April 28, 2008
Together the TWU community raised over $500 for BC Children's Hospital.
From left to right: Becky, Sylvia, Shirley, Duncan, Sharon, Shawn, Shelley
April 18, 2008
Tahaddi, the Arabic word for “challenge,” serves the poor in three ways: through medical care, literacy programs and prison work.
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.
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 www.tahaddilebanon.org
April 16, 2008
... librarians. I see them as healers and magicians. Librarians can tease out of inarticulate individuals enough information about what they are after to lead them on the path of connection. They are trail guides through the forest of shelves and aisles -- you turn a person loose who has limited skills, and he'll be walloped by the branches. But librarians match up readers with the right books: "Hey, is this one too complicated? Then why don't you give this one a try?"Alloway Librarians are ready to lead all inquirers on the "path of connection" online or on-site.
Grace (eventually): thoughts on faith. Riverhead Books; New York 2007.
April 08, 2008
Thanks to Sharon Vose; photo by Hank Suderman
Remember, you can click on the title to see the catalogue record and then request any title with and “in cataloguing” or “checked out” status.
Life running out of control Genetically modified agricultural and animal industries around the globe including
Buying into sexy Marketers are selling a grown-up, sexualized image ("age compression" marketing) to pre-teen girls. Follows three tweeners, showing how they are being manipulated and pressured to look sexy based on pop idols and models. Then asks the boys what they think about young girls dressing sexy. Also interviews parents, marketers, and tween retailers. Resources and online viewing here
Violation of trust a century of native residential schools in
Breaking point series. Painstakingly researched, involving thousands of Access to Information requests and over 400 hours of interviews, Breaking Point features Jean Chrétien, Jacques Parizeau, Daniel Johnson, Jean Charest, Preston Manning, Deborah Grey and Brian Tobin, among others, providing their candid and "insider" views of this pivotal moment in
Episode 1 A battle of titans Tells the story of the people and the events leading up to the Oct. 30, 1995 Québec referendum on becoming a sovereign nation. This program introduces two of the main political leaders of the day: Canadian prime minister Jean Chrétien and Québec premier Jacques Parizeau: their upbringing, their backgrounds and their political careers up to that point. Also looks at Lucien Bouchard's involvement.
Episode 2 The choice This program focuses on the week leading up to the referendum, and the dramatic night itself.
Dark crystal Shows how two B.C. towns in the Interior,
Messing with heads interviews and research linking heavy marijuana use to schizophrenia and paranoid psychosis among teenagers and young adults, particularly focusing on the effects of THC on the brains of young users. Online resources include broadband version, transcript, interviews, further info.
Death by jib Teens and young adults describe their addiction to crystal methamphetamines, and the drug culture of
April 07, 2008
Four in the Passion and fury: the emotional brain series
- Fear Our most primal and powerful emotion; from its evolutionary origins in the involuntary fight-or-flight survival instinct, to its essential function as a learning tool today.
- Anger Does the potential for impulsive anger lurks in our genes? Why do we still need this most frenzied of emotions? What science can do to help us control it?
- Love. examines the complexity of the emotion we call love, from the burning desire that can hit us at any moment of the day, to the giddy euphoria we feel when we first fall head-over-heels, to the incredible bond a mother feels for her infant, to the warmth and compassion we feel for the person who has sat across from us at breakfast for the past 30 years.
- Happiness This show draws a distinction between the lasting state of happiness and the pursuit of instant pleasure. What happens in the brain, and possibly our genes, that make some people happy and others sad?
Living with ADHD While acknowledging concerns about overmedication, asserts that new medical strategies, carefully applied, are useful for parents struggling to keep ADHD from controlling their households and limiting the prospects and happiness of their children. Looks at the challenges of parents who are also diagnosed with the disorder. Therapists and teachers also offer insights. Transcript and more available online
Methamphetamine: neurochemistry and recovery ways methamphetamine changes the brain both chemically and structurally, and how these changes interfere with the recovery process. Animations illustrate what happens to a user's brain when the drug is introduced; brain scans illustrate what happens as the user comes off the drug. Combines interviews with people in recovery with those of treatment professionals who present the challenges inherent in recovery.
The new killing fields travels behind the rebel lines in
April 06, 2008
April 04, 2008
Previews and more at the series website
Party Games As
Getting rich Is
Food is heaven From the steamy kitchens of
City of dreams In the streets and neighbourhoods of
The dollar a day dress Steve Bradshaw travels to
The dollar a day dress Steve Bradshaw travels to
That’s not what I meant!: Language, culture and meaning Deborah Tannen lays out and illustrates her linguistic approach to understanding how we use language to create meaning and why communication sometimes goes awry. She also talks about her research, examines conversational styles, and explains that how you say things is often as important as what you say. Comes with an Instructor’s Package.
April 03, 2008
Alloway Library’s online catalogue has undergone a makeover to improve usability. Although many of the changes are subtle, they are already making a difference to the overall searchability of the catalogue. “I'm personally finding the catalogue much easier and even more fun to use,” says Alloway Library’s system administrator, who implemented the changes based on feedback from patrons and librarians. “I hope the patrons will find the same,” she adds.
The most noticeable changes make it easier to know which search options to use, and which limiters and sort options to apply. As well, collection and location descriptors have been revised to be clearer and more consistent throughout the catalogue to help users know where in the library they will find a particular item.
Alloway Library reference librarians and staff are pleased with the changes and are convinced that catalogue users will appreciate the makeover too, especially since a lot of the input came directly from them. “This is a work-in-progress,” comments Lee, “ we will continue to search out areas of the catalogue which need improvement.”
Here's a summary of changes
- Search tabs re-organized to improve clarity and quicker access to the most-used functions of the library's catalogue.
- Search pages and specific search categories have been simplified and reorganized for ease of use and improved clarity
Basic Search: a faster start to searching the catalogue
- Since most users start a search with keywords that come to mind, rather than exact titles, names or subject headings, keyword searches are now at the top of the drop-down list .
- Search terms are more descriptive (e.g. "Title - Starts with", rather than "Title - Alphabetical")
- Reserve materials added to list of "Basic Search" options
Power Search: easier all-in-one searches
- Keyword-only searches for combination searching.
- Optional pre-select to limit a search by collection (e.g. Electronic Books, Curriculum collection, Reference, Reserve, French or Korean languages etc.)
- Researchers can now enter all the search terms plus limiting and sorting criteria before conducting a search.
“Limit by..”: easier searches for specific formats and types of publications
- Limiters feature key collection categories within Alloway Library's collection
- “Theses” now included as a collection limiter.
- Limit by “Sound Recordings” or “Videorecordings” includes both tape and disc formats
Need a list of all the paper journals and magazines in the library? Limit by "Journals, Magazines (In-Library)"
Only want to see the online collections of books or only online journals/magazines? Use the "Books (Electronic)" or "Journals, Magazines (Online)" limiter.
Need to find a title in the Reserve Book Room? Do a title search, and limit it by "Reserve"
Search History is functioning again. The Search History tab brings up previous searches conducted during a session. See and edit searches you've conducted during a logged-in session to retrace your search steps or modify a previous search. This is helpful when conducting more complicated or extensive searches… or if you forgot to note the results from an earlier search.
Thanks to Shirley Lee
April 02, 2008
Manufactured Landscapes a feature documentary on the work of internationally renowned artist Edward Burtynsky as he travels through China photographing the evidence and effects of that country's massive industrial revolution. The Three Gorges Dam, factory floors a kilometre long and the breathtaking scale of
(This YouTube clip doesn't adequately capture the award-winning imagery)
Class Dismissed: How TV frames the working class. Media analysts and cultural historians examine the patterns inherent in TV's disturbing depictions of working class people as either clowns or social deviants, stereotypical portrayals that reinforce the myth of meritocracy to the advantage of other classes.
April 01, 2008
This term, nearly 1600 items were spot-checked by library staff within a day or so of being shelved. Over 99% of those books, videorecordings and CDs shelved by library staff were found to be in the correct call number location when checked. The less than 1% of mis-shelved items were often found to be very close to where they should have been. Every person who shelved material this term met or surpassed the minimum goal of 98% accuracy.
If you are unable to find an item in the library, talk to circulation staff who can assist you by confirming the call number and status of the item, checking the sorting area or initiating a search request.