“The Politics of Cutting Alaska State Budget: Fallacies and Realities” on Thursday, Sept. 29

Sept. 29: UAS Professor Emeritus Clive Thomas discusses the politics of cutting Alaska’s budget

Guest lecturer Clive Thomas will present “The Politics of Cutting Alaska State Budget: Fallacies and Realities” on Thursday, Sept. 29, beginning at 7:30 p.m. in room 307 of the UAA/APU Consortium Library.

A common demand by many Alaskans and some first-time candidates for state office is that the state budget needs to be cut, largely because of wasted money and inefficiencies. This presentation shows that, contrary to common belief, while budgets can be cut in the short term, as they were in the 2016 legislative session, the trend in the long term is for larger budgets. This explanation is based on the realities of what makes up the state budget, constituent pressure on politicians, and the lack of an organized and sustained political force promoting long-term budget reductions.

Clive Thomas, who taught political science in Juneau for thirty years, is editor of a book just published by the University of Alaska Press, Alaska Politics and Public Policy: The Dynamics of Beliefs, Institutions, Personalities and Power. He is now a senior fellow at the Foley Institute of Politics at Washington State University.

This event is part of the Seward Lecture Series, hosted by the UAA Political Science Department.

Note: Clive Thomas will also speak on “Alaska and the World: Past, Present and Future” at the UAA Campus Bookstore on Tuesday, Oct. 4, from 5-7 p.m.

Zoological Record celebrates 150 years

Celebrate the 150th anniversary of Zoological Record, the world’s oldest continuing database of animal biology.  The online database contains records back to 1864.  The broad scope of coverage ranges from biodiversity and the environment to taxonomy and veterinary sciences, and, as the world’s leading taxonomic reference, it also acts as the world’s unofficial register of animal names.

Find Zoological Record under Z in the list of Databases, or select it from the list of all databases in the Web of Science.

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UA is a better investment for the state of Alaska than a gas pipeline. Wednesday, Sept. 28

‘UA is a better investment for the state of Alaska than a gas pipeline.’ Attend the debate Sept. 28

Wednesday, Sept. 28, 7-9 p.m.
UAA/APU Consortium Library, Room 307

UAA Seawolf Debate and the Center for Advancing Faculty Excellence will discuss the motion: “The University of Alaska is a better investment for the state of Alaska than a gas pipeline.”

The free and open-to-the-public event features award-winning Seawolf Debate, a faculty response panel and a facilitated public discussion.

UAA faculty panelists include:

Jackie Cason, English
Bob Loeffler, Institute for Social and Economic Research
Steve Haycox, History (Emeritus)

Population and Economic Data Workshop- Oct. 18

On October 18, 2016, the Consortium Library will be hosting the Alaska Department of Labor and Workforce Development and the U.S. Census Bureau’s fifth annual Population and Economic Data Workshop.

The event will feature speakers from the U.S. Census Bureau, the Alaska Department of Labor, the Alaska Division of Community and Regional Affairs, and the UAA Institute for Social and Economic Research. There will be sessions throughout the day, and you can attend as many or as few sessions as you’re able. Topics include:

Economic data
Population data
Community-level data
Geographic data
Data tools for grant writers
Census Bureau programs
Permanent Fund Dividend
How to access data

See below for the schedule; all sessions will be in room 307.

The workshop is free, but attendees must register to reserve seats.

A full agenda and a registration form are available at http://live.laborstats.alaska.gov/cen/presentations.cfm. For more information, contact Eddie Hunsinger at (907) 269-4960 or eddie.hunsinger@alaska.gov.

Textbooks and the UAA/APU Consortium Library

Fall semester is almost upon us and if you are looking to acquire textbooks for your classes, remember that the library does not purchase textbooks. Luckily, there are some alternatives for you to consider:

1) Stop by the circulation desk to see if the book has been put on reserve by your professor for your class. Make sure you provide the people at the desk the instructor last name and the title of the item. Or you can check yourself by going to Course Reserves and looking for the course by instructor name, course ID or title.

2) Rent the textbook through the UAA Campus Bookstore or purchase a used copy.

For additional options: check out our Textbook guide .

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SAGE Research Methods has a new look

srmoSAGE Research Methods has relaunched on a new and improved platform. Some of the key features of the new site are:

  • A unified platform for text and video content, providing users with a multimedia research experience
  • A fully responsive site that will work well with all mobile phones and tablet devices
  • Improved discoverability of content, both from within the platform and from external sources
  • The Methods Map has been improved, allowing users to explore method concepts with greater ease. The browse options have been enhanced to align with user needs – allowing browse by discipline, content type, and method topic.

 

 

 

 

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Keeping up on professional reading: the Use Statistics edition!

Our crew’s professional reading today was the proposed user metrics document created by a SAA and ACRL/RBMS* joint task force. Sound boring? It’s not at all! And it’s incredibly important work because in the end, pretty much everything archives do … Continue reading