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Study Break Taken!

November 19, 2015

On the blustery Monday evening of November 23rd, students and staff gathered in the library for hot cider, hummus ‘n chips, cookies, coffee, board games, and black and white movies projected on the wall for some old school simple stress relief before exams. Thanks everyone for coming and good luck wrapping up the semester with a proud bow!


P.S.: We’re here if you find yourself needing some last minute help!


New Orleans Photo Exhibition in Blowers Gallery

November 9, 2015

New Orleans...Honoring her resilience, her heart by Maureen Simon, all rights reserved.

Swing by the library’s Blowers Gallery to see local photographer Maureen Simon’s New Orleans…Honoring her resilience, her heart, exhibition on display from November 9th – December 16. An opening reception will be held in the gallery at 6p.m. on Tuesday, Nov. 10.

Simon’s exhibit showcases New Orleans 10 years after Hurricane Katrina. The exhibit includes photographs from the Ninth Ward and the story of Kimberly Rivers-Roberts and her husband, Scott, who were unable to evacuate and remained in New Orleans through Hurricane Katrina. They are the subject of the Oscar-nominated documentary, Trouble the Water, which will play in the gallery throughout the exhibition.

The exhibit and reception are free and open to the public; the photographs will be on view in the Blowers Gallery during regular library hours. For more information, visit or call 828.251.6436.

Credit: Photo and details by Maureen Simon.

Check out our New Graphic Novels Display!

October 27, 2015

Graphic Novels Display

Come check out the new showcase of graphic novels on the first floor! As you enter the library, it is located all the way on the left wall of the building, just past the newspapers. You’ll find contemporary, alternative, and classic examples to peruse.

Need more? Take a look at our full collection of Graphic Novels online here. Need even more? You can also request from the large collections of graphic novels at Appalachian State or Western Carolina Universities! The full list of all 3 universities’ graphic novels can be found here. Simply find one you like and click ‘Request’ to have it on its way. It takes about 2-3 days for the books to flap their way over the mountains to Asheville.

Isaiah Rice Photograph Collection

October 27, 2015

Isaiah Rice Photograph Collection

Special Collections recently added the Isaiah Rice Photograph Collection to our photography collections. Containing over 1,000 images taken by Isaiah Rice, the collection documents Asheville’s African American community from the 1950s through the 1970s. The collection was officially unveiled on October 23 at the second annual African Americans in Western North Carolina Conference at UNC Asheville.

Asheville native Isaiah Rice (1917-80),  a World War II veteran, was active in  community and civic affairs. He was a recreation supervisor at the Burton Street Community Center in his neighborhood, and served on the Asheville-Buncombe Community Relations Council. He was employed as a warehouseman and beverage salesman for 40 years. He often carried one of his many cameras, seizing countless opportunities to capture his family, neighbors, and community members on film. He photographed people at church, his neighbors and friends as they gathered for social events, folks attending parades and football games, as well as many scenes of people working and going about their business in downtown Asheville.  His photos document a thriving African American community in urban Asheville during the mid 20th century.

Read more at UNC Asheville Special Collections & University Archives
Isaiah Rice
Isaiah Rice

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


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