Have you heard the news? There are two new EOS collections in cIRcle!

Two collections, recruited by Kevin Lindstrom, Liaison Librarian for Earth and Ocean Science, include Earth and Ocean Sciences undergraduate honours theses and Environmental Science undergraduate papers and reports. These collections highlight student-driven research, with topics including the impact of commercial shipping noise on killer whales, waste management strategies for Metro Vancouver and gas shale permeability measurements.

You can see more details about these collections in cIRcle by visiting the Earth and Ocean Sciences community in cIRcle.

To read the rest of this article, check out the Library’s July LibFOCUS enewsletter issue to be released next week.

Did You Know?

Currently, there are over 700 EOS theses and dissertations as well as research papers and materials in cIRcle. To browse some of these items, click on ‘Issue Date’ under ‘This Community’.

Above excerpt in italics is courtesy of the Support UBC Library website

Above image is courtesy of the UBC Department of Earth and Ocean Sciences website

June 21st not only marks the beginning of the Summer Solstice but it also means today is National Aboriginal Day in Canada.

Some 15 years ago Governor General Romeo LeBlanc declared June 21st as National Aboriginal Day to honor and celebrate Canada’s Indians, Inuit and Métis. That particular day was chosen because of the cultural significance of the summer solstice in aboriginal cultures. National Aboriginal Day has become a day for all Canadians to celebrate the cultures and contributions to Canada of First Nations, Métis and Inuit peoples and aims to bring about awareness to the rest of Canadian society, in all aspects of art, music, oral history and traditional games.

In celebration of National Aboriginal Day, you can find numerous Aboriginal-related items including historical and current UBC theses and dissertations in cIRcle, UBC’s Digital Repository! See below for more details.

Did You Know?

Currently, there are about 1,980 Aboriginal-related items in cIRcle. To find them, go to the Advanced Search screen in cIRcle and type ‘Aboriginal’ into the ‘Search for’ box.

Above excerpt in italics and image are courtesy of the Summer Solstice / National Aboriginal Day webpage

Some recent undergraduate papers from the GEOG 419 course have been added to cIRcle, UBC’s Digital Repository!

“Given the diverse nature of geography, our teaching and research are inherently interdisciplinary and we seek to integrate the natural sciences, the humanities, and the social sciences. We offer courses in a wide range of geographical specializations at the undergraduate and graduate levels. These extend from postcolonial perspectives to process-oriented scientific inquiry including GIS for spatial analysis and modelling.”

To catch a glimpse of Geography’s undergraduate students by the numbers for the 2010/2011 academic year, see the undergraduate statistics as seen in Geography’s recent newsletter:

Human Geography – Majors: 231 / Honours: 15 / Minors: 15 /

Environment and Sustainability – Majors: 156 /

Physical Geography – Majors: 47 /

Music and Geography – Double Major: 1 /

Did You Know?

Currently, there are about 540 geography theses and dissertations in cIRcle. To find them, go to the Advanced Search screen in cIRcle and select ‘Program ETD’ from the drop-down menu under ‘Search type’ and then type ‘Geography’ into the ‘Search for’ box.

Above excerpt in italics, statistics and image are courtesy of the UBC Geography departmental website

“Simon Neame has been selected as the new Director of the Irving K. Barber Learning Centre. Simon began his library career after obtaining a Master of Library and Information Studies from the School of Library, Archival and Information Studies at UBC.”

“The Director’s mandate is to provide strategic leadership for community engagement initiatives on and off campus, along with directing the Learning Centre’s physical facility, and its programs and services for students.”

You can read more by visiting the Irving K. Barber Learning Centre website.

Did You Know?

In harmony with the Director’s mandate for the Irving K. Barber Learning Centre, there is a growing collection of IKBLC multimedia items in cIRcle. These items are podcasts and webcasts of local and international guest speakers who presented timely research topics and issues to the UBC community and the general public. So far, some of the Top Country Views of the IKBLC Multimedia collection in cIRcle have been from:

Algeria, Belgium, Canada, China, Denmark, France, Germany, India, Korea, Morocco, Netherlands, Russian Federation, Sweden, Syrian Arab Republic, Turkey, United Kingdom, and the United States of America

Above excerpt in italics and image are courtesy of the Irving K. Barber Learning Centre website

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