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The 2015 Nobel Prize Winner in Literature: Svetlana Alexievich

The Nobel committee has awarded Svetlana Alexievich “for her polyphonic writings, a monument to suffering and courage in our time”. Svetlana is known for her expansive oral history writings that document the breakdown of the Soviet Union.

Sara Danius, the permanent secretary to the academy explained that “For the past 30 or 40 years she’s been busy mapping the Soviet and post soviet individual,” and additionally, “it’s not really about a history of events. It’s a history of emotions – what she’s offering us is really an emotional world, so these historical events she’s covering in her various books, for example the Chernobyl disaster, the Soviet war in Afghanistan, these are in a way just pretexts for exploring the Soviet individual and the post-Soviet individual.” and “She’s devised a new kind of literary genre. It’s a true achievement not only in material but also in form.”

In the book, “Voices from Chernobyl“, Alexievich talks to hundreds of people affected in different ways by the Chernobyl nuclear accident. Another highly acclaimed book by Alexievich is “War’s Unwomanly Face” (1988), based on interviews with hundreds of women who took part in World War II. Here at the Consortium Library, we have among other titles, her book “Zinky Boys: Soviet Voices from the Afghanistan War“.

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Looking for Journal Titles

If you are looking for specific journal titles and would like to know:

a) Do we have a specific journal?

b) In what format do we have the journal (in print or online)?

c) What is the coverage of the journal?

d) What journals do we have within certain subject areas?

…then you can use the Journal Titles finder on the Consortium Library website. Go to Journal Titles in the main box and then type in your journal title or search by subject for a list of titles.

Tip: If the journal that you are looking for is in online format, you will be able to see what databases the journal is in and link directly to it.

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Dissertations & Theses Full Text

Dissertations & Theses Full Text from Proquest is the world’s most comprehensive collection of dissertations and theses. The database offers full text for most of the dissertations added since 1997 and strong retrospective full text coverage for older graduate works. Each dissertation published since July 1980 includes a 350-word abstract written by the author. Master’s theses published since 1988 include 150-word abstracts. You can also find UAA dissertations and theses in this database. There are numerous search options, such as searching by keyword, subject, author or institution. To locate this database, go to the main Consortium Library home page. Then select Databases and type in the title of the database or simply select “D”. Now select Dissertations & Theses Full Text.

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LibQUAL Survey

Are there some changes you would like to see in the services, facilities and resources provided by the UAA/APU Consortium Library based on your own experiences? Take this opportunity and a few moments of your time to fill out the survey form provided in these links and be heard!



We conduct this survey every three years. More than 1,200 libraries have participated in LibQUAL+, including college and university libraries and community college libraries. This internationally recognized survey, administered by the Association of Research Libraries, is our primary tool used to assess users’ perceptions of library services, collections, and space. It allows us to compare our performance with that of peer institutions, as well as tracking users’ satisfaction over time, comparing results with our earlier surveys. It gives our library users a chance to tell us where our services need improvement so we can respond to and better manage their expectations. We pay close attention to survey results, including user comments, and have used LibQUAL Survey results to guide changes we’ve made in recent years.

Thank you.

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Use NoveList to find a good summer read

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.

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New Summer Reference Hours

Summer Hours

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Now that the summer is here, check our summer reference desk hours at the Consortium Library:

Reference Services Hours

These are our reference hours for May 19 – August 2, 2014. Stop by and ask questions! Outside of our reference hours, please feel free to use Ask A Librarian, and we will reply when we get back.


MONDAY – THURSDAY 9:00am 7:00pm
FRIDAY 9:00am 5:00pm
SATURDAY & SUNDAY noon 5:00pm

Closed: May 26, July 3-4


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Consortium Library Prize

Consortium Library Prize

The Consortium Library Prize lauds an exemplary undergraduate research project from any discipline which demonstrates evidence of significant scholarly investigation and utilization of library resources, print and archival as well as electronic. The selected student will be officially recognized university-wide and will be honored with a $500 award.

Deadline: The spring 2014 deadline is March 19th at 5:00pm.

To Apply: To apply, complete this cover sheet and submit, with your project, following instructions from the Office of Undergraduate Research

Eligibility: Applicants must meet the following criteria:

  • Students must be accepted in an associate or baccalaureate degree program at the University of Alaska Anchorage (any campus) and must be enrolled in at least three credits for the Spring 2014 semester
  • The research project must have been completed in the Spring 2013, Summer 2013, or Fall 2013 semester.  Research projects completed in Spring 2014 are eligible for the award as long as the final paper can be submitted by the March 19th deadline.
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Alice Munro: 2013 Nobel Prize in Literature

The Nobel committee has awarded Alice Munro with the 2013 Nobel Prize in Literature. The committee stated that she is a: “master of the contemporary short story”.  Furthermore, they explained that Munro is acclaimed for her finely tuned storytelling, which is characterized by clarity and psychological realism. Some critics consider her a Canadian Chekhov. In the Oxford Companion to Canadian Literature, her writing is described as being able to show the “surprising depth and complexity in the emotional lives of ordinary people.” REF PR 9180.2.094

Munro is primarily known for her short stories and has published many collections over the years. Her works include Who Do You Think You Are? (1978), The Moons of Jupiter (1982), Runaway (2004), The View from Castle Rock (2006) and Too Much Happiness (2009). The collection Hateship, Friendship, Courtship, Loveship, Marriage (2001) became the basis of the film Away from Her from 2006, directed by Sarah Polley. Her most recent collection is Dear Life (2012).

If you would like to read some stories by Alice Munro, why not pick up Alice Munro’s Best: Selected Stories PR9199.3.M8 A6 or if you would like to learn more about Alice Munro, consider taking a look at the book Alice Munro: Paradox and Parallel  PR9199.3.M8 Z74 1987.

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