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									                            APPALACHIAN STATE UNIVERSITY LIBRARY         AND INFORMATION COMMONS
                                                                         2006 – 2007 ANNUAL REPORT




M A JO R A C COMP L I SH MENT S
Celebrating the Carol Grotnes Belk Library and Information Commons

                           The portrait unveiling of Dr. Francis T. Borkowski, Fifth Chancellor, was
                           hosted by the Trustees of Appalachian State University in the Library’s
                           Francis T. and Kay Borkowski Reading Room on April 25th. The portrait
                           was painted by artist Danny Filippone.



                           Internationally renowned artist Brenda Councill began work on a series of
                           murals in the atrium of the Belk Library and Information Commons
                           during the third week of May and expects to complete the project by the
                           end of June. Councill’s concept uses three dimensional trompe l’oeil
                           effects to create iconographic symbols and representational forms around
                           a central theme “The Quest for Knowledge.” This work was
                           commissioned by Irwin Belk.



                           Performance poet, writer and educator doris davenport presented the
                           Carol Grotnes Belk Distinguished Lecture on July 13, 2006 in the Belk
                           Library and Information Commons Lecture Hall. Davenport’s
                           presentation was the seventh in a series of lectures established through a
                           gift to the library from Irwin Belk of Charlotte in honor of his wife.



                           Novelist Lee Smith read from her latest novel On Agate Hill April 25,
                           2007. A reception and book signing followed the reading. The event was
                           sponsored by The Richard T. Barker Friends of the Library at
                           Appalachian State University. Additional sponsors were Appalachian’s
                           Department of English, Center for Appalachian Studies, Appalachian
                           Heritage Council, the College of Arts and Sciences, the Blue Ridge
                           Folklife Institute of Boone, Avery County Arts Council, and Friends of
                           Mountain History of Asheville.
 APPALACHIAN STATE UNIVERSITY LIBRARY          AND INFORMATION COMMONS
                                               2006 – 2007 ANNUAL REPORT




Jimmy Spencer, television auto racing analyst and former NASCAR Cup
driver, visited Special Collections and talked with Stock Car Racing
Collection curator Suzanne Wise as well as students in the history of stock
car racing class taught by Deb Williams. Spencer and a camera crew were
on campus to film a segment for NASCAR RaceDay, which aired on
national television on November 5, 2006. NASCAR RaceDay has an
average Nielsen Household Rating of 1.08, with a viewership of about
900,000. The Stock Car Racing Collection was also featured in the
February 2007 issue of Stock Car Racing, a leading monthly racing
periodical. The article traces the history of the Collection and highlights
some items contained in it.



The Library was honored to host North Carolina’s preeminent state
historian, William S. Powell on Monday, April 2, 2007. Powell signed
copies of his latest work, The Encyclopedia of North Carolina, for Appalachian
students, faculty and staff. Powell’s wife Virginia serves on our Library
Advisory Board, and together they have generously donated thousands of
books and other scholarly materials from their private collection.



The Speak Truth to Power photography exhibit was on display on the fourth
floor of Carol Grotnes Belk Library and Information Commons during
April through May 11. Speak Truth to Power is a global initiative of the
Robert F. Kennedy Memorial Center for Human Rights to aid the fight
for international human rights. The Exhibit, hosted by the Library and
Appalachian’s Center for Judaic, Holocaust and Peace Studies, featured
thirty-five silver gelatin prints of dramatic portraits taken on location in
five continents over a two-year period by the late photojournalist Eddie
Adams, recipient of more than 500 awards in photography including a
Pulitzer Prize for his coverage during the Vietnam War. In conjunction
with the exhibit, author and Appalachian Studies scholar Helen Lewis
presented a program on “Speak Truth to Power in Appalachia” on
Tuesday, April 24, 2007.
 APPALACHIAN STATE UNIVERSITY LIBRARY          AND INFORMATION COMMONS
                                               2006 – 2007 ANNUAL REPORT




To celebrate the centennial anniversary of the Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity,
the brothers of the Appalachian chapter donated 100 volumes to the
Carol Grotnes Belk Library and Information Commons. The collection
includes works on African American history, culture, and literature. Some
titles include: Shaky Bones: A Story of the Harlem Renaissance by Pamela Dell,
Duke Ellington by Mike Venezia, Suder by Percival Everett, and With a
Banjo on my Knee: A Musical Journey from Slavery to Freedom by Rex M. Ellis.
The Alpha Phi Alpha books can be searched in the online catalog by
entering "ASU 100 African American Books" or "ASU One Hundred
African American Books" into the subject or keyword search line.



The first Special Collections Open House for Appalachian State
University Faculty was held on March 7, 2007. Faculty were introduced to
a selection of the Library’s most treasured items from the W.L. Eury
Appalachian Collection, the Rare Book Collection, the University
Archives, and the Stock Car Racing Collection.



Michael J. Moore, a professor of history at the University, received the
first University Librarian Special Recognition Award from the faculty and
staff in the Library. The award recognizes Moore’s support and advocacy
of the Library and his contributions to the Library’s British studies
collection.



The winner of the Wired Scholar Design Contest was Ren Toner, a junior
Communications and Advertising major at Appalachian. The Wired
Scholar Coffee Shop is located in the Don and Pat Phillips Cyber Café
within the Library atrium.



Library staff member Susan Jennings received the University of Tennessee
School of Information Sciences 2006-2007 Outstanding Service Award,
which recognizes "a student who has shown exemplary, continuous,
dedicated, and voluntary service to the SIS community.”
 APPALACHIAN STATE UNIVERSITY LIBRARY            AND INFORMATION COMMONS
                                                 2006 – 2007 ANNUAL REPORT




A number of Appalachian librarians served in leadership roles and
presented at the Association of College and Research Libraries (ACRL)
13th National Conference in Baltimore during March. University
Librarian Mary Reichel served as the conference chair, and Georgie
Donovan served on the Executive Committee. Donovan also hosted a
panel; Ann Viles presented in a pre-conference workshop; and Geri
Purpur, Pat Farthing, and Louise Ochoa presented peer-reviewed poster
sessions.



Belk Library hosted the third annual meeting of the League of Worlds:
The International Congress on Exploring Virtuality, from October 30 to
November 3, 2006. The topic of this year's colloquium was “Online
Simulations, Role-Playing, and Virtual Worlds.”



The Library presented a free screening followed by a panel discussion of
the film Kilowatt Ours: A Plan to Re-Energize America on September 21.



The Library celebrated Banned Books Week 2006 with a reading
marathon in the Library’s atrium on Thursday, September 28th. Students
in Dr. Betsy Beaulieu's Freshman Seminar class read banned books and
recruited friends and professors to join them for 12 hours of "forbidden"
reading.



On June 18, 2007, a group of educators from Cochabamba, Bolivia,
presented a program in the Library’s Lecture Hall on Biblioteca
Th’uruchapitas, the only children’s library in Bolivia. The partnership
between Appalachian and Biblioteca Th’uruchapitas received Sister
Library status from the White House Centennial commission in 2000.
More information about the project is available on the Instructional
Materials Center website:
http://www.library.appstate.edu/imc/sisterproject/sisterlibraryproject.html
 APPALACHIAN STATE UNIVERSITY LIBRARY           AND INFORMATION COMMONS
                                                2006 – 2007 ANNUAL REPORT




The Stock Car Racing Collection sponsored a lecture on November 14,
2006 by stock racing historian Neal Thompson, author of the recently
published book Driving with the Devil: Southern Moonshine, Detroit Wheels, and
the Birth of NASCAR.
                           APPALACHIAN STATE UNIVERSITY LIBRARY        AND INFORMATION COMMONS
                                                                       2006 – 2007 ANNUAL REPORT




Creating a Physical Environment Conducive to Learning, Research
and the Development of an Intellectual Community

                          The new Belk Library and Information Commons was a beautiful building
                          when it was opened in June 2005, but only the named areas had new
                          furniture. This year the Library was able to purchase the remaining
                          furniture. The most recent additions are the tables in the south reading
                          areas on both the second and third floors. Also, there are a number of
                          new tables on the Lower Level. We have exceeded our goal of 1,700 seats
                          for our patrons. Additional carrels are in place on the third floor west
                          side, and round tables with small movable ottomans type seats are
                          available.



                          The majority of the furniture in the building comes from North Carolina
                          businesses, including Blanton & Moore and Carolina Business. Forest
                          Millwork completed the permanent bookcases and mill work for the Bill
                          and Maureen Rhinehart Special Collections Room, which was celebrated
                          with a reception and dinner on November 10, 2006.



                          Significant improvements have been made in the public spaces of the
                          Music Library this year. New tables and chairs have been placed in the
                          Seminar Room and three listening rooms, new soft seating is now
                          available in the public area, and new tables, chairs, and computer work
                          stations are on order and should be in place by early summer session.
                          Additional public computers will begin to move the Music Library
                          towards an "information commons" model where all aspects of the
                          research process can take place.



                          The Library was fortunate this year to obtain an allocation from the
                          proceeds of the Education and Technology fee to help cover the costs of
                          our public computers and attendant peripherals used by the students,
                          faculty and staff. The $84,000 was used to acquire additional PCs as well
 APPALACHIAN STATE UNIVERSITY LIBRARY        AND INFORMATION COMMONS
                                             2006 – 2007 ANNUAL REPORT




as replacement PCs for public access, additional equipment for the Digital
Media Studio, and two servers.



The Digital Media Studio continued to grow in its popularity and use
throughout the year, including a communications class assignment for a
radio advertisement promoting the Studio. More workstations were
added as well as additional equipment purchased to meet growing
demand.



Usage of the Library and Information Commons continued to escalate
this year. Gate counts for July through April 2007 (807,602) exceeded the
counts for the same time period during the previous year (615,229) by
slightly over 31%. The gate counts for this time period represent a 102%
increase over the same time period in 2004-2005, our last year in the old
building.
                           APPALACHIAN STATE UNIVERSITY LIBRARY          AND INFORMATION COMMONS
                                                                         2006 – 2007 ANNUAL REPORT




Creating a Virtual Environment Conducive to Learning, Research
and the Development of an Intellectual Community

                          The Library added a number of major new databases and online services
                          this year: ABELL, an index to the Annual Bibliography of English Language
                          and Literature; INSPEC, which indexes Physics, Astronomy, Computing,
                          and Information Technology, Oral History Online, which indexes more
                          than 2,700 collections of oral history in English from around the world,
                          Safari Tech Book Online, an extensive collection of electronic books in the
                          fields of information technology and business), and Zoological Record, which
                          indexes animal biology and taxonomy.



                          We began offering full-text access to current journals of the Institute of
                          Physics (IOP) in February, plus the complete backfiles of twenty titles,
                          some starting as early as 1874. Currently, over 6,000 directly accessed
                          electronic journals are linked in the library’s online catalog, along with
                          thousands more available through aggregator databases.



                          An exciting development is the plan by the UNC University Library
                          Advisory Council to move forward with a virtual union catalog supported
                          by OCLC’s WorldCat Local and a rapid document delivery system among
                          all 16 libraries. This service will give faculty, students, and staff much
                          easier access to the holdings of all of the UNC libraries. Funding for the
                          first two years of the project will be received in part from LSTA grant
                          funds



                          We added the streaming audio database African American Song, which
                          includes over 16,000 tracks of jazz, blues, gospel, ragtime, folk songs, and
                          narratives. Our five commercial streaming audio sources presently contain
                          over 300,000 sound files—roughly the equivalent of 25,000 CDs.
 APPALACHIAN STATE UNIVERSITY LIBRARY        AND INFORMATION COMMONS
                                             2006 – 2007 ANNUAL REPORT




The Systems and Automation team put four new servers into production
over the course of the year: a new web server, a replacement server for
the Interlibrary Loan software ILLIAD, a ContentDM server, and a
DSpace server for a test institutional repository. The amount of work it
took to migrate data and applications to these machines cannot be
overemphasized.



The W.L. Eury Appalachian Collection continued development of the
grant funded digitization project “So Mote It Ever Be”: The Folksong
Heritage of North Carolina’s Northern Blue Ridge Mountains.



The Library began in the summer of 2006 to examine federated searching
options for the Library website and after investigating available options,
selected WebFeat Express and has now contracted with them to begin
using their service.
                           APPALACHIAN STATE UNIVERSITY LIBRARY          AND INFORMATION COMMONS
                                                                         2006 – 2007 ANNUAL REPORT




Teaching and Fostering Information Literacy

                          The Library’s Information Literacy Tutorial was completely redesigned
                          this year. It is designed to introduce students to the basic concepts
                          involved in library research and to give them a firm foundation on which
                          to develop additional information literacy skills. Statistics indicate that
                          between 900 and 1,500 students are assigned the tutorial as part of a class
                          each academic year. The new tutorial, arranged in individual modules,
                          features flash video and a high level of interactivity requiring the students
                          to become actively engaged in the learning process. The feedback
                          mechanism is also stronger (librarians can access the quiz data to see
                          which questions students get wrong and look for patterns) which will help
                          with ongoing assessment of the product.



                          The integration of information literacy instruction across the curriculum
                          continued to expand as library faculty taught 419 library instruction
                          sessions for 125 different courses thus reaching 8,686 students—over
                          3,830 freshmen, 1,330 sophomores, 2,650 junior and seniors, and 620
                          graduate students. A number of classes visited the Library for more than
                          one instruction session and several courses included extensive
                          information literacy modules.



                          Library faculty were also the instructors of record for a number of courses
                          in academic departments: AS 5000 Appalachian Studies Bibliography and
                          Research; HPC 5860 Dreamwork: Clinical Methods (co-taught); LIB 5140
                          Electronic Research; RE 3240 World Literature for Children; and US
                          1531 Electronic Resources for Information Literacy.



                          Library faculty taught a three-hour library workshop as part of the
                          Learning Technology Services eLearning Institute on using the Moodle
                          course management system for hybrid and online course development.
                          The library component introduced faculty to e-reserves, article linking,
 APPALACHIAN STATE UNIVERSITY LIBRARY          AND INFORMATION COMMONS
                                               2006 – 2007 ANNUAL REPORT




copyright/licensing issues, tutorials, research guides, reference assistance,
and library instruction.



The Library provided access to medical databases, developed web
resources, and library instruction for the new Nursing program.



The Distance Learning team completed a multimedia presentation on
North Carolina history resources and piloted it in four classes, receiving
positive feedback.
                           APPALACHIAN STATE UNIVERSITY LIBRARY           AND INFORMATION COMMONS
                                                                          2006 – 2007 ANNUAL REPORT




Providing Services to Promote Lifelong Learning and Research

                          Responding to requests for longer hours from the Student Government
                          Association and the Graduate Student Association, the entire Library and
                          Information Commons extended its hours until 1:00 a.m. Sunday through
                          Wednesday beginning January 8, and until 2:00 a.m. starting March 5. The
                          atrium area became a 24-hour study space with computer workstations
                          and wireless access for laptops from Sunday afternoons through 9:00 p.m.
                          Friday nights on January 29.



                          The number of general information, technology-related, and research
                          skills questions answered at the main Reference Information Desk
                          dropped from 32,000 in 2005-2006 to 26,500. However this is still
                          significantly more than the 22,600 questions answered in 2004-05. Over
                          800 virtual reference questions were answered, an increase of 23 percent
                          over the previous fiscal year.



                          On June 29, the Archives accessions database went live on the web page,
                          allowing users to access over 400 collections by name, corporate name,
                          subject, and key word.



                          As of the end of April, total circulation figures for all collections increased
                          by eight percent. As illustrated below, circulation figures for most ASU
                          affiliated patron categories showed an increase over the previous year.
                          (Note that all figures are preliminary and will not be finalized for the year
                          until June 30.)


                                       patron category                        % increase
                                       ASU Faculty                            6.03%
                                       ASU Graduate Students                  3.52%
                                       ASU Students                           13.04%
                                       ASU Staff                              0.76%
 APPALACHIAN STATE UNIVERSITY LIBRARY         AND INFORMATION COMMONS
                                              2006 – 2007 ANNUAL REPORT




Additional options available through Innovative system enhancements
gave us the ability to make two major changes in the handling of
circulation notices:

        Courtesy notices were added to the notice queue for most types
        of materials, providing patrons with an early warning that their
        materials were due in 3 days.

        We began sending notices automatically every morning, putting
        notices in electronic mailboxes early in the day.



Campus wide delivery of materials to faculty departments was modified to
include interlibrary loans as well as to provide guaranteed delivery within
48 weekday hours. With the revised printing schedule, many items were
actually delivered the same day that they were requested. The number of
departments/units using the service increased from the 27 using it during
spring 2006 to a total of 30.

The “Pull and Hold” service grew in popularity, however it will take a few
more semesters to have sufficient comparative data to address its true
impact.



Stacks inventory was a major initiative this year, comparing the electronic
shelf list to what was actually on the shelves. This led to the creation of
many item records for volumes found in the stacks but not in the library
system.
                           APPALACHIAN STATE UNIVERSITY LIBRARY         AND INFORMATION COMMONS
                                                                        2006 – 2007 ANNUAL REPORT




Providing Materials that Meet the Curricular and
Research Needs of Students and Faculty

                          The Materials Processing team has all but eliminated backlogs this year, a
                          significant achievement considering when we moved into the new library,
                          we had approximately 120 linear feet of backlogged material, some of
                          which dated back to the early 1990s. The Cataloging unit added 19,265
                          new Library of Congress and OCLC member copy records, 2,694 original
                          records, and 5,798 added volumes to the online catalog. Original
                          cataloging output was up 58% over last year.



                          The Library cataloged and processed 19,837 new monographic titles this
                          fiscal year, a 14% rise from last year. Approval books are now coming
                          already stamped and labeled with their dust jackets in mylar covering.



                          Music Library staff created copy cataloging for over 442 books, 288
                          scores, and 1,138 audio-visual recordings and original cataloging for 45
                          CDs and 2 DVDs.



                          The Library received several major gifts: William Powell & family (2,582
                          titles), review books from Association of College and Research Libraries
                          (325 titles via Dr. Fred Hay), and review books from the Albion journal
                          (15 titles via Dr. Michael Moore).



                          The W.L. Eury Appalachian Collection arranged for the donation of the
                          Bobby McMillion collection of field recordings and added a collection of
                          signed first editions of Affrilachian poet doris davenport’s books.



                          The Music Library’s holdings of core compact discs as listed in the
                          American Library Association Basic Music Library increased by 33 percent
 APPALACHIAN STATE UNIVERSITY LIBRARY       AND INFORMATION COMMONS
                                            2006 – 2007 ANNUAL REPORT




during the last seven years from 1,196 of the recommended CDs in 2000
to 2,922 today.



Dr. John Higby has completed an illustrated catalog of the Bill and
Maureen Rhinehart Collection on British History. The Library plans to
print 1,000 copies, nine hundred of which will be affordable paperbacked
copies which may be given to scholars and students who wish to study the
contents of the Rhinehart collection.



The W.L. Eury Appalachian Collection updated and made available for
research the David Worth Papers, 1838 - 1991. The Worth family was a
prominent family of merchants living in western Ashe County, North
Carolina.



The Black Mountain College Founder’s Papers were opened for Research
in June 2007. This collection includes the literary remains and personal
papers of Black Mountain College co-founder John Andrew Rice, Jr.
(1888-1968).
                            APPALACHIAN STATE UNIVERSITY LIBRARY          AND INFORMATION COMMONS
                                                                          2006 – 2007 ANNUAL REPORT




Outreach and Partnering with Faculty in the Common Goals
of Teaching, Intellectual Discovery and Scholarship

                           Distance learning librarians continued developing the virtual reality library
                           in the University’s AETZone, a virtual learning environment in which
                           library avatars lead tours and hold office hours to assist students as they
                           locate and use information in the virtual world. In addition to developing
                           an excellent working relationship with AETZone faculty members, they
                           also conducted a Usability Study and presented findings at several major
                           conferences.



                           The Library Services Committee, chaired by Dr. Eli Bentor, Department
                           of Art, met three times in 2006-2007. Library personnel asked for the
                           Committee’s help in explaining and supporting the LibQual+ survey and
                           in the February meeting gave a report on the survey. The Committee also
                           recommended and the Library implemented longer loan and renewal
                           periods for stacks books checked out by faculty. Other issues included a
                           recognition plaque for the citizens of North Carolina for passing the bond
                           referendum which funded the new building, library hours, collection
                           development issues, and an unattended minors policy.



                           Acting upon requests by faculty to be able to keep books longer for their
                           research, the Library Services Committee recommended that the loan
                           period for faculty be extended to a full year with an initial loan period of
                           120 days and the possibility of two subsequent 120-day renewals. The
                           Library began the new policy on February 12.



                           Ann Viles, Associate University Librarian, who served on the University’s
                           General Education Task Force, and Interim Reference and Instruction
                           Coordinator Virginia Branch began meeting with English Department
                           faculty during spring semester to plan for the inclusion of information
                           literacy components in general education writing courses.
 APPALACHIAN STATE UNIVERSITY LIBRARY     AND INFORMATION COMMONS
                                          2006 – 2007 ANNUAL REPORT




Distance Learning sponsored an “Under the Cupola” series of brown bag
lunch programs in the Library featuring campus-wide instructional
innovations, including “Developing and Implementing the Online
Textbook,” “Integrating GIS into Teaching Across the Undergraduate
Curriculum,” “Web Conference: Exploring the Learning Potential of
Multiplayer Online Games,” and “Evaluating technical supplements for
textbooks.”
                           APPALACHIAN STATE UNIVERSITY LIBRARY        AND INFORMATION COMMONS
                                                                       2006 – 2007 ANNUAL REPORT




External Fund Raising/Stewardship/Cultivation

                          The Library was thrilled to learn in June that Pam Mitchem’s funding
                          proposal for Library Services and Technology Act (LSTA) funding has
                          been awarded. The purpose is to digitize 7,200 images in the University
                          Archives photo collections, and the first year of funding is $38,000.



                          Over $107,000 has been raised for the Library in this past year. Major
                          gifts included $10,000 for naming the Francis R. and Sarah T. Dixson
                          Room and $18,000 from Irwin Belk to complete his funding of the atrium
                          mural by Brenda Councill.



                          More than $25,000 has been raised this year in support of the National
                          Endowment for the Humanities Challenge Grant for Appalachian Studies
                          for a total of $897,000. To complete the remaining portion of $300,000,
                          the College of Arts and Sciences established the Doc Watson Endowment
                          in Appalachian Music to support students and visiting musicians for that
                          program, and potential donors have been identified and contacted.



                          The W.L. Eury Appalachian Collection, which currently holds over 500
                          manuscript collections, realized $25,000 in income from the NEH
                          Challenge Grant Endowment to spend on books, papers and other
                          resources. The Appalachian Collection also received a large donation of
                          the John Alexander Williams Papers and arranged for the donation of
                          Burt Purrington’s Appalachian books and papers.



                          One of the major accomplishments of Mike Murphy’s tenure as Director
                          of Development (we were sorry to have him leave to return to Arizona)
                          was developing the information needed to do a “Giving” web site which
                          is now included on the Library’s main home page.
 APPALACHIAN STATE UNIVERSITY LIBRARY       AND INFORMATION COMMONS
                                            2006 – 2007 ANNUAL REPORT




The Library Advisory Board met on October 21, 2006 for their fall
meeting and for those who could to attend the Emmy Lou Harris concert
that night. The evening before the Board sponsored “A Literary
Masquerade” which proved to be a fun event and raised over $2,400. The
Board also met April 25, 2007. The evening before, Board members were
guests for a wonderful dinner at the home of Chancellor Ken and
Rosanne Peacock. April 25th activities included the meeting itself, the
portrait unveiling and room dedication in honor of Chancellor Francis T.
and Kay Borkowski, and the Friends of the Library sponsored talk by
author Lee Smith on her latest book, On Agate Hill.

								
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