News and activities at Norma Marion Alloway Library, Trinity Western University

Month: March 2019

Make plans for an Alloway Weekend!

Feeling the end of term crush?

Make plans for a weekend at LOA.  AlLOwAy Library is the perfect destination to get things done.

The library will be open extended hours till 11PM on Friday and Saturday April 5 & 6 and we will have special services all weekend including Sunday.


  • Librarians available 8 AM – 8PM
  • Writing Centre|Room 230  9AM – 2PM
  • Relaxation Station |SAMC Gallery  All Day
  • Free Sodexo Coffee and Goodies |SAMC Gallery 8PM – 11 PM
  • Lucy & Pippin the Library dogs 7-8PM


  • Library Dog TBA
  • Research Help Desk 4-8PM
  • Relaxation Station | SAMC Gallery  All Day
  • Free Sodexo Coffee and Goodies | SAMC Gallery 8PM—11 PM


  • Research Help Desk 1:30-5PM
  • Library Dog TBA
  • AskAway online librarians till 9PM
  • Relaxation Station | SAMC Gallery  All Day

To fully maximize your LOA weekend, stop by the Reserve counter and book a study room in advance.



New Titles Tuesday, March 26

In the past week 40 titles added to the library’s collection, below is just a sample. Click on a link for more information.

Claiming Anishinaabe: decolonizing the human spirit /Lynn Gehl
Exploring Anishinaabeg philosophy and Anishinaabeg conceptions of truth, Gehl shows how she came to locate her spirit and decolonize her identity, thereby becoming, in her words, “fully human.” Gehl also provides a harsh critique of Canada and takes on important anti-colonial battles, including the land claims process and sex discrimination in the Indian Act.

The evolution of Tolkien’s mythology: a study of The history of Middle-earth /Elizabeth A. Whittingham
This work provides a study of Tolkien’s life and influences through an analysis of the History of Middle Earth, through elements common to Tolkien’s popular works, including the cosmogony, theogony, cosmology, metaphysics, and eschatology of Middle Earth.

Invasive species and global climate change /Lewis H. Ziska and Jeffrey S. Dukes
A great value to researchers, policymakers and industry in responding to changing management needs, this book examines what will happen to global invasive species, including plants, animals and pathogens with current and expected man-made climate change.

North Korea and Myanmar : divergent paths /Andray Abrahamian
North Korea and Myanmar (Burma) are known as Asia’s most mysterious and tragic stories.  This book speaks to how both countries were repressed and self-isolating and under sanctions by the international community.

Shock troops: Canadians fighting the Great War, 1917-1918 /Tim Cook
Taking up where ‘At the sharp end’ left off, ‘Shock troops’ follows Canadian soldiers through the final two years of World War One. Using previously unpublished letters, diaries, memoirs, and official documents. Cook captures the experience of battle through the eyes of the combatants and chronicles the major battles fought by the Canadian Corps–Vimy, Hill 70, Passchendaele and the Hundred Days.

Towards a code of ethics for artificial intelligence /Paula Boddington
This book provides a useful resource for those aiming to address the ethical challenges of AI research. Boddington investigates how to produce realistic and workable ethical codes or regulations in AI to address the immediate and realistic longer-term issues facing us. She spells out the key ethical debates  and addresses how codes of ethics or other regulations might feasibly be developed, looking for pitfalls and opportunities, drawing on lessons learned in other fields, and explaining key points of professional ethics.

Well-being and cultures: perspectives from positive psychology /Hans Henrik Knoop, Antonella Delle Fave, editors.
This anthology focuses on empirical studies comparing cultures in relation to central positive psychological topics. The book starts out with an introductory chapter that brings together the main ideas and findings within an integrative perspective, based on a broad theoretical framework encompassing interdisciplinary and methodological issues. It gives special emphasis to some open issues in the theory and assessment of culture-related dimensions, and to the potential of positive psychology in addressing them.

The women’s suffrage movement /edited with an introduction by Sally Roesch Wagner ; foreword by Gloria Steinem
Comprised of historical texts spanning two centuries with commentary on each period by the editor, this book covers the major issues and figures involved in the women’s suffrage movement with a special focus on diversity, incorporating race, class, and gender. The writings of such figures as Elizabeth Cady Stanton and Susan B. Anthony are featured alongside accounts of Native American women and African American suffragists such as Sarah Mapps Douglas and Harriet Purvis.


Remembering Norma Alloway

Today we remember Trinity’s library namesake, Norma Alloway who would have celebrated her 97th year.  Norma communicated her love for Jesus Christ through her writings, speaking engagements, and through the example of her life. She understood that life was not an easy path, and through her poetry and writing spoke about the joys and hurts that we all experience.

Below is an excerpt from her book The Ponder Box a collection of poems and anecdotes that were featured in her weekly column in the “Muskoka Sun”, a newspaper published in Bracebridge Ontario.


I’m hiding in a name
When you call me
I feel like the last number
in a Bingo win!

Is personhood being called?
being part of a relationship?


I’m a sheep, and the Shepherd
has called me by name.

Alloway Library renovations announced

In a campus communique last week,  TWU’s Senior Vice President of  Business Administration & CFO, Aklilu Mulat, announced:

This summer, TWU Learning commons will be moving from the 2nd floor of Reimer to the first floor of Alloway Library, to be renamed  the Norma Marion Alloway Library & Learning Commons. With the move, we will be able to provide a much more integrated approach to our students learning experience.

This announcement has been long anticipated by library and learning commons staff and we look forward to combining forces to support research and writing at TWU.

By the end of August, the plan will see the main level of Alloway Library completely renovated with the SAMC Gallery,  TWU Learning Commons, and Library research and circulation services sharing the space.  At this time no major work is expected to be done on the other levels of the building except for the installation of additional shelves for library material.

Library staff are already optimizing and  moving collections to new locations on the upper and lower levels.  When the moves are complete, expect to find all the physical resources: print books, reference books, DVDs and CDs –  shelved together for one-stop browsing and access.