October 25, 2007

eHRAF database changes and improves

Changes to Alloway Library’s access to the Human Relations Area Files (HRAF) at Yale University and the eHRAF Collection of Ethnography are underway. This cross-cultural database contains information on all aspects of cultural and social life. The eHRAF database is unique in that the information is organized by cultures and ethnic groups and the full-text sources are subject-indexed at the paragraph level. A new beta version of the database features a new name, eHRAF World Cultures, a new URL and includes 10 additional cultures.

Users of this database can continue to connect to it via the library’s webpage. Patrons who have bookmarked eHRAF Collection of Ethnography will need to update the URL from http://ets.umdl.umich.edu/e/ehrafe to http://quod.lib.umich.edu/e/ehrafe/ .

HRAF is also implementing a new interface with new content and a new name for the eHRAF Collections. During the fall semester Alloway Library users are encouraged to try the beta version of eHRAF World Cultures. The current version, eHRAF Collection of Ethnography, will continue to be available until February 2008 when the new version is launched. HRAF will be making upgrades and design changes to the beta sites during the fall semester and intends to confine downtime to evenings and weekends. Feedback about the new interface is welcomed; fill out the survey form at http://hraf.yale.asp.educarasurvey.com

For more information about eHRAF visit Alloway Library's information page or talk to one of our Librarians

October 24, 2007

Add PDFs to RefWorks

Alloway Library has now enabled TWU users of RefWorks the ability to add PDFs to journal article citations. Each user has been given 25 MB of space for this function. The PDFs will rest in the "Edit" or "View" modes of each citation that has a PDF in it, and paper clip symbols will show in normal view to indicate which citations have PDFs in them.

At present, it is not possible to download the PDF full text directly from databases to RefWorks (as you can do with the citations). Associate Librarian Bill Badke has prepared a tutorial to guide you in the use of the PDF attachment function. You can find the tutorial on the RefWorks information page or go directly to the tutorial.

RefWorks is a web-based bibliography and database manager that allows users to create their own citation database by importing references from text files or online databases. Users can use these references in writing their papers and automatically format the paper and the bibliography in seconds.

Submitted by William Badke

October 18, 2007

Using Write-N-Cite with RefWorks on a Mac Computer

Earlier this year, Canadian universities using RefWorks moved their files from American servers to Canadian servers to prevent the US government from accessing files under the Patriot Act. This move has caused some minor glitches that can interfere with the smooth operation of RefWorks on the Mac operating system.

First, Write-N-Cite on the Mac runs as a separate application, not as a Word plug-in as it does in Word 2003 on Windows XP. You need to download the application from here . If you downloaded it previously from the old link and had trouble installing it, download it and install it again.

Second, if you have installed the new version of Write-N-Cite, but are being taken to the page as shown below, you need to delete the old RefWorks preferences on your computer.

To remove a preference file on a Mac go to Users -- [User name] -- Library -- Preferences -- com.refworks[ending with]plist

Drag the file to the trash and restart the application. It will automatically create a new, correct, preferences file. See the diagram below

RefWorks is a web-based bibliography and database manager that allows users to create a personal citation database by importing references from text files or online databases. You can use these references in writing your papers and automatically format the paper and the bibliography in seconds. To find out more about RefWorks visit the information page at Alloway Library's webpage. If you have any further difficulties, please contact Duncan Dixon at Duncan.Dixon@twu.ca.

October 16, 2007

Globe and Mail Report Card shows continued good marks for Alloway Library

The Globe and Mail's University Report Card came out this morning and once again TWU scored many top marks. Marks for Alloway Library awarded by students in the 2006-2007 academic year show little change from the the previous year. Here's a summary of library-related marks, with last year's grade in brackets.

  • Service provided by library staff A- (A-)
  • Overall library quality B+ (B)
  • Library hours of operation B (B)
  • Online library resources B (B+)
  • Availability of journals /articles/periodicals B (B)
  • Total number of library holdings C+ (C+)
  • Availability of quiet study space A (A)
  • Study space A-
We are pleased to see high marks once again for service; improvement in overall library quality is also gratifying to see. Like any conscientious student, we should probably appeal the slight drop in "online resources" by pointing out that the library has added several new databases and upgraded others in the past year.

A print version of the report card is available at the reserve counter.

October 12, 2007

End of the week potpourri

Two items to note before the week ends:

1. Alloway Library's Annual Report for the 2006-2007 academic year is now available. View it online or in PDF format at the library's website or here. Or, stop by the library for a paper copy. The report includes achievements, statistics and a view of the future for Alloway Library.

2. Another cart of books has been added to our used book sale shelf.

October 05, 2007

Empty bottles help fill a library in Beruit

Alloway Library is once again collecting refundable beverage containers to raise funds for others. Last year we helped raise money for a Ugandan medical clinic. This fall we invite library users to join with us to help the Library Resource Expansion fund at Arab Baptist Theological Seminary in Beirut, Lebanon. All it takes is to make a difference is to bring clean refundable beverage containers to the library.
ABTS is working on extending the resources of its Finlay Graham Memorial Library. Their expansion plan seeks to add 2000-2500 volumes from a wide range of fields, among them encyclopedias, commentaries and books in Islamic Studies which will support and enhance the academic quality of the seminary’s Masters Program.
ABTS has received a generous offer for matching funds. If they raise a minimum of US$ 20,000 by December 2007 that money will be tripled by a matching grant. In practical terms, that triples the value of every refundable beverage container we collect at Alloway Library in the next three months!

October 03, 2007

Collection Profile: The Curriculum Materials Centre

“Providing a collection of materials to support the curriculum for the School of Education and resources which enhance the educational and teaching experience of Education students.”

COLLECTION DEVELOPMENT: Before the development of the Curriculum Collection, curriculum materials were catalogued into the main Library of Congress (LC) Collection; education material is primarily on the lower level of the library. The original Curriculum Collection was provided by the Society of Christian Schools of BC as a shared resource. Today, practical, strategic teaching materials are catalogued into the Curriculum Collection (LT).
Theoretical materials are catalogued into the main LC Collection.


Curriculum Resource Units teaching units which have been compiled by education students. The Curriculum Resource Unit Index provides a listing of Grade Units and Subject Units.

  • Grade Units – directed at specific grade levels or grade spans and are filed alphabetically by discipline and then by title within the grade levels or main subject headings.
  • Subject Units – topical, non-graded units and informational materials

Integrated Resource Packages provincial curriculum documents written by educators and produced by the Ministry of Education. These set the standards for what students are expected to know and be able to do. They include curriculum organizers, prescribed learning outcomes, assessment models, learning resources and web resources listings.

  • The Integrated Resource Packages Index indicates the discipline and the related Resource numbers
  • The Grade Collections Index indicates resources recommended in the IRP Grade Collections which are included in the CMC or library, and provides the call number or status of the material.

Resource Book Collection – resource materials provided by the Ministry of Education; available on the BC Ministry of Education website.

  • The Resources Index (See: IRP Index) indicates the discipline and related Resource numbers

Reavis Reading Area – a collection of Fastbacks, provided by the Phi Delta Kappa Foundation, honoring the memory of G.H. Reavis, founder of the Phi Delta Kappa Foundation. An index is available for this collection. Monographs which are given as part of this collection are catalogued into the LC Collection.

Education Newsletters – newsletters which are published irregularly and not indexed. They are kept for one year only.


The LT Collection is the main circulating collection of the Curriculum Collection. Comprised of text books, teacher’s guides, handbooks and resource manuals which support the K-12 curriculum. Focus of the LT Collection has been K-8 level materials, to complement the School of Education program. New materials are being purchased to support the proposed Secondary Program.

LT Classification Schedule :

The LT Classification System organizes material within the broader disciplines, to keep curriculum developed by specific publishers together and identifies appropriate grade levels for resources. The LT Classification Schedule helps determine the location of specific subject areas and disciplines.

For example, the literature section (LT4300-4379) includes all genre study and teaching materials. Picture books and novels are included in the literature section (LT4382 - LT4383) followed by other genre specific literature.

SEARCHING CURRICULUM MATERIAL: Subject keyword search and General keyword search will access most materials in the LT Collection. Materials with brief records do not include authoritative subject headings and will not be included in all search results. Refine your search to the Curriculum collection by setting search limits to Curriculum.

Browsing the collection: Not all the material on a specific educational topic will be in the LT collection, as materials catalogued prior to 2002 remain in the main Library of Congress collection. Therefore, when searching, browse the shelf list in both collections.

Searching Methods recommended: Subject Keyword, General Keyword, Call Number and Browsing. Don’t rely exclusively on one method or you will miss available materials.


Loan period: 21 day loan period for LT Collection items.

Limits: Maximum of 30 items per individual.

Renewals: One renewal by phone or at Circulation. On-line renewals are not available for Curriculum materials.

Do not reshelve books – Place books on the shelving cart for Floor Assistants to reshelve.

Multiple piece materials and kits: Ensure that all pieces are included when returning kits and binders.

REFERENCE PERSONNEL: The Curriculum Materials Centre Library Technician is available during CMC office hours

Reference Librarians are available at the Information desk on the Main Level of the library

A Virtual Reference Librarian is available at AskAway on the Library Web site

For more information contact Shelley Spencer, Library Technician: Curriculum Materials Centre (B.Ed.) 604-513-2121 Ext. 3916 Shelley.Spencer@twu.ca

Office Hours: Tuesday & Wednesday 8:00–4:30; Thursday 8:00–1:00

Submitted by Shelley Spencer

October 02, 2007

1000 books sold in book sale clearance

A nickel doesn't do very much, but when Alloway Library had a book sale clearance and sold discarded books for 5 cents each, the nickel's purchasing power became apparent.

The library's supply of sale books had expanded following a weeding project and, over the summer, three large study tables and three large bookcases had been filled and refilled with material which people bought at the library's usual rate of $1 for hardcover items and $.50 for softcovers.

With the start of the fall term it became important to regain the study tables for their designated use and so prices were slashed. In less than a week, over 1000 books were snapped up by bargain hunters and, as the word "clearance" suggest, the tables were cleared. Many of the books and other items were duplicates, outdated, worn-out or otherwise unsuitable for the collection but still appealed to buyers who felt that the price was right.

With the 5 cent sale ending tomorrow, Alloway Library has regained twelve study spaces (and raked in about $50.) After the sale, there will still be books for sale (including new arrivals) on our Main Level sale shelf but the price will be back at our regular low prices.