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ASU, city of Phoenix launch new innovation incubator program

RISN Incubator to help develop a robust circular economy using waste, other resources for Arizona, beyond


June 14, 2017

Arizona State University, twice named the most innovative school in the nation by US News and World Report, in collaboration with the city of Phoenix, named the Top Performing City overall by Governing and Living Cities, announce a call for innovators and entrepreneurs to participate in the RISN Incubator, a diverse solutions business development and accelerator program.

Selected ventures that focus on waste diversion and improvements in processing or utilization of waste as a raw material for new products or energy will have access to resources and support from ASU and Phoenix to develop new solutions that develop products and services that contribute to the regional development of a vibrant circular economy. Venture concepts eligible for the incubator include, but are not limited to: conversion of solid waste into new material or energy; services that divert, reuse, or recycle; software applications around sustainability (waste, organic material, reuse, recycling); and design services that focus on sustainability. The Phoenix MRF recycled paper collection line will help provide feedstock to RISN Incubator participants. Photo courtesy of City of Phoenix Public Works Download Full Image

“Fostering public-private partnerships, as well as embracing new and innovative ideas, is integral in achieving Phoenix’s 40 percent waste diversion goal by 2020,” said Ginger Spencer, Phoenix Public Works director. “An incubator, where great minds can get together to grow ideas and find unique solutions, is going to be a critical piece in developing a robust circular economy in our city.” 

Through funding provided by the U.S. Economic Development Administration’s i6 Challenge and from support of the Resource Innovation and Solutions Network (RISN), a public-private network established in partnership between ASU and Phoenix, the RISN Incubator will assist and mentor aspiring new ventures within a wide range of developmental stages.

The RISN Incubator is accepting applicants who are in the early stages of development. Selected ventures will receive training and services including dedicated venture mentors who will guide their advancement and facilitate access to technical experts, business plan development and investor network management training, access to feedstock from Phoenix’s waste transfer station and a process for continuous evaluation and pre-qualification for funding opportunities.

The priority waste feedstocks that the successful ventures will have access to include plastics, batteries, carpeting and carpet foam, broken furniture, mattresses, textiles, food waste, compost and plastic film. Innovators may also respond to an open call for other materials or items in the waste stream.

“ASU identifies innovation and the support of new ventures as essential to the development of a strong economy at local, regional and global scales,” said Ji Mi Choi, associate vice president of ASU’s Knowledge Enterprise Development, leading Entrepreneurship and Innovation which includes the new RISN Incubator. “Between the expertise at ASU and the material and practice resources at the city of Phoenix, we are excited to work with the ventures that will be creating exciting new solutions to our waste and energy challenges.”

Joining ASU to lead the RISN Incubator as its director is Alicia Marseille. Marseille brings a wealth of start-up and economic development experience from her recent position as director of the U.S. Small Business Administration’s Women’s Business Center, AWEEc. Marseille will apply her decade of national and international background in public/private partnerships, emerging markets, growth strategies and financial modeling to the RISN Incubator’s development.

This call for innovators and entrepreneurs is open until July 24 with the challenge kicking off Aug. 25.

For more information including the application, visit RISNincubator.asu.edu.

Jason Franz

Senior manager, Marketing and Communications, Walton Sustainability Solutions Initiatives

480-727-4072

Distinguished alum awards honor ASU’s chief research and innovation officer


May 18, 2017

In honor of his extensive contributions to the disciplines of multimedia computing and informatics, and leadership in advancing science and technology globally, Arizona State University’s Chief Research and Innovation Officer Sethuraman “Panch” Panchanathan has been recognized as a distinguished alumnus by two of his alma maters, the Indian Institute of Technology-Madras (IIT Madras) and the University of Ottawa-Canada.

Panchanathan received his master’s degree in electrical engineering from IIT Madras, recently ranked as India’s top engineering school. He earned a doctoral degree in electrical and computer engineering from the University of Ottawa-Canada where he went on to serve as a faculty member. He founded the Visual Computing and Communications Laboratory at the university and served as principal investigator for large, strategic projects funded by the Federal Centers of Excellence on Telecommunications Research (CITR) and the Provincial Center of Excellence on Telecommunications Research (TRIO). Sethuraman Panchanathan - Arizona State University Knowledge Enterprise Development Sethuraman “Panch” Panchanathan Download Full Image

“We are very proud of the achievements of our Distinguished Alumnus Dr. Sethuraman Panchanathan, both as a leading academic researcher in his field and as a leading academic administrator,” said Professor Bhaskar Ramamurthi, director of IIT Madras. “He has contributed immensely to the growth of ASU in recent years, besides his outstanding work in computing and informatics. IIT Madras derives great satisfaction from leading alumni, such as Panch, who are university builders and world-class academic researchers in top universities across the world.”

The University of Ottawa-Canada named Panchanathan Alumnus of the Year for his contributions as an “administrator, educator, engineer, entrepreneur, inventor, policy advisor and researcher.” Among his other initiatives and accomplishments, the university cited the ASU Center for Cognitive Ubiquitous Computing (CUbiC) as a “testament to [Panchanathan’s] creativity and knowledge.”

Students and researchers in CUbiC design and engineer technologies and devices that assist individuals with disabilities. Several of the center’s technologies and devices have received national and international recognition, including winning the Microsoft Imagine World Cup.

“I am honored and humbled by the recognitions that my alma maters have bestowed upon me,” Panchanathan said. “My time at IIT Madras and the University of Ottawa has shaped my life and career priorities, helping focus my attention on access, excellence and impact. I wish to keep paying it forward and shaping future innovators — students and faculty — who will find creative solutions for societal challenges.”

Panchanathan serves as the executive vice president of Knowledge Enterprise Development at ASU and is recognized globally as a leader in education, research and innovation. Under his leadership, ASU’s research enterprise has flourished, rapidly growing to reach nearly $520 million in research expenditures in 2016. U.S. News & World Report named ASU the most innovative school in the U.S. in 2015 and 2016. His professional recognitions include fellowships with scientific and professional organizations such as the National Academy of Inventors (NAI), Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE), the International Society for Optical Engineering (SPIE), and the Canadian Academy of Engineering (CAE).

In 2014, President Barack Obama appointed Panchanathan to the National Science Board for a six-year term, where he currently chairs the Committee on Strategy. He has also served on the U.S. Secretary of Commerce’s National Advisory Council on Innovation and Entrepreneurship. He is an advisor to Arizona Secretary of State Michele Reagan as part of her Technology, Transparency and Commerce Council that provides strategic insight on policy matters. 

ASU Gammage sells out of season subscriptions in hours


May 17, 2017

Season subscriptions to ASU Gammage’s 2017-2018 Broadway Season sold out less than two hours after they were made available for purchase May 15. Subscriptions were the public’s first opportunity to purchase tickets to Broadway’s hottest new musical about founding father "Hamilton."

In the more than 50 years of ASU Gammage’s operation, the organization has never sold out of subscriptions until this season.  ASU Gammage 2017-2018 Season Subscriptions Sold Out Patrons queue outside the ASU Gammage Box Office May 15, waiting for their chance to purchase a Broadway season subscription. The organization sold out of season subscriptions in less than two hours. Download Full Image

ASU Gammage is directing patrons still interested in purchasing season subscriptions to sign up for the waitlist at asugammage.com/waitlist

“ASU Gammage season tickets are more popular than ever and we had an unprecedented amount of people trying to buy tickets,” said Victor Hamburger, ASU Gammage senior director of marketing and communications. “It felt like half of the Valley was trying to buy season tickets today and our web servers and Ticketmaster’s servers certainly felt that.”

Due to the high demand for season subscriptions, some patrons queued outside the ASU Gammage Box Office hours before the tickets were scheduled to go on-sale. Most opted to purchase their tickets online. 

“We certainly understand that some patrons may feel disappointed that they didn’t get to buy season tickets and we certainly had a deluge of traffic on asugammage.com and on our Ticketmaster season ticket portal,” Hamburger said. “The large majority of season ticket packages were sold online and even though we did have many customers experience delays trying to purchase season tickets, it was still the best way to buy season tickets.” 

Due to the high volume of users online, ASU Gammage deactivated the interactive seating map feature to help speed up users’ processing time. 

“We were able to get a lot of people tickets and when a major event like season tickets for ASU Gammage go on sale, some slowdowns and delays are to be expected and most patrons, though frustrated, understood,” Hamburger said. “We’ve been warning everyone to expect that season ticket packages could sell out and with so much demand we did in less than two hours.”

"Hamilton" will run Jan. 30, 2018 through Feb. 25, 2018 at ASU Gammage. The official on-sale date for single tickets to "Hamilton" has not yet been announced.  

The ASU Gammage 2017-2018 Broadway Season also includes "Fun Home," "Something Rotten!" "The Bodyguard," "The Kiing and I," "The Color Purple," "The Humans," and "School of Rock," with "Cinderella" and "Les Miserables" as season options. Single tickets to these shows will go on sale Sept. 11. 

For more information, visit asugammage.com.

Marketing and Communications Assistant, ASU Gammage

480-965-3462

ASU Gammage 2017-2018 Broadway season tickets on sale May 15


May 8, 2017

ASU Gammage has announced season tickets for its 2017–2018 Desert Schools Broadway Across America – Arizona season will be available for purchase starting at 10 a.m. May 15.

The hit musical about America's founding father, "Hamilton," will anchor ASU Gammage’s largest Broadway season ever, which also includes groundbreaking new works and heartwarming favorites such as "Fun Home," "Something Rotten!", "The Bodyguard," "The King and I," "The Color Purple," The Humans" and "School of Rock."  Hamilton Eight-show season ticket packages including "Hamilton start at only $190. Due to the anticipated demand and limited availability, patrons are encouraged to purchase season tickets at asugammage.com. Download Full Image

“We are so excited to bring the very best of Broadway to the Valley and with our 2017–2018 season we have truly raised the bar,” said Colleen Jennings-Roggensack, executive director of ASU Gammage and ASU vice president for cultural affairs. “Some other cities with "Hamilton" have sold out of season ticket packages this year, so we’re recommending patrons who are interested in season tickets purchase them right away. You don’t want to miss your shot to get eight shows for as little as $190! Four weeks of "Hamilton," the first engagement on a university campus is a game-changer and as a result, we expect record-breaking season ticket sales creating a surge of economic impact to the Valley.”

Becoming a season ticket holder is the best way to guarantee seats to "Hamilton" and the rest of the 2017–2018 season.

Due to the anticipated demand and limited availability, patrons are encouraged to purchase season tickets online at asugammage.com. This will be the fastest and most efficient way to secure seats for this blockbuster season.

There are two ways to buy season tickets:

• online asugammage.com  (strongly recommended)
• in person at the ASU Gammage Box Office 

Eight-show season tickets are priced as follows:

• Tuesday–Thursday: $190, $410, $495, $585, $750*
• Friday and Sunday evening: $225, $455, $550, $635, $820*
• Saturday matinee, Saturday evening, Sunday matinee: $240, $475, $570, $665, $850*

* Requires donation to ASU Gammage VIP Club. Some seating zones may be sold out prior to public on sale with season ticket renewals.

Additional recommendations include:

• best availability Sunday evening
• have several days of the week in mind in the event that your first-day choice is unavailable
• have several seating zones in mind in the event that your first-price level is unavailable
• buying online is the fastest and easiest way to purchase tickets, and you get to experience an interactive seating map

If you don’t have an account with ASU Gammage on Ticketmaster, visit asugammage.com and click "Your Account" tab to start an account. This will ease your process purchasing season tickets.

 

The 2017–2018 full season includes:

"Fun Home"
Sept. 5–10, 2017

The winner of five 2015 Tony Awards, including Best Musical, "Fun Home" is based on Alison Bechdel’s best-selling graphic memoir. The production introduces us to Alison at three different ages, revealing memories of her uniquely dysfunctional family that connect with her in surprising new ways.

"Something Rotten!"
Oct. 31–Nov. 5, 2017

Set in the ‘90s — the 1590s — "Something Rotten!" tells the story of Nick and Nigel Bottom, two brothers who are desperate to write their own hit play while the "rock star" Shakespeare keeps getting all the hits. When a local soothsayer foretells that the future of theatre involves singing, dancing and acting at the same time, Nick and Nigel set out to write the world’s very first musical. 

"The Bodyguard" 
Nov. 28–Dec. 3, 2017

Based on the hit film, the award-winning musical tells the story of former Secret Service agent turned bodyguard, Frank Farmer, who is hired to protect superstar Rachel Marron from an unknown stalker. Each expects to be in charge; what they don’t expect is to fall in love. 

"Hamilton"
Jan. 30–Feb. 25, 2018

"Hamilton" is the story of America's founding father Alexander Hamilton, an immigrant from the West Indies who became George Washington's right-hand man during the Revolutionary War and was the new nation’s first Treasury Secretary. Featuring a score that blends hip-hop, jazz, blues, rap, R&B, and Broadway, "Hamilton" is the story of America then, as told by America now.  

"The King and I"
March 20-25, 2018

Set in 1860’s Bangkok, the musical tells the story of the unconventional and tempestuous relationship that develops between the King of Siam and Anna Leonowens, a British schoolteacher, whom the modernist King, in an imperialistic world, brings to Siam to teach his many wives and children.

"The Color Purple"
April 17-22, 2018

"The Color Purple" is the 2016 Tony Award-winner for Best Musical Revival. With a score of jazz, gospel, ragtime and blues, this re-imagining of a Pulitzer Prize-winning story is about a young woman’s journey to love and triumph in the American South. 

"The Humans"
May 29-June 3, 2018

Stephen Karam’s "The Humans" takes place over the course of a family dinner on Thanksgiving. Breaking with tradition, Erik Blake has brought his Pennsylvania family to celebrate and give thanks at his daughter’s apartment in lower Manhattan. As darkness falls outside the ramshackle pre-war duplex, and eerie things start to go bump in the night, the Blake clan’s deepest fears and greatest follies are laid bare. 

"School of Rock"
June 19-24, 2018 

Based on the hit film, this musical follows Dewey Finn, a wannabe rock star turned substitute teacher who transforms a class of straight-A students into grade-A rockers. It features 14 new songs from Andrew Lloyd Webber, all the original songs from the movie and musical theater’s first-ever live kids rock band.

 

ASU Gammage was awarded the 2017 Economic Driver Award in the Small to Medium Business category for its positive influence on the Valley’s business community and economy, as part of the Greater Phoenix Chamber of Commerce’s (GPCC) Impact Awards.

Marketing and Communications Assistant, ASU Gammage

480-965-3462

Annual Event Vendor Showcase on May 17


May 3, 2017

The ASU Meeting, Event Coordinator and Associates (MECA) group will be hosting the annual Event Vendor Showcase from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Wednesday, May 17 in the Sun Devil Fitness Complex on the Tempe campus.

The Event Vendor Showcase features vendors who offer products and services to the meeting and event producers of Arizona State University. Event production areas represented include promotional items, food and beverage, decorations, signage, hotel accommodations and facilities, event services, staging, and much more. Download Full Image

The showcase is open to all ASU employees. Bring business cards for the networking and an appetite for the food samples.

To RSVP, go to https://asuvendorshowcase.eventbrite.com.

Blackboard upgrade to be conducted May 9-11


May 3, 2017

An upgrade to ASU Blackboard will be conducted from May 9–11. The upgrade will start at 6 p.m. Tuesday, May 9 and end at 6 a.m. Thursday, May 11 (MST).

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• drag and drop files
• dropbox integration
• submission confirmation receipts
• course activity report enhancements

See all of what’s new in 2017.

Need assistance or have concerns?

• Blackboard for Instructors is the primary resource for how-two articles, instructions and training about Blackboard at ASU.

• Contact a Blackboard team member at the 24/7 ASU Help Desk, or call (855) 278-5080.

 

ASU achieves gold sustainability rating for third time, rates second-highest in US


April 26, 2017

Arizona State University’s AASHE STARS rating is third in the world and second in the U.S. for sustainability initiatives.

The Sustainability Tracking, Assessment and Rating System (STARS) is a comprehensive tool for measuring sustainability at more than 800 colleges and universities around the world. STARS benchmarks institutions in over 1,000 data points covering academics, engagement, operations, planning and administration, and innovation and leadership. two people in front of waste bins Zero Waste Ambassador Jason Vera, a junior in mechanical engineering, show people where to dispose their plates, food scraps and plastic at the ASU Staff Appreciation BBQ luncheon on Feb. 22. The program was coordinated with Zero Waste with the goal to beat last year's landfill diversion rate of 99.7 percent by sorting recyclables and compostables. ASU has received the second-highest AASHE STARS rating in the U.S. for sustainability initiatives. Photo by Charlie Leight/ASU Now Download Full Image

In ASU’s tri-annual and third STARS submission, ASU continues its climb to the top of the Gold-rated institutions. ASU scored highest in the following percentages of available points:

  • academics and research: 87 percent.
  • campus and public engagement: 95 percent.

“At ASU, sustainability is viewed as an outcome,” said Nichol Luoma, University Business Services associate vice president and sustainability operations officer. “The hard work from the ASU community is paying off, and this rating validates ASU’s commitment to sustainability.”

To achieve this year’s STARS gold rating, ASU built campus and community collaborations to provide world-class education and research sustainability with the first School of Sustainability more than a decade ago. Now, 12.5 percent of ASU’s courses are recognized as sustainability or sustainability-related and 74 percent of academic departments offer sustainability courses.

ASU also made significant progress in air and climate, energy, waste, and water categories, due to a variety of efforts that contributed to overall energy, waste, and water reductions over the last three years.

“We celebrate this recognition. However, we will continue to expand our efforts to ensure ASU remains a global leader in sustainability,” said Mick Dalrymple, University Sustainability Practices director.

Cool ASU summer programs bring on learning — and fun


April 19, 2017

With summer vacation fast approaching, students of all ages are invited to experience the excitement of Arizona State University while they’re still in elementary, middle or high school.

From kindergarten prep to video game and robotics camps, ASU Summer Enrichment experiences offer children of all age levels a chance to explore, discover and socialize with peers from across the Valley and around the state who share their interests and goals.  Girls build robots at Lego camp At the First LEGO League camps, students learn to design, engineer and make things move. Photo by Nick Narducci/ASU Download Full Image

Read more: See photos from last summer's camps. 

“Students can choose from hundreds of fun, interactive summer enrichment and college readiness programs that will not only pique their interests, but will also help them think about their future and begin paving the way to a successful college experience,” said Lorenzo Chavez, director of Family and Student Initiatives with Access ASU.

Here’s a quick look at 10 ways K-12 students can spend the summer at ASU:

1. Fast track your college experience

Summer Experience at West is an academic enrichment program that demystifies the academic process and builds confidence in rising ninth- through 12th-grade students preparing for college admission and success. Participants can choose from a day or residential program where they will engage and connect with their peers within interactive learning communities as they collaborate on a group poster presentation and explore the many resources and services available at the ASU to support their college success.

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Summer Experience at West 2

2. First LEGO League Jr.

It’s never too early to discover STEM! This half-day camp is an introduction to the world of engineering. Students will learn to design, engineer and make things move — all with LEGOS. Teams explore a real-world scientific program and construct a motorized model of what they learned. Teamwork, the wonders of science and technology, and core values including respect, sharing and critical thinking are elements of the program.

3. What’s better than playing video games? Designing them!

Why just play video games when you can learn to create and produce your own? Hosted by the Ira A. Fulton Schools of Engineering, Game Camp is a unique, hands-on opportunity for middle and high school students to learn intensive video game creation, visualization and production. Students will use the latest software, hardware and development tools to create concepts and prototypes for 2-D and 3-D video gaming. Student to instructor ratios are very low in game camp, Professor Kobayashi and one TA for every 10 students makes it a focused, individual experience.

  • Grades: 7–11
  • When: High school students, 8:30 a.m.–4:30 p.m. June 5–16 (weekdays); middle school students, 8:30 a.m.–4:30 p.m. June 19–30 (weekdays)
  • Where: Tempe campus
  • Cost: $650
  • Deadline: May 1
  • Contact: 480-965-1349 or ykobaya@asu.edu

4. To the Moon, Mars, and Beyond!

Explore space for real! Fourth- through sixth-grade students are invited to join a team of scientists and engineers in the ASU School of Earth and Space Exploration as they explore missions, spacecraft and instruments used to find the largest canyons, deepest craters and highest volcanoes in our solar system. Participants will learn about past, current and future NASA missions and visit science operations centers on ASU's Tempe campus while designing and building their own spacecraft for a mission to a planetary body.

5. Get with the Program: Intro to Coding (Beginning and Intermediate)

Basic programming skills help children understand how technology works while teaching problem-solving, design and math skills valuable for creating games, engineering projects and master works of art. Whether your student’s long-term interest is game design or creating lifesaving biomedical devices, this camp offers beginners a fun, basic understanding of coding and how early introduction to computer science is an investment in the future.

6. ASU 7Up RobotCamp

This camp is designed for students entering grades 7 and 8. Students will start to learn programming using the Alice programming environment with 3-D animation, movie and game development. Then, students will design and construct robots, learn EV3 robotics programming, and participate in the robotics challenge at the level of difficulty similar to FIRST Lego League (FLL) Robotics Competition.

7. Ready, Set, K!

For children entering kindergarten in the fall, expert teachers will introduce participants to the routines, academic procedures, expectations and skills they need for a smooth transition into today’s kindergarten classroom.

8. Where art meets engineering this summer

ASU’s Digital Culture Summer Institute will challenge both the artistic and technical sides of middle school and high school students in a series of short, project-focused classes ranging from producing digital music to coding for games to 3-D printing and projection mapping. Hands-on access to fast computers with tons of professional media software, media equipment including cameras, field audio recorders and projectors and a fully equipped fabrication lab with laser cutters and 3-D printers makes this unique camp an experience for future makers, artists, entrepreneurs, and engineers.

 9. App Camp for Girls

App Camp For Girls is a one-week summer day program where girls can put their creative powers to work, designing and building apps, while learning more about the business of software and being inspired by role models in the industry.

10. Sun Devil Kids' Camp

Sun Devil Kids' Camp is a fun-filled, action-packed sports and activity summer camp for children. Kids will participate in a variety of sports-related games focusing on physical fitness and sportsmanship, arts and crafts activities for kids of all ages and interests. And they will swim every day!

  • Grades: 1–6
  • When: May 24–Aug. 4, 7:30 a.m.–5:30 p.m.
  • Where: Tempe, Polytechnic and West campuses
  • Cost: $135 per week for members of the Sun Devil Fitness Center; $155 for non-members
  • Deadline: May 30
  • Registration: https://fitness.asu.edu/camp
  • Contact: 480-965-5639 or tara.yesenski@asu.edu

ASU partnership launches prize for education and research innovation

Students, staff and alumni eligible for $25,000 prizes; nominations open through May 12


April 19, 2017

Students, staff and alumni at Arizona State University along with two international university partners have an opportunity to be recognized for education and research innovation through the newly launched PluS Alliance Prize.

A year after launching the PLuS Alliance with Kings College London and University of New South Wales, Sydney, the partnership is hosting the inaugural PLUS Alliance Prize. Students, staff and alumni from ASU and the partner institutions can nominate potential recipients both from within and outside the ASU community for either of the two prize categories: the PLus Alliance Prize for Research Innovation and the PLuS Alliance Prize for Education Innovation. Nominations are open through May 12.  PluS Alliance Prize Download Full Image

Nominate now for:

Awardees of either prize will receive recognition for their leadership, $25,000 award money, travel expenses to attend the Times Higher Education Summit for the award of the prize in London, an opportunity to deliver a lecture at one of the three PLuS Alliance universities and networking opportunities with PLuS Alliance Fellows across the three partner universities.

The PLuS Alliance Prize supports the alliance’s mission to develop sustainable solutions to society’s global challenges through education and research. Since its inception a year ago, the PLuS Alliance launched combined online courses available to students at each of the universities, hosted student visits across each of the campuses and provided seed funding for new research in the realms of global health, sustainability, technology and innovation, and social justice. This prize is a further example of the PLuS Alliance mission in action by promoting researchers and educators to lead the way to a sustainable future.

PLuS Alliance Prize awardees will be determined by a judging panel including the presidents of the PLuS Alliance member universities and external experts in innovation.

For more information about the PLuS Alliance, visit www.plusalliance.org

ASU Library announces newly integrated system


April 17, 2017

In an effort to better connect the ASU community to the information resources and digital tools they need, ASU Library is implementing a newly integrated library service platform (LSP) that will enhance and expand library services and operational workflows university-wide.

Supporting ASU’s commitment to innovation and accessibility, the new system will enable ASU Library to continuously refresh and unveil new digital tools that will allow students and faculty to search, browse, share and customize materials in increasingly robust and intuitive ways.   Download Full Image

Additionally, the platform will support broader integration of information resources through its alignment with the University of Arizona (UA) and Northern Arizona University (NAU), part of a tri-university LSP collaboration to ensure greater fiscal responsibility and operational efficiency.

Implementation of the new platform is currently underway at ASU and NAU, and UA plans to implement the new system in July 2018.

Beginning June 27, the ASU community can expect to see a series of updates, as part of a phased system rollout, to improve the user experience of online services such as the library catalog and Blackboard.

The platform was selected following an extensive evaluation process that sought the best available technology and library management solution for supporting university research and knowledge-building needs.

Britt Lewis

Communications Specialist, ASU Library

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