The Library Channel

Oct 24, 2016 · Open Access

Open Access Week 2016

This week, Oct. 24-28, Arizona State University is celebrating Open Access Week, an international event to raise awareness and advance open access, in an effort to reduce barriers that limit the sharing and repurposing of research data and scientific information.

Open access means providing unrestricted access and re-use to scholarly research, and has the potential to transform the traditional publishing model and how people connect with information. As an open access advocate, ASU is part of an international collection of universities and organizations committed to promoting open access. 

The theme of Open Access Week this year is "Open in Action" to encourage individuals and institutions to take concrete steps in putting open access into action. Please use the checklist to learn more about Open Access Week and how you can get involved in helping to put open access into action.

  • Open Access Week started early this year at ASU with a viewing of an OpenCon webcast, hosted by ASU Libraries, featuring Peter Suber, the director of Harvard's Office for Scholarly Communication. An archive of the webcast, discussing the current and future state of open access, is available online.
  • To learn about the open access policy in development at ASU, read the ASU Now article.
  • Follow @ASULibraries on Twitter all week to learn more about open access and ASU's involvement.
  • Join ASU Libraries for a panel discussion about knowledge mobilization and open access and how they can complement one another to ultimately advance the mission of the New American University. The event is set to take place Tuesday, Oct. 25, from 1-3 p.m., in Hayden Library, room 133. If you are unable to attend the event, you can follow @ASULibraries on Twitter for live tweets.
Oct 20, 2016 · Open Access

Open access is quickly replacing what many argue is an outdated academic publishing model, dating back to the 17th century when journals were created.

Referring to peer-reviewed research that is made widely accessible to the public at no cost to the user, open access will be celebrated Oct. 24-28 at Arizona State University, and around the world, as part of Open Access Week, a global event entering its ninth year. 

In the same way that the music industry has had to adapt to online streaming, scholarly journals are in the process of adjusting to the needs of a digitally connected world in which information flows freely.

“With the internet, people expect things to be accessible and available,” said Helene Ossipov, an associate professor of French in ASU’s School of International Letters and Cultures. “But a lot of what we do still, as academics, is not accessible, because you have to have a subscription to a journal.”

Ossipov is working to change that.

As chair of the Open Access Task Force at ASU, she is leading the charge in the University Senate to develop an institutional open access policy that would make it easier for ASU faculty and researchers to make their work as widely available as possible with few restrictions.

The policy would also give faculty the right to archive, at the very least, a post-print version of their journal articles in the ASU Digital Repository, the online hub hosted by ASU Libraries for the university’s knowledge creation.

While most faculty at ASU like the idea of open access and what it stands for, Ossipov says her job now is to make open access easier for faculty to implement, which is in line with this year’s theme for Open Access Week – “Open in Action” – taking concrete steps to move open access forward.

As part of Open Access Week, ASU Libraries will be hosting a panel discussion, Oct. 25, titled “Information, Innovation and People: Knowledge Mobilization as Open in Action,” which will discuss, in part, how open access will transform the way we prepare future scholars.

“This is the direction we’re moving,” said Ossipov. “Things change. It’s up to the publishers to adapt.”

Oct 14, 2016 · Events

Event:  Meet and Greet Reception for Dr. Lori Arviso
Date/Time:  Thursday October 20, 2016, 10:30am
Location:  Labriola Center, Hayden Library, 2nd Floor, Tempe campus

Dr. Debbie Reese will discuss her work as a librarian and Indigenous children’s literature expert at a morning reception, Oct. 20, in the Labriola Center, on the second floor of Hayden Library.

The featured speaker for the fall 2016 Simon Ortiz and Labriola Center Lecture on Indigenous Land, Culture, and Community, Dr. Reese will deliver her lecture, titled “Some Truths, but Lots of Lies: Indigenous Peoples in Children’s Literature,” later that day, at 7 p.m., at the Heard Museum in Phoenix.

Dr. Reese (Nambé Pueblo) is an activist scholar and critic, and publishes the internationally acclaimed blog American Indians in Children’s Literature (AICL). Her work provides critical perspectives and analysis of Indigenous peoples in children’s and young adult books, school curricula, popular culture and society.

Learn more

Oct 03, 2016 · collections, renovation

The United States Federal Depository documents collection has moved out of the Hayden Library, and is now at Fletcher Library on the West campus. This is the first stage of relocations necessary for what we expect to be a complete and exciting renovation of Hayden Library starting next year. When finished, the new Hayden will be a combination of traditional library and high-tech workspace, with plenty of private and group work and study space for students, a real library worthy of a great university. 

Currently the Arizona State, local, United Nations and microfice collection are still at Hayden Library.  They will soon be processed and moved to the high density fulfillment center on the Polytechnic campus.

Brad Vogus, the Government Information Librarian, and staff are still available to serve the student and faculty needs on all campuses. You can contact the Government Documents staff online  or by phone 602-543-5525 for any questions about federal, state, local, UN, and local government information, tracking U.S. Legislation, or current and historical Census data. You can also email Brad Vogus for direct assistance at or call him at 602-543-3815.


Sep 28, 2016 · services

The library has added a new feature to the ILLIAD interlibrary loan/document delivery system:  text messaging notifications.  Now you can get notified that the article or book you requested is available even faster than before, just by getting a text message on your mobile device.*

To set up text messaging alerts, log into your ILLIAD account and choose "Change user information" - then provide your mobile number and save.  It's that easy. 

If you have any questions or need assistance in any way, please contact Ask a Librarian.  We're happy to help!

* Please keep in mind that standard text messaging rates will apply



Sep 27, 2016 · Featured resources

What is it?

The 2016 Presidential Election Library Guide is a comprehensive and informative guide to everything you need to know about this year’s presidential and congressional elections including how and where to vote as well as in depth, up to date coverage on each candidate.

Who is it for?

The guide is for everyone! The guide is especially helpful to ASU affiliates and the general public wishing to stay up to date and informed about the current election.

What will I find there?

In the library guide you can:

  • Register to Vote
  • Request an Absentee Ballot
  • Download voter information such as sample ballots, voter requirements, polling place locations, voter registration deadlines, and more
  • View in depth information on Presidential and Congressional candidates including their platforms, campaign finances, and even their twitter feeds
  • Access interactive maps and polling data for the presidential election
  • Follow live election results and comprehensive statistics for the current and past elections
  • View live election news feeds and updates
  • Stream the Presidential Debates on debate nights complete with a live fact checking twitter stream

When should I use it?

You can use this guide throughout the 2016 Election Season and even after for reference and research on elections, politics, and the political process. Many of the resources and databases shown in this guide not only provide current information, but also historical information and data on elections as well.

What if I need more help? 

For more help contact the subject librarians involved in contributing to this library guide:

Sep 01, 2016 · Featured resources

What is it? The Chicano/a Research Collection is an archival repository that preserves Chicano/a and Mexican American history in Arizona and the Southwest. Since 1970, we've compiled a distinguished collection of manuscripts, photographs, books, newspapers, and ephemera. Today, we continue to acquire primary and secondary sources that complement the instructional and research needs of the ASU community and the general public.


El Chicano/a Research Collection es un depósito de archivos que preserva la historia del Chicano/a y del Méxicoamericano en Arizona y el Suroeste. Desde 1970, hemos compilado una distinguida colección de recursos primarios y secundarios que complementan las necesidades de enseñanza y investigación de la comunidad de ASU y el público en general.


Who is it for? Everyone! The collection is accessible to the ASU community and the general public.


¡Todos! La colección es accesible a la comunidad de ASU y el público en general.


What will if find there? You will find primary and secondary resources.

  • Personal Records: Material that documents an individual’s life and achievements. (e.g. Diaries, Correspondence, Oral Histories)
  • Family Records: Material that documents a family’s history and roots in Arizona and the Southwest. (e.g. Genealogy Records, Family Artifacts, Photographs)
  • Organization Records: Material that documents an organizations history and their work with a community. (e.g. Meeting Minutes, Correspondence, Financial Records)
  • Published Material: Material that focuses on Chicano/a and Mexican history and culture. (e.g. Rare Books, Newspapers, Recordings)


Va a encontrar recursos primarios y secundarios.

  • Registros Personales: Material que documenta la vida y logros de un individuo. (e.g. Diarios, Correspondencia, Historias Orales)
  • Registros Familiares: Material que documenta la historia y las raíces de una familia en Arizona y el suroeste. (e.g. Registros de Genealogía, Artefactos Familiares, Fotografías)
  • Registros de Organización: Material que documenta la historia de las organizaciones y su trabajo con la comunidad. (e.g. Actas de la Reunión, Correspondencia, Registros Financieros)
  • Material Publicado: Material que se concentra en la historia y cultura de Chicano/a y Mexico. (e.g. Libros Raros, Prensa, Grabaciones)

When should I use it? If you want to learn about local Mexican American history, visit Hayden Library, Luhrs Reading Room and use the collection!


Si quieres aprender más sobre la historia local Méxicoamericano, visita Hayden Library, Luhrs Reading Room y usa la colección!


What if I need more help?  Contact Nancy Godoy - the Archivist and Librarian of the Chicano/a Research Collection!


Póngase en contacto con Nancy Godoy - la Archivista y Bibliotecaria del Chicano/a Research Collection!


Sep 01, 2016 ·

Kathy Krzys, the archivist and curator of the ASU Libraries' Child Drama Collection, was honored in Boston recently by both the Children’s Theatre Foundation of America (CTFA) and the American Alliance for Theatre Education (AATE) at two awards ceremonies at the AATE conference in Boston July 27-31. Kathy's contributions to the profession were celebrated with both the 2016 Orlin Corey Medallion Award from the CTFA and the Campton Bell Lifetime Achievement Award from the AATE.  The Orlin Corey Medallian Award " ... honors recipients for their significant achievements for the enrichment of children in the United States and Canada through nurturing artistic work in theatre and the arts," while the Campton Bell Lifetime Achievement Award "honors an individual for a lifetime of outstanding contributions to the field."

The announcement for the medallian award chronicled Kathy's laudable professional achievements:

Katherine Krzys, archivist, actress, director, author, and theatre for youth historian, received her MFA degree in Theatre with Concentration in Theatre for Youth from Arizona State University (ASU) in 1988. For her graduate research assistantship she was assigned to transfer the finding aids for the recently established (1979) Child Drama Collection (CDC) from typewriter generated text to computers. At the time there were about 125 books and 100 linear feet of archival collections. Under Krzys' 31-year curatorial leadership the CDC has grown to become the largest repository in the world documenting the international history of theatre for youth back to the 16th century.

Krzys is committed to preserving the history of the field. There are currently 136 different collectons in the CDC, which record the contributions of professional theatres for young audiences, foundations, youth theatres, playwrights, designers, university programs and professors, national organizations, and arts educators. For more information about the holdings, see the library guide on the ASU Libraries online catalogue.

Krzys has many publications that help to document Theatre for Youth history. Included are: a biography of Sara Spencer, one of the founders of CTFA and of the first publishing company specializing in plays for young audiences; assistant editor with Ann Shaw and lead Nat Eek of the three volume ASSITEJ history; indices to journals; and eulogies to leaders in the field. She is frequently invited to deliver keynote speeches at conferences and landmark celebrations and is working on creating online tutorials recording the history of the field. 

Sep 01, 2016 · exhibits

Scholars, artists, and community members contribute to exhibition examining the importance of of the Frankenstein story. 


Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein; or, The Modern Prometheus is rapidly approaching its 200th anniversary, but its themes continue to resonate in our technological age and spawn new, complex questions about the nature of life, our role as creators, and our responsibilities to the things we bring into the world. Now, Arizona State University Libraries, in partnership with ASU’s Frankenstein Bicentennial Project, will present an interdisciplinary, mixed-media exhibition that grapples with the provocative ideas put forth in Shelley’s novel.

Opening August 31 and on display through December 10, 2016, Frankenstein at 200 examines the conditions of Mary Shelley’s world that led her to pen the original tale, along with similar scientific, technological, and social quandaries of our modern era. Is a social media hashtag a living organism? Should a painting made by a robot be considered a work of art? And what new monsters might we imagine in response to emerging technologies and new scientific discoveries?

Frankenstein emerged in a moment of great social and technological change,” said Ed Finn, co-director of the Frankenstein Bicentennial Project. “Similarly, today we are all modern Prometheans, afforded the ability to create and transform the world around us. Frankenstein at 200 demonstrates the power of Mary Shelley’s original vision, and contextualizes a centuries-old story for contemporary audiences.”

Just how contemporary audiences understand Frankenstein is also on display in the exhibition. The character and his creature have been adapted to countless books, plays, films, television programs, video games and breakfast cereals, domesticating the horror of the novel into something playful but also reflective of society and our place in it.

“Just as the creature in Frankenstein was assembled from an assortment of materials, so too is our understanding of Frankenstein as a cultural icon – a dizzying array of interpretations  patched together by our own hopes, fears, passions and inspiration,” said Bob Beard, the exhibition’s curator. Frankenstein at 200 includes contributions from collaborators across multiple disciplines at ASU – including geology, chemistry, theology and the humanities – and pieces created by members of the local community – but, Beard says, a major goal of the exhibit is to elicit additional insights from attendees. “Frankenstein belongs to all of us. Each new reading or encounter with it breathes new life into the legend, and provides a fresh set of fascinating perspectives and discoveries.”

Featuring striking original art, interactive collection pieces, and compelling reflection questions, Frankenstein at 200 is open now through December 10, 2016 on the entrance level of ASU’s Hayden Library, located at 300 Orange Mall in Tempe, Arizona. Please see the Library’s website for hours and directions.

About the Frankenstein Bicentennial Project

Launched by Drs. David Guston and Ed Finn in 2013, the Frankenstein Bicentennial Project

is a global celebration of the bicentennial of the writing and publication of Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein, from 2016-2018. The project uses Frankenstein as a lens to examine the complex relationships between science, technology, ethics, and society. Arizona State University will act as a global hub for a vast array of activities at a wide range of venues, including film festivals, scientific demonstrations, writing and artistic competitions, museum exhibits, scholarly workshops, new books, special issues of magazines and journals, and other cross-platform media experiences. To learn more visit and follow @FrankensteinASU on Twitter.


Aug 04, 2016 · Featured resources

What is it? The ASU Libraries provides all ASU students, faculty and staff a pass to and NYTimes mobile apps which gives full access to the extensive news, multimedia and archives of The New York Times without needing your own subscription. 

Who is it for?  Everyone!  This is available to all ASU students, faculty and staff

What will I find there?   Full access to the for breaking news, blogs, videos, opinion and interactive features.  This also provides full access to articles from the archive of The New York Times from 1851 to the present day, with select access to New York Times articles published from 1923 through 1980.

How can I get started?   To activate your complimentary access to visit and follow the instructions to activate your pass. Once activated, your pass will provide access to and mobile apps from any location.

What else do I need to know?  Access via group pass expires after a year, but it can be renewed. Visit to view your Pass eligibility and expiration timestamp at any time.  

Questions?  Contact Ask a Librarian - we're always happy to help you make the most of your resources.