Appalachian State University Libraries Transforms Create, Collaborate, Communicate

Appalachian State University Libraries aims to assist those who pursue knowledge through our collections, portals to information and text, services, and instruction.
The library was visited over 1.1 million times last year by students, faculty, staff and community members. On average, the library is open 136 hours per week.
The ASU Main Stacks are on the second and third floors, and the Browsing Collection and the Film Collection are on the first. And through the web, the library offers journals from the ABA Banking Journal to Zeitschrift für Psychologie (Journal of Psychology).
The library has a dedicated group of student workers who shelve approximately 14,000 items on a monthly basis.
The ABC Express is a delivery service operated by the Western North Carolina Library Network of Appalachian State University, UNC-Asheville and Western Carolina University.
In 2016, a total of 6,014 items were circulated between the libraries at App State, WCU, and UNCA . App State loaned 4,155 items to WCU and UNCA, and App State borrowed 1,859 items from WCU and UNCA.

A dedicated group of full-time personnel and student workers perform a variety of tasks related to facilities management such as shipping and receiving, emptying remote book drops three times per week, repairing furniture, painting walls, and setting up seating arrangements for meetings.

The IMC is a pre-K–12 resource for pre-service teachers and educators. Over 53,000 items are available including literature, models, STEM and STEAM kits, games, curriculum/lesson planning ideas, technology, and more!
Education students and local educators can also use the Idea Factory, a media production facility.
The Request It! service allows patrons to have items at ASU Library pulled and placed “On Hold” at the Library Service Desk. Between August and December, 2016, 3,137 material requests were filled for the Request It! service. The service includes delivery to faculty departments and in that same time period, 832 items were sent to faculty departments. The top three departments using faculty delivery service are Education (67), History (40) and Art (37).
More than 2,200 first-year students completed online information literacy modules.

The Resource Acquisition and Management (RAM) team works behind the scenes, supporting all areas of the library.

They purchase resources; ensure access and retrieval for electronic, digital, and physical materials throughout the library; repair books; and enable you to borrow materials from other libraries.

The Nicholas Erneston Music Library, located on the second floor of the Broyhill Music Center, supports the curriculum of the Mariam Cannon Hayes School of Music.

The Music Library Collection includes print and electronic scores, music notation software, the PED wireless foot controller, complete works of famous composers, DVDs, streaming audio and video and much, much more.

Special Collections, located on the fourth floor of the Belk Library and Information Commons, is home to books, manuscripts, and artifacts about the Appalachian region, the University’s history, stock car racing, and British history, as well as many other topics.

The Appalachian Collection is one of the largest repositories of material related to the Southern Uplands and Native Appalachia, with strengths in the social sciences, regional history, folklore, music, religion, genealogy, and fiction.

You will find books, rare books and manuscripts, journals, sound recordings, films, newspapers, maps, and a clippings file going back to the 1960’s.

What is a stock car? Visit the Stock Car Racing Collection to find out. The collection contains all types of materials that document the sport, including books, racing magazines, clippings, photographs, programs, posters, audio- and videotapes, promotional materials, and more.
The Belk Library Print Zone is the busiest printing operation on campus. The Print Zone is staffed 90 hours per week by student workers and a full-time technology support technician. Other services provided in the Print Zone include software and hardware troubleshooting, scanning, and copying.
The Tech Desk offers patrons a wide variety of technology equipment available for checkout. All the necessary equipment needed to create an audio or video project for a class assignment can be checked out, along with electronics and computer programming kits such as the Raspberry Pi and Arduino. In February, 2017, 5,104 items were checked out at the Tech Desk and laptops are the most checked out technology.

In the short time that the Inspire Maker Lab has been open, we have seen over 130 individual visits, with 3D printing and virtual reality seeing the most use. We have also had 11 classes visit the Inspire Maker Lab for a tour or equipment demo. It has been used to 3D print over 40 projects for 13 different classes, with a total of 72 prints placed since opening on January 31st. The virtual reality equipment has been used by 50 individuals and five classes, bringing total usage to over 200. Our other equipment including electronics, vinyl cutters, and sewing machines have been used by 50 students, faculty and staff.

The Administrative Services team provides support to all library teams and personnel and includes organizational development, programming and event planning, business services, accounting, student hiring, and our leadership team, the Dean and Associate Dean.

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