December 30, 2005

It's in your hands

Every day Alloway library staff give away books and media worth thousands of dollars with the simple expectation that the material comes back in a reasonable time and in the same condition as it was when it was lent.

An ongoing damage awareness campaign is intended to help library users understand what we expect from them when using library material. The emphasis is on responsibility: “It’s in your hands” is the central slogan displayed on bookmarks and posters which summarize the library’s concerns and expectations in regard to care of library material:

"The use of library books is a contractual agreement between a borrower and the library. As a condition of using library material, users are expected to care for the material loaned to them. Borrowers who do not protect the library material in their care will be charged for replacing damaged items.

Here are examples of types of damage which may lead to the borrower being charged for the cost of replacing a book:

Book or part of book:

  • is wet · is warped from wetness
  • has staining from water, beverages, oil, etc.
  • is soiled by dirt, food, etc. · has extensive underlining, highlighting, writing, etc.
  • has physical damage such as gouged cover, broken spine, turned over pages, etc.
  • is mouldy, or has the potential to become mouldy.

Exposure to moisture is the first step to mould infestation. Mould propagates unobtrusively and is not easily detected in its early stages. To avoid the spread of mould in the TWU collection any damaged book with a potential to become mouldy will be discarded immediately.

It's also important for library users to understand that the library is not a bookstore. Consequently, payment for damage is not a purchase transaction nor are damaged materials for sale.

Student reading outside. TWU Archives

Ultimately, library books are in library users hands. With that in mind, consider the choice:

  • The library will spend money (your tuition) to replace valuable damaged material OR you can do your part to protect library material in your care.

December 10, 2005

Food For Fines

They came with cans...and crates... and cash -- enough to fill an IGA grocery cart to overflowing!Alloway Library patrons made the library's second Food for Fines campaign a great success that benefitted the Langley Food Bank at the start of the Christmas season. The library forgave over $400 in fines as patrons donated one item to the foodbank for every fine dollar owed.
Thanks to all who particpated so generously!

Flying High

TWU associate librarian Bill Badke received an email recently showing how his book Research Strategies: finding your way through the information fog is moving in high places.

A student at Cincinnati Christian University writes: I was dragging around my book while trying to get some New Orleans/hurricane Katrina airlift done at the same time. I needed
evidence of my sincere attempts to stay current with the homework! I had my copilot take a picture right after we left New Orleans for home a couple weeks ago. We are flying a C130 transport, one of the same ones we used this year for Iraq and Afghanistan operations.

November 09, 2005

New Media titles

Two noteworthy additions to Alloway Library's growing sound recording collection:

According to Guinness World Records The Holy Bible is world's best selling book. Alloway library now has the New International Version on CD in mp3 format. TNIV audio Bible: complete Bible features dramatic readings, book introductions and original background music. [Call number CD AUDIO 011]

The addition of 7 Chronicles of Narnia audio CDs, does not necessarily mean that Alloway Library has been caught up up in the marketing frenzy surrounding the release of Disney's The Lion the witch and the wardrobe. Nevertheless, for fans of the classic CS Lewis work this "radio theatre adaptation" produced by Focus on the Family is a welcome addition. [Call number CD AUDIO 012]

The library's media collection comprising of VHS and DVD videorecordings, sound recordings on audiocassette and compact disc and computer CD ROMs is located on the upper level. The loan period is one week.

November 08, 2005

Pay your fines with food!

During November 14-18 Alloway Library invites you to make a donation to the Langley Food Bank and pay your library fine at the same time. Each item you bring to Alloway Library cancels up to one dollar ($1) in overdue fines.

To help needy people in our community, the Langley Food Bank is currently seeking:
Cash donations, grocery store or general merchandise gift cards
Canned items--fruit, vegetables, meat, fish
Sandwich spreads (jam, peanut butter)
Rice and pasta dinners
Infant diapers (only sizes 4, 5, 6 and pull-ups)
New toys (ages 6-12, esp. boys')
Personal care products (feminine hygiene, shampoo, deodorant)
New clothing (especially underwear) for youth and adults
(Please-- no candy, soft drinks, bottled water, tomato soup or ramen noodles)

Food for Fines donations cannot be used to pay the cost of lost or damaged items, processing fees, interlibrary loan charges or fines on Reserve material.

Donations are welcome, even if you don't have a library fine!

Last year the library collected more than 400 items and forgave over $1100 in fines during its Food for Fines campaign.

Library staff Janet Kreiter, Dani Payne and Shawn Brouwer with last year's Food for Fine donations.

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November 03, 2005

TWU Associate Librarian Seeks the Meaning of Everything

William Badke’s latest book, released at the end of October, has a modest little title: The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Meaning of Everything (Kregel Publications).

At 176 pages he makes no promises actually to explain everything, but as a guide, it packs a punch. Hitchhiker’s Guide is described as follows by the publisher:
“Meeting contemporary, culturally literate readers right where they are, this compelling book demonstrates that Christianity has real answers to the seemingly meaningless nature of today’s world…With a heart intent on reaching postmodern seekers, Badke extends to them a non-threatening invitation to hop in and take a ride with him through the story of God. Steering clear of arguments or evidences, he lets the Bible speak for itself and leaves the reader free to decide what they think.”

Gary Habermas, Distinguished Professor at Liberty University, wrote this about Badke’s book:

“Bill Badke is a master storyteller who weaves here a postmodern apologetic. The result is a delightful read that is at once witty, fascinating, penetrating, and insightful. . . . Above all, Badke calls us to recognize the voice of the One who, through all the pain, seeming meaninglessness, and death, calls us to return to Him—to come home at last. . . .”

Read the accompanying blog at: Hitchhiker's Guide to the Meaning of Everything

All contents are copyrighted. Norma Marion Alloway Library, 1998-2005. Trinity Western University 7600 Glover Road Langley, BC V2Y 1Y1 CANADA Tel: 604-513-2023 Fax: 604-513-2063 Disclaimer

November 01, 2005

Getting Ready for disaster

One of the many responsibilities of Alloway Library staff is to maintain and protect library collections. We do this on a daily basis by use of a security gate, by properly handling and shelving books, by assessing fines for damaged books, and so on.

But what – if anything – can we do to protect collections in the event of a disaster? Here in beautiful British Columbia, we may not have to worry about dealing with the likes of Hurricane Katrina, but we are certainly not immune to earthquakes, floods, fire, or acts of terrorism or vandalism. On this campus we must even consider the possibility of a train derailment.

Thinking about disasters is not a pleasant pastime and the temptation is to “cross that bridge when we come to it”, and not a moment sooner. The more fatalistic among us may feel that there’s nothing we can do anyway, aside from hoping that such an event won’t happen in our lifetime.

Demolition of TWC Barnasium 1970.
TWU Archives

There are, however, practical strategies that have proven highly effective. They do require an investment of time and energy but, in the event a disaster, that investment should prove to be highly worthwhile. At the library, our disaster preparedness strategy can be summed up in two words: prevention and planning.

For several years we have taken steps to prevent a disaster from occurring or at least to lessen a disaster’s impact by identifying and addressing risk factors. All library personnel are encouraged to notice and report simple changes in their surroundings such as small leaks, new cracks in walls, emergency doors left open, sudden shifts in humidity and temperature, or even the scent of mould in the stacks. Staff have also been reminded to keep vital records in secure storage areas at least four inches above the floor. Fire extinguishers are checked regularly. All library shelves have been anchored, to safeguard library users, as well as book collections, in the event of an earthquake.

Planning for disaster response and recovery is also crucial. Alloway Library’s disaster plan seeks to ensure that library users have access to services and collections as soon as possible after a crisis.

Alloway Library’s disaster plan will likely always be a work in progress, but already it includes everything from emergency-response job descriptions for all permanent library staff to lists of emergency phone numbers as well as specific instructions regarding the salvage and recovery of library and archival material.

For more information, please contact Sylvia Stopforth, chair of the library’s Disaster Preparedness Committee.

Contibuted by Sylvia Stopforth

October 28, 2005

Ask the library WHY?*

*...or how? or who? or what?or where? or when?

Library staff have made it easier for library users to get a repsonse to questions or suggestion about the library and its policies.

Print your question, comment or suggestion on the Ask Us Why?* form available in the library and return it to library staff. We will post a reply on the bulletin board in the foyer as soon as we are able.

For on-line reference help visit Ask A Librarian

October 27, 2005

TWU writer/librarian hits Broadway

Earlier this October, Associate Librarian Bill Badke was summoned to New York City, by the publisher of his book, Research Strategies: Finding your Way Through the Information Fog (Lincoln, NE:, 2004). brought eight of its best-selling authors to New York for a Broadway photo shoot as part of a campaign to promote its publishing efforts, which include Badke's superb book.

The publisher put him up in a hotel in Manhattan's theatre district and arranged for a photo shoot at the Noho Studios on Broadway. Noho is frequented by the likes of Ben Affleck and Gwyneth Paltrow. His photographer was the same person who did the “sitting on a bench” poster for Forrest Gump and recently did a shoot with Jessica Simpson. Badke, however, did not meet any celebrities while getting ready for his close-up.

One of the highlights of the librarian's 3-day odyssey in the Big Apple was a wonderful meal at the Tribeca Grill (co-owned by Robert DeNiro). He also spent time exploring Manhattan on foot --covering about ten miles! In his wanderings he learned that:
  • stop lights and "don’t walk" signs merely provide suggestions to New Yorkers
  • that we have better parks in BC than the famed Central Park
  • most people in Manhattan are trying to sell you something.

"All in all," Badke reports, " it was an amazing experience!"

October 05, 2005

Alloway Library’s Ethiopian Manuscripts Impress Scholar

To the unschooled eye, they are mysterious ancient-looking texts: stained parchment neatly inscribed with unintelligible black and red markings. One has axe-hewn wood boards for covers; another has hand painted illustrations of haloed figures. All that was known was that they were from Ethiopia, acquired in the 1950's and 60’s and were properly referred to as codices. With some sleuthing by library staff and the help of Biblical studies scholars, TWU’s Ethiopian codices are no longer exotic curiosities-- they are now destined to make a contribution to scholarship once again.

While visiting TWU in September 2005 for the opening of the Septuagint Institute, Dr. Stephen Delamarter, of George Fox University viewed the manuscripts. He was pleased to discover the texts and able to identify them. The oldest is a fragment of a 17th century Psalter, while others are 20th century liturgical texts containing canonical and non-canonical material. In the past 9 months Delamarter has “discovered” nearly 120 manuscripts in Canada, England and the USA. These represent just a fraction of the thousands that have left Ethiopia as spoils of 19th century war or sold to tourists by people who may be desperate financially and ignorant of the value—both monetary and cultural—of the manuscripts. He pointed out how these unique, handmade documents represent the “national archives of a culture.”

Later this year Delamarter plans to photograph the collections using high-resolution digital imagery and add the images to the Hill Monastic Manuscripts Library at St. John's University in Collegeville, MN where they will be catalogued and accessible to researchers around the world. In addition, the images will be deposited at the Institute of Ethiopian Studies in Addis Ababa and at TWU's new Septuagint Institute.

Currently, two of the codices are on display on the main level of the library, while other items are kept in the TWU Archives and Special Collections on the library’s upper level.

September 08, 2005

Library Hours 2005/2006 Academic Year

Core Operating Hours

Monday - Thursday7:45 AM - 11:00 PM
Friday 7:45 AM - 6:00 PM
Saturday10:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Sunday 1:30 PM - 5:00 PM

Departures from this schedule:


Saturday - Monday

September 3 - 5


Tuesday & Wednesday

September 6 & 7

8:00 AM - 4:30 PM


September 11



Sunday & Monday

October 9 & 10




November 1110:00 AM - 6:00 PM
FALL EXAMINATIONSFridayDecember 97:45 AM - 11:00 PM
SaturdayDecember 1010:00 AM - 11:00 PM
SundayDecember 111:30 PM - 5:00 PM
Monday - FridayDecember 12 - 167:45 AM - 11:00 PM
SaturdayDecember 1710:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Monday - ThursdayDecember 19 - 228:00 AM - 4:30 PM
FridayDecember 238:00 AM - NOON
Saturday - MondayDecember 24 - January 2CLOSED
Tuesday - FridayJanuary 3 - 68:00 AM - 4:30 PM
Saturday & SundayJanuary 7 & 8CLOSED
MondayJanuary 98:00 AM - 4:30 PM
EASTERGood FridayApril 14CLOSED
SaturdayApril 1510:00 AM - 11:00 PM
Easter SundayApril 16CLOSED
SPRING EXAMINATIONSMonday - FridayApril 17 - 217:45 AM - 11:00 PM
SaturdayApril 2210:00 AM - 11:00 PM
SundayApril 231:30 PM - 5:00 PM
Monday - ThursdayApril 24 - 277:45 AM - 11:00 PM
FridayApril 287:45 AM - 6:00 PM
GRADUATION WEEKENDSaturday & SundayApril 29 & 30CLOSED

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Norma Marion Alloway Library, 1998-2005.
Trinity Western University 7600 Glover Road Langley, BC V2Y 1Y1 CANADA
Tel: 604-513-2023 Fax: 604-513-2063

This page was last updated 16 September 2005

September 01, 2005

Is your university ID card up to date?

A valid university ID card is your key to library privileges. With valid ID and an updated library record you can:
  • check out library material
  • log onto the library's research stations
  • access your online library account
  • place online requests for library material
  • renew books and media online
  • speedily complete telephone inquiries to the library

A valid card has an expiry date for some time in the future, in most cases May or August of 2006. If your card is valid, stop by the library circulation counter and update your library record. Or, log on to to see if you are already updated.

A valid ID card can also be used for more than just library privileges. Many businesses and organizations give discounts to students and other members of the TWU community. Students can get validation stickers from the office where they registered for classes; faculty should contact their Faculty assistant and staff can obtain stickers from the Front Desk. Once you have the sticker, stop by the library’s circulation counter to update your record.

Library circulation staff and student assistants will not be able to check out material to individuals with expired cards.