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Meet Ramsey Library Community Author Kim Mako

October 9, 2017

Local writer Kim Winter Mako has been in residency as the 2017 Ramsey Library Community Author for prose in Western North Carolina. Her tenure will run through December 2017, and will culminate in a reading and reception on Tuesday, December 12 from 5:30-7:30PM in Ramsey Library’s Whitman Room. We hope you’ll join us for this special event!

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Illustrated Guide to Great Smoky Mountains Nat’l Park Exhibit in Blowers

October 5, 2017

Illustrated Guide to Great Smoky Mountains National Park

 

ON EXHIBIT: October 5th – November 30th, 2017

OPENING RECEPTION: Thursday, October 5th at 7:30 p.m. in the Blowers Gallery of Ramsey Library

UNCA’s own historian and National Endowment for the Humanities Distinguished Professor in the Humanities Dan Pierce, will present a book talk on The Illustrated Guide to Great Smoky Mountains National Park, with collaborating author Nathan Anderson and artist Joel Anderson, at 6:30 p.m. on Thursday, Oct. 5 in UNC Asheville’s Humanities Lecture Hall. An opening reception following the book talk. Works from the guide will continue to be on display in Ramsey Library’s Blowers Gallery until November 30th. All events related to the talk are free and open to everyone.

The Illustrated Guide to Great Smoky Mountains National Park features 40 original posters mirroring the style of works commissioned by the New Deal WPA (Works Progress Administration), and historical information covering a wide variety of topics relating to the Smokies.

For additional information, please see the press release.

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NCKNOWS Chat Service

October 1, 2017

NCKNOWS, the statewide virtual reference program that has powered our chat service, has been discontinued due to changing funding priorities. UNC Asheville users are encouraged to send research assistance and other questions to libref@unca.edu.

Read more about this decision.

Create in the Media Design Lab!

September 11, 2017
Have you tried out Ramsey Library’s Media Design Lab? It is an interactive learning space where students, faculty and staff from all academic departments come to create images, videos, printed designs, presentations, sound, websites and more. No experience is needed since lab assistants are available to help you through the process.

 

What can you create? This highlight reel showcases media projects created by students of various academic and campus departments at UNC Asheville. Many of the examples shown are course assignments requiring students, who are often novices to the software, to communicate their research through visuals, sound, websites, or printed media. Not sure how to get started? No problem: one-on-one software instruction and assistance is available. Come try out the MDL on Ramsey Library’s Lower Level, beside the CrAFT Studio or check out the Media Design Lab’s information page here.
 

Disability Cultural Center is NOW in Ramsey Library!

August 29, 2017
If you’ve seen some changes down in the Lower Level of Ramsey Library across from the Media Lab/Craft Studio, near the elevator (and in front of the bathroom) — it’s because the Disability Cultural Center now has a new home here! They are still very much in the process of moving in, and you will see more changes as the year progresses.

 

The Disability Cultural Center is open whenever the library is open. There will be a student staffer there during the Free Hour on Tuesdays and Thursdays, but frequently other students, staff and faculty familiar with the DCC may be found there working on projects, having lunch, or just hanging out.

 

Access to the Lower Level bathrooms remains unchanged: one of the exciting aspects about this new space is that it’s open to all. Even when there are activities happening, you’re free to walk through as usual.

 

About the DCC: Established at UNC Asheville in Fall 2016, the Disability Cultural Center specifically focuses on disability as diversity, and serves primarily as a safe space for community connection and shared culture between students with disabilities. The center welcomes all students, faculty, staff, and community members who share the common goal of advocating for greater inclusiveness in both campus and community settings.

 

Some upcoming events in the Disability Cultural Center:
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Breaking News Consumer’s Handbook

August 28, 2017

Aware of the problems of unreliable news but not sure of how to effectively vet the sources you see? New York Public Radio’s On the Media series has produced a number of ‘Breaking News Consumer’s Handbook’ audio interviews with experts that we in Ramsey Library recommend for gaining insight into critically thinking about the many excited reports of dire happenings from the media.

Breaking_News_On_the_MediaThe archived and freely available complete series can be found here.

For more in-depth studies of critical thinking in information use, appropriate at the classroom level, please also check out our Lynda.com course on Information Literacy and our new ProQuest Research Companion Database.

 

Eclipse Resources

August 19, 2017

If your mind is on the celestial goings on, we hope you’ll enjoy our eclipse- and astronomy-themed resources!

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