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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Winter Bear Project Sept 14, 18-19

The Southcentral Foundation and Alaska Humanities Forum are cosponsoring a week of events related to Anne Hanley’s play, “The Winter Bear.” This show, about a troubled village kid set straight by an elder, also debuted at Cyrano’s and has since toured widely. “The Winter Bear Project” includes a discussion with the playwright and poet Stephen Bolen at 7:30 p.m. on Sept. 14 in room 307 of UAA/APU Consortium Library, a screening of a documentary about the play at 5:30 p.m. at the Alaska Native Heritage Center and two productions of the play at 7:30 p.m. Sept. 18-19 at Alaska Pacific University’s Grant Hall.

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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

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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.

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Feeling Stressed during Exams? The therapy dog will be back in the Library.

Feeling Stressed during Exams? The therapy dog will be back in the Library and this time for more sessions.

Research suggests that interactions with therapy dogs can temporarily affect the release of various neurotransmitters in the brain; oxytocin (a chemical heavily linked with bonding) and dopamine (a chemical associated with reward and motivation) levels are increased, while lowering cortisol levels (an immunosuppressant) associated with stress.

The Library will have a trained therapy dog ready to help in the main lobby on the following dates:

10am- noon on Tuesday, April 29th
Noon- 2pm on Wednesday, April 30th
2pm-4pm on Thursday, May 1st
4pm-6pm on Friday, May 2nd

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Feeling Stressed during Exams? Perhaps a Therapy Dog can Help.

Research suggests that interactions with therapy dogs can temporarily affect the release of various neurotransmitters in the brain; oxytocin (a chemical heavily linked with bonding) and dopamine (a chemical associated with reward and motivation) levels are increased, while lowering cortisol levels (an immunosuppressant associated with stress.

The Library will have a trained therapy dog ready to help in the main lobby on Thursday December 12th from noon-4pm.

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Not Quite Black and White,’ photographs by Joe Kashi, Nov. 8–Dec. 13

Arc Gallery: ‘Not Quite Black and White,’ photographs by Joe Kashi, Nov. 8–Dec. 13

Location: arc gallery (UAA/APU Consortium Library, First Floor, Entrance Area)
Show dates: Friday, Nov. 8–Friday, Dec. 13
Opening and reception: Friday, Nov. 8, 5:30–7:30 p.m.

Joe Kashi presents full color spectrum photos that, although RGB images, hold an overall ambience reminiscent of traditional black and white photographs, primarily due to his choice of subject material and lighting.

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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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