Format of Collections

  • Reference: Items selected are works in a variety of high interest subject areas, or which are included in standard reference bibliographies for small libraries. This collection is reviewed annually for currency and effectiveness. These items do not circulate so that they will always be available for patron use.
  • Alaskana:  Items of state and local interest are placed in the non-circulating Alaskana collection so that they will always be available for patron use and research.  Extra copies may be placed into general circulation, depending on value and ease of replacement.
  • Magazines: Subscriptions are heavily used in the library and all but current copies circulate. Back issues are generally held for one year for monthly periodicals and 3 months for weekly periodicals.  The Library’s subscription list is reviewed annually and titles are added or dropped according to use.
  • Newspapers: Subscriptions to national, regional, and state newspapers provide patrons with current information. All newspapers are kept for at least two weeks. The Ketchikan Daily News is kept in hard copy until microfilmed. Microfilm copies of Ketchikan papers are retained for research.
  • Pamphlet files: State and local historical items are kept for Alaskan and general interest information. Small items which present shelving problems, or clippings are included as well as information not available in other formats.
  • Maps: Topographic maps of Alaska and some local navigational charts are collected. The library, through an agreement with the University, is the depository collection for topographic maps of Alaska.
  • Video: Informational, educational, and literary videos are collected to provide alternate access to information. The library does not collect materials which will become quickly outdated. Price is a serious consideration in the purchase of videos. Outstanding popular culture and award winning films are included. Critically acclaimed foreign films, independent films and PBS productions are heavily collected.  DVDs are the format currently being purchased for the collection, but the library still maintains a small collection of VHS fiction and nonfiction.
  • eBooks and eAudiobooks:  As a member of the statewide Alaska Digital Library consortium, the library offers patrons access to downloadable eBooks and audiobooks for all ages to fulfill entertainment, educational and research needs.
  • Playaway: Audiobooks for adults, teens and children are provided in a self-contained, preloaded digital players.
  • Compact Disc (CD): Music, informational, ‘talking book’, and ‘read-along’ collections provide enrichment for adults and children and alternate access to information.
  • Large Print: The collection consists primarily of popular adult reading genres.
  • Internet: The Library provides access to the Internet for staff and patrons. The Library’s web site maintains links to selected reliable information sources.
  • Computer Databases: The Library subscribes to an assortment of valuable digitized databases selected for currency of information and broad appeal, such as Mango Languages, Gale Legal Forms, Cypress Resume, Home Improvement Collection, and the Hobbies & Craft Reference Center. Other online resources are provided by the Alaska State Library such as NoveList, BrainPOP, Small Engine & Auto Repair Reference Center, Heritage Quest Online and the Testing and Education Reference Center.
  • Games:  Board games and card games designed to appeal to variety of ages are provided for in-house use.

 

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