August 27, 2010

If you go into the woods today...

Library staffer Janet Kreiter looked out the window today and spotted a huge wasp nest in one of the maple trees adjacent to the Campus Campanile and library gardens. The nest hangs about 20 feet above the small garden to the west of the lane that runs between Seal Kap House and Alloway Library.
Library administrative assistant Sharon Vose photographed the amazing structure.

August 26, 2010

While we are away...

Norma Marion Alloway Library at sunsetAlloway Library at duskImage via WikipediaAlloway Library will be closed Tuesday, August 31 for our annual library staff day. During that time we'll be discussing a paper entitled "What is an Academic Library Today?" by Jonathan D. Lauer, a librarian at Messiah College.  He presents a three-fold vision for library personnel in Christian institutions encouraging them to:
1) Exercise balance in the execution of a vocation-based librarianship.
2) Promote collaboration with teaching faculty in consort with pedagogical best practices.
3) Be a welcoming, loving, human presence.
Here are some of Lauer's key ideas:
Now, as from time out of mind, the monumental challenge to libraries and librarians is determining how best to add new access options to the smorgasbord of formats...while continuing to support time-honored, traditional technologies that are still the superior format for many of our readers' needs.                            ....
 Librarianship is an ancient enterprise sparked by human intelligence and curiosity and driven by the human need to notice, name, and record. (It is) the collection, organization, storage, preservation, and dissemination of human information, knowledge, and wisdom, usually within and under the auspices of a larger entity which has a clearly defined mission and focus.
That is a worthy, important, and high calling. Notice that it transcends the packaging in which content comes to us. Even as libraries have been early and fruitful adopters of emerging electronic technologies, they must still champion content in all appropriate technological formats, including the tenacious and ingenious codex book.
Furthermore, our work is too important to leave to profit making mega corporations, no matter how lofty or hegemonic their vision. Geoffrey Nunberg knows this and has documented it in troubling detail in his recent Chronicle of Higher Education article entitled “Google’s Book Search: A Disaster for Scholars.”...
Our libraries must be places of balance informed by the time-honored vocational dimension of librarianship, the mission of our parent institutions, and a recognition that library personnel are educators.
Librarians... must continue to expand collaboration with classroom faculty... to lead students where they need expanded vision and liberation from the prison of their particular generation and subculture. This is the crux of making any Christian university library a vital aspect of the institution's educational enterprise.
Our 21st century libraries must be welcoming places where our personnel love
and serve their clientele in equal measure to their technical competence and
If there is a Gospel parable for the library profession, I would vote for the story of the Good Samaritan. It answers the timeless question, "Who is my neighbor?" Allow a paraphrase and ask, "Who is my reader? How can I work to seek and save those lost in the quagmire of information overload? What must I do to convince some readers that they don't know what they don't know in this age of Google and Wikipedia?
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August 25, 2010

Get Unshelved

Hey Alloway Library News fans, have you heard of Unshelved? We've posted a few stories from this library-oriented comic-strip written by Bill Barnes and Gene Ambaum. Bill and Gene are on a membership drive and, if I can sign up seven new subscribers to their strip, I'll get a hand- drawn postcard of my favourite character from the artists.

All you need to do is:
  1. Visit Unshelved
  2. Click on the subscribe link to subscribe by email or set up anRSS feed, or you can even add it to your Facebook account.
  3. Let me know that you did it.

August 20, 2010

Another trio of Companions

Thanks to generous funding from the TWU Graduate Students Association, three new titles have been added to Alloway Library's Cambridge Companions series. These new ebooks bring the total number of volumes in the collection to 144.

The new additions are:
The Cambridge Companion to Kant's Critique of Pure Reason
The Cambridge Companion to Victorian Culture
The Cambridge Companion to Science and Religion

These three titles are now available via the catalogue (TWU Login may be required).

August 17, 2010

Wiley Online Library launched

Alloway Library is very happy to announce Wiley Online Library is now live; this resource replaces Wiley InterScience and provides access to over 4 million articles from 1500 journals, 9000 books, and hundreds of multi-volume reference works, laboratory protocols and databases from John Wiley & Sons, including content from the key imprints of Wiley-Blackwell, Wiley-VCH, Jossey-Bass, and from hundreds of scholarly and professional societies.

Alloway Library users should note that not all of the resources in Wiley Online are subscribed to by TWU; however, access icons indicate whether you have access to the full text.

Subject areas in this database include 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.

The database features a clean and easy-to-use new user interface, intuitive navigation, enhanced discoverability, expanded functionalities, and a range of personalization and alerting options. Some of the new features to note:

  • Access Icons indicate free, licensed and Online Open content
  • Enhanced journal home pages with news and other added value features
  • New subject pages combining all product types and news by subject
  • Improved full text HTML article display - pop up references, enlarge images, in-article navigation - plus easy access to article PDFs
Wiley provides online tutorials training and guides for this product in several languages. For further assistance using this database contact a TWU reference librarian at the Information desk, or, Telephone: 604-513-2121 extension 3903, or, Ask A Librarian Online

August 16, 2010

Power Outage August 17

We've been informed that there will be a power outage effecting Alloway Library on Tuesday August 17th. The back up generator will keep the main level operating as normal but the upper and lower floors will be dark -- and probably hot and stuffy.

While AskAway takes a break- ask as librarian

Just a reminder that the last day of AskAway service for the summer term was Friday, August 13th.

For online research assistance please contact an Alloway Librarian by phone, chat, or in person during library hours

AskAway will reopen Monday September 20th for the fall term.