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Jan 11, 2016 · Podcasts lecture, Events

Dr. Lori Arviso AlvordThe ASU Libraries proudly presents "The Healing Properties of Navajo Ceremonies,” the fall 2015 installment of The Simon Ortiz and Labriola Center Lecture on Indigenous Land, Culture, and Community with  Dr. Lori Arviso Alvord. The lecture took place on Thursday, Oct. 22, at the Heard Museum in Phoenix.



Dr. Alvord spoke of the healing properties of ceremonies and the importance of the mind-body connection both to overall health and to the medical profession. She spoke about the benefits of chant, songs, prayer, and meditation to physical and mental health. Moving beyond individual health, Dr. Alvord also notes the connection between ceremonies and the health of the planet as a whole.

Raised in Crownpoint, New Mexico, Dr. Lori Arviso Alvord, MD (Navajo) is a member the Tsinnajinnie (Ponderosa Pine) and Ashi’hii’ Dine’ (Salt) clans. She is the first Navajo woman to be board-certified in surgery. Her memoir, The Scalpel and the Silver Bear (Bantam, 1999), tells the story of her journey from the reservation to the operating room and of her work to combine Navajo philosophies of healing with western medicine.

Dr. Alvord is currently Chief of Surgical Services and a practicing general surgeon at Banner Health Page Hospital, in Page, Arizona. She also holds an appointment as Associate Faculty at Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health, Center for American Indian Health.

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.

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Learn more about the Labriola National Native American Data Center

Jan 08, 2016 · Events

Photo of the Design House, designed by Jeffrey CookEvent:  Exhibit Opening for "Selling Sunshine II: The House that Jeff Built"

Date: Thursday January 21

Time: 5:30 - 7:00pm

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

Description:  Please join us at Hayden Library to celebrate the opening of the Jeffrey Cook Papers archive and the new exhibit Selling Sunshine II: The House that Jeff Built.  

Professor Jeffrey Cook dedicated over 40 years (1959-2003) of his life to architecture and education. Coming to Arizona from northeastern Canada, he brought a passion for bioclimatic design to the Southwest. His work at ASU took him all over the globe, sharing his insight and expertise with students, scholars, scientists, artists, and community leaders. Cook’s passion and personal philosophy were manifested in the design and construction of his home, The Desert House, in Paradise Valley. His influence still endures in his buildings, landscape, and protégés here in the Valley of the Sun and in the world. The Jeffrey Cook Papers are now available through Arizona State University’s Design Library.

Recommended visitor parking:  Apache Boulevard Parking Structure, located at the northweast corner of Apache Boulevard and College Avenue.

Dec 18, 2015 · Exhibits

Exhibit: Have Passport Will Travel

Location: Noble Library at the Tempe campus, 2nd Floor

Available: January 3rd – April 4th, 2016 during normal library hours.

Description: New York City born, long-time Valley 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. Her published travel articles, photographs and book, Daughters of the American Dream, can be found on her website.

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Dec 15, 2015 · Students

While other students are sharpening their #2 pencils and bubbling in scantrons during finals week, Design School students defend their final studio projects in front of their peers, professors, and a jury of professional designers. Through these all-day events, young designers communicate their vision and receive valuable critique from experts in their field of study.

This semester the Design Library hosted the final review of Lapsus Imaginis 2.0: Istanbul is Constantinople, an interdisciplinary graduate studio, in which students focused on creating images of a parallel Las Vegas based on ideas and insights they gained from traveling to Istanbul at the start of the semester.

In the same way the students reorganized images to produce their projects, they reshaped the Design Library to fit this special event. The Quiet Study Room became a gallery and the Current Periodicals Reading Room became the conference hall where each student presented their work. Visitors to the library were impressed by the transformation and excited by the opportunity to experience a review in such a large setting. (And, some students were happy to finally be able to converse in a “red zone.”) In addition, the north wall featured a panoramic movie collage and the Archives and Special Collections Reading Room displayed a skyscraper model inspired by Josef Albers’ Interaction of Color. This final review was envisioned by Professor Elena Rocchi as an event where guests experienced the different "Spaces of Knowledge" that the library offers. By sharing our space, the Design Library became a showcase of the physical materials, books, and documents that supported the Design students’ individual work.

Written by Erika Lankton, Manager, Design Library

Dec 04, 2015 · services

Upgrade alert: We know it's a challenge to keep track of multiple account log-ins, so we're pleased to announce a major improvement in library account management.  Over the Winter Break, the log-in for My Interlibrary Loan (ILLiad) Account will be simplfied to just need your ASURITE ID and password.  

What will you see?  The very first time you log into your My Interlibrary Loan (ILLiad) Account after this upgrade, you will be asked to verify your personalized account settings such as department and preferred pickup location for requested materials.  If you have been using your ASURITE username for your ILLIAD account, your request history will remain fully accessible.

Please note:  If you have been using a different user name than your ASURITE,  your request history may need to be manually synced to your new ILLiad account by ILL staff.  This can be done prior to the upgrade by contacting ILL Staff at 480-965-3382 or via email at

Questions: Please contact us at 480-965-3282 or



Nov 30, 2015 · Exhibits

ExhibitFaces of Nepal and Tibet:  The Far and Forgotten

Location:  Second floor, Fletcher Library, West campus

Available:  Through January 11, 2016

Description:  In Fall 2014, Renee Rivers took a treacherous and remote journey through the Nepalese and Tibetan Himalaya with her nearly wheelchair-bound, seventy-four-year-old father to fulfill his life-long dream to see Kathmandu and Mount Everest.

Spurred on by her father’s story of how reading about Sir Edmond Hillary and Tenzing Norgay’s ascent of Everest inspired her father to get an education and transcend his impoverished sharecropper’s upbringing, Renee worked for over a year to coordinate an expedition that would accommodate her father’s condition.

Once underway, this father-daughter expedition traversed the tangled, cacophonous streets of Kathmandu, Nepal, pilgrim-filled plazas and temples in occupied Lhasa, Tibet, and wound along the Tibetan plateau to the village of Tingre—the last village before Everest base camp. Their overland route ascended to Gyatchula, the highest pass on the Araniko highway at 16,404 feet and returned to Kathmandu via a treacherous detour over a fresh-cut mud-track, 1500 feet above the kilometers-long Sunkoshi Gorge landslide that had just buried hundreds of Nepalese villagers.

Rivers and her father encountered precipices thousands of feet high, struggles with altitude sickness, scores of intense military checkpoints, and having to push the wheelchair across the landslide-blocked border at Nayalam with hundreds of foot travelers. Father and daughter also found themselves enchanted with the Himalayan people whose lives and culture are often too far and forgotten and imperiled to begin to understand without walking a few days beside them.

These photos hopefully capture a moment of inter-cultural understanding that can only happen when people in pursuit of something beyond themselves come face-to-face.


About Renee G. Rivers

Renee G. Rivers teaches First-Year Composition and Creative Writing at ASU at the West campus. Outside of writing and teaching, her interests find her behind an acetylene torch, advocating for public education or traveling to remote locales. 

She holds an M.A. in English from SUNY Brockport, a B.S. in Special Education and B.A. equivalent in German via the Goethe-Institut-Muenchen.

Renee is a literary magazine reviewer for the The Review Review. Her stories have appeared in: PBS Filmmaker Jillian Robinson’s Change Your Life Through Travel, Extracts Literary Journal, Canyon Voices, The Feminist Wire and have won international awards from SouthWest Writers and Tin House.


Nov 20, 2015 · special collections

With the upcoming release of Star Wars: The Force Awakens, it is time that a hidden treasure of the ASU Libraries collections become unhidden:  the Nicholas A. Salerno Star Wars Collection.  ASU Now featured the collection, including an intervew with Dr. Salerno, in the article :   'Star Wars' collection transports scholars to a galaxy far, far away

There is a finding aid available online that outlines the contents of the collection, which is described as follows:  

"This collection houses Nicholas A. Salerno’s collection of publicity materials and merchandising products for the Star Wars film series from 1976-2005. The bulk of the materials focuses on the original trilogy released from 1977-1983 beginning with Star Wars (1977), Star Wars Episode V: The Empire Strikes Back (1980), and Star Wars Episode VI: Return of the Jedi (1983).

The collection includes press kits and publicity materials; autographed photographs and principal actor headshots; journal, magazine and newspaper articles; co-branded tie in products; licensed merchandise; action figures, creatures, playsets and vehicles; audio and video recordings; posters; store displays; and fabric textiles. Materials relate primarily to the production, publicity, exhibition and importance of the trilogy film series from 1977-1987."


Some of the rare items included in the collection are:

  • A white Star Wars Revenge of the Jedi Press Kit (Series I, Box 2)
  • Star Wars Episode V: The Empire Strikes Back Portfolio with Darth Vader Medallion (Series I, Box 3). 
  •  A rare, original 1977 Style "A" Star Wars poster of art by Illustrator Tom Jung (Series XV)

To see items of the collection, please visit the Luhrs Reading Room on Level 4 of Hayden Library.  Please note that some boxes have restricted access to preserve the original items. To view restricted materials, please email Katherine Krzys.


Nov 13, 2015 · repository, special collections

President John F Kennedy, Senator Carl Hayden and Vice President Lyndon B Johnson

Some Phoenicians still remember the day President John F. Kennedy came to town to honor the great Arizona Senator Carl Hayden on the occasion of his 50th anniversary as United States Senator. Now those memories can come back to life with local television coverage of the event remembered as one of the great moments in Arizona history made accessible by the ASU Libraries. 

On November 17, 1961 the President, Vice President Lyndon B. Johnson and a long host table of national and local dignitaries honored Senator Hayden at dinner for one thousand guests at the Thunderbird Room of the Westward Ho. Cameras were hard wired into the ATT telephone network in the building so those who could not attend could see television coverage of the President arriving by motorcade at the Westward Ho and describing his memories of Senator Hayden at the podium. Vice President Johnson, Senator Hayden and then Governor Paul Fannin also make remarks in this endangered video that was recently digitized by the Arizona Collection at the ASU Libraries.

The full length video and several clips of key moments can now be viewed and downloaded by the public at the ASU Digital Repository, along with a copy of the event program and a time stamp index. “KOOL TV President Tom Chauncey donated the videos bearing the handwritten label 'Hayden Dinner' many years ago. I had heard of the Hayden event, but the tapes could have depicted any event honoring the Senator. I was stunned when the digitized video came back and I saw President Kennedy’s motorcade,” said Arizona Collection curator Rob Spindler.

Unfortunately, the tapes ended just before Senator Hayden took the podium to reminisce and introduce the President. Undaunted, Spindler approached Tom Chauncey Jr., who assisted him in locating a third tape that provided the balance of the surviving footage.  “We were fortunate to recover the videos in time”, said Spindler. “There are very few working two inch videotape machines left in America and we found a preservation firm that could do excellent work.”

Dr. David Berman of ASU will discuss the significance of the video and the event on Eight’s Horizon this Tuesday November 17th, the 54th anniversary of the event. These videos were preserved with the generous assistance of the Luhrs Family Endowment.

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Written by:  Rob Spindler, curator, Arizona Collection

Image information:  ST-M2-4-61 President John F. Kennedy, Senator Carl Hayden, and Vice President Lyndon B. Johnson, John F. Kennedy Presidential Library and Museum

Oct 30, 2015 · Featured resources

The Times Digital Archive, 1785-2009

What is it?

The Times Digital Archive, 1785-2009 is a full-text online collection of EVERY page of The Times (of London) in its original format.  The Times is one of the world’s leading newspapers of record.  It is an invaluable primary research resource for 19th and 20th century history and culture. 

Who is it for?

Anyone interested in primary research on 19th and 20th century British or World history or culture.  It is useful for students at all levels, and essential for many serious students and scholars. 

What will I find there?

Everything published in The Times in its original format (facsimile).  It is a fascinating and complete day-by-day chronicle of world events as they happened and unfolded.

When should I use it?

When appropriate to your assignments or interests, especially if historical primary resources are needed.  Or use it right now.  

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

Oct 22, 2015 · Open Access

Open Access Week is winding down for this year. We had lots of fun editing Wikipedia on Monday as part of the global OA Week Editathon. The Editathon is still going strong - you can still participate or track the progress here:

We also had a fantastic time on Tuesday with our panelists: Katie Hinde, Kevin McGraw, Jason Raymond, and Stephanie Schreiner, discussing open access journal publishing. We filmed the discussion and will share it soon!

Here are some #OAWeek highlights:

Thanks for joining us for this year’s Open Access Week!