Library News

Posted by on Thursday, September 15, 2016 - 11:10am

Journey to the West (China, 2014). Directed by Stephen Chow, director of Shaolin Soccer and Kung Fu Hustle.

Wednesday, September 21, 6:30 PM. FREE and open to the public.
I.G. Greer Theater 

Based on one of the Four Great Classical Novels of Chinese literature of the same name, Stephen Chow's 'Journey To The West' is a contemporary remake of the misadventures of a Buddhist monk as he makes a pilgrimage from China to India—Magnet.

Featured speaker: Wendy Xie, Professor in the Languages, Literatures, and Cultures Department. Co-Sponsored by the Belk Library and Information Commons, the Office of International Education and Development, and the Chinese Language Club.

See also the Library Guide to the Global Film Series


Posted by Geri Purpur on Tuesday, September 6, 2016 - 2:56pm
student advisory committee logo

Attention all students (Undergraduate and Graduate)!

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 and 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. In Fall 2016, the committee will meet 2–3 times per semester at 6 pm on Wednesday nights, beginning in early October. The term for appointment is one year, with the option to extend if you would like. 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 by September 23, 2016. 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 or by phone at 828-262-6903.

Thank you!

Posted by Scott Goldstein on Thursday, September 1, 2016 - 4:04pm
Technology Showcase 2016

Join us for our Technology Showcase on September 7–8, 2016 from 10 to 3 in the Atrium of Belk Library and Information Commons.

Digital technologies change at a rapid pace. New gadgets and devices are cropping up all over the place. How are you to keep up with all the changes? Where can you go to learn more about your favorite electronic device?

Staff in Belk Library’s Technology Services are on the bleeding edge of the latest in digital technologies. During the Technology Showcase, they will be available to demonstrate such things as 3D printing, Oculus Rifts, Makey Makey, and more.

Stop by and get answers to your technology questions or suggest ideas for workshops you would like to see in the future.

Posted by on Monday, August 29, 2016 - 12:33pm

LearningExpress Library features nearly 1,000 online tutorials, practice tests,and eBooks to help patrons of all ages. It offers job search and workplace skills
improvement, skill building in reading, writing, math, and basic science, career certification and licensure exam prep, college and grad school entrance test prep,
GED® test prep, and more. Two sections are geared towards college students:

College Center
This center provides valuable resources that help college students strengthen their academic skills, prepare for placement tests, and get ready for graduate school
entrance exams.

Career Center
Are you preparing for a professional exam? Are you curious about a particular occupation or looking to improve your workplace skills? Choose the Career Center and
begin your path to a bright future.

New titles recently added to the LearningExpress Library:

  • SAT® and ACT® Test Prep 
    Twenty-five (25) new resources were added for 2016 SAT® test preparation, including complete, full-length practice tests in a test-simulation mode that helps students become confident with the format, timing, and content of the official exam. Complete practice tests and two (2) writing practice tests were also added for the ACT® test.

  • New eBooks 
    The eBook collection includes new eBooks for GED® test prep, time management, communication skills, and Praxis II test prep, plus new editions of Nursing School Entrance ExamsNursing Assistant/Nurse Aide ExamPraxis: Core Academic Skills for Educators (5712, 5722, 5732), ASVAB Core Review, and Border Patrol Exam.

  • CLEP® Test Practice
    Two (2) practice tests for the CLEP® College Mathematics exam have been updated to match the latest CLEP® test specifications.

    New Career Center Practice Tests
    Test prep for military exams increased with the addition of practice tests for the SIFT, ASTB-E: OAR, and ASTB-E: Aviation and Nautical Information tests.



Posted by on Friday, August 19, 2016 - 8:25am

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Access to Statista

"How-To" -Video

See more Statistics and Data Databases




Posted by Geri Purpur on Tuesday, August 2, 2016 - 5:20pm
Welcome to the Library

Stop by the Belk Library for free donut holes and coffee on Tuesday, August 16 between 10 am and noon.  Library workers will be available to answer questions and talk about library services.  There will be lots of free stuff!

Posted by on Thursday, July 21, 2016 - 10:10am

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 Common Reading Program, students establish a common experience with other new students.

This year's selection is So You've Been Publicly Shamed by Jon Ronson. So You’ve Been Publically Shamed is Ronson’s most recent book; it begins with the author’s surprising discovery that a Twitter account had been started under his name without his knowledge or approval, and, that the account was continually active. From there the book goes on to explore a number of questions arising from the public dimensions of social media, and, especially, how it reflects other forms of social control. 

Critics have praised the book: Publisher’s Weekly calls it “clever and thought-provoking” and notes, “this book has the potential to open an important dialogue about faux moral posturing online and its potentially disastrous consequences.” The Huffington Post remarks that Ronson has an, “introspective and often funny lens” and that the book, “is an insightful, well-researched, and important text about how we react to others poor decisions," while Vulture magazine remarks that “with an introspective and often funny lens, [Ronson] tracks down those whose blunders have exploded in the public eye…So You've Been Publicly Shamed is an insightful, well-researched, and important text about how we react to others” on social media.

Multiple copies of the book are available from the library in print and ebook format. Additional resources about the author and the book are available from the Library Guide to the Common Reading Book, and from the Common Reading Program website.

Public Events with Jon Ronson

2016 Black and Gold Convocation, Monday, August 15, 2016 at 1:00 PM, Holmes Convocation Center

Public Reading, Q&A, and Book Signing, Monday, August 15, 2006 at 7:00 PM, Blue Ridge Ballroom, Plemmons Student Union

Public Reading and Book Signing, Tuesday, August 16, 2016 at 9:00 AM, Watauga County Public Library, Boone



Posted by Greta Browning on Friday, July 1, 2016 - 9:53am
Dustin Witsman

Welcome to Dustin Witsman!  He is the new Processing Archivist in Special Collections.  He started on June 6, 2016.

Dustin grew up in the Wabash Valley and lived in and around the mid-west until moving to Boone in late May, 2016.  He attended Southern Illinois University Carbondale where he studied English Literature, Philosophy, and Psychology, graduating with a BA in English in 2007.  He earned his MLIS from Dominican University in River Forest, Illinois in 2012 with a concentration in Archives and Cultural Heritage Resources and Services. 

Dustin has done work in a number of archives including:  the Special Collections Research Center at Southern Illinois University - Carbondale; the Center for Black Music Research at Columbia College Chicago; the Hubbard Street Dance Center in Chicago; Shorefront Legacy Center in Evanston, Illinois; the Institute of Jazz Studies at Rutgers University - Newark; and the Center for the History of Rural Iowa Education and Culture at the University of Northern Iowa.  

Dustin can be reached at, 828-262-4975, or in his office, Room 456.

Posted by on Wednesday, June 15, 2016 - 12:51pm

High Country Sustainability is the theme of the 2016 University Libraries Summer Author Series to be held at Appalachian State University. The series is sponsored by the Richard T. Barker Friends of the Library. Janet Larsen, co-author of 2015’s “The Great Transition: Shifting from Fossil Fuels to Solar and Wind Energy,” kicks off the series with a talk Thursday, June 30, at 3:30 p.m. in Parkway Ballroom of the Plemmons Student Union.

Other speakers in the series are Jay Leutze at 3:30 p.m. July 14, also in the student union’s Parkway Ballroom, and Chris Arvidson, Julie Townsend and Scot Pope at 3:30 p.m. Aug. 4 in Room 114 Belk Library and Information Commons.

Janet Larsen

Larsen is an environmental analyst working to connect the dots between climate, energy, water, agriculture and security. She led the research efforts of the Earth Policy Institute (EPI) from its inception in 2001 until 2015. Prior to the creation of Earth Policy Institute, Larsen worked at the Worldwatch Institute. Her research has covered a range of topics, from bike sharing and bottled water to food security, forest cover and crop yields.

In addition to “The Great Transition,” Larsen also co-authored “The Earth Policy Reader.” She managed the research for all of EPI’s books, including the “Plan B” series and “Full Planet, Empty Plates.” She holds a degree in earth systems from Stanford University.

Jay Leutze

Leutze was born in Virginia and now lives in the Southern Appalachian Mountains of North Carolina. Trained as an attorney, he has become a leading voice for state and federal conservation funding for investment in public lands. He is a trustee for Southern Appalachian Highlands Conservancy, one of the nation’s most established land trusts.

He is the author of 2012’s “Stand Up that Mountain: The Battle to Save One Small Community in the Wilderness Along the Appalachian Trail,” winner of the Reed Environmental Writing Award. Leutze’s book tells the true story of a North Carolina outdoorsman who teams up with his Appalachian “mountain people” neighbors to save treasured land from being destroyed.

Chris Arvidson, Julie Townsend and Scot Pope

These three writers edited the 2015 anthology “Reflections on the New River: New Essays, Poems and Personal Stories.” Arvidson is a writer who has worked in land and water conservation. She lives in West Jefferson. Pope is a photographer, musician and writer who lives in Creston. Townsend has taught writing for 23 years at UNC-Charlotte and Appalachian State University. She lives in Fleetwood.

For more information about the series, contact Lynn Patterson at 828-262-2087.


Posted by on Tuesday, June 7, 2016 - 9:22am

The library provides access to the following primary source collections from Adam Matthew Digital:

  • African American Communities 
    Focusing predominantly on Atlanta, Chicago, St. Louis, New York, and towns and cities in North Carolina this resource presents multiple aspects of the African American community through pamphlets, newspapers and periodicals, correspondence, official records, reports and in-depth oral histories.
  • American Consumer Culture: Market Research & American Business, 1935-1965
    Market Research and American Business, 1935-1965 provides a unique insight into the American consumer boom of the mid-20th century through access to the complete market research reports of Ernest Dichter, the era’s foremost consumer analyst, market research pioneer and widely-recognised ‘father’ of Motivational Research. 

  • American History, 1493-1945
    This unique collection documents American History from the earliest settlers to the mid-twentieth century. It is sourced from the Gilder Lehrman Collection, one of the finest archives available for the study of American History. 

  • American Indian Histories and Cultures
    Explore manuscripts, artwork and rare printed books dating from the earliest contact with European settlers right up to photographs and newspapers from the mid-twentieth century. 

  • China: Trade, Politics & Culture 1793-1980
    This collection is based on substantial collections of unique manuscript materials held at the library of the School of Oriental and African Studies (SOAS) and the British Library in London.

  • Colonial America
    This unique collection of largely manuscript material from the archives of the British government is an invaluable one for students and researchers of all aspects of seventeenth- and eighteenth-century American history and the early-modern Atlantic world.

  • Empire Online
    This resource brings together manuscript, printed and visual primary source materials for the study of 'Empire' and its theories, practices and consequences. The materials span across the last five centuries and are accompanied by a host of secondary learning resources including scholarly essays, maps and an interactive chronology.

  • Global Commodities: Trade, Exploration & Cultural Exchange
    This resource brings together manuscript, printed and visual primary source materials for the study of global commodities in world history.

  • Slavery, Abolition & Social Justice
    This resource is designed as an important portal for slavery and abolition studies, bringing together documents and collections covering an extensive time period, between 1490 and 2007, from libraries and archives across the Atlantic world.  

See Primary Source Databases from the library website for more primary source collections.