The Library Channel

Event:  Art+Feminism Wikipedia Edit-a-Thon Meetup

Date: Friday, March 18, 2016

Time: 1:00-8:00pm

Location: Hayden Library, Room C41 (Entrance level), Tempe campus

DescriptionPlease join us for a fun, inclusive, one-day event that brings together diverse communities to create and improve Wikipedia articles related to women in the arts. Despite its wide reach, Wikipedia suffers from a severe gender imbalance: since most editors are men, articles conform to men's interests and perspectives. In an effort to change this, we are gathering diverse women and allies together to celebrate women's cultural achievements.

No Wikipedia editing experience necessary; tutoring will be provided for Wikipedia newcomers as needed throughout the event.

Light refreshments will be served.

This event is sponsored by the School of Art and ASU Libraries.

For more information about Wikipedia Art+Feminism Edit-a-thon Meetups, please visit

Feb 01, 2016 · services, resources

We're happy to announce that as of February 1st, the ASU Libraries’ My Library Account can now remember your reading history, if you decide to opt-in to the service.  This feature, frequently requested by members of the ASU community, will let you track what items you've checked out using your ASU library account.

To opt-in:  

  • go to My Library Account and click on the "Reading History" link on the left menu 
  • Click the Opt In button to activate your reading history.

The reading history will begin when new items are checked out, and items currently checked out aren't added to the history.  You can opt out of the service at any point.

Library users are encouraged to regularly monitor their reading history lists, with the understanding that the we cannot recreate the history once deleted.  

Privacy Warning: If you choose to opt-in, the information contained in the history is subject to disclosure pursuant to subpoena, warrant or court order. Please review the Libraries' confidentiality policy for more information.

Please contact Ask a Librarian with any questions about this new feature.  We're happy to help you make the most of the services we provide.



Jan 26, 2016 · Events Arizona

Event:  Phoenix History Meetup: Spring 2016 Series
Dates:  3rd Wednesday of every month (February 17, March 16, April 20, May 18
Time:  6-8pm
Location:  Seamus McCaffrey's, 18 W Monroe Street, Phoenix, AZ 85003

Hosted by:  

  • Matthew Crane, Great-Grandson of George Luhrs, Senior
  • Rob Spindler, Curator of the Arizona Collection

Bring your questions, or just come join the conversation about Phoenix history!

Jan 20, 2016 · Students

To encourage students to discover the great pleasures and satisfaction of books and book collecting, we are proud to sponsor the annual ASU Libraries Student Book Collecting Contest .

Cash prizes up to $600 can be won for a book collection that represents a well-defined field of interest, and $300 for the best essay on the collection’s subject matter. The contest is open to all ASU undergraduate and graduate students.  

Book contest application information and details can be found at:

The deadline for submissions is Wednesday February 10, 2016. Please direct any questions to

Jan 19, 2016 · Exhibits

Exhibit: Our Stories & Life’s Experiences Inform the Arts

Location: Fletcher Library at the West campus, Second and Third Floor, 4701 W. Thunderbird Road, Glendale, AZ, public parking available (Map) 

Available: January 15th – February 25, 2016 during normal library hours.

Description: Through visual arts, stories and the performing arts – universal, multidisciplinary artists showcase how these material and performing art forms might affect our mental and physical well-being.

From an art history perspective, the four universal healing salves in many shamanic societies: 
If you came to a shaman or medicine person complaining of being disheartened, dispirited, or depressed, they would ask one of four questions…

“When did you stop dancing?
“When did you stop singing?
“When did you stop being enchanted by stories? 
“When did you stop fining comfort in the sweet territory of silence?”

Waylon Lewis on Jul 26, 2012,

Artist Information: Exhibition in collaboration with South Mountain High School, Magnet Visual Arts’ Program: 

Children’s Stories: To Read, To Remember and To Reflect

Website:     |     info:     |     tel: 602-375-9553

Jan 19, 2016 · Exhibits

Exhibit: Journey through the Emerald Isle: Travel Photography exhibition by Paula G. Cullison, travel writer and photographer

Location: ASU Library at the Polytechnic campus5988 S. Backus Mall, Mesa, AZ 85212 (Map) 

Available: January 17th – April 9, 2016 during normal library hours.

Description: Journey through the Emerald Isle and Have Passport – Will Travel are two photography exhibits which reflect her love of international travel. Paula’s recent trip to Ireland gave her a sense of the magnificent beauty of the land and the strong character of its people. She encourages other to experience the joys of travel.

Artist Information: New York City born, long-time Phoenix resident, Paula Cullison has a passion for international travel.  An independent traveler, she has visited over 30 countries.

Upon graduating from college, she worked in Switzerland on an AIESEC traineeship,  and has attended several international conferences through her involvement with the United Nations Association.

Paula has published numerous international travel articles and her first book, Daughters of the American Dream.  She is a member of the Sonoran Arts League, Vice-Pres - Scottsdale Chapter of the National League of American Pen Women, and Founder of the Arizona Women’s Partnership, Inc., an all-volunteer philanthropic non-profit (

Website:     |     info:     |     tel: 602-863-9744

Jan 15, 2016 · Featured resources

Image of Martin Luther King, Jr and other dignitaries on stage at the 1964 speech given at Arizona State university.To celebrate Martin Luther King Day the ASU Libraries is featuring the recording of Martin Luther King Jr’s speech "Religious Witness for Human Dignity," given at ASU on June 3, 1964, less than one month before the landmark Civil Rights Act.  No one knew the speech was recorded until Phoenix resident Mary Scanlon found a box of aged reel-to-reel recordings Goodwill store donated by deceased Phoenix businessman and civil rights leader Lincoln Ragsdale, Sr. 

What is it?  Dr King speaking for nearly an hour to an audience at Arizona State University. You will hear talk about his travels, civil rights and how technology was bringing people together spatially and symbolically. You hear words that are both familiar and unique to this recording including his famous ending refrain, “Free at last, free at last-thank God Almighty, we’re free at last.” As Mary Scanlon notes, the recordings will transport you “to another time and another reality at once familiar and foreign.”

The recording and related items are available in the Martin Luther King Jr. at Arizona State University collection in the ASU Digital Repository. You can jump to the recording at - (click the maroon “Play” button)

Who is it for?  Everyone! This unique, historic event is important to the history of Arizona and the Civil Rights movement and demonstrates ASU’s long commitment to diversity and equality.

What will I find there?  An audio recording of Dr King, speech transcript, a correspondence with President Durham and the Arizona Board of regents about the visit, and photos from the event. The recording features an Introduction by Durham, Dr. King’s speech and is followed by his remarks to NAACP supporters at the Tanner AME Church in Phoenix earlier in the same day.

Need more information?  Contact Archives & Special Collections or your subject librarian – we’re always ready to help you with your research.

Jan 14, 2016 ·

"Will and James McCulloch Next to Flatbed Truck During Midwinter Carnival,"The ASU Libraries is proud to present the McCulloch Brothers Inc. Photographs Collection , a collection of over 4,562 digitized images of Arizona, taken between 1884 and 1947. These engaging images feature locations in and around Phoenix at a time of transition from cowtown to emerging metropolis.

Scottish Immigrants James Morrison McCulloch (1870-1945) and William Patrick McCulloch (1880-1971) owned a well known commercial photography studio whose work appeared in many different books and magazines. Their business and agency clients put them in key locations to visually document Arizona history. For the first time these photos can be found on Google or Bing, as well as Library One Search, and are available via the ASU Digital Repository. As open documents, users can download these high-resolution photographs and reuse them however they want for free. As a result, these photos can truly be integrated into someone’s research.

The McCulloch collection is one of the most extensive collections of Phoenix photography covering the first half of the twentieth century.  Check out early Phoenix street scenes like this one showing the view from the County Courthouse in 1929:

View of Phoenix from the County Courthouse

The photos show the similarities of then and now. In the photograph below, James Cagney fans await his next adventure in “Captain of the Clouds.” at the Orpheum Theatre in 1942. How many of their grandchildren lined up for Star Wars at the Cine Capri 34 years later?

Below is an image depicting the first water over the spillway of Roosevelt Dam in 1915. one of the most famous of all the McCulloch Brothers photographs.  All roads from the dam were closed so a motorcyclist could take the plate back to Phoenix to develop it.

"First Water Over the Spillway of Roosevelt Dam," 1915

Check out the construction of Frog Tanks Diversion Dam, Lake Pleasant guest ranches and resorts, Roosevelt Dam and the Apache Trail.  The collection captures the quintessential Arizona experience from cotton and citrus fields to landmarks like the Grand Canyon, Wigwam Resort, and the Arizona Biltmore. You might even find an early photo of your high school.

We invite you to the collection and discover Arizona in a whole new way. A guide to this collection can be found at Arizona Archives Online. Additional photographs taken by James and Will McCulloch are listed in the guide at  CP SPC 153: McCulloch Family Photographs, 1890-1974.


Note:  The original McCulloch Brothers Inc. Photographs were donated to Arizona State University in 1978 as part of the Herb and Dorothy McLaughlin Photograph Collection. ASU acquired the intellectual property of the collection in 2007 as a result of an agreement with the McLaughlin family.

Written by:  Matthew Harp

Jan 12, 2016 · resources

The ASU Libraries have made the following additions and cancellations to our electronic resource collections:  

New Database and Reference Titles

  • APA Handbook of Nonverbal Communication (Accessible through APA Books E-Collections)
  • Database of Latin Dictionaries: The Database of Latin Dictionaries (DLD) integrates different types of Latin dictionaries, to build in links between these different tools. Where the dictionaries provide Latin terms and vernacular equivalents or explanations (whether in contemporary or historic forms of English, French or German), searches will be possible on both the Latin lemmata and the English, French or German lemmata. All Latin word-forms that appear concretely in texts will have a link to entries in relevant dictionaries and from there the user can go and read the selected dictionary entry. The database will grow to comprise three kinds of dictionaries: dictionaries to assist translation from Latin into modern languages, dictionaries providing semantic and etymological explanations in Latin of Latin words historical Latin dictionaries.
  • Encyclopedia of Global Studies (Accessible through Sage Knowledge)

  • Gale Directory of Publications and Broadcast Media, 152nd ed. (Accessible through Gale Directory Library)

New Electronic Journals

Cancelled Electronic Resources


If you have any questions about these resources, please Ask a Librarian.  We're happy to help you make the most of the resources available to you.


Jan 11, 2016 · Podcasts lecture, Events

Dr. Lori Arviso AlvordThe ASU Libraries proudly presents "The Healing Properties of Navajo Ceremonies,” the fall 2015 installment of The Simon Ortiz and Labriola Center Lecture on Indigenous Land, Culture, and Community with  Dr. Lori Arviso Alvord. The lecture took place on Thursday, Oct. 22, at the Heard Museum in Phoenix.



Dr. Alvord spoke of the healing properties of ceremonies and the importance of the mind-body connection both to overall health and to the medical profession. She spoke about the benefits of chant, songs, prayer, and meditation to physical and mental health. Moving beyond individual health, Dr. Alvord also notes the connection between ceremonies and the health of the planet as a whole.

Raised in Crownpoint, New Mexico, Dr. Lori Arviso Alvord, MD (Navajo) is a member the Tsinnajinnie (Ponderosa Pine) and Ashi’hii’ Dine’ (Salt) clans. She is the first Navajo woman to be board-certified in surgery. Her memoir, The Scalpel and the Silver Bear (Bantam, 1999), tells the story of her journey from the reservation to the operating room and of her work to combine Navajo philosophies of healing with western medicine.

Dr. Alvord is currently Chief of Surgical Services and a practicing general surgeon at Banner Health Page Hospital, in Page, Arizona. She also holds an appointment as Associate Faculty at Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health, Center for American Indian Health.

About the Simon Ortiz and Labriola Center Lecture Series

The Simon Ortiz and Labriola Center Lecture on Indigenous Land, Culture, and Community at Arizona State University addresses topics and issues across disciplines in the arts, humanities, sciences, and politics. Underscoring Indigenous American experiences and perspectives, this series seeks to create and celebrate knowledge that evolves from an inclusive Indigenous worldview and that is applicable to all walks of life.

Download the Lecture

Learn more about the Labriola National Native American Data Center