September 08, 2011

Get Started & Win!

Win a prize and get great marks!

Recent studies have found a statistically significant positive relationship between using library resources and student grades.
Get a head start on using Alloway Library’s new eLibrary, your gateway to great resources and enter to win a great little prize too. 

Here’s how to get started:
    1. Visit Alloway eLibrary at and search for a book, video, eBook or other resource you might use in a class this term. (The default search is for title but you can try other searches. If you need help with your search Ask a Librarian).
    2. When you find something interesting from your search, copy the result and paste it into an email
    3. Make the subject line of your email “I got started.” Be sure to include your name and email address so we can contact you!
    4. Send the email to (TWU dot Library…) before  noon October 15, 2011.
    5. Watch for a reply in your email box.

    • We’ll award up to 140 prizes sponsored by SirsiDynix, the world's leading provider of library technology solutions. Prizes include flash drives, book bags, notebooks and pens.
    • To be eligible for a prize you must have a current TWU student ID card.
    • One entry per person.
    • Winners will be determined by random drawing from all eligible entries received by the end of the contest period.
    • Contest closes at noon PDT,  October 15, 2011.
    • Prize drawing will be held at Alloway Library after the contest closes on October 15, 2011.
    • Prizes must be claimed in person at the Library by October 31, 2011.


 Alloway Library users can now connect to their library with BookMyne, a great new mobile app for iPhone and iPod Touch users. Working with Alloway Library’s new SirsiDynix Symphony operating system, this industry-leading, free app gives users convenient, full access to all the enhanced content of Alloway Library’s eLibrary catalogue in a mobile-friendly display.

But BookMyne is not just a way to mine the catalogue.  Users can log in to check and manage their library accounts,  confirm the library’s operating hours, and even find their way to the library with a GPS-enabled Google map.  

One of BookMyne’s key features is barcode scanning capability, which lets the user snap a picture of the barcode on any book, video or CD (at a bookstore or friend’s home, for example) and retrieve information about Alloway Library’s holdings for that title. If the item isn’t at Alloway Library, BookMyne can identify other SirsiDynix libraries in the area that have it.

BookMyne users can also receive reading suggestions from a social recommendation engine powered by  and best-seller lists.  Then use BookMyne to check the library’s holdings and place a request for materials of interest --  all on an Apple mobile device.
The BookMyne application can be downloaded from the Apple App Store for free. Support for French, German and Spanish language speakers is included.

All SirsiDynix library technology is supported on Android, Blackberry and other Smartphone browsers for mobile-friendly access so, even without an iPhone, users with other devices can still access Alloway Library’s eLibrary resources. An app for Android phones is being developed.

Once users download this app from the iTunes store they should save TWU Library as a favourite.    
Alloway Library’s eLibrary can be found online at