ASU receives APLU innovation award

November 16, 2016

The Association of Public and Land-grant Universities named Arizona State University among four winners of its fifth annual Innovation & Economic Prosperity University Awards this week. The award winners were announced at the APLU annual meeting in Austin, Texas.

ASU won in APLU’s Connections category for a number of the university’s successful initiatives, including creating the Polytechnic Campus from a decommissioned U.S. Air Force base, the development of the downtown Phoenix campus, and the growth of the SkySong partnership between the ASU Foundation, the city of Scottsdale, the Plaza Companies and Holualoa Companies. Additionally, the APLU recognized ASU’s success in developing a partnership with the Mayo Clinic, and in expanding access to higher education through programs such as the Starbucks College Achievement Plan and the ASU Preparatory Academy Sethuraman Panchanathan accepts APLU's "Connections" award for ASU Sethuraman Panchanathan accepts APLU's "Connections" award for ASU. Photo by Marc Valenzuela/ASU. Download Full Image

“This designation by APLU is an honor and tribute to all of ASU and our dedication to the growth and prosperity of our communities,” said Todd Hardy, senior economic development advisor in ASU’s Office of Knowledge Enterprise Development. “We appreciate it very much and will now use the platform to expand and improve our engagement programs in the future.”

The APLU’s “Connections” award category recognizes the institution that is doing the most to build connections between all categories of economic engagement — innovation and entrepreneurship, talent development, and social, community and cultural development.

“Economic engagement is a central component of public universities’ work,” said APLU President Peter McPherson. “Public institutions are working to advance economic opportunity and drive prosperity in their communities. The IEP Award winners have established themselves as exemplary institutions in this space, and we applaud their important leadership.”

Renew books, check ASU Libraries due dates from anywhere as break approaches

November 16, 2016

As the semester comes to a close, the ASU Libraries offer tools for faculty and students to manage their library accounts from anywhere in the world. 

All users can log into their library account online at to check due dates, renew items and verify that the correct email address is associated with their account. In addition, users can renew their items by phone at any time at 480-965-2595. As material due dates may change due to recalls by other users, it is important to monitor both your online account and email notifications to be alerted to those changes as soon as possible.  Library Photo by Charlie Leight/ASU Now Download Full Image

For our users’ convenience, the ASU Libraries offer several exterior book returns to return materials 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. Materials may be returned to any library book return, regardless of which library they were checked out from. Please note that library staff may process returned materials daily even if the library isn’t open, so due dates will be enforced accordingly.

For more information about library services during the intersession, please contact your specific library location. Contact information and hours for each location can be found on the ASU Libraries web site at