Updates and FAQs on the New Library Search

I've been getting a lot questions about the new library website and library search lately. I want to cover a few Frequently Asked Questions about our new search service, Summon and share a video I made recently on how to use it.


Why do I get so many results?

Summon searches about 100 online resources—most of our electronic collection and all of our ebooks!  That includes a number of large e-journal collections, not available through PowerSearch—scholarly journal collections from publishers like Wiley, Sage, Elsevier, and Springer.  We’ve also added selected open access content sources as well. The amount of “stuff” that is being searched is bigger than ever before. For this reason, be sure to take advantage of the various filters on the left hand side. When looking for research articles, students often select both "Full Text Online" as well as "Scholarly & Peer-Review” as the filters they automatically apply to every search. You may also want to try phrase …

Celebrate the written (and spoken) word in April

Spring is in the air here in Asheville, making it a very fitting time to celebrateNational Poetry Month.
"National Poetry Month was inaugurated by the Academy of American Poets in 1996. Over the years, it has become the largest literary celebration in the world with schools, publishers, libraries, booksellers, and poets celebrating poetry’s vital place in our culture" (
Not sure how you can participate? Check out 30 Ways to Celebrate National Poetry Monthto get some ideas.
11.  Attend a poetry reading at a local university, bookstore, cafe, or library.
You can easily check #11 off your list at any of the upcoming WordFest events. WordFest is sponsored by Lenoir-Rhyne University Asheville, April 12th-14th and the festival director is LR's very own,Laura Hope-Gill, Assistant Professor of Writing.
"The 11th Asheville WordFest invites audiences and participants to venture deeply into spaces of tension and complexity in search of possibility with readings and wo…

Spring break-ing with the Library

Last year, Rachel put together this great flyer for spring break featuring library databases that you might use to fill your leisure time. There's the NC Live's Home Grown eBook Collection filled with popular novels and award-winning short fiction and poetry as well as the Mango Languages service. Language-teaching services are generally expensive, so this is a wonderful resource available to you through the library website.

And, finally, there's Kanopy. Never heard of it? Well, listen up! This streaming service is absolutely chock full of entertaining and educational films for your viewing pleasure. It has over 30,000 documentaries, classics, and indie films (the Criterion Collection!). It also now contains the entire series of the Great Courses. The Great Courses is a series of college-level audio and video courses produced and distributed by The Teaching Company, an American company based in Chantilly, Virginia. The courses are divided into digestible individual classe…

Putting The New York Times in the Classroom

You may have seen the news that the Lenoir-Rhyne libraries provides students with full-text access to the New York Times. If you haven't, you'll want to access this first. See how here:

Otherwise, I wanted to take a minute to share the additional resource that is included with our institutional subscription. You now also have access to the New York Times In Education site, which provides both educators and students the ability to make the most of’s digital 24/7 content.  This includes faculty contributions, curated New York Times articles, custom news alerts, co-curricular activities, and weekly digests in several major subject areas, including Environmental Sciences, Psychology, Population Health, Leadership and more making this afruitful resource for faculty on the Asheville campus. Articles are curated and categorized by discipline (and also tagged with learning outcomes!) to be used as discussion starters, evidence for trends, and/or just a good representation of…

September is National Library Card Sign-Up Month!

September is an exciting month: whether you are going back to school, taking full advantage of the end of summer, or taking a mini-vacation over Labor Day weekend, September is always busy and always fun.

To add to all the excitement, September is also National Library Card Sign-Up month!

All Lenoir-Rhyne students are automatically added to the college's library system, but did you know that the local county library systems have great resources that you can access with a public library card? Find out about some of the resources available through surrounding county libraries below:

Buncombe County Libraries

Buncombe County Libraries has 13 branches across the county including the BC Law library. Patrons can also access outstanding digital resources such as learning tutorials, the Foundation Center grant database (in-library use only), and the Chilton Library on auto repair and mainentance.

Catawba County Libraries

Catawba County Libraries' Art @ the Library initiative i…

Library Resources in Nonprofit Management

In my past "library life," I helped library patrons with their questions in nonprofit human serving organizations. There are many, many publications and resources that I looked at frequently to help them with their research around nonprofit management and administration. While some are open to use on the world wide web, others are quite expensive. Luckily, many of these are available to you through the libraries of Lenoir Rhyne University. You can access these resources while on campus (Asheville, Hickory, and Columbia) or login with your id and password. [username: lastname pw: the letters ‘lr’ followed by your LR ID number with no leading zeroes For example: lr123456]

(Descriptions are adapted from publisher websites)

Stanford Social Innovation Review 
Presents the best ideas in nonprofit management, philanthropy & corporate citizenship.

Nonprofit and Voluntary Sector Quarterly
Nonprofit and Voluntary Sector Quarterly (NVSQ), peer-reviewed and published bi-monthly…

New Databases to Explore

Just a quick post on some of the new databases available to Lenoir-Rhyne students (undergraduate and graduate) through the library starting this summer!

Consumer Reports rigorously tests over 5,000 products a year to provide unbiased reports that help you choose what to buy. The magazine has been published by Consumer Union since 1930, and is "dedicated to unbiased product testing, consumer-oriented research, public education, and advocacy." Recommended for MBA students.

GreenFILEoffers information "covering all aspects of human impact to the environment. The EBSCO database provides indexing and abstracts for more than 880,000 records and full-text to over 13,000 articles from scholarly, government, and general interest titles that include content on global warming, pollution, and sustainability topics. Recommended for Sustainability Studies and Public Health students.

History Study Centerprovides over 40,000 digitized primary and secondary documents and articles, suppleme…