Learn about the movement for free textbooks, Monday, 9am, on Informania (replayed Thursday at 5pm), www.kruaradio.org, 88.1FM.

On September 24, Deb the Librarian interviewed Cable Green, Director of Global Learning for the Creative Commons, and a champion for free textbooks (open educational resources)!  Also in the studio were Dave Dannenberg, Director of Academic Innovations and  eLearning, and Michael Stormo, Production Assistant for KRUA.  Listen and be informed!

Are you taking online courses through UAA? Librarians want your feedback! Learn more on Informania, Monday at 9am or Thursday at 5pm on 88.1FM / kruaradio.org.

On Monday, September 28, Deb the Librarian interviewed Consortium Library faculty Lorelei Sterling, Christie Ericson, and Jennifer McKay about distance education, and a survey to explore distance education and library resources at UAA.  Lorelei Sterling is the Distance Education Librarian, Christie Ericson is the Electronic Resources Librarian, and Jennifer McKay is the Library’s Liaison to the College of Education.  Listen to this program to learn more about distance education, library resources, and the survey they’ve developed to learn from students!

Part 1 of September 28 Informania

Part 2 of September 28 Informania

Part 3 of September 28 Informania

Also, Banned Books Week was celebrated the week of September 28. During this week, we are reminded that we have the freedom to read books and listen to music that we choose, in spite of the popular books and numerous songs that have been challenged throughout the years.

Listen, and be informed!

Learn about UAA’s Health, Physical Education and Recreation Dept. on Informania! Mon. at 9am / Thurs. at 5pm on 88.1FM, kruaradio.org.

On Monday, September 21, Deb the Librarian will interview TJ Miller, upcoming Director of the University of Alaska Anchorage’s Health, Physical Education Recreation Department.  Listen and be informed!

Learn about Student Clubs and Greek Life at UAA, Monday at 9am on Informania, 88.1FM, kruaradio.org. Replayed Thursday at 5pm!

On Monday, September 14, 2015, from 9am-10am, Deb the Librarian interviews Cody Buechner, the Leadership Coordinator for Student Clubs and Greek Life, in the Dept. of Student Life and Leadership, at the University of  Alaska Anchorage.  Listen and be informed!


Student Union services and activities (i.e. free food, gear rentals) discussed this week on Informania! (Mon. 9am, Thurs. 5pm) on kruaradio.org, 88.1FM.

August 24, Deb the Librarian spoke with Dana Bonifacio-Sample, the Associate Director of Student Union, Student Activities, and Commuter Student Services at the University of Alaska Anchorage (UAA).  Dana shared useful information about student services, and her goals for expanding the services and opportunities for students at the Student Union.  Currently, complimentary food is served in the Daily Den (1st floor of Student Union), Monday through Friday, at 10am-11am and 2pm-3pm.  Summer and winter gear  (mountain bikes, kayaks, snowshoes, and more) is available for rental on the 2nd floor of the Student Union. There is also musical entertainment in the Student Union on Wednesdays during the lunch hour, and rooms in the Student Union for student clubs to use for meetings and events.

Additionally, there are many student job opportunities at the Student Union, Interested in exploring what student job opportunities are available at UAA?  Check out  www.uakjobs.com!

For more information about resources and services offered through the Student Union and Student Activities, check out the Student Union and Commuter Services website!


Learn about library services & library student jobs this week on Informania; Thursday at 5pm on kruaradio.org or 88.1FM.

Monday, August 3, Deb the Librarian interviewed Assistant Professor Lorelei Sterling, Distance Education Librarian at the UAA/APU Consortium Library.  Lorelei spoke about library services to students taking online (Distance) courses, and services to all University of Alaska Anchorage and Alaska Pacific University students.  For information about placing course materials on Reserve at the Consortium Library, go to https://consortiumlibrary.org/services/course_reserves.php.

Professor Sterling also manages student employees.  Learn about student employment opportunities and the multiple services available to students on this Informania interview with Lorelei Sterling!  To search for employment opportunities at the Consortium Library, go to www.uakjobs.com.

KRUA radio opportunities and more discussed this week on Informania, Thursday at 5pm, 88.1FM, kruaradio.org.

Connor Keesecker, KRUA Station Manager, and recent University of Alaska Anchorage graduate in International Studies, shares information about his experience at KRUA and the great opportunities available for students and community members at UAA’s student radio station.  To find out more about how to get involved at KRUA go to www.kruaradio.org.

Sources mentioned this week on Informania include:

Mango Languages, available to Alaskans through sled.alaska.edu.

Archive.org, a great resource for historical text, video and audio collections.

The Economist, a resource for current world news.

BBC (British Broadcasting Corp.), a resource for world news from a United Kingdom perspective.

Al Jezeera, English version of Arabic news resource.

Phi Alpha Theta, National History Honor Society with UAA student chapter.

Informania explores UAA’s College and Career Pathways, Monday, May 11, at 9am, replayed Thursday at 5pm, on kruaradio.org, 88.1FM.

Monday, May 11, Deb the Librarian interviews Kelly Donnelly, the Director of Outreach and Program Development for College and Career Pathways (CCP).  CCP is part of the Community and Technical College at the University of Alaska Anchorage.

CCP strives to enlighten Alaskan high school students about the various vocational and technical career opportunities; to build bridges between high school, college, and career; and to provide support for students pursuing a vocational or technical career path.

Many courses and programs are integrating academic skills with real-world work tasks, so students can use their math and writing  skills in workplace settings.  Also, programs like the Alaska Native Science and Engineering Program (ANSEP) demonstrates how organizations working together (for 20 years), can develop educational pathways and support structures to help students succeed academically and vocationally, and become leaders in industry.

For students interested in pursuing a vocational or technical career but feel financially overwhelmed, there may be scholarship funds available to help!  Many scholarships go unclaimed because qualified students do not apply.  All scholarships are not based on grades alone, so it may be worthwhile to submit a University of Alaska Anchorage scholarship application (including the essay)!  For more information, go to http://www.uaa.alaska.edu/scholarships/

With Anchorage’s Run-off Mayoral Election on Tuesday, May 5, Informania explores the history of elections and political parties. Listen on Thursday at 5pm on 88.1FM, www.kruaradio.org.

Monday, May 4, Deb the Librarian interviewed Forrest Nabors, Assistant Professor of Political Science at the University of Alaska Anchorage.  In this interview, Professor Nabors provides information about the history of elections, and the history of the Democratic and Republican political parties.  He also shares insight into when and why Anchorage has a run-off Mayoral election.  Listen, and be informed!

Congratulations Graduates! Informania explores Graduation Commencement Ceremonies on KRUA, 88.1FM, Monday at 9am, repeated Thursday at 5pm.

Commencement ceremonies provide an opportunity to officially recognize and celebrate the student’s accomplishment of earning a college degree.  Listen to Informania on Monday, April 27, to discover what’s included in a commencement ceremony, and what’s involved with making an event like this happen at UAA!  We also explore the UAA graduate student “Hooding Ceremony.” Guests this week include Annie Route, Director of Student Life and Leadership, and Bridgett Dyson, Special Events Manager.

Learn more about UAA’s Commencement Ceremony at http://www.uaa.alaska.edu/commencement/

On today’s show, Annie mentioned the effort of a student to gather donated graduation gowns to bring to her home town in the Eastern European country of Moldova, where celebrating graduation may inspire others to attend college. Read more in the Green and Gold story,  Sending UAA Spirit to Moldova.

A big thank you also goes to Facilities staff; and the many volunteers who play a big part in making this event a success!

UAA Commencement for Spring 2015 graduates will be held Sunday, May 3, at     1 p.m. in the Alaska Airlines Center

Watch it live on GCI channel 1 or live-stream on the GCI website.

 Graduate Degree Hooding Ceremony will be held Saturday, May 2, 3 p.m. in the Wendy Williamson Auditorium.

Congratulations, University of Alaska Anchorage Graduates!

Planning for the future: Resources for scholarships and job opportunities discussed on KRUA’s Informania!

Monday, April 13, Deb the Librarian shared the following sources that may be useful to students.

Scholarship Opportunities

Go to http://www.uaa.alaska.edu/scholarships/ to register for scholarships at the University of Alaska Anchorage!

Interested in Federal Student Financial Aid?  Go to https://fafsa.ed.gov/

Alaska Commission on Post-Secondary Education has links to multiple financial aid sources, plus an eportfolio system to help you track courses, explore career matches for your interests and skills and create resumes.  Check this out at  https://acpe.alaska.gov/

Testing and Education Reference Center, a source that has information on multiple colleges and universites, scholarships, and college, and career exams.  Available to all Alaskans!  Find this at SLED.alaska.edu

Foundation Directory Online (at UAA’s Consortium Library)

Job Opportunities

Interested in working at the University of Alaska?  Check out job openings from all UA campuses at www.uakjobs.com

Search for jobs nationally through the Consortium Library’s ReferenceUSA database.  UAA students can log onto this with their Blackboard user name and password.

Check out www.collegecentral.com, where employers can post jobs, and university graduates can search for them!

Visit UAA’s Career Services Center!  They can provide guidance on finding jobs and internships, and assist you with creating resumes, and preparing for interviews!



Informania explores distance education and gamification, Thursday at 5pm on www.kruaradio.org, 88.1FM.

UAA Instructional Designer Melissa White shares information about distance education curriculum design and the inclusion of games (gamification) in learning course content.  The UAA department, Academic Innovations and eLearning will be co-hosting the event, Serious Fun, on April 17, 2015.  Students and faculty are welcome to attend!

As part of Brain Injury Awareness Month, Informania explores traumatic brain injury, Monday at 9am, replayed Thurs. at 5pm, on kruaradio.org, 88.1FM.

Informania shares SLED.alaska.edu databases! Learn a language, watch BrainPop videos, find engine repair manuals, research family history!

Informania celebrates Jazz Week with Music Professor Karen Strid-Chadwick. Listen Thursday at 5pm on www.kruaradio.org or 88.1FM.

Interested in attending Jazz Week events?  See the list of events at http://www.uaa.alaska.edu/music/Events/index.cfm!

Informania explores ePorfolios, Monday Feb. 16, 9am-10am, on UAA’s 88.1FM, kruaradio.org.

Informania explores the LibQual Survey, and how student feedback has changed the Library. Thursday at 5pm on www.kruaradio.org, 88.1FM.

Guests, and members of the Library Assessment Team, Anna Bjartsmardottir and Rebecca Moorman share insight about the LibQual Survey, and how the LibQual Survey results from 2008 and 2011 have been used to evolve Library resources, services, and facilities.  All UAA and APU students, faculty, and staff are encouraged to complete the survey.  Make your voice count!

PRPE writing courses are explored this week on Informania, 88.1FM, www.kruaradio.org.

Deb the Librarian interviews Community and Technical College (CTC) Associate Professor, Shannon Gramse, about the Preparatory Development (PRPE) composition courses, and the role of PRPE courses for incoming university students.  The evolution of the program, course content, and resources are discussed.

Listen to Informania on Monday, 9am or Thursday 5pm.  Listen and be informed!

Dr. Kim Patterson discusses Student Support Services on Informania, KRUAradio.org, 88.1FM, Thurs. at 5pm.

Learn about UAA’s Student Support Services this week on Informania, as Deb the Librarian interviews Dr. Kim Patterson, Director.  UAA Student Support Services (SSS) serves 160 students through this federally-funded program.  These students include first generation students, adult students returning to college, veterans, and others who may need additional educational and financial support, but have the will to succeed in college.  SSS provides helpful workshops, resources and opportunities, and a mentor relationship as well.

For UAA students interested in these services, but not eligible for SSS, check out the following resources:   UAA Tutoring Resources

UAA’s Online Student Success Workshops

Your Guide to Selecting a Major

Listen and learn!

Informania explores Interlibrary Loan, Thursday at 5pm, KRUA, 88.1FM, kruaradio.org.

Deb the Librarian interviewed Dawn Berg, the Consortium Library’s Interlibrary Loan Technician, on Monday, September 15, 2014.  This interview will be replayed on Thursday, September 18, from 5pm-6pm on www.kruaradio.org and 88.1FM.

All University of Alaska and Alaska Pacific University students, faculty and staff have the ability to order materials (books, videos, CDs, articles) from other libraries through the Consortium Library’s Interlibrary Loan Department.

The Anchorage Public Library also offers Interlibrary Loan services to Anchorage community members for a nominal fee.

Listen to Informania and discover more about this service!  Listen and learn.

Tips for the student from Deb the Librarian (like using me.uaa.alaska.edu to find username, create password… )

Welcome to a new semester at UAA!  As a student you may have questions about your student ID, what support resources you have access to, and who to ask for help.  Following are answers to these questions and more!

1) me.uaa.Alaska.edu is the website you can go to find your username, and reset your password.  As a student, this username and password will be your log in for Blackboard, your UAA email account, and Library computer internet access, and Library databases from outside of the Consortium Library.

2) Your WolfCard/student ID is your Library Card.  Use this to check out books from the Consortium Library and the Anchorage Public Library branches.

3) Your WolfCard has $12.00 for printing on campus if you are registered as a student at UAA.  You can use this to print at the Consortium Library, or in the Computer Labs on campus.  This $12 comes from your Tech Fee payment.

4) You can get your WolfCard / student ID at the front desk at the Consortium Library.  You can also get replacement WolfCards here.

5) You can place holds on items from Southcentral and Southeast Alaskan libraries by using your student ID number as a username, and the last four numbers of your student ID as the PIN (Personal Identification Number).

6) You can look up what textbooks and other course materials are on Reserve at the Consortium Library and the Learning Resources Center (LRC), located in the Sally Monserud Bldg, by searching the Library Catalog for Course Reserves.

7) Reference Librarians are here to help you during most hours that the Library is open.

8) You can set up research consultations for one-on-one research help with a subject librarian.  To find the list of subject-resource specialist librarians, go to http://consortiumlibrary.org/about/directory/liaisons.php

So, if you have ANY questions about UAA, finding information, deciding on a subject for a paper or presentation, writing a bibliography/list of references, or identifying resources for further assistance on a multitude of topics, ask a librarian!  Call 786-1848 to speak with a librarian, or select Ask A Librarian at www.consortiumlibrary.org.  Librarians are here to support you in your research success at UAA!  Please ask!

I wish you abundant success in your academic and professional careers.  To discover more about resources, faculty, staff, campus support and opportunities, listen to my KRUA Informania radio show this semester, Mondays at 9am, and repeated Thursdays at 5pm.

If you have questions or suggestions for a radio show guest or topic, email Deb the Librarian at dlmole@uaa.Alaska.edu.  And remember, if you can Imagine it, you can Become it!



Explore Communication with professor Marsha Olson on the next Informania, Mon. at 9am, Thurs. at 5pm on www.kruaradio.org, 88.1FM.

Explore the Consortium Library’s past, present & future with Dean, Steve Rollins, Thurs. at 5pm on Informania, kruaradio.org, 88.1FM!

Consortium Library Dean, Steve Rollins, shares insight into the Consortium Library’s evolution, and decision-making process.

Communication professor shares research about dreams and communication; and strategies for overcoming public speaking anxiety this week on KRUA’s Informania.

The week of June 9, Informania host Deb the Librarian interviews Michelle Scaman, a professor of Communication at the University of Alaska Anchorage (UAA).  Informania airs on Monday at 9am and is replayed on Thursday at 5pm on www.kruaradio.org / 88.1FM in Anchorage, Alaska.

Professor Scaman currently teaches the UAA courses, Fundamentals of Oral Communication (COMM A111), and Public Speaking (COMM A241).  Her expertise in communication stems from years of research experience both in her undergraduate and graduate studies.  As an undergraduate  at Seattle University, she assisted a professor conducting research on the topic of online dating and communication.  As a graduate student at UAF, she conducted her research on dreams and the social constructivism of reality, in other words she researched the sharing of dreams as the starting point for discussing topics of importance between partners.  She discusses her research processes and findings during this week’s Informania interview.

As a Public Speaking professor, Professor Scaman also shares strategies she uses in class to help students overcome the anxiety of public speaking.  Professor Scaman acknowledges during this program that each individual has their own reason for anxiety, and it is helpful to reflect on the cause of that anxiety in order to overcome it.

Listen, and learn!

Song played:  Information, by Dredg.

How does the Center for Advancing Faculty Excellence (CAFE) impact UAA? Listen to Informania Monday at 9am or Thursday at 5pm on kruaradio.org or 88.1FM to find out!

Deb the Librarian interviews Judy Green, Director of CAFE this week on Informania.  Listen and learn!

What are ePortfolios, and are they used at UAA? Listen to Informania on Thursday at 5pm on kruaradio.org, or 88.1FM and find out!

Deb the Librarian interviews Paul Wasko, ePortfolio Initiative Coordinator at UAA this week one Informania.  Listen, and learn!

Laptops, bicycles, and other library resources and services are discussed this week on Informania, Thursday at 5pm on kruaradio.org, 88.1FM.

This week on KRUA’s Informania radio show, Deb the Librarian interviews the amazing Robin Hanson, Head of Access Services.  Robin Hanson discusses her roles as Head of Circulation, Interlibrary Loan, and Building Manager, and shares how the Library has evolved thanks to feedback from students, staff and faculty given during the LibQual surveys.  Listen, and learn!

Learn about UAA’s Summer Engineering Academies for grades 6-12, Haiti roof design, and more on Informania, Monday at 9am, Thurs. at 5pm, on kruaradio.org, 88.1FM.

Deb the Librarian talks with Scott Hamel, Professor in the College of Engineering at the University of Alaska Anchorage.  He is organizing the College of Engineering’s Summer Engineering Academies.  These week-long academies include the following options:  Structure Destruction, 3D Modeling, Java Programming, Robotics, Energy, and Gears and Sprockets.

Professor Hamel has also been involved in providing international help as a member of the group, Engineers without Borders.  Read the Anchorage Daily News article about Professor Hamel’s work on roof design and development for Haiti.

Dr. Hamel will also talk about the College of Engineering courses he teaches, and his work on the Board of the Tanaina Development Center.  Listen to Informania, and learn!





Shawnalee Whitney discusses debate, communication, GER assessment, and prioritization on Informania, Thurs. at 5pm on kruaradio.org/88.1FM.

Associate Professor of Communication, Shawnalee Whitney, shares insight on UAA’s debate program and the purpose of debate; courses and the minor in Communication at UAA; General Education Requirement assessment, and the process of prioritization at UAA.  Listen, and learn!

Listen to past shows at http://www.kruaradio.org/informania-catch-with-deb-and-her-guests/.

Kathleen Voge discusses Computer Information Systems courses and degrees, on Informania, Thurs. at 5pm on kruaradio.org, 88.1FM.

M Butterfly Director, Jessica Jacob, shares insight on theatre this week on Informania, kruaradio.org, 88.1FM, Thurs. at 5pm.

In March and April 2014, the University of Alaska Anchorage’s production of M Butterfly received rave reviews and experience sold out shows.  On March 28, Egan Millard wrote an Anchorage Daily News review of the show titled, “Seduction and Illusion in UAA’s Masterful ‘M Butterfly’.’‘  On March 31, in an interview with Deb the Librarian, Jessica Jacob, Director of M Butterfly, provided insight into this production, as well as her other roles as Adjunct Professor at UAA (with an upcoming Stage Combat course), and Executive Director of the Alaska Theatre of Youth.  Listen to this Informania interview with Jessica Jacob from March 31, 2014.  Listen, and learn!

This week on Informania, Dr. Mark Fitch shares insights on Math; Faculty Senate; and Prioritization. Listen Thursday at 5pm on kruaradio.org / 88.1FM.

Mark Fitch shares information and insight on mathematics and UAA’s Math Department; and talks about Faculty Senate roles and responsibilities during this Informania interview from March 17, 2014.

Informania explores services for UAA’s commuting students – Monday at 9am / Thursday at 5pm, on kruaradio.org, 88.1FM

Deb the Librarian interviews David Murdoch, UAA’s Commuter Student Services Coordinator, this week on Informania.  Tune in to 88.1FM or kruaradio.org on Monday from 9am-10am or Thursday from 5pm-6pm.  Listen and learn!

KRUA’s Informania celebrates Alaska Native Heritage Month! Listen Monday, Nov. 16, 9am-10am, or Thursday at 5pm, on 88.1FM or KRUAradio.org.

On November 16, Deb the Librarian will interview Willy Templeton, the Director of UAA’s Native Student Services.  Learn about the history of this department, and the resources, services, and opportunities available for Alaska Native students. Listen and be informed!

Learn about the English Dept. and General Education, this week on Informania! Monday at 9am, Thurs. at 5pm on 88.1FM, kruaradio.org.

Informania guest this week is Chair of the English Dept., Professor Dan Kline.  Listen and be informed!

Balancing studies and work? Discover best practices from a hardworking student, Thursday at 5pm on Informania.

Deb the Librarian interviewed Tessamae Endes on October 19, 2015 to learn how she manages to effectively balance her full-time schedule at the University of Alaska Anchorage, and her 20-hour-per-week work schedule at the Consortium Library.  Tessa is a hard-working, knowledgeable student, who is at the Library many hours ready to assist students with printing and technology questions.  Listen to Informania and learn her strategies for success!

ePortfolio researchers Helen Chen and Tracy Penny Light share insights and best practices on Informania, Thursday at 5pm, 88.1FM, kruaradio.org.

On August 31, 2015, Deb the Librarian had the great fortune to interview Helen Chen, Senior Researcher for the Designing Education Lab and the Director of ePortfolio Initiative at Stanford University, and Tracy Penny Light, Executive Director of the Centre for Student Engagement and Learning at Thomson Rivers University in British Columbia.  Listen to this Informania to discover the value and many applications of ePortfolios; and how they are used as an effective high impact learning opportunity and a tool to demonstrate skills, competencies and learning abilities.

Deb the Librarian interviews Helen Chen and Tracy Penny Light

Deb the Librarian interviews Helen Chen and Tracy Penny Light