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Feb 19, 2016 · Scholarly Communication

This week is Fair Use Week, where we celebrate the Fair Use doctrine and take a look at howit allows us to interact with the creations in the world around us, especially online. Fair Use is a limitation on the exclusive rights of copyright holders (discussed in section 107 of Copyright Law) to help preserve the First Amendment right of free speech and promote conversation for purposes such as "criticism, comment, news reporting, teaching (including multiple copies for classroom use), scholarship, or research."

The main principle behind fair use is that there are situations and instances in which people can use copyrighted materials without permission. It is a broad and flexible concept that is only specifically defined as copyright infringement cases go to court. There are some basic situations, such as in educational and research settings, that generally are deemed fair use, but hard and fast rules are difficult to define.

Fair use is especially important to the vast majority of the teaching and research that is done here at ASU, but it also touches on our individual, daily activities. Without fair use:

  • John Oliver wouldn’t be able to show video clips on Last Week Tonight;
  • Buffy vs Edward would be taken down for copyright infringement;
  • most of Weird Al Yankovic’s career wouldn’t be possible;
  • we wouldn’t see thumbnail images in internet search results;
  • teachers wouldn’t be able to post articles or other course readings in Blackboard;
  • we wouldn’t be able to have fan sites that include images, screenshots, or excerpts, such as Westeros.org
  • current Wikipedia articles, such as the one about Beyonce’s “Formation” that include analysis, images, and quotations from news sources, wouldn’t be allowed;
  • you wouldn’t be able to post your own Gangnam Style videos, or any other mashups or internet memes.

We are able to have an incredibly rich scholarly, creative, and popular culture, thanks in a large part to fair use!

For Fair Use Week activities and news, visit our Fair Use Library Guide

And don’t forget - our new exhibit, In the Stacks: Print Wikipedia opens this week on Wednesday February 24 (join us for the opening reception). Without fair use, most of Wikipedia wouldn’t exist!

Feb 09, 2016 · Featured resources

Mr. and Mrs. George Luhrs break ground for the Luhrs Tower at First Avenue and Jefferson, 1929To celebrate the 104th Anniversary of Arizona becoming a state the ASU Libraries is featuring the McCulloch Brothers Inc. Photographs Collection of over 4,562 digitized images of Arizona, taken between 1884 and 1947. The McCulloch collection is one of the most extensive collections of Phoenix photography covering the first half of the twentieth century.  

What is it?  This collection houses commercial photographs of city scenes, streets, architectural views and building construction, commercial activities, water development projects (including dams and canals), landscapes, and agriculture. The engaging images feature locations in and around Phoenix at a time of transition from cowtown to emerging metropolis.

Who is it for?  Everyone! If you are interested in history, Arizona, the early 20th century southwest, farming or urban development there is something to find.

What will I find there?  The collection captures the quintessential Arizona experience from cotton and citrus fields to landmarks like the Grand Canyon, Wigwam Resort, and the Arizona Biltmore. You will find early street scenes, schools, construction projects, lakes, guest ranches, resorts and more.

How can I use it?  You can use the photos however you'd like to, as they are open to the public. As open documents, users can download these high-resolution photographs and reuse them however they want for free. As a result, these photos can truly be integrated into research.

We invite you to the collection and discover Arizona in a whole new way. A guide to this collection can be found at Arizona Archives Online. Additional photographs taken by James and Will McCulloch are listed in the guide at  CP SPC 153: McCulloch Family Photographs, 1890-1974.

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

Image Information:   "Groundbreaking Ceremonies for Luhrs Tower," 1929, McCulloch Brothers Inc. Photographs, CP MCLMB A598A. Arizona State University Libraries: Arizona Collection.

 

Event:  Art+Feminism Wikipedia Edit-a-Thon Meetup

Date: Friday, March 18, 2016

Time: 1:00-8:00pm

Location: Hayden Library, Room C41 (Entrance level), Tempe campus

DescriptionPlease join us for a fun, inclusive, one-day event that brings together diverse communities to create and improve Wikipedia articles related to women in the arts. Despite its wide reach, Wikipedia suffers from a severe gender imbalance: since most editors are men, articles conform to men's interests and perspectives. In an effort to change this, we are gathering diverse women and allies together to celebrate women's cultural achievements.

No Wikipedia editing experience necessary; tutoring will be provided for Wikipedia newcomers as needed throughout the event.

Light refreshments will be served.

Optional steps to get started:

This event is sponsored by the School of Art and ASU Libraries.

For more information about Wikipedia Art+Feminism Edit-a-thon Meetups, please visit en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wikipedia:Meetup/ArtAndFeminism

Feb 01, 2016 · services, resources

Screenshot of Reading History linkWe're happy to announce that as of February 1st, the ASU Libraries’ My Library Account can now remember your reading history, if you decide to opt-in to the service.  This feature, frequently requested by members of the ASU community, will let you track what items you've checked out using your ASU library account.

To opt-in:  

  • go to My Library Account and click on the "Reading History" link on the left menu 
  • Click the Opt In button to activate your reading history.

The reading history will begin when new items are checked out, and items currently checked out aren't added to the history.  You can opt out of the service at any point.

Library users are encouraged to regularly monitor their reading history lists, with the understanding that the we cannot recreate the history once deleted.  

Privacy Warning: If you choose to opt-in, the information contained in the history is subject to disclosure pursuant to subpoena, warrant or court order. Please review the Libraries' confidentiality policy for more information.

Please contact Ask a Librarian with any questions about this new feature.  We're happy to help you make the most of the services we provide.

 

 

Jan 26, 2016 · Events Arizona

Event:  Phoenix History Meetup: Spring 2016 Series
Dates:  3rd Wednesday of every month (February 17, March 16, April 20, May 18
Time:  6-8pm
Location:  Seamus McCaffrey's, 18 W Monroe Street, Phoenix, AZ 85003

Hosted by:  

  • Matthew Crane, Great-Grandson of George Luhrs, Senior
  • Rob Spindler, Curator of the Arizona Collection

Bring your questions, or just come join the conversation about Phoenix history!

Jan 20, 2016 · Students

To encourage students to discover the great pleasures and satisfaction of books and book collecting, we are proud to sponsor the annual ASU Libraries Student Book Collecting Contest .

Cash prizes up to $600 can be won for a book collection that represents a well-defined field of interest, and $300 for the best essay on the collection’s subject matter. The contest is open to all ASU undergraduate and graduate students.  

Book contest application information and details can be found at: lib.asu.edu/bookcontest

The deadline for submissions is Wednesday February 10, 2016. Please direct any questions to Patricia.Odle@asu.edu.

Jan 19, 2016 · Exhibits

Exhibit: Our Stories & Life’s Experiences Inform the Arts

Location: Fletcher Library at the West campus, Second and Third Floor, 4701 W. Thunderbird Road, Glendale, AZ, public parking available (Map) 

Available: January 15th – February 25, 2016 during normal library hours.

Description: Through visual arts, stories and the performing arts – universal, multidisciplinary artists showcase how these material and performing art forms might affect our mental and physical well-being.

From an art history perspective, the four universal healing salves in many shamanic societies: 
If you came to a shaman or medicine person complaining of being disheartened, dispirited, or depressed, they would ask one of four questions…

“When did you stop dancing?
“When did you stop singing?
“When did you stop being enchanted by stories? 
“When did you stop fining comfort in the sweet territory of silence?”

Waylon Lewis on Jul 26, 2012, http://www.elephantjournal.com

Artist Information: Exhibition in collaboration with South Mountain High School, Magnet Visual Arts’ Program: 

Children’s Stories: To Read, To Remember and To Reflect

Website: www.artsCARE.org/cac.intro.shtml     |     info: jhb6@mindspring.com     |     tel: 602-375-9553

Jan 19, 2016 · Exhibits

Exhibit: Journey through the Emerald Isle: Travel Photography exhibition by Paula G. Cullison, travel writer and photographer

Location: ASU Library at the Polytechnic campus5988 S. Backus Mall, Mesa, AZ 85212 (Map) 

Available: January 17th – April 9, 2016 during normal library hours.

Description: Journey through the Emerald Isle and Have Passport – Will Travel are two photography exhibits which reflect her love of international travel. Paula’s recent trip to Ireland gave her a sense of the magnificent beauty of the land and the strong character of its people. She encourages other to experience the joys of travel.

Artist Information: New York City born, long-time Phoenix resident, Paula Cullison has a passion for international travel.  An independent traveler, she has visited over 30 countries.

Upon graduating from college, she worked in Switzerland on an AIESEC traineeship,  and has attended several international conferences through her involvement with the United Nations Association.

Paula has published numerous international travel articles and her first book, Daughters of the American Dream.  She is a member of the Sonoran Arts League, Vice-Pres - Scottsdale Chapter of the National League of American Pen Women, and Founder of the Arizona Women’s Partnership, Inc., an all-volunteer philanthropic non-profit (azwp.org)

Website: www.paulacullison.com     |     info: paulacullison@aol.com     |     tel: 602-863-9744

Jan 14, 2016 ·

"Will and James McCulloch Next to Flatbed Truck During Midwinter Carnival,"The ASU Libraries is proud to present the McCulloch Brothers Inc. Photographs Collection , a collection of over 4,562 digitized images of Arizona, taken between 1884 and 1947. These engaging images feature locations in and around Phoenix at a time of transition from cowtown to emerging metropolis.

Scottish Immigrants James Morrison McCulloch (1870-1945) and William Patrick McCulloch (1880-1971) owned a well known commercial photography studio whose work appeared in many different books and magazines. Their business and agency clients put them in key locations to visually document Arizona history. For the first time these photos can be found on Google or Bing, as well as Library One Search, and are available via the ASU Digital Repository. As open documents, users can download these high-resolution photographs and reuse them however they want for free. As a result, these photos can truly be integrated into someone’s research.

The McCulloch collection is one of the most extensive collections of Phoenix photography covering the first half of the twentieth century.  Check out early Phoenix street scenes like this one showing the view from the County Courthouse in 1929:

View of Phoenix from the County Courthouse, 1929

The photos show the similarities of then and now. In the photograph below, James Cagney fans await his next adventure in “Captain of the Clouds.” at the Orpheum Theatre in 1942. How many of their grandchildren lined up for Star Wars at the Cine Capri 34 years later?

"Marquee for the Orpheum Theatre During the Showing of "Captains of the Clouds," 1942

Below is an image depicting the first water over the spillway of Roosevelt Dam in 1915. one of the most famous of all the McCulloch Brothers photographs.  All roads from the dam were closed so a motorcyclist could take the plate back to Phoenix to develop it.

"First Water Over the Spillway of Roosevelt Dam," 1915

 

Check out the construction of Frog Tanks Diversion Dam, Lake Pleasant guest ranches and resorts, Roosevelt Dam and the Apache Trail.  The collection captures the quintessential Arizona experience from cotton and citrus fields to landmarks like the Grand Canyon, Wigwam Resort, and the Arizona Biltmore. You might even find an early photo of your high school.

We invite you to the collection and discover Arizona in a whole new way. A guide to this collection can be found at Arizona Archives Online. Additional photographs taken by James and Will McCulloch are listed in the guide at  CP SPC 153: McCulloch Family Photographs, 1890-1974.

 

Note:  The original McCulloch Brothers Inc. Photographs were donated to Arizona State University in 1978 as part of the Herb and Dorothy McLaughlin Photograph Collection. ASU acquired the intellectual property of the collection in 2007 as a result of an agreement with the McLaughlin family.

Written by:  Matthew Harp

 
 
 
Jan 12, 2016 · resources

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

New Database and Reference Titles

  • APA Handbook of Nonverbal Communication (Accessible through APA Books E-Collections)
     
  • Database of Latin Dictionaries: The Database of Latin Dictionaries (DLD) integrates different types of Latin dictionaries, to build in links between these different tools. Where the dictionaries provide Latin terms and vernacular equivalents or explanations (whether in contemporary or historic forms of English, French or German), searches will be possible on both the Latin lemmata and the English, French or German lemmata. All Latin word-forms that appear concretely in texts will have a link to entries in relevant dictionaries and from there the user can go and read the selected dictionary entry. The database will grow to comprise three kinds of dictionaries: dictionaries to assist translation from Latin into modern languages, dictionaries providing semantic and etymological explanations in Latin of Latin words historical Latin dictionaries.
  • Encyclopedia of Global Studies (Accessible through Sage Knowledge)

  • Gale Directory of Publications and Broadcast Media, 152nd ed. (Accessible through Gale Directory Library)

New Electronic Journals

Cancelled Electronic Resources

 

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.

 

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