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May 15, 2020 ·

The ASU Library is open for remote services only during summer sessions A, B and C. 

For questions related to the library, research, library collections and other archival materials, Ask a Librarian is a click, text, email or call away.

Ask a Librarian connects the ASU community with library professionals who are standing by to assist you with any research question and who’ve abundant strategies on how to find high quality resources. The online chat service has extended its hours: Monday-Thursday from 8 a.m.-9 p.m. and Friday from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. 

For information on requesting and borrowing materials, see ASU Library Updates & Support during COVID-19

For information about how to request laptops and hotspots, visit technology lending. Also check the Ask a Librarian FAQs

The ASU Library is committed to supporting students and faculty during this period of online-only instruction. We urge you to learn more about library resources that are accessible anywhere.

May 07, 2020 ·

Nancy Godoy, Associate Archivist of the ASU Library's Chicano/a Research Collection and leader of Community-Driven Archives Initiative, has been named a 2020 “Mover and Shaker” by the Library Journal for her pioneering work that reimagines the role of archives as safe, inclusive spaces for Arizona’s minority communities to reclaim authorship over their own history.

“Arizona’s archives are dominated by white narratives that romanticize a ‘wild west’ history,” says Godoy, who was awarded grant funding in 2017 from the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation to develop and execute a series of strategies to make Arizona’s historical records more accurate and inclusive – part of a response to an Arizona Archives Matrix report that estimated  Latinx, African American, Asian American and LGBTQ communities make up more than 42 percent of Arizona’s current population but are only represented in 0-2 percent of known archival collections.

In its final year, the grant project has steadily grown, garnering further support from the Arizona State Library and taking on new life with the recent launch of the ASU Library Community-Driven Archives Initiative.

“Our team has moved beyond just focusing on collection development to ensuring that people from under-documented communities are truly able to engage at all levels of the archival process,” said Godoy. “Unlike traditional archives, who only measure success by how many collections they acquire, we are measuring our success by how many people attend our events, how many people feel empowered, and how many relationships we build.”

Working with a variety of community partners, including the Palabras Bilingual Bookstore, the Community-Driven Archives team, led by Godoy and Alana Varner, project archivist, regularly hosts and co-hosts educational workshops for the public on how to preserve one’s history.

Workshops include “Scanning and Oral History Days,” an event that offers free photo scanning and use of audio recording stations, and “Community History and Archives Workshop,” where participants train to be a community archivist in the span of two hours – learning the ins and outs of archival theory and how to arrange and organize materials by subject, date or size.

Workshop attendees receive an Archive Starter Kit containing supplies and a brochure on preservation in both English and Spanish.

“The distinction between ‘community-based’ and ‘community-driven’ archives is important because the latter puts the power in the community to make the choices they need to make in order to document their history,” says Godoy. “In academia, we often tell people what we think but they have knowledge and lived experiences that make them experts too. It shouldn’t just be us taking care of history. We’ve done that in the past and we’ve excluded people.”

The Library Journal defines a “mover and shaker” as someone who is transforming the work of libraries and the communities that use them. Godoy is among 46 individuals named to this year’s cohort.

“Nancy Godoy, through her leadership, creativity, compassion and drive, is redefining what it means to be an archivist today,” said Lorrie McAllister, Associate University Librarian for Collections and Strategy at the ASU Library. “She challenges all of us to raise the bar for library engagement and to take relationship-building between communities and academic institutions to new levels.” 

Godoy also has a forthcoming article on archival healing and justice (often leading to an emotional response her team lovingly refers to as the “archives glow”) to be included in the Journal of Critical Library and Information Studies special issue on radical empathy in archival practice. 

“One of my favorite things about this work is that community members are learning how to create a story that speaks to their reality,” said Godoy. “They are redefining what an archive is, what should be included, and who should have access to community archives and history.”

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Apr 24, 2020 ·

As stay-at-home orders swept the globe last month, an abundance of free resources quickly emerged, available for teachers moving to online learning, parents looking to educate their children at home and adults seeking alternative ways to continue their learning and education.

For teachers and professors, this new normal meant adjusting lesson plans and curriculum to fit an online-only model while making resources as free and openly accessible as possible.

With Arizona State University gearing up for an online-only summer session, ASU scholarly communications librarian Anali Perry offers tips for transitioning to online teaching and discusses the benefits of creating a world “where each and every person can access and contribute to the sum of human knowledge.” (Cape Town Open Education Declaration)

Question: Coronavirus is reshaping the ways we access information and contribute to knowledge. Do you see this as a lasting change?

Answer: During this current crisis, as we’ve seen in past epidemics like the Zika virus and Ebola, governments, health organizations and research funders plead that all research related to the issue at hand be made freely and openly available to everyone so that researchers can learn as much as they can, as quickly as they can, in order to develop a vaccine or treatments that can help mitigate the spread of the disease. What’s astonishing is that we only do this every time there’s a crisis, instead of making it the standard for how we share the results of scholarship. Once the crisis is over, we have a tendency to just return to the status quo.

Clearly, we acknowledge the benefits of open access, that by sharing work without paywalls, by making research results openly available, we contribute more effectively to the scholarly conversation and produce more rapid results. This crisis blatantly exposes the weaknesses of our current system of sharing information and advancing knowledge. I hope that, moving forward, we can work with publishers, funding agencies and scholars to build on existing successful models and make open access to scholarship the norm, not the exception.

Q: People may not be familiar with the terms “open access” and “open education.” Can you explain and distinguish them from one another?

A: When we talk about open access, we mean that results of scholarship — usually scholarly articles — should be freely available for everyone to read and learn from, as well as free of most copyright restrictions to enable and encourage new scholarship.

Open education is the philosophy of freely sharing educational resources and practices to encourage others to reuse, remix, redistribute, retain and revise for their own purposes. Open education reduces textbook and course material costs for students and improves learning outcomes by empowering students to be more engaged with their studies.

Both open access and open education share the qualities of being free to access as well as less restrictive in their use and reuse. They only differ in their primary purpose and target audience.

Q: More and more learning experiences will be shifting to virtual environments. What are some tips you have for teachers, instructors and faculty who may be entering the world of online teaching for the first time?

A: As you prepare for summer sessions and start thinking about fall 2020, I definitely recommend strategically considering what course materials you include and not just relying on the same materials you used in person. Digital course materials, especially those that are openly available, enable more flexibility and equitable access for both you and your students.

  • Avoid using print-only resources if you can. Not only is the physical library collection restricted at this time, but there are continued supply chain disruptions that make it difficult for students to purchase or receive their texts in a timely manner. A great goal for right now is to default to using course materials that are available digitally.
  • Remember the ASU Library has millions of e-journal articles, e-books, databases, streaming audio and streaming video, including free access to the New York Times and the Wall Street Journal.
  • Take advantage of Library Reading Lists, which make it easy to collect e-resources from the library as well as links to other websites: Organize them as appropriate for your course and share them with your students. 
  • Consider using open textbooks or adopting other open educational resources if you can. They’ll be easy for your students to access — often including very affordable print versions — and can be tailored to your learning outcomes. There are many recommendations on the Open Education library guide.
  • Take advantage of streaming videos. ASU Library provides access to thousands of streaming video titles, ranging from theater to dance, from psychology to documentaries, and from research methods to Shakespeare.
  • If the multimedia you need to assign is not available through ASU Library or freely online, check to determine online availability. JustWatch includes multiple commercial streaming platforms, beyond the well-known Netflix, Hulu and Amazon. It’s a great resource to share with your students to let them choose the viewing option that works best for them.

We are happy to work with you to find the best materials for your course, whether in our collections or freely available online. Just ask a librarian!

Apr 10, 2020 ·

While Hayden Library has been quieter these days, the library’s 3D printers have been humming all week – thanks to Victor Surovec and the round-the-clock work he and his staff are undertaking, as part of Arizona State University’s COVID-19 emergency response.

Over the last week, Surovec, the Program Coordinator for the ASU Library Makerspace, has been the only human in a space defined by collaboration, helping ASU produce hundreds, possibly thousands, of face masks and face shields, in critical short supply, for those working on the front lines of the pandemic.

“It’s a big ASU effort and I'm proud that the Makerspace is part of it,” said a sleep-deprived and socially-distanced Surovec via Zoom call on Tuesday afternoon. “I’ve got seven 3D printers going constantly. I’m in production mode.”

Working amidst a pandemic is challenging enough, but Surovec says his work is complicated further by the fact that the Makerspace was not designed for mass producing supplies but rather prototyping solutions to real-world challenges. 

“All the machines are different, requiring different software, so each machine means a new project," he said. "It’s time consuming and labor intensive, but it’s all we have right now. I’m trying to find that happy medium between quality and quantity given the circumstances.”

The Makerspace is just one of many ASU units that has been repurposed to help combat COVID-19. 

Surovec, who has been riding his bike to campus every day to get some fresh air and keep his spirits up, sees libraries as unique, collaborative spaces where maker culture can thrive. He says he’s looking forward to a time when the ASU community can come back together again in the same space.

“The strength of the Makerspace is collaboration, where you tackle a problem together, and doing this in a space where you have access to all the needed stuff, the tools, the resources," he said. "It enables us to do things in a cleaner, more creative and efficient way. But, right now, we just have to get these supplies out to the medical field.”

That’s top priority, he said.

Victor Surovec has been making stuff his whole life. He holds a BFA in Sculpture from Arizona State University and has more than a decade of experience working in makerspaces, where he has taught everything from woodworking to 3D printing, to learners of all ages, from 12 to 80. He is interested in the connections between project-based learning, community collaboration and the creative spaces that support innovation.

By Britt Lewis

Mar 23, 2020 ·

During the current crisis, Arizona State University is doing everything it can to guarantee access to high quality digital tools and resources for education to ensure that learning continues on a grand scale.

Whether you’re looking for teaching or training materials, or just a good read, the ASU Library has you covered.

The library has curated a collection of digital learning resources as part of ASU For You, a collection of online educational content, at low or no cost to the user and for all learners.

Stay on track with these free open educational resources curated by the ASU Library.


Mar 20, 2020 ·

Photo of Hayden Library by Jarod Opperman
Dear students,

By now you are fully immersed in figuring out how to be a college student under these truly historic circumstances – and you should know we’ve got resources to help. 

While the challenges we face are unprecedented, ASU’s ambitions for you remain unchanged: to see you leave us prepared to achieve your greatest dreams and make a real difference for your communities.

We understand that in this moment you will need every bit of help we can offer, and so we feel this is an excellent time to remind you of some of the extraordinary online resources you have access to through the ASU Library:

  • One Search
    A Google-like search engine in which you can readily limit your search to online-only resources provided by ASU and one of many advanced tools the library offers, including over 650 research databases and a custom link to Google Scholar connecting you with full-text sources that are available at the library.
  • Library Guides
    Wherever your curiosity leads you, the library has a guide – 487 of them, to be exact. When writing a paper or beginning your research, these guides can point you to the best databases to use on any topic and show you exactly how to cite your sources.
  • Ask a Librarian
    During the current crisis, Ask a Librarian has extended its hours: Monday-Thursday from 8 a.m.-9 p.m. and Friday from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. If you get lost or confused, or just don’t know where to start, our online chat service can connect you with library professionals who are standing by to assist you with any research question and who’ve abundant strategies on how to find high quality resources that Google will never tell you about.
  • Free digital news subscriptions & streaming services
    Have you activated your free news subscriptions to the New York Times and the Wall Street Journal? As an ASU student, you also have free access to thousands of films and documentaries through the streaming services Kanopy and Films on Demand.
  • E-books
    Ebook Central is currently offering unlimited access to thousands of e-books to ASU users. Also, be sure to browse our E-Book Collections.

If you have not yet explored the vast digital landscape of the ASU Library, now is your opportunity to make yourself a power user of this powerful system. While our physical materials are out of reach at this challenging time, the library is still here for you – and we want you to succeed.

With best wishes,

Mark Searle                                                                                    Jim O’Donnell
Executive Vice President and University Provost                    University Librarian

Mar 19, 2020 ·

During the current crisis, the ASU Library's online chat service Ask a Librarian has extended its hours: Monday-Thursday from 8 a.m.-9 p.m. and Friday from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.

For any questions related to the library, research, library collections and other archival materials, Ask A Librarian is a click, text, email or call away. Also check the Ask a Librarian FAQs.

Ask a Librarian connects the ASU community with library professionals who are standing by to assist you with any research question and who’ve abundant strategies on how to find high quality resources.

Learn more about the library's COVID-19 response

Mar 07, 2020 ·

For her work teaching Arizona communities how to preserve their digital-born archival materials, Nancy Godoy,  Associate Archivist of ASU Library's Chicano/a Research Collection, has been awarded $80,111 in grant support by the Library Services and Technology Act program of the Arizona State Library, Archives & Public Records, a division of the Secretary of State, with federal funds from the Institute of Museum and Library Services.

The grant, “Community-Driven Archives: Digital Preservation Workshop,” will focus only on digital preservation, an area of need discovered while hosting educational archival workshops in the community as part of a grant award she received in 2017 from the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation.

“A lot of communities over the last 10 to 20 years have been producing all of this digital content and don’t know what to do with it,” said Godoy. “Civil rights organizations, especially, have all their history in digital formats. How can we help these communities preserve them?”

Godoy is the leader of ASU Library’s newly launched Community-Driven Archives Initiative and was recently named a 2020 Mover and Shaker by the Library Journal for her pioneering work redefining the role of archives as a powerful advocacy tool for communities that have been historically marginalized, misrepresented or erased.

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