December 20, 2007

New Linguistics E-books added to collection

Alloway Library has added 6 new e-book titles as part of its contribution to the NetLibrary pool of resources. The titles will be of special interest to linguistics scholars and researchers.

Frequency of use and the organization of language [electronic resource] / Joan Bybee.

"Not this year" for library renovations

For several years Alloway Library has requested funds for a much-needed renovation project. TWU administration has once again turned down the request. Instead, the university is spending available construction/renovation funds to address health and safety concerns on campus. The library’s plan is to remove dividing walls on the upper level and add 1400 new shelves to hold a growing book collection. The project would also create a new collaborative study space on the main level and move the Reference and Media collections to new locations on the main level.

December 19, 2007

Baby Week benefits Langley Families

Alloway Library's Baby Week has come to a successful close. Thank you to everyone that contributed.

For each of the 76 items donated the library forgave up to $2 in overdue fines. The little jars of baby food, tiny socks, sleepers, bibs, shampoos and other baby-related items brought in filled two stout boxes. As well, money paid to clear fines and directed to the Baby Week campaign fund amounted to another $178.11 in cold hard cash. All proceeds have been handed over to the Langley Food Bank to benefit needy babies and their families in our community.

Baby Week organizer Janet Kreiter notes that "It is more than they might have had if we did nothing, and that makes it a success in my eyes. The opportunity was there to be used if anyone who wished and some did happily.”

“I had one young fellow bring in a whole bag of items,” she adds. “When I inquired about who had done the shopping, he told me that he had gone shopping himself. The selection of items was very interesting and very pleasing and I told him so!"

This is the third time that Alloway Library has run a fine amnesty campaign to benefit the Langley Food bank. Kreiter acknowledges the support of Librarians Ted Goshulak and Ron Braid for supporting the idea (and for not minding a playpen in the library for 2 weeks!)

December 07, 2007

Student researchers present results of library perception and awarness surveys

In response to a request from Alloway Library, students in the Business 430 Marketing Research class, under the guidance of Professor Don Hill, developed a strategy to explore the library’s marketing research needs. The library had already looked at many secondary sources and studies so this project focused specifically on TWU students’ perceptions and awareness of library services and resources.

Through online and in-person surveys, the BUSI 430 researchers gathered data from 267 respondents. They also worked with focus groups to more closely examine several areas of interest. The end product was a 177 page document presented to library personnel last week. Library staff were pleased with the researchers' work and are examining the data and recommendations closely.

Researchers reported "excellent levels of student awareness of resources and service," and that "the general sentiment is that students are satisfied with the performance of the library." They then made twelve recommendations, identifying opportunities for improvement in the following areas: online catalogue search engine, library layout, promotion of services, study carrel lighting, photocopy cards, variety of reference materials, service offered by the reference desk, strategies involving misplaced books, hours of operation, and customer service skills.

December 06, 2007

ARL Publishes Report on Journals' Transition from Print to Electronic Formats

The Association of Research Libraries (ARL) has published "The E-only Tipping Point for Journals: What's Ahead in the Print-to-Electronic Transition Zone," by Richard Johnson and Judy Luther. The report examines the issues associated with the migration from dual-format publishing (paper and electronic) to electronic-only journals.

Publishers and libraries are in an extended transition zone between print-only and e-only journals. Both parties are struggling with the demands and costs of dual-format publications. This transitional phase is especially challenging to small publishers of high-quality titles and places them at a disadvantage in relation to large, resource-rich publishers as they compete for subscribers, authors, and readers. The question of when dual-format journals will complete the transition to single-format (electronic) publishing is taking on increasing urgency.

The persistence of dual-format journals suggests that substantial obstacles need to be overcome before the transformation to e-only publication is completed. The ARL study seeks to create a better understanding of the transition process, both for librarians and publishers. Neither publishers nor librarians independently control the process. The need to coordinate their activities greatly increases the complexity of the transition.

The report considers the factors driving the push toward electronic-only publishing as well as the barriers that are slowing change. The work is based largely on interviews conducted in 2007 with two dozen academic librarians and journal publishers. The authors provide an assessment of likely change in the near term and recommend strategic areas of focus for further work to enable change.

By commissioning this work and disseminating its findings, ARL seeks to enhance broader, deeper understanding of the challenges and decisions faced by publishers and libraries as they navigate the transition taking place.

The Association of Research Libraries (ARL) is a nonprofit organization of 123 research libraries in North America. Its mission is to influence the changing environment of scholarly communication and the public policies that affect research libraries and the diverse communities they serve.

Contributed by Association of Research Libraries

December 05, 2007

For your holiday reading pleasure...

Alloway Library has extended the loan period for books and media items borrowed during the next two weeks. Instead of a 21-day loan for books (or a scant 7 days for CDs, DVDs and VHS tapes) TWU and ACTS students and employees can enjoy library resources for up to 5 weeks! This special loan period is in effect only for material checked out or renewed between Dec 5 - 18; the due date will be January 8, 2008 for most borrowers. The loan period takes into account the fact that Alloway Library is closed to the public Dec. 22 - Jan 2.*

There are plenty of great reads (and listens!) at Alloway Library. A quick general keyword search for Christmas revealed some 290 titles including:

*Even when the library is closed, our return slot at the front door is open!

December 04, 2007

New E-Books added to the catalogue

More e-books have been added to Alloway Library’s online catalogue this week. These titles are made available through TWU’s membership in COPPUL (Council of Prairie and Pacific University Libraries) and from ACLS- HEB (American Council of Learned Societies., History E-Book Project).

E-books are much more then text on a screen. Librarian Shirley Lee found it particularly interesting to see full illustrations and film clips in Wonder shows: performing science, magic, and religion in America . “But you know what's even cooler?” she asks, “There are actual music clips embedded into the full text of the book which the reader can listen to!” Check out Yellowface: creating the Chinese in American popular music and performance, 1850s-1920s to see an example.

Several of the titles added will be of interest to researcher in nursing and health care:

Other new e-book titles include: