Arberry.

Rumi is considered one of the great literary figures of Persia whose poetry transcends ethnic and temporal borders.  "Rumi is one of the world's greatest lyrical poets in any language as well as probably the most accessible and approachable representative of Islamic civilization for Western students." James W. Morris, Oberlin College [from the book jacket]

Students, faculty, and community members are encouraged to check-out the book and participate in discussion.  Copies are available in the Browsing section of the Appalachian State University Library and an e-book version is available through the ASU Library at <http://wncln.wncln.org/record=b4976624~S2>.  But familiarity with the book is not necessary to appreciate this event.   The event will be Tuesday, February 25, 2014, at 5:00 PM in the Library auditorium Room 114.

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 (LIB)  (scherlnag@appstate.edu) for more information

Posted by John Wiswell on Monday, February 17, 2014 - 11:17am
Primal Pictures -- Actions of Skeletal Muscles

Need help with anatomy and physiology?  Primal Pictures: Anatomy & Physiology is designed to help first and second semester anatomy and physiology students.  It includes images, interactive activities, and case studies.  Try it out.

Primal Pictures: Anatomy and Physiology

We have a limit on simultaneous users.  If you cannot get in, try again a few minutes later.  And close it when you're done.

 

We also have Primal Pictures Anatomy.tv.  For that, we have some of the special modules, including those focusing on speech-langauge pathology and on the foot, knee, and shoulder.  (Again, we have a simultaneous user limit, so be patient.)

Posted by Allan Scherlen on Monday, February 3, 2014 - 1:14pm
Ornament of the World book cover

 

Postponed unitl April due to snow storm prediction

Origional Date:  Wednesday, February 12, 2014 - New date to be announced soon.

Time: 5:00 pm

Location: Belk Library -- Room 114

Admission: Free, open to the public

The years 786 to 1492, in Andalucía, Spain was a time when 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  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, February 12, 2014, at 5:00 PM in the Library auditorium Room 114.

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

Posted by Greta Browning on Friday, January 31, 2014 - 11:59am

A new Special Collections exhibit, "The Lives of Nobles: Downton Abbey in the Rhinehart Collection," examines a selection of common themes between the hit BBC and PBS series Downton Abbey and the Rhinehart British Studies Rare Book Collection in Special Collections. The exhibit explores the themes of entail, country homes, and country house libraries. The display is located on the Library's 4th floor at the top of the main staircase next to the Rhinehart Rare Books and Special Collections Room.

In Downton Abbey, the library is a common backdrop, yet few people know that we have a similar library right here in Belk Library. The Rhinehart Rare Books and Special Collections room was designed in the style of an English country library.

To more fully absorb the aura of such a library, Special Collections is hosting "A Downton Afternoon" open house in the Rhinehart Room, Wednesday, February 19, from 2:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. Attendees will have a chance to see the Rhinehart Room and its collection, and enjoy a Downton Abbey-themed afternoon. All are invited. Costumes are optional.

For more information, please contact Greta Browning, Reference Archivist/Librarian, at browningge@appstate.edu or 828.262.7702.

Photo credit: "Secrets of The Manor House Series," http://www.pbs.org/program/secrets-manor-house/

Posted by Greta Browning on Friday, January 31, 2014 - 11:38am

"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 of Special 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 spcoll@appstate.edu or 828-262-7974.

Posted by on Thursday, January 30, 2014 - 1:46pm
High Country Festival of the Book

The High Country Festival of the Book in conjunction with the Friends of the Watauga Public Library, Junaluska Heritage Association, and Richard T. Barker Friends of the University Library would like to invite you to join them in celebrating the 50th Anniversary of the Civil Rights Act.

‘Race to Civility’

Featuring authors Deborah Johnson and Ed Williams.

Saturday, February 8th
from 10:00 – 3:00
Room 421, Belk Library, ASU Campus (see map)
Free Garage Parking

10:00 am Noon Author Presentations
Noon  1:30 Lunch
1:30 3:00 Panel with Moderator Dr. Michael G. Wade

Lunch catered by F.A.R.M. Café. Ticket price $10, advance purchase required & includes lunch.

Tickets available at Watauga County Public Library.
Call 828-264-8784 for more information

Posted by John Wiswell on Wednesday, January 29, 2014 - 11:47am
cover of JAMA (journal)

The Library has thousands of journals on the health sciences.  Many of them focus narrowly on subdisciplines.  But we also have the big names, such as these:

New England Journal of Medicine

JAMA (Journal of the American Medical Association)

BMJ (British Medical Journal)

The Lancet

Health Affairs

American Journal of Public Health

Pages