Appalachian State University Library Annual Report 2007– 2008 | 1 Major Accomplishments Our collections, portals to information and text, services, and instruction contribute to the campus missions of learning, scholarship, engagement, and effectiveness N.C. State Employees Combined Campaign Hank Foreman and Mary Reichel served as co-chairs of the 2007 N.C. State Employees Combined Campaign at Appalachian State University. The State Employees Combined Campaign (SECC) is a volunteer driven organization established by and for North Carolina state employees to create a powerful, consolidated way of raising money for medical, educational, human service, environmental and animal welfare causes. The 2007 campaign raised more than $126,000 to benefit local, state and national charities. Anne Belk Distinguished Professorship for the W.L. Eury Appalachian Collection Librarian Mr. Irwin Belk funded the Anne Belk Distinguished Professorship for the W.L. Eury Appalachian Collection Librarian with a $500,000 donation matched by a state contribution of $167,000. Appalachian Collection Librarian Fred Hay will be the first recipient of this Professorship. The Rhinehart Collection Bibliography The Library and Information Commons published The Rhinehart Collection: An Annotated Bibliography, compiled by John Higby. It documents the collection of rare books focusing on British History generously donated to the Library’s Special Collections by Bill and Maureen Rhinehart. Appalachian State University Library Annual Report 2007– 2008 | 2 Fudan-Appalachian Library Exchange Program Appalachian State University’s Belk Library and Information Commons and Fudan University Library in Shanghai, China have agreed to participate in future exchanges of librarians, culture and information. The Fudan-Appalachian Library Exchange Program (FALEP) will begin in August 2009 and continue for a minimum of three years. Under the agreement an exchange librarian from Fudan will be in residence at Appalachian’s library for three to six months each year, while a librarian from Appalachian will be in residence at Fudan for one to two months each year. The exchange will facilitate exploring librarianship in an international context and sharing ideas about library services and scholarly communications. Appalachian State University Library Annual Report 2007– 2008 | 3 Strategic Direction I: Learning Our vision is to broaden the learning experience Largest Collections Budget in the Library’s History The 2007-08 allocation for collections was more than $3 million. In addition there was end-of-the-year funding from Academic Affairs of $2.3 million. Over 22,190 new monographic titles and 4,112 volumes were added this year. The number of electronic resources held by the Library rose by 23%. This growth further enhances learning opportunities at Appalachian. New Online Databases Cover the Environment, Politics, Literature Education and Music Among the new resources added to the Library’s collection of over 300 online databases are the EBSCOhost Environment Complete which contains full text for more than 600 journals; International Political Science Abstracts which includes current indexing and abstracts of the world's leading journals in political science since 1975; MagillOnLiterature Plus containing editorially reviewed critical essays, plot summaries, and extended character profiles; and Education Research Complete, with full text access to educational scholarly research and information. The Music Library added four major electronic reference resources to its web site: African American Music Reference, Classical Music Reference Library, The Garland Encyclopedia of World Music Online, and Classical Scores Library. Appalachian State University Library Annual Report 2007– 2008 | 4 Collection Utilization Increases From July 2007 to May 2008, total circulation figures for all Appalachian State University Library collections increased by 11% over July 2006 to May 2007 figures. As illustrated below, circulation figures for most categories showed an increase over last year. Patron Category % Increase/decrease Faculty 8% Graduate Assistants 32% Graduate Students -25% Undergraduates 11% Staff 1% Gate Counts Exceed One Million Gate counts for July through March 2008 exceeded the count for the same period last year by slightly over 16%. Total gate counts from July 7 2007 through June 8 2008 were 1,040,675. Appalachian State University Library Annual Report 2007– 2008 | 5 Library Hours Extended to Meet Popular Student Demand In response to requests for extended hours from the Student Government Association, the Library was open 24 hours starting five days before and during spring semester exams. Due to the overwhelming success of the Student Research Lab during fall semester, the hours were extended to 2:00 a.m. from May 1 until the end of exams. In March, the Digital Media Studio increased its hours to 11:00 pm for the rest of the semester. New Digital Microform Scanners This Library purchased two new microform scanners for viewing microfilm images and converting them to digital files which can be emailed or saved further use. Our microfilm collections include many major national newspapers (some dating back to the 1800s), an extensive collection of journals, a major archive of government documents and several unique collections of documents unavailable or rare in other formats. Appalachian State University Library Annual Report 2007– 2008 | 6 Express Account Machine Added on Lower Level A second vending machine was added to address heavy demand. These machines are used to add value to student Express Account cards for printing. Lower Level Service Desk Moved The lower level service desk was relocated to create a more visible service presence and to provide better assistance with the photocopiers which are now adjacent to the service desk. Appalachian State University Library Annual Report 2007– 2008 | 7 Library Student Awards Recipients The Library employed nearly 150 students this year. Student employee, Cortez Gilbert, received the Black Faculty and Staff Outstanding Sophomore Leadership Award as well as the Athlete Most Involved Outside Athletics Award from the Black Student Association (BSA). He also received the Minority of the Month Award from BSA in October, 2007. Mary Grace Loftin will receive Appalachian State University’s Student Employee of the Year Scholarship, which is presented annually by the Office of Student Development. Library Student Employee Scholarship Fund The Richard T. Barker Friends of the University Library Student Assistant Scholarship endowment was created to support the library student employees who perform vital library tasks. The Library will award two $500 scholarships for fall semester 2008. Appalachian State University Library Annual Report 2007– 2008 | 8 Strategic Direction II: Scholarship Our vision is to encourage creativity and scholarship at all levels University Archives Digitization Grant The University Archives’ 2007-2008 NC ECHO Digitization Grant to digitize Appalachian State University's historical photographs has been extended for 2008-2009 with additional funding to add another 4,000 photographs to the database. Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE) Accreditation The Library participated in preparing the University’s application for accreditation of its new nursing program with the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE), an autonomous accrediting agency of baccalaureate and graduate nursing education. Published Faculty Reception Fifty-three Appalachian faculty members who published books or completed equivalent major creative accomplishments during the past year were honored in March at a reception hosted by the Richard T. Barker Friends of the University Library and Provost Stanley R. Aeschleman . Appalachian State University Library Annual Report 2007– 2008 | 9 Acquisitions in Support of Scholarship Generous 2006-07 end-of-year funds provided by Academic Affairs allowed the purchase of significant online primary source resources, including Early English Books Online, Eighteenth Century Collections Online, The Making of the Modern World, the Evans and Shaw-Shoemaker bibliographies, America's Historical Newspapers, and American Periodicals Online. Continuing funding was augmented with Enrollment Growth monies that allowed the purchase of subscription to dozens of new resources requested by faculty. These included Science and Nature Online; Avery Index to Architectural Periodicals Online; International Political Science Abstracts Online; New York Review of Books Online; CRC Handbook of Chemistry and Physics (online); Ancestry.com, Nashville Tennessean 1907-1948; Roper Ipoll Databank; World Development Indicators Online; and much more. On and off campus access to the Foundation Directory Online was added through the Library's web site. Foundation Directory Online is a searchable database containing information on 92,000 foundations, corporate giving programs, and grant making public charities in the U.S. A Library Research Guide on grants funding was updated and is also available on the website. The film history collection and the GLBT film collection were strengthened significantly. Commercial interior design resources were increased to address a growing level of faculty and student interest in that area. Appalachian State University Library Annual Report 2007– 2008 |10 Gifts in Support of Scholarship The library added 1,639 gift items to the collection, including several major gifts: William and Virginia Powell (1,248 titles), review books from the Association of College and Research Libraries (402 titles via Dr. Fred Hay), and review books from the Albion Journal (15 titles via Dr. Michael Moore). Professor William and Mrs. Virginia Powell from Chapel Hill contributed a large number of books as did Professor H.G. Jones. Special Collections The faculty papers of David Reid Hodgin Papers, an Appalachian State Teachers College English professor from 1946 to 1965, were opened to the public. Researchers of mid-twentieth century Appalachian culture and ASU history as well as popular culture's treatments of evangelical religion and humanism will find a wealth of information within this collection. Institute of Museum and Library Services Gift The Library received a set of reference materials to aid in preserving, organizing and developing its special collections. The materials include a core set of books, DVDs, online resources and an annotated bibliography. They were developed by Heritage Preservation in consultation with the Getty Foundation and donated by the Institute of Museum and Library Services. Appalachian State University Library Annual Report 2007– 2008 |11 Strategic Direction III: Engagement Our vision is to deepen campus engagement with the community and world The Library received national recognition for its green architectural design in two leading library periodicals. The April 2008 issue of American Libraries included Belk Library among 27 facilities spotlighted in its “2008 Library Design Showcase.” The magazine featured libraries that “demonstrate a commitment to making a beautiful space that serves both the community and the planet.” Belk Library was also included in the December 2007 issue of Library Journal, which highlighted 21 academic buildings and 168 public library projects in an article titled “Going, Going Green.” Library Journal described Belk Library as “a 21st-century facility that combines the best of technology with the expertise to retrieve and validate its information. The central atrium is the focal point of the new four-story structure, built with environmental sensibility and sustainability in mind.” “Quest for Knowledge” Mural Unveiled “The Quest for Knowledge,” a mural created by artist Brenda Mauney Councill, was unveiled in the Carol G. Belk Library and Information Common’s atrium at Appalachian State University, August 8. The artwork was commissioned by University benefactors Ike and Carol Belk of Charlotte. Chancellor Kenneth E. Peacock dedicated the mural saying, “I dedicate this mural aptly named the Quest for Knowledge to the heritage of the mountain spirit, to that independence of learning that can only be found in a library and to current and future students, faculty, staff and all others who enter this building and are enriched by the mural.” Appalachian State University Library Annual Report 2007– 2008 |12 The Idea Factory In September the Instructional Materials Center, in cooperation with Reich College of Education, opened the Idea Factory with the mission of providing library support to Appalachian’s Education graduates as they enter the teaching profession in area public schools. The Idea Factory resources include a die-cut center, hot and cold laminators, a comb binder, a button maker, an art waxer, a computer with numerous software programs, a scanner, a color printer, and more. In this pilot year the Idea Factory was open to ASU’s Education students, the public school teachers in Watauga County, and those teachers who supervise our student teachers in the eight ASU School Partnership counties. Carol Grotnes Belk Distinguished Lecture Award-winning author Gloria Houston spoke to a roomful of fans and aspiring writers during the Carol Grotnes Belk Distinguished Lecture hosted by the Library on July 19. Houston is the author of more than 10 children’s books including The Year of the Perfect Christmas Tree, My Great- Aunt Arizona and the Littlejim series. Carol Grotnes Belk Library Advisory Board Fundraising Event Sara Gruen, author of the best-selling novel Water for Elephants was the guest speaker on September 27 at the annual Carol Grotnes Belk Library Advisory Board fundraising dinner. Gruen spoke about work that went into Water for Elephants and briefly discussed her forthcoming novel “Ape House” scheduled for release fall 2008. Appalachian State University Library Annual Report 2007– 2008 |13 Hughlene Bostian Frank Visiting Writers Series The Visiting Writers Series co-sponsored by The Richard T. Barker Friends of the University Library included novelist Nino Ricci reading from his works on October 4 in Belk Library and novelist, poet, and historian Robert Morgan reading from his recently released book Boone, A Biography on November 8 in the Plemmons Student Union. Morgan also presented an afternoon craft talk in Belk Library. Belk Library Leap Year Series The Leap Year Series, sponsored by the Richard T. Barker Friends of the University Library, featured three events related to the Library’s Special Collections: “From Hollinger Box to Hard Drive: Digitizing Special Collections” on February 29, “Shape Note Singing and Shape Note Hymnals” on March 27, and “Museums in Our Future,” on April 17. Under the Cupola Series: Discovering Campus-wide Instructional Innovations On February 19, faculty members Sherri Green, Dave Haney, and Li Jin reflected upon their first semester teaching with the new asULearn course management system. On October 23 Jennifer Snodgrass, Assistant Professor of Music Theory, presented “Seeing the Big Picture: Using the Tablet PC for an Engaging Classroom Experience.” On October 31 the Library hosted an AETZone “Virtual Library Open House” featuring The Haunted Garden on Dungeon Level specially created for Halloween in the Library’s Information Gardens virtual library which provides services and support to students enrolled in the AETZone courses. 8th Annual Queer Film Series Appalachian State University’s 8th Annual Queer Film Series was held in Belk Library on four consecutive Mondays in October, beginning on Oct. 8. Featured films included Judith Butler: Philosophical Encounters of the Third Kind, Brother to Brother, FtF: Female to Femme, and Paper Dolls. Appalachian State University Library Annual Report 2007– 2008 |14 On the International Front International Television Service “Window to the World” In January the Library unveiled its “Window to the World” International Television Service that allows students to view television broadcasts from other countries in languages other than English. This programming will benefit students studying the languages and cultures of other countries as well as the growing number of foreign students at Appalachian. The first year of programming included eight international packages: Arabic Elite, German Language Plus, Taiwanese Mega Pack (Chinese, Japanese), Great Wall TV Package (Chinese), TV Japan (Japanese), EuroNews (various European languages), Telesud (French), and Dish Latino. Doorways: An International Program Series The Doorways series sponsored by Belk Library and Information Commons provided a platform for sharing research on international issues and building relationships on campus based on interest in international affairs. Lynne Mansure, visiting professor in Foreign Languages & Literatures, discussed children, poverty, and education in Kenya; Irina Barclay, Foreign Languages & Literatures, presented on Russian language, culture, and study abroad; René Harder Horst, History, discussed indigenous rights in Paraguay; Longin Pastusiak, former president of the Polish Senate and visiting faculty member, addressed Poland’s status within the European Union; and Li Jin, Foreign Languages and Literatures, talked about the evolution of the Chinese language. The Art and History of Arabic Calligraphy The Library co-hosted a lecture on the art and history of Arabic calligraphy by Dr. Nihad Dukhan, an artist and a scholar of the history, development, styles and philosophy of Arabic calligraphy, on October 22 in I.G. Greer Auditorium. Appalachian State University Library Annual Report 2007– 2008 |15 Fall International Film Series The 2007 International Film Series featured five outstanding films, including the winner of the Best Foreign Language Film, Lives of Others. The Series is a collaborative effort between the Belk Library, the Department of Foreign Languages, and the Office of International Education & Development, and is part of International Education Week. European Libraries In April University Librarian Mary Reichel visited nine academic libraries in five countries. Seven of the libraries are at institutions with which Appalachian has exchange agreements. Appalachian Librarians Travel to China Four Appalachian State University librarians traveled to Shanghai, China, to meet with colleagues at the Fudan University Library to plan for a future exchange of librarians, culture, and information. ASU librarians Allan Scherlen, Mary Reichel (University Librarian), Xiaorong Shao, and Beth Cramer began their travels on May 12, 2008. They also visited libraries at the Shaanxi Normal University in Xi’an and the Beijing Normal University. Appalachian State University Library Annual Report 2007– 2008 |16 Strategic Direction IV: Effectiveness Our vision is to develop an effective organization that can meet current and future information needs Library Organizational Change In January 2008, after extensive discussions throughout 2007 among library faculty, staff and administration, the library organization was changed. The Library Strategic Plan’s vision statement refers to the development of an effective organization that can meet current and future information needs. The four strategic directions are learning, scholarship, engagement, and effectiveness. The Guiding Principles of Organizational Change drafted at the start of the organizational change process emphasized a research and development orientation, a continuous learning organization, fully embedding the value of assessment of outcomes for students, faculty, and staff, and applying ongoing assessment of efficiency and effectiveness into the organizational structure. Appalachian State University Library Annual Report 2007– 2008 |17 Library Services Committee The Library Services Committee chaired by Dr. Gabe Fankhauser met on November 16 and February 15. The Library Services Committee is a forum where students, faculty and librarians come together to further critical information skills and provide critical feedback to the Library about current issues. Student Government Association Academic Affairs Committee The University Librarian and the Associate University Librarian attended the November 14th meeting of the SGA Academic Affairs Committee to hear student opinions on Library policies. Janison Dillon, who chaired the Academic Affairs Committee, also served as a member of the University Library Services Committee. The Committee advocated for extending the hours of Belk Library to 24/5 as well as longer hours for the Digital Media Studio. Other concerns of the Committee included the need for additional computers in the Library Atrium, more visible security guards during late hours, and improved safety provisions for students leaving the Library during the late evening and early morning hours. Collaborative Purchases Appalachian continues to benefit from cost-savings and avoidance through its relationship to the Carolina Consortium, an informal group of over 130 libraries in North and South Carolina. Savings were last calculated in excess of $2.5MM for this campus. Research Advisory Program In 2007 the Library Research Advisory Program (RAP) Reference Task Force recommended the development of an online form for submitting Research Advisory Requests in an effort to allow for more participation among librarians and more scheduling flexibility. The online Research Advisory Program request form officially debuted in January 2008. Program statistics Jan. – Mar. 2007 Jan.-Mar. 2008 Total RAPs 101 sessions 120 sessions Total attendance 144 patrons 108 patrons Appalachian State University Library Annual Report 2007– 2008 |18 Although this three month period reflects only a slight increase in number of sessions over the same period last year, numerous comments have been received on the ease of use that the online form affords as compared to the scheduling notebook. Additional improvements are planned and include a built in online survey as well as the option of having students attach assignment forms to their RAP requests. State Banding Initiative Library staff and faculty worked collaboratively with their colleagues in Human Resource Services to develop new competency profiles and job descriptions for LTA I’s and LTA II’s in response to the implementation of the new state banding system for SPA employees. Increased Security within the Building Thirty-five additional enhanced performance cameras were installed to provide improved recording coverage of entrance and exit zones as well as particular public areas. Four duress alarms were added to the public service desks to provide additional security to those in high pubic contact areas. Lastly, building handheld communications coverage was improved by increasing the numbers to twelve as well as replacing the original sets with higher end units.
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