The Library Channel

May 29, 2018 ·

Image of the lobby of the first floor of Armstrong Hall, showing the skylight and artwork.Looking for extra study space on the southeast side of the ASU Tempe campus? Look no further than the newly renovated Armstrong Hall.

Now home to the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences dean, administrators and staff, Armstrong Hall also boasts two levels of student study space staffed by ASU Library and is open after-hours until 10 p.m., Sunday through Thursday, during summer session.

Students will have access to an active learning classroom, group study rooms, event space and academic support from an ASU librarian. There is also an Einstein Bros. Bagels on the ground floor.

Although the building has been remodeled, students will encounter familiar furniture in Armstrong Hall that was relocated from Hayden Library’s upper concourse, now closed due to the Hayden renovation.

Familiar faces from both Hayden Library and Noble Library will also be present in the new space.

In addition to two staff members from each library, First Year Experience Librarian Ashley Gohr will have some office hours in the new space with an emphasis on academic support for first- and second-year ASU students. Daphne Gill, Learning Services Manager for Noble Library, will manage the space.

May 10, 2018 ·

Last year, Arizona State University announced plans to relocate the Thunderbird School of Global Management to its Downtown Phoenix campus – further embedding Thunderbird and its iconic graduate programs into the ASU community.

“This is an incredible opportunity for Thunderbird to broaden its mission and have an even greater impact on students and the businesses and organizations with which the school partners,” said Allen Morrison, CEO and director general of Thunderbird, in a story published Dec. 12, 2017 in ASU Now.

Thunderbird’s move, now underway, is an exciting new chapter for ASU; however, it brings with it a bittersweet ending for ASU Library employees who worked out of the campus library: the International Business Information Centre, known fondly to its staff and patrons as “IBIC.”

On May 9, the IBIC Library closed its doors on the Thunderbird campus after 24 years of serving the campus community as a "favorite spot" to explore, work and come together. Staff and student workers from IBIC have since relocated to Fletcher Library on the West campus.

“As operations wind down at the IBIC, I feel so fortunate to have worked in a place I truly enjoyed coming to each day,” said Allison Leaming, ASU librarian, in the library’s Engagement and Learning Services department. “The IBIC was always welcoming – filled with clever, cheerful students and friends. When I think back on my time here, what really makes me stop and think ‘How lucky am I?’ are the amazing people that have surrounded me through the years. There have been so many changes, but one constant is the wonderful staff family that made the IBIC the best place to work, and a favorite spot for the Thunderbird community to gather, work and learn. I will cherish my IBIC memories and look forward to embracing new adventures.”

ASU Archivist Shannon Walker, who began working at IBIC in July of 2010, says she has many happy memories of her time there.

“From the very first time I entered the building, and every day since, I have been struck by the unique architecture, incredible natural light and amazing art collections,” said Walker. “It has been a pleasure working in this building for the past eight years. We have enjoyed many memories here, as library staff and in our interactions with Thunderbird students, staff, faculty, alumni and many honored guests. It will be sad to see the doors close, but we know it is just the end of one chapter and the beginning of another. We look forward to new opportunities on Thunderbird’s horizon!”

According to Christina Peck, Learning Services Manager for ASU Library, IBIC will have a small service point in the Arizona Center once Thunderbird has finished its relocation downtown this summer, in preparation for the Fall 2018 semester.

May 09, 2018 ·

New online processes for requesting materials through ASU Library’s One Search will become available May 14 on in an effort to expedite delivery of materials from outside libraries and give users more options in requesting them.

For items owned by ASU Library, the initial process for placing a request on an item will remain the same. However, when requesting materials that are not available at ASU Library, a new function will allow users to select from a set of preferences indicating how they would like to proceed.

This is a change from the previous One Search setting that automatically processed requests for materials from external libraries through Interlibrary Loan, a supplemental service that is used when the material needs of students, faculty and staff cannot be met with ASU Library resources.

Now, users will receive a notice providing options for how, where and when they would like to receive the desired materials not owned by ASU Library before requesting them — giving the user more control and enhancing the efficiency of library processes.

To learn more about requesting items through Interlibrary Loan, visit the ASU Library Guide.


May 07, 2018 ·

Image with POW written sound effectIn celebration of Free Comic Book Day (May 5) and Phoenix Comic Fest (May 24-27), the Downtown Phoenix campus Library pop culture display is showcasing ASU Library's diverse collection of graphic novels, books and movies. 

With select materials about or by artists who will be guests at this year's Phoenix Comic Fest, ASU librarian Angela Cole says the display has generated a lot of interest.

"One student asked if the comics were free to take," Cole said. "We gently clarified that they were free to 'check out' and then take and enjoy!"

In addition to raising awareness about the Phoenix Comic Fest, which will take place within close proximity to the downtown campus, the display offers a bit of summer fun, and was intended as a source of relief for students recently frazzled by a long week of final exams.

"We were hoping to spread a little joy during finals season and to show our students that we have so much more in our collection," Cole said. "We hope to make next year's even better!"


Apr 24, 2018 ·

With the Hayden Library renovation in full swing, ASU students can find refuge in Noble Library, which is now open 24 hours, five days a week, with added seating.

Yes, that’s right: more space to study and extended hours at Noble.

ASU Library has added 150 more seats at Noble Library for students seeking alternative study spaces during the two-year renovation of Hayden Library. Open Sunday at 10 a.m. through midnight on Friday, Noble Library will be a round-the-clock haven for your academic needs.

For those hard-at-work students who make it through a long night of studying and need to refuel for the day, the Noble Starbucks opens each morning at 7 a.m.

For more information about the Hayden Library renovation, visit

Apr 24, 2018 ·


Your paper is due at midnight. Your roommate just got dumped and needs to talk it out. And the status of your group project is a mystery to all.

Don’t worry. You’ve got this.  




Here are 6 reasons why:

  1. ASU librarians. Helping you succeed is not just a thing they’re good at – it’s in their job description. Let them help you. They want to help you. It’s why they’re here.
  1. Online help.  Your questions about citations, keywords and research databases already have answers, and you can find them on our FAQs page, where librarians are also available for online chat. Relax – if you have a connection to the internet, there is hope.
  1. Group study rooms. Maybe it’s time to figure out what’s going on with your group project. Several types of group study spaces are available at our libraries to support those necessary conversations and collaborations. Gather your group and get it done.
  1. Quiet and silent study. No signs of your roommate quieting down any time soon. Have no fear – ASU Library quiet and silent study is a thing, and it’s here for you. It’s a magical place where devices go silent and your thoughts thank you.
  1. Counseling. Not a library service, but a great resource nonetheless, offered to ASU students who may be feeling like they need to talk to someone. You’re not alone. Also, you may want to suggest it to your roommate.
  2. Reflection Room. Hayden Library is home to the Reflection Room, a small, quiet space where one can leave the frenzy of college life behind and unplug, meditate, pray or simply just be. Sometimes you just need a moment to reboot.

Relax, take a breath. You’ve got this.

Apr 19, 2018 ·

If you want to know something about scholarly activism and indigenous communities, the office of David Martinez would be a good place to start.

It’s the collective home of every book ever nominated for the Labriola Center American Indian National Book Award, now in its 10th year. (Check out a full list of Labriola book award winners.)

As chair of the selection committee, Martinez has literally surrounded himself with a decade’s worth of research — as many as 200 books — by indigenous scholars, Native and non-Native, around issues of environmental justice, sexual violence, historical representation and tribal sovereignty.

“We get anywhere from 12 to 20 nominees each year,” said Martinez, an Arizona State University associate professor of American Indian studies, who was recruited in 2008 by ASU Foundation Professor Donald Fixico and Regents’ Professor Peter Iverson to create a distinguished book award that honored scholarship in American Indian history and related fields.

At the time, there were few book awards within American Indian studies, but this has changed. From year to year, Martinez has seen a notable increase in opportunities for indigenous people-focused projects.

“Now more than ever, American Indian studies is relevant to the national discussion on democracy, which has come under assault. Nobody knows that better than tribal communities who have not always had their voices heard or counted toward policy decisions made on their behalf,” he said. “This is a time to pay attention to those voices.”

On the importance of visiting

Criteria for the Labriola book award emphasizes that the research be developed out of a meaningful relationship with the community on which it’s focused.

“The research must serve some need the community has, as opposed to research for the sake of research,” said Martinez, explaining that the idea stems from “our own intellectual history” — a standard set by Vine Deloria Jr., in his “Indian Manifesto” ("Custer Died For Your Sins," 1969), in which he criticized the social sciences for generating research that didn’t do the communities any good. “His belief was that work on Native communities must also work for Native communities.”

Deloria’s philosophy of socially embedded, use-inspired research — certainly a driving force at ASU — guided the work of Elizabeth Hoover in her 2017 book, "The River is in Us: Fighting Toxics in a Mohawk Community," this year’s winner of the Labriola award. 

Hoover said the book came out of “kitchen-table conversations” with friends, workers, leaders and scientists in the remarkable upstate New York Mohawk community of Akwesasne, along the St. Lawrence River, who partnered up to develop grass-roots programs aimed at fighting environmental contamination and the threats it posed to their land, health and culture.

“There is something to be said for the importance of visiting and how it can impact a project,” said Hoover, the Manning Assistant Professor of American Studies at Brown University. “These slow-simmering conversations gave me the impetus for wanting to look at these health studies and how people were responding to them. I had friends working in a gardening group who made me want to think more about the impact of food and the way that contamination has these collateral impacts as well, such as concerns over exposure that cause people to avoid food.”

Hoover, the fourth consecutive Native American woman to receive the Labriola book award, says she wants people to find her work useful and for other Native communities to see what Akwesasne has accomplished.

“I want people to have this information and for other people to be inspired by this work, including scientists,” she added. “Some have written me to say they’re thinking about their work in a different way now.”

‘An ongoing awareness’

Martinez said Hoover’s book is an elegant example of a project that brings together the best in indigenous scholarship with the real-world needs of the community.

“Hoover is becoming one of the leading figures on the issues of food sovereignty and environmental justice for American Indians,” he said. “In the next five to 10 years, her work will be as important as Winona LaDuke’s.”

For most people, environmental crises emerged in the 1960s — but from an American Indian perspective, tribes have been deeply concerned about the impact of development on the environment since the first settlers appeared.

“The diverting of rivers and streams, the changing of non-farm land into farm land, the impact of mining and the railroads — Native people have always been alarmed by what’s going on,” Martinez said. “Hoover’s book represents an ongoing awareness among American Indians that the development that has been occurring in their lands since the time of colonialism has been creating this ever-going environmental crisis.”

In the face of such crises, the books that practically spill over the shelves of Martinez’s office are proof of indigenous resilience and, more importantly, resistance.

“It’s one thing to overcome the hardships that come with living in a colonial system,” Martinez said. “It’s another thing for those tribes to enact a political agenda that rebels against power and brings about real change.”

You can learn more about Hoover and her book at a special reception and Q&A session, hosted by ASU Library’s Labriola Center, from 3 to 4:30 p.m. Tuesday, April 24, in C2 of Hayden Library.

Photo by Deanna Dent

Apr 10, 2018 ·

The Downtown Phoenix campus Library staff, student workers and librarians are sharing their favorite collection items in an exhibit to celebrate National Library Week, April 8-14.

Library student worker Melovee Easley chose “Night Train to Lisbon” and “I’ll Give You The Sun” as her recommended reads.

“(Night Train to Lisbon) tells a mysterious story that we have all visited at least once in our imaginations,” Easley writes. “It offers us a chance to expand and explore life, love and loneliness through the corners of consciousness.

“It is a rhetorical read that shakes our understanding of how language can define us and the structure of our relationships,” Easley continues. “It exemplifies how escapism influences our reality and challenges the way we interpret life around us.”

Easley’s other pick, “I’ll Give You The Sun,” is …”(an) authentic youth novel (that) leaves you dizzy with affection for the universe’s infinite possibilities. It is a story about our will to survive and represents how an open heart can be a canvas for those to become art.

“It invites you to live authentically and ride the turbulent waves life presents,” she adds. “Each word reads like petals slowly falling off a tree, reminding us to remain light, gentle and a symbol of our own expression.”

Library Information Specialist Senior Jackie Young chose Niccolo Machiavelli’s “The Prince,” F. Scott Fitzgerald’s “The Great Gatsby” and Oscar Wilde’s “A Woman of No Importance” as her top picks.

“Machiavelli’s ‘The Prince’ is required reading for anyone who wants to understand matters of power and politics,” writes Young. “Although it was written in the 1500s, much of the author’s conclusions and advice still seems to make sense in a world of constant war and shifts in political sentiments.”

“F. Scott Fitzgerald’s ‘The Great Gatsby’ is so compelling,” Young explains, “because unrequited love can happen to anyone and while it is tragic, there is also something beautiful about it that appeals to the romantic heart in so many of us.”

“Google a few quotes from Oscar Wilde’s ‘A Woman of No Importance’ and you will see what sheer fun mixed with deep social commentary is involved in this extraordinary play. The only thing better than reading it is seeing it performed by good stage actors. Here’s one example of dialogue: ‘Every woman is a rebel, and usually in wild revolt against herself.’”

Health Sciences Librarian Janice Hermer chose John Howard Griffin’s “Black Like Me,” JRR Tolkien’s “Lord of the Rings,” and Jane Austen’s “Persuasion” as her recommendations.

- Jackie Young, Engagement & Learning Services, ASU Library

Apr 05, 2018 ·

The book collections of two students at Arizona State University are currently featured at Noble Library, as part of an open stack community curation project called Required Reading.

ASU Library selected freshman Rachel Hagerman and sophomore Emerald Peist through a process in which students submitted essays describing more than a dozen books that are truly meaningful to them and may serve as either inspiration to or a challenge for their fellow students.

“I’ve always appreciated a good coming-of-age story,” writes Peist, an economics major in the W. P. Carey School of Business, who chose the theme “Books That Make You YOU” for her collection. “Books like ‘A Tree Grows in Brooklyn’ and ‘Jacob Have I Loved’ have always resonated deeply with me.”

Among the 18 books Peist chose as having most influenced her personal development, more than half are novels examining social change that were penned and published in the 20th century – with the exception of “I Am Malala,” a 2013 memoir by the world’s youngest Nobel Prize laureate, Malala Yousafzai.

“Coupled with the coming-of-age theme that can be found in several of these books, we can start to see how social evolution has repeatedly found its roots in the youngest generation of the time,” writes Peist.

Hagerman, an English major, chose the theme “Freshman Challenge: 21 Books for the Class of 2021.”

“Each book challenges you to consider different perspectives, consider a different time period or think in a new way,” writes Hagerman. “As a freshman, you are being challenged to consider new perspectives as you learn to live more independently.”

With a collection strong in science fiction (Bradbury, Orwell, Huxley and Shelley), Hagerman wonders aloud, through the act of curation, about the significance of art, knowledge and one’s relationship to the world and with others in a society largely driven by progress.

Other selections from Hagerman, such as “The Little Prince” by Antoine de Saint-Exupéry and Thornton Wilder’s “Our Town,” explore the beauty and pain of ordinary human existence.

“What is happiness? How do we achieve it?” asks Hagerman, referring to Aristotle’s “Nicomachean Ethics,” which also made her list.

The books we read

“If books have the power to change minds and lives, then the ways in which we approach, select and share them matter greatly,” says Associate University Librarian for Collections and Strategy Lorrie McAllister.

“At ASU Library, we are adopting new strategies when it comes to curating our print collections,” said McAllister. “Our overall goal is to build active, living, growing, inclusive collections that inspire, educate and foster inquiry for our ASU constituents and the surrounding community. One approach is to co-develop book stacks with students, such as this Required Reading project. It’s an opportunity for students to voice their interests, share meaningful works with others and help to build the Library’s collections for future Sun Devils.”

McAllister’s work in this area contributes to a three-year project aimed at reinventing ASU Library’s strategy and practice for open stack print collections, which was recently awarded a grant from The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation.

Jim O’Donnell, University Librarian, adds, “Because ASU Library holds over 4 million books, we are experimenting with ways to develop 'human scale' book stacks and find moments to engage students, faculty and our communities with great works of literature, trusted disciplinary resources, reference materials and books read just for fun. We hope that these students’ selected books will catch the attention of passersby to ignite their own meaningful interactions with these works.”

The collections of Hagerman and Peist are now on display at Noble Library, which is open 24 hours a day, five days a week.

Mar 30, 2018 ·

Park Central Mall was the first shopping mall in Phoenix, Arizona. Its current renovation has led to the discovery of materials – photographs, advertisements, microfilm reels and signage – that provide a cultural glimpse of Phoenix in the 1950s.

Those materials made their way to ASU Library this week, as part of the official transfer of archival materials to the Greater Arizona Collection, part of the library's Distinctive Collections, currently housed at the Polytechnic campus, where the Park Central Mall Collection will be processed.

 “When you trace the history of Park Central Mall, you can see how Phoenix went from being a small town to being one of the largest cities in the United States,” said Matthew Delmont, director of ASU’s School of Historical, Philosophical and Religious Studies, in a recent ASU Now article.

The collection’s curator, Renee James, was on site to welcome Delmont and receive the materials.

“We, at ASU Library, are so pleased to add the Park Central Mall Collection to Distinctive Collections, Greater Arizona Collection,” said James. “This collection documents the unique and valuable history of the Park Central Mall, and highlights its place in Phoenix history.”

The public is invited to the Phoenix Public Library at Park Central, Saturday, April 7, at 9 a.m., to share their memories of Park Central Mall. The event will be hosted by the School of Historical, Philosophical and Religious Studies.