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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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Now Playing: Canadian Culture

  Posted on: February 4, 2013

Your nation’s heritage is now showing on a screen near you – the screen in front of you, in fact. Note: The contest has concluded. TRU Library has launched a subscription to several decades’ worth of NFB films, including a number of Academy Award-winners. The 2,000-plus films are now ready for streaming on any computer….

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Read From the Pages of a Living “Book”

  Posted on: January 30, 2013

By Elizabeth Rennie, Instruction & Outreach Librarian People are often the most interesting stories. That’s why TRU Library is presenting “The Living Library: An Intercultural Exchange” as part of International Days. Based on the Human Library project, the Living Library (on Tuesday February 5th) lets people “borrow” another actual person, someone has volunteered to be…

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Trial database shows markets for Internet, beer, anything

  Posted on: January 17, 2013

Why not test-drive a fascinating new database containing all the beer in China? TRU Library has launched a trial of the Euromonitor Passport database, which houses a vast array of global market data, statistics and analysis. Passport allows researchers to drill down by product, region, country, company and brand to find out who’s consuming, producing…

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Holiday Closures

Mr. & Mrs. Fezziwig dancing at Fezziwig's Ball

  Posted on: December 14, 2012

Thompson Rivers University, including the TRU Library, will be closed for the holidays as of noon on Monday, December 24, 2012 and will reopen on Wednesday, January 2, 2013. Both Library locations will also be closed January 4 for staff training. The staff and faculty of the TRU Library wish you the best of the…

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Web Access Widens Nature’s Reach, Trims Library’s Costs

Cover of Nature

  Posted on: December 5, 2012

The TRU community has gained online, 24/7 access to some the world’s most prestigious scientific journals. The Library has switched its subscriptions to Nature, Nature Genetics and Nature Neuroscience from print to online versions in order to expand access — and reduce costs in the bargain. “This vastly increases access to important scientific literature for…

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TRU Library Achieves National Average

  Posted on: December 3, 2012

You like us. You really like us, according to a national survey.  The Globe and Mail newspaper has crunched the numbers and found TRU’s library is on par with the national average of small-university libraries, according to the Globe’s Canadian University Report – Student Survey. The survey compares universities, and their libraries, against a range…

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Enter the Zone to Vanquish Your Stress

  Posted on: November 30, 2012

Finals got you frazzled? We’ve got a toy for that!  TRU Library is setting up a “Stress-Free Zone” next to the House of Learning’s ground-floor Learning Commons, starting Monday 3 Dec. It’s a place to build a Lego dinosaur. Or get in touch with Waldo. The project is a joint venture between the Library, Computer…

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