To provide access to government information; to collect, organize, preserve, and make available materials that document the history of the state; and to promote the development of libraries, archives and museums statewide.
- Provide access to the Alaska State Libraries, Archives and Museums programs and services
- Promote educational opportunities for the development of Libraries, Archives and Museums statewide
- Continue to collect and manage for the care of objects and documents that represent the peoples and history of Alaska
|A: Result - Increase usage of Alaska State Libraries, Archives and Museums services and programs|
|A1: Core Service - Provide access to the Alaska State Libraries, Archives and Museums programs and services|
Target #2: Increase the number of patrons served and items circulated at the Talking Book Center
Analysis of results and challenges: The Talking Book Center (TBC) is a partnership between the Library of Congress' National Library Service for the Blind and Physically Handicapped (NLS) and the Alaska State Library. Serving the entire state, the TBC provides library services for patrons who are visually impaired or physically handicapped to such an extent that they cannot read standard print materials.
Circulation includes digital/cassette audio books and large print books mailed from the TBC to patrons statewide.
Patrons are converting to digital media. The TBC sets up accounts for patrons to download books and magazines directly from NLS and contracts with the Utah State Library for Alaska patrons who wish to receive books and magazines in Braille.
Both per patron use and patron numbers increased in 2014. Our patrons are power users: in 2014, 883 patrons checked out 51,599 items. TBC must do continual marketing to attract users who tend to be older and experiencing sight loss.
In 2014 the TBC successfully instituted a volunteer program; this was recommended by NLS site inspectors.
Target #3: Increase the number of annual visitors to the Alaska State Museums
Number of Visitors to Alaska State Museums
Analysis of results and challenges: The Alaska State Museums sponsors a number of academic and object loan programs, grant-supported youth art programs and traveling exhibitions. Traveling exhibitions go to institutions and, beginning in 2013, are mounted on cruise ships as a popular way to introduce tourists to the history of Alaska. This year’s traveling exhibits were “Arctic Winter Games” and “Lure of Alaska, a History of Tourism in the Great Land”. Although attendance for Sheldon Jackson Museum and July-February at the Alaska State Museum was up, the State Museum closed its doors on February 28, 2014 in order to make way for the new State Libraries, Archives and Museums (SLAM) facility construction. Thus, total Youth Art Activities and Museum Visitors numbers were down, and are expected to remain down until the SLAM facility opens in 2016.
Target #4: Increase the number of Alaskana objects available online
Alaskana Available Online
Analysis of results and challenges: Alaska-related materials on the division website continue to increase. Reference staff refers patrons to the Alaska Digital Archives rather than to the original item, thus preserving endangered, fragile materials. The Guides to Alaska Collections describe the contents of a variety of collections held by the division. Online Museum Exhibits can showcase contemporary Alaskan artwork, explore in-depth cultural or historical themes.
The Alaska State Publications Program is charged with providing no-fee, permanent public access to the materials produced by state agencies, regardless of format. Born-digital documents are preserved on a library server. Often the library provides access to more agency periodical material than is available at the issuing agency web site.
|B: Result - Increase capacity, skills and professional development for staff and management of Libraries, Archives and Museums|
|B1: Core Service - Promote educational opportunities for the development of Libraries, Archives and Museums statewide|
Target #1: Provide professional development and training events for Libraries, Archives and Museums staff statewide
Number of Participants in Professional Development and Training Events
Analysis of results and challenges: Education is at the heart of Libraries, Archives and Museums, and staff are highly trained in their professions. Through grants and state funding, using in-person, conference attendance and online training tools, the Library, Archives and Museum staff educates constituents statewide to help them in their efforts to preserve the history and cultural materials of Alaska. Of particular pride in 2014 was a federal grant for statewide museum staff to travel to Juneau for extensive training in packing and moving museum objects.
|C: Result - Ensure state historical acquisitions and documents are preserved|
|C1: Core Service - Continue to collect and manage for the care of objects and documents that represent the peoples and history of Alaska|
Target #1: Ensure state historical documents are preserved and available to the public
Libraries, Archives and Museums Acquisitions
Analysis of results and challenges: Annual library acquisitions are relatively steady; Museums objects increase slowly because acquisitions are often by donation and because of the high cost to purchase artifacts; notable in 2014 was the broadened scope of the Sheldon Jackson Museum’s collecting policy to include contemporary as well as traditional Alaska Native objects. Archives’ Items Accessioned vary according to the needs of State agencies. The State Libraries, Archives and Museums facility (SLAM) will provide safer preservation of Alaskan history.
Current as of November 12, 2014