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Ways to Give

The Egan Library provides vital and diverse collections in support of research and scholarship at the University of Alaska Southeast. In 2015 we celebrated the 25th Anniversary of our beautiful Auke Lake facility and we continually prepare for a bright future as a location to bring academic collections and services to benefit the UAS community and beyond.

Here are a few ways you can Give in support of the current and long-term growth and excellence in our academic collections:

  • Become a member of the Friends of the Egan Library. A network of the UAS Alumni & Friends, launched in 2015
  • Give to the Friends of the Egan Library Network. To do this, at the UA Foundation Give Now you may "Donate to a Specific Fund or Scholarship" and designate UASAA Friends of the Egan Library Network
  • Begin an endowed fund for long-term benefit to the community. The Development Office provides information on how to establish a new fund. Our most recently established fund is the Egan Library Children’s Alaskana Collection.

Friends of the Egan Library

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The Friends of Egan Library includes alumni, faculty, students and community members committed to supporting the Egan Library.  The Friends plan community events in support of the Egan Library mission and define potential fundraising opportunities for continued strong support of the library mission.

Membership and Support

  • Friends of the Egan Library Network Membership is $15 /year
  • Requires an active membership with the UAS Alumni and Friends Association (UASAA): $35-450 
  • An individual annual membership to both FOEL and UASAA start at $50/year total.
  • Online Membership Form
  • Print Membership Form (complete and mail)
  • Give to the Friends of the Egan Library Network.  In order to designate your donation to FOELN, write in “UASAA Friends of the Egan Library Network” under the section Gift Information, in the second space under “or, Donate to a Specific Fund or Scholarship.” 

Benefits of Membership

  • A commemorative Friends of the Egan Library lapel pin.
  • Invitations to Egan Library Events including Evening at Egan lecture series, the annual UAS Authors' Reception (network members and invited autors only, Spring) and other events throughout the year.
  • Reserved seating at select Egan Library events.  
  • Publications highlighting library news and initiatives including FRIENDS' newsletter.
  • One time 25% discount on select of University of Alaska Press titles (see below) for FOEL members during 2016.  Featured titles will rotate annually.  Discount code sent to new members, discount only valid when purchased through University of Alaska Press or University of Chicago Press websites.

  • Invitations to review and select materials withdrawn from the Egan Library collection.
  • Recognition in the annual Honor Roll of Friends.
2016 Featured UA Press discounted titles
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Made of Salmon: Alaska Stories from the Salmon Project edited by Nancy Lord

Made of Salmon brings together more than fifty diverse Alaska voices to celebrate the salmon and its place in Alaska life. A mix of words and images, the book interweaves longer works by some of Alaska’s finest writers with shorter, more anecdotal accounts and stunning photographs of Alaskans fishing for, catching, preserving, and eating salmon throughout the state.

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Picture Man: The Legacy of Southeast Alaska Photographer Shoki Kayamori by Margaret Thomas

In 1912, Shoki Kayamori and his box camera arrived in a small Tlingit village in southeast Alaska. At a time when Asian immigrants were forbidden to own property and faced intense racial pressure, the Japanese-born Kayamori put down roots and became part of the Yakutat community. For three decades he photographed daily life in the village, turning his lens on locals and migrants alike, and gaining the nickname “Picture Man.”

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Benchmarks: New and Selected Poems by Richard Dauenhauer

Russian, German, Tlingit. Like the languages he translates, Richard Dauenhauer's poetry offers unexpected surprises. A prolific translator who also works in Finnish, Swedish, and classical Greek, he has a poetic command of language that has earned him wide recognition over fifty years of published work

More about the Friends

  • President Kathy Ruddy invites interested Friends members to join in planning Friends activities, events and fundraising.
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Honor Roll of Friends

Thanks to the generousity of the following individuals, our charter members. Members choosing to remain anonymous not listed.

Funds Supporting our Collections

Thanks to the generous support of our funders we have been able to enhance our collections. If you would like to make a contribution to an endowment fund - the UAS Development Office can help you.

Verna M. Carrigan Library Fund, est. 1992

This endowment provides for the purchase of books, equipment and facilities for the Library.

R.E. Robertson Memorial Fund, est. 1992

This fund is designated for the purchase of  resources on Alaska archaeology, anthropology, history, culture and the like. Resources for these subjects include several periodical subscriptions.  See a selection of Robertson collection purchases.

Ruth A. and Ernest O. Swanson Memorial – UAS Fisheries, est. 1983

This fund is specifically for the purchase of resources supporting fisheries and marine sciences.  See a selection of Swanson collection purchases.

William P. Johnson Memorial Endowment Fund, est. 1990

This fund is for library materials with no restrictions on selection or placement. This fund is usually used to purchase reference collection resources otherwise beyond the library budget. Where possible, selection is focused on titles likely to be relevant for some time.  See a selection of Johnson fund purchases.

Mary Lou King Fund for Basketry

Donation from Mary Lou King, a Juneau resident and basket weaver, for the purchase of books and videos on traditional basketry and woven arts.  Purchases from this fund were made between 2006 and 2008. Ms. King also donated books to the library from her own collection.  Two baskets by Ms. King are featured in the Northwest Coast Art display on the lower level of Egan Library. See the King selections.

Egan Library Children's Alaskana Collection

An endowed fund from Professor of Education Katy Spangler, for children's books specializing in the state and cultures of Alaska. See the fiction titles in this collection.

Verna M. Carrigan Library Fund, est. 1992

This endowment provides for the purchase of books, equipment and facilities for the Library. Thank you to the generosity of Ms. Carrigan we have been able to sustain collections, make improvements. A recent improvement was to add an automatic door to the entrance of the library, increasing accessibility to our facility.

credit: P312-103a Alaska State Library, Verna Carrigan Photograph Collection


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