January 31, 2008

New Videorecordings added to the collection (part 2)

Another dozen new videorecordings from the stack of 171 which have just been added to the catalogue.

Age of Splendor part of The History of Western Art series.

Age of uncertainty
Reveals various consequences of climate change through the stories of people already living through them, emphasizing that climate change is not just global warming. Part of The Great Warming series.

Bacteria, archaebacteria, and the prokaryotic domains

Bhopal: the search for justice. Explores The continuing cover-up, analyzes the prospect for environmental and human justice in Bhopal, and exposes the responsibility of the multinational corporations.

Biochemistry. I and Biochemistry. II Part I Describes the basic structure of atoms and how ions are formed as atoms gain or lose electrons. Investigates molecules and the covalent bonds that hold them together. Part II Explains how polymers are synthesized out of smaller monomers through dehydration reactions that release H2O molecules in the process.

Biodiversity Current extinction rates exceed those of previous mass extinctions, many biodiversity studies focus on efforts to count the Earth's species before they are lost.

Biology of sex and gender examines recent findings which have challenged previous beliefs about the roles of anatomy, environment, and genetics in the determination of gender, and the evolution of sexual determination.

Boys will be men explores the terrors and triumphs of growing up male in America and suggests ways to help guide the journey to adulthood.

FINTRAC The Case Financial Transactions and Reports Analysis Centre of Canada presentation on your role in fighting money laundering. View online here

Cell biology and cancer reviews how cancers result when genes required for normal cell function are mutated.

Cells: structure of life Explains the difference between prokaryotic and eukaryotic cells and then explores in detail the structure and function of the major organelles found in eukaryotic cells.

Crapshoot: gamble with our wastes Is the sewer is actually compounding our waste problems?

Thanks to David Thompson for compiling this list for Alloway Library News

January 30, 2008

New Videorecordings added to the collection

A backlog of nearly 200 videorecordings in DVD and VHS format have been catalogued and are now available. (Titles may be listed as in cataloguing; make a request and they will be ready for check-out the following business day)

The Age of the Earth Dr Kent Hovind refutes the proposition that the earth has evolved over billions of years.

Albert Einstein an A&E Biography of the first superstar of modern science.

At home with God and Being the people of God Two of many titles on spiritual life from Renovare.

Beyond good and evil : children, media and violent times Examines how the "good and evil" rhetoric, in both the entertainment and the news media, is affecting society's perceptions.

The burning question mountain pine beetle and fire in our forests.

The Canadians and the liberation of Europe 1939-1945

Clean technologies Canadian innovation leads the way.

Containment level 3 laboratories intended to familiarize biosafety professionals, containment level 3 facility users and managers and other personnel working in or managing a level 3 facility, with biosafety operational concepts.

Dead in the water the privatization of the world's water.

Deadly persuasion Jean Kilbourne uses examples taken from real advertising to illustrate her argument which is that both the tobacco and the alcohol industry exploit the addictiveness of their products creating life threatening dependencies.

January 28, 2008

Email notification is on!

Email notification to borrowers was officially turned on late last week. Alloway Library patrons with an active and working email address in their borrower account will start receiving library notices via email.

This project is still a work-in-progress. We are experimenting with the format of the notices, and there are several glitches that we're trying to work through. But rather than wait until we have a perfect product, we have decided to do a 'soft launch' of the service and use this initial phase for testing.

We invite your help to let us know what's working and what's not, and what needs improvement.

Here are a few known issues.

1. Why are some patrons still not getting notices via email?

  • The patron must have a current, working email address entered in their Horizon borrower record before emails will reach them. Log in to “My Account” in the library’s catalogue to see and update your Profile
  • Patrons with no email address on file, or if the email address is incorrect or inactive will continue to receive print notices via campus mail.

2. The format of some email notices doesn't look very pretty.

  • Formatting email notices on Horizon is a time-consuming challenge for even minor adjustments such as the spacing in a sentence. We are aware of this problem and will continue to tweak it in future.
  • Many notices have been rewritten with more appropriate language for each situation.

3. Will the library send reminders before the due date?

  • We are working on implementing advance notification.

While there are still issues to work out, the light at the end of the tunnel is within sight. We are confident that the effort it has taken to implement email notification will provide great benefits to library users

January 23, 2008

Email address update down

Alloway Library is in the final stages of preparing to introduce email notification for all library users. Last week we launched a campaign across campus using to encourage members of our community to check and update their email address using the "My Account" page on the webcatalogue. Alas, the update email function has stopped working! Library staff are working to resolve the situation as quickly as possible.

January 18, 2008

Are you ready for email notices?

Alloway Library is introducing email notification this term.
Where shall we send your notices?
Visit twu.ca/library to view and update your email profile.

January 14, 2008

Interlibrary Loan accord benefits libraries and users

Commenting on the COPPUL press release posted last week, Shirley Lee, Alloway Library’s Interlibrary loan person seeks to clarify a few points:

The press release announces no lending- fees; four-day turnaround time; three-week loan period and a standard charge for photocopied articles. All these apply to the administration or processing of ILL requests between institutions, and do NOT apply directly to the borrower. In other words, nothing has changed for the borrower who requests something from a library that is now covered by the new national agreement.

Alloway Library's ILL fees for books ($5 per item) and articles ($2 per article) remain the same, since those are used to partially cover staff and delivery costs.

Four day turnaround time to fill a request is an improvement for our borrowers, but we still need to account for delivery time, and in the case of books, that's still dependent on regular post.

The 3-week loan period is an improvement, as some libraries, prior to the national agreement, allowed only 2 weeks. But we need to allow time for returning a book in the mail, so the actual period that a borrower may keep an item before returning it, or before requesting for renewal may not be too different from before.

The 'standard' charge for photocopied articles was generally set at $4 per article by many institutions, but Alloway Library never passed along the entire charge to our TWU patrons. They've always paid, and will continue to pay just $2 per article.

The other major benefit resulting from the nation-wide agreement is to TWU students and employees who live outside our campus vicinity, and who wish to borrow resources from another institution. Under the agreement, they can borrow from participating academic libraries across Canada, just by showing a COPPUL card (issued by Alloway Library) and a valid TWU ID card.

Contributed by Shirley Lee
Assistant Librarian, Systems, Acquisition & Interlibrary Loan

January 10, 2008

Library accord provides coast-to-coast access

Canadian university library-users are now supported by a single resource sharing agreement. For TWU students and employees, this national agreement will greatly expand access to resources that TWU doesn't own by improving interlibrary loan services. As well, the agreement will be particularly beneficial for distance students who use academic libraries across Canada. These distance patrons will be able to borrow directly from those institutions just by showing their COPPUL card issued by Alloway Library.

The new agreement will extend standardized reciprocal interlibrary loan privileges across Canada. The agreement includes:

  • no lending-fees for loan of books between participating libraries
  • four-day turnaround time from receipt of the request to the date the item is sent
  • three-week loan period for material that has to be returned to the supplying library
  • a standard charge for photocopied articles and other material that does not need to be returned to the supplying library

As a basic principle, all parties have agreed to exhaust local resource sharing opportunities before borrowing from each other.

The four signatories are Council of Prairie and Pacific University Libraries (COPPUL), Ontario Council of University Libraries (OCUL), Conférence des recteurs et des principaux des universities du Québec (CREPUQ), and Council of Atlantic University Libraries

This agreement builds on the collaborative success of these four regional library consortia. Since May 2002 most Canadian universities have supported a reciprocal borrowing agreement to extend university-level library resources across the country, enabling in-person borrowing on the part of faculty, students and staff at participating institutions.

“This resource sharing agreement reflects the commitment of university libraries in creating the best possible educational opportunities and advancing Canada’s research and innovation agenda. Successful researchers tend to be intensive readers. Yet, no single university can provide all the materials required by their faculty and students. Thus the success of Canadian research is heightened by the collaborative efforts of university libraries to supply requested resources.” (Cynthia Archer, University Librarian York University and Chair of OCUL)

January 09, 2008

New Evidence based medicine resources

Alloway Library’s Ovid index is a definitive resource for information in the evidence based medicine (EBM) movement. Ovid combines 4 of the most trusted EBM resources into a single, fully-searchable database. The focus is on clinical medicine, evidence based medicine, nursing, and life sciences. It provides systematic reviews of topics; article reviews; and access to definitive controlled trials.

This month, Ovid added 3 new files to its EBMR (Evidence Based Medicine Review) collection. Ovid can be accessed via the library’s Article indexes and databases webpage; search under “O” for “Ovid” as the title of the database.

The new files are:

Cochrane Methodology Register (CMR) Produced by the Cochrane group, CMR is a bibliography of more than 9,000 references to controlled trials in journal articles, book chapters, conference proceedings and reports, and other publications of methodologies used in health studies. Content is constantly being expanded upon via an extensive hand-searching program and the development of a series of search strategies in MEDLINE and EMBASE.

Health Technology Assessments (HTA) Produced in collaboration with Sweden’s INAHTA Secretariat, HTA brings together details on ongoing studies of the medical, social, ethical and economic implications of healthcare interventions

NHS Economic Evaluation Database (NHSEED) Produced by the CRD, this database provides cost-benefit analyses about healthcare interventions, with more than 6000 abstracts of quality assessed economic evaluations. The database aims to assist decision-makers by systematically identifying and describing economic evaluations, appraising their quality and highlighting their relative strengths and weaknesses.

January 04, 2008

Tools you can use.

You know that Alloway Library is more than books and videos and web-based resources right?

You know that you can borrow "old school" gadgets like tape recorders, calculators, and slide projectors, right?

And you remember that you can use our headphones to view VHS, DVD and even 3/4" videorecordings, as well listen to CDs, cassette tapes and even vinyl LPs.

But don' t forget that we also lend USB flash drives and adapter cables if your memory stick doesn't fit library computers!

And now something else you can borrow: LAN cables to connect your laptop to the Internet. (This is especially helpful if you don't have wireless capabilities.)

All these items - and others- are available from the circulation counter. Just ask library staff for more information.

January 03, 2008

Alloway Library sends gift to Beirut

Since the end of September, Alloway Library had been collecting bottles and cans to support the Arab Baptist Theological Seminary’s library expansion fund. By year-end we were able to send a cheque for $300 representing money collected through beverage container refunds and cash donations. The Beirut school has recruited a donor who would triple the value of all funds collected by the end of 2007.
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.

January 02, 2008

Astronomical Journal now available online

Alloway Library’s online journal subscriptions now includes The Astronomical Journal starting from 2008 (volume 135.) AJ is published in partnership with by IOP Publishing and the American Astronomical Society.

We are pleased to announce that 36 articles are currently available online in The Astronomical Journal. You can access these articles now via the library’s journal list.

IOP began accepting manuscripts in 2007 for publication in The Astronomical Journal. The online version will continue to be updated as articles are published, and the first print edition will be circulated in January, 2008.