The Library Channel

May 02, 2016 · Featured resources

May is Jewish American Heritage Month (JAHN). In celebration of this month-long national event, the library is featuring Jewish Studies Source as the resource of the month.

What is it? This full-text database aggregates print resources from hundreds of publications in subjects such as history, philosophy, religious studies, women’s studies, political science, archaeology, anthropology, and even medical sciences. 

Who is it for? Anyone who wants to learn more about Jewish American history and Jewish civilization in general. The first Jewish community in the Americas (1630) was established in Recife, Brazil, which was then under the rule of the Netherlands. Once Portugal recaptured Brazil from the Netherlands in 1654, Jews and Protestants were expelled and on the go again. The 23 Jews who escaped Brazil by sailing into New Amsterdam established the first Jewish community in North America (see full historical timeline on the JAHM site).

What will I find there? Articles from a variety of publications—from peer-reviewed journals to newspapers, magazines, or newsletters of local communities and national organizations.

When should I use it? When researching any topic that involves Jewish civilization in the broader sense, from biblical times to current events.                                                    

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

May 02, 2016 · alert

Update 5/3 morning:  

Noble Library is open, and will be open until 2am tonight (Tuesday May 3) and tomorrow (Wednesday May 4).. The reservation group rooms and about 15 individual rooms are open,  and the open study areas on the first floor and west sides of the 2nd and 3rd floor are available.  We are hoping to have the rest of the group study rooms open later today.              

The air conditioning is up and running, but it may be a little warm and humid as the remaining moisture is being eliminated from the building..  

Holds, interlibrary loan requests and course reserves can be checked out from the Information and Check Out Desk.  However, most of the  book stacks and journals are closed off, so please request those materials online via the online catalog.    


Update 5/2 4:45pm:  Noble Library is scheduled to reopen 7am on Tuesday May 3, with access to group study rooms, silent study room, some individual study rooms and some open study areas.  Library staff will be available at the Information Desk, and all holds/requests will be able to be picked up there.

Earlier:  The Noble Science and Engineering Library will be closed on Monday May 2, due to water damage following a burst water pipe.  We are working hard to get the library reopened, and will provide an update as soon as we have additional information.

All library services and resources can be accessed via Hayden Library, which is open 24 hours a day through midnight Friday May 6.

Please contact us at 480-965-3605 with any questions.

Apr 19, 2016 · Events

Event:  History Unfolded: U.S. Newspapers and the Holocaust

Date/Time:  Thursday, April 21, 1-4pm

Location:  Hayden Library, Room C41, Tempe campus

Description:  Be a part of digital history. Join us to collaborate on the Holocaust Museum's "History Unfolded: U.S. Newpapers and the Holocaust" project.

We will find and upload historical articles about the Holocaust from African-American newspapers. Our research will support an upcoming exhibit at the Holocaust Museum and a digital exhibit at the museum's website.  

Come help us reach our goal of ASU contributing 90 new articles to this important history project.

Sponsored by:  School of HIstorical, Philosophical and Religious Studies and the ASU Libraries

Apr 19, 2016 · Events

Date:  Wednesday April 20

Time:  6-8pm

Location:  Seamus McCaffrey's, 18 W. Monroe Street, Phoenix AZ 85003

Description:  Join hosts Matthew Crane, great-grandson of George Luhrs, Sr, and Rob Spindler, Curator of the Ariozna Collection. for a discussion of a variety of Phoenix history topics.  Bring questions - join the conversation!

Apr 08, 2016 · Events science

Event:  Go Bananas for DNA:  National DNA Day

Date / Time:  Monday April 25, 9:30-11:30am

Location:  Noble Science and Engineering Library, exterior front patio, Tempe campus

Description:  National DNA Day commemorates the completion of the Human Genome Project in April 2003, and the discovery of DNA's double helix in 1953. Come join ASU researchers as they (and you!) extract and view strands of DNA.

Dr. Melissa Wilson Sayres is a professor in the School of Life Sciences, a faculty member in the Center for Evolution & Medicine, and a member of the Biodesign Institute. The Wilson Sayres Lab studies sex chromosome evolution, sex-biased processes, population genetics, and comparative genomics. The lab regularly participates in community events to promote involvement in science to all learners. They recently judged research projects at a local Middle School science fair in Mesa, AZ. The lab also engages with the public on blogs and at Ask a Scientist, and hosted a booth about genetics at ASU’s Homecoming. The Wilson Sayres lab will also be, for the second year, participating in a series of science-themed panels at Phoenix Comicon. 


Apr 06, 2016 · Featured resources

For May graduates looking for a job in an occupation that will put their new degree to work, the library is featuring the Job Search function of the Mergent Intellect database as the resource of the month.

What is it?  The Job Search in the Mergent Intellect database identifies employers who hire workers in specific occupations in the U.S., Canada, and Mexico. These illustrated instructions show how Job Search works.

Who is it for? Anyone who wants to generate a contact list of potential employers to send their resume to or who wants to research a company before a job interview.

What will I find there? The Job Search function which includes an Occupation Search that connects occupations to the industries that employ them and the companies in those industries as well as a Veterans Search that translates military occupations to civilian occupations. These are in addition to the basic search for company name and the advanced search by company criteria. The database content includes contact and background information on companies and links to competitors and industry reports.

When should I use it? When selecting companies by the occupations they hire, their geographic location, size, and other criteria or when researching background on a company.

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

Apr 05, 2016 · Events

Event:  DANCING EARTH: Embodied Ways of Knowing from Cosmology to Ecology
Date/Time:  Monday April 18, 10:30-noon
Location:  Labriola Center, Hayden Library, Level 2

Description:  Join Rulan Tangen, director, choreographer, and dancer, for an interactive lecture about the influences
and contexts of Indigenous contemporary dance.

About Rulan TangenRulan Tangen is the Founding Artistic Director and Choreographer of DANCING EARTH, noted in Dance Magazine as “One of the Top 25 To Watch”, and winner of the National Dance Project Production and Touring Grant, as well as the National Museum of American Indian’s Expressive Arts award. She is also a recipient of the Costo Medal for Education, Research and Service from UC Riverside’s Chair of Native Affairs, as well as honoree of the Native Arts and Cultures Foundation for their first dance Fellowship for Artistic Innovation. As a performer and choreographer, Rulan has worked in ballet, modern dance, circus, TV, film, theater, opera and Native contemporary productions in the USA, Canada, France, Norway, Mexico, Brasil and Argentina.

Sponsors: American Indian Studies Program; Labriola National American Indian Data Center, ASU Libraries


Apr 05, 2016 · Events

Event:  mkrservices Grand Opening

Date / Time:  Monday April 11, 1-3pm

Location:  Hayden Library, Level 2

Description:  Please join the ASU Libraries to celebrate the grand opening of our new mkrservices at Hayden Library on Monday April 11th from 1:00-3:00pm, just off the elevators on the second floor.  The grand opening celebration will begin with a ribbon cutting at 1:00pm. Throughout the afternoon, visitors will have the opportunity to visit the mkrspace and see the resources in action, including 3D printers, a 3D scanner, video editing workstations, a vinyl cutter, book scanner, sewing machine and electronic components. 

We will be celebrating with “Make your own Ice Cream Sundaes” and a photo scavenger hunt which will take you on a journey to several other lesser known resources at Hayden Library, including the new mkrstudio, which will be open soon. Attendees will also be able to enter a drawing for a one-on-one mkrservices visit. 

Mar 22, 2016 · Events science, engineering

Wikipedia Edit a Thon Ad - April 8Event:  Women in Science & Engineering: Wikipedia Edit-a-Thon

Date:  Friday April 8, 2016

Time:  1:00-4:30pm

Location:  Noble Science and Engineering Library, Room 105

RSVP: (attendees who RSVP in advance will be eligible to win a free USB drive)

Description:  Let’s increase the quality of information about women scientists in Wikipedia. There are many influential women in the STEM fields who do not have adequate Wikipedia pages. During this event you are welcome to edit pages that are of particular interest to you or edit those that have been selected as good candidates.   No Wikipedia editing experience necessary; suport and training will be provided for Wikipedia newcomers as needed throughout the event. 

The entire event will run for three and half hours;  however, you are free to stay for only a portion.

Light refreshments will be served.

Optional steps to get started:  Create your Wikipedia username

This event is co-sponsored by:  ASU Libraries, School of Life Sciences, Fulton Schools of Engineering


Mar 16, 2016 · open education, Open Access

This week, we’re celebrating Open Education Week! Open Education benefits teachers and learners around the globe by reducing barriers, increasing access, and driving innovation in education through open sharing and open formats. Open Education includes free and open access to platforms, tools and resources in education,  including learning materials, course materials, videos, assessment tools, research, study groups, and textbooks, all available for free use and modification under an open license. (from About Open Education Week)


We’re also celebrating because Arizona State University just joined the Open Education Consortium as a new member in January, 2016! The Open Education Consortium is a global network of  educational institutions, individuals and organizations that support an approach to education based on openness, including collaboration, innovation and collective development and use of open educational materials.

Here are some ways you can celebrate with us this week:

If you’re interested in joining the newly-formed Open ASU Working Group to celebrate Open Education year-round, contact Jenni Hayman at or Anali Perry at

For more information about the events or Open Education in general, check out our Open Education Week Library Guide!