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The Commons ( connect.collaborate )

University Library ( Fall 2011)

CONNECT. CELEBRATE. Greetings to all,

It is a pleasure to present to you the annual report issue of the Commons. The library was able to accomplish important goals in 2010-11 due to the dedicated and talented library faculty, staff, and student employees. I hope you enjoy reading about the Information Literacy program which last year reached over 15,000 students, the new collections we have added to support faculty and student research, our engagement accomplishments, and the efforts we have made to improve effectiveness. A special thank you goes to Mary Helen Ridenhour whose donations have improved the library in a number of ways and to Charlie Cobb who inherited his love of libraries from his parents and who has brought a new sense of excitement to this campus through the winning football program and other sports. In this issue we recognize all the donors to the library and to the library’s student employee scholarships. I also want to share with you the news that my husband Rao Aluri and I have made arrangements to take our donations to the next level through a planned gift. Although we had known for a long time that we wished to make such a gift, the time was right with our son out of college and into his professional training. I have been grateful to all of our donors who have made significant gifts and also planned for estate gifts. When the time came to make our own commitment, it felt really good because of our love for Appalachian, the students, and the library.

Mary Reichel, Yosef and Rao Aluri

In recognition of the wonderful library personnel, Rao and I decided to have the income from our endowment go to provide travel support to library faculty and staff for professional development, training, research, and service activities. The income from the Reichel/Aluri University Library Faculty and Staff Enrichment Endowment will support one or two individuals every year. It pleases us that our names will be attached to funding available in perpetuity. An endowment is lasting evidence of our commitment to this library and university. To all of you who are considering planned gifts, I encourage you to explore the options and make the commitment. It feels right. Best wishes for a great fall and winter,

Mary Reichel, Ph.D. University Librarian Carol Grotnes Belk Distinguished Professor for Library and Informational Studies 2

thank you

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hen I received a phone call seeking donations to the Annual Fund at Appalachian some years ago, I decided to step up and make a major gift to support the University Library. To be 21st century learners, students must have a state-of-the-art library and it must be well-funded to meet the demands placed on it. I was a media coordinator in the public schools for 27 years, and each year, I emphasized that learning never stops— it just becomes a new adventure. When students reach college, they take learning to the next level where they learn to evaluate and use information, not just how to find it. I continued to support the library and a few years later was asked to become a member of the Library Advisory Board which has been a most rewarding experience. Recently, the library and College of Education began a collaboration to establish a Children’s Literature Symposium that would bring a major children’s author or illustrator to campus every other year. The idea is for this person to present programs for faculty and students and work with young students in the local schools. Because of my background, I had a natural interest in this project and wanted to be a part of making it happen. I readily agreed to support the symposium and have enjoyed watching it develop. The first symposium will be held November 5, and I am looking forward to attending some of the events. This symposium can open the door for children to experience literature in a whole new way. Research has shown that students can become successful lifelong learners if they can get a head start on early reading success.

Mary Ridenhour

I encourage educators who graduated from Appalachian and anyone interested in education to get involved with the library and support this symposium so that it can continue. It is exciting to be a part of a project that has the potential to influence so many young lives. Mary Helen Ridenhour Kannapolis, NC


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Information Literacy Instruction


wenty-first century skills are essential for college students to successfully navigate the world of media, information, and technology. The Belk Library Information Literacy & Instruction Program provides opportunity for students to receive instruction and practice in the use of library resources and services. The program emphasizes teaching activities – in the classroom, at public service desks, and through individualized research consultations – designed to make sure that students are able to find, locate, and evaluate information resources. A successful example of the library’s information literacy work has been the inclusion of information literacy components in three core general education courses: First Year Writing, First Year Seminar, and Introduction to Writing Across the Curriculum. These courses demonstrate progress that the program has made in the integration of information literacy within the curriculum. Collaboration between librarians and teaching faculty is an essential component in providing course-integrated instruction that focuses on improving students’ information-seeking behaviors and evaluative abilities. In addition to classroom instruction the library’s Research Advisory Program (RAP sessions) and Reference Services (phone, text, email) contribute to the instruction program’s overall effectiveness by offering additional opportunities for students to receive research assistance at the point of need. The Information Literacy & Instruction Program has taken a leadership role in promoting information literacy by making it an educational goal for every Appalachian State University graduate.

Group Study Rooms The library has 28 group study rooms which are always in high demand. To help students book them more easily, a new self-service booking system rolled out in summer 2011. Student reaction has been very positive. Six of the most popular rooms feature 46” LCD screens and connections for multiple laptops and control boxes. These technological improvements enhance the ability of students to collaborate on group projects. Group study rooms are still available to be named. Please contact Patty Wheeler at (828) 262-2800 for more information. 4

John Boyd Information Literacy Librarian

Selected Instruction Statistics – 2010-2011 The number of information literacy instruction class sessions taught by library faculty this year 4 increased by 10 percent to 800 sessions with a total attendance of 15,260. Research Advisory Program (RAPs) Total appointments = 458 Total attendance = 527 Consultations Total appointments = 342 All Reference Questions Total questions answered = 16,960 Source: Learning Resource Services 2010-2011 Annual Report

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Six Library Student Employee Scholarships Awarded Six library student employee scholarships were awarded for Fall 2011. These $500 scholarships were created in 2007 to support the education of the one hundredplus 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. Additional supporters of the student scholarship program are listed with asterisks by their names on the donor list on pages 8-9.

Graduate Scholarship Christi Ponder

Scholarship Sponsors: Barbara and Larry Freiman Christi has worked in the library since she began as a freshman in 2006, and she returned as a graduate student in fall 2011. Christi’s course of study is professional school counseling. Christi says on her application, “Not only has the library helped me to actually continue my education by providing me with a job, but it has also given me a wonderful work ethic that has helped me to be a driven student and a dedicated future educator.”

Undergraduate Scholarships Calvin Bruns

Scholarship Sponsor: Gary Ogburn Calvin Bruns works in the ABC Express, ILL, Distance Learning area. Calvin says on his application, “Not only have I done better with academics, but also I have achieved better skills in time management, responsibility, and leadership skills through working at the library.”

Calvin Bruns, Christi Ponder, University Librarian Mary Reichel, Kayla Delong, Kristen Morrison and Brooke Rideout

Kayla Delong

Brooke Rideout

Kayla Delong has been employed at the library since August 2008 and is an elementary education major.

Brooke has a double major in psychology and dance.

Scholarship Sponsors: Fred and Phyllis Jones

Scholarship Sponsor: Mary Anne Barrett

Kayla says on her application, “The skills I have learned while working as a library employee are not things that I will forget upon graduation, but rather things that I will remember and utilize in my career as a teacher and as a member of my community.”

Brooke says on her application, “Through working at the library, I have gained a new perspective of how important books are to my education. I realized how much more I can acquire from class and my education if I put in extra effort to read books that complement the subjects I am studying.”

Kristen Morrison

Paulina Villarreal

Kristen is a math secondary education major and she has been employed at the library for two and half years.

Paulina is a music performance major and works in the music library.

Scholarship Sponsor: Ruth Hester

On her application Kristen says, “The opportunity to work in such a customer service-oriented position has improved my ability to interact with people, as well as my ability to speak in front of people, an essential skill when teaching large classrooms of students.”

Scholarship Sponsors: Kenneth and Marguerite Moore

On her application Paulina states, “My job as a library assistant has not only provided me with extra income for living a semi-independent life, it has also given me the needed experience to understand the responsibilities of having a job, working as a team member, and helping others.”


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Randall Kenan, Belk Lecturer 2011 Award-winning North Carolina novelist Randall Kenan talked about supernatural themes in Southern fiction for the 12th annual Belk Distinguished Lecture July 14. Kenan grew up in Chinquapin, North Carolina, and is the author of the novel, A Visitation of Spirits, and a book of short stories, Let the Dead Bury Their Dead. He was honored with the North Carolina Award for Literature in 2005 and was elected to the Fellowship of Southern Writers in 2007. Irwin and Carol Belk of Charlotte, major library benefactors, have provided funding for the series through the library’s Carol Grotnes Belk Distinguished Professorship since the series began in 2000. The lecture is part of An Appalachian Summer Festival, held every July. Kenan’s lecture was also part of the library’s second annual Summer Author Series. Other participants included Heidi Durrow, author of the bestseller The Girl Who Fell From the Sky; D.G. Martin, host of the public TV show “North Carolina Bookwatch”; Jack Betts, former political columnist for The Charlotte Observer; and Claire Robinson, Food Network show host and author of the cookbook, Five Ingredient Fix. The 2012 series schedule will be announced in the spring.

Flash Fiction Contest In Spring 2011, the library held a Flash Fiction Contest which attracted short fictional works of 500 words or less from 34 students. First place was awarded to Kerry Zimmerman for The Brown Bears from Brown Mountain; second place went to Matt Paden for The Wired Scholar. Gift certificates from the University Bookstore valued at $150 were awarded to the top two authors.

The Brown Bears from Brown Mountain By Kerry Zimmerman Some of the brown bears from Brown Mountain had escaped from a traveling circus, so they could walk tightrope and fasten hammocks and play fierce hacky sack. They often volunteered in Boone to walk shelter dogs around Sanford Mall. They befriended lots of Appalachian students, so it happened one day that a petition began for the approval of these bears to acquire library cards. The chancellor gave the ten pages of signatures a concentrated look. “All right,” he said. “But no funny business.” The bears had their photos snapped and proudly pawed their new AppCards, thrilled to be members of the exclusive Belk Library. After a few weeks, however, many agreed that perhaps the bears had been spending too much time there. It started with some bohemian bears reciting poetry by professors from The Cold Mountain Review to a microbiology study group. Then there were the teenage bears roller-skating into students, their snouts buried in oversized collections of carnival posters. Thespian bears performing their ballet version of Hamlet on swivel chairs. Culinary bears printing 100 pages of salmon recipes on every printer in the library – Wild Mushroom Salmon, Honey-Broiled Salmon, Salmon in Cream Sauce with Raspberry Swirl. Bear cubs reading Calvin and Hobbes comics and rattling the shelves with laughter, shaking rows of books to the floor. 6

Scholarly bears in fitted jeans interrupting students’ conversations with off-topic comments while slurping Wired Scholar lattes. If the discussion was about Marxism, they quoted Groucho; if it was about Leninism, they alleged the importance of giving peace a chance. It wasn’t long before another petition began that called for the bears’ exile. Their time was up. It wasn’t that the students didn’t love them anymore. The bears simply had an obtrusive predilection for disaster. On their last night, the bears cut the electricity on the main floor and released dozens of fireflies from glass jars. Artisan bears held a glow-in-thedark sign that read: “Boone, the Firefly Capital of America” and paraded around the bookshelves. A bear cub stood on someone’s physics homework and strummed a hand-painted ukulele. It is said that a girl who was agonizingly afraid Fredrick the Bear in the Instructional of bugs had a firefly land on her palm, and Materials Center instead of horror, she experienced beauty. A lady bear in a red-sequined gown sang “The Brown Mountain Light” as the fireflies billowed into golden constellations, unfolding like chandeliers. Then they were gone. Many say that from certain lookouts, you can still see the globes of fireflies at night, illuminating the bear parades on Brown Mountain. Others say the lights are Japanese lanterns of a bear library — one with a roller rink, noise-only floor and unshakable bookshelves. People have searched for it, but those who knew the bears will tell you it’s a place you can only find in your heart.

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Library Budget Reduction As this newsletter is being completed, library administrators have not received the final budget for 2011-2012, but the library has planned for up to a 20% budget reduction. Already, we have reduced library hours by 25%, closing the building from 2:00 a.m. to 7:30 a.m. Sunday through Thursday and reducing Friday and Saturday hours. Students will miss the convenience and support the late night hours provided, especially during midterms and finals. The funds to update technology which is needed to provide library resources and services have been devastated. In addition, we have been forced to reduce the number of student employees which puts more strain on the already heavy workload of staff members. Of critical importance is the potential 25% reduction of funds to buy books and electronic resources needed for faculty and student research.

Website Enhancements The website is continually updated with new products, such as the new computer availability map that indicates which of the 480 public computers in the building are available. Ongoing usability studies and other forms of feedback from students help guide decisions about website improvements. Another enhancement is a feature called “Map it” which appears in the catalog. When a student finds an item, the Map it button can be clicked to see where it is located in the stacks.

Special Collections encourages donor support through the Adopt-an-Artifact Program to pursue conservation treatment for fragile and damaged items. A tax-deductible contribution will enable us to preserve these rare and unique items for Appalachian’s current and future scholars. For more information, please contact Patty Wheeler at (828) 262-2800

“While searching for sources for my Capstone project, I noticed a feature I had not seen before. The Map it button gave me directions to a map of exactly where the book was in the ASU stacks. I love how this and other features like the computer availability map streamline the research process and increase my productivity in the library.” - John Huffman, Senior, Appropriate Technology

Q: How long does it take to get an item on the shelf? •Thirty-five percent of all items bought for the collections, including all special collections and audiovisiual materials, go from a request to being available for check out in less than a week. •Seventy-five percent of everything received (including special collections materials) is placed on the shelves within a month. •Only two percent of items received take more than six months to process and move to the shelves. 7

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Thank you

to our July 2010-June 2011 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 (naming opportunities) - $450,000 Music Library Distinguished Professorship (naming opportunity) - $500,000 Music Library Collection Endowment (naming opportunities) - $250,000 Friends of the Library - $20,000 per year Library Student Employee Scholarship Endowment - $500,000 Health Sciences Library and Information Commons (naming opportunities) - $400,000 Collection Endowments (naming opportunities): Appalachian Writers Collection; Stock Car Racing Collection; 21st Century Community; Energy and Environmental Studies; Judaic, Holocaust and Peace Studies; Appalachian Train Collection; and Book Conservation - $2.75 Million

For more information please contact: Andrea Gimlin Director of Development, Belk Library and Information Commons (828) 262-7622 (Office) (828) 406-4931 (Cell)


Ms. Shirley Ada Mrs. Jane Snyder Agee Mrs. Margaret Eury Agle *Dr. Rao Aluri and Dr. Mary Reichel Ms. Mary G. Barcellona Mrs. Dorothy Barber Barker *Ms. Midge Barrett *Mr. and Mrs. W. Moubray Beaty *Bell Family Foundation Mr. and Mrs. G. Alex Bernhardt *Mr. John Blackburn *Dr. John and Dr. Elizabeth Bond *Dr. and Mrs. Francis Borkowski Mr. and Mrs. William Boyd *Dr. and Mrs. Rennie Brantz *Dr. Betsy Etheridge Brown Mr. and Mrs. Robert Browning Senator and Mrs. James T. Broyhill Mr. and Mrs. James E. Broyhill, II Dr. and Mrs. Timothy Burwell Mr. and Mrs. Elliott Byrd *Mr. and Mrs. Paul Byrd Ms. Iris B. Caldwell Ms. H. Earlene Campbell *Mr. Julian W. Carr Mr. and Mrs. Cynthia D. Chabot Ms. Faye Ann Chadwell Dr. and Mrs. Ural Champion Mr. and Mrs. Hugh M. Chapman Dr. Judith A. Clarke Mr. Gregory Keith Cloyed *Mr. and Mrs. Keith A Cloyed Mr. Bob and Dr. Susan Cole Mrs. Chloe Coleman Mr. and Mrs. Daniel Cook Mr. and Mrs. John Cooper Mr. and Mrs. Tim Cress Ms. Anne Cruikshank *Dr. and Mrs. Richard A. Culatta *Mr. and Mrs. Timothy Davis *Dr. and Mrs. Walter E. Davis Dr. William and Dr. Ruth Dewel Ms. Ann Weaver Dodge

annual report Ms. Lynn Doyle Mr. Walter W. Duncan Mr. Don and Dr. Mary Dunlap Mr. and Mrs. Thomas Edmisten Ms. Jan Robbins Elder Ms. Pamela S. Fisher Mr. and Mrs. Richard Flah *Mr. and Mrs. William A. Frank *Mr. Robert M. Franklin and Mrs. Cheryl Roberts Dr. Pollyanne S. Frantz *Mr. Lawrence and Mrs. Barbara Freiman Mr. and Mrs. Ronald E. Gill Mr. and Mrs. Robert F. Gilley Mrs. Andrea C. Gimlin Dr. and Mrs. William Goettman Mrs. Molle Grad *Mr. and Mrs. Charles Graham *Ms. Diane Graham Mr. and Mrs. Gregory M. Grana Ms. Susie L. Greene *Ms. Nancy I. Hall Mr. and Mrs. Roger R. Hamby *Mr. Gregory Charles Hamlyn Mrs. Katherine H. Hampton Ms. Cheryl A. Harper Dr. and Mrs. James Harrill Mrs. Josephine Covington Harris *Dr. Thomas G. Carpenter and Mrs. Margaret Hayden Ms. Gail C. Hearn Dr. Patricia and Dr. Tom Hearron Mr. and Mrs. John Heaton Mr. and Mrs. Edwin Henson *Ms. Ruth V. Hester *Dr. and Mrs. John Higby Ms. Candice Horton *Dr. and Mrs. Richard Howe Ms. Ruth A. Hoyle Dr. Glenda Thomas Hubbard *Dr. and Mrs. John Idol Mr. and Mrs. Allen Jennings Dr. Peggy Orr Jessee *Dr. Houston G. Jones *Mr. and Mrs. Fred Jones

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Ms. Therese F. Schubert Mrs. Frances Darlene Scott Mr. and Mrs. Joseph Sedlak Ms. Mary S. Shook *Mrs. Ruth Stewart Sigmon Dr. and Mrs. Robert Simmons Mr. and Mrs. Joe Slade Ms. Anne Slocum Mrs. Alice Wilde Sluder Mr. and Mrs. Robert Snead Mr. David M. Sowell Ms. Maia M. Sowell Drs. Bunk and Nancy Spann Mrs. Shirley Stein Spector Ms. Elizabeth Anne Stallard Mr. Roger Dale Stephenson *Mr. and Mrs. R. Randolph Stevens Dr. and Mrs. Roger Stilling Ms. Connie Hill Strange Dr. C. David Sutton *Mr. and Mrs. Mark Sweeney *Tar Heel Wealth Management *The Honorable and Mrs. Cullie Tarleton *Mrs. Pauline Pugh Thompson *Ms. Candace Tippett *Mr. James B. Tippin Jr. Mrs. Mary Sue Blanton Todd *Mr. and Mrs. Ronny Turner Ms. Glynda S. Valentine Dr. Elza A. Viles Mr. and Mrs. Edwin B. Vosburgh Dr. and Mrs. Lawrence Walker Mr. and Mrs. Al Wheeler Mr. and Mrs. David Wilcox *Mr. and Mrs. Michael Wilder Mr. BJ Williams Mr. and Mrs. Eric Williams Dr. and Mrs. Fred Wilson Dr. Harold Edwin Wilson Ms. Linda Leigh Wright Ms. Janet T. Zahorian

Ms. Kathryn S. Jundt Dr. and Mrs. J. Marc Kadyk Ms. Cindy Kebelbeck Mr. Steven and Mrs. Kimberlin Kincaid Ms. Nita F. Langer Mrs. Aileen Hsueh Lee Ms. Judith M. Liersch Ms. Nina S. Locke *Mrs. Doris V. Ludder *Dr. and Mrs. Berge Markarian Ms. Martha A. Marking and Mr. Michael Slaughter Mr. and Mrs. Danny Mauney *Mr. and Mrs. Budd Mayer Mr. and Mrs. David B. McCrea Mr. and Mrs. Russell McDonald Mrs. Janet Stewart Mears Mr. and Mrs. Bradley E. Miller *Mr. and Mrs. Kenneth Moore *Dr. Joseph and Dr. Barbara Moran Mr. and Mrs. Danny Moretz, Sr. Mr. and Mrs. D. Grady Moretz, Jr. Ms. Elizabeth A. Mueller Mr. and Mrs. Larry Nance Dr. Alice Phoebe Naylor Dr. Nancy K. Neale Dr. Elaine J. O’Quinn *Mr. William Gary Ogburn Dr. and Mrs. Olee Olsen Mrs. Mary Ann Painter Ms. Sandra N. Parker *Dr. and Mrs. Kenneth Peacock Mr. and Mrs. Alex Poorman *Mr. Craig F. Popelars and Ms. Tanya Dawn King Mrs. MaryCraven Ford Poteat *Mr. and Mrs. William S. Powell Ms. Joyce M. Puglia Red Onion Cafe Inc *Ms. Mary Helen Ridenhour Mrs. Paula Stone Rosen Dr. Judith Rothschild and Mr. Gerard Rothschild Ms. Shannon Ashley Russing *Dr. Donald B. Saunders Mr. and Mrs. Donald Schoenhals

*Asterisks indicate donors to student scholarships 9

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ASU Theses and Dissertations Added to NC DOCKS Institutional Repository In coordination with other teams and the Graduate School and Honors College, the library began receiving electronic theses and dissertations, cataloging and uploading them to NC DOCKS, Appalachian’s institutional repository shared with four other UNC system schools. For the first time, the research output of our honors and graduate students is available to the world via the internet at no charge.

Selected New Electronic Resources The entire Oxford Scholarship Online and Oxford Handbooks e-book collections were added this year, enhancing the library’s already strong collection in British history. Other areas where electronic collections were strengthened to support new programs include ADA Nutrition Care Manuals for the nursing program, and journal packages such as BioOne were added.

Donations and Special Acquisitions from the past year include:

The Romulus Linney Papers, consisting of approximately 100 linear feet of the playwright’s manuscripts, correspondence, books, artifacts, and audiovisual materials, were acquired in May 2011 and are scheduled to be processed and opened to the public by Spring 2012. Photo: A 1946 letter from Kelly Kerwin to Romulus Linney 10

1662 Book of Common Prayer donated by Bill and Maureen Rhinehart to the Rhinehart Rare Books Collection.

During the past year, Ike Belk donated almost 1,500 books including valuable leatherbound editions of classics. The books cover a broad range of topics such as travel, the Olympics, history, management, and politics. Mr. Belk has also donated books and other items which will form the core of the Irwin Belk Collection in the library’s special collections area.

Jack Jeffers donated his photograph collection to the W.L. Eury Appalachian Collection in April. Jeffers spent decades photographing the landscapes, buildings, and people of Appalachia. He rightfully considered himself a fine artist and was the first photographer accepted into a juried fine art competition. In that competition and many to follow, Jeffers won numerous awards. He maintains that fine art photography is created as much in the darkroom as with a camera.

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Librarian Exchange with Fudan University in Second Year The Fudan Appalachian Librarian Exchange Program (FALEP) is in its second year. This spring, Allan Scherlen traveled to Shanghai for four weeks, and fall 2011, Xu Xuan is in residence for three months. Xu Xuan is particularly interested in the library’s instruction program.

Allan Scherlen and Xu Xuan

Susan Roth Lecture and Exhibit The library hosted author/illustrator Susan Roth as a Belk Distinguished Author, a participant in the Diversity Festival, and speaker at two area elementary schools. These events were cosponsored by the University Bookstore, the Diversity Festival, and an external scholars grant from the University Forum Committee. Roth placed 31 pieces of her original art in Belk Library on permanent loan. This art, exhibited in the library’s fourth floor atrium during spring and fall semesters, includes collages from her picture books and the Let’s Hold Hands Children’s Peace Project which invites children to create dolls in their image to send to other children as an expression of friendship and international understanding.

Collage by Susan L. Roth


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New Faculty and Staff Norma Riddle Norma Myers Riddle joined the faculty and began work as the university archivist and Director of Records Management in July 2010. She comes to Appalachian from East Tennessee State University where she served as the Director of the Archives of Appalachia. Riddle is actively engaged in research in the areas of archival management and in Appalachian history and culture. She has co-edited a series of hiking diaries written by D. R. Beeson of Johnson City, Tennessee; published articles in state and regional journals; and made numerous presentations to state, regional, and national professional organizations. In addition, she used Web 2.0 technology to develop an iTunes U site for digital access to oral history collections to promote the archives through social networking sites, and to provide digital access to university photographs. She has written and directed grant projects funded by the National Historical Publications and Records Commission, the National Endowment for the Humanities, National Film Preservation Foundation, and the National Academy for the Recording Arts and Sciences.

Cyndi Harbeson Cyndi Harbeson joined the library faculty in January 2011 as the processing archivist in the special collections department. She comes to Appalachian State University from Connecticut. Cyndi has a master of science in library science and a master of history from Simmons College in Boston, and a bachelor of arts from Saint Joseph College in West Hartford, Connecticut. She is a member of the Society of American Archivists, the New England Archivists, and, most recently, the Society of North Carolina Archivists.

Jennie Sizemore Jennie Sizemore joined the library faculty in August 2010 as the new web librarian. She works with the technology services team to oversee the library’s website and implement improvements that will make patrons’ virtual experiences with the library easier and more enjoyable. She welcomes suggestions for the website at Jennie has a master of science in library science from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and a bachelor of arts in anthropology from the College of William and Mary. Before beginning her career as a librarian, she worked for several years in the publishing industry for Penguin Group in New York.

Jason Stamper Jason Stamper is the new ABC Express & ILL (interlibrary loan) lending manager. Jason came to the library after serving as a district circulation manager for the Johnson City Press in Johnson County, Hampton, Roan Mountain, and Elk Park, Tennessee. He is a graduate of Appalachian State University with a bachelor’s degree in interpersonal and public communication. During Jason’s time as an undergraduate, he worked as a student employee at the “old” Belk Library on both the collection development and circulation teams. 13

THe Appalachian Experience Dear Friends of the Library, In this publication, you will read about the important accomplishments of Appalachian library faculty, staff, and student assistants. No other campus location serves as a greater connector of ideas, experiences, and creativity than Belk Library and Information Commons. As a central hub of scholarship and idea development, the library serves our students and faculty in immeasurable ways. I am very proud of Appalachian. I am very proud of my parents, who are both retired teachers and loyal Appalachian State alumni. My father, David or “Big Dave” as many affectionately know him, received his master of arts degree in 1970 and his education specialist degree in 1975. My mother, Martha, received her master of arts degree in 1971. My introduction to Boone and the campus is a direct result of summers at Flintlock Campground and Appalachian Basketball Camp while they took summer school classes. In addition, my older brother, Patrick, and his wife, Merry, are both Appalachian alums. The “Appalachian Experience” is defined by our students as experience-based learning and is a core campus value. Your gift to the library ensures that current and future students receive the best possible “Appalachian Experience.”

Charlie Cobb, Director of Athletics

The many people here who do so much for others truly define the Mountaineer Spirit that lives and breathes in the High Country. Bricks and mortar are important, but it is truly about the people who serve our students each and every day, such as those in the library, that make Appalachian great.

• Editor: Megan Johnson • Editorial Board: Lynn Patterson, Mary Reichel, Ann Viles, Patty Wheeler • Writers: Patty Wheeler, Megan Johnson, Ann Viles, Kelly McBride, Pam Mitchem • Special Thanks: University Communications • Design: Sarah McBryde • Cover Images: Marie Freeman, Troy Tuttle

Charlie Cobb Director of Athletics

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. 1,000 copies of this public document were printed at a cost of $1772.03 or $1.77 per copy.

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Fall 2011 University Library Newletter Appalachian State University