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.
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!
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.