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1999-2000 Catalog

Student Services

Campus Resources: What's Available


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 access information whether in the UAF collections or found 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 research methods and how to find and use information in a variety of disciplines.

Electronic catalogs give access to the Rasmuson book collections as well as our sister University of Alaska systemwide institutions and to more than 11,000 libraries in the Pacific Northwest and nationwide. Rasmuson Library's local area network provides access to periodical indexes for articles on a wide range of topics in the humanities, social sciences, education, management, engineering, the sciences and government documents, with special attention to arctic and polar regions information. Additional information resources such as an electronic encyclopedia with thousands of subject links are easily accessible on-site and remotely. Document delivery and interlibrary loan services allow UAF students to borrow, at no charge, materials owned by other libraries.

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

The BioSciences Library, in the Arctic Health Research Building, is a branch of the Rasmuson Library. It has a substantial collection of books and journals, primarily in the fields of (1) biochemistry and molecular and cell biology; (2) microbial physiology and ecology; (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 and management. On-site and remote access to numerous catalogs, indexes and full-text databases are available through the Biosciences Library, as are reference, interlibrary loan and electronic document delivery services. For more information, call (907) 474-7442 or send e-mail to fybmlib@uaf.edu.

For more information, visit the Rasmuson Library at www.uaf.edu/library, call the library at (907) 474-7224 or e-mail fydir@uaf.edu; or contact the BioSciences Library at (907) 474-7442 or e-mail fybmlib@uaf.edu.