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Major Accomplishments
Our collections, portals to information and text, services, and instruction
contribute to the campus missions of learning, scholarship, engagement, and

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.
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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
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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

                            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.
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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.
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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

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
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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

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.
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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,

Mary Grace Loftin will receive
Appalachian State University’s Student
Employee of the Year Scholarship, which is
presented annually by the Office of Student

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.
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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 .
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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
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);, 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
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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
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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

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

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
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.
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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.
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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.
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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
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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
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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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