December 15, 2008

Old News Pages Offer New Insights

There are no more trips to the library, squinting at pages of microfiche, for those who are interested in BC’s history. Thanks to a partnership between the University of Victoria and the Victoria Times Colonist, the world can now search through historic editions of the newspaper online.

The website,, is officially launched this month. It contains issues of the British Colonist, which is one of the oldest daily newspapers in Western Canada, and one of the best records of colonial BC. Every page of every issue between the first one, on December 11, 1858, and the end of June 1910 is now online—a total of 100,544 pages.

“December 11 is the exact date of the 150th anniversary of the Times Colonist,” says Times Colonist Editor-in-Chief Lucinda Chodan. “We’re delighted to mark that occasion by giving something back to the community that has helped us thrive for the last century and a half—a legacy in perpetuity to the citizens of Victoria, Vancouver Island and British Columbia.”

Until now, the British Colonist newspaper, under many differing titles, has been available only on microfilm in a few libraries. The newspaper is the sole source of some types of information. For instance, during the first 30 years of its existence the newspaper covered the proceedings of the British Columbia legislative assemblies, which makes it the only documentation of its kind of this body. The British Colonist also reported on most court cases and is the only surviving record of judicial proceedings in the early days of the colony.

“The new site is important for historical researchers and genealogists,” says Chris Petter, the head of Special Collections at UVic’s McPherson Library, who helped to manage the project. “Some of its content even predates the establishment of the province and Canada. As such, the site will provide historical researchers—including students and genealogists—with a rich full look at our history.”

Petter and his team built an interface that provides the ability to search either chronologically or by using keywords. The interface also displays the digital image of each page of the newspaper with the search words highlighted.

The project is also supported by the Times Colonist. UBC’s Ike Barber Learning Centre, the Electronic Library Network of British Columbia, the BC Public Library Services Branch and the Greater Victoria Public Library provided additional support.

December 12, 2008

Get your Christmas reading (and listening) from Alloway Library

From Dickens to Seuss (or from Augustine to Wildsmith) Alloway Library has many resources to enhance your Advent and Christmas season.

A quick keyword search of the library's catalogue reveals nearly 300 books and CDs with the word "Christmas" in the record. Of course, there are lots of scholarly works on the topic; from An astronomer's point of view to many theological studies and exegetical analyses of the Bible's account, as well as more popular works by Christian authors. You could read the 2006-2011 World Outlook for Chocolate Christmas Candy online. But there are plenty of other good books for a winter's night read. A few examples from the collection include:

If you've got children (of any age) at home during the holidays, there are some beautifully illustrated picture books to enjoy, available from the Curriculum collection, with titles like The wild Christmas reindeer, The star of the manger, The Christmas menorahs: how a town fought hate, Wombat divine, The shine man, An orange for Frankie and The little drummer boy.

Alloway Library also has Christmas music CDs. A search for the keywords Christmas sound recording shows 19 results featuring lots of medieval and classical works as well as the Montreal Jubilation Gospel Choir and The Boston Pops. You'll also find Christmas music books to help make your own Christmas music!

Material checked out now will be due in the new year for most borrowers, so take a browse of the catalogue and then head on over to Alloway Library. We are open December 15 to 19th before closing until January 5th.

November 14, 2008

Newspapers at the Alloway Library

The Alloway Library has recently added a page outlining our newspaper resources. While we have a small collection of print newspapers available for reading in the library, most of our newspapers are available only online. Finding which database has newspapers, which newspapers they have, and how far back full-text access goes can be difficult, so we've created a page that lists which newspapers we have and how to access them.

Most researchers are looking for current news stories, but occasionally, someone wants examples of advertising from old newspapers. Most of the electronic newspapers contain only the text of the articles; however, increasingly we can find digital images of old newspapers that include all of the advertisements -- both commercial and classified. The new page has suggestions for finding this type of material, much of which is located on the Web.

Check back periodically for updates to the page.

November 13, 2008

If a librarian recommends a Web site, you can be pretty sure that it’s credible

DUBLIN, Ohio, November 7, 2008—Researchers and developers from OCLC, the world’s largest library cooperative, and the information schools of Syracuse University and the University of Washington today announced their participation in a new international effort to explore the creation of a more credible Web search experience based on input from librarians around the globe. Called the “Reference Extract,” the planning phase of this project is funded through a $100,000 grant from the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation.

“Sometimes, the simplest ideas are the most powerful,” said Dr. Mike Eisenberg, Dean Emeritus and Professor at the Information School of the University of Washington and a lead on the project. “The best search engines are great for basic search, but sometimes the Web site results lack credibility in terms of trust, accuracy and reliability. So, who can help? Librarians. If a librarian recommends a Web site, you can be pretty sure that it’s credible. RefEx will take hundreds of thousands of librarian recommendations and use them in a full-scale search engine.”

Alloway Librarians are credible

Reference Extract is envisioned as a Web search experience similar to those provided by the world’s most popular search engines. However, unlike other search engines, Reference Extract will be built for maximum credibility of search results by relying on the expertise of librarians. Users will enter a search term and receive results weighted toward sites most often used by librarians at institutions such as the Library of Congress, the University of Washington, the State Library of Maryland, and over 2,000 other libraries worldwide.

As part of the planning process, participants are reaching out to partners in libraries, technology organizations, and research institutions. “The only way this will work is by making a project of an entire community,” said Dr. R. David Lankes, Director of the Information Institute of Syracuse and Associate Professor at Syracuse University’s School of Information Studies. “Web searchers get to tap into the incredible skill and knowledge of the library community, while librarians will be able to serve users on a whole new scale. This work follows on previous credibility work supported by the MacArthur Foundation, most notably the Credibility Commons (

Strange to say, the Google server had trouble posting this item to the blog!

November 12, 2008

TWU and Kwantlen become reciprocating libraries

TWU's University Librarian Ted Goshulak and Cathy MacDonald, Dean of Learner Resources at Kwantlen Polytechnic University (formerly Kwantlen College) have agreed to a reciprocal borrowing agreement effective immediately. The arrangement allows employees and students at both institutions to borrow material from each others' libraries. All that is required is a valid university ID card.

Kwantlen’s four campus libraries at Langley, Cloverdale, Surrey and Richmond provide a wide array of print and electronic resources, designed to assist students with course studies and to encourage self-directed research and learning. Visit the Kwantlen Library website for more information

The agreement comes in advance of province-wide agreement being worked out among BC post-secondary institutions which will allow TWU students to borrow at most publicly funded colleges and universities in the province. Currently, Alloway Library has reciprocal arrangements that permit TWU students and employees to borrow from over 80 institutions including SFU, UBC and ten other BC universities and colleges.

October 30, 2008

Oxford Reference Online updates

This month Alloway Library received a huge update to our Oxford Reference Online: Premium Collection. New to the collection are four superb, long-entry and in-depth titles, ranging from molecular biology, to opera, to natural history, and eleven new editions, packed with up-to-date facts and information, including a new edition of the world-famous Concise Oxford English Dictionary. Several of these titles now contain entry-level links to other editorially vetted websites, offering starting points for further research. In total, this update includes over 6,300 updated entries, over 24,000 new entries, and over 1,600 illustrations and photos!

(Click on any of the titles to access the resource; TWU login may be required)

Opera fans have much to celebrate, with the addition of the scholarly and accessible Grove Book of Operas and The Grove Book of Opera Singers. More excellent core science content has been added with the Oxford Dictionary of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology – over 21,000 entries, in fact! A new addition to the Natural History subject area is The New Encyclopedia of Reptiles and Amphibians, the authoritative overview of reptiles and amphibians, including over 200 colour illustrations and photographs.

The new editions are:

A Dictionary of Computing (with entry-level weblinks)

A Dictionary of Human Resource Management

A Dictionary of Finance and Banking (with entry-level weblinks)

A Dictionary of Statistics (with entry-level weblinks)

The Concise Oxford Dictionary of Archeology (with entry-level weblinks)

A Dictionary of Weather (with entry-level weblinks)

The Oxford Dictionary of Philosophy (with entry-level weblinks)

Pocket Fowler's Modern English Usage

The Concise Oxford English Dictionary

The Oxford Dictionary of Modern Quotations

A Dictionary of Opera Characters

October 27, 2008

Changes to Interlibrary Loan service

Due to staffing shortages in the Interlibrary Loan (ILL) Department, Alloway Library cannot maintain its current ILL service levels.
Please note the following changes to the service schedule and estimated turnaround time for filling requests:
  • Requests submitted between Monday to Wednesday will be forwarded to lending partner libraries in the same week.
  • Requests submitted Thursday to Sunday may not be processed until the following week. This will affect the turnaround time for requests being filled by lending libraries.

Requests could take upwards of an additional 7 days or more to fill compared to current turnaround times. Please plan accordingly and submit your interlibrary loan requests well in advance of your "Need-By-Date".

We regret the inconvenience this may cause, but thank you for your patience and understanding. Enquiries about interlibrary loans may be sent to

October 14, 2008

Mars' Hill profiles Alloway Library staffer Abraham Brake

Abraham BrakeFrom Mars' Hill

Name: Abraham Brake
Job Title: Circulation or Librarian Clerk
Birthplace: Egypt
Where you’ve seen them: Working behind the main desk at the Norma Alloway Library, often in the evenings.

Mars’ Hill: How long have you been working at Trinity Western University?
Abraham Brake: Since June 2004, almost five years.

MH: What do you enjoy about working in a Library?
AB: Interacting with students and being exposed to this huge collection of books.

MH: What is your favourite book?
AB: The Bible.

MH: What did you do before coming to TWU?
AB: I was a community support worker for disabled people.

MH: What’s the craziest thing you’ve seen students doing in the library?
AB: One Saturday I had closed the library and was leaving when I heard a knocking from inside the library. A student had still been inside; I was only three or four feet away from the door, so was able to let him out.

MH: Any advice for students?
AB: Being in Canada is a blessing [so enjoy being] here. Don’t delay your graduation; just get it done. Also work hard and play hard, but first you have to work hard.

October 11, 2008

Mars' Hill Reports on Alloway Library

Mars' Hill, TWU's student newspaper recently reported on Alloway Library's services:

By Nicole Brandsma

May contain booksIf the rigours of academics have not yet driven you to the Norma Marion Alloway Library, you may be unaware of several recent changes made to better serve the Trinity Western University community.

The library has launched a new website homepage, complete with an updated EBSCO interface for searching article databases. Students also now have access to a greater number of online resources databases and will receive e-mail reminders about almost due books. In addition to these technological upgrades, the library has put up new signs to help people navigate the library, and has made reusable book bags available for purchase.

Many of the features of the redesigned library homepage, which was launched on Aug. 18, are the result of student and faculty input. The webpage highlights features that students use most often, such as “Ask a Librarian.” This service allows students to contact a TWU librarian online, through either e-mail or chat. Students also have access to “AskAway,” which connects them to a librarian from the network of academic libraries in British Columbia.

The site underwent extensive usability testing before its launch, but Duncan Dixon, a reference librarian and the website revision project leader, welcomes any suggestions for improvements.

“We really do appreciate any feedback if something isn’t working,” he said.

Ted Goshulak, the university librarian, agrees. “It’s not a negative – if it doesn’t work for one person, it probably isn’t working for others.”

Dixon also points out that library staff have created online flash tutorials to help students figure out the new features, such as EBSCO 2.0.

Although each of these updates is an improvement, they are just a glimpse into the plans for Alloway Library that Goshulak hopes to see realized.

Due to the growing number of books being published and online sources being made available, Goshulak stresses that the need for expansion will soon be unavoidable. He would also like to address the students’ need for more group study space. This vision involves transforming the current microform room into a study area and removing walls in the upper level to create open space for more bookshelves.

These changes all depend on an increased budget.

Currently, Alloway Library focuses on meeting the immediate needs of students and faculty.

“We are a curriculum-driven library. If we teach it, we support it,” said Goshulak.

To become a research-driven library would require more funding. TWU’s library is, however, gaining recognition as having a strong core of resources and staff knowledge in the field of theology, which Goshulak comments is something unique that TWU can offer other libraries.

The desire to improve Alloway Library is grounded in creating a facility that focuses on usability, extensive resources and open communication with library staff.

Dixon wants students to know that the library staff are there to help. “Don’t be afraid to contact us with whatever medium is most comfortable for you,” he said.

To stay informed about library updates and news, visit the blog at or follow the “Alloway Library News” link on the library homepage.

October 09, 2008

Defining the e-book

Over recent years there has been considerable confusion over the use of the term ‘e-book’. A new article by Chris Armstrong entitled Books in a virtual world examines the variety of definitions used to date while proposing a definitive construct. Beginning by examining the definitions of ‘book’, the paper moves on to consider the essential element of a book – the content, and to examine publishing and structural aspects of e-books, as well as their place in libraries, before arriving at a final definition. The definition and its derivation embrace all of the issues that affect the way in which e-books are understood and used today. In conclusion, the article looks at both the genesis of e-books, and the stage of acceptance and adoption that they have reached, with brief reference to 3rd-generation e-book readers available at the time of writing.

Two quotes from the paper:
The conceit of an e-book seems entirely appropriate and yet ‘e-book’ remains a term of which people are unsure, which is defined variously, and which is still, after some years, struggling for acceptance. Given that codices – manuscript volumes which were the prototype of the modern paper book – were in common use by the sixth century and we still have variations in understanding of the term ‘book’ in the twenty-first century, it is hardly surprising that e-book has no universally accepted definition after so few years.
So we arrive at a definition. An e-book is:
any content that is recognisably ‘book-like’, regardless of size, origin or composition, but excluding serial publications, made available electronically for reference or reading on any device (handheld or desk-bound) that includes a screen.
Researchers using Alloway Library's catalogue and online resources have access to over 24,000 e-books and e-journals, (however you may define them!)

October 08, 2008


VICTORIA - The Province is proclaiming October 2008 as Library Month in British Columbia, Education Minister Shirley Bond announced.

"B.C.'s libraries help British Columbians of all ages access the information and tools that they need to live, work and learn," said Bond. "Library Month is an excellent opportunity for all of us to recognize and celebrate these valuable public resources and the amazing people who work in them."

The concept for a month dedicated to library and information services in British Columbia was developed by library partners from across the province to help raise public awareness about the fundamental role that libraries play in people's lives.

"Libraries are gateways to learning and the world of ideas. It's wonderful to have a month celebrating these vital institutions in communities, large and small, all over the province," said B.C. Library Association executive director Alane Wilson. "What's more, library month allows us to celebrate the hard work of staff, volunteers and stakeholders."

This year's theme for Library Month - "Your Library, Your World" - reflects the many ways in which libraries contribute to the fabric of B.C.'s education, culture and community.

"Libraries are a key component of our government's goal to make B.C. the best-educated, most literate jurisdiction on the continent," said Bond. "Thank you to the B.C. Library Association, as well as all of the library staff and information professionals from across the province for bringing us the excellent services that will help ensure we reach that goal."

This is the third year that British Columbia is officially marking Library Month. In October 2005, Canadian Library Week was held across the country; the celebration was expanded in 2006 to Library Month.

October 07, 2008

Streaming video added to library collection

The 8-title series, The Adventure of English, is now available via streaming video through Alloway Library's catalogue. It can be accessed on- and off-campus in high or low resolutions.

The Adventure of English (2003) is a British television series on the history of the English language. Presented by Melvyn Bragg in the form of an adventure story or a biography, as if English were a living being; it covers the history of the language from its modest beginnings around 500 AD as a minor guttural Germanic dialect to its rise as a truly established global language.

Series titles, with links to the catalogue to view or request.
Birth of a Language
English Goes Underground
The Battle for the Language of the Bible
'This Earth, This Realm, This England'
English in America
Speaking Proper
The Language of Empire
Many Tongues Called English, One World Language

October 02, 2008

Pulbic workstations upgraded

To better serve researchers at Alloway Library, our public computer workstations have been upgraded with additional RAM and Microsoft Office 2007, (Word, PowerPoint and Excel.)

Users familiar with other versions of this software should be aware that with the upgrade comes a new look and the rearranging of familiar tools.

A new feature is a tool that allows conversion of documents to PDF format which is especially useful when printing or sharing some types of documents.

For additional assistance on using the workstations talk to Alloway Library Information Desk Librarians.

October 01, 2008

Cell online

Through some judicious spending decisions and the cooperation of our periodical provider, Elsevier, Alloway Library users can now access online all issues of Cell from 1995 (volume 80) to the present. Prior to last week there was a 12-month embargo on this important biology journal for online access.

September 30, 2008

Celebrate Canadian Library Month

This October, during Canadian Library Month, Alloway Library will join with libraries across the country to celebrate their commitment to enhancing the quality of life for all Canadians. This year’s theme of Your Library: Your World supports the important role that libraries play in our lives.

Alloway Library is a key partner in supporting literacy and supports the sharing of information to all users regardless of age, gender, race, religion, social status, language or location. We are a key information and community centre where people learn, engage, discover and connect.

Alloway Library is also a centre for life-long learning. Like other libraries we have a direct impact on the lives of Canadians each and every day. Although we are an academic library we also are a place where:
  • new Canadians can study for citizenship tests,
  • parents and children discover songs and stories,
  • students learn critical thinking and literacy skills,
  • businesses research the marketplace,
  • readers pick up the bestsellers and classic works of literature,
  • and even children are supported in their love of reading.
Twenty-four hours a day, students and instructors from TWU and institutions from around the world use our resources. Alumni and community members use their library cards to borrow resources and access information daily too.

College and university libraries are vital to learners, faculty and researchers. Universities perform more than 1/3 of all research in Canada with the support of extensive library collections of 120 million items to meet research needs. Alloway Library professionals provide expert reference assistance at point of need, whether in-person, through online chat or other electronic means and work cooperatively with faculty to assist students in developing the information literacy skills critical to success.

Through Inter Library Loan agreements and and reciprocal lending arrangements we partner with organizations and government to provide information and services thus acting as a gateway to the libraries of the world.

Over 6,500 academic library employees in Canada contribute to the overall vitality of college and university education in Canada. Some 20 of them work right here at Alloway Library, alongside 20 student assistants. All told, according to the 2006 census, there are approximately 23,000 librarians and library clerks working in over 22,000 libraries in Canada.

Your library: your world. Alloway Library helps you find your way in a large and increasingly complex world.

With files from the Canadian Library Association

September 29, 2008

Alloway Librarian's work advocates Information Literacy.

Alloway Library's Associate Librarian Bill Badke has just published: "A Rationale for Information Literacy as a Credit-Bearing Discipline" in Journal of Information Literacy (UK), 2 no.1 (August 2008).

Badke's article is the most comprehensive attempt to date to provide a rationale for information literacy as a credit-bearing discipline. Here at TWU he has been a strong advocate for the viewpoint that information literacy needs to be viewed as an academic discipline rather than merely a topic for remedial instruction.

Read the abstract, or continue on to the full-text article here.
Journal of Information Literacy is a British, online, peer-reviewed, open-access publication

September 26, 2008

The ATM of books

This item was recently forwarded to Alloway Library News from a faithful reader:

University of Michigan Library Installs 'ATM of Books'
by Jennifer Howard.

Library users at the University of Michigan will soon be able to order print-on-demand copies of books from the university’s collection—and get them in about the time it takes for a barista to whip up a latte. The Espresso Book Machine, a book-printing machine described as “the ATM of books,” goes online at Michigan’s library Oct. 1. Michigan says it’s the first university library to install the machine. (The University of Alberta's bookstore also uses the Espresso Book Machine.)

Just about any digitized, out-of-copyright book from Michigan’s collection can be printed and bound on the spot. Printing takes five to seven minutes, and the cost is about $10 per book. Users will also be able to print books from online sources such as the Open Content Alliance. The Espresso’s manufacturer, On Demand Books, wants to create a network of machines in libraries and bookshops around the world, allowing users to print books from collections anywhere.

“This is a significant moment in the history of book publishing and distribution,” Paul Courant, dean of libraries at the University of Michigan, said in a press release announcing the Espresso’s arrival on campus. “It’s a great step toward the democratization of information, getting information to readers when and where they need it.”

Currently, Alloway Library has no plans to introduce this technology to TWU!

September 25, 2008

Got cans, bottles and other refundable beverage containers? Bring them to the library!

Alloway Library continues to collect recyclable beverage containers to raise money in support of Tahaddi, a compassion ministry working in the shantytowns of Beirut, Lebanon.

Tahaddi, the Arabic word for “challenge,” serves the poor in three ways: through medical care, literacy programs and prison work. Currently the organization is seeking $7500 to furnish 2 new classrooms.

The medical dispensary provides free access to primary care, offering family medical consultations; medicines; lab work as well as practical and financial assistance when hospitalization is required.

Its educational ministry promotes a climate of tolerance and includes adult and child literacy programs, wood shop and sewing classes for children from 10 to 13 years of age who have no access to normal schooling as well as summer camp and Bible clubs for children

Tahaddi also provides moral and spiritual support to women’s prisoners during weekly visits and provides inmates with basic necessities, Bible studies and English classes. In a unique arrangement, warm sweaters knitted by the prisoners are given to the shantytown children in the literacy classes.

Learn more at

September 24, 2008

Book thief gets jail

GREAT FALLS, Mont. - A 74-year-old man convicted of stealing thousands of rare books and documents from libraries across the West was sentenced last week to 2½ years in prison. James Brubaker of Great Falls pleaded guilty in June to possessing stolen property and transporting it across state lines.

He stole thousands of books, maps and other papers from about 100 libraries in Alberta and the United States, then sold the documents online from his Great Falls home. "We have 31 items missing from the University of Lethbridge library collection. That was a small number compared to some of the other thefts from other libraries," said Donna Mahmoud, associate librarian at the university, on Tuesday. "Those materials will in fact be returned to us when the case is over," she added.

In Great Falls, District Judge Sam Haddon also ordered Brubaker to pay $23,152 in restitution - in amounts ranging from $5 to the Bozeman Public Library to $21,600 to Western Washington University's library.

It was the staff at Western Washington that connected Brubaker to the stolen documents. WWU Librarian Robert Lopresti declined to express anger toward the thief but estimated his library staff has spent 1,000 hours dealing with the crimes. He also suggested Brubaker might not have been captured so quickly had it not been for one of his alert staff members.

"Julie Fitzgerald was the one who thought he was behaving oddly," Lopresti recalled. She walked past Brubaker several times but did not see the man actually steal anything, in February 2006. "That was on a Friday," Lopresti said. The next Monday, Fitzgerald checked books Brubaker had been handling. The books had pages missing, and she notified Lopresti.

Realizing that the thefts had likely been for re-sale, the librarian started researching eBay and discovered several of the missing pages were listed for sale under the seller name of montanasilver. Lopresti worked out an agreement with investigators to have third parties bid on and purchase two documents which were recognized as matching items stolen from the WWU library. The items were purchased and sent to the Washington State Patrol Crime Lab, where examination showed conclusively that the items purchased over eBay were taken from the books which belonged to WWU.

Among the WWU Library items recovered were at least a dozen colorful illustrations of fish sliced from two books published around the turn of the 20th century. Lopresti said his library will recover about 200 of the 648 documents stolen from inside 108 WWU library books, plus five additional books from the library. WWU's staff will need to painstakingly reattach documents to the books from which they were taken. "The value and usable life of the books has been reduced," Lopresti said.

"I think he could have found a better way to make money," Lopresti concluded.

James A. Wilson, special agent for the Federal Bureau of Investigation in Great Falls, said other stolen items included "some incredibly detailed maps." During the search, law enforcement discovered approximately one thousand books of which 832 were suspected of being stolen from libraries and universities. Hundreds of the books were marked with Dewey Decimal stickers (often used in libraries) attached to the spines, as well as bar code stickers, library stamps, and stickers indicating "not to be removed from library," as well as some books that had clearly been "cleaned" to remove evidence of library ownership.

"I hope that I can die with my family," Brubaker said at the sentencing hearing. "I hope I can try to put my life a little bit back together. But above all, I'm ready to take my punishment."

By The Associated Press With files from The Canadian Press; The Great Falls Tribune

September 23, 2008

Canadian Historical Review from the beginning

Through a recent acquisition, Alloway Library users can now access the full run of The Canadian Historical Review from 1920 up to within 6 months of the present in full text online.

September 22, 2008

Alloway Library introduces new databases

Alloway Library users have gained access to a number of new databases through its partnership with the BC Electronic Library Network. Dubbed the Multi-Sector Database Bundle, (MSB) it is an exciting core suite of databases which benefits all BC ELN partner libraries. The products target programs delivered by BC post-secondary institutions including business, health, education, library sciences, trades and tourism, to name a few.

Here’s an brief content description of the Multi-Sector Bundle databases. Most of them are new to Alloway Library’s collection of resources, a few are upgrades to databases we already have.
The products are listed below, with links to Alloway Library’s website

Encyclopedia of British Columbia
An exceptional provincial resource touching every facet of British Columbia including geology, First Nations, local histories, origins of place names, famous persons and organizations, and with hundreds of images, photos, maps, and tables.

World Book Advanced is a version of the encyclopedia tailored for the needs of lower undergraduate students, and is an excellent starting place for research. The bundle also includes World Book Kids and L'Encyclopedie Decouvertes which will benefit education students in practicum

EBSCO Database Package

The MSB includes Academic Search Premier which is a familiar product for library researchers. It features 8,250 indexed interdisciplinary journals

Canadian Reference Centre (CRC) This is a large collection of Canadian content including the full text to the Gage Canadian Dictionary and the Gage Canadian Thesaurus . ELN comparison data identifies 240 unique full text titles in CRC that are not contained in any other collection within the bundle.

Consumer Health Complete (CHC) Provides full text for more than 200 health reference books in addition to drug information, medical diagrams, videos and pamphlets.

Professional Development Collection Contains over 500 full text education titles including 343 peer reviewed titles. Comparison data identifies 94 unique full text titles that are not contained within any other products within this bundle.

Library, Information Science & Technology Abstract
s (LISTA) with Full Text accesses full text to over 220 library journals as well as abstracts for an additional 690 titles.

Masterfile Premier includes 1,750 general periodicals of which 500 are not found in any other databases within the Bundle (see spreadsheet) Masterfile Premier also contains almost 300,000 photos, maps and flags and 86,000 full text biographies.

Education Focus
The EBSCO database package includes a concentration of resources suitable for institutions with Education, Early Childhood Education, and Special Education Teacher Assistant programs. These products include: Primary Search; Middle Search, NoveList and NoveList K8

As well, there are over 400 titles indexed in ERIC which are now available full text through MasterFile Premier and the Professional Development Collection. Across the Ebsco products, there are 229 full text educational reports. This concentration of material for teacher-trainees complements the World Book content such as World Book Kids and L'Encyclopedie Decouvertes.


The Multi-Sector Bundle includes a large array of material formats. In addition to the thousands of fulltext journals, images, and maps, it also includes over 1,000 e-books (see spreadsheet) and the full text to:

  • 1051 biographies,
  • 165 case studies
  • 1,424 country reports
  • 185 health reports
  • 5,173 industry reports
  • 444 market research reports
  • 3,371 SWOT analysis which involves detailed information about a company’s strengths, weaknesses, opportunities, and threats.
  • 1,182 primary source documents
  • and 178 newspapers, newswires, TV/Radio/News transcripts.

Feel free to contact Alloway Library professional staff for assistance in using these databases or visit the More info link for a specific title using the Articles (Databses) page on the library's website.

September 21, 2008

One less reason to have overdue items

In August, Alloway Library introduced a new service for our users - We now send pre-overdue notices by email up to 3 days before an item is due. Advance notice plus an increase in the number of online and by-request renewals means that you might never pay overdue fines again!

Make sure the library has a your valid email address. You can Log onto My Account to see your profile and confirm or update the email address we have.Pre-overdue notices are NOT available for Reserve materials, because those items are loaned for 3 days or less. As with all notices, these are sent as a courtesy to library users. Non-receipt or non-delivery does not absolve a library patron of the responsibility to return or renew material.

September 20, 2008

Library sale shelf refilled

After a successful end-of-summer sale that cleared nearly a thousand books off the sale shelf, Alloway Library's selection of sale books has been replenished. Library discards, new and used, on a wide range of topics are priced at $1 each, or $.50 for softcover items.

Come, take a browse and bag a bargain on the Main Level of Alloway Library.

September 19, 2008

New ways to search our catalogue

Earlier this summer Alloway Library staff worked with our software supplier, SirsiDynix to add two new indexes to the online catalogue. Now, when you use the "Search" drop down menu, you'll be able to search by:
  • Journal Title (starts with)
  • Videorecording Title - VHS/DVD (starts with)
This provides a quick way to browse our journal listing without going to the TWU Journal List page.

Researchers can also browse our video collection by title, without having to do a basic search first and then limit the results by Videorecording format.

Alloway Librarians can provide additional help with this feature.

Submitted by Shirley Lee

September 18, 2008

Reusable book bags arrive

They're here.
Alloway Library's reusable book bags arrived today and they are looking good!
Their long shoulder straps make it easy to carry lots of library resources, or whatever else you want to put in the bag!
Just $3 each, including taxes, while quantities last.

September 11, 2008

Not all USB drives alike!

There are some USB flash drives that will NOT work on the public terminals in Alloway Library. These USB flash drives are those which include the U3 Launch pad.

The reason that these USB flash drives do not work in the public computers is because of the security on the library's computers. The U3 Launch Pad creates two new drive letters. One contains the program and the other is where the files are stored. So if you were to insert one of these flash drives into the public terminals, all you will see is the program files and not your data files.

Some examples of U3 smart drives are:

  • Kingston U3 DataTraveler,
  • SanDisk Cruzer Micro,
  • SanDisk Cruzer Titanium,
  • Verbatim Store ‘n’ Go U3 Smart Drive,
  • Ativa U3 USB 2.0 Flash Drive,
  • Geek Squad USB 2.0 Flash Drive,
  • Intuix Smart Drive M300 U3,
  • Intuix Smart Drive S300 U3,
  • busbi USB Flash Drive,
  • disgo classic, disgo diva, disgo dude, disgo lite,
  • Disk2go SMART II,
  • Extrememory U3 smart USB Drive,
  • Hama U3 FlashPen Mini USB 2.0,
  • Memorex Mini TravelDrive U,
  • PQI Cool Drive U320 Smart Drive,
  • TwinMos U3 Mobile Disk,
  • Elecom MF-UU2
  • i-o data EasyDisk U3 smart drive.

On two of the SanDisk USB flash drives that I have at home, I found that they do have a way to remove the U3 Launch Pad software. In that way, it will allow you to use these USB flash drives on our public terminals.

This link shows you the steps to remove the U3 software from your USB flash drives:

I can't speak for all brands of USB flash drives with the U3 Launch Pad, but the SanDisk flash drives actually copied my data files to my hard drive before removing the U3 software. Then after the U3 removal, my data files were copied back. But to be on the safe side, I highly recommend that you back up all your data files on your hard drive before removing the U3 Launch Pad software.

Submitted by Hank Suderman, Library Technical Suport

August 25, 2008

New Library Home Page

On August 18, 2008 the Alloway Library launched its new home page. It marks a significant upgrade to the original library home page, which was launched in 1998 by University Librarian Ted Goshulak. While the original page has evolved over the years, we felt it was time to do a major overhaul to update the look and navigation of the page.

After we completed the initial design, we did extensive usability testing across the range of our users, including faculty, staff, graduate and undergraduate students, and native and non-native English speakers. We then ran the page as a beta version, linked from the old home page for most of the summer, to ensure there were no major problems. Thank you to all those who participated in usability testing and who have sent us feedback.

The development of the new site was a cooperative effort on the part of all the librarians, but special thanks should go to Hank Suderman, our technical support specialist, who took our ideas and turned them into HTML.

In addition to the new look and streamlined navigation, the new home page has several features that users should find useful:
  • It's now possible to search the catalogue from home page using the search function in the bar near the top of the page.
  • The results of Google Scholar searches done through the link on the library home page will contain direct links to e-journals to which we subscribe. While we don't recommend Google Scholar as a user's primary search tool, it's still a useful method of finding electronic resources.
  • The Quick Guide explains the major features of the new library home page and is hot linked to allow you to proceed directly to the area of the site you're interested in.
  • The Floor Plan maps are now linked to photos of the areas.
Have a look at the new site and if you have any questions or feedback, be sure to contact us through one of the links on the library home page.

August 21, 2008

Canada’s First National Book Collecting Contest

You may not think you're a book collector, but if you're a regular buyer of books - whether at bookshops, garage sales or Alloway Library sales - maybe you actually are one. If so and if you can write a brief essay about your collection you could win up to $2500 in The National Book-Collecting Contest.

The Contest is open to all Canadian residents under thirty years of age and is intended to encourage young Canadians to collect books and study the discipline of researching and writing bibliographies. The National Book-Collecting Contest is sponsored by the Bibliographical Society of Canada along with their partners the Antiquarian Booksellers Association of Canada, and the Alcuin Society.

If you need to get started on a book collection be sure to visit Alloway Library’s sale shelf where you will find hardcover titles for $1 and paper backs for just 50¢.