Access to Information as a Human Right

Access to Information is a part of the Universal Human Rights Declaration. You can learn more on the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) website, where they state that “Freedom of Information (FOI) can be defined as the right to access information held by public bodies. It is an integral part of the fundamental right of freedom of expression, as recognized by Resolution 59 of the UN General Assembly adopted in 1946, as well as by Article 19 of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights (1948), which states that the fundamental right of freedom of expression encompasses the freedom to “to seek, receive and impart information and ideas through any media and regardless of frontiers”

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Are You Ready To Binge Watch?

The library’s Academic Video Online: Premium collection delivers nearly 70,000 streaming videos (films, documentaries, newsreels, performances, interviews, lectures, television). Choose titles from special collections of American History & World History; Art & Architecture; Asian Film; Counseling & Therapy; Dance; Filmakers Library; Silent Film; and more.

Whether you’re studying or relaxing, you can find content covering Anthropology, Art & Design, Business, Criminal Justice, Diversity Studies, Education, Gender & Sexuality, Health Sciences, History, Literature & Language, Music & Performing Arts, Psychology & Counseling, Science & Engineering, and Social Sciences.

The database includes 60 Minutes/CBS and specials from PBS, BBC, NBC, A&E, and hundreds of other producers and distributers. New content is added monthly. Some examples of titles/series are: Awake: A Dream from Standing Rock; Mali Blues; 10 Days that Unexpectedly Changed America; Advertising in the Digital Age; ZouZou; 50 Mindfulness Techniques; Water Wars; 60 Second Adventures in Astronomy; and La Chanson de Roland.

You can make clips, create playlists, and post to Blackboard using Adobe Flash Player.

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Celebrate Linus Pauling’s Birthday — February 28

Often considered among the most important scientists in history, Linus Carl Pauling, famous chemist and two-time Nobel prize winner, was born on February 28, 1901.  He is the only person (so far) to win two unshared Nobel prizes, for chemistry in 1954, and the peace prize, for his opposition to nuclear weapons, in 1962.

Read more about Pauling’s life and the many books and papers he published, including his peace activism efforts, in these sources available in QuickSearch.

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LibQUAL+ 2017

After conducting the LibQUAL+ Survey in November 2017, we have begun analyzing the results.  For the most part, our users are satisfied with the services we provide and with our library building, but satisfaction with our resources is declining.  This observation confirms our concern that budget reductions are causing our collection to suffer.

More details will be released in the weeks and months to come.  For now, we would like to share a few slides that demonstrate our users’ changing perceptions over the past nine years.

These radar charts show the aggregate results for the core survey questions.  Each axis represents one question. Please see the LibQUAL site for further explanation about reading these charts.

Essentially, Green is considered very favorable, blue is good, yellow is adequate, while red is unsatisfactory.

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Alaska Resources for Teachers

Are you aware that you can access Alaskan themed curriculum kits with an environmental education, natural or physical science focus?

Simply come to the UAA/APU Consortium Library with your UAA/APU ID or a Municipality library card, walk into ARLIS (Alaska Resources and Library Information Services) located on the first floor and you will be able to access a variety of materials that will enhance your curriculum and provide sensory opportunities for students in K-12.

For more information click here.

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New in the Archives: January 2018

Welcome to the first installment of “New in the Archives,” a series of monthly updates about what’s going on in Archives and Special Collections. “New in the Archives” will feature newly described collections, items recently uploaded to Alaska’s Digital Archives, …

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