February 29, 2016

Artstor Updates and Enhancements coming...

Dear Artstor Users,

We are happy to announce new features in the Digital Library that will be released on Wednesday, March 2nd:

- Embedded Metadata: Images in the Digital Library can now be downloaded as a single file with embedded metadata. By embedding the data, we no longer need to require you to download two files in a .zip when you just want an image. If you still require the metadata file, you can now download it separately from the metadata window.

- Audio Files: Audio files in the Digital Library no longer require QuickTime for playback. Users can now select any plugin to play audio files in their browsers.

We will also be delivering additional fixes to known issues, as well as minor enhancements throughout the site. We will be deploying this new version starting Monday, February 29th through Tuesday, March 1st. We do not anticipate any interruptions to your service during this time. 

The new version of Artstor Digital Library is scheduled to be available to you on Wednesday, March 2nd. 

TWU professor wins international award for his first book

A TWU religious studies professor (and former Alloway Library student assistant)  has won a coveted international award for his work in the Dead Sea Scrolls.

Professor Andrew Perrin has received one of 10 2016 Manfred Lautenshlaeger Awards for Theological Promise for his first publication, The Dynamics of Dream-Vision Revelation in the Aramaic Dead Sea Scrolls. 

The award recognizes scholars’ first published book as well as contributions to the topics of God and spirituality. Perrin, who holds an MA in Biblical Studies from TWU, worked in the library as a student circulation assistant while completing his degree.

Perrin hopes to add something valuable to academic scholarship on the scrolls. “For me, it’s about making a contribution,” he says. “It’s not just a testimony to TWU’s program, but a heritage of the students making contributions to the community.”

Perrin’s book looks at the Aramaic scrolls and the authors’ openness to dream revelation, drawing mostly on the book of Daniel. He analyzes how we have a relationship with a living God by bringing forth several questions: What are the revelations used for? How does this group of writers interpret God?

It has been a long road for Perrin, who first began working through these ideas in his PhD dissertation in 2009. His book was published in September 2015.

“It’s a milestone for the work that has gone into it,” says Perrin. “I hope this publication can be a tool for others down the road.”

Perrin received the award, which is administered by the University of Heidelberg, at the end of 2015.
Colleen Little

February 25, 2016

Reading Break at Alloway Library

Please note that Alloway Library is open the usual hours during TWU's Independent Study week with the exception of  being closed Sundays February 28 and March 6.
As well our online catalogue and renewals will be down Sunday February 28 from 8AM to 6PM for a scheduled upgrade of the library online operating system.

February 23, 2016

New Titles Tuesday: Selected G-H-I Titles

We continue to highlight some of the titles from a vast addition to the catalogue made in December. To view these ebooks, click on the title or search for it on Alloway Library's webcatalogue. (TWU login may be required to read these titles.)

Current affairs

The Games and Gaming
Music, Theatre, Art & Design
Political Science
Religious Studies

February 19, 2016

Oxford Quick Reference - New in February 2016

February 2016 Quick Reference Update – Business and Management

This month sees the Business and Management content on Oxford Quick Reference expand with two books published online, plus an update to Oxford Essential Quotations:

A Dictionary of Business & Management
A Dictionary of Business and Management

This wide-ranging and authoritative dictionary covers all areas of business and management, including marketing, organizational behaviour, business strategy, law, and taxation. Now in its sixth edition, it features recent developments such as social media and peer-to-peer lending, as well as the financial crisis and the subsequent sovereign debt crisis.

Find out more >


A Dictionary of Business Research Methods
A Dictionary of Business Research Methods

This accessible new dictionary provides over 650 clear and authoritative definitions of terms, approaches, and techniques in the area of business research methods. It covers research philosophies including research design and qualitative and quantitative methods, types of data and data collection techniques, and organizing and reporting research finding.

Find out more >


Oxford Essential Quotations
Oxford Essential Quotations

New quotations covering Business and Management have been added to the freely available Oxford Essential Quotations, including quotes from Bill Gates, Grace Hopper, Jay-Z, Steve Jobs, Marissa Mayer, John D. Rockefeller, and Elizabeth Warren.

Find out more >

February 16, 2016

New Titles Tuesday: Fascinating features

We continue to highlight titles from the 120,000 ebooks  that were added to Alloway Library’s collection back in December.   These new additions will be among the search results when you  use the library catalogue.
This week's selection is brought to you by the letter F.  To view these ebooks online, click on the title or search for it in the catalogue. (TWU username and password may be required.)
To view more new titles visit the links at the New Titles page.

Current Affairs


Literature & film

Political Science



Theology & Religious Studies

Language and Linguistics

New Titles Tuesday. February's freshest eBooks

In the last 15 days some 250 new online titles have been added to Alloway Library's online eLibrary.
Here are a few highlights. Click on the title to view the ebook; TWU login may be required.
For a list of all of our new online resources added in the past 15 days use the comments link below (your comments will not be posted).


Bird populations
First published by IBP in 1993, Bird Populations fills a major gap in the scientific literature. No other technical publication is dedicated to the study of dynamic avian demography and biogeography from a global perspective.

Fluids & electrolytes made incredibly easy! / clinical editor, Laura M. Willis.
Get all the basics on fluids and electrolytes, with the newest edition of the one-and-only Fluids and Electrolytes Made Incredibly Easy! Backed by plenty of real-world examples, this popular guide is full of clear definitions, practical patient care info, and on-the-job how-to. Humor, illustrations, and a fun and easygoing style make it the most enjoyable way to absorb the science, concepts and real-world patient care skills. Gain the fluids and electrolytes knowledge and skills you need—in an incredibly easy way! Get the lowdown on fluids and electrolytes, with. . .

Religious Studies
The Rise of the Problem - Ezekiel - The Servant of Yahweh - The Problem in Job - Songs in the Night - The Apocalyptist and the Pessimist - Solution or Escape? -  Recent Criticism of Habakkuk - Critical Problems of Isaiah 40-66  - The Servant of Yahweh 
The servant of Yahweh.- The roots of Hebrew prophecy and Jewish Apocalyptic.- Elijah and Jezebel.- the conflict with Tyrian Baal.- Recent developments in Old Testament criticism.- The Messiah and the Son of Man.- The quintessence of Paulinism.- Paul the Apostle: his personality and achievement.- Paul and the Jewish Christians.

Christianity, Islam and Oriṣa-religion: three traditions in comparison and interaction / J. D. Y. Peel.
"The Yoruba of southwestern Nigeria are exceptional for the copresence among them of three religious traditions: Islam, Christianity, and the indigenous oriṣa religion. In this comparative study, at once historical and anthropological, Peel explores the intertwined character of the three religions and the dense imbrication of religion in all aspects of Yoruba history up to the present. For over 400 years, the Yoruba have straddled two geocultural spheres: one reaching north over the Sahara to the world of Islam, the other linking them to the Euro-American world via the Atlantic. These two external spheres were the source of contrasting cultural influences, notably those emanating from the world religions. However, the Yoruba not only imported Islam and Christianity but also exported their own oriṣa religion to the New World. Before the voluntary modern diaspora that has brought many Yoruba to Europe and the Americas, tens of thousands were sold as slaves in the New World, bringing with them the worship of the oriṣa. Peel offers deep insight into important contemporary themes such as religious conversion, new religious movements, relations between world religions, the conditions of religious violence, the transnational flows of contemporary religion, and the interplay between tradition and the demands of an ever-changing present. In the process, he makes a major theoretical contribution to the anthropology of world religions."

Ancrene wisse: from pastoral literature to vernacular spirituality / Cate Gunn.
Provides an introduction to "Ancrene Wisse", one of the most important works in English of the thirteenth century. This book offers a fresh contextualisation which engages with the history of lay piety and vernacular spirituality in the Middle Ages. This book is innovative in that it provides an introduction to "Ancrene Wisse", one of the most important works in English of the thirteenth century. It offers a new contextualisation which engages with the history of lay piety and vernacular spirituality in the Middle Ages, thus extending analysis of the book beyond its original purpose as a guide for anchoresses. The placing of "Ancrene Wisse" within this context also allows comparisons to be made with other literature for semi-regular women, such as sermons preached to beguines - semi-religious women who formed communities in the Low Countries and France in the High Middle Ages.

Ireland and the Celtic church: a history of Ireland from St. Patrick to the English conquest in 1172 / by George T. Stokes ; edited by Hugh Jackson Lawlor.
The Ancient Celtic Church - St. Patrick- St. Patrick's Mission - Tara and the Conversion of Ireland - St. Columba - Columba in Iona - Columbanus - The Paschal Controversy - Ireland and the East - The Social Life of the Eighth Century - Greek and Hebrew in Irish Monasteries - The Round - Towers of Ireland - The Danish Invasion of Ireland and the Pagan Crusade - The Danish Kingdom of Dublin...

The Counter-Reformation in Europe / by Arthur Robert Pennington.
The Early Causes of the Counter-Reformation - The Jesuits - The Inquisition - The Council of Trent - The Rapid Progress of the Counter-Reformation - The Counter-Reformation in England - The Continuation of the Struggle - The Thirty Years' War and the End of the Struggle


 Imperial genus: the formation and limits of the human in modern Korea and Japan / Travis Workman.
"Imperial Genus begins with the turn to world culture and ideas of the generally human in Japan’s cultural policy in Korea in 1919. How were concepts of the human’s genus‑being operative in the discourses of the Japanese empire? How did they inform the imagination and representation of modernity in colonial Korea? Travis Workman delves into these questions through texts in philosophy, literature, and social science. Imperial Genus focuses on how notions of human generality mediated uncertainty between the transcendental and the empirical, the universal and the particular, and empire and colony. It shows how cosmopolitan cultural principles, the proletarian arts, and Pan‑Asian imperial nationalism converged with practices of colonial governmentality. It is a genealogy of the various articulations of the human’s genus‑being within modern humanist thinking in East Asia, as well as an exploration of the limits of the human as both concept and historical figure."--Provided by publisher.

Things in culture, culture in things / edited by Anu Kannike & Patrick Laviolette.
This volume addresses the dynamics of materiality over time and space. In cross-cultural, multi-temporal and interdisciplinary studies the authors examine how things gain meaning and status, generate a multitude of emotions, and feed into the propagation of myths, narratives and discourses. The book is divided according to four themes: soft objects, stoic stories, consuming and the collectible, and waste and technologies. The first section discusses the meanings of the lived environment on the individual and national levels. The second section provides specific examples on the role of things in identity construction. The third section focuses on historical and contemporary aspects of consumption and collecting. The phenomena under scrutiny in the fourth section are moral dilemmas associated with and representations of dirt/waste and advancements in science and technology. Presenting diverse case studies of material culture, the volume points to rich interdisciplinary approaches in cultural theory.

Political Studies

Law, liberty, and the pursuit of terrorism / Roger Douglas.
"It is commonly believed that a state facing a terrorist threat responds with severe legislation that compromises civil liberties in favour of national security. Roger Douglas compares responses to terrorism by five liberal democracies— the United States, the United Kingdom, Canada, Australia, and New Zealand— over the past 15 years. He examines each nation’s development and implementation of counterterrorism law, specifically in the areas of information gathering, the definition of terrorist offenses, due process for the accused, detention, and torture and other forms of coercive questioning. Douglas finds that terrorist attacks elicit pressures for quick responses, which often allow national governments to accrue additional powers. But emergencies are neither a necessary nor a sufficient condition for such laws, which may persist even after fears have eased. He argues that responses are influenced by institutional interests and prior beliefs and are complicated when the exigencies of office and beliefs point in different directions. He also argues that citizens are wary of government’s impingement on civil liberties and that courts exercise their capacity to restrain the legislative and executive branches. Douglas concludes that the worst anti-terror excesses have taken place outside of, rather than within, the law and that the legacy of 9/11 includes both laws that expand government powers and judicial decisions that limit those very powers. This title was made Open Access by libraries from around the world through Knowledge Unlatched."

February 15, 2016

Poetry and fiction that both nurture and confront the soul.

Christianity Today recently published The Best Books to Read for Lent (That You Won’t Find in a Christian Bookstore). It's a pleasure to note that you will find nearly all them right here at Alloway Library. Click on the title to view more information about our resources (TWU login may be required)

Twice told tales Nathaniel Hawthorne (print & eBook)
Gregory Wolfe of Image journal calls Hawthorne America’s “first great Christian writer.” And indeed, in this early collection of short stories we encounter an 18th-century writer who seeks, in Wolfe’s words, to “locate [the power of evil] in the human heart, in opposition to an age that wanted either to deny evil or locate it within human institutions.” CT

Emma Jane Austen (print, eBook)
Jane Austen’s ability to probe the complex psychology of self-deception makes her one of the greatest novelists of all time. In Emma, we are given a bright, wealthy, generally good-hearted young woman who has developed the bad habit of manipulating relationships at others’ expense. CT
Crime and Punishment  (print, eBook)
Lent is hardly complete without Dostoevsky’s candlelit tableaux in Part IV, Chapter IV, of “the murderer and the harlot who...so strangely encountered each other in the reading of the eternal book.” CT
A 15-year-old girl named Kambili, lives in a household of devastating contrasts. Her father is a successful businessman in Enugu, Nigeria, revered for his charitable giving in their local Catholic parish; and he yet violently punishes his wife and children when they fail to live up to his extreme religious expectations. CT

A tale of two cities (print, eBook)
Offers a convincing glimpse of resurrection hope that few novelists have given the literary world. CT

The Secret Garden (Print, eBook)
Be warned: this book will make you want to dig in your own “bit of earth,” humming strains of the Doxology as winter gives up its hold on creation. CT
Hopkins' poetry is often an attempt to talk himself out of himself, as in the poem “My own heart,” where he advises his soul to “lét be; call off thoughts awhile.” Instead, he says, look up, look out at this amazing world, where something like a windhover (in his famous poem by that name)—a “dapple-dáwn-drawn Falcon”—becomes not only a thing of wonder but a source of a praise “to Christ our Lord.”  CT

We don't have three of the titles on CT's "Best Books..." list,  but we do have works by their recommended authors. 
CT recommends Deaths & Transfigurations by Paul Mariani.  May we suggest: Thirty days : on retreat with Exercises of St. Ignatius (print)  by the same author. At the time of its writing, Mariani was at a decisive turning point in his life...Through his own deeply personal meditations and thoughts, readers may consider how they, too, might go about looking for God's will. They will also be introduced to the heady Spiritual Exercises in an accessible way.

Instead of CT's Helping the Morning: New and Selected Poems by Jeanne Murray Walker, may we suggest the probing questions about the depth of grief, about letting go, and about the possibility of faith found in  Walker's A deed to the light [electronic resource] : poems.
And, instead of the Irish-set Brendan: A Novel by Frederick Buechner, try Buechner’s Pulitzer-nominated Godric about a different saint, of the same era, set in Northumberland. "In the extraordinary figure of Godric, both stubborn outsider and true child of God, both worldly and unworldly, Frederick Buechner has found an ideal means of exploring the nature of spirituality. Godric is a living battleground where God fights it out with the world, the Flesh, and the Devil." 

February 09, 2016

New Titles Tuesday: The E-book list

Here are more selections from the 120,000 ebooks added to Alloway Library’s collection back in December.   
To give you an idea of the scope of material added, here is a selection of titles that start with the letter E.  To view these titles online, click on the title or search for the title in the catalogue. (TWU username and password may be required.)
To view more new titles visit the links at the New Titles page.

Current Affairs

Health Sciences



Eighteenth-century influences on Jane Austen's earlyfiction  / Nadya Q. Chishty-Mujahid ; with a foreword by Eman El-Meligi.

Political Science



New Titles Tuesday BONUS! Newly acquired books in print.

In the last half of January, Alloway Library added over 360 new  print titles to the catalogue.  Some of these items will soon appear on the New Titles shelf on the library's main level but others are acquired to replace and supplement our collection and will eventually take their place on the shelves without any fanfare.

Here's a 10% sample of interesting titles, including several works by TWU authors. You can get  any these titles simply by placing a hold in the catalogue - use your library barcode number - and then watch for an email telling you the book you want is ready.   Click on the link to see the full catalogue listing.

For a full list of all 368 items, contact use the comment box below to contact us; your request will not be publicly posted.


Gothic : architecture, sculpture, painting / edited by Rolf Toman ; photography by Achim Bednorz.
Art, Gothic.
Architecture, Gothic.

Edward Burne-Jones, Victorian artist-dreamer / Stephen Wildman and John Christian ; with essays by Alan Crawford and Laurence des Cars.

Printed ephemera--Germany--Nuremberg--History--16th century.
Wood-engraving, German--Germany--Nuremberg--16th century.
Reformation and art--Germany--Nuremberg.
Social classes in art.
War in art.
Marriage in art.


Language and languages--Study and teaching--Canada.
Mixed ability grouping in education--Canada.
Cognitive styles in children--Canada.

Mathematics--Study and teaching (Elementary)
Mathématiques--Étude et enseignement (Primaire)

Academic libraries--Evaluation--Problems, exercises, etc.
Academic libraries--Relations with faculty and curriculum--Problems, exercises, etc.
Libraries and education--Problems, exercises, etc.
Libraries--Problems and Exercises.
Evaluation Studies as Topic--Problems and Exercises.
Needs Assessment--Problems and Exercises.


 The crusades, Christianity, and Islam / Jonathan Riley-Smith.
Christianity and other religions.

Jews--Egypt--Identity--History--To 1500.
Jews--History--586 B.C.-70 A.D.--Historiography.
Judaism--History--Post-exilic period, 586 B.C.-210 A.D.--Historiography.
Jewish learning and scholarship--Egypt--History--To 1500.
Jews--Civilization--Greek influences.

Islamic literature--History and criticism.
Islamic civilization--History.
Islamic civilization--Sources.
Islamic literature--Translations into English.
Arabic literature--Translations into English.

Referendum--Québec (Province)

Fort Langley, outpost of empire / by B.A. McKelvie ; frontpiece by George H. Southwell ; decorations by C.P. Connorton.

Assyrians--Iraq--History--20th century.


How to read literature / Terry Eagleton.
Literature--History and criticism.
Literature--History and criticism--Theory, etc.

Authors and readers--Great Britain--History--19th century.
Books and reading--Great Britain--History--19th century.
English literature--19th century--History and criticism.

Decadence (Literary movement)--Great Britain.
English literature--19th century--History and criticism.

Lady Audley's secret / Mary Elizabeth Braddon ; edited by Natalie M. Houston.
1862 (2003 ed.)
Married women--Fiction.

1933c 1977 ed.
Pilgrims and pilgrimages--Fiction.

MaddAddam: a novel / Margaret Atwood.
Bringing together characters from Oryx and Crake and The year of the flood, this conclusion to Margaret Atwood's speculative fiction trilogy confirms the ultimate endurance of humanity, community, and love

 Political Studies

Constitutional history--Canada.
Heads of state--Canada.
Federal government--Canada.

Editorial cartoons--Canada.
Canadian wit and humor, Pictorial.

Religious Studies

TWU Author
Reimagining the sacred : Richard Kearney debates God with James Wood, Catherine Keller, Charles Taylor, Julia Kristeva, Gianni Vattimo, Simon Critchley, Jean-Luc Marion, John Caputo, David Tracey, Jens Zimmermann, and Merold Westphal / edited by Richard Kearney and Jens Zimmermann.
Death of God.
Religion and culture.

Economy of grace / Kathryn Tanner.
Economics--Religious aspects--Christianity.
Capitalism--Religious aspects--Christianity.

TWU Author
Religious gatherings--Canada.
Religious gatherings--Christianity.
Church attendance--Canada.
Christian sociology--Canada.

TWU Author
Theology, Doctrinal.

The problem of pain / C.S. Lewis.
1977 ed.
Pain--Religious aspects--Christianity.
Suffering--Religious aspects--Christianity.
Good and evil.
Providence and government of God--Christianity.

Missions--British Columbia--Biography.
Missionaries--British Columbia--Biography.
Boats and boating in missionary work--British Columbia.

Christian life--Biblical teaching.
Wisdom--Biblical teaching.
Wisdom--Religious aspects--Christianity.

Vainglory: the forgotten vice / Rebecca Konyndyk DeYoung. 
Pride and vanity.
Deadly sins.

Models of the church / Avery Dulles.


History, 20th Century.
History, 21st Century.

Social Sciences

Interpersonal communication.
Interpersonal relations.

Terrorism--Religious aspects--Islam.
Terrorism--Middle East.
Islamic Empire.
End of the world--Political aspects--Middle East.
Political messianism--Middle East.

Terrorism--Middle East.
Terrorism--Religious aspects--Islam.


Soccer--Social aspects.
Sports and globalization.
TWU Author
Physical fitness.
Weight loss.
Physical education and training.