Faculty Learning Community: Accessibility In Higher Education Fridays, Oct. 27

2017 Disability Awareness Week opportunities include resource fair and faculty learning community

Faculty Learning Community: Accessibility In Higher Education
Fridays, Oct. 27, 11:30 a.m.–1 p.m.
UAA/APU Consortium Library, Room 214

In a cooperative venture with Disability Support Services (DSS), CAFE is offering UAA faculty the opportunity to meet three times during the fall 2017 semester to discuss best practices for ensuring access for all students and implementing the principles of Universal Design. For more information and to register, visit uaa.alaska.edu/cafe.

Sign language interpreters will be provided for all Disability Awareness Week events. For other accommodations, please contact UAA Disability Support Services.

UAA Disability Support Services
uaa.alaska.edu/dss | facebook.com/UaaDss
(907) 786-4530 (voice) | (907) 227-9609 (text)
Rasmuson Hall, Room 105

Oct. 23 — The Alaska Equal Rights Act, Alaskan Segregation and the Paradox of Indigenous Assimilation

The UAA Department of History and the Alaska Native Studies Program are partnering on a series of lectures this fall in recognition of 2017 being the year of History and Culture, per Governor Walker’s declaration.

The series will feature speakers such as Dave McMahan, who did an archaeological analysis of the Russian ship the Neva, which sank due to a Tlingit Shaman curse, a special panel for Indigenous Peoples Day, and Indigenous historian Zonnie Gorman (Diné), who will do a Q-and-A at the Bear Tooth Theatrepub, in addition to a featured lecture on the Navajo Code Talkers of World War II to commemorate Veteran’s Day at UAA.

Oct. 23 — The Alaska Equal Rights Act, Alaskan Segregation and the Paradox of Indigenous Assimilation
Monday, Oct. 23, 6:30 p.m.
UAA/APU Consortium Library, Room 307

Holly Miowak Guise (Inupiaq) is a history Ph.D. candidate at Yale University completing her dissertation on WWII Alaska Native history. Born in Anchorage, and Inupiaq with family from Unalakleet, her research travels have carried her across Alaska.

Nov. 8 — Special event celebrating Veterans
Wednesday, Nov. 8, 5:30 p.m.
Bear Tooth Theatrepub

Zonnie Gorman, a history Ph.D. student at University of New Mexico, will be a special guest and do a Q-and-A after a screening of the film Windtalkers. One of the characters in the film is based on her father. She is writing her dissertation on the Navajo Code talkers of World War II. Tickets available soon at the Bear Tooth website.

Nov. 13 — Zonnie Gorman presents Navajo Code Talkers of World War II
Monday, Nov. 13, 6–8 p.m.
Fine Arts Building, Room 150

Zonnie Gorman will discuss her doctoral dissertation and research on Navajo Code talkers of World War II.

For more information, contact the Alaska Native Studies program at UAA at (907) 786-6135 or email mariaw@alaska.edu. This lecture series is sponsored by the UAA Department of History, Alaska Native Studies Program, Diversity Action Council and UAA’s Military and Veteran Student Support Services.

Open House in Archives and Special Collections – Oct. 25

Did you know that October is Archives Month? To celebrate, Archives and Special Collections is hosting an open house next Wednesday, October 25th, from 4 PM to 6PM. The open house will feature Alaskan photographs and film, a tour of our vault space, and refreshments. This is a great opportunity to learn more about the types of materials we have.

When: October 25, 4-6 PM
Where: Archives and Special Collections, Consortium Library 305
What: Open house with photos, film, food, and drinks

Hope to see you all there!

Archives & Special Collections
UAA/APU Consortium Library

He Said, She Said, Who Said?

Occasionally, someone asks us at the Reference Desk to verify a quotation.  It may be a commonly known phrase, something a famous person said, a proverb from another land, or something pretty (okay, terribly!) obscure.  What to do?  Google, right!  But hold onto your Googs; if you try Google, you’ll often find that the exact same quote – whether correct or not – ping-pongs and pinballs and pachinkos its way from blog to website to Facebook to Pinterest and back to blog ad infinitum with no authoritative source to ground it until nobody really knows whether the quote is accurate, where it originally came from, or whether it’s coming or going.  Of course, that might not matter if you share the philosophy of the Bandar-Log Monkeys in the chapter on Kaa’s Hunting in the first book of Kipling’s The Jungle Book:

We all say so, and so it must be true….

But we rely on accuracy rather than popularity here, and having to plow through an endless number of parroting web pages just makes it all the harder to verify the authentic text and its original source.  That’s why we have what you might call the Un-Google:  a good half dozen or so shelves of quotation books and related dictionaries and sources in the Reference Collection in the P6000’s.  It requires patience, sure, and it’s far from perfect — finding an accurate quote with a confirmed provenance can be a very lengthy and difficult affair, especially when the quotation is inaccurately or only partially remembered — but at least when you find one, the source is usually given.

There are general quotation compilations, such as Bartlett’s Familiar Quotations, as well as ones on very specific subjects. (Throwing Monkeys at the Coconuts, for instance, is a collection of travel quotations, although that’s one we don’t have.)  And the indexing of quotes inside the book will vary: some will be indexed by author, some by date or theme, some by the first line of the quote, and others might be by language or country.  Here are a few examples from several quotation books and specialized dictionaries in this part of the Reference Collection:

REF PN6080 .C57 2001
The Concise Dictionary of Foreign Quotations  (p. 113)
Si nous n’avions point de défauts, nous ne prendrions pas tant de plaisir à en remarquer dans les autres.
(If we had no failings, we would not be so pleased to notice them in others.)
(La Rochefoucauld:  Reflexions)

REF PN 6084 .W6 B47 1996
Women’s Words:  The Columbia Book of Quotations by Women  (p. 251)
… people are almost always better than their neighbours think they are.
(George Eliot, Middlemarch, chapter 72)

REF PN 6231 .W64 B43 2015
Spin-glish:  The Definitive Dictionary of Deliberately Deceptive Language  (pp. 82, 232)
Section 1:  Spin-glish to English definition:
Health care procurement specialist:  Insurance salesperson

Section 2:  English to Spin-glish definition:
Undertaker:  After-death care provider; bereavement care expert; post-health professional.

(This recent spin-quote will unfortunately have to wait for the 2nd edition:
“empowering a culture of controversy prevention.”
https://www.adn.com/opinions/2017/04/23/oh-please-no-controversy-on-campus/ )

REF PN 6371 .D65 1996
I Love Me, Vol. I
Now, this title sounds rather like a multi-volume ode to narcissism, doesn’t it?  Anyone you know?  Can’t wait for Vol. II to come out?  Then try reading it backwards:  it’s a dictionary of palindromes!  Many entries are rather forced – after all, palindromes are difficult! – but some are rather charming (p.231):
Norma is as selfless as I am, Ron

Nor are palindromes restricted to English (p. 219.):
Nisumaa oli isasi ilo aamusin
(Finnish: The field of wheat was your father’s joy in the morning)

Hmm, I think I’ll let you figure out what that one means!  There are full word palindromes, too, not just letter-by-letter ones (p. 139):
Girl, bathing on Bikini, eyeing boy, finds boy eyeing bikini on bathing girl.

And for those who don’t care for Hawaiian music (p. 250):
Oh, no!  Don Ho!

But if someone comes up and tells you this practically cliché palindrome:  “A man, a plan, a canal:  Panama!” you can offer the perfect rejoinder given on p.227:  “No, it’s a banana bastion.”

Sometimes, everyone knows the quotation and who said it – except when that’s not the case.  Like what?  Well, like this popular and insightful quotation from Petronius Arbiter in about 210 B.C.:
We trained hard – but it seemed that every time we were beginning to form up into teams we were reorganized.  I was to learn later in life that we tend to meet any new situation by reorganizing, and what a wonderful method it can be for creating the illusion of progress while actually producing confusion, inefficiency, and demoralization.

But there’s no note of who translated it into English – or did it even need to be translated?  Did Petronius even write it?  Jim Reeds looked into it and noted that Petronius Arbiter was alive in Nero’s reign over 200 years later – a rather Biblical lifespan!  Beyond that, Reeds couldn’t find any citing of the quotation before 1945 or so (and that’s A.D., mind you, not B.C.!).  But what about the provenance of this revisionist information, much less the quotation itself?  I’ve seen the relevant web page myself, but All Things Must Pass (à la George Harrison’s album title), and so has that web page!  Fortunately, the Wayback Machine (www.waybackmachine.org) can come to the rescue, so here’s a preserved version of the page:
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There are plenty of variants and translations given in the beginning, so you’ll need to scroll down a bit to get to the source information about the quotation.

A recent book has even been written on the subject of mistaken quotes:
Hemingway Didn’t Say That:  The Truth Behind Familiar Quotations by Garson O’Toole

Still, not every good quote is collected in a quotation book, so until next time, I’ll leave you with this bit of wisdom from a long ago fortune cookie:

A little madness,
A little kindness
Makes for happiness


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Library Research Guides — new and improved!

Take a look at the new arrangement of the Library’s Research Guides.  Many are new, others have been completely revised, and the rest have been rearranged to make them much easier to find and access.

A special section called Get Help highlights selected How-to Guides, where you’ll find step-by-step instructions and other helpful information on many of the tasks you may encounter as you do your research.

We welcome suggestions for other Guides to add, so feel free to let us know what else you’d like to see on the list.




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‘The Trickster,’ work by Thomas Chung until Oct. 27th in the ARC Gallery

“The Trickster” by Thomas Chung

The painting “The Trickster” deals in the cross-cultural archetype of the deviant. From the raven to Prometheus: the motif of the trickster figure occurs in nearly all cultures around the globe. Infusing a sense of play into the serious nature of existence and creation, the trickster figure is oftentimes he who creates innovation and progress through rule breaking.

Artist Thomas Chung was born in New Jersey and grew up in Hong Kong and New York City. He received his B.F.A. from the San Francisco Art Institute and his M.F.A. from Yale University. Presently, Chung has joined the Fine Arts faculty at UAA while conducting research of Native American culture and mythology.

“The Trickster” will be on display through Oct. 27. The ARC Gallery is open during library hours.

Artist Thomas Chung will discuss art, expression and American life in a free talk at the UAA Campus Bookstore on Wednesday, Sept. 27, from 5 to 7 p.m.

Writing and Math Tutoring in the Library

Are you looking for some help with Writing or Math.  Good news, the Library has a partnership with the Learning Commons Writing Center and Math Labs to provide tutors during evenings and weekends.

Hours in the Library:

Writing Tutors available in Rm 110:  Mon – Thurs,  6-9pm and Sat – Sun 12-5pm

Math Tutors available on the 3rd Floor of the Library between Rm 309 and 307:  Sat – Sun,  2-8pm

UNTIL NOVEMBER 5, 2017. After November 5th, all math tutoring will be available in SMH 108.

Additional tutoring services are available in the Learning Commons and online via Live Homework Help

Have a great semester!

Need a textbook?

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 book. 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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