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Feb 21, 2020 ·

Tuesday, February 25
5-8 p.m. 
Labriola National American Indian Data Center

All are welcome at the Labriola National American Indian Data Center’s Open House / Open Mic event at Fletcher Library on the West campus.

In collaboration with the student group IndiGenius, the event will be an opportunity for students, faculty, staff and community members to visit the space and learn more about the Labriola Center, how it has grown and where it plans to go.

With the goal of transforming the Labriola Center at Fletcher into an event space for the Native community, the center has transformed into a collaborative, student-driven space for Native students and community users on the West campus with the addition of new furniture, designed for both individual and collaborative study, and portable whiteboards.

The event aims to showcase new Labriola services and library resources for academic success, such as the soon-to-come Labriola Center Open Stacks collection. Students are encouraged to share their creative expressions during the open mic and to display their visual art during the event.

Food will be provided at 5:30 p.m. This event is free and open to the public.

Feb 19, 2020 ·

With mid-terms on the horizon, here is where you can find all the quiet spaces you need to get your work done.

Quiet study areas are available at every library on every ASU campus.

Whether it’s a silent study room or classroom that is not being used, student have access to a variety of spaces depending on their campus location and project needs.

Design and the Arts Library on the Tempe campus
This library on the Tempe campus boasts one of the largest silent study rooms with tables and comfortable chairs in addition to individual study carrels.

Downtown Phoenix campus Library
Quiet study can be yours in The Vault, an area with soft seating and dimmer lighting. Directly behind The Vault is a space that comes with individual study carrels and is detached from high-traffic areas. While not located in a designated quiet area, study rooms offer some privacy and can be reserved ahead of time.  

Fletcher Library on the West campus
Quiet refuge can be found in in the western wing of the Fletcher Library’s third floor, where there are numerous desks with dividers, pub tables and comfortable chairs with privacy scrims. On the lower level of Fletcher Library, silent study is encouraged and an array of comfortable seating is provided.

Hayden Library on the Tempe campus
Take in the atmosphere of quiet and cozy, available on nearly every level of Hayden Library. Starting at the top, level 4 of Hayden Library offers Brody chairs that come equipped with light and power, not to mention the privacy and elegance of a business class airline seat. This floor offers individual study carrels and comfortable seating with power outlets. If you prefer to be surrounded by books, this is the place for you. There are even little study nooks within featured collection walls.

On level 3 of Hayden Library, the instruction room 317 can be used for study space when it is not in use. On level 2, the west wall with floor-to-ceiling glass windows has comfortable seating and is often quiet. Study carrels and study nooks are available throughout, and when not in use, instructions rooms 232 and 236 can be used as study space. The Luhrs Reading Room on the ground floor of Hayden Library also provides an atmosphere of quiet.

Any of the classrooms on the Concourse and lower level of Hayden Library can be used for study space when not in use, and the open study area to the west of the underground courtyard (C55) is often very quiet.

Music Library on the Tempe campus
Often quiet, this Tempe campus gem provides near-silent study on the west side of the library, where students can find study carrels, tables and comfortable seating.

Noble Library on the Tempe campus
With 55 individual study rooms on the second and third floor (all available on a first come, first serve basis), Noble Library is a haven for those seeking a quiet study environment. The individual rooms each provide a chair, desk, outlet and quiet privacy. One area on the second floor of Noble Library, near the Writing Center, has been designated Silent Study and offers tables, desks, comfortable chairs and computer workstations.

Polytechnic campus Library
Silent study spaces are located in the southeast and southwest corners of the Polytechnic Library, and both areas have study carrels and outlets. See the floor plan for more information.

What are you waiting for? Go study! Questions? Contact Christina Peck

Feb 10, 2020 ·

February 27-28, 2020
Hayden Library
ASU Tempe campus

Arizona State University will host a two-day symposium, Archiving from the Intersections and Community-Driven Archives, on the importance of student activism and the need to document historically marginalized voices, part of the fourth national forum of Project STAND (Student Activism Now Documented).

With a focus on marginalized student identities (African American, LGBTQ, Chicano/a, differently abled, Asian Americans, Indigenous populations, etc.), the symposium seeks to center underrepresented communities and their varying intersections, and the need for community-driven archives.

The symposium invites ASU students, faculty and community members committed to activism and social justice for two days of panel discussions, performances, a Latinx history walking tour, and other activities in Hayden Library.

Please register by February 22.

The ASU Library and its Community-Driven Archives team are pleased to welcome keynote speaker, Reyna Montoya, the founder and CEO Of Aliento, a community organization that is DACA, undocumented and youth-led, and Documenting the Now, a tool and community developed around supporting the ethical collection, use and preservation of social media content. 

Funded by the Institute of Museum and Library Services, the Project STAND symposium will feature a variety of performances (hip-hop, opera and dance) and panel discussions, including:

Emerging Voices of Student Activism in Indigenous Communities
Hear first-hand from student activists in the ASU indigenous community. Traditionally, student voices in the indigenous community have not been well represented in archival collections. How can we build relationships, increase trust and understanding, and perhaps empower indigenous students to capture their own histories? 

Archives as Activist Praxis in Arizona
Preserving diverse voices in community and institutional archives is a form of resistance against sytemic oppression. This panel will focus on past and current student activism at ASU and in Arizona, and how students at diverse levels of the educational pipeline are using archives to create and preserve counter-narratives.

Representation and Overcoming Silences in University Archives
How can institutions better represent marginalized communities in University Archives collections? Given the mandate and mission of University Archives (to capture the history of an institution), how can professionals support students as the creators and custodians of their own histories? 

The Future of Community-Driven Archives in Arizona
Archivists and community archivists in Arizona are working to address issues of underrepresentation and exclusion in Arizona's historical records. This panel will address the work being done to develop community-driven archives around the state and the future of archival practice in Arizona. 

See the complete schedule

Register here.

Feb 04, 2020 ·

Beginning March 15, ASU faculty and students who use learning badges and certificates through the ASU Library’s skill-based digital learning credential service will no longer be directed to the Credly tool.

Due to low supportability issues with Credly, the ASU Library is transitioning to Badgr as its primary service for awarding digital credentials. Part of a university pilot offering, Badgr is a new tool with improved functionality and is integrated into Canvas with single sign-on accessibility. 

The ASU Library will continue to support Credly through March 15, but faculty are encouraged to begin directing their students to Badgr for an improved experience.

For more information about the ASU Library’s digital credential offerings and instructions for integrating them into courses, visit the ASU Library Digital Credentials LibGuide.

For questions about Badgr, visit ASU’s Badgr Faculty Help Resources.

ASU Library’s digital credentialing program serves to bolster and demonstrate proficiency in essential university library skills, and is effective in helping students master the skills needed to avoid plagiarism, locate resources and develop a research question.  

Jan 23, 2020 ·

Looking to give your research a boost?

All ASU faculty are invited to an interactive open house on the third floor of the newly renovated Hayden Library to learn more about and get connected with the ASU Library’s researcher support resources.

Researcher Support is part of the library's full suite of services aimed at supporting researchers across all phases of the research life cycle – everything from grant funding to data management and data storage. 

The open house slated for Wednesday, Feb. 19, from 2 to 4 p.m., is an opportunity to: 

  • Join other researchers in learning about new and expanding resources to support research projects.
  • Meet with a diverse group of experts who can help you identify research and funding opportunities.
  • Experience hands-on demonstrations and information sessions. 
  • Learn more about the ASU Library and Knowledge Enterprise Development partnership.

Refreshments will be provided and registration is required.

Following a $90 million renovation, Hayden Library has been reinvented for 21st-century learning and research environments.

Learn more about Hayden’s reinvention.

Jan 15, 2020 ·

A new library resource has landed at The Biomimicry Center at ASU with the goal of supporting and inspiring sustainable thinking and biomimetic design through the use of field kits, natural artifacts and a space wholly devoted to nature.

NatureMaker, which launches January 22, aims to provide resources for the ASU community to use for their own nature studies as a way of arriving at sustainable solutions.

Both a space and a resource, NatureMaker features an altogether new library collection that is organized by function and includes such things as shells, seeds, skulls, feathers, a turkey beard, butterflies and a whale vertebrae.

"NatureMaker is a way of re-imagining what you can do in a library," said Debra Riley-Huff, Head of the Humanities Division in the ASU Library. "It's a space where you can see what innovation looks like up close."

Naturemaker will host an open house on Jan. 22.

NatureMaker will launch its Nature@Noon series and host a lecture by guests of the 
Rhode Island School of Design’s Nature Lab on Jan. 23.


Nowhere is innovation more apparent than in the natural world. 

"Nature solves its own problems. We can learn from this," says Adelheid ("Heidi") Fischer, Assistant Director of The Biomimicry Center. "This space is intended to get you thinking in a new way. Nature is really a mindset."

Biomimicry is the study and use of nature's patterns and designs to create sustainable solutions that are nature-inspired and thus healthy for the planet. The Biomimicry Center at ASU was created in 2014 to do this very thing. Last year, the center received $40,000 in seed funding from the ASU Library to develop NatureMaker, which will offer workshops, training and space for people to come and see how nature can help them solve their challenge.

Activated for careful looking and observing, NatureMaker is a space in which blue mussels can help you re-think the process of adhesion. Students are invited to view materials under magnification, explore the natural collection, or just sit and reflect on what they're seeing and touching.

"We wanted to provide the conditions that are conducive to innovation," says Fischer. "NatureMaker is a space that can give you a leg up on your research or open you up to the possibilities."

Jan 14, 2020 ·

On Arizona State University’s most populous campus, a welcome gift has arrived for Sun Devils on the first day of the spring semester — a sleek, new, state-of-the-art library.

Capping off a $90 million renovation, ASU’s Hayden Library, originally built in 1966, has been reinvented and reopened for the 21st century, with an eye toward maximum accessibility, engagement and support for the university’s growing student population.

Hayden Library’s revamped five-story tower, which sits at the center of ASU’s Tempe campus, now features nearly double the student space, enhanced study areas, community-driven book collections, two reading rooms, a variety of research services and interdisciplinary learning labs, and an entire floor devoted to innovation.

Spectacular campus views and abundant natural light, courtesy of floor-to-ceiling windows and the Arizona sun, come as a bonus, says University Librarian Jim O’Donnell.

“Hayden Library has been the engine of intellectual discovery for generations of Sun Devils,” said O’Donnell, who is a professor in ASU’s School of Historical, Philosophical and Religious Studies. “We just turbocharged it for a new generation.”

While many of Hayden’s iconic midcentury design elements remain, there are some wonderful additions too, including a gold staircase — a nod to Sun Devil spirit — and a welcome mural honoring indigenous cultures, directed by Wanda Dalla Costa, an architect and professor in the Herberger Institute for Design and the Arts.

There are hallways that literally sparkle.

“Everything about Hayden is meant to make students feel at home and comfortable and supported — so it can be the place where they can reach higher, go farther and surprise themselves with the success they’re capable of,” said O’Donnell.

Following the 22-month construction and closure of Hayden tower, perhaps the most obvious indication of the library’s reinvention can be seen in its wide and welcoming plaza and above-ground entryways — a striking departure from the underground entrance that has been used solely since 1989.

Upon entering, visitors are greeted by two large and stately reading rooms, designed to draw attention and provide greater access to the ASU Library’s Distinctive Collections, encompassing millions of primary source materials, rare and unique objects spanning centuries.

Community-selected materials focused on the peoples and places of the Southwest will be more visible than before, showcased in library spaces such as the Luhrs Arizona Reading Room, the Labriola National American Indian Data Center and the Community-Driven Archives.

Although the dust may still be settling in Hayden Library, one thing is clear: The books are back.

It took approximately 20 days, 30 truckloads and 9,000 new shelves to bring the books back to Hayden — along with four years of careful planning for how those books would be displayed, curated and delivered, and how they would best serve the university community.

Now, over 30 different collections are on the shelves and ready for exploration.

"Our team employed a community-centered and data-informed approach to designing the collections for Hayden Library," said Lorrie McAllister, associate university librarian for collections services and strategy, who leads the ASU Library’s Future of Print initiative.

With support from the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, this three-year initiative to reinvent the future of print for ASU explores the interests, needs and expectations of 21st-century academic library users.

"We are grateful for the chance to experiment and activate our open stacks as opportunities for engagement and inquiry," McAllister said.

In 2017, McAllister co-authored a widely shared white paper on emerging design practices that is now shaping the curation and delivery of academic library print collections at ASU at a time when campus space and digital resources are in high demand.

As a result of this work, ASU students, faculty and staff will encounter a series of newly featured collections on nearly every floor of Hayden Library — collections such as "Untold Histories" and "The Southwest Before the U.S."

These collections and others like them have been selected and curated in collaboration with ASU students and faculty. Each collection is university-inspired and strategic in design, driven by data and reader interest.

"A great example of how the 'Future of Print' project has influenced the Hayden collections design is our new Sun Devil Reads collection, designed with students and in-person browsing in mind, organized by themes and with lots of eye-catching cover art," McAllister added.

While many books have returned to Hayden Library and are being showcased in new and inviting ways, those books that have not returned to Hayden will be housed at Noble Library or in the ASU Library’s high-density collection at the Polytechnic campus, where they will be available for fast-turnaround delivery.

Last semester, the ASU Library began offering book delivery and self-service lockers for the quick and convenient pickup and return of library materials.

Read the full story on ASU Now.

Jan 14, 2020 ·

A stretch of the imagination is needed when picturing Jane Austen.

That’s because there are few known reliable portraits of the famed novelist, whose likeness and celebrity are the subject of a recent discovery made by Devoney Looser, ASU Foundation Professor of English, author of “The Making of Jane Austen” and editor of "The Daily Jane Austen."

Looser has unearthed the earliest known piece of Jane Austen fan fiction, a previously unrecorded and virtually unknown pen portrait of Austen from an 1823 issue of The Lady’s Magazine.

The discovery was made possible by a series of advanced keyword searches via a trial subscription of Eighteenth Century Journals provided by the ASU Library.

Looser describes the unknown pen portrait as something of a “lightning bolt,” undoing prior knowledge of Austen’s fame and confirming that the author had a fan following nearly a century earlier than previously thought.

“We used to believe that Austen was obscure in the 1820s, in the early years after she died in 1817,” said Looser, who is a Guggenheim Fellow and National Endowment for the Humanities Public Scholar. “This alone proves that that commonly held belief is a mistaken one. It tells us that people cared about what she looked like and that she was gaining fame in the 1820s.”

Subscription databases like Eighteenth Century Journals are changing what kinds of discoveries are possible for those students and scholars fortunate enough to have access to them.

Read the full story on ASU Now.

Dec 18, 2019 ·

Two new fellowship opportunities invite scholars and doctoral students living outside the Phoenix area to Arizona State University in support of their research exploring the diverse history of the West, its intersections of race and violence, and American Indian history.

Through a partnership between the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences, the School of Historical, Philosophical and Religious Studies and the ASU Library’s Labriola National American Indian Data Center, the two annual fellowships will provide researchers travel support and access to rare primary source materials and unique archival collections.

“The two research fellowships are timely due to ASU’s excellent reputation in American Indian history in the West that is well over a half a century old and today’s racial violence in society,” said ASU Regents’ Professor Donald Fixico. 

The American Indian History of the West Research Fellowship seeks to support and advance scholarship on the rich and diverse history of the West that makes a meaningful contribution to the fields of American Indian History/Studies, federal-Indian policies and Indigenous relations with other peoples or the natural environment.

The Race and Ethnicity Fellowship is an intellectual response to America’s overwhelming history of violence, especially against people of color. The fellowship seeks to generate research that examines historic intersections of race and violence in the West, looking to the past as ways to understand the present and inform future relations.

“We are so pleased to partner with Dr. Fixico in hosting these fellowships, which offer opportunities to further open our Native American collections to new researchers,” said Lorrie McAllister, Associate University Librarian for Collection Services and Analysis at the ASU Library. “We look forward to welcoming and supporting the inquiry and scholarship of these fellows during their visits.”

The Labriola National American Indian Data Center brings together the current and historical work of Indigenous authors across a multitude of disciplines with a focus on language, government, education, tribal history, biography, religion and customs. The center features thousands of books, journals, Native Nation newspapers, photographs, oral histories and manuscript collections.

Applicants must be an established scholar or a Ph.D. or postdoctoral student conducting critical research about American Indian or race and ethnic history of the West, especially non-dominant historical narratives necessitating primary or rare secondary sources. Fellowship applications are due January 31, 2020.

For more information, visit

Dec 04, 2019 ·

As the renovation of Hayden Library comes to a close this month, an exciting milestone is afoot: the return of the books.

Each day, thousands of books make their way back to Hayden Library, in anticipation of the library's re-opening for the first day of the Spring 2020 semester on Monday, January 13.

Once shelved, the books will have a whole new look, as the concept of open stack collections has been redesigned for ultimate engagement.

Backed by data analysis and deep conversations with the ASU community, the print collections that will appear in Hayden Library will be more visible and usable, more flexible and user-driven, and more inclusive and high quality for ASU's students and scholars.

Learn more about the new open stack print collections coming to Hayden Library in January 2020.

In addition, the ASU Library has set out to increase, enhance and diversify student study spaces in the new and improved Hayden. 

Moving away from the study zone system of the past, the ASU Library has implemented a variety of work and study options. Learn more about the study spaces coming to Hayden Library.