February 16, 2006

What's New in the Library This Month?

Over 2800 New Journals and 8000 E-Books Available in the Library's Collection!

Canadian Research Knowledge Network (CRKN)

TWU has recently become part of CRKN - the Canadian Research Knowledge Network. As part of our membership, the library has subscribed to a package of online indexes/databases and full-text journal packages. More information on the resources now available to TWU faculty, students and staff can be found on the "New Databases" link on the Library’s homepage.

One of the major components of the agreement with CRKN is access to three citation indexes, collectively known as “The Web of Science”, a definite misnomer as they link to citations and articles in over 2,800 journals in the Arts, Humanities, Social Sciences and Sciences. Go to Web of Science website for more details.

To speak to a librarian about an overview of CRKN databases, please call the Information Desk during business hours at 604.513.2121 Ext. 3903.

E-books Now Available via Library Catalogue

Over the past few years, the library has joined in a number of consortial purchases of full-text electronic books (from netLibrary). We have had a link on our homepage to a generic search page for determining what is available to TWU users; however, direct access has been a goal all along.

We have now ‘dumped’ all the cataloguing records for our electronic books into our library catalogue. As of February, 2006, TWU patrons have access to over 8000 titles in a wide range of disciplines. These are ebooks from most major publishers with publication dates ranging from 2006 back to the 1980s.

The books are available on a shared consortial basis. If you ‘check out’ the ebook it is unavailable to other users in the Electronic Library Network (ELN) & the Council of Prairie and Pacific University Libraries (COPPUL). For this reason, the checkout periods are short and were determined by consortial agreement and not changeable by individual institutions.

The one thing you will need to do is sign up for a free account with netLibrary at http://www.netlibrary.com/CreateAccount.aspx . These ebooks have complete cataloguing and their author and subject access is totally integrated with our library's print and media titles.

A Database Upgrade for Business Researchers

Business Source Premier

The Library recently upgraded our subscription from EBSCO’s Business Source Elite (BSE) to Business Source Premier (BSP). Test drive BSP at http://www.twu.ca/library/EbscoBSP.htm.

What's the difference?

Business Source Premier provides the full text for nearly 8800 serials compared to BSE’s 1100, with coverage dating back to 1965. It also provides searchable cited references back as far as 1998. Subject coverage includes all disciplines of business: marketing, management, MIS, accounting, finance and economics etc. Additional full-text, non-journal content includes market research reports, industry reports, country reports, company profiles, case studies and SWOT (strengths, weaknesses, opportunities & threats) analyses.

BSP in a snapshot...

* 8328 Full text publications (1500 of which are unique to BSP that were not available in BSE)
* 1114 Full text peer-reviewed journals available in full text
* 1215 Full text trade journals and general business magazines
* 144 Full text monographs/books
* 1455 Full text country economic reports, reviews, studies & surveys
* 3872 Full text industry reports
* 528 Full text market research reports
* 86 Full text case studies
* Plus 10,000 company profiles with more than 2000 SWOT analyses
(Figures as of July 18, 2005)

Thanks to T. Goshulak, University Librarian

February 02, 2006

Ethiopian manuscripts get digitized

Last fall, Library News reported on Alloway Library's collection of Ethiopian codices and how Professor Steve Delamarter of George Fox University planned to photograph the texts using high-resolution digital imagery.

TWU Ethiopian manuscripts. Photo taken by Stephen Delamarter.

Delamarter returned to campus at the end of January to work with TWU professors Marty Abegg and Kent Clarke and a team of GFU students to photograph the codices and gather cataloging information for each of the four volumes.

Photo taken by Stephen Delamarter.

The first manuscript is a complete Ethiopian Psalter, comprised of 142 folios bound into twelve quires. This codex is a fairly deluxe version of the Psalter with a tooled leather cover and eight illuminations. Ethiopian Psalters contain 151 Psalms of David, The Fifteen Biblical Canticles, The Song of Songs, and two Ethiopian Orthodox works known as The Praises of Mary and The Gate of Light. The second codex, made up of 72 folios in seven quires, contains a number of works praising Mary. The third manuscript is the remains of an Ethiopian Psalter. It lacks any cover and much of the binding has come loose. Only 50 folios remain, but these cover from Psalm 93 through Psalm 151, The Biblical Canticles, The Song of Songs and the beginning of the Praises of Mary. Several folios had come loose or had been placed in the wrong order in the stack. These were restored to their proper locations. The final manuscript is a tiny prayer book to Mary. The format of the manuscript is an accordion-fold, a long strip of parchment folded back and forth to form pages.

Sorting out the psalter fragment. Photo taken by Stephen Delamarter.

The high-resolution digital imagery will be added to the collection of 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.

Thanks to S Delamarter and M Abegg.