The Library’s New Kaleidoscope

The Library’s New Kaleidoscope

A kaleidoscope can be defined as “a tube-shaped optical instrument that is rotated to produce a succession of symmetrical designs by means of mirrors reflecting the constantly changing patterns made by bits of colored glass at one end of the tube.” Invented in the early 1880s, kaleidoscopes enjoyed a rapid evolution for a century, largely at the hands of scientific instrument-makers. More recently, they were rediscovered by talented artists, who have explored the art form using different mirror systems, object chambers and sculptural forms.

The Consortium Library’s kaleidoscope was donated by Trevor and Sally Bremner, whose guests from down-under last summer, discovered a wave kaleidoscope in a local gallery. Trevor and Sally decided that such interactive art would be a perfect addition to the Library.

UAA Facilities was asked to build a custom stand for the kaleidoscope and they did a skillful job in constructing a wooden pedestal. Installed near the circulation desk, the Library’s new wave kaleidoscope has four tubes for viewing so more people can enjoy the magic. It was designed by Will Smith, an innovative California artist who studied oceanography and fine arts at American River College in Sacramento, and went on to combine his passions in his KaleidoWave© series of kaleidoscopes. Will has taken special care to incorporate UAA’s colors into the decorative glass plate that floats atop the fountain. Will Smith reportedly is very pleased that his kaleidoscope was placed in such a public, much visited space.

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Climate Change: A Public Conversation

Climate Change: A Public Conversation
When: Thu, Mar 22, 2012 11:30 AM – Thu, Mar 22, 2012 1:00 PM

Where: Library 307

‘Climate Change: A Public Conversation,’

Thursday, March 22, 11:30 a.m.-1 p.m. UAA/APU Consortium Library, Room 307

Everyone is welcome to attend “Climate Change: A Public Conversation,” as UAA students and faculty discuss the ethical issues related to climate change and the impacts on health, food security and environmental and social justice. Refreshments served.

Event sponsored by the UAA Department of Philosophy in partnership with the Office of Undergraduate Research.

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$$ added to Digital Pipeline Grant for Live Homework Help (sled.alaska.edu)

The Alaska State Library awarded an additional $52,500 to the Consortium Library’s Digital Pipeline grant bringing the total amount to $ 140,340. The reason for the additional funding is to pay for the surge in demand for the Live Homework Help service. Between July 2011 and January 2012, 9921 online tutoring sessions were conducted. Most of the tutoring sessions were for algebra I and algebra II and 41% were for college courses. This level of service represents an increase of 63% over the same time last year. The Live Homework Help program consistently receives high marks from the students.

Is this service helping you improve your grades? 92% yes
Is this service helping you complete your homework assignments? 96% yes
Is this service helping you be more confident about your school work? 93% yes
Would you recommend this service to a friend? 97% yes
Is this service helping you study for school? 97% yes
Are you glad your organization offers this service? 98% yes

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Criminal Justice Month Speaker David Kaczynski: ‘My Personal Story,’ March 1

Criminal Justice Month Speaker David Kaczynski: ‘My Personal Story,’ March 1
Thursday, March 1, 6:30-7:30 p.m.
UAA/APU Consortium Library, Room 307

David Kaczynski, bother of the so-called “Unabomber” will launch UAA’s recognition of National Criminal Justice Month with “My Personal Story.”

Kaczynski will share his personal story of growing up with his brother, Ted. David is the executive director for New Yorkers for Alternatives to the Death Penalty and is a frequent lecturer and published author and poet.

Event co-sponsored by the Justice Center, UAA Justice Club and Alaskans Against the Death Penalty.

For other National Criminal Justice Month events on campus during the month of March, please see the Justice Center blog. All events are free and open to UAA students, faculty, staff and the public and will be held in LIB 307.

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Polaris Lecture: ‘The Statesmanship of Abraham Lincoln: A Reappraisal,’ Feb. 12

Polaris Lecture: ‘The Statesmanship of Abraham Lincoln: A Reappraisal,
Sunday, Feb. 12, 7:30 p.m.
UAA/APU Consortium Library, Room 307

You are cordially invited to attend the upcoming Lincoln Polaris Lecture with guest speaker, Professor Forrest A. Nabors.

Few Americans exceed Abraham Lincoln in popular esteem. But how great was he? In commemoration of Lincoln’s birthday, Prof. Nabors will explain why Lincoln achieved even more for liberty than is generally understood.

About the speaker:
Professor Nabors joined the political science faculty at the University of Alaska Anchorage in August 2011. He has taught American government and political philosophy at Oregon State University and at University of Oregon, where he also completed his doctorate in 2011. He currently is writing a book about American political development through post-Civil War Reconstruction.

The Polaris Lecture Series, which is free and open to the public, is sponsored by the Forty-Ninth State Fellows Program, University Honors Society and the Polaris Society.

Parking in the lots adjacent to the library is free on Sundays.

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Archives Rocks on Social Media

Assistant Professor Megan Friedel is a member of the Library Archives and Special Collections Department. Her recent blog entry on some of the history of Hatcher Pass was reprinted on the Adventure Journal website.

http://www.adventure-journal.com/2012/01/declination-the-great-alaskan-ski-resort-that-never-was/

She also reports this topic was on Twitter including a retweet by the indie band Portugal. The Man, which is a group of Alaskan musicians who are currently very popular. And that is not all….reportedly Death Cab for Cutie also used a photo provided by Archives.

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“The U.S. should adopt a Constitutional Amendment banning corporate personhood.”- Feb 2

PUBLIC POLICY DEBATE: “The U.S. should adopt a Constitutional Amendment banning corporate personhood.”

7:00 pm – 9:00 pm LIB 307

Free of charge and open to the public
Featuring the award-winning UAA Speech and Debate Team, a faculty response panel, and a facilitated public discussion.

This event is part of a series of debates and discussions sponsored by the UAA Center for Advancing Faculty Excellence since 2003 to offer the Anchorage community access to university resources as a basis for discussions of policies and issues affecting its future. Previous forums have addressed the Patriot Act; U.S. energy policy; state support for rural villages in Alaska; presidential campaigns; the Iraq war; and more.

For information: aner@uaa.alaska.edu or 786-4605

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Census Data Workshop- January 27th

The UAA/APU Consortium Library in Anchorage will host a workshop on locating and utilizing census data with the recently released American FactFinder 2 database (http://factfinder2.census.gov).

Friday, January 27, 8:30-5:00 pm in LIB 309

To RSVP see the Web site: http://tinyurl.com/census120127

American FactFinder 2, freely available from the Federal Government, provides access to a variety of census products, including the Decennial Census, American Community Survey, County Business Patterns, and much more. The workshop will be presented by Linda Clark of the U.S. Census Bureau Seattle Regional Office.

This hands-on workshop is FREE, open to all, and geared towards those who wish to familiarize themselves with the new American FactFinder platform as well as beginners and those new to census data.

The sessions are modular in design, meaning participants can choose to attend just the morning, just the afternoon, or all day for an in-depth look at locating and utilizing census data.

If you have any questions, or would like a detailed agenda, please contact Rebecca Moorman, Serials / Government Documents Librarian, UAA/APU Consortium Library (rmoorman@uaa.alaska.edu)

Brief Agenda:
8:30 a.m. Introduction of Agenda & Participants
8:50 a.m. Questions to ask yourself before you start looking for data
9:20 a.m. Data Access Tool: New American FactFinder, part 1 (demographics)
10:00 a.m. Break
10:15 a.m. Data Access Tool: New American FactFinder, part 2 (demographics)
12:00 noon Lunch
1:30 p.m. History of Race and Ethnicity Categories on the Decennial Census
2:00 p.m. Navigating www.census.gov (the Census Bureau’s new home page)
2:30 p.m. Data Access Tool: Local Employment Dynamics
3:00 p.m. Break
3:15 p.m. Data Access Tool: New American FactFinder, part 3 (business)
5:00 p.m. End of Workshop

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Library’s Joint Library Catalog Continues to Expand with more UAA holdings

Because of the initiative and skills of the Technical Services Department, the Library’s online catalog continues to expand by adding other UAA collections. Most recently the cataloging records for the Learning Resources Center and Disability Support Services collections were added. Last month, new records were added for 72 titles purchased for the Career Services Center. The Joint Library Catalog also has cataloging records for the collections held at the Small Business Development Center and the Native Studies Program. Last fall the collections of the Confucius Institute were transferred to the Library and these materials were cataloged as well. Because of these efforts, UAA’s specialized resources are more accessible to the university community and to the residents of Alaska.

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