Learn how you can participate in the Great Backyard Bird Count February 14-17, 2020. Begun in 1998, it’s the first online citizen-science project to collect data on wild birds.
February is also National Bird Feeding Month. And to help you attract birds to your backyard and learn to identify them, check out this list of field guides, basic birding books, and much more found in libraries all across the state.
… in these library books from across Alaska. You can also tempt your taste buds by browsing through just a sample of a huge collection of cookbooks the Consortium Library recently received. Bon appétit!
For background information and general biology of animals, try Grzimek’s Animal Life Encyclopedia, one of our many ebook reference sources. Arranged in taxonomic order in 17 volumes, the encyclopedia provides information about distribution, reproduction, habitat, behavior, and much more. And best of all, it’s online!
SLED, Alaska’s Information Dividend, is a free resource available to all Alaska residents. Paid for by the University of Alaska and the Alaska State Library, SLED (Statewide Library Electronic Doorway) offers access to a plethora of databases and other sources covering many different topics.
Here’s just a sample:
Live Homework Help (tutors available to help students with a variety of subjects)
Learning Express (practice tests, career prep, and info for more than 4,000 schools)
Heritage Quest Online (genealogy resources)
Alaska’s Digital Archives (historical photos and more from AK museums and libraries)
Auto Repair, Hobbies & Crafts, Home Improvement, Small Engine Repair (DIY resources)
The Consortium Library has a plethora of information on biographies of people, both living and dead. Some are famous, others not so famous, and quite a few are names no one even knows.
Many sources are available online in QuickSearch, such as the Encyclopedia of World Biography, an entire encyclopedia devoted to nothing but biographies.
A sample of more specialized sources online includes the Dictionary of Literary Biography; Dictionary of Political Biography; and American Men & Women of Science : A Biographical Directory of Today’s Leaders in Physical, Biological, and Related Sciences.
Don’t forget there are also lots of print sources on biographies in the Reference section featuring artists, writers, women, presidents, musicians, Ancient Greeks and Romans, mathematicians, and on and on. Ask us to learn more!
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.
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!
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.
This year, the Great American Smokeout will be on November 16, 2017, when smokers across the country take part in the American Cancer Society’s annual event. The Smokeout began nationwide in 1977, so this year will be the 40th anniversary.
Take a look at these resources from the Library Catalog that encourage people to stop smoking and take an important step toward a healthier life.
Take a look at the new arrangement of the Library’s Research Guides. Many are new, others have been completely revised, and the rest have been rearranged to make them much easier to find and access.
A special section called Get Help highlights selected How-to Guides, where you’ll find step-by-step instructions and other helpful information on many of the tasks you may encounter as you do your research.
We welcome suggestions for other Guides to add, so feel free to let us know what else you’d like to see on the list.