Alaska’s Economic Forecast and the Permanent Fund- January 9 from noon -1pm

Alaska’s Economic Forecast & the Permanent Fund

· Hosted by Institute of Social and Economic Research (ISER)
Economists Neil Fried, Scott Goldsmith, and Mouhcine Guettabi discuss where our economy is headed and the opportunities and risks on the horizon. Bring your questions.

Wednesday, January 9, 2019 at 12 PM – 1 PM
Consortium Library Room 307

Earthquake Damage in the Consortium Library

Library Update as of Sunday December 2

The Consortium Library will be closed today, Monday and Tuesday.

The goods news is that there were no reported injuries in the Library during the earthquake on Friday.

While there was no major structural damage to the building and its exterior, there was damage inside. Water from a broken pipe in the 4th floor mechanical area leaked into the collection areas in Archives and AMIPA on the third floor. Work is already underway to stabilize the damage and AMIPA currently has equipment and materials drying in Library 307. There were three locations where glycol leaked from the heating systems and on to the floor. The worst leak was near the food vending machines at the north entrance. In numerous locations the suspended ceiling has partially fallen and there is the danger of further collapse in these areas. A large ceiling light fell to the floor in Library 302a, objects flew around in the office spaces, and pictures and signs were damaged.

By far, the biggest impact is on the library’s collections where at least 100,000 volumes fell to the floor. Again the good news is that the shelving performed as it was designed with no buckling or toppling.

The next steps before opening the library are to stabilize or repair the ceiling areas and to start the huge job of reshelving more than 100,000 volumes. We are restricted to small groups reshelving materials given the repair work that is needed around the building in the ceilings.

Student Success Open Forum for Faculty, Cancelled

Student Success Open Forum for Faculty, Cancelled

Small Changes that Make a Big Difference, an open forum for faculty, is co-sponsored by Dr. Claudia Lampman, Vice Provost for Student Success, and the Center for Advancing Faculty Excellence. Participants will be familiarized with insights into student success based on recent student performance data, and will explore specific approaches to teaching and learning that may improve retention; build connections to faculty, classmates, and the institution; and increase the likelihood of course completion.

Attend in person or via audio conference. Please RSVP using the following link: http://uaa.co1.qualtrics.com/jfe/form/SV_3HMzOJztEFoK9BH

Participate via audio conference:
Call 1-866-832-7806 and enter participant code 3550591

Wednesday, Dec. 5, LIB 307, 2:30–4p.m.
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For questions please contact Shawnalee, Director, Center for Advancing Faculty Excellence, at sawhitney@alaska.edu or 907-786-4645.

The Legacy of Sadako Exhibit in Reading Room

The Legacy of Sadako
Unveiling of the Exhibit

The members of Japanese Educational Tour of Colony High School met Mr. Masahiro Sasaki on March 11th, 2017 where he shared his thoughts about peace in the world. Mr. Masahiro Sasaki is an elder brother of Miss Sadako Sasaki who is the model for “The Children’s Peace Monument” in the Peace Memorial Park in Hiroshima. After being exposed to the atomic bomb, Sadako Sasaki suffered from leukemia and died at age of 12. Since her death, Mr. Sasaki has spent his time as an advocate of the world peace movement. Mr. Sasaki donated paper cranes that were folded by Sadako-san to the National 9/11 Memorial & Museum, The Pearl Harbor Museum, and the Harry S. Truman Presidential Library and Museum in Independence, Missouri. Mr. Sasaki continues to appeal for world peace.

The members of Japanese Educational Tour of Colony High School presented a dream catcher as an Alaskan native art craft, an autographed letter from U.S. Congressman Don Young, and the flag of the United States of America that flew on Capitol Hill in Washington DC on February 11, 2017. February 11th is “National Foundation Day” in Japan. In return, Mr. Sasaki presented the Japanese Educational tour group with connected paper cranes which were folded by Mr. Sasaki. Colony High School is the first school in the world to receive one of Mr. Sasaki’s connected paper cranes. The members of the Japanese Educational Tour of Colony High School decided to donate the connected paper cranes to the UAA/APU Consortium Library as part of a permanent display which will be seen by tens of thousands of library visitors each year. The exhibit includes not only the connected paper cranes by Mr. Sasaki but hundreds of other paper cranes (Orizuru) folded by people in support of world peace.

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.

• Wolfcards will not be issued in the library during the construction project while the main circulation desk is closed.

• 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.

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.

Writing and Math Tutoring

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

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!

The Censorship Quiz II

 

Come to the second annual Censorship Challenge! In celebration of banned books week, the Anchorage Public Library and UAA/APU Consortium Library are hosting a pub quiz. Entry is free! Teams should consist of no more than six people. The quiz will consist of six rounds – including one visual round…