SLED for all Alaskans

SLED, Alaska’s Information Dividend, is a free resource available to all Alaska residents. Paid for by the University of Alaska and the Alaska State Library, SLED (Statewide Library Electronic Doorway) offers access to a plethora of databases and other sources covering many different topics.

Here’s just a sample:
Live Homework Help (tutors available to help students with a variety of subjects)
Learning Express (practice tests, career prep, and info for more than 4,000 schools)
Heritage Quest Online (genealogy resources)
Alaska’s Digital Archives (historical photos and more from AK museums and libraries)
Auto Repair, Hobbies & Crafts, Home Improvement, Small Engine Repair (DIY resources)

 

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New in the Archives: May 2019

This month was quite busy between receiving and describing new collections, preparing grant items for shipping to our vendor, editing and uploading two podcasts, and continuing to work on our electronic records.

Collections described:

William D. Workman papers; 1965-2005. HMC-1302. 6.5 cubic foot addition.
William Workman is an archeologist who has worked in a variety of Alaskan locations, primarily in southcentral Alaska. He worked as a professor of anthropology at Alaska Methodist University from 1969 to 1976 and at the University of Alaska Anchorage from 1977 on. Between 1970 and 1976 he was contracted by Alyeska Pipeline Service Company to do archeological surveys and expeditions along the proposed Trans-Alaska Pipeline route. The collection is primarily comprised of Dr. Workman’s professional and academic records. The collection includes field notes, notes, correspondence, reports, writings, class notes, and project records.

George Glotzbach papers; 1952, 1957-1957. HMC-1236-AHS. 0.1 cubic foot addition.
George Glotzbach was stationed at Elmendorf Air Force Base from 1956-1957. He was the Officer-in-Charge of the Alaskan Air Command’s Anchorage Courier Transfer Station. Glotzbach was a first lieutenant during his time in Alaska, and traveled to Nome, Fairbanks, St. Lawrence Island, and Unalakleet. The addition contained photographs, mostly taken in and around Anchorage.

Lanie Fleischer papers; 1970-2012. HMC-1326.
In 1973, Lanie, along with the Bike Committee succeeded in getting a bond issue passed to construct the Chester Creek Trail. Fleischer has continued to be active in civic and outdoor recreation organizations. She served as president of the Parks and Recreation Council of Anchorage and on the board of directors of the Performing Arts Center. Fleischer helped organize the Federation of Community Councils and the eight Community Councils in Anchorage, and she served as president of the South Addition Community Council. She was a member of the citizens committee to develop the master plan for the Park Strip in Downtown Anchorage and served on the Anchorage Veterans’ Memorial Committee. Governor Tony Knowles appointed Fleischer to the Trails and Recreational Access for Alaskans Board and appointed her chair in 1995. In 1994, the Chester Creek Trail was named the Lanie Fleischer Chester Creek Trail in her honor. The collection consists of materials related to the various causes and organizations that Lanie Fleischer has been involved with in Alaska, such as notes, meeting minutes, membership lists, publicity information, plans, and reports.

Bike Routes sign

 

John Aho slides; 1971, 1994-2000. HMC-1325.
John Aho was born in Alaska. He received his PhD in aerospace engineering from Cornell University and was the vice president and principal project manager at CH2M in Anchorage, AK. Aho established the Alaska Seismic Hazards Safety Commission, which launched in 2002, and served on Anchorage’s Geotechnical Commission. The collection contains photographic slides depicting various buildings and houses, some of which were taken during construction, in Anchorage. The slides also depict Anchorage street scenes and aerial photographs of Downtown Anchorage.

Irish Club of Alaska records; 1988-2006, 2011, 2019. HMC-1324.
The Irish Club of Alaska is a non-profit organization dedicated to providing Alaskans with quality learning opportunities in Irish and Irish-American arts, language, music, and literature. A majority of this collection contains newsletters and member correspondence.

EPH-0417: Anchorage Celtic community posters and signs; 2004-2018.

Alaska’s Digital Archives

We added 263 photographs, three films, and one audio recording to Alaska’s Digital Archives. The Digital Archives’ records for the audio recording and films link to our new YouTube channel: UAA/APU Archives and Special Collections. Adding the films and audio recording was a test run as we prepare to receive our first batch of digitized audio, video, and film from our vendor, which we were able to have digitized with funding provided by the Atwood Foundation.

73 images from HMC-1092: Sleeper family papers. 

85 images from HMC-0761: Helen Stevens papers.

Helen M. Stevens & Earl Ohmer at Petersburg, Alaska.

57 images from HMC-0991: Bill Bacon photograph files.

Aloha massage and sauna.

48 images from HMC-0792: Ruth A.M. Schmidt papers.

1 film from HMC-0792: Ruth A.M. Schmidt papers: “Alaska 1954”.

2 films from HMC-0422: Dorothy and Grenold Collins papers: “Oldest films” and “Bristol Bay Fishing”.

Statewide libguides

We completed two more multi-institutional libguides: Performing arts and Health and medicine in Alaska. These two guides, as well as 11 others were completed with funding provided by the Institute of Museum and Library Services through the Library Services and Technology Act, administered by the Alaska State Library. All of these guides are available on the SLED website. Stay tuned for Gwen’s blog post in the upcoming weeks regarding this project.

Podcast and other outreach

Veronica met with the Irish Club of Alaska for a donation party and tour of the Archives and Special Collections.

We also have two new podcasts available, one with researcher Dylan Harris and the other with archivist Becky Butler.

Dylan Harris is a Ph.D. candidate in the Graduate School of Geography at Clark University. Becky Butler is an archivist at the University of Alaska Fairbanks (UAF) Alaska and Polar Regions Collections and Archives.

Other updates

HMC-0076: Brooks Range Trust records: reduced by 0.9 cubic feet by rehousing and removal of duplicate items.

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Archiving AK Episode 15: Interview with Becky Butler

In this episode of Archiving AK, Gwen interviews Becky Butler, an archivist at the University of Alaska Fairbanks (UAF) Alaska and Polar Regions Collections and Archives. The collections that she mentions in the interview, including the Ernest Gruening papers and the The Fabian Carey Collection of Fairbanks Red Light District Photographs, can be found by searching UAF’s Archives Catalog. Thanks for listening!

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Archiving AK episode 14a: Interview with Dylan Harris

In this bonus episode of Archiving AK, archivist Veronica Denison interviews researcher Dylan Harris, a Ph.D. candidate in the Graduate School of Geography at Clark University. His research topic surrounds climate change and the way we talk about it. In this episode, we discuss his research, experiences in different archives in Alaska and the lower 48, as well as the collections he used.

 

 

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Information to Contact the Governor or Legislature

Who to contact via email:

Governor’s Office
http://aws.state.ak.us/CrmForms/Home/Feedback

Public Opinion Messaging
https://www.akleg.gov/poms/

From this website you can select specific committees.

Select Finance and Education Standing Committees and University Subcommittees
Or Select specific legislators who select on these committees

Or send emails from the Senate or House website.

Senate Finance
http://www.akleg.gov/basis/Committee/Details/31?code=SFIN

Senate Finance UA subcommittee
http://www.akleg.gov/basis/Committee/Details/31?code=SUA%20

House Finance
http://www.akleg.gov/basis/Committee/Details/31?code=HFIN

House Finance UA subcommittee
http://www.akleg.gov/basis/Committee/Details/31?code=HUA%20

Or Write to Legislators at:

State Capitol

Juneau AK, 99801 

Tax Forms and Help

We have tax forms! You’ll find them across from the Main Circulation Desk until they’re gone.

Need help with your taxes? Visit one of the free tax preparation sites in Anchorage to have your federal income taxes prepared and filed for free. Details are available from United Way of Anchorage.

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African American Oral Histories Available

Thanks to the Rasmuson Foundation, UAA and APU have access during 2019 to the HistoryMakers website and to their collection of oral histories of African Americans. The grant program will also increase the number of oral histories for African Americans living in Alaska. There are currently 275 Alaska stories on the website.

Check out the website at: https://alaska.thehistorymakers.org/home

Need biographical sources?

The Consortium Library has a plethora of information on biographies of people, both living and dead. Some are famous, others not so famous, and quite a few are names no one even knows.

Many sources are available online in QuickSearch, such as the Encyclopedia of World Biography, an entire encyclopedia devoted to nothing but biographies.

A sample of more specialized sources online includes the Dictionary of Literary Biography; Dictionary of Political Biography; and American Men & Women of Science : A Biographical Directory of Today’s Leaders in Physical, Biological, and Related Sciences.

Don’t forget there are also lots of print sources on biographies in the Reference section featuring artists, writers, women, presidents, musicians, Ancient Greeks and Romans, mathematicians, and on and on.  Ask us to learn more!

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NWCCU Reaffirms UAA’s Institutional Accreditation. Message from Chancellor Sandeen

Dear UAA Community,
I am extremely pleased to inform you that the Board of Commissioners of the Northwest Commission on Colleges and Universities (NWCCU) has reaffirmed UAA’s institutional accreditation. My most heartfelt congratulations to everyone across all of our campuses on this signature accomplishment!

Many of you have been involved in this effort for months, even years, and I am appreciative of your excellent work. I have never before served at an institution that has so fully engaged the institutional accreditation process, across all campuses and including faculty, staff, students and community members. This is your moment!

What is institutional accreditation, and why is it important?
Institutional accreditation is an exhaustive review of every facet of our university. This is a positive milestone that is a testament to the contributions and quality of our students, faculty and staff.

Institutional accreditation qualifies UAA to participate in federal financial aid, and it means that UAA degrees and certificates are recognized by other institutions for things such as the transfer of credits and entrance into graduate study. Visit the Self-Study website to learn more.

What does this mean?
Our reaffirmation establishes UAA has met rigorous standards of quality, effectiveness and sustainability while meeting its mission to serve the needs of the State of Alaska. NWCCU reviewed mission and expectations; resources and capacity; planning and implementation; effectiveness and improvement; and mission fulfillment, adaptation and sustainability.

Through the analysis of accomplishments across our core themes of Teaching and Learning; Research, Scholarship and Creative Activity; Student Success; UAA Community; and Public Square, you demonstrated who we are as an institution.

“A common theme throughout the Seven Year Site Visit was a comprehensive commitment to the institution’s mission, particularly in relationship to access, student success, and supporting communities.”
– NWCCU Evaluation Team

Commendations
You will be proud that UAA received four commendations, each of which acknowledges a key area of accomplishment and reflects UAA’s values. UAA was commended for:

An inclusive planning process for UAA 2020, which brought the campuses together in an unprecedented joint effort focused on Student Success.
Its culture of diversity and inclusivity, especially in relationship to Alaska Native communities.
Its commitment to community engagement and the Public Square.
Its extensive assessment efforts related to student learning. Faculty exhibit robust ownership and leadership in assessing academic programs, and also engage proactively in the multifaceted assessment of general education.
Continuous improvement
NWCCU also noted two areas where UAA is in substantial compliance, but in need of improvement. These are institutional planning of graduate programs and a continued focus on collaborative Student Success efforts. These recommendations did not come as a surprise, as they are high priority areas that the institution is already working on and will continue to address.

I am honored and pleased the commission recognized the amazing work of our faculty, staff and students, who were integral to the entire process. I am committed to working with you to use the results of this process to move the university forward to serve Alaska and its diverse communities.

Congratulations UAA!

Chancellor Sandeen