February 21, 2010

It's Freedom to Read Week!

February 21 - 27 marks Freedom to Read Week.

Freedom to Read Week 2010

Freedom to read can never be taken for granted. Even in Canada, a free country by world standards, books and magazines are banned at the border. Books are removed from the shelves in Canadian libraries, schools and bookstores every day. Free speech on the Internet is under attack. Few of these stories make headlines, but they affect the right of Canadians to decide for themselves what they choose to read.

Freedom to Read Week is an annual event that encourages Canadians to think about and reaffirm their commitment to intellectual freedom, which is guaranteed them under the Charter of Rights and Freedoms.

TWU and Alloway Library both have statements on the related issues of academic freedom and material selection:

Trinity Western University is committed to academic freedom in teaching and investigation from a stated perspective, i.e., within parameters consistent with the confessional basis of the constituency to which the University is responsible, but practiced in an environment of free inquiry and discussion and of encouragement to integrity in research. Students also have freedom to inquire, right of access to the broad spectrum of representative information in each discipline, and assurance of a reasonable attempt at a fair and balanced presentation and evaluation of all material by their instructors. Truth does not fear honest investigation. (TWU Academic Calendar)

Alloway Library recognizes its responsibility to make available materials on more than one aspect of controversial questions. No materials will be excluded from the collection because of of the race nationality, political or religious vies of the author. Consequently, the library will provide materials offering points of view of the best representatives of various side of controversial issues....

Legitimate liberal education is not fostered by selecting only materials which represent any one individual viewpoint. Therefore, criticisms of library-owned material should be evaluated as they related to the educational goals of the university. (Alloway Library Policy and Procedure Manual)

"It is too late in the day to stop men thinking. If allowed to think they will speak. If they speak they will write, and what they write will be printed and published. A newspaper is only a thought-throwing machine, a reflex of the popular mind. If it is not, it cannot live. We are not disposed to send our proof-sheets to anyone to correct."
— Amor de Cosmos (1825-97), British Columbian newspaper editor, in The British Colonist (1859), after the governor of British Columbia, Sir James Douglas, attempted to suppress the newspaper
Exercise your freedom to read this week and every day!

February 17, 2010

Alloway Library Open during reading break

Alloway Library is open during reading break, February 20-28.
Monday - Thursday 7:45 am - 11:00 pm
Friday 7:45 am - 6:00 pm
Saturday 10 am- 6 pm
closed Sunday February 21 and 28.

Eight Theses on the library

Ben Myers at his Faith and Theology blog has posted 12 Theses on the library. Here's 8 of them:
  1. The library is the most solid and enduring item in the whole apparatus of intellectual life.
  2. The library is an angel whose wings are spread out in fierce and loving protection of the past, while its face stares deep into the eerie light of the future.
  3. In all the world there is nothing more dangerous than a library.
  4. The library is also the safest and friendliest place on earth.
  5. Librarians are like bloodhounds, always hot on the trail of the future.
  6. Every head librarian is (or ought to be) vested with virtually unlimited executive powers.
  7. The librarian is a sly animal; and if you're nice to them, you might one day get a glimpse of those treasures that lie hidden in every library.
  8. Some books may appear to languish neglected in the dust; but they are like the seeds of those date palms that spring suddenly to life after lying dormant in the ground for millennia.
Read the full article

February 15, 2010

Serenade for Janet

RAID PROJECT a Valentine's Day event to give love and combat global sex-trafficking was organized by students of the TWU International Social Justice Club. Participants could buy candy, flowers, and/or a serenade for that special someone.

Circulation clerk, Janet Kreiter, is obviously a "special someone" as she received a serenade and a pink rose in the library on Monday.

All proceeds are split between the
International Justice Mission and Love146.

February 12, 2010

Impact TWU - support Alloway Library!

Alloway Library is taking part in TWU Impact, a new fundraising initiative launched by the University. The online network makes it easy to support key projects on campus including a campaign to support the library's books budget and another to add the JSTOR database to our suite of resources.

TWU Impact is more than just an online donation interface; it's a place to talk with others who share a common interest in a particular project. The two library projects are great ways to impact TWU by providing needed resources and connect with others who share a passion for Alloway Library.

Already the book budget site has raised funds and collected a list of passionate book-loving friends. The JSTOR project will raise $65,000 so that TWU faculty, researchers, and students can gain access to thousands of the core scholarly journals in the humanities and social sciences from the earliest issues, sometimes extending as far back as the 1800s, in full text format.

To participate in these TWU Impact projects you create a simple user profile which lets you:
  • Donate support for the project
  • Champion - raise funds and awareness
  • Invite friends
  • Subscribe for email notifications about the project's progress.
Donate, champion, invite, subscribe -- Impact TWU!

February 11, 2010

Lifelong RefWorks access for TWU alumni

Attention current users of RefWorks at TWU!

Your RefWorks account will now remain active even after you graduate from TWU, or ACTS, or leave campus.
All you need to do to continue to have free access to all your RefWorks folders plus any new ones you may create is to keep a copy of the TWU Group Code (available at http://www.twu.ca/library/refworks.htm via TWU login),

Find out more about RefWorks Alumni Program.

(Contributed by Bill Badke)

February 10, 2010

Alloway Library donates books to Tanzania nursing school

Thirty nursing textbooks from Alloway Library's sale shelf will be accompanying a Trinity Western University mission team heading to Tanzania, Africa this summer.

The team's partner in Tanzania, a local church, requested medical equipment and supplies to furnish a nursing school that is being built. Here in Canada, Food for the Hungry Canada is working with the TWU in Tanzania Team to collect and ship the majority of equipment. One of the requested items that Food for the Hungry was not able to get however, were books for the nursing school’s library.

Library student assistant and Tanzanian Team member, Dan Fama, recognized that items on Alloway Library's sale shelf had potential, and so he worked with other grateful team members who selected a stack of near-new, useful titles. The library waived the normal bargain price of $1 for hard cover and $.50 for soft covers to support the initiative.

To find out more about Trinity Western's work in Tanzania visit the team's blog: www.twuintanzania.blogspot.com This year they will be building on the work of previous teams by focusing on training local nursing students in teaching health education to rural villagers.

Photos by Daniel Fama

February 09, 2010

Grad students review library

A survey of ACTS students conducted last year indicated a good level of satisfaction among seminary students with most aspects of Alloway Library and revealed challenges created by limited budgets or limited facilities.

77% of respondents said that the library's ability to provided needed resources for the average research project was excellent or good; another 23% said it was adequate or fair. From answers to specific questions regarding books and journals, it is clear that some students have expectations that the TWU collections will be comparable to those of large universities.

The most dominant criticism from the graduate students surveyed was that not enough journals are available in electronic full-text format. Although the library's subscriptions number over 12,000 titles, there seems to be an almost insatiable desire to have more. ACTS affiliation with TWU and the consortial pricing Alloway Library is able to obtain through ELN, COPPUL and CRKN more than double the resources ACTS would have on its own. The electronic journal offerings compare well with any other seminaries of the same size or even some larger institutions. As far as subject-specific gaps are concerned, there was a significant response calling for for more counseling journals, a problem noted in every survey despite constant additions to counseling journal subscriptions.

Regarding the book collection, just over 76% rated it as very or usually useful and another 20% as moderately useful. Several students made comments indicating that they were looking for resources outside of ACTS' collection development policy. For example, there were requests for linguistics material (which are collected by the CanIL Library, or for resources on emergency management, vineyard cultivation, or sign language. Comments requesting more recent titles were made and it is to be noted that there is usually a lag of 6 months to a year between publication and acquisition due to budget consideration.

As usual, the comments on library service almost universally pointed to both the courtesy and expertise of library staff.

Other findings from the survey:
  • 85% found the RES 500 course in library research helpful and the vast majority of submitted comments used terms like "very" and "extremely" with " helpful," "useful," and "valuable""
  • 25% of respondents indicated that the library was their main study and research location.
  • 79% indicated that most of their research and study was done online.
  • 96% use advanced search functions when using online databases
  • 8% of seminary students said that they seldom, or never use Alloway Library's online databases in their research projects.
In conclusion, the survey's high response rate provided a good opportunity to view widespread attitudes toward the library. Overall, most respondents were satisfied with their library experience, Still, we will look closely at criticisms raised and address them as we are able.

February 08, 2010

Wiley InterScience covers more than the sciences

Alloway Library has added a new database to its collection. Available through the Canadian Research Knowledge Network (CRKN), Wiley InterScience offers over 3 million articles from 1400+ journals, the combined output of all Wiley-Blackwell peer-reviewed primary research and survey journals. Most titles cover from 1997 to the present. (TWU login may be required.)

Wiley Interscience covers:
  • business,
  • chemistry,
  • computer science,
  • earth and environmental science,
  • education,
  • engineering,
  • law,
  • life sciences,
  • mathematics,
  • healthcare,
  • physics and astronomy,
  • polymers and materials science,
  • psychology, and
  • social sciences.
You can browse the title list or download a spreadsheet. All the titles are listed in the TWU Journal List

Alloway Library users should note that the default search page for this database searches e-books and e-reference sources which are not part of our license. It is recommended to use the advanced search and select Journals as the product type.

For more assistance using this, or any, database, contact an Alloway Librarian

February 04, 2010

Oxford References Updated

Alloway Library's subscription to Oxford Reference Online is updated at least three times a year with new titles, new editions, and additional features. In addition, all content in the database is reviewed and updated regularly. For the January update, over 1,760 entries have been updated and some 10,100 brand new entries have been added. Oxford's systematic and regular updating policy ensures current, trustworthy content.

In the first update of the new decade, Oxford Reference Online's language and religion content has been enhance and expanded. New Oxford University Press content dedicated to Sports Studies is now included.

Three new e-book titles and three new editions to the resource make this update full of interesting, useful, and trustworthy information. Click on the titles below to view the ebook or read more about each title in Oxford's What's new page. (TWU log-in may be required)

February 03, 2010

Oxford Engish Dictionary Online updated

Alloway Library's Oxford English Dictionary Online has just been updated with new words, phrases and definitions.

For this quarterly update, revised entries starting with R between refund to reputeless were added to the Dictionary. Read the commentary by Chief Editor John Simpson on the most interesting features of this batch.

The Oxford editors have also added new words in the above range, as well as words from across the alphabet. Read about how the OED team approaches technical neologisms such as 3G and blogosphere in the notes on the latest new words.

Don't forget you can sign up to receive the OED Word of the Day in your inbox, or as an RSS feed.

February 01, 2010

200 titles on "How to..."

Why not learn how to do something new this month?

A quick search of Alloway Library’s catalogue turns up hundreds of items that start with the words How to... Library staff selected a sample of over 200 items for your amusement, amazement or improvement and put them on display on the main level.

Here’s a sample of How To's:
    • Argue like Jesus
    • Be your own selfish pig
    • Forgive
    • Know the butterflies
    • Play better hockey
    • Make a mudpie
    • Read slowly
    • Say goodbye
    • Stop a war
    • Talk to birds
    • Write letters for all occasions
    For a complete list, browse the catalogue using a Title (starts with) "how to" search; or try a Title keyword search using "how to" and your own keyword for even more results.