June 11, 2010

Enhanced access to Early Canadiana Online resources

We've just imported over 20,000 records from Early Canadiana Online (ECO) into Alloway Library's catalogue to give researchers direct access to a wealth of primary archival resources in Canadian history. The ECO collection includes:
  • over 600 early Canadian periodicals,
  • a collection of documents on the Hudson's Bay Company,
  • early official [government] publications,
  • a collection of Reconstituted Debates of the House of Commons (1867-1870),
  • publications devoted to the lives of early Governors General of Canada
  • a 73 volume set of books on Jesuit Relations.

Early Canadiana Online is the first large-scale online collection of early Canadian print heritage and is produced by Canadiana.org, a registered charity whose mission is dedicated to presenting "our cultural and scientific heritage in its bilingual and multicultural variety to our citizens and to the world, and to develop a plan to provide Canadian Society with enduring digital access to that heritage".

Alloway Library has integrated full records for all of the materials in the Early Canadiana Online database. This means that every document on the ECO website can now be accessed by title, author & subjects from the library's catalogue. Search results will bring up direct links to the full text document, e-book or periodical.

To browse the entire e-book collection, simply search for "Early Canadiana Online" under "Author name (starts with last name)" in the library catalogue and the over 20,000 records will be there!

June 10, 2010

New Taxation database resource added

CICA Canadian Tax Suite Premium

The Canadian Institute of Chartered Accountants has provided TWU students and faculty with access to CICA's Canadian Tax Suite Premium, a suite of tax research databases. This is a timely addition to library databases given the recent focus on taxation with the introduction of the HST.

In addition to a full set of primary and secondary tax information and all CRA materials, these databases have case studies, treaties, commentaries and analysis and a wealth of other tax resource materials.

Databases include:
Excise Automated Reference Library (EARL) (GST/HST & Excise)
Federal Income Tax Collection Platinum Student Edition (FITAC Platinum SE)
Federal Income Tax News
GST/HST & Excise News
Provincial Taxes Electronic Reference Library (PERL)
Provincial Taxes News

For more information visit the More Info page or ask a librarian.

June 08, 2010

Summer reading ideas at Alloway Library

Wherever you are this summer—outside, in the garden, or on the road— Alloway Library has resources to inform, inspire and amuse. On our Main Level display we’ve gathered over 200 titles including:

  • regional travel guides,
  • books on gardening,
  • hiking & kayaking
  • novels

covering all the summer subjects we could think of-- from “ice cream” to “pilgrimage.”

Use your valid TWU ID to borrow any of the books, CDs or DVDs on display or use the Alloway Library catalogue to search for more resources for your summer adventures.

June 07, 2010

More Cambridge Companions

Alloway Library has added three new e-books in the Cambridge Companions to American Studies, and Religion series. We can all thank the TWU Graduate Student Association for generously funding this addition.

The Cambridge Companion to Christian Philosophical Theology
The Cambridge Companion to Malcolm X
The Cambridge Companion to Muhammad

TWU Login may be required to view these titles

June 04, 2010

Harvard Libraries face big changes in collection development

From the Boston Globe:

With 16.5 million volumes Harvard University has the world's largest university library. The collection spans a range of esoteric topics, from the manuscripts of Ukrainian political leaders to the field notes of famous horticulturists. Harvard owns so many books, serials, and other items that it now houses nearly half of the collection in a climate-controlled warehouse 25 miles away in Southborough.

But the days of accumulating every important title and artifact under the scholarly sun are over for Harvard’s labyrinthine system of 73 libraries.

Facing an unprecedented budget crunch, the university cancelled print copies of more than 1,000 journal titles last year in favor of online subscriptions. And Harvard is turning toward other universities to collaborate and share acquisitions, all while trying to maintain its libraries’ stature in an increasingly digital world.

“We need to worry less about buying everything, and instead ensure that we have access to these materials,’’ said David Lamberth, a divinity school professor who is overseeing a group tasked with reinventing Harvard’s libraries. “The real issue is giving present and future scholars the ability to find what they need to find.’’

Harvard’s shift in priorities from acquisition to access, though, does not sit well with some professors, especially faculty in the humanities and social sciences who fired off a letter to president Drew Faust last winter decrying the slowing rate of acquisitions and staff cuts. The number of physical volumes added per year fell from 429,000 in 2004-05 to 349,000 in 2008-09, library officials said.

Faculty fear that any further decline would jeopardize research and teaching, and erode the foundation Harvard was built on 372 years ago when minister John Harvard bequeathed his library to the nation’s first university.

Harvard administrators, though, say the university cannot possibly maintain its previous rate of acquisition given the surging number of print and digital works at prices outpacing inflation.

“At an institution such as Harvard, the appetite for more content is constantly growing, but we’re always limited by budget, and our priorities must be balanced with what’s now being taught,’’ said Nancy Cline, Harvard College librarian.

Technology, once again, is redefining how a modern university library functions.

The number of digital items, including text, images, and audio files, soared from 1.2 million in 2003-04 to 12.4 million last year. During that period, electronic resources — journals, books, and databases — rose from 6,058 to 370,696.

“Online resources are the first step for most students these days,’’ said junior Shana Caro, a human evolutionary biology major who said she relies mainly on electronic resources for research. “I have access to pretty much any major science journal from my laptop.’’

The library is also planning to build a virtual reference desk, where students who rarely seek the help of librarians can solicit research advice without having to set foot in a library. Librarians would assist students through e-mail, instant messaging, text messaging, and Skype.

“Some people would like to think that the library itself has become a sort of museum which is cute and has nice, old things in it,’’ said classics professor Richard Thomas. “But that’s fiction. What it collects and stores are going to get even more use because one gets access to them electronically. More people can find it now.’’

Read the full story by Tracy Jan

June 03, 2010

Oxford References Updated

Alloway Library's suite of Oxford Reference Online resources have been updated again recently. this update brings expanded medical content, new resources on place-names, accounting, and brand new Oxford University Press content dedicated to the wide-ranging topic of critical theory.

New titles are:
A Dictionary of London Place-Names
A Dictionary of Dentistry
A Dictionary of Critical Theory

New editions:
Concise Medical Dictionary
A-Z of Medicinal Drugs
A Dictionary of Accounting

ORO also includes updates to The Concise Dictionary of World Place-Names – plus thousands of other updated entries throughout the site, this update is packed full of interesting, useful and trustworthy information.

TWU login may be required to view these titles.