November 28, 2007

Baby Week at Alloway Library

Between December 3 -7 you can help a needy child and and clear your library fines!

Each baby care item you bring clears up to $2 in fines. All proceeds go to Langley Food Bank.

Suggested items include:

  • Diapers, size 4 +
  • Baby food
  • Crèmes, lotions, shampoos
  • Soothers
  • Toys

Donations must be new and cannot be used to pay for Interlibrary Loans, Lost or Damaged material or Reserve Book Room charges.

November 27, 2007

Dates to note in December at Alloway Library

Exam Period hours at Alloway Library

Friday, December 7 7:45 AM - 11:00 PM

Saturday, December 8 10:00 AM - 11:00 PM

Sunday, December 9 1:30 PM - 5:00 PM

Monday – Friday, December 10 – 14 7:45 AM - 11:00 PM

Saturday, December 15 10:00 AM - 6:00 PM

For your Christmas break reading pleasure

Faculty member Doug Shantz narrating the Christmas Story. -- 1987 TWU Archives

Books and media checked out from Alloway Library from Dec 5 to 18 are due on the first day of classes, January 8, 2008. This extended loan is available to all TWU & ACTS students and employees.

Christmas Break hours at Alloway Library

Monday – Friday, December 17 - 21 8:00 AM - 4:30 PM

December 22 - January 1 CLOSED

Wednesday – Friday, January 2 - 4 8:00 AM - 4:30 PM

Monday January 7 8:00 AM - 4:30 PM

November 19, 2007

Are you a genius?

This website said that people who read Alloway Library News blog are very, very smart. The people who write it might be smart too. From now on, the person who edits this blog will make sure that people who are not very, very smart can read this blog too.

November 07, 2007

Updates for Oxford Reference Online

Alloway Library's subscription to Oxford Reference Online has been revised again this year with updated content, new titles, new editions, and additional features. Oxford Reference Online brings together reference works from one of the world's biggest reference publishers into a single cross-searchable on-line resource. The library's Premium Collection offers over 175 fully-indexed, cross-searchable dictionary, language reference, and subject reference works published by Oxford University Press, including detailed information across a broad subject range from titles in the world-renowned Oxford Companions Series.

The October update to Oxford Reference Online: Premium Collection is the biggest yet, with content ranging from English literature to environmental sciences. There are no less than seven superb new Oxford titles and four new editions. These new titles are all accessible online by searching the library's catalogue or through the library's database portal. The new titles include world-class content from the worlds of art, literature, linguistics, astronomy, quotations, history, law, and conservation.

The seven new titles are:

Library users also benefit from four new editions:

Submitted by Ted Goshulak

November 02, 2007

Library says "RSVP"

Alloway Library is looking forward to hearing the results from a survey it commissioned this fall. “Here’s your chance!” says Alloway Librarian Sylvia Stopforth, “Students will have an opportunity to shape the library.”

Stopforth has been liaising with business faculty as they and their students develop a library marketing survey. This summer, the library was selected as the "client" for Professor Don Hill’s Business 430 – Marketing Research class. Since September Stopforth, Hill and seven marketing students, have been meeting to explore the goals and objectives of the project.

Stopforth explains, “This research is something we've wanted to do for years, but have simply never had the opportunity to pursue. TWU as a whole is going through a strategic planning process, and we hope to use some of the information generated by this project to support and direct that process within the library. The Big Questions for library staff are: Is the library providing resources and services that meet the needs of our students, faculty, and staff? Are there currently obstacles to user satisfaction, and if so, what are they?”

To give the researchers a better idea of the work of the library, Stopforth gave them a tour of the library. Since then, the students have been busy conducting research, identifying the most effective marketing research strategies for the project, and, with input from library staff, creating surveys and interview questions which will gauge respondents’ awareness and perception of Alloway Library’s services and resources

With the research design phase nearing successful completion the next step is up to library users, and non-users, too. “We're hoping for a good response from students - those who use the library on a regular basis, as well as those who may not,” says Stopforth, “so that we can gain a better understanding of what students expect from a library, what they need, how well the library is currently meeting those needs and expectations, and what must be changed in order to ensure we effectively meet the needs of our users into the foreseeable future.”

The marketing students conducting the awareness survey are encouraging students to check their mytwu email for an online awareness questionnaire sent to a random sample of students. Live interviews will also be conducted at the library by student researchers over the next few weeks. In late November, when the data is collected and analysed, the research will be presented to library staff who will incorporate their findings into immediate and longer term plans.