December 14, 2010

DVDs not dead yet

Are DVDs going to remain relevant much longer?  According to Benjamin Malczewski at Library Journal , "That depends..."  In an article published last month he outlines some factors that suggest the streaming video revolution has not yet arrived.

In reading/listening to all the media coverage of the inimitable demise of DVDs, check the author of the obit. Marketers often try to dictate and influence the public by sending urgent messages to shift gears, but retail sales, library circulation, and usability statistics have yet to verify the imminence of such a shift, suggesting, to the contrary, that the future of streaming isn’t “now,” just yet. DVD sales have been in decline since 2007, but the market is stabilizing, and retail sales of Blu-ray disc players and HDTVs are rising.

Further attesting to the durability of the disc is that DVDs still have a lot going for them: they’re portable, easy to operate, enjoy broad use, and offer tried-and-true playability. They are also the perfect accumulative showcase for uncut editions, blooper reels, “making of” featurettes, deleted scenes, voiceover commentaries, alternative endings, and other “extras” that viewers have come to expect and that studios count on to resuscitate titles for second-life marketing. With streaming—at least, the nonenhanced, basic streaming experience currently available to the consumer market—dismembered à la cart add-ons simply wouldn’t be the same and certainly not nearly as appealing to historians and catalogers.
The likely scenario is that when the shift to digital delivery occurs, it will be gradual. Until then, we will continue to see a compartmentalized marketplace, one in which competing film formats are divvied up according to users’ preferred delivery methods, be it streaming to their TVs or laptops; downloaded to their smartphones or iPads for on-the-go viewing; or at home, slipped into their DVD/Blu-ray disc players or via premium cable subscriptions or video on demand (VOD).

Whatever the all begins and ends with the studios. They make the rules and dictate the pace of the game...In 2009, theatrical releases generated $9.87 billion, DVDs retailed in excess of $8.7 billion, and pay TV accounted for $1.27 billion of sales; additionally, premium pay-TV deals brought more than $100 million per year to each of the major studios. The money tale thus dictates that, following a film’s theatrical release, it goes first to DVD, then to VOD, then to premium cable.

A film’s posttheatrical release window is typically about three months. While some studios have flirted with the notion of same-day theatrical DVD/VOD/streaming releases, there is just too much profit to be made by the studios (which count on this money to put out the latest and greatest technologically advanced movies each year) in keeping releases sequential, with each distribution medium making its piece, and often further paying percentages back to the studio at each rung.
Technology is moving fast. Our delicately organized, Jenga–like balanced motion picture economy, however, is not. Where money in hard times is concerned—be you developing studio, title distributor, or front-end consumer—the preference is minimal risk, with a mind toward sustainability. Consistent (and rising) DVD circulation stats reflect this fiscal conservatism, and certain intrinsic factors—namely, a financially confident consumer encouraged by an accessible, durable, and consistently performing premium product—just aren’t in place yet.
We are still very much in a transitional period, trying different formats and delivery methods on for size. Many distributors have only just begun transferring titles to Blu-ray disc, fewer have expanded to streaming. Change will come, but only when the economy and technological environment (namely, an improved standard for broadband) are ready to support it.
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December 13, 2010

CS Lewis is the latest companion

Thanks to continued generous funding from  the TWU Graduate Students' Association, the latest addition to the Cambridge Companions Online  has been added to Alloway Library's catalogue

(TWU login may be rquired to access this ebook.)
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December 01, 2010

Who's on what?

Alloway Library has a long list of software available to users; here's an at-a-glance list.  (Note that only TWU students have access to the iMac workstations. TWU employees and external borrowers can access this software only on  IBM workstations 13,14 & 15)

Adobe Acrobat 9 Pro
Adobe Dreamweaver CS4
Adobe Fireworks CS4
Adobe Flash CS4 Professional
Adobe Illustrator CS4
Adobe InDesign CS4
Adobe Photoshop CS4
ArcMap (Geography)
Blender (Art)
ChemSketch (Chemistry)
Data Studio (Physics)
Dead Sea Scrolls Electronic Library
Diet Analysis 9 (HKIN)
Excel Modules (Business)
Excel QM 2 (Business)
Geosuite 2006
Google Earth
Google SketchUp (Art)
Labscribe (Biology)
MacGAMUT 6 (Art)
Maple 13 (Math/Physics)
MasterPlots Complete
Microsoft Office Access 2007
Microsoft Office Excel 2007
Microsoft Office PowerPoint 2007
Microsoft Office Project 2007
Microsoft Office Publisher 2007
Microsoft Office Visio 2007
Microsoft Office Word 2007
NVu (Web page editor)
Open Office 3.1
PCensus 6.50
POV-Ray v3.6 (Art)
QM for Windows (Business)
Simply Accounting Premium 2010 (Business)
SPSS 16.0
Treeplan (Business)

OED online revamped

Historical Thesaurus of the Oxford English Dic...Image via WikipediaAlloway Library users  will be pleased to learn that Oxford University Press has completed a major update and relaunch of the Oxford English Dictionary Online today. The site features improved functionality and design, as well as a significant amount of new content, including the acclaimed Historical Thesaurus of the OED. (TWU login may be required)

Further enhancements:
  • displaying search results as a timeline, allowing you to see, for example, what influence major world events have had on the language, or when words from another language were first used in English
  • browsing the top 1000 most quoted sources, to find out which authors have had a significant influence on the way we communicate, and how they have shaped the language
  • informative and entertaining commentaries on the language written by dictionary editors and specialist authors
  • improvements to nearly 400,000 bibliographical citations
  • standardization of over one million references to quoted works, making searching simpler
  • expanded abbreviations, so you have all the information on one page
  • improved tagging of etymologies
  • Instantly search and browse by subject, region, usage, or by language of origin
  • Links at entry level to related resources including the Oxford Dictionary of National Biography, Oxford Dictionaries Online, and other online resources
  • My Oxford English Dictionary feature for creating your own profile and saving entries and searches
  • User-friendly new design
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November 30, 2010

For your holiday reading, listening and viewing

Even Santa checks out our Christmas Collection
Alloway Library's Christmas Collection features 100's of titles related to the subjects of the season.  There are plenty of books about Christmas and Advent (and Hanukkah!) ranging from  Dr Suess' Grinch to scholarly works on the birth of Christ as well as fiction, music (CDs and scores, ) meditations and even a classic Christmas-season movie.
Check out the collection on the library's main level for great seasonal material or use the catalogue to create your own holiday reading list.
Starting December 3,  books checked out or renewed will be due after the Christmas break for an extra-long loan.  (Extended loans for media items begin for items checked out or renewed after Dec 16.)

November 29, 2010

Canada Post maintains current Library Book Rates.

Alloway Library News has been following the issue of the post office book rate and MP Merv Tweed's efforts to protect the discount  libraries' enjoy  for shipping interlibrary loan books, and expand the policy to include non-print items such as DVD's.  While Tweeds bill is wending its way through Parliament, Canada Post announced this week that libraries' costs for shipping inter-library loan books remains unchanged for another year.  
Canada Post recognises the importance of the Library Book Rates to Canadian libraries and will continue to support the community by maintaining the current reduced postal rates for mailing printed library materials. The Library Book Rates will remain unchanged through 2011.

There has been no increase in the Library Book Rates since January 2005, despite the fact that the inflation rate has risen by 10.9% since then. The reduced rates remain well below Canada Post’s costs to ship library books, and Canada Post receives no Government appropriation or compensation of any kind for the reduced Library Book Rates.

Canada Post is committed to continue working with the library community, through the Canadian Library Association (CLA) and the Association pour l’avancement des sciences et des techniques de la documentation (ASTED), to ensure that the library community’s concerns are understood and that their needs are considered in the future.
Most Alloway Library users pay a fee for inter-library loans which represents a small portion of the costs associated with this service which include shipping charges, borrowing fees as well as staff and technology costs.

November 26, 2010

Borrowing at other libraries? Carry the right ID.

Alloway Library participates in partnerships that allow TWU students and employees to borrow material from other post-secondary libraries across Canada. Depending on the jurisdiction, different forms of identification are required, and these are summarized below. Every institution has the right to stipulate exactly what kind of ID is required to grant borrowing privileges and so, it is highly recommended that before going to another library you check to see what their requirements are.

  • Participating institutions in BC require valid TWU ID.
  • Participating institutions outside of BC require a COPPUL card.
  • All institutions may required some form of official identification such as a driver's licence or passport.
  • Proof of residence, such as a utility bill, with your name and address may also be requested in some cases.
Visit Alloway Library's Borrowing at Other Institutions page for lists of, and links to participating libraries.

November 24, 2010

The struggle

If you want to know what kind of challenges librarians face, you may want to read a brief, insightful article entitled "The Age of Big Access." 
"This is not the Age of Google after all, " writes Iris Jastram, "that was just a distraction — a clever and dazzling light show. Meanwhile, behind the curtain, a totally different age was gathering itself: The Age of Big Access...The future got written by big corporations in the business of selling us access..." 
The struggle of new age pits profit-oriented organizations against service-oriented librarians; one controls vast databases of information, the other has a long history of freely providing  information to researchers. Caught in the middle are researchers and library users like you.

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November 23, 2010

Colour Scanner Installed

Information Technology specialist Joel Schwartz installed a scanner and workstation on Alloway Library's main level recently, adjacent to workstations 13, 14, 15
TWU student Jake Cotner points out the new colour scanner
Students can use the computer as they would any other workstation as well as use the Epson scanner attached to the workstation. To scan an object, Joel suggests that after logging in, open Photoshop and then use the “File> import” menu to scan and import an image.Other programs also have file> import menus but may not have the same image editing capabilities.
The new scanner is a good addition to the suite of resources provided at Alloway Library.The photocopy machines on all three levels of the library also have scan-to-email functions, but only produce black and white/grayscale images in PDF format.

November 22, 2010

AND, and, &

Alloway Librarians  want to remind library catalogue users that Boolean operators are at work for online catalogue keyword searches.  Boolean operators are words intended to help focus a search by eliminating some results, or by including others.  Common Boolean operators are AND, OR and NOT; and yes, these are case sensitive, so it does matter if the keyboard's Caps Lock is on or off.
For example you will get very different Keyword Search results for  matthew AND commentaries  and for  matthew and commentaries.
The former brings back 126 results, while the latter only 2!   That's because matthew AND commentaries produces results where both of those words  appear in the catalogue record. (Using the & symbol will produce the same results as AND. ) On the other hand, matthew and commentaries creates a search looking for the phrase "matthew and commentaries."  Matthew OR commentaries produces even more results: anything with either one of those words in the record.
Systems Librarian Shirley Lee offers some tips:
To use the Boolean operators AND, OR, NOT, you must type them in upper case letters, otherwise the system assumes it is a word to search for. You can also use a minus character (-) immediately before a word instead of NOT. For example, Bears -Chicago is the same as Bears NOT Chicago.  The results would exclude references to the football team as well as other entries where the words "Bears" and "Chicago" might appear together.
The AND or & operator is always implied between words unless you enclose the words in quotation marks to indicate that you want to perform a phrase search.  So, a keyword search  for "Chicago bears" would yield the same results as "Chicago AND Bears"
Hence, entering the keyword search terms:
Bud not buddy  will find the title: Bud Not Buddy
However, entering the search terms:  Bud NOT buddy will find only hits that contain the term Bud, but will omit those with the term buddy. Hence it will not find the title: Bud not Buddy.
Like most powerful tools, Boolean operators need to be used with care, but can produce excellent results when used well.
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November 19, 2010

Sad but true, thieves work here too.

From Mars' Hill:

Laptop stolen from library

November 10, 2010 12:20 AM
Rebecca Selvig
On Monday, November 1, a laptop was stolen from Trinity Western University’s Norma Marion Alloway Library.
The owner of the laptop had left to go to the washroom and upon returning, it was gone. Since the incident, the library staff have put up plenty of signs reminding students not to leave their valuables unattended.
“I went around this morning and found five laptops, an iPod, and an iPhone unattended and placed notes warning them of the threat of theft,” said Janet Kreiter, who works at the library. “I went around at lunch and again found laptops unattended, two of them which already had my notes by them … security cords are only ten dollars.”
Library staff will continue to remind students that there is a constant threat of theft and encourage them to not put their guard down when assuming that this is a safer campus.
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November 18, 2010

All about Ebooks: FAQs for EBL

From EBL LibCentral Help/Feedback FAQ page.

 What is Ebook Library (EBL)?

Ebook Library (EBL) is a web-based ebook lending platform which is capable of delivering Ebook Corporation's rapidly expanding catalogue of ebooks to academic and research libraries. EBL offers innovative functionality such as:

·        Multiple concurrent access (multiple people reading at the same time)
·        Online and offline access
·        Read aloud for all titles
·        Browsing before borrowing

What are EBL's system requirements?

The EBL patron interface and online reader is designed to work across all operating systems (including Linux) and popular web browsers (IE, Firefox, Chrome, Safari, and Opera).
Additional Adobe software is required to download, print, and copy:

·        Adobe Digital Editions (ADE) is required to download EBL ebooks for reading offline.
·        To print or copy from the EBL Online Reader, you are required to install Adobe Reader.

How do I find ebooks on EBL?

EBL offers four distinct search functions to assist you in finding relevant ebooks quickly and easily:

·        Quick Search: works much like any web search by cross-searching data across the EBL catalog to retrieve and rank the most relevant results.
·        Full Text Search: searches the entire contents of all ebooks to retrieve and rank the most relevant results.
·        Advanced Search: allows for more complex searching by limiting to, or excluding, multiple search criteria.
·        EBL Category Browse: displays a complete list of ebooks available within a particular subject category.

All search functions can be found on your EBL Bookshelf and on each search result screen.

What is Reading Online?

Accessing EBL ebooks online via the EBL Online Reader is referred to as "Reading Online". You can access the reader via the blue "Read Online" button on the full record page, or via the "Read this book" link beside each ebook listed in your search results.

The EBL Online Reader is web browser based, and is compatible with all popular web browsers (IE, Firefox, Chrome, Safari, and Opera). No additional software is required to read online - all you need is an active internet connection.

The EBL Online Reader offers:
·        Image View
·        PDF View (requires Adobe Reader)
·        Print / Copy Functionality
·        Full Text Search
·        Read Aloud
·        Notes
·        Page/Chapter skip
·        Page Sizing Options
·        Dictionary

Note: If you are working on a computer that is shared by others (for example, a PC in your library or elsewhere on campus), you should always choose to read ebooks online via the EBL Online Reader.

What does "browse" mean?

Just as in a conventional library, you can "browse" the full text of any ebook on EBL before deciding if you'd like to loan it. You can browse for 5-10 minutes via the EBL Online Reader, after which time you'll be prompted to create a loan, or request a loan from your library.

What is a loan?

As with other library material, a loan is also required before access to an EBL ebook can be made available for an extended period of time. Creating a loan will activate full text access for the length of the loan, and trigger print and copy functionality.

The length of each loan is usually determined by your library, but in most cases (unless otherwise specified), the loan length is 24 hours.

Note: To continue accessing the ebook once a loan has expired, simply create or request another loan as you did your initial loan.

How much can I print or copy from each ebook?

The DRM restrictions on each ebook restrict the amount of content that you can print and copy when you read an ebook online. Printing is restricted to 20% of each ebook, and copying 5%. Similar restrictions apply when you read ebooks offline.

The EBL system manages these allowances on the fly. Remaining print/copy balances can be viewed for each ebook on the Details tab in the Online Reader. The EBL Print Screen will also tally your remaining print balance while you print.

Why can't I print?

EBL printing problems are usually related to Adobe Reader preferences and/or browser settings.

If you're experiencing problem printing, please ensure:
·        You have Adobe Reader installed.
·        Your Adobe Reader JavaScript Preferences (Edit --> Preferences) have Acrobat JavaScript enabled.
·        Your Adobe Reader Internet Preferences (Edit --> Preferences) are set to "Open PDF in Browser".
·        Your web browser has JavaScript enabled.

If you've tried the above suggestions and you are still unable to print, please contact for further assistance. In your email, detail the printing problem clearly, and include OS, browser and Adobe Reader version information.

Note: The EBL system is setup to not stop users from reprinting pages they have already tried to print. So, even though pages may have been subtracted from your print quota, as long as you select any of the same pages to reprint, you should be able to print them again - even if the print quota has been reached.

Can I download EBL ebooks?

Not all libraries enable EBL download functionality, but for those that do, EBL ebooks can be downloaded for reading offline. You'll find download buttons on either the full record page, or on the "Download" tab in the EBL Online Reader.

All downloaded ebooks are read via Adobe Digital Editions (ADE). Please ensure you have this free software installed before downloading.

Note: If you are working on a computer that is shared by others (for example, a PC in your library or elsewhere on campus), you should always choose to read ebooks online.

What is Adobe Digital Editions and why do I need it?

Adobe developed Digital Editions (ADE) as a separate application from Adobe Acrobat and Adobe Reader, and was designed specifically for reading ebooks. In order to download and read EBL ebooks offline, you must first have ADE installed. You can download this software from the ADE website.

For detailed instructions on how to use Digital Editions (including activation and authorization information), please refer to the ADE Help Pages.

The Adobe Support Forums are an excellent source for helpful solutions to ADE issues.

What's on my EBL Bookshelf?

Your EBL Bookshelf is a personalized homepage where you can access all your current loans, recently accessed titles, and ebook collections in one central place. You'll find a number search options on the Bookshelf, an EBL Category browse option, and a Bookmarks interface where you can view and export notes you've saved while reading.

You can access the EBL Bookshelf anytime via the "Bookshelf" tab in the patron interface, or via the "EBL" link in the online reader.

Can I read EBL ebooks on portable devices?
Presently, downloaded EBL ebooks can be transferred to any portable device that supports Adobe Digital Editions (ADE). There's a list of these compatible devices on the ADE website. Portable devices with browser support (such as the iPhone/iPad) can also access EBL and Read Online via the web.

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November 17, 2010

More e-books to support nursing and other faculties

In addition to the 5993 ebooks from the Canadian Electronic Library’s “Canadian Health Research Collection” announced previously, another 25 new e-books have been purchased from EBL (Ebooks Corporation) and more have been ordered.

These new titles have been funded by the Master of Science in Nursing Program.   Director of the MSN at TWU's School of Nursing, Sheryl Reimer-Kirkham noted that these materials "Will be of good service to our graduate and undergraduate students. Other faculties-- psychology, human kinetics, health sciences stream of MAL-- will also be interested in accessing these resources."

All materials are available from the library catalogue.  You can browse or view all 25 titles by entering  “Ebooks Corporation” in the Author Name (starts with) search. TWU login may be required.
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November 16, 2010

Canadian Health Research Collection added

Thanks to funding from the School of Nursing, the Canadian Health Research Collection (CHRC) from ebrary is now available to Alloway Library users. This is a collection of monograph publications from Canadian research institutes, government agencies and university centres working in the area of health and medical research. Over 5,000 titles are in the current collection and the service provides more than 1600 additional, current documents to subscribers annually.

Organizations included in this collection are very active publishers of primary research in the field. The publications themselves range from general health policy documents to very specialized and technical literature. School of Nursing faculty, Dr Rick Sawatzky, is enthusiastic about the new collection: "This is great news; a great resources for grey literature."

Full library catalogue records for over 6000 nursing-related e-titles have been added to the library's catalogue. The individual titles may be found by author/title/subject search.   To browse the entire collection, enter “Canadian electronic library” in the Series Title (any word) search box for the complete list. Many items in this collection are also available in French.  They can also be searched as a database in the library's Article indexes and Databases webpage

November 15, 2010

The Wright Stuff at Alloway Library

Renown theologian NT Wright is visiting TWU November 16-17 and Alloway Library has the Wright stuff.

With nearly 50 titles written by NT Wright in the collection, including audio lectures, scholarly material as well as the popular New Testament commentary series … for everyone” . Try an author search to see all the titles available in the library.

November 10, 2010

Showing Movies in Class?

DVDImage via WikipediaAlloway Library purchases licences through BC ELN (Electronic Library Network) to permit most uses of feature films in classrooms and has an information page that details the specifics for faculty.

BC ELN recently published an FAQ list on the legalities of using movies in classrooms and other campus settings. It covers common questions about Feature Film Public Performance Rights licenses.
  1. What are public performance rights?

    Under the Canadian Copyright Act any viewing or exhibition of a film in a public place must have a Public Performance Rights license. In this context classrooms at universities and colleges are considered public places.

  2. Who supplies these PPR licenses?

    The licenses are with the two leading Canadian PPR licensing agencies, Audio Cine Films (ACF) and Criterion Pictures. Each agency represents a number of studios, and their license is a "blanket license" covering all films produced by the studio. Between them the two agencies cover almost all of the major US and Canadian studios and production companies, and many independent producers and foreign films.

  3. What types of uses are covered at TWU?

    This license is for educational purposes in educational venues, i.e. an instructor showing a film in the classroom. Specifically, any charging of an "entry fee" is prohibited.

  4. A student group on campus would like to do a "movie night" and show a film. Are they covered by this license?

    No. The student group must purchase a separate entertainment license to do their movie night. See also TWU's Movie Copyright Policy

  5. Is studio _______ covered by these licenses?

  6. The license document for each agency includes an appendix listing the studios covered.

  7. Is film _______ covered by these licenses?

    Each licensing company's website has a search engine which allows you to search for individual films by name.

    • ACF: Use the search box in the upper right corner of the website.
    • Criterion

    There may be a delay in loading the HBO titles now covered on the ACF license into their search engine. In the meantime a list of HBO titles is available as a downloadable PDF

  8. Does the film have to be in the library's collection?

    No. The PPR license covers any showing of films in the classroom as long as the video is legally obtained. It can come from the library's collection, the instructor's personal collection, or a video rental store. Copies that have been dubbed from broadcast or cable, or transferred from another copy, or illegally downloaded, are not covered.

  9. What formats does the license cover? E.g. VHS video, DVD, film …

    The license covers video, DVD, and laserdisc. Film (16 and 35 mm) is not covered.

  10. How will the proposed changes (Bill C-32) to the Copyright Act affect the need for PPR licensing?

    Short answer: we're not sure. We're monitoring the progress of the bill; if and when it's enacted, we'll investigate the impact on these licenses.

November 08, 2010

Reading break hours

Wreaths of artificial poppies used as a symbol...Image via WikipediaAlloway Library is open this weekend.
On Remembrance Day, Thursday November 11, our hours are from 10AM-6PM but there will not be any information desk staff that day; AskAway is also unstaffed on Nov 11.
Friday 7:45AM-PM
Saturday 10AM-6PM
Sunday 1:30-5PM
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More Cambridge Companions

Four new titles have been added to Alloway Library’s Cambridge Companions to Philosophy, Religion and Culture Online. This electronic resource is available due to funds provided by the Trinity Western University Graduate Student Association.
The new titles are:
TWU Login may be required to access these items. With these four additions the TWU community has access to 148 Cambridge Companions.
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November 05, 2010 the definitive resource on BC

The Encyclopedia of BC (EBC) has been available to Alloway Library users for most of the decade and now is undergoing some important changes to benefit researchers. The Encyclopedia of BC is now part of the definitive reference resource on BC, a continually expanding library of BC reference and history texts online.
Along with EBC, presently includes such major reference works as:
Future additions of reference titles and field guides, along with links in the library catalogue are expected.

November 04, 2010

Don't count on StatsCan this weekend

Please be aware that most parts of the Statistics Canada website will be down for maintenance this weekend. The exact closure times are Sat. Nov. 6 (7:30 am PST) to Mon. Nov. 8th (8:30 am PST)