Monday, February 20, 2006

Want to Print in Color for Lower $$$?

Come to Hunter Library, where we are lowering color-printing costs from $0.75 to $0.50 per page!

The toner cost is greatly reduced from that of printing in your residence hall room. Unless you print more than 4,000 pages a year in your room, printing at Hunter Library is far more cost effective. Also, for black-and-white printing, you benefit by being able to print from all campus computer labs—and you can even download the Pay-for-Print software in your room and still print in the labs at reduced cost!

Even if you run out of CATCA$H, you still have the option, at Hunter Library, of coin printing. Using the Pay-for-Print system makes not only color printing, but printing in general, all the more affordable.

New Database: International Index to the Performing Arts Full Text

International Index to the Performing Arts Full Text (1864-present)
Available from ProQuest and Chadwyck-Healy through Hunter Library.
Covers a broad spectrum of the arts and entertainment industry from over 100 popular and scholarly journals. Topics covered: drama, theatre, film, opera, broadcast arts, stagecraft, musical theatre, dance, circus performance, comedy, film, storytelling, pantomime, puppetry, magic, television and more.

Friday, February 17, 2006

Horace Kephart Digital Collection Featured in Seminar

Hunter Library’s digital collection, “Horace Kephart: Revealing an Enigma,” will be used as a key resource for an upcoming seminar. NC ECHO (Exploring Cultural Heritage Online) is joining forces with the North Carolina Center for the Advancement of Teaching (NCCAT) to offer a week-long seminar: "The Back of Beyond: Portals to our Mountain Past." The goal of this workshop is to foster collaboration between North Carolina public school teachers and cultural heritage professionals.

Attendees will be transported "Back of Beyond" into the Great Smokies at the turn of the nineteenth century -- surrounded by campfires, trains, wild rivers, and wildlife. The life and times of renowned naturalist, woodsman, and author Horace Kephart (1862-1931) will be a jumping-off point for workshop participants to come together to discuss mutual goals and issues. Head of Special Collections, George Frizzell, will be guiding the tour through Western Carolina’s digital collection, as well as presenting the original manuscripts and photos that comprise the online resource. Using these materials as a real-life framework for exploration, librarians, museum curators, public historians, and teachers will have an opportunity to learn from and share with each other. During the seminar, attendees will examine ways that resources from museums and libraries can be brought into the classroom, and they will discuss the unique needs of teachers and ways in which cultural institutions can meet these needs in the online environment.

The seminar will be held May 1-7,2006 at NCCAT's facility in Cullowhee, North Carolina. More information is available on the NC ECHO website, or contact Kathy Wisser (, 919-660-5913) or Hilary Perez (, 919-807-7418).

Wednesday, February 15, 2006

New Database: Science Resource Center

Science Resource Center (1988-present)
General science database that provides indexing to 200 full-text journals (both popular and scholarly); online access to over 40 science reference resources, and over 8,000 multimedia records including illustrations, audio/video clips, etc. Search or browse for topics; results are tagged to indicate the content level: basic, intermediate or advanced. Also sort results type: reference, magazines, academic journals, newspapers, multimedia, and websites. Most useful for beginning searchers.

Thursday, February 09, 2006

Craft Revival Digital Collection Update


Working with four heritage partners, Western Carolina University's Hunter Library is creating a virtual collection of objects, documents, letters, photos and oral histories that tell the story of an effort to revive mountain crafts during the late 1800s and early 1900s.That movement generated widespread interest in mountain culture and continues to influence Western North Carolina tourism and economic development more than 100 years after the revival began.

“The Craft Revival at the turn of the 20th century helped to shape a strong, on-going interest in crafts and tourism throughout the region,” said Anna Fariello, visiting associate professor who is leading the project for Hunter Library. “I think it is exciting that the latest digital technology is bringing together hundreds of widely scattered, handmade items and photographs from the past via the Internet while the original, local collections will be preserved, intact.”

Beginning around 1890, the Craft Revival highlighted the home-based skills of mountain pioneers who had made their own woven fabrics, carvings, baskets, pots, metal implements, toys, chairs and other items required for survival and comfort in their isolated mountain farms and villages. The early settlers passed those skills from generation to generation until innovations in machinery, rising prosperity and the spread of towns and stores in Western North Carolina made it possible for families to buy most of the things they needed, ready-made.

Just when it seemed that the traditional handcrafting skills were dying out, regional economic development, tourism and an interest in preserving the past were coming alive, Fariello said. Those forces sparked the Craft Revival, with its emphasis on encouraging mountain people to continue making items by hand, not only for their own use but also for sale, and to pass those skills along. The revival in turn triggered the growth of handcraft guilds, weaving centers and folk schools; attracted tourists, scholars and artisans to the region; helped to promote the sale of traditional mountain crafts; and shaped the development of new ones.

Hunter Library is working on the Craft Revival Project with four partners – the John C. Campbell Folk School, Penland School of Crafts, Western's Mountain Heritage Center and the library's Special Collections section – and three advisers – the North Carolina Center for the Advancement of Teaching; the Center for Crafts, Creativity and Design; and Qualla Arts and Crafts Mutual, an artisan cooperative.

Fariello recently organized a workshop on digital imaging equipment set-up and operation. Over the next year, the partners will digitize images from the schools' collections in Mitchell and Clay counties, as well as items from various smaller repositories in museums and local historical societies throughout the region. The completed, Web-based collection will be available online to students, teachers, researchers, scholars, historians, museums, craft centers and the public.

Western's Craft Revival Project is funded in part by a grant of $85,000, renewable for three years for a potential total of $250,000, from the federal Institute of Museum and Library Services, through the North Carolina State Library. Western received the only Heritage Partners Grant awarded by the State Library in 2005.