April 30, 2009
- Launched our new and enhanced library homepage late last summer
- Implemented authority control for our catalogue resulting in see also cross‐references as well as fuller, more descriptive and up-to-date subject headings; subject headings now display in other languages as well.
- Alloway Library expanded its electronic collections of periodicals and monographs through consortial membership. Over 11,500 e-titles added to the collection.
- Four suites of new databases and online indices were added for our users.
- Improved the "behind the scenes" efficiency of our Interlibrary Loan software.
- Many high-quality donations were received and are being catalogued. Gifts included valuable collections on economics; the Brontes, and the Septuagint.
- Pre‐Overdue notices were introduced in June 2008 ‐ to great appreciation from patrons.
- New, improved and more efficient lighting was installed in the entire building
- Improved and more reliable printing options were provided for students
- The Norma Marion Alloway Library turned 20!
- Alloway Library provided many information literacy sessions for various faculties. Two librarians were part of a team teaching a COMM course.
- Reference librarians continued to participate in province-wide AskAway virtual reference service.
- Library users helped raise funds through bottle collection & book sales for Tahiddi, a compassion ministry working in Beirut, Lebanon.
- Introduced reusable book bags and phased out on-demand plastic bags
- Due to classroom space shortages on campus, our Orientation Room was pressed into service for ESLI classes. We welcomed many new ESLI students into the library, but some library‐related sessions and meetings had to be displaced and rescheduled
- Staffing shortages lead to some unmet service needs. However, despite the challenges our users gave Library staff an “A” for quality service!
- Continuing enhancements to collections and resources.
- Continuing participation in – and benefit from – our many consortial affiliations with ELN, COPPUL, e‐HLbc, CCCU, CRKN, CLC, OCLC, etc.
- Initial work undertaken to migrate our library ILS (catalogue and circulation software) to a new platform.
April 29, 2009
The book's migration to the digital realm would not be a simple matter of trading ink for pixels, but would likely change the way we read, write and sell books in profound ways. It will make it easier for us to buy books, but at the same time make it easier to stop reading them. It will expand the universe of books at our fingertips, and transform the solitary act of reading into something far more social. It will give writers and publishers the chance to sell more obscure books, but it may well end up undermining some of the core attributes that we have associated with book reading for more than 500 years. There is great promise and opportunity in the digital-books revolution. The question is: Will we recognize the book itself when that revolution has run its course?Alloway Librarian Bill Badke comments "It's a fascinating article. The idea that we may one day lose the very concept of "the book" is something that has concerned me for some time. Everything is becoming "content" without context as students search across e-book collections for snippets they can quote in papers, never giving thought to the fact that each snippet has a whole book built around it."
Among Johnson's predictions:
- We all may read books the way we increasingly read magazines and newspapers: a little here, a little bit there.
- Writers and publishers will begin to think about how individual pages or chapters might rank in Google's results, crafting sections explicitly in the hopes that they will draw in that steady stream of search visitors.
- Reading books will go from being a fundamentally private activity -- a direct exchange between author and reader -- to a community event, with every isolated paragraph the launching pad for a conversation with strangers around the world.
April 28, 2009
Image Quick View allows researchers to view full details of images found within a record. Image Quick View also helps patrons search for a specific image – whether it be a chart or a photograph – when performing searches.
April 27, 2009
Sponsored by UNESCO and compiled with the help of libraries and other institutions around the world, it is an amazing resource for history lovers. The collection is rich with maps, photographs, documents and even complete books, each easily manipulated by your computer mouse to view close-ups (use your scroll wheel) and change location on a page. Resources are in many languages from a variety of eras and are arranged by world region from which they come. Many have never before been seen in accessible digital format.
Here are a few samples of what you can find. Click on the links in the caption to view the WDL entry. (Use the zoom tool to see amazing details!):
Extract from a Russian missionary to Alaska’s translation of the Gospel of Matthew into the Aleut-Fox language.
Illustration from a handwritten journal describing a Swedish vessel’s journey to Canton Guangzhou) (1740s).
Portion of a map of Africa (1820)
Submitted by Bill Badke
April 22, 2009
The interface looks familiar to RefWorks users
RefMobile enables registered users to access and use their RefWorks account from a Net-enabled cell phone or PDA. All that's needed is a groupcode (find it here) and a Refworks user name and password.
The RefMobile interface gives users immediate access to the most commonly used RefWorks functions, including searching their entire RefWorks databases, viewing references by folders, adding and removing references from folders, creating new folders, and adding comments to Notes fields. Users can also efficiently import new references to their RefWorks account using the new SmartAdd feature.
With SmartAdd, users simply enter basic identifying information for a publication, such as ISBN number, partial title, or author and publication year, and SmartAdd searches the Internet for the reference and import it to RefWorks.
For more information about RefWorks contact Alloway Librarians.
Thanks to Bill Badke
April 21, 2009
April 20, 2009
Getting help isn’t always easy. Sometimes we feel we’re asking something we should already know. Or worse yet, it’s something we’ve already asked about, but have forgotten how to do.
Of course the Alloway library has the more traditional types of reference – face-to-face for those who love the personal human touch, e-mail for the neo-traditionalists, and chat for those who live online. These are all available from the links on the left hand side of the library home page.
But sometimes we’re working late at night and can’t wait for a librarian to wake up. Fortunately, the library also has a less well-known form of help -- a set of flash tutorials linked from this page http://www.twu.ca/library/flashtutorials.htm
The tutorials cover a range of topics, including how to:
- do research
- use the library’s online catalogue
- cite your sources.
Other tutorials show how to use databases linked to specific disciplines such as:
- Religious Studies
Many of them have PDF versions for those prefer to work from a print copy. Have a look at them and if you still have questions, contact a librarian.
Users will need reinstall Write-N-Cite from here because the version from Scholars Portal will not work once the switch is complete.
Next, users must reinstall RefGrab-It from here as the previous version from Scholars Portal will not work once the switch is complete.
There may be minimal down time for RefWorks account on April 20 while the switch takes place.
Please be sure to change any bookmarks within your browsers on your personal computer that link directly to Scholars Portal. These bookmarks will no longer grant you access to your RefWorks account. It is best always to log in through the Alloway Library Refworks' page.
RefWorks has just loaded the MLA 7th edition output style to our production servers. To view the new style, please use the Output Style Manager and add it as a favorite for your account.
Should you have any questions about RefWorks, please contact an Alloway Librarian.
Submitted by Bill Badke
April 14, 2009
The collection includes the novels, poetry and letters of the Brontës such as Charlotte's Jane Eyre and Emily's Wuthering Heights as well as critical studies and biographies. Of particular interest is a first American edition of Elizabeth Gaskell’s Life of Charlotte Brontë (1857).
Dr Pearson can hardly wait to see these books on the library's shelves.
The donation also includes three of the definitive Clarendon editions of the novels, edited by Dr. Rosengarten. Included too are works by twentieth-century authors inspired by the lives of the Brontës' characters. When all the items are catalogued over the next few weeks, Alloway Library will have more than 300 titles on the Brontës.
The timely donation of this collection to Alloway Library by Dr. Rosengarten is greatly appreciated, since Pearson herself will be teaching a course on the Brontës in Spring 2010. Pearson’s reaction was enthusiastic: “This donation makes TWU’s collection of Brontë material an invaluable asset for undergraduate and graduate students, not to mention an indispensible aid to my own research. It’s tremendously exciting!”
April 09, 2009
April 06, 2009
The need for professionals in libraries is not expected to be met by the supply of MLS (Master of Library Science) librarians, and significant shortages are expected in the future. Trends in use reveal increases in access to internal collections, external collections and web; whereas e-books, general reference and referral as well as reference tools are showing downward trends in use. Most librarians would choose a career in librarianship again, reflecting the high degree of satisfaction within this profession. (page 4)For more information on library careers visit the Canadian Library Association or talk to an Alloway Librarian.
April 03, 2009
Medline with Full Text is the world's most comprehensive source for health sciences articles with cover-to-cover indexing of over 1,300 medical journals indexed in Medline. With full-text coverage dating from the present back to 1965, Medline with Full Text is the definitive research tool for medical literature.
The majority of the publications covered in Medline with Full Text are scholarly journals; a small number of newspapers, magazines, and newsletters considered useful to particular segments of the broad medical community are also included.
View a complete list of the journal titles indexed in Medline with Full Text here
April 02, 2009
To browse all the titles in the catalogue, do a series title search for ACLS* to bring up 2092 titles.
Of special note are series of titles from several university presses and learned societies which offer distinguished resources of value for teaching and research. These series include:
- American Historical Association Guide to Historical Literature
- Catalogus Translationum et Commentariorum: Mediaeval and Renaissance Latin Translations and Commentaries One of the great scholarly projects of our time
- Collected Writings of Walt Whitman capture every facet of one of America's most important poets
- The College Art Association Monographs Works by scholars who are among the most influential art historians of our time, and covers the history of art from Classical Antiquity into the early twentieth century
- Gutenberg-e Gutenberg-e’s prize-winning books represent distinguished and innovative scholarship
- The John Harvard Library presents over 70 titles in American history and culture, ranging from the colonial era to the early 20th century.
- The Records of Civilization includes primary source works in history, literature, philosophy, political and religious thought, and related fields in the humanities.
Thanks to Shirley Lee
April 01, 2009
Accordingly, the Office Health & Safety Committee advises that coffee will not be available in the Library staff room this morning. Everyone who is a coffee drinker is asked not to leave the building to purchase coffee until the study is over. As well, our Circulation counter folks will be stopping all incoming coffee brought in this morning from vendors, family, friends etc.
Because this is controlled study we want to maintain our integrity and to ensure we comply, our Resource Protection department has agreed to monitor people leaving and entering the building this morning with our new surveillance cameras.
In other, somewhat conflicting news, University Librarian Ted Goshulak announced new fine policies effective April 1. As of today, fines may only be paid using winning “Roll Up the Rim To Win” Cups from Tim Hortons. The new fine schedule is as follows:
- 1 Food prize (coffee, muffin, doughnut, etc) = .50 cents
- 1 Tim card = $1.00 and the card is donated to the Library
- 1 Laptop = $2.00 and the laptop is donated to a Library staff member
- 1 Toyota Venza = $5.00 and the car is donated to the University Librarian