The Alaska State Library awarded an additional $52,500 to the Consortium Library’s Digital Pipeline grant bringing the total amount to $ 140,340. The reason for the additional funding is to pay for the surge in demand for the Live Homework Help service. Between July 2011 and January 2012, 9921 online tutoring sessions were conducted. Most of the tutoring sessions were for algebra I and algebra II and 41% were for college courses. This level of service represents an increase of 63% over the same time last year. The Live Homework Help program consistently receives high marks from the students.
Is this service helping you improve your grades? 92% yes
Is this service helping you complete your homework assignments? 96% yes
Is this service helping you be more confident about your school work? 93% yes
Would you recommend this service to a friend? 97% yes
Is this service helping you study for school? 97% yes
Are you glad your organization offers this service? 98% yes
Assistant Professor Megan Friedel is a member of the Library Archives and Special Collections Department. Her recent blog entry on some of the history of Hatcher Pass was reprinted on the Adventure Journal website.
She also reports this topic was on Twitter including a retweet by the indie band Portugal. The Man, which is a group of Alaskan musicians who are currently very popular. And that is not all….reportedly Death Cab for Cutie also used a photo provided by Archives.
The three students who won prizes in the LibQUAL drawing are APU student Whisper Hymer ($100 iTunes) and UAA students, Marcus Duenez (iPad2) and Lori Bogren ($100).
Because of the initiative and skills of the Technical Services Department, the Library’s online catalog continues to expand by adding other UAA collections. Most recently the cataloging records for the Learning Resources Center and Disability Support Services collections were added. Last month, new records were added for 72 titles purchased for the Career Services Center. The Joint Library Catalog also has cataloging records for the collections held at the Small Business Development Center and the Native Studies Program. Last fall the collections of the Confucius Institute were transferred to the Library and these materials were cataloged as well. Because of these efforts, UAA’s specialized resources are more accessible to the university community and to the residents of Alaska.
If you visited the Library’s website in the last couple of weeks, you should have noticed some changes. The Library’s schedule for its hours has been moved to make room for the Library’s social media presence. The News and Events section has a new look linking to a webpage combining news from the Library’s blogs, Facebook, Twitter and YouTube all at one convenient location. With the merging of electronic resources in library databases, the separate “Find Books” and “Find Articles” links have been collapsed into “Find Books & Articles.” The new look incorporates more dynamic social content while highlighting the Library’s resources and collections.