Library News

Posted by Geri Purpur on Wednesday, November 11, 2015 - 9:57am


 Composition and Rhetoric Program to Feature Student Writing and Multimodal Projects 

The Composition and Rhetoric Program at Appalachian State University would like to announce that it will hold its annual Celebration of Student Writing in the Plemmons Student Union from 12:00-3:00 p.m. on Thursday, November 19, 2015.  

The Celebration promotes student writing and allows students to feature the writing, research, and multimodal projects that they have been completing in the university’s Composition and Rhetoric classes. Projects will be displayed in the Grandfather and Roan Mountain ballrooms. 

Presentations will include digital media, multimodal writing projects, and artistic representations of texts that focus on argumentation and rhetoric. The Celebration of Student Writing is open to the public and press. We hope to see everyone there! 


Posted by Geri Purpur on Friday, November 6, 2015 - 3:52pm
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Posted by John Wiswell on Tuesday, November 3, 2015 - 5:26pm
Bar graph of favorite citation management tools

Introduction to Citation Management Software 

New to citation management software?   The software is useful in capturing, storing, and organizing references and creating bibliographies.  Not sure which one is right for you? Check MIT Overview of Citation Software.  (Another consideration, does your department or your research colleagues prefer one of these citation management software?  You may want to use the same one.)

Registration required.  Students, faculty and staff welcome.

All sessions in Rm. 028, Belk Library and Information Commons

EndNote:  Thurs., Nov. 5th, 1-2 pm   OR   Tues., Nov. 10th,  5-6 pm  Register

Zotero:  Friday, Nov. 13th, 12-1 pm,   Register

If you are not able to attend, you can contact us for an individual appointment:

EndNote:   John Wiswell,

Zotero:  Lisa Abbott,

Posted by on Tuesday, November 3, 2015 - 8:42am

Tuesday, November 17, 7:00 PM. IG Greer Auditorium. !!!FREE!!!

"The first Iranian Vampire Western ever made, Ana Lily Amirpour’s debut basks in the sheer pleasure of pulp. A joyful mash-up of genre, archetype, and iconography, its prolific influences span spaghetti westerns, graphic novels, horror films, and the Iranian New Wave."

Official trailer:

Co-sponsored by iPals, Office of International Education and Development, and Belk Libraries

For more information, contact Beth Cramer, (828-262-4967)

Posted by Geri Purpur on Thursday, October 29, 2015 - 1:20pm
Belk Library Student Advisory Committee 2015-16

From left to right:  Ryan Hofmann, Derek Hafenmaier, Jewel Davis (library), Adrian Thompson, Geri Purpur (library), Doss Hill, Russell Paige (library), Sarah Weber, Mollie Pueler (library), Isabel, Wu.  Absent: Cameron Wheeler, Stacy Sellers, Megan Ledford & Alexa Smith. 

 Photo taken by Daniel McCallister

Posted by on Monday, October 26, 2015 - 11:33am
Joyce Ogburn

I would like to tell you about an important project that is underway. A very thorough and careful review has been conducted of the libraries’ ongoing and future needs for space and services, including space for group and individual study, the Writing Center, the physical collections, and the Erneston Music Library. A comprehensive renewal and master space plan was developed with input from all library faculty and staff. The plan was shared with and endorsed by the Library Services Committee in February 2015 and reaffirmed in September. In the spring, we shared the plans with the interim provost and the Council of Deans and obtained their support to begin implementation.


Space Plan

Many of the changes envisioned for the Music Library were realized over the summer. The project has achieved noticeable improvements by reorganizing and reducing the size of its physical collections, changing furnishings, and adding lower shelving that lets in more light and creates a more open and inviting environment. The difference between the old appearance and functionality and the new one is remarkable. A similar transformation is planned for the Belk Library and Information Commons, though at a much larger scale.

The Belk Library renewal project addresses the need for expansion of services and student seating, along with room for growth for new books. In the course of a year, greater than 1.24 million visitors come through our doors - more than 11 years of home football games. The number of physical visits has risen 73% over the ten years that the library has been open, which is three times increase in student enrollment over the same period. Student work space is at a premium. The Writing Center is a popular service that needs to increase its space to meet demand. Other high demand services – the Digital Media Studio and the Idea Factory – also require expansion and need to be in close proximity to facilitate collaboration between their services.


Library Collections Review

Our collections continue to grow. Approximately 16,000 new print books are added each year and the University Archives add 350 linear feet of materials per year. To address the current and future needs for services and collection growth, a comprehensive review of the collections has begun.

A list has been generated of books in the main stacks that have not circulated for more than 20 years on campus or through interlibrary loan requests. Each of these titles will be reviewed individually by library faculty to determine whether to retain the book in the collection. We invite all faculty to participate in the collection review, and the library has created a web site that provides an open process for faculty input on the list of titles under consideration. The open review period will be from October 14, 2015 through November 6, 2015.

For details about the project and access to the list of books under review, please refer to:


An additional website is being developed to provide information about the whole renewal project, and as it progresses, we will keep you informed of developments and changes that affect access to library collections or services.

We thank all of the faculty and staff who have worked with us to make the project a success.


Joyce L. Ogburn
Dean of Libraries
Carol Grotnes Belk Distinguished Professor
Appalachian State University
218 College Street
Boone NC 28608-2026

Posted by on Friday, October 23, 2015 - 9:46am
Racing to Zero

Room 114 Belk Library
Monday, November 2, 2015 7:00 p.m

Co-sponsored by Belk Library & Information Commons and AIESEC at Appalachian State, (, our local chapter of the largest youth-led not-for-profit organization in the world that provides students with a leadership development platform, through international internships & volunteer experiences.

A quick-moving, 55 minute upbeat documentary presenting new solutions to the global problem of waste. By simply substituting the word RESOURCE for the word GARBAGE, a culture can be transformed, and a new wealth of industries can emerge. MORE

Posted by on Monday, October 19, 2015 - 12:19pm

Open Access Week is a global event that aims to increase awareness of efforts to improve and democratize access to scholarship. Open Access (OA) means free and unrestricted online access to the scholarly and creative work of faculty, students, and researchers throughout the world. Through OA publishing, the creation of digital repositories, maintaining author's rights of distribution, and implementation of OA policies, OA proponents seek to accelerate the pace of scientific discovery, encourage innovation, enrich education, stimulate the economy, and improve the public good.

We invite you to join us for a free screening of The Internet's Own Boy on Friday on Friday, October 23, 3 pm, Belk Library room 028. This biographical documentary depicts the life of Aaron Swartz, a computer programmer and an activist engaged with Internet freedom and public access to our intellectual heritage. 

Posted by on Wednesday, October 14, 2015 - 10:34am
The Turner House

National Book Awards Finalists


Karen E. Bender, Refund
Angela Flournoy, The Turner House,
Lauren Goff, Fates and Furies
Adam Johnson, Fortune Smiles
Hanya Yanagihara, A Little Life


Ta-Nehisi Coates, Between the World and Me
Sally Mann, Hold Still
Sy Montgomery, The Soul of an Octopus
Carla Power, If the Oceans Were Ink: An Unlikely Friendship and a Journey to the Heart of the Quran
Tracy K. Smith, Ordinary Light


Ross Gay, Catalog of Unabashed Gratitude
Terrance Hayes, How to Be Drawn
Robin Coste Lewis, Voyage of the Sable Venus
Ada Limón, Bright Dead Things
Patrick Phillips, Elegy for a Broken Machine

Young People's Literature

Ali Benjamin, The Thing About Jellyfish
Laura Ruby, Bone Gap
Steve Sheinkin, Most Dangerous: Daniel Ellsberg and the Secret History of the Vietnam War
Neal Shusterman, Challenger Deep
Noelle Stevenson, Nimona



Posted by on Wednesday, October 7, 2015 - 3:57pm

David Levy will explore the connection between today’s digital environment and mindfulness during an Oct. 21 talk at Appalachian State University. His presentation, titled “Mindful Tech: Finding Balance in an Age of Overload and Distraction,” will begin at 3:30 p.m. in Plemmons Student Union’s Parkway Ballroom. Levy’s talk is part of Belk Library and Information Commons’ Carol Grotnes Belk Distinguished Lecture Series.

Levy is a professor in the Information School at the University of Washington in Seattle. For more than 15 years, he was a researcher at the Xerox Palo Alto Research Center, exploring the transition from paper and print to digital media. At the University of Washington since 2000, he focuses on bringing mindfulness training and other contemplative practices to address problems of information overload and acceleration.

“Today’s digital devices and apps are both powerful and powerfully distracting. Indeed, it has become increasingly clear that they can serve both as instruments of learning and connection, on the one hand, and of distraction and disconnection, on the other,” he wrote of his talk. “The challenge we face is to use them to their best advantage, and to ours, and to understand when to use them and when to abstain from them.”  “For a number of years, through my research and teaching, I have been developing methods to help students (as well as faculty, staff, and adult professionals) investigate and improve their relationship with their devices and apps. In these remarks, I will present some of the I use in my courses and exercises seminars, also discussing the underlying philosophy, which aims to help us discover a more sustainable approach to living and learning.” 

Work by Levy and his colleagues has explored how meditation might affect multitasking in a realistic work setting. He has developed methods and exercises to help students, as well as faculty, staff and adult professionals, investigate and improve their relationship with their devices and apps and discover a more sustainable approach to living and learning.

His new book, “Mindful Tech: How to Bring Balance to Our Digital Lives,” will be published in January 2016 by Yale University Press.

He also is the co-author of the paper “The Effects of Mindfulness Meditation Training on Multitasking in a High-Stress Information Environment,” published in the May 2012 edition of Proceedings of Graphics Interface.