Need some culture or a slice of history? Want to take a study break? Visit an exhibit at one of our library locations.
In this Library Minute Anali gives you the scoop on our exhibits covering everything from art, photography, theater, history, archeology, TV and movie memorabilia. We bring in special traveling exhibits and feature works and artifacts from departments throughout ASU. No discipline is left behind! We even display rare items from private faculty collections. It’s like having a gallery in the library and it’s free!
We’re a library after all and we’ve got lots of great stuff!
Get some culture, see something new… go see a library exhibit!
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Phosphorus (P) is an essential nutrient for life – without it, we could not grow our food nor build our bones. Yet our current use of P relies on mining it from the earth to make into fertilizer and then letting this fertilizer leach into our waterways and act as a pollutant. Some parts of the world are unable to access enough fertilizer to grow their food, let alone let it be wasted away into rivers.
Sustainable Phosphorus Summit is part of the Frontiers in Life Science workshop series sponsored by ASU’s School of Life Sciences. The Sustainable Phosphorus Summit will explore the complex dynamics of P as a limited resource and create a stage for discussion on P sustainability. International experts, including students and faculty from the SOLS will define the scale and scope of the “biggest problem you’ve never heard of,” and raise awareness of this problem. In Phosphorus, food and our future, artists and scientists have teamed up to explore our current use of P and how we can make it more sustainable. The exhibit features work by 20 teams of artists and scientists using a variety of media including painting, photography, collage, sculpture, illustration, multimedia installation, dance and music.
To further research the concepts embodied in Sustainable Phosphorus, consult the Sustainable Phosphorus LibGuide created by ASU Librarians Olivia Sparks and Rene Tanner. This guide includes a list of relevant books from the ASU Libraries, links to related websites on the topic and more.
Location: Hayden Library Rotunda (entrance level) and Luhrs Gallery (Level 4), during normal library hours
Available: Through December 2010
Description: Displayed in both the Hayden Rotunda and the Luhrs Gallery, the Fall 2010 Hayden Library exhibit, TNS 125 ASU, celebrates the 125th anniversary of the university’s founding as the Territorial Normal School. Beginning from a single teacher in a four room school house, the exhibit explores the early days of the nation’s largest public university. Featured are images of the founding fathers of ASU such as Charles Trumbull Hayden, John Armstrong, James McClintock, and George Wilson. Discover the boundaries of the original twenty acre campus shown on a hand drawn plat map. See the courses taken and the grades achieved by students in 1896. Learn where the first unofficial student dormitory stands, how Old Main was on the cutting edge of technology in the Old West, and how ASU began its 125 year journey to become the New American University.
The exhibit is on display through the Fall 2010 semester in the Hayden Rotunda and the Luhrs Gallery during all normal library open hours.
A single teacher in a four room school house started the nation’s largest public university? Take a trip back 125 years to 1885 and the founding of ASU as a tiny normal school. University Archivist Rob Spindler and Curatorial/Museum Specialist Karrie Porter Brace discuss the Fall 2010 Hayden Library exhibit TNS 125 ASU on the anniversary of the university’s founding as the Territorial Normal School.
They will also talk about the founding fathers of ASU such as Charles Trumbull Hayden, John Armstrong, James McClintock, and George Wilson. Discover the boundaries of the original twenty acre campus shown on a hand drawn plat map. See the courses taken and the grades achieved by students in 1896. Karrie and Rob reveal where the first unofficial student dormitory stands, how Old Main was on the cutting edge of technology in the Old West, and how ASU began it’s 125 year journey to become the New American University. The exhibit TNS 125 ASU runs through December 2010.
For more information on the history of Arizona State University visit The New ASU Story.
April is the month for all Arizonans to participate in the One Book Arizona Program. This year the book The Trunk Murderessby Jana Bommersbach is the selection for adult readers. This book outlines the case of Winnie Ruth Judd, one of the most sensationalized cases in the history of Phoenix. Judd, who died in 1998 at the age of 93, was the notorious “Trunk Murderess” of 1931 caught in Los Angeles transporting the remains of her two female roommates in a set of trunks from Arizona by train. Speculations and conspiracy theories have developed over the years involving her relationships with local celebrities, politicians, and business men. Regardless, by the time of her release she had served one of the longest sentences in the history of any criminal in the United States.
The Virginia G. Piper Center for Creative Writing and the Department of English at Arizona State University are sponsoring aQuestion and Answer session with Jana Bommersbach, author of The Trunk Murderess. This event will be held on Thursday April 22, at 11:30am at the Piper Writers House on ASU’s Tempe campus. Copies of The Trunk Murderess will be available for sale at the event.
To learn more about about the case of Winnie Ruth Judd, check out the Library Channel’s classic podcast, “Murder and Mayhem: The Strange Saga of Winnie Ruth Judd.” While the exhibit that accompanied this discussion is no longer on display, the photographs are part of the Arizona Historical Foundation‘s collection, located on the 4th floor of Hayden Library on the Tempe campus. The Foundation is open to the public Monday-Friday from 8am-6pm. For more information please contact the Arizona Historical Foundation at 480.965.3283.
ASU Libraries’ Archives and Special Collections and the Arizona Historical Foundation will feature a gallery talk at 1 pm on Monday February 15, 2010 on the fourth floor of Hayden Library for the Museums, Galleries and Collections Committee’s open house.
The gallery talk will focus on the two current exhibits now installed on the fourth floor of Hayden Library, Arizona Space Frontiers in the Luhrs Gallery, and Dane Coolidge’s Wild Wild West in the Arizona Historical Foundation’s gallery.
Explore other ASU collections by visiting the other participants of this open house. The schedule is:
9 am: Center for Meteorite Studies – Bateman Physical Sciences Center, C Wing, Room 139 10 am: Lunar Recon Orbital Camera – Interdisciplinary A-Wing, Room A120C 11 am: Mars Space Flight – Moeur Bldg Noon: Carillon – Lower Level of Old Main 1 pm: Arizona Historical Foundation/Archives and Special Collections – 4th Floor Hayden Library 2 pm: Institute for Human Origins – Social Sciences Building, Room 103 3 pm: Archaeological Research Institute –Tempe Center 164
When you see an ant wending its way to its nest or a bee flitting from flower to flower, it’s hard to imagine that we, with our architecture, our airlines or our medical delivery systems have much to learn from insects. However, we have much to discover in nature’s innovations and benefits to reap due to our insect companions.
Social Biomimicry is part of the Frontiers in Life Science workshop series sponsored by ASU’s School of Life Sciences. Conceptually, it’s a creative partnership combining the concept of “how does nature do it” – espoused by the study of biomimicry – and scientific studies explored by students and faculty in the Social Insect Research Group at ASU. How can we design green buildings? Optimize delivery and transportation systems? Develop complex adaptive systems? Or formulate better approaches to networks and robotics? The collective behavior and nest architecture of social insects can inspire more efficient and sustainable solutions to human challenges and are already changing, for the better, the world we live in.
This conference will be held February 18-20 at the Memorial Union on the Tempe campus.
To further research the concepts embodied in Social Biomimicry, consult the Social Insect LibGuide created by ASU Librarian Olivia Sparks. This guide includes a list of relevant books from the ASU Libraries, links to related videos on the topic and more.
The ASU Libraries is looking for ASU undergraduate and graduate students who are book collectors to participate in an annual Student Book Collecting Contest which will run from October 2009 to February 18, 2010. Undergraduate and graduate student winners of the contest receive cash prizes, with the top prize in each category being $600.
Entries will be judged by a panel of judges on the extent to which the collection represents a well-defined field of interest – either focused on the works of one author or on a particular subject. Judge/student interviews will be held March 25 and 26, 2010. Contest winners will be notified the week of March 29, 2010. Cash prizes will be awarded at a donor reception April 21, 2010.
In addition to this contest, Fine Books & Collections Magazine sponsors a national Collegiate Book Collecting Championship with a top prize of $2,500 (date for 2010 to be announced.) Top ASU book contest winners that meet the criteria of the collegiate national championship contest will automatically be eligible to compete.
For more information, pick up a brochure at any of the ASU Libraries, the Memorial Union, the Graduate College, Barratt Honors College, and campus bookstores, see the Student Book Collecting Web page at lib.asu.edu/bookcontest or call Rosa González at (480) 965-3956.
Curator Karrie Porter Brace and student Zac Humphrey, an active member of the ASU Sun Devil Marching Band, join us for an entertaining exploration of the marching band as we highlight the re-opening of the Mighty Marching Sun Devil exhibit at Hayden Library. The discussion traces the history of the marching band, including great band directors of the past and includes an interesting look at the evolution of the band uniform.
Explore the exhibit featuring photographs and other band related artifacts from the University Archives, in the Luhrs Gallery and Reading Room, Hayden Library, 4th Floor, Tempe campus through the Fall 2009 Semester, during Luhrs Reading Room hours
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ASU celebrates the life and work of Charles Darwin with Darwinfest
Arizona State University celebrates Darwin‘s 200th birthday and commemorates the 150th anniversary of the publication of On the Origin of Species with Darwinfest – a creative scientific enterprise. Darwinfest includes a unique set of multifaceted events, contests, lectures, artistic performances, educational workshops, tea parties, and even a look-alike contest.
Upcoming event: ASU Darwinfest continues with Princeton Emeritus Professors Peter and Rosemary Grant, who will speak about their work with “Darwin’s Finches” and sign books: “The beak of the finch” by Jonathan Weiner (1995), which won a Pulitzer Prize. “How and why species multiply. The radiation of Darwin’s finches.” Princeton University Press, 2006. This event will be held on Wednesday, October 28, 6:00pm – 7:30pm in the Turquoise Ballroom, Memorial Union 220. Books can be purchased in advance and for a 20% discount from the ASU Bookstore.
Get More Information About Darwin: Our Life Sciences Librarians created a special “Darwin LibGuide” with links to relevant books, articles and selected information on the web about Charles Darwin, evolution and other related topics. This timely LibGuide was created especially to coincide with ASU’s special celebration, Darwinfest: Bold Ideas Change Worlds.