June 18, 2009

Interlibrary Loan service to be temporarily suspended

The Interlibrary Loan Department at Alloway Library will temporarily suspend its services from Wednesday, July 15 to Monday, August 10 , 2008 inclusive. Due to a staffing shortage over the summer, we are unable to support interlibrary loan requests during this period.

Alloway Library users who need to borrow resources from other libraries should submit ILL requests before July 15 to avoid disappointment.

Alloway Library will continue to accept ILL returns. Patrons with material on loan from other libraries should return material on time to avoid overdue fees.
ILL requests submitted prior to July 15 will be processed within the regular time frame. Requests received on or after July 15 will be processed when regular interlibrary loan service resumes on Tuesday August 11, 2008.

We apologize to our patrons for the inconvenience and value your patience and cooperation.

Contributed by Shirley Lee

June 11, 2009

Oxford online resources updated

Alloway Library has added another big update to Oxford Reference Online: Premium Collection! In the latest release are seven new editions containing masses of up-to-date facts, plus three varied new titles ranging from Hinduism, to scientific writing and editing, to Australian military history. Several of these titles now include entry-level links to editorially vetted websites, offering starting points for further research. (TWU login may be required to access these resources)

The new titles are:
  • A Dictionary of Hinduism, a comprehensive guide to all the major Hindu practices, festivals, beliefs, gods, sacred sites, languages, and religious texts,
  • The New Oxford Dictionary for Scientific Writers and Editors, a comprehensive and authoritative style guide for students, professionals, and publishers working with writing in the fields of physics, chemistry, botany, zoology, biochemistry, genetics, immunology, microbiology, astronomy, mathematics, and computer science.
  • The Oxford Companion to Australian Military History, a substantial, learned, accessible and up-to-date exploration of Australia's varied and colourful military matters – both past and present – by Australia's foremost military scholars, ranging from the colonial period to the 21st century,
New editions now available are:
A Dictionary of Physics (with entry-level weblinks)
The Concise Dictionary of Politics (with entry-level weblinks)
The Kings and Queens of Britain (with entry-level weblinks)
A Dictionary of Business and Management (with entry-level weblinks)
The Oxford Dictionary of Art and Artists (with entry-level weblinks)
A Dictionary of Psychology (with entry-level weblinks)
The Oxford Guide to United States Supreme Court Decisions

June 05, 2009

Seen around the library

Last week, Alloway Library's Administrative Assistant Sharon Vose spotted a bale of turtles while on walk around the TWU pond.
" There are also dozens of ducklings, as well as goslings, birds, rabbits, and snakes," she notes. "The wild roses are just starting to blossom and summer is in the air !"

June 04, 2009

One hundred and twenty-two smart friends

The TWU Graduate Student Association has generously provided funding to the library for 122 volumes of the Cambridge Companions series of e-books which are now available online. (TWU login may be required.)

The Cambridge Companions series offers collections of essays which are intended to serve as reference works for an inter-disciplinary audience of students and non-specialists. Addressing topics and figures ranging from Plato through Kant to Habermas, and philosophical movements such as the Scottish Enlightenment and German Idealism, this online collection contains over 1100 downloadable essays taken from the Cambridge Companions to Philosophy, Religion and Culture (as of May 2009 there are 122 titles).

Individual titles include:
The Cambridge Companion to American Judaism
The Cambridge Companion to Arabic Philosophy
The Cambridge Companion to Bob Dylan
The Cambridge Companion to John Calvin
The Cambridge Companion to Modern French Culture

June 03, 2009

Library workstations enhanced

Nearly all of the public workstations in the library have been improved in several ways to provide more tools to student researchers. The change comes in response to many requests from students wanting access to their network data drives (the same Z:Drive that they can use in the student labs.) For TWU students this means new productivity tools on the workstations, a new way to log in, and a new method to pay for printing.

Programs and resources are now accessed using the Windows Start button. In addition to Microsoft Office (Word, Excel, PowerPoint) there are additional programs installed:
  • SPSS (Social Sciences Statistics)
  • PhotoShop CS4
  • Adobe Acrobat 9 2.
TWU students now log in with their TWU Login which was issued at student registration. Students no longer need to log in with the library barcode. (Students can get login information via the TWU student portal)
  • Users without a TWU student login can use their valid library barcode to log in to workstations LIBR13, LIBR14 and LIBR15 which are on the main floor at the south-facing wall. These workstations do not have the new interface and software available on the other workstations.
The procedure for printing has changed too for TWU student users. No more debit cards for printing! The modified workstations now send print jobs by default to the Print Station printer on the main level where payment is made through Paper Cuts, the same online system used in the computer labs. (Paper Cuts allows users to transfer money into a printing account and use that account to pay for printing in the library or in the labs. The Paper Cuts account balance is visible when you log in.)
  • Library users without a Paper Cuts account can select the Xerox copier on the main level for printing their work. The Xerox is the only printer for users at workstations LIBR13, LIBR14, LIBR15 along the south wall. The Xerox copier, located down the hall from the Circulation Counter requires a print card, sold at the Reserve counter, to release print jobs.
The TWU Information Technology team are also working on some exciting improvements for library users. Watch here for details!

Thanks to Hank Suderman