This holiday season, the gift of wrapping paper

The ASU Library Map and Geospatial Hub has an abundance of old, free maps — perfect for creative and sustainable wrapping paper

December 12, 2018

‘Tis the season … for gift wrap.

For all those white elephants and special someones on your list this holiday season, the ASU Library Map and Geospatial Hub has you (ahem) covered.  director of Map and Geospatial Hub standing in front of old maps Matthew Toro, director of the ASU Library Map and Geospatial Hub, invites the ASU community to take home excess maps waiting to be recycled to use as gift wrap or art material. Download Full Image

The library unit, located on the third floor of Noble Library on the Tempe campus, has an abundance of old maps that have outlived their original purpose.

Both unique and sustainable, the recycled maps make for creative, high-quality wrapping paper. (Some of them have even become art.)

And the price is jolly good. The maps are free. 

“They’re primarily topographic maps whose coverage is outside the geographic and/or thematic foci of our collection development policy,” said Matthew Toro, director of the Map and Geospatial Hub. “Others are duplicated, superseded, or available online in multiple digital image formats.”

The ASU community is invited to come by the Map and Geospatial Hub during normal business hours to check out what's inside the "Take a Map" box for their gift-wrapping needs.

(Scotch tape not included.)

Britt Lewis

Communications Specialist, ASU Library

ASU honored with digital learning innovation award

December 4, 2018

Arizona State University’s School of Mathematical and Statistical Sciences and EdPlus at ASU have been awarded the Digital Learning Innovation Award at the 2018 Online Learning Consortium Accelerate conference. The university was honored in the institutional category, an award that was “designed to recognize the changes institutions are making across multiple courses and programs to integrate digital courseware in order to reduce the barriers of academic success for all students.”

ASU received the award for its transformation of the College Algebra course, in which the School of Mathematical and Statistical Sciences eliminated its developmental math course and began utilizing adaptive learning courseware to ensure students reach the maximum level of success. Jason Denison (middle left), platform manager for EdPlus at ASU, and Fabio Milner (middle right), associate dean of graduate initiatives for ASU's College of Liberal Arts and Sciences and director of mathematics for STEM education, accept the Digital Learning Innovation Award on ASU's behalf at the 2018 Online Learning Consortium Accelerate conference. Download Full Image

Following an analysis of academic challenges students faced in developmental math and the College Algebra course, the math faculty worked with EdPlus’ educational technology experts to develop a new solution that changed the way ASU teaches the course.

First, the faculty decided to eliminate the developmental math course. This was due to the fact that while students may do well in the course, they were also more likely to fall behind in their degree program and drop out of the university at a higher rate than other students. The developmental math course was designed for students who needed College Algebra for their degree program, but did not score high enough on their math placement test to enroll directly into the course. Data also showed that how a student performed in developmental math offered no demonstrable benefit in their College Algebra course outcomes.

Second, faculty recommended the implementation of an adaptive learning math program. Adaptive learning courseware delivers instructional resources and assessment activities to help students master the learning objective of each lesson. The systems collect data on student progress and performance and provide a recommendation on the lesson or content selected to help each student learn as effectively and efficiently as possible.

According to Dale Johnson, adaptive program manager for EdPlus at ASU, “the adaptive and active learning approach is enabling student success at ASU by using adaptive courseware to deliver the right lesson to the right student at the right time, and then using active learning techniques during class to help students develop their applied problem-solving skills.”

After analyzing several adaptive courseware systems, ASU selected and configured McGraw Hill Education’s ALEKS platform for use by all students enrolled in the class. 

“The benefit of integrating ALEKS into the course is that each student now has a personalized study path through the material,” Johnson said. “The adaptive courseware enabled the math faculty to realize their dream of providing more personalized instruction at scale by delivering the right lesson to each student, helping them master the material at their own pace.”

Douglas Williams, principal lecturer in the School of Mathematical and Statistical Sciences, believes the changes made within the College Algebra course, along with the implementation of ALEKS, provided faculty with new instructional methods that require students to learn and master the material rather than just memorize.

“Using an adaptive system allows us to reach students through the use of technology, which is an area where they are comfortable. It also allows us to better track student success and how long it is taking students to move through the course,” Williams said. “Through the implementation of ALEKS, students also learn how to be more proactive in their studies, which benefits them not just in the math course but in other areas as well, such as reading.”

Finally, the faculty created the flexibility of a “stretch” semester, which gives students the ability to continue working their way through the curriculum into a second semester if they were not able to finish it within one.

Since the implementation of these changes in fall 2016, ASU has achieved a 20 percent increase in the student success rate when compared to previous years. This translated into an additional 800 students passing the course in the first year.

“Our increased student success in College Algebra is a great example of how adaptive technology can meet individual learning needs at scale,” Johnson said.

Carrie Peterson

Media Relations Manager, EdPlus at Arizona State University


2019 Open Door deadline approaches

November 28, 2018

Once a year, ASU Open Door invites the local community to experience ASU and explore the spaces accessible only to ASU students — laboratories, living collections, museums and classrooms. Visitors have the opportunity to participate in hundreds of interactive, hands-on activities and talk to students, faculty and staff.

The deadline for ASU departments to submit their activities to participate in ASU Open Door 2019 is Monday, Dec. 3. people standing around container in an ASU classroom Black widow spiders draw in a large web of viewers at a West campus Open Door event. Photo by Charlie Leight/ASU Now Download Full Image

Don’t miss the opportunity to engage thousands of visitors and showcase the incredible things your department does every day to make ASU No.1 in innovation. 

Visit to submit your activity.

ASU Open Door occurs on four ASU campuses. The 2019 dates and times are:

  • Polytechnic campus: 1–5 p.m. Feb. 2
  • Downtown Phoenix campus: 1–5 p.m. Feb. 9
  • West campus: 1–5 p.m. Feb. 16
  • Tempe campus: 1–6 p.m. Feb. 23
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ASU Police Department's newest four-legged member will comfort crime victims

November 16, 2018

After therapy training, very good boy Dutch will help communications with detectives

The newest member of the Arizona State University Police Department will focus on crime victims, not perpetrators, and will help detectives do their jobs.

But first he must be housebroken.

Dutch, a 3-month-old Labrador retriever, has just joined the department as its first trauma dog. When he’s about 6 months old, Dutch will get several months of special therapy training. Then, he'll be ready to be cuddled and petted by people in the ASU community who have had traumatic encounters with crime, according to Jason Latella, the ASU police sergeant who is the dog’s handler.

“The whole idea of a trauma dog is to facilitate communication,” he said.

“When someone has been a victim of a crime, it’s something that’s not normal, and so a lot of people, especially with violent crimes, they’ll shut down.”

Video by Ken Fagan/ASU Now

Petting a dog can be relaxing and bring down heart rate and blood pressure.

“So as they pet the dog, a normal activity, it can normalize their brain and help them to talk,” Latella said.

“So his whole job is to facilitate communication between our victims and our police officers.”

Dutch will live with Latella, who, as the investigations sergeant, is already available around the clock to respond when a violent crime happens.

The puppy will also be handled by Zeina Elqadah, who joined the ASU Police Department in June as a victim advocate. Her unit focuses on sexual violence, domestic violence, intimate partner dating violence, stalking, harassment and child crimes.

“This is big for university law enforcement because we’re one of only four campus police departments in the nation that has a special victims unit,” she said.

Dutch will live with his handler, Jason Latella, an investigations sergeant for the ASU Police Department. Photo by Ken Fagan/ASU Now

The dog also will be available as a stress reliever for police employees.

Dutch came from a breeder in Buckeye and was chosen for his easygoing temperament. During his first visit to campus earlier this week, where several students fawned over him, he was curious and exuberant but already responding to commands. For now, Dutch will focus on being socialized, interacting with lots of people in different situations and regular dog obedience training.

Dutch is named after James “Dutch” Lister, an ASU police officer who died of a heart attack while on duty in 2010. The puppy joins Tillman and Zeke, patrol and explosive-sniffing dogs in the ASU PD.

Other dogs in the department have been incentivized through food or play reward systems, but Dutch won’t work that way.

“He doesn’t have a reward system,” Latella said.

“If he does his job right, it’s its own reward because people are petting him and he’s getting attention.”

Top image: Dutch, a 3-month-old Labrador retriever, will undergo therapy training to become a trauma dog for the ASU Police Department. Photo by Ken Fagan/ASU Now

Mary Beth Faller

reporter , ASU Now


New ASU active-shooter preparedness video unveiled

Students take two-year project across the finish line

November 14, 2018

Statistically the chance of someone being in an active-shooter event are small. Equally small is the chance of a being in a commercial plane crash, yet flight attendants still brief passengers on safety procedures before a flight to instill a survival mindset.

Arizona State University Police Chief Michael Thompson made that analogy after the unveiling of a student-produced active shooter video to university stakeholders Nov. 7 at the Tempe campus Memorial Union. Students Jacob Kaufman and June Hucko of ASU Student Creative Services review a shot during the filming of the active-shooter preparedness video as crew members, ASU Police Officer Becky Garcia and Rick Bauer of the ASU Environmental Health and Safety Office look on. Kaufman served as the video director and Hucko as director of photography. Garcia starred in the film, and Bauer was the project manager and executive director. Photo courtesy of ASU SCS Download Full Image

“They don’t anticipate the plane crashing, I hope, but they practice it and they talk about it because there is a chance,” Thompson said. “The same thing here, we just want to make sure that people are aware of their surroundings and what is going on.”

The new video emphasizes the “run, hide, fight” concept, but it also indirectly helps instill a higher sense of awareness to avert a crisis. Someone behaving in a peculiar way, such as walking around in the middle of summer wearing a trench coat, could be a sign, Thompson said. Past mass shootings in the U.S. were often preceded by warning signs noticed by people who came in contact with the shooter. 

“It is really important that if you know of something that might be percolating, say something,” Thompson said. “People don’t just snap; there is a buildup."

It is a grim subject and not an easy one to talk about, but active shootings have become a part of daily life, said Becky Garcia, ASU Police crime prevention officer. As shooting incidents become more prevalent, preparedness is key.

“That’s the message in this video,” Garcia said. “The messaging is not to scare people but to share the options, so that way we can all have the mindset and know the options, and have that survival mindset no matter where we are.” 

The video is brief and people may walk away with more questions than answers after watching it, Garcia said. That is why it is important for the ASU community to also sign up for the in-person, interactive classes offered on campus.

“It takes about an hour,” Garcia said. “We have the opportunity at that point to answer from the law enforcement perspective any questions that might arise.”

The idea of creating an ASU-specific video started two years ago, said Allen Clark, executive director of preparedness and security initiatives at ASU. It came about in part by seeing other universities create their own active-shooter safety videos, combined with faculty input on the best way to present this type of valuable safety information to students. 

Early on, the idea was to engage students to be part of the video, since they are more in tune with other students and understand their viewing habits. It was also cost-effective. 

“We went to Student Creative Services; we launched, and off we went,” Clark said. “I think we came up with an extremely good video.”

ASU Student Creative Services Director Dan Dickson guided the student team that managed the major production aspects of the video. Rick Bauer, workplace safety training manager with ASU’s Environmental Health and Safety Office, led the overall project, which entailed coordinating with university stakeholders and arranging support from many others, including outside agencies like the Tempe Fire Medical Rescue Department.

A project of this magnitude meant the students had to balance managing a large crew and cast while tackling other aspects of the video production, which ranged from working with parameters set forth by university leadership to the many rewrites that helped refine the script. 

“It was a huge challenge,” said student June Hucko, an ASU SCS media production associate who served as director of photography for the video. “But it was very rewarding because we still found a way to make it creative and keep people engaged and help them learn about what to do in this kind of situation.”

Jerry Gonzalez

Media Relations Officer, Media Relations and Strategic Communications

ASU's Graduate College has been recognized as a PeopleSoft Innovator by Oracle

November 13, 2018

The Graduate College was recognized as a PeopleSoft Innovator for its development of an all new Interactive Plan of Study (iPOS). The announcement was made at the Oracle OpenWorld conference in San Francisco. 

Steve Yena, senior business analyst at the Graduate College, attended the weeklong conference. “It was a huge honor to receive the award on behalf of ASU and the Graduate College,” he said. Group photo of recipients of PeopleSoft Innovator recognition Steve Yena, senior business analyst, (back row, fifth from left) attended OpenWorld and accepted the recognition on behalf of the Graduate College. ASU was the only higher education organization recognized among 17 other companies for their innovative use of the latest capabilities in PeopleSoft to drive measurable value. Photo: copyright © 2018, Oracle and/or its affiliates. All rights reserved.

Championing ASU’s reputation as the most innovative school in the nation, the Graduate College can now add supporting student success with use of technology to its roster of innovative accomplishments. ASU was the only higher education organization recognized among 17 other companies for their innovative use of the latest capabilities in PeopleSoft to drive measurable value.

“Being recognized at a world conference as an innovator was validation for the countless hours that our team and our partners at UTO invested in this project,” said Brian Mattson, director of graduate program services at the Graduate College and the lead for the iPOS redesign project. “We always knew that we were creating something special, but receiving this recognition makes us all feel very proud of what we have accomplished for the ASU graduate community.”

The iPOS is a custom-built application for graduate students, support staff, advisors and faculty that is only available at ASU. Like an app to track fitness goals, the purpose of iPOS is to track a student's progress toward completing his or her program by making sure the student's academic plans will fulfill department program requirements. This critical university business process hadn’t been updated since 2007.

“The new iPOS will lead to a greatly improved graduate student and staff experience through the new user interface, improved course lists offerings, staff and student photos, and robust communication plan for students and staff,” Yena said.

The Graduate College began rebuilding the application nearly a year and half ago with help from the University Technology Office. 

“The iPOS project truly incorporated multiple skill sets across ASU. From requirements and testing efforts provided by both students and administrative stakeholders, to development using the University Technology Office and Graduate College technical experts, the iPOS project was a truly collaborative effort resulting in a high quality and innovative product,” said Robert Yosowitz, director of information technology services at UTO.

It was this level of collaboration, user-testing and taking advantage of the latest technology that grabbed the attention of Oracle. The iPOS is one of the first applications at ASU to utilize a solution called PeopleSoft Fluid, which ensures the app works on mobile devices and tablets just as well as desktops.

“One of the major strengths of PeopleSoft is its ability for custom development,” Yosowitz said. "The Graduate College knew it could design an innovative solution using the PeopleSoft platform to quickly deliver a new product that would be modern, user-friendly, and completely meet its current and future requirements.” 

Because iPOS is unique and successful at satisfying varied users' needs, the Graduate College tech team has already been invited to present at several conferences on education and technology.

“Some universities have created applications to assist with degree progress tracking, but from the research we have conducted, ASU’s iPOS far exceeds what currently exists elsewhere. We plan to take every opportunity we can to show off the iPOS and assist others to follow in our footsteps to increase student success,” Mattson said.

The recognition as a PeopleSoft Innovator is not the end of the project, the iPOS will continue to evolve with the changing needs of the graduate community.

“The Graduate College is always listening for new enhancement ideas, or ways we can streamline the iPOS experience,” Mattson said. “We anticipate that we will continue to add new features to the iPOS year after year to better serve our populations.”

The redesigned iPOS will launch after the close of the fall semester during December 2018.

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Your guide to ASU Homecoming weekend

November 1, 2018

From the traditional lantern walk to the big game, Sun Devils of all ages are invited to join the festivities

Arizona State University is a community steeped in tradition, none more practiced and recognized than Homecoming week.

ASU Homecoming brings together Sun Devils from all walks of life — students, alumni, friends and family — for a weeklong celebration of pitchfork pride that culminates on Nov. 3 with a parade, block party and football game.

The university's first Homecoming was held in 1924, and the celebration continues to grow with every new generation of Sun Devils.

The theme of this year's festivities is "The Greatest Show," based off of the movie "The Greatest Showman." In keeping with that circus theme, this year's block party will include carnival games, according to Kiley Kastberg, the university-wide director of ASU Homecoming.

"Inspired by the movie, we wanted to create an environment that embraces individuality and focuses on gathering all of the campus locations together to highlight their talents," Kastberg said.

Here's a preview of the hallmark events you can enjoy this weekend.

Lantern Walk

One of the oldest and most cherished parts of the Homecoming tradition is the Lantern Walk, where participants make the short trek up "A" Mountain, carrying lanterns. Once at the top, the Homecoming royalty are announced.

Members of the Homecoming royalty are outstanding students who are chosen to act as stewards of ASU. The members are chosen based on their leadership qualities, achievements, involvement and their commitment to the Sun Devil spirit, pride and tradition.

When:  7 p.m. Friday, Nov. 2

Where: Hayden Butte, “A” Mountain


The Homecoming parade brings together student organizations, colleges, departments, community organizations, local celebrations and the ASU marching band for a spectacle down University Drive. The parade begins four hours prior to the football game against Utah.

The parade then feeds right into the ASU block party, the most recent tradition to join the Homecoming weekend of celebration.

When: 9 a.m. Saturday, Nov. 3.

Where: University Drive, between Myrtle and McAllister avenues.

Block party

The block party is a festival event that began in 2003. It boasts a 14-acre footprint with more than 100 tents. In addition to activities for family, alumni and students, the block party features a host of experiences for young Sun Devils. One such activity is the ASU Homecoming Passport. Children can gather stamps at various sites and then return the passport to either the ASU Gammage tent or the ASU Thunderbird School of Global Management tent to collect a small prize. Completed passports will be entered for the grand prize of an Amazon Fire HD Tablet.

When: Immediately following the parade, Saturday, Nov. 3.

Where: Tempe campus; map of the block party.

The game

After the block party, Sun Devils will flood the stands of Sun Devil Stadium with gold, the sound of keys and cheers to bring home the win against Utah. Buy game day tickets.

When: 1 p.m.

Where: Sun Devil Stadium.

Top photo: ASU cheerleaders march in the 2016 Homecoming parade.

Isaac Windes

Reporter , Media Relations and Strategic Communications

Art exhibition at ASU Gammage celebrates ACLU's 60th anniversary

October 23, 2018

The latest exhibit showing at ASU Gammage features 40 Arizona artists who contributed work that reflects the mission of the ACLU, which is to protect the constitutional rights of all people. 

“In This Together: Daring to Create a More Perfect Arizona” is a social justice art exhibition to commemorate the ACLU of Arizona’s 60th anniversary.  ACLU's 60th anniversary Download Full Image

ACLU of Arizona executive director Alessandra Soler explained the meaning of the name of the exhibit: “Our work isn’t about one person, one party or one issue. It’s about all of us, we the people, coming together and daring to create a more perfect Arizona. We’re in this together.”

The exhibit opens at ASU Gammage on Oct. 30 and will be on display through Dec. 16 before traveling across the state for 14 months. For more information about the artists, visit the online gallery.

Due to rehearsals, event set-up, performances, special events and holidays, it is advised to call 480-965-6912 or 480-965-0458 to ensure viewing hours, since they are subject to cancellation​ without notice. 

Marketing and Communications Assistant Worker, ASU Gammage

ASU announces series of events celebrating indigenous culture in April 2019

October 9, 2018

In April 2019, ASU will celebrate indigenous culture with the ASU Pow Wow and the premiere of a new theatrical experience, "Native Nation," both of which will honor spiritual legacy and be an opportunity to share traditions and honor the past as well as celebrate the future. American Indian culture continues to play an important role in the development of the Americas and a significant role in Arizona. 

“ASU’s commitment to indigenous communities, nations, and our students, staff and faculty is clear," said Bryan McKinley Jones Brayboy (Lumbee), President’s Professor, senior adviser to ASU President Michael Crow and director of the Center for Indian Education. "We are here to create futures of their own making and do so with a connection to place. Both the ASU Pow Wow and 'Native Nation' allow us to assert our commitment to the future and to place. We continue to strive to be an institution where Indigenous peoples see themselves as mattering.”   Kinsale Hueston performs in "Urban Rez." Photo by Kevin Michael Campbell Download Full Image

ASU Pow Wow to be first cultural festival at the new Sun Devil Stadium

April 12–14, 2019

American Indian dancers and singing groups from across the United States and Canada will be featured at this social gathering that reinforces the common bond and spirituality existing between individuals from many North American nations through singing and dancing. The cultural diffusion that takes place at the ASU Pow Wow helps bridge existing gaps in any misunderstanding of tradition and respect. The Pow Wow at Arizona State University is a culmination of American Indian beliefs and traditions that inspire, communicate and support American Indian culture. American Indians represent an increasing percentage of the student population at ASU and with pride seek academic and cultural enrichment by maintaining and sharing heritage and traditions with the community. 

Five age groups — consisting of senior men and women, adult men and women, teen boys and girls, junior boys and girls, and tiny tot boys and girls — will all be dancing and competing in different dance categories. The ASU Pow Wow will feature various American Indian arts and crafts vendors from throughout the United States and Canada. This series of annual pow wows presented by the ASU Pow Wow Committee is specifically designed to preserve the inter-tribal cultural heritage of the American Indian students at ASU and to enrich and demonstrate the cultural diversity of the ASU community and surrounding population. 

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A young girl dances at the 32nd annual Pow Wow at ASU.

New play 'Native Nation' to be presented at Steele Indian School Park

April 27–28, 2019

ASU Gammage, in partnership with Cornerstone Theater Company, will present "Native Nation," written by Larissa FastHorse and directed by Michael John Garcés, at Steele Indian School Park at 2 and 7 p.m. April 27–28. This is an indigenous theatrical experience for the whole family with the original people of this land to see the world through their eyes. Part marketplace, cultural performance, community gathering and theater, "Native Nation" is a new experience that will forever change the way you see this land.

“We are so excited to welcome the entire community in April to celebrate and honor indigenous culture with these two incredible events at ASU," said Colleen Jennings-Roggensack, ASU vice president for cultural affairs. "With the mission of connecting communitiesASU Cultural Affairs believes cultural events facilitate building significant bonds of respect between communities, and no connection is more important than with the American Indian community.” 

Tickets for all events will be for sale on Ticketmaster. 

ASU Library writing the next chapter in the 'Future of Print'

How print books are displayed, curated and delivered is the focus of a new initiative

October 5, 2018

When Hayden Library, Arizona State University’s largest library, re-opens in 2020, its open-stack print collections will have a whole new look. 

The future display, curation and delivery of books at ASU, and how those books interact with the heavily digital-dwelling community in which they are present, is the focus of the Future of Print initiative, an exploration into the behaviors, needs and expectations of 21st-century academic library users. Health Humanities Horizon display A new collection on the Downtown Phoenix campus looks at the intersection of health and humanities. Download Full Image

Led by ASU Library, the initiative addresses specific needs of today’s public universities, and has resulted in a widely shared white paper and a three-year grant from the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation.

Lorrie McAllister, Associate University Librarian for Collections Services and Analysis, and Shari Laster, head of Open Stack Collections, are now leading the Future of Print into its next phase: experimentation.

Here, Laster discusses these experiments and how they aim to inspire new thinking around the design of inclusive, high-quality and user-focused print collections for research and learning. 

Question: This fall, the library is experimenting with a series of collection experiments. Can you tell us more about them?

Answer: ASU Library has a lot of ideas about how people and books get connected together. We came up with a list we are calling “10 Compelling Ideas” and we’re trying out some of these ideas in different library locations and in other spots on campus. This fall, we have several mini-projects, or experiments, in motion.

Surprise Me! is a collection of poetry and drama at Fletcher Library on the West campus. The books in this collection are being shelved spine-backward in order to invite students to explore an unexpected collection. Another project, Vamos Argentina! Books, Tango and Meteors, is an exciting series of talks and events that will draw attention to the collection of Argentine literature currently housed at Noble Library on the Tempe campus. At the Downtown Phoenix campus, we are featuring Health Humanities Horizons, a collection curated in collaboration with faculty whose research and teaching intersects with the CLASCollege of Liberal Arts and Sciences certificate program in interdisciplinary health humanities.

We’re also cooperating with Barrett, The Honors College to assemble a mini-library in a student-friendly environment, in addition to planning a mini-collection for Hayden Library that’s all about the act of collecting, what we collect and why we collect. 

Q: With digital interfacing consuming more of our time and attention, what are some unique strengths of the print medium?

A: Books mean different things to different people. While digital content certainly has many advantages, accessing and using a book in print format is a specific experience that can bring about a different form of interaction with the content. We all have different ways of learning and absorbing information. We hope that allowing for the possibility of a book to “catch the eye” of a passerby will enrich the experience of our spaces.

Books also have a physical presence in library spaces. Print books are often considered an essential component to creating a thriving learning environment. For example, they can make a room more conducive to study and focus. This project takes into consideration which books we are presenting in and around spaces where students study and learn. By making parts of our collections more visible, we add another layer of learning where users can physically be immersed in the collections.

Q: University libraries have always been a source of academic support for students. How does this initiative, focusing on print materials, connect to the success of ASU students?

A: When Hayden Library reopens in 2020, it will be a destination on the Tempe campus for studying, research and classroom learning. It will also be a place for the campus community to relax, take a break and explore new ideas. We want to create collections that make library spaces more welcoming and inviting. We also want to use print books to present new perspectives on academic disciplines and research, and to inspire innovation and discovery. By helping everyone who enters the library to see our collections in a new light, we also give them a new way to explore ideas that matter to their success at ASU.

Q: How can people participate in these experiments/mini-projects?

A: Visit the collections and leave us feedback! Visitors can expect to see emoji stickers for a quick shortcut to speaking your mind. Anyone can borrow the books on display, so pick up and check out what looks interesting to you. 

We also want to hear from the ASU community about the library collections that make you feel welcome in our spaces. Anyone is welcome to send me a note at

Britt Lewis

Communications Specialist, ASU Library