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CONNECT. CELEBRATE Connect .Celebrate


Belk Library & Information Commons

2005 2010

highlight of last year was honoring Irwin (Ike) Belk with an honorary degree at the Reich College of Education’s May 8, 2010, graduation ceremony. It was a pleasure to participate in the graduation ceremony led by Dean Charles R. Duke and to introduce Mr. Belk. Ike is a successful businessman; outstanding civic, church and education leader; effective legislator; strong supporter of the national and international Olympic movement; and loving husband and father. Getting to know Ike and his wife, Carol Grotnes Belk, has been one of the joys of my work at Appalachian State University. Understanding Ike’s accomplishments from his biographies is impressive, but the written record does not begin to convey his warmth and his interest in higher education. He loves history, the Olympics, track and field, and the arts, especially sculpture. A conversation with Ike leaves me inspired by his breadth of interests, depth of knowledge (he always trips me up on North Carolina history), and his enthusiasm for making a difference. His support of individual artists, including sculptors across the country, has changed their careers and increased the public’s ability to see important art. His career in track and field and his long membership in the U.S. Olympic Committee has resulted in a natural interest in philanthropic support of athletic endeavors. With his public spirited involvement including service in the North Carolina legislature and appointment as a public delegate to the United Nations General Assembly, Ike is truly a “World Citizen,” as he was named in 2003 in Charlotte.

Charles Duke, Ike Belk and Mary Reichel. Photo by Ed Broyhill.

Any conversation with Ike is also just plain fun. He has great stories about his friends, his beloved wife and family, and his life. It is hard to keep up with his wide ranging topics, but fun to try. Ike Belk is the true embodiment of “humane letters,” which is the honorary doctoral degree he was awarded from Appalachian. • Editor: Megan Johnson • Editorial Board: Lynn Patterson, Mary Reichel, Ann Viles, Patty Wheeler • Writers: Megan Johnson, Patty Wheeler, Ann Viles • Special Thanks: University Communications & Nobu Tanaka • Design: Sarah McBryde • Cover Image: Marie Freeman

I want to express my gratitude to Ike and Carol for their many donations to the Carol Grotnes Belk Library and Information Commons and to the university. Ike truly cares about our university. Present and succeeding generations of students, faculty and staff will be grateful for his decades of service and support. Ike and Carol Belk have a special place in my heart and in the hearts of everyone who is a part of this university community. Mary Reichel, Ph.D. University Librarian Carol Grotnes Belk Distinguished Professorship for Library and Informational Studies



( Donor First Person )


he following conversation took place in September in front of the donor wall that is referred to in the story. Elyse Russing is a senior biology major from Fayetteville and would like to find a position conducting research when she graduates. Shannon Russing, a native of Blowing Rock, earned bachelor’s and master’s degrees at Appalachian in 1968 and 1974 respectively, and owns Shannon’s Curtain Bed and Bath in Boone.

Elyse Russing I was in the Atrium in the library one day last spring, talking to my mom on my cell phone, and I leaned back and saw the name Loyd “Skip” Russing on the wall behind me. At first, I thought it was my brother’s name, but when I told my mom, she said it was to honor my grandfather. I talked to my grandmother, Shannon, and she explained that she had set up an endowment as a memorial to him. It made me feel really good to see his name in a building that I am in almost every night. I love the library because there are no distractions and it is very functional. All of the faculty and staff are always helpful – there are so many people who can help you. It is also a place where a lot of students come together and you meet a lot of new friends. Sometimes I come to the library at 3 or 4 in the morning because there aren’t many people here and I get a lot more done.

Shannon Russing with her granddaughter Elyse Russing. Photo by Nobu Tonaka.

I attended another UNC-system school before transferring to Appalachian last year, and Belk Library is much better than the other one in a lot of ways. Things are easier to find and Belk just has a good feeling about it.

Shannon Russing I was thrilled when I heard that Elyse had seen the plaque in the Atrium. It was gratifying to be able to establish the endowment during the last fundraising campaign, and I was lucky to be able to match my gift with funds from the National Endowment for the Humanities Challenge Grant and also from an Appalachian donor who matched 50 endowments at $5,000 each. That meant more money for the library, which was wonderful.

Connect.Celebrate The library has proved to be very popular with students, as this student quote from the 2008 LibQual+ survey demonstrates, “I LOVE going to the library when I really need to buckle down.”

I am really high on Appalachian. Without this university, I would not have been able to attend college, but by living at home in Blowing Rock and commuting, I could make it work. I can assure you that my story has been repeated countless times over the years – I had one classmate who drove from Marion every day. I have been a member of the Friends of the Library for a number of years and enjoy working on Friends projects, especially the special events. I am such a reader – anything that involves a book, I have to be involved. It has truly been a pleasure to give back to an institution that has had such a major impact on my life. Appalachian has improved the lives of countless thousands of graduates in this region by making higher education accessible. 3


( Learning )

Yiyi Wang Exchange Librarian Weihau Shi was accompanied by her 9-year-old daughter, Yiyi Wang, during the FALEP (Fudan Appalachian Library Exchange Program) exchange. When Weihau and Yiyi arrived in March 2010, Yiyi enrolled in third grade at Hardin Park. She loved going to school; her favorite part was how little homework there was compared to her school in Shanghai.

Annual Library Advisory Board Fundraising Event

During the summer Yiyi attended local camps, including hip-hop dance, and a Disney-themed camp.


opular North Carolina author John Hart spoke at the annual fall fundraising event held by the Library Advisory Board on Sept. 30, 2010. Titles of Hart’s books are The King of Lies, Down River and The Last Child. During his writing career, Hart has won two prestigious John Hart photo by: Abigail Seymour Photography Edgar Awards for “best novel” from Mystery Writers of America and a Dagger Award presented by the Crime Writers’ Association. His books have been translated into 26 languages and published in more than 30 countries.

We all learned a lot form Yiyi who reminded us to love adventure, enjoy food and enjoy life.

Hart proved to be an engaging speaker, and event attendance at the Meadowbrook Inn was excellent (120 people came). Proceeds from the luncheon benefit the Library’s Student Employee Scholarship Fund (see p. 10 for more on this year’s winners). A native of Durham, Hart moved to Rowan County, the setting for his first two books. He studied French literature at Davidson College and earned graduate degrees in accounting and law. Before pursuing a writing career, he worked as a banker, stockbroker and attorney. “My only dream has been to write well and to be published well,” he says. Eventually he “quit everything” and spent the better part of a year in a carrel at the Rowan County Public Library writing his first book, The King of Lies.

Yiyi Wang and Weihau Shi in Washington, D.C.



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Going Mobile


The mobile version of the library’s site is live at:

Highlights of Service Improvements

•Open 24 hours 5 days a week during spring and fall semester. •Campus wide delivery of books to faculty.

If you have a handheld device, especially ian iPod Touch or iPhone, you’ll love this!

•Library instruction reaching 100% more students:

Users who visit the library’s homepage at http://www.library. from their handheld will automatically be detected and redirected to the mobile version. Note:

In 2005, 330 library presentations on finding and evaluating information reached 7,000 students. In the 2009-2010 academic year, there were 715 information literacy sessions with over 14,000 students in attendance.

• Under Contact Us, you will find a link to the new Library H3lp chat. It’s really cool.

•Digital media studio has helped hundreds of students create professional quality projects.

• This site is optimized for Safari because, according to Google Analytics, more than 90 percent of our mobile traffic is from iPhone and iPod. Future iterations will have improved support for other devices such as a Blackberry or Android.

Information Literacy Assessment Test During October and November 2009, the Library collaborated with the Department of English to administer an Information Literacy Assessment. The Information Literacy Assessment Test (ILAT) is a web-based test designed by James Madison University to assess the competencies defined in the Association of College and Research Libraries (ACRL) Information Literacy Competency Standards for Higher Education. In addition, in order to shape the library’s growing instructional program, the library faculty developed and approved an instruction plan that provides vision and direction for current and future student instruction in the complex array of library information resources. 5


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uring Summer 2009, the library held a juried Traditional Appalachian Quilt Competition. To celebrate the acquisition of six traditionally patterned quilts, a reception was held Sept. 30, 2009, in the Special Collections Reading Room and fourth floor atrium. The winners of the 2009 Traditional Quilt Competition are: • M. Mueller with the pattern “Jacob’s Ladder”. • Lena Trivette’s two quilts with the patterns “Log Cabin” and “Split Rail”. • Jerra Unglesbee’s two quilts with the patterns “Drunkard’s Path” (pictured left) and “Nine Patch”. • The Deerfield Methodist Church Women who created a quilt using the “Grandmother’s Fan” traditional pattern. The quilts are on display in rotation in the Special Collections’ Cratis Williams Reading Room. Lena Trivette with her “Log Cabin” pattern quilt. Photo by Nobu Tanaka.

10th & 11th Belk Distinguished Lecturers Ron Rash and Anne Whisnant


n July 16, 2009, Ron Rash discussed and read from his new novel Serena for the 10th annual Belk Distinguished Lecture. Rash is a noted Appalachian writer who currently serves as the Parris Distinguished Professor in Appalachian Cultural Studies at Western Carolina University in Cullowhee. Rash has numerous friends and relatives in the High Country, many of whom attended the lecture along with a large group of local residents. On July 8, 2010, Anne Mitchell Whisnant presented the 11th annual Belk Distinguished Lecture titled “Driving Through Time: From the ‘B’ Drawer to the Digital Blue Ridge Parkway.” Whisnant is the author of the book Super-Scenic Motorway: A Blue Ridge Parkway History and a children’s book, When the Parkway Came. Her appearance tied in with the 75th anniversary of the Parkway, being celebrated throughout 2010. Whisnant’s research focuses on the social and cultural history of the Appalachian South during the New Deal period, and she is an expert on how the Blue Ridge Parkway has shaped our region. Both lectures attracted some of the largest audiences in the history of the Belk Distinguished Lecture series. The series is part of an Appalachian Summer Festival and has provided the campus and community with programs featuring distinguished scholars since 2000. Many of the lectures have showcased Appalachian history and culture. The series is supported by funds from the Carol Grotnes Belk Distinguished Professorship generously endowed by Ike and Carol Belk.

Author Anne Mitchell Whisnant Photo by Nobu Tanaka.



( Assessment & Planning )

Spring/Summer 2009 Collection Changes


The 2009-2010 budget year was a dramatic one for the library. In April 2009 the budget was frozen, and the library was faced with the serious possibility of a 5 to 20 percent budget cut forecast for the academic year. In response, the Collection Management Team identified numerous subscription titles for potential cancellation. Although this became one of the largest cancelation projects in many years, the results have had a silver lining of a better focused collection for the university community. The Library was able to discontinue many expensive low-use items.

BY THE NUMBERS 470% increase Since 2005, there has been a 470% increase in the number of electronic books available. 433% increase Since 2005, there has been a 433% increase in the number of computers for the public. The last year in the “old” library, there were 75. In 2010 in Belk Library and Information Commons, there are approximately 400 computers for the public to use.

In the end, the collections budget was reduced by 15 percent ($100,000 in books and $370,000 in serials/journals). The experience of this collection analysis has well prepared the team if future reductions are necessary to balance the 2010-2011 budget. John Abbott, collection management coordinator, reported that because budget cuts were not severe, the collection remains strong and fully able to support the university’s programs.

15% increase in check-outs Since 2005, there has been a 15% increase in circulation of all collections. In 2005-2006, 390,352 were checked out or renewed. In 2009-2010, 450,172 items were checked out or renewed. 173% increase in visits

The library’s 2008-2013 Strategic Plan is an action map that is helping us institutionalize true assessment and make it part of the library’s culture. In each of the sections (Learning, Scholarship, Engagement and Effectiveness) the objectives have measures to gauge progress and adjust our efforts in response to the data gathered. For example, in the learning section, one goal is to “develop information literacy components such as tutorials, web services, and reusable learning objects for inclusion in academic courses.” The assessment for

this activity was to do usability testing with TechSmith Morae software as well as a written evaluation and questionnaires. The results of these usability tests are being used to improve the existing tutorials and web services.

Since 2005, there has been a 173% increase in the number of visits. The last full year in the “old” Library (2004-2005) there were 420,646 visits. In 2009-2010, the Belk Library and Information Commons had over one million visitors

The library’s effectiveness section of the strategic plan focused on developing Balanced Score Card metrics. The pilot year for balanced score card has provided invaluable feedback and the process of setting measurable, quantifiable goals has helped shape our actions.

118% increase in online database searches Since 2005, there has been 118% increase in online database searches. In 2005-06, 925,422 searches were done on the library’s online databases. In 2009-2010, there were over 2 million.


ANNUAL REPORT Ms. Shirley Ada Mrs. Margaret Eury Agle Ms. Joanne B. Aldridge Mrs. A. Patricia Alexander Mr. and Mrs. Phil Anderson Ms. Lindsay Apple Mr. and Mrs. Edwin Arnold Ms. Mary Barcellona Mr. and Mrs. Clay Barham Mrs. Dorothy Barber Barker Ms. Midge Barrett Mr. and Mrs. W. Moubray Beaty Mr. Mark R. Bechtel Mr. and Mrs. Irwin Belk Mr. and Mrs. G. Alex Bernhardt Sr. Mr. John Christian Bernhardt, Jr. Mr. John M. Blackburn Ms. Jan Boleman Dr. and Mrs. Gerald M. Bolick Drs. John and Elizabeth B. Bond Mr. Carlo Bonomo Books Are Fun, Ltd Dr. and Mrs. Francis T. Borkowski Mr. and Mrs. William W. Boyd Dr. and Mrs. Rennie W. Brantz Mr. and Mrs. Paul Braxton Mrs. Mary Anne Dockery Brown Senator and Mrs. James T. Broyhill Ms. Charlotte M. Bryan Mr. Johnny D. Burleson and Mr. Walter Clark Mr. William S. Burton Sr. Dr. and Mrs. Timothy H. Burwell Mr. and Mrs. Elliott Byrd Mr. and Mrs. Paul W. Byrd Jr. Ms. Iris B. Caldwell Ms. Beulah C. Campbell Ms. H. Earlene Campbell Dr. Thomas G. Carpenter & Mrs. Margaret Hayden Mr. Julian W. Carr Dr. and Mrs. Roy Carroll Mr. and Mrs. Gary L. Childers Dr. Judith A. Clarke Mr. and Mrs. Keith A. Cloyed Mrs. Nancy B. Collett Mrs. Amy H. Cooke Ms. Ann F. Coxe

Thank you to our July 2009-June 2010 donors. Please let us know if we need to add your name to the list by contacting Lynn Patterson at 828-262-2087.

Advancement Priorities Children’s Literature Symposium $300,000 Collection Endowments $1 million Distinguished Professorships $1 million Music Library Endowment $250,000 Stock Car Racing Collection Endowment $250,00 Student Employee Scholarships $250,000


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Mr. Jason Crabill Mr. and Mrs. Dennis D. Crisp Ms. Meiling Dai Mrs. Mary Haynes Dalton Mr. and Mrs. Walter Davis Mrs. Byrdie R. Denison Dr. and Mrs. William C. Dewel Mr. and Mrs. William W. Dodge, III Ms. Carol Dodson Drs. Judith and Floyd Domer Mr. David Droschak Ms. Patti Dukes Mrs. Mary Ruth Yow Duncan Mr. and Mrs. Donald B. Dunlap Dr. Bruce W. Eads Dr. and Mrs. Barry W. Elledge Ms. M. Anne Elliott Dr. and Mrs. Conway H. Ficklen Ms. Pamela S. Fisher Mr. and Mrs. Richard Flah Mr. and Mrs. Paul Ford Ms. Margaret A. Frame Mr. and Mrs. William A. Frank Mr. Robert Franklin and Ms. Cheryl Roberts Dr. Pollyanne S. Frantz Mr. and Mrs. Lawrence Freiman Mrs. Betty Teem Gill Dr. and Mrs. William I. Goettman Mrs. Molle Grad Mr. and Mrs. Charles M. Graham Ms. Diane Graham Ms. Leslie S. Grant Dr. Connie Green Ms. Amanda Privette Griggs Ms. Nancy I. Hall Dr. Delores L. Hammer Mrs. Carter Hammett-McGarry Mrs. Katherine H. Hampton Mr. and Mrs. Bob Harmon Ms. Cheryl A. Harper Dr. and Mrs. J. Edward Harrill Dr. and Mrs. Richard H. Haunton Ms. Gail C. Hearn Dr. Patricia F. Hearron Mr. and Mrs. John W. Heaton Mrs. Grace Greene Henderson

ANNUAL REPORT Ms. Ruth V. Hester Dr. and Mrs. John Higby High Country Writers Mr. Howard Holsenbeck Dr. Ben H. Horton Jr. Dr. and Mrs. Richard Howe Ms. Ruth A. Hoyle Dr. Glenda Thomas Hubbard Ms. Cheri Leatherman Hudson Mr. Stephen R. Hudson Ms. Sarah E. Humphries Mrs. Meg R. Hundley Dr. Edelma DeLeon Huntley Mrs. Etta Triplett Idol Dr. and Mrs. John L. Idol Jr. Mrs. Sarah Moore Iles Ms. Ethel Thomas Jacobson Mr. and Mrs. Richard James Mr. and Mrs. Clarence Johnson Mr. and Mrs. J. Allen Joines Mr. and Mrs. Fred C. Jones Dr. H. G. Jones Ms. Kathryn S. Jundt Dr. and Mrs. Marc Kadyk Ms. Cindy Kebelbeck Mrs. Ellie Dreyspring Kirby Mr. and Mrs. John D. Krom Mr. and Mrs. Robert G. Light Sr. Mr. and Mrs. William Logan Mrs. Doris V. Ludder Mrs. Lois A. MacBeth Mrs. June M. Mann Dr. and Mrs. Berge H. Markarian Dr. and Mrs. Jim E. Martin Ms. Nancy D. Martin Mr. and Mrs. Danny L. Mauney Mr. and Mrs. Budd Mayer Ms. Nancy McCrocklin Mr. Bob McFarland Ms. Theresa M. McGee Mrs. Joy L. McGill Mrs. Janet Stewart Mears Mr. and Mrs. Dent Miller Mr. and Mrs. Bradley Miller Ms. Marjorie E. Moll Mr. and Mrs. Danny Moretz

( Engagement )

Rev. and Mrs. Harwood T. Smith, Jr. Dr. H. Max Smith Mr. and Mrs. Sherwood H. Smith Jr. Mr. and Mrs. Robert E. Snead Ms. Martha J. Snelling Mr. David M. Sowell Dr. and Mrs. Bunk Spann Mrs. Shirley S. Spector Dr. and Mrs. Ron Stanley Mr. R. Dale Stephenson Mr. and Mrs. Randy Stevens Mrs. Glenn Ellen Starr Stilling Dr. and Mrs. James W. Stines Dr. and Mrs. Ben Strickland Dr. Marianne Stevens Suggs Dr. C. David Sutton The Honorable and Mrs. Cullie M. Tarleton Mr. Gerry Thompson Mrs. Pauline Pugh Thompson Mr. and Mrs. James B. Tippin Jr. Mr. and Mrs. Ronny Turner Mr. and Mrs. Robert Turner Dr. Emmanuel I. Udogu Ms. Virginia Vanstory Dr. Ann Viles Mrs. Carol Voelger Mr. and Mrs. Edwin Vosburgh Dr. Marrion W. Ward Dr. and Mrs. Charles A. Watkins Mrs. Barbara Camp Watson Dr. and Mrs. Fred Webb Jr. Mr. and Mrs. Al Wheeler Dr. Charles A. Wiedman Mr. and Mrs. David B. Wilcox Mr. Michael P. Wilder and Ms. Melissa Cain Ms. Sophie Williams Dr. Harold E. Wilson Ms. Suzanne Wise Mr. and Mrs. Richard S. Wolfson Workman Publishing Company Mrs. Ruth Ann Young Ms. Janet T. Zahorian

Ms. Elizabeth A. Mueller Mr. and Mrs. Larry Nance Dr. Alice P. Naylor Dr. Nancy K. Neale Mrs. Melissa Woods Nelson Ms. Maureen O’Connor Mr. W. Gary Ogburn Dr. and Mrs. Olee J. Olsen Mrs. Mary Ann Painter Mr. and Mrs. Carl Passiglia Mr. and Mrs. A. B. Pearson Mrs. Donna Davies Pellinger Mr. and Mrs. Donald W. Peluso Dr. and Mrs. Peter W. Petschauer Mrs. Carol Rostan Pharr Mr. and Mrs. Don J. Phillips Mrs. Gail L. Pilarski-Wasberg Mr. John Alex Poorman Mr. Craig F. Popelars and Ms. Tanya King Mrs. Mary Craven Ford Poteat Dr. and Mrs. William S. Powell Ms. Amanda C. Pratt Mrs. Marcy Orr Pyrtle Ms. Betsy Phipps Ramey Dr. Dorothea N. Rau Dr. Rao Aluri and Dr. Mary Reichel Mr. and Mrs. Bill G. Rhinehart Dr. and Mrs. Thomas C. Rhyne Mr. Joseph C. Ridenhour Ms. Mary H. Ridenhour Mr. and Mrs. James Roberson Dr. and Mrs. Thomas L. Rokoske Drs. Gerald and Judith Rothschild Ms. Traci D. Royster Ms. Shannon Ashley Russing Ms. Martha Satterwhite Dr. Donald B. Saunders Mr. and Mrs. Donald Schoenhals Mr. G. J. Schutzler Mrs. Virginia Thompson Shaw Ms. Mary S. Shook Mr. and Mrs. John W. Shore III Mrs. Ruth Stewart Sigmon Dr. and Mrs. Dale Simmons Mr. and Mrs. Lawrence E. Singer Mrs. Joan Davis Skaggs 9


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Undergraduate Scholarships Sponsors: Patsy and Ronnie Turner Student winner: Luther Hilbert Luther Hilbert works in the Lower Level service area and is supervised by Belinda Talbert. Luther says on his application, “Being a library employee has given me great opportunity to help other students in their quest for greater knowledge and understanding of their studies.” Luther is a junior majoring in building science/construction management.

Left to right: Mary Reichel, Adam Jordan, Chad Johnson, Belinda Talbert, Connie Pendley, Mary Jordan (in red), Luther Hilbert, Dean Willams, Elizabeth Marquardt and Suzanne Wise


our Library Student Employee Scholarships were awarded for Fall 2010. These $500 scholarships were created in 2007 to support the education of more than 100 student assistants who perform vital library tasks. To qualify, students are recommended by their supervisor and complete an application with a brief essay on how working in the library has impacted their education. In recognition of their donation, the sponsors of the Library Student Employee Scholarships receive a print which shows Belk Library and Information Commons in the evening. Library benefactors Don and Pat Phillips commissioned Ashe County artist Stephen Shoemaker to create this limited edition print.


Graduate Scholarship Sponsors: John and Margie Idol Student winner: Mary Jordan Mary Jordan worked in the Instructional Materials Collection area as an undergraduate student from Fall 2005 until she graduated Spring 2007. She returned to work for the library as a graduate student in Fall 2009. She is supervised by Connie Pendley. Mary’s graduate course of study is library science. Mary says on her application, “I look forward to going to work. I love it. Working in the IMC, I have realized that I want to be an elementary school media specialist. I feel that when I go to work, I am gaining skills that will benefit my future and my future students.”

Sponsors: Margaret Hayden & Tom Carpenter Student winner: Chad Johnson Chad Johnson has been employed at the library for two and a half years. He’s a junior majoring in computer information systems and is supervised by Bryan Estel. Chad says on his application, “My education would not be the same at Appalachian without my job in the library. On the job, I have had experiences that cannot be taught in any ASU classroom. I have come to know and enjoy working with the amazing library staff.” Donors: William & Virginia Powell Student winner: Elizabeth Marquardt Elizabeth Marquardt is a secondary education and economics major. She is a junior and has been employed in the library for one year. Elizabeth works in the Stock Car Racing Collection and was nominated by her supervisors Dean Williams and Suzanne Wise. Elizabeth says in her application, “Working in the library may not have taught me anything about economics or education directly, but it has given me valuable insight into what kinds of information are available and how they are organized.”


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Beulah Campbell Collection Exhibits Through the year, selections from the Beulah C. Campbell Collection of Original Illustrations for Children’s Books were on display at three galleries in western North Carolina: Asheville Museum of Art, the Catherine J. Smith Gallery (located in Farthing Auditorium), and at the Caldwell Arts Council in Lenoir. The Asheville Art Museum displayed four selections from the collection for their exhibit, Nouns: Children’s Book Artists Look at People, Places and Things. The exhibit ran from Feb. 12 to July 11. The Catherine J. Smith Gallery, located in Farthing Auditorium, devoted the second floor of their gallery to thirty-five pieces from the collection of artists Symeon Shimin and C. Walter Hodges. The exhibit ran June 1 to July 31, during the Appalachian Summer Festival. Twenty works from the Campbell collection were also shown at the Caldwell Arts Council in Lenoir in September as part of All Booked Up, a show which included book art creations from a number of artists. Beulah Campbell was an innovative professor of elementary education at Appalachian State Teachers College from 1943 to 1946 and from 1957 to 1981. In the 1970s, Campbell began to build a collection of children’s book illustrations by European and American artists that she used in teaching children’s literature classes. Her collection is now housed in the Special Collections of the library, and occasionally selections are displayed in the Dougherty Reading Room in Special Collections and in the Instructional Materials Center.

Symeon Shimin’s original watercolor for Marion Anderson by Tobi Tobias (1972).

More information about the Beulah Campbell Collection and digital images of the artwork can be found on the library’s digital collections website:

NASCAR with Humpy Wheeler & Sharyn McCrumb Humpy Wheeler, a former Lowe’s Motor Speedway executive who is well-known for his creative marketing expertise, spoke on April 14, 2010 and signed copies of his new book, Growing up NASCAR: Racing’s Most Outrageous Promoter Tells All. Wheeler’s appearance was sponsored by the Stock Car Racing Collection Advisory Committee and Richard T. Barker Friends of the University Library. On June 18, noted regional novelist Sharyn McCrumb and racecar driver Adam Edwards introduced their new book, Faster Pastor.

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( Scholarship )

First Rhinehart Post-Doctoral Fellowship The first Rhinehart Post-Doctoral Fellowship has been awarded to Dr. Marjon Ames. Dr. Ames’ area of study is early modern British History, and she will teach in Appalachian’s Department of History as part of her fellowship as well do research. Marjon defended her dissertation at the University of Mississippi in 2008, and most recently taught at McPherson College in Kansas. Marjon said, “I am very excited to have this wonderful opportunity to work with this unique collection.” Dr. Lucinda McCray, chair of the Department of History, said, “Dr. Ames is an expert on the early Quaker movement in England. She will be using the Rhinehart Collection to further her research,and will also be supervising Appalchian students’ use of the collection. We are extremely excited that Marjon has joined us and look forward to hearing presentations of her work during the coming year!” Marjon will be presenting on her research at 7p.m. on Nov. 3 in Room 421 in the library.

Dr. Marjon Ames

Children’s Literature Symposium Endowment Instructional Materials Center librarians Pat Farthing and Margaret Gregor collaborated with Connie Green from the Reich College of Education on a proposal for a Children’s Literature Symposium Endowment. The Library Advisory Board approved this proposal, and the first symposium will be held during the 2011/2012 academic year. Library supporters Mary Helen Ridenhour of Kannapolis and Nancy McCrocklin of Glen Rock, N.J., have generously provided funding for the first symposium. Dr. Plemmons and his wife, Elizabeth

Records of Appalachian President William H. Plemmons Opened in August 2009 The Records of William H. Plemmons were opened to the public in 2009. Dr. Plemmons was the second president (1955-1969) of Appalachian State Teachers College. His records include correspondence and subject files, clippings, photographs, awards, and other printed materials relating to the administration of Appalachian State Teachers College during Plemmons’ presidency and his continued involvement as President Emeritus.

ALA Emerging Leaders Program Susan Jennings, lead desk services librarian, was chosen by the American Library Association (ALA) to participate in the 2010 class of its Emerging Leaders Program. This program gives Emerging Leaders an insider’s look at the workings and structure of the approximately 62,000-member American Library Association.

At far right, Susan Jennings with other emerging leaders Rafia Mirza, Justin Hoenke, Jeannie Chen and Anne Krakow 12


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New Library Faculty & Staff Highlights 2009-2010 Amanda Bird is the new information literacy librarian on the Learning and Research Services team. She previously worked at Hickory Public Library. Amanda’s responsibilities include instruction, reference desk services, and one-onone research advisory sessions. She has a Master of Arts in Library and Information Science from The University of South Florida and a Bachelor of Arts in social work from the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga. Amanda Bird

Andrea Leonard is the new e-resources librarian on the Bibliographic Services team. Her responsibility is to manage the e-resources environment for the library, including trouble-shooting and developing workflows to ensure seamless and transparent access to scholarly information. Andrea earned a Master of Library and Information Sciences degree from the University of Pittsburgh and a Bachelor of Arts degree in French from Virginia Tech. She has worked in information technology at Virginia Tech and, most recently, as the electronic resources librarian at King College in Bristol, Tenn.

Andrea Leonard

Patty Wheeler, who served as director of development for the library for 12 years before retiring in 2006, has returned as part-time special assistant to the University Librarian. She is working on special projects and events, the Friends of the Library, annual giving campaigns and stewardship. For the past three years, she managed the Blue Ridge Electric Members Foundation and served as Watauga liaison for the Foundation of Caldwell Community College and Technical Institute. Patty earned a Bachelor of Arts in journalism at UNC Chapel Hill. Andrea Gimlin is the new director of development for the library and will also be working with university-wide major donors. She has been with University Advancement since spring 2009 as a major gifts officer. She attended Peace College in Raleigh and graduated from Appalchian’s College of Fine and Applied Arts in 1997. Before returning to Appalachian, she was employed by the Town of Boone as program coordinator for water conservation and helped her father, Roy Carter, in his 2008 political campaign.

Andrea Gimlin and Patty Wheeler

Michael O’Hara is the new university library technician in acquisitions. He was born in Ridgewood, N.J., and has lived up and down the East Coast. O’Hara graduated from Appalachian State University with a bachelor’s degree in history in 2009, and is currently enrolled in Appalachian’s library science graduate program. Michael has worked at the circulation desk and various other positions as a student worker since 2006. Michael O’Hara 13

STUDENT INVOLVEMENT ( From the President of the Student Government Association )

Dear Fellow Library Supporters: Growing up in Hickory, N.C., my hometown library served as one of the centers of the community. The same is true of our Belk Library and Information Commons at Appalachian. The library serves most importantly as a hub of academic growth and development, not only for our students, faculty, and staff, but also for the community. It strives to provide key resources to students to enable us to excel within the classroom. Whether it is using a study nook to prepare for a test, checking out a laptop and researching the academic databases, using a group study room for a class project, or getting assistance in the digital media studio for a multimedia project, the library has worked to expand its offerings to meet the needs of the Appalachian community. Along with the bevy of academic resources, our library also serves as a safe haven and place of comfort where students can accomplish their coursework. Being able to grab a coffee and read by the fireplace downstairs can be a great way to spend time on a typical Boone winter day. Students appreciate having a space to accomplish tasks or simply to use as a retreat. Playing host to both an academic and social community, it is easy to see why Belk Library and Information Commons is crucial to Appalachian. As students, we are extremely grateful to the library and its supporters for providing much needed resources and improving student life. I can personally attest to the constant efforts the faculty and staff put forward to enhance library experiences. Having worked closely with the library staff over the past two years, I have seen them work hard to improve space utilization, increase computing and digital resources, and most importantly, make the library available 24 hours a day, five days a week. On behalf of myself and the almost 1.2 million library attendees in last year alone, I would like to extend my sincere gratitude and ask for your continued support of Belk Library and Information Commons.

Peter A. Rowe

Appalachian State University is committed to providing equal opportunity in education and employment to all applicants, students, and employees. The university does not discriminate in access to its educational programs and activities, or with respect to hiring or the terms and conditions of employment, on the basis of race, color, national origin, religion, creed, sex, gender identity and expression, political affiliation, age, disability, veteran status, or sexual orientation. The university actively promotes diversity among students and employees. 1200 copies of this public document were printed at a cost of $1934.08 or $0.62 per copy.

Sincerely, Peter A. Rowe President of the Student Government Association



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Fall 2010 University Library Newletter Appalachian State University

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