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Sep 01, 2016 ·

Kathy Krzys, the archivist and curator of the ASU Libraries' Child Drama Collection, was honored in Boston recently by both the Children’s Theatre Foundation of America (CTFA) and the American Alliance for Theatre Education (AATE) at two awards ceremonies at the AATE conference in Boston July 27-31. Kathy's contributions to the profession were celebrated with both the 2016 Orlin Corey Medallion Award from the CTFA and the Campton Bell Lifetime Achievement Award from the AATE.  The Orlin Corey Medallian Award " ... honors recipients for their significant achievements for the enrichment of children in the United States and Canada through nurturing artistic work in theatre and the arts," while the Campton Bell Lifetime Achievement Award "honors an individual for a lifetime of outstanding contributions to the field."

The announcement for the medallian award chronicled Kathy's laudable professional achievements:

Katherine Krzys, archivist, actress, director, author, and theatre for youth historian, received her MFA degree in Theatre with Concentration in Theatre for Youth from Arizona State University (ASU) in 1988. For her graduate research assistantship she was assigned to transfer the finding aids for the recently established (1979) Child Drama Collection (CDC) from typewriter generated text to computers. At the time there were about 125 books and 100 linear feet of archival collections. Under Krzys' 31-year curatorial leadership the CDC has grown to become the largest repository in the world documenting the international history of theatre for youth back to the 16th century.

Krzys is committed to preserving the history of the field. There are currently 136 different collectons in the CDC, which record the contributions of professional theatres for young audiences, foundations, youth theatres, playwrights, designers, university programs and professors, national organizations, and arts educators. For more information about the holdings, see the library guide on the ASU Libraries online catalogue.

Krzys has many publications that help to document Theatre for Youth history. Included are: a biography of Sara Spencer, one of the founders of CTFA and of the first publishing company specializing in plays for young audiences; assistant editor with Ann Shaw and lead Nat Eek of the three volume ASSITEJ history; indices to journals; and eulogies to leaders in the field. She is frequently invited to deliver keynote speeches at conferences and landmark celebrations and is working on creating online tutorials recording the history of the field. 

Sep 01, 2016 · exhibits

Scholars, artists, and community members contribute to exhibition examining the importance of of the Frankenstein story. 


Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein; or, The Modern Prometheus is rapidly approaching its 200th anniversary, but its themes continue to resonate in our technological age and spawn new, complex questions about the nature of life, our role as creators, and our responsibilities to the things we bring into the world. Now, Arizona State University Libraries, in partnership with ASU’s Frankenstein Bicentennial Project, will present an interdisciplinary, mixed-media exhibition that grapples with the provocative ideas put forth in Shelley’s novel.

Opening August 31 and on display through December 10, 2016, Frankenstein at 200 examines the conditions of Mary Shelley’s world that led her to pen the original tale, along with similar scientific, technological, and social quandaries of our modern era. Is a social media hashtag a living organism? Should a painting made by a robot be considered a work of art? And what new monsters might we imagine in response to emerging technologies and new scientific discoveries?

Frankenstein emerged in a moment of great social and technological change,” said Ed Finn, co-director of the Frankenstein Bicentennial Project. “Similarly, today we are all modern Prometheans, afforded the ability to create and transform the world around us. Frankenstein at 200 demonstrates the power of Mary Shelley’s original vision, and contextualizes a centuries-old story for contemporary audiences.”

Just how contemporary audiences understand Frankenstein is also on display in the exhibition. The character and his creature have been adapted to countless books, plays, films, television programs, video games and breakfast cereals, domesticating the horror of the novel into something playful but also reflective of society and our place in it.

“Just as the creature in Frankenstein was assembled from an assortment of materials, so too is our understanding of Frankenstein as a cultural icon – a dizzying array of interpretations  patched together by our own hopes, fears, passions and inspiration,” said Bob Beard, the exhibition’s curator. Frankenstein at 200 includes contributions from collaborators across multiple disciplines at ASU – including geology, chemistry, theology and the humanities – and pieces created by members of the local community – but, Beard says, a major goal of the exhibit is to elicit additional insights from attendees. “Frankenstein belongs to all of us. Each new reading or encounter with it breathes new life into the legend, and provides a fresh set of fascinating perspectives and discoveries.”

Featuring striking original art, interactive collection pieces, and compelling reflection questions, Frankenstein at 200 is open now through December 10, 2016 on the entrance level of ASU’s Hayden Library, located at 300 Orange Mall in Tempe, Arizona. Please see the Library’s website for hours and directions.

About the Frankenstein Bicentennial Project

Launched by Drs. David Guston and Ed Finn in 2013, the Frankenstein Bicentennial Project

is a global celebration of the bicentennial of the writing and publication of Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein, from 2016-2018. The project uses Frankenstein as a lens to examine the complex relationships between science, technology, ethics, and society. Arizona State University will act as a global hub for a vast array of activities at a wide range of venues, including film festivals, scientific demonstrations, writing and artistic competitions, museum exhibits, scholarly workshops, new books, special issues of magazines and journals, and other cross-platform media experiences. To learn more visit and follow @FrankensteinASU on Twitter.


Aug 04, 2016 · Featured resources

What is it? The ASU Libraries provides all ASU students, faculty and staff a pass to and NYTimes mobile apps which gives full access to the extensive news, multimedia and archives of The New York Times without needing your own subscription. 

Who is it for?  Everyone!  This is available to all ASU students, faculty and staff

What will I find there?   Full access to the for breaking news, blogs, videos, opinion and interactive features.  This also provides full access to articles from the archive of The New York Times from 1851 to the present day, with select access to New York Times articles published from 1923 through 1980.

How can I get started?   To activate your complimentary access to visit and follow the instructions to activate your pass. Once activated, your pass will provide access to and mobile apps from any location.

What else do I need to know?  Access via group pass expires after a year, but it can be renewed. Visit to view your Pass eligibility and expiration timestamp at any time.  

Questions?  Contact Ask a Librarian - we're always happy to help you make the most of your resources.

Jul 08, 2016 · Featured resources

What Is It?  The purpose of LearnTechLib is to emphasize the intersection of learning and technology. It connects the latest multimedia, peer-reviewed, internationally recognized research on the latest developments and applications in educational technology and e-learning in one database.

Who is it for? Researchers, educators or learners interested in learning and technology that need to locate per-reviewed documents or hard-to-find “grey literature” including conference papers, presentations slides and keynote addresses.

What will I find there? Over 25 years of research and 100,000 documents with 40,000 plus full-text, peer-reviewed documents and an additional 60,000 plus abstracts with links to full-text versions are available. Content includes journal articles, conference papers, e-books, reports, dissertations, keynote talks, presentation slides & collections of articles.  Many resources include multimedia content such as video, audio recordings or slides.

When should I use it? When working on a research paper or researching the latest developments in learning and technology. This is a valuable resource for finding hard-to-locate conference papers and keynote presentations.

Need more information? Contact Ask a Librarian or an education subject librarian – we’re always ready to help you with your research!

Jun 27, 2016 · resources

The ASU Libraries have recently made the following additions to our electronic resource collections:  


Database/Reference Titles

  •  Artemis Primary Sources :  Provides a single seamless search of several subscribed Gale Digital Collections, including:  
    • 17th and 18th Century Burney Collection 
    • 19th Century British Newspapers 
    • 19th Century UK Periodicals 
    • Economist Historical Archive 1843-2011 
    • Eighteenth Century Collections Online
    • Indigenous Peoples: North America
    • Nineteenth Century Collections Online
    • Nineteenth Century U.S. Newspapers
    • Sunday Times Digital Archive 1822-2006 
    • Times Digital Archive 1785-2009 
    • Times Literary Supplement 
    • Declassified Documents Reference System - US.
  • Church Missionary Society Periodicals Module II:  Features publications from the Church Missionary Society (CMS), the South American Missionary Society and the Church of England Zenana Missionary Society (CEZMS) between 1804 and 2009.  Module II focuses on CMS medical mission auxiliaries, the work of the Church of England Zenana Missionary Society among women in Asia and the Middle East, newsletters from native churches and student missions in China and Japan, and 'home' material including periodicals aimed specifically at women and children subscribers.
  • Economist Historical Archive, 1843-2012:  A searchable collection of every issue of The Economist from 1843 to 2012
  • Encyclopedia of Associations: Regional, State and Local, 28th ed. (Accessible through Gale Directory Library)
  • Encyclopedia of Polymeric Nanomaterials (Accessible through SpringerLink)
  • Encyclopedia of Sustainability Science and Technology (Accessible through SpringerLink)
  • Koreanstudies Information Service System:  Full text database of Korean scholarly journal articles, university publications and research papers published by research institutions in Korea. Includes full-text articles and covers most of subject areas published since 1945
  • Koreanstudies Information E-Book Database: Provides full-text e-books in humanities, social sciences, natural and medical science, arts and physical education, etc
  • Material ConneXion:  A global platform for material solutions and innovations. Material ConneXion's international network of material specialists provide a global, cross-industry perspective on materials, sustainable alternatives, and their potential uses.
  • Prokaryotes : Actinobacteria (Accessible through SpringerLink)
  • Prokaryotes : Alphaproteobacteria and Betaproteobacteria (Accessible through SpringerLink)
  • Prokaryotes : Deltaproteobacteria and Epsilonproteobacteria (Accessible through SpringerLink)
  • Prokaryotes : Firmicutes and Tenericutes (Accessible through SpringerLink)
  • Prokaryotes : Gammaproteobacteria (Accessible through SpringerLink)
  • Prokaryotes : Other Major Lineages of Bacteria and The Archaea (Accessible through SpringerLink)


Jun 03, 2016 · Events

LGBT History Exhibit ImageEvent:  Exhibit Opening for "LGBT History in Arizona, 1969-2014"

Date: Thursday, June 16

Time: 6:00 - 7:30pm

Location:  Hayden Library, Luhrs Gallery, Level 4, Tempe campus

Description:  Join us for the opening reception of LGBT History in Arizona, 1969-2014. The exhibit celebrates Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender (LGBT) history in Arizona and showcases archival material from the Bj Bud Memorial Archives, in the Arizona Collection.

Opening remarks at 6:30pm by Robrt Pela, Columnist at Phoenix New Times and Owner of R. Pela Contemporary Art, and Justin Owen, Executive Director, Phoenix Pride.

Recommended visitor parking:  Fulton Center Parking Structure, located at the northeast corner of University Drive and College Avenue.


About the Bj Bud memorial Archives, in the Arizona Collection:
This collection contains organization records, subject files, photographs, periodicals and artifacts that document Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender (LGBT) history in Arizona. In addition, there is a small collection of material from various locations in the United States, Canada and England. LGBT history is under-documented in Arizona archives and libraries. As a result, Phoenix Pride, Marshall Shore (Hip Historian) and ASU Libraries formed the Arizona LGBT History Project, an initiative to preserve archival material.

May 26, 2016 · Podcasts Events

Professor Sarah Deer, Professor of Law at Mitchell Hamline School of Law, winner of the 8th Labriola Center National Book Award for her book The Beginning and End of Rape: Confronting Sexual Violence in Native America, traveled to the Labriola Center on May 2, 2016 to receive her award and discussed her book. Dr. David Martinez, professor of American Indian Studies at ASU, interviewed Professor Sarah Deer about her early work with rape survivors (including Haskell University students), why the word epidemic is not the best term to describe violence against Native women,  and the impact of federal law and policy.  



Download the Video

About the Book

“How to address widespread violence against Native women—practically, theoretically, and legally—from the foremost advocate for understanding and change - The Beginning and End of Rape makes available the powerful writings in which Sarah Deer, who played a crucial role in the reauthorization of the Violence Against Women Act in 2013, has advocated for cultural and legal reforms to protect Native women from endemic sexual violence and abuse. These essays point to the possibility of actual and positive change in a world where Native women are systematically undervalued, left unprotected, and hurt.” – Provided by publisher

”This is a compelling and compassionate revelation of the eternal violence against Native women. It is a call to action for all of us.”  - The Honorable Ada E. Deer, former Assistant Secretary for Indian Affairs and enrolled Menominee

The Beginning and End of Rape: Confronting Sexual Violence in Native America is published by the University of Minnesota Press.
ISBN 9780816696338

About the Labriola Center National Book Award

Books submitted for consideration for the Labriola Center American Indian National Book Award cross multiple disciplines or fields of study, and focus on topics and issues that are pertinent to Indigenous peoples and nations.  Of particular interest are those works written by Indigenous scholars or in which Indigenous persons played a significant role in the creation of the nominated work.

May 17, 2016 · resources

The ASU Libraries have made the following additions to our electronic resource collections:  

New Database and Reference Titles

  • 17th and 18th Century Burney Collection NewspapersA digitized and searchable version of the British Library's collection of the newspapers, pamphlets, proclamations, and books gathered by Reverend Charles Burney (1757-1817). Part I: c. 1660-1900 Part II: Medieval and Renaissance 
  • 19th Century U.S. NewspapersSearchable database containing digital facsimile images of newspapers; presented as full page layout as well as single articles; advertisements and illustrations included. This collection includes numerous newspapers from a range of urban and rural regions throughout the U.S.; and it encompasses the entire 19th century.
  • Directories in Print, 38th ed. (Accessible through Gale Directory Library)
  • Directory of Special Libraries and Information Centers, 44th ed. (Accessible through Gale Directory Library)
  • Encyclopedia of Associations: National Organizations of the U.S., 55th ed. (Accessible through Gale Directory Library)
  • Encyclopedia of Business Information Sources, 33rd ed. (Accessible through Gale Directory Library)
  • Encyclopedia of Governmental Advisory Organizations, 31st ed. (Accessible through Gale Directory Library)
  • Gale Directory of Databases, 39th ed. (Accessible through Gale Directory Library)
  • JSTOR Ireland CollectionThe Ireland Collection is an interdisciplinary collection of journals, books and manuscripts. While it focuses on Ireland it is international in scope and provides coverage of diverse disciplines - such as music, art, history, literature, archaeology, mathematics, and biology. Journals include ceased journals from the 18th, 19th, and 20th centuries. 
  • MathSciNet via EBSCOhost (Complimentary access)
    MathSciNet is an electronic publication offering access to reviews, abstracts and bibliographic information for much of the mathematical sciences literature.
  • Publishers Directory, 41st ed. (Accessible through Gale Directory Library)
  • Sunday Times Digital Archive, 1822-2006
    Provides access to the full run of a British weekly newspaper noted for its analysis and commentary on the week's news and society at large. 
  • Synthesis (Morgan & Claypool) Digital Library, Collections 6 & 7
    Digital Library of Morgan & Claypool engineering publications. Most items with the collection are designed to be introduction or an overview to a specific engineering topic. Full text is available only for the items within collections purchased by ASU.


New Ejournals


If you have any questions about these resources, please Ask a Librarian.  We're happy to help you make the most of the resources available to you.

May 10, 2016 · Exhibits

On Exhibit:  ASU Preparatory Academy-Polytechnic High School - Inaugural Art Exhibit

Location:  ASU Polytechnic Library , 5988 S. Backus Mall, Mesa, AZ 85212  Map

Available: Now through May 15, 2016 during Normal Hours

Description:  The Art and Design Class at ASU Prep High School under the direction of Jennifer Nelson, have their inaugural art exhibit on display at Polytechnic Library.  More than 20 pieces of student art are on display.  Stop by to see some great art work using multiple mediums.

May 02, 2016 · Featured resources

May is Jewish American Heritage Month (JAHN). In celebration of this month-long national event, the library is featuring Jewish Studies Source as the resource of the month.

What is it? This full-text database aggregates print resources from hundreds of publications in subjects such as history, philosophy, religious studies, women’s studies, political science, archaeology, anthropology, and even medical sciences. 

Who is it for? Anyone who wants to learn more about Jewish American history and Jewish civilization in general. The first Jewish community in the Americas (1630) was established in Recife, Brazil, which was then under the rule of the Netherlands. Once Portugal recaptured Brazil from the Netherlands in 1654, Jews and Protestants were expelled and on the go again. The 23 Jews who escaped Brazil by sailing into New Amsterdam established the first Jewish community in North America (see full historical timeline on the JAHM site).

What will I find there? Articles from a variety of publications—from peer-reviewed journals to newspapers, magazines, or newsletters of local communities and national organizations.

When should I use it? When researching any topic that involves Jewish civilization in the broader sense, from biblical times to current events.                                                    

What if I need more help? Contact Ask a Librarian or the Jewish Studies subject librarian – we’re always ready to help you with your research!