Wednesday, October 24, 2012, 4:30-6:00pm

Dodson Room, 302 IK Barber Learning Centre

Assessing and incorporating teaching and learning resources by and about First Nations, Metis and Inuit peoples is critical for librarians, educators and parents. Awareness of diverse epistemologies, notions of cultural authenticity and historical accuracy, and the influence of colonialism, are essential when considering books, films and interactive media for library and classroom collections. This panel will address challenges facing Indigenous and non-Indigenous librarians, educators and parents when drawing upon materials representing Indigenous peoples and cultures. They will offer insights about such issues as cultural appropriation, stereotypes, addressing colonialism and what to do with dated resources. This session is ideal for teacher candidates, classroom teachers, teacher-librarians, youth librarians and parents.

Convener: Jo-Anne Naslund, UBC Education Library

Moderator: Lisa P. Nathan, Assistant Professor and Coordinator of the First Nations Curriculum Concentration, School of Library, Archival and Information Studies


  • Debra Martel, Associate Director, First Nations House of Learning
  • Jan Hare, Assistant Professor, Department of Language and Literacy Education
  • Allison Taylor-McBride, Adjunct Professor, School of Library, Archival and Information Studies.


Some of the resources mentioned in the presentation:


This special event has been sponsored by the School of Library Archival and Information Studies in collaboration with the Education Library and Irving K. Barber Learning Centre.

A video podcast of the panel presentation will be available afterwards so that participants unable to joins us this exciting School Library Day event.

For more information about this event, contact Jo-Anne Naslund, Education Library 604-822-0940 or email or Eric Meyers,, School of Library Archival and Information Studies.

UBC Library will launch Refworks 2.0 on Monday, July 4, 2011. The new interface provides a cleaner layout and clearer navigation, while retaining all the functionalities you’re familiar with in Refworks Classic.

For additional information, see the RefWorks at UBC Blog.

On June 13th, Education Minister George Abbott will hold the first ever tweet-chat between a Minister of Education and members of the public. Click here to find out how to join the conversation.

The TD National Reading Summit II live webcast  (sponsored by UBC’s School of Library, Archival and Information Studies, Irving K. Barber Learning Centre and Education Library) connected BC participants to the conference in Montreal.  The first day’s events were both informative and thought provoking.  The second day of the conference will take place on

Friday January 21 in the  Dodson Room, Irving K. Barber Learning Centre

9:30-11:30 Spotlight on Boys and Reading
The Boys and Reading panel kicks off with keynote speaker, author, Jon Scieszka, renowned for his humour and re-invention of classic fairytales, The True Story of the 3 Little Pigs and Stinky Cheese Man. A tireless advocate for Boys and Reading, Scieszka grew up in Michigan with five brothers and no sisters and runs Guys Read, a non-profit literacy organization for boys.

After Scieszka’s presentation, Marie Désilets, Executive Advisor, Libraries, regional programs and services division, Montreal Public Library, introduces the video coup de Poing, followed by Jean-François Bouchard, Group Publisher of Bayard Press who will moderate an insightful and lively discussion on Boys and Reading.

The panel features: trained sociologist, Félix Maltais, Editor and founder of Éditions les Débrouillards, a youth science education movement; Shane Peacock, Novelist, playwright, screenwriter, journalist, and author of The Boy Sherlock Holmes series and; Jean-Yves Levesque who holds a PhD in psychopedagogy and is a research chair in the Department of Education at the Université du Québec à Rimouski. Levesque is currently heading a group research project on learning and socialization (APPSO).

Wrapping up the panel, Martine Boucher and Pierre Richard Simon will provide a presentation on Point de Match, a ground-breaking organization which pairs youth sports teams and libraries.

The afternoon sessions 12:00-2:30 will focus on technologies and reading. Note:  The next Reading Summit will take place in 2012 in Vancouver.

To view the complete Summit program, packed with exceptional speakers and panelists from Quebec, Canada and abroad, and go to

The National Reading Campaign is a campaign to incorporate and promote reading as a central feature of 21st century Canadian citizenship.

cIRcle and the Student Experience–Advancing Your Academic Career

Curious about how to get started with cIRcle? Meghan Radomske, Master of Library and Information Studies Candidate and cIRcle Graduate Academic Assistant, will discuss UBC’s digital repository, cIRcle, and the benefits it offers students.
cIRcle welcomes high quality scholarly contributions from both graduate and undergraduate students—enabling them to showcase their work and establish their academic online identities.  If you are a student interested in submitting non-thesis work to cIRcle, join us on Friday, November 19th to discuss the opportunities cIRcle provides you!

3:00-4:30 p.m.  Friday, November 19, 2010   Education Library   Scarfe 155

The UBC Faculty of Education, School of Library Archival and  Information Science and Education Library present, as part of Celebrate Learning Week, our National  School Library Day Colloquia

Thursday, October 28, 2010
4:30 – 6:00 p.m.
Lillooet Room, Irving K. Barber Learning Centre

E-texts, E-books: Are We at a Tipping Point?

Dr. Teresa Dobson, Associate Professor and Director of the Digital Literacy Centre, Dept. of Language and Literacy Education

Jeff Miller, Senior Manager, Distance Learning, Centre for  Teaching, Learning and Technology.

“The technology of the book has already seen a number of transitions in its long history: from clay to wax to papyrus to vellum to cloth to paper, stored as tablets or scrolls or folios or books, bound in horn or leather or cloth or paper. With each metamorphosis, the role of the librarian has changed – from scribe to guard to copyist to archivist to selector to teacher.” (2004, Johnson).

In this session, presenters will explore the way digital technologies are modifying and extending conceptions of text and will consider implications for knowledge creation, diffusion, and reception.

UBC Bookstore and Education Library present

The Education Book Fair
11:00 am to 2:00 pm
Scarfe Foyer
November 4, 5, 6

Time to shop for books for the whole family!

Kids books, teen titles, and teacher books will be on sale.  Book buyers will receive a 10% discount.
Faculty publications will also be on sale.

Videogames, Virtual Worlds and Real Learning October 26, 2009, 4:30-6:00 p.m.
Dodson Room, Irving K. Barber Learning Centre, UBC  (and via Live Podcast)

Panel Speakers:
* Eric Meyers, School of Library Archival and Information Studies, UBC
* Dr. Kathy Sanford, Associate Dean of Teacher Education, University of Victoria
* Liz Merkel, Doctoral Candidate, University of Victoria.

Every day millions of children and youth login to virtual environments where they play, socialize, create and explore a digital landscape as avatars or “virtual characters”. By the end of 2011, researchers estimate that 80% of active Internet users will be using virtual worlds. While virtual worlds are undeniably popular among children and youth, they have attracted the attention of anxious adults, teachers and librarians. Parents and child advocates suggest that videogames are dangerously addictive and even toxic to real-life pro-social development. Others decry the blatant commercialism and commodification of childhood experience.

Researchers Dr. Kathy Sanford and Liz Merkel from the University of Victoria and Dr. Eric Meyers from The University of British Columbia will share what they have learned about the nature of videogaming and virtual worlds. Dr. Sanford has focused her research on the videogaming of adolescent boys while Dr. Meyers as a participant and observer has explored the virtual play spaces popular with children and designed for home use, such as Club Penguin, WebKinz, Woogi World, Panwapa, Millsberry, Second life, BarbieGirls, Pixie Hollow, HandiPoints, and Sifaka World. Virtual worlds are not just playspaces, but the focal point of a great deal of information work. The implications for school and library professionals are worthy of our attention especially as we celebrate learning and National School Library Day.

This special event has been sponsored by UBC’s School of Library Archival and Information Studies in collaboration with the UBC Education Library and Irving K. Barber Learning Centre.

A live podcast of the panel presentation will be available so that participants off campus may join with us for this exciting National School Library Day event.

To access the Live Podcast select this web link to go to the viewer 5 minutes prior the event, or any time during the event.

Username:  SLAIS
Password:  mediasite

Air Date: 26/10/2009 4:30 PM PDT
Duration: 1:30:00 (h:mm:ss)

Please select the speech balloon to view the “ask” text box to submit questions to the event moderator.  Your question may be answered during the live event if appropriate.

To view the video or slides full screen, select the box with arrow icon found above each display panel you wish to see.

You may be asked to install “Silverlight” on your preferred web browser – a brief installation taking 20-30 seconds after your acknowledgement, and is only required once.

UBC has joined SPARC (Scholarly Publishing and Academic Resources Coalition), the Public Library of Science (PLoS), The Students for Free Culture, OASIS (the Open Access Scholarly Information Sourcebook); Open Access Directory (OAD); and (Electronic Information for Libraries), and over 120 institutions worldwide to celebrate in the First International Open Access Week.

Various events hosted by UBC Library will take place from Tuesday, October 20th through Thursday, October 22nd, 2009 in the Dodson Room at the Irving K. Barber Learning Centre.  The three themes for events are: Open Access Around the World, Surfacing UBC Scholarship, and Journal Publishing.  Attend a workshop, participate in a panel discussion, and hear from UBC colleagues about how they participate in the open access movement. Come learn about open access and share your perspective!

For a schedule of events
, and to register, go to:

For more information, contact Joy Kirchner at

Vancouver Children’s Literature Roundtable, with support from the Education Library and the Language and Literacy Education Department of the Faculty of Education, are featuring Gregory Maguire at the Annual Fall Breakfast.  You will recognize Gregory Maguire as the author of more than a dozen novels for children and, to date, five novels for adults, including WICKED, the basis of the Broadway musical of the same name.
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