SSRN’s thoughts about business libraries

Posted by: | November 2, 2010 | Comments Off on SSRN’s thoughts about business libraries President Gregg Gordon sees building learning communities as a core mission of libraries today. In his blog, Gregg says, “Librarians have a wealth of knowledge and specifically know:
• How to research & evaluate content
• How to use different resources for different purposes
• How to determine validity and appropriation
• How to think critically.”

Rather than making libraries irrelevant, the overabundance of information today makes it more important than ever for students to access the skills and knowledge of librarians to learn to manage information – both to save time and to acquire the best information available.

Together with library collections and services, library space is a key core mission. Libraries today are hubs for a variety of uses, from teamwork and collaboration to building a sense of shared mission among users. The Canaccord Learning Commons, currently under construction at Sauder School, is a good example of how we are expanding the notion of the library beyond its traditional borders – incorporating new technologies and innovative physical spaces.

Thanks to Lindsay Ure for pointing out Gregg’s blog.

Management Information Systems Research Guide

Posted by: | October 28, 2010 | Comments Off on Management Information Systems Research Guide

A new research guide for management Information Systems has been added to the David Lam Library website. The guide lists books, library databases, journals, associations and other resources for researching MIS related topics.

Click here to access the guide, which can also be found from the David Lam Library homepage ( under Research Guides.

If you have questions or feedback about the guide, please contact the David Lam Library

Leisure reading survey at the UBC Library

Posted by: | October 20, 2010 | Comments Off on Leisure reading survey at the UBC Library

The UBC Library and the School of Library, Archival and Information Studies are conducting a survey investigating interest in a leisure-reading collection at the UBC Library.  The survey is online  from October 18 to 31 and takes five to 10 minutes to complete.  Once you’ve completed the survey, you’ll be entered in a draw to win one of four $50.00 gift cards to Chapters Bookstores..

If you are interested in participating, please click here to access the survey.

Bloomberg Seminar in Vancouver on November 9th

Posted by: | October 18, 2010 | Comments Off on Bloomberg Seminar in Vancouver on November 9th

Bloomberg is hosting a seminar on Tuesday November 9th  in Vancouver. This is a free event and a great opportunity to learn more about Bloomberg’s solutions.

The seminar takes place from 8:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. at the Shangri-La Hotel on 1128 West Georgia.  Registration opens at 7:30am. There will be a Lunch and Learn at 12:00pm.

To view the agenda,  please visit  UBC faculty and students can also register by sending an email message to Leila Valanejad of Bloomberg at

New GIS Users Group

Posted by: | October 15, 2010 | Comments Off on New GIS Users Group

This month, the UBC Library will begin hosting meetings of the newly-rekindled UBC GIS Users Group. This group will be a gathering of students, researchers, faculty and staff on campus who work in some way with, or are interested in, geographical information systems (or science) (GIS). The meetings will be held monthly on the last Wednesday of the month in Koerner Library Room 216 at 4:00pm. There will be a speaker, followed by a trip to Koerner’s Pub for refreshments.

At the first meeting, held Wednesday, October 27, Tom Brittnacher, GIS librarian, will give an overview of GIS services and facilities provided by UBC Library (including the new GIS/Research Data Lab), followed by tours of the lab.

At future meetings we are hoping to have students, researchers, faculty and staff from around campus talk about how they are using GIS in their work. There are a lot of exciting, state-of-the-art projects happening around campus, and this will be a great way for people to share their work and network with other GIS users.


Posted by: | September 21, 2010 | Comments Off on THE LIVING LIBRARY

On Wednesday, September 22, UBC Library comes alive with its first-ever “Living Library” event – an occasion that allows participants to meet a collection of fascinating figures, including students from Afghanistan and Nigeria, gay writers, a pioneering doctor, an extreme athlete/traveller and more.

A Living Library features real, live people who are “lent out” as “books,” and speak about their lives and experiences, to interested users. So, for example, a user could sign up to talk to an Afghani student about life in Afghanistan, his wartime experiences and struggles, and his experiences coming to Canada. Someone else may want to speak to an esteemed female doctor who has been recognized for her exemplary research and her success in a male-dominated field. And yet another participant may want to talk to a writer about the creative process, and about the ways his views on identity, gender and sexuality inform his writing.

The idea is to introduce people to a collection of individuals who come from different walks of life and realities compared to their own. It’s an attempt to promote diversity and share a broad range of views and opinions – all within a context of respect and intellectual curiosity.

The event runs for three hours, and twice an hour Living Library candidates will be available to talk to a member of the public for about 20 minutes.

UBC Library’s Living Library event takes place on Wednesday, September 22, from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. It will be held in the foyer on the main level (level two) of the Irving K. Barber Learning Centre. The Living Library event is open to everyone, including community members. Sign up to speak with your preferred candidate on the day of the event, beginning at 9:00 a.m.

Sauder School can be proud to provide three “books” for this event. The first is BCom student Andrew Chima Akomas. As well, Rimple Cheema and Lisa Sun represent Sauder School’s Social Entrepreneurship 101 program.

Feel free to go over and borrow one of these ‘books’!

FPinfomart Site Enhancement

Posted by: | September 20, 2010 | Comments Off on FPinfomart Site Enhancement

Mergers and Acquisitions

Financial advisors have now been added to FPinfomart’s Canadian Mergers and Acquisitions reports. This can be searched via the drop-down menu in Simple Search within the M&A database.

Use Financial Post Crosbie Mergers and Acquisitions in Canada to quickly drill down into specific transactions in the areas that are of interest. You can search for merger, acquisition and divestiture activities by vendor, acquirer, target, deal type, deal value and industry. There are two different search pages to meet your specific needs: simple search and advanced search. Information goes back to 1994 and is exportable into Microsoft Excel. Access this database from the list of Databases A-Z on the David Lam Library’s homepage at

Current awareness for business researchers

Posted by: | September 15, 2010 | Comments Off on Current awareness for business researchers

A new guide to current awareness tools and resources for business researchers is now available on the David Lam Library website.  The guide highlights the types of alerts that researchers can set up to keep up to date with:

– Latest business news
– New books at the David Lam Library
– Latest issues of scholarly journals
– New articles in library databases on a specific business topic

Click here to access the guide or visit the David Lam Library homepage at and select the Current Awareness link.

For further questions about current awareness tools or how to set up alerts, please contact a David Lam librarian

Trial access to business ebooks

Posted by: | September 8, 2010 | Comments Off on Trial access to business ebooks

UBC Library is providing trial access to Books 24×6 BusinessPro until September 17, 2010.  This electronic book collection contains thousands of business titles from top industry publishers and authors including: AMACOM, ASTD, Harvard Business School Press, Jossey-Bass, Oxford, Wiley, Ken Blanchard, Marshall Goldsmith and more.

Subjects covered are: 

  • Project management
  • Leadership development
  • Quality management
  • Organizational development
  • Customer relationship management
  • Career advancement
  • Corporate case studies
  • Six Sigma
  • Time management
  • And many more strategic issues

Included  in the trial is  access to another collection called OfficeEssentials, which presents how-to-use information on desktop programs, such as the Microsoft Office suite.

After you explore this database, please be sure to provide feedback via the form on the resource page or to the trial coordinator Christina Sylka

Trial database of leadership videos

Posted by: | August 30, 2010 | Comments Off on Trial database of leadership videos

UBC Library is providing trial access to Books 24×7 Leadership Development Channel (LDC) until September 17, 2010.    This collection of live and on-demand video features bestselling business authors, experts, and CEOs and includes:

  1. Leadership QuickTalks: three- to five-minute videos
  2. CEO QuickTalks: short videos of innovative business leaders
  3. Video On-Demand: courses covering key leadership competencies
  4. Live Leadership Series Events: live webcast and satellite-delivered events, offered on a range of leadership topics featuring widely respected thought leaders such as Marcus Buckingham, Stephen Covey, and Ken Blanchard.

 You can download complete videos, short snippets, and any accompanying materials.  These items can be embedded in PowerPoint presentations or course materials. 

When you explore this database, please provide feedback via the form on the resource page or to the trial coordinator Christina Sylka.

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