Information About Where to Vote

If you’re wondering whether you’re registered or where to vote. There is a website where you can look up this information.

To check your polling place and voter registration status, go to the My Voter Information site: https://myvoterinformation.alaska.gov/

The Voter Information Project has a page that you can put your address in and figure out polling locations and hours of polling, as well as see your location on a map. Via the map you can click on an arrow and get directions from your home to the polling place.

All Alaskans from any district can vote on the University of Alaska Anchorage campus at the Student Union on Monday 11/5, 8am to 5pm, and Tuesday 11/6, 7am to 8pm.

Remember that Governor Walker has withdrawn from the race, but polling workers are not allowed to share that information because it is considered electioneering. The Anchorage Daily News has a story explaining this. You can find the Anchorage Daily News in the Consortium Library’s resources. There is a fully digital version available via our database subscriptions.

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Free Workshop on U.S. Census Data & Tools

The Consortium Library will be hosting a Census workshop on Thursday, October 18, 2018, 9:30-11:00 AM. This face-to-face workshop will be led by Heidi Crawford, the U.S. Census Bureau’s Data Dissemination Specialist for Alaska, Oregon, and Washington. Heidi is based in Oregon, so having her here in person is an opportunity not to be missed.

When: 10/18/2018, 9:30-11:00 AM

Where: Library Room 309

Who can attend: Anyone (students, staff, faculty, and community members are all welcome)

Workshop title: Census Data, Census Tools and You – How Census Data and Tools Can Help Your Project

What to expect: Participants will learn about the types of data the Census Bureau produces and where to locate Census data on census.gov using various tools.  Learn how the data helps with reports, research and other projects. The workshop will include:

  • Overview of Census data, including American Community Survey data
  • Overview of Census data tools, including American FactFinder and tools on census.gov
  • Online demonstration on census.gov, including where to search for relevant data and tools and new ways to learn about data
  • Recent and future data releases

RSVP appreciated but not required.

Please contact Ruth Terry at rterry9 at alaska.edu with any questions.

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September 8 is International Literacy Day

International Literacy Day, celebrated annually on the 8th of September since it began in 1965, is an opportunity for governments, civil society, and stakeholders to highlight improvements in world literacy rates, and reflect on the world’s remaining literacy challenges. The issue of literacy is a key component of the United Nation’s Sustainable Development Goals and the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development.

This year’s theme, ‘Literacy and Skills Development,’ explores integrated approaches to support literacy and skills that will ultimately improve people’s lives and work, and contribute to equitable and sustainable societies. International Literacy Day specifically focuses on skills and competencies required for employment, careers, and livelihoods, particularly technical, vocational, and digital skills.

Get involved in supporting literacy efforts where you live through the Alaska Literacy Program or the Literacy Council of Alaska.

–adapted from the International Literacy Day website.

 

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Is my source primary or secondary?

Determining whether a given source is primary or secondary can be difficult sometimes.  And, just to make things more confusing, in a few cases a source can be both!

Consult the Library Guide, Primary or Secondary?, listed on the Get Help page to help you decide.

Also check out this blog post from the Library’s Archives and Special Collections about the Odlin Letter, a source that is both primary and secondary.

If you need more help, ask us!

 

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Trurl and Klapaucius

Artificial Intelligence: it’s all over the place. Deep Blue beats Kasparov at chess, AlphaGo teaches itself to win at Go through an artificial neural network, a chatbot named Microsoft Little Ice has written Chinese poems published as Sunshine Misses Windows, and self-driving cars are driving—well, at least as well as some of us do!

AI has been around even longer in fiction, films, and other entertainments that feature computers, robots, and androids in various flavors of menace and delight:  R.U.R. (Rossum’s Universal Robots), HAL 9000, Star Trek, Gort, Neuromancer, the Alien films, Deus ex Machina, R2D2 and C3PO, Bladerunner (née Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep?), Magnus-Robot Fighter, Morning Becomes Electric, Sky Captain and the World of Tomorrow, The Matrix trilogy—and does anyone remember Colossus: The Forbin Project?  Along with so many others.  If only they were all well-behaved enough to obey Isaac Asimov’s famous Three Laws given in I, Robot…but then, where would all our stories be if everything worked smoothly?

And about that AI-composed poetry.  Stanislaw Lem, the Polish science fiction master, is probably best known for his novel Solaris, which was made famous by the Tarkovsky film.  But he wrote many other works as well, one of them being a series of tales from the mid-1960s about two constructor robots named Trurl and Klapaucius, collected as The Cyberiad: Fables for the Cybernetic Age.  If for that special occasion, you’ve been looking for a unique love poem that’s ”…lyrical, pastoral, and expressed in the language of pure mathematics.  Tensor algebra mainly, with a little topology and higher calculus, if need be.  But with feeling, you understand, and in the cybernetic spirit….” then look no farther: you’ll find it among The Seven Sallies of Trurl and Kalpaucius in The First Sally (A), or Trurl’s Electronic Bard.  Frankly, it puts Microsoft Little Ice to shame.

While you can find information about Deep Blue, AlphaGo, Microsoft Little Ice, and plenty of other artificial intelligence accomplishments regularly flooding your electronic doorstep these days whether you want it there or not, you sometimes have to dig a little deeper for things like the sallies of Trurl and Klapaucius, all of which are worth reading and thinking about.  But you can find them if you go to the Library Catalog and type in Cyberiad — it will come up as an Alaska’s Digital Library ebook that you can check out. (Sorry – QuickSearch will bring up interesting articles about The Cyberiad, but not the Alaska’s Digital Library copy.)  Oh, and by the way—good luck with that tensor algebra!

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Textbook Affordability Week Events – March 26 -30

UAA is hosting it’s first annual Textbook Affordability Week (TAW).  The week of March 26 – 30 there will be events all week designed to increase awareness, provide information, and promote dialogue around reducing the costs of textbooks and course material to support student success.  Events are open to students, faculty, staff, and all others who are interested in this topic.

There is a TAW website to highlight these events.  The website provides the schedule of events, allows for RSVPs, and provide information about events being made available to extended campuses.

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