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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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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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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What’s New at http://consortiumlibrary.org/ ?

If you visited the Library’s website in the last couple of weeks, you should have noticed some changes. The Library’s schedule for its hours has been moved to make room for the Library’s social media presence. The News and Events section has a new look linking to a webpage combining news from the Library’s blogs, Facebook, Twitter and YouTube all at one convenient location. With the merging of electronic resources in library databases, the separate “Find Books” and “Find Articles” links have been collapsed into “Find Books & Articles.” The new look incorporates more dynamic social content while highlighting the Library’s resources and collections.

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