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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Open access Japanese language textbook published via Scholarworks@UA

Open access Japanese language textbook published via Scholarworks@UA
September 10, 2014
The Great East Japan Earthquake and Tsunami left devastation in its wake and claimed the life of Montgomery “Monty” Dickson. A 2009 graduate of UAA with a degree in Japanese, he was teaching English through the Japan Exchange and Teaching program at the time of his death. In his memory, UAA Professor Hiroko Harada and colleagues from the University of Alaska Fairbanks, University of California San Diego, Sacramento State University, California State University Long Beach and Memphis University collaborated to produce a new, freely accessible textbook for future students of the language generously funded by the Japan Foundation and Center for Global Partnership.

Scholarworks@UA, the University of Alaska’s Institutional Repository, was selected by the group for publication and distribution of their work based on its ability to provide open access to the world of teachers and students at no cost. In addition, Scholarworks@UA provides comprehensive descriptive metadata with indexing by major search engines and niche library databases alike to ensure that prospective users of the textbook are always able to find it regardless of their search preferences.

The end product, Monty’s Bridge to Tomorrow, can be found on Scholarworks@UA by teachers, students and other interested parties worldwide. More information on how to publish, deposit and archive your work visit https://scholarworks.alaska.edu

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Need Some Help with a Project?

Do you have a project that is close to completion but is waiting for the finishing touches? Need someone to tweak the spelling, fix the grammar errors or simply make it read better? Sometimes you can become so close to your work, you just can’t stand back and see mistakes. And then there’s the reference list! Maybe you don’t have complete references for all your sources. Then there’s that picky formatting business. Some disciplines prefer APA style or perhaps MLA; specific journals require your paper be submitted in their own unique style. You have done the research and writing, but these final steps can be tedious and time consuming. However, the library’s databases can help chase down and verify faulty citations. The library also has RefWorks, a program that provides formatting information for hundreds of different styles. In short, Consortium Library Info Quest(CLIQ) can handle this for you in short order, and at a reasonable cost, including university researchers with big projects and tight deadlines.

http://www.consortiumlibrary.org/blogs/cliq/

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New for the academic year..more study space, a new and expanded library catalog, new computers, scanners, a vending machine and new electronic resources.

It will be hard not to notice some of the changes at the Consortium Library for the coming academic year. Upon entering the Library, you will notice a fully stocked vending machine ready to sell student supplies. The vending machine should be popular with the late night study groups. On the first floor, in the southeast corner, there are new individual study carrels. Near the main staircase on the second floor, there is new furniture plus a 12-foot counter with stools. The counter is equipped with electrical outlets and USB charging ports. More electric outlets can be found on the second floor to accommodate the growing demand from laptops and mobile devices. There is new seating near the older elevator. Also on the second floor is a new book scanner for digitalizing and transmitting materials to USB drives, email, or even to network destinations such as Google docs. This scanner is in addition to the two popular touch screen machines in the copy room. Room 306 has new tables and equipment. The new tables feature a “store away option” for the desktop PCs thus making the room more useful for instruction sessions and meetings. Across the hall from 306, there is a new ADA door for Archives and new lockers inside the reading room. If you are interested in making digital searchable copies from microfilm or microfiche, the Library now has two scanners one in the copy room and one in Interlibrary Loan.

One look at the Library’s catalog and you know things have changed. The catalog has a new interface including book covers with new navigational and search limit options. The search results are based on relevancy and keywords (not unlike Google). Since the Consortium Library’s catalog defaults to “everywhere” and not just to UAA, it will be apparent that the catalog now contains the holdings of the three major libraries in Juneau. The libraries at UAS, the Juneau Public Library, and the Alaska State Library are represented in the Joint Library Catalog along with the Anchorage public libraries, ARLIS, the Anchorage Museum, the Valdez Consortium Library, and the UAA libraries including the Learning Resources Center and Career Services. The expanded Joint Library Catalog with 1.4 million title records is directly serving 45% of the population of Alaska.

And if these improvements were not enough, the Consortium Library has recently added some outstanding research collections. Here is a list and a short description of the resources:

Statistical Insight, upgraded database-
Statistics from federal agencies, states, business organizations, research institutions, and international organizations

U.S. Congressional Serial Set and American State Papers, 1789-1994
Reports, documents, and journals of the U.S. Senate and House of Representatives. Also includes American State Papers, 1789-1838 and Serial Set Maps.

Arctic & Antarctic Regions (database)
World’s largest collection of international polar databases. Over 1 million records covering multidisciplinary research on cold regions, spanning from 1800 to the present.

Anatomy & Physiology Online (Ovid)
This online resource offers 3D images, interactive models, narrated animations and illustrations, and much more.

ReferenceUSA (business database)
Data on businesses, health care providers, and consumers. Company information is searchable by SIC/NAICS codes or key words, and sortable by size of company, company income, geographic location, etc. This is a good resource for marketing studies.

Hein Online (database)
Archival database of full page images from legal periodicals & related materials. Also includes digital backfiles of the Federal Register; U.S. Reports; the Code of Federal Regulations; the U.S. Statutes at Large; the Congressional Record; and more.

Annual Reviews
Upgraded, includes 38 titles in the Science Collection. Authoritative, analytic reviews in the Biomedical, Physical, and Social Sciences.

Access World News collection of newspapers, upgraded Newsbank collection
A database of over 2800 full-text, electronic news sources from around the world. These sources include newspapers, blogs, journals, magazines, news wires, transcripts, and web-only sources. Through more than 10 million current and archived articles, wire services and news translations from over 50 countries, it provides international coverage on a wide range of topics, people, issues and events worldwide.

Declassified Documents Reference System
Previously classified U.S. government documents related to domestic and foreign policies from post-World War II through the 1970s.

Nineteenth Century Collections Online
Digitized primary source documents from the 1800s. Collections include: British Politics & Society; Asia & the West: Diplomacy & Cultural Exchange; European Literature, 1790-1840: The Corvey Collection; British Theatre, Music & Literature. More than 20 million pages.

Sabin Americana Collection, 1500-1926
Online collection of primary source materials, more than 36,000 titles, about the Americas, including original accounts of discovery & exploration, pioneering & westward expansion, the U.S. Civil War & other military actions, Native Americans, slavery, and religious history..

National Geographic virtual library, full run of the magazine 1888-present
Complete archive of National Geographic Magazine from 1888 to the present, including cross-searchable collection of National Geographic books, maps, images, and videos.

The Times (London) Archive 1785-2007
The archive of the London Times contains more than 3 million articles covering over 200 years of world events, including politics, economics, culture, and more

Gale Virtual Reference Library
Added titles including encyclopedias and specialized reference sources for multidisciplinary research.

Sage Reference
Complete Ebook package, handbooks and encyclopedias covering social science topics

American Psychological Association
Handbooks, a few ebooks, not the complete collection

Morgan & Claypool Synthesis Digital Library Collection Four
SYNTHESIS is an information service for the research, development and educational communities in engineering and computer science.

Nursing Digital Library, Insight Media Streaming Videos (one year only)
A searchable digital collection of over 150 nursing education streaming videos.

VAST from Alexander Street Press
20,000 streaming videos that cover many topics in many disciplines.

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New for the Coming Year..More Study Space, More Library Hours, More Study Rooms, and Wolfcards.

It is hard not to notice the improvements at the Library. On the second floor, near the computers, there is a new open study area. Across the bridge, in the health journals collection area, low shelving has been installed to open up the floor providing more daylight and more visibility for the computer lab, CCEL, and the government documents and Alaska collections. There is now more study space along the windows near the journal collection. In relocating the low shelving from the first to the second floor, new study space was created along the south windows on the first floor. The Library will be purchasing furniture for these new study areas.

In response to student requests, the Library is open more hours this year. The Library is open until 1am, Sunday – Thursday. In order to provide a more secure after hours study facility, university IDs are required to enter the building after 10pm.

GROUP STUDY ROOMS:

An additional group study room was built replacing the copy machine room on the second floor. Use of the copy machines has dropped over the years while the demand for group study rooms remains high. Four closed carrels on the second floor are available on-demand for individual study while the remaining closed carrels will be reserved for graduate students working on their theses or dissertations. Students will soon have the option of reserving group study rooms online.

WOLFCARD ID MACHINE:

To help students obtain their Wolfcards more conveniently, the Library now serves as an additional site for issuing UAA’s ID card. Staff at the circulation desk was trained last month on how to produce Wolfcards. This new service at the Library has been very well received.

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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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$$ 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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