Celebrate Mathematics Awareness Month

Did you know April is Mathematics Awareness Month?

Celebrate by reading a biography of a famous mathematician (can you name one?) or a book on the history of mathematics.  The Consortium Library has a plethora of books and other resources on all things math, as well as a collection of study DVDs for learning algebra, geometry, calculus, and much more.

Here’s a sample.

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Learn about Defy Fear Week events, and discover art and the human spirit at the Terezin concentration camp, this week on Informania

This week on Informania, Deb the Librarian interviews April Wilson, Chair of the Defiant Requiem:  Verdi at Terezin Organizing Committee and Anchorage Concert Chorus Board Member. Following is information from the Anchorage Concert Chorus about this performance and other Defy Fear! events.  Interested in reading about this topic?  Check out the Defiant Requiem Resource List.

Due to software challenges, Informania may not be replayed this Thursday at 5pm as expected.  I will work on posting these shows online as well.  Please listen to Informania’s live broadcasts on 88.1FM or kruaradio.org, Wednesday at 9am.  Listen, and be informed!

The Live Performance

The concert-drama, Defiant Requiem: Verdi at Terezín, tells the story of the courageous Jewish prisoners in the Theresienstadt Concentration Camp during World War II who performed the famous Verdi Requiem Mass while experiencing the depths of human degradation.  With only a smuggled score, they performed the famous oratorio sixteen times, including one performance before senior SS officials from Berlin and a Red Cross delegation.   Conductor Rafael Schächter told the choir, We will sing to the Nazis what we cannot say to them.
 
The concert was conceived and created by Foundation President, Maestro Murry Sidlin. The concert combines the magnificent music of Verdi with testimony from survivors of the original chorus and footage from a Nazi propaganda film on Theresienstadt.  The performance also includes actors who speak the words of imprisoned conductor Rafael Schächter and other prisoners. This is not just another performance of the Verdi Requiem, but a tribute to the inspired leadership of Rafael Schächter who was forced to reconstitute the choir three times as members were transported to Auschwitz.  The performances came to symbolize resistance and defiance and answering the worst of mankind with the best of mankind.    The performance is powerful, dramatic and inspirational, with a contemporary message of hope.
 
The story of Terezín unfolds between each section of the Verdi score.  The final concert/drama, running two hours without intermission, explains why the performances in 1943 and 1944 provided a beacon of hope for the prisoner choir and its audience.
 
Following a 2010 performance at the Kennedy Center, Washington Post reviewer Stephen Brooks wrote, Murry Sidlin’s setting of the music, incorporating film of the camp, interviews with survivors, and actors describing the dramatic background, was handled with both dignity and power, and pushed the requiem to even more harrowing depths and exalting heights.”   See www.defiantrequiem.org for more information.
 
Defy Fear! Week
Defy Fear! Week 
A week of engaging and thought-provoking events leading up to Anchorage Concert Chorus’ performances of Defiant Requiem: Verdi at Terezin on April 8 & 10 in the Atwood Concert Hall – 
For more information visit www.anchorageconcertchorus.org
     
Day Event
Evening Event
Friday, Apr.1  
Defy Fear! Week opening reception with introduction by Mayor Berkowitz, music by Anchorage Concert Chorus Anchorage Museum at Rasmuson Center
6:30 -  7:30pm
Saturday, Apr. 2
“March of the Living” Presentations by Alaska teens who travelled to Poland and Israel to participate in this annual pilgrimage which includes a retracing of the Death March from Auschwitz to Berkinau gas chambers & crematoria. Everyone welcome, reception following
Alaska Public Media studios 7:00-10:00 pm  
Sunday, Apr. 3
Reading of Hana’s Suitcase
Title Wave Book Store 1-2 pm
“The World War II Holocaust Revisited”  Excerpts from the 1965 opera “The Final Ingredient”; “a Holocaust Suite”; three movements from Verdi’s Requiem, etc.
sacred concert on KLEF 6-9 AM
Monday, Apr. 4  
“Defiant Requiem” PBS documentary screening. Question & answer with creator/conductor Murry Sidlin following the showing
Bear Tooth Theatre Pub & Grill 8:00 pm
Tuesday, Apr. 5 Children’s Peace Pole on display all week at Loussac Library
“Genocide and Refugees” panel discussion with Dr. Mara Kimmel, immigration attorney and co-founder of Alaska Institute for Justice, Leslie Fried, Alaska Jewish Museum Director and Teresa Grey, recent volunteer in Levos Greece refugee camp.
BP Energy Center 6:00 – 8:00 PM
Wednesday, Apr. 6
Reading of Hana’s Suitcase 
Loussac Library Innovation Lab
5:00–6:00 pm
Thursday, Apr. 7 Lunch & Learn with Maestro Murry Sidlin.  Loussac Library Innovation Lab noon – 1 pm
“Schindler’s List” screening
Loussac Library Innovation Lab 5:30 pm
Friday, Apr.8
Alaska World Affairs Council Panel: “Music, Art & Justice: Community Building and Political Expression on the International Stage” with Maestro Murry Sidlin and Julie Decker.  Moderated by Torrie Allen
Downtown Anchorage Hilton 12-1
“Defiant Requiem: Verdi at Terezin” Performance presented by the Anchorage Concert Chorus and UAA School of Music. Murry Sidlin guest conductor; Mari Hahn, soprano; Marsha Miller-Ackerman, mezzo; John Nuzzo, tenor; Anton Belov, bass/baritone
Alaska Center for the Performing Arts
Atwood Concert Hall  8:00 pm
Saturday, Apr. 9 Children add their handprints to the Peace Pole.  Loussac Library, Youth Services, Second Floor DROP BY ANYTIME
UAA Faculty Concert, repertoire will tie into the themes presented through Defy Fear! Week
UAA Recital hall 7:30 pm
Sunday, Apr.10   “Defiant Requiem: Verdi at Terezin” Performance presented by the Anchorage Concert Chorus and UAA School of Music.Alaska Center for the Performing Arts Atwood Concert Hall  8:00 pm
Defy Fear! Week
 
1st Friday at Anchorage Museum at Rasmuson Center 6:30 – 7:30
Kick-off event for Defy Fear! Week, introduction and proclamation by Mayor Berkowitz, excerpts from “Verdi Requiem” by Anchorage Concert Chorus – Sponsored by Anchorage Museum
 
“March of the Living” – student presentations – Alaska Public Media studios – Saturday, April 27-10 pm The program will feature presentations by Alaska Jewish teens who travelled to Poland and Israel and participated in this annual pilgrimage which included a retracing of the Death March from Auschwitz to Berkinau gas chambers & crematoria.  A question and answer session will follow the presentations.  Sponsored by Alaska Public Media and the Alaska Chapter of the United Jewish Communities
 
Children’s Peace Pole - On display from Tuesday, April 5th to Sunday April 10th
 
Genocide and Refugees – PB Energy Center – Tuesday, April 56-8 pm A panel discussion with Dr Mara Kimmel, Leslie Fried and Teresa Grey all who have experiences and observations regarding the journey and treatment of refugees.
 
Hana’s Suitcase reading – Sunday, April 3 at Title Wave Book Store 1-2 pm
An opportunity to hear the summarized story of Hana and George Brady, Czech Jews. Includes excerpts from the book, a recording of a question and answer session from the survivor of the story and a pictorial display of their life experience in the Nazi prison camp at Terezin in Czechoslovakia.  Also highlighted will be explanations of some Czech traditions along with Czech outfits from Moravia. A limited number of copies of Hana’s Suitcase will be available to take home by making a small donation to the Anchorage Concert Chorus.  Sponsored by Title Wave Book Store
 
“Defiant Requiem”– Monday, April 4 at Beartooth Theatre Pub 8:00 pm - Screening of the PBS feature-length documentary film which illuminates the extraordinary, untold story of the brave acts of resistance by the Jewish prisoners at Terezín Concentration Camp during World War II.  Introduction by Mayor Berkowitz, question & answer period following with Murry Sidlin, creator of “Defiant Requiem – Verdi at Terezin. Sponsored by BeartoothTheatre Pub and Defiant Requiem Foundation
 
Lunch & Learn – Thursday, April 7 at Loussac Library Innovation Lab 12-1 pm
Maestro Murry Sidlin will provide background on Verdi, the different movements of his masterpiece Requiem, and the upcoming performances of “Defiant Requiem: Verdi at Terezin”. Sponsored by Loussac Library and Defiant Requiem Foundation
 
Schindler’s List – Thursday, April 7 at Loussac Library Innovation Lab 5:30
Schindler’s List is a 1993 movie based on the book Schindler’s Ark by Thomas Keneally (the book was later renamed Schindler’s List as well). The movie relates the tale of Oskar Schindler, a German entrepreneur who was instrumental in saving the lives of over one thousand Polish Jews during the Holocaust. (Moviepedia). Sponsored by Loussac Library
 
World Affairs Council Panel: “Music, Art & Justice” Friday, April 8, Downtown Anchorage Hilton, 12-1 pm “Community Building and Political Expression on the International Stage” with Maestro Murry Sidlin and Julie Decker, Director of the Anchorage Museum, moderated by Torrie Allen, Alaska Public Media.  Sponsored by World Affairs Council
 
Children’s Peace Pole- Loussac Library, Youth Services, Second Floor Saturday, April 9 to add a decorated handprint to the peace pole. Crafting materials will be available. Peace pole on loan from Anchorage Montessori School.  DROP BY ANYTIME.  Sponsored by Loussac Library
 
tribute to the inspired leadership of Rafael Schächter who was forced to reconstitute the choir three times as members were transported to Auschwitz.  The performances came to symbolize resistance and defiance and answering the worst of mankind with the best of mankind.    The performance is powerful, dramatic and inspirational, with a contemporary message of hope.
 
The story of Terezín unfolds between each section of the Verdi score.  The final concert/drama, running two hours without intermission, explains why the performances in 1943 and 1944 provided a beacon of hope for the prisoner choir and its audience.
 
Following a 2010 performance at the Kennedy Center, Washington Post reviewer Stephen Brooks wrote, Murry Sidlin’s setting of the music, incorporating film of the camp, interviews with survivors, and actors describing the dramatic background, was handled with both dignity and power, and pushed the requiem to even more harrowing depths and exalting heights.”   See www.defiantrequiem.org for more information.
 
Defy Fear! Week
Defy Fear! Week 
A week of engaging and thought-provoking events leading up to Anchorage Concert Chorus’ performances of Defiant Requiem: Verdi at Terezin on April 8 & 10 in the Atwood Concert Hall – 
For more information visit www.anchorageconcertchorus.org
     
Day Event
Evening Event
Friday, Apr.1  
Defy Fear! Week opening reception with introduction by Mayor Berkowitz, music by Anchorage Concert Chorus Anchorage Museum at Rasmuson Center
6:30 -  7:30pm
Saturday, Apr. 2
“March of the Living” Presentations by Alaska teens who travelled to Poland and Israel to participate in this annual pilgrimage which includes a retracing of the Death March from Auschwitz to Berkinau gas chambers & crematoria. Everyone welcome, reception following
Alaska Public Media studios 7:00-10:00 pm  
Sunday, Apr. 3
Reading of Hana’s Suitcase
Title Wave Book Store 1-2 pm
“The World War II Holocaust Revisited”  Excerpts from the 1965 opera “The Final Ingredient”; “a Holocaust Suite”; three movements from Verdi’s Requiem, etc.
sacred concert on KLEF 6-9 AM
Monday, Apr. 4  
“Defiant Requiem” PBS documentary screening. Question & answer with creator/conductor Murry Sidlin following the showing
Bear Tooth Theatre Pub & Grill 8:00 pm
Tuesday, Apr. 5 Children’s Peace Pole on display all week at Loussac Library
“Genocide and Refugees” panel discussion with Dr. Mara Kimmel, immigration attorney and co-founder of Alaska Institute for Justice, Leslie Fried, Alaska Jewish Museum Director and Teresa Grey, recent volunteer in Levos Greece refugee camp.
BP Energy Center 6:00 – 8:00 PM
Wednesday, Apr. 6
Reading of Hana’s Suitcase 
Loussac Library Innovation Lab
5:00–6:00 pm
Thursday, Apr. 7 Lunch & Learn with Maestro Murry Sidlin.  Loussac Library Innovation Lab noon – 1 pm
“Schindler’s List” screening
Loussac Library Innovation Lab 5:30 pm
Friday, Apr.8
Alaska World Affairs Council Panel: “Music, Art & Justice: Community Building and Political Expression on the International Stage” with Maestro Murry Sidlin and Julie Decker.  Moderated by Torrie Allen
Downtown Anchorage Hilton 12-1
“Defiant Requiem: Verdi at Terezin” Performance presented by the Anchorage Concert Chorus and UAA School of Music. Murry Sidlin guest conductor; Mari Hahn, soprano; Marsha Miller-Ackerman, mezzo; John Nuzzo, tenor; Anton Belov, bass/baritone
Alaska Center for the Performing Arts
Atwood Concert Hall  8:00 pm
Saturday, Apr. 9 Children add their handprints to the Peace Pole.  Loussac Library, Youth Services, Second Floor DROP BY ANYTIME
UAA Faculty Concert, repertoire will tie into the themes presented through Defy Fear! Week
UAA Recital hall 7:30 pm
Sunday, Apr.10   “Defiant Requiem: Verdi at Terezin” Performance presented by the Anchorage Concert Chorus and UAA School of Music.Alaska Center for the Performing Arts Atwood Concert Hall  8:00 pm
Defy Fear! Week
 
1st Friday at Anchorage Museum at Rasmuson Center 6:30 – 7:30
Kick-off event for Defy Fear! Week, introduction and proclamation by Mayor Berkowitz, excerpts from “Verdi Requiem” by Anchorage Concert Chorus – Sponsored by Anchorage Museum
 
“March of the Living” – student presentations – Alaska Public Media studios – Saturday, April 27-10 pm The program will feature presentations by Alaska Jewish teens who travelled to Poland and Israel and participated in this annual pilgrimage which included a retracing of the Death March from Auschwitz to Berkinau gas chambers & crematoria.  A question and answer session will follow the presentations.  Sponsored by Alaska Public Media and the Alaska Chapter of the United Jewish Communities
 
Children’s Peace Pole - On display from Tuesday, April 5th to Sunday April 10th
 
Genocide and Refugees – PB Energy Center – Tuesday, April 56-8 pm A panel discussion with Dr Mara Kimmel, Leslie Fried and Teresa Grey all who have experiences and observations regarding the journey and treatment of refugees.
 
Hana’s Suitcase reading – Sunday, April 3 at Title Wave Book Store 1-2 pm
An opportunity to hear the summarized story of Hana and George Brady, Czech Jews. Includes excerpts from the book, a recording of a question and answer session from the survivor of the story and a pictorial display of their life experience in the Nazi prison camp at Terezin in Czechoslovakia.  Also highlighted will be explanations of some Czech traditions along with Czech outfits from Moravia. A limited number of copies of Hana’s Suitcase will be available to take home by making a small donation to the Anchorage Concert Chorus.  Sponsored by Title Wave Book Store
 
“Defiant Requiem”– Monday, April 4 at Beartooth Theatre Pub 8:00 pm - Screening of the PBS feature-length documentary film which illuminates the extraordinary, untold story of the brave acts of resistance by the Jewish prisoners at Terezín Concentration Camp during World War II.  Introduction by Mayor Berkowitz, question & answer period following with Murry Sidlin, creator of “Defiant Requiem – Verdi at Terezin. Sponsored by BeartoothTheatre Pub and Defiant Requiem Foundation
 
Lunch & Learn – Thursday, April 7 at Loussac Library Innovation Lab 12-1 pm
Maestro Murry Sidlin will provide background on Verdi, the different movements of his masterpiece Requiem, and the upcoming performances of “Defiant Requiem: Verdi at Terezin”. Sponsored by Loussac Library and Defiant Requiem Foundation
 
Schindler’s List – Thursday, April 7 at Loussac Library Innovation Lab 5:30
Schindler’s List is a 1993 movie based on the book Schindler’s Ark by Thomas Keneally (the book was later renamed Schindler’s List as well). The movie relates the tale of Oskar Schindler, a German entrepreneur who was instrumental in saving the lives of over one thousand Polish Jews during the Holocaust. (Moviepedia). Sponsored by Loussac Library
 
World Affairs Council Panel: “Music, Art & Justice” Friday, April 8, Downtown Anchorage Hilton, 12-1 pm “Community Building and Political Expression on the International Stage” with Maestro Murry Sidlin and Julie Decker, Director of the Anchorage Museum, moderated by Torrie Allen, Alaska Public Media.  Sponsored by World Affairs Council
 
Children’s Peace Pole- Loussac Library, Youth Services, Second Floor Saturday, April 9 to add a decorated handprint to the peace pole. Crafting materials will be available. Peace pole on loan from Anchorage Montessori School.  DROP BY ANYTIME.  Sponsored by Loussac Library
 
 

 

Financial Literacy Month

April is financial literacy month! If you want to improve your knowledge and understanding of personal finance and other financial matters, you’re not alone. The library has numerous books to help you learn about these topics; see below for a selection of titles. Many of these items will be on display through April 15th.

This year, the library will be a location for DASH for the STASH, an investor education contest. One statewide winner will win a $1000 prize to open or add to a retirement investment account, courtesy of the Alaska Division of Banking and Securities and the nonprofit Investor Protection Institute. To participate, visit the library, read four informational posters, and correctly answer a question about each poster. DASH for the STASH will be available in the library through April 15th.

April 4-8, 2016, the $avvy $eawolf program will host a variety of financial literacy workshops across the UAA campus. See the event calendar here:
https://www.uaa.alaska.edu/financialaid/FinancialLit/finlitmonth2016.cfm.

Our two most recent presidents have both acknowledged the importance of financial education in America. With Executive Order 13455, former President Bush established the President’s Advisory Council on Financial Literacy, and President Obama established the President’s Advisory Council on Financial Capability for Young Americans with Executive Order 13646. You can find those Executive Orders here: https://www.federalregister.gov/executive-orders. The Financial Literacy and Education Commission, which is part of the U.S. Department of the Treasury, provides a listing of many financial education resources here: https://www.treasury.gov/resource-center/financial-education/Pages/commission-index.aspx.

Selected Titles:

Kiplinger’s money smart women [electronic resource]. Bodnar, J. (2007).

Make money, not excuses : Wake up, take charge, and overcome your financial fears forever [electronic resource]. Chatzky, J. S., & Denaker, S. (2006).

Your money or your life : Transforming your relationship with money and achieving financial independence. Dominguez, J. R., & Robin, V. (1999).

Common sense economics : What everyone should know about wealth and prosperity. Gwartney, J. D., & Gwartney, J. (2010).

Personal finance essentials. Heath, J. A., & Lopus, J. S. (2012).

Clark Howard’s living large for the long haul : Consumer-tested ways to overhaul your finances, increase your savings, and get your life back on track [electronic resource]. Howard, C. (2013).

Debt-proof living : The complete guide to living financially free. Hunt, M. (2005; 1999).

Retirement planning. Jasper, M. C. (2005).

Zero debt for college grads : From student loans to financial freedom. Khalfani-Cox, L. (2007).

The budget kit : The common cents money management workbook. Lawrence, J. (2008).

More than you know : Finding financial wisdom in unconventional places. Mauboussin, M. J. (2008).

How to get out of debt, stay out of debt & live prosperously. Mundis, J. J. (2003).

Combat finance : How military values and discipline will help you achieve financial freedom. Neddenriep, K. (2014).

Currency of the heart : A year of investing, death, work & coins. Nichols, D. R. (2002).

The index card : Why personal finance doesn’t have to be complicated. Olen, H., & Pollack, H. A. (2016).

The 9 steps to financial freedom. Orman, S. (1997).

Women & money : Owning the power to control your destiny [electronic resource] Orman, S., & Denaker, S. (2007).

Millennial money : How young investors can build a fortune. O’Shaughnessy, P. (2014).

Money, a memoir : Women, emotions, and cash. Perle, L. (2006).

Picture your prosperity : Smart money moves to turn your vision into reality. Rogin, E., & Kueng, L. (2015).

Smart is the new rich : Money guide for millennials. Romans, C. (2015).

Finance is personal : Making your money work for you in college and beyond. Stephenson, K., & Hutchins, A. B. (2015).

Debt cures “they” don’t want you to know about. Trudeau, K. (2008).

Personal finance for dummies. Tyson, E. (2006).

Financial literacy education : What do students need to know to plan for the future? : Hearing before the subcommittee on education reform of the committee on education and the workforce. United States Congress, House Committee on Education and the Workforce, Subcommittee on Education Reform (2004).

Consumer debt : Are credit cards bankrupting Americans? : Hearing before the subcommittee on commercial and administrative law of the committee on the judiciary. United States Congress, House Committee on the Judiciary, Subcommittee on Commercial and Administrative Law (2009).

The importance of financial literacy among college students : Hearing before the committee on banking, housing, and urban affairs, United States Senate. United States Congress, Senate Committee on Banking, Housing, and Urban Affairs (2003).

Budgeting pays off after school! William D. Ford Federal Direct Loan Program (2001).

100% financial literacy success. Wilson, G. (2013).

 

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Verification and the Wild World Web

How can I be sure
In a world that’s constantly changing?
— The Young Rascals

That’s a good question, especially in our modern digital world – how exactly can you be sure?  You can increase your chances by learning how to think critically about online sources, and one title that can help is a new publication from the European Journalism Centre called the Verification Handbook: An Ultimate Guideline on Digital Age Sourcing for Emergency Coverage.  Remember the adage:  trust, but verify?  The attitude here is much more in the vein of verify, then trust.  Here’s the link for a free PDF download:

http://verificationhandbook.com

This title is intended for journalists and aid responders who need to quickly find out whether something is real or not.  But while the rest of us might not want to go so far as to directly contact the person who first uploaded the questioned content to social media, there’s a lot that non-journalists can learn from it, too.  It’s divided into ten short chapters on things like ‘3: Verifying User-Generated Content’ (UGC is an acronym to remember when reading this book – it’s everywhere!), ‘4: Verifying Images,’ and ‘5: Verifying Video.’  There are a number of interesting case studies that are like short detective stories; for instance, there’s one on a giant beach ball on a city street and another on sharks swimming in a suburb after Hurricane Sandy.  The book concentrates on news events, so other case studies include things like the Boston Marathon bombing and the 2011 Japanese earthquake.

The last chapter, ‘Verification Tools,’ lists several pages of useful internet tools and is worth browsing all by itself.  If you’d like more, you can also download two related free books from that same link, one of additional materials and more case studies, and another focusing on investigative reporting.

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Workshops for moving to the new version of RefWorks

refworksaRefWorks users must move to the new version of RefWorks citation management software by May 10th, 2016 when the old version expires. The new RefWorks has a number of nice features and it is very easy to move the citations from your old account to the new account.

How to Move to New RefWorks

In addition, the UAA/APU Consortium Library is offering workshops that will show you how simple it is to move your existing RefWorks citations and offer tips and tricks for how to get the most out of the new version.

  • In-person Workshop, Tue March 29th 1pm-2pm, Consortium Library Room 309

2016 Presidential Election: Your Vote Matters

Find all the information you need to vote in this year’s elections on Alaska’s Division of Elections Site.  There are links for College Voters, Registering to Vote Online, Absentee Voting, plus information on Political Parties, Elected Officials, Candidates, Past Election Results, Ballot Measures, Voting Districts, and more.

This year’s general election is November 8th and the primary is August 16.

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