April 30, 2009

University Librarian summarizes highlights for 08-09 year

At the TWU Faculty Review Day this week, University Librarian Ted Goshulak outlined some of the highlights of the academic year at Alloway Library.
  • 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

Alloway Library also overcame challenges in the past year:
  • 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!

Looking forward, Goshulak reported that in the coming year Alloway Library users can expect to see:
  • 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.

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