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Internationalization at the University Libraries: Overview

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QEP (Quality Enhancement Plan)

As a member institution of the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges (SACSCOC), Appalachian State University is required to submit a Quality Enhancement Plan (QEP) as part of the materials necessary for reaffirmation of accreditation. The campus community has chosen “Global Learning: A World of Opportunities for Appalachian Students” as our QEP topic.

Strategic Plan

The Library’s dedication to international efforts was solidified in The Appalachian State University Library 2008-2013 Strategic Plan.

Under Strategic Direction III: Engagement, the plan included the objective to “Provide students, faculty, and staff with opportunities to learn other cultures, peoples, and systems.” In order to fulfill this objective, the Library is committed to three activities as quoted from the Strategic Plan:

Activity 1. Evaluate our collections to address diversity and coverage of international issues. Develop library collections appropriately, in multiple formats and languages as well as materials.

Activity 2. Inventory our current contribution to a 
diverse campus climate and organize cultural events, displays, and activities in collaboration with other campus units.

Activity 3. Investigate 
international exchanges of personnel, resources, and information with other libraries, particularly with Appalachian's partnership institutions.


  • The Library's Instructional Materials Center (IMC) is a regionally recognized collection focused on resources for preK-12 students and teachers and is strongly internationalized. Librarians prepare online bibliographies of resources for studying cultures around the world (e.g. Africa, Latin America, Asia, the Jewish diaspora, and the Middle East) and have created a representative list of bilingual stories for children

  • The Appalachian Collection serves as a window on the world for other global mountain areas.  For instance the Collection supports faculty research doing comparative work on Wales.The Library serves as the world's library of record for Appalachian materials, ensuring that we have one-of-a-kind holdings regarding African, Native American, and Melungeon peoples of Appalachia.