Monday, December 21, 2015

New Books & Films received in November 2015

Here's a sampling of some of the new books and films
that have arrived at Hunter Library in November 2015.

Please browse the full list.

The chronicles of Narnia. Prince Caspian  [videorecording] 
Walt Disney Home Entertainment
Burbank, CA: Distributed by Buena Vista Home Entertainment, [2008]

John R. Searle,
Seeing things as they are: a theory of perception
New York: Oxford University Press, 2015
WCU NEW BOOKS B828.45 .S425 2015

Sid Jacobson and Ernie Colón
Anne Frank: the Anne Frank House authorized graphic biography
New York: Hill and Wang, 2010

 Andrew Biemiller,
Words worth teaching: closing the vocabulary gap   
Columbus, OH : McGraw-Hill SRA, c2010
WCU CMC PRO LB1574.5 .B486 2010

Pink Floyd
The dark side of the moon [sound recording]
Parlophone Records Ltd., a Warner Music Group Company

New Resource: Science News via Flipster


Stay up to date on the latest breakthroughs in science and technology with Flipster the digital magazine solution that provides users with easy access to Science News.The magazine of the Society for Science & the Public (SSP), Science News is dedicated to public engagement in scientific research and education and to promoting the understanding and appreciation of science and the vital role it plays in human advancement.

Users can download the Flipster app – available through the iTunes store for the iPhone, iPad and iPad Mini and on the Google Play store for Android phones and tablets–to access Science News magazine for offline reading or view Science News on your desktop here.

Tuesday, December 08, 2015

New Resource: PsycTESTS


Check out our new database, PsycTESTS. This is an extensive collection of psychological measures, scales, surveys, and other instruments essential to the research needs in the social sciences.

Focused on a collection of instrumentation tools developed for research but not made commercially available, PsycTESTS helps researchers easily find scales and measures for their own use. PsycTESTS in an indispensable resource for researchers looking to conduct, create, or measure research in multiple fields of study.

Key benefits of PsycTESTS

  • Helps researchers avoid "reinventing the wheel" by exposing thousands of research instruments, the majority of which are available for immediate download, and include reliability and validity information
  • An ideal starting point for researchers initiating new research projects, with the availability of multiple measures, research instruments, and test types in a variety of subject areas
  • Fills virtually any need by indexing a wide variety of test types and measurement instruments—including aptitude tests, personality scales, and cognitive functioning measures

Tuesday, December 01, 2015

Fall 2015 Newsletter Published

Hunter Library's first e-newsletter for Fall 2015 is available now!  Read about the library's latest services and resources that support learning, teaching, and research at WCU.

Tuesday, November 24, 2015

Library Open Extended Hours for Finals

Hunter Library will be open extended hours from noon, November 29, to 6p.m., December 11, for students working on research assignments or studying for final exams.  Detailed hours are listed below.

Free coffee and other hot beverages will be available around midnight while the library is operating on the expanded schedule.

Check out the library's new Silent Corner for super quiet study on the ground floor.

Friday, November 20, 2015

Library Honors Graduating Assistant

Hunter Library is honoring our December 2015 graduating library assistant by adding a book of her choice to our collections.

Kyra Huffsmith has worked as an Acquisitions Assistant for 3 ½ years, processing the library’s new books, government documents, newspapers, and magazines.  She will graduate from WCU with a B.S.B.A. in Computer Information Systems and hopes to develop software for the field of psychology after graduation.  Kyra is from Gastonia, NC, and is the daughter of Mercy Huffsmith.
Kyra’s book selection is The Happiness Hypothesis: Finding Modern Truth in Ancient Wisdom by Jonathan Haidt (Visit our online catalog for more information.)  A label recognizing Kyra’s service to the library is displayed inside the book cover.
Congratulations and best wishes for the future!

Thursday, November 19, 2015

Check Out a National Book Award Winner

The National Book Award Winners were announced on November 18.

The winners:

Fortune Smiles by Adam Johnson (fiction)
Between the World and Me by Ta-Nehisi Coates (nonfiction)
Voyage of the Sable Venus by Robin Coste Lewis

Browse the winners and nominees available at Hunter Library (click on the book cover to get location information):

Thursday, November 12, 2015

Maps Talk-and-Tour Event, Tuesday, November 17, at 3:30pm

In honor of Geography Awareness Week, GIS Day, and International Map Year, Hunter Library is holding a Maps Talk-and-Tour event on Tuesday, November 17 at 3:30 pm in Hunter Library 186. The event will be begin with a talk by Rebecca Dobbs, PhD. Dr. Dobbs teaches human geography in the Department of Geosciences and Natural Resources, has published numerous maps, and has taught about maps as well as the art of cartography. In her talk, Maps and the Human World: Beauty, Power, and Promise, Dr. Dobbs will present an overview of cross-cultural map diversity and beauty, consider maps as objects of power that perform work, and discuss participatory mapping as an increasingly important tool of empowerment for communities. In recognition of WCU’s current theme “Africa” and the university’s location within traditional Cherokee territory, examples will emphasize maps as tools of colonialism and empire in Africa and western NC, and the promise of participatory mapping in Indigenous communities.

After the talk, Elizabeth Skene, Digital Initiatives Librarian, will share Hunter Library’s newest collection of Western North Carolina Regional maps. This new digital collection allows users to view maps based on location or by type, such as road maps, topographic maps, and plat maps. Maps in this collection span from the 1800s to the 1970s. This collections also features historic maps of Western Carolina University. Finally, Krista Schmidt, Maps Collection Librarian, will give attendees a tour of Hunter Library’s physical map collection which is over 60,000 items strong and includes standard topographic maps, regional area maps, international maps, oversized atlases, and historical gazetteers.   Of particular interest to event attendees may be the historic maps of the western North Carolina area, including Jackson and surrounding counties, that include aerial views, historic place names, and community changes.

For more information, visit the event website at

Tuesday, November 03, 2015

New Books & Films received in October 2015

Here's a sampling of some of the new books and films 
that have arrived at Hunter Library in October 2015. 

Sexy baby [videorecording]  
A documentary about sexiness & the cyber age 
Two to Tangle Productions in association with Fork Films presents
Miami Beach, FL: Two to Tangle Productions [2012]

William Jason Peters,
The relationship between anxiety, personality 
characteristics, and working memory performance 
Ann Arbor, MI: ProQuest LLC, 2015

Bilingual visual dictionary  
New York: DK Pub, 2008

Traci Buckner and Brian Boyd, 
STEM leadership: how do I create a STEM culture in my school?   
Alexandria, Virginia, USA: ASCD, 2015

Antonio Vivaldi
Concerti per mandolini: RV 93, 425, 532, 558 [sound recording] 
France: Erato, [1984]

Monday, November 02, 2015

Long Night Against Procrastination (LNAP), Monday, November 9, 8pm-2am

What is the LNAP? The Long Night Against Procrastination (LNAP) is a special event to help students accomplish some of their academic goals. Here's what you can expect:

  • Help! WALC writing tutors and Hunter Library’s reference librarians will be available well beyond their normal business hours to help you with writing and research! 
  • Extra quiet study space to prepare for an exam or to work on a research project 
  • Collaborative work spaces. 
  • Stress relieving activities, including a visit from Buddy the therapy dog.
  • Snacks! Food and drink will be provided throughout the evening

What time does it start? 8:00 p.m., but you can register anytime between 8 p.m. and midnight.

What time does it end? 2:00 a.m.! The library normally closes at midnight, but we will be open two extra hours for LNAP participants.

What do I need to bring? Bring a project you are working on--whether it be a research paper or notes to study for an exam. You will be encouraged to make specific goals for the evening. Wear comfy clothes and bring your laptop, if you wish. We will have some computers available. Also, bring your questions for writing tutors and reference librarians.

Do I have to stay the whole time? No. This is an event to help you accomplish your goals--you may leave anytime you are ready.

Will there be food? Yes! Free snacks are available while supplies last!

Do I have to register? Yes please! Sign in when you arrive if you want to take advantage of writing assistance, snacks, or some of the other study break opportunities.

Why are you doing this? This week in November is one the busiest times at Hunter Library--the building and the reference desk. We thought this would be a good time to bring in extra support.
Snuggle your stress away with Buddy, the therapy dog.

Wednesday, October 28, 2015

3D Printing Demonstrations (and refreshments) at the 3DU Grand Opening

All students, faculty, and staff interested in with 3D printing and digital literacy are invited to attend the grand opening of 3DU. 

When: Thursday, November 5, 2015, 2:00-4:00 PM
Where: Technology Commons, Hunter Library

3DU is a collaboration between Hunter Library and the IT Technology Commons. This space is available to all students, faculty and staff and includes 3D printing for maximizing creativity, assorted software/hardware for creating and editing, and two specialized scanning stations.  

Please come by to ask any questions you may have, including how it can be used in your field of study. Light refreshments will be served.

For more information on 3DU and how you can use it for your projects, please visit

The 3DU was funded in part by the State Library of North Carolina Literacy and Lifelong Learning Grant made available from the Library Services Technology Act and Administered through the Institution of Museum and Library Services and the North Carolina Department of Cultural Resources. 

New Books & Films received in September 2015

New Books & Films received in September 2015
Here's a sampling of some of the new books and films
that have arrived at Hunter Library in September 2015.

Please browse the full list.

Lord of the rings,
the fellowship of the ring (Motion picture)
New Line Cinema presents a Wingnut Films production
Los Angeles, Calif 2002

Judge William Wayne Oliver,
Cades Cove: a personal history
Gatlinburg, TN: Great Smoky Mountains Association 2014
WCU NEW BOOKS F444.C26 O556 2014 

Melvin Berger,
Screech!: a book about bats 
New York: Scholastic, c2000

Sally Godinho,
Out of the question: guiding students to
a deeper understanding of what
they see, read, hear, and do  
Markham, Ont.: Pembroke Publishers, 2007
WCU CMC PRO LB1027.44 .G63 2007

Toccata & fugue BWV 565 [sound recording]
Johann Sebastian Bach

Tuesday, October 13, 2015

Write a Novel in November at your Library

Are you ready to write? November is National Novel Writing Month (also known as NaNoWriMo). Join tens of thousands of people around the world who’ve committed to writing a novel over the course of the month. The WCU Library and the Jackson County Public Library are partnering to support you as you launch or refine your novel writing skills.

Kickoff Plotting Party
October 27, 2015, Jackson County Public Library Community Room, 5pm to 8pm

Join fellow writers from WCU and the community to plot out your novel, share ideas, and learn. Snacks and drinks will be provided.

You can write by yourself, but why not come to your local library for some authorly comradery? WCU Library and Jackson County Public Library will each host three write-ins.

                WCU Write-Ins

Dates: November 3, 10, and 17

Location: WCU Library, outside Java City

Time: 4pm to 9pm (or as late as you’d like to stay)

Other details: non WCU-folks may park in any unmarked space. Snacks and drinks will be available for purchase.

                JCPL Write-Ins

                Dates: November 5, 12, and 19

                Location: JCPL Conference Room

                Time: 4pm to 8pm

                Other details: coffee and snacks will be provided.

Participants will be invited to a party in celebration of their accomplishments on November 30th.
For more information, contact Sarah Steiner at 828-227-3417 or

Wednesday, October 07, 2015

Hunter Library Book Sale: Tuesday, October 20

The book sale will be from 8:30 am to 4:00 pm on Tuesday, October 20 in the main entrance of Hunter Library. The sale will include books, CDs, DVDs, maps and other media and will cover a wide variety of subjects. Hardcover books will sell for $1; softcovers for 25¢. CDs, DVDs, VHS and cassettes will sell for $1. Maps will be 50¢. Library staff will be happy to negotiate prices for boxes of books. Please plan to bring cash; the library is not able to accept credit cards or CatCards. All proceeds will benefit the library. 

Thursday, October 01, 2015

New Resource: Mango Languages

Hunter Library has joined the Mango family!

Mango Logo

We are now subscribed to Mango Languages, an online language-learning resource that will enrich and supplement your linguistic and cultural experience here on campus.

Our subscription includes 8 languages:

  • Spanish
  • French
  • German
  • Russian
  • Japanese 
  • Mandarin Chinese 
  • English for Arabic Speakers 
  • Cherokee
Mango Languages enriches lives with language and culture through self-guided courses that go beyond grammar and vocabulary, introducing language learners to a whole new world.

Click here to access Mango Languages. It is also listed under the articles and databases tab in the A-Z list. Just create a profile, log in, and get started! Once you create a profile, download the Mango Languages app for your phone or tablet and learn a new language on the go. If you need help with the program please visit our Mango guide.

For questions, contact Cara Barker, Librarian for World Languages.

Wednesday, September 30, 2015

Celebrate Your Freedom to Read!

It's Banned Book Week! 

Here are a few ways to celebrate your freedom to read:

  • Stop by Hunter Library's annual exhibit located in front of the circulation desk and browse books that are frequently challenged. Then check one out--because you can! 
  • Follow us on Instagram! Snap a selfie with your favorite banned or challenged book and tag us @hunterlibrary or hashtag us: #hltour.
  • Learn more about banned and challenged books. The info-graphic below highlights some of last year's most challenged books. Some titles may surprise you.

Graphic provided by the American Library Association. 

Thursday, September 17, 2015

New Resource:
is now available to all students, faculty, and staff.  While is primarily intended to support literacy in K-12 classrooms and will be especially useful for teacher education students and faculty, it will also be appreciated by anyone who reads children’s and young adult literature.

Features include:

  • Guides and teaching resources for thousands of titles, including information about reading levels and genere
  • Streaming video of author interviews filmed in the authors’ homes and studios
  • Articles about teaching literacy
  • Common Core literacy connections
  • Reader’s Theater scripts
  • Author name pronunciations
  • Links to author websites

Off-campus users will log in with their regular username (before the @catamount or @wcu) and password.

Questions? Contact:
Beth McDonough, Ed.D.
Associate Professor
Research and Instruction Librarian for the College of Education and Allied Professions

Wednesday, September 02, 2015

New Books & Films received in August 2015

New Books & Films received in August 2015
Here's a sampling of some of the new books and films
that have arrived at Hunter Library in August 2015.

Please browse the full list. 

Enchanted (Motion picture)
Walt Disney Pictures
Burbank, CA, 2007

Edward J. Marolda,
Combat at Close Quarters: Warfare on
the Rivers and Canals of Vietnam
Washington, DC: Department of the Navy, 2015
WCU NEW BOOKS DS558.7 .M364 2015 

Greg Pizzoli,
The impossibly true story of Tricky Vic:
the man who sold the Eiffel Tower 
New York: Viking, [2015]
WCU CMC CHILDREN'S HV6248.L98 P59 2015

Jimmy Carter,
\A full life: reflections at ninety  
New York: Simon & Schuster, 2015
WCU Leisure Read E873 .A3 2015

Copland conducts Copland (sound recording)
Aaron Copland
New York: CBS Masterworks, 1988

Tuesday, August 18, 2015

New Books & Films received in July 2015

Here's a sampling of some of the new books and
films that have arrived at Hunter Library in July 2015.

Please browse the full list. 

Serena (Motion picture)
Produced by Nick Wechsler, Susanne Bier and five others
Los Angeles, CA 2015

Gerald G. Duffy
Explaining reading: a resource for explicit
teaching of the common core standards
New York: Guilford Press, 2014
WCU CMC PRO LB1050.42 .D84 2014

Karen Armstrong,
Fields of blood : religion and the history of violence
New York: Alfred A. Knopf, 2014
WCU NEW BOOKS BL65.V55 A76 2014 

Leon Leyson,
The boy on the wooden box: how the impossible
became possible...on Schindler's list  
New York: Atheneum Books for Young Readers, [2013]
WCU CMC CHILDREN'S DS134.72.L49 A3 2013

Matthew Thomas,
We are not ourselves 
New York: Simon & Schuster, 2014
WCU Gen PS3620.H63513 W4 2014

Friday, July 31, 2015

Boost Your Scholarly Profile: Get Started with Twitter

We hope you enjoyed the Boost Your Scholarly Profile web series! Our final post focuses on academic/professional micro-blogging! If you don't yet have a Twitter account, the guide walks you through how to get started. If you already Tweet, the guide provides tips and additional readings for increasing your professional visibility with Twitter.

Friday, July 24, 2015

New Resource: Ancestry Library Edition

Ancestry Library Edition is a genealogy research tool created for libraries that provides patrons instant access to a wide range of unique primary resources for genealogical and historical research. With more than 1.5 billion names in over 4,000 databases, Ancestry Library Edition includes records from the United States Census; military records; court, land and probate records; vital and church records; directories; passenger lists and more.  Off-campus users will log in with their regular username (before the @catamount or @wcu) and password.

Image credit for featured item: Family portrait from Hunter Library Digital CollectionsAll rights reserved. For permissions, contact Hunter Library Special Collections, Western Carolina U, Cullowhee, NC 28723

Monday, July 20, 2015

Thursday, July 02, 2015

Boost Your Scholarly Profile, Task 4: Submit your scholarship to the institutional repository

This task has a high impact on the discoverability of your scholarly work. The guide, created by our Digital Initiatives Librarian, will walk you through the process of submitting your scholarship to the institutional repository, NC DOCKS, and give you information about open access and your author rights.

Tuesday, June 30, 2015

New Books & Films received in June 2015

Here's a sampling of some of the new books and films that have arrived
at Hunter Library in June 2015.

Please browse the full list.

Office space (Motion picture)
Twentieth Century Fox presents a Mike Judge film
Beverly Hills, CA

Mary Ehrenworth,
A quick guide to teaching reading
through fantasy novels, 5-8  
Portsmouth, NH: Firsthand, c2011
WCU CMC PRO LB1573.7 .E37 2011

James L. Stepp,
The afternoon hiker: a guide to casual hikes
in the Great Smoky Mountains 
Knoxville, TN: Mountain Hill Press, c2014
WCU NEW BOOKS GV199.42.G73 S74 2014 

Elaine Landau,
Discovering a new world: would you sail with Columbus? 
Berkeley Heights, NJ [2015]

J.C. Wachacha,
The colored rabbits 
Cherokee, North Carolina:
Eastern Band of Cherokee Indians, [2009]
WCU SPEC COLL PM782 .W24 2009

Tuesday, June 23, 2015

Boost Your Scholarly Profile, Task 3: Create your scholarly ID

Now that you have set up your Google Scholar profile, it’s time for Task 3: Create your scholarly ID.  

This guide will walk you through creating an ORCID account, which will provide a unique number to associate with your scholarship; this will help you distinguish yourself from other scholars with the same name. It will also help you tie all of your scholarship to one number if you have different names associated with your scholarship (for example, if you changed your name or if you used your middle name in one article and not another). Then, if you want to kick it up a notch, set up your Researcher ID as well. 

Friday, June 12, 2015

Boost Your Scholarly Profile, Task 2: Google Scholar

Now that you have assessed your online presence, it's time to give it a boost. Start with Task 2: Google Scholar. If you don't have a Google Scholar profile, this guide will show you how to get started. If you already have a Google Scholar profile, it will help you make sure the information is up-to-date, correct, complete, and searchable.

This is Task 2 in our Boost Your Scholarly Profile Series. If you would like to receive an email each time a new task is posted, sign up here.

Monday, June 08, 2015

New Books & Films received in May 2015

Here's a sampling of some of the new books and films that have arrived at Hunter Library in May 2015.

Please browse the full list.

Evolution of a criminal   
a film by Darius Clark Monroe;
executive producer, Spike Lee; produced by Jen Gatien
New York: Deerjen, 2014
WCU VIDEO DVD HV6080.E87 2014

Brian Edmiston,
Transforming teaching and learning with active
and dramatic approaches:
engaging students across the curriculum  
New York: Routledge, Taylor & Francis Group, 2014
WCU CMC PRO LB1027.23 .E34 2014

Rachel P. Winograd,
Binge drinking and alcohol misuse among college
students and young adults  
Toronto, Ontario: Hogrefe Publishing, 2015
WCU General HV5135 .W57 2015

Katherine Krieg,
Vero Beach, FL.: Rourke Educational Media, 2015

W. Timothy Coombs,
The idea-driven organization: unlocking
the power in bottom-up ideas 
San Francisco: Berrett-Koehler Publishers, Inc. 2014
WCU General HF5549.5.S8 R627 2014

Friday, June 05, 2015

Boost Your Scholarly Profile!

This summer, take some time to boost your scholarly profile!  Hunter Library will provide a series of do-it-yourself, self-paced tasks for you to update, maintain or create your online scholarly presence.  Every week or so, there will be a new task such as updating your Google Scholar profile and posting your scholarship online.  Brief instructions, prepared by a librarian, will accompany each task.

To participate throughout the summer, you can sign up for emails to notify you when a new task is available, visit this page at your convenience, or look for new tasks to appear on our News Blog, Twitter feed, or Facebook page.

Monday, May 18, 2015

New Books & Films received in April 2015

New Books & Films received in April 2015

Here's a sampling of some of the new books and
films that have arrived at Hunter Library in March 2015.

Please browse the full list.

Ivory tower   
Samuel Goldwyn Films;
a film by Andrew Rossi; produced by Josh Braun, Andrew Rossi
Directed by Andrew Rossi
Hollywood, California: Paramount Pictures, 2014

Beverley Holden Johns,
15 positive behavior strategies to increase academic success 
Thousand Oaks, California [2015]
WCU CMC PRO LB3013 .J63 2015

John McQuaid,
Tasty: the art and science of what we eat 
New York: Scribner, 2015
WCU General TX546 .M395 2015

Gwen Diehn,
Making books that fly, fold, wrap, hide, pop up, twist, & turn:
books for kids to make 
New York: Lark Crafts, 2006, c1998
WCU LEISURE READ  Z1033.T68 D54 2006

Maurizio Gasperini,
Gravity, strings and particles : a journey into the unknown 
New York: Springer, [2014]
WCU General QB331 .G37 2014

Sex Pistols (Musical group) 
Never mind the bollocks, here's the Sex Pistols
Burbank, CA: Warner Bros., [198-?], p1977
WCU Audio CD P SexP 001