Need biographical sources?

The Consortium Library has a plethora of information on biographies of people, both living and dead. Some are famous, others not so famous, and quite a few are names no one even knows.

Many sources are available online in QuickSearch, such as the Encyclopedia of World Biography, an entire encyclopedia devoted to nothing but biographies.

A sample of more specialized sources online includes the Dictionary of Literary Biography; Dictionary of Political Biography; and American Men & Women of Science : A Biographical Directory of Today’s Leaders in Physical, Biological, and Related Sciences.

Don’t forget there are also lots of print sources on biographies in the Reference section featuring artists, writers, women, presidents, musicians, Ancient Greeks and Romans, mathematicians, and on and on.  Ask us to learn more!

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NWCCU Reaffirms UAA’s Institutional Accreditation. Message from Chancellor Sandeen

Dear UAA Community,
I am extremely pleased to inform you that the Board of Commissioners of the Northwest Commission on Colleges and Universities (NWCCU) has reaffirmed UAA’s institutional accreditation. My most heartfelt congratulations to everyone across all of our campuses on this signature accomplishment!

Many of you have been involved in this effort for months, even years, and I am appreciative of your excellent work. I have never before served at an institution that has so fully engaged the institutional accreditation process, across all campuses and including faculty, staff, students and community members. This is your moment!

What is institutional accreditation, and why is it important?
Institutional accreditation is an exhaustive review of every facet of our university. This is a positive milestone that is a testament to the contributions and quality of our students, faculty and staff.

Institutional accreditation qualifies UAA to participate in federal financial aid, and it means that UAA degrees and certificates are recognized by other institutions for things such as the transfer of credits and entrance into graduate study. Visit the Self-Study website to learn more.

What does this mean?
Our reaffirmation establishes UAA has met rigorous standards of quality, effectiveness and sustainability while meeting its mission to serve the needs of the State of Alaska. NWCCU reviewed mission and expectations; resources and capacity; planning and implementation; effectiveness and improvement; and mission fulfillment, adaptation and sustainability.

Through the analysis of accomplishments across our core themes of Teaching and Learning; Research, Scholarship and Creative Activity; Student Success; UAA Community; and Public Square, you demonstrated who we are as an institution.

“A common theme throughout the Seven Year Site Visit was a comprehensive commitment to the institution’s mission, particularly in relationship to access, student success, and supporting communities.”
– NWCCU Evaluation Team

You will be proud that UAA received four commendations, each of which acknowledges a key area of accomplishment and reflects UAA’s values. UAA was commended for:

An inclusive planning process for UAA 2020, which brought the campuses together in an unprecedented joint effort focused on Student Success.
Its culture of diversity and inclusivity, especially in relationship to Alaska Native communities.
Its commitment to community engagement and the Public Square.
Its extensive assessment efforts related to student learning. Faculty exhibit robust ownership and leadership in assessing academic programs, and also engage proactively in the multifaceted assessment of general education.
Continuous improvement
NWCCU also noted two areas where UAA is in substantial compliance, but in need of improvement. These are institutional planning of graduate programs and a continued focus on collaborative Student Success efforts. These recommendations did not come as a surprise, as they are high priority areas that the institution is already working on and will continue to address.

I am honored and pleased the commission recognized the amazing work of our faculty, staff and students, who were integral to the entire process. I am committed to working with you to use the results of this process to move the university forward to serve Alaska and its diverse communities.

Congratulations UAA!

Chancellor Sandeen

Archiving AK episode 10: Anchorage Museum Library and Archives

In this episode of Archiving AK, Arlene interviews Zane Treesh, the head of the Anchorage Museum’s Library and Archives. Zane splits his work between being a librarian and being an archivist for the Anchorage Museum. He talks about the kinds of materials they have, who their users are, and the types of work he does.

Here’s some additional information on a few things mentioned in the podcast.

At minute 5:35: the Steve McCutcheon collection

6:10 Ward Wells collection (online guide coming soon)

7:50 Randy Brandon collection

8:00 Fran Durner collection

8:55 Alaska Railroad/Alaskan Engineering Commission records

9:50 Wien collection

10:20 Herb Hilscher collection (online guide coming soon)

10:50 Vern Brickley collection

11:50 Adak Historical Society collection

12: 53 Boyer photography collection

14:05 Lu Liston collection (online guide coming soon)

16:20 Fourth Avenue Theatre collection (online guide coming soon)

18:45 Alaska Library Catalog (available from the home pages of many libraries in Alaska, including the Anchorage Museum’s library.

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Get help with research!

If you want to know how to find sources in Quick Search, cite a source in APA style, or find an annotated bibliography, along with many other common questions, you can go to Get Help with Research on the Consortium Library homepage. Here you will find many quick and clear guides that can help you with your research, any time you need it and any place you happen to be. In addition, Ask-a-Librarian for help at the Research Desk in the Library, next to the pendulum. Or connect with us online via Chat, Text, Email, or Phone. Have a great semester!

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New in the Archives: January 2019

The first month of 2019 has flown by, and somehow it is the first day of February already. This month we got back into the swing of things adding new items to Alaska’s Digital Archives, which was recently migrated to OCLC hosting. We also implemented a new solution for storing our digital materials that can only be accessed electronically and added some new collection descriptions to our website.

Collections described

Anchorage Celtic community posters and signs; 2004-2018. EPH-0417

McMac Shoppe sign; 1977-2004. EPH-0418

Alaska Steamship Company menus and publicity materials; undated, 1936-1942, 1952. EPH-0037. 0.01 cubic foot addition of menus from 1952.

EPH-0419-AHS: Alaska Department of Fish and Game publication invoices; 1959.

HMC-0879: Catherine Stadem papers; 1927-2015. 0.1 cubic foot addition. Cost of Living script, thank-you cards, program, fliers

Cost of Living script

Thomas Wade Bledsoe photographs; 1975-1985. HMC-1310 Photos from a biologist and professional photographer.

HMC-1092: Sleeper family papers; 1918-2017, bulk 1947-1984. Primarily papers  and photographs of the family of a U.S. Public Health Service employee who worked on the Alaska Insect Control Project in Anchorage from 1947 to 1954.

Group photo in front of Charles Sawyer Wilson's cabin. From Sleeper family papers.

Group photo in front of Charles Sawyer Wilson’s cabin. From Sleeper family papers.

HMC-1103-AHS: Donald Burnell photographs; 2000. Photographs of covered bridges and other structures in Alaska.

HMC-1288: Gene H. Lacy films; circa 1955-1968.  Films taken by a communications security analyst who was stationed at Fort Richardson.

UAA-0043: University Advancement photographs; 1967-2012. UAA photos, a 5.0 cubic foot addition.

Alaska’s Digital Archives

75 images from Clarence Leroy Andrews papers, HMC-0059

Tourists posing with totem poles

Tourists posing with totem poles. Clarence Leroy Andrews papers.

14 images from McGlashan and Monsen, HMC-1278

46 images from Francis J. Huber slides, HMC-1280

Frank Huber (right) and his son, Jeff, pose in front of their tent during a hunting trip

Frank Huber (right) and his son, Jeff, pose in front of their tent during a hunting trip. From Francis J. Huber slides.


Zane Treesh of the Anchorage Museum’s Library and Archives (and UAA alumni as well as occasional Consortium Library reference librarian)


Introducing NAS (Network Attached Storage)! Last year we found ourselves unable to add large files to the network drive where we were storing our digitized and born-digital materials, due to a lack of storage space. After reviewing our options with both Brad and ITS, we settled upon the NAS as the most cost-effective and sustainable solution to our problem. The NAS consists of seven hard drives, which are configured for redundancy so that if a drive fails the data is not automatically lost. The data is also backed up to a cloud storage system. Many thanks to Brad for setting up the system and showing us how to use it.

Thanks for reading!

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