September 30, 2008

Celebrate Canadian Library Month

This October, during Canadian Library Month, Alloway Library will join with libraries across the country to celebrate their commitment to enhancing the quality of life for all Canadians. This year’s theme of Your Library: Your World supports the important role that libraries play in our lives.

Alloway Library is a key partner in supporting literacy and supports the sharing of information to all users regardless of age, gender, race, religion, social status, language or location. We are a key information and community centre where people learn, engage, discover and connect.

Alloway Library is also a centre for life-long learning. Like other libraries we have a direct impact on the lives of Canadians each and every day. Although we are an academic library we also are a place where:
  • new Canadians can study for citizenship tests,
  • parents and children discover songs and stories,
  • students learn critical thinking and literacy skills,
  • businesses research the marketplace,
  • readers pick up the bestsellers and classic works of literature,
  • and even children are supported in their love of reading.
Twenty-four hours a day, students and instructors from TWU and institutions from around the world use our resources. Alumni and community members use their library cards to borrow resources and access information daily too.

College and university libraries are vital to learners, faculty and researchers. Universities perform more than 1/3 of all research in Canada with the support of extensive library collections of 120 million items to meet research needs. Alloway Library professionals provide expert reference assistance at point of need, whether in-person, through online chat or other electronic means and work cooperatively with faculty to assist students in developing the information literacy skills critical to success.

Through Inter Library Loan agreements and and reciprocal lending arrangements we partner with organizations and government to provide information and services thus acting as a gateway to the libraries of the world.

Over 6,500 academic library employees in Canada contribute to the overall vitality of college and university education in Canada. Some 20 of them work right here at Alloway Library, alongside 20 student assistants. All told, according to the 2006 census, there are approximately 23,000 librarians and library clerks working in over 22,000 libraries in Canada.

Your library: your world. Alloway Library helps you find your way in a large and increasingly complex world.

With files from the Canadian Library Association

September 29, 2008

Alloway Librarian's work advocates Information Literacy.

Alloway Library's Associate Librarian Bill Badke has just published: "A Rationale for Information Literacy as a Credit-Bearing Discipline" in Journal of Information Literacy (UK), 2 no.1 (August 2008).

Badke's article is the most comprehensive attempt to date to provide a rationale for information literacy as a credit-bearing discipline. Here at TWU he has been a strong advocate for the viewpoint that information literacy needs to be viewed as an academic discipline rather than merely a topic for remedial instruction.

Read the abstract, or continue on to the full-text article here.
Journal of Information Literacy is a British, online, peer-reviewed, open-access publication

September 26, 2008

The ATM of books

This item was recently forwarded to Alloway Library News from a faithful reader:

University of Michigan Library Installs 'ATM of Books'
by Jennifer Howard.

Library users at the University of Michigan will soon be able to order print-on-demand copies of books from the university’s collection—and get them in about the time it takes for a barista to whip up a latte. The Espresso Book Machine, a book-printing machine described as “the ATM of books,” goes online at Michigan’s library Oct. 1. Michigan says it’s the first university library to install the machine. (The University of Alberta's bookstore also uses the Espresso Book Machine.)

Just about any digitized, out-of-copyright book from Michigan’s collection can be printed and bound on the spot. Printing takes five to seven minutes, and the cost is about $10 per book. Users will also be able to print books from online sources such as the Open Content Alliance. The Espresso’s manufacturer, On Demand Books, wants to create a network of machines in libraries and bookshops around the world, allowing users to print books from collections anywhere.

“This is a significant moment in the history of book publishing and distribution,” Paul Courant, dean of libraries at the University of Michigan, said in a press release announcing the Espresso’s arrival on campus. “It’s a great step toward the democratization of information, getting information to readers when and where they need it.”

Currently, Alloway Library has no plans to introduce this technology to TWU!

September 25, 2008

Got cans, bottles and other refundable beverage containers? Bring them to the library!

Alloway Library continues to collect recyclable beverage containers to raise money in support of Tahaddi, a compassion ministry working in the shantytowns of Beirut, Lebanon.

Tahaddi, the Arabic word for “challenge,” serves the poor in three ways: through medical care, literacy programs and prison work. Currently the organization is seeking $7500 to furnish 2 new classrooms.

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.

Its educational ministry promotes a climate of tolerance and includes adult and child literacy programs, wood shop and sewing classes for children from 10 to 13 years of age who have no access to normal schooling as well as summer camp and Bible clubs for children

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

September 24, 2008

Book thief gets jail

GREAT FALLS, Mont. - A 74-year-old man convicted of stealing thousands of rare books and documents from libraries across the West was sentenced last week to 2½ years in prison. James Brubaker of Great Falls pleaded guilty in June to possessing stolen property and transporting it across state lines.

He stole thousands of books, maps and other papers from about 100 libraries in Alberta and the United States, then sold the documents online from his Great Falls home. "We have 31 items missing from the University of Lethbridge library collection. That was a small number compared to some of the other thefts from other libraries," said Donna Mahmoud, associate librarian at the university, on Tuesday. "Those materials will in fact be returned to us when the case is over," she added.

In Great Falls, District Judge Sam Haddon also ordered Brubaker to pay $23,152 in restitution - in amounts ranging from $5 to the Bozeman Public Library to $21,600 to Western Washington University's library.

It was the staff at Western Washington that connected Brubaker to the stolen documents. WWU Librarian Robert Lopresti declined to express anger toward the thief but estimated his library staff has spent 1,000 hours dealing with the crimes. He also suggested Brubaker might not have been captured so quickly had it not been for one of his alert staff members.

"Julie Fitzgerald was the one who thought he was behaving oddly," Lopresti recalled. She walked past Brubaker several times but did not see the man actually steal anything, in February 2006. "That was on a Friday," Lopresti said. The next Monday, Fitzgerald checked books Brubaker had been handling. The books had pages missing, and she notified Lopresti.

Realizing that the thefts had likely been for re-sale, the librarian started researching eBay and discovered several of the missing pages were listed for sale under the seller name of montanasilver. Lopresti worked out an agreement with investigators to have third parties bid on and purchase two documents which were recognized as matching items stolen from the WWU library. The items were purchased and sent to the Washington State Patrol Crime Lab, where examination showed conclusively that the items purchased over eBay were taken from the books which belonged to WWU.

Among the WWU Library items recovered were at least a dozen colorful illustrations of fish sliced from two books published around the turn of the 20th century. Lopresti said his library will recover about 200 of the 648 documents stolen from inside 108 WWU library books, plus five additional books from the library. WWU's staff will need to painstakingly reattach documents to the books from which they were taken. "The value and usable life of the books has been reduced," Lopresti said.

"I think he could have found a better way to make money," Lopresti concluded.

James A. Wilson, special agent for the Federal Bureau of Investigation in Great Falls, said other stolen items included "some incredibly detailed maps." During the search, law enforcement discovered approximately one thousand books of which 832 were suspected of being stolen from libraries and universities. Hundreds of the books were marked with Dewey Decimal stickers (often used in libraries) attached to the spines, as well as bar code stickers, library stamps, and stickers indicating "not to be removed from library," as well as some books that had clearly been "cleaned" to remove evidence of library ownership.

"I hope that I can die with my family," Brubaker said at the sentencing hearing. "I hope I can try to put my life a little bit back together. But above all, I'm ready to take my punishment."

By The Associated Press With files from The Canadian Press; The Great Falls Tribune

September 23, 2008

Canadian Historical Review from the beginning

Through a recent acquisition, Alloway Library users can now access the full run of The Canadian Historical Review from 1920 up to within 6 months of the present in full text online.

September 22, 2008

Alloway Library introduces new databases

Alloway Library users have gained access to a number of new databases through its partnership with the BC Electronic Library Network. Dubbed the Multi-Sector Database Bundle, (MSB) it is an exciting core suite of databases which benefits all BC ELN partner libraries. The products target programs delivered by BC post-secondary institutions including business, health, education, library sciences, trades and tourism, to name a few.

Here’s an brief content description of the Multi-Sector Bundle databases. Most of them are new to Alloway Library’s collection of resources, a few are upgrades to databases we already have.
The products are listed below, with links to Alloway Library’s website

Encyclopedia of British Columbia
An exceptional provincial resource touching every facet of British Columbia including geology, First Nations, local histories, origins of place names, famous persons and organizations, and with hundreds of images, photos, maps, and tables.

World Book Advanced is a version of the encyclopedia tailored for the needs of lower undergraduate students, and is an excellent starting place for research. The bundle also includes World Book Kids and L'Encyclopedie Decouvertes which will benefit education students in practicum

EBSCO Database Package

The MSB includes Academic Search Premier which is a familiar product for library researchers. It features 8,250 indexed interdisciplinary journals

Canadian Reference Centre (CRC) This is a large collection of Canadian content including the full text to the Gage Canadian Dictionary and the Gage Canadian Thesaurus . ELN comparison data identifies 240 unique full text titles in CRC that are not contained in any other collection within the bundle.

Consumer Health Complete (CHC) Provides full text for more than 200 health reference books in addition to drug information, medical diagrams, videos and pamphlets.

Professional Development Collection Contains over 500 full text education titles including 343 peer reviewed titles. Comparison data identifies 94 unique full text titles that are not contained within any other products within this bundle.

Library, Information Science & Technology Abstract
s (LISTA) with Full Text accesses full text to over 220 library journals as well as abstracts for an additional 690 titles.

Masterfile Premier includes 1,750 general periodicals of which 500 are not found in any other databases within the Bundle (see spreadsheet) Masterfile Premier also contains almost 300,000 photos, maps and flags and 86,000 full text biographies.

Education Focus
The EBSCO database package includes a concentration of resources suitable for institutions with Education, Early Childhood Education, and Special Education Teacher Assistant programs. These products include: Primary Search; Middle Search, NoveList and NoveList K8

As well, there are over 400 titles indexed in ERIC which are now available full text through MasterFile Premier and the Professional Development Collection. Across the Ebsco products, there are 229 full text educational reports. This concentration of material for teacher-trainees complements the World Book content such as World Book Kids and L'Encyclopedie Decouvertes.


The Multi-Sector Bundle includes a large array of material formats. In addition to the thousands of fulltext journals, images, and maps, it also includes over 1,000 e-books (see spreadsheet) and the full text to:

  • 1051 biographies,
  • 165 case studies
  • 1,424 country reports
  • 185 health reports
  • 5,173 industry reports
  • 444 market research reports
  • 3,371 SWOT analysis which involves detailed information about a company’s strengths, weaknesses, opportunities, and threats.
  • 1,182 primary source documents
  • and 178 newspapers, newswires, TV/Radio/News transcripts.

Feel free to contact Alloway Library professional staff for assistance in using these databases or visit the More info link for a specific title using the Articles (Databses) page on the library's website.

September 21, 2008

One less reason to have overdue items

In August, Alloway Library introduced a new service for our users - We now send pre-overdue notices by email up to 3 days before an item is due. Advance notice plus an increase in the number of online and by-request renewals means that you might never pay overdue fines again!

Make sure the library has a your valid email address. You can Log onto My Account to see your profile and confirm or update the email address we have.Pre-overdue notices are NOT available for Reserve materials, because those items are loaned for 3 days or less. As with all notices, these are sent as a courtesy to library users. Non-receipt or non-delivery does not absolve a library patron of the responsibility to return or renew material.

September 20, 2008

Library sale shelf refilled

After a successful end-of-summer sale that cleared nearly a thousand books off the sale shelf, Alloway Library's selection of sale books has been replenished. Library discards, new and used, on a wide range of topics are priced at $1 each, or $.50 for softcover items.

Come, take a browse and bag a bargain on the Main Level of Alloway Library.

September 19, 2008

New ways to search our catalogue

Earlier this summer Alloway Library staff worked with our software supplier, SirsiDynix to add two new indexes to the online catalogue. Now, when you use the "Search" drop down menu, you'll be able to search by:
  • Journal Title (starts with)
  • Videorecording Title - VHS/DVD (starts with)
This provides a quick way to browse our journal listing without going to the TWU Journal List page.

Researchers can also browse our video collection by title, without having to do a basic search first and then limit the results by Videorecording format.

Alloway Librarians can provide additional help with this feature.

Submitted by Shirley Lee

September 18, 2008

Reusable book bags arrive

They're here.
Alloway Library's reusable book bags arrived today and they are looking good!
Their long shoulder straps make it easy to carry lots of library resources, or whatever else you want to put in the bag!
Just $3 each, including taxes, while quantities last.

September 11, 2008

Not all USB drives alike!

There are some USB flash drives that will NOT work on the public terminals in Alloway Library. These USB flash drives are those which include the U3 Launch pad.

The reason that these USB flash drives do not work in the public computers is because of the security on the library's computers. The U3 Launch Pad creates two new drive letters. One contains the program and the other is where the files are stored. So if you were to insert one of these flash drives into the public terminals, all you will see is the program files and not your data files.

Some examples of U3 smart drives are:

  • Kingston U3 DataTraveler,
  • SanDisk Cruzer Micro,
  • SanDisk Cruzer Titanium,
  • Verbatim Store ‘n’ Go U3 Smart Drive,
  • Ativa U3 USB 2.0 Flash Drive,
  • Geek Squad USB 2.0 Flash Drive,
  • Intuix Smart Drive M300 U3,
  • Intuix Smart Drive S300 U3,
  • busbi USB Flash Drive,
  • disgo classic, disgo diva, disgo dude, disgo lite,
  • Disk2go SMART II,
  • Extrememory U3 smart USB Drive,
  • Hama U3 FlashPen Mini USB 2.0,
  • Memorex Mini TravelDrive U,
  • PQI Cool Drive U320 Smart Drive,
  • TwinMos U3 Mobile Disk,
  • Elecom MF-UU2
  • i-o data EasyDisk U3 smart drive.

On two of the SanDisk USB flash drives that I have at home, I found that they do have a way to remove the U3 Launch Pad software. In that way, it will allow you to use these USB flash drives on our public terminals.

This link shows you the steps to remove the U3 software from your USB flash drives:

I can't speak for all brands of USB flash drives with the U3 Launch Pad, but the SanDisk flash drives actually copied my data files to my hard drive before removing the U3 software. Then after the U3 removal, my data files were copied back. But to be on the safe side, I highly recommend that you back up all your data files on your hard drive before removing the U3 Launch Pad software.

Submitted by Hank Suderman, Library Technical Suport