January 20, 2009

Summit Pacific's library catalogue now online

Laurie Van Kleek, Head Librarian at Summit Pacific College's Hudson Memorial Library is pleased to announce that their on-line library catalogue is now "up and running."
The new online catalogue will be an aid to researchers wishing to use the Abbotsford college's library which has in excess of 85,000 bibliographic items, ranging from books and CDs through musical scores and DVDs.Visit the Hudson Memorial Library website for more information.

Hudson Library and Alloway Library have a reciprocal agreement which allows borrowers with valid employee or student cards to borrow material from each other's libraries. Alloway Library participates in several reciprocal agreements with libraries across Canada including most major post-secondary institutions. View complete list of over 70 partner libraries here.

Hudson Memorial Library

January 14, 2009

Celebrating 20 years in the "new" library

It was 20 years ago this month that the building we know as the Norma Marion Alloway Library was dedicated "to the glory of God." We mark the anniversary with a YouTube video that features pictures and quotes from the ground-breaking right through to the dedication reception.

Watch it in "high quality" at YouTube

January 11, 2009

AskAway opens for the new year

Just a reminder that AskAway (the provincial online reference librarian service) reopens on Monday, January 12th.

So, when Alloway Library's Info Desk is closed (Saturdays before 12:30, Sundays) you can always AskAway for reference help. There is a direct link on the library's webpage, under the photo of the library.

AskAway is open Sunday-Thursday 10-9, and Friday-Saturday 11-5, Pacific Time.

Contributed by Sylvia Stopforth

January 09, 2009

Your empties make a difference for kids

Alloway Library's users have raised $500 for Tahiddi, a compassion ministry working in a poor neighbourhood of Beirut, Lebanon. Over a third of the money comes from empty beverage containers brought by Alloway Library patrons to the the blue bin in the library's foyer.

Alloway Library's Abraham Brake, who has been leading the project hopes to see $1000 raised by the end of June. He has been faithfully taking loads of empty cans and bottles to the the recycling depot since April last year. The money raised will be used to send impoverished children to Tahiddi's summer camps.

Tahaddi, the Arabic word for “challenge,” serves the poor in three ways: through medical care, literacy programs and prison work.

Its educational work 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 www.tahaddilebanon.org

You can bring your empty recyclable beverage containers to the the library any time to help in this project.

January 06, 2009

Art database provides more

One of Alloway Library’s art image databases, ARTstor, will soon implement a feature that will allow users to download groups of images directly into PowerPoint or the presentation software of their choice.

Beginning early in 2009, this feature will enable users to bulk download up to 500 images per semester, facilitating the offline use of images for teaching and study. At the same time, ARTstor will be making a change to their terms and conditions of use to make clearer that users may not maintain downloaded images should Alloway Library stop subscribing to ARTstor. This change responds to the needs of content providers and ARTstor's need to be self-sustaining.

Continual improvements to the ARTstor digital library and to the platform will provide ongoing value to TWU’s ARTstor users. ARTstor’s library has grown from 300,000 to nearly 1,000,000 images, and they continue to improve site performance and introduce innovative approaches to search and discovery features.