Open access Japanese language textbook published via Scholarworks@UA

Open access Japanese language textbook published via Scholarworks@UA
September 10, 2014
The Great East Japan Earthquake and Tsunami left devastation in its wake and claimed the life of Montgomery “Monty” Dickson. A 2009 graduate of UAA with a degree in Japanese, he was teaching English through the Japan Exchange and Teaching program at the time of his death. In his memory, UAA Professor Hiroko Harada and colleagues from the University of Alaska Fairbanks, University of California San Diego, Sacramento State University, California State University Long Beach and Memphis University collaborated to produce a new, freely accessible textbook for future students of the language generously funded by the Japan Foundation and Center for Global Partnership.

Scholarworks@UA, the University of Alaska’s Institutional Repository, was selected by the group for publication and distribution of their work based on its ability to provide open access to the world of teachers and students at no cost. In addition, Scholarworks@UA provides comprehensive descriptive metadata with indexing by major search engines and niche library databases alike to ensure that prospective users of the textbook are always able to find it regardless of their search preferences.

The end product, Monty’s Bridge to Tomorrow, can be found on Scholarworks@UA by teachers, students and other interested parties worldwide. More information on how to publish, deposit and archive your work visit

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Justice Clarence Thomas and Jurisprudence of Constitutional Restoration’ with Ralph Rossum-Sept 16th

Tenth Annual Constitution Day Lecture: ‘Justice Clarence Thomas and Jurisprudence of Constitutional Restoration’ with Ralph Rossum

As he approaches a quarter century of service on the Supreme Court, Justice Clarence Thomas has consistently pursued an original general meaning approach to constitutional interpretation. He has been unswayed by the claims of precedent–by the gradual build-up of interpretations that, over time, can distort the original meaning of the constitutional provision in question and lead to muddled decisions and contradictory conclusions. As with too many layers of paint on a delicately crafted piece of furniture, precedent based on preceden (focusing on what the Court said the Constitution means in past cases as opposed to focusing on what the Constitution actually means) hides the constitutional nuance and detail he wants to restore. Thomas is unquestionably the justice who is most willing to reject this build-up, this excrescence, and to call on his colleagues to join him in scraping away past precedent and getting back to bare wood–to the original general meaning of the Constitution.
This Constitution Day lecture will show how Thomas, in his many of opinions reflecting on the original text of the Constitution (the Commerce Clause of Article I § 8 and the Ex Post Facto Clauses of Articles I §§ 9 and 10) and the First, Fourth, Fifth, Sixth and Eighth, and Tenth Amendments, has consistently sought to restore the original general meaning of the Constitution and, by so doing, has sought to secure for us the rights and liberties the founding generation fought the Revolutionary War to establish.

For more information about the lecture, contact James Muller, professor in the Department of Political Science, at (907) 786-4740.

Tue Sep 16, 2014 7:30pm – 9:30pm Alaska Time
UAA/APU Consortium Library, Room 307, Providence Drive, Anchorage, AK, United States (map)

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ebrary’s New Interface

One of our most common ebook sources is ebrary (which is now owned by ProQuest).  ebrary has just come out with an updated interface after several years of ‘the same old thing,’ and two immediate advantages are, first, (to quote Etta James) At Last! we can read the content by scrolling smoothly through many pages rather than having to use the arrow icons in the menu bar to go back and forth one page at a time!  And second, the only search box in sight searches in the ebook you’re reading; there were two search boxes in the old version and the most prominent search box could get you lost very fast because it searched everything in ebrary rather than just your ebook.

For more search functions, there’s now a search menu at the top of the interface.  The content now appears on the right with the table of contents on the left, and you can still have a user account where you can select your own ‘bookshelf’ of titles and keep notes on the content.  The various functions, such as magnifying the text, seem to work more smoothly than in the older version.  All in all, using the new ebrary interface is a much more pleasant experience than the older version.  By the way, while our titles are available for online reading, they won’t download unless we’ve got a multiple-user license for them; that’s why you’ll often see a ‘Not Available for Download’ message.

I’ve been looking at the Encyclopedia of the Mexican-American War while writing this; going somewhat beyond Mexico, here’s another ebrary example that’s worth searching for in the catalog or QuickSearch:

Atlas of the Galilean Satellites

After the introductory chapters, there’s a fine moon-by-moon display of maps and photographs for Calisto, Ganymede, Europa, and Io.  Enjoy!

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