The Library Channel

Feb 28, 2017 ·

March Mammal Madness, an annual tournament in its fifth year, has just released their 2017 bracket.

Headed by Katie Hinde, an associate professor in ASU’s School of Human Evolution and Social Change and the Center for Evolution and Medicine, March Mammal Madness is a tournament based around scientific predictions regarding the outcomes of animal encounters.

Factors like environment, illness, physiology and metabolism all contribute to predict the outcome of an encounter, with an element of randomness thrown in. Just like in real life, the unexpected can occur.

With the brackets now released for the 2017 games, players have exactly 7 days to make their selections before the Wild Card Bout on Monday, March 6. There are 64 animals in four divisions, competing for this year's championship. These animals are joining a company of legendary past winners: last year’s Tundra Wolf, 2015’s Sumatran Rhinoceros, 2014’s Hyena Clan, and the Elephant in 2013.

In an effort to help students find free and reliable sources of information to help research their brackets, ASU Library has created a special guide to March Mammal Madness. Here you can find information about how to play, links to curated resources to help pick your winners, information about ASU research and researchers who are involved with the tournament, and highlights from each year of the tournament.

You can also get this year’s bracket and get started!

Each year, Hinde creates the brackets to spur thinking about which animal would win based on science. This year, more than 200 educators are using the tournament as a fun way to get their students engaged in doing real research on the animals in the tournament and making informed choices in their brackets.

There are a few ways to follow the action:

  1. Live on Twitter: Follow #2017MMM or @2017MMMletsgo - a curated twitter account that only includes bout tweets, not spectator trash talk.
  2. Archived Storify at Mammals Suck...Milk daily after each match.
  3. March Mammal Madness Facebook Page
Feb 23, 2017 ·

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.

Feb 23, 2017 ·

Preparations for the Hayden Library renovation are currently underway. Here's what you need to know. (In addition, read the ASU Now article: 50 years in, Hayden Library plans a remake.)






What is ASU doing with Hayden Library?

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 He will respond personally to every message and hopes to receive many.

Feb 21, 2017 ·

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.

To learn more about fair use, visit and follow along with social media using hashtag #fairuseweek.

Feb 09, 2017 ·

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.

Want to learn more?

  • Explore ASU's research data services library guide.
  • Check out the ASU Library Research and Publication Services for further data management support.
  • And follow the conversation on social media using hashtag #LYD17 and #loveyourdata.


Go ahead – show your data some love!  

Jan 05, 2017 ·

This month, Hayden Library is celebrating its 50th anniversary. 

Five days of student celebrations are scheduled to take place Jan. 18-24, and will culminate in the Hayden Library 50th anniversary celebration on Jan. 25. 


Five days of #Hayden50 celebrations are for ASU students.

Scheduled each day from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m., the #Hayden50 student celebrations will take place in the concourse lobby of Hayden Library, and will include free food, games, prizes and giveaways. 


Events to include

Wednesday 1/18: Hayden Trivia

Thursday 1/19: #TBT (share Hayden memories on Throwback Thursday using #Hayden50)

Friday 1/20: Friday Fun

Monday 1/23: Maker Monday

Tuesday 1/24: Pizza and Games (outside on Hayden Lawn)

Anniversary Party

Celebrate, discover and learn about what is unique to Hayden Library at Hayden's 50th anniversary celebration, set to take place from 4-7 p.m., Jan. 25, at Hayden Library.

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.

Learn more about the future of Hayden.

Jan 02, 2017 · Featured resources

Image of Martin Luther King, Jr and other dignitaries on stage at the 1964 speech given at Arizona State university.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.  

No one knew the speech was recorded until Phoenix resident Mary Scanlon found a box of aged reel-to-reel recordings Goodwill store donated by deceased Phoenix businessman and civil rights leader Lincoln Ragsdale, Sr. 

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.”

The recording and related items are available in the Martin Luther King Jr. at Arizona State University collection in the ASU Digital Repository. You can jump to the recording at - (click the maroon “Play” button)

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.

Need more information?  Contact Archives & Special Collections or your subject librarian – we’re always ready to help you with your research.

Dec 06, 2016 ·

SolarSPELL in Micronesia

If you’re Laura Hosman, bringing educational resources to rural areas is what you do.

This week, Hosman is traveling to Tonga, where she and her team will deliver 25 portable, solar-powered, WiFi-ready digital library devices called SolarSPELL – the Solar Powered Educational Learning Library – which is helping to expand access to education and technology in remote places around the world that lack electricity and the internet.

Hosman, an assistant professor at ASU with a joint appointment in the School for the Future of Innovation in Society and the Ira A. Fulton Schools of Engineering, is traveling with five undergraduate students – four engineering students from the Polytechnic School, one of the five Fulton Schools, and one film student from the Herberger Institute of Design and the Arts – as well as Lorrie McAllister, an assistant university librarian at ASU Libraries.

“We’ve been preparing for this trip all semester,” said Hosman. “In addition to bringing digital libraries to Tonga, the visit is meant to conduct research, create hands-on lesson plans and take part in workshops that will focus on building libraries specific to the Pacific Island communities.”

The innovative library device is 100 percent self-reliant: generating its own solar power and Wi-Fi hot spot and using its own tiny computer, called a Raspberry Pi, that functions as a server connecting to library content via smartphone, laptop or iPad.

Because the SolarSPELL website functions as a local digital library – providing thousands of resources in the form of videos, articles, books, lessons and instructional guides – the selection of educational content that is culturally relevant to the community and how the technology is introduced to the community is crucial.

Hosman thus relies on the expertise and local knowledge of U.S. Peace Corps volunteers, who are stationed in the remote locations she is trying to reach. Her strong partnership with the Peace Corps has resulted in the delivery of more than 100 SolarSPELL units in Samoa, Vanuatu and Micronesia.

“The Peace Corps has served an essential role in providing access to these digital libraries, as they often understand the needs of the community and local educational environment,” said Hosman.

Peace Corps staff and volunteers in Tonga will be working with Hosman and her students to develop learning objectives around library content as well as sample instructional programming. In addition, Hosman’s partnership with ASU Libraries has also helped to curate SolarSPELL content.

This fall, ASU Libraries hosted its first SolarSPELL Hackathon to support the curation of educational content for schools in Tonga. It was an opportunity for library staff to partner with Hosman and her students to further improve the digital library experience through new content and its improved organization, as well as enhancements to the technology platform. The Hackathon also resulted in discussion of creating lesson plans for teachers to empower students to save and share their cultural and artistic expressions as well as their family heritage.

“It is wonderful to partner with ASU Libraries to help deliver high-quality and specifically curated digital educational resources to teachers and students in areas with severely limited electricity, connectivity and even textbooks,” said Hosman.

McAllister said she is looking forward to engaging with students, educators and librarians in Tonga’s capital city of Nukuʻalofa to help understand their local context and greatest opportunities and challenges.

“This trip will be a valuable lesson in the curation of digital libraries,” McAllister said. “We will be finding out what topics the students of Tonga are interested in discovering and how they see themselves using digital libraries for learning. Dr. Hosman’s work is very exciting in terms of a creative way to expose new audiences to digital library resources and empower people by using libraries as catalysts for learning.”

Hosman, McAllister and the team of ASU students will be traveling Dec. 6-18 with a brief stop in New Zealand at the University of Auckland, where they will take part in a digital storytelling workshop.

The students plan to video-journal their experiences while traveling abroad.

For more information, visit the SolarSPELL website and Facebook page, and read the ASU Now story: No internet, no power, no problem.

Dec 01, 2016 ·

What is it?

BrowZine is a web-based platform for creating a personalized bookshelf of online journals to follow and read from a desktop, tablet or smart phone. 

Who is it for?

This personal tool is for ASU students, staff and faculty.


What will I find there?

A browsable list of scholarly journals provided by ASU Libraries that can be read as needed or added to your bookshelf of titles to regularly follow.

When should I use it?

Use BrowZine to identify journals of interest in your field and to create a 'bookshelf' of journals you regularly read. Teh bookshelf tracking sends alerts when a new issue comes out and tracks which articles you have read in an issue. For more ways to use BrowZine, see the video tutorial.

What if I need more help? 

For assistance, consult the BrowZine User FAQs or contact ASU Libraries via Ask A Librarian

Nov 29, 2016 · Podcasts lecture, Events

This month we present a double feature of The Simon Ortiz and Labriola Center Lecture on Indigenous Land, Culture, and Community from our 2016 spring and fall lectures recorded at the Heard Museum in Phoenix, Arizona.

Navajo Identity through Global Projects

Our first video features Manuelito Wheeler (Navajo) presenting "Navajo Identity through Global Projects" recorded March 24, 2016.

Director of the Navajo Nation Museum, Wheeler spoke about how he and his wife, Dr. Jennifer Wheeler, came up with the idea to dub a film into Navajo. He spoke about the process of dubbing both "Star Wars" and "Finding Nemo" into Navajo, working with the film studios for permissions, translating the scripts, hiring the actors and dubbing the voices. His talk includes video clips from both films, and the Labriola Center has both "Star Wars" and "Finding Nemo" in Navajo, if anyone would like to view them.

Download "Navajo Identity through Global Projects"

Some Truths, but Lots of Lies: Indigenous Peoples in Children's Literature 

Our second video from our fall lecture features Debbie Reese presenting "Some Truths, but Lots of Lies: Indigenous Peoples in Children's Literature" recorded Oct. 20, 2016.



Download "Some Truths, but Lots of Lies: Indigenous Peoples in Children's Literature"

Debbie Reese (Nambé Pueblo), activist scholar and critic, publishes the nationally and internationally acclaimed blog American Indians in Children's Literature (AICL). Dr. Reese states: “"I believe the books Native students read in school play a significant role in how Native students fare. Teachers and librarians have a role to play, too, in the success of Native students. For me—and I hope for you—that means selecting books that accurately portray Native people and our nations." Reese spoke about Indigenous authors who write those accurate books and how publishers (and authors) are beginning to respond to social media campaigns for more accurate and wide-ranging representations of all children in literature.

About the speakers

Manuelito Wheeler

Born and raised on the Navajo Nation, Manuelito Wheeler is currently the Director of the Navajo Nation Museum in Window Rock, Arizona. Since taking this position in 2008, he has worked with staff to see the completion of numerous exhibits which are 100 percent Native-built from concept, curation and creation. Along with this, he has led his team of eight in creating innovative projects that influence and preserve Navajo culture.

In the pursuit of native language preservation, the Navajo Nation Museum has partnered with major motion picture studios like Lucasfilm Ltd., Walt Disney Pictures and Deluxe Studios to dub popular movies into the Navajo language. Making these projects a reality has been a challenging but rewarding experience. Currently the museum is completing a Navajo language dub of Disney’s classic animation film "Finding Nemo." Under Wheeler’s direction, the Navajo Nation Museum has also worked with world renowned artist Ai Weiwei, partnering him with Navajo artist Bert Benally, to create a site-specific installation piece in a remote canyon on the Navajo Nation.

Wheeler attended Arizona State University, where he earned his BA in Art History. He is married to Jennifer Wheeler, PhD (ASU), and they have two sons Waunekanez (currently attending ASU) and Hataaliinez.

Debbie Reese

Reese was born at the Indian Hospital in Santa Fe, New Mexico and grew up on the Nambé Pueblo reservation, learning tribal dances and ceremonies from family members and elders. She earned a teaching degree from the University of New Mexico and taught elementary school in Albuquerque before moving to Oklahoma to work on a master's degree in school administration.  

Later, while completing her doctorate in education at the University of Illinois in the early 1990s, Reese worked alongside Native students and allies to establish a Native American House at the university. Soon after that, she helped launch an American Indian Studies program there.

Reese has written for publications such as Horn Book Magazine, School Library Journal, and Language Arts. She is regularly invited to give lectures and workshops around the U.S. and has recently begun using technology to work with libraries and colleagues in Canada. Reese's book chapters and journal articles are frequently reprinted and used across several disciplines—including education, library science, and English.

But it is her widely known blog, American Indians in Children’s Literature, that is having the most impact on children's literature; many feel that her writings are bringing much-needed change, including innovations particularly approved by tribal communities to depictions of Indigenous peoples in children's books.

About the Simon Ortiz and Labriola Center Lecture Series

The Simon Ortiz and Labriola Center Lecture on Indigenous Land, Culture, and Community at Arizona State University addresses topics and issues across disciplines in the arts, humanities, sciences, and politics. Underscoring Indigenous American experiences and perspectives, this series seeks to create and celebrate knowledge that evolves from an inclusive Indigenous worldview and that is applicable to all walks of life.

Learn more about the Labriola National Native American Data Center