Are you a student, staff or faculty member at ASU interested in collaborating on research and/or building your data research skills?
Then we want to hear from you! Tell us about your interests, goals and level of experience so that we can better match you with opportunities in data science.
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. Whether you’re a student, faculty member or researcher, all are welcome to join us for Open Lab, a weekly event in our data science lab, to get connected with ongoing and available projects that engage machine learning, data visualization, text and data mining, network analysis and more.
We also mentor students and teams in formulating their own experiments and studies. One of our 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.”
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.
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.
Gain exposure to the work and culture of an innovative academic research library through the ASU Library Internship program, now accepting applications.
Open to all ASU students and non-students alike, the ASU Library Internship Program provides a unique platform for professional development, mentorship and peer-to-peer connection across a broad spectrum of library specializations.
ASU Library Interns take part in a structured, semester-long cohort experience along with their peers and their mentor in an effort to produce work that is goal-driven, need-based and tied to library values.
Current internship offerings for the Fall 2018 semester include:
Digital Collections Metadata Intern
Undergraduate Library Intern
Scholarly Communication Intern
Editorial Assistant Intern
Social Media Intern
Deadline to apply for Fall 2018 internships is August 30, 2018.
Fall 2018 internships will begin September 17 and run through November 30, 2018.
New online processes for requesting materials through ASU Library’s One Search will become available May 14 on lib.asu.edu 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.
When ASU alum Rachel Sims learned of ASU Library’s Giving Day effort to digitize hundreds of hours of ASU sports film footage, she immediately thought of her father.
Sims’ father is Mike Sims, No. 42, who was part of the ASU men’s basketball team from 1975-1980, under ASU Coach Ned Wulk.
Growing up, Rachel and her sister heard their father’s many stories about his days playing basketball with the Sun Devils, and was excited about the possibility of getting to see him play.
“My sister and I have always wanted to see our dad play, and now we actually can,” said Rachel, who is pledging her support today for Unlock the Spark, a library effort to preserve ASU sports history and make it accessible to the public.
Mike Sims’ athletic career at ASU took place during some of ASU basketball’s finest years, including the 1979-80 season when they finished second and made it the second round of the NCAA Tournament.
“He has said there is footage of him getting a fast break dunk. He remembers watching that film after a game, so my hope is that his memory is correct!” Rachel said.
The archival materials, soon to be digitized, include some of the seasons Mike played for the Devils:
Basketball Highlights 1979. Title “The Year of the Young Devils” – 16MM Motion Picture
Following his basketball career, Mike went on to get his PhD in engineering at ASU, and Rachel is now living with her husband in the same house her dad lived in – in the Maple Ash historic neighborhood of Downtown Tempe – the same house that hosted her dad’s infamous post-game parties, she says.
The Juste family church tipi has been in service, helping heal the Salt River Gila community, for over 25 years.
“This tipi has a real history. A lot of people have received a lot of help,” says ASU’s Henry Quintero. “Its scars tell a story of this community and what it’s been through, and our perseverance.”
That history made its way to Arizona State University last week, when the church tipi was set up on the Tempe campus, by church roadman Glen Juste, himself, for the 10th annual Simon Ortiz RED INK Indigenous Speaker Series, formerly known as the Simon Ortiz and Labriola Center Lecture on Indigenous Land, Culture, and Community.
The new name follows its new director, Quintero, an assistant professor in the Department of English and the editor of RED INK, an International Journal of Indigenous Literature, Arts & Humanities. The journal is just one part of a larger initiative by the same name to enhance access to higher education for Indigenous communities, as well as global access to Indigenous creative and intellectual expression and discourse among Native and non-Native communities on Indigenous issues.
“RED INK is great, and it’s here to stay,” says Quintero, who is affiliated with American Indian Studies. “Part of what’s here to stay is sharing a kind of creative beauty that is intrinsically woven into Indigenous people’s lives.”
How we understand our stories and the relationships around us underscored this year's speaker series, which included a demonstration and talk on "Indigenous Epistemologies of Sustainable Geometries: Stories of the Cradleboard and Tipi" and a discussion of the development of the Native American Church and the tipi's evolution alongside.
Storytellers included Juste (Gila River Tohono O'odham), Sarita and Mac Nosie (White Mountain Apache), and Ksaws Brooks (Confederated Tribes of the Colville Reservation).
The annual series, now a decade old and sponsored by ASU Library’s Labriola National American Indian Data Center – home to thousands of books, journals, Native Nation newspapers and primary source materials, such as photographs, oral histories and manuscript collections – "seeks to create and celebrate knowledge that evolves from an inclusive Indigenous worldview and is applicable to all walks of life."
It has featured such speakers as Linda Hogan (Chickasaw), Leslie Marmon Silko (Laguna Pueblo), Peterson Zah (Navajo), Wilma Mankiller (Cherokee) and last year’s Myron Dewey (Newe-Numah/Paiute-Shoshone).
Quintero sees the series as an act of decolonization, passed down to him by his predecessor and mentor Simon J. Ortiz, an ASU Regents' Professor, who donated his personal papers to the Labriola Center in 2013.
“It’s a testament to the Labriola’s family commitment to Indigenous people and the understanding that Indigenous people have a philosophy and voice as well as the ability to share and integrate our incredibly valuable knowledge,” he says.
Ortiz encouraged Quintero to share his knowledge about Indigenous plant medicine and the Native American Church back when Quintero was a graduate student at ASU.
“He said, ‘you've got to write about this,’” recalls Quintero, who now researches Native American Church music, better known as “peyote music.”
“Peyote music is a philosophical, musical and literary system that dates back older than any of the Abrahamic traditions, and belongs to a larger tradition of indigenous plant medicines that we utilize to navigate the human experience,” says Quintero. “It’s like any other glorious representation of everything in our human experience. It’s a way of understanding interrelations with what’s around us – our earth, our families, other human beings.”
In peyote ceremonies, the tipi plays a foundational role, from the way its constructed to the stories that are embedded and the relationships interwoven.
“Anyone can take a pill, anyone can take a drug,” Quintero says. “When it truly becomes a medicine, from an Indigenous perspective, is when it integrates with your life, beliefs and culture. In this way, the tipi is a kind of ‘cultural container,’ a way of utilizing time, place and space with plant medicines to facilitate the best outcome."
Traditional teachings around Indigenous culture, the tipi and the cradleboard, a protective baby carrier, were all part of the spring speaker series events. Through these valuable teachings and new avenues of scholarship, Quintero says we begin to understand this time and space we’re living in now, differently.
"ASU is the place for RED INK and for Indigenous studies," he says. "Many Indigenous scholars see President Crow's commitment to the 2020 initiative as active decolonization for the benefit of the ASU and international community, but also, in a larger sense, as being the innovation that changes everything in that gentle, good way."
The Sun Devils’ selection in the 2018 NCAA Tournament, otherwise known as March Madness, marks the first time since 2014 that both men's and women's teams are competing in their respective tournaments, and follows what has been an unforgettable season for ASU basketball, particularly for men’s hoops, which included an upset victory over the No. 2 ranked Kansas Jayhawks and a perfect 12-0 season start, the first in the program’s history.
ASU basketball, according to ASU Library’s Rob Spindler, university archivist, is part of a long tradition of excellence that predates the national rise of the Arizona Wildcats and even the NBA’s arrival to the Valley of the Sun.
“Before Coach Hurley, before James Harden and before the "Curtain of Distraction," Arizona State University was home to a basketball powerhouse that produced NBA players like Joe Caldwell and Lionel Hollins,” Spindler said. "Particularly strong years for ASU men’s basketball occurred between 1957 and 1982, under the leadership of Coach Ned Wulk, for whom the court in Wells Fargo Arena is named, when the Sun Devils recorded 16 winning seasons and made nine NCAA appearances, three of which were Elite Eights."
As the university’s historian, Spindler is looking to bring this history to the forefront through a project to digitize and make publicly accessible hundreds of hours of athletics film footage, capturing some of Sun Devils’ greatest moments on the field, in the pool and on the court.
A significant portion of the archival material, which Spindler began acquiring in 1997, originates from ASU’s early winning basketball years.
“One of the greatest Sun Devil basketball teams was from the 1981–82 season,” said Spindler, who has the tape to prove it.
Titled “Arizona State Men’s Basketball Highlights, 1981,” the 16mm motion picture, soon to be added to the Intercollegiate Athletics Film and Video Collection, spotlights the talents of such famous athletes as Lafayette “Fat” Lever, Byron Scott and Alton Lister.
Scott, who ended his career as ASU’s all-time leading scorer, was the first Arizona State inductee into the Pac-10 Hall of Honor in 2002, after having been inducted into the ASU Hall of Fame in 1988 along with Lever, a three-year starting point guard for ASU who earned All-Pac-10 honors in 1980-81 and 1981-82. Lister was inducted into the ASU Hall of Fame in 2000. All three players’ jerseys have been retired.
“These are significant athletes who went on to compete in the NBA, but first made their mark here at ASU,” said Spindler, who hopes to shine a light on these and many other ASU athletes through his preservation efforts, part of Sun Devil Giving Day on March 22.
Through ASU Library’s crowdfunding campaign, called “Unlock the Spark,” Spindler aims to raise enough funds to facilitate the digitization of the entire collection — a big job that grows more urgent by the day, as the media format these materials live in are vulnerable and nearing end of life.
“Videotapes decay faster than most motion picture films, so prompt action is necessary to save the videos produced from 1980–2000,” Spindler said. “Older motion picture films are inaccessible until they are digitized and made available online.”
'These stories matter'
Spanning decades, the films awaiting digitization in ASU Library’s University Archives offer a window into the cultural experience of sports at a major public university, and are positioned to be valuable resources to historians, researchers and alumni looking to connect with their Sun Devil roots.
Once complete and made accessible on the ASU Digital Repository, the collection will include a variety of sports, such as men and women’s track and field, swimming, diving and gymnastics — as well as reflect the evolution of women’s athletics at ASU, brought on by the passage of Title IX.
“While we go ‘mad’ for March Madness, plenty of additional ASU athletes, past and present, achieve sporting excellence during the month of March,” said Victoria Jackson, ASU lecturer and sports historian in the School of Historical, Philosophical and Religious Studies. “These stories matter and also deserve a place in our collective memory and to be preserved in an official capacity, in University Archives.”
A former student-athlete herself, Jackson competed as an ASU graduate student in cross country and track and field, and was a national champion for the Sun Devils at 10,000 meters. (“She would like her ASU school record in the 5,000 meters to be broken ASAP,” reads her ASU Directory bio.)
“Let's not forget there are two NCAA basketball tournaments. The Sun Devil women's basketball program makes regular appearances in the national tournament, and earned a No. 7 seed this year,” Jackson said. “The track and field program has become a fixture at the NCAA indoor championships for decades. Over the weekend, shot-putter Maggie Ewen added yet another individual NCAA national title to her collection. And, 10 years ago, in 2008, both the men and women earned national team titles — a rarity in the sport and an awesome moment for the Sun Devils.”
For more information on how to support the preservation of ASU sports history, visit ASU Library's Unlock the Spark.
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.