February 28, 2011

Novels for Nurses (and patients)

A recent story on nursing resources garnered a response from Roxanne McAnn, a blogger at NursingSchools.net with a list of  "The Ten Greatest Novels for Nurses." Here are three of her picks, available from Alloway Library:
One great way to escape the pressures and stresses of nursing school or work is to read a great novel. These literary works, featuring nurses and health care facilities, will provide you with a much-needed dose of fun and fantasy while reminding you why you chose the profession in the first place. So if you want to re ignite your passion for nursing or just spend a wonderful evening kicking back, check out one of these amazing novels.

The English Patient by Michael Ondaatje. This prize-winning novel was made into a prize-winning movie, but that doesn't mean the literary version still isn't worth checking out. In it, readers will find a story about four entangled lives during the last weeks of WWII. At the center of the drama is the mysterious English patient being cared for by nurse Hana, a man whose memories slowly reveal a tale of love, betrayal and redemption.
Cover of "A Farewell To Arms"

A Farewell to Arms by Ernest Hemingway. If you've never read this literary classic, it's never too late to start. Set in WWII, the story follows a young soldier named Henry, based loosely on Hemingway's own wartime experiences. When he becomes injured he finds himself falling for the elusive nurse Catherine, a complicated and tragic figure. If you're looking for happy endings, this might not be a good choice, but if you want a moving portrayal of men and women coming to terms with life, both the good and the bad, then pick up this read.

One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest by Ken Kesey. Think you've got a real piece of work for a coworker? He or she is likely nothing compared to the tyrannical Nurse Ratched in this classic novel. Kesey's portrayal of a fictional insane asylum garnered him international acclaim and numerous awards, and the book is still worth a read today. The story centers on Patrick McMurphy, a mental patient who antagonizes his nurse and upsets the daily routine of the other patients, but not without just cause. It is a frank look at the state of institutional care and a must-read for anyone working in psychiatric nursing.
See the full list here.

Cover of "A Bed by the Window"Cover of A Bed by the WindowAnother nursing novel in our  catalogue: A bed by the window: a novel of mystery and redemption by Scott Peck. Psychologist Peck (The Road Less Travelled) turns his hand to fiction with this surprisingly satisfying tale of love and emotion set in a nursing home.

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February 25, 2011

Now that's circulation!

 You can organize your bookcase in many ways; at Alloway Library we use call numbers.

February 17, 2011

Databases support Nursing researchers

Alloway Library has recently added more  resources in support of the Master of Science in Nursing program.  The material includes some books, ebooks and two large database collections.
The Canadian Health Research Collection of nearly 6000 ebooks has been previously mentioned here.  TWU users also have access to the Joanna Briggs Institute online journal collection. The Joanna Briggs Institute is an International not-for-profit Research and Development Organization specializing in Evidence-Based resources for healthcare professionals in nursing, midwifery, medicine, and allied health. TWU’s JBI membership provides access to a wealth of evidence-based practice resources including a library of systematic reviews, evaluation reports, best-practice information sheets, electronic journals and consumer health-care information.
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February 15, 2011

Aging VHS tapes raise copyright questions

Three different VHS-family video cassettes. Fr...Image via Wikipedia
What happens to commercially available VHS titles when they die?

For Research Library collections across the continent, physical degradation of the media housing valuable, unique, and out–of–print video material looms immanent. Current copyright laws are often an obstacle to in creating reformatted copies of valuable resources encoded in outmoded, non-digital formats.

A two-year study, funded by The Mellon Foundation in collaboration with New York University's Division of Libraries the University of California Berkeley and Loyola University (New Orleans)  among others will address this  challenge.

Spanning a 2-year period, Video At Risk will involve five closely related elements:
  • Documenting the scarcity and replaceability issues of general circulation video collections.
  • Testing the market and other conditions surrounding the preservation of such video collections through replacement acquisition.
  • Researching the intellectual property conditions defining our ability to create digital replacement copies of commercial video content.
  • Establishing guidelines for the replacement of video content to parallel those already in place for the preservation of paper-based materials.
  • Experimentation with the use of a digitization vendor to reformat circulating videos and establish a model request for proposal for use with such vendors.
While the study's findings and recommendations on intellectual property issues will not apply in Canada, due to differences in  US and Canadian copyright law; other findings on topics such as:  finding new and functional VHS equipment, audiovisual trends
amongst faculty, and the growing problem of waning technical support for VHS in classrooms will be of keen interest to campus classroom instructors and videophiles.

Read more
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February 14, 2011

Visit the great art museums via Google

The folks at Google have taken their Street View  cameras into the great art galleries of the world to allow you to stroll the galleries, and get a closer view of great masterpieces. Find out more at Google Art Project.

You’ll find a selection of super high-resolution images of famous works of art as well as more than a thousand other images, by more than 400 artists—all in one place. And with Street View technology, you can take a virtual tour inside 17 of the world’s most acclaimed art museums, including The Metropolitan Museum of Art and MoMA in New York, The State Hermitage Museum in St. Petersburg, Tate Britain & The National Gallery in London, Museo Reina Sofia in Madrid, the Uffizi Gallery in Florence and Van Gogh Museum in Amsterdam.

Dive into brushstroke-level detail: On top of the 1,000+ other images, each of the 17 museums selected one artwork to be photographed in extraordinary detail using super high resolution or “gigapixel” photo-capturing technology. Each of these images contains around 7 billion pixels—that's that’s around 1,000 times more detailed than your average digital camera—and a specially-built “microscope view” uses Picasa to deliver these images at amazingly high resolution. You can zoom in to see Van Gogh’s famous brushwork or watch how previously hard to-see elements of an artwork suddenly become clear—such as the tiny Latin couplet which appears in Hans Holbein the Younger’s “The Merchant Georg Gisze.”
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February 09, 2011

Access Copyright agreement reached (for now)

TWU, along with most other post-secondary institutions in Canada, recently signed an interim agreement with Access Copyright.

Leaving out the messy details, what this means is that the amounts of permissible copying will continue to be the same as they have been in previous years.
From the agreement: “the Interim Tariff allows TWU instructors to:
  • Continue to create and use customized paper coursepack material with the same reporting and payment provisions that institutions have become familiar with over the past 16 years.
  • Make day-to-day paper copies.
  • Prepare paper handouts to distribute in class.
  • Place materials on reserve in the library for students to photocopy.”
We have not signed the new digital interim agreement which was offered at the same time.

If you have any questions about copyrights visit Alloway Library's Copyright on Campus web page or contact Alloway Library's Duncan Dixon
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February 08, 2011

Oxford Reference Online updates

Alloway Library's subscription to Oxford Reference Online: Premium Edition is updated at least three times a year with new titles, new editions, and additional features. In addition, all content is reviewed and updated regularly. This month, over 3,560 entries have been updated, and includes over 8,100 brand new entries. Systematic and regular updating policy ensures current, trustworthy content from Oxford.

New for January 2011:
New Oxford American Dictionary, 2nd editionImage via WikipediaOxford Reference Online's world-class English dictionary content receives a fantastic boost in this update, with the new editions of the famous Oxford Dictionary of English and New Oxford American Dictionary. Completely updated and with over 700,000 definitions between them, these two titles offer flagship dictionary content to complement Oxford Reference Online's wide ranging and scholarly subject reference titles.

Two new titles have also been added, expanding our legal and historical literature content.
Guide to Latin in International Law provides not just literal translations, but explanations and context for thousands of legal terms in Latin, plus both modern English and classical or 'restored' pronunciations. As knowledge of Latin continues to diminish, the constant use of this language in cases, textbooks, treaties and scholarly works baffles law students, practitioners, and scholars alike; Latin is a critical skill for students and practitioners who hope to acquire and understand sources of law and each other.

A Dictionary of English Manuscript Terminology is the first of its kind to be published, and defines, in a lively and accessible style, some 1,500 terms relating to manuscripts and their production and use in Britain from 1450 to the present day, such as types of manuscript, their physical features and materials, writing implements, writing surfaces, scribes and other writing agents, scripts, postal markings, and seals, as well as subjects relating to literature, bibliography, archives, paleography, the editing and printing of manuscripts, dating, conservation, and such fields as cartography, commerce, heraldry, law, and military and naval matters.

(TWU login may be required to read these ebooks)
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