March 31, 2011

Our Feedblitz feed

I'm trying to figure out why the blog is not being sent via Feedblitz to subscriber's emails. This means a post like this to see if it will work this time....using old style blogger rather than new style Blogger in draft.

March 30, 2011

The Book Surgeon re-images old books

We spotted this article recently:

Using knives, tweezers and surgical tools, Brian Dettmer carves up books,  one page at a time. Nothing inside the out-of-date encyclopedias, medical journals, illustration books, or dictionaries is relocated or implanted, only removed.

Dettmer manipulates the pages and spines to form the shape of his sculptures. He also folds, bends, rolls, and stacks multiple books to create completely original sculptural forms.

"My work is a collaboration with the existing material and its past creators and the completed pieces expose new relationships of the book’s internal elements exactly where they have been since their original conception," he says.

"The richness and depth of the book is universally respected yet often undiscovered as the monopoly of the form and relevance of the information fades over time. The book’s intended function has decreased and the form remains linear in a non-linear world. By altering physical forms of information and shifting preconceived functions, new and unexpected roles emerge."
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March 29, 2011

Got Poetry? We do!

Dr. Herbert Rosengarten and Dr. Amanda Goldrick-Jones, editors of The Broadview Anthology of Poetry, have recently donated their substantial collection of poetry monographs and collections  to Alloway  library. 
 Department of English professors Holly Nelson, Lynn Szabo, and Sara Pearson (pictured, l-r, holding volumes by authors in their areas of specialty) are delighted with the collection  as it will provide students with excellent  resources for their studies, as well as supporting professors’ research and teaching. 

Spanning the centuries from the sixteenth to the twenty-first, the collection includes poets from every major movement and period: from Elizabethans such as Sir Philip Sidney to the Augustan poet par excellence Alexander Pope; from William Cowper to William Blake; from John Keats and his fellow Romantic poets to the Victorians Alfred, Lord Tennyson, Robert Browning and Christina Rossetti. The collection  is strongest in the area of twentieth-century and contemporary poetry, with generous coverage of British, Irish, American and Canadian writers. When the processing is complete, over five hundred books of poetry will have been added to the library’s collection. 

In 2009 Dr. Rosengarten donated a large number of books on the Brontë family, substantially strengthening that area of the library’s collection.  Alloway Library is once again thankful for his and Dr. Goldrick-Jones’ generous gift.

Story contributed by Ken Pearson

March 25, 2011

Remembering Norma Alloway

Norma Alloway's birth date was March 25, 1922.  To remember her today, here is an example of her writing from one of the three books she published, The ponder box: friendly thoughts for life's journey.
   How grateful we are for navigational markers, those beacons, buoys, drums, spars, lightships and lighthouses which guide us into harbour. For a reason which I can't explain I abhor buoys which have a clanging bell! the closer we sail to them, the more paranoid I become.
   I remember once when I panicked coming out of the ocean entrance at Fort Lauderdale in Florida on an unfamiliar boat. All I could think of when I heard the "clang" were those dismal words from the poem "The Inchcape Rock"; "Down sank the bell with a gurgling sound." My Husband fortunately had a steady hand on the wheel.
   But the bell was a friend to be heeded.
   In the voyage of life we have different kinds of markers. One such marker is our conscience. Another is the Bible itself, with its own early warning guidance system. When we founder, we can't complain the we didn't have an accurate chart!
   Some words from that chart, however, are rather startling, for they impose upon us a responsibility to others. We are to shine.
   St. Paul writes this mind-boggling assignment to Christians:
   "You are to live clean, innocent lives as children of God in a dark world full of people who are crooked and stubborn. Shine out among them like beacon lights, holding out to them the Word of life." (Philippians 2:15)
   Jesus said: "I am the Light of the world," and it is only as we reflect His light that this assignment can be fulfilled.

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March 24, 2011

Will election send book rate bill back to the drawing board?

On March 9, Bill C-509, an Act to amend the Canada Post Corporation Act, passed third reading with unanimous support in the House of Commons. The Bill was first introduced in 2007 by Merv Tweed, Member of Parliament for Brandon—Souris, Manitoba, and will help to protect the Library Book Rate, which sets a lower postal rate for mailing library materials.

Normally after attaining approval from the Commons, the next step in the life of a Bill is to pass it on to the Senate, where it would receive the sober second thought of the upper chamber.  But, with a federal election looming on the horizon, the bill may die again.  "I'm optimistic that it won't but, as with all elections... all business ceases," Tweed said last week. "We'll have to start again, as much as I don't want to do that I will, but I'm confident that we're going to get it through..."  The bill has died on the order table once before, when the election was called in 2008.

The Library Book Rate is a Canada Post service that has, since 1939, provided a reduced rate for mailing library books between libraries and from libraries to their users. Canada Post currently reviews its support on an annual basis. Over 2,000 libraries actively use the Library Book Rate and an estimated one million Canadians benefit from it annually.

Bill C-509 would protect the Library Book Rate, through the Canada Post Corporation Act. In addition, the Bill would also expand the Library Book Rate program to include non-print materials such as CDs, CD-ROMS, and DVDs.  For Alloway Library and its users, the bill would have an important role in maintaining reasonable costs associated with inter library loans.