It will be hard not to notice some of the changes at the Consortium Library for the coming academic year. Upon entering the Library, you will notice a fully stocked vending machine ready to sell student supplies. The vending machine should be popular with the late night study groups. On the first floor, in the southeast corner, there are new individual study carrels. Near the main staircase on the second floor, there is new furniture plus a 12-foot counter with stools. The counter is equipped with electrical outlets and USB charging ports. More electric outlets can be found on the second floor to accommodate the growing demand from laptops and mobile devices. There is new seating near the older elevator. Also on the second floor is a new book scanner for digitalizing and transmitting materials to USB drives, email, or even to network destinations such as Google docs. This scanner is in addition to the two popular touch screen machines in the copy room. Room 306 has new tables and equipment. The new tables feature a “store away option” for the desktop PCs thus making the room more useful for instruction sessions and meetings. Across the hall from 306, there is a new ADA door for Archives and new lockers inside the reading room. If you are interested in making digital searchable copies from microfilm or microfiche, the Library now has two scanners one in the copy room and one in Interlibrary Loan.
One look at the Library’s catalog and you know things have changed. The catalog has a new interface including book covers with new navigational and search limit options. The search results are based on relevancy and keywords (not unlike Google). Since the Consortium Library’s catalog defaults to “everywhere” and not just to UAA, it will be apparent that the catalog now contains the holdings of the three major libraries in Juneau. The libraries at UAS, the Juneau Public Library, and the Alaska State Library are represented in the Joint Library Catalog along with the Anchorage public libraries, ARLIS, the Anchorage Museum, the Valdez Consortium Library, and the UAA libraries including the Learning Resources Center and Career Services. The expanded Joint Library Catalog with 1.4 million title records is directly serving 45% of the population of Alaska.
And if these improvements were not enough, the Consortium Library has recently added some outstanding research collections. Here is a list and a short description of the resources:
Statistical Insight, upgraded database-
Statistics from federal agencies, states, business organizations, research institutions, and international organizations
U.S. Congressional Serial Set and American State Papers, 1789-1994
Reports, documents, and journals of the U.S. Senate and House of Representatives. Also includes American State Papers, 1789-1838 and Serial Set Maps.
Arctic & Antarctic Regions (database)
World’s largest collection of international polar databases. Over 1 million records covering multidisciplinary research on cold regions, spanning from 1800 to the present.
Anatomy & Physiology Online (Ovid)
This online resource offers 3D images, interactive models, narrated animations and illustrations, and much more.
ReferenceUSA (business database)
Data on businesses, health care providers, and consumers. Company information is searchable by SIC/NAICS codes or key words, and sortable by size of company, company income, geographic location, etc. This is a good resource for marketing studies.
Hein Online (database)
Archival database of full page images from legal periodicals & related materials. Also includes digital backfiles of the Federal Register; U.S. Reports; the Code of Federal Regulations; the U.S. Statutes at Large; the Congressional Record; and more.
Upgraded, includes 38 titles in the Science Collection. Authoritative, analytic reviews in the Biomedical, Physical, and Social Sciences.
Access World News collection of newspapers, upgraded Newsbank collection
A database of over 2800 full-text, electronic news sources from around the world. These sources include newspapers, blogs, journals, magazines, news wires, transcripts, and web-only sources. Through more than 10 million current and archived articles, wire services and news translations from over 50 countries, it provides international coverage on a wide range of topics, people, issues and events worldwide.
Declassified Documents Reference System
Previously classified U.S. government documents related to domestic and foreign policies from post-World War II through the 1970s.
Nineteenth Century Collections Online
Digitized primary source documents from the 1800s. Collections include: British Politics & Society; Asia & the West: Diplomacy & Cultural Exchange; European Literature, 1790-1840: The Corvey Collection; British Theatre, Music & Literature. More than 20 million pages.
Sabin Americana Collection, 1500-1926
Online collection of primary source materials, more than 36,000 titles, about the Americas, including original accounts of discovery & exploration, pioneering & westward expansion, the U.S. Civil War & other military actions, Native Americans, slavery, and religious history..
National Geographic virtual library, full run of the magazine 1888-present
Complete archive of National Geographic Magazine from 1888 to the present, including cross-searchable collection of National Geographic books, maps, images, and videos.
The Times (London) Archive 1785-2007
The archive of the London Times contains more than 3 million articles covering over 200 years of world events, including politics, economics, culture, and more
Gale Virtual Reference Library
Added titles including encyclopedias and specialized reference sources for multidisciplinary research.
Complete Ebook package, handbooks and encyclopedias covering social science topics
American Psychological Association
Handbooks, a few ebooks, not the complete collection
Morgan & Claypool Synthesis Digital Library Collection Four
SYNTHESIS is an information service for the research, development and educational communities in engineering and computer science.
Nursing Digital Library, Insight Media Streaming Videos (one year only)
A searchable digital collection of over 150 nursing education streaming videos.
VAST from Alexander Street Press
20,000 streaming videos that cover many topics in many disciplines.