April 30, 2007

More new videos (part 2)

More new DVDs from our collection. Remember that TWU students and employees may borrow, and renew items from the media collection for one week.

Circle of Justice
A documentary about going to prison to gain one's freedom. The stories of Aboriginal offenders unfold within walls of a federal penitentiary as Robert, David and George struggle with issues of mercy and healing within a man-made institution designed to deter and punish. Circle of Justice gives a whole new meaning to the term, "life sentence." DVD

Olive Dickason's First Nations Olive Dickason was the first to study Canadian history, not beginning with the arrival of European explorers, but long before with the First Nations people. Their complex society and history is our history, she posits, as is their subsequent interaction with the Europeans. Fast becoming a mainstream view today, only two decades ago, serious academic specialists did not accept that view, believing instead that Aboriginal history was preliterate and therefore an anthropological subject. It was Olive Dickason who carved out this new territory publishing Canadian bestsellers such as The Myth of the Savage and Canada's First Nations. (More)

Ravens and Eagles: Haida Art (series one) Offering a mix of portraiture and first-person narrative, this series of 12 half-hour documentaries cast the spotlight on Haida art and artists, allowing those who practice the art form to tell their stories first-hand. It also explores some of the wider historical and political issues of the repatriation of Haida artifacts, the vital potlatch ceremony, and the fight to preserve old growth forests on Haida land. Shot on British Columbia's rugged north coast, the series enriches our understanding of Haida artists and the important contributions they have made—and continue to make—to the humanities. (More...) DVD

Greater Vancouver: Ideas into Action
A collection of stories showcasing ways the Greater Vancouver Regional District and its member municipalities, businesses and citizens are turning ideas into action for a sustainable future. DVD

The Sustainable Region 2005 and 2006 series. Each half-hour episode explores what makes Great Vancouver tick. Programs cover a topic such as homelessness, sustainability, regional parks and green space, agriculture, solid waste and recycling, governance,Add to my list energy, social sustainability and at-risk species. (Online previews here) DVD

Voices of dissent: Canadians in the global game examines some of the central questions of globalization and Canada's role. This program highlights the range of Canadian responses to the growth of global corporate capitalism and explores major historical developments, from the formation of the Bretton Woods institutions at the end of World War II to the FTAA meeting in Quebec City and the G-8 summit in Kananaskis, Alberta. DVD

April 26, 2007

New titles to the media collection

More than 25 VHS and DVD videorecordings are stacked up around my desk! Let me tell you about them over the next few days.

Indecently exposed
challenges Canadian's attitudes towards Native Canadians. "Even nice Canadians are racist." says anti-racism expert Jane Elliott. Whether or not you agree, that's Elliott's starting point as she welcomes and bullies 22 Canadians who have volunteered to participate in her internationally renowned workshop. DVD.

Who moved my cheese: the change program based on the #1 bestselling business book by Dr. Spencer Johnson.The animated story of four characters named Sniff, Scurry, Hem, and Haw, and their experience dealing with unexpected change. Join these mice and little people as they journey through the “Maze” in search of “New Cheese”. The “Maze” represents where we look for the things that make us happy, while “Cheese” is a metaphor for what nourishes us, be it career, family, progress, wealth, spiritual well being, physical health, or anything else that gives our lives meaning and value. DVD

A new life in a new land: the Muslim experience in Canada is a media project created to provide current and accurate information on Islam and Muslims in Canada. It follows in the spirit of Canada 's inclusive multicultural policy by breaking down barriers and eliminating negative stereotypes that fuel racism and discrimination. The project includes a three part documentary television series and an interactive website, www.anewlife.ca , to provide even further educational support. DVD

The narrow road: the journey of the persecuted church In 2000 members of music group Jars of Clay traveled with Prayer for the Persecuted Church and its partner organizations to Asia to meet with Christians there and hear their stories. The Narrow Road takes you on the journey of persecuted believers in Egypt, Vietnam, and China. VHS

April 13, 2007

Long-time Alloway Librarian celebrated at retirement luncheon

Assistant Librarian, Stan Olson, marked his retirement recently with an on-campus luncheon and reception. Stan served on the library staff for over thirty years and when he wasn't in the library, could often be found on the trails around campus, enjoying the wonders of creation.

Marijke and Stan Olson cut into a retirement cake.

April 11, 2007

A statistical snapshot of TWU’s videorecording collection


FOR MAY 2006 – MARCH 2007

A statistical snapshot of TWU’s videorecording collection:

Faculty with a film machine. TWU Archives

Our Videorecording Collection

TWU videos (VHS): 3645

Dewey video (VHS): 81

DVDs : 169

Total videorecordings in the catalogue: 3895

Items added since last year: 231 (51 were DVD format)

DVDs awaiting cataloguing: 69

VHS awaiting cataloguing : 51

Videorecording checkouts, excluding reserve materials: 1642

Videorecordings circulated, excluding reserve materials: 959

Other media in our collection

Audio CDs (excluding reserve material) : 802 items

Data CDs : 227

MEC Use (2005 calendar year) (2006 calendar year)

Items borrowed: 20 18

Items supplied: 54 33

Notes in General

It’s interesting, to say the least, to note the 28% drop in circulation figures for our videorecording collection compared to last year. We have noted that the number of all circulation transactions has dropped by about 12% over last year and by about 9% for books. This loosely corresponds to a dip in enrolment and may also reflect an increase in use of online resources. The significant drop in video circulation however, may be a consequence of the slow death of the VHS format, which makes up 95% of our collection. Could this also be a factor in the drop in MEC items supplied as well?

Trinity Western University was included, for the first time, in the Globe and Mail’s University Report Card. Alloway Library staff were rightfully proud of our 'A-' in "Service Provided by Library Staff" and an 'A' for providing quiet study space --beating out the major institutions on the lower mainland, and elsewhere, in those categories. And TWU was even more proud of getting the only A+ in Canada for “Quality of Education.”

Staff changes: With the retirement of system administrator Stan Olson, Shirley Lee moved from the reference desk to the SA position and the library hired Duncan Dixon for reference and information literacy. Maria Vermette returned to interlibrary loans after a year away. Hank Suderman joined our staff as our computing services technician.

We became an AskAway library in January and are changing to Relais for interlibrary loans.

Our faculty and students are grateful for the many valuable resources they are able to use through MEC. We especially appreciate the great service provided by MEC bookers all over the province and are glad to share our video resources through the Media Exchange Cooperative.

April 04, 2007

Business index gets upgrade

As Trinity Western University moves towards launching a Master of Business Adminstration program in September, Alloway Library has upgraded our EBSCOhost Business Source subscription from Premier to Complete.

Business professor Todd Erickson. TWU Archives

EBSCOhost Business Source Complete is the world's definitive scholarly business database, providing the leading collection of bibliographic and full text content. Business Source® Complete contains far more active, peer-reviewed, business related journals than any other database currently available. As part of the comprehensive coverage offered by this database, indexing and abstracts for the most important scholarly business journals back as far as 1886 are included.

In addition to the searchable cited references provided for more than 1,200 journals, Business Source Complete is the overwhelmingly superior database for full text journals in all disciplines of business, including marketing, management, MIS, POM, accounting, finance and economics.

Additional full text, non-journal content includes financial data, books, monographs, major reference works, conference proceedings, case studies, investment research reports, industry reports, market research reports, country reports, company profiles, SWOT analyses and more.

In addition Alloway Library has also added Regional Business News as a supplemental database.

With daily updates, Regional Business News provides comprehensive full text for regional business publications (including titles from Crain Communications). Regional Business News has full text for more than 50 sources.

Submitted by Ted Goshulak, University Librarian.

April 03, 2007

Easter hours at Alloway Library

Alloway Library will operate on reduced hours during the Easter Weekend.

Good Friday, April 6: Closed

Easter Eve, Saturday, April 7: 10 am - 6pm

Easter Sunday, April 8: Closed

Easter Monday, April 9: Closed

Note too, that Askaway, our real-time, online reference service, will also be closed Easter weekend with the exception of Saturday April 7 when it will be available from 11 am - 5 pm.

Extended hours for the final exam period start on Friday April 20

For a complete listing of Alloway Library hours visit our website or click here

Photograph of faculty member Frank Mansfield holding up an Easter basket; the Barnasium is in the background. ca 1960's . TWU Archives

April 02, 2007

AskAway today!

AskAway’s success continues! Since the service opened for Term 2 on January 15th, students, staff and faculty at all 27 participating institutions around BC have had over 2,700 questions answered through AskAway! The AskAway team of service providers is now 160 strong and growing and includes 4 Alloway Librarians.

The BC Electronic Library Network (ELN) which coordinates AskAway sponsors a series of ½ hour brown bag lunch sessions online for librarians. The sessions are presented by AskAway service providers and BC ELN virtual reference staff on topics of interest to AskAway service providers. Recently, Alloway Library's Bill Badke conducted Religious Studies Resources as part of AskAway's professional development program. Future sessions will include an orientation to library websites, subject resources in gerontology, and using blog/RSS readers.

Some recent feedback from AskAway patrons:

  • This was awesome - allowed me to figure out where to go and what to look for at school instead of wandering around! I will definitely use this again. Thanks!
  • Thank you so much for all the help! This is the most convenient service I have ever used.
  • AWESOME!!! I wish we had this years ago. It was so helpful, I will be using this every semester guaranteed!
  • A great service for someone like me, an instructor at Royal Roads who lives in Vancouver.
As the end of the term looms nearer you may find yourself needing some AskAway help. Give it a try through the library's webpage, or pick up a purple bookmark from the library.