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.

UAA’s Strategic Pathways Phase 3 open forums set for Oct. 4

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UAA’s Strategic Pathways Phase 3 open forums set for Oct. 4
September 11, 2017
All UAA students, staff and faculty are invited to attend open forums on Strategic Pathways Phase 3. Come hear updates on the review process and provide feedback.

Wednesday, Oct. 4 in UAA/APU Consortium Library, Room 307
10-10:50 a.m. Academic Units
11-11:50 a.m. Administrative Units
Phase 3 Academic Areas

Arts & Humanities

Social & Natural Sciences

Mine Training

Phase 3 Administrative Areas

Finance Options Report

Risk Management

Land Management

Facilities

For more information see http://greenandgold.uaa.alaska.edu/blog/57515/uaas-strategic-pathways-phase-3-open-forums-set-oct-4/?utm_source=daily&utm_medium=email&utm_content=DAILY_20170913&utm_campaign=Green+and+Gold+News

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

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

Have a great semester!

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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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Journey Mapping Revisited

Journey mapping plots a process or service to produce a visual representation of a library transaction, from the point at which the student accesses a service to its final resolution.  The Consortium Library Assessment Team completed a Journey Mapping exercise in 2016, analyzing twelve journeys or service scenarios in the library.

In Spring 2017, we organized a follow-up journey mapping exercise.  Three scenarios that many students found difficult to complete in our first round were re-examined.  The team recruited students on social media and by posting flyers on UAA and APU campuses, and four volunteers completed each of the three follow-up journeys.

The three scenarios we analyzed were:

  • Find one journal article
  • Check out a DVD
  • Find a Library course guide

After the first round of journey mapping, we made changes in the library that could affect the completion of each of these journeys.  Refworks (the citation management tool used in Scenario 1) has settled into one version.  During our first round of journey mapping, Refworks was transitioning to Flow and back to Refworks, and currently, the product has settled into one version.  We also moved the Media Room last summer, so the steps followed in Scenario 2 now entail going to a different Media Room and a new Circulation Desk.  Scenario 3 is affected by a change to our website.  We consolidated different types of guides (topic, course, and how-to) into one link in the Research section.  We were hopeful that a link to Guides would be less puzzling to users than the previous three links to different types of guides.

Please follow the links below to view our full report and the graphical mapped journeys.

Journey Mapping Report-2017

Find One Journal Article, April 2017

Check Out a DVD, April 2017

Find a Library Course Guide, April 2017

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Learn about Memorial Day

The website from the Library of Congress called America’s Story states that the first Memorial Day took place in 1868.  If you are curious about the origins of Memorial Day, then there are many great government resources that you can consult. The Office of Public and Intergovernmental Affairs has an extensive collection of resource links listed on their Memorial Day website for helpful information.  Also, the Consortium Library has numerous reference and government sources having to do with Memorial Day. Some examples include The Encyclopedia of War and American Society, and American Civil War: The Definitive Encyclopedia and Document Collection. To search for sources from the main Consortium Library homepage, type “Memorial Day” History into the QuickSearch box. You can then, for example, select Reference listed under Content Type on the left side of the screen. Feel free to ask a librarian for assistance in locating additional resources.

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North by North Festival, May 12-14

Anchorage will host a number of activities for the North by North (NxN) Festival on the sidelines of the Arctic Council Ministerial gathering in Fairbanks. Events include an arts, crafts, & culture expo, a circumpolar film festival, and a local food and beer tasting. Many of these unique happenings are free, others have a fee, or you can buy a pass for $20.

You can also register for Innovate Arctic at the Anchorage Museum, a full day of TED-style talks, interactive exhibits, and topic-driven breakout sessions on Arctic topics including cold climate housing, northern agriculture, tourism, renewable energy, telecommunications, and education.

To see the full schedule and for much more information, go to the NxN website.

 

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