June 27, 2008

Book sale on now!

Two tables full of library discards (plus the usual 21shelves in our sale area) are now available for browsing and bargain hunting.

Hardcover items only $1 each and softcover items just $.50.

Don't delay, 'cos the good stuff goes fast!

June 24, 2008

Interlibrary Loan Service Unavailable in July 2008

The Interlibrary Loan Department at Alloway Library will temporarily suspend its services from Monday, June 30 to Friday to July 25, 2008 inclusive. Due to an unexpected staffing shortage, we will be unable to support interlibrary loan requests during this time.


Alloway Library will continue to process ILL book returns. Patrons who have materials on loan from other libraries are expected to return material on time to avoid overdue fees.

Interlibrary Loan requests submitted prior to June 30 will be processed within the regular time frame. Any requests received on or after June 30 will be processed once regular service resumes on Monday, July 28, 2008.

We apologize to our patrons for the inconvenience and value your patience and cooperation.

June 18, 2008

New Library Home Page Beta Release

Today marks the release of the beta version of the Alloway Library's new web interface. This is the second stage of the update to the library catalogue and interface. Earlier in the year, more powerful search functions, as well as e-mail notification of overdue books, were added to the library catalogue.
A quick guide to the new interface can be found here.
We hope to solicit as much feedback as possible over the next two months ahead of our final release in late August, just before classes begin. We would encourage any interested library users to try out the new interface and let us know if you find anything that does not work as you would like, or if you can't find something essential to your research.
You can e-mail your suggestions to Duncan Dixon or click on the Home Page Beta Feedback link on the new interface.
A special thanks to all those in the TWU community who helped us with our initial usability testing.

June 17, 2008

Horizon Upgrade Completed

The upgrade to the library catalogue, Horizon, has been successfully completed. Hats off to Shirley and Hank for their willingness to come in early on Monday morning to run the update at a time that would inconvenience as few library users as possible.

Most of the changes were behind the scenes, so ordinary users probably won't notice any difference in the catalogue.

June 11, 2008

System down during upgrade June 16

Alloway Library has scheduled an upgrade to its Horizon operating system for Monday, June 16. This will result in the library’s catalogue and online circulation services being unavailable while the upgrade is taking place. Library staff are ready to provide assistance using alternative methods while the system is down. It is expected that the upgrade will be completed by the end of the day. The downtime will not affect access to Article indexes and databases and other
resources available on the library's webpage.

This is a necessary upgrade to our Horizon operating system and web catalogue. It will provide some long overdue bug fixes and new service enhancements.

Alloway Library’s systems administrator, Shirley Lee says “Thanks in advance for your patience as we go through this upgrade. Your prayers for a glitch-free transition would be much appreciated!”

June 10, 2008

Borrowing Alloway Library material during the summer

Here are some FAQ's heard during the summer

May I borrow material during the summer break?
  • Yes, if you have a valid ID card and current library privileges.
  • Alloway Library also extends privileges to TWU students who are not taking summer classes but intend to return for the Fall 2008 semester.
What if my material is due and I can't get to the library?
  • Remember you can renew most items online with your library barcode. Currently you can renew twice online, then contact Alloway Library by phone, email (or send us a postcard!) for additional renewals.
  • Reserve material and items from the Curriculum Collection are the exception; only curriculum items may be renewed and only by contacting the library directly.
So I could keep library material all summer if I just keep renewing it?
  • Maybe. If another library user requests the material, you will have to return it or else pay fines. Alloway Library tries to email borrowers who have overdue requested material.
  • If your library privileges expire over the summer, that will affect your ability to renew material too. You can use your library barcode to see your profile and when your card expires.
May I take Alloway Library material out of the country?
  • Yes, but you must also bring them back!
Do you have any recommendations for summer reading, listening viewing?
  • Yes. Do you? Leave a comment to share your recommendations with us.

June 03, 2008

Reusable book bags for Alloway Library

Alloway Library has just completed an order to purchase reusable bags from POP Packaging. The custom-made Polyfabric bags are made of a strong, lightweight non-woven plastic that looks and feels like cloth. They are strong enough, and big enough to hold many books and come with long, shoulder-friendly handles. They look great, and, best of all, the bags will be used again and again, unlike the disposable plastic bags the library currently provides upon request.

Alloway Library joins with other libraries in encouraging patrons to start a bag habit by switching from disposable to reusable bags. In our area, both SFU Libraries the Fraser Valley Regional Libraries have eliminated plastic disposable bags and now sell reusuable Pop Envirobags. Once the Polyfabric bags arrive, the library will no longer provide free disposable plastic bags. The fabric bags are expected to sell for $3 each.