TRU Library Welcomes New University Librarian

  Posted on: July 24, 2013

TRU Library is pleased to welcome Ms. Brenda Mathenia as the new University Librarian (chief administrator for the TRU Library). According to Dr. Ulrich Scheck, Chair of the University Librarian Search Committee, Ms. Mathenia has held many roles during her fifteen years working in academic libraries, including public service and instruction, collection development and management, facilities and…

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Seven new databases bring cultural history to life

  Posted on: April 30, 2013

Got a yen for medieval travel? How about a trip through mid-century Britain, 19th-century China, or the brutality of 18th-century slave markets?   You can experience these distant social landscapes almost first-hand via seven fascinating databases added to TRU Library’s online collection this month. The new research resources — of particular interest to scholars in…

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Catalogue has TRU student’s study of endangered caribou

  Posted on: April 23, 2013

Mountain caribou are not directly displaced by heli-skiing operations over the long term, suggests a TRU student’s thesis now in the Library’s catalogue.  The thesis by grad student Katharina Huebel, which is accessible online, is titled Assessing the impacts of heli-skiing on the behaviour and spatial distribution of mountain caribou (rangifer tarandus caribou). It was…

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Don’t sweat it: take a stress break

  Posted on: April 12, 2013

A five-minute stress break can refresh your mind and enhance its performance, while at the same time liberate your body from high blood pressure and headaches.  With that in mind, TRU Library is once again setting up a “Stress-Free Zone” for final exams. The “Zone” will run April 15 – 27 next to the House…

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Both libraries keep midnight hours for exams

  Posted on: April 8, 2013

Both the Main and House of Learning libraries will be open for study until midnight from Monday 15 April through Thursday 25 April. Midnight hours for the HOL Library will provide students with equitable access to science, law and nursing Reserve materials and will enable students to use the Library’s third-floor study space. “This means…

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Library instruction touches whole university

  Posted on: April 3, 2013

Information literacy is truly a cross-campus learning objective at TRU.   Since the start of September, the Library Instruction Program has provided library instruction for 4,189 students in 209 classes and workshops, up slightly from the 2011-12 academic year. TRU Library’s Instruction Program is based on a graduated structure, helping students develop research skills as…

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It’s back & hungry: Food for Fines

  Posted on: April 3, 2013

Got food to donate? That’s “fine” with the Library.   TRU Library’s annual Food for Fines campaign will run April 8 – 27. During this time, the Library will waive $2 in overdue fines for each non-perishable food item donated, up to a total of $20 in fines. All donations will go to the TRUSU…

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Banned books: good for the soul

  Posted on: February 26, 2013

Persecution of writers and censorship of their works is a practice as old as human history. Yet it’s a current practice, too. While academic libraries rarely face challenges, schools, bookstores and public libraries are regularly asked to remove books and magazines from their shelves. Sometimes challenges are dismissed; in other instances they’re successful and a…

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Think today’s scary? Wait for the zombies

  Posted on: February 19, 2013

As our civilization’s future grows “scarier by the minute,” zombies — lurching, brain-dead, hideous and hungry — have become contemporary culture’s preferred bête noire. They embody our dread of tomorrow, both in books and major motion pictures, Margaret Atwood told a packed TRU ballroom last week. Yet we’re hardly original in that respect. Throughout its…

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Librarians pan attack on academic freedom

  Posted on: February 18, 2013

By Kathy Gaynor   Thompson Rivers University Library is deeply disturbed by the action of Edwin Mellen Press and their attempts to infringe on the academic freedom of Dale Askey and McMaster University.  TRU Library strongly believes that freedom of research, thought, and expression are required for a healthy and democratic society.    Join us in…

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