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!
UAA – http://bit.ly/1oaIxEh
APU – http://bit.ly/1pgWFN4
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.
It is now possible for UAA students, staff and faculty to print wirelessly from their laptop at the Consortium Library. Simply download the appropriate driver to your laptop and make sure that you have your UAA Wolfcard or copy card to print. For more information please visit the UAA Information Technology Services page.
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.
Did you know about the UAA Books of the Year? To find out more about the two books selected for 2013-2015, take a look at the guide:
2013-2015 Books of the Year
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.
The Poet Laureate, Natasha Tretheway commenced her residency in January of this year, in Washington D.C. To find out more about this poet and previous Poet Laureates, see the Library of Congress website on Poetry and Literature.
If you are looking for other poetry resources, consider the following databases:
Literature Criticism Online featuring Critical literary analysis of authors and their works across a broad range of regions, eras, and genres. Includes Something About the Author Online and Dictionary of Literary Biography Complete Online.
Literature Resource Center featuring access to biographies, bibliographies, and critical analyses of more than 120,000 authors from every age and literary discipline.
Literary Index featuring a master index to Gale’s series for authors and literary criticism.
Access these databases by clicking on Databases (a subheading in the box called Find Books & Articles) on our main library page and then selecting the letter ‘L’. Scroll down to the database titles listed above.
Consortium Library Research 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. The winner(s) will be asked to present their project at the Undergraduate Research and Discovery Symposium.
To find out more about this exciting opportunity to showcase your work, see the Consortium Library Prize page.