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Library improvements after 2008 LibQUAL+ Survey

The UAA/APU Consortium Library conducted the national LibQUAL+™ user survey in 2008. We responded to the input you gave us in that survey by making careful modifications to our services, collections, web pages, and facilities. The changes and actions outlined below are some of the direct results of your survey responses, feedback, and comments.

Library space

✓ Added 100 more seats to make it easier to find a good place to study
✓ Rearranged furniture to create separate quiet zones and group work spaces
✓ Added 4 new group study rooms
✓ Set up displays to highlight new collections and materials
✓ Added new directional signs and maps to help students navigate the collections and study spaces
✓ Enhanced the APU presence in the library with a new APU-oriented library brochure and APU art and historical exhibits
✓ Are in ongoing discussions with UAA funders about opening the North entrance

There are 100 more places to sit and study now

Library services

✓ Based on your requests, started staying open till 2 am during final exams so students have a place to study
✓ Started staying open later on Saturday in 2010-11; in 2011-12 will start staying open till 1 am Sunday-Thursday
✓ Started a new document delivery service that delivers copies of print journal articles electronically to faculty and students
✓ Set up a new system so APU students can pick up their holds on the APU campus without having to come down the hill
✓ Sponsored an all-day customer service training session for library staff
✓ APU started a late-night shuttle service between the library and the APU campus to address safety concerns

Staying open till 2 am during finals provides groups and individuals with a great place to study

Library web pages

✓ Purchased leading edge software that pulls previously scattered electronic and print materials into a single search.
Called Quicksearch, this is currently offered as a beta product on the library home page
✓ Purchased new electronic journal software to improve access to electronic materials
✓ Improved the ILL web request experience by overhauling the software
✓ Made improvements to the main library web site

Quicksearch brings it all together in one place

Library collections

✓ Conducted a number of focus groups with faculty and graduate students to determine their information needs, and
purchased many of the requested items, including journal packages, ebooks, CD’s, and DVD’s. What it wasn’t feasible
to purchase has gone on the library’s master wish list
✓ Improved the overall size and quality of the collection through a combination of budget increases and special grants

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Attention UAA Undergraduate Students – Grants for Research


The Office of Undergraduate Research & Scholarship encourages you to apply to the following spring 2012 grants:

UNDERGRADUATE RESEARCH GRANTS
These grants fund significant undergraduate research or creative projects under the guidance of a faculty mentor. Grants fund up to $2000 for the actual costs of a project plus a $500 stipend. Proposals are accepted in both the fall and the spring semesters. There are two independent grant review cycles per semester for undergraduate research grants. The deadlines are 5pm on February 28 and April 24. Funding decisions for proposals submitted by February 28 will be made by March 27 to provide time for students to revise their proposals, if need be, for the April 24 deadline.

FRAN ULMER TRANSFORMATIVE RESEARCH AWARD
These grants fund significant undergraduate research and creative projects in areas with the potential to transform the way we live, work, and see the world. Broad topics of particular interest include Sustainability, Complexity, Climate Change, and Social and Public Policy. Grants fund actual costs of a project up to $5000 plus a $1500 stipend. Proposals are accepted in both the fall and the spring semesters. The deadline is 5pm on February 21.

ALASKA HEART INSTITUTE BIOMEDICAL RESEARCH FELLOWSHIPS
These grants fund significant undergraduate biomedical research projects under the guidance of a faculty mentor. Each grant supports up to $5000 in project costs, tuition for up to 6 credits of HNRS A497 (Individual Research) and a $1500 student stipend upon completion of
the project. Proposals are accepted in both the fall and the spring semesters. The deadline is 5pm on February 21.

GLOBAL CHANGE STUDENT RESEARCH GRANT COMPETITION
This award funds up to $10,000 for an undergraduate research proposal involving the environmental, social, or engineering components of global change (to include but not limited to climate change) and its effect upon arctic or subarctic processes, ecosystems, and/or societies. Proposals are due by 5pm on February 10. For more information please go to: http://www.cgc.uaf.edu.

ISER POLICY RESEARCH AWARD
These awards are presented to outstanding students in the social sciences and other applicable fields interested in the analysis of public policy issues. The selected student will contribute research and analysis skills to a study conducted at the Institute of Social and Economic Research (ISER) and will be awarded a $1500 stipend. Applications are accepted in both the fall and the spring semesters. Spring award recipients will conduct research during fall 2012. The deadline is 5pm on March 13.

RESEARCH INTERNSHIP IN ECOLOGY AND PHYSIOLOGICAL ECOLOGY AWARD
This award is presented to an outstanding undergraduate student in the natural sciences interested in gaining research experience in the fields of ecology and/or physiology. The successful candidate will participate in a 10-week summer research program coordinated by UAA’s
REU Program in the Biological Sciences and will be awarded a $4000 stipend. The deadline is 5pm on February 10. For more information go to http://www.uaa.alaska.edu/reu/

UAA UNDERGRADUATE RESEARCH IN THE COMMUNITY AWARD
This grant supports UAA’s partnerships in the community and encourages the practical application of scholarly inquiry. Research, conducted under the guidance of a faculty member and developed with a community agency, will address a specific need in the Alaska community. The final project will be delivered to the partnering agency for use in planning or program development. Awards will fund up to $2000 for project expenses plus a $500 stipend. Proposals are accepted in both the fall and the spring semesters. There are two independent grant review
cycles per semester for undergraduate research grants. The deadlines are 5pm on February 28 and April 24. Funding decisions for proposals submitted by February 28 will be made by March 27 to provide time for students to revise their proposals, if need be, for
the April 24 deadline.

BRIAN AND AMY MEISSNER CREATIVITY AWARD IN THE VISUAL ARTS
This annual $1000 prize will be granted to one student for an outstanding project in the visual arts. Proposals are due by 5pm on March 13.

CONSORTIUM LIBRARY PRIZE
This annual $500 award recognizes an exemplary undergraduate research project that demonstrates significant scholarly investigation and utilization of library resources (archival and electronic). Recipients will be required to give a presentation at the spring undergraduate research symposium. Proposals are due 5pm on March 19.

STUDENT CONFERENCE ON UNITED STATES AFFAIRS (SCUSA)
SCUSA is a conference devoted to international relations, economics, political science, and related social science fields that is held each fall at the U.S. Military Academy, West Point. Delegates participate in round table discussions and generate policy proposal papers on a variety of current issues. Full funding is available for two UAA students, selected in a competitive application process, to attend this conference. Applications are due 5pm on March 13.

DISCOVERY GRANTS
This grant program contributes support to ongoing undergraduate research and creative projects. Grants can be used for travel for the acquisition or processing of data/samples and/or to present research findings at conferences or seminars. Students may apply for Discovery Grants on a year round basis via the online application process.

DISCOVERY AWARD
This is a $2000 award and not a project-based grant. It recognizes one undergraduate student each year who has exemplified overall academic excellence that must include achievement in research or creative activities. Students must be nominated by their academic departments or a subcommittee thereof and graduating in May, August, or December 2012. Nominations for this award are accepted year round and should be e-mailed to discovery@uaa.alaska.edu. Nominations submitted by February 21 will be considered for the 2012 award.

Visit www.uaa.alaska.edu/ours or call 786-1086 for information and application materials. These awards made by the University Honors College with the commitment and support of the following: Key Bank, Estelle J. Spatz Undergraduate Research Fund, Dr. Alex Hills, Alaska Cardiovascular Research Foundation, Brian and Amy Meissner, UAA Office of Community Partnerships, UAA/APU Consortium Library