Tuesday, December 01, 2009

New Books, & DVDs from November 2009

New Books, & DVDs from November 2009

Here's a sampling of some of the new books, films,
and CDs that have arrived at Hunter Library in November 2009.
Please browse the full list.

Ivan A. Castro,
100 Hispanics you should know
Westport, CT: Libraries Unlimited, 2007

Tama M. Carrol,
Guiding reading and writing in the content areas: practical strategies
Dubuque, Iowa: Kendall/Hunt Pub. Co., c2001
WCU CMC PRO LB1050.455 T36 2001

How to make digital stories [videorecording]
Produced by VEA; executive producer, Simon Garner
Hamilton, NJ: Films for the Humanities &
Sciences a Films Media Group company, 2009

Naked [videorecording]
Fine Line Features; Film Four International with the participation
of British Screen presents a Thin Man production.
Produced by Simon Channing-Williams;
written and directed by Mike Leigh
United States: Criterion Collection, c2005

Richard Slotkin,
No quarter: the Battle of the Crater, 1864
New York: Random House, c2009
WCU NEW BOOKS E476.93.S58 2009

Arthur McDade Editor,
Old Smoky Mountain days: selected writings of
Horace Kephart, Joseph S. Hall and Harvey Broome
Seymour, TN: Panther Press, 1996
WCU NEW BOOKS F443.G7.05 1996

Fire in my bones: raw + rare + otherworldy
African-American gospel, 1944-2007 [sound recording]
New York, NY: Tompkins Square, p2009

Tuesday, November 24, 2009

2010 Faculty Scholarship Celebration Week

2010 Faculty Scholarship Celebration Week
Creativity, ingenuity, collaboration, tradition, a sense of community and a wish to share knowledge is what you will find at the upcoming Faculty Scholarship Celebration Week, to be held February 15-19, 2010.
Preparations are under way for the exhibit which will recognize and celebrate scholarly works by faculty and staff. “Over time, the focus of the faculty works in the exhibit has broadened and expanded, reflecting the faculty’s desire to excel and to share their knowledge with others,” said reference librarian Alessia Zanin-Yost, who coordinates the display. “What better place than the library to celebrate everyone’s achievements.”
The exhibit will feature books and articles, music scores, art works, CDs, Power Point presentations, and other samples of accomplishments over the past year. The exhibit will provide a focal point to engage faculty, staff and students to talk about what it means to be scholarly. “It’s fun to wander over to the library and see what other people are doing,” said James McLachan, professor of philosophy and religion. “I’ve discovered books and articles by people I’ve known and others I’ve never met but who are working on topics that are interesting to me and sometimes even related to my own work. Looking at what my colleagues have done and are doing makes me happy to be working at Western.”
Seeing the accomplishments of the entire faculty brought together for display in one place is an inspiring experience, said David Shapiro, WCU’s Robert Lee Madison Distinguished Professor in the Department of Communication Sciences and Disorders. Seeing and talking to colleagues about their scholarly endeavors renews our passion, Shapiro said, and experiencing “the creative intellectual and aesthetic talents of others indeed is a celebration of all that we enjoy in this valley of the lilies and the most positive side of human potential. It gives us pause to wander in awe and to celebrate the remarkable people, our colleagues and friends, with whom we are a community. It is always the right time to celebrate that which unites us.”
Works that will be featured in the displays are those that have been subject to a professional, refereed peer review with expectation of dissemination and cover a broad range of inquiries, investigations, and personal work making original, intellectual, or creative contributions to their discipline. All works that fit this scholarly definition and were produced in 2009 will be accepted. All works need to be submitted using this form. Deadline for submission of works is January 22, 2010. For more information, e-mail Zanin-Yost at azaniny@wcu.edu or call 227-3398.
The Faculty Scholarship Celebration Week is sponsored by the Honors College, Office for Undergraduate Studies, Graduate School and Research, Coulter Faculty Center for Teaching Excellence, and Hunter Library.

Monday, November 02, 2009

New Books, & DVDs from October 2009

Here's a sampling of some of the new books, films, and CDs
that have arrived at Hunter Library in October 2009.
Please browse the full list.

Milton Meltzer,
Witches and witch-hunts: a history of persecution
New York: Scholastic, c1999

Elizabeth L. Hammerman,
Formative assessment strategies for
enhanced learning in science, K-8
Thousand Oaks: Corwin Press, c2009
WCU CMC PRO LB1585 .H274 2009

Casablanca [videorecording]
Hal B. Wallis production; directed by Michael Curtiz
Burbank, Calif.: Warner Home Video, c2003

No country for old men [Motion picture-videorecording]
Written for the screen and directed by Joel Coen & Ethan Coen
Burbank, Calif.: Miramax Home Entertainment
Distributed by Buena Vista Home Entertainment

Barry Mazor,
Meeting Jimmie Rodgers: how America's original
roots music hero changed the pop sounds of a century
Oxford; New York: Oxford University Press, 2009
WCU NEW BOOKS ML420.R753 M39 2009

Hocine Bougdah,
Environment, technology and sustainability
London; New York: Taylor & Francis, 2010
WCU NEW BOOKS NA2542.36 .B68 2010

America's millennium tribute to
Adolphe Sax. Vol. XIII [sound recording]
Tucson, Ariz.: Arizona University Recordings, p2007

Tuesday, September 29, 2009

Friends Weekend in Atlanta to feature art and symphony!

The eighth annual Friends Weekend in Atlanta will take place January 30-31, 2010. The weekend includes:

. Special High Museum exhibit, Saturday, January 30, “Leonardo da Vinci, Hand of the Genius,” featuring approximately fifty works, including twenty which will be on view for the first time in the United States. Tickets are for 2:00 p.m. admission.

· Atlanta Symphony Orchestra, Saturday, January 30, at 8:00 p.m. Robert Spano
conducts Stravinsky’s The Rite of Spring. Also on the program are Vaughn Williams’s Fantasia on a Theme by Thomas Tallis and the soundtrack score for Francis Ford Coppola’s Youth Without Youth by acclaimed contemporary composer Osvaldo Golijov.

· Lodging for one night at the Residence Inn Atlanta Downtown, 134 Peachtree Street N.W., located across from the High Museum and Symphony Hall. Arrive Saturday, January 30, depart Sunday, January 31. Free breakfast and parking included. (Participants who prefer to do so may arrange their own lodging.)

Participants will provide their own transportation to Atlanta. Directions to the hotel and information about restaurants within walking distance will be included with tickets.

Total cost is per person, double occupancy, and includes tickets, audio guide, hotel with breakfast and parking, all taxes, and a $25 per person tax-deductible contribution to the Friends of Hunter Library. Contribution is waived for full-time college students. Youths ages 6 to 17 must be accompanied by adult.

Adults under 65: $127
Adults 65 and over: $125
Full-Time College Students: $100
Youths (ages 6-17): $96

October 21 is the last day to register for the Friends Weekend in Atlanta. If you are not on the Friends Weekend in Atlanta mailing list and wish to receive more information and a registration form, please call Dora Melton at 227-3406. Bill Kirwan is coordinator of the weekend.

Monday, September 21, 2009

Dream Time Flora: Photography by Tim Lewis

From August 24, 2009, through
October 30, 2009
Gallery 1, Hunter Library
(First floor, across from Music CD,
DVD, Video Collection)
Western Carolina University

Artist Tim Lewis has used photography as a creative tool for most of his life. Growing up in Kansas, he developed a sense of awe in even the most common things, encouraged by parents who loved to explore the natural world, including looking at rocks and investigating what was underneath them. Classes at the University of Kansas helped refine his skills and deepen his interests in photography, glass and drawing. He eventually chose glass as his primary medium, but returned to photography twenty years later. Discovering the digital process and the versatility of a flat-bed scanner, he pushed the limits and found new ways of working.

Dream Time Flora is a collection of black-and-white photographs of umbrella magnolia, dogwood, wild grape, horsetails and other plants. The photographs have a darkness about them that suggests first light, twilight or a stormy day. In the dark there is “something more---unseen, unknown, mysterious.”

Lewis’s work has been exhibited in North Carolina, Virginia, Illinois, and Colorado. He is artist-in-residence at Gallery 1, Main Street, Sylva, N.C. More about his work is online at timlewis.blogspot.com.

Tuesday, June 09, 2009

“Arcadian Monuments” on Exhibit

A series of 25 photographs of rustic buildings and old homesteads forgotten by time along the Appalachian landscape is currently on exhibit at Hunter Library.

“Arcadian Monuments” is the work of documentary photographer Anna Fariello. Over the past 20 years, Fariello has driven hundreds of miles along rural roads and byways in southern Virginia, eastern Tennessee, and western North Carolina to find the solitary structures. She often visits the sites first, returning later with her cameras and softly colored filters to preserve through photography what she describes as “vanishing cultural artifacts.”

Many of the photographs in the series were originally part of a touring exhibition of the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts.

Fariello, research associate professor and director of the Craft Revival Project at WCU [http: craftrevival.wcu.edu], is a former research fellow with the Smithsonian American Art Museum and a former field researcher for the Smithsonian Center for Folklife and Cultural Heritage. The author of several books, she taught at Radford University and Virginia Tech before coming to WCU in 2005.

The exhibit runs through December 31. Take the library’s main floor elevator to the second floor. Open to the public 8:00 a.m.-5:00 p.m. Monday-Friday.

Thursday, April 30, 2009

Hunter Library Snack Room Gets Refreshed!

In the library’s first-floor snack room, vending machines stocked with soft drinks, candy and chips have traditionally been the main attraction. But thanks to the work of an enterprising group of students, the area has a refreshing new look that invites students to sit down and take a break.
The 34 students who gave the area its extreme makeover are orientation counselors who were in search of a service project that would benefit the campus community. They drew up floor plans, consulted and collaborated with various departments, and canvassed the campus for unused furnishings that could be reused and relocated.
The results? Café chairs and tables, some upholstered pieces, wall décor and fresh paint in earthy shades of gold, cinnamon, and teal make the snack room ambiance more lounge worthy. The students did much of the painting, cleaning and furniture rearranging, assisted by personnel from Facilities Management.
“We want our Orientation counselors to have an opportunity to give something back to their university. We also want them to take on a project that results in an obvious change for the better,” says Tammy Haskett, director of orientation programs.
The refurbished lounge area is located next to the library’s main entrance, a short walk to the right down the outdoor walkway.

Wednesday, April 01, 2009

Database Access Problems

Hunter Library has been experiencing technical problems with database access. Links in our research guides and some handouts may not work or only have intermittent access. If you experience a problem accessing a database, please check Hunter Library's subject list or A-Z list on our main page or go to http://www.wcu.edu/1602.asp.

Friday, February 13, 2009

Hunter Scholar Award Deadline Extended

The Hunter Scholar Award deadline has been extended until March 25, 2009. All tenured and tenure-track faculty are eligible and encouraged to apply. The award includes two course releases (one for the Fall 2009 semester and one for the Spring 2010 semester), funding for a full-time graduate research assistant for two semesters, $400 in support funds, and private study space in Hunter Library.
For more information about the award and to apply, please visit the Hunter Scholar Award page (http://www.wcu.edu/6831.asp).

Tuesday, January 27, 2009

Friday, January 16, 2009

New Databases from NC LIVE

Hunter Library is pleased to announce access to five new databases via the statewide NC Live system:

  • Literary Reference Center (from EBSCO) - includes full text of literary criticism (includes books such as the Understanding Literature series); author profiles, plot summaries from Master Plots, a glossary of literary terms, and a literature encyclopedia.
  • Newspaper Source Plus (from EBSCO) - Selected full text for national and international newspapers. Also includes full-text television and radio news transcripts. Note: replaces Newsbank America's Newspapers and Proquest Newspapers.
  • Auto Repair Reference Center (from EBSCO) - Repair information for most major manufacturers and makes starting back to 1945. All of the content in Auto Repair Reference Center has been created by ASE certified technicians.
  • Career Library (from EBSCO) – offers a comprehensive information resource for career and college research. Five user-friendly components help users match their interests to occupations, education prospects, and more.
  • SimplyMap - A web-based mapping application that lets users quickly create professional-quality thematic maps and reports using powerful demographic, business, and marketing data.

The new resources can be accessed through Hunter Library’s database list: http://www.wcu.edu/1602.asp.

Due to changes in the statewide system, access will no longer be available to NetLibrary E-Audiobooks , Newsbank America’s Newspapers, and Proquest Newspapers.

For more information please contact Hunter Library 828-227-7465, or online: http://www.wcu.edu/1615.asp.

Friday, January 09, 2009

No More “Date Due” Stamps

Hunter Library has stopped stamping due dates on materials that we check out. You must log on to your library account via the library website to check the due dates of your borrowed items. Our website is www.wcu.edu/404.asp. Scroll to the bottom of the screen and click the link, “Your Library Account.” Follow the prompts to access your account. You will see what items you have checked out, and when they are due. Please ask for additional help at the circulation desk!

New Pilot Program for Graduate Student Checkout

Hunter Library will begin a pilot program this spring semester 2009. Semester-long check out on books from the general circulating collection (on the ground floor only) will be available for graduate students. If you are a graduate student, you can check out a book from this collection any time during the semester and keep it for the duration of that semester without having to renew it.

The exception to this new policy is if another patron needs the book. If so, the library will request you return the book within four days, or overdue charges will incur after that. For more information, see the Hunter Library Circulation Desk or call 828-227-7485. We ask for your patience and your input during this pilot program.

Faculty Scholarship Celebration Week

Have you published a book or an article? Created an artwork or audiovisual piece? Produced a scholarly work in collaboration with your students? Lend us examples of your work to display during the Faculty Scholarship Celebration Week February 16-20 at Hunter Library. Please send or bring your items to Alessia Zanin-Yost in the library by January 15. If you have questions, contact Zanin-Yost at x3398 or azaniny@wcu.edu.
This event is sponsored by Hunter Library, the Office of Undergraduate Studies, Honors College and the Graduate School and Research.

Wednesday, January 07, 2009

Library System Unavailable Thursday, January 8

On Thursday, January 8, the Library Catalog and any off-campus access to the library databases and electronic journals will be unavailable. If you need assistance, contact a librarian , (828) 227-7465 or Toll-free: (866) 928-5424 between 8:00-5:00 on January 8.

To see if Hunter Library owns a particular item, use WorldCat, http://www.worldcat.org. For database access, contact the Library Reference Desk , 1-866-928-5424 , for information about accessing our databases available through NC LIVE , http://www.nclive.org.

New Books and DVDs from December 2008

New Books and DVDs from December 2008

Here's a sampling of some of the new books and films that have arrived at Hunter Library in November 2008.
Please browse the full list.

Bobbi FisherFor reading out loud: planning and practice
Portsmouth, NH: Heinemann, c2003
WCU CMC PRO LB1573.5 .F57 2003

Muriel Barbery
The elegance of the hedgehog
New York: Europa Editions, 2008
WCU GENERAL PQ2662.A6523 E4413 2008

William W. Forgey
Basic illustrated wilderness first aid
Illustrations by Lon Levin
Guilford, Conn: Falcon Guides, c2008
WCU New Books RC88.9.O95 F675 2008

Heartbreak hotel [videorecording]
Originally released as an motion picture in 1988
Burbank, CA: Touchstone Home Entertainment
Distributed by Buena Vista Home Entertainment, 2002

The assassination of Jesse James by the coward Robert Ford [videorecording]
Scott Free/Plan B; a co-production with Alberta Film Entertainment
Produced by Brad Pitt, Dede Gardner, Ridley Scott, Jules Daly, David Valdes; Witten for the screen and directed by Andrew Dominik
Burbank, CA: Warner Home Video, 2008