1919 guide to British Columbia

Many thanks to guest blogger Emily Homolka for contributing the below post! Emily is a graduate student at UBC’s iSchool (School of Library, Archival and Information Studies) and is the curator of the digital exhibition Ghost Towns in British Columbia.

I’m very pleased to introduce my digital exhibit, Ghost Towns in British Columbia, curated using some of the archival and historical holdings of Rare Books and Special Collections!

Ghost Towns in British Columbia explores some of the themes of emergence, daily life, and sudden (or eventual) disappearances of towns in British Columbia, looking briefly at the rise and decline of Anyox, Phoenix, and Sandon. Through those towns and through the holdings of RBSC, this exhibit looks at the broader phenomena of ghost towns, considering their connection to history, memory, and memory institutions, such as libraries, museums, and archives.

I first became interested in the idea of ghost towns in 2019, when I spent the summer working with a project called “Digitized Okanagan History” (since rebranded as British Columbia Regional Digitized History), which digitizes local archival and historical materials in Kelowna, a city in the Okanagan Valley of British Columbia. As I worked, I would often come across photographs of towns that, when I searched for them, would only show up in a Wikipedia page about ghost towns in British Columbia or briefly mentioned in a travel pamphlet. I became fascinated with the idea that I was seeing a glimpse of a place that no longer exists, and that I would not have known ever existed before I found traces of them buried in the archives.

Sandon after the big fire

Ghost towns are by their very nature ephemeral, there and then gone, sometimes leaving behind scant amounts of information or the remains of building, sometimes getting repurposed (for good or for ill) decades after the end of the town, sometimes leaving behind nothing at all except memories and a romantic notion of what the town used to be. Exploring the collections at RBSC to see what information has been left behind and thinking about how that information shapes the modern day understanding of ghost towns has been an incredibly rewarding and fascinating experience. Through my exhibit, I hope I show what it is about ghost towns that has so captured my own imagination and to spark a similar interest in my readers!

I hope you enjoy the exhibition Ghost Towns in British Columbia!

This exhibit was possible due to the feedback and support that I received from Erik Kwakkel and Chelsea Shriver, as well as Rare Books and Special Collections at UBC Library that was so generous with my use of the archival materials. Thank you also to the Uno Langmann Family and to Wallace B. Chung and Madeline H. Chung, whose donations made this exhibit possible.

This latest Collection Spotlight highlights just a few of our English and French graphic novels as well as some books for those interested in creating their own or teaching using graphic novels as a resource.

 

English Graphic Novels

Seeking Refuge: a graphic novel
Irene N. Watts; illustrations by Kathryn E. Shoemaker.
PZ7.7.W377 Sk 2016

Eleven-year-old Marianne is fortunate. She is one of the first two hundred Jewish children on the heroic rescue operation known as the Kindertransport, which arrived in London, England in December, 1938. With the outbreak of World War II in 1939 Marianne finds herself being evacuated to Wales. She is shuffled from one unsuitable home to another, but there is a surprise in store and Marianne’s courage and resilience is finally rewarded.

Earth girl made easy
Cecil Castellucci, writer.
PN6727.C389 E27 2017

Loma Shade may be from another planet, but she’s still like every other twentysomething who feels that their life is going nowhere fast. Bored out of her mind, her solution is to drop out of school, dump her boyfriend and leave her homeworld of Meta behind–courtesy of the infamous “madness coat” of renegade poet Rac Shade, which is not so much a garment as it is a multidimensional gateway. After stealing the coat and astrally projecting herself across space, Loma ends up in the body of Megan Boyer, an Earth girl who seems to have it all: youth, beauty and a conveniently damaged brain. Following her “miraculous” recovery, however, Loma finds there’s just one problem with being Megan: Everyone hates her. She was a bully who terrorized her enemies and her friends alike, and now Loma’s stuck with the consequences. To make matters worse, back on Meta there are dark forces that want Rac’s dangerously valuable coat for their own nefarious purposes, and they’re closing in on Loma’s vulnerable physical body. At the same time, the primal madness that the coat channels is slowly, irresistibly eroding Loma’s equally vulnerable soul. With two new lives to live, can this Changing Girl survive either one without losing her mind?” 

New kid
Jerry Craft; with colour by Jim Callahan.
PZ7.7.C733 Nw 2019

Seventh-grader Jordan Banks loves nothing more than drawing cartoons about his life. But instead of sending him to the art school of his dreams, his parents enroll him in a prestigious private school known for its academics, where Jordan is one of the few kids of colour in his entire grade. As he makes the daily trip from his Washington Heights apartment to the upscale Riverdale Academy Day School, Jordan soon finds himself torn between two worlds–and not really fitting into either one. Can Jordan learn to navigate his new school culture while keeping his neighbourhood friends and staying true to himself?

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Tomboy: a graphic memoir
Liz Prince.
HQ1075 .P75 2014

Eschewing female stereotypes throughout her early years and failing to gain acceptance on the boys’ baseball team, Liz learns to embrace her own views on gender as she comes of age in this anecdotal graphic novel memoir.
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Boundless
Jillian Tamaki.
PN6733.T35 B68 2017

A collection of short comics about various women.
“Jenny becomes obsessed with a strange “mirror Facebook,” which presents an alternate, possibly better, version of herself. Helen finds her clothes growing baggy, her shoes looser, and as she shrinks away to nothingness, the world around her recedes as well. The animals of the city briefly open their minds to us, and we see the world as they do. A mysterious music file surfaces on the internet and forms the basis of a utopian society-or is it a cult? Boundless is at once fantastical and realist, playfully hinting at possible transcendence: from one’s culture, one’s relationship, oneself. This collection of short stories is a showcase for the masterful blend of emotion and humour of award-winning cartoonist Jillian Tamaki”–Amazon.com.

The unwanted: stories of the Syrian refugees
Written and illustrated by Don Brown.
DS98.6 .B76 2018

Syria, 2011: Teenage boys graffiti “Down with the regime” on a wall. This small act is just one of the many sparks that ignite a revolution to overthrow the tyrannical rule of Syrian president Bashar al-Assad. But Assad and his supporters are ruthless: imprisonment, torture, and devastating massacres tear the country apart. Refugees begin to flee Syria in staggering numbers. The unexpected flood of victims overwhelms neighbouring countries. Desperate refugees escape to Europe. Chaos reigns. Resentment heightens as disruption and the cost of aid grow. By 2017, the war rages on and many nations want to close their borders and turn their backs on the victims. The refugees are the unwanted. Don Brown, the award-winning creator of The Great American Dust Bowl and Drowned City, depicts moments of both heartbreaking horror and hope in the ongoing Syrian refugee crisis. Shining a light on the stories of the survivors, The Unwanted is both a testament to the courage and resilience of the refugees and a call to action, serving as a timely reminder that this is not just a Syrian crisis, but a human crisis. — From dust jacket.

Guts
Raina Telgemeier; with colour by Braden Lamb.
BF723.S75 T45 2019

“Raina wakes up one night with a terrible upset stomach. Her mom has one, too, so it’s probably just a bug. Raina eventually returns to school, where she’s dealing with the usual highs and lows: friends, not-friends, and classmates who think the school year is just one long gross-out session. It soon becomes clear that Raina’s tummy trouble isn’t going away… and it coincides with her worries about food, school, and changing friendships. What’s going on?”–Provided by publisher.
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Cheshire Crossing
Andy Weir; illustrated by Sarah Andersen.
PN6727.W4167 C44 2019

“What happens to Alice when she comes back from Wonderland? Wendy from Neverland? Dorothy from Oz? The three meet here, at Cheshire Crossing — a boarding school where girls like them learn how to cope with their supernatural experiences and harness their magical world-crossing powers. But the trio — now teenagers, who’ve had their fill of meddling authority figures — aren’t content to sit still in a classroom. Soon they’re dashing from one universe to the next, leaving havoc in their wake — and, inadvertently, bringing the Wicked Witch and Hook together in a deadly supervillain love match. To stop them, the girls will have to draw on all of their powers… and marshal a team of unlikely allies from across the magical multiverse.”–Provided by publisher.

Hostage
Guy Delisle; translated by Helge Dascher.
PN6733.D44 S4613 2017

“In the middle of the night in 1997, Doctors Without Borders administrator Christophe André was kidnapped by armed men and taken away to an unknown destination in the Caucasus region. For three months, André was kept handcuffed in solitary confinement, with little to survive on and almost no contact with the outside world. Close to twenty years later, award-winning cartoonist Guy Delisle … recounts André’s harrowing experience in Hostage, a book that attests to the power of one man’s determination in the face of a hopeless situation.”

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French

Mechant Minou chez le véterinaire
Nick Bruel; texte français d’Hélène Pilotto.
PZ23.B78 Mc 2016

Quand Méchant minou est en forme, tout va bien. Il saute partout, il mange tout ce qui lui tombe sous la patte, et a assez d’énergie pour éloigner les chiots malcommodes. Par contre, lorsqu’il est malade, il reste cloué au lit. Serait-il temps d’aller rendre visite au vétérinaire?

When Méchant minou is happy and healthy, everything is perfect. He jumps around, eats everything in sight, and has the energy to keep slobbering puppies in their place. But when he’s sick, all he can do is lie in bed. Looks like it’s time for this sick kitty to visit her least favourite person. the vet.

Original title: Bad Kitty Goes to the Vet

Souris!
Raina Telgemeier ; coloration de Stephanie Yue ; texte français de France Gladu.
PZ23.T36 Sr 2011

Raina est une fille de 6e année qui fait de son mieux pour être comme les autres – elle est rongée par l’inquiétude sachant qu’elle devra bientôt porter un appareil d’orthodontie. C’était son état d’esprit avant de se briser les dents en tombant tête première sur le pavé… Cet accident marque le début d’une longue période de frustrations pour Raina. Chirurgie, appareils d’orthodontie et fausses dents font désormais partie de sa vie. Et comme un malheur n’arrive jamais seul… La ville est secouée par un tremblement de Terre. La jeune fille ne cesse de commettre des maladresses avec les garçons. Et que dire des moqueries de ses amis? Souris Raina, la vie est belle!

Eleven-year-old Raina just wants to be a normal sixth grader. But one night after a trip-and-fall mishap, she injures her two front teeth, and what follows is a long and frustrating journey with on-again, off-again braces, corrective surgery, embarrassing headgear, and even a retainer with fake teeth attached. And on top of all that, there’s still more to deal with: a major earthquake, boy confusion, and friends who turn out to be not so friendly.

This coming-of-age true story is sure to resonate with anyone who has ever been in middle school, and especially those who have had a bit of their own dental drama.

Original title: Smile

Louis parmi les spectres
Fanny Britt; [illustrations] Isabelle Arsenault.
PZ23.7.B76 Ls 2016

“Louis parmi les spectres est le nouveau livre du duo Fanny Britt et Isabelle Arsenault à La Pastèque ! Louis a onze ans, une mère qui a peur de tout, un père qui pleure quand il boit et un petit frère obsédé par la soul américaine. Il rêve de déclarer son amour à Billie, une compagne de classe indépendante et solitaire. Mais dans la réalité, rien à faire : dès qu’il s’approche d’elle, Louis est tétanisé comme un clou rouillé. Aidé par sa famille, son fidèle ami Boris et les spectres du passé qui peuplent son monde intérieur, Louis découvrira la vraie définition du courage. Après le succès phénoménal de Jane, le renard et moi, Fanny Britt et Isabelle Arsenault collaborent de nouveau pour nous offrir une bande dessinée aussi sensible, touchante et époustouflante que la première.”–From Renaud-Bray.com.

Instructional Books

Share your smile: Raina’s guide to telling your own story
Raina Telgemeier.
PN159 .T45 2019

Have you ever thought about telling your own story, whether it be true or imagined? Are you interested in writing, drawing, or both? If the answers are yes, this fun, colourful, and interactive journal is for you! With guidance from Raina herself, brainstorm ideas, make lists, paste in personal photos, and use your imagination like never before to create your own stories. For additional inspiration, behind-the-scenes info from Raina’s own comics-making adventures is featured inside.

The 101 best graphic novels
Stephen Weiner.
PN6710 .W45 2005

An ultimate guide to the best of what’s out there and available now. It includes an introduction by Neil Gaiman, and is edited by Keith DeCandido.

This concise guide to the best that’s out there and available now is updated considerably with half of the listings all new and a significant representation of the best in manga.
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Wham: teaching with graphic novels across the curriculum
William G. Brozo, Gary Moorman, Carla K. Meyer; foreword by Stergios Botzakis.
LB1044.9.C59 B76 2014

Graphic novels are an excellent medium to motivate today’s youth to become independent learners and thinkers. This practical guide shows secondary school teachers how to incorporate graphic novels into content area instruction as a tool for meeting the needs of diverse learners and achieving the goals of the Common Core State Standards. The authors provide instructional guidelines with classroom examples that demonstrate how graphic novels can be used to expand content knowledge and literacy in science, social studies, math, and English/language arts. Teachers will appreciate the book’s specific suggestions for selecting graphic novels and for employing responsive practices that will build students’ reading, writing, speaking, listening, and media competencies.

Visit us for research help, to see our  collections, or to find a place to study. At Xwi7xwa Library everyone is welcome!

November 2020 is the 6th anniversary of Indigenous Disability Awareness Month in B.C. and across Canada. The B.C. Aboriginal Network on Disability Society notes that “Indigenous people in Canada experience a disability rate significantly higher than that of the general population. Indigenous Disability Awareness Month (IDAM) brings awareness of these barriers and issues that Indigenous peoples and their families living with disabilities face every day. More importantly, we celebrate their achievements and recognize the significant and valuable contributions they make to our communities socially, economically, and culturally.”

In relation to Indigenous Disability Awareness Month X̱wi7x̱wa Library hoped to produce a booklist of #ownvoices fiction, non-fiction and scholarly sources related to Indigenous experiences of disability. After searching UBC’s scholarly resources, Twitter, GoodReads, Google, we found a gap in fiction, non-fiction and scholarly writing on this topic.

We’d love to hear from you: what are your recommendations for #ownvoices reading or media about Indigenous experiences of disability? Email us at xwi7xwa.library@ubc.ca!

At UBC, the Crane Library is available to support students with disabilities through the Centre for Accessibility.

 

Researching Disability and Indigeneity

The language used to define and discuss disability, or differing abilities, is often context dependent and especially so in Indigenous communities. Beliefs about wellness and unwellness are different from community to community and often expanded to include the impact of colonization. Research about disability and Indigenous people is limited but is located primarily at the intersection of Disability Studies and Indigenous Studies, although it could encompass other areas of study (e.g.: education, social work, occupational therapy). Please bear in mind that some of the terminology used to do research about disability and Indigeneity may be outdated.

Start your research using the UBC catalogue or Summon. Please visit X̱wi7x̱wa Library’s First Nations and Indigenous Studies research guide for more information about doing research. Please email xwi7xwa.library@ubc.ca for additional research support.

Useful keywords for searching UBC Summon and databases might include:

Combine keywords related to Indigenous identity with keywords about your topic. For example: Indigenous AND disability

  • Indigenous
  • Aboriginal
  • race
  • disability / disabilities
  • accessibility
  • ableism
  • wellness
  • Terminology specific to different abilities (deaf, deafened, Sign Language, Indigenous Sign Language, etc.)
  • Terminology specific to Indigenous communities (Cree, Métis, Inuit, etc.)

See X̱wi7x̱wa Library’s “First Nations and Indigenous Studies” guide for additional information about searching using keywords and finding Indigenous perspectives.

Some useful subject heading for searching UBC Summon might include:

(Native people with disabilities)

(“Aboriginal Canadians” AND Disabilities)

(“Disabled people” AND “Native American studies”)

Useful journals and other e-resources might include:

Disability & Society

Journal of Literary & Cultural Disability Studies

Native Health Database

iPortal

Routledge Handbooks Online

Core Indigenous Studies journals

Indigenous health databases and statistics

 

Fiction and Non-Fiction

Below, you’ll find some adult and children’s books written by self-identified Indigenous authors with disabilities, Indigenous literature with differently abled characters, and books on the topic of disability. Unless otherwise noted, all books listed are available at a UBC Library for currently registered students, faculty and staff. For community borrowers, please check for these books at your local public library. If your library does not carry a book that you want, you can often request the library purchase it.

Adult Books & Media

Heart Berries: a memoir by Theresa Marie Mailhot: In this memoir, Mailhot chronicles her experience living with chronic mental illness.

“Seed Children” by Mari Kurisato in Love After the End. Love After the End is a new two-spirit, Indigiqueer science fiction/fantasy anthology, currently available as an ebook with the physical book on order at Vancouver Public Library.

Aboriginal Sign Languages of the Americas and Australia edited by D. Jean Umiker-Sebeok and Thomas Sebeok:

Indian Sign Language by William Tomkins: An unabridged and corrected re-publication of the 1931 fifth edition of the work originally published by the author in San Diego, California under the title Universal Indian Sign Language of the Plains Indians of North America.

My Sister by Thirza Cuthand and Danielle Ratslaff (streaming media): Two thoughtful young friends openly discuss their relationship with their sisters, both of whom have intellectual disabilities.

You Don’t Have to Say You Love Me by Sherman Alexie: In this 2017 memoir, the author recounts his childhood hydrocephaly, alcoholism and bipolar disorder.

All the Weight of Our Dreams: On Living Racialized Autism: “Delve into poetry, essays, short fiction, photography, paintings, and drawings in the first-ever anthology entirely by autistic people of color, featuring 61 writers and artists from seven countries. The work here represents the lives, politics, and artistic expressions of Black, Brown, Latinx, Indigenous, Mixed-Race, and other racialized and people of color from many autistic communities, often speaking out sharply on issues of marginality, intersectionality, and liberation.” Available at Vancouver Public Library.

My only daughter : Karina Beth-Ann Wolfe / producer/director, Grace Smith: “Carole Wolfe, a deaf Indigenous woman in Saskatoon, bravely shares the story of her daughter’s disappearance in 2010. Told in American Sign Language.”

Children’s Books

Native Athletes in Action! By Vincent Schilling (for middle grade ages): In Chapter 3, readers meet Cheri Becerra-Madsen (Omaha) a wheelchair racing Olympian and world record holder who lost use of her legs at age 3.

Tribal Journey by Gary Robinson (for middle grade ages): “Sixteen-year-old Jason is left with a paralyzed leg after a car accident and it is only after becoming involved with his Duwamish mother’s tribe and learning to “pull” a canoe that he begins to see himself as more than a boy in a wheelchair.”

Spirit Bear and Children Make History (for elementary grade ages): “Hello! My name is Sus Zul in the Carrier language. In English, people call me Spirit Bear. I am a proud member of the Carrier Sekani Tribal Council. I am on my way to Ottawa, Ontario, to witness a very important human rights case. Would you join me on this journey?” When Spirit Bear’s mom tells him about an important human rights case happening in Ottawa, Ontario, he makes the LONG trip (by train, his favourite way to travel) to go and watch, and to stand up for First Nations kids. And he isn’t the only one! Lots of children come too — to listen, and to show they care. Spirit Bear knows that children can change the world because he’s there to see it happen. This is the story of how kids — kids just like you — made a difference … with a bit of help from some bears and other animals along the way!”

The Asian Library hosted its first virtual Diwali or Deepavali celebrations on Thursday, November 12 and it also marked the beginning of celebrating Asian Library’s 60th anniversary. Event attendees enjoyed a variety of folk dances, poems, songs, learned about the traditions surrounding Diwali, and also learned about the history of the Asian Library.

Sarbjit Randhawa, South Asian and Himalayan Studies Librarian, would like to thank Surrey India Arts Club, Shan-E-Punjab Arts Academy, Raghavendra Rao K.V., Taranjeet Kaur Dhaliwal, Taranjit Singh Dhillon and Phoebe Chow for their impressive performances and presentations. She also expressed a special thanks to Dr. Anne Murphy for her continued support to the Asian Library. Prof. Murphy is an Associate Prof. at the Asian Studies and Lead, Interdisciplinary Histories Research Cluster, UBC.

 

Hate crimes, violence, transphobia: painful subjects that must be acknowledged and addressed by the academic community in order to honor victims, and support and empower transgender people in our community. Established in 1999, Transgender Day of Remembrance (TDoR) aims to “honour those who have been lost to or suffered violence as a result of transphobia, as well as recognize the ongoing violence and oppression that trans people continue to face.” (UBC, 2020).

Unfortunately, many people not only face transphobia, but are also marginalized because of their race, socioeconomic status, faith, health, in what is known as Intersectionality, a concept largely studied by scholars on Gender, Race, Sexuality and Social Justice. One of the main works on the theme, written by Patricia Hill Collins and Sirma Bilge is available as an e-book at UBC Library.

To honor and amplify the voices of trans people, we would like to point you to some UBC Library resources about or by them.

Dow - book coverMichele Dow just published Transgender educators: Understanding marginalization through an intersectional lens.

One of the aspects highlighted by the author is the importance of representation: “For young people understanding their gender identity, they may read about the lives of transgender people and in some cases feel enormous support from their cisgender teachers and administrators, but there is nothing quite like the moment when they actually see a person like themselves standing in front of the classroom.” (Dow, 2020, p. 11)

 

Stryker - book cover

If you want to learn more, Susan Stryker’s Transgender history is another great resource.

Besides the historical analysis, the author also curated and made available a list of non-fiction and fiction books, documentaries, films and websites.

 

 

a fantastic woman posterUna Mujer Fantástica [A Fantastic Woman], a Chilean production was one of the most recent films to gain attention from the public.

The movie tells the story of Marina, a trans woman, and her fight for her rights after the passing of her partner, Orlando.

 

 

Green - cover

In Becoming a Visible Man, Jamison Green wrote his auto-biography while approaching important aspects and problems related to transgender and transsexual people.

 

 

 

Emezi - coverAnother acclaimed autobiography is Freshwater , by Akwaeke Emezi. Following the novel format, Akwaeke “explores the metaphysics of identity and being, plunging the reader into the mysteries of self”. (“Freshwater”, n.d.).

You can get this book by using our Materials Pick-Up Services.

 

 

Shraya - cover

Vivek Shrarya is a celebrated Canadian artist who works using her words as text, music, theatre, film.

Her best-selling book, I’m Afraid of Men is currently available in print at UBC-Okanagan, but you can find other works by the author at UBC – Vancouver and online!

You can get Even this page is white! using our Materials Pick-Up Service, or read a digital copy of The subtweet: a novel.

 

Besides the resources available at UBC, you can also check out resources at your local public library! Many Public libraries curate book lists for topics, like the one created by King County Library System (Washington – USA) for TDoR! If you’re in Vancouver, librarians at Vancouver Public Library (VPL) tailored a list of Transgender Non-fiction books.

Want to take action? If you are a trans UBC student, staff or faculty looking for support, or if you want to learn more about becoming an ally, UBC has some helpful resources available for the community!

UBC Equity & Inclusion Office promotes the Positive Space Campaign, that fosters “a welcoming and inclusive environment, respectful dialogue on campus for people of all sexual orientations and gender identities by identifying spaces where sexual and gender diversity is supported and valued.” (n. d.).

UBC Student Services designed a page to support trans and gender diversity on Campus.

Out on the Shelves is Vancouver’s oldest LGBT2QIA+ Library. Located at the Nest, the library is a safe space ran by volunteers.

REFERENCES

Dow, M. (2020). Transgender educators: Understanding marginalization through an intersectional lens. Lanham: Lexington Books.

Freshwater. (n. d.). Akwaeke Emezi. Retrieved November 22, 2020 from https://www.akwaeke.com/freshwater

UBC. (2020, November).Transgender Day of Remembrance at UBC. UBC Events. Retrieved November 22, 2020 from https://events.ubc.ca/transgender-day-of-remembrance-at-ubc/

UBC Equity & Inclusion Office. (n. d.). Positive Space Campaign. Retrieved November 22m 2020 from https://equity.ubc.ca/resources/positive-space/

Featured image:

Balk, L. (2020). Transgender Flag 2 [Digital Image]. Unsplash. https://unsplash.com/photos/aSNHfvzHTkI

Change. Extreme. Fortitude. Transformation. Unpredictable. These are some of the words predicted by the creatives at Thoughtmatter to describe 2020 – back in December 2019! 

With all the changes that have happened this year, including for many of us the shift to a fully remote working model, countless small businesses have felt the consequences of COVID-19. Here at SBA, we’ve been working hard to ensure that our BC entrepreneurs and small business owners have access to credible market research information to inform their important business decisions. We’ve updated our Industry Guides, added local organizations to our BC Business Support Directory, and shared quality events and news via Twitter.

To finish this year strong we have curated a round-up of upcoming free events and webinars so we can learn to adapt to these unprecedented times together.


November 2020

BDO Rethink Virtual Conference

Host: BDO

Date: November 24 (Virtual)

Cost: Free

Register

Summary: Learn how to build resiliency through digital transformation during COVID-19. Geared toward professionals across a range of industries, there will be keynote presentations, fireside chats, and breakout rooms.


Market Research 1: Find Business Data and Insights

Host: Small Business BC

Date: November 25 (Virtual)

Cost: Free

Register

Summary: Join Market Research Analyst Mark Eversfield to navigate the world of market research and learn how secondary data can inform key business decisions.


Personal Branding Webinar

Host: Women’s Enterprise Centre

Date: November 26 (Virtual)

Cost: Free

Register

Summary: Branding is a key component of any business and it is also essential for individuals. Learn how to leverage digital platforms like social media to communicate your personal and professional brand.


Cybersecurity Advice to Protect Your Business

Host: Small Business BC

Date: November 30 (Virtual)

Cost: Free

Register

Summary: Digital security is an essential part of protecting small businesses from various types of threats. Learn actionable steps to mitigate cybersecurity risks from Sukhmani Dev, Head of Digital Payments & Cybersecurity Solutions for Mastercard Canada.

December 2020

BC Buy Local Week

Host: BC Buy Local

Date: November 30 - December 6

Cost: Free

Campaign information

Summary: Join BC Buy Local’s annual celebration to support local businesses and keep money circulating in the BC economy.


Celebrating Indigenous Small Business Forum

Host: Business Link

Date: December 2 (Virtual)

Cost: Free

Register

Summary: This full-day forum supports Indigenous entrepreneurs and small business owners by providing tools, resources, and guidance to start and grow a small business.


Energy, Empathy and Diversity: How We Can All Contribute to an Inclusive Workplace

Host: BC Tech Association

Date: December 3 (Virtual)

Cost: Free

Register

Summary: Join Marco Pasqua to discover how changing our attitudes, physical environment, and interactions with others can have a lasting impact on promoting inclusive workspaces.


Please note, event details have been taken from host descriptions and are subject to change. We will continue to update this post with events as they come up.

Image credits:

Image from Tim Mossholder used under Unsplash License

Events

Change. Extreme. Fortitude. Transformation. Unpredictable. These are some of the words predicted by the creatives at Thoughtmatter to describe 2020 – back in December 2019! 

With all the changes that have happened this year, including for many of us the shift to a fully remote working model, countless small businesses have felt the consequences of COVID-19. Here at SBA, we’ve been working hard to ensure that our BC entrepreneurs and small business owners have access to credible market research information to inform their important business decisions. We’ve updated our Industry Guides, added local organizations to our BC Business Support Directory, and shared quality events and news via Twitter.

To finish this year strong we have curated a round-up of upcoming free events and webinars so we can learn to adapt to these unprecedented times together.


November 2020

BDO Rethink Virtual Conference

Host: BDO

Date: November 24 (Virtual)

Cost: Free

Register

Summary: Learn how to build resiliency through digital transformation during COVID-19. Geared toward professionals across a range of industries, there will be keynote presentations, fireside chats, and breakout rooms.


Market Research 1: Find Business Data and Insights

Host: Small Business BC

Date: November 25 (Virtual)

Cost: Free

Register

Summary: Join Market Research Analyst Mark Eversfield to navigate the world of market research and learn how secondary data can inform key business decisions.


Personal Branding Webinar

Host: Women’s Enterprise Centre

Date: November 26 (Virtual)

Cost: Free

Register

Summary: Branding is a key component of any business and it is also essential for individuals. Learn how to leverage digital platforms like social media to communicate your personal and professional brand.


Cybersecurity Advice to Protect Your Business

Host: Small Business BC

Date: November 30 (Virtual)

Cost: Free

Register

Summary: Digital security is an essential part of protecting small businesses from various types of threats. Learn actionable steps to mitigate cybersecurity risks from Sukhmani Dev, Head of Digital Payments & Cybersecurity Solutions for Mastercard Canada.

December 2020

BC Buy Local Week

Host: BC Buy Local

Date: November 30 - December 6

Cost: Free

Campaign information

Summary: Join BC Buy Local’s annual celebration to support local businesses and keep money circulating in the BC economy.


Celebrating Indigenous Small Business Forum

Host: Business Link

Date: December 2 (Virtual)

Cost: Free

Register

Summary: This full-day forum supports Indigenous entrepreneurs and small business owners by providing tools, resources, and guidance to start and grow a small business.


Energy, Empathy and Diversity: How We Can All Contribute to an Inclusive Workplace

Host: BC Tech Association

Date: December 3 (Virtual)

Cost: Free

Register

Summary: Join Marco Pasqua to discover how changing our attitudes, physical environment, and interactions with others can have a lasting impact on promoting inclusive workspaces.


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Art & Visual Literacy Librarian
UBC Library | Vancouver Campus
Full-time, ongoing General Librarian position
Anticipated Start Date: May 1, 2021

UBC LIBRARY:

The University of British Columbia Library is one of the largest academic libraries in Canada and consistently ranks among the top university research libraries in North America. UBC Library has 14 branches and divisions, two campuses (Vancouver and Kelowna), one off-site hospital library, and the Irving K. Barber Learning Centre – a multi-purpose teaching and learning facility.

The Library’s collection of over 7M items includes 1.4M ebooks, 229,020 electronic journals, 850,000 maps, audio, DVD/video and graphic materials, and 1,703 bibliographic and fulltext databases.

More than 300 knowledgeable employees – librarians, management and professional staff, support staff and student staff – provide users with the excellent resources and services that they need to further their research, teaching and learning. The UBC Library Strategic Framework can be viewed at https://about.library.ubc.ca/about-us/strategic-framework/. To learn more about working with UBC Library and to explore our aspirational values visit UBC Library – Work with us.

summary of responsibility:

Due to the MAA Library’s location in the Irving K. Barber Learning Centre (IKBLC), adjacent to the Chapman Learning Commons and as the main service point for the Automated Storage & Retrieval System (ASRS), the Art & Visual Literacy Librarian provides reference and information services to a broad range of faculty, students, staff, and community users in the IKBLC. The position assumes responsibility for designated subject areas, including but not limited to art history and visual art, and liaison with assigned departments, including but not limited to the Department of Art History, Visual Art & Theory (AHVA). The Art & Visual Literacy Librarian participates in the development and assessment of the library collections and leads the development, preservation, and evolution of UBC Library’s art history and visual art collection. As the Visual Literacy lead at UBC Library is a partner and resource person for librarians and specialists involved in visual literacy intstruction that enables students to effectively find, interpret, evaluate, use, and create images and visual media. The position provides web-based and classroom instruction and assistance in the use of information and visual resources; plans and implements services that respond to the needs of our users; participates in the development and review of library policies, procedures, and services; and is responsible for the coordination and management of services and projects as required.

qualifications:

REQUIRED

  • A graduate degree from an ALA accredited school of Library, Archival and Information Science
  • Experience with art history and visual art resources
  • Experience with the ACRL Visual Literacy Competency Standards for Higher Education
  • Demonstrated ability and enthusiasm to teach classes as well as initiate, plan, and carry out projects both independently and as a member of a team
  • Excellent written and oral communication skills
  • Comprehensive information technology and digital literacy skills
  • Strong interpersonal skills and the ability to work creatively and effectively as a member of a team
  • A high-level service commitment and flexibility and willingness to assume a variety of assignments
  • Ability to recognize, respect, and work effectively with individuals and groups with diverse perspectives and backgrounds. Demonstrated knowledge of issues related to equity and inclusion.
  • Ability to develop and maintain cooperative and productive working relationships and engage in workplace culture.
  • Ability to recognize and appreciate the contributions of colleagues.
  • Committed to demonstrating respect for colleagues at every level by trusting in their abilities and knowledge to perform their roles and earning respect through meeting commitments.
  • Models and demonstrates good communication through active listening and appreciative inquiry and open to providing and receiving timely, constructive feedback.
  • Listens to, encourages and expresses creative and innovative ideas. Open to experimenting with and improvising new ways of approaching processes, tasks or problems.

PREFERRED

  • Undergraduate or graduate degree in art history or related discipline
  • Library experience in the additional disciplines of architecture, music, and/or planning
  • Reading knowledge of French and at least one other foreign language
  • Experience with outreach, promotion, and marketing of library services and resources

Working relationships:

Reports to the Head, Music, Art & Architecture (MAA) Library. Works cooperatively with librarians and support staff in the MAA Library, the Irving K. Barber Learning Centre, Rare Books & Special Collections, Technical Services, Digital Initiatives, and other UBC Library Librarians, Archivists and Staff. Builds relationships with faculty, students, and the community as part of Reference, Teaching, Collections, and Liaison duties.

Duties:

REFERENCE

Provides in-person reference and information services to a broad range of faculty, students, and other users at the Information Desk in the centrally located Irving K. Barber Learning Centre. Provides in-person and online reference and information services to faculty, students and staff in designated liaison areas, including advising and assisting in difficult or extensive searches for related subject areas of responsibility. Employs the full range of internet, electronic, and print sources.

TEACHING AND LEARNING

Teaches classes to students and faculty in the use of the Library’s resources, including the Library’s databases, print resources, and e-resources. Teaches Visual Literacy classes enabling students to effectively find, interpret, evaluate, use, and create images and visual media. Participates in orientation tours and other Library instruction programs. Prepares handouts, research guides, and informational brochures in appropriate formats.

COLLECTION DEVELOPMENT

Selects art resources across all formats with consideration of the art collection’s role supporting research, faculty teaching, and identity as a major local, provincial, and national art resource. Develops and maintains the art collection policies and procedures. Oversees the art collection’s budgets to ensure allotments are spent out on time and encumbrances kept within funding allocations. Proactively assesses the state of the collection to align purchasing activities with users’ needs. Liaises with UBC Library Development Office, UBC Development Office, donors, and AHVA to coordinate receipt of gifts-in-kind.

LIAISON RESPONSIBILITIES

Initiates and maintains contact with faculty, staff, and students in assigned departments.  Attends departmental meetings as needed. Informs faculty of services and instruction offered. Liaises with faculty on issues of collection development. Responds to faculty requests for accreditation/review, new course proposals, etc., in consultation with the Head, MAA Library. Represents MAA Library on library committees and working groups. In collaboration with other Library employees and adhering to UBC Library Communications & Marketing standards, plans, develops, delivers and assesses orientation, promotional, and event-based initiatives. Participates in the advancement and support of UBC Library scholarly communications initiatives, including copyright, open access activities, open education resources (OER), data management, and institutional repository.

MANAGEMENT

In consultation with the Head, plans and implements services for users, processing tasks in the Branch, or other activities as assigned. Initiates and participates in needs assessment, design, implementation, and evaluation for the provision of information services for the Library. Undertakes, or assists with, special projects, committee work, or other temporary assignments as required. Acts on behalf of the Head Librarian as required. Supervises MAA Library student librarians, including hiring, training and mentoring.

CURRENT AWARENESS

Remains up-to-date with new literature and research developments in areas of specialization. Maintains expertise in electronic information resources and technologies. Keeps current with changing professional expectations, services requirements, and developments in academic libraries.

STANDARDS OF PERFORMANCE

Professional and responsive liaison with the Department of Art History, Visual Art and Theory. Effective provision of reference/research service and instructional workshops. Current and comprehensive knowledge of specialized subject areas. Expert development of the collection for the purpose of supporting user needs. Innovative and efficient service development and delivery. Effective use of electronic information and technologies. Familiarity with the Library’s policies, procedures, and operations. Good working relations with staff and users across Library and campus units. 

TERMS OF APPOINTMENT AND SALARY:

Salary will be commensurate with experience and academic/professional qualifications.

We are seeking applications from Librarians with up to 2 years of experience. However, all internal candidates will be considered regardless of years of experience and are encouraged to apply.

Applications will include: a detailed and current curriculum vitae; and a letter of application that includes a statement of citizenship/immigration status and indicates the candidate’s education, training and work experience in the areas listed above.

Equity and diversity are essential to academic excellence. An open and diverse community fosters the inclusion of voices that have been underrepresented or discouraged. We encourage applications from members of groups that have been marginalized on any grounds enumerated under the B.C. Human Rights Code, including sex, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, racialization, disability, political belief, religion, marital or family status, age, and/or status as a First Nation, Metis, Inuit, or Indigenous person. All qualified candidates are encouraged to apply; however Canadians and permanent residents will be given priority.

To view the complete job description and to submit an application, please visit the UBC Careers page at https://hr.ubc.ca/careers-and-job-postings by midnight December 18, 2020.

The award recognizes an individual who has made an outstanding local, regional, or national contribution within an area of research librarianship.

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