October 30, 2015

Online Catalogue not Available Friday Evening

As with last weekend, our online catalogue will be down again for a few hours  Friday, October 30 starting at 8:00PM to rebuild a huge batch of records.  It is expected that the downtime will be less than 2 hours and should not effect other library databases.

October 23, 2015

Online catalogue not available Saturday evening

Alloway Library's online eLibrary will be unavailable starting at 6:00 PM  this Saturday (October 24.) Our software is scheduled for an extensive rebuild of all items in the catalogue and  it will take several hours to complete. 

"It's the first time we've done this and I'm hoping everything will run smoothly and the system will come back up as it's supposed to," noted Alloway Library's System Administrator Shirley Lee. She anticipates that the library catalogue will be accessible again by Sunday morning.

This rebuild is required in order to activate time-saving features which will enable staff to search for and modify items in the collection using various characteristics such as item type, category, location, and circulation activity. 

Other databases, including JSTOR, EBSCOhost and others will not be affected during this upgrade of the library's catalogue.

Word count, page count... Tree count!

PaperCut is the print management system used by students in Alloway Library and elsewhere on the TWU campus.  It saves students the bother of buying and maintaining a printer in their dorm room and allows them to print from any library workstation for just 8 cents per page.

 It also has a cool dashboard that shows the environmental impact of printing. To find out about one aspect of your academic carbon footprint,  click on the  Environmental Dashboard link on the bottom of your PaperCut summary interface.
Clicking on it displays an infographic that summarizes how much of a tree you have used and, how many trees TWU  has used since 2006. 
According to a recent summary of the past 9 years, TWU PaperCut users, (nearly all TWU students) have consumed in paper, a grove of 13 trees. Or, in other terms, created a carbon footprint similar to the energy use of an average house for 9 months.

Find out more about printing at Alloway Library's FAQ page.

How many trees has your printing used?

October 20, 2015

Field Notes Two displays work of TWU Environmental Studies scholars

Recent research conducted by TWU Environmental Studies students and faculty is now on display in the form of giant posters arrayed in the upper hallway of Alloway Library.
Learn more about the diverse research going on right in our own backyard!.

October 15, 2015

Information for the Upcoming Federal Election

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Federal Election Resources
                                                                                             October 2015

Party Platforms for the 2015 Election   

Conservative Party of Canada
Liberal Party of Canada
The NDP Party of Canada
The Green Party of Canada

Public Documents

Could a Progressive Platform Capture Canada's Youth Vote?
Broadbent Institute 2015
Blue Betrayal: The Harper Government's Assault on Canada's Freshwater
Council of Canadians 2015
Dismantling Democracy: Stifling Debate and Dissent in Canada
Voices-Voix 2015
An Agenda for Democratic Reform in Canada
Canada 2020 2014
Canada's Governing Class: Who Rules the Country?
[privately published] 2014
Consultation and Evaluation Practices in the Implementation of Internet Voting in Canada and Europe
Elections Canada 2013
A Viable Path to Senate Reform?
Mowat Centre for Policy Innovation, University of Toronto 2013
Election Commissions and the Provision of Information: A Comparative Study of Better Practices Globally
Centre for Law and Democracy 2012
Electoral Participation of Electors with Disabilities: Canadian Practices in a Comparative Context
Elections Canada 2012
Aboriginal Electoral Participation in Canada
Elections Canada 2011
Establishing a Legal Framework for E-voting in Canada
Elections Canada 2013

Two think tanks active in the critique of public policy from left-right vantage points are the Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives and the Fraser Institute. Both are well represented in CEL, as this short selection of current titles will illustrate.

A Tale of Two Energy Booms
Fraser Institute 2015
Alternative Federal Budget 2015: Delivering the Good
Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives 2015
An Analysis of Public and Private Sector Employment Trends in Canada, 1990-2013
Fraser Institute 2015
Ascent of Giants: NAFTA, Corporate Power and the Growing Income Gap
Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives 2015
Comparing Government and Private Sector Compensation in Canada
Fraser Institute 2015
Democracy under Challenge: Canada and Two Decades of NAFTA's Investor-State Dispute Settlement Mechanism
Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives 2015
Drug Coverage for Low-income Families: The Canadian Reality and Lessons from Switzerland and the Netherlands
Fraser Institute 2015
The Case for Increasing the Minimum Wage: What Does the Academic Literature Tell Us?
Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives 2015
The Feeling's Not Mutual: The High Costs of Canada's Mutual Fund Based Retirement System
Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives 2015
The Practical Challenges of Creating a Guaranteed Annual Income in Canada
Fraser Institute 2015
The Wealth Advantage: The Growing Wealth Gap between Canada's Affluent and the Middle Class
Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives 2015


Strength of Conviction
Tom Mulcair
Dundurn 2015
What Is Government Good At? : A Canadian Answer
Donald J. Savoie
McGill-Queen's University Press 2015
The Proposal Economy : Neoliberal Citizenship in "Ontario's Most Historic Town"
Pamela Stern;Peter Hall
UBC Press 2015
Local Self-Government and the Right to the City
Warren Magnusson
McGill-Queen's University Press 2015
The Inequality Trap : Fighting Capitalism Instead of Poverty
William Watson
University of Toronto Press 2015
Australia, Canada, and Iraq : Perspectives on an Invasion

Dundurn 2015
Politics of Public Money, Second Edition
David A. Good
University of Toronto Press 2014
How Ottawa Spends, 2014-2015 : The Harper Government - Good to Go?
Christopher Stoney;G. Bruce Doern
McGill-Queen's University Press 2014
The Spirit of the Alberta Indian Treaties
Richard Price
University of Alberta Press 2014
Strange Visitors : Documents in Indigenous-Settler Relations in Canada from 1876

University of Toronto Press Higher Education 2014
Up and to the Right : The Story of John W. Dobson and His Formula Growth Fund
Craig Toomey
McGill-Queen's University Press 2014
Counterfeit Crime : Criminal Profits, Terror Dollars, and Nonsense
R. T. Naylor;R.T. Naylor
McGill-Queen's University Press 2014
Comparing Canada : Methods and Perspectives on Canadian Politics

UBC Press 2014
Thumper : The Memoirs of the Honourable Donald S. Macdonald
Donald S. Macdonald;Rod McQueen
McGill-Queen's University Press 2014
Social Purpose Enterprises : Case Studies for Social Change

University of Toronto Press 2014
Greg Sorbara : The Battlefield of Ontario Politics: An Autobiography
Greg Sorbara
Dundurn 2014
Immigration Canada : Evolving Realities and Emerging Challenges in a Postnational World
Augie Fleras
UBC Press 2014
Constitutional Law, 4th edition
Byron Shaw;Patrick Monahan
Irwin Law 2013
Approaches to Aboriginal Education in Canada : Searching for Solutions

Brush Education 2013
Eugene Forsey : Canada's Maverick Sage
Helen Forsey
Dundurn 2012
Some Great Idea : Good Neighbourhoods, Crazy Politics and the Invention of Toronto
Edward Keenan
Coach House Books 2012
Caricature Cartoon Canada

Linda Leith Publishing 2012