The Library Channel

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

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.