In the second episode of Archiving AK, archivists Gwen and Veronica interview researcher Pierce Bateman. Pierce has been visiting the Archives as a researcher since 2015: first as an undergraduate student, and more recently as a graduate student writing his …
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Deb the Librarian interviews Jennifer Stone about her path to UAA, her research about the English language in Akaska, and how she incorporates gamification as a teacher. Listen and be informed!
Recorded Monday, 1pm-2pm; replayed Friday, 1pm-2pm.
The Legacy of Sadako
Unveiling of the Exhibit
Sunday, May 27th, 2pm.
Great Room UAA/APU Consortium Library
The members of Japanese Educational Tour of Colony High School met Mr. Masahiro Sasaki on March 11th, 2017 where he shared his thoughts about peace in the world. Mr. Masahiro Sasaki is an elder brother of Miss Sadako Sasaki who is the model for “The Children’s Peace Monument” in the Peace Memorial Park in Hiroshima. After being exposed to the atomic bomb, Sadako Sasaki suffered from leukemia and died at age of 12. Since her death, Mr. Sasaki has spent his time as an advocate of the world peace movement. Mr. Sasaki donated paper cranes that were folded by Sadako-san to the National 9/11 Memorial & Museum, The Pearl Harbor Museum, and the Harry S. Truman Presidential Library and Museum in Independence, Missouri. Mr. Sasaki continues to appeal for world peace.
The members of Japanese Educational Tour of Colony High School presented a dream catcher as an Alaskan native art craft, an autographed letter from U.S. Congressman Don Young, and the flag of the United States of America that flew on Capitol Hill in Washington DC on February 11, 2017. February 11th is “National Foundation Day” in Japan. In return, Mr. Sasaki presented the Japanese Educational tour group with connected paper cranes which were folded by Mr. Sasaki. Colony High School is the first school in the world to receive one of Mr. Sasaki’s connected paper cranes. The members of the Japanese Educational Tour of Colony High School decided to donate the connected paper cranes to the UAA/APU Consortium Library as part of a permanent display which will be seen by tens of thousands of library visitors each year. The exhibit includes not only the connected paper cranes by Mr. Sasaki but hundreds of other paper cranes (Orizuru) folded by people in support of world peace.
In addition to the standard survey questions, LibQUAL+ includes a box for comments. The Consortium Library Assessment Team has coded and analyzed the comments from the 2017 UAA and APU surveys.
Here are some highlights.
370 UAA users left a total of 637 comments. The most frequent comments had to do with library hours, quiet spaces, building temperature, and food/drink/vending after hours. Almost 10% of the comments expressed dissatisfaction with the library hours, and we were able to add more library hours during spring semester.
40 APU users left a total of 74 comments. The most frequent comments from this group were about wifi and parking. Not everyone is aware that since the last LibQUAL+ survey APU parking permits are now honored in the Consortium Library’s parking lots. UAA provides public wifi that APU users can access in the library.
Overall, we received more positive than negative comments, and we received fewer negative comments about staff that in past surveys. Many users named specific resources they would like to see reinstated when the budget allows. You can read the 2017 LibQUAL+ comments here.
Watch this space for more information about changes at the library based on user comments. We hear you!
We’re a teensy bit late on May Day this year. On May 1, we often celebrate May Day by doing something to help us out with preservation or disaster recovery planning. We’ve been getting some collections with old stills in …
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The good news is, parking is free on campus from now through May 20.
In additional good news, the Consortium Library has a major renovation project going on this summer that will replace some very elderly heating and cooling equipment. …
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Welcome to the first episode of Archiving AK. In this episode, your three hosts, Veronica, Gwen, and Arlene, interview each other and answer questions about Archives. In the first part of the episode, we explore some broader questions: What do …
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Library South Entrance and Main Circulation Desk will be closed as of May 14th until further notice.
A portion of the 1973 heating system is being replaced this summer. The impact of this renovation project on the library will be significant.
• The South Entrance and the library entrance gate at the SSB building will be closed as of May 14th. The public entrances to SSB will remain open during the library renovation project.
• The North Entrance will be the only public entrance to the library until further notice. Library operations normally handled by the main circulation desk will be available at the North Entrance desk.
• The Alaskana Collection on the second floor will be unavailable after May 14th since it will be under protective sheeting and inside the construction area.
• Because of limited work space, the library is not accepting book donations during the construction project.
• On May 7th, most of the library’s north parking lot will be fenced off for the contractors and construction crews. The path between the north parking lot and the central SSB parking lot will be unavailable during most of the summer.
Because of the renovation project, the Justice Center and Academic Innovations and eLearning will be relocated during the week of May 7th to University Center. The Alumni Office is temporarily moving to the ADMIN building.
Determining whether a given source is primary or secondary can be difficult sometimes. And, just to make things more confusing, in a few cases a source can be both!
Consult the Library Guide, Primary or Secondary?, listed on the Get Help page to help you decide.
Also check out this blog post from the Library’s Archives and Special Collections about the Odlin Letter, a source that is both primary and secondary.
If you need more help, ask us!
Deb the Librarian interviews Shawnalee Whitney, Associate Professor of Communication and Director of the Center for Advancing Faculty Excellence (CAFE), this week on KRUA’s Informania. Aired Monday at 1pm, this will be replayed on Friday, April 6, at 1pm on 88.1FM or kruaradio.org.
Listen, and be informed!
Informania theme song is Information, by Dredg.