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Anchorage, AK 99508

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More about the Susitna Doc Finder

The Susitna Doc Finder is a comprehensive catalog of documents that have resulted from every phase of hydroelectric project proposed for the Susitna River watershed.

Summer Construction 2018

As of Monday, May 14, the Consortium Library’s main entrance will be closed for the summer due to construction. Please use the north entrance to access ARLIS.  For more information, click HERE


Map-enabled boreal database

ARLIS databases includes the search tool created by North West Boreal Landscape Conservation Cooperative (NWB LCC) and ARLIS. The database includes reports and articles, mainly post-2010, addressing land management in the boreal region of Alaska and western Canada. From the ARLIS database list, search the NWB Alaska and Canada bibliography using any combination of the GIS map interface and/or keyword.

Federal Depository Library

Federal Depository Library ProgramARLIS selects federal depository items and provides free public access.

FOUNDERS: The ARLIS parking code changed on July 1st. To receive the new code, please send an email to or contact your agency librarian. After we verify that you are a registered founder, the code will be emailed to you.

New titles in the ARLIS collection are now featured visually by clicking on this link to the ARLIS New Book Carousel.

Books featured in the carousel are generally available for check-out from ARLIS or as holds by other Joint Library Catalog users.

New books are acquired to serve the needs of the ARLIS Founding agencies, but other users may find them useful as well!

The AGU Digital Library search tool is now listed on the ARLIS database pages and in the e-journal list. The search tool covers all journals published on behalf of AGU, including some not subscribed by ARLIS.

Now available for download is a 34 page photo guide to the circulating collections of bird mounts and fish mounts at ARLIS. For each specimen, the guide includes a photograph, including a ruler to show the size of the specimen, and the size of the box in which the specimen is circulated. The guide is available at

The ARLIS e-journal collection has added 208 titles in the JSTOR Biological Sciences Collection. ARLIS Founders may access these titles from the Founder’s e-journal menu on the ARLIS website. Others may access these titles on the public computers in the ARLIS reading area.

JSTOR is a not-for-profit organization, founded to help academic libraries and publishers by providing long term access to scholarly literature. Content usually enters JSTOR three years after publication. A list of titles in the Biological Sciences collection is available on the JSTOR website.

Reports, books, maps and magazines which are duplicate or out of scope for the ARLIS collection are available free of charge at the ARLIS discard cart. Among the most commonly available items are reports from US Dept. of Interior bureaus. Hard cover and paperback books may also be found on the cart, which is refreshed once or twice per month, as items accumulate.

The “free” cart is located in ARLIS across from UAA Library Copy Room, adjacent to room 110, not far from the ARLIS reference desk.

Scientific Style and Format: the CSE Manual for Authors, Editors and Publishers is now available onlineat Founders may access the resource from the database menu after logging in to ARLIS. The public may use the resource when using the public computers in the ARLIS reading room. Now in its eigth edition, Scientific Style and Format is published by the Council of Science Editors.

FOUNDERS: The Founder parking code changed effective Monday, March 31, 2014. Please login and check Founders Services > Parking for Founders for instructions to receive the new code, or contact your agency librarian for assistance.

Web2, the “classic” web interface to the ARLIS catalog, was retired on May 21, 2014, after 15 years of service. The new ARLIS catalog is accessible on the left side of most pages in ARLIS website. An alternate interface is available at

In response to user request, ARLIS now includes Google Scholar on databases page. The authenticated link to Google Scholar means that, when ARLIS Founders click on a journal article title in Google Scholar, and ARLIS subscribes to the journal, full text will appear. Users of Google Scholar can also include ARLIS in the “library Links” section of the settings for their Google Scholar account. By clicking on “Full Text@ARLIS” adjacent to an article, ARLIS users can access full text or access a document delivery request form, with the form already filled out with author, title, journal, etc.

Web of Science now opens with a simplified search box. Also new: automatic save of checked items to marked list. More changes to come. There are no changes to the underlying database and search mechanisms.

Full text search is now available in the basic and advanced search screens of The Pipe Files: Alaska Gas Line database. Full text search will retrieve all documents containing the search text. PDF reader search function is used to locate the search string within individual files.

The Juneau Capital City Libraries have joined the Anchorage libraries as partners in a shared library catalog. The holdings of the Juneau Public Library, Alaska State Library, and UAS Egan Library are being added to the Joint Library Catalog. ARLIS has migrated to new catalog software with a new look and new features.

ARLIS now offers HeinOnline, providing exact page images of legal documents in PDF format just as they appear in the original print. Items of interest to Founders include historical statutory and regulatory items, such as the U.S. Code, CFRs, and Federal Register; legislative materials such as Congressional Record, and Statues at Large; Alaska legal documents, such as Attorney General Opinions; and a vast library of law review journals. ARLIS users will find these resources added to the Database listings as well as added titles to the ARLIS eJournals.

Four hundred sixty three remote-sensing photographs of Anchorage, taken after the Alaska Earthquake of 1964, are now available for research at ARLIS. The scale is 1:6,000. 1″ = 500′. For access, ask at ARLIS reference desk.

The Alaska Geologic Data Index (AGDI) is again available as a web-based tool, now with a map-enabled interface. AGDI is the index to the Anaconda Collection at ARLIS and other minerals and mining collections in Alaska. AGDI is online at and is linked from the Minerals and Mining menu at ARLIS.

ARLIS has agreed to host the Pebble Project’s Environmental Baseline Document (EBD) to provide a permanent website for citing and access (see “Resources”). ARLIS also provides access to additional reports, publications, and journal articles regarding the Bristol Bay region, as well as other scientific literature pertinent to the potential project. See a reference librarian for assistance.

ARLIS has launched a photo stream on Flickr, the popular photo sharing site. The stream consists of more than 2,000 images from the Exxon Valdez oil spill slide collection at ARLIS. All images in the ARLIS photo stream are in the public domain and available for reuse. The ARLIS photo stream on Flickr is available at High resolution images are available from ARLIS.

The ARLIS collection of Susitna-Watana Hydroelectric Project reports is now available in digital format on the ARLIS document server. Indexes to the collection, with links to full text reports, are at

A Guide to uncataloged and other collections at ARLIS is now available as an online LibGuide.  An older  pdf download is still available.  ARLIS is the “mother lode of Alaska Resources Information”, but not all of the materials in the library have been cataloged, due to limited funding and staff time. The collections described in this guide are available for use with finding aids and assistance from the ARLIS staff.

These video tapes comprise raw footage of the early days of the oil spill, its subsequent clean-up, shoreline evaluations, and many other government-led activities related to the spill. This footage may be copied without infringing on copyright and is in great demand internationally by filmmakers and researchers. About half of these videos have been cataloged and there is an index to the entire collection available at SPEC COLL GC1552.P75A37 1989, DVD GC1552.P75A37, and on the
ARLIS website . Most of the videos have been digitized in high resolution AVI format. Because most of the digitized videos are too large to fit on a single DVD, the most efficient way to deliver the videos is on external hard disk. Contact the ARLIS reference desk for more information.

In 2007 the Bureau of Land Management closed the John Rishel Mineral Information Center (JRMIC), on Mayflower Island in Douglas, Alaska, and transferred many of its printed and electronic collections to the Alaska Resources Library and Information Services (ARLIS). In order to restore access to the digitized reports–mostly PDF files–from JRMIC, ARLIS posted several hundred html pages from the JRMIC website with minimal editing. Some of the former JRMIC pages still retain logos and links related to JRMIC. Replacement with ARLIS information is pending. Removal of the JRMIC logos and links will occur as time permits.

ILLiad is state-of-the-art request management software that automates routine interlibrary loan functions to provide faster service. Founding agency patrons will be asked one time only, upon login, to verify their registration information for the new ARLIS ILLiad database. View the ILLiad FAQ here.

From the Anchorage Chronicle October 16, 2002.

First Lady, others plan to present long-delayed national award this month

By Rose Ragsdale
Business editor

For most Americans, Sept. 11, 2001, will live in memory as a day of terror and tragedy. But for six librarians in Anchorage, it also will be remembered as a near triumph.

That morning, Robert Martin, the newly appointed director of the Institute of Museum and Library Services, was scheduled to announce the winners of the 2001 National Award for Museum and Library Service.

The Alaska Resources Library and Information Service (ARLIS) in Anchorage topped the list. The other five winners were: Children’s Discovery Museum of San Jose, San Jose, Calif.; Hancock County Library System, Bay Saint Louis, Miss.; Miami Museum of Science, Miami; New England Aquarium, Boston; and Providence Public Library, Providence, R.I.

Bestowed yearly by the Institute of Museum and Library Services, the awards enable the federal agency to highlight the work of the nation’s 10,000 museums and 122,000 libraries. The awards recognize museums and libraries that have uplifted individuals’ lives, improved their communities, and made the nation better for it, according to a Sept. 11, 2001, press release. First Lady Laura Bush praised the honorees in the press statement and announced a White House ceremony to be held in their honor on Sept. 17, 2001. But the ceremony was canceled in the aftermath of the terrorist attacks on the World Trade Center and the Pentagon.

More than a year later, ARLIS will get another shot at the spotlight. A Rose Garden ceremony has been scheduled for Oct. 29 to honor both the 2001 and 2002 winners of the National Award for Museum and Library Service. ARLIS’ staff has been invited to travel to Washington, D.C. for the presentation. “We all had worked very hard and it felt like somebody had taken something away from us on some level,” said librarian Nancy Tileston, recalling Sept. 11 a year ago.

The disappointment of not receiving the award soon paled in comparison to the trauma of the terrorist attacks, but the experience undermined the reality of winning the award for Tileston.

“For me, it’s still a little bit of ‘I’ll believe it when I see it,’ ” even though plane tickets have been purchased and reservations have been made, she said.

Carrie Holba, ARLIS’ reference services coordinator, said the award is a tremendous honor because it is the only national award given to libraries across the nation.

ARLIS was chosen for the award because it consolidated and preserved more than 150,000 Alaska natural and cultural resources from seven federal, state, and university libraries slated for closure or downsizing. “ARLIS’ staff literally saved the collections from extinction,” the Library Institute’s Martin said in a statement. “In the process, ARLIS became the single largest source of Alaska resources information. ARLIS’ knowledgeable staff facilitates wise development and conservation in Alaska by providing unbiased and universal access to information for scientists and the public,” he added.

Since ARLIS opened in 1997, the library has focused on making available to the Alaska scientific community and the public a vast storehouse of information, including a circulating collection of animal skulls, skins and mounted birds. ARLIS also offers books, technical reports, journals, maps, videos and photographs.

The library operates with team-based management. In addition to Tileston from U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service and Holba from the Exxon Valdez Oil Spill Trustee Council, ARLIS is managed by Team Librarian Julie Braund-Allen, from the University of Alaska Anchorage Environment and Natural Resources Institute; Team Librarian Tina Huffaker, from Minerals Management Service; Collection Development Coordinator Celia Rozen, from the Alaska Department of Fish and Game; and Budget Coordinator Cathy Vitale, from the Bureau of Land Management.

Holba said ARLIS is unique. “You have consortium arrangements between libraries, but there’s nothing like us out there,” she said. “We actually consolidated nine collections into one building.”

Though ARLIS functions as one organization, its librarians still work for their respective agencies, which have different holidays and different operating procedures. The library’s $1.5 million annual budget also is funded by different sources with different fiscal years.

In addition to its member agencies, the library serves a diverse audience, including educators, other federal and state agencies and the general public. ARLIS, for example, serves as UAA’s science library, Holba said. In fiscal 2002, ARLIS recorded 20,000 visitors and 13,000-15,000 reference requests. It also processed 15,000 interlibrary loans.

Putting it all together is very challenging and requires lots of paperwork and coordination.

Add to that growing budgetary constraints.

Holba cited a recent major rent increase at ARLIS’ quarters at 3150 C Street. To make ends meet, ARLIS’ publications budget took a $30,000 hit, she said.

“While we can’t spend glory, the publicity from the award will hopefully call attention to our budget plight and ultimately bring about some relief,” Holba said.

Meanwhile, the library is making do, but needs additional funds to catalog a huge backlog of donated collections to enable patrons to use them, the librarians say.

ARLIS’ staff is hoping to gain legislative authority to bring in funds from other sources to pay for the cataloguing and other needs.

“We just need more partners,” Tileston said. “This is one of those instances where throwing money at the problem would fix it.”

Collection Highlights

Exxon Valdez Shoreline Surveys

Exxon Valdez Oil Spill Shoreline Surveys, 1989 through 1993, assessing oiling conditions in the spill area.

Exxon Valdez Oil Spill Photo Collection

More than 2,400 color slides cover the early days of the oil spill and subsequent clean-up efforts, and includes photos of oiled wildlife, the tanker leaking oil, public meetings, protests, the Trans-Alaska Pipeline and Prudhoe Bay.

Arctic Environmental Information and Data Center (AEIDC) Photo Collection

1,777 historic photographs of Alaska, from the early 1970s, covers all aspects of Alaska from cultural to scientific, including industry.

Sea Ice Records and Climate Data Microfiche Collection

Sea Ice Records and Climate Data Microfiche Collection, 1972-2004 (but incomplete), showing extent of sea ice in Northern Alaska, and sea ice analyses. The climate data dates back to the 1950s. Organized by geographic area and date.

National Park Service
US Geological Survey
Bureau of Ocean Energy Management
University of Alaska Anchorage
Alaska Department of Fish & Game
Bureau of Land Management
Fish & Wildlife Service
Bureau of Safety & Environmental Enforcement
Exxon Valdez Oil Spill Trustee Council