Friday, December 03, 2004

New Database - Communication Sciences and Disorders Dome

Communication Sciences & Disorders Dome (ComDisDome) (1965-present)

Available from ContentScan, Inc. through Hunter Library.

An index to journal articles, books, dissertations, websites and other materials for speech-language pathologists, audiologists, and students in the field of Communication Sciences and Disorders. Also includes links to available full-text articles.

Wednesday, November 24, 2004

Hunter Library Wins Award

Hunter Library won the Biography Award from Together We Read "for contributing to our heritage" by creating a website about Horace Kephart and his book, Our Southern Highlanders. The award notes, "Using a variety of media, the library has created an archive around the life an times of Horace Kephart. Its website presents photos, artifacts, documents, writings, maps, and links to other sources of information."

Visit the Hunter Library website on the Together We Read 2004 Book, Our Southern Highlanders, by Horace Kephart -

Tuesday, November 16, 2004

George Frizzell, Keynote Speaker at CSA’s 15th Year Celebration

Amid the aroma of home-baked turkey, dressing and Thanksgiving fixings, George Frizzell, 20-year veteran of the Special Collections of Hunter Library at WCU, will provide the keynote address for Catch the Spirit of Appalachia’s 15th year celebration. The celebration begins at noon on Sunday, November 21, at the Community Services Building in Sylva, on Scotts Creek Road.

A native of Jackson County, Frizzell received his B.A. in Anthropology and History and his M.A. in American History from Western Carolina University. His Master of Library Science degree comes from UNC-Greensboro. Frizzell’s expertise in the Special Collections department of WCU has enhanced the university’s endeavors to collect, arrange, and make accessible manuscripts, photographs, books, and other documentation on the history of our region. While eating a slice of homemade pecan or pumpkin pie, well-fed attendees will watch as Frizzell presents a selection of slides featuring scenes and people in Jackson County from the 1890s to the 1950s. The images, drawn from old books, postcards, and original photographs, feature Jackson County communities, institutions, and physical features.

People attending the program are encouraged to ask questions and to comment on what they notice in the pictures. Since Catch the Spirit of Appalachia’s (CSA) main thrust is to draw attention to the need to conserve, protect and save the natural and human heritage of the local mountain people in our region, the program will accent the non-profit’s mission: to accomplish it’s goals through environmental and cultural education in the primary grades and by involving the community in honoring and preserving the local heritage lifestyle.

Wrapped around Frizzell’s program and the scrumptious meal prepared by Gail Stillwell Cooper, Vera Holland Guise, and Jeff Gibbs, will be readings by local authors, an art exhibit from the creativity of local artists, readings from some of the 2004 Greening Up the Mountain essay winners, harp and bagpipe music by Joshua Bulla, harp by 6-year old Shelby Ray Meyer, songs and guitar by Karen Barns, mountain music by the Fiddling Dills Sisters, a silent auction, and handmade crafts for Christmas by local crafters.

Ticket price at the door: $12 adults; 6$ for children 12 and under.
Advance ticket price: $10 adults; $5 Children 12/under.

Come celebrate Catch the Spirit of Appalachia’s 15th year and hear about plans for the Spirit of Appalachia Folk School and the Appalachian Homestead Farm & Preserve.

Tickets are available at the JC Chamber of Commerce or by contacting
Vera Holland Guise 293-1013
Amy Ammons Garza 631-4587

Thursday, November 11, 2004

Have you ever thought about becoming a librarian?

The faculty of Hunter Library cordially invite all interested students to attend our Librarianship as a Career Day on Wednesday, November 17 from 2:00-4:00 in the Library’s main entrance.

Libraries of the 21st century provide challenging career opportunities using cutting-edge technology to manage knowledge in the Information Age. Find out how you can become an Information Professional.

Librarians will be available to answer questions about this interesting and rewarding career.

Refreshments will be provided.

For more information contact Eloise Hitchcock at 227-3421.

Monday, November 08, 2004

Favorite Children's Books Display

We hope you enjoy our display of the favorite children's books of the staff and faculty of Hunter Library. We've put childhood photos next to the books - see if you can match the Library folks with their books and pictures.

Thursday, October 28, 2004

Resources for Horror Fans, Writers & Others

These resources go with the current display by the stairway on the main floor of Hunter Library.

PERSONAL SITES (writers shown in the photos)

Diana Barron:
Robert J. Conley:
Owl Goingback:
Jemiah Jefferson: AND
Brian Keene:
Jack Ketchum:
Stephen King: AND
Richard Laymon: AND AND
Edward Lee:

Mary Shelley just search the web or start at: [Mary Shelley page] [Frankenstein page]

Bram Stoker just search the web or start at: [Bram Stoker page] [Bram Stoker page]

Additional resources

Dracula and vampires: AND

Listservs are available for Richard Laymon, Horror Literature and Films, and other topics.

News groups ( include rec.arts.horror (especially rec.arts.horror.written), alt.horror.cthulhu, and alt.folklore.ghost-stories.

There are many personal bulletin boards where horror topics (books, movies) are discussed. Vampires and zombies ( are especially well represented. One excellent general horror board is run by Shocklines Press, at Another is Horror World (URL as of Oct. 31)

Free fiction can be found at numerous sites (search for “horror fiction” or “horror stories”), including many author sites. One of the best is where the fiction editor, Brian Keene, is also a published author (see our collection).

If you need to know in what collection a particular story appeared, the Locus Index is one of the best places to begin: It covers both horror and science fiction. Fantastic Fiction ( lists titles by author.

Helpful sites for authors include Ralan’s ( with Markets information (and places to avoid!), and the Horror Writers Association (HWA) (, especially the writing tips page ( Although the HWA costs money to join, there are parts, like the writing tips, that are free.

Some recent Hunter Library Reference books

St. James guide to horror, ghost & gothic writers / with a preface by Dennis Etchison ; editor, David Pringle Detroit, MI : St. James Press, c1998
PN3435.Z9 S72 1998

Supernatural fiction writers : contemporary fantasy and horror / Richard Bleiler, editor
Publisher New York : Charles Scribner's Sons : Thomson/Gale, c2003
PN3435 .S96 2003 vol. 1-2

Reference guide to science fiction, fantasy, and horror / Michael Burgess
Publisher Englewood, Colo. : Libraries Unlimited, 1992
PN3433.5.Z9 B87 1992

Fantasy and horror : a critical and historical guide to literature, illustration, film, TV, radio, and the Internet / edited by Neil Barron
Publisher Lanham, Md. : Scarecrow Press, 1999
PN56.F34 F35 1999

Monday, October 18, 2004

Pay for Print at Western

What is Pay for Print?
As of Monday, October 18, Western will charge for print copies at all open access Student Computer Labs and Hunter Library.

Where is it?
# Hunter Library's Public Area
# Hunter Lab
# Forsyth 320 Lab
# Moore 202 Lab
# Killian 268 Lab(during open lab hours)

How much does it cost?
# 8 cents per B&W page using CatCash on a Western CatCard
# 10 cents per B&W page using coins
# 75 cents per color page using CatCash on a Western CatCard
(color print option and color release station ONLY in Hunter Computer Lab)

Wednesday, October 13, 2004

Election 2004 News

November 2nd, 2004 is Election Day. The following are some of the websites compiling election news and information:

Campaign 2004 News - from LexisNexis -
(off-campus users may need their WCU ID to access some documents)

United States Elections 2004 - from the U.S. Department of State -

Project Vote Smart -

WCU's own Professor Gary Jones has put together a page of links to partisan and non-partisan resources on the Web -

Tuesday, September 28, 2004

Together We Read

Together We Read 2004 Community Reading Choice
Our Southern Highlanders
by Horace Kephart

Horace Kephart’s Our Southern Highlanders is the 2004 selection of Together We Read for a community reading. Together We Read helps build community awareness and connections by promoting a community-wide reading of a book each year and through associated programs. The choice of Our Southern Highlanders as the 2004 Together We Read selection coincides with the centennial of Kephart’s arrival in western North Carolina in 1904.

Our Southern Highlanders
was first published in 1913 and reissued in 1922 in a revised and expanded edition. Proclaimed as a classic work on Southern Appalachia, notably western North Carolina, it provides a description of regional life, culture, and geography. Join Together We Read in discussions of Kephart’s portrayal of life in Southern Appalachia in the early 20th century as we deliberate his descriptions, their accuracy, and why they have remained of interest to the reading public. Kephart tells of life on Hazel Creek (now inside the Great Smoky Mountains National Park), takes us on a bear hunt, brings to life the people he met and knew, recounts the life and customs of the mountaineers, describes the natural geography of the region, talks of moonshiners and the practical aspects to their business as well as the dangers (and adventures) of those attempting to enforce prohibition laws. Learn how a Pennsylvania-born, Iowa-raised, St. Louis librarian began life anew at the age of 42, and then proceeded to become a recognized authority on camping and Southern Appalachia and a key player in the creation of the Great Smoky Mountains National Park.

Please visit Hunter Library's Together We Read webpage for more information about Our Southern Highlanders and Horace Kephart. You'll find pictures, a timeline of Kephart's life, chapter summaries, discussion questions, and more.

Monday, September 27, 2004

Weather Updates and Information

Monitor these webpages for updates and information on local weather:
Warnings and Advisories for North Carolina
Cullowhee's Weather - from the Weather Channel
Citizen-Times - Asheville newspaper usually has breaking news about storms on the front page
National Hurricane Center/Tropical Prediction Center
Hurricane Season - from CNN

For more information on weather and climate in WNC, go to Hunter Library's Weather & Climate of WNC.