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Feb 19, 2018 ·

Digital technology offers unprecedented means to transmit, store, and utilize information.  While a growing number of individuals and communities are able to benefit abundantly from the expanded opportunities that new technologies offer, many people live in regions where access to the internet is rare, inadequate, or non-existent.  The resulting divide hampers opportunities for educational, cultural, economic, and social development.

A growing number of independent organizations and individuals strive to provide digital information access where internet access is limited.  While making significant headway, such organizations are often unaware of others' efforts, thus missing opportunities and technical advances that could be leveraged.

In order to explore these issues and to pursue solutions, Arizona State University Library and Bibliothèques Sans Frontières / Libraries Without Borders, with the involvement of IFLA (International Federation of Library Associations), organized an international summit, Jan. 30 to Feb. 1, 2018, at the ASU Library in Tempe, Arizona, USA.

Many of us have experienced the dramatic potential of the "offline internet," meaning the systems and services designed to bring internet-accessible content to people and places without existing, adequate, and/or affordable network access.  Participants perceived "offline internet" solutions as a key step towards enabling access to and mastery of digital information and education, as well as preparing users to participate fully in global communications. 

At the ASU Tempe Summit, 30 participants representing 15 organizations discussed the key factors affecting major aspects of providing "offline internet" information to communities, institutions, and regions that currently do not have robust (or any) internet access. 

As a result of these discussions, the active participants framed the following "Tempe Principles":

  • Access to the information commons should be recognized as a fundamental human right.  We share a deep commitment to bringing meaningful, sustainable access to information resources for communities not well served by conventional access to the internet.  This commitment is very much in line with the UN Sustainable Development Goals.
  • We are forming a consortium that comprises people and organizations working together to identify common solutions, setting standards for software development, content indexing, and metadata, in the service of leveraging digital resources for communities that are not currently connected to the internet. 
  • We share the belief that common development of standards and practices can help all interested parties to achieve their goals and meet their information needs more easily and effectively.  We therefore seek a more integrated, easily-mastered user experience of offline internet.
  • We judge that open source and open access tools and content best meet the interests of the communities we seek to support.  We also see a need to champion the sharing of copyrighted materials to underserved populations.
  • Communities of interest to our consortium include mainly those the internet fails to reach:  certainly those in remote locations, post-conflict or emergency situations, and refugee communities, as well as those whose disadvantage is political (governments do not support infrastructure and access), economic (lack of resources for easy access to broadband or data plans that support information access), and social (members do not have the education or experience to access digital information).
  • We recognize the value of experimentation and exploration in developing and creating hardware devices that can function effectively in a range of challenges, from the personal to the enterprise.
  • We will engage and empower our partners in underserved communities to design and develop technologies, as well as create content collections, as peers alongside consortia members.
  • We expect to work in the space of not-for-profit and non-governmental organizations, while welcoming conversations with, on the one hand, governmental entities and, on the other, commercial enterprises that can focus attention and resources on this work in ways compatible with our principles and commitments.
  • We will not, at this time, seek legal standing.   Our governance will emphasize participation and collaboration and be open to organizations and individuals that share our principles and commitments.
  • We believe that this collaboration can help us identify potential funders and make the case to them that there are good reasons to invest in our activities.

Our next steps are to proceed along three tracks:

(1) A governance group has been formed to propose overall structure, process, and identity. 

(2) Working groups have been formed to propose objectives and goals in areas of software, hardware, content, operations, and advocacy.

(3) Meanwhile, certain agreed tasks will proceed on an informal basis.

We warmly invite additional players, participants, and collaborators to endorse these Principles and join in this crucial work.  The summit's organizers are strongly supportive of this effort and pledge to remain actively involved.

 

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Arizona State University Library:  The university charter expresses our ambition for our success to be measured not by whom we exclude, but by whom we include and how they succeed.  The aspirations of those who work on ‘offline internet’ are exactly in that spirit.  Empowered learners, master learners, and inspired teachers hold the future in their hands, and we believe this project extends the planet’s capacity to shape that future effectively.

Bibliothèques Sans Frontières:  Libraries Without Borders works to ensure that regardless of their circumstances, people throughout the world can live with dignity and the opportunity to thrive through access to information, education and culture.  This effort is not one that any one of us is able to take on single-handedly. This coalition unifies our voices in order to raise the voices of those who are not connected to internet.

IFLA:  IFLA is the global voice of the library and information profession.  Our key objectives include promoting high standards of provision and delivery of library and information services, and encouraging widespread understanding of the value of good library & information services.  This coalition actively furthers our core goals, and we are honored to play an organizing role.

 

For more information, contact:  internet.unplugged@gmail.com

Summit website:  http://www.offline-internet.org

 

Organizations Attending the Summit:

Arizona State University Library

BSF (Bibliothèques sans Frontières / Libraries Without Borders)

eGranary Digital Library

Gigabit Libraries Network

IFLA

INASP

INEE

Internet-in-a-Box

Kiwix

Learning Equality

LibraryBox

MAKAIA Foundation

Rumie Initiative

Sarawak State Library

SolarSPELL (ASU)

State Library of Arizona

Sunna Design/Moon Project

TEEAL

WiderNet@UNC

* World Health Organization (WHO)

* Observer Status

Feb 07, 2018 ·

Distinctive Collections and Archives books and manuscripts formerly housed in Hayden Library and formerly accessible at the Luhrs Reading Room will remain accessible during the Hayden Library renovation, to be complete in 2020.

While most materials will be available, ASU Library cannot guarantee that all items will be accessible at this time.

Archival specialists will make every effort to get researchers the materials they need from the library’s Distinctive Collections and Archives, currently stored offsite to preserve and protect these unique resources, which include manuscripts, books, photographs, media, ephemera, oral histories and artifacts from the following repositories:

·         Greater Arizona Collection

·         Benedict Visual Literacy Collection

·         Child Drama Collection

·         Chicano/a Research Collection

·         Labriola National American Indian Data Center

·         Design and the Arts Special Collections

·         Special Collections

·         University Archives

Due to the relocation of these collections, all requests to view materials must be made at least five (5) business days in advance to allow for identification and movement of items. Items can be requested via Ask an Archivist

Archives staff will respond to all requests within 24 hours during normal business hours (not including weekends). Scheduled visits are subject to availability of staff and reading rooms on the Tempe, West and Polytechnic campuses. Additionally, ASU Library staff can help field requests by calling (480) 965-4932.

Jan 29, 2018 ·

ASU Librarians Dan Stanton and Lisa Kammerlocher had the opportunity to travel to Rwanda as part of the SolarSPELL team, delivering information resources to places that lack internet connectivity. 

A former Peace Corps Volunteer, Stanton is passionate about local community development. Here, Stanton writes about his involvement with SolarSPELL, "contributing to the creation of the low-cost, rugged, solar-powered boxes could bring dramatic change to education in remote places," in addition to his recent trip to Rwanda. 

"Two of my greatest passions in life are travel and being a librarian," writes Kammerlocher, who works at the intersection of student success and e-learning. Here, she describes her "Top 10 Magic Moments" from her time teaching information literacy skills to students in Rwanda.

Read Stanton's blog post in its entirety.

Read Kammerlocher's blog post in its entirety.

Jan 22, 2018 ·

ASU's bicentennial celebration of Mary Shelley's novel "Frankenstein; or, The Modern Prometheus" continues – now, as part of a new traveling exhibition making its way across the United States.

Developed, produced and presented by the National Library of Medicine, Frankenstein: Penetrating the Secrets of Nature has landed at Arizona State University, where it will remain in C2 of Hayden Library through Feb. 24, before moving to the next institution.

The exhibit explores Shelley’s novel as a framework for discussions of medical advances that challenge our traditional understanding of what it means to be human. It also provides insight into the birth of Frankenstein, the life of Shelley, the scientific search for the principle of life, the transformation of the “monster” in popular culture – and is part of an ongoing national conversation about technology and what it means to be human, on the occasion of the book's 200th anniversary.

ASU Librarian Joe Buenker coordinated the exhibition, following the success of the Frankenstein Bicentennial Project, which included the 2016 Hayden Library Frankenstein at 200 exhibit. 

For questions about the exhibit, contact Joe at joseph.buenker@asu.edu

 

Jan 05, 2018 ·

The Hayden Library renovation, a major redesign of Arizona State University’s largest library, is now underway.

While service disruptions will be kept to a minimum during the two-year renovation period, some significant changes to service are now in effect:

  • The upper floors of Hayden Library (floors 1-4) are now closed to the public due to safety and security reasons.
     
  • Materials at Hayden Library can no longer be retrieved in person. Please see the Information Desk for assistance in accessing materials. (Materials with call numbers DAW-DR, located in the basement of Hayden Library, will remain retrievable.)
     
  • Increased student seating has been added to Noble Library and to the underground lower level of Hayden Library for students seeking alternative study spaces.
     
  • Beginning this semester, Noble Library will be open 24 hours a day, five days a week, to support students and faculty during the Hayden Library renovation.

 

Additional study areas can be found at other Tempe campus libraries, including Noble Library, the Music Library, and the Design and the Arts Library.

For help locating or requesting materials:

  • Ask A Librarian can help get you the materials you need. 
     
  • Library staff at the information desk can help you access your requested items. 
     
  • ASU librarians are happy to work with you to find the resources you need. 

 

Plans to redesign Hayden Library include adding multiple points of access, with greater indoor-outdoor connection; dedicating space for community gatherings; breaking the library up thematically to better facilitate navigation and research discovery; featuring and enhancing special collections; and building a smaller, highly curated academic print collection that draws from the library's 4.5 million volumes.

 

Jan 04, 2018 ·

With the Hayden Library renovation in full swing, ASU students can find refuge in Noble Library, which beginning this semester, will be 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. And beginning 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 will be open even earlier this semester: 7 a.m.

For more information about the Hayden Library renovation, visit lib.asu.edu/hayden2020.

Jan 03, 2018 ·

Arizona State University has been awarded a $380,000 grant from The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation for a three-year implementation project to reinvent the library’s strategy and practice for open-stack print collections. 

The work will enable ASU Library to design and develop inclusive print library collections for ASU Library to engage, educate and inspire scholars and learners of the ASU community.

Under the leadership of University Librarian Jim O’Donnell and Associate University Librarian for Collections and Strategy Lorrie McAllister, the project – titled “The Future of the Arizona State University Library Print Collection: A Collaborative and Data-driven Approach to Stack Design and Curation” – follows a year-long planning process supported by the Mellon Foundation in which ASU Library identified issues and options affecting the design of the next generation of open-stack print collection for a research library.

As libraries adapt to new pathways for organizing information and access in the digital age, institutions face the important challenge of preserving print collections in ways that best serve the public. What becomes of the print collection that users see on open shelves in an age when more and more of libraries’ collections are shelved offsite?  Rather than viewing these new forms of access as a threat to print, ASU Library recognizes a vital opportunity to leverage the design and curation practices in ways that engage a broader spectrum of students and scholars in new ways.

“All the scholarly work of the last generation on the history of the book has shown that physical books have always had many functions and complex social dimensions,” said O’Donnell, principal investigator. “Reading a print volume closely and attentively remains a powerful practice for learning and research at every level, but flipping the pages of a print volume in slightly more than idle curiosity remains powerful as well. Print volumes give visibility and visual character to the past and present artifacts of culture. If ‘out of sight, out of mind’ is a true-enough proverb, then what is in sight will be what is in mind – and we can control that in our libraries. How can we best shape the experience of our users in approaching our libraries by the resourceful use of print?”

“ASU is committed to serving a diverse student body and fostering a community wherein the accessibility of education is a guarantee,” said ASU President Michael Crow. “We look for ways to unlock access to knowledge and information for the broadest cross-section of students in our community, who in turn reflect the diversity of our surrounding communities. This project will not only create a sustainable model for ASU’s print collections lasting into the future, but it will also extend the depth and breadth of our students’ access to information literacy and tools for independent inquiry.”

The vision for revitalizing public engagement with print comes at a key moment in the University’s plans to renovate its largest library – Hayden Library – and grow student enrollment to 200,000 by the year 2025. As a result, ASU Library must rethink every aspect of its services in order to innovate and scale support for scholars and learners who come from a variety of backgrounds and take many approaches to their education.

“Traditional library practices often indicate the retention of books in open stacks according to highest circulation, English language and authors recognized as being part of the mainstream. ASU seeks to create a local collection designed to inspire and engage our users with more inclusive collections that more accurately reflect the user populations within ASU and our surrounding communities,” said McAllister, co-principal investigator. “We aim to keep our open stack collections as active, living, growing entities.  The books our students see on our shelves should not be treated as furniture, wallpaper, or relics not to be touched and used, but as a vital set of tools of sustaining value for the future.”

To learn more about ASU Library’s plans to maximize user engagement around print collections, read the ASU Library white paper The Future of the Academic Library Print Collection: A Space for Engagement.

Dec 06, 2017 ·

As materials move out of Hayden Library, in preparation for the library’s renovation, the Labriola Center will be moving to a new, temporary location during Hayden’s remodel, to be complete in 2020.

Beginning January 8, the Labriola Center will welcome students, faculty, staff, researchers and the public to its new location in room 305 of Fletcher Library on ASU’s West campus.

Open Monday through Friday, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., Labriola will continue to provide its same high level of service to the ASU community and beyond – offering access to its unique collections, specialized reference assistance, library skills instruction for classes and co-sponsorship of various public events.

While we understand the inconvenience this may cause, we are excited about the future of ASU Library and Labriola’s place in it.

ASU Library has entered a lively phase of its reinvention, with many books, collections and materials in transit as Hayden Library prepares to undergo a major renovation, slated for 2018-2020.

While all libraries will be impacted, students, faculty and staff can expect to see the most disruptions at Hayden Library and Noble Library on the Tempe campus.

Plans to redesign Hayden Library include adding multiple points of access, with greater indoor-outdoor connection; dedicating space for community gatherings; breaking the library up thematically to better facilitate navigation and research discovery; featuring and enhancing special collections; and building a smaller, highly curated academic print collection that draws from the library's 4.5 million volumes.

Questions about the Labriola move? Contact Joyce Martin at joyce.martin@asu.edu or 480-965-6490.

Dec 06, 2017 ·

As of December 9, the Luhrs Reading Room will be closed through January 7, in preparation for the Hayden Library renovation

Reference services for University Archives and Distinctive Collections will also be suspended during this time.

Access to materials belonging to the Child Drama Collection, Greater Arizona Collection, Chicano/a Research Collection and Special Collections will resume January 8.

Questions about reference services may be directed to archives@asu.edu or (480) 965-4932.

ASU Library has entered a lively phase of its reinvention, with many books, collections and materials in transit as Hayden Library prepares to undergo a major renovation, slated for 2018-2020.

While all libraries will be impacted, students, faculty and staff can expect to see the most disruptions at Hayden Library and Noble Library on the Tempe campus.

Plans to redesign Hayden Library include adding multiple points of access, with greater indoor-outdoor connection; dedicating space for community gatherings; breaking the library up thematically to better facilitate navigation and research discovery; featuring and enhancing special collections; and building a smaller, highly curated academic print collection that draws from the library's 4.5 million volumes.

We apologize for any inconvenience this may cause.

Dec 01, 2017 ·

Pest control has treated an isolated area of Noble Library for bed bugs, and ASU Library facility managers are doing everything they can to ensure the area is contained and the library is free of pests.

No further reports of pests have been issued.

If you see evidence of pests or hear something from someone who has, please don't hesitate to notify the library's front desk staff so we can take care of the problem. 

 

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