The Library Channel

Nov 14, 2016 ·

The future of the printed book in libraries will be the subject of a new grant awarded to Arizona State University (ASU) Libraries.  A $50,000 planning grant from the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation will support a one-year planning process, in collaboration with the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), that will explore and define the future of print in academic libraries.​

As research libraries across the country move increasingly toward digital collections and services, many libraries aim to significantly reduce their print collections.  ASU and MIT Libraries believe that print has an important place in the library spaces of the present and future and so propose to collaborate on a planning and research effort that takes a fresh look at the design of open-stack academic print collections.

“In the age of digital information, the print book has a long and glorious future ahead of it,” said ASU University Librarian Jim O’Donnell, the principal investigator. “With this generous grant from the Mellon Foundation, we hope to find new ways of curating print collections that reflect the cultural and social diversity of our communities; honor the print tradition; and inspire, engage, and enrich the knowledge of our universities.”

Titled “The Future of the Academic Library Print Collection,” the grant will enable research, data collection, a two-day workshop, and the production of a whitepaper on the sustainable and meaningful future of local print curation in academic libraries. O’Donnell aims to lay out new strategies that may serve as a model for other academic libraries facing the same challenges.

“We anticipate that the acquisition and management of physically present and open-stack collections will become increasingly ‘special,’ with implications for the organizational design of libraries and the confluence of general and special collections,” said Lorrie McAllister, Senior Administrative Librarian for ASU Libraries.

O’Donnell added: “What we have, cherish, display and promote will increasingly be the collections that, in one way or another, are distinctive to our institutions, if only distinctive for the fact of our choosing to privilege those books by physical presence in our campus buildings.”

Greg Eow, Associate Director for Collections at the MIT Libraries, said, “Print collections have enduring, and perhaps even new, affordances in the digital age – but identifying what exactly the benefits of print are and incorporating them into library spaces and operations demands attention and careful thought. We are delighted to have a chance to explore these important questions with our colleagues at ASU.”

Together, ASU Libraries and MIT Libraries encompass approximately 7.5 million volumes and have found they share similar interests and concerns in the future of print. Using the two university libraries as real-world case studies will aid the project team in exploring larger questions around the enduring value of print; creating inclusive, engaging, and useful print collections; and developing a new book-collecting philosophy for the 21st century.

Nov 01, 2016 · Featured resources


What is it? 

Bibliography of Native North Americans is a source of scholarly journal articles, books, and newspaper articles covering American Indian Studies and all topics focused on Indigenous people in North America.

Who is it for?

This database is for ASU students, staff, and faculty.

What will I find there?

Important American Indian Studies journals such as the Journal of American Indian Education, founded in 1961 and edited by ASU faculty, and Wicazo Sa Review, edited by ASU professor Dr. James Riding In. You will find newspaper articles and images as well.

When should I use it?

When you are writing a paper and would like to access articles written by Indigenous scholars and journalists on a wide range of issues, everything from News from Indian Country reporting on the Dakota Access pipeline to American Indian Law Review articles on landmark Supreme Court decisions.

What if I need more help?

For further assistance, contact Joyce Martin or Ask A Librarian.

Oct 28, 2016 · Open Access

Open Access Week concludes today, but efforts to expand open access (OA) continue. Here are some ways you can stay informed about open access and help advance it:

  1. Commit to putting Open in Action. Learn how to take concrete steps to open your research and scholarship, such as depositing your work into the ASU Digital Repository.
  2. Read the Open Data Transition Report. See how the next presidential administration can prioritize open government data.
  3. Discover your OA Score. Impactstory will tell you how accessible and impactful your work is online.
  1. Watch the OpenCon webcast. Learn more about the current and future state of open access.
  1. Read the White House report from the Cancer Moonshot Task Force. The report outlines how open data is supporting national efforts to prevent, diagnose and treat cancer.
  1. Explore the new library guide on open access.
  1. Learn about the open access policy currently being drafted right here at ASU.
  1. Put your work into the ASU Digital Repository to improve access and discoverability. 

Thank you to all who participated in Open Access Week 2016 and helped to make it a success.


Oct 24, 2016 · Open Access

Open Access Week 2016

This week, Oct. 24-28, Arizona State University is celebrating Open Access Week, an international event to raise awareness and advance open access, in an effort to reduce barriers that limit the sharing and repurposing of research data and scientific information.

Open access means providing unrestricted access and re-use to scholarly research, and has the potential to transform the traditional publishing model and how people connect with information. As an open access advocate, ASU is part of an international collection of universities and organizations committed to promoting open access. 

The theme of Open Access Week this year is "Open in Action" to encourage individuals and institutions to take concrete steps in putting open access into action. Please use the checklist to learn more about Open Access Week and how you can get involved in helping to put open access into action.

  • Open Access Week started early this year at ASU with a viewing of an OpenCon webcast, hosted by ASU Libraries, featuring Peter Suber, the director of Harvard's Office for Scholarly Communication. An archive of the webcast, discussing the current and future state of open access, is available online.
  • To learn about the open access policy in development at ASU, read the ASU Now article.
  • Follow @ASULibraries on Twitter all week to learn more about open access and ASU's involvement.
  • Join ASU Libraries for a panel discussion about knowledge mobilization and open access and how they can complement one another to ultimately advance the mission of the New American University. The event is set to take place Tuesday, Oct. 25, from 1-3 p.m., in Hayden Library, room 133. If you are unable to attend the event, you can follow @ASULibraries on Twitter for live tweets.
Oct 20, 2016 · Open Access

Open access is quickly replacing what many argue is an outdated academic publishing model, dating back to the 17th century when journals were created.

Referring to peer-reviewed research that is made widely accessible to the public at no cost to the user, open access will be celebrated Oct. 24-28 at Arizona State University, and around the world, as part of Open Access Week, a global event entering its ninth year. 

In the same way that the music industry has had to adapt to online streaming, scholarly journals are in the process of adjusting to the needs of a digitally connected world in which information flows freely.

“With the internet, people expect things to be accessible and available,” said Helene Ossipov, an associate professor of French in ASU’s School of International Letters and Cultures. “But a lot of what we do still, as academics, is not accessible, because you have to have a subscription to a journal.”

Ossipov is working to change that.

As chair of the Open Access Task Force at ASU, she is leading the charge in the University Senate to develop an institutional open access policy that would make it easier for ASU faculty and researchers to make their work as widely available as possible with few restrictions.

The policy would also give faculty the right to archive, at the very least, a post-print version of their journal articles in the ASU Digital Repository, the online hub hosted by ASU Libraries for the university’s knowledge creation.

While most faculty at ASU like the idea of open access and what it stands for, Ossipov says her job now is to make open access easier for faculty to implement, which is in line with this year’s theme for Open Access Week – “Open in Action” – taking concrete steps to move open access forward.

As part of Open Access Week, ASU Libraries will be hosting a panel discussion, Oct. 25, titled “Information, Innovation and People: Knowledge Mobilization as Open in Action,” which will discuss, in part, how open access will transform the way we prepare future scholars.

“This is the direction we’re moving,” said Ossipov. “Things change. It’s up to the publishers to adapt.”

Oct 14, 2016 · Events

Event:  Meet and Greet Reception for Dr. Lori Arviso
Date/Time:  Thursday October 20, 2016, 10:30am
Location:  Labriola Center, Hayden Library, 2nd Floor, Tempe campus

Dr. Debbie Reese will discuss her work as a librarian and Indigenous children’s literature expert at a morning reception, Oct. 20, in the Labriola Center, on the second floor of Hayden Library.

The featured speaker for the fall 2016 Simon Ortiz and Labriola Center Lecture on Indigenous Land, Culture, and Community, Dr. Reese will deliver her lecture, titled “Some Truths, but Lots of Lies: Indigenous Peoples in Children’s Literature,” later that day, at 7 p.m., at the Heard Museum in Phoenix.

Dr. Reese (Nambé Pueblo) is an activist scholar and critic, and publishes the internationally acclaimed blog American Indians in Children’s Literature (AICL). Her work provides critical perspectives and analysis of Indigenous peoples in children’s and young adult books, school curricula, popular culture and society.

Learn more

Oct 03, 2016 · collections, renovation

The United States Federal Depository documents collection has moved out of the Hayden Library, and is now at Fletcher Library on the West campus. This is the first stage of relocations necessary for what we expect to be a complete and exciting renovation of Hayden Library starting next year. When finished, the new Hayden will be a combination of traditional library and high-tech workspace, with plenty of private and group work and study space for students, a real library worthy of a great university. 

Currently the Arizona State, local, United Nations and microfice collection are still at Hayden Library.  They will soon be processed and moved to the high density fulfillment center on the Polytechnic campus.

Brad Vogus, the Government Information Librarian, and staff are still available to serve the student and faculty needs on all campuses. You can contact the Government Documents staff online  or by phone 602-543-5525 for any questions about federal, state, local, UN, and local government information, tracking U.S. Legislation, or current and historical Census data. You can also email Brad Vogus for direct assistance at or call him at 602-543-3815.


Sep 28, 2016 · services

The library has added a new feature to the ILLIAD interlibrary loan/document delivery system:  text messaging notifications.  Now you can get notified that the article or book you requested is available even faster than before, just by getting a text message on your mobile device.*

To set up text messaging alerts, log into your ILLIAD account and choose "Change user information" - then provide your mobile number and save.  It's that easy. 

If you have any questions or need assistance in any way, please contact Ask a Librarian.  We're happy to help!

* Please keep in mind that standard text messaging rates will apply



Sep 27, 2016 · Featured resources

What is it?

The 2016 Presidential Election Library Guide is a comprehensive and informative guide to everything you need to know about this year’s presidential and congressional elections including how and where to vote as well as in depth, up to date coverage on each candidate.

Who is it for?

The guide is for everyone! The guide is especially helpful to ASU affiliates and the general public wishing to stay up to date and informed about the current election.

What will I find there?

In the library guide you can:

  • Register to Vote
  • Request an Absentee Ballot
  • Download voter information such as sample ballots, voter requirements, polling place locations, voter registration deadlines, and more
  • View in depth information on Presidential and Congressional candidates including their platforms, campaign finances, and even their twitter feeds
  • Access interactive maps and polling data for the presidential election
  • Follow live election results and comprehensive statistics for the current and past elections
  • View live election news feeds and updates
  • Stream the Presidential Debates on debate nights complete with a live fact checking twitter stream

When should I use it?

You can use this guide throughout the 2016 Election Season and even after for reference and research on elections, politics, and the political process. Many of the resources and databases shown in this guide not only provide current information, but also historical information and data on elections as well.

What if I need more help? 

For more help contact the subject librarians involved in contributing to this library guide:

Sep 01, 2016 · Featured resources

What is it? The Chicano/a Research Collection is an archival repository that preserves Chicano/a and Mexican American history in Arizona and the Southwest. Since 1970, we've compiled a distinguished collection of manuscripts, photographs, books, newspapers, and ephemera. Today, we continue to acquire primary and secondary sources that complement the instructional and research needs of the ASU community and the general public.


El Chicano/a Research Collection es un depósito de archivos que preserva la historia del Chicano/a y del Méxicoamericano en Arizona y el Suroeste. Desde 1970, hemos compilado una distinguida colección de recursos primarios y secundarios que complementan las necesidades de enseñanza y investigación de la comunidad de ASU y el público en general.


Who is it for? Everyone! The collection is accessible to the ASU community and the general public.


¡Todos! La colección es accesible a la comunidad de ASU y el público en general.


What will if find there? You will find primary and secondary resources.

  • Personal Records: Material that documents an individual’s life and achievements. (e.g. Diaries, Correspondence, Oral Histories)
  • Family Records: Material that documents a family’s history and roots in Arizona and the Southwest. (e.g. Genealogy Records, Family Artifacts, Photographs)
  • Organization Records: Material that documents an organizations history and their work with a community. (e.g. Meeting Minutes, Correspondence, Financial Records)
  • Published Material: Material that focuses on Chicano/a and Mexican history and culture. (e.g. Rare Books, Newspapers, Recordings)


Va a encontrar recursos primarios y secundarios.

  • Registros Personales: Material que documenta la vida y logros de un individuo. (e.g. Diarios, Correspondencia, Historias Orales)
  • Registros Familiares: Material que documenta la historia y las raíces de una familia en Arizona y el suroeste. (e.g. Registros de Genealogía, Artefactos Familiares, Fotografías)
  • Registros de Organización: Material que documenta la historia de las organizaciones y su trabajo con la comunidad. (e.g. Actas de la Reunión, Correspondencia, Registros Financieros)
  • Material Publicado: Material que se concentra en la historia y cultura de Chicano/a y Mexico. (e.g. Libros Raros, Prensa, Grabaciones)

When should I use it? If you want to learn about local Mexican American history, visit Hayden Library, Luhrs Reading Room and use the collection!


Si quieres aprender más sobre la historia local Méxicoamericano, visita Hayden Library, Luhrs Reading Room y usa la colección!


What if I need more help?  Contact Nancy Godoy - the Archivist and Librarian of the Chicano/a Research Collection!


Póngase en contacto con Nancy Godoy - la Archivista y Bibliotecaria del Chicano/a Research Collection!