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 /

On Monday, September 28, Deb the Librarian interviews Consortium Library faculty Lorelei Sterling, Christie Ericson, and Jennifer McKay about a survey to explore distance education and library resources at UAA.  We want to help you, students!

Also, Banned Books Week is celebrated next week, reminding us 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!

Need Help with Research?

For Students
Groups of five or more students can request a workshop tailored to their needs by calling the Reference Desk (786-1848) at least one week prior to the requested workshop date. Individual (or fewer than five) students can also directly contact a subject liaison librarian.
For Faculty
Library faculty can provide workshops that give faculty hands-on training with library resources. Please contact the appropriate subject liaison librarian for your discipline.
Research Consultations
Students, staff, and faculty may request an in-depth research consultation appointment with their liaison librarian for a research project that requires additional expertise of the subject liaison librarian. The reference desk is also available for assistance with research questions that require an answer on the spot.
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October 10, 7-9 pm, UAA/APU Consortium Library, LIB 307

Come join us on the last day of Alaska Book Week for a celebration of statewide writing contest winners, author readings, and a special announcement from Alaska Writer Laureate Frank Soos. There will also be a silent auction, as well as light refreshments. This event is free and open to the public.

For more information about Alaska Book Week events, Oct 3-10

Here’s more information about the Alaska Center for the Book

The Censorship Quiz II


Come to the second annual Censorship Challenge! In celebration of banned books week, the Anchorage Public Library and UAA/APU Consortium Library are hosting a pub quiz. Entry is free! Teams should consist of no more than six people. The quiz will consist of six rounds – including one visual round…

Meeting Library Needs during Budget Cuts

With the start of this academic year, the Library is facing significant budget reductions. The total budget reduction for FY15 and FY16 is $1,050,853 or about 16% reduction in general funds since FY14.

While there were no layoffs at the Consortium Library, regular positions were eliminated. Three tenure track faculty positions, a web librarian, a reference librarian, and a medical librarian, and one staff position, were vacated because of three retirements and a resignation. One librarian and one staff member volunteered to reduce their schedule to 75% and another librarian took 20 LWOP days over the summer months. The dean’s 7-day furlough also adds to the Library’s reduction in personnel expenditures. In addition to the personnel expenditures, the Library’s acquisitions budget has been reduced by $300,000. To date 25 research databases and other electronic resources and hundreds of print and electronic journals have been identified for cancellation. We will also spend less for new books, travel, and professional development.

While the budget situation is certainly very challenging, it has not stopped the Library from responding to the needs of the university communities by moving ahead in certain areas. In response to student demand, five new group study rooms are being constructed on the second floor and should be available by October. Planning also continues for the new North Entrance. This project includes creating six handicap parking spots, a card swipe reader for the after hours study facility, a camera and book security system, a circulation desk, landscaping and an arctic entryway with an outside canopy. If everything goes as expected, the Library’s second entrance will open in June 2016.

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