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Alt-Textbook Workshop

Library faculty Jennifer Ward and Jonas Lamb wrapped up the pilot Alt-Textbook Workshop series which was supported by Academic Innovation Funding.

Library faculty Jennifer Ward and Jonas Lamb wrapped up the pilot Alt-Textbook Workshop series which was supported by Academic Innovation Funding.

Library faculty Jennifer Ward and Jonas Lamb wrapped up the pilot Alt-Textbook Workshop series which was supported by  Academic Innovation Funding.    Five UAS faculty members (4 from Juneau, 1 from Ketchikan) from English, Education, Economics and Construction Technology completed the workshop.  Each provided positive comments on the opportunity to collaborate with faculty outside of their departments, the dedicated time to explore and discover high quality and relevant open educational resources (OER) and discuss among peers the potential for adopting these resources as alternatives to traditional textbooks in their courses.  Participants identified and reviewed 15 OER while also reading and providing annotations for 5 scholarly articles exploring OER in the context of pedagogy, efficacy, student engagement and scholarly communication.  At least one participant indicated intent to adopt an open textbook for Fall 2016.   A more formal report and presentation of findings/impact will follow and be made available at convocation.  Project details and a resource list of OER reviewed by UAS faculty are available at the new Alt-Textbook webpage.

News

Soundings Article: IT Services: New Move, New Features!

IT Services has moved! Please check out our new space in Lower Hendrickson. In addition to our new location, we have some new (and returning) services that we’re rolling out campus-wide.

IT Services has moved! Please check out our new space in Lower Hendrickson. In addition to our new location, we have some new (and returning) services that we’re rolling out campus-wide.

UA Google Apps:

In June, UAS joined UAA and UAF in adopting “Google Apps” UA-wide.  Students, faculty, and staff will be greeted with new Google Apps accounts when they return to campus in the Fall.  Enjoy unlimited email storage and access to Google’s suite of online tools as we take another step towards a unified UA system. More information about the transition can be found at: http://www.uas.alaska.edu/its/initiatives/google.html.

 “Walk-up” Helpdesk service is back!

The UAS Helpdesk now provides face-to-face service in the Lower Hendricksen.  This is in addition to reaching us via phone and email.  The Helpdesk is ready to assist you with your technological questions and is currently staffed during the summer from 8:00am – 7:00pm, Monday – Friday.

Media Services has moved!

Media Services is now co-located with the rest of IT Services in Lower Hendrickson. We will continue to provide A/V services, including: sound reinforcement, multi-camera video productions, media transfers, distance education, and instructional technology support.

REMINDER: Classroom Support

Please visit the Classroom Support desk located in the Egan Library for Egan classroom support issues. For non-Egan classrooms, call 796-6521.  This ITS service is offered to all faculty, staff and students who may need assistance using classroom-specific technologies.

Please feel free to call our Helpdesk at: 907-796-6400 for any general technical questions or if you would like to place an ITS work order.

Presentations

UA Wellness Champion Call-Out!

Have a passion for health and wellness and want to share with those around you?

Have a passion for health and wellness and want to share with those around you? Would you like to be more involved with the wellness program, but don’t know how? How about you just want to promote a change towards a healthier work environment? Then plan on attending the Wellness Champion Call-Out next week! Sara Rodewald, UA’s on-site program manager from Healthyroads will discuss just what being a Wellness Champion is all about. She will also share her vision for the group, answer any questions you have, and be open to hearing feedback on how you think the group can affect the wellness culture at your campus.

Date
Thursday, September 2nd
Time
11 a.m.–12 p.m.
Location
UAF, Butrovich 207B
Remote details
Phone/computer required. Meeting hosted through online videoconference.

Publications

Egan Library Faculty Contribute Interview to Newly Published ACRL Book

Jennifer Ward and Bethany Wilkes coauthored “Staff Engagement for Cohesion”.

Jennifer Ward and Bethany Wilkes coauthored “Staff Engagement for Cohesion”.

Jennifer Ward (Outreach Services Librarian / Associate Professor) and Bethany Wilkes (former Information Literacy Librarian / Assistant Professor) co-authored a contribution to the Association of Colleges and Research Libraries publication: The Small and Rural Academic Library: Leveraging Resources and Overcoming Limitations; edited by Kaetrena Davis Kendrick and Deborah Tritt.

The book explores how academic librarians in such environments can keep pace with, create, and improve modern library practices and services, network with colleagues, and access continuing education and professional development opportunities. Additionally, this book acts as a resource on matters of human resources and management concerns that are unique to LIS professionals and paraprofessionals who serve at small campuses and in rural communities (from the publisher's website).

Jen and Bethany wrote: "Staff Engagement for Cohesion" which focused on our efforts with staff engagement and development, our growth in active programming and events, and effects we noticed in the workplace culture in our library and on the campus at large.

 
 

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