“Robinson’s 'Hungry Listening' is a superb work of original scholarship, which is both enjoyable to read and a major contribution to the field of Indigenous studies," said David Martinez, chair of the selection committee and an associate professor of American Indian Studies. "Robinson teaches the reader to not only pay attention to the aural environment as a site of cultural sovereignty, which needs to be decolonized as much as other Indigenous spaces, but also how to listen, compose and perform oneself as Indigenous people. Needless to say, the Labriola Book Award Selection Committee was unanimous in its admiration of Robinson’s achievement."
An associate professor, Robinson is a Stó:lō scholar who holds the Canada Research Chair in Indigenous Arts at Queen’s University, located on the traditional lands of the Haudenosaunee and Anishinaabe peoples.
In his book, Robinson “evaluates how decolonial practices of listening emerge from increasing awareness of our listening positionality.” His book considers listening from both Indigenous and colonial perspectives, “presenting case studies on Indigenous participation in classical music, musicals and popular music.”
Luby (Niisaachewan Anishinaabe Nation), an assistant professor of history at the University of Guelph, has received honorable mention because of the quality of writing and expertise exhibited, which the award committee wanted to acknowledge.
Her book, exploring Canada’s hydroelectric and infrastructure boom beginning in 1945, complicates “narratives of increasing affluence in postwar Canada, revealing that the inverse was true for Indigenous communities along the Winnipeg River.”
An award reception will be scheduled in the fall of 2021.
The Labriola Center American Indian National Book Award, sponsored by the Labriola Center and the ASU Library, is a national competition with book submissions from numerous academic presses, and the award recognizes the best scholarship for advancing the field of American Indian and Indigenous studies.
Criteria for the award emphasizes that the research be developed out of a meaningful relationship with the community on which it’s focused.
The judging committee is comprised of three distinguished ASU professors, who are themselves accomplished writers and scholars: David Martínez (award committee chair; professor of American Indian Studies); Henry Quintero (professor of English); and Marisa Duarte (professor of Justice and Social Inquiry in the School of Social Transformation.)
Raquel Salas, who has worked at the library for nearly four years, has been awarded the first-place prize of $1,000 for delivering exceptional customer service as a Library Student Aide III at the Downtown Phoenix campus Library.
Rie Fukuzaki, who has worked at the library for two years, has been awarded the second-place prize of $250 for demonstrating consistent professionalism, expertise and approachability as a representative of the Makerspace in Hayden Library.
Both student employees were nominated for the award by their supervisors due to demonstrated excellence in going above and beyond to serve the ASU community.
While juggling a full load of classes for a demanding degree in health care and a guardianship of an 8-year-old member of her family, Raquel rarely misses a shift or arrives late to work.
Dependability, flexibility, resilience and a willingness to problem-solve and step in when extra help is needed were some of the ways the award committee characterized Raquel’s work performance at the ASU Library.
“Raquel’s sense of mission to help others, her sheer joy in doing so, makes her an outstanding model of customer service excellence for us all to admire,” wrote her supervisors, Andrew Barber and Jackie Young, who nominated Raquel for the award. “Whenever other staff have interacted with Raquel, many times they will remark to us how pleasant it is to deal with her because of her remarkable level of professionalism and caring demeanor. She radiates her authentic self in all her dealings with people, whether they are staff, other student workers or library patrons.”
When the pandemic hit, Raquel was forced to pick up a second job to make up for cuts in library pay to help support her schooling and her family.
“A proven leader, Raquel is always looking for ways to problem-solve and make her life, as well as those who depend on her, better,” her supervisors write. “She often shows newer students how to perform their responsibilities without being prompted to.”
Racquel is graduating from Arizona State University this month with her bachelor’s degree in Community Health from the Edson College of Nursing and Health Innovation with plans to attend graduate school.
She says she will apply her monetary prize toward the cost of her graduate program.
“My time at this library has given me many things, chief among them being a strong belief that I am not defined by the financial limitations of my past but by the potential of my future,” Raquel said. “Now standing on the precipice of my future, I know that wherever I may go from here, what I have learned and what the incredible staff at this library have given me will stay with me forever.”
Rie’s amazing ability to set people at ease in the Hayden Library Makerspace, ultimately empowering them to use technology, is what sets her apart.
Nominated for the award by her supervisors Victor Surovec and Michael Sepulveda, Rie is known to “effortlessly alleviate patron stress and is approachable to both novice and experienced makers.”
Creative, attentive, positive and extremely helpful, Rie goes the extra mile in anything she pursues, making her an invaluable part of the Makerspace team.
“We often get new tools and procedures in the Makerspace, and Rie takes initiative to learn and adapt quickly,” write her supervisors.
Rie is an undergraduate student studying Industrial Design in ASU’s Herberger Institute for Design and the Arts.
“ASU Library is about creating an environment that nurtures the ideas of people from different backgrounds,” said Rie. “The library not only has given me a space to create, but the encouragement I needed to realize that I am more than capable of developing my ideas. Working at the ASU Library means to understand the ASU community on a personal level and work alongside them on projects that are meaningful to them. It grants me the ability to learn from bright-minded peers to bring their ideas to life and make new discoveries.”
The LibAid for Student Success award was created in 2019 through the generosity of Tomalee Doan, former Associate University Librarian, with the goal of providing further support to well-rounded student employees who show a high level of commitment to serving the library and the university.
The award is given bi-annually at the end of the fall and spring semesters.
Before you visit the library, remember to check the hours.
During summer session and due to the university’s COVID-19 restrictions, operational hours will be limited. Be sure to check library hours before you visit.
Study rooms are open with lower maximum capacity.
To ensure physical distancing, library study rooms have a lower maximum capacity. Most study rooms have a maximum set capacity of just two people, while some study rooms allow for three people. (There is clear signage posted outside of each study room indicating the maximum capacity.)
Mask up and no food, please.
A face covering is required inside all libraries at all times (even in study rooms, as these spaces are shared by many). Because face coverings are required in library spaces, please eat snacks and meals outdoors. Beverages are permitted, so long as you remove your mask only while drinking.
It's important to note that students will need to wear their mask in the library even while taking an online exam. Students will be allowed to remove their mask during the Respondus Monitor facial recognition and authentication process prior to the beginning of the exam/test/quiz, but then they will need to replace the mask and keep it on during the duration of their stay in the library.
Are there laptops and hotspots available?
Laptops and hotspots are available for checkout through the University Technology Office. Due to high demand, there may be a delay in receiving the requested device. Students in need of computing technology and who reside on campus or near campus are invited to use computers in the libraries and/or the campus computing sites while they wait for their requested device to be delivered.
Maintain physical distancing
Some library computers have been removed and furniture has been reconfigured to allow for physical distancing. Please try to keep a distance of 6 feet from others when you are in the library (about the length of Sparky’s pitchfork).
Need support? Librarians are standing by.
The ASU Library can help you with whatever you need. While you can connect with library support via a variety of platforms, this is generally a good place to start: Ask A Librarian.
Make a reservation
The ASU Library is home to some cool research and collab spaces, including the Labriola National American Indian Data Center and the Map and Geospatial Hub. While all library research and archive units remain open, this summer you will need to make a reservation for some of them:
Finals week is here and we know you might need every bit of help the ASU Library can offer, which is why we want to remind you of some of the extraordinary resources you have access to through the ASU Library:
It's important to note that students will need to wear a face covering in the library even while taking an online exam. Students will be allowed to remove their face covering during the Respondus Monitor facial recognition and authentication process prior to the beginning of the exam/test/quiz, but then they will need to replace the mask and keep it on during the duration of their stay in the library.
A Google-like search engine in which you can readily limit your search to online-only resources provided by ASU and one of many advanced tools the library offers, including over 650 research databases and a custom link to Google Scholar connecting you with full-text sources that are available at the library.
Wherever your curiosity leads you, the library has a guide – 487 of them, to be exact. When writing a paper or beginning your research, these guides can point you to the best databases to use on any topic and show you exactly how to cite your sources.
Ask a Librarian
If you get lost or confused, or just don’t know where to start, our online chat service can connect you with library professionals who are standing by to assist you with any research question and who’ve abundant strategies on how to find high quality resources that Google will never tell you about.
Free digital news subscriptions & streaming services
Have you activated your free news subscriptions to the New York Times and the Wall Street Journal? As an ASU student, you also have free access to thousands of films and documentaries through the streaming services Kanopy and Films on Demand.
The library is here for you – and we want you to succeed. Relax, take a breath. You’ve got this.
National Library Week is celebrated each year to bring awareness to the critical role libraries play in society contributing to Americans’ happiness and well-being. As an academic library, the ASU Library connects students, faculty and staff to millions of information resources, rare materials, archival collections, unique learning spaces and creative centers, and a variety of support services.
In honor of National Library Week, here are five resources available to you through the ASU Library that you may not know about:
Free admission to museums and arboretums. Planning a trip to Arcosanti? How about an afternoon at the Heard Museum or a date night at the Desert Botanical Garden? The ASU Library provides free admission for two people to various cultural institutions around Phoenix as part of the Culture Pass program. Available at all library locations, culture passes are searchable via the library’s OneSearch.
A vinyl collection. Put a record on, sit back and listen to a wide variety of music styles, including jazz, classical, rock and roll and country western, at the Music Library, which houses one of the largest collections of music materials in the Southwest. The vinyl collection offers selections from the late 1950s through the 1980s.
A podcast on misinformation. Hosted regularly by the ASU Library’s director of data science, Michael Simeone, in partnership with Shawn Walker, an assistant professor of data studies. Produced by multimedia developer Laura Davis, “Misinfo Weekly” is an episodic deep dive into understanding misinformation in our time — breaking down basic and advanced concepts, as well as tracking and tracing how misinformation events come to be — with major implications for health, news, entertainment and politics.
All the games. Students, faculty and staff can check out games — classic games, eurogames, card games and more — for a period of 7 days. Fletcher Library on the West campus, home to the largest game collection at ASU, hosts a regular game night.
Time portals. Otherwise known as books and archival materials, these figurative portals can transport you to the 16th century or the early days of Arizona. Discover the early journal writings of Indigenous poet Simon Ortiz or the 1975 master’s thesis of ASU alumna Temple Grandin, animal science expert and autism advocate, housed at the Polytechnic Campus Library.
There’s something new this year for Indigenous Culture Week.
It’s the word “Indigenous.”
Previously known as Native American Culture Week, and before that, American Indian Culture Week, the new name can be accredited to the advocacy and hard work of current Indigenous students.
“We’re unpacking this term ‘Indigenous’ and sharing it with our communities,” says Lourdes Pereira (Hia-Ced O’odham and Yoeme), an undergraduate student double-majoring in American Indian Studies and Justice Studies, who works at the ASU Library’s Labriola National American Indian Data Center. “It’s not a new term, but it’s still something people are learning how to use. It’s an international term.”
Indigenous Culture Week is happening April 2-11 across all campuses at Arizona State University, located on the ancestral homeland of the O’odham and Piipaash people.
It’s an opportunity to celebrate Indigenous people and promote Indigenous voices.
Voices like Sacramento Knoxx, an interdisciplinary artist from Detroit, whose “versatile background with different forms of music allows him to blend traditional and contemporary styles creating dynamic storytelling experiences with live music performances, dancing and video projections that take audiences on a participatory journey and a creative experience.”
Other events include a pride run, a virtual walk-through experience of the American Indian Boarding School exhibition at the Heard Museum, a talk on unresolved trauma and a screening of the film “Sisters Rising,” the story of six Indigenous women fighting for their personal and tribal sovereignty.
Pereira says the push for the term “Indigenous” came out of a desire to communicate greater inclusion and a more deeply rooted connection to the land and to each other – an idea threaded throughout the Indigenous Culture Week Library Guide, created by Pereira and fellow student workers at the Labriola Center, including undergraduate students Elizabeth Quiroga (Tohono ‘O’odham), majoring in Social Justice and Human Rights with a minor in American Indian Studies, and Mia Johnson (Navajo), majoring in Applied Computing.
The library guide is aimed at informing Indigenous and non-Indigenous students alike about all the resources available to them at ASU, and offers a historical look at the culture week celebration.
It is also an attempt at examining the language surrounding Indigenous people – an idea conveyed visually through a gallery of promotional posters of past culture weeks.
“We need to think about our words more carefully and what we’re advocating for,” says Quiroga, who identifies with the term “Indigenous” rather than “Native American.” “I feel like part of the issue in America is being focused on our own issues, individualizing all of our problems, but the issues we face here in America as Indigenous people, recognized or unrecognized, these are the issues being faced across the world.”
Johnson offers an important reminder that Indigenous issues are not just historical – they are current.
“We’re not extinct. In classes, I’ve heard instructors talk about us as if we’re not around anymore,” says Johnson. “The O’odham and the Navajo – this is not just a historical story. These are contemporary issues – legal issues and social issues.”
Planting something in the ground and seeing what grows there?
The practice of experimentation with a focus on native plants is helping to grow the daily give-and-take activities of the seed library at Arizona State University, situated in the Salt River Valley on the homelands of Indigenous peoples.
Tending to a repurposed card catalog of edible plant and herb seeds, curated specially for the Arizona climate, is the work of Christina Sullivan, a library specialist who manages the seed library in addition to NatureMaker, a joint collection of the ASU Library and the Biomimicry Center. Both are housed in the Design and Arts Library on the Tempe campus.
Sullivan’s role keeps her attuned to the seasons and cycles of what grows here.
“Seeds are inexpensive and give people an opportunity to experiment with their gardens — seeing what works and what doesn’t,” she said. “The seed library is really good at teaching people about what can grow in Arizona, specifically.”
For example, there’s a difference between drought-resistant plants, such as aloe, and native plants belonging to our Sonoran Desert ecosystem, which is home to the ocotillo, the brittlebush and the saguaro cactus.
“The Sonoran Desert is pretty diverse and specialized,” said Sullivan, who has grown up in Arizona observing desert diversity on hiking trails, state highways and in her own backyard. “A saguaro cactus only grows in the Sonoran Desert, so there are rules and regulations for how to care for that cactus or how to remove it. Right now, we have people coming in from other places not knowing about this place and they begin remodeling old houses that come with native plants. Sometimes they end up cutting down a saguaro because they either don’t want to go through the trouble or there’s not an understanding that the saguaros are protected.”
Their protection is, of course, highly consequential to both animals and people that depend on the saguaro’s provision of a home and food for birds, insects, reptiles, bats and other mammals.
Sullivan’s encouragement of native plant growth aligns well with a new citizen science project throughout April that invites the ASU community and the entire state of Arizona to document flowering plants and pollinators on ASU’s campuses.
Citizen science is a collaborative process among scientists and the general public to speed up the collection of data by scaling up the number of informed data collectors and the tools and resources to which they have access, making libraries key facilitators.
This year’s project, rooted at the intersection of Earth Month and Citizen Science Month, was jointly developed by the Center for Biodiversity Outcomes and the School for the Future of Innovation in Society with support from SciStarter, a popular online platform for citizen science projects founded by Darlene Cavalier, a professor of practice at the school.
“The idea to focus on pollinators and flowering plants grew out of our interest in recording and understanding the biodiversity present on ASU’s campuses,” said Alice Letcher, a project manager for the Center for Biodiversity Outcomes. “The data collected by citizen scientists will help us document the distribution of pollinators and flowering plants on ASU’s Phoenix-area campuses. In addition, the experience of developing a project for citizen scientists will help us understand how we can effectively engage the public.”
Developed by Jared Clements, an undergraduate student majoring in biology, the project will assist the biodiversity research of Gwen Iacona, an assistant research professor in the School of Life Sciences, within The College of Liberal Arts and Sciences.
There are three questions that citizen scientists will help them to answer:
How do pollinator species density (the number of individuals of a given species in an area) and species diversity (the number of different species present in an area) vary with location?
How do pollinator species density and species diversity vary with the type of flowering plants present? (“Type” means whether a plant is native or non-native.)
How do data collected for this project by citizen scientists compare to data collected for this project by professional scientists?
“We’re interested in what differences we can observe in how the two groups collect data,” said Letcher.
Several local public libraries around Phoenix and the East Valley are providing citizen science kits for those wanting to participate. The kits contain things like “field guides, magnifying lenses and other materials to make the data collection experience more robust,” Cavalier said.
A limited number of citizen science kits for homeschoolers are available at Fletcher Library on ASU’s West campus. The outreach effort is being led by Carolyn Starr, the outreach coordinator for the New College of Interdisciplinary Arts and Sciences.
Freedom is a word that comes to mind when describing the unmediated self-publishing space of zines, short for “fanzines” or “magazines,” a creative space that Rachel Leket-Mor, an associate librarian at Arizona State University, discovered for herself about a decade ago.
“I first came to know zines (pronounced ‘zeens’) through the IsraPulp Collection and figured out quickly that these materials are different,” Leket-Mor said. “Once I realized there are zines in the world, I began looking for them.”
Leket-Mor, the open stack collections curator for the ASU Library, is the creator of the ASU Zine Collection, now available at Hayden Library, where community members are invited to explore unique, unfiltered voices – many of them from Arizona – in print form.
“Zines come in many shapes and forms,” Leket-Mor said. “They may be hand-pressed or digitally born, prepared in cut-and-paste technique or hand-drawn, printed in color or produced in black and white, created by one person or put together by a group. Whatever DIY form they take, zines uphold free spirit and an ethos of anti-corporate publishing. They claim space for expressing artistic freedom, authentic personal pain or pure 'joie de vivre'.”
Pamphlet-like, zines tend to have small print runs, somewhere between one and 500 copies, and are produced often by just one individual out of a desire to share personal knowledge or experiences.
Some titles from the ASU collection include: “Empower Yoself Before You Wreck Yoself: Native American Feminist Musings” and “Fracking Can Be Fun.”
Arizona zines, in particular, were the focus of a 2020 research cluster supported by the Institute for Humanities Research (IHR) and co-led by Leket-Mor and Ron Broglio, a professor in the Department of English.
“Zines come from a long line of self-published protest works, dating back to pamphlet versions of Thomas Paine’s ‘Common Sense’ to fuel the American revolution against British rule and on to 1960s protest lit, and then into the counterculture punk movement of the '70s and '80s,” said Broglio, co-director of IHR and director of the Desert Humanities Initiative. “In times when the world feels beyond our control, writing and making zines provide people an outlet, a voice and solidarity through community.”
Years in the making, the ASU Zine Collection is the result of Leket-Mor’s growing connections with a community of scholars and practitioners at ASU and beyond who are interested in zines, zine-making and the radical work of small press publications.
These connections, and the communities they bring together, will be celebrated April 2–3 at the inaugural ASU Zine Fest, a virtual gathering of makers, collectors, students, scholars and anyone interested in zines and zine culture, hosted by the ASU Library and IHR.
During two days of presentations, attendees are invited to explore “Making on the Margins” and “DIY Voices of the Community,” covering topics like queerness, chronic illness, punk poetry and feminism.
Charissa Lucille, owner of Wasted Ink Zine Distro, a zine library and Phoenix storefront that serves as a kind of headquarters for Arizona zinesters, will talk about how “failing, losing, unmaking and not knowing” are the keys to finding creative freedom in the world of self-publishing. The keynote presentation, “Margins: Writing as Magic-Making, Self-Publishing as a Literary Tradition,” will be given by Ariel Gore, founding editor and publisher of “Hip Mama.”
ASU alum Amber McCrary, local writer and founder of Abalone Mountain Press, a publishing space for Indigenous writers, will lead a presentation on Indigenous zines and zine-making.
“Zines were my foundation on discovering my voice and discovering a world of people that embraced everything that was considered too nerdy or too weird in my small town,” McCrary said. “Once I started making zines and seeing the reaction, it helped me communicate thoughts I always would think of but never felt brave enough to put onto paper.”
McCrary will co-present with Alex Soto, an assistant librarian, who leads the activities of the Labriola National American Indian Data Center at the ASU Library. Together, they regularly develop and deliver workshops on writing, creativity and zine-making for students and the ASU and greater Phoenix Indigenous community.
“The work Amber is doing highlights how Indigenous peoples have ‘indigenized’ Western mediums in order to convey contemporary Indigneous existence,” Soto said. “As an Indigenous librarian, I feel it is crucial to share her work with the ASU community since it shows the range of our Indigeneity. The Labriola Center has partnered with Amber on multiple occasions to provide zine workshops for students. In these collaborations, we witnessed the need to further create space for zine culture within the library. Building on Rachel Leket-Mor’s efforts, the Labriola Center is working towards a zine section within our collection.”
About 50 zines are ready to explore in the collection display at Hayden Library, with many more in processing to become available soon.
Rare primary-source materials, zines can serve as helpful tools for research and teaching, said Leket-Mor, who helped several faculty members incorporate zines into their course curriculum. Recent examples include assistant professor Heather Green's fall 2021 class "Art Zines: Self-Publishing, Protest & Change" in the School of Art and the spring 2020 class "Making Zines for Social and Environmental Issues," co-taught by Broglio and Jeffrey Cohen, dean of humanities for The College of Liberal Arts and Sciences.
"Creative writing and art programs may be more receptive to zines, but thanks to their wide-ranging topics and vibrancy, especially when authored by peers, zines can inspire students in all disciplines from education to sustainability to science," Leket-Mor said.
Zine making as a therapeutic approach is springing up in new environments as well — in health care settings and high schools — where the opportunity to express ideas and creativity with a piece of paper, scissors and glue, rather than through a technology device, is bringing about positive outcomes for zine creators.
The final presentation of Zine Fest will look at the zine-based resurrection of a radical feminist newspaper, “The Revolution,” revered in its day in 1868–1872.
Today's editorial team of The Revolution (Relaunch) will explore why they believe social justice is a more creative pursuit than a polemical one – and why creative activism is more important than ever.
While it’s normal to feel some uncertainty about the best way to keep our ASU community healthy during the COVID-19 crisis, the ASU Library would like to remind all community members of the university health guidelines that remain in place:
Face coveringsare still required on campus and in all ASU buildings, including all libraries. Please keep your face covering on in the library. Additionally, there is no food allowed in the library at this time.
Please maintain physical distancing of 6 feet or more with people outside of your home.
Continue to wash hands frequently and always before eating.
Stay home if you feel sick. Self-isolate if you have been in close contact with someone who has tested positive for COVID-19.
The ASU Library acknowledges the twenty-two Native Nations that have inhabited this land for centuries. Arizona State University's four campuses are located in the Salt River Valley on ancestral territories of Indigenous peoples, including the Akimel O’odham (Pima) and Pee Posh (Maricopa) Indian Communities, whose care and keeping of these lands allows us to be here today. ASU Library acknowledges the sovereignty of these nations and seeks to foster an environment of success and possibility for Native American students and patrons. We are advocates for the incorporation of Indigenous knowledge systems and research methodologies within contemporary library practice. ASU Library welcomes members of the Akimel O’odham and Pee Posh, and all Native nations to the Library.