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Oct 20, 2020 ·

Every year, the ASU Library takes a long, hard look at the world of scholarly publishing and traditional avenues for knowledge construction, and we ask ourselves: How can we make research more accessible and inclusive?

“Open with Purpose: Taking Action to Build Structural Equity and Inclusion” is the theme of this year’s international celebration of Open Access Week, a global, community-driven week of action to open up access to research.

This year’s theme is an invitation to examine the publishing ecosystem, both traditional scholarly publishing and newer open access models, and recognize that our systems and practices are built upon legacies of historic injustice. We acknowledge that many of the ways we communicate scholarship and research perpetuate inequities of participation and access and continue to dismiss historically marginalized ways of knowledge construction. 

Learn more about Open Access Week at

Oct 08, 2020 ·

Looking for access to reliable information about the election? 

The Wall Street Journal has partnered with ASU to provide free digital subscriptions to all students, faculty and staff, which now include a number of new election-related resources to keep you informed.

Talk 2020 is a new tool that searches years of public statements so you can track the candidates’ positions over time, hone in on the issues and get your questions answered.

2020 Election+Business Newsletter is a weekly newsletter that dives into business, finance and the election, looking at how companies are tackling the challenges and opportunities of politics and policy. 

In addition, there are number of virtual events on WSJ+ and an array of student resources at 

Activate your free digital subscription to the Wall Street Journal today:


Oct 07, 2020 ·

Make a plan to make your voice heard! 

The voter registration deadline in Arizona has changed from Oct. 5, 2020 to Oct. 15, giving voters more time to register and prepare to participate in the upcoming general election. 

According to a 2018 report by the ASU Morrison Institute for Public Policy, 45 percent of eligible voters in Arizona did not cast a ballot in the 2016 general election – putting Arizona 43rd nationally for voter turnout – and more than 65 million potential voters in the United States reported that they were unable to vote in the 2016 general election due to not being registered.

Here are 6 ways you can be #VoteReady:

  • Register to vote! (Duh!)
    If you have never voted before, recently turned 18 or have become a U.S. citizen, you must register to vote if you want to cast a ballot in the upcoming national election. 
  • Update your voter registration.
    If you recently changed your address or your name, you need to ensure that your voter registration is up to date. 
  • Confirm the status of your voter registration.
    You can check online to see what your status is as a voter and whether you are signed up for early voting or vote by mail.
  • Make a plan to vote! 
    Will you cast your ballot by mail or in person? If the latter, what forms of identification will you need to vote at your polling place? (And where is your polling place?) Due to the Covid-19 pandemic, it is even more critical that voters make a plan to vote this year. Use our handy (librarian-made) checklist.
  • Share resources and encourage others to be #VoteReady.
    Sometimes we all just need a little nudge and some helpful information. This is a good time to remind friends, students and family members to register to vote and/or to check the status of their voter registration. 


Important dates for Arizona voters:

  • November 3 is the national election.
  • Not an Arizona voter? Check to find dates, deadlines and rules for the election centers in your state. 


Library resources:


Other resources:


For additional assistance, contact Ask a Librarian. Remember to be #VoteReady on November 3! 

Oct 06, 2020 ·

The ASU Library is ending its subscription to Web of Science, effective January 1, 2021.

The decision to transition away from Web of Science to exclusive use of the Scopus index is in line with the library’s commitment to fiscal responsibility and meeting university budgetary needs.

Scopus is an abstract and citation database of peer-reviewed literature and web sources with tools to track, analyze and visualize research. Scopus provides access to a broad portfolio of peer-reviewed content from around the world.

Switching to Scopus will result in a significant annual savings, as the annual subscription cost of Scopus is far less than that of Web of Science, which carries a six-figure price tag. Both indices offer similar functionality and coverage with a 97 percent overlap in content.

To assist faculty in transitioning to Scopus, the ASU Library will be offering virtual and in-person workshops on the Tempe campus. 

For questions regarding this transition, please see the Scopus LibGuide and/or contact Ask a Librarian.

Sep 25, 2020 ·

Banned Books Week: Sept. 27-Oct. 3

It’s that time of year again, when we celebrate the power of books and our right to read them. Banned Books Week is both a joyous celebration and a stark reminder of the dangers of censorship.

Banned Books Week began in the 1980s, a time of increased challenges to books, as a way to promote and protect intellectual freedom.

“When we ban things, it’s just this gut reaction to suppress things that don’t reflect our own reality,” says ASU librarian Ashley Gohr

More than 350 challenges were made last year to library, school and university materials. 

The top 10 most challenged books of 2019, as recorded by the American Library Association (ALA) Office for Intellectual Freedom, included “I Am Jazz” by Jessica Herthel and Jazz Jennings, “The Handmaid’s Tale” by Margaret Atwood, the “Harry Potter” series by J.K. Rowling, and “George” by Alex Gino.

The impulse to censor, Gohr said, is a direct response to the inherent power ideas hold and the strength of books to spread them. 

“Books are thought of as dangerous, and they are! They contain ideas and stories that can change minds and lives.”

This year, Banned Books Week, an official ALA event, encourages us to find our freedom to read and to appreciate books for what they are: portals to discovery. 

Watch and share these #BannedBooksWeek videos:

Why ban a book?

Why was your favorite book banned?

Sep 22, 2020 ·

New York Times and Wall Street Journal

If you are a current student, faculty or staff member at Arizona State University, then you have free digital access to the New York Times (NYT) and the Wall Street Journal (WSJ).

All you need to do is activate your free subscriptions, a quick and simple process.

The WSJ service can be accessed via tablet, smartphone app or the web, and the service includes resources for faculty to seamlessly integrate content into course pages in facilitating classroom discussion of relevant and timely news stories. 

Student accounts will stay active until their graduation date, while faculty and staff will need to validate their memberships once a year.  


Films and documentaries

For ASU students, faculty and staff seeking thoughtful entertainment — everything from Chaplin to foreign and independent films — high quality video content is available to stream free of charge via the Kanopy platform.

An on-demand streaming service for public libraries and universities, Kanopy features a large, curated collection of diverse, unique and award-winning films and documentaries.

To start streaming, all you need to do is sign up.


Questions? Contact Britt Lewis at

Sep 03, 2020 ·

Sustained funding support for the Community Driven Archives initiative at the ASU Library is among 25 actions that Arizona State University has committed to launching in the 2020-21 academic year in an effort to “accelerate meaningful change” and “contribute to a national agenda for social justice,” as announced by ASU President Michael M. Crow in a Sept. 2 statement.

In the wake of the murder of George Floyd and amid Black Lives Matter protests, the ASU community was called upon to contribute their ideas and expertise toward creating an immediate plan of action toward addressing racial injustice.

ASU's 25-action plan was announced by Crow just days following the shooting of Jacob Blake in Kenosha, Wisconsin.

The 25 actions “will be undertaken with the goal of enhancing diversity, growth and opportunity for Black undergraduate and graduate students, faculty and staff,” wrote Dr. Crow, “while also expanding our academic offerings, community services and collaborative relationships to the benefit of all underrepresented groups and individuals at ASU.”

Established in 2017 with the support of Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, the ASU Library’s Community Driven Archives initiative is focused on developing and executing a series of strategies to make Arizona’s historical records more accurate and inclusive.

“Arizona’s archives are dominated by white narratives that romanticize a ‘wild west’ history,” said Nancy Godoy, Associate Archivist and Interim Head of Archives at the ASU Library, who was named a 2020 “Mover and Shaker” by the Library Journal for her pioneering work and leadership as the creator and head of the CDA initiative, which reimagines archives as safe, inclusive spaces for Arizona’s minority communities to reclaim authorship over their own history.

Godoy and her team regularly host and co-host educational workshops for the public on how to preserve one’s history, often partnering with local businesses and organizations, such as the Palabras Bilingual Bookstore. Workshop attendees receive an archive starter kit containing supplies and a brochure on preservation in both English and Spanish.

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

President Crow’s announcement marks a new milestone in the CDA trajectory with greater potential for archival healing and social justice for communities that have experienced historical underrepresentation.

Initial plans to expand the library initiative include developing a more diverse archival workforce.

Aug 27, 2020 ·

Photo by Deanna Dent
Arizona State University resumed on-campus, in-person classes on August 20, 2020. While campus life looks and feels different this semester, at least one thing remains the same: the ASU Library is committed to supporting the health and success of the ASU community.

As Sun Devils return to campus, these are some of the changes they can expect to see at the library – everything from adjusted hours to a variety of public health measures.  

All libraries are open bring your Sun Card.

During the fall 2020 semester at ASU, physical access to university libraries is limited to students, faculty and staff. A Sun Card is required to enter the buildings. Non-ASU visitors are welcome by appointment only

Before you come to the library, remember to check the hours. 

There will be no overnight hours in the library for the fall semester. Due to the university’s COVID-19 restrictions, operational hours will be limited. Be sure to check library hours before you visit. 

Study rooms are open with lower maximum capacity.

To ensure physical distancing, library study rooms have a lower maximum capacity. Most study rooms have a maximum set capacity of just two people, while some study rooms allow for three people. (There is clear signage posted outside of each study room indicating the maximum capacity.)

Mask up and no food, please.

A face covering is required inside all libraries at all times (even in study rooms, as these spaces are shared by many). Because face coverings are required in library spaces, please eat snacks and meals outdoors. Beverages are permitted, so long as you remove your mask only while drinking.

Are there laptops and hotspots available?

Laptops and hotspots are available for checkout. Due to high demand, there may be a delay in receiving the requested device. Students in need of computing technology and who reside on campus or near campus are invited to use computers in the libraries and/or the campus computing sites while they wait for their requested device to be delivered.

Why is everything spaced out?

Some library computers have been removed and furniture has been reconfigured to allow for physical distancing. Please try to keep a distance of 6 feet from others when you are in the library (about the length of Sparky’s pitchfork).

Keep it clean.

There will be frequent cleaning inside all libraries on a daily basis, and the ASU Library will make available sanitizing supplies. 

Need support? Librarians are standing by.

The ASU Library can help you with whatever you need. While you can connect with library support via a variety of platforms, this is generally a good place to start: Ask A Librarian.

Make a reservation  

The ASU Library is home to some cool research and collab spaces, including the Labriola National American Indian Data Center and the Map and Geospatial Hub. While all library research and archive units remain open, this fall you will need to make a reservation for some of them:


Visit Ask A Librarian to get all your library questions answered.

Aug 07, 2020 ·

Arizona State University is set to resume on-campus, in-person classes on August 20, 2020. In preparation, the ASU Library has begun a phased re-opening of its eight libraries:

August 6: Music Library

August 10: Fletcher Library and Noble Library

August 13: Downtown Phoenix campus Library and Polytechnic campus Library

August 17: Hayden Library

August 20: Design and the Arts Library

In coordination with the university's COVID-19 precautions, a Sun Card will be required to enter all libraries, as access will be limited to ASU students, faculty and staff. Non-ASU visitors are welcome by appointment only.

Those in the ASU community are encouraged to check library hours before making their visit, as ASU Library operational hours will differ from previous academic years.

In addition to the university’s face covering requirement, the ASU Library has put into place a number of safety precautions around the use of shared space. (Read: What to expect when visiting the library this fall)

Questions? Visit Ask A Librarian to get all your library questions answered.

Jul 28, 2020 ·

GRASP virtual conference slated for Sept. 1

Whether you’re looking to improve the quality of your data or the accessibility of your research, the ASU Library has your back.

As a presenter at this year’s ASU GRASP virtual conference (Grants, Research and Sponsored Projects), scheduled for September 1, the ASU Library will debut its new faculty-focused research support services, including research data management services and its dedicated Researcher Support team.

The annual GRASP conference is the largest faculty research conference at ASU, hosted by ASU's Researcher Support teams and sponsored by ASU's Knowledge Enterprise. A full agenda and registration can be accessed at

Be sure to check out these library-led conference sessions:

Electronic Research Notebooks: Improving the Quality of Your Research Notes and Processing Your Findings More Efficiently
ASU’s Electronic Research Notebooks (ERN) provider, LabArchives, enables researchers in all disciplines to quickly and accurately import protocols, notes, observations and other data into a secure, searchable, cloud-based platform with mobile access and sharing capabilities that keeps your intellectual property protected. Learn how LabArchives can help you store and organize your research data, facilitate collaboration, protect your work and intellectual property, and so much more. 

Experts from the Library and KED will be on hand to introduce you to the product and answer any questions you may have.


  • John Kromer, STEM Division Head, ASU Library
  • Philip Tarrant, Research Data Management Officer, Knowledge Enterprise

Research Data Management Services
Most funding agencies and many journals now expect research data to be made publicly accessible as part of a grant. Knowledge Enterprise and the ASU Library have partnered to provide you the tools, technology, and services you can draw upon as you conduct your research. 

Be one of the first to hear details on ASU Library’s new repository services enhancements including an improved user interface, metadata, digital preservation, and the addition of new research data services.


  • Debra Hanken Kurtz, Associate University Librarian for Technology Services, ASU Library
  • Philip Tarrant, Research Data Management Officer, Knowledge Enterprise 

Ask an Expert! Meet the ASU Library Researcher Support Team
Drop in to meet ASU Librarians who will answer your questions and tell you how we support everything from project planning, literature reviews, research data publishing, Electronic Research Notebooks training, data science and analytics, Geospatial Information Systems, author copyright guidance, and more.

For questions about the conference and library research support, contact Matt Harp, Director of Research Data Services for the ASU Library, at