Arctic Council celebrates 20 years and the midpoint of U.S. Chairmanship

In addition to celebrating Arctic Council’s 20th anniversary in 2016, the U.S. is now in its second year chairing this high-level circumpolar forum for political discussions on common issues to the governments of the Arctic States and its inhabitants.  The U.S. chairmanship theme, One Arctic: Shared Opportunities, Challenges & Responsibilities reflects the U.S. commitment, with international cooperation, to protect the marine environment, conserve Arctic biodiversity, improve conditions in Arctic communities, and address the rapidly changing climate in the Arctic.

UAA’s very own former Chancellor, Fran Ulmer, is a member of the U.S. Chairmanship team where she serves as Special Advisor to the U.S. Secretary of State on Arctic Science and Policy.

Canada, Denmark (including Greenland and the Faroe Islands), Finland, Iceland, Norway, Sweden, the Russian Federation, and the U.S. comprise the Council’s eight member Arctic States.  In addition, six Permanent Participants, organizations that represent Indigenous Peoples, are also members.  The chairmanship of the Arctic Council rotates every two years among the Arctic States; in 2015, the U.S. took over the two-year Chairmanship rotation from Canada.

For more information, press releases of the U.S. accomplishments and goals for its chairmanship, and much more, click here.

 

 

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Business/Consumer Information

Are you looking for information about a business or about consumers? Try ReferenceUSA. ReferenceUSA has information about large and small businesses, both public and private. Available consumer information includes income, marital status, age, lifestyle interests, and more. Don’t worry about this database being cut because of budget reductions; you’ll have access to ReferenceUSA through 2019.

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Scan the Horizon

The Consortium Library has free scanners for your use.  Library users can scan books, articles, papers, photographs … really anything that can be placed flat on a desktop surface at the three Bookeye scanners.  That’s not all.  We also have a microform scanner, capable of digitizing microfilm and microfiche.

Users can save scans to a USB drive or email from the scanner.  We have two Bookeye scanners in the Copy Room on Level One, and a third scanner on Level Two, near the ARLIS atrium.

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Look for the Microform Scanner in the Copy Room on Level One.

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Find your summer reading material with NoveList

NoveList is a reader’s advisory database that the Consortium Library subscribes to. If you are looking for summer reading material, it’s a great place to browse. Some of the nice features of this resource include searching by genre or by age group, as well as reading featured articles or finding out about prize winning authors. This database focuses on fiction, so those of you who want the perfect summer escape can find ideas here to satisfy your reading needs. You can find NoveList by going to the Databases link on the Consortium Library website, right under Find Books and Articles. Happy reading!

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Need Fish? Moose? A Little Ecotourism?

Well, we can’t help you with your freezer or a ticket, but if you’re looking for information about fish, moose, or ecotourism, ARLIS has you covered with databases you can use right here in the building.  ARLIS is one of UAA’s partner libraries and it subscribes to:

Both databases can be used on the ARLIS library computers Monday–Friday (8–5). An ARLIS reference librarian will be happy to help if you need assistance. Clicking on the links above will give you a bit more information about the databases, but remember that to search them you’ll need to use the ARLIS computers in person.

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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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