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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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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‘How can adults in our community get the tech skills they need?’ Oct. 1

Think Tank Series: ‘How can adults in our community get the tech skills they need?’ Oct. 1

Thursday, Oct. 1, 11:30 a.m.–12:45 p.m.
UAA/APU Consortium Library, Room 307

Guest agency: Anchorage Public Library
Topic: How can adults in our community get the tech skills they need?

Think Tanks are a monthly community engagement experience in which a nonprofit agency presents a challenge or issue and attendees brainstorm solutions for the organization.

The Anchorage Public Library provides many resources and adult services. One major focus is on digital literacy for adults in our community. How can we close the gap and help adults who aren’t so tech savvy catch up as virtually every critical service has moved online? How can we help adults gain technology skills that will help them get or keep a job? How can we educate adults so they don’t fall prey to online scams? How can we help community members wade through internet resources to get reliable information as opposed to unreliable or misinformation?

Students, faculty, staff and community members–join us to assist the Anchorage Public Library and contribute your thoughts and ideas to the discussion!

Pizza will be provided by Moose’s Tooth.

Parking Note: Free parking for this event is available in the Library Lot and the East (CPISB) Garage. Please allow extra time to find parking.

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