A new intermediary: How AI may impact libraries, research and information retrieval

PHOENIX – Cataloging and research are major areas in librarianship that artificial intelligence can automate and potentially improve. But librarians are grappling with the impact of AI on the fundamental role of librarians, user privacy and information literacy.

A computer used to find books and media at Litchfield Park Library on April 18, 2024. Integrating artificial intelligence into library services may change the way information is retrieved and categorized. (Photo by Kayla Mae Jackson/Cronkite News)

‘You’re Goth, welcome to the club’: Arizona’s Goth scene is gaining prominence due to events, exposure

In recent years, the Goth scene in Arizona has gained prominence through events and festivals and evolved into an accepting space for new and older generations of Goths alike. Goth-centered artisan markets, Goth nights at clubs and Goth festivals have emerged to provide the community with opportunities to express themselves in a welcoming environment.

A patron at Stacy’s at Melrose who identified herself as Vivian Orbweaver, left, first became active in the Goth scene two years ago, and since then has found her place. Orbweaver said she "knew I was Goth because I felt it deep in my bones and couldn’t deny it.” (Photo by Sam Ballesteros/Cronkite News)

From robots to real connection: Arizona initiatives take on letter writing

PHOENIX – With advancements in technology speeding up how humans communicate with each other, slower methods of communication, like letter writing, have been losing popularity. But two Arizona-based projects have created new approaches to the personalization of letter writing. One uses robots while another encourages individuals to write through monthly prompts.

A Handwrytten robot writes a note for one of the company’s clients. Photo taken in Tempe on April 17, 2024. (Photo by Emily Mai/Cronkite News)

‘Unconditional love’: Saving One Life helps cats through colony feedings, TNR, fostering, adoptions

PHOENIX – Saving One Life is an Arizona nonprofit organization and one of the many animal rescues that helps save cats. The organization does colony feedings, TNR, fostering and adoption in order to find them loving homes.

Kelly Stinson, volunteer at Saving One Life, cuddles one of her foster cats, Hank, on Feb. 28, 2024, in Chandler. (Photo by Mariah Temprendola/Cronkite News)

‘Mobility, community and open space’: Culdesac in Tempe aims to provide a healthy alternative to suburban living

TEMPE – Culdesac, a walkable, car-free neighborhood in Tempe, aims to support tenants’ healthier lifestyles by allowing them to have quick access to necessities such as stores, restaurants and public transit.

A community area inside of Culdesac features a mural by a local artist. Photo taken in Tempe on April 2, 2024. (Photo by Crystal Aguilar/Cronkite News)

‘Opportunities are boundless’: Arizona pushes space sector’s growth through education, collaboration, economy

PHOENIX – Gov. Katie Hobbs spoke at the Arizona Space Summit about the business environment, infrastructure and innovation happening to drive the space sector’s growth in the state. Job opportunities, infrastructure and space education benefit Arizona, experts say.

Gov. Katie Hobbs speaks to the media on March 28 in Tempe after a fireside chat at the 2024 Arizona Space Summit about strategic opportunities for Arizona in the space industry. (Photo by Marnie Jordan/Cronkite News)

Best foot forward: Tucson farrier educates Native American communities on horseshoeing

TUCSON – George Goode explains the significance of farrier education through his nonprofit organization, the Native American Horse Education Foundation, which provides courses to Native American communities in Sells.

George Goode sits in front of his trailer on the Tohono O’odham Nation on April 10, 2024. Goode bought his trailer 30 years ago when the Native American Horse Education Foundation was still a dream. Now, he uses the trailer daily to help teach equine education to Native Americans. It houses materials necessary for horseshoeing, including burners, anvils, nails and shoes. (Photo by Sam Ballesteros/Cronkite News)

From page to pixel: Valley libraries embrace digital evolution, serving tech-savvy generations with virtual offerings

GOODYEAR – In 2023, the Greater Phoenix Digital Library, which includes library systems across Maricopa County, saw a staggering 6 million digital checkouts. Area libraries are transforming from spaces filled with printed books and quiet study spaces to resources that embrace technology to better serve patrons of all ages, especially younger generations.

Computers at the Litchfield Park Library are available for library visitors to use on April 18, 2024. (Photo by Kayla Mae Jackson/Cronkite News)

‘We’re not in this alone’: How an Arizona program gives support, mentorship to dads

PHOENIX – Dad Together is a program where dads of all backgrounds and stages meet up, share their experiences and support each other through their parenting journeys.

Edward Casillas, program and services development manager at the Family Involvement Center, speaks about his experience as a dad at the Phoenix Families First Resource Center in the Burton Barr Central Library. Photo taken in Phoenix on April 8, 2024. (Photo by Emily Mai/Cronkite News)

Arizona students still unsure of financial aid for fall as Gov. Katie Hobbs announces FAFSA campaign

PHOENIX – FAFSA delays mean that students and parents are still unsure how much financial aid they will be offered for the 2024-25 school year, which may delay college decisions. Arizona universities are hoping the information will be ready by the end of April so they can relay financial aid information to students.

Adelynn Padilla, a sophomore at Arizona State University, says FAFSA delays are affecting her, leaving her unsure how much federal aid she will qualify for next year. (Photo by Athena Kehoe/Cronkite News)

M3F music festival funds art programs, other nonprofits in Arizona

PHOENIX – This year’s M3F music festival brought in large crowds of music lovers. M3F uses the ticket sales to support charities that foster arts, community, education and environment across Arizona.

Roosevelt performs on the Cosmic Stage at the M3F music festival on March 2, 2024. (Photo by Sam Ballesteros/Cronkite News)

WNBA evaluating how superstar Cailtlin Clark, women’s sports popularity can help secure lucrative media rights deal

PHOENIX – With the WNBA’s media rights deal set to expire after the 2025 season, Commissioner Cathy Engelbert believes this year will be crucial to helping the WNBA earn its proper value in negotiations.

WNBA Commissioner Cathy Engelbert is aiming to at least double the league's $60 million annual media rights deal when it expires after the 2025 season. (Photo by Sarah Stier/Getty Images)