Informania explores distance education and gamification, Thursday at 5pm on, 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!

On February 2, Informania explored ScholarWorks, UA’s institutional research repository.

ScholarWorks is a searchable database of research conducted by faculty, students, and staff at the University of Alaska.  Erik Carlson, the Consortium Library’s Metadata Librarian is responsible for overseeing the development and management of ScholarWorks at UAA.  On February 2, 2015, Erik shared insight into institutional repositories, and the evolving contents of UA’s ScholarWorks database.  Search ScholarWorks to discover what has been added.

Erik also introduced me to a database that searches open source research from a multitude of institutions.  The Bielefeld Academic Search Engine (BASE) includes more than 70 million documents, including research from UAA.  Check it out at!

Informania explores the LibQual Survey, and how student feedback has changed the Library. Thursday at 5pm on, 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,

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,, 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,

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 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.