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Learn a New Language with Pronunciator

September 22, 2015

Our online resource, Pronunciator, can help you learn any one of 80 languages!

Courses are taught not only through the classic dialogues and flashcards, but also through engaging games, pronunciation tests, picture postcards, translated popular music from the target culture, and even movies for the most popular languages like French.

Studying abroad can be one of the best experiences of your life, but it can be even more enriching if you know how to communicate with locals!


Pronunciator can be found in the library’s list of Online Resources. From the library’s homepage, simply click on ‘Online Resources’ (linked on right-side in dark blue and then click on ‘P’ in the Alphabetical Listing. You will need to create a free account the first time. This will keep track of your progress and allow you to log in off campus as well as through the iPhone, iPad, Kindle Fire, and Android phone and tablet Apps. 

If you have any questions, or need some help getting started please let a librarian know (see right-hand side for all contact options).

Robert F. Campbell Papers and Exhibit

June 16, 2015

Visit our Special Collections Gallery or blog for an exhibit of the life and work of the life and work of Robert Fishburne Campbell (Born 1858), who was pastor of First Presbyterian Church in Asheville. In addition to his charitable work in the mountains of Western North Carolina, Campbell became a well known and sometimes controversial author of several pamphlets on social issues. Some of his more recognized works include “The Race Problem in the South,” “The Use and Abuse of Animals,” and “Sunday Laws and Liberty,” in which Dr. Campbell argued in favor of African American equality and animal rights and against prohibition. Dr. Campbell received national recognition for his work, receiving correspondence and requests for counsel from prominent figures such as President Franklin Roosevelt and Helen Keller.

Montana Eck and his exhibit of materials from the Robert Campbell Papers

Find out more by exploring the exhibit and the Robert F. Campbell Papers in Special Collections.

Need an adventure? Check out our Summer Activities display!

June 12, 2015



Come check out display of books on things to do near Asheville, just on your right as you walk into Ramsey Library. Browse through the books and then read other students’ ideas on the whiteboard next to it. Know something we don’t? Share your local summer discoveries there too!

Summer Activities Display

Come talk with us at the Research and Technology Desk if we can make your summer better with some great reading or online learning resources!

Rainy day stuck at home? We have stuff for that too! We have access to many educational videos through Films on Demand and PBS Video Collection. Students, staff, and faculty have access to these as well as the language learning database Pronunciator and the Learn-anything-you-can-think-of database,

  • PBS Video Collection
    Online collection of 200+ videos, including Ken Burns documentaries, as well as selected episodes from American Experience and Frontline.
  • Films on Demand
    Contains thousands of online streaming educational videos covering a wide range of subjects.
    Includes Films for Humanities.
  • Pronunciator
    Language learning for 80 languages and ESL for 50 non-English languages, including audio lessons, interactive textbooks, quizzes, phrasebooks and pronunciation analysis. Users must create a personal account to use this resource.
    Returning users must use this link.
    Online training library containing thousands of video tutorials on all types of software, including office, audio, video, photography, graphic design, web and interactive design and business.
    NOTE: Choose log in, then log in through your organization or school, enter, then log in using your OnePort credentials.

Have a great summer!

-Ramsey Librarians

Special Collections: Asheville-Biltmore College’s first computer

January 7, 2015

Asheville-Biltmore College (which became UNC Asheville in 1969) entered the computer age in 1967 when the campus was connected to an IBM 360-75 computer located in the Research Triangle Park near Chapel Hill.  As outlined in the Asheville Citizen article below, this “long promised tie-in” was the result of running a telephone line across the state to link a teletype keyboard at A-B College to the IBM computer in the Research Triangle Park. Read more via UNC Asheville Archives.

Remembering Sam Schuman

November 17, 2014

Samuel Schuman, who passed away on November 11, is best known at UNC Asheville as the university’s third chancellor.  He also served as chancellor at the University of Minnesota, Morris, a fellow COPLAC school. In addition to his legacy as an academic administrator Dr. Schuman was a professor of language and literature and an accomplished scholar.
Read more via UNC Asheville Archives.

Sam Schuman while serving as Chancellor of UNC Asheville

Special Collections: Selections from the William T. Kirkman Collection: Celebrating North Carolina Archives Month

October 14, 2014

October is “Archives Month” in North Carolina, and this year’s theme is “North Carolina at Play: Health and Leisure in Our State.” Given that outdoor recreation is extremely popular in Western North Carolina, we thought we’d celebrate by featuring photographs from the William T. Kirkman Photography Collection.  Kirkman was an Asheville native and avid hiker. He joined the Carolina Mountain Club (CMC) in 1941 and remained active with the club for over 50 years.  He was also an accomplished photographer and began taking photos of CMC events in the 1940s.
Read more via UNC Asheville Archives.

Having fun on the trail, c. 1940.

History of the University of North Carolina at Asheville now available online.

October 2, 2014

Former Chancellor William Highsmith’s history of UNC Asheville, The University of North Carolina at Asheville: The First Sixty Years, was originally published in a limited run in 1991. Thanks to the NC Digital Heritage Center at UNC-Chapel Hill, a digitized copy of Highsmith’s history is now available online through the Digital NC website. You can access it via this link.

Read more via UNC Asheville Archives.


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