2003-2004 UAF Catalog

Student Services

Student Services and Resources


The Elmer E. Rasmuson Library is the largest in the state, with more than 1.75 million volumes. Highly qualified and innovative library faculty and staff, together with computer and telecommunication links, help students find information both in the UAF collections and through the expanding web of international information resources.

The library also provides extensive reference and instructional services to students. The library information and research course, LS 101, is part of the core curriculum and teaches how to find and use information in a variety of disciplines.

Electronic catalogs give you access to the Rasmuson Library book collections, UA systemwide institutions, and more than 30,000 libraries nationwide. Rasmuson Library's website provides access to more than 125 periodical indexes with broad coverage in the sciences, humanities and social sciences as well as management and engineering. Library web pages also link to articles from more than 12,000 full-text electronic periodicals. Additional online resources include reference tools, electronic books, specialized sources for arctic and polar information, and indexes to special formats such as government documents and dissertations. Most of these electronic resources are also accessible to UAF students from anywhere in the world with an Internet connection. Interlibrary loan services provide copies and loans of materials that are not owned by Rasmuson Library.

Special collections include world-class Alaska and Polar Regions collections, covering books, periodicals, archives, manuscripts, historical photographs, oral histories and maps. The Rasmuson Library is a federal documents depository, receiving 55 percent of the materials published by the U.S. Government Printing Office.

The Rasmuson Library building is undergoing major renovations which will provide improved study space, more network connections, better lighting and ventilation, code corrections and other improvements. This renewal project is scheduled for completion in Fall 2003.

The Rasmuson Library Division of Computing and Communications (DC&C) is responsible for campus-wide academic computing, library computing, campus networking and UAF administrative systems. This includes e-mail, open-access computer labs, a 24-hour study area, minicomputers used for academic computing and connection of computers to the campus network. DCC provides consulting, training seminars, documentation, programming support and access to public domain software for UAF students, faculty and staff.

The BioSciences Library, in the Arctic Health Research Building on the UAF West Ridge, is a branch of the Rasmuson Library. It has a substantial collection of books and journals, primarily in the fields of (1) biochemistry, molecular and cell biology, neurology and genetics; (2) physiological, ecological and systematic aspects of botany, entomology, forestry, microbiology, ornithology, soil science and zoology; (3) marine fish biology and fisheries; (4) other aspects of marine biology and ocean sciences except physical oceanography; (5) freshwater biology, ecology and fisheries; and (6) wildlife biology, ecology and management. On-site and remote access to numerous catalogs, indexes and full-text journals are available through the Biosciences Library, as are reference, interlibrary loan and electronic document delivery services.

For Rasmuson Library information telephone (907) 474-7224, e-mail fydir@uaf.edu, or web www.uaf.edu/library/. For BioSciences Library information telephone (907) 474-7442, e-mail fybmlib@uaf.edu, or visit online at www.uaf.edu/library/biosciences/.