Thursday, April 26, 2012

Stories of Mountain Folk: A New Digital Collection

Hunter Library at Western Carolina University has released Stories of Mountain Folk, a new digital collection. Stories of Mountain Folk is an all-sound oral history collection produced by Catch the Spirit of Appalachia, a western North Carolina not-for-profit. The archived files were created from a series of radio interviews that aired weekly on a local radio station. Over 150 half-hour radio programs capture “local memory” detailing traditions, events, and life stories of mountain people. A wide range of interviewees include down-home gardeners, herbalists, and farmers, as well as musicians, artists, local writers, and more. The collection can be accessed from:
Hunter Library is committed to building regionally oriented, historically significant collections of broad cultural and research interest. Since 2005, the library has uploaded collections on Horace Kephart, Civil War letters, regional crafts, Cherokee traditions, and travel in western North Carolina. These online resources—photographs, documents, objects, and interpretive material—provide a foundation for research, education, and humanities programming through their documentation of significant aspects of the American story. Stories of Mountain Folk is the library’s first sound collection. To access Hunter Library’s Digital Collections, see

Monday, April 16, 2012


Starting at noon on Sunday, April 22, Hunter Library will remain OPEN 24 HOURS continuously until Friday, May 4, when it closes at 6:00 p.m.

Hunter Library is open 24 hours during exams!
by: pejohns

Tuesday, April 10, 2012

Annual Used Book Sale @Hunter Library

Hunter Library's annual used book sale will be held on Tuesday, April 17, 2012, from 8:30 a.m. until 4:30 p.m. The sale will include books, maps, CDs, DVDs and other media and will cover a wide variety of subjects. Hard cover books will sell for $1; soft covers for $.25. Maps will sell for $.50, and CDs, DVDs and VHS will sell for $1. Library staff will be happy to negotiate prices for boxes of books. Please bring cash or checks; we are not able to accept credit cards. All proceeds will benefit the library.

Tuesday, April 03, 2012

New spring edition of The Clarion

The spring edition of Hunter Library’s newsletter, The Clarion, is now available.  Read about our Hunter Scholar for 2012-13, Mae Miller Claxton, and her project focusing on the library’s Horace Kephart collection.  Our feature article, by Collection Development Librarian Katy Ginanni, reveals the details of different e-book platforms and issues such as price, access, and format, along with digitization projects such as Google Books and Project Gutenberg. The activities and accomplishments of library employees are spotlighted, from conference presentations to book reviews, journal articles, and a Southern Gothic novel.  We also take time to highlight our Outstanding Student Workers for 2012.

Monday, April 02, 2012

New Books, CDs & DVDs for March 2012

Here's a sampling of some of the new books and films that
have arrived at Hunter Library in March 2012.

Please browse the full list.

Sarah Winter,
The pleasures of memory: learning to read
with Charles Dickens
New York: Fordham University Press, 2011
WCU General PR4588 .W56 2011

Edited by Theo Van Leeuwen and Carey Jewitt
Handbook of visual analysis
London; Thousand Oaks, CA: SAGE, 2001
WCU New Books P93.5.H36 2001

Peter Yarrow,
Puff, the magic dragon
With paintings by Eric Puybaret
New York: Sterling Pub., 2007
WCU CMC CHILDREN'S M1990 .Y37 2007

Bluegrass from the Blue Ridge [sound recording]
Country band music of Virginia
Washington, D.C: Smithsonian Folkways, p2007, c1967
WCU Audio CD C T ZZZZ 169

Peyote to LSD: a psychedelic odyssey [videorecording]
Produced by Gryphon Productions for the History Channel
New York: History Channel: Distributed in the
U.S. by New Video, c2010
WCU Video DVD HV.P491

Speed (Motion picture)
Twentieth Century Fox; a Mark Gordon production
Produced by Mark Gordon; directed by Jan de Bont
Beverly Hills, CA: Twentieth Century Fox
Home Entertainment, 2004
WCU Video DVD PVH.S6983