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

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