Research is a journey, and librarians hold the keys.
Whether you're studying for an exam, writing a paper or working on a research project, getting help from ASU Library can save you time, connect you with quality resources and get you a better grade.
Think of librarians as personal research trainers – they are here to support and coach you, so that you learn how to find exactly the information you need, efficiently.
Here are five ways to get help from ASU Library:
1. Talk with a Librarian. Feeling overwhelmed and not sure where to start? Call, email or schedule a visit with a subject librarian. ASU Library has over 30 of them, and they are all experts in their fields. Specializing in everything from anthropology to visual literacy, subject librarians offer personalized, high-quality, one-on-one research support.
2.Ask a Librarian. Need help with a citation, or have a quick question? Don't panic. Help is just one click away – literally. Ask a Librarian is an online chat service that connects ASU students quickly and seamlessly to quality research assistance. Not automated in any way, ASU Library’s chat service provides live, online support from real library professionals.
3. Explore the Library Guides. Created by ASU subject librarians, the Library Guides offer curated links that can connect you with the best, most up-to-date information related to your subject or topic. These guides are an excellent way to help you get started with your research and can save you time.
4. Do an Online Tutorial. Think of ASU Library’s Online Tutorials as a general user manual on how to cite sources, find articles and use online research databases. These tutorials are a great way to learn citation styles (MLA, APA) or learn how to develop a research question.
5. Ask the Information Desk. Sometimes you just need to talk to someone. If you’re feeling lost, visit any of ASU’s nine library facilities and ask someone at the ASU Library Information Desk. They will be more than happy to point you in the right direction. All you have to do is ask!
Journey on, young grasshopper – and remember, ASU librarians are here to support and guide your success.
Thousands of high-quality archival photographs and documents about the early history of the Grand Canyon will be made accessible to the public over the next two years through a new library project called "One Hundred Years of Grand."
The project comes just in time to mark the Grand Canyon National Park centennial on Feb. 26, 2019.
University Archivist Rob Spindler said the project, which was recently awarded funding from the Library Services and Technology Act, not only holds significance to state historians but to the more than 280 million people who visit national parks each year, in addition to Arizona businesses and educators.
"Visitors to the park will enhance their experience by exploring historical details of early park history, students and teachers will illustrate class lectures and create assignments on Grand Canyon history, and Arizona businesses that rely on Grand Canyon tourism will use these materials in their advertisement and marketing efforts," said Spindler.
The project, endorsed by the Arizona Office of Tourism, is a collaboration between ASU Library, Northern Arizona University (NAU) Special Collections and Archives and the Grand Canyon Museum, National Park Service.
High-quality digital materials will be presented and delivered via online repositories, such as the ASU Digital Repository and NAU's Colorado Plateau Digital Archives.
"Community members will benefit because they will be able to acquire and reuse archives, enhance their tourism experience with historical context, learn about balancing public and commercial uses of public lands, and celebrate the Grand Canyon National Park centennial with creative uses of historical materials," said Spindler.
The Grand Canyon project is supported by the Arizona State Library, Archives & Public Records, a division of the Secretary of State, with federal funds from the Institute of Museum and Library Services.
The new ASU Library One Search is part of an upgraded library service platform (LSP) intended to enhance and expand the online user experience.
Supporting ASU’s commitment to innovation and accessibility, the new platform enables ASU Library to continuously refresh and unveil new digital tools and services that will allow the ASU community to search, browse, share and customize materials in increasingly robust and intuitive ways.
Look for the changes to be in effect mid July, 2017.
The main search/discovery page will be available at lib.asu.edu as well as through My ASU and Blackboard.
If it weren’t for a lack of electricity and inadequate bathroom facilities at the John Doscher Country School of Photography, Henry Stevens, Operations Supervisor at ASU Library, might have spent the last 44 years of his life in Woodstock, Vermont.
It was there, roughly 2,500 miles from Arizona State University, and the library job he’d left behind, that he discovered the greener pastures he’d been looking for, on the other side of the country, were not so green after all.
He’d been offered a job at the photography school, but the living quarters were not exactly ideal.
“I would have had to walk a quarter mile in the snow each morning to take a shower,” recalls Stevens.
He also discovered that he missed ASU and, most of all, working in the library.
So, he called up his old boss.
“Ed Danaher. He was the associate head librarian at the time, nice guy,” Stevens said. “He was gracious enough to accept me back without hesitation, and for that I owe a great deal to him.”
It was the summer of 1973, and neither Danaher nor Stevens could have known the decisive nature of that phone call – it was truly the beginning of a fruitful career, one that would span more than four decades and several hundred thousand interactions with ASU students and faculty, in addition to a number of lifelong friendships.
This month, when Stevens retires from his role at ASU Library, he says what he’ll miss most are the patrons, the students and the faculty; learning something new each day from his colleagues and the books he encounters; and being part of a university community that has made coming to work so gratifying he’s rarely missed a day.
‘If you were to open my arm, it would bleed maroon and gold.’
You’d be hard-pressed to find a bigger cheerleader than Stevens when it comes to student and faculty success at ASU.
“It’s been a blast watching some of these students, from freshman year to graduation, going from unfocused individuals to taking a degree, maybe even the first in their family,” Stevens says. “It brings me enormous joy, and is a very gratifying aspect of working at the circulation desk.”
Stevens’ enthusiasm for ASU goes beyond the library and into the arenas and the stadiums, where he’s watched countless ASU sporting events, supporting both men’s and women’s teams, at home or away.
“If you were to open my arm, it would bleed maroon and gold,” he says.
He may have even rushed the field once.
While Stevens’ love of all things Sun Devils began in the late 1960s, his love of sport was there from the beginning, during his childhood years spent in Philadelphia, where he was surrounded by winning professional teams and neighborhood kids who also played sports, just as he did, and until very recently, continued to do so.
Holly Kruper, Senior Library Information Specialist in Access Services, says she and Stevens, for a number of years, played on the same softball team in an intramural ASU league, in which Kruper was catcher and Stevens was pitcher.
“Henry and I used to play tennis, too, here at ASU, in the wee early morning hours,” says Kruper. “This was when they had the tennis courts by the SRC.”
Kruper has also enjoyed attending football games with Stevens and her husband, David: “It’s fun to hear Henry cheer for his favorite, Sun Devil Football,” she says.
Every once in a while, Stevens says he’s fortunate to be on the receiving end of the cheering – for example, when he’s helping faculty who are in the process of writing a book or a journal article.
“They sense that you understand what they’re doing and that you’re helping them along,” he says. “We don’t get pats on the back that often, but sometimes faculty will acknowledge your help in their book, and it’s truly a feather in your cap.”
Another perk of the job has been working with international students.
“It’s almost as if I’ve traveled vicariously through them and have a far better understanding of their culture, where they’re coming from – it’s part of what makes my job so enjoyable,” he says. “I wonder at times if I need to travel internationally because I feel like I’ve been there already.”
‘He’s been the captain to our ship’
It’s obvious the void Stevens will be leaving behind next week when he officially retires.
“He’s been like the captain to our ship,” says Maura Pollock-Moneyhon, Manager of Access Services, “taking command of the library at 5 p.m. when most of us went home, and safely navigating it until 1 a.m. when he handed the controls over to the overnight crew. He and his crew kept the library safe and sound regardless of the ‘weather’ or the condition of the ‘ship’. We never had to worry, he was always here and had everything under control.”
Libby Anderson, Operations Supervisor, says she will miss Stevens’ unique brand of kindness, generosity and thoughtfulness – and birthday hugs.
“Thank you for being such a kind and caring buddy to me these past 35 years,” she says.
Stevens may be leaving the library, but he won’t be too far away.
“My plans are to remain in Tempe,” says Stevens, who has not owned a car in more than 40 years and enjoys getting around town on his Schwinn cruiser bike.
He says he will be watching the ongoing evolution of ASU Library with considerable interest, particularly the remodel of Hayden, and will never stop going to Sun Devil games. (He is a season ticket holder after all.)
Photography, which has always been a hobby for him, will take more of a front seat now: “My camera loves Japanese Friendship Gardens,” he says.
He also plans to take in more movies; Harkins Valley Art in downtown Tempe is among his favorite venues.
“Henry and I have a shared interest in films, and I always enjoyed and appreciated his reviews and recommendations, especially as he often saw many smaller films with limited release at venues like Camelview and Valley Art,” says Edward Weidle, Operations Supervisor at the library. “I expect that I will run into him one of these times at the local downtown Tempe movie house, and I look forward to that.”
And while he’s had the luxury of living vicariously through the many international students he’s worked with at ASU, he does have some travel plans of his own, including but not limited to: seeing a soccer match in Wembley Stadium, eating sushi with Anthony Bourdain in Japan, sampling beer in Brussels, and listening to the sound of bagpipes played in Scotland.
But Tempe will always be home.
“This is home for me,” he says. “I’ve been very fortunate to live here in Arizona and work in library public service at ASU. It’s been a beautiful run.”
Public access to information is at the heart of a new policy at Arizona State University, the ASU Open Access Policy, which was passed by the University Senate and approved May 3 by University Provost Mark Searle.
The new policy, developed by the University Senate Open Access Task Force, aims to make it easier for ASU faculty and researchers to make their scholarly work more widely available and with fewer restrictions, and is in line with the university’s charter.
Open access refers to peer-reviewed research that is made accessible to the public at no cost to the user — eliminating traditional copyright restrictions that many argue impede knowledge dissemination.
“ASU is committed to a fundamental principle of accessibility,” the motion statement reads. “This principle of accessibility includes open access to the knowledge generated and created by faculty members here at the university. Open Access to the scholarly works produced by ASU faculty members will allow individuals in Arizona, in the United States, and internationally to read journal articles freely and without the need for subscriptions or payment, thus disseminating this knowledge well beyond the typical audience.”
The need for open access
More than 70 universities in the United States, including Harvard, Duke and the University of California system, have adopted open access policies, part of a growing movement that is rapidly transforming the traditional model of scholarly publishing.
Many argue that making scientific data open and accessible carries major benefits for researchers and the public worldwide.
Just last year, ASU scientists were able to demonstrate how to quickly, cheaply and accurately diagnose the Zika virus in remote locations around the world through their research that was made available free online.
Open access articles are also read and cited at a higher rate than those published in traditional journals charging an access or subscription fee.
“One of the reasons we have open access policies is that it’s now a required condition of funding,” said Anali Perry, the scholarly communication librarian at ASU Library. “Many funding organizations — the NIH, the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation — now mandate open access for research they are supporting. In other words, they want the results of the research they’re funding to be openly available to anyone in the world.”
Perry says open access makes sense for everyone, but particularly for ASU.
“With our focus on access, impact and social justice, this policy really reflects our ASU values and is one way of advancing our philanthropic goals and demonstrating return on investment,” Perry said. “The latest health research coming out of ASU could very well help a doctor in Cambodia, who might not be able to pay $50 per article to make a better medical decision for a patient.”
How the policy works
The open access policy at ASU is like no other — what Perry describes as a “hybrid policy.”
This means that while all ASU faculty and researchers are supported by the policy and encouraged to make their work openly accessible, they have the right to choose to comply with the policy if open access is not a condition of funding.
“If you are funded by an agency that has an open access requirement, like the NIH, you are automatically covered by this policy, meaning you immediately grant ASU permission to make the research publicly available in the appropriate repository, such as PubMed Central, as well as the ASU Digital Repository,” Perry said. “If you’re not required by a funding organization to make your work available, then you have the option to grant this open access license to ASU on a case-by-case basis.”
Perry said the new ASU policy gives faculty the right to archive, at the very least, the final accepted manuscript of their journal articles in the ASU Digital Repository, the online platform managed by ASU Library to archive and share the university’s scholarship.
“The University Senate is proud to support open access as part of ASU’s fundamental commitment to the discovery and application of new knowledge to local, regional, national and global concerns,” said Arnold Maltz, an associate professor in the W. P. Carey School of Business, who is the incoming University Senate president. “Our members look forward to taking advantage of this policy to continue to make a positive difference in communities throughout the world.”
Where to get help
ASU Library will be working with Knowledge Enterprise Development and the Office of the Provost to help streamline processes in an effort to make open access an easy and attractive option for ASU researchers.
“At the library, we can work with faculty to help them identify what publishers make complying with open access policies easy and painless, and help them understand their publication agreements and self-archiving rights and options,” Perry said. “We can help faculty archive their work and ensure compliance with both the ASU policy and their funding agency requirements.”
For questions about the new open access policy, view the Open Access Task Force’s FAQs, email Anali Perry and visit her scholarly communication library guide.
While studying abroad in Chile her junior year, Chloe Warpinski started thinking about water in a new way.
“I was studying in a water-scarce area of Chile, where we had to use a single bucket of water to shower and had to boil water before drinking it,” said the ASU Barrett Honors College senior.
However difficult, the experience compelled her to enroll in the ASU course “Poverty, Social Justice and Global Health,” which focused on water as a basic human right and the challenges that vulnerable populations often face in accessing it.
The course became the starting point for Warpinski’s senior honors thesis – mapping the city’s water pathways and social service infrastructure to address water accessibility in Phoenix for people experiencing homelessness.
When Warpinski graduates this month with a bachelor’s degree in global health, she will leave behind a valuable resource for Phoenix social service providers and those who rely on them – a project that epitomizes ASU’s emphasis on innovation, social embeddedness and use-inspired research.
Water, water – not everywhere
While many people are familiar with the term “food desert,” less is known about water scarcity.
“Historically, there’s been a lot of focus on food and ‘food deserts,’ and that’s because only until recently, water has typically been a community resource rather than a commodity,” said Warpinski, who began laying the groundwork for her thesis last fall by studying the ways homeless people in the Phoenix metro area access water.
What emerged was a problem of distribution, especially during the hot summer months when daily temperatures rise above 100 degrees Fahrenheit and lead to greater demand for water – putting vulnerable communities at greater risk and overwhelming homeless support service providers who are unable to keep up with the demand.
“In Phoenix during the summer, a person who is homeless can only travel about a half-mile radius due to the extreme heat,” said Warpinski, explaining that while some of the city’s service providers become overwhelmed, others are underused – indicating a need for greater awareness and coordination.
The power of geospatial data
A student worker at ASU Library, Warpinski felt at home using library resources and so enlisted the help of Mary Whelan, a geospatial and research data specialist at ASU Library, to help her design, from the ground up, a map of Phoenix and its social service infrastructure.
“Chloe’s work makes a great contribution and in many ways illustrates the power of GIS (geospatial information systems) to help people visualize inequality. She also is part of a new generation of students for whom the library is not just books on a shelf, but a space for active, engaged learning opportunities with access to new technologies (GIS, makerspaces) and support from experienced, knowledgeable library personnel,” said Whelan, who helped Warpinski use the GIS mapping tools she needed to conduct her research – resources available through the ASU Library Map and Geospatial Hub.
Leveraging map, data and technology resources, as well as technical expertise, the Map and Geospatial Hub is exactly that – an all-inclusive library hub servicing the geospatial research and learning needs of the ASU and broader Phoenix communities.
“Our model is pretty simple,” said Matt Toro, director of the Map and Geospatial Hub. “We make thousands of maps, aerial photographs and geospatial datasets available; provide training and consultation so that people can extract meaningful information and add value to those resources; and then conduct or facilitate projects that can have an impact on the spaces that were mapped and analyzed.”
According to Toro, Warpinski’s research serves as an excellent example of how to apply geospatial technologies to better understand and bring attention to a pressing socio-environmental issue such as water scarcity.
“Maps, and the geographic stories they tell through data, can be powerful tools for informing community development policies,” Toro said.
A lasting legacy
Warpinski says she hopes her geographic model of Phoenix can improve infrastructure for support providers as well as alleviate the burdens of homelessness.
“The map I’ve created does a few things. It can be used to predict the movement of homeless populations at various times of year by locating refuges and resources – places where people can get water, food and shelter,” said Warpinski. “It can also assist social service providers in showing how to create greater infrastructure systems and provide and manage them more effectively.”
It’s difficult for the public to get this kind of data, Warpinski said, so she’s hoping her map can be updated each year at ASU Library and distributed freely – a lasting effort to inform and educate about the need for better access to resources that are necessary for human survival.
After graduation, Warpinski plans to travel to the Slovak Republic, where she will live for a year and teach English as part of a Fulbright Scholarship – an appropriate ending to an undergraduate career punctuated by service.
“What I love about ASU and the library, in particular, is that it’s truly the pinnacle of accessibility and impact,” said Warpinski. “It’s the place where you go to think differently, to find new ways to solve problems and make real change.”
Do you have an old book, vintage letter or a 1980s Star Wars movie poster at home that you want to properly preserve?
ASU Conservator Suzy Morgan carries out this work every day in the ASU Library conservation lab, where she performs in-house treatments and repairs for the library’s circulating collections and many special collections, including the Star Wars collection and the Chicano/a Research Collection.
Morgan will be leading tours of the conservation lab, April 24-25, as part of Preservation Week – a global celebration of a key library function.
For many who take the tour, it will be an introduction into the work of preserving knowledge, both artifactual and textual.
“A conservator has to have a good grasp of not just art, but also science, history and a high level of manual dexterity,” Morgan says. “The best and most challenging part of my work is the problem-solving skills that are required. Each item that comes into the lab has its own unique combination of preservation issues. There is no ‘one size fits all’ approach – each item gets a customized treatment from me and my staff.”
It’s estimated that some 630 million items in collecting institutions such as libraries require immediate attention and care; therefore, the goal of Preservation Week is to raise awareness about the urgency of preservation, why it’s needed and what you can do, individually and as a community, to preserve both shared and personal collections.
During Preservation Week, Morgan will demonstrate how she and her highly trained staff work to repair, revive and bolster vulnerable materials, such as old books, documents and artifacts – ensuring their sustainability for generations to come.
“Our goal is to return the repaired material to our patrons and to specialized library collections as quickly as possible, using the highest quality materials and techniques possible,” Morgan writes.
ASU Library’s Preservation Department was founded in 1987 under the direction of Sharlane Grant, and is located on the first floor of Hayden Library. For more information on preservation services at ASU Library, visit https://lib.asu.edu/preservation
Group tours of the ASU Library conservation lab will be approximately 45 minutes in length and are scheduled for 1 p.m., Monday, April 24, and 10 a.m., Tuesday, April 25.
Sign up here for the tour of the ASU Library conservation lab during Preservation Week. RSVP is required.
For its groundbreaking work into the composition and structure of the Lakota oral narrative tradition, George Sword’s Warrior Narratives: Compositional Processes in Lakota Oral Tradition (University of Nebraska Press, 2016) has been selected as this year’s winner of the Labriola Center American Indian National Book Award.
The book’s winning author, Delphine Red Shirt is a professor of Native American Studies at Stanford University. In her book, she offers a promising, new examination of Lakota literature and the origins of formulaic patterns inherent in the Lakota language – opening up further research for literary studies, anthropological and traditional linguistics and translation studies.
“Dr. Red Shirt’s work distinguished itself among an impressive field of Indigenous scholars nominated for this year's award,” wrote Dr. David Martinez, the chair of the judging committee and an associate professor of American Indian Studies at ASU.
Earning the distinction of “Honorable Mention” was a book written by William J. Bauer, Jr. – California Through Native Eyes: Reclaiming History. The book made a profound and thought-provoking impact on the judging committee, Martinez said.
Past winners include:
2015 Dr. Sarah Deer, Professor of Law at Mitchell Hamline School of Law for The Beginning and End of Rape: Confronting Sexual Violence in Native America.
2014 Dr. Brenda Child, associate Professor of American Studies and America Indian Studies at University of Minnesota for My Grandfather's Knocking Sticks: Ojibwe Family Life and labor on the Reservation.
2013 Dr. Andrew Graybill, associate professor of history at Southern Methodist University for The Red and the White: A Family Saga of the American West
Dedicated in 1993, the Labriola National American Indian Data Center in the ASU Library is one of the only repositories within a public university library devoted to American Indian collections. The Labriola Center holds both primary and secondary sources on American Indians across North America.
The center's primary purpose is to promote a better understanding of American Indian language, culture, social, political and economic issues.
Books submitted for consideration for the Labriola Center American Indian National Book Award may cross multiple disciplines or fields of study, but must focus on topics and issues that are pertinent to Indigenous peoples and nations. Of particular interest are those works written by Indigenous scholars or in which Indigenous persons played a significant role in the creation of the nominated work.
In an effort to better connect the ASU community to the information resources and digital tools they need, ASU Library is implementing a newly integrated library service platform (LSP) that will enhance and expand library services and operational workflows university-wide.
Supporting ASU’s commitment to innovation and accessibility, the new system will enable ASU Library to continuously refresh and unveil new digital tools that will allow students and faculty to search, browse, share and customize materials in increasingly robust and intuitive ways.
Additionally, the platform will support broader integration of information resources through its alignment with the University of Arizona (UA) and Northern Arizona University (NAU), part of a tri-university LSP collaboration to ensure greater fiscal responsibility and operational efficiency.
Implementation of the new platform is currently underway at ASU and NAU, and UA plans to implement the new system in July 2018.
Beginning June 27, the ASU community can expect to see a series of updates, as part of a phased system rollout, to improve the user experience of online services such as the library catalog and Blackboard.
The platform was selected following an extensive evaluation process that sought the best available technology and library management solution for supporting university research and knowledge-building needs.
With major grant support announced today from the National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH), ASU Library will assist in the development of an online research library on the archaeology of the ancient Huhugam (Hohokam).
ASU Library researchers Michael Simeone and Mary Whelan will work as part of an interdisciplinary team along with faculty and researchers from the Center for Digital Antiquity (tDAR), the School of Human Evolution and Social Change, American Indian Studies, the Center for Archaeology and Society and the Amerind Foundation to provide crucial long-term data for comparative studies within Huhugam scholarship.
The two-year NEH grant will support the development of a Digital Archive of Huhugam Archaeology (DAHA), poised to be the world’s largest and most complete archaeological research library on the ancient Huhugam – the first people to tame the Arizona deserts using sophisticated irrigation agriculture, long-distance trade connections with Mexico, and large scale architectural buildings (1500 B.C. – 1450 A.D).
The project will also give Arizona Native American communities access to a wealth of archaeological research about their ancestral populations.
Simeone, an assistant research professor with the Biosocial Complexity Initiative at ASU and director of the library’s Unit for Data Science, and Whelan, a geospatial and research data analyst with ASU Library, will use data science text mining tools to analyze a large corpus of digitized archaeological reports.
Keith Kintigh, a professor in the School of Human Evolution and Social Change, is the principal investigator on the grant, one of 208 humanities projects that were funded this year by NEH totaling $21.7 million.
The awarded projects include programs that support international collaboration, engage students in interdisciplinary courses and help veterans.
Come celebrate the potential impact of open education on teaching and learning worldwide by participating in ASU Library's second annual Art + Feminism Wikipedia edit-a-thon, in collaboration with the School of Art, within ASU's Herberger Institute for Design and the Arts.
The Wikipedia event is part of a global movement to increase the coverage and participation of women and the arts on Wikipedia, the most used and well-known open educational resource out there. All levels of Wikipedia or art expertise are welcome!
You can also celebrate with ASU Library by following along on social media using the hashtag #OpenEducationWK and #textbookbrokeASU.
Open educational resources are characterized by being free, available online and giving permission in advance for users to retain, reuse, revise, remix and redistribute content. OERs make like easier for instructors because you don't have to navigate the maze of copyright restrictions, exemptions and fair use evaluations to determine what you can and cannot use for your teaching purposes.
Additionally, OERs benefit students by lowering or eliminating the cost of textbooks. Many initiatives, such as the Maricopa Millions OER Project, are specifically focused on reducing costs for students.
No stranger to open education, ASU joined the Open Education Consortium last year in an effort to further support an approach to education based on openness, including collaboration, innovation and collective development and use of open educational materials. Other open education initiatives include the Global Freshman Academy and other MOOCs (massive open online course) offered through ASUx, faculty projects like Laura Hosman's SolarSPELL, and OER repositories like the Professional Learning Library hosted by the Mary Lou Fulton Teachers College.
As the ASU Library prepares to renovate Hayden Library, we must suspend our gift program. Any exceptions will be made by University Librarian Jim O’Donnell for distinctive or unique materials of high value, upon consultation. If you have such items to donate, please contact Dr. O’Donnell directly at email@example.com.
“An unexamined life is not worth living.” – Socrates
University life can be demanding of one's time and energy.
If you're looking for a break from the rush – a quiet place to unplug and simply just be – check out the ASU Library’s new Reflection Room, now open in Hayden Library, on the ASU Tempe campus, in room L47.
Offering a simple, Zen-like ambiance with minimal décor and a clock that resists the urge to mark time, the room is intended to be a quiet space for the ASU community to relax, take a breath and settle the mind.
The room’s directional signs – North, East, South and West – aim to provide a sense of grounding for the anxious, the overwhelmed or the chronically busy.
All are welcome.
For questions regarding the Reflection Room, contact Jennifer Duvernay at firstname.lastname@example.org.
As books move out of Hayden Library, in preparation for its impending renovation, ASU Library is developing plans for how they will return.
"The printed book has a long and glorious future in front of it, but it won't come about as a result of negligence," says University Librarian Jim O'Donnell, the principal investigator of a grant that is looking at new ways to envision print collections in the digital age.
Funded by the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation and in collaboration with the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), the grant project aims to explore how print materials will co-exist with digital ones at a time when many libraries around the world are significantly reducing their print collections in favor of adding more community and study space.
Titled "The Future of the Academic Library Print Collection," the grant project will bring together librarians, faculty and key participants in library architecture, March 16-17, on ASU's Tempe campus, for a two-day, hands-on workshop to discuss major issues and new design strategies for print curation in the 21st century.
The results of the workshop will directly inform ASU and MIT plans for library renovations, as well as produce a whitepaper on the sustainable and meaningful future of local print curation in academic libraries.
Although digital and print collections are often presented as being in opposition to one another, comparing them is often a case of apples and oranges, says O'Donnell.
"Digital media allow speedy access and easier cooperation between libraries and scholars across the country, but print offers historical specificity and a staying power that has yet to be matched by any digital format," says O'Donnell. "Taken together, they offer a chance for libraries to build collections aimed at the communities that they serve without having to give up on breadth."
O'Donnell says a large part of the project is therefore to think about how to tap into the best traits of both approaches to collection, and sees the upcoming renovation of ASU's largest library as a great opportunity to rethink how the academic library print collection might engage and inspire its communities as never before.
"Books and other cultural artifacts survive and flourish when there is a community that cherishes them. Our job in the next generation is to cherish the print book and nurture it into its next stage of flourishing," he says.
With that goal in mind, the workshop will focus on ways to make library collections more accessible and engaging with a special eye towards serving the learning, researching and cultural needs of local communities.
Katherine Reagan, curator of Rare Books and Manuscripts at Cornell Libraries and founder of Cornell University's hip hop collection, will be the event's keynote speaker.
The 1966 above-ground tower building will be completely closed and completely renovated over a two-year period. The underground levels added in 1989 will remain open and usable during the renovation.
How long will Hayden tower be under renovation?
Preparations for the Hayden renovation are currently underway, with construction scheduled to begin in late 2017 with completion slated for fall 2019.
How will the library function during the renovation? Will services be interrupted?
Library services will continue to function as normal with as little disruption as possible. The underground area of Hayden will remain open and usable during the renovation. All our other facilities (Noble, Music, Arts+Design, Downtown, Thunderbird, West, and Poly) will remain open and welcoming. Delivery of print materials across the system will be made faster and easier.
Will Hayden space still be available as for students during the renovation?
The two underground levels entered from the lower level plaza will remain open. Additional study space will be made available elsewhere on the Tempe campus.
What about the books? I heard they are going away.
The books are all staying at ASU. Hayden will be emptied for the renovation, but a large number will be moved to Noble Library and some will be moved to a high-density storage facility at the Polytechnic campus, where they will remain accessible to the ASU community through expedited delivery options similar to the Amazon Prime service. The re-opened Hayden tower will have fewer books than it does now, but improved access and usability.
The books that will remain on campus have been highly selected and targeted with consideration for research and curriculum needs of faculty and students. Books housed in our high-density facility will be available for recall on an accelerated next-day basis. We are also doing a significant upgrade to our online catalog to make it easier to find electronic and print materials that users need.
What changes can I expect to see after the renovation is complete?
The renovation of Hayden Library will result in a more welcoming, inspiring and engaging place to be. The new Hayden will be a showcase, showplace and showroom for the New American University.
Guiding principles of the renovation include: 1) maximizing and enhancing space for students to study, connect, collaborate, learn and make; 2) elevating visibility of library collections (especially archives and special collections), resources and experts; 3) improving overall accessibility, navigation and discovery through user-friendly design, multiple entrances on the main level mall and thematically organized neighborhoods within the library; and 4) strengthening community engagement and partnerships through curated exhibits, makerspaces and high-tech geospatial data centers. (The current main entrance on the lower level will remain open, but public doors will also be opened on the main tower.)
Is there someone I can talk to about the renovation?
Yes. Any concerns or suggestions you may have about the renovation and plans for Hayden’s future can be forwarded to University Librarian Jim O’Donnell at email@example.com. He will respond personally to every message and hopes to receive many.
Join ASU Library in celebrating Fair Use Week, a dedicated time to promote and discuss the opportunities fair use gives us in our daily activities.
Fair use is probably the most powerful component of U.S. Copyright law, and the most misunderstood.
Section 107 of the U.S. Copyright Act describes fair use as a limitation on the exclusive rights of copyright holders for purposes such as "criticism, comment, news reporting, teaching (including multiple copies for classroom use), scholarship or research."
Fair use is often referred to as the breathing space for free speech, free inquiry and the open exchange of ideas in copyright law. The U.S. Supreme Court has explicitly recognized this as a "First Amendment safeguard." It's what allows us to include quotations from published sources in our scholarship, share YouTube videos with our friends on Facebook, record episodes on our DVR and read interesting fan fiction.
In fact, we rely on fair use all the time, as you will see in this infographic, which highlights typical activities that incorporate fair use all in the day in the life of a college student.
A solid undersetanding of fair use is also critical to the work we do here at ASU – everything from designing relevant and engaging courses and instructional materials to creating a remix video for an assignment, to digitizing and sharing special collections in the ASU Digital Repository.
This year, give your data the Valentine's Day it deserves!
Join the ASU Library in celebrating Love Your Data Week, an international event to raise awareness of good research data practices, slated for Feb. 13-17.
Why love your data? Because caring for your data – i.e., making it high-quality, accessible and shareable – is an essential part of data management and data reproduction, and thus crucial to advancing human knowledge.
Each day of Love Your Data Week, ASU Library will join other libraries and institutions worldwide in offering tips, resources and stories to encourage good data practices, as well as suggest activities that researchers can use to better develop the management of their data.
Additionally, ASU Library will highlight where ASU researchers can get help at all phases of the research lifecycle, from copyright consultation all the way to depositing your work in the ASU Digital Repository.
There will be food, giveaways and a special tour of the office that belonged to U.S. Senator Carl Hayden. The event will highlight future plans for the library as well as details about its upcoming renovation.
Sun Devil Rewards
By using Sun Devil Rewards, the official loyalty program app of Arizona State University, members of the ASU community can take full advantage of the Hayden50 celebration, which will feature special prizes and giveaways.
Hayden trivia, secret words and a library poll will be available on Sun Devil Rewards.
Celebrating our past, building our future
Hayden50 is both a tribute to the iconic history of Hayden Library and a look ahead to its future.
As a new age for books and digital content continues to emerge, academic libraries across the country are shifting their operations and reshaping their services to not only meet the needs of a highly connected world but to expand the traditional ideas around what a library does and is.
The renovation of Hayden Library, slated to begin in August 2017, will bring new spaces, services and functions to the library, elevating student engagement and meeting the knowledge needs of ASU students, faculty and researchers well into this century.
To celebrate Martin Luther King Jr. Day, ASU Libraries is featuring the MLK @ ASU digital collection, which includes a recording of Dr. King's speech "Religious Witness for Human Dignity," given at ASU on June 3, 1964, less than one month before the landmark Civil Rights Act.
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.”
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.