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The Egan Library provides vital and diverse collections in support of research and scholarship at the University of Alaska Southeast. In 2015 we celebrated the 25th Anniversary of our beautiful Auke Lake facility and we continually prepare for a bright future as a location to bring academic collections and services to benefit the UAS community and beyond.

Here are a few ways you can Give in support of the current and long-term growth and excellence in our academic collections:

  • Become a member of the Friends of the Egan Library. A network of the UAS Alumni & Friends, launched in 2015
  • Give to the Friends of the Egan Library Network. Designate your gift to "UASAA Friends of the Egan Library/Evening at Egan" (Fund # 21322).
  • Begin an endowed fund for long-term benefit to the community. The Development Office provides information on how to establish a new fund. Our most recently established fund is the Egan Library Children’s Alaskana Collection.

Friends of the Egan Library

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The Friends of Egan Library includes alumni, faculty, students and community members committed to supporting the Egan Library.  The Friends plan community events in support of the Egan Library mission and define potential fundraising opportunities for continued strong support of the library mission.

Membership and Support

  • Friends of the Egan Library Network Membership is $15 /year or $200 for a lifetime membership.
  • Requires an active membership with the UAS Alumni and Friends Association (UASAA): $35-450 
  • An individual annual membership to both FOEL and UASAA start at $50/year total.
  • Online Membership Form
  • Print Membership Form (complete and mail)
  • Give to the Friends of the Egan Library Network. Designate your gift to "UASAA Friends of the Egan Library/Evening at Egan" (Fund # 21322).

Benefits of Membership

  • A commemorative Friends of the Egan Library lapel pin.
  • Invitation to the annual UAS Authors' Reception (network members and invited authors only, Spring) and other events throughout the year.
  • Publications highlighting library news and initiatives including FRIENDS' newsletter.
  • One time 25% discount on select of University of Alaska Press titles (see below) for FOEL members during 2017-18.  Featured titles will rotate annually.  Discount code sent to new members, discount only valid when purchased through University of Alaska Press or University of Chicago Press websites.

  • Invitations to review and select materials withdrawn from the Egan Library collection.
  • Recognition in the annual Honor Roll of Friends.
2018 Featured UA Press discounted titles
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Made of Salmon: Alaska Stories from the Salmon Project edited by Nancy Lord

Made of Salmon brings together more than fifty diverse Alaska voices to celebrate the salmon and its place in Alaska life. A mix of words and images, the book interweaves longer works by some of Alaska’s finest writers with shorter, more anecdotal accounts and stunning photographs of Alaskans fishing for, catching, preserving, and eating salmon throughout the state.

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Critical Norths: Space, Nature, Theory edited by Sarah Jaquette Ray and Kevin Maier 

“The North” has long held powerful sway in Western culture. Often seen through contradictions—empty of life yet full of promise, populated by indigenous communities yet ripe for conquest, pristine yet marked by a long human history—the North has moved to the foreground of contemporary life as the most dramatic stage for the reality of climate change.

This book brings together scholars from a range of disciplines to ask key questions about the North and how we’ve conceived it—and how conceiving of it in those terms has caused us to fail the region’s human and nonhuman life. Engaging questions of space, place, ingenuity, identity, nature, the environment, justice, narrative, history, and more; it offers a crucial starting point for an essential rethinking of both the idea and the reality of the North.

Sarah Jaquette Ray is associate professor of environmental studies at Humboldt State University in Arcata, California, where she also leads the Environmental Studies Program.

Kevin Maier is associate professor of English and chair of the Humanities Department at the University of Alaska Southeast.

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The Cormorant Hunter's Wife by Joan Kane

This collection of poetry is inspired by the author’s lineage as an Iñupiaq Eskimo woman with family from King Island and Mary’s Igloo, Alaska. The poems’ syncopated cadences and evocative images bring to life the exceptional physical and cultural conditions of the Arctic and sub-Arctic that have been home to her ancestors for tens of thousands of years, while the poems’ speakers refer to an indigenous identity that has become increasingly plural.

The author’s perspective as a Native person affords her unique insight into the relationship with place and self, which she applies in her consideration of the arctic landscape and to questions of adaptation and resilience. Kane’s work refers to the Iñupiaq oral tradition, and while in some poems she continues to revisit, rewrite, and revise traditional narratives that are suited to the lyric form, she moves beyond narrative retelling, honoring the legacy of imagination that has sustained Iñupiaq people for millennia.

Joan Kane is a poet who lives in Anchorage.

This is an Alaska writer to watch, to read and to savor, one who expands the minds and hearts of her readers.

—Peggy Shumaker, Former Writer Laureate of Alaska, and author of Gnawed Bones and Just Breathe Normally

More about the Friends

  • President Kathy Ruddy invites interested Friends members to join in planning Friends activities, events and fundraising.
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Inaugural Friends of Egan Library members

Thanks to the generosity of the following individuals, our charter members. Members choosing to remain anonymous not listed.

Mona Yarnall
Bobbi McCoy
Mary Riggen
David Campbell
Keni Campbell
Richard Caulfield
Seanna O'Sullivan-Hines
Valerie Stearns
Karen Polley
Lynne Johnson
Heather Mitchell
Maren Haavig
Kristine Allen
Jeri Cary
Patricia Spence
John Pivar
Carol Hedlin
Lori Klein
Alice Taff
Janice McLean
Marshall Lind
Lois Lind
Lawrence Oldaker
Suzanne Curtin
Gloria Merry
Gordon Evans
Wayne Jensen
Rita Jensen
Alison Brown
Kathy Ruddy
Vickie Williams
Katie Bausler
John Pugh
Aaron Brakel
Elise Tomlinson
Jonas Lamb

Funds Supporting our Collections

Thanks to the generous support of our funders we have been able to enhance our collections. If you would like to make a contribution to an endowment fund - the UAS Development Office can help you.

Verna M. Carrigan Library Fund, est. 1992

This endowment provides for the purchase of books, equipment and facilities for the Library.

R.E. Robertson Memorial Fund, est. 1992

This fund is designated for the purchase of  resources on Alaska archaeology, anthropology, history, culture and the like. Resources for these subjects include several periodical subscriptions.  See a selection of Robertson collection purchases.

Ruth A. and Ernest O. Swanson Memorial – UAS Fisheries, est. 1983

This fund is specifically for the purchase of resources supporting fisheries and marine sciences.  See a selection of Swanson collection purchases.

William P. Johnson Memorial Endowment Fund, est. 1990

This fund is for library materials with no restrictions on selection or placement. This fund is usually used to purchase reference collection resources otherwise beyond the library budget. Where possible, selection is focused on titles likely to be relevant for some time.  See a selection of Johnson fund purchases.

Mary Lou King Fund for Basketry

Donation from Mary Lou King, a Juneau resident and basket weaver, for the purchase of books and videos on traditional basketry and woven arts.  Purchases from this fund were made between 2006 and 2008. Ms. King also donated books to the library from her own collection.  Two baskets by Ms. King are featured in the Northwest Coast Art display on the lower level of Egan Library. See the King selections.

Egan Library Children's Alaskana Collection

An endowed fund from Professor of Education Katy Spangler, for children's books specializing in the state and cultures of Alaska. See the fiction titles in this collection.

Verna M. Carrigan Library Fund, est. 1992

This endowment provides for the purchase of books, equipment and facilities for the Library. Thank you to the generosity of Ms. Carrigan we have been able to sustain collections, make improvements. A recent improvement was to add an automatic door to the entrance of the library, increasing accessibility to our facility.

credit: P312-103a Alaska State Library, Verna Carrigan Photograph Collection


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