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