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Jan 22, 2018 ·

ASU's bicentennial celebration of Mary Shelley's novel "Frankenstein, or The Modern Prometheus" continues – now, as part of a new traveling exhibition making its way across the United States.

Developed, produced and presented by the National Library of Medicine, Frankenstein: Penetrating the Secrets of Nature has landed at Arizona State University, where it will remain in C2 of Hayden Library through Feb. 24, before moving to the next institution.

The exhibit explores Shelley’s novel as a framework for discussions of medical advances that challenge our traditional understanding of what it means to be human. It also provides insight into the birth of Frankenstein, the life of Shelley, the scientific search for the principle of life, the transformation of the “monster” in popular culture – and is part of an ongoing national conversation about technology and what it means to be human, on the occasion of the book's 200th anniversary.

ASU Librarian Joe Buenker coordinated the exhibition, following the success of the Frankenstein Bicentennial Project, which included the 2016 Hayden Library Frankenstein at 200 exhibit. 

For questions about the exhibit, contact Joe at joseph.buenker@asu.edu

 

Jan 05, 2018 ·

The Hayden Library renovation, a major redesign of Arizona State University’s largest library, is now underway.

While service disruptions will be kept to a minimum during the two-year renovation period, some significant changes to service are now in effect:

  • The upper floors of Hayden Library (floors 1-4) are now closed to the public due to safety and security reasons.
     
  • Materials at Hayden Library can no longer be retrieved in person. Please see the Information Desk for assistance in accessing materials. (Materials with call numbers DAW-DR, located in the basement of Hayden Library, will remain retrievable.)
     
  • Increased student seating has been added to Noble Library and to the underground lower level of Hayden Library for students seeking alternative study spaces.
     
  • Beginning this semester, Noble Library will be open 24 hours a day, five days a week, to support students and faculty during the Hayden Library renovation.

 

Additional study areas can be found at other Tempe campus libraries, including Noble Library, the Music Library, and the Design and the Arts Library.

For help locating or requesting materials:

  • Ask A Librarian can help get you the materials you need. 
     
  • Library staff at the information desk can help you access your requested items. 
     
  • ASU librarians are happy to work with you to find the resources you need. 

 

Plans to redesign Hayden Library include adding multiple points of access, with greater indoor-outdoor connection; dedicating space for community gatherings; breaking the library up thematically to better facilitate navigation and research discovery; featuring and enhancing special collections; and building a smaller, highly curated academic print collection that draws from the library's 4.5 million volumes.

 

Jan 04, 2018 ·

With the Hayden Library renovation in full swing, ASU students can find refuge in Noble Library, which beginning this semester, will be open 24 hours, five days a week, with added seating.

Yes, that’s right: more space to study and extended hours at Noble.

ASU Library has added 150 more seats at Noble Library for students seeking alternative study spaces during the two-year renovation of Hayden Library. And beginning Sunday at 10 a.m. through midnight on Friday, Noble Library will be a round-the-clock haven for your academic needs.

For those hard-at-work students who make it through a long night of studying and need to refuel for the day, the Noble Starbucks will be open even earlier this semester: 7 a.m.

For more information about the Hayden Library renovation, visit lib.asu.edu/hayden2020.

Jan 03, 2018 ·

Arizona State University has been awarded a $380,000 grant from The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation for a three-year implementation project to reinvent the library’s strategy and practice for open-stack print collections. 

The work will enable ASU Library to design and develop inclusive print library collections for ASU Library to engage, educate and inspire scholars and learners of the ASU community.

Under the leadership of University Librarian Jim O’Donnell and Associate University Librarian for Collections and Strategy Lorrie McAllister, the project – titled “The Future of the Arizona State University Library Print Collection: A Collaborative and Data-driven Approach to Stack Design and Curation” – follows a year-long planning process supported by the Mellon Foundation in which ASU Library identified issues and options affecting the design of the next generation of open-stack print collection for a research library.

As libraries adapt to new pathways for organizing information and access in the digital age, institutions face the important challenge of preserving print collections in ways that best serve the public. What becomes of the print collection that users see on open shelves in an age when more and more of libraries’ collections are shelved offsite?  Rather than viewing these new forms of access as a threat to print, ASU Library recognizes a vital opportunity to leverage the design and curation practices in ways that engage a broader spectrum of students and scholars in new ways.

“All the scholarly work of the last generation on the history of the book has shown that physical books have always had many functions and complex social dimensions,” said O’Donnell, principal investigator. “Reading a print volume closely and attentively remains a powerful practice for learning and research at every level, but flipping the pages of a print volume in slightly more than idle curiosity remains powerful as well. Print volumes give visibility and visual character to the past and present artifacts of culture. If ‘out of sight, out of mind’ is a true-enough proverb, then what is in sight will be what is in mind – and we can control that in our libraries. How can we best shape the experience of our users in approaching our libraries by the resourceful use of print?”

“ASU is committed to serving a diverse student body and fostering a community wherein the accessibility of education is a guarantee,” said ASU President Michael Crow. “We look for ways to unlock access to knowledge and information for the broadest cross-section of students in our community, who in turn reflect the diversity of our surrounding communities. This project will not only create a sustainable model for ASU’s print collections lasting into the future, but it will also extend the depth and breadth of our students’ access to information literacy and tools for independent inquiry.”

The vision for revitalizing public engagement with print comes at a key moment in the University’s plans to renovate its largest library – Hayden Library – and grow student enrollment to 200,000 by the year 2025. As a result, ASU Library must rethink every aspect of its services in order to innovate and scale support for scholars and learners who come from a variety of backgrounds and take many approaches to their education.

“Traditional library practices often indicate the retention of books in open stacks according to highest circulation, English language and authors recognized as being part of the mainstream. ASU seeks to create a local collection designed to inspire and engage our users with more inclusive collections that more accurately reflect the user populations within ASU and our surrounding communities,” said McAllister, co-principal investigator. “We aim to keep our open stack collections as active, living, growing entities.  The books our students see on our shelves should not be treated as furniture, wallpaper, or relics not to be touched and used, but as a vital set of tools of sustaining value for the future.”

To learn more about ASU Library’s plans to maximize user engagement around print collections, read the ASU Library white paper The Future of the Academic Library Print Collection: A Space for Engagement.

Dec 06, 2017 ·

As materials move out of Hayden Library, in preparation for the library’s renovation, the Labriola Center will be moving to a new, temporary location during Hayden’s remodel, to be complete in 2020.

Beginning January 8, the Labriola Center will welcome students, faculty, staff, researchers and the public to its new location in room 305 of Fletcher Library on ASU’s West campus.

Open Monday through Friday, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., Labriola will continue to provide its same high level of service to the ASU community and beyond – offering access to its unique collections, specialized reference assistance, library skills instruction for classes and co-sponsorship of various public events.

While we understand the inconvenience this may cause, we are excited about the future of ASU Library and Labriola’s place in it.

ASU Library has entered a lively phase of its reinvention, with many books, collections and materials in transit as Hayden Library prepares to undergo a major renovation, slated for 2018-2020.

While all libraries will be impacted, students, faculty and staff can expect to see the most disruptions at Hayden Library and Noble Library on the Tempe campus.

Plans to redesign Hayden Library include adding multiple points of access, with greater indoor-outdoor connection; dedicating space for community gatherings; breaking the library up thematically to better facilitate navigation and research discovery; featuring and enhancing special collections; and building a smaller, highly curated academic print collection that draws from the library's 4.5 million volumes.

Questions about the Labriola move? Contact Joyce Martin at joyce.martin@asu.edu or 480-965-6490.

Dec 06, 2017 ·

As of December 9, the Luhrs Reading Room will be closed through January 7, in preparation for the Hayden Library renovation

Reference services for University Archives and Distinctive Collections will also be suspended during this time.

Access to materials belonging to the Child Drama Collection, Greater Arizona Collection, Chicano/a Research Collection and Special Collections will resume January 8.

Questions about reference services may be directed to archives@asu.edu or (480) 965-4932.

ASU Library has entered a lively phase of its reinvention, with many books, collections and materials in transit as Hayden Library prepares to undergo a major renovation, slated for 2018-2020.

While all libraries will be impacted, students, faculty and staff can expect to see the most disruptions at Hayden Library and Noble Library on the Tempe campus.

Plans to redesign Hayden Library include adding multiple points of access, with greater indoor-outdoor connection; dedicating space for community gatherings; breaking the library up thematically to better facilitate navigation and research discovery; featuring and enhancing special collections; and building a smaller, highly curated academic print collection that draws from the library's 4.5 million volumes.

We apologize for any inconvenience this may cause.

Dec 01, 2017 ·

Pest control has treated an isolated area of Noble Library for bed bugs, and ASU Library facility managers are doing everything they can to ensure the area is contained and the library is free of pests.

No further reports of pests have been issued.

If you see evidence of pests or hear something from someone who has, please don't hesitate to notify the library's front desk staff so we can take care of the problem. 

 

Dec 01, 2017 ·

When the Daniel E. Noble Science and Engineering Library officially opened its doors on August 22, 1983, it became a kind of second home for Linda Shackle, who worked as a Science and Engineering Librarian for 35 years at Arizona State University.

Shackle was known for her enthusiasm, curiosity, thoroughness, insight and her desire to teach and be of service to others.

“Linda's passion and enthusiasm for science librarianship were contagious,” wrote Katherine O’Clair, an Agricultural and Environmental Sciences Librarian at California Polytechnic State University, who worked with Shackle during her career at ASU.

Shackle died on November 18, 2017, after a long illness with pancreatic cancer. She was 65.

Considered by some as “the soul of Noble Library,” Shackle took great joy in learning, serving students and faculty, and helping her colleagues, many of whom knew her as a valued mentor and colleague, always willing to offer advice and answer questions.

“I remember Linda’s warm laugh, long insightful emails, deep knowledge, generosity and kindness,” wrote ASU Librarian René Tanner. “She offered her expertise when any of us needed it. She reviewed CVs, cover letters, and shared her annual reviews and other professional materials with anyone who asked. She would spend as much time with you as you needed and mentored many of us through the continuing appointment process. She sincerely wanted us to be successful.”

Shackle's devotion to academic librarianship was evident throughout her career, particularly when a need emerged at ASU for an Engineering Librarian and Shackle took it upon herself to learn the field and curriculum so as to fill in the gaps in supporting a growing number of students majoring in the field.

She went on to become one of the first Engineering Librarians at ASU and arguably one of the most successful.

“She was an inspiring ambassador for ASU, academic librarianship, continuous learning across any and all disciplines,” wrote retired ASU Librarian Sheila Hofstetter. “Her interests and knowledge base were profound. She was delighted to learn something new and loved the ‘hunt.’”

In addition to her vast knowledge, Shackle will be remembered for her kindness and generosity, which was displayed daily through her interactions with students, faculty and fellow colleagues.

“She was generous and kind. She was brilliant,” wrote ASU Learning Services Manager Christina Peck. “She was devoted to the students and loved her job getting to help them every day and took that responsibility seriously."

For many who knew her well, she was synonymous with Noble Library and its strong sense of collegiality among librarians who worked there.

"She was infinitely patient when explaining anything, as well as infinitely charitable with her time," said retired ASU Librarian Julie Tharp. "The most valuable thing she taught me, just through example, was her unflusterability. She didn't panic or overreact, but took things in stride and figured out how to make them work."

Shackle is survived by her husband, Ron, of 35 years.

Nov 28, 2017 ·

Back by popular demand, ASU Library’s recall service has returned, giving ASU students, faculty and staff the option to request an item that is checked-out by another user.

When an item appears as “on loan,” library users may now recall that item – a process by which the loan period for a checked-out item is shortened when a request for that item is made by another user. Once the item has been recalled and returned, the item is reserved for the user who recalled it.

Starting this week, the request option “Request ASU Copy” will appear on the One Search page to reflect this service update.

Alternatively, users still have the option to request checked out items from an external library through ASU Library’s Interlibrary Loan service. This short-loan option often provides a quicker delivery time to the user making the request.  Look for the link labelled “Request External Copy.”

Need help locating or requesting materials?

  • Ask a Librarian can help get you the materials you need.
     
  • Library staff at the information desk can give you information about your requested items.
     
  • ASU librarians are happy to work with you to find the resources you need.

 

Nov 22, 2017 ·

 

Your paper is due at midnight. Your roommate just got dumped and needs to talk it out. And the status of your group project is a mystery to all.

Don’t worry. You’ve got this.  

 

 

 

Here are 7 reasons why:

  1. ASU librarians. Helping you succeed is not just a thing they’re good at – it’s in their job description. Let them help you. They want to help you. It’s why they’re here.
  1. Online help.  Your questions about citations, keywords and research databases already have answers, and you can find them on our FAQs page, where librarians are also available for online chat. Relax – if you have a connection to the internet, there is hope.
  1. Group study rooms. Maybe it’s time to figure out what’s going on with your group project. Several types of group study spaces are available at our libraries to support those necessary conversations and collaborations. Gather your group and get it done.
  1. Quiet and silent study. No signs of your roommate quieting down any time soon. Have no fear – ASU Library quiet and silent study is a thing, and it’s here for you. It’s a magical place where devices go silent and your thoughts thank you.
  1. Counseling. Not a library service, but a great resource nonetheless, offered to ASU students who may be feeling like they need to talk to someone. You’re not alone. Also, you may want to suggest it to your roommate.
  1. Stress relief stations. Starting Nov. 29, ASU Library will be offering free food and stress reduction in the form of puzzles, coloring books, stress balls and onsite librarian help. It’s a stress-free zone, we promise.  
  1. Reflection Room. Hayden Library is home to the Reflection Room, a small, quiet space where one can leave the frenzy of college life behind and unplug, meditate, pray or simply just be. Sometimes you just need a moment to reboot.

Relax, take a breath.

You’ve got this.

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