On December 17, Jodee Kuden, Head of Collection Development at the Consortium Library, shared how the Library decides what resources to order, cut and keep on KRUA, 88.1

On December 17, 2012, Jodee Kuden, Head of Collection Development at the Consortium Library, talked with Deb the Librarian about the cost of books and journal subscriptions, and the process for prioritizing and selecting items for the collection.

The Consortium Library’s faculty librarians are liaisons to the different colleges and departments at the University of Alaska Anchorage and Alaska Pacific University.  In this role, the librarians not only teach students about conducting Library research for classes in their subject areas, but also order books and journals for the Library’s collection.  This activity in the Library world is called Collection Development.  As the Head of Collection Development, Jodee has been successful in successfully negotiating and obtaining useful academic  electronic book and journal packages for UAA and APU students to access on- and off-campus.

The most recent subscription purchased is Congressional Publications.  This amazing historical resource includes House and Senate Hearings and Congressional Committee Reports as far back as 1789, and numerous other  Congressional documents back into the 1800s.  If you are doing historical research relevant to decisions made by the United States government (for example, Alaska statehood), this is the source for you!

When deciding what sources to purchase, it is essential to know what the strategic priorities are for degrees offered at UAA and APU.  Also, in order to build a useful collection, each subject librarian must also know what courses the colleges and departments in their subject areas are offering, so they can predict the research resource needs of their students and faculty.


Learn about UAA’s Office of Sustainability from Paula Williams, Director, on Informania, Monday, 9am and Thursday, 5pm on 88.1 KRUA, The Edge

Paula Williams, Director of the Office of Sustainability at the University of Alaska Anchorage, shared information about the history of environmental sustainability at UAA; efforts by UAA Facilitites, Planning and Construction in creating a Master Plan that includes sustainability; actions that UAA students, staff and faculty can take to help the environment; and opportunities for students to get involved in sustainability efforts on campus.


The Office of Sustainability was introduced in 2009 thanks to the efforts of a faculty-driven council on sustainability.  According to their web site, an ad hoc committe on sustainability was first established in 2003, the year that Faculty Senate and USUAA approved the Talloires Declaration University Leaders for a Sustainable Future.  For more information about the Talloires Declaration, go to http://www.uaa.alaska.edu/sustainability/talloires.cfm.  Read more about the history of the Office of Sustainability at: http://www.uaa.alaska.edu/sustainability/About/history.cfm

Information, in general, about the Office of Sustainability can be found at http://www.uaa.alaska.edu/sustainability/


Students interested in taking sustainability-minded courses can find a list at:  http://www.uaa.alaska.edu/sustainability/upload/Sustainability-Courses.pdf


A three dollar Green Fee per student was voted on and approved by the Union of Students (see referenda #12-01 at  http://www.uaa.alaska.edu/unionofstudents/structure/upload/Referandum-12-1.pdf )

The Green Fee money will be used to fund projects that are sustainability-focused.  More information to come…


Learn about what different UAA Departments are doing to improve sustainability: http://www.uaa.alaska.edu/sustainability/What-is-UAA-Doing/index.cfm




Informania’s guest Anna Bjartmarsdottir talks about Nordic education, Icelandic libraries, literature and music, and the SWIM Information Literacy role-playing modules from Denmark. To be replayed Thursday, 5pm, on KRUA, 88.1

Interview to be replayed Thursday at 5:00pm, November 29, 2012.

Anna Bjartmarsdottir, Asst. Professor of Library Science, shared information about education in Sweden, and universities and libraries in Iceland and the Faeroe Islands.  The following map was found at http://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/f/f2/Map_of_faroe_islands_in_europe_-_english_caption.png

The CIA World Factbook includes overview information about countries (like an online Encyclopedia only with more detail like economy, energy, and communications).  For information about Sweden, go to:  https://www.cia.gov/library/publications/the-world-factbook/geos/sw.html

For information about Iceland, go to:  https://www.cia.gov/library/publications/the-world-factbook/geos/ic.html

For information about the Faroe Islands, go to:  https://www.cia.gov/library/publications/the-world-factbook/geos/fo.html

Sources to help you learn Nordic languages, and More…

Resources discussed this week include Mango Languages, a language learning database (that includes Icelandic!) that all Alaskans have free access to thanks to the Alaska State Library and an Interlibrary Cooperation Grant.  To access Mango Languages, go to www.sled.alaska.edu/databases.  You can find Mango Languages under A to Z, or Middle School, High School, and Education categories.  To request a user name and password in Alaska,
call 1-800-440-2919.

Anna talked about the combined national/university library of Iceland in Reykjavik.  When you go to the National and University Library of Iceland’s web page, http://landsbokasafn.is/index.php?page=english, you will see the phrase Access to Knowledge for Everyone.  This idea is reinforced with links on the page for Researchers, Students, and International.

Anna also mentioned The Nordic House in Iceland.  Their library web page is http://www.nordichouse.is/library .  The link under Nordic Cooperation on this page will explain the idea behind these houses throughout the Nordic countries.

In my pursuit for more information about the Nordic Council, which was mentioned, I discovered the Scandinavian Library Quarterly!  View the current issue, Volume 45, No. 3, 2012, titled Education for Librarianship, at http://slq.nu/.  The Nordic Council has an informative web site also.  Following is a link to the Nordic Council Resources web page:  http://www.norden.org/en/resources.

Innovation in information literacy education in Denmark:

When a question about best practices from Nordic universities / libraries was asked, Anna shared information about an innovative, interactive, role-playing game that places you as a member of a study group researching a topic.  Your success with this group project depends on good information retrieval.  Developed at Aalborg University in Denmark, this tutorial is called SWIM (Streaming Web-based Information Modules).  You can check out SWIM at http://content.aub.aau.dk/swim/ .  Learn more about the SWIM project at http://www.swiminfo.dk/english.html.

Speaking of universities,  I mentioned that Governor Brownback of Kansas initiated a program to offers free tuition for training in select state-needed technical professions.  For more detail on this, go to:  http://www.kansasregents.org/governors_cte_initiative

Nordic Literature and Music Sources shared by Anna:                        Following is a good article from the Guardian on the “unstoppable rise of Scandinavian Crime Fiction”:  http://www.guardian.co.uk/books/2009/jan/23/scandinavian-crime-fiction

A blog about Scandinavian Crime Fiction

This link provides a great list of authors in the genre

Icelandic Music scene


Icelandic music label and store

Faroe Islands – Music label and store

Music played during Informania, the week of Nov. 26, 2012:                         Information by Dredg, Take a Chance on Me, by ABBA, It’s Oh So Quiet, by Bjork

Interview with Kenrick Mock, UAA Computer Science Professor about Eye Tracking Software and More

Hear interview with Kenrick Mock on Thursday, Nov. 22, 5:00pm on KRUA, 88.1, The Edge in Anchorage, Alaska!  Also available online.

November 19, 9:00-10:00am Alaska time, Deb the Librarian interviewed Kenrick Mock about his patented eye tracking technology and other technological research, the patent application process at UAA and the Computer Science Program.                                                                                                         

Read Kenrick Mock’s vita:  http://www.math.uaa.alaska.edu/~afkjm/vita.html

Professor Mock explained that having a patent on the specific eye tracking software allows UAA to have the ownership rights to that technology for 20 years.  He has developed this technology with Bogdan Hoanca.  Watch videos about their eye tracking technology:

Watch a video demo of eye tracking technologyhttp://www.math.uaa.alaska.edu/~afkjm/ContinuousAuthenticationIris/ContinuousAuthenticationIris.html

Watch a video of Kenrick Mock talking about eye tracking software  development:   http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=32121BU6q6U  (3:34)

UAA funding for this project initially came from the INNOVATE Award, established by the Vice Provost for Research and Graduate Studies. This year “the INNOVATE grant is providing up to $200,000.00 to UAA faculty members and researchers in its’ program.  Awards will be announced in December 2012 with funding to begin January 2013.”  http://www.uaa.alaska.edu/research/INNOVATE/innovateawards.cfm

Kenrick Mock and Bogdan Hoanca, as co-principal investigators, also received a $126,183 grant from the National Science Foundation to support the “acquisition of high-end eye trackers for research in information management, computer security, learning mathematics, and interdisciplinary research at UAA.” (see Professor Mock’s vita) Congratulations Professor Mock and Professor Hoanca!

Information Resources talked about included:  IEEE and ACM Proceedings that can be searched under www.consortiumlibrary.org, selecting Subjects (in QuickSearch box, and then selecting either Computer Science or Engineering to see the Computer Science and Engineering databases.

I, Deb, mentioned that Poland was adding coding to their elementary school curriculum based on an article I read recently.  Well folks, I was wrong!  The country is Estonia!  Thanks to George Eberhart, Editor of American Libraries Direct for finding this for me.  Even librarians need help finding information!  Read more about Estonia’s implementation of coding into their education curriculum below:

Guess who is winning the brains race?
Jolie O’Dell writes: “It’s Estonia! We’re reading that Estonia is implementing a new education program that will have 100% of publicly educated students learning to write code. Called ProgeTiiger, the new initiative aims to turn children from avid consumers of technology (which they naturally are; try giving a 5-year-old an iPad sometime) into developers of technology (which they are not).”…
VentureBeat, Sept. 4; Tiigrihüpe              The relevant link is:  http://venturebeat.com/2012/09/04/estonia-code-academy/

I also mentioned an article in Oprah Winfrey’s December issue of O Magazine that talks about the development of a comedian robot that adjusts the jokes it tells according to how the audience responds; and the development of robots with different personalities for different functions.  For example, a robot working in a parking garage would have a different personality than a robot working in a preschool.  For more information about the company discussed in this article, go to  http://www.marilynmonrobot.com/.

Music played today on Informania included: Information, by Dredg;  Somebody’s Watching Me, by Rockwell, Code Monkey by Jonathon Coulton, and A Laptop Like You by Jonathon Coulton

Interview with Mike Robinson, Head of Library Systems, Consortium Library

On November 12, 9:00-10:00am, Deb the Librarian interviewed Mike Robinson, Associate Professor, Library Science, and Head of the Library Systems Department at the UAA/APU Consortium Library about computer technology and online access to information at the Consortium Library.  Library Systems includes 4 employees that oversee the functionality of the Library Catalog and online databases, Library computers and the software that is on them, and web design and development.  They constantly work to enhance online service to students, and keep them all that is offered at the Library.

How many computers does the library have for students to use? 

At this time there are 50 computers available in the Library!  There are 5 computers for people from the community to log in and access the internet (beyond UAA resources) for one hour, but otherwise all of the databases that UAA and the State of Alaska pay for are available to students and guests alike!

The Consortium Library also offers iPads and laptops that students can check out for in-library use.  Library Systems ynamic department; they with the constant evolution of technology, increased need for software on Library computers, and responding to the demand for quick, easy access to library resources.

How is the Library improving access to resources?

QuickSearch, the meta-search box on the Consortium Library’s home page at www.consortiumlibrary.org, was discussed.  QuickSearch searches all of the records in the Library Catalog, including ebooks, and 80-90% of the Consortium Library’s subscription databases, which include the full text of articles.  If you search QuickSearch, you will have the ability to limit your results to scholarly/peer-reviewed articles, books, newspapers, dissertations, and reference sources.  You can also save article or book records and email or print them in one of many popular citation style formats (APA, MLA, etc.).  Another option is to export the records to your RefWorks account.  This is a research management database that allows you to create folders to store the book and article information you use, and create a bibliography from that folder.

I created a brief QuickSearch video, which you can view here: http://www.screencast.com/t/pvHmV3AC

Subject Guides, which you can link to under the QuickSearch box at www.consortiumlibrary.org, include subject-specific web sites, article databases and other resources relevant to that topic.  These are created by librarians that are liaisons to various UAA Departments.  Take a look at the Subject Guides here:  http://consortiumlibrary.org/find/subjects/

The Subject Guides have been created using LibGuides software.  To see what LibGuides have been created by other university and public libraries, go to:  www.libguides.com.  You’ll be amazed by the many subjects covered!

Songs played:  Information, by Dredg, Help, by Bananarama, and We Can Work it Out, by Stevie Wonder.

Interview with Professor of Political Science, James Muller, about the History of Elections

On November 5, Deb the Librarian interviewed Political Science Professor James Muller about the History of Elections.

Read Professor Muller’s vita at muller.cfm.

Professor Muller talked about a number of historical elections including the election of George Washington, the election of 1800 (Jefferson vs. Adams), the election of Lincoln in 1860 , and the election of 1932 (Roosevelt vs. Hoover), and the election of 2000 (Bush vs. Gore).

He also explained how the electoral college works, and the constitutional basis of  U.S. elections.  Professor Muller reminded us that it is significant that we can make choices by ballots, since originally the changing of political power was a bit more violent.  He also gave examples of elections that resulted in one candidate winning the majority of popular votes, while the other candidate won the majority of electoral college votes.  This was the case in the 2000 election between Al Gore and George W. Bush.

When I asked Professor Muller about songs related to historic elections, he provide the following list:

1800    “Federal Convivial Song,” “Jefferson and Liberty,” and “Election: The People’s Right” (the last by John J. Hawkins)

1832    “Our Jackson is coming, oh, ho! oh ho!…”

1840    “Tippecanoe and Tyler Too”

1860    “We Are Coming, Father Abraham,” “Battle Cry of Freedom,” “When Johnny Comes Marching Home Again,” and “Bonnie Blue Flag”

1876    “We’ll Vote for Hayes and Wheeler”

1932    “Happy Days Are Here Again”

1952    “Whistle While You Work, Stevenson’s a Jerk, Eisenhower’s Got the Power, and He Can Do the Work”…

There are many other entertaining songs that politicians have played for campaign purposes.  I found that in 1960, Frank Sinatra had recorded a version of High Hopes for John F. Kennedy’s campaign.  Presidential candidates seem to select songs that make a statement about their philosophy on leading the country, and that engage listeners with enthusiasm and patriotic emotion.

Interview with Professor of Communication and Discourse Studies, Shawnalee Whitney, about Information Literacy

On Informania, Monday, October 22, from 9:00-10:00am, Deb the Librarian interviewed Shawnalee Whitney, UAA Professor of Communication and Discourse Studies, about Information Literacy.

Information literacy is the ability to know when you need information, how to find information, how to evaluate the information and how to apply it effectively and ethically.  Plus, remember, information is created!  When you do research and write your essay, you are adding to that body of knowledge we call information!

More detail about information literacy in higher education can be found at the Association of College and Research Libraries’ web site:                            Information Literacy Competency Standards for Higher Education

On September 11, 2012, Governor Sean Parnell signed Proclamation declaring October 2012 as Information Literacy Month in Alaska!  View it here:        October 2012 Information Literacy Month Proclamation for Alaska

Mayor Dan Sullivan declares October 2012 as Information Literacy Month in Anchorage!      Information Literacy Month Proclamation for Anchorage

Books mentioned during this Informania show: 

Historical information about information literacy came from:           Information Literacy:  Essential skills for the information age, by Michael B. Eisenberg, Carrie A. Lowe,  Kathleen L. Spitzer                                            AND                                                                                                                                  The analogy about research as the conversation on a topic that you contribute to when you write your paper came from:
They say / I say : the moves that matter in academic writing
by Gerald Graff and Cathy Birkenstein


Information Literacy Assessment anyone?

Professor of Psychology Jon Mueller of North Central College, and author of the Authentic Assessment Toolbox, has conveniently collected Assessments of Information Literacy Available Online and posted them at  infolitassessments.htm. Professor Mueller’s background can be found at: http://jonathan.mueller.faculty.noctrl.edu.


Interview with Steve Johnson, Director of the Seawolves Debate Program, about Watching the Debates Critically

The October 15, 2012 Informania radio show included an interview with Steve Johnson, Director of the Seawolves Debate Program about watching the presidential debates critically.

He recommended the following tips to enhance your ability to think critically during the debates:

Write down the questions ask and listen for answers.  This will help you see if the candidates actually answer the questions.

Listen to the debates instead of watching them.  This way the words candidates are saying will have a greater impact than the presentation of them.

Check facts following the debates.  A good site to check is factcheck.org, a project of the Annenberg Public Policy Center.

Songs played during this edition of Informania include:  Information, by Dredg;  Let’s Call the Whole Thing Off by Rosemary Clooney, and We Can Work it Out, by the Beatles.

Interview with Trina Carter about Banned Books Week and book and music censorship on Informania, October 1, 88.1, The Edge

Library Science Professor Trina Carter has organized displays and activities to engage students in learning about the censorship of books and music.  This week on Informania, Deb the Librarian talked with Trina about censorship, and the importance of celebrating Banned Books Week.

Banned Books Week celebrates the freedom to have access to and read books that everyone may not approve of.  Learn more about Banned Books Week from the American Libraries Association: http://www.ala.org/advocacy/banned/bannedbooksweek

Listen to Bill Moyers talk about Banned Books Week:                         http://vimeo.com/49944167

Songs played during this show were all challenged by a at some point in history.  Songs titles and artists include:  Brown Eyed Girl, by Van Morrison, Rocky Mountain High, by John Denver, The Pill by Loretta Lynn.