January 31, 2007

Never too late to return library material

A news story from Michigan reminds us once again that libraries always welcome back their material.

After 47 years in the wilderness, ‘Prince of Egypt’ returns.
By Garrett Neese; Daily Mining Gazette

HANCOCK — Dorothy Clarke Wilson’s “Prince of Egypt” was a regular checkout at the Hancock Public Library, judging by the blur of due dates stamped on the card inside: Nov. 11, 1959. Jan. 13, 1960. May 19, 1960.

They end abruptly with June 2, 1960, a week after ninth-grader Robert Nuranen checked it out for a class paper on Egypt.

Almost 47 years later, he came back to Hancock High School Friday morning, returning the book to a stunned librarian.

Nuranen said his mother initially misplaced the book while cleaning house. By the time they found it, the urgency had passed.

So began a new, more languid pattern for the book: Someone would find the book tucked away somewhere in the house, then forget about it for another decade. That stopped on Thursday, when Nuranen found it at the bottom of a box in the attic while looking for family archives.

“I figured I’d better get it in before we waited another 10 years,” he said. “Fifty-seven years would be embarrassing.”

Nuranen presented librarian Sue Zubiena with a check covering his late fees, which totaled $171.32. He wants the proceeds to honor his mother, former school custodian Bessie Nuranen. “Get some books on strong women,” he told Zubiena.

The Los Angeles Times notes that librarian Zubiena wasn't going to charge Nuranen a late fee, but he insisted on paying. He calculated the amount based on the penny-a-day late fee stamped inside his book. "It wasn't precise," he admitted. "I probably gave them a couple pennies extra." (The late fee at Hancock Library is now 10 cents a day, but Zubiena caps all fees at $5.)

If you've got a long-lost item from Alloway Library, you can always return it. If you have paid for a lost item, that amount will be credited towards any fines. Our maximum fine is $15 per item.

January 30, 2007

Hundreds of titles added to the sale shelf this week

In the last few days, nearly 12 shelves full of books have been put onto Alloway Library's sale shelf. A large portion of the material are social sciences titles -- political science, history, sociology and anthropology but there is a good smattering of items from all disciplines. As always, hard cover titles are $1.00 and softcovers are just $.50. Visit the sale shelf on the main level; you may find a treasure!

Backlog of books in a storeroom in the library. -- [ca.1996] TWU Archives

January 29, 2007

New DVDs offer something for everyone

These new titles represent an eclectic mix of topics and productions, sure to engage, inform and even entertain!

At my mother's breast Heather Watson-Burgess' mother, grandmother, and great-grandmother all had breast cancer, so have two of her three aunts, and she has lived for most of her life with the knowledge that she might be next. Instead of reacting with denial, she decided to explore her feelings of grief and fear with the other women of her family. The result is an extraordinary portrait of a family of brave, strong women finding unity while facing a terrifying and tragic genetic legacy. It is also a touching and universal portrayal of the ups and downs of mother-daughter relationships. Through video diaries, intimate interviews, and up-close documentary footage of family get-togethers, the film weaves together a complex, poignant story of a family sharing tender moments of laughter, tears, compassion, and loss.

Bonhoeffer documents the life of Dietrich Bonhoeffer, a young German theologian who was one of the first to openly resist Adolf Hitler. Features photographs, archival footage, and interviews with family members, friends, students, and associates of Bonhoeffer, including the last interview with Bonhoeffer's close friend and historian, Eberhard Bethge.

Children of the Nakba For Palestinians, the events between 1947 and 1949 are remembered as the "Nakba," an Arabic word meaning "catastrophe." It was a time when Israeli military forces destroyed over 500 Palestinian villages and expelled between 700,000 and 900,000 Palestinians from their lands. These refugees have lived exiled from their land since then. Both Palestinians and Israelis are children of the Nakba, heirs to a story of dispossession. Building a shared future of justice, equality, and reconciliation for both peoples will mean grappling with this history. Special features on this DVD include: Mennonite Central Committee documentaries: Walking the path Jesus walked, The dividing wall, Family story and study guides.

FAS: when the children grow up explores the stories of adults living with FAS and Fetal Alcohol Effects (FAE). Through first person accounts and expert testimonials, the program examines the causes, effects, stigmas and myths of FAS/E and the factors that can improve the quality of life for adults who live with the syndrome. Resources and preview online here

Francis and Clare of Assisi two figures of the Middle Ages who went against all conventions of the times and whose way of life is still a challenge. With both beautiful photography that takes you to the places frequented by Clare and Francis and original music with medieval melodies, their extraordinary tale is told.

The Hutterites to care and not to care Spiritual cousins of the Mennonites and Amish, the Hutterites live simply with austerity. By a way of life that is supremely communal rather than individualistic, the Hutterites have rid themselves of poverty, homicide and anxiety about the future.

An Inconvenient truth This is the climate change movie everyone is talking about- Al Gore presents an eye-opening and compelling view of the future of our planet. View the trailer here.

The Matrix (Yes, with Keanu Reeves and all those sunglasses!) In an anti-utopian future, the real world as we know it is nothing more than a computer construct, created by an all-powerful artificial intelligence. A small group of humans as found a way out of the construct and are now fighting for the future of the human race.

Where Jesus walked Hershel Shanks, goes to Nazareth, Galilee, Capernaum, Bethsaida, Qumran, Sepphoris and Jerusalem to visit the places where Jesus walked. Along the way, Shanks meets with the world's most prominent archaeologists and biblical scholars to discuss the archaeological discoveries that link these sites to Jesus and the world of the first Christians and to offer a clear picture of how current archaeology is illuminating the New Testament.

Remember, you can find many videos (VHS and DVDs) in Alloway Library's collection by searching the catalogue by "General Keyword" and including the word "videorecording" as one of your search words.

January 27, 2007

Borrow a USB drive to save your work.

You're doing research on a library computer and find some important information you've just got to have. Inspired, you launch Microsoft Word from the computer and start writing, quoting and citing, creating a key segment of your assignment right in the library. But when you go to save your work, you remember that library policy prevents saving it onto the library's hard drive. Don't despair! Alloway Library now has USB drives which you can borrow, so that you can save your work, take it home and transfer to your own computer.

USB drives, attached to bright pink lanyards are available for a two-day loan from the reserve counter. Like all reserve material these items are not renewable and carry hefty fines ($5 per day) when overdue. Borrowers should protect their privacy by deleting their files from the drive before check in.

Student assistant Sarah Scheffers is ready to check out a USB drive at the Reserve counter. Sarah suggested lendable USB drives as a way to help Alloway Library users better use research tools in the library.

January 26, 2007

Mars' Hill article features Askaway

Got questions? Ask away!

Library joins province-wide initiative
By Angela Wiebe

Trinity Western University joined the ranks of more than two dozen post-secondary schools across the province last week with the launch of a new online library research service.

The initiative, called AskAway, is a government-funded pilot program designed to offer students increased access to library resources from both public and post-secondary libraries.

Offered through the library websites of 27 colleges and universities in B.C., students can log onto the shared network and ask questions of a librarian. A librarian is guaranteed to be online from 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. Sunday to Thursday and from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Friday and Saturday.

Read the rest of this Mars' Hill article online or in the latest paper issue.

January 25, 2007

New Librarian joins Alloway Library staff

University Librarian Ted Goshulak is glad to announce that a new contract reference librarian has agreed to join the TWU community. Duncan Dixon recently completed his Master of Library Science at UBC's School of Archival and Information Studies. Duncan also has a Master of Education degree from UBC. He has taught in in Zambia with Mennonite Central Committee and later in Japan for 17 years

Duncan looks forward to assisting Alloway Library users during his shifts at the information desk Mondays through Thursdays.

Duncan's arrival coincides with other personnel changes-- After 32 years of faithful service, Stan Olson, Assistant Librarian, Acquisitions is retiring and librarian Shirley Lee moves into his position. Meanwhile, Rhonda Nicholls who was a contract reference librarian last term will now be covering a virtual reference (AskAway) shift from off-campus for the semester.

January 19, 2007

Goodbye CAMIO; Hello ARTstor!

For several years Alloway Library has subscribed to CAMIO, an art image databank. For several years Alloway Library has subscribed to CAMIO, an art image databank. Recently the CAMIO database came to be managed by OCLC and the annual subscription price increased five-fold from $685US to nearly $3400US.

After consulting with TWU Art department faculty, who rely heavily on this type of product for teaching art history courses, it was agreed to cancel our CAMIO subscription at the end of February and move to a different product. ARTstor, an established databank with over 500,000 images was selected and is now available through the library's webpage under the 'New Databases' link or via the 'Article Indexes & Databases' link.

ARTstor provides lots of tools for instructors and students. All users can register and have a folder to save images into and instructors can register throughout he ARTstor site for additional privileges to share folders. Contact the information desk if you require additional assistance. To view images, users will need Java and Flash Player and will need to allow pop-up windows from the ARTstor site.

January 12, 2007

The Five laws of library science

Five laws of library science
According to Wikipedia, Shiyali Ramamrita Ranganathan published these principles in 1931. They continue to be recognized in library policies every day.
1. Books are for use.
2. Every person his or her book.
3. Every book its reader.
4. Save the time of the reader.
5. The library is a growing organism.

Photo Registrar, James Geddes, sitting in the periodicals section of the library ca 1970's TWU Archives

In 1998, librarian Michael Gorman (past president of the American Library Association, 2005-2006), recommended the following laws in addition to Ranganathan's five in his small book, "Our Singular Strengths":
1. Libraries serve humanity.
2. Respect all forms by which knowledge is communicated.
3. Use technology intelligently to enhance service.
4. Protect free access to knowledge.
5. Honor the past and create the future.

In 2004, librarian Alireza Noruzi recommended applying Ranganathan's laws to the web in his paper, "Application of Ranganathan's Laws to the Web":
1. Web resources are for use.
2. Every user his or her web resource.
3. Every web resource its user.
4. Save the time of the user.
5. The Web is a growing organism.

Source: Wikipedia

January 11, 2007

RefWorks, the Patriot Act and Canadian researchers

As we posted in November, the U.S. initiated new legislation following 9/11 which allows them to 'snoop' into many activities they deem to be suspicious. One of the potential areas of 'interest' is the area of academic research. Even though we live in Canada, the bibliographic information created by our students, faculty and staff and stored in RefWorks is kept on servers in the U.S. Therefore, it is open to scrutiny under the Patriot Act. This has alarmed many in the Canadian academic community and so COPPUL (a consortium we belong to and through whom we license RefWorks) contacted OCUL (an Ontario library consortium) about the possibility of the University of Toronto hosting RefWorks for members of our consortium. As of March 2007 our RefWorks data will now be housed in Canada and exempt from the Patriot Act (for a fee, of course).
Submitted by Ted Goshulak

Photo Three male students in a dorm room. -- 1989 TWU Archives

January 08, 2007

Cage Match: Libraries vs Starbucks, FedEx and the DMV!

Steven Abram's always inspires librarians and library supporters. His January 8 article in SirsiDynix OneSource notes that libraries, as a collective, "do it all in a quiet way that belies the actual fact that we continue to collaboratively run amazing operations that, combined:
· Circulate more materials than FedEx and Amazon together (and we get them back!)
· Have five times more people going to public libraries than attend major league sports games
· Manage more locations than Starbucks
· Are responsible for library cards that globally outnumber drivers’ licenses

We need to remind ourselves that we do an amazing job of running one of the most complex operations imaginable – and we make it look easy. Let’s be clear: it isn’t.

Imagine if the revered Starbucks had to know the identity of everyone they sold a Venti Latte to. Imagine if FedEx had to retrieve every parcel, limitless times. And imagine if Amazon had to deal with actual people in person. Imagine developing a drivers’ fine system that was measured in nickels instead of twenties! Life is messier and more complicated in libraries than for these esteemed companies, great as they may be. Hey, we don’t give ourselves enough credit. And now do it all on budgets where a simple thousand dollars makes a big difference."

At Alloway Library we manage to keep track of over half a million items spread out over 7 km of shelves. (4.3 miles) Next time you drive down Glover Road from campus to the Langley Bypass imagine library shelves lined up along both sides of the road-- now consider that our staff keep over 97% of all that material in the right spot! If you do have trouble finding an item in the library feel free to ask staff for help!

January 03, 2007

Alloway Library reopens following Christmas break

We're back!
Until January 8 Alloway Library is open 8 am - 4:30 pm Mondays to Fridays. Once classes start on January 9 our regular schedule will be in effect.

While it was pretty calm here during the Christmas break, the work of library did continue:
New books were added to the New Books shelf
New material was put on the sale shelf
A new information librarian was hired (watch for more information in an upcoming post)
Study carrels and extension cords were reconfigured to maximize space and efficiency

Just before Christmas, Library staffer Linda Matties delivered 24 books to the grade one class at Nicomekl Elementary School in Langley. The books were donated by Alloway Library users and staff to help encourage reading in an inner city school. Teacher Ruth Sawatzky and her students wrote thank you notes to us saying "we can't thank you enough for the wonderful story books... We love to read.... My family loves books!"