July 31, 2008

Special closures in August

Alloway Library will be closed:
Monday August 4 – BC Day
Monday August 18 – TWU Community Day
Tuesday August 26 – Library Staff Day
Monday September 1 – Labour Day

Our extended hours start on the first day of classes, Thursday September 4.

Student Reading Outside ca 1960's. TWU Archives Photograph Collection.

July 29, 2008

TWU and VST libraries agree to share

On July 28 TWU Librarian Ted Goshulak and Gillian McLeod, the library director at Vancouver School of Theology signed a Memorandum of Understanding concerning Reciprocal Loans between TWU’s Alloway Library and the H.R. MacMillan Library at the Vancouver School of Theology.

The agreement, which goes into effect on August 1, gives library privileges to faculty, staff, graduate and undergraduate students at both institutions’ libraries. TWU borrowers will need to show a valid TWU ID card and adhere to the loan and services policies of the VST library.

VST's H.R. MacMillan Theological Library is one of the major theological libraries in Canada. Library users have open access to most of the collection which includes over 85,000 volumes, 1,300 pamphlets, and 1,000 microfilms. The Library subscribes to over 400 current periodicals and has long runs of many theological journals. About 2,000 rare books are available for use only in VST Library. Library staff are knowledgeable and available and happy to help. Individual inquiries are always welcome. All library areas are wheelchair accessible.

Alloway Library participates in reciprocal loan agreements with institutions across Canada including 12 universities and colleges in BC.

July 28, 2008

Interlibrary Loan service restored

Interlibrary Loan service at Alloway Library is available again effective immediately. We thank our patrons for their support and patience as we coped with the unexpected service suspension earlier this month. Please submit your ILL requests online via the interlibray loan request link on the library website. If you have any questions regarding a request, please email ill@twu.ca or contact Shirley Lee (604-513-2121, ext 3914) or Sharon Vose (604-513-2121, ext 3902).

July 16, 2008

Alloway Library Report now online

Alloway Library's annual report to the community is now available online. This year's report focuses on service. It highlights the achievements, activities and goals of the library during the past academic year as well as provides statistics about our collections which now number over half a million items.

Service is a key value for all our staff, including our student assistants.

July 15, 2008

Alloway Library staffer's passion for big rigs televised

CTV News BC recently profiled Alloway Library's Technical Support staffer, Hank Suderman.
Hank has had a thing for big rigs ever since he was a kid. So about 10 years ago, he started taking picture of trucks from the Glover Road overpass next to the TWU campus. He is there so often, it's become known as Hank's overpass.
Watch the clip and then visit Hank's Truck Pictures Web Site.

July 14, 2008

Digital Televsion Broadcast and you

If you watch television from the USA, you’ve probably seen public service ads about changes to television broadcasting starting in February 2009. Here’s a concise guide to what it all means for Canadian TV viewers from Susan Weber, Media Librarian for the Advanced Education Media Acquisitions Centre (AEMAC)

The US is commencing digital TV broadcast, by law, in February. 2009. Canada will not do this until 2011. Nevertheless, I'm sure there will be mass confusion about what this means and what we have to do (or not) to prepare.

It doesn't affect people who have cable signal and/or digital TVs and Canadians won’t have to deal with the changeover until 2011.

The change to digital broadcast affects people who view TV via “rabbit ears” (antenna) and who have analog televisions. For these people, a converter box can be purchased. The federal government is distributing $40 coupons, upon request, to US residents).

Just to clarify, HDTV is different from digital broadcast, and you don't have to buy a HDTV to receive digital TV.

If you want to find out more about the US’ plan visit the DTV Answers Website