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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.
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.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
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.
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.