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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.
This month, the ASU Library will bring together scholars, explorers, geographers and the general public to examine the complex and fascinating history of the Grand Canyon National Park, all told through maps.
"It's almost inconceivable," said Matt Toro, director of the ASU Library's Map and Geospatial Hub, in a recent episode of Science Friday, which aired nationally Friday, Feb. 8. "Even if you're on the rim, you can't see the whole thing. The tolls that allow us to see the canyon in its entirety are maps."
Toro is at the helm of the Mapping Grand Canyon Conference, coming to the ASU Tempe campus for two days beginning Thursday, Feb. 28 through Friday, March 1. The conference will explore the art, science and practice of Grand Canyon cartography.
Watch and listen to Toro discuss the variety of styles and technical aspects of the library's large collection of maps.
A new lunchtime workshop series offered by the ASU Library aims to enhance graduate students' scholarly activities.
From citation management to copyright and fair-use considerations, the Graduate Scholars' Toolkit Workshop series offers ASU grad students hourlong introductions to a variety of tools to help them succeed in their work.
The library is also surveying graduate students to learn what areas and tools they would like to learn more about in order to expand the offerings of the series.
Copyright, Fair Use and Your Dissertation Tuesday, Feb. 26
Learn how to navigate copyright and fair-use considerations for your dissertation or thesis. Whether you’ve only begun thinking about your dissertation subject, you’re just starting to write or you’re getting ready to submit, this workshop will help you figure out what you can use, what rights you have and what it means to share your dissertation online.
Citation Management for Graduate Students Wednesday, March 13
Learn why you should use a citation manager, where to find citations in the library catalog and elsewhere, and how to organize and then use your citations as you research and write. Following an overview of citation management, we will discuss the different citation managers available to ASU graduate students (Zotero, Mendeley and EndNote) and some of their features.
GIS Data and Software: Breaking the Ice Tuesday, March 26
Gain hands-on experience working with different types of geospatial datasets using two popular geographic information system (GIS) software platforms: ArcGIS Pro (licensed) and QGIS (open-source). Emphasis will be placed on foundational topics, such as data import, basic geoprocessing operations and map production/geovisualization.
Tell us what workshops you'd like to see offered in the fall 2019 semester by taking the survey.
Arizona State University’s presence at Teotihuacan, one of the largest cities in the ancient world and the most visited archaeological site in Mexico, began in the 1980s and continues today, according to Seonaid Valiant, curator for Latin American Studies at the ASU Library, who has curated a new exhibit documenting this significant relationship using materials from ASU Library and archaeology collections.
"Teotihuacan is a historically significant site because since the time it was built, it has been in use as either a political or religious site," Valiant told KJZZ reporter Matthew Casey in a story published Dec. 19, 2018.
The exhibit, ASU at Teotihuacan, on display at Noble Library through January 30, visually documents ASU’s working archaeological lab in San Juan Teotihuacan and highlights the archival papers of late ASU professor George Cowgill in the ASU Archives.
A closing reception for the exhibit is scheduled for 3:30 to 4:30 p.m., January 22, at Noble Library.
Question: How long have archaeologists been working at the site of Teotihuacan?
Valiant: Unofficial excavations and looting began at Teotihuacan as early as the 1860s. The Mexican government took over the site and began official excavations in 1906. They prepared the ancient city so that it could serve as a showcase during the 1910 centennial celebrations. For example, the society of the International Congress of Americanists were given a tour of the site in September of 1910. The tour was followed by a state dinner, held in a local cave, hosted by President Porfirio Díaz. Excavations have continued at the site, off and on, since the early 20th century.
Q: How long has ASU had a presence at Teotihuacan?
Valiant: As a graduate student from Brandeis University, George Cowgill started working with René Millon at Teotihuacan in the 1960s on the Teotihuacan Mapping Project. Cowgill officially joined Arizona State University as a professor of archaeology in 1989 and continued working at Teotihuacan until the 2000s.
Cowgill excavated at the Pyramid of the Feathered Serpent, and he examined artifacts collected from the entire surface area of Teotihuacan. Cowgill’s documentation of these collections provided the first large archaeological database and systematic analysis of this material.
Following Cowgill’s move to ASU, he continued as the custodian of the research lab at Teotihuacan, and it became the center for multiple excavations. The addition of a second story to the lab in 1992 allows for the storage of the several million artifacts, many of which were collected by the Teotihuacan Mapping Project. Furthermore, the lab trains students from both the United States and Mexico and provides a home base for researchers working at Teotihuacan.
Q: What is ASU doing at Teotihuacan currently?
Valiant: ASU’s work at Teotihuacan continues today. Michael E. Smith, who has been the director of the lab since 2015, has taken on the task of organizing and publishing the data collected by René Millon that, although not previously published, continue to be relevant.
A student of George Cowgill, Saburo Sugiyama is associated with both ASU and Aichi Prefectural University in Japan and has excavated at the Pyramid of the Sun, the Pyramid of the Moon, and the Pyramid of the Feathered Serpent in addition to smaller structures. He is currently excavating at the Plaza of the Columns at Teotihuacan in collaboration with Mexico’s National Institute of Anthropology and History.
Q: What is on display in the Noble Library?
Valiant: On exhibit in the Noble library are photographs of the lab, maps and negatives created by René Millon, reproductions of the maps and graphs by George Cowgill, as well as a few small artifacts from the site. The exhibit highlights the ”work in progress” as archaeologists do their day-to-day analysis. The documents that they create and leave behind then become the primary sources for the next set of researchers.
Portions of the Grand Canyon gained protection as a United States national park in 1919. A century later, we are celebrating 100 years of Grand Canyon National Park history.
As the national park marks its centennial, the ASU Library Map and Geospatial Hub invites you to explore the region's mapping history, which dates back over 150 years, as part of our Mapping Grand Canyon Conference, set to take place on the ASU Tempe campus, Feb. 28-March 1, 2019.
Free and open to all, the conference promises a full two-day program of map-based storytelling, transdisciplinary thinking, demonstrations of state-of-the-art geospatial and cartographic techniques and engaging hands-on activities. (Check out the conference presenters.)
Questions? Contact Matt Toro, Director of the Map and Geospatial Hub.
Students currently enrolled in a certificate, undergraduate or graduate program from any institution are invited to submit their original cartographic work to the Grand Canyon student map competition. Top place winners in each of the three categories will win a $100 Amazon gift card, a certificate of achievement and cartographic bragging rights.
As the Grand Canyon National Park marks its centennial, the ASU Library Map and Geospatial Hub invites you to explore the region's mapping history which dates back over 150 years.
Deadline to submit is Sunday, January 20, 2019. Visit the competition page for complete details.
Please contact Jill Sherwood with questions regarding the competition.
Part of the life cycle of a library is the withdrawal of worn-out or excess materials.
In 2013, the ASU Library began to withdraw duplicate copies of topographic maps that were stacked mile-high and taking up space in the library's Map and Geospatial Hub.
The maps were offered to various organizations. A few were claimed, but the majority were not.
Until the following year, when Ellen Meissinger discovered them. She brought a cart to Noble Library and loaded it up.
"I rarely turn down free materials, and maps are a fantastic resource," said Meissinger, a fine arts professor in the School of Art, within the Herberger Institute for Design and the Arts, who supervises one of the largest watercolor and water-based media arts program in the country.
In Meissinger's "Art on Paper" class, students are challenged to develop critical awareness as well as the ability to articulate critical opinions, all while exploring conceptual and technical approaches combining painting and drawing.
The class works with a variety of paper materials, including synthetic paper, colored paper and used books. Maps were added to the rotation in 2014.
"Working on the maps is one of my personal favorites," Meissinger said. "Maps give a structure to start with rather than just a blank sheet of paper. I saw working with the maps as a fantastic opportunity to have a different kind of paper resource as a starting point for class assignments."
Those assignments have become the driving force of the Creative Cartography program, a five-year collaboration between the Map and Geospatial Hub and the School of Art that provides students entry into the world of cartography and the opportunity to exhibit their work.
Over the last five years, Meissinger has worked to build the program with Karina Wilhelm, a map specialist at ASU Library, who has been busy preparing for the 2018 installment of Creative Cartography.
Each year, Wilhelm adds the students' artwork to the unique online collection she began curating in 2014.
"It's been very important to me from the beginning that students have as many chances as possible to display their art," Wilhelm said. "I also wanted to have a more permanent record of the exhibits, so I created a library guide to document them. Each year, I add a new subpage."
Wilhelm says the collaboration has created a successful cross-disciplinary relationship.
"The students get to visit the Map and Geospatial Hub for a tour and introduction to the historic and illustrative maps in the library," Wilhelm said. "They might not have previously thought about mapmaking as an art form, but it is an inherently visual medium."
Committed to responsible environmental practices, both Wilhelm and sustainability scholar Meissinger also see the program as an important lesson in sustainability.
"We can repurpose maps in a creative and original way and share our process with the public," Meissinger said. "Thanks to Karina, there is an exciting online record of what we have accomplished."
This year, Meissinger's students have used the maps as a launch pad for thinking about Place and Space, the name of this year's collection, which will be showcased Nov. 7-26 at Noble Library in the Map and Geospatial Hub (room 380).
An opening reception is scheduled from 4 to 6 p.m., Thursday, Nov. 8.
"The collaboration has been a tremendous success," Meissinger said. "We're hoping it can keep going for another five years."
ASU Library, in collaboration with the Newberry Center for Renaissance Studies, is pleased to announce available funding to travel to the Newberry Library in Chicago with Seonaid Valiant, Ph.D., the Curator for Latin American Studies in Distinctive Collections at ASU Library.
Four ASU undergraduate students and/or graduate students will spend three days at the Newberry Library in Chicago from March 5 to March 7, 2019.
The curators and librarians at the Newberry Library will provide orientations on the history of the book, the history of Renaissance and Medieval collections, and Indigenous and colonial collections related to the history of the Americas and the Pacific Islands. Additionally, students will have time to research in the archives for materials related to their own projects.
Explain why working with primary sources will assist you with your current or future projects (200 words).
Review the Newberry Library catalog (https://www.newberry.org/) and describe one particular document at the Newbery Library that you would like to examine (200 words).
Submit one letter of recommendation from a faculty member.
Applications and letters of recommendation should be sent to Seonaid Valiant at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Friday, November 30, 2018
Attend an information session:
Friday, October 26, 2018
Noble Library Instruction Room (105)
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.
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.
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.