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Mar 20, 2018 · Labriola

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."

Mar 16, 2018 ·

Sandra Cisneros. Alice Munro. Oprah Winfrey. Anne Frank.

In honor of Women’s History Month, ASU Library’s Downtown Phoenix campus Library has on display a diverse selection of books and DVDs authored by women and about significant female figures throughout history.

Featuring such classics as “The House on Mango Street” and “To Kill a Mockingbird,” the display sits alongside a white board on which ASU students, faculty and staff can write the names of women who inspire them – women like Ellen DeGeneres, Michelle Obama and Rihanna.

Also featured are quotes by famous women, such as Eleanor Roosevelt (who once said, “No one can make you feel inferior without your consent”).

The ASU community is invited to browse, read and interact with the exhibit throughout the month that pays tribute to women's historical contributions.

Looking for more on women’s history? Check out the ASU Library guide on Women & Gender Studies.

Mar 13, 2018 ·

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.

Vintage hoops

“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.

Feb 19, 2018 ·

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.


For more information, contact:

Summit website:


Organizations Attending the Summit:

Arizona State University Library

BSF (Bibliothèques sans Frontières / Libraries Without Borders)

eGranary Digital Library

Gigabit Libraries Network






Learning Equality


MAKAIA Foundation

Rumie Initiative

Sarawak State Library


State Library of Arizona

Sunna Design/Moon Project



* World Health Organization (WHO)

* Observer Status

Feb 07, 2018 ·

Distinctive Collections and Archives books and manuscripts formerly housed in Hayden Library and formerly accessible at the Luhrs Reading Room will remain accessible during the Hayden Library renovation, to be complete in 2020.

While most materials will be available, ASU Library cannot guarantee that all items will be accessible at this time.

Archival specialists will make every effort to get researchers the materials they need from the library’s Distinctive Collections and Archives, currently stored offsite to preserve and protect these unique resources, which include manuscripts, books, photographs, media, ephemera, oral histories and artifacts from the following repositories:

·         Greater Arizona Collection

·         Benedict Visual Literacy Collection

·         Child Drama Collection

·         Chicano/a Research Collection

·         Labriola National American Indian Data Center

·         Design and the Arts Special Collections

·         Special Collections

·         University Archives

Due to the relocation of these collections, all requests to view materials must be made at least five (5) business days in advance to allow for identification and movement of items. Items can be requested via Ask an Archivist

Archives staff will respond to all requests within 24 hours during normal business hours (not including weekends). Scheduled visits are subject to availability of staff and reading rooms on the Tempe, West and Polytechnic campuses. Additionally, ASU Library staff can help field requests by calling (480) 965-4932.

Jan 29, 2018 ·

ASU Librarians Dan Stanton and Lisa Kammerlocher had the opportunity to travel to Rwanda as part of the SolarSPELL team, delivering information resources to places that lack internet connectivity. 

A former Peace Corps Volunteer, Stanton is passionate about local community development. Here, Stanton writes about his involvement with SolarSPELL, "contributing to the creation of the low-cost, rugged, solar-powered boxes could bring dramatic change to education in remote places," in addition to his recent trip to Rwanda. 

"Two of my greatest passions in life are travel and being a librarian," writes Kammerlocher, who works at the intersection of student success and e-learning. Here, she describes her "Top 10 Magic Moments" from her time teaching information literacy skills to students in Rwanda.

Read Stanton's blog post in its entirety.

Read Kammerlocher's blog post in its entirety.

Jan 22, 2018 ·

ASU's bicentennial celebration of Mary Shelley's novel "Frankenstein; or, The Modern Prometheus" continues – now, as part of a new traveling exhibition making its way across the United States.

Developed, produced and presented by the National Library of Medicine, Frankenstein: Penetrating the Secrets of Nature has landed at Arizona State University, where it will remain in C2 of Hayden Library through Feb. 24, before moving to the next institution.

The exhibit explores Shelley’s novel as a framework for discussions of medical advances that challenge our traditional understanding of what it means to be human. It also provides insight into the birth of Frankenstein, the life of Shelley, the scientific search for the principle of life, the transformation of the “monster” in popular culture – and is part of an ongoing national conversation about technology and what it means to be human, on the occasion of the book's 200th anniversary.

ASU Librarian Joe Buenker coordinated the exhibition, following the success of the Frankenstein Bicentennial Project, which included the 2016 Hayden Library Frankenstein at 200 exhibit. 

For questions about the exhibit, contact Joe at


Jan 05, 2018 ·

The Hayden Library renovation, a major redesign of Arizona State University’s largest library, is now underway.

While service disruptions will be kept to a minimum during the two-year renovation period, some significant changes to service are now in effect:

  • The upper floors of Hayden Library (floors 1-4) are now closed to the public due to safety and security reasons.
  • Materials at Hayden Library can no longer be retrieved in person. Please see the Information Desk for assistance in accessing materials. (Materials with call numbers DAW-DR, located in the basement of Hayden Library, will remain retrievable.)
  • Increased student seating has been added to Noble Library and to the underground lower level of Hayden Library for students seeking alternative study spaces.
  • Beginning this semester, Noble Library will be open 24 hours a day, five days a week, to support students and faculty during the Hayden Library renovation.


Additional study areas can be found at other Tempe campus libraries, including Noble Library, the Music Library, and the Design and the Arts Library.

For help locating or requesting materials:

  • Ask A Librarian can help get you the materials you need. 
  • Library staff at the information desk can help you access your requested items. 
  • ASU librarians are happy to work with you to find the resources you need. 


Plans to redesign Hayden Library include adding multiple points of access, with greater indoor-outdoor connection; dedicating space for community gatherings; breaking the library up thematically to better facilitate navigation and research discovery; featuring and enhancing special collections; and building a smaller, highly curated academic print collection that draws from the library's 4.5 million volumes.


Jan 03, 2018 ·

Arizona State University has been awarded a $381,000 grant from The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation for a three-year implementation project to reinvent the library’s strategy and practice for open-stack print collections. 

The work will enable ASU Library to design and develop inclusive print library collections for ASU Library to engage, educate and inspire scholars and learners of the ASU community.

Under the leadership of University Librarian Jim O’Donnell and Associate University Librarian for Collections and Strategy Lorrie McAllister, the project – titled “The Future of the Arizona State University Library Print Collection: A Collaborative and Data-driven Approach to Stack Design and Curation” – follows a year-long planning process supported by the Mellon Foundation in which ASU Library identified issues and options affecting the design of the next generation of open-stack print collection for a research library.

As libraries adapt to new pathways for organizing information and access in the digital age, institutions face the important challenge of preserving print collections in ways that best serve the public. What becomes of the print collection that users see on open shelves in an age when more and more of libraries’ collections are shelved offsite?  Rather than viewing these new forms of access as a threat to print, ASU Library recognizes a vital opportunity to leverage the design and curation practices in ways that engage a broader spectrum of students and scholars in new ways.

“All the scholarly work of the last generation on the history of the book has shown that physical books have always had many functions and complex social dimensions,” said O’Donnell, principal investigator. “Reading a print volume closely and attentively remains a powerful practice for learning and research at every level, but flipping the pages of a print volume in slightly more than idle curiosity remains powerful as well. Print volumes give visibility and visual character to the past and present artifacts of culture. If ‘out of sight, out of mind’ is a true-enough proverb, then what is in sight will be what is in mind – and we can control that in our libraries. How can we best shape the experience of our users in approaching our libraries by the resourceful use of print?”

“ASU is committed to serving a diverse student body and fostering a community wherein the accessibility of education is a guarantee,” said ASU President Michael Crow. “We look for ways to unlock access to knowledge and information for the broadest cross-section of students in our community, who in turn reflect the diversity of our surrounding communities. This project will not only create a sustainable model for ASU’s print collections lasting into the future, but it will also extend the depth and breadth of our students’ access to information literacy and tools for independent inquiry.”

The vision for revitalizing public engagement with print comes at a key moment in the University’s plans to renovate its largest library – Hayden Library – and grow student enrollment to 200,000 by the year 2025. As a result, ASU Library must rethink every aspect of its services in order to innovate and scale support for scholars and learners who come from a variety of backgrounds and take many approaches to their education.

“Traditional library practices often indicate the retention of books in open stacks according to highest circulation, English language and authors recognized as being part of the mainstream. ASU seeks to create a local collection designed to inspire and engage our users with more inclusive collections that more accurately reflect the user populations within ASU and our surrounding communities,” said McAllister, co-principal investigator. “We aim to keep our open stack collections as active, living, growing entities.  The books our students see on our shelves should not be treated as furniture, wallpaper, or relics not to be touched and used, but as a vital set of tools of sustaining value for the future.”

To learn more about ASU Library’s plans to maximize user engagement around print collections, read the ASU Library white paper The Future of the Academic Library Print Collection: A Space for Engagement.

Dec 06, 2017 ·

As materials move out of Hayden Library, in preparation for the library’s renovation, the Labriola Center will be moving to a new, temporary location during Hayden’s remodel, to be complete in 2020.

Beginning January 8, the Labriola Center will welcome students, faculty, staff, researchers and the public to its new location in room 305 of Fletcher Library on ASU’s West campus.

Open Monday through Friday, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., Labriola will continue to provide its same high level of service to the ASU community and beyond – offering access to its unique collections, specialized reference assistance, library skills instruction for classes and co-sponsorship of various public events.

While we understand the inconvenience this may cause, we are excited about the future of ASU Library and Labriola’s place in it.

ASU Library has entered a lively phase of its reinvention, with many books, collections and materials in transit as Hayden Library prepares to undergo a major renovation, slated for 2018-2020.

While all libraries will be impacted, students, faculty and staff can expect to see the most disruptions at Hayden Library and Noble Library on the Tempe campus.

Plans to redesign Hayden Library include adding multiple points of access, with greater indoor-outdoor connection; dedicating space for community gatherings; breaking the library up thematically to better facilitate navigation and research discovery; featuring and enhancing special collections; and building a smaller, highly curated academic print collection that draws from the library's 4.5 million volumes.

Questions about the Labriola move? Contact Joyce Martin at or 480-965-6490.