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For questions related to the library, research, library collections and other archival materials, Ask a Librarian is a click, text, email or call away.
Ask a Librarian connects the ASU community with library professionals who are standing by to assist you with any research question and who’ve abundant strategies on how to find high quality resources. The online chat service has extended its hours: Monday-Thursday from 8 a.m.-9 p.m. and Friday from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.
While Hayden Library has been quieter these days, the library’s 3D printers have been humming all week – thanks to Victor Surovec and the round-the-clock work he and his staff are undertaking, as part of Arizona State University’s COVID-19 emergency response.
Over the last week, Surovec, the Program Coordinator for the ASU Library Makerspace, has been the only human in a space defined by collaboration, helping ASU produce hundreds, possibly thousands, of face masks and face shields, in critical short supply, for those working on the front lines of the pandemic.
“It’s a big ASU effort and I'm proud that the Makerspace is part of it,” said a sleep-deprived and socially-distanced Surovec via Zoom call on Tuesday afternoon. “I’ve got seven 3D printers going constantly. I’m in production mode.”
Working amidst a pandemic is challenging enough, but Surovec says his work is complicated further by the fact that the Makerspace was not designed for mass producing supplies but rather prototyping solutions to real-world challenges.
“All the machines are different, requiring different software, so each machine means a new project," he said. "It’s time consuming and labor intensive, but it’s all we have right now. I’m trying to find that happy medium between quality and quantity given the circumstances.”
The Makerspace is just one of many ASU units that has been repurposed to help combat COVID-19.
Surovec, who has been riding his bike to campus every day to get some fresh air and keep his spirits up, sees libraries as unique, collaborative spaces where maker culture can thrive. He says he’s looking forward to a time when the ASU community can come back together again in the same space.
“The strength of the Makerspace is collaboration, where you tackle a problem together, and doing this in a space where you have access to all the needed stuff, the tools, the resources," he said. "It enables us to do things in a cleaner, more creative and efficient way. But, right now, we just have to get these supplies out to the medical field.”
That’s top priority, he said.
Victor Surovec has been making stuff his whole life. He holds a BFA in Sculpture from Arizona State University and has more than a decade of experience working in makerspaces, where he has taught everything from woodworking to 3D printing, to learners of all ages, from 12 to 80. He is interested in the connections between project-based learning, community collaboration and the creative spaces that support innovation.
With a focus on marginalized student identities (African American, LGBTQ, Chicano/a, differently abled, Asian Americans, Indigenous populations, etc.), the symposium seeks to center underrepresented communities and their varying intersections, and the need for community-driven archives.
The symposium invites ASU students, faculty and community members committed to activism and social justice for two days of panel discussions, performances, a Latinx history walking tour, and other activities in Hayden Library.
The ASU Library and its Community-Driven Archives team are pleased to welcome keynote speaker, Reyna Montoya, the founder and CEO Of Aliento, a community organization that is DACA, undocumented and youth-led, and Documenting the Now, a tool and community developed around supporting the ethical collection, use and preservation of social media content.
Funded by the Institute of Museum and Library Services, the Project STAND symposium will feature a variety of performances (hip-hop, opera and dance) and panel discussions, including:
Emerging Voices of Student Activism in Indigenous Communities
Hear first-hand from student activists in the ASU indigenous community. Traditionally, student voices in the indigenous community have not been well represented in archival collections. How can we build relationships, increase trust and understanding, and perhaps empower indigenous students to capture their own histories?
Archives as Activist Praxis in Arizona
Preserving diverse voices in community and institutional archives is a form of resistance against sytemic oppression. This panel will focus on past and current student activism at ASU and in Arizona, and how students at diverse levels of the educational pipeline are using archives to create and preserve counter-narratives.
Representation and Overcoming Silences in University Archives
How can institutions better represent marginalized communities in University Archives collections? Given the mandate and mission of University Archives (to capture the history of an institution), how can professionals support students as the creators and custodians of their own histories?
The Future of Community-Driven Archives in Arizona
Archivists and community archivists in Arizona are working to address issues of underrepresentation and exclusion in Arizona's historical records. This panel will address the work being done to develop community-driven archives around the state and the future of archival practice in Arizona.
All ASU faculty are invited to an interactive open house on the third floor of the newly renovated Hayden Library to learn more about and get connected with the ASU Library’s researcher support resources.
Researcher Support is part of the library's full suite of services aimed at supporting researchers across all phases of the research life cycle – everything from grant funding to data management and data storage.
The open house slated for Wednesday, Feb. 19, from 2 to 4 p.m., is an opportunity to:
Join other researchers in learning about new and expanding resources to support research projects.
Meet with a diverse group of experts who can help you identify research and funding opportunities.
Experience hands-on demonstrations and information sessions.
Learn more about the ASU Library and Knowledge Enterprise Development partnership.
On Arizona State University’s most populous campus, a welcome gift has arrived for Sun Devils on the first day of the spring semester — a sleek, new, state-of-the-art library.
Capping off a $90 million renovation, ASU’s Hayden Library, originally built in 1966, has been reinvented and reopened for the 21st century, with an eye toward maximum accessibility, engagement and support for the university’s growing student population.
Hayden Library’s revamped five-story tower, which sits at the center of ASU’s Tempe campus, now features nearly double the student space, enhanced study areas, community-driven book collections, two reading rooms, a variety of research services and interdisciplinary learning labs, and an entire floor devoted to innovation.
Spectacular campus views and abundant natural light, courtesy of floor-to-ceiling windows and the Arizona sun, come as a bonus, says University Librarian Jim O’Donnell.
While many of Hayden’s iconic midcentury design elements remain, there are some wonderful additions too, including a gold staircase — a nod to Sun Devil spirit — and a welcome mural honoring indigenous cultures, directed by Wanda Dalla Costa, an architect and professor in the Herberger Institute for Design and the Arts.
There are hallways that literally sparkle.
“Everything about Hayden is meant to make students feel at home and comfortable and supported — so it can be the place where they can reach higher, go farther and surprise themselves with the success they’re capable of,” said O’Donnell.
Following the 22-month construction and closure of Hayden tower, perhaps the most obvious indication of the library’s reinvention can be seen in its wide and welcoming plaza and above-ground entryways — a striking departure from the underground entrance that has been used solely since 1989.
Upon entering, visitors are greeted by two large and stately reading rooms, designed to draw attention and provide greater access to the ASU Library’s Distinctive Collections, encompassing millions of primary source materials, rare and unique objects spanning centuries.
Although the dust may still be settling in Hayden Library, one thing is clear: The books are back.
It took approximately 20 days, 30 truckloads and 9,000 new shelves to bring the books back to Hayden — along with four years of careful planning for how those books would be displayed, curated and delivered, and how they would best serve the university community.
Now, over 30 different collections are on the shelves and ready for exploration.
"Our team employed a community-centered and data-informed approach to designing the collections for Hayden Library," said Lorrie McAllister, associate university librarian for collections services and strategy, who leads the ASU Library’s Future of Print initiative.
With support from the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, this three-year initiative to reinvent the future of print for ASU explores the interests, needs and expectations of 21st-century academic library users.
"We are grateful for the chance to experiment and activate our open stacks as opportunities for engagement and inquiry," McAllister said.
In 2017, McAllister co-authored a widely shared white paper on emerging design practices that is now shaping the curation and delivery of academic library print collections at ASU at a time when campus space and digital resources are in high demand.
As a result of this work, ASU students, faculty and staff will encounter a series of newly featured collections on nearly every floor of Hayden Library — collections such as "Untold Histories" and "The Southwest Before the U.S."
These collections and others like them have been selected and curated in collaboration with ASU students and faculty. Each collection is university-inspired and strategic in design, driven by data and reader interest.
"A great example of how the 'Future of Print' project has influenced the Hayden collections design is our new Sun Devil Reads collection, designed with students and in-person browsing in mind, organized by themes and with lots of eye-catching cover art," McAllister added.
While many books have returned to Hayden Library and are being showcased in new and inviting ways, those books that have not returned to Hayden will be housed at Noble Library or in the ASU Library’s high-density collection at the Polytechnic campus, where they will be available for fast-turnaround delivery.
Last semester, the ASU Library began offering book delivery and self-service lockers for the quick and convenient pickup and return of library materials.
As the renovation of Hayden Library comes to a close this month, an exciting milestone is afoot: the return of the books.
Each day, thousands of books make their way back to Hayden Library, in anticipation of the library's re-opening for the first day of the Spring 2020 semester on Monday, January 13.
Once shelved, the books will have a whole new look, as the concept of open stack collections has been redesigned for ultimate engagement.
Backed by data analysis and deep conversations with the ASU community, the print collections that will appear in Hayden Library will be more visible and usable, more flexible and user-driven, and more inclusive and high quality for ASU's students and scholars.
Learn more about the new open stack print collections coming to Hayden Library in January 2020.
In addition, the ASU Library has set out to increase, enhance and diversify student study spaces in the new and improved Hayden.
Moving away from the study zone system of the past, the ASU Library has implemented a variety of work and study options. Learn more about the study spaces coming to Hayden Library.
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 5 reasons why:
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Arizona State University will host the fourth national forum of Project STAND (Student Activism Now Documented) for a two-day symposium on the importance of student activism and the need to document historically marginalized voices.
With a focus on marginalized student identities (African American, LGBTQ, Chicano/a, differently abled, Asian Americans, Indigenous populations, etc.), the ASU Library aims to center underrepresented communities and their varying intersections, and the need for community-driven archives.
Funded by the Institute of Museum and Library Services, the symposium is an invitation to students, faculty and community members committed to activism and social justice. Individuals and small groups are invited to submit a proposal on topics relating to the symposium’s theme: “Archiving from the Intersections and Community-Driven Archives.”
Topics might include:
Privacy, ethics, power of consent
Student activism as emotional labor
Students as creators, custodian and historian
Silences in the archives
Archivists as activists
Community-driven archives and outreach
Digital inclusion and preservation
Language and representation
Intergenerational and intersectional archives
Generational trauma and healing
Right to be forgotten
The deadline for proposals is Friday, December 13. Proposals should be no more than 300 words. Notification of acceptance is January 10, 2020. For more information, contact Assistant University Archivist Shannon Walker at firstname.lastname@example.org
Are you a student, staff or faculty member at ASU interested in collaborating on research and/or building your data research skills?
Then come join us for Open Lab, a weekly event taking place every Wednesday to get connected with ongoing and available projects that engage maching learning, data visualization, text and data mining, network analysis and more.
Whether you're a student, faculty member or researcher, all are welcome to join Open Lab, which is divided into two sessions, occurring every Wednesday beginning Sept. 11:
Data science for newcomers: 10 a.m. to 12 p.m.
Advanced projects and topics: 1 to 3 p.m.
Based in Hayden Library and affiliated with the Biosocial Complexity Initiative, the Unit for Data Science and Analytics provides opportunities for project-based work and learning. All disciplines and skill levels are welcome.
The Unit for Data Science and Analytics also mentors students and teams in formulating their own experiments and studies. One of its main goals is to cohort students and set them up with project experience that they can use in their academic and professional careers.
High school students engage in summer program of coding, 3D design
For Jesse Lopez, the opportunity to partner with Upward Bound, a federally-funded academic program for college-bound students from underfunded communities, was a chance to pay it forward, since Lopez had once participated in the program himself.
“I came from a culturally rich but super broke L.A. community, so Upward Bound introduced me to the idea of attending college and helped me every step of the way in high school to be accepted and attend UC Santa Barbara,” said Lopez, who completed residential summer programs with Upward Bound at Harvey Mudd College and UC Davis throughout his high school years.
Now, the director of student success for the ASU Library, Lopez is working to increase academic support services for one of Arizona State University’s fastest-growing populations: first-generation students, who make up 35% of ASU’s undergraduate and graduate student population.
Lopez says partnering with Upward Bound is one way to support first-generation students by giving them the skills they need before they even enter their first year of college.
“This was the ASU Library’s second summer hosting Upward Bound, and this year we offered a curriculum based in technical literacy with a focus on coding and 3D design,” said Lopez. “A lot of these students come from schools that don’t have makerspaces or technical literacy programs, and few of them know coding or have had experience on 3D printers. What better environment for them to learn these skills and how to apply them than in the library makerspace?”
Awash with 3D prototypes, vinyl cutters, sewing kits, microcontroller kits and projects near-finished and others abandoned, the Hayden Library makerspace is truly a laboratory for learning — in all of its glorious stages.
There is a lot of tinkering, and it can be messy.
“Messy learning is the best,” said Victor Surovec, coordinator of maker services for the ASU Library. “Our goal is to get everyone in here playing and having fun. When you make, you take in a lot of knowledge. You’re engaging with the material in a dynamic way, so you’re constantly having to adapt. The maker mindset is a good mindset for learning.”
Each weekday morning over the summer, between 9 a.m. and 10 a.m, the makerspace comes to life with the sounds of 27 soon-to-be high school sophomores spending a good portion of their summer vacation learning how to code and create.
During their first week of classes, the students learned how to design and build 3D paper masks.
The mask-making was led by Surovec’s fellow maker Sarah Lankenau Moench, assistant professor of costume technology in the School of Film, Dance and Theatre within ASU’s Herberger Institute for Design and the Arts, who regularly uses the library makerspace to engineer costumes and other stage materials, lead workshops and stay informed about the various free resources available to ASU students.
"Learning how to create a mask means taking a 2D design and translating that into a 3D object. It's sculpture!" Lankenau Moench said. "Masks are manageable in size and can be made with a variety of materials. They can be playful, evocative and expressive. I gave the students the option of starting with mask patterns designed by a company called Wintercroft. Having a pattern meant everyone had the opportunity to go through the process of sculpting their materials."
Under her instruction, the Upward Bounders incorporated various maker technology into their masks. Some students layered on digital elements, such as lights, fans and thermostats. (“If their mask gets to a certain heat, their fan will automatically turn on,” said Surovec.) While others devoted more time to painting their mask.
"It is so inspiring to come back several weeks later and see the explosion of creativity that came out of each student reflected in their masks," Lankenau Moench said. "The maker movement has made it possible for anyone to discover their inner artisan."
At the end of the program, each student took home the mask they designed and made, along with their very own Arduino electronics starter kit — a tool that both Surovec and Lopez say they hope will get used often.
“Giving them each an Arduino kit to take home is a way of continuing to provide them the access and opportunity needed to master the skills they learned here,” Lopez said. “They can keep applying them to new projects.”
Surovec added, “Working on a project can be an incredible motivator for learning.”
About 10 to 25 students make weekly visits to the Hayden Library Data Science Lab to connect with collaborators, mentors and projects around data science.
The open labs, which take place every Wednesday from 1-3 p.m, have been increasingly popular with students, who benefit from problem sponsors, or “clients.”
"Open labs are sessions where all students who want to work on data science can come in and learn, collaborate and practice through project-based curriculum," said Michael Simeone, director of the Unit for Data Science and Analytics. “It’s a great example of a new form of outreach and collaboration with students.”
Simeone and David Little, Data Scientist, recently hosted Rachel Phillips from the Desert Data Science group in Phoenix. Phillips presented on the professional ins and outs of being a data scientist as well as examples from her work consulting with SRP and Neudesic.
"It was a really good perspective on what it means to be a working data scientist," said Simeone. "These kinds of speakers are important to prepare students for their lives after ASU."
ASU students use the open lab to pursue projects in peer groups, listen to guest speakers and instructional sessions, and both present and work on projects they’re doing with the data lab.
On Wednesday, March 27, ASU students are invited to a special open lab workshop from 1-3 p.m.
A new book display coming to Hayden Library in January 2019 will explore the unique and bizarre objects that people collect – everything from Mickey Mouse memorabilia to Star Wars action figures.
The latest from The Future of Print initiative, “Collecting Collections” will be on display through February with the goal of highlighting the interests and hobbies that fuel the act of collecting and examining the collecting practices of museums and libraries.
Visitors of the bookstore-style display are invited to discover and develop their own critical perspectives on practices of collecting, as they gain a deeper understanding of library collections.
“Collecting Collections” is part of a series of experimental projects exploring new ways to encourage engagement with ASU Library print collections.
The Future of the Arizona State University Library Print Collection: A Collaborative and Data-Driven Approach to Stack Design and Curation project is funded by The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation. For more information, visit https://lib.asu.edu/futureprint.
An extremely rare, first-edition copy of a 17th-century literary work by one of the world’s most fascinating female writers has found a home at Arizona State University.
The writer is Sor Juana Inés de la Cruz (circa 1651-1695), the premiere poet of the Americas, a celebrity in her day and now considered an early feminist, who joined a convent in order to devote her life to the study of science, philosophy, writing and art.
The book, or booklet, is "Neptuno alegórico," an essay commissioned by the archbishop of New Spain, or Mexico, in 1680, documenting the arrival of the new Spanish viceroy.
In the essay, Sor Juana describes an arch that was used for the viceroy's procession into Mexico City and the classical artwork that decorated it. The booklet was printed unbound and in limited number to be given as gifts.
Just two known original copies exist.
“This is a rare ephemeral document that is now the anchor of our colonial Latin American collection at ASU Library,” said Seonaid Valiant, curator for Latin American studies at the ASU Library. “The piece is well-known, often included in collections of Sor Juana’s writing, and lets us study a unique style of printing.”
Sor Juana’s essay depicts the new viceroy as Neptune, emerging from the sea, a display of the breadth of her classical knowledge, says Valiant.
“She was self-educated and knew all the great classical scholars. Because we have the first edition, we get to see the essay before her corrections were incorporated in the third edition,” said Valiant. “It’s a fascinating document.”
An American individual
Nothing about Sor Juana’s life is ordinary.
She built one of the largest personal libraries in the Americas, learned how to read by the age of 3, and declined many a marriage proposal, ultimately becoming a nun in an effort to continue her self-directed scholarship.
Born in New Spain, she joined the Order of Saint Jerome, or Hieronymites, in order to further cultivate her intellectual life, which at the time was not reserved for women.
“She entered a convent in order to be a scholar, slowly showing that her writing could be a benefit to God,” said Valiant. “She cared deeply about the quality and purpose of her life, and vocalizing this made her an American individual. Sor Juana uses the word ‘I’: She tells us, ‘I have ambition. I have needs.’ She is one of the first Americans to say this.”
By the time Sor Juana wrote "Neptuno alegórico," her literary accomplishments were becoming better known throughout Spain and New Spain.
“It was this booklet that launched her secular career,” said Volek, the author of several critical writings about Sor Juana’s work. “It will stimulate research already done on her at ASU and will further strengthen the national standing of ASU as a powerhouse and a well of knowledge.”
Valiant, who facilitated the acquisition, is working to grow the Latin American collection at ASU Library, which was established in the 1970s to support faculty and graduate students doing work in this period.
“These earlier books are harder to find, but it is important to have them at hand in order to study the content as well as the history of the book,” she said.
When Hayden Library, Arizona State University’s largest library, re-opens in 2020, its open-stack print collections will have a whole new look.
The future display, curation and delivery of books at ASU, and how those books interact with the heavily digital-dwelling community in which they are present, is the focus of the Future of Print initiative, an exploration into the behaviors, needs and expectations of 21st-century academic library users.
Led by ASU Library, the initiative addresses specific needs of today’s public universities, and has resulted in a widely shared white paper and a three-year grant from The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation.
Lorrie McAllister, Associate University Librarian for Collections Services and Analysis, and Shari Laster, Head of Open Stack Collections, is now leading the Future of Print into its next phase: experimentation.
Here, Laster discusses these experiments and how they aim to inspire new thinking around the design of inclusive, high quality and user-focused print collections for research and learning.
Question: This fall, the library is experimenting with a series of collection experiments. Can you tell us more about them?
Laster: ASU Library has a lot of ideas about how people and books get connected together. We came up with a list we are calling “10 Compelling Ideas” and we’re trying out some of these ideas in different library locations and in other spots on campus. This fall, we have several mini-projects, or experiments, in motion.
Surprise Me! is a collection of poetry and drama at Fletcher Library on the West campus. The books in this collection are being shelved spine-backward in order to invite students to explore an unexpected collection.
Another project, Vamos Argentina! Books, Tango and Meteors, is an exciting series of talks and events that is drawing attention to the collection of Argentine literature currently housed at Noble Library on the Tempe campus.
At the Downtown Phoenix campus, we are featuring Health Humanities Horizons, a collection curated in collaboration with faculty whose research and teaching intersects with the CLAS certificate program in interdisciplinary health humanities.
We’re also cooperating with Barrett, the Honors College to assemble a mini-library in a student-friendly environment, in addition to planning a mini-collection for Hayden Library that’s all about the act of collecting, what we collect and why we collect.
Q: With digital interfacing consuming more of our time and attention, what are some unique strengths of the print medium?
Laster: Books mean different things to different people. While digital content certainly has many advantages, accessing and using a book in print format is a specific experience that can bring about a different form of interaction with the content. We all have different ways of learning and absorbing information. We hope that allowing for the possibility of a book to “catch the eye” of a passerby will enrich the experience of our spaces.
Books also have a physical presence in library spaces. Print books are often considered an essential component to creating a thriving learning environment. For example, they can make a room more conducive to study and focus. This project takes into consideration which books we are presenting in and around spaces where students study and learn. By making parts of our collections more visible, we add another layer of learning where users can physically be immersed in the collections.
Q: University libraries have always been a source of academic support for students. How does this initiative, focusing on print materials, connect to the success of ASU students?
Laster: When Hayden Library re-opens in 2020, it will be a destination on the Tempe campus for studying, research and classroom learning. It will also be a place for the campus community to relax, take a break and explore new ideas. We want to create collections that make library spaces more welcoming and inviting. We also want to use print books to present new perspectives on academic disciplines and research, and to inspire innovation and discovery. By helping everyone who enters the library to see our collections in a new light, we also give them a new way to explore ideas that matter to their success at ASU.
Q: How can people participate in these experiments/mini-projects?
Laster: Visit the collections and leave us feedback! Visitors can expect to see emoji stickers for a quick shortcut to speaking your mind. Anyone can borrow the books on display, so pick up and check out what looks interesting to you.
We also want to hear from the ASU community about the library collections that make you feel welcome in our spaces. Anyone is welcome to send me a note at email@example.com.
The popularity of data science has grown steadily over the last decade with the advent of big data and the much-buzzed-about analyses of Nate Silver.
In 2012, the Harvard Business Review coined data science “the sexiest job of the 21st century.” This year, USA Today named it one of the fastest-growing, highest-paying jobs in the U.S.
Leaders in the technology industry, from commerce to computing, are intently focused on getting as much knowledge from data as possible.
Now, the wrangling of data to uncover solutions, make predictions, formulate deeper questions and identify opportunities has found a home at the university library.
Michael Simeone, director of Data Science and Analytics at ASU Library, sees Arizona State University as an ideal ecosystem for the applications of data science and the library as a critical resource to support it.
The key, he says, is collaboration.
“Data science isn’t done in isolation. It’s inherently collective and interdisciplinary, which is why ASU is the perfect place for it,” said Simeone, an assistant research professor affiliated with the Biosocial Complexity Initiative, the Department of English, the Institute for Social Science Research, and the School of Sustainability. “My focus at the library is connecting researchers with information and with each other.”
Along with fellow data scientist David Little, Simeone aims to spread that message Sept. 17–21 as part of Data Science Week, a series of open-house events for students and faculty to gauge interest and raise awareness about the new library lab and the research and partnership opportunities it can foster.
Come speak out on behalf of the books, ideas and works of art that have been banned, censored or challenged throughout human history.
In recognition of Banned Books Week, an annual celebration of books and our right to read them, ASU Library is hosting a Read Out, a public reading of books, newspapers, plays and other texts that have been banned, challenged or restricted in some way, or that speak to the issue of freedom of speech.
The Read Out will take place from 11:30 a.m. to 1:00 p.m., Tuesday, Sept. 25, on the north side of the Memorial Union on the Tempe campus.
The theme for this year’s Banned Books Week, sponsored by the American Library Association (ALA), is “Speak Out.”
Events related to Banned Books Week are set to take place at all ASU libraries on all campuses during Banned Books Week, which is September 23-30, 2018.
Tell us what kind of opportunities you’re interested in – learning, research, collaboration – and we’ll be in touch with ongoing and available projects that engage machine learning, data visualization, text and data mining, network analysis and more.
It’s no secret that college is demanding of your time and energy – but with the right supports, the journey can be incredible and well worth the investment.
Here are 7 ways to get help from ASU Library:
1/ Check out materials. Information resources can be delivered right to your device or preferred library location. If we don’t have what you’re looking for, we will find a way to get it (often within 24 hours) through Interlibrary Loan.
Also, did you know the library has more than just books and articles? You can check out games, movies, calculators and culture passes.
2/ Connect with a librarian. ASU Library has more than 30 liaison librarians who are all experts in their fields. They are available for in-person meetings and research consultations in addition to quick questions via email. Have a quick question? You can also connect via instant chat!
3/ Get help with your research. When it comes to research, ASU Library provides comprehensive support – everything from primary sources and citations to data management and copyright assistance.
4/ Be creative. ASU Library is home to a suite of makerspaces and audio/video production studios, where access to high-tech tools and opportunities for creativity collide. Learn some new skills, make some new friends and take advantage of our free 3-D printing.
5/ Find your space. Sometimes you just need some space. Across four ASU campus locations, ASU Library is home to a variety of outstanding spaces for quiet study, group study, collaboration, research, training and teaching, art installation, exhibits and even meditation/prayer.
6/ Think outside the box. Explore all the possibilities through two interdisciplinary research centers: the Map and Geospatial Hub and the Unit for Data Science and Analytics. Connect with a growing and diverse community of students, researchers, faculty and practitioners in the pursuit of innovative research and novel discovery methods.
7/ Explore the archives. ASU Library is home to several world-class collections, including the Greater Arizona Collection and the Child Drama Collection, the largest theatre for youth repository in the world. Access to collections can deepen learning, spur new thinking and bring your studies to life.
Don’t forget our hours and locationsand your Sun Card for late-night library access.
And check out our ASU Digital Repositoryfor full access to our online archives, including image downloads, documents and other historic materials.
For the first time ever, thousands of high-quality archival materials – photographs, documents and correspondence – chronicling the early history of Grand Canyon National Park (1890-1940) have been made digitally available to the public through a partnership between ASU Library, Northern Arizona University’s Cline Library and Grand Canyon National Park.
Coined 100 Years of Grand, the project commemorates the upcoming centennial of the legislative creation of Grand Canyon National Park in February 1919 and aims to enhance public understanding of the park’s history by weaving together several decades of cultural, geospatial, entrepreneurial, documentary and administrative archival history.
“Materials made accessible through this project will be of benefit to visitors to the park who may want to enhance their experience and historical understanding of the Grand Canyon,” said Rob Spindler, university archivist for ASU and the project’s director. “Students, teachers and historians at all educational levels will be able to acquire and reuse these materials for class lectures, assignments and related writings and research. Arizona businesses that rely on Grand Canyon tourism will also be able to use these materials in the development of their advertisement and marketing efforts.”
The archival materials – photographs, documents, ephemera, maps, correspondence and original manuscripts – have been digitized, presented and delivered via three Arizona repositories.
“The public can gain access to the materials through various ways, but the easiest would be through lib.asu.edu/Grand100,” Spindler said. “Many of the materials in the digital repositories have rarely been seen since they were created. These amazing artifacts tell a bigger story about Grand Canyon National Park.”
This project is supported by the Arizona State Library, Archives & Public Records, a division of the Secretary of State, with federal funds from the Institute for Museum and Library Services.
The ASU Library acknowledges the twenty-two Native Nations that have inhabited this land for centuries. Arizona State University's four campuses are located in the Salt River Valley on ancestral territories of Indigenous peoples, including the Akimel O’odham (Pima) and Pee Posh (Maricopa) Indian Communities, whose care and keeping of these lands allows us to be here today. ASU Library acknowledges the sovereignty of these nations and seeks to foster an environment of success and possibility for Native American students and patrons. We are advocates for the incorporation of Indigenous knowledge systems and research methodologies within contemporary library practice. ASU Library welcomes members of the Akimel O’odham and Pee Posh, and all Native nations to the Library.