May 31, 2016

New Titles Tuesday: May 30

452 titles were added to the catalogue in the past three weeks. Here is a sampling. 
to view the material click on the title; TWU Login may be required.
Print items can be obtained by clicking the Place Hold link in the catalouge.

Business
Presents theories and case studies for corporations in developed nations, including Japan, for designing strategies to maximize opportunities and minimize threats in business expansion into developing nations. The case studies featured here focus on Asia, including China and India,  and use examples of Japanese manufacturers. This volume is especially recommended for businesspeople responsible for  international business development, particularly in China and India. In addition, the book serves as a useful resource for students in graduate-level courses in international management.

Discusses the risks and opportunities that arise in Emerging Asia given the context of a new environment in global liquidity and capital flows. It elaborates on the need to ensure financial and overall economic stability in the region through improved financial regulation and other policy measures to minimize the emergent risks. The book is primarily aimed at policy makers, financial market regulators and supervisory agencies to help them improve national regulatory systems and to promote harmonization of national regulations and practices in line with global standards. Scholars and researchers will also gain important information and knowledge about the overall impacts of changing global liquidity.

Describes the main directions for the development of the digital society.

While being forward looking, the book reflects the debate on core values of microfinance, triggered by recent criticisms of an approach that was hailed as a panacea in the beginning and which had proved over time as one of the most effective models of development finance. These criticisms emerged over signs of overheating in some markets, particularly the 2010 events in Andhra Pradesh, and turned into an assumption of a worldwide microfinance crisis, putting seriously at stake the good reputation microfinance had enjoyed so far.

Education
Deals with the relevance of recognition and validation of non-formal and informal learning education and training, the workplace and society. The aim of the book is therefore to present and share experience, expertise and lessons in such a way that enables its effective and immediate use across the full spectrum of country contexts, whether in the developing or developed world. It examines the importance of meeting institutional and political requirements that give genuine value to the recognition of non-formal and informal learning; it shows why recognition is important and clarifies its usefulness and the role it serves in education, working life and voluntary work; it emphasises the importance of the coordination, interests, motivations, trust and acceptance by all stakeholders.

Mergers and alliances in higher education: international practice and emerging opportunities /Adrian Curaj, Luke Georghiou, Jennifer Cassingena Harper, Eva Egron-Polak, editors.
Casts light on mergers and alliances in higher education by examining developments of this type in different countries. It combines the direct experiences of those at the heart of such transformations, university leaders and senior officials responsible for higher education policy, with expert analysts of the systems concerned.
 
Preparing for life in a digital age: the IEA International Computer and Information Literacy Study International Report /Julian Fraillon, John Ainley, Wolfram Schulz, Tim Friedman, Eveline Gebhardt.
In general, the study findings presented in this international report challenge the notion of young people as “digital natives” with a self-developed capacity to use digital technology. Findings also indicate that system- and school-level planning needs to focus on increasing teacher expertise.

Ethics & Philosophy
Contemporary bioethics: Islamic perspective /by Mohammed Ali Al-Bar, Hassan Chamsi-Pasha.
Biomedical topics are presented and ethical issues related to topics such as genetic testing, assisted reproduction and organ transplantation are discussed. The second part of the book concentrates on the objectives of Islamic religious practice the maqa' sid which include: Preservation of Faith, Preservation of Life, Preservation of Mind (intellect and reason), Preservation of Progeny (al-nasl) and Preservation of Property. Lastly, the third part of the book discusses selected topical issues, including abortion, assisted reproduction devices, genetics, organ transplantation, brain death and end-of-life aspects. For each topic, the current medical evidence is followed by a detailed discussion of the ethical issues involved
 
Investigates the nature of aesthetic experience and aesthetic objects. Written by leading philosophers, psychologists, literary scholars and semioticians, the volume sets the scene for state-of-the-art inquiries in the intersection between the psychology and ontology of art.
Health Sciences
 Written specifically for RN to BSN and second-degree nursing programs, the book is the only such text grounded in nurses'own understanding and experience. Concise and practical, it supports foundational concepts with real-life case studies and clinical applications and reinforces information with interactive quizzes and multimedia materials. 

High density lipoproteins: from biological understanding to clinical exploitation /Arnold von Eckardstein, Dimitris Kardassis, editors.
Summarizes in more than 20 chapters our current knowledge on the structure, function, metabolism and regulation of HDL in health and several diseases as well as the status of past and ongoing attempts of therapeutic exploitation. The book is of interest to researchers in academia and industry focusing on lipoprotein metabolism, cardiovascular diseases and immunology as well as clinical pharmacologists, cardiologists, diabetologists, nephrologists and other clinicians interested in metabolic or inflammatory diseases.
Designed for all students of nursing and allied health professions studying research for the first time. Research is illustrated through examples of activities familiar to students from their daily lives, helping to build confidence in undertaking research and evidence-based practice.

Nursing theories & nursing practice /[edited by] Marlaine C. Smith, Marilyn E. Parker. 

History
Migration in the Southern Balkans: from Ottoman territory to globalized nation states /Hans Vermeulen, Martin Baldwin-Edwards, Riki van Boeschoten, editors.
Ten essays that look at intra-regional migration in the Southern Balkans from the late Ottoman period to the present. It examines forced as well as voluntary migrations and places these movements within their historical context, including ethnic cleansing, population exchanges, and demographic engineering in the service of nation-building as well as more recent labor migration due to globalization. This complete portrait will help readers gain deep insight and better understanding into the diverse migration flows and intercultural exchanges that have occurred in the Southern Balkans in the last two centuries.

Languages, Literature & Linguistics
Go set awatchman /Harper Lee.
Twenty years after the trial of Tom Robinson, Scout Finch returns home to Maycomb to visit her father Atticus and struggles with personal and political issues as her small Alabama town adjusts to the turbulent events beginning to transform the United States in the mid-1950s.

MLA Handbook /Association of America, Modern Language.
Shorter and redesigned for easy use, the eighth edition of the MLA Handbook guides writers through the principles behind evaluating sources for their research. It then shows them how to cite sources in their writing and create useful entries for the works-cited list.

Shy: an anthology /Naomi K. Lewis and Rona Altrows, editors.
The pages of this anthology are filled with personal essays and poems of thoughtful musings, raw memories, and humorous self-examinations by authors and poets who have been labelled by the world-teachers, parents, and peers-as shy. Here, they proudly own up to their shyness, and their message is clear: they don't need to be "cured"!

Political Studies
Right-wing critics of American conservatism /George Hawley, University Press of Kansas.
Offers a more complete, complex, and nuanced account of the American right in all its dissonance in history and in our day.

Sciences & Technology
Agricultural implications of the Fukushima nuclear accident /Tomoko M. Nakanishi, Keitaro Tanoi, editors.
This book provides data about the actual movement and accumulation of radioactivity in the ecological system—for example, whether debris deposited on mountains can be a cause of secondary contamination, under what conditions plants accumulate radioactive cesium in their edible parts, and how radioactivity is transferred from hay to milk.

The future internet [electronic resource]: Future Internet Assemby 2011:  achievements and technological promises /Dave Lambert [and others], eds.
A showcase of ideas and case studies to promote future creation of innovation by universities and research institutes worldwide, including information on the R&D value chain, licensing, income generation, start-ups and mechanisms to encourage entrepreneurship, and the changing role of universities in fostering innovation.

Marine anthropogenic litter /edited by Melanie Bergmann, Lars Gutow, Michael Klages.
Describes how man-made litter, primarily plastic, has spread into the remotest parts of the oceans and covers all aspects of this pollution problem from the impacts on wildlife and human health to socio-economic and political issues. The authors summarise more than five decades of marine litter research, which receives growing attention after the recent discovery of great oceanic garbage patches and the ubiquity of microscopic plastic particles in marine organisms and habitats. This book addresses scientists, and it provides a solid knowledge base for policy makers, NGOs, and  the broader public.

Covers essential aspects of transmutation technologies, highlighting especially the advances in Japan. The future of the back-end issues in Japan is very uncertain after the accident at the Fukushima Daiichi NPP and this book provides an opportunity for readers to consider the future direction of those issues.

Plant selection for bioretention systems and stormwater treatment practices[electronic resource] /by William F. Hunt, Bill Lord, Benjamin Loh, Angelia Sia.
This brief gives a short introduction on bioretention systems and documents the effectiveness of some 36 plant species in removing water pollutants. A summary on the maintenance requirements is also presented.
Provides comprehensive research findings related to the environmental monitoring of radiation, levels of radioactive nuclides in various environments and dose estimation in residents after the Fukushima nuclear power plant accident caused severe environmental contamination with radioactive nuclides. The reader thus will find a large collection of valuable and interesting data related to the environmental contamination by radioactive nuclides after the Fukushima accident.
Ranaviruses: lethal pathogens of ectothermic vertebrates /Matthew J. Gray, V. Gregory Chinchar, editors.
Begins with a discussion on the global extent of ranaviruses, case histories of infection and disease in ectothermic vertebrates, and current phylogeny. Basic principles of ranavirus ecology and evolution are covered next, with a focus on host-pathogen interactions and how the virus emerges in its environment. The book ends by providing guidance on how to design ranavirus surveillance studies and analyze data to determine risk, and discussing the role of the Global Ranavirus Consortium in organizing research and outreach activities.

Rewilding European landscapes /Henrique M. Pereira, Laetitia M. Navarro, editors.
Aims at introducing the concept of rewilding to scientists, students and practitioners. The first part presents the theory of rewilding in the European context. The second part of the book directly addresses the link between rewilding, biodiversity, and habitats. The last part is dedicated to practical aspects of the implementation of rewilding as a land management option.
Social Sciences
Poverty reduction policies and practices in developing Asia /edited by Almas Heshmati, Esfandiar Maasoumi, Guanghua Wan.
Covers a wide range of issues, including determinants and causes of poverty and its changes; consequences and impacts of poverty on human capital formation, growth and consumption; assessment of poverty strategies and policies; the role of government, NGOs and other institutions in poverty reduction; rural-urban migration and poverty; vulnerability to poverty; breakdown of poverty into chronic and transitory components; and a comparative study on poverty issues in Asia and other regions. The book will appeal to all those interested in economic development, resources, policies and economic welfare and growth.

After outlining the international and European dimensions of the legal protection of the rights to education and employment of people with autism, the book provides an in-depth analysis of domestic legislative, judicial and administrative practice of the EU Member States in these fields.

Religious Studies
Common witness:a story of ministry partnership between French and North American Mennonites,1953-2003 /by David Yoder Neufeld.
Allen Koop, in his study of late twentieth-century mission in the country, claims that “no other missionary project . . . fostered cooperation as close and as productive as that carried out by French and North American Mennonites.


"The Journal of Contemporary Ministry reports research and discusses issues related to contemporary ministry, including related theological and biblical questions."

ReadingRuth in the restoration period /by E. Allen Jones III.
With an eclectic approach drawing on traditional exegesis, analysis of inner-biblical allusions, comparisons of legal and linguistic data, and modern refugee research, Edward Allen Jones III argues that Ruth is, indeed, best understood as a call for an inclusive attitude toward any Jew or Gentile who desired to join the Judean community in the early Post-Exilic period.

May 24, 2016

May 2016 Oxford Quick Reference Update – Social Science

This month  Oxford Reference Online are focused on updating and expanding their content across the Social Sciences in the Oxford Quick Reference collection:


View the visual guide for a quick overview of the updated social science content in Oxford Quick Reference

More accolades for Alloway Librarians

Two Alloway Librarians have received more awards for publications this year. Qinqin Zhang's publication on library instruction has garnered a second prestigious award. And Bill Badke has a chapter a book which just won the Irene F. Rockman Publication of the Year award from ACRL’s Instruction Section

The Engineering Library Division of the American Society for Engineering Education awarded to Qinqin Zhang, Maren Goodman, and Shiyi Xie the  Best Publication of 2016 Award for their article Integrating Library Instruction into the Course Management System for a First-Year Engineering Class: An Evidence-Based Study Measuring the Effectiveness of Blended Learning on Students’ Information Literacy Levels.  The article was published in College & Research Libraries, November 2015. "

Badke's chapter  "Expertise and Authority in an Age of Crowdsourcing," appears in the award-winning Not Just Where to Click: Teaching Students How to Think about Information edited by Heather Jagman and Troy Swanson and published in 2015 by ACRL. The award recognizes an outstanding publication related to library instruction published in the past two years.

Zhang, who joined TWU in February, was pleasantly surprised to learn of the award. "It's a nice conclusion of my work at the University of Western Ontario," she said, "Now, I'm ready to move on to a new chapter."

The Awards Committee found that her article stood out for several reasons.  One committee member commented “This is a very relevant paper. Their point that blended learning modules can provide an opening to work more closely with course instructors is an added benefit. The inclusion of the appendixes that support this work was very much appreciated, as is the extensive bibliography.”

Another reviewer concisely praised the article as “Very thorough, great methodology, good literature review, availability of pre and post-test for comparison, and a very timely topic.”

The award will be formally announced in June at the American Society for Engineering Education conference in New Orleans.  And, while Zhang's Alloway Library colleagues are looking forward to celebrating her achievement when her award plaque arrives later in the summer, she  modestly says "Another celebration will likely embarrass me."

Badke is equally modest. Noting that the US$3,000 cash prize and plaque goes to the editors and not the contributors of the book he says "It’s nice winning something, I guess, even if you didn’t technically win.  Or maybe it’s like your team winning something. At least I didn’t contribute to the book losing."

“’Not Just Where to Click’ is an extremely useful and well-designed volume that considers information literacy instruction from a variety of perspectives,” said award committee Chair Elana D. Karshmer of Saint Leo University. “It brings together a collection of essays on how librarians can not only rethink their own instruction practices in terms of changes in what students 'bring to the table,' but that also challenges practitioners to go beyond the mere fact of teaching research skills to suggest that librarians engage in teaching students to think critically and consider how information helps them interpret and understand their world.  It provides practical approaches for motivating students to explore their beliefs, biases, and ways of interpreting the world.

May 20, 2016

JSTOR Changes in Title Coverage



Science News Ceases Participation in JSTOR (Life Sciences collection)

As of May 17, 2016, JSTOR will cease to add additional content for Science News, and the complete JSTOR holdings for this title will be:


Released Content: 1966-2014. 
Previous title The Science News-Letter, 1924-1966
Fixed Wall: 2014
Publisher: Society for Science & the Public
ISSN: 0036-8423

Note: Coverage for this title ends with Vol. 186, 2014

No further volumes will be added to JSTOR. Current participants in the Life Sciences and the Health & General Sciences Archive Collections will continue to have access to the archived back run of Science News and The Science News-Letter, with coverage ending with Volume 186 (2014). This includes participants in the Public Library Collection II, as well as Secondary Schools, Museums, and African Access Initiative and Developing Nations Access Initiative participants. As of May 17, 2016, JSTOR no longer provides access to Science News or The Science News-Letter for new participants in these collections and programs.

Please be assured that no content will be removed from JSTOR. JSTOR will continue to preserve Science News volumes from 1966 to 2014, as well as The Science News-Letter from 1924 to 1966, and institutions can continue to rely on JSTOR for enduring access to this content.  

May 18, 2016

Alloway Library engages with students for success

Last week,  we highlighted some of the research  that is establishing the link between libraries and student success. Today, we'll highlight a few statistics from the just-completed academic year that show how Alloway Library is engaging with TWU scholars

Findings on Information Literacy:
  • Students receiving information literacy instruction perform better in their courses than students who do not. 
  • Student retention improves with library instructional services.
  • Information literacy contributes to inquiry-based and problem-solving learning, including critical thinking, ethical reasoning, global understanding, and civic engagement. 
  • Library instruction adds value to a student’s long-term academic experience.(Source)

At Alloway Library:
  • Alloway Librarians gave single presentations in 63 separate classes and co-taught 12 courses with other campus faculty.
  • Librarians conducted 1,926 research-oriented consultations, including 33 appointments longer than one hour in length.
  • Alloway Library's reference services cover 84% of the total hours that the library is open - that's significantly higher than the average of 70% for other BC post-secondary institution libraries. (CPSLD)
Findings about academic partnerships:
  • Academic library partnerships with other campus units yield positive benefits for students (Source)
At Alloway Library:
  • In addition to working in over 75 classrooms, Alloway Librarians partnered with 8 faculty members in supporting their research and instruction.
Findings about Library Usage:
  • Students who use the library in some way achieve higher levels of academic success  than students who did not use the library.
  • Consulting with librarians boost student learning.
  • Use of library space relates positively to student learning and success. (Source)
At Alloway Library:
  • Nearly 152,000 people visited the library and borrowed over 57,000 items
  • Nearly 38,000 users accessed the library's website over 150,000 times
  • Those  online users looked at 732,406 pages including: 
    • 112,000 views of Alloway Library's extensive collection of  over 50 research guides and tutorials
  • Study room keys were checked out over 10,000 times.
  • Library users spent significant time with nearly 25,000 eBooks.
A further indication of Alloway Library's high usage rate appear in a review of statistics for the 2014-2015 academic year which indicated that for each member of our community (students and employees)   their are 72 visits  to the library per year. As well, the ratio of items borrowed per FTE (full-time equivalent) student is more than three times that of other BC post-secondary institution’s users.  Alloway Library is also open more hours than the the provincial average of our academic peers. (CPSLD)

What all these finding and figures point to is that Alloway Library does play a vital role in TWU student success.

May 17, 2016

New streaming videos from Curio.ca

CBC's educational media platform curio.ca has several new titles available to Alloway Library users for  online viewing or download. TWU login may be required.

 THIS CHANGES EVERYTHING
Inspired by Naomi Klein’s international non-fiction bestseller on climate change, This Changes Everything, the film presents seven powerful portraits of communities on the front lines – from Montana’s Powder River Basin to the Alberta Tar Sands, from the coast of South India to Beijing and beyond. Interwoven with these stories of struggle is Klein’s narration, connecting the carbon in the air with the economic system that put it there. Throughout the film, Klein builds to her most controversial and exciting idea: that we can seize the existential crisis of climate change to transform our failed economic system into something radically better.
Every year, athletes keep going higher, farther and faster, shattering previous world records and setting new ones. But are today’s record holders really better than those of the past? Or do modern athletes get their edge from their high-tech gear? Top sports scientist Steve Haake sets off on a journey to investigate.

Disrupting Design celebrates brilliant innovations in Canadian industrial, urban and graphic design, and the ingenious renegades behind them. Hosted for CBC Television by Matt Galloway, the series explores such innovations as the Revelo Flex Bike, the "Under Gardiner" urban revitalization project, Queen's University's revolutionary Human Media Lab, and more.

May 16, 2016

AskAway puts research help at your fingertips this summer

Even when Alloway Library's team of professional librarians are away from the Research Help Desk or out of their offices, library users can get outstanding research help online through AskAway:  BC's online reference service.

AskAway service providers from across the province bring their reference expertise to each chat session, empowering learners to develop research and critical thinking skills.

It is a service valued by scholars throughout the province with service standards that outshine many corporate support desk services. For example, according to its 2015 Actions & Achievements Report fast facts:
  • There is a team of  more than 200 professionals from 30 institutions providing AskAway assistance to researchers each week.
  • The service is open 245 days of the year
  • There are 121 sessions per day, on average
  •  but on the busiest days of the year (March 10 & November 10 ) that goes up to 198 sessions per day
  • 54%  of all questions come from first-time users
  • 23.6 seconds was the average wait time before a call is picked-up
As AskAway approaches its tenth anniversary, it is evident that chat reference is greatly appreciated by seasoned and first-time patrons alike. In the words of one learner, “Thank you for a great service. I have used it often and have come to rely on it.”

Lindsay Tripp, a Librarian at Langara College, has worked as an AskAway service provider since 2010. She shares her thoughts on how AskAway benefits her work as a librarian and the students she serves:"This generation of students is accustomed to instantaneous communication. I think they appreciate having access to real-time help from experts at their point-of-need. AskAway blends seamlessly into their everyday online activities. Moreover, a growing number of post-secondary institutions are embracing online learning. AskAway fills in an important gap for off-campus learners who don’t have access to physical reference services through their home library. "

AskAway continues to thrive as an essential service that provides equitable, convenient, and quality research support to students across the province. After the challenge of losing external funding last year, AskAway evolved into a self-sustaining service thanks to funding and staffing contributions from partner libraries.

AskAway generates tremendous value for BC post-secondary institutions and learners, including us here at TWU
  • On average, institutions commit 7 hours a week in exchange for 67 weekly hours of chat reference
  • A medium-sized institution saves $332,574 by participating in AskAway versus offering the service alone
  • 95% of students were very likely or likely to use AskAway again
  • 91% patrons were satisfied or very satisfied with AskAway
  • Why did students choose AskAway? 
    • 60% off-campus or at home 
    • 42% searching for online resources 
    • 34% prefer online services
You can access AskAway via the library's webpage.
The service runs through the summer: 

  • Sunday to Thursday - 10:00am - 9:00pm; 
  • Friday and Saturday - 11:00am - 5:00pm

May 11, 2016

The evidence for libraries and student success.

Conventional wisdom holds that libraries play a vital role in academic scholarship and that good scholarship means student success. 

Recently, that wisdom has been put to the test. Libraries are  being asked to prove that they have a positive impact on their users.  Merely tracking the number of library users or the number of things used is not an indicator of impact and so, new research is seeking to find the relationship between what the library does and a student’s academic performance.

In response to the call for greater accountability, academic librarians from across North America are participating in the Association of College and Research Libraries’ (ACRL) three-year program, Assessment in Action: Academic Libraries and Student Success (AiA).

Launched in 2013 by ACRL and partners, AiA is helping over 200 post-secondary institutions of all types investigate the library’s impact on student learning and academic success. By promoting library leadership in campus-wide assessment projects, libraries are demonstrating contributions to issues of institutional significance.

The results of these investigations are providing compelling evidence for library contributions to student learning and success in four key areas. They affirm the great work Alloway Library already does in promoting information literacy, providing great services and resources. The finding also encourage us to explore new partnerships across campus.

The research results are particularly strong because they consistently point to the library as a positive influencing factor on students’ academic success. In particular:

1. Information literacy instruction provided to students during their first year helps them acquire a common set of competencies for their undergraduate studies. The assessment findings from numerous AiA projects underscore that first-year students receiving information literacy instruction perform better in their courses than students who do not.

2. Library use increases student success. Several AiA studies point to increased academic success when students use the library. The analysis of multiple data points (e.g., circulation, library instruction session attendance, online databases access, study room use, interlibrary loan) shows that students who use the library in some way achieve higher levels of academic success (e.g., GPA, course grades, retention) than students who did not use the library.

3. Academic library partnerships with other campus units, such as the writing center, academic enrichment, and speech lab, yield positive benefits for students (e.g., higher grades, academic confidence, retention).

4. Information literacy instruction strengthens general education outcomes. Several AiA projects document that libraries improve their institution’s general education outcomes and demonstrate that information literacy contributes to inquiry-based and problem-solving learning, including critical thinking, ethical reasoning, global understanding, and civic engagement.

Additional areas of library impact are also being investigated by AiA campus teams. While these impact areas may not have been studied as extensively as the four areas described in the above or the project findings may not be as consistently strong, the assessment results do build evidence for positive connections between the library’s services and resources and student learning and success as noted below:
Student retention improves with library instructional services.
Consulting with librarians boost student learning.
Library instruction adds value to a student’s long-term academic experience.
The library promotes academic rapport and student engagement.
Use of library space relates positively to student learning and success.

May 10, 2016

New Titles Tuesday, May 10

New Titles Tuesday will take a pause  for the  two next weeks but will update you with new arrivals to our collection on May 31. 

Note too, that we have reloaded our New Titles shelf  this week with recently acquired print items, for your browsing and borrowing.


Here are the most recent additions to the catalogue. Click on a title to view more information. To obtain “available soon” print items, click on the title and place a hold. TWU log in may be required.

Biology

 The impact of food bioactives on health: in vitro and ex vivo models /Kitty Verhoeckx, editor-in-Chief ; Paul Cotter [and more], editors.
Describes in vitro and ex vivo models that can be employed to investigate effects of digested food products on the GIT, or specific components thereof. An asset to researchers wishing to study the health benefits of their foods and food bioactives of interest. It is also an important resource for under-graduate students in the food and health arena.

 Sexual reproduction in animals and plants /edited by Hitoshi Sawada, Naokazu Inoue, Megumi Iwano.
Proceedings of the International Symposium on the Mechanisms of Sexual Reproduction in Animals and Plants, where many plant and animal reproductive biologists gathered to discuss their recent progress in investigating the shared mechanisms and factors involved in sexual reproduction. Highly useful for reproductive biologists as well as for biological scientists outside this field in understanding the current progress of reproductive biology.

Business

 Subject-oriented business process management /Albert Fleischmann, Werner Schmidt, Christian Stary, Stefan Obermeier, Egon Börger.
Puts the subject of a process at the center of attention and thus deals with business processes and their organizational environment from a new perspective, meeting organizational requirements in a much better way than traditional approaches. Focuses on professionals in industry, and on students specializing in process management or organizational modeling. Each chapter begins with a summary of key findings and is full of examples, hints, and possible pitfalls. An interpreter model, a toolbox, and a glossary summarizing the main terms complete the book.

Examines the extent to which countries in Latin America and the Caribbean participate in global value chains and what are the drivers of such participation. The aim is to identify whether there is policy space for implementing strategies that allow countries to improve their position in regional and global value chains.

Earth Science

Offers new and updated scientific findings in regional climate research for the Baltic Sea basin. These include climate changes since the last glaciation (approx. 12,000 years ago), changes in the recent past (the last 200 years), climate projections up until 2100 using state-of-the-art regional climate models and an assessment of climate-change impacts on terrestrial, freshwater and marine ecosystems.

Discusses the important issue of the socioeconomic and environmental impacts of agricultural residue burning, common in agricultural practices in many parts of the world. In particular, it focuses on the pollution caused by rice residue burning using primary survey data from Punjab, India. It discusses emerging solutions to agricultural waste burning that are cost-effective in terms of both money and time.

 Sustainable land use and rural development in Southeast Asia: innovations and policies for mountainous areas /edited by Holger L. Fröhlich, Pepijn Schreinemachers, Karl Stahr, Gerhard Clemens.
Based on the findings of a long-term (2000-2014) interdisciplinary research project of the University of Hohenheim in collaboration with several universities in Thailand and Vietnam. The book first aims to give an interdisciplinary account of the drivers, consequences and challenges of ongoing changes in mountainous areas of Southeast Asia. Second, the book describes how innovation processes can contribute to addressing these challenges and third, how knowledge creation to support change in policies and institutions can assist in sustainably develop mountain areas and people’s livelihoods.

Education

 Skills development for inclusive and sustainable growth in developing Asia-Pacific /Rupert Maclean, Shanti Jagannathan, Jouko Sarvi, editors.
Surveys trends and prospects in technical and vocational education and training (TVET) with particular reference to achieving inclusive growth and the greening of economies. The book proposes a re-engineered, modernized TVET system that fosters an innovative approach which enhances the employability of workers as well as the sustainability of their livelihoods.
 
Health Science

 Self-reported population health: an international perspective based on EQ-5D /edited by Agota Szende, Bas Janssen, Juan Cabases.
Captures up-to-date and expanded information of EQ-5D self-reported health and index values. EQ-5D population norms and cross-country analyses are provided from representative national surveys of 20 countries and additional regional surveys. This book will be a must for those who believe that how people report and value health is very important.

History
 
 History of Greece from the beginnings to the Byzantine Era /Hermann Bengtson ; translated and updated by Edmund F. Bloedow. [Print]
“masterly and compendious…written in an accessible, stimulating style. It is outstandingly comprehensive and covers the period from the Early Bronze Age right through to the Byzantine era.”

Literature

 An Anthology of Greek prose /compiled and edited with an introduction by D.A. Russell. [Print]
A wide-ranging and readable volume, this anthology includes over fifty short extracts from all the major Greek prose writers from the fifth century B.C. through to the fourth century A.D. It encompasses works by Herodotus, Thucydides, and other historians; orators such as Lysias and Isocrates; philosophers such as Plato, Xenophon, and Aristotle; and writers from the Hellenistic and Roman periods. An essential guide for both scholars and students

Theology

 Summary of proceedings /Annual conference, American Theological Library Association.
The conference theme was “Mining the information landscape”

Contains basic theological expressions the knowledge of which is indispensable for reading theological texts. Selection has been limited to words and phrases current in theological writing of the nineteenth and twentieth centuries.