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Nov 30, 2015 · Exhibits exhibits, maps, art

Exhibit: Creative Cartography: Order & Chaos

Location: Noble Science & Engineering Library, Tempe campus

Available: November 12–December 4, during normal library hours

Description: “Creative Cartography: Order & Chaos,” an exhibit of art on maps by Herberger School of Art students.  On display in the ASU Libraries Map Collection through Dec. 4.  More information at

Nov 30, 2015 · Exhibits

ExhibitFaces of Nepal and Tibet:  The Far and Forgotten

Location:  Second floor, Fletcher Library, West campus

Available:  Through January 11, 2016

Description:  In Fall 2014, Renee Rivers took a treacherous and remote journey through the Nepalese and Tibetan Himalaya with her nearly wheelchair-bound, seventy-four-year-old father to fulfill his life-long dream to see Kathmandu and Mount Everest.

Spurred on by her father’s story of how reading about Sir Edmond Hillary and Tenzing Norgay’s ascent of Everest inspired her father to get an education and transcend his impoverished sharecropper’s upbringing, Renee worked for over a year to coordinate an expedition that would accommodate her father’s condition.

Once underway, this father-daughter expedition traversed the tangled, cacophonous streets of Kathmandu, Nepal, pilgrim-filled plazas and temples in occupied Lhasa, Tibet, and wound along the Tibetan plateau to the village of Tingre—the last village before Everest base camp. Their overland route ascended to Gyatchula, the highest pass on the Araniko highway at 16,404 feet and returned to Kathmandu via a treacherous detour over a fresh-cut mud-track, 1500 feet above the kilometers-long Sunkoshi Gorge landslide that had just buried hundreds of Nepalese villagers.

Rivers and her father encountered precipices thousands of feet high, struggles with altitude sickness, scores of intense military checkpoints, and having to push the wheelchair across the landslide-blocked border at Nayalam with hundreds of foot travelers. Father and daughter also found themselves enchanted with the Himalayan people whose lives and culture are often too far and forgotten and imperiled to begin to understand without walking a few days beside them.

These photos hopefully capture a moment of inter-cultural understanding that can only happen when people in pursuit of something beyond themselves come face-to-face.


About Renee G. Rivers

Renee G. Rivers teaches First-Year Composition and Creative Writing at ASU at the West campus. Outside of writing and teaching, her interests find her behind an acetylene torch, advocating for public education or traveling to remote locales. 

She holds an M.A. in English from SUNY Brockport, a B.S. in Special Education and B.A. equivalent in German via the Goethe-Institut-Muenchen.

Renee is a literary magazine reviewer for the The Review Review. Her stories have appeared in: PBS Filmmaker Jillian Robinson’s Change Your Life Through Travel, Extracts Literary Journal, Canyon Voices, The Feminist Wire and have won international awards from SouthWest Writers and Tin House.


Nov 20, 2015 · special collections

With the upcoming release of Star Wars: The Force Awakens, it is time that a hidden treasure of the ASU Libraries collections become unhidden:  the Nicholas A. Salerno Star Wars Collection.  ASU Now featured the collection, including an intervew with Dr. Salerno, in the article :   'Star Wars' collection transports scholars to a galaxy far, far away

There is a finding aid available online that outlines the contents of the collection, which is described as follows:  

"This collection houses Nicholas A. Salerno’s collection of publicity materials and merchandising products for the Star Wars film series from 1976-2005. The bulk of the materials focuses on the original trilogy released from 1977-1983 beginning with Star Wars (1977), Star Wars Episode V: The Empire Strikes Back (1980), and Star Wars Episode VI: Return of the Jedi (1983).

The collection includes press kits and publicity materials; autographed photographs and principal actor headshots; journal, magazine and newspaper articles; co-branded tie in products; licensed merchandise; action figures, creatures, playsets and vehicles; audio and video recordings; posters; store displays; and fabric textiles. Materials relate primarily to the production, publicity, exhibition and importance of the trilogy film series from 1977-1987."


Some of the rare items included in the collection are:

  • A white Star Wars Revenge of the Jedi Press Kit (Series I, Box 2)
  • Star Wars Episode V: The Empire Strikes Back Portfolio with Darth Vader Medallion (Series I, Box 3). 
  •  A rare, original 1977 Style "A" Star Wars poster of art by Illustrator Tom Jung (Series XV)

To see items of the collection, please visit the Luhrs Reading Room on Level 4 of Hayden Library.  Please note that some boxes have restricted access to preserve the original items. To view restricted materials, please email Katherine Krzys.


Nov 13, 2015 · repository, special collections

Some Phoenicians still remember the day President John F. Kennedy came to town to honor the great Arizona Senator Carl Hayden on the occasion of his 50th anniversary as United States Senator. Now those memories can come back to life with local television coverage of the event remembered as one of the great moments in Arizona history made accessible by the ASU Libraries. 

On November 17, 1961 the President, Vice President Lyndon B. Johnson and a long host table of national and local dignitaries honored Senator Hayden at dinner for one thousand guests at the Thunderbird Room of the Westward Ho. Cameras were hard wired into the ATT telephone network in the building so those who could not attend could see television coverage of the President arriving by motorcade at the Westward Ho and describing his memories of Senator Hayden at the podium. Vice President Johnson, Senator Hayden and then Governor Paul Fannin also make remarks in this endangered video that was recently digitized by the Arizona Collection at the ASU Libraries.

The full length video and several clips of key moments can now be viewed and downloaded by the public at the ASU Digital Repository, along with a copy of the event program and a time stamp index. “KOOL TV President Tom Chauncey donated the videos bearing the handwritten label 'Hayden Dinner' many years ago. I had heard of the Hayden event, but the tapes could have depicted any event honoring the Senator. I was stunned when the digitized video came back and I saw President Kennedy’s motorcade,” said Arizona Collection curator Rob Spindler.

Unfortunately, the tapes ended just before Senator Hayden took the podium to reminisce and introduce the President. Undaunted, Spindler approached Tom Chauncey Jr., who assisted him in locating a third tape that provided the balance of the surviving footage.  “We were fortunate to recover the videos in time”, said Spindler. “There are very few working two inch videotape machines left in America and we found a preservation firm that could do excellent work.”

Dr. David Berman of ASU will discuss the significance of the video and the event on Eight’s Horizon this Tuesday November 17th, the 54th anniversary of the event. These videos were preserved with the generous assistance of the Luhrs Family Endowment.

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Written by:  Rob Spindler, curator, Arizona Collection

Image information:  ST-M2-4-61 President John F. Kennedy, Senator Carl Hayden, and Vice President Lyndon B. Johnson, John F. Kennedy Presidential Library and Museum

Oct 30, 2015 · Featured resources

The Times Digital Archive, 1785-2009

What is it?

The Times Digital Archive, 1785-2009 is a full-text online collection of EVERY page of The Times (of London) in its original format.  The Times is one of the world’s leading newspapers of record.  It is an invaluable primary research resource for 19th and 20th century history and culture. 

Who is it for?

Anyone interested in primary research on 19th and 20th century British or World history or culture.  It is useful for students at all levels, and essential for many serious students and scholars. 

What will I find there?

Everything published in The Times in its original format (facsimile).  It is a fascinating and complete day-by-day chronicle of world events as they happened and unfolded.

When should I use it?

When appropriate to your assignments or interests, especially if historical primary resources are needed.  Or use it right now.  

What if I need more help?  Contact Ask a Librarian or your subject librarian  – we’re always ready to help you with your research.

Oct 22, 2015 · Open Access

Open Access Week is winding down for this year. We had lots of fun editing Wikipedia on Monday as part of the global OA Week Editathon. The Editathon is still going strong - you can still participate or track the progress here:

We also had a fantastic time on Tuesday with our panelists: Katie Hinde, Kevin McGraw, Jason Raymond, and Stephanie Schreiner, discussing open access journal publishing. We filmed the discussion and will share it soon!

Here are some #OAWeek highlights:

Thanks for joining us for this year’s Open Access Week!

Oct 21, 2015 · Open Access

Open Data is research data that can be freely used, reused and redistributed by anyone. It’s no longer enough to have access to a whitepaper or an article that discusses the results - the data are just as important for future research.

Increasingly, institutions that support research – from public and private research funders to higher education institutions – are exploring policies that require researchers to produce data management plans that explicitly cover how they will make their data available, and under what terms. Publishers and journals, such as the Public Library of Science, are starting to require that the data upon which an article is based must be made accessible alongside the article. Broadly communicating results and making research data broadly accessible and fully available for reuse encourages new research through the reanalysis of existing data, further leveraging the value of a research investment.

One of the most visible sources of open data is the U.S. Government, at, which was developed in response to the 2013 Open Data Policy, which requires newly-generated government data to be made available in open, machine-readable formats, while continuing to ensure privacy and security. This has been a remarkable resource for new applications and sources of knowledge - there is a great list of measurable impact that having this data available has made.

Here are a few important resources to learn more about open data:

For more open data resources, see the open data box on

For more on research data, go to

Oct 19, 2015 · Exhibits

Exhibit:  Remembering Our Fallen From Arizona

Location:  Fletcher Library, West campus

Available:  October 28 - November 4, 2015, during normal library hours


We must remember these American Heroes and speak their names when we see their family members.  We can never forget those who sacrificed everything for our freedom,” said Bill Williams, co-creator of the memorial.  “While this memorial is about those who have died, it was created for the living…to help the families in their grief, while reminding the rest of us of the terrible price paid for our freedom by our current generation of military.” 

A very emotional memorial, “Remembering Our Fallen,” is a stark reminder of the ultimate sacrifice made by 150 Fallen from Arizona killed in The War on Terror while wearing our country’s uniform in a war zone.  The photo memorial, which includes military and personal photos of each of Arizona’s Fallen.

The financial sponsor of the memorial is Bellevue University, a private, non-profit University in Bellevue, Nebraska.  Founded in 1966, it has been a military-friendly school for 45 years. Bellevue University was an early adopter of distance learning and is now a leader in online education with students in every state and 55 foreign countries, including Afghanistan and Iraq. More information can be found at:

This memorial, and 17 other state memorials representing half of our country’s Fallen since 9/11/01, has been created by Patriotic Productions, a non-profit organization headquartered in Omaha, Nebraska.  The goal is to complete a memorial for every state.

More information can be found at: or  


Oct 19, 2015 · Open Access

Open Access Journals, or “Gold” open access, are a great way of making scholarship more visible and available to a wider audience. They are free to the reader, so there are no paywalls or barriers to getting access. Most open access journals are peer-reviewed, with the same standards for scholarship as traditionally published journals.

The Directory of Open Access Journals (DOAJ) is the best place to look for open access journals. Journals have to meet some basic requirements in order to be included, and journals that meets high standards of publishing ethics and openness are marked with the DOAJ Seal. If you ever have questions about whether an open access journal is legitimate, the DOAJ is the first place to go.

If you published in a traditional journal, but still want to make your article openly available, it’s likely you can archive it in a digital repository - usually an institutional repository, like the ASU Digital Repository, or a disciplinary one such as or SSRN. This is called “Green” open access. The Directory of Open Access Repositories is a good place to look for a repository for your work.

The ASU Scholarship Showcase Collection includes recently published articles from ASU authors. For this year’s Open Access Week, we are doing an article drive to add a goal of 250 articles to the collection! We’re contacting authors to request specific articles that we’ve already identified, but if you’d like to contribute your article to the drive, send an email to and we’d be happy to include it!

Oct 19, 2015 · Open Access

Frustrated by the increasing cost of textbooks? Trying to find quality curriculum for your courses without paying a fortune? Open Educational Resources (OERs) are here to help, taking all the principles of open access and applying them to education as a whole.

For students, OERs like open textbooks or fully open courses, means you can get a quality education with no textbook costs or free courses.

For teachers and instructors, open educational resources give you the ability to remix, reuse, revise and redistribute educational content without worrying about copyright restrictions.

ASU has a commitment to expand access to a quality education to everyone, which wouldn’t be possible without exploring the options that open educational resources bring. Our partnership with EdX to offer the Global Freshman Academy is a great example of the possibilities that are available..

Stay tuned for more on OERs during Open Education Week next spring!