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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