See our Library Services Updates page for information about changes to Rasmuson Library Services.

UAF students, staff, and faculty can now enter the library to pick out or to return their own materials, accessing the library by PolarExpress card.

Public library patrons can again place holds on our materials through the public library's catalog. Items can be picked up at the Noel Wien Library or the North Pole Branch.

University patrons who are reluctant to enter the library can still check materials out by appointment. Set an appointment to pick up items.

Visit the UA coronavirus information website to learn how the University of Alaska is responding to the novel coronavirus/COVID-19 situation and find links to communications, policy guidance and resources.



Karen Jensen

Director of Libraries
Professor of Library Science

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Phone: 474-6695
  • B.A. in French, Grinnell College,  1986
  • M.L.I.S. University of Washington, 1996
  • Jensen, K. (2017). No More Liaisons: Collection Management Strategies in Hard Times. Collection Management, 42 (1). Online at:
  • Jensen, K. (2013). Managing Library Electronic Resources Using Google Sites. Journal of Electronic Resources Librarianship, 25 (2). Online at:
  • Jensen, K. (2012). Data-Driven Decisions for Library Liaisons: Exploring Strategies for Effectively Managing Diminishing Monograph Collections. Collection Management, 37 (1). Online at:Collection Management
  • Kingsley, I., and Jensen, K. (2009). Learning 2.0: A Tool for Staff Training at the University of Alaska Fairbanks Rasmuson Library. E-JASL: The Electronic Journal of Academic and Special Librarianship, 10 (1). Online at: (Peer-reviewed)
  • Jensen, K. (2009). Beyond Classroom Technology: the Equipment Circulation Program at Rasmuson Library. In Driscoll & Mitchell, (Eds.), Best Practices in Access Services (pp.221-231). New York, NY: Routledge. (Book chapter.)
  • Jensen, K., Christie, A., Lehman, L. & Ruess, D (2008). Under New Management: Developing a Library Assessment Program at a Small University. In Hiller, Justh, Kyrillidou & Self, (Eds.), Proceedings of the 2008 Library Assessment Conference (pp. 75-83). Washington D.C.,: Association of Research Libraries. Online at: (reviewed by conference committee)
  • Jensen, K. (2007). Beyond Classroom Technology: the Equipment Circulation Program at Rasmuson Library. Journal of Access Services, 5: 221-23. (published in online edition in 2008 DOI: 10.1080/15367960802198754) (Peer-reviewed)
  • Jensen, K. (2003, Sept. 6). Porn Filters Found to be Ineffective Tools. Fairbanks Daily News Miner, Community Perspective.