March 31, 2009

The fiction database

NoveList and NoveList K-8 are great databases for readers of fiction and literature.

Say that you want to find a book, but can only remember what it’s about -- a mystery involving a woman blacksmith with a crazy family. NoveList offers a quick and easy way to find just that book. The easy to use Find box on the homepage makes finding a book by describing a plot simple and fast. Typing “mystery woman blacksmith family” in the Find box and selecting the Describe a Plot button will give you a Results page with not only the exact book you were looking for, but lots of other great books, book reviews, links and resources that pertain to this type of plot or book!

NoveList also helps identify titles in a series. The database also includes Author Read-alikes that link patrons to authors that are similar to their favorites.

NoveList K-8 is database of over 64,000 fiction titles for kids of all ages. The fact that it shows reading levels makes it a great resource for teachers.

University Librarian Ted Goshulak has enabled linking from the NoveList and NoveList K-8 databases to Alloway Library's catalogue. Now, the NoveList have a link: Check the TWU Library Catalogue. This will take you to our catalogue to see if we have the item.

There are a few limitations however. If Alloway Library has a different edition from the one listed in NoveList, it won't show up in the results. You can simply double-check the catalogue by doing a title search to know for sure if the library does or does not have the item.

Why not give NoveList a try and let it recommend to you your next fiction read? Or use it to find that novel that everyone's talking about but you can't quite remember the title!
(TWU login may be required.)

March 27, 2009

More online journals through CUFTS

Alloway Library's resources from the open access and free journals collections in CUFTS are growing, both in number of titles and in collections. There are now more than 6,000 vetted, peer-reviewed, scholarly journals, an increase of about a thousand since the last update in August 2008. All these titles are included in the TWU Journal list.

In the past few months the CUFTS Free! Open Access Collections Group has added more than 200 hand-picked titles. New collections have been made available from several sources. Click on the links below to access the journals in these new or updated collections.

A full list of open access and freely available collections is available at through the ELN website

More information about the CUFTS Free! Open Access Collections talk to an Alloway Librarian.

March 26, 2009

Green lights shine at Alloway Library

Alloway Library is completing a major retrofit of its interior lighting through an innovative partnership with BC Hydro and TWU. The results are brilliant!

As part of Hydro's Power Smart program, old fluorescent light tubes and ballasts are being replaced with units that consume less energy without diminishing the amount of light (lumens.) In fact, most people find that the library is brighter than ever. The improvements in lighting mean that it's easier to read books and call number labels on the shelves. Study carrels throughout the building are now a bit more welcoming for those important research sessions and staff work spaces meet the new "green" standards as well.

Not only does the retrofit make good energy-sense, it also saves Trinity Western thousands of dollars. BC Hydro provided funding for all of the materials at a cost savings of around $10,000 and TWU provided the labour, using members of the Maintenance department to replace approximately 500 fixtures. TWU Maintenance Manager, Glenn Wallace, says "There is a potential energy savings of over 11,000 kilowatt hours per year-- that's a potential cost savings of $7000 off the library's hydro bill."

Less energy, more light, less costs-- what a bright idea!

Read more about TWU's green initiatives.

March 25, 2009

Norma Marion Alloway

Today marks Norma Alloway's birthday. Here is one of her poems from Listening: friendly thoughts from the seashore.

An ebbing tide snatched at my feet
frustrated as it beat retreat.
I mockingly said: "You can't catch me!"
and laughed as it slipped back to sea
restrained by a quiet unseen hand
which determined its progress on the land

So may we walk serene - each hour
hedged by God's protective power

April, 1986

March 24, 2009

More printing options

A new print station on the main level provides Alloway Library users with better quality results and more choices in terms of paper size. Alloway Library staff are also happy to announce that we now have a back-up system so that, if the main print station is unavailable, print jobs can be sent to the main level copier.

The public workstations on all three floors are connected to the print station. To print, use the print command in the application you are using, then log in to the print station computer on the main level use the name of the workstation that you sent the print job from, for example LIBR02. You will also need a print card, preloaded with values of $1, $5 or $10, sold at the circulation counter.

For more information about printing, talk to library staff.

March 23, 2009

The right tool for the job

Photocopying and scanning to email at Alloway Library are now easier thanks to some improvements to our copiers. The copiers on all three levels now handle scan-to-e-mail functions. This feature saves money and paper by scanning images and text to PDF files which you can open on a computer.

On the main level, a new copier especially designed to handle books is easy to use and protects our resources from being squashed flat between the copy glass and the copier cover.

All three library machines can do similar tasks, but each one is best suited for specific types of jobs.

For copying or e-mailing pages from books, use the Main Level copier. It's fine for copying/e-mailing one-or two-page documents as well.

For documents, use the copiers on the Upper and Lower Levels. These machines have document feeders for copying or e-mailing multi page documents. (View a step-by step on emailing here.) They are also great for producing multi page, hole-punched or stapled documents.

Basic instructions for using the machines are posted above each copier. For more information about copying and e-mailing documents in the library, talk to any Alloway staff.

March 20, 2009

Classic economics texts added to the collection

Alloway Library's cataloguing librarian, Rick Wiebe, just competed adding some 50 books to the collection on economics and related subjects. The books, while new to the collection are by no means new. These classic texts with publication dates ranging from the the late 19th century to the the 1930's were donated to the library by a retired economics professor.

Given that some pundits are calling the current global economic situation "the Great Recession" these works may bear another look. And when a quick Google search for these titles yields comments such as: "... offers valuable insights into policy thinking a century ago, with a surprising degree of relevance to pressing policy issues today" or "the most eminent contribution to modern economic theory" we can be sure that these items will be an asset to Alloway Library's collection of resources

Titles include
JM Keynes A treatise on money
A Marget Theory of prices
von Wieser Social economics
Robbins The great depression
Knight The ethics of competition
AC Pigou The economics of welfare
Wicksell The common sense of political economy
Bohm-Bawerk Capital and interest
Chamberlin The theory of monopolistic competition
Marshall Principles of economics
Thanks to Rick Wiebe

March 16, 2009

More new e-books added to the collection

Alloway Library's acquisitions librarian, Shirley Lee has added 74 new NetLibrary e-book titles into the catalogue. "This is good-news," she says, "most of these are shared with us free-of-charge through our membership in COPPUL. " Alloway Library purchased additional titles to compliment the unique needs of TWU scholars.

NetLibrary e-books are easy to use. As with PDF documents using Adobe Acrobat, you can search for text, save, print and email pages, enlarge or reduce the image and also copy items from the e-book into another document. For many users, the trickiest part to reading an e-book is using the "previous" and "next" buttons at the top right hand corner of the viewer instead of the greyed out controls at the bottom of the page.

Here is a partial list of titles. You can read these books online by clicking on the link in the catalogue record. (TWU Login may be required.)

After the war on crime [electronic resource] : race, democracy, and a new reconstruction

Android [electronic resource] : a programmer's guide 2008

Cannabis [electronic resource] : a medical dictionary, bibliography and annotated research guide to internet references 2003

China since Tiananmen [electronic resource] : from Deng Xiaoping to Hu Jintao /, 2008

Convivial urban spaces [electronic resource] : creating effective public places /, 2008

Defending humanity [electronic resource] : when force is justified and why /, 2008

Environmental justice and the rights of unborn and future generations [electronic resource] : law, environmental harm and the right to health /, 2006

Evangelical balance sheet [electronic resource] : character, family, and business in mid-Victorian Nova Scotia /, 2006

Historical dictionary of horror cinema [electronic resource] /, 2008

Marketing strategy [electronic resource] : the difference between marketing and markets /, 2007

The Mature student's study guide [electronic resource] : essential skills for those returning to education or distance learning , 2006

Nobody's story [electronic resource] : the vanishing acts of women writers in the marketplace, 1670-1820 /, 1994

[Photo]< Nurse to nurse. Evidence-based practice [electronic resource] /, 2009

Peculiar crossroads [electronic resource] : Flannery O'Connor, Walker Percy, and Catholic vision in postwar southern fiction /, 2008

Poverty, participation, and democracy [electronic resource] : a global perspective /, 2008

Teach beyond your reach [electronic resource] : an instructor's guide to developing and running successful distance learning classes, workshops, training sessions, and more /, 2006

Understanding different cost accounting solutions [electronic resource] /, 2007

Contact me to recieve full list of all 74 new titles with links to the catalogue.

March 13, 2009

Our 300th Post!

For anyone keeping track, Tuesday's article on the Planet earth video series was our 300th post! Since September 2005 Alloway Library news has been blogging to keep you informed about news and events at Alloway Library.

In the two and a half years since we started collecting data with Google Analytics there have been nearly 12,000 page visits. We've had over 7,700 visitors from 118 countries using 50 languages. Most visitors were referred to us via TWU websites or Google. Over 25% of our visits are from returning readers and many other readers subscribe to have Alloway Library news delivered to their email via Feedblitz or use a blog reader to get fresh content as it appears.

One of our most popular posts was on the Medieval Book Curse but we've covered many topics pertinent to Alloway Library users including regular updates on our hidden collections such as ebooks, databases, videorecordings. We've profiled Alloway Library, services, resources for TWU's fields of study as well as staff activities. We've run streaming video, archival photos and articles of interest from a variety of sources.

Alloway Library News looks forward to the next 300 posts to keep you current on all the great things that happen in our library and libraries around the world.

March 12, 2009

Another new DVD

This new DVD is available to check out or view online (TWU Login may be required) Request it if it is not on the shelf.

Girls: Moving beyond myth focuses on the sexual dilemmas and difficult life choices young girls face as they come of age in contemporary American culture. Challenging long-held myths about girlhood, the film draws on the insights of girls themselves to explore and shed light on their actual lived experience as they navigate our increasingly hyper-sexualized society. The voices of a diverse range of girls are supplemented with accessible analysis from leading experts on girls and sexuality.

March 11, 2009

4 new DVDs to view anywhere

You can borrow these DVDs from the library or view via streaming video online (TWU login may be required) Request the item if it has an "in-cataloguing" status.

Freedom of expression: resistance and repression in the age of intellectual property. In 1998, communication professor Kembrew McLeod managed to trademark the phrase "freedom of expression" -- an alarming comment on the extent to which intellectual property law has come to restrict creativity and the free expression of ideas. This program, based on McLeod's book, explores the legal and ethical battles being waged in courts, classrooms, museums, film studios, and the Internet over control of the cultural commons in the United States and beyond. Transcript and links to website included in catalogue.

In debt we trust: America before the bubble bursts. This prescient 2006 documentary examines the increasing debt burden carried by millions of Americans and argues that corrupt practices by financial and government institutions are fostering citizens' dependence on credit while creating a ballooning national debt that is leading the country towards fiscal disaster.

Wal*Mart Nation is an documentary about the international anti-Wal-Mart movement. The filmmakers were trying to answer the question, "how did the world's most successful and influential company become the most hated." The film is a two-year-long journey into a contentious world of protests, pageants, union organizing (and busting); dirty tricks and low low prices. The filmmakers were granted rare access both to Wal-Mart itself, and the inner sanctums of its bitterest enemies. The result is a provocative, engaging and frequently humourous POV documentary.

The M word examines the history and the issues behind Canada's Multiculturalism policy through archival film footage, newspaper articles and official documents as well as present day interviews with students, scholars, journalists, activists and lawyers. it t looks as issues such as:
  • Immigration and Canada's Nation Building
  • Rise of Quebec Nationalism and the Royal Commission
  • The Three Great Waves of Immigration in Canada, and their criteria
  • Residential Schools and their effect on First Nations Culture
  • Chinese Railroad Workers and the Head Tax
  • "Continuous Journey Regulation of 1908"
  • Japanese Internment
  • Slavery in Canada
  • Reasonable Accommodation

March 10, 2009

Planet earth on DVD

Planet Earth is the Award-winning BBC nature documentary series narrated by David Attenborough and produced by Alastair Fothergill. First broadcast in the UK in 2006, it has been described as "the definitive look at the diversity of our planet". It was also the first of its kind to be filmed entirely in high-definition.

Alloway Library has the full series to check out or view on-line via streaming video.

Click on the title to view the program. (TWU Login may be required.) If the title is "in cataloguing or checked out, request it)

The ultimate portrait of our planet looks at the key factors that shape our natural history. The sun and fresh water dominate the lives of all animals and plants on Ear
th and trigger seasonal migrations, small and large.

In the Arctic spring, a mother polar bear and cubs emerge from their winter den. They have just two weeks to cross the frozen sea before it melts and they become stranded. Share the most intimate and complete picture of polar bear life ever filmed.

For more than three years, time-lapse cameras captured the annual transformation created by the Okavango floods. The latest technology and aerial photography enables us to track some of the greatest mass migrations, following prey and predators on truly epic journeys.


Welcome to an extreme landscape of rock, ice and snow. We tour the mightiest mountain ranges, starting with the birth of a mountain at one of the lowest places on Earth and ending at the summit of Everest. Find out how some of the most secretive animals rise to the challenge of mountain life.

Share one of Earth's rarest phenomena, a lava lake that has been erupting for over 100 years. The same forces built the Simian Mountains where we find troops of gelada baboons nearly a thousand strong. In the Rockies, grizzlies build winter dens inside avalanche-prone slopes and climb the peaks to devour abundant summer moths. In another world first, the programme brings us astounding images of a snow leopard hunting on the Pakistan peaks.


Fresh water is our most precious resource and it defines the distribution of life on land. Follow the descent of rivers from their mountain sources to the sea. Watch spectacular waterfalls, fly inside the Grand Canyon and explore the wildlife below the ice in the world's deepest lake.

Witness unique and dramatic moments of animal behaviour: a showdown between smooth-coated otters and mugger crocodiles; deep-diving long tailed macaques; massive flocks of snow geese on the wing and a piranha frenzy in the perilous waters of the world's largest wetland.

Part 4: CAVES

The Cave of Swallows in Mexico is a 400m vertical shaft, deep enough to engulf the Empire State Building. The Lechuguilla cave system in the USA is 193km long and 500m deep with astonishing crystal formations hanging from its chambers.

Although often overlooked, caves are remarkable habitats with equally bizarre wildlife. Cave angel fish cling to the walls behind cave waterfalls with microscopic hooks on their flattened fins. Cave swiftlets navigate by echo-location and build nests out of saliva. The Texas cave salamander has neither eyes nor pigment. Unique access to a hidden world of stalactites, stalagmites, snotites and troglodytes brings a wealth of surprises.


Around 30% of the land's surface is desert, the most varied of our ecosystems despite the lack of rain. Unravel the secrets of desert survival and experience the ephemeral nature of this dynamic environment. Watch Saharan sandstorms nearly a mile high and desert rivers that run for a single day.

In the Gobi Desert, rare Bactrian camels get moisture from the snow. In the Atacama, guanacos survive by licking dew off cactus spines. In the USA, the brief blooming of Death Valley triggers a plague of locusts 65km wide and 160km long. A unique aerial voyage over the Namibian desert reveals elephants on a long trek for food and desert lions searching for wandering oryx.

Emperor PenguinPart 6: ICE WORLDS

The Arctic and Antarctic experience the most extreme seasons on Earth. Time-lapse cameras watch a colony of emperor penguins, transforming them into a single organism. The film reveals new science about the dynamics of emperor penguin behaviour. In the north, unique aerial images show a polar bear swimming more than 100km. Diving for up to two minutes at a time. The exhausted polar bear later attacks a herd of walrus in a true clash of the Titans.

Tibetan FoxPart 7: GREAT PLAINS

After filming for three years, Planet Earth finally captures the shy Mongolian gazelle. Only a handful of people have witnessed its annual migration. Don't miss the bizarre-looking Tibetan fox, captured on film for the first time. Over six weeks the team follow a pride of 30 lions as they attempt to hunt elephants. Using the latest night vision equipment, the crew film the chaotic battles that ensue at close quarters.

ColugoPart 8: JUNGLES

Jungles cover roughly three per cent of our planet yet contain 50 per cent of the world's species. High-definition cameras enable unprecedented views of animals living on the dark jungle floor. In the Ngogo forest the largest chimpanzee group in the world defends its territory from neighbouring groups. Other jungle specialists include parasitic fungi which infiltrate an insect host, feed on it, and then burst out of its body.

Great White Shark with sealPart 9: SHALLOW SEAS

A humpback whale mother and calf embark on an epic journey from tropical coral paradises to storm ravaged polar seas. Newly discovered coral reefs in Indonesia reveal head-butting pygmy seahorses, flashing 'electric' clams and bands of sea kraits, 30-strong, which hunt in packs. Elsewhere plagues of sea urchins fell forests of giant kelp. Huge bull fur seals attack king penguins, who despite their weight disadvantage, put up a spirited defence.

Boreal FOrest Part 10: SEASONAL FORESTS

The Taiga forest, on the edge of the Arctic, is a silent world of stunted conifers. The trees may be small but filming from the air reveals its true scale. A third of all trees on Earth grow here and during the short summer they produce enough oxygen to change the atmosphere. In California General Sherman, a giant sequoia, is the largest living thing on the planet, ten times the size of a blue whale. The oldest organisms alive are bristlecone pines. At more than 4,000 years old they pre-date the pyramids. But the baobab forests of Madagascar are perhaps the strangest of all.

Deep Sea dumbo octopusPart 11: OCEAN DEEP

Life goes to extraordinary lengths to survive this immense realm. A 30 tonne whale shark gorges on a school of fish and the unique overhead heli-gimbal camera reveals common dolphins rocketing at more than 30km an hour. Descending into the abyss, deep sea octopus fly with wings and vampire squid use bioluminescence to create an extraordinary colour display. The first ever time-lapse footage taken from 2,000m down captures eels, crabs and giant isopods eating a carcass, completely consuming it within three hours.

March 09, 2009

Library book rate benefits millions of Canadians

The Canadian Library Association is calling for additional public support for a bill before Parliament that will benefit all library users and especially anyone who has borrowed books through Interlibrary Loan or videos through the Media Exchange Cooperative.

Merv Tweed, Member of Parliament for Brandon--Souris, Manitoba, has re-introduced his Private Member's Bill, C-322 (formerly Bill C-458), an act to amend the Canada Post Corporation Act to provide for a reduction in the rate of postage for library materials.

Tweed has been encouraged by the overwhelming, positive support the reintroduction of the Bill has received from all parties in the house. It is his belief that with increased public visibility and the help of Canadians, this bill will receive widespread support from all Members of Parliament.

The Library Book Rate is a Canada Post service that has, since 1939, provided a reduced rate for mailing library books between libraries and from libraries to their users. Canada Post has not guaranteed support for the program beyond 2009.

“I believe Bill C-322 is crucial to protecting library services that benefit all Canadians,” said Tweed. “The positive response I have received from citizens from coast to coast since first introducing this Bill in 2007 speaks to the importance of protecting Canada’s Library Book Rate.”

Bill C-322 would provide that the Government of Canada support a concessionary postal rate for Canada’s public libraries, thus guaranteeing the long-term sustainability of the program. The legislation would also expand the Library Book Rate program to include non-print materials such as CDs, CD-ROMS, and DVDs. The addition of audio-visual materials recognizes that people are not all text-based learners and need access to information through a whole host of audio-visual and digital media.

Alloway Library users can support Tweed's bill in three ways:
  1. Sign the petition in support of the bill at the circulation counter. Or circulate the petition among your colleagues. Completed petitions can be forwarded to Tweed’s Ottawa office to be presented in the House of Commons.
  2. Send a letter of support for the bill to Tweed. Use your own words or use the CLA's template.
  3. Ask your own Member of Parliament to support the bill. (TWU resident students can contact Langley MP Mark Warawa)
With over 2,000 libraries actively using the Library Book Rate and an estimated one million Canadians benefiting from it annually, it is an indispensable part of the service delivered by the public, academic, school and special libraries that make up the association. Please visit here where you will find a host of important materials regarding Bill C-322 and the Library Book Rate.

Contributed by Canadian Library Association

March 06, 2009

Video transcripts are a great resource

Did you know that the Media Education Foundation (MEF) offers full transcripts available to download for free for almost every film in their collection? The transcripts are accessible through Alloway Library's catalogue for every MEF title we own. They are a great resource which provide quick access to text of MEF films for easy citation and increased comprehension. The transcripts may be printed, copied, and distributed for educational, nonprofit use.

The Media Education Foundation produces and distributes documentary films and other educational resources to inspire critical reflection on the social, political, and cultural impact of American mass media.

Alloway Library has 28 videorecording titles from this producer including:Some other producers also include transcripts and online resources for their media. Look for useful resource links in the library catalogue record for any title. For a list of all transcripts and other resources from MEF, visit the Media Education Foundation Materials and Resources page.

Thanks to Susan Weber, Langara College/Advanced Education Media Acquisitions Centre

March 05, 2009

Put the blame on DVD

A recent article by Anthony Kaufman writing in Moving Image Source summarizes some of the losses that come with the digital age. Here's a shortened version:

In the wake of video-store shutdowns across the USA, and a move toward DVD-only subscription services modeled after Netflix and digital download initiatives, the non-digitized movie is becoming an endangered species.

The death of VHS has long been foretold. In November 2006, Variety published an obituary headlined "VHS, 30, dies of loneliness." But the industry appears to have overlooked the films themselves. Masterpieces like Erich Von Stroheim's Greed, have always been difficult to find, but with the decline of the VHS format , the chances of seeing obscure but great works are only getting slimmer. (At least, legally and in pristine form. A number of rare films can be found as downloadable files on peer-to-peer-sharing sites. )

But video stores and libraries will always remain at the mercy of what's legally available. With every new shift in media technology, from 16mm to VHS, from traditional broadcast to cable TV, from VHS to DVD, huge numbers of films are lost, says Facets Multi-Media executive director Milos Stehlik. "What irritates me is that with each technology comes all this promise—that you’re going to be able to watch whatever you want, whenever you want. But then it turns out not to be true," he says. "Because most art films are marginal, financially, to the mainstream culture, they will always get pushed out."

"I never understood how this myth that 'everything is available on DVD' got started," agrees critic Dave Kehr, the DVD columnist for The New York Times. As evidence, he points to Turner Classic Movies' database of U.S. feature films—of the 157,068 titles listed as of late February, 2009, fewer than 4 percent are available on home video. TCM also includes a reader's list of the top 200 films not on DVD. While many of the titles are available as imports—for example, there are South Korean versions of John Huston's The African Queen (#2) and Elia Kazan's A Tree Grows in Brooklyn (#67) and Orson Welles's The Magnificent Ambersons (#100)—many others are not available at all, including René Clément's This Angry Age (#1), Frank Borzage's The Mortal Storm (#4), and King Vidor's Northwest Passage (#7).

Kehr, and others, lay most of the blame on studios that own the rights to the films. "The worst offender is Universal," he says. The technology requires pristine 35mm negatives; "we lost a tremendous amount of stuff, because they had to remaster them and no one wanted to spend the money. Concentrating on technical quality eliminates 90 percent of American film history," says Kehr. He worries that the movies of important, little-known American auteurs—for example, Lew Landers and André De Toth—are simply "vanishing into the ether," he says. "They’re just gone from the conversation and that’s unfortunate. The younger critics haven't seen this stuff, but how could they?"

An all-digital future, where consumers will be able to download films directly to their computer, will only continue to curtail availability, says Kehr. "They still have to make those masters," he says. "It still costs $30,000 to digitize a film. And how many non-commercial films is MGM going to digitize?" The unsteadiness of the DVD market—which dropped roughly 6 percent in 2008—is only making matters worse.

On the brighter side, some industry observers are quick to point out that, in some ways, the current moment is incredibly fruitful for movie lovers, what with multi-region DVD players, torrents, and lots of obscure films still somehow finding their way into the world—if you look hard enough.

Flannery O'Connor's "People" on DVD

Good Country People is an adaptation of Flannery O’Connor’s short story about "a sullen 36 year-old with a wooden leg and a PhD” who who thinks she will seduce a young Bible salesman. Of the handful of films adapted from her short stories this is "the most successfully humorous.This one falls clearly into the comic grotesque tradition of middle-Georgia humor, whose structure exploits the surprise ending format to its full comic dimensions, profaning the sacred in order to ridicule hypocrisy." (Jane Elizabeth Archer)

Flannery O'Connor

March 04, 2009

"1945 The year that changed the world" DVD series

Another set of new DVDs available to borrow or view online.
Click on the title to view streaming video (TWU login required) or to request.

1945: the year that changed the world. The Allies were determined to inflict total defeat on their enemies, at any cost. But following victory the big three, Britain, American and Russia, fought each other for supremacy. This definitive, five-part series covers the conflicts in the final days of the war on both the European and Pacific fronts. The shape of the world we live in today is the legacy of events that took place in 1945.

The beginning of the end. As the Allied armies swarm into the collapsing Third Reich, the disagreements of Roosevelt and Churchill allow Stalin to gain effective control of Eastern Europe. The British military favours a sweep through the north of Germany to take Berlin, but Eisenhower opts instead to leave that region to the Red Army. The Americans effectively yield Poland to the U.S.S.R. to gain Russian support for the ongoing war against Japan.

The end of dictators The horrors of the death camps are exposed to the world with their liberation by the Allies; the loss in human lives in the forced marches, and in the flight from the Russian steamroller, is enormous. Political manoeuvring among the Big Three begins in earnest as they seek to segregate Europe's nationalities; the division of Germany into occupied zones is determined, but the fates of other nations are sealed by the momentum of the Soviets' drive to the west.

Victory in Europe Millions perish of starvation and other effects of the war. The broken promises and implicit threats between the Big Three create the arena for the confrontation of the two new superpowers as exhausted Britain loses its pre-eminence. Britain repudiates Churchill's dreams of restored imperial grandeur, and in twelve months the U.S.S.R. and the U.S. go from being allies to enemies.

War in the Pacific Experts deemed that using the atomic bomb at Hiroshima and Nagasaki was the quickest way to get Japan to surrender. When the war was won in South East Asia and the Pacific, the USA was forced to utilize British troops to restore order. They in turn used Japanese forces to quell growing calls for nationalism in the region; the combustible mixture which was to lead to the Korean, Vietnam and Cambodian wars was begun in 1945.

The future takes shape America is now the richest nation in the world. Britain is victorious but bankrupt. The Soviet Union has been devastated but is ideologically strong and committed to the victory of its brand of communism. The cooperation of the war years and hope for its continuance fade. Europe faces years of extreme hardship. The forces that are to shape international politics for the next fifty years have emerged.

March 02, 2009

New DVD's available to borrow or view online

Alloway librarians are cataloguing a new batch of DVDs you can request, check out, or view most of them online via the catalogue.

Tribute to Quebec City The National Film Board is offering an exceptional audiovisual heritage: It’s a box set of nine NFB films on the history of Québec City. The three DVDs include a teacher’s guide. Follow this heritage online too! Watch seven of the complete films for free on the site.

Titles in the set include: (Click on titles to connect to more information from NFB)
Carnival in Quebec
The Calèche Driver
Dreams of a Land
The Fate of America
Walls of Memory
Samuel de Champlain (Quebec 1603)
My Park, My Plains
Madwoman of God
Forever Quebec
For the following items, click on the title to access high and low resolution streaming video options. TWU log in may be required.

The Sustainable City
"Cities are man's nature," but as the urbanization of the planet intensifies and natural resources diminish, the way we think about and build in our cities is increasingly being questioned. This program interviews city planners, architects, bureaucrats, and engineers in Europe who are creating innovative solutions and designs for cities, transportation infrastructures, public spaces, and private homes as well as alternative, sustainable, ecological and healthy building materials, processes, and working and living environments.

Autism Spectrum Disorders is a 6 disc set containing 3 programs on DVD (The Many Faces of autism: Autism: the diagnostic process; and Treating individuals with Autistic Spectrum Disorders) as well as 2 discs with instructor's guides and self grading tests. Because of the wide breadth of material presented, this is an excellent resource.

Child Slavery BBC Reporter Rageh Omaar travels to Ghana, Saudi Arabia, India, Cambodia and Peru to investigate child slavery practices and the circumstances that lead to slavery in these countries. Some are sold to child traffickers by desperately poor parents, and others are bonded labour paying off family debts. Many are simply economic slaves, forced to work long hours in dangerous conditions just to supplement a pitiful family income in order to survive. Others are sex slaves, imprisoned and abused constantly. Profiles children who are or who have been in slavery.

While you were on reading break...

While you were on reading break Alloway Library staff were taking some great pictures around campus-- (when they weren't working in the library!)

Librarian Duncan Dixon caught a glimpse of a muskrat at Trinity Lake.

And our Technical Support Specialist, Hank Suderman created a whole album of photos taken one bright morning after the late February snowstorm.

Thanks to Duncan Dixon and Hank Suderman