March 28, 2008

Nurses' cookies buy nurses' books

The bake sale sponsored by second-year nursing students held earlier this month netted $260 which has been used to purchase books in the Health Sciences area.

In a note to Alloway Librarian Ted Goshulak, bake sale organizer Sheena Devota said "God really answered our prayers; it didn't rain and lots of bakers helped and supported the sale. Together we raised $260!"

Thanks to bakers Lydia, Suzanne, Jackie, Sheena, Joanna, Yolanda, Erin, Danae, and Lindsay and to all who supported their delicious work by donating generously.

The following titles have been ordered but may not appear in the catalogue until the book has been received.

Clinical Nursing Skills and Techniques; by Anne Griffin Perry Patricia A. Potter
A Mosby Title; 6 edition (Jun 21 2005)

Nursing Care Plans & Documentation: Nursing Diagnosis & Collaborative Problems; by Lynda Juall Carpenito-Moyet
Lippincott Williams & Wilkins; 4 edition (Jul 1 2003)

Nursing Diagnosis Handbook by Ackley
Elsevier Canada; 6 edition (July 2003)

Wong's Essentials of Pediatric Nursing; by Marilyn J. Hockenberry, Catherine Jackson
A Mosby Title; 7 edition (Oct 12 2004)

March 26, 2008

How art made the world - new video series

How art made the world is a lively and provocative five part investigation into the far-reaching influence of art on society. To view this series click on the title and if the item status is "in cataloguing" (or "checked out") use the Request link.

More human than human travel from the modern world of advertising to the temples of classical Greece and the tombs of ancient Egypt to solve the mystery of why humans surround themselves with images of the body, images that are startlingly unrealistic.

The day pictures were born There was a creative explosion when people started to create pictures. Today, pictures dominate our lives, from signage and directions to advertising.

The art of persuasion Ancient leaders created visual techniques that still maintain a hold on us today, techniques designed to win the hearts and minds of a people.

Once upon a time This episode reveals how the most powerful storytelling medium ever created exploits visual techniques invented by artists in the ancient world.

To death and back What it is that has compelled human beings to surround themselves with images of death for thousands of years.

March 25, 2008

Recalling Norma Alloway

March 25 marks the 86th anniversary of the birth of the library's namesake.

Norma Alloway (nee Pike) was a Christian woman who communicated her love for the Lord Jesus Christ through her writings, her speaking, and through the example of her life. In her writings, Norma stated her desire to be used as God’s servant, transformed by His love, and dependent on Him – the rock of her salvation.

Norma was an only child, born and raised in Toronto. Her parents evidenced a deep love for the Lord and they provided for her strong models of Christian service. Norma graduated from the University of Toronto in 1944 with a degree in English, and married Donald Miller Alloway in 1945. Norma, the mother of 5 children, was actively involved in the lives of each one of them, seeing each child as a unique gift. She never ceased to nurture and encourage her children, and sought to bring them into a relationship with God that would enrich their lives with hope, meaning, and the source of true joy.

Norma was a woman who experienced great mountain top experiences, but also had her feet firmly planted in the trenches of life. She did not believe that life was easy for anyone and because of this, had the ability to enter into the lives of people – sharing equally in the joys and hurts. God’s love was reflected in her warmth, care and concern for others, and Norma’s listening ear and practical acts were the natural fruits of a strong inner faith. She touched the lives of people in all walks of life, and gave time to encourage and mentor many in their personal journeys.

Norma had an active writing career as an author and poet. In addition to writing three books, she wrote articles for numerous magazines and newspapers. In much of her writing Norma shared informal anecdotes which related a personal faith to everyday living. She was also an international traveler and speaker, and was widely known for sharing the message of the Creator in her Seashell presentations. Conchology was a lifelong hobby and her shell collection reflected the breadth of other world class collections.

Throughout her life she served actively in a wide variety of ministries, as a member of several Christian boards, participating in her local church, opening her home to children’s Bible Clubs, youth groups, neighbourhood Bible studies, and visiting missionaries. She invited some church librarians to her summer home in Muskoka and out of that meeting was formed the Association for Christian Libraries. Norma hosted their first monthly meeting in Ontario. Norma also expressed many social concerns, and was a board member of the United Nations Association working primarily in the area of Human Rights. She took particular delight in reminding senior politicians and diplomats of their responsibility to preserve the spiritual principles on which their nations had been founded.

Norma’s ministry will live on through the great treasure reflected in her writings. However, her ministry also lives in the hearts and lives of the many people who were able to see the love of a great and powerful God in a life so willing to be His servant.

In her book Listening Norma wrote, "What music lingers in the air because of our journey?" Norma answered that question for her family and worldwide network of friends and acquaintances by giving her life to writing an eternal symphony. We are grateful for the blessing of Norma’s music.

March 20, 2008

A dozen new videos

These new titles may be listed as newly acquired in the catalogue. If that's the case, click on the request link and you will be notified when the title is ready for you -- usually after one working day.

Inside Mecca National Geographic shows the most intimate and three-dimensional documentation of the annual pilgrimage to Mecca. "Inside Mecca" follows three Muslims from very different backgrounds as they embark on an epic five-day reaffirmation of faith and quest for salvation. Witness the personal stories of the pilgrims and the mental preparation, physical strain and spiritual ecstasy they encounter on their pilgrimage of faith.

The basics of how to plan, write and give an winning presentation Includes excerpts from famous speeches by Ronald Reagan, John F. Kennedy, Douglas McArthur, and Winston Churchill. (Preview here)

The following titles can be viewed online or checked out from the library.

Safety in the research laboratory -- controlling the hazards associated with common activities carried out in the modern biology laboratory Also, Practicing Safe Science -- reenactments of actual laboratory accidents and demonstrations of good safety techniques.

Learning from patients: the science of medicine Medical researchers discuss how working with patients has influenced their efforts to understand and treat cancers and neurological disorders. (View online here)

The double life of RNA The role of RNA in cellular biology; also includes 3 additional video segments, 3 hands-on experiment demonstrations, and 3 interactive slideshow features.

Scanning life's matrix: genes proteins and small molecules Four lectures on genomic science and chemical genetics, with emphasis on how molecular biology, robotics, and advanced computation are combining to characterize a new generation of biomedical research.

Hearts and hypertension: blazing genetic trails Lectures on the heart, including information on risk factors, advances in diagnostic methods, identifying "disease genes", and genetic factors in hypertension

Potent biology: stem cells, cloning and regeneration Do stem cells really hold the key to understanding and curing many diseases?

Science of fat the complex biological systems that control body weight and energy metabolism--and how a better genetic understanding of these processes could lead researchers to treatments that curb obesity and improve public health.

The meaning of sex, genes and gender Four talks focus on sex determination—the molecular and genetic mechanisms that determine whether an organism will be male, female … or a hermaphrodite.

Clockwork genes: discoveries in biological time Circadian clocks-- how they work and what relevance this knowledge may have for human health, also describing the scientific techniques used to discover the components of the circadian clock.

March 19, 2008

Bake sale today!

Home baked treats by donation-- supporting the library.
Taste tests say "mmmm!"
Alloway Library says "Thank you Nursing students: Jackie and Sheena (pictured here) and their fellow-bakers Joanna, Yolanda, Erin, Danae, and Lindsay"
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March 18, 2008

Library staff feel the love

Last week TWU students conducted a special chapel where they expressed appreciation for all TWU employees. Yesterday each Alloway Library staff found a handwritten appreciation card in their mailbox. Both gestures were a welcome morale booster.

Tomorrow (Wednesday, March 18) second-year nursing students will be in front of Douglas Hall with a "Baking for Books" booth. They will exchange delicious home baking treats for a donation to support Alloway Library's collections.

March 11, 2008

Books on the Shroud

With the "Man of the Shroud" exhibit on campus you may be interested to read more about the Shroud of Turin. Here is a selection from Alloway Library's book collection with links to the catalogue, call numbers and a reveiwers' comments. If the item you want is checked out, use the request link and Alloway Library will notify you when it is available for you.

The shroud of Turin: a case for authenticity / Guerrera, Vittorio. BT587.S4 G84 2001

A fast-paced book that is easy to read and gives convincing proof that the Shroud of Turin is the actual burial cloth of Jesus Christ. Filled with facts of science and history (From publisher)

Inquest on the Shroud of Turin / Nickell, Joe. BT587.S4 N49 1983

Nickell has done useful service, in drawing together both the scientific and historical grounds for skepticism. (Expository Times)

The Shroud of Turin: the burial cloth of Jesus Christ? / Wilson, Ian, BT587.S4 W53 1978 or 232.966 W54 1979

A truly fascinating effort of historical reconstruction from the day of the crucifixion up until the Shroud's modern discovery. (St. Vladimire Theological Quarterly)

Report on the Shroud of Turin / Heller, John H. BT587.S4 H44 1983

A first person account, of how the author first became aware of the Shroud, how, as a hard-headed scientist he got sucked in almost against his will to doing research on a religious relic, how he felt and thought about the task and about other members of the team, what his role was, what conclusions he has reached and by what methods. (Currents in Theology and Mission)

Turin Shroud: in whose image? the truth behind the centuries-long conspiracy of silence / Picknett, Lynn. BT587.S4 P53 1994

The authors offer proof that the Shroud of Turin, reputed to be the image of Jesus Christ, is actually the image of Leonardo da Vinci--and the first photograph ever created--and explain how and why it came to be. (From publisher)

In search of the Shroud of Turin: new light on its history and origins / Drews, Robert. BT587.S4 D7 1984

It may just have you questioning the results of the carbon-dating. (

March 06, 2008

Librarians ponder wikipedia in academia

Alloway Librarian Bill Badke's most recent article published in ONLINE magazine What to Do With Wikipedia? is receiving a lot of positive attention on the reference librarian listservs. Once again he's done TWU and Alloway Library proud!

To get an idea of what's got librarians buzzing, here's a brief extract from Bill's column:
If you want to get five opinions from four information professionals, just mention Wikipedia. Often banned by professors, panned by traditional reference book publishers, and embraced by just about everyone else, Wikipedia marches on like a great beast, growing larger and more commanding every day. With no paid editors and written by almost anyone, it shouldn’t have succeeded, but it has. In fact, it’s now emerged as the No. 1 go-to information source in the world. It’s used not only by the great unwashed but by many educated people as well. ONLINE reported on the Pew Internet & American Life Project’s findings that 36% of the American population regularly consult Wikipedia (July/August 2007, p. 6).
Figuring out what to do with Wikipedia is part of a larger question: When is academia going to acknowledge the elephant in the room? Over the past decade, the web has become the primary informational environment for the average student. This is where our students live. Wrenching them out of it in the name of academic quality is simply not going to work.
Ultimately, the academy has to stop fighting Wikipedia and work to make it better. Academic administrators need to find ways to recognize Wikipedia writing as part of legitimate scholarship for tenure, promotion, and research points. When professors are writing the articles or guiding their students in article production and revision, we may become much less paranoid about this wildly popular resource. Rather than castigating it, we can use it as a tool to improve information literacy.
Thanks to Duncan Dixon, Bill Badke