September 29, 2006

New Health Videos

In the precious moments between life and death, it’s our responsibility to provide the best care possible until trained medical professionals take over. Providing first aid means knowing how to recognize an emergency situation, getting involved and making a difference. First Response: The First Aid Series guides the viewer through the causes, prevention, signs and symptoms of sudden illness or injury, and demonstrates the first aid procedures required to safely and thoroughly deal it. Using real life scenarios, animated graphics, and instructor-led demonstrations, the program provide an informative, step-by-step approach to the effective prevention, recognition, and treatment of a wide variety of emergency situations encountered at work, home, rest, and play. What you learn may help save a life. Approved by the Canadian Red Cross.

Programs in Series: Bleeding and Soft Tissue provides basic knowledge and skills required to recognize and treat injuries such as major internal and external bleeding, shock, and soft tissue injuries such as cuts, bruises, burns, and frostbite.
Head & Spinal Injuries, and Muscle, Bone & Joint Injuries provides basic knowledge and skills required to recognize and treat head and spinal injuries, as well as bone, muscle and joint injuries.
Medical Conditions and Poisoning, shows how to to recognize and treat illnesses such as asthma attacks, severe allergic reactions, diabetic emergencies, seizures, as well as heat stroke and hypothermia. There is also a segment on first aid for various types of poisoning.

Community Voices: Exploring cross-cultural care through cancer uses cancer as a lens to explore the many ways that differences in culture, race and ethnicity affect health and the delivery of healthcare services. Its six clearly defined sections are intended as triggers for discussion. They explore language, interpretation and communication styles; the meanings of illness; patterns of help seeking; social and historical context; core cultural issues; and building bridges. Read a review here

September 28, 2006

New videos on food issues

It's been called the world's first man-made epidemic, and it's killing us. Cheaper production, "super-sized" fast foods and a $12 billion advertising industry are proving to be lethal when mixed with a car-dominated culture, urban sprawl and labour-saving technologies. Although North America is the epicentre of obesity; this disease is being exported worldwide as a by-product of western culture. Infiltrating low-income communities and developing nations, obesity may bankrupt our health systems. The Weight of the World features leading international scientists offering persuasive arguments on reshaping our lifestyles and surrounding environments and also highlights communities whose rigorous public programs are diverting this global tide. With lively animation and hard-hitting science, the film reveals that obesity is not an individual problem, but one that requires changes in public policies and attitudes.
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The Yaqui Valley is one of Mexico's largest agricultural areas, providing much of North America's fresh fruit and vegetables. It is also home to neighboring towns in which children exhibit significant and disturbing neurological differences. Toxic Legacies (also known as Playing with Poison) investigates this phenomenon and its relevance to children across North America. U.S. anthropologist Elizabeth Guillette learned in 1993 about problems in the Yaqui Valley. The valley children are far behind those of the foothills in physical coordination, energy and learning capabilities. The only difference she observed was that pesticides have been used in the valley since the early 1950s, while in the foothills there is no agricultural industry and virtually no pesticide use. The program follows Dr. Guillette as she meets with eminent laboratory scientists in her search for corroboration and possible solutions. Neurotoxicologist David Carpenter of the University of Albany says, "I have suspected for a long time that pesticides cause these effects, but no one has demonstrated it so convincingly."
Timely and chilling The Montreal Gazette
Subtly dramatic and scary The Globe and Mail
As frightening as it is sad The Calgary Herald

A very current topic, Biotech is just the most obvious example of what will be a nutrition-agriculture-food crisis. Watching Brave new foods: the biotech revolution viewers learn that even those organic apples or free range chicken breasts from the local health food grocery are products of extensive genetic manipulation. Learn that almost every food we eat today is shaped by centuries of "tampering with nature" that changed often inedible and even poisonous plants into tasty and nutritious foods. Scientists see crops as building blocks for energy, chemicals, plastics, and even construction materials. The biotech revolution could change our society from one that runs on hydrocarbons to one based on carbohydrates. Explore the potential benefits and risks of bio-engineered foods.

September 27, 2006

NEW Drugs, Crime, Courts and Racism videos

The Truth About Drugs is a powerful program that graphically demonstrates to teens the effects of various types of drugs on their self, friends, babies, and family. The damage drugs do to their body is not always apparent and today's teens often overlook the dangers they face when using such as rape, homelessness, suicide, jail time, and the inability to focus and study.

Graphic profiles of four families afflicted by domestic violence reveal the traumatic impact of these experiences -- during childhood and later on in life. Hidden Victims: Children of Domestic Violence follows a domestic violence crime unit, to let viewers witness a 10-year-old boy's struggle to help his physically abused mother. The program also visits adults who are perpetuating the cycle of violence -- abusing their spouses just as their parents once abused each other. Breaking free of the violence, one woman has found refuge in a shelter and is getting her life back on track after years in an abusive relationship.

Juvenile justice usually takes place behind doors closed to public scrutiny. But this FRONTLINE documentary takes us inside the system in Santa Clara County, where we follow the fates of four teens... Their stories stir a range of emotions -- sorrow, pity, fear and disgust -- and provide no easy answers. (Wall Street Journal review)

Your best shot is a fictional story about an Appellant preparing for his Review Tribunal hearing. The program provides: a snapshot of the Review Tribunal process, useful tips to assist in an appeal, and answers to many commonly asked questions. The Office of the Commissioner of Review Tribunals made this video to help you get ready for your appeal. An accompanying booklet is also available.

Equipped with cameras, a diverse group of BC youth set out to expose the realities of internalized and systemic racism and find ways to help dismantle and overcome it. Featuring vignettes both comical and disturbing, Racism for Reel is a fast-paced and candid examination of racial biases expressed through the media and in everyday life.

September 26, 2006

Five new videos


Survivors of the Red Brick School is a moving tribute to the courage of the Baptiste Family and to all the families who survived the trauma of Canada’s residential school system for First Nations people. Travel back to Cranbrook, BC, with the Baptiste family (Osoyoos Indian Band, BC) as they revisit the school that changed their lives forever. This moving story takes you into the minds and hearts of Virg, Cindy, Bugs and Lloyd when they return as adults to face their living nightmare

Locally produced, Project Eagle Feather was inspired by the recent rise of in the number of aboriginal children taken into care in British Columbia. This documentary uses the aboriginal tradition of storytelling so individuals can share their background, their experiences as survivors, their experiences as children of survivors, and their efforts to heal.

Salmon are considered an excellent source of nutrition. And farmed salmon provide it inexpensively. But at what cost to their wild cousins…and, some scientists ask, to humans?
The Price of Salmon explores the complex issues involved with aquaculture here Canada, in Scotland and in Norway.

FRONTLINE's Dot Con investigates the financial forces behind the unprecedented rise and seemingly overnight fall of the Internet economy. When the Internet bubble burst in March 2000, unlucky investors watched more than $3 trillion of their money disappear. What spurred the incredible dot-com bull run on Wall Street? Was the public blinded by dreams of small fortunes and easy living or did the nation’s investment banks manipulate the IPO market and exploit public trust?

Outlet: Queer youth speak out gives audiences the straight goods on growing up queer in a heterosexual world. Featuring candid stories about the challenges of coming out, Outlet reminds us how complex identity is and how rarely people are supported in exploring it. Includes accompanying guide

Macdonald Wood chronicles the fight to protect a small woodland in Comox, BC. Against considerable odds, the Macdonald Wood Park Society and other community members galvanized government interest and raised more than $300,000 of a $1.7 million price tag to help preserve the property. The dust has now settled and key players on all sides of the issue talk candidly about their experience.

September 25, 2006

New Videos on Parkinson's and Alzheimer's Diseases

Parkinson's disease: an update exames the drug medication, surgery and alternative therapies for this degenerative brain disease affecting 1% of Americans over the age of 60.

The diagnosis of celebrities such as Rita Hayworth and Ronald Reagan has brought Alzheimer's disease out of the closet and into the national spotlight. The Alzheimer's mystery traces the century-long initiative to understand the disease first described by Dr. Alois Alzheimer. Patients in the early stages of Alzheimer's and family members discuss how they cope with the illness, while medical professionals address the disease's pathology, research toward a cure, and the importance of compassionate healthcare.

The Alzheimer's Challenging Behaviors Series consists of three parts: Resisting care...Putting yourself in their shoes; Agitation...It's a sign and Wandering...Is it a problem? Each program from this award-winning series has an accompanying video guide.

Created specifically to help caregivers, the Alzheimer Journey series explores the challenging journey that Alzheimer's disease brings to individuals with the disease, their family and caregivers. The Road Ahead, helps caregivers prepare for the beginning of the journey. On the Road examines topics such as how to provide care for the person with Alzheimer's disease and for the caregiver. The third video, At the Crossroads deals with how to handle decisions such as long term care placement and end-of-life issues. Fourth in the series Understanding Alzheimer disease looks at how Alzheimer disease affects the brain itself. Each title has an accompanying workbook

September 22, 2006

Five more new videos

Another title from John Gottman: In The Seven principles for making marriage work, Gottman presents his research-based principles that guide couples on the path toward a harmonious and long-lasting relationship.

Drawing on three decades of experience in residential schools, Rick Lavoie provides powerful strategies for teaching friendship skills in the classroom, the homefront, and the community. It's so much work to be your friend explores the causes and consequences of "social incompetence" and provides advice on how to help children work through daily social struggles and go from being picked on and isolated to becoming accepted and involved.

V6A 1N6: the six letters and numbers of a postal code which identify the poorest and most dangerous neighborhoods in Canada: the downtown east side of Vancouver. The film takes us to the life on the street, interviewing and listening to the stories of how people got there and how they survive. We walk the beat with the local police officers, visit public health outlets and hostels to hear strategies of coping and some initiatives on finding a better future for the neighborhood, the residents and workers.


On May 4, 1970 the National Guard opened fire on university students in Ohio who were protesting the war in Vietnam. Thirty years later, the blood shed is not forgotten. “This extraordinary documentary (13 Seconds: the Kent State shootings catalogued as Kent State: The day the war came home) is so good, so well - constructed, that it can’t help but leave the viewers feeling as if they themselves were on the bloody scene of the Kent State carnage 30 years ago.”- The Hollywood Reporter.

In Search of Shakespeare is a four-part series exploring the life of the world's greatest and most famous writer. Surprisingly, it is the first time that a full-scale life of William Shakespeare has been attempted on TV. It explores the life of the poet and the turbulent times in which he lived. Presenter-led, mixing travel, adventure, interviews and specially shot documentary and live action sequences with the Royal Shakespeare Company on the road, this is an innovative TV history series . PBS has an extensive web companion to the program

Personnel Changes in the Library

After 32 years of faithful service Stan Olson, Assistant Librarian, Acquisitions and Systems is retiring. Our search for his replacement has now been completed and I am pleased to announce that Shirley Lee, presently Assistant Librarian, Reference and interlibrary Loans will be moving into Stan's position. In the interim as Shirley works into the job Stan will remain with us at 5/8 of his current contract. Shirley has a strong technical background and will pick up admirably where Stan has left off.

To relieve Shirley of some of her public responsibilities (at the Reference/Information Desk) we have hired Rhonda Nicholls (who has been on call for us in the past). Rhonda will cover 3 morning/early afternoon shifts per week (Tuesday & Thursday).

On the technical support front, Robert (Bob) Schaefer, Technical Support Specialist, has taken a position with the ATT (Academic Technology Team) and can now be found at the ISYS computer lab in the CANIL building; we wish him well in his new position. Replacing Bob will be Hank Suderman, who formerly worked in the IT department (aka Mr. Jenzabar). Hank brings a wealth of significant technical background to the Library and we all look forward to working together with him.
Ted Goshulak, University Librarian

September 21, 2006

More New Videos

Another batch of new videos on my desk today; here are profiles for the first five; I'll post about the others later on.

The heart of parenting : raising and emotionally intelligent child John Gottman presents the essential emotion-coaching skills and how emotion-coaching parents teach and talk to their children.

Warren Marcus, a Jewish religious programme maker was initially skeptical about the "Toronto Blessing" but was won over by the sense of love and Christian unity at Airport Christian Fellowship. Go inside the Toronto Blessing part 2 is his behind-the-scenes view of the many physical and emotional healings he saw there, as well as the "Gold Teeth" phenomenon.

In From the House of Fear to the House of Love, Henri Nouwen considers spirituality to be a critical component in moving toward peacemaking-- not from fear, but out of love for other people, the poor and Jesus.
Nouwen himself is the focus of A Tribute to Henri Nouwen which features an interview at L'Arche Daybreak with Brian Stiller.

Keep Kids Safe: Car Time 1-2-3-4 tells you about the four stages of child safety in vehicles and gives you simple instructions and tips on making Car Time a safe time for children.

September 20, 2006

Survivors and winners

Last Friday, on the final day of the library's 72-hour survivor display a draw was held and several prizes were won. TWU staffer Carla Niemi and student Joyce Lee each won a personal survival kit with rations to seem them through the first 72 hours of a disaster. Katelyn Lanigan, Barbara Hancur and Louisa He each won TWU bookstore gift certificates totaling $50. Nearly 300 people entered the draw.
If you didn't win a survival kit, why not start putting one together today? Here's a good place to start if you need some suggestions!

New Media Titles

Seven new titles or series added to the Alloway Library audio-visual collection

Raising an emotionally intelligent child: the heart of parenting, a talk with John Gottman is the sort of DVD that will interest every parent or parent-to-be.

Religions of the world is a 13 part series that offers insights into the striking similarities and vast differences among the world's major religions as well as the unique perspective of its many individual cultures. A teacher's guide for each tape is available online.

Scholar's, Scrolls and Scandals and What is challenging and new about the Dead Sea Scrolls present lectures by Lawrence Schiffman and James Charlesworth respectively. Both are leading figures in Dead Sea Scroll studies.

Part subterfuge, part pulse-taking, part travelogue, --an intimate portrait of an extraordinary woman at work in the country that obsesses her: Jan Wong's Forbidden China, takes the viewer right inside the homes, hopes and fears of key players in the future of China.

The Critical Incidents series presents dramatized vignettes which take place in a college or university setting and which demonstrate problem issues facing faculty and teaching assistants. Titles included Teaching and learning challenges, Close encounters of the academic kind, Legends of the fall term, Sense and sensitivity, and Diversity and inclusion.

English grammar will never be a barrel of fun, but the Standard Deviants deserve credit for making a review course as engaging as the subject is ever likely to get. This energetic troupe of young performers whose specialty is making serious academic subjects engaging, happily dive into what they call "The split-infinitive world of English grammar." Nouns, verbs, adjectives, and other parts of speech are explained with some offbeat examples (for instance, a film of a lizard is used to demonstrate why "gecko" is a common noun). An online study guide for each of the 6 parts of the series is available.

September 01, 2006

Is your TWU ID card expired? Then so have your library privileges.

August 31 2006 was the day that most Staff, Faculty, Grad and Undergrad university cards expired and consequently, so did library privileges.

Updating your card is a two-step process. First you obtain an expiry sticker with a December 2006, May 2007 or August 2007 date (The date is determined by the type of university ID you have.) Stickers are issued by the office where students register. TWU Employees should contact their department's administrative assistant or the Front Desk.
Once your card is revalidated, bring it to the library so staff can renew your library privileges.

To see if your card has expired, try logging into my account in the library's catalogue. Expired cards will be blocked; valid card holders can see their expiry date by clicking on "profile" in the "Account overview" tab.