Library South Entrance and Main Circulation Desk will be closed as of May 14th until further notice.

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.

Open Forum on Student Success: Who We are and Where We are Going- April 27

Open Forum on Student Success: Who We are and Where We are Going

University of Alaska Anchorage has become a member of the Student Success Collaborative, a partnership that will provide data analysis to university administrators about trends in students’ academic performance. UAA is one of more than 450 universities in the country participating in the cohort.

The Student Success Collaborative is a “big data” initiative that analyzes the past decade of student performance at UAA. The goal is to use data analysis to identify courses where students tend to get stuck or slowed down on their way to graduation, and to find the pathways and support services that most enable a student to be successful. If administrators and deans can see where groups of students are having challenges in majors programs, they can take steps to improve UAA’s graduation rates.

The program also provides information that will enable advisors to help students choose their majors more quickly. By looking at where other students who have taken similar courses succeeded, advisors can suggest similar majors or courses. Also, advisors will be able to see if students are having problems progressing in their major and offer help before students fall too far behind.

Save the date for an introduction to this new campus-wide initiative:

Open Forum on Student Success: Who We are and Where We are Going
UAA/APU Consortium Library, Room 307.

Tuesday, April 27, 8:30am – 10:00am

For questions, please contact Interim Vice Provost for Student Success Claudia Lampman at (907) 786-1619 or cblampman@alaska.edu.

9th ANNUAL COMMUNITY ENGAGEMENT FORUM- April 27

9th ANNUAL COMMUNITY ENGAGEMENT FORUM
Friday, April 27, 2018
2:00 to 4:30 p.m.
UAA Consortium Library, Room 307
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You are invited to join the Center for Community Engagement & Learning at our annual forum to recognize the civic engagement accomplishments from the past year.

The Community Engagement Forum features student and faculty awards and highlights our community partnerships, including the presentation of the 2018 Selkregg Community Engagement & Service Learning Award and Dr. Alex Hills Engineering & Civic Engagement Award.

A poster session reception will follow the awards program and provides an opportunity to speak with Community Engaged Student Assistants about their faculty-community partner projects.

2:00 p.m. Awards Program Begins | 3:00 p.m. Poster Session Reception

Please RSVP by April 23 online at http://bit.ly/AprilForum2018 or by
by contacting CCEL at 786-4062 or uaa.ccel@alaska.edu

Why Take the LibQUAL Survey? Because We Listen!- After Hours Study Now until Midnight

Why Take the LibQUAL Survey? Because We Listen!

It is clear from the comments from the last LibQUAL survey that the library’s schedule was not addressing the needs of the university students in providing more evening hours. In responding to this concern, the library’s after hours study facility will close at midnight instead of 11pm, Sunday – Thursday starting in the spring semester. The Access Services Department is to be commended for providing the staff to cover the additional hours.

Prior to the budget cuts in FY15, the library was open with its afterhours study facility until 1am, Sunday –Thursday and until 10pm on Friday and Saturday for a total of 111.5 hours. The new schedule, closing at midnight, Sunday – Thursday and at 8:00pm on Friday and Saturday during the Spring 2018 semester, totals 102.5 hours or about 8% less hours per week than in FY15.

The library will continue to monitor the use of the building to determine if the library schedule is meeting the needs of most of the university students for an afterhours study facility.

Meeting Library Needs during Budget Cuts

With the start of this academic year, the Library is facing significant budget reductions. The total budget reduction for FY15 and FY16 is $1,050,853 or about 16% reduction in general funds since FY14.

While there were no layoffs at the Consortium Library, regular positions were eliminated. Three tenure track faculty positions, a web librarian, a reference librarian, and a medical librarian, and one staff position, were vacated because of three retirements and a resignation. One librarian and one staff member volunteered to reduce their schedule to 75% and another librarian took 20 LWOP days over the summer months. The dean’s 7-day furlough also adds to the Library’s reduction in personnel expenditures. In addition to the personnel expenditures, the Library’s acquisitions budget has been reduced by $300,000. To date 25 research databases and other electronic resources and hundreds of print and electronic journals have been identified for cancellation. We will also spend less for new books, travel, and professional development.

While the budget situation is certainly very challenging, it has not stopped the Library from responding to the needs of the university communities by moving ahead in certain areas. In response to student demand, five new group study rooms are being constructed on the second floor and should be available by October. Planning also continues for the new North Entrance. This project includes creating six handicap parking spots, a card swipe reader for the after hours study facility, a camera and book security system, a circulation desk, landscaping and an arctic entryway with an outside canopy. If everything goes as expected, the Library’s second entrance will open in June 2016.

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‘How can adults in our community get the tech skills they need?’ Oct. 1

Think Tank Series: ‘How can adults in our community get the tech skills they need?’ Oct. 1

Thursday, Oct. 1, 11:30 a.m.–12:45 p.m.
UAA/APU Consortium Library, Room 307

Guest agency: Anchorage Public Library
Topic: How can adults in our community get the tech skills they need?

Think Tanks are a monthly community engagement experience in which a nonprofit agency presents a challenge or issue and attendees brainstorm solutions for the organization.

The Anchorage Public Library provides many resources and adult services. One major focus is on digital literacy for adults in our community. How can we close the gap and help adults who aren’t so tech savvy catch up as virtually every critical service has moved online? How can we help adults gain technology skills that will help them get or keep a job? How can we educate adults so they don’t fall prey to online scams? How can we help community members wade through internet resources to get reliable information as opposed to unreliable or misinformation?

Students, faculty, staff and community members–join us to assist the Anchorage Public Library and contribute your thoughts and ideas to the discussion!

Pizza will be provided by Moose’s Tooth.

Parking Note: Free parking for this event is available in the Library Lot and the East (CPISB) Garage. Please allow extra time to find parking.

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Winter Bear Project Sept 14, 18-19

The Southcentral Foundation and Alaska Humanities Forum are cosponsoring a week of events related to Anne Hanley’s play, “The Winter Bear.” This show, about a troubled village kid set straight by an elder, also debuted at Cyrano’s and has since toured widely. “The Winter Bear Project” includes a discussion with the playwright and poet Stephen Bolen at 7:30 p.m. on Sept. 14 in room 307 of UAA/APU Consortium Library, a screening of a documentary about the play at 5:30 p.m. at the Alaska Native Heritage Center and two productions of the play at 7:30 p.m. Sept. 18-19 at Alaska Pacific University’s Grant Hall.

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6th ANNUAL COMMUNITY ENGAGEMENT FORUM-April 24

6th ANNUAL COMMUNITY ENGAGEMENT FORUM
Friday, April 24th, 2015
11:00 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.
UAA Consortium Library, Room 307

You are invited to join the Center for Community Engagement & Learning at our annual forum to recognize the civic engagement achievements from the past year.

The Community Engagement Forum features awards to students and faculty and highlights of our community partnerships, including the presentation of the 2015 Selkregg Community Engagement & Service Learning Award and Dr. Alex Hills Engineering & Civic Engagement Award.

The poster session is an opportunity to talk to Community Engaged Student Assistants about their faculty-community partner projects. Be sure to arrive early, you won’t want to miss it!

11:00 a.m. Student Poster Session | 12:00 p.m. Luncheon Program Begins

Please RSVP by April 20 RSVP online (www.uaa.alaska.edu/engage) or by contacting CCEL.

Cabin Fever Debates-Jan 27

Cabin Fever Debates
The Seawolf Debate team is proud to present the tenth annual Cabin Fever Debates Intramural Debating Tournament. Held each year in the spring semester, the Cabin Fever Debates provide UAA students not active on the competitive Seawolf Team the opportunity to give academic debating a try. Designed for students with little or no competitive experience, the tournament will expose you to the fundamentals of debating and offer the chance to compete for a great prize package. All debates are open to the public. For more information, check out our website at cabinfeverdebates.uaa.alaska.edu.
When
Tue Jan 27, 2015 7pm – 10pm Alaska Time
Where
UAA/APU Consortium Library, Room 307