Fran Ulmer: ‘The Emerging Arctic: Is the United States Ready?’, Oct. 3

Fran Ulmer: ‘The Emerging Arctic: Is the United States Ready?’, Oct. 3

Thursday, Oct. 3, 7:30 p.m.
UAA/APU Consortium Library, Room 307

Fran Ulmer will be speaking about Arctic exploration and environmental concerns. She was appointed Chair of the US Arctic Research Commission by Barack Obama in March 2011. Ms. Ulmer has a long history of public service, including serving at Lt. Governor of the State of Alaska, the Mayor of Juneau, and Chancellor of the University of Alaska Anchorage.

This event is sponsored by the UAA Department of Political Science. Questions, please contact Guy Burnett at

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‘Color of Justice – Alaska,

‘Color of Justice – Alaska,’ Sept. 19

Thursday, Sept. 19, 3:45-6:45 p.m.
UAA/APU Consortium Library, Room 307

“Color of Justice – Alaska” is a program for students interested in a career in the law and the judiciary. The event is free and includes presentations by law school professors and admissions officers, as well as a speed-mentoring experience with Alaska judges and lawyers, including Alaska Supreme Court Justice Joel Bolger.

The program is presented by the National Association of Women Judges, Alaska Bar Association, Alaska Court System, UAA Justice Center and other sponsors.

For more information, contact Professor Deb Periman at

New for the academic year..more study space, a new and expanded library catalog, new computers, scanners, a vending machine and new electronic resources.

It will be hard not to notice some of the changes at the Consortium Library for the coming academic year. Upon entering the Library, you will notice a fully stocked vending machine ready to sell student supplies. The vending machine should be popular with the late night study groups. On the first floor, in the southeast corner, there are new individual study carrels. Near the main staircase on the second floor, there is new furniture plus a 12-foot counter with stools. The counter is equipped with electrical outlets and USB charging ports. More electric outlets can be found on the second floor to accommodate the growing demand from laptops and mobile devices. There is new seating near the older elevator. Also on the second floor is a new book scanner for digitalizing and transmitting materials to USB drives, email, or even to network destinations such as Google docs. This scanner is in addition to the two popular touch screen machines in the copy room. Room 306 has new tables and equipment. The new tables feature a “store away option” for the desktop PCs thus making the room more useful for instruction sessions and meetings. Across the hall from 306, there is a new ADA door for Archives and new lockers inside the reading room. If you are interested in making digital searchable copies from microfilm or microfiche, the Library now has two scanners one in the copy room and one in Interlibrary Loan.

One look at the Library’s catalog and you know things have changed. The catalog has a new interface including book covers with new navigational and search limit options. The search results are based on relevancy and keywords (not unlike Google). Since the Consortium Library’s catalog defaults to “everywhere” and not just to UAA, it will be apparent that the catalog now contains the holdings of the three major libraries in Juneau. The libraries at UAS, the Juneau Public Library, and the Alaska State Library are represented in the Joint Library Catalog along with the Anchorage public libraries, ARLIS, the Anchorage Museum, the Valdez Consortium Library, and the UAA libraries including the Learning Resources Center and Career Services. The expanded Joint Library Catalog with 1.4 million title records is directly serving 45% of the population of Alaska.

And if these improvements were not enough, the Consortium Library has recently added some outstanding research collections. Here is a list and a short description of the resources:

Statistical Insight, upgraded database-
Statistics from federal agencies, states, business organizations, research institutions, and international organizations

U.S. Congressional Serial Set and American State Papers, 1789-1994
Reports, documents, and journals of the U.S. Senate and House of Representatives. Also includes American State Papers, 1789-1838 and Serial Set Maps.

Arctic & Antarctic Regions (database)
World’s largest collection of international polar databases. Over 1 million records covering multidisciplinary research on cold regions, spanning from 1800 to the present.

Anatomy & Physiology Online (Ovid)
This online resource offers 3D images, interactive models, narrated animations and illustrations, and much more.

ReferenceUSA (business database)
Data on businesses, health care providers, and consumers. Company information is searchable by SIC/NAICS codes or key words, and sortable by size of company, company income, geographic location, etc. This is a good resource for marketing studies.

Hein Online (database)
Archival database of full page images from legal periodicals & related materials. Also includes digital backfiles of the Federal Register; U.S. Reports; the Code of Federal Regulations; the U.S. Statutes at Large; the Congressional Record; and more.

Annual Reviews
Upgraded, includes 38 titles in the Science Collection. Authoritative, analytic reviews in the Biomedical, Physical, and Social Sciences.

Access World News collection of newspapers, upgraded Newsbank collection
A database of over 2800 full-text, electronic news sources from around the world. These sources include newspapers, blogs, journals, magazines, news wires, transcripts, and web-only sources. Through more than 10 million current and archived articles, wire services and news translations from over 50 countries, it provides international coverage on a wide range of topics, people, issues and events worldwide.

Declassified Documents Reference System
Previously classified U.S. government documents related to domestic and foreign policies from post-World War II through the 1970s.

Nineteenth Century Collections Online
Digitized primary source documents from the 1800s. Collections include: British Politics & Society; Asia & the West: Diplomacy & Cultural Exchange; European Literature, 1790-1840: The Corvey Collection; British Theatre, Music & Literature. More than 20 million pages.

Sabin Americana Collection, 1500-1926
Online collection of primary source materials, more than 36,000 titles, about the Americas, including original accounts of discovery & exploration, pioneering & westward expansion, the U.S. Civil War & other military actions, Native Americans, slavery, and religious history..

National Geographic virtual library, full run of the magazine 1888-present
Complete archive of National Geographic Magazine from 1888 to the present, including cross-searchable collection of National Geographic books, maps, images, and videos.

The Times (London) Archive 1785-2007
The archive of the London Times contains more than 3 million articles covering over 200 years of world events, including politics, economics, culture, and more

Gale Virtual Reference Library
Added titles including encyclopedias and specialized reference sources for multidisciplinary research.

Sage Reference
Complete Ebook package, handbooks and encyclopedias covering social science topics

American Psychological Association
Handbooks, a few ebooks, not the complete collection

Morgan & Claypool Synthesis Digital Library Collection Four
SYNTHESIS is an information service for the research, development and educational communities in engineering and computer science.

Nursing Digital Library, Insight Media Streaming Videos (one year only)
A searchable digital collection of over 150 nursing education streaming videos.

VAST from Alexander Street Press
20,000 streaming videos that cover many topics in many disciplines.

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Judge Beistline presents ‘The Constitution, Jury Trials and Me: Reflections from the Bench,’ Sept. 16

Judge Beistline presents ‘The Constitution, Jury Trials and Me: Reflections from the Bench,’ Sept. 16

Monday, Sept. 16, 7:30-9 p.m.
UAA/APU Consortium Library, Room 307
Judge Ralph R. Beistline, chief judge of the United States District Court for the District of Alaska, will discuss his perspective of the sixth and seventh amendments to the U.S. Constitution. Beistline has served as a judge for more than 15 years, including 11 years as a federal judge. He has also served as president of the Alaska Bar Association, member of the Board of Governors and is an editor of its newspaper, the Alaska Bar Rag.
This talk is sponsored by UAA’s Department of Political Science. For more information, contact Guy Burnett at or (907) 786-4774.

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Faculty Technology Center hosts tech boot camp Aug 19-23

FTC host one-week tech boot camp Aug.19-23; sign up for the classes you want

Monday-Friday, Aug. 19-23, various classes throughout each day, 9 a.m.-4:30 p.m.
UAA/APU Consortium Library, Room 214
The Faculty Technology Center (FTC) will host a week-long technology boot camp to help faculty and staff prepare for the fall semester. With four workshops hosted every day, whether your a complete beginner or a tech expert, there is something to capture everyone’s interest.

Monday, Aug. 19:
9-10:30 a.m. – Blackboard Basics
11 a.m.-12:30 p.m. – WolfLync Training
1-2:30 p.m. – How Disability Support Services Supports Faculty
3-4:30 p.m. – Collaborative Documents with Google Docs
Tuesday, Aug. 20:
9-10:30 a.m. – Video Boot camp
 11 a.m.-12:30 p.m. – Synchronous Learning with eLive 
1:00-2:30 p.m. – Blackboard Basics
 3-4:30 p.m. – Course Calendering; Google Calenders
Wednesday, Aug. 21:
9-10:30 a.m. – Be Your Own Support 
11 a.m.-12:30 p.m. – Blackboard Grade Center
 1-2:30 p.m. – Prezi Presentations
 3-4:30 p.m. – Google Sites; Group Project Sites &; ePortfolios
Thursday, Aug. 22:
9-10:30 a.m. – Gamification in the Classroom 
11 a.m.-12:30 p.m. – ePortfolios
 1-2:30 p.m. – Intro to 21st Century Literacy Skills 
3-4:30 p.m. – WolfLync Training
Friday, Aug. 23:
9-10:30 a.m. – Getting Started with Atomic Learning 
11 a.m.-12:30 p.m. – Blackboard Basics 
1-2:30 p.m. – Information Literacy 
3-4:30 p.m. – VoiceThread Boot Camp
Faculty and staff can register for as few or as many workshops as you need to help get you and your course in shape for the new semester.

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UAA Master Plan 2013 open house- June 13

UAA Master Plan 2013 open house June 13, LIB 307

Thursday, June 13, 3-7 p.m.
UAA/APU Consortium Library, Room 307

You are invited to an open house to meet with planners and discuss the UAA Master Plan 2013, an in-progress document.


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Todd Moss, editor of ‘The Governor’s Solution’ (Alaska’s PFD) to speak at UAA June 3

Todd Moss, editor of ‘The Governor’s Solution’ (Alaska’s PFD) to speak at UAA June 3

Monday, June 3, 3-5 p.m.
UAA/APU Consortium Library, Room 307
“How the Alaska Permanent Fund Dividend Could Work In Iraq And Other Countries: A Conversation with Todd Moss, editor of “The Governor’s Solution” will speak at UAA on Monday, June 3, 3-5 p.m.
Reliance on natural resource revenues, particularly oil, is often associated with bad governance, corruption and poverty. Worried about the effect of oil on Alaska, Governor Jay Hammond had a simple yet revolutionary idea: Let citizens have a direct stake. “The Governor’s Solution” features his firsthand account that describes, with brutal honesty and piercing humor, the birth of the Alaska Permanent Fund dividend, which has been paid to each resident every year since 1982.
Thirty years later, Hammond’s vision is still influencing oil policies throughout the world. This reader, part of the Center for Global Development’s Oil-to-Cash initiative, includes recent scholarly work examining Alaska’s experience and how other oil-rich societies, particularly Iraq, might apply some of the lessons. It is as a powerful reminder that the combination of new ideas and determined individuals can make a tremendous difference, even in issues as seemingly complex and intractable as fighting the oil curse.
This talk is free and open to the public. It is sponsored by the Institute for Social and Economic Research. Please note that parking is note free at this time on this day; please find a Pay n Park machine in the lot outside the UAA/APU Consortium Library.

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Charles C. Johnson, author, speaks at UAA June 6

Charles C. Johnson, author, speaks at UAA June 6

Thursday, June 6, 8-9:30 p.m.
UAA/APU Consortium Library, Room 307
The UAA Department of Political Science presents author Charles C. Johnson. He wrote “Why Coolidge Matters: Leadership Lessons from America’s Most Underrated President,” published in March 2013, and is a contributing writer to The American Spectator.
Here is a description of the book:
Imagine a country in which strikes by public-sector unions occupied the public square; where foreign policy wandered aimlessly as America disentangled itself from wars abroad and a potential civil war on its southern border; where racial and ethnic groups jostled for political influence; where a war on illicit substances led to violence in its cities; where technology was dramatically changing how mankind communicated and moved about—and where the educated harbored increasing contempt for the philosophic underpinnings of our republic.
That country, the America of the 1920s, looked a lot like America today. One would think, then, that the President who successfully navigated these challenges, Calvin Coolidge, might be esteemed today. Instead, Coolidge’s record is little known, the result of efforts by both the left and right to distort his legacy.
Why Coolidge Matters revisits the record of our most underrated president, examining Coolidge’s views on governance, public sector unions, education, race, immigration, and foreign policy. Most importantly, Why Coolidge Matters explains what lessons Coolidge—the last president to pay down the national debt—can offer the limited government movement in the post-industrial age.
Listen to the author discuss his book on C-Span.
This event will take place Thursday, June 6 from 8-9:30 p.m. in the UAA/APU Consortium Library, Room 307. Parking is free after 7:30 p.m. Mon-Thurs and always free on Fridays and the weekends.

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More Library Hours for Intersession

Starting in the New Year, the Library is increasing its intersession hours to include weekends, remaining open to 8pm. Weekend hours during intersession and summer schedules will be the same. The new intersession hours will better accommodate APU’s semesters and UAA’s courses and programs that have irregular schedules.

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New for the Coming Year..More Study Space, More Library Hours, More Study Rooms, and Wolfcards.

It is hard not to notice the improvements at the Library. On the second floor, near the computers, there is a new open study area. Across the bridge, in the health journals collection area, low shelving has been installed to open up the floor providing more daylight and more visibility for the computer lab, CCEL, and the government documents and Alaska collections. There is now more study space along the windows near the journal collection. In relocating the low shelving from the first to the second floor, new study space was created along the south windows on the first floor. The Library will be purchasing furniture for these new study areas.

In response to student requests, the Library is open more hours this year. The Library is open until 1am, Sunday – Thursday. In order to provide a more secure after hours study facility, university IDs are required to enter the building after 10pm.


An additional group study room was built replacing the copy machine room on the second floor. Use of the copy machines has dropped over the years while the demand for group study rooms remains high. Four closed carrels on the second floor are available on-demand for individual study while the remaining closed carrels will be reserved for graduate students working on their theses or dissertations. Students will soon have the option of reserving group study rooms online.


To help students obtain their Wolfcards more conveniently, the Library now serves as an additional site for issuing UAA’s ID card. Staff at the circulation desk was trained last month on how to produce Wolfcards. This new service at the Library has been very well received.

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