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Video interview with local artist Zan Dollars

July 27, 2016

If you’ve enjoyed our recent ‘Celebrate Brittany!’ Exhibit in Ramsey Library’s Blower’s Gallery, you might enjoy learning more about the artist, Zan Dollars, in this interview from local station WLOS.  Zan Dollars is an Asheville-based photographer and an expert who works to educate others on the Brittany region of France, famous for its own international music festival and strong cultural identity. The video also shows clips from the Blower’s Gallery exhibition in case you missed it.

Islamic Pacifism: Global Muslims in the Post-Osama Era Video Lecture

June 29, 2016


UNCA Ramsey Library Video Production has just released the video lecture of Islamic Pacifism: Global Muslims in the Post-Osama Era.

The lecturer Arsalan Iftikhar is an international human rights lawyer, global media commentator, founder of and author of the book Islamic Pacifism: Global Muslims in the Post-Osama Era. Arsalan has been a regular weekly commentator for National Public Radio and he is also a regular contributing writer for Esquire Magazine (Middle East edition) and on domestic and international issues affecting our world today. Lecture topics include the future of the Arab Spring, Muslims in a post-9/11 America, the future of Islam and the West, and the history of Islamophobia.

Like this video? See many more here: UNCA Ramsey Library Video Production

Google for Research

June 23, 2016

Although we certainly don’t suggest you only use Google for your research, Google Scholar is a great way to search a large variety of scholarly books and articles all at once. Even better, if you search Google Scholar from the library’s homepage, your search will tap into UNCA’s full-text journal and eBook subscriptions, giving you access to tens of thousands of eBooks and millions of scholarly articles. Here is where you can search Google Scholar on the library’s homepage:


Also, while not recommended for locating sources to base your research on, regular Google can be wonderful for finding keywords to create new searches with, unearthing new concepts and ideas on your topic, discovering new points of view, and exploring popular news coverage of studies.

For in-depth research though, the library’s databases can’t be beat. Our databases give you complete and fine-tuned control over your search, making it easy to tease out the best results for searches reliably. Not sure which database to start with? Try out our list of popular databases here; ProQuest Central is especially good for getting started. You can also search for databases by subject or resource type from this page.


Celebrate Brittany! – Exhibit in the Blowers Gallery

June 20, 2016


Celebrate Brittany!

Exhibition of Photographs and artifacts of Brittany, France by Jan Zollars

ON EXHIBIT: June 1 – July 28, 2016
OPENING RECEPTION: Monday, June 20, 6-7pm in Blowers Gallery

Celebrate Brittany! – an exhibit of cultural and historic photos from Celtic Brittany will be presented by Jan Zollars beginning June 1 and will remain on view through July 28 at the Blowers Gallery in Ramsey Library. The exhibit, and a reception with the photographer at 6 p.m. Monday, June 20, are free and open to the public. The reception takes place the same evening as the season’s first Concert on the Quad, which begins at 7 p.m.

Zollars, who has been promoting Breton culture 29 years, will present her own photos of traditional dress, unique posters, and samples of handcrafted pottery and jewelry from the rugged northwest corner of France.

“When the conversation turns to all things Celtic, most Americans think of the people of Scotland and Ireland,” said Zollars. “Little do they know that they have cousins living along the western fringes of Europe, Wales, Isle of Man, Cornwall, Brittany, and Galicia and Asturias in Spain who make up the remnants of a once great Celtic nation. Each year, 5,000 performers from these areas gather at Festival Interceltique for an annual ‘family reunion,’ and 750,000 people join them for the ten-day celebration!“

Zollars, a native of Houston, was for 10 years the American representative for Festival Interceltique de Lorient and broadcast live radio programs from the festival to stations throughout the U.S. and Canada. She also wrote for Ouest France, a large French daily. In October, she will present a Breton dance workshop as part of Celtober at the Grey Eagle in Asheville.

Special thanks goes to the Buchon Restaurant for providing pastries for the opening reception and to E.J. Jones and Vincent Fogarty for providing the traditional music.

Blowers Gallery is open during regular summer library hours, 7:45 a.m.-9 p.m. Monday-Thursday; 7:45 a.m.-6 p.m. on Friday; and 1-9 p.m. on Sunday. Ramsey Library is closed on Saturdays during the summer. For more information, visit

May 2016 Commencement Ceremony Video Finished and Available Now!

May 16, 2016

Thanks to the heroic work of Ramsey Library’s Video Production team, who was responsible for planning, setting up, filming, editing, and captioning our 2016, 88th Annual Spring Commencement, the full video is now completely finished and available to be viewed. Check it out on YouTube here or in this post below.

Great work Kent Thompson, Sasha Hussey, Cliff Hedrick, and everyone else who worked hard to make graduation, and us, look so good! Enjoy it? See more of UNCA Ramsey Library Video Production’s work on YouTube here or learn more about our Video Production unit here.

Congratulations Seniors!

May 5, 2016


After sweat and tears, many hundreds of pages of notes, tests, drafts, papers, and 4 years-ish of multicolored memories, you’ve climbed the ladder to the next high dive of life. Now you stand ready with new skills, friends, mentors and connections to aide you. Good luck and congratulations! We at the Ramsey Library honor your achievements and wish you wings in your travels. As Richard Halliburton said, “…I’m set adrift, with a diploma for a sail and lots of nerve for oars.”

Gene Hyde, Head of Special Collections & University Archivist, selected to attend the 2016 Archives Leadership Institute at Berea College

May 2, 2016

Gene Hyde, Head of Special Collections and University Archivist at UNC Asheville, is one of 25 archivists selected to participate in the 2016 Archives Leadership Institute (ALI).    

ALI is a program funded by the National Historical Publications and Records Commission, a statutory body affiliated with the National Archives and Records Administration, and is being hosted at Berea College for the years 2016-18. The Archives Leadership Institute will provide advanced training for 25 emerging and innovative leaders, giving them the knowledge and tools to transform the archival profession in practice, theory and attitude. To learn more about ALI see

Participants were selected in a competitive application process based on their leadership skills and potential, ability to influence policy and change within an organization and the archival field, commitment to the archival profession, career progress and history, organizational involvement, professional motivation and goals, a collaborative and innovative spirit and diversity and specialization within the profession.   

The Archives Leadership Institute held at Berea College is a weeklong immersion program that embraces a distraction-free, focused opportunity for emerging archival leaders to develop necessary theories, skills and knowledge. Participants will engage in daylong workshops focusing on current and vital strategies for archival leadership such as visionary leadership development, strategic planning, project management, human resource development and advocacy and outreach. Participants will also take part in team building activities that embrace the beauty and fresh-air of the Appalachian mountain region.

Following ALI, participants will return to their institutions to develop a practicum project. The chosen practicum project will serve as the primary focus for all ALI participants in the following year and will meet the goal of connecting archival leadership skills with practical application. Throughout this process, an ALI steering committee mentor will provide guidance and support for the proposed project.

In support of the project, Berea College Archives was awarded $243,954 by the National Historical Publications and Records Commission, the granting agency of the National Archives and Records Administration. The Leadership Institute will be held on the campus of Berea College.  


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