Saturday, November 15, 2014

Since You Asked! Episode 20: Mango and OWL for Language Learning

Librarian Freya Anderson talks about how she uses Mango Languages and OWL videoconferencing to gain confidence and keep her brain young. Find out more about these great resources, accessible to all Alaska residents with internet access, and how you can join the Alaska State Library's French language discussion group.

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[10 minutes]
Recorded on November 12-13, 2014

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Wednesday, October 15, 2014

Since You Asked! Episode 19: Empowering Alaskans To Be Healthy, Independent, and Productive

Librarian Julie Niederhauser sits down with Kate Burkhart, Executive Director of the Advisory Board on Alcoholism & Drug Abuse and the Alaska Mental Health Board, to talk about the prevalent issue of substance abuse in Alaska and the behavioral health of Alaskans. Kate informs us that many Alaskans are affected by substance abuse and/or mental instability in some capacity, but support and solutions are available to those who seek it. We are all Alaskans, no matter what the struggle.

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[ 34 minutes ]
Recorded on October 6, 2014

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Wednesday, October 1, 2014

How much was the PFD for the past seven years?

The 2014 PFD is the third largest in history, surpassed only by 2008 and 2000. Here are the amounts for the past seven years.

2014 $1,884.00
2013 $900.00
2012 $878.00
2011 $1,174.00
2010 $1,281.00
2009 $1,305.00
2008 $2,069.00

We previously posted the amounts for 2002-2007. The payment amounts since 1982 can be found at the Alaska Permanent Fund Corporation website.

Since You Asked! Episode 18: Juneau Teacher Tales, 1930-1959

The Juneau Retired Teachers Association recently published the second edition of their book about Juneau teachers' experiences. The book includes personal histories by teachers who worked in Juneau in the 1930s, 40s, and 50s, as well as information about Juneau's educational history. In this podcast, librarian Claire Imamura talks with retired teachers Barb Potter and Marie Darlin about the project.

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[ 20 minutes]
Recorded on September 29, 2014

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Monday, September 15, 2014

Since You Asked! Episode 17: Emergency management in Alaska, then and now

In 1964, a 9.2 earthquake struck Alaska, causing considerable damage to Alaska’s cities and villages. President Johnson appointed Dwight Ink of the Atomic Energy Commission to coordinate reconstruction after the earthquake. He had six months to do the job! Hear an excerpt from a conversation between Dwight Ink, former Executive Director of the Federal Reconstruction and Development Planning Commission, and John Madden, current Director of the Alaska Division of Homeland Security & Emergency Management. They were joined by Alaska Department of Transportation & Public Facilities Commissioner Pat Kemp, and Mr. Ink’s family members, Donna Wolf and Bruce Ink. Anastasia Tarmann, of the Alaska State Library Historical Collections recorded the session for University of Alaska Fairbanks's Oral History Program. Special thanks to all of the participants, and to University of Alaska Fairbanks.

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[ 18 minutes]
Recorded on September 10, 2014

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