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

Month: April 2024 (Page 1 of 2)

New Titles Tuesday. Welcoming the CanIL collection

Alloway Library is pleased to welcome the Canada Institute of Linguistics library collection of books, journals, and media items into the library’s general collections.  Since July of last year staff at both libraries have been working together to transfer the material with minimal disruption to library users and ensure that it is a good move for both CanIL and Trinity.  By January, the first CanIL book was added to Alloway Library’s catalogue and placed on the shelf. Over the spring and summer the entire collection of over 7600 items will be reviewed and made ready for transfer onto Alloway Library’s shelves.

Language/linguistics has been the major focus of the CanIL Library with strong sub-foci in Bible translation, missions, literacy/education, sociolinguistics, bi- and multi-lingualism, language and culture acquisition, language teaching, language survey, linguistic analysis, discourse analysis, semantics and lexicography. As well, there are resources of interest to TESOL students, education students and communications majors. A substantial section of the collection is dedicated to language-specific materials.

For researchers in linguistics and other fields, the benefits of integrating the collections are many: CanIL’s linguistic resources will be shelved along with existing resources in Alloway Library so scholars, by accessing a single online catalogue, will find a wide array of resources including print books, eBooks and journals to support their research. As the CanIL material is added on an almost-daily basis to Alloway Library’s catalogue the resources will be much more discoverable and accessible for holds and renewals.

Some titles of interest from the CanIL collection include:

  • Bible translation resources, including Hebrew and Greek source materials
  • Books on sign language
  • Ethnologue: languages of the world – Digital edition
  • Many of the Blackwell, Cambridge and Oxford Linguistic Handbook series
  • Many of the Routledge Language Family series
  • Many of the Yearbook of Morphology series
  • Missions resources and missionary biographies
  • Most recent edition of The Expositor’s Bible Commentary
  • Most recent edition of The New Interpreter’s Dictionary of the Bible
  • SIL-related audio-visual materials
  • The Blackwell Companion to Phonology ( 5 volumes)
  • The Journal of the Linguistic Society of America)
  • The Journal of West African Languages

(These items may not be transferred to Alloway Library at the time of publication, but may be found in the CanIL catalogue.)

As part of the integration process, librarians created a flowchart to facilitate the work of identifying duplicate copies and newer editions, and selecting copies in the best condition for continued use. Library staff also needed to create capacity on our existing shelves to add over 190 full shelves of material. Prior to the start of the project, Alloway Library’s language and linguistics books sat on 119 shelves; when integration is finished,  there will be over 210 shelves for material with that classification.

CanIL has been offering quality linguistic and literacy training in Canada since 1985.The CanIL library at TWU grew out of a travelling library that began in the 1940s. That library found a home on the TWU campus when the Harvest Centre was built in 2003. Alloway Library is proud to continue to support linguistic scholars with this collection.

New Titles Tuesday, April 23

Here is a selection of print books recently added to the Curriculum Collection and ready for use

 Islamophobia: deal with it in the name of peace /Safia Saleh ; illustrated by Hana Shafi. Whether the reader is Muslim or not, Islamophobia: Deal with it in the name of peace provides information, relatable situations, and opportunities for kids to explore both the assumptions and biases of others and their own. This illustrated book offers information, quizzes, comics, and real-life scenarios to help kids think critically about, avoid and deal with Islamophobia. Considered from the viewpoints of the Believer, the Intolerant, and the Bystander, this issue is identified, examined and put into a context kids can understand and use to navigate issues of faith-based prejudice and discrimination.-

 Naaahsa aisinaki! = Naaahsa is an artist! / written and illustrated by Hali Heavy Shield ;  translated by Norma Jean Russell ki / and Faye Heavy Shield. Naaahsa says art is a language everyone understands…. Sometimes Naaahsa tells stories in Blackfoot. A young girl celebrates her grandmother’s art, and the wonderful connection between them

 The most beautiful thing I have ever seen /written by Nadia Devi Umadat ; illustrated by Christine Wei. A journey through the strange but often magical experience of moving to a new land. A little girl sees her mother’s fear when war comes to their home. Fear is replaced with hope when they board a huge, shiny airplane. When it lands, they are somewhere new, and their Aunty welcomes them home. With time and love, her family embraces their new life, and it is the most beautiful thing she has ever seen.

 What does hate look like? /Sameea Jimenez, Corinne Promislow ; with Larry Swartz ; [illustrations by Juliana Neufeld]. Real kids from real classrooms share their stories to help us see the bias, prejudice, violence, discrimination, and exclusion around us–what hate looks like to them.

New Titles Tuesday, April 16

Here is a selection of recently added print books ready for use

 Andy’s tribal canoe journey /written by Seabacola Beaton, Jorja Johnson and Cadence Manson ; illustrated by Natalie Laurin.   Join Andy as he experiences a Tribal Canoe Journey for the first time and learns what it’s like to belong to a canoe family. Follow along as Andy navigates physical and emotional challenges and finds an answer to the important question: Who am I?

 Connectography: mapping the future of global civilization /Parag Khanna. An authoritative guide to a future shaped less by national borders than by global supply chains, a world in which the most connected powers—and people—will win. Khanna travels from Ukraine to Iran, Mongolia to North Korea, Pakistan to Nigeria, and across the Arctic Circle and the South China Sea to explain the rapid and unprecedented changes affecting every part of the planet. He shows how militaries are deployed to protect supply chains as much as borders, and how nations are less at war over territory than engaged in tugs-of-war over pipelines, railways, shipping lanes, and Internet cables.  Beneath the chaos of a world that appears to be falling apart is a new foundation of connectivity pulling it together.

 God’s province: evangelical Christianity, political thought, and conservatism in Alberta /Clark Banack.  Banack challenges shows that, in Alberta, religious motivation played a vital role in shaping its initial political trajectory. Drawing on substantial archival research God’s Province highlights the strong link that exists between the religiously inspired political thought and action of formative leaders, the US evangelical Protestant tradition from which they drew, and the emergence of an individualistic, populist, and anti-statist sentiment in Alberta that is largely unfamiliar to the rest of Canada. Covering nearly a century of Alberta’s history, Banack offers an illuminating reconsideration of the political thought of these leaders, the goals of the movements they led, and the roots of Alberta’s distinctiveness within Canada. A fusion of religious history, intellectual history, and political thought, God’s Province exposes the ways in which the individual intentions of politicians shape one province’s political culture.–

 John Amos Comenius: a visionary reformer of schools /David I. Smith, PhD. Smith sketches some of Comenius’s central ideas, pointing to several important themes that summarize Comenius’s tireless work for educational reform. Readers will discover that amongst the literally hundreds of works Comenius wrote in Czech and Latin, many of which are lost to us today, he created one of the world’s most successful children’s picture books; suggested that learning should resemble gardening; and proposed that joy, piety, and harmony are central to the education of children. Readers will learn that Comenius is at once a forerunner of much of what we find and affirm today in education while also an advocate of some ideas that we would pass over. Smith suggests that we should let Comenius “be himself, rather than a forerunner of ourselves,” if we wish to be challenged by him afresh.

 Judgment day at the White House: a critical declaration exploring moral issues and the political use and abuse of religion /edited by Gabriel J. Fackre. This book presents the first assessment of the Clinton impeachment process from a religious perspective, a current issue that can be used as a challenging case study in courses in ethics, religion, and political science. It also includes the recent “Declaration concerning Religion, Ethics, and the Crisis in the Clinton Presidency”, a statement signed by nearly 200 scholars of religion and public life,  a selection of critical essays and includes rejoinders to the Declaration ; political commentary ,; and transcripts of Clinton’s speeches related to the issue.

Just politics: a guide for Christian engagement /Ronald J. Sider. Sider offers a biblically grounded, factually rooted, Christian approach to politics that cuts across ideological divides. Shaped by a careful study of society, this book will guide readers into more thoughtful and effective political activity. It addresses perennially tough questions that often divide the church and includes a case study of the federal deficit debate. This is a revised version of what was previously published as The Scandal of Evangelical Politics.

 Learning to inquire in social studies: an anthology for elementary teachers /Roland Case, Penney Clark, editors. Learning to Inquire in Social Studies: An Anthology for Elementary Teachers brings together the work of prominent education scholars and the experiences of highly regarded teachers–the best of the theory and of the practice–in a comprehensive collection. The 23 chapters and extensive online supplement present a diversity of perspectives that provide context, insight, and direction for teaching social studies at the elementary level.

 Mary, who wrote Frankenstein /Linda Bailey, Julia Sarda. A riveting and atmospheric picture book about the young woman who wrote one of the greatest horror novels ever written and one of the first works of science fiction, Mary Who Wrote Frankenstein is an exploration of the process of artistic inspiration that will galvanize readers and writers of all ages.

 Perverse cities: hidden subsidies, wonky policy, and urban sprawl /Pamela Blais. Blais argues that flawed public policies and mis-pricing create hidden, “perverse” subsidies and incentives that promote sprawl while discouraging more efficient and sustainable urban forms – clearly not what most planners and environmentalists have in mind. She makes the case for accurate pricing and better policy to curb sprawl and shows how this can be achieved in practice through a range of market-oriented tools that promote efficient, sustainable cities.

 Seven reasons for supporting social democracy: the conservative, liberal, capitalist, democratic, religious, socialist, and North American reasons /Donald A. Bailey. Seven Reasons for Supporting Social Democracy makes a persuasive case for supporting the political Left, for extensive social reforms improving the lives and opportunities of the majority, for a better-informed and more sophisticated political culture, and for placing substantial restraints on global capitalism.

Spiritual journals /Henri J.M. Nouwen. Three of  Nouwen’s internationally acclaimed spiritual journals. The Genesee Diary was written during a seven-month stay at the Trappist Abbey of Genesee, New York, where Nouwen met the challenge “to face my restless self.” In Gracias, Nouwen reported on a six-month sojourn in Bolivia and Peru, where he came in touch with God’s “option for the poor” and the conviction that “somewhere, somehow, I too had to make that option.” The Road to Daybreak chronicles a year spent at the L’ Arche community for the mentally handicapped in Trosly, France, and records Nouwen’s “spiritual struggle to say ‘yes’ to Jesus’ invitation to ‘Come follow me.’”

 Stand like a cedar /Nicola I. Campbell, Carrielynn Victor. Children go for a walk in the woods with their elders and discover the animals of British Columbia, their names in the Nłekepmxcín or Halq’emeylem languages, and the teachings they have for us.–Provided by publisher.

 The call to discernment in troubled times: new perspectives on the transformative wisdom of Ignatius of Loyola /Dean Brackley. Brackley is convinced that the practical wisdom of Ignatius Loyola, written four centuries ago, offers guidance for our troubled times, which are characterized by a global social crisis. With sections on getting free, something worth living for, discerning and deciding, passion and compassion, resurrection and prayer; he uses the Spiritual Exercises of Ignatius as a means of introducing us to “a life of deeper faith, hope and love.”

 The complete short stories /Mark Twain ; with an introduction by Adam Gopnik. These sixty satirical, rollicking, uproarious tales by the greatest yarn-spinner in our literary history are as fresh and vivid as ever more than a century after their author’s death. Twain’s inimitable wit, his nimble plotting, and his unerring insight into human nature are on full display in these wonderfully entertaining stories.This sparkling anthology covers the entire span of Twain’s inimitable yarn-spinning, from his early broad comedy to the biting satire of his later years.

 The princess and the pants /written by Carla Voyageur ; illustrated by Natassia Davies. On the banks of the Gwa’yi River, a young Dzawada̱ʼenux̱w princess grows up to be a curious student, an influential leader, and a mother. She doesn’t wear fancy clothes or attend balls or do anything her children think princesses should do. Using a strategy they had read about in an old tale to put their mother’s royalty to the test, the children discover the truth. But more importantly, they also learn what it really means to be a princess.

 Turning parliament inside out: practical ideas for reforming Canada’s democracy /edited by Michael Chong, Scott Simms, and Kennedy Stewart. A collaborative roadmap for Canadian parliamentary reform by MPs from all of Canada’s major political parties.  Chong  organized a collaboration between MPs from all of Canada’s major political parties, representing ridings from across the country. They join together in an across-the-aisle effort to make these changes a reality, explaining why reform is so urgently needed and proposing practical, achievable suggestions for making it happen. With the Trudeau government promising sweeping reforms, the opportunity is now ripe for making long-needed changes and restoring Canadians’ faith in the political process, reassuring voters that their voices are heard. Turning Parliament Inside Out provides a roadmap for how to get there.

 We were not the savages: a Micmac perspective on the collision of European and aboriginal civilizations /Daniel N. Paul ; research assistants, Donald M. Julien and Timothy J. Bernard ; illustrations, Vernon Gloade. We Were Not the Savages is a history of the near demise, from a Mi’kmaq perspective, of ancient democratic North American First Nations, caused by the European invasion of the Americas, with special focus on the Mi’kmaq. Although other European Nations, Spain for instance, were in on the slaughter this history relates in detail the actions of only one, Great Britain.

 Wealth and power: China’s long march to the twenty-first century /Orville Schell and John Delury. Through a series of lively and absorbing portraits of iconic modern Chinese leaders and thinkers, two of today’s foremost specialists on China provide a panoramic narrative of this country’s rise to preeminence that is at once analytical and personal. Schell and  Delury supply much-needed insight into the country’s tortured progression from nineteenth-century decline to twenty-first-century boom. By looking backward into the past to understand forces at work for hundreds of years, they help us understand China today and the future that this singular country is helping shape for all of us.

 When citizens decide: lessons from citizen assemblies on electoral reform /Patrick Fournier … [et al.]. Three large-scale democratic experiments have taken place in which groups of randomly selected ordinary citizens were asked to independently design the next electoral system. The lessons drawn from the research are relevant for those interested in political participation, public opinion, deliberation, public policy, and democracy.

 World order /Henry Kissinger.  Kissinger offers a deep meditation on the roots of international harmony and global disorder. Drawing on his experience as one of the foremost statesmen of the modern era, Kissinger now reveals his analysis of the ultimate challenge for the twenty-first century: how to build a shared international order in a world of divergent historical perspectives, violent conflict, proliferating technology, and ideological extremism.

New Titles Tuesday, April 9

Here is a diverse selection of print books recently added to the collection and ready for use.

 Cree community /by Carolee Laine. An introduction to the Cree people, the largest group of First Nations who share a language.

 Dene First Nations /by Heather C. Hudak, Robin Ridington, and Jillian Ridington ; content consultant, Robin Ridington Provides insight into the lives of the Dene people, both past and present, that includes their unique history, language, and cultural practices.

 Everyone is welcome /written by Phuong Truong ; illustrated by Christine Wei. A little girl hears that her grandma’s friend, Mrs. Lee, was pushed on her way to the Asian market. Then she learns that Asian students at her brother’s school are afraid to walk to class, and she realizes something very wrong is happening to her community. How can life be so unfair? With her mom’s support and the help of her friends, she sets out to do something kind for Mrs. Lee.

 Gods, games, and globalization: new perspectives on religion and sports /Rebecca Alpert and Arthur Remillard, editors. The focus of this volume is on the varieties of religious experiences in sports on the global stage. These essays look both within and beyond conventional frames to shine a light on the many facets of this topic and extend to developed and developing nations, from urban to rural landscapes. They examine sports with devoted followings that are underrepresented in conversations on religion and sports: mixed martial arts, fly fishing, pole dancing, youth hockey, and track and field. And they reveal sports’ connectedness to broader global forces, such as capitalism, education, philanthropy, and international conflict, providing new theoretical perspectives in the study of religion and sport.

 Graphic design theory /Meredith Davis. Davis draws on her many years’ experience teaching graphic design students to explain complex theories with total clarity, encouraging readers to evaluate existing design work critically, and to use theoretical frameworks to enhance their own studio practice.

 Grave error: how the media misled us (and the truth about residential schools) /edited by C. P. Champion and Tom Flanagan. Champion and Flanagan challenge the narrative that students were murdered by priests and nuns and then buried in graves that have yet to be investigated. In reading Grave Error: How The Media Misled Us (and the Truth about Residential Schools), we see how Canadians have been confounded by accusations of genocide and much else. Getting beyond the Grave Error and recovering a more balanced picture of residential schools is the only road to genuine reconciliation.

Haida Nation /by K̲ung Jaadee ; content consultant, Jask̲waan A. Bedard. Provides insight into the lives of the Haida people, both past and present, that includes their unique history, language, and cultural practices.

 Hot dog /Doug Salati. A summery picture book about mindfulness, featuring an overheated–and overwhelmed– canine in need of sea, sand, and fresh air.

John the theologian and his Paschal Gospel: a prologue to theology /John Behr. John the theologian and his Paschal Gospel brings three different kinds of readers of the Gospel of John together with the theological goal of understanding what is meant by Incarnation and how it relates to Pascha, the Passion of Christ, how this is conceived of as revelation, and how we speak of it

 On the trail: 50 years of engaging with nature /written by Anthea Farr, Lilianne Fuller, Lisa Dreves, John Gordon, Anne Gosse, Phil Henderson, Gareth Pugh, Bob Puls, Sheila Puls, Joanne Rosenthal, Nora Truman. This book celebrates nature in Langley and the members of the Langley Field Naturalists, who for half a century, have sought to preserve it. We hope that the pioneering work of the LFN will serve as an inspiration and an invitation to young people to ‘know nature and keep it worth knowing’.

 Salish community /by M.M. Eboch. An introduction to the Salish, a First Nations community in the southwest region of Canada.

 The boreal forest: a year in the world’s largest land biome /L.E. Carmichael ; [illustrations] Josée Bisaillon. Carmichael takes us on an year-long journey through a vast and vital wilderness. The lyrical fictional narrative tells of the species that live in the forest, paired with informational sidebars that expand on key concepts and provide further context. We also learn about the forest’s geography and history, the significant role it plays in regulating the planet’s climate and the water cycle that connects the forest all around the world. Additional material in the end matter includes a world map of the boreal forest, information about the water cycle and carbon cycle, a glossary, author’s sources, resources for kids and an index.

 The probability of everything /Sarah Everett. When an asteroid has an 84.7% chance of colliding with the Earth in four days, eleven-year-old Kemi, who loves scientific facts and probability, assembles a time capsule to capture her family’s truth as she tries to come to terms with saying goodbye.

 The series: what I remember, what it felt like, what it feels like now /Ken Dryden. Dryden celebrates the 50th anniversary of the 1972 Summit Series: an entirely improbable, near-month-long series of hockey games that became more and more riveting, until on a weekday, during work and school hours all across the country–the nation stopped for the final game. Dryden, a goalie in the series  tells the story in you-are-there style, as if he is living it for the first time

 The sockeye mother /by Hetxw’ms Gyetxw (Brett D. Huson) ; illustrated by Natasha Donovan. To the Gitxsan people of Northwestern British Columbia, the sockeye salmon is more than just a source of food. Over its life cycle, it nourishes the very land and forests that the Skeena River runs through and where the Gitxsan make their home. The Sockeye Mother explores how the animals, water, soil, and seasons are all intertwined.

 The stone age: a social history of curling on the Prairies /Vera Pezer. The Stone Age chronicles the sport’s development from a crude game played by fur traders on a frozen river, to the sophisticated Olympic sport it is today. Pezer’s long and outstanding involvement in the game,  brings her personal stories of the events, players, and reporters who brought curling from the Prairies to the world stage. She explores the impact of the sport on the cultural and social life of the Canadian Prairies and why it developed in a substantially different direction here than in its native Scotland or even Eastern Canada.

 The Witness Blanket: truth, art and reconciliation /Carey Newman and Kirstie Hudson. This book for middle-grade readers, illustrated with photographs, tells the story of the making of the Witness Blanket, a work by Indigenous artist Newman which includes items from every residential school in Canada and stories from the survivors who donated them.

 Wanted!: criminals of the animal kingdom /written by Heather Tekavec ; illustrated by Susan Batori. In this hilarious nonfiction book, readers will meet 13 badly behaved creatures and the detective who’s on the hunt to restore order to the animal kingdom. Each animal is wanted for a particular crime — and spitting, lying, stealing and destruction of property are just a few of the ways these creatures cause trouble. Take a peek into Detective X’s case files to learn more about these sneaky animal criminals, including a monkey who cries wolf, crabs that create chaos, and more!.

 Watercress /Andrea Wang ; pictures by Jason Chin. Embarrassed about gathering watercress from a roadside ditch, a girl learns to appreciate her Chinese heritage after learning why the plant is so important to her parents.

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