Program Assistant, Chapman Learning Commons


Andrea Robin joined the Learning Centre in July 2017 as Program Assistant for the Chapman Learning Commons. Before joining the Learning Centre team, Andrea worked with universities and non-profits providing programming and facilitation for integrated learning as well as grant writing and development to build access to education for communities throughout the province of BC. With a background in fine art and further studies in neuroscience, Andrea has been contributing at the intersection of culture, learning, and social innovation for over ten years. Andrea is grateful to support young people and learners of all ages to reach their goals by their values.

Current role and responsibilities:

As Learning Commons Program Assistant, Andrea’s fortunate to offer support to students as they build their capacity through integrated learning. Andrea contributes to the development and maintenance of processes supporting the day-to-day operations of the Chapman Learning Commons including managing workshop/event bookings in the Lillooet and Dodson Rooms, creating content and curation for the digital signage screens in the Learning Commons and Music, Art and Architecture Library, website maintenance, promoting learning opportunities by contributing to the CLC social media platforms and providing ongoing information referrals to the UBC and the greater communities.


Phone: 604-827-5949


Edith Stewart, Librarian at the Extension Department Library, in 1950 (UBC 3.1/314)

The Rare Books and Special Collections reading room will be closed on Wednesday, July 26, for staff training, and the 11 a.m. drop-in “Get to Know RBSC” tour will be cancelled that day. We apologize for any inconvenience and look forward to seeing you on Thursday, July 27, when the reading room will be open as normal, and our new drop-in tour of the Chung Collection will be starting at 10 a.m.


There is excitement among researchers both nationally and internationally on the recent U15 Group of Canadian Research Universities’ statement. Why? It focuses on sustainable publishing.


As a collaborative body of Canada’s leading research-intensive universities, the U15 Group of Canadian Research Universities’ works to “foster the development and delivery of long-term, sustainable higher education and research policy, in Canada and around the world”.  These Canadian universities are “home to world-class researchers using state-of-the-art research infrastructure to make ground-breaking discoveries” as they “train tomorrow’s citizens, entrepreneurs and leaders, and work with partners from the public, private and government sectors to mobilize knowledge and capitalize on it”.


The message by Suzanne Corbeil, U15 Executive Director, states in part that “[w]e know investing in research and science pays dividends for all Canadians. It spurs innovation and fosters the curiosity and creativity that our best and brightest minds direct towards solving society’s greatest challenges. It also enables us to ensure we are developing the best and brightest talent for the workforce of tomorrow, and are able to conduct research in world-class facilities that can drive growth of innovative companies.“


In its preamble, the U15 Statement on Sustainable Publishing emphasizes that, “Access to research and scholarly outputs is essential for scientific discovery, innovation, and education. To maximize knowledge transfer and impact, our researchers’ work must be made readily available around the globe. Research-intensive universities also require timely and continuing access to international research results and scholarship in order to advance and disseminate knowledge, and to develop the next generation of researchers.”


The five key principles and their highlights found in the U15 statement are briefly listed directly below:


  1. Open Access – a necessity for an accessible and sustainable model of scholarly publishing
  2. Public Interest – disseminating scholarly publications and other research outputs as widely as possible
  3. Quality – rigorous peer review processes and effective research impact measures in all forms of academic publishing
  4. Accountability – highest possible proportion of public dollars invested in research and education
  5. Innovation – collaborative development of new models of scholarly communications benefit the academy and the public in the digital age


Download the full U15 Statement on Sustainable Publishing here


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Above logo is courtesy of U15


Learning Services Librarian


Alex Kuskowski joined the Learning Center in October 2016. A UBC Alumni, Alex gradated with a Master’s in Library Science from the UBC School of Library, Archival, and Information Studies (SLAIS). Prior to working in the Learning Commons, Alex was a writer and editor for a children’s book publishing company. Alex has an extensive background in writing, education, and digital media.

Current Role and Responsibilities

In her current role, Alex manages the planning, implementation and assessment of learning support programs and services at the Chapman Learning Commons. This includes overseeing the equipment lending program and student-staff at the Chapman Learning Commons desk. Alex also co-leads several UBC collaborative information literacy projects including the Digital Tattoo project and the Making Research Accessible Initiative (MRAi). Alex is interested in using digital media and emerging technology to engage students, staff and the community with library services.


Phone: 604-822-6915

UPDATE ; Wiley Online is back online.

Wiley Online Library (eBooks & eJournals) seems to be down.

Working on it.

Stay tuned.

The objects within Open Collections are beautiful, often rare, and allow connection with history as only primary sources can. As your humble blog correspondent, I am consistently struck with how different things were, yet what we are interested in, our concerns, and struggles are the same. This week, let’s see what the past has to tell us about how to live our lives.

Facts and figures relating to Vancouver Island and British Columbia showing what to expect and how to get there by Joseph Despard Pemberton. I moved to Vancouver about a year ago, and am always interested in different historical perspectives on this place.

This section of a book containing Chinese medicine formulas could be exactly what you need! It may have been brought by or for the Freemasons.

The Traité Général des Pesches, et histoire des Poissons qu’elles fournissent, tant pour la subsistance des hommes, que pour plusieurs autres usages qui ont rapport aux arts et au commerce contains everything one needs to know about fish, fisheries, and everything connected. I’ve never gone further than a hook and line, maybe this is the time to obtain to a fishing boat?

This set of correspondence regarding a herring shipment from the Chung Collection proves that sometimes, life is just paperwork.

This letter from the History of Nursing in Pacific Canada reminds me that it’s always the right time to write a letter to someone I care about.

When we last met, we had found a photo of an old growth forest:


Scrolling down on this screen reveals the metadata* attached to the item:

I want to continue my search, and so I’m going to look at the area called “Subject”, here listed as Forestry; Logs; Cedar trees. To start out, I’ll use “Cedar trees”, since we’re looking for photos of the forest, not specifically logging.

For the search, I’ll go back to the home of open collections: (Starting at the “home screen” will ensure that my search will be a clean slate.)

See how I’ve put the subject that I’m looking for in quotation marks (“”)? This ensures that I’ll get things with the entire phrase, not just cedar or trees.

With this subject, I’ve got 546 results, that I can peruse at my leisure.

Let’s try a different strategy: our own search terms! Generally this is the first option that people use, which is why our tutorial started in other places.

The original question was for old growth forests, so I’m going to use these direct words. To formulate my query, I will try to get as narrow of a result as possible at first, just to see what’s out there.

For a specific query, I will use

forests AND “old growth”

I don’t need all of these words to be in the same place, or a specific order, in my search results, so they are separated. However, I do want *all* of these words, so I’m using an AND within my query.

After searching, I find that there are 1711 objects, many of which are texts:

As I scroll through, I’m finding mostly objects from BC Sessional Papers, which are interesting and may help expand my knowledge for future searches, but are not what I’m looking for now. Let’s see what a search for just forest turns up:

I’ve filtered to look only at still images, and we have 489 photos. If this were my search, I’d scroll through, and then look at the subjects of another photo that fit what I was looking for. Because “forest” is a broader term than “Cedar trees” that we used above, these photos aren’t as close of a fit as we would like- it’s worth the time to find the words that work for the system you’re using.


Thank you all, and happy searching!


*metadata: a set of information about the object, used in this instance for access to the object


LAW LIBRARY level 3: K1420.5 .C677 2017
Ruth L. Okediji, ed., Copyright Law in an Age of Limitations and Exceptions (New York: Cambridge University Press, 2017).

LAW LIBRARY reference room (level 2): K3248.L36 R39 2016 (and other locations)
Arthur J. Ray, Aboriginal Rights Claims and the Making and Remaking of History (Montreal: McGill-Queen’s University Press, 2016).
Online access:

LAW LIBRARY reference room (level 2): KE1328 .F75 2017
Gerald Fridman, Canadian Agency Law, 3d ed. (Toronto: LexisNexis Canada, 2017).

LAW LIBRARY reference room (level 2): KE1389 .M33 2017
Kevin Patrick McGuinness, Canadian Business Corporations Law, 3d ed., Volume 1 (Toronto: LexisNexis Canada Inc., 2017).

LAW LIBRARY reference room (level 2): KE4219 .R45 2017
Guy Régimbald & Dwight Newman, The Law of the Canadian Constitution, 2d ed. (Toronto: LexisNexis Canada Inc., 2017).

LAW LIBRARY level 3: KE9337 .F47 2017
Charles Ferguson & David Milward,The Art of Science in the Canadian Justice System: A Reflection of My Experiences as an Expert WitnessThe Art of Science in the Canadian Justice System: A Reflection of My Experiences as an Expert Witness (Boca Raton: CRC Press, Taylor & Francis Group, 2017).

LAW LIBRARY reference room (level 2): KE9355 .R839 2017
Clayton C. Ruby et al., Sentencing, 9th ed. (Toronto: LexisNexis Canada, 2017).

LAW LIBRARY level 3: KJA1192.2 2016
Bruce W. Frier et al., eds., The Codex of Justinian: A New Annotated Translation, with Parallel Latin and Greek Text Based on a Translation by Justice Fred H. Blume (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2016).

LAW LIBRARY level 3: KNQ1160 .H8 2016
Robert H. Hu, Research Guide to Chinese Copyright Law, 2d ed. (Getzville: Wiliam S. Hein & Co., Inc., 2016.

LAW LIBRARY level 3: KPA130 .K565 2016
Kim Paek-ch’ŏl, T’angp’yŏng sidae pŏpch’ijuŭi yusan : Chosŏn hugi kukpŏp ch’egye chaeguch’uksa
탕평 시대 법치주의 유산 : 조선 후기 국법 체계 재구축사 / 김 백철.
(P’aju-si : Kyŏngin Munhwasa, 2016).
(파주시 : 景仁 文化社, 2016).

Program Manager for the Centre for Writing and Scholarly Communication


Rebecca Shaw joined the Centre for Writing and Scholarly Communication (CWSC) located in the Chapman Learning Commons in June 2017. She previously worked in Student Services (Residence Life) as an Experiential Learning Coordinator at Simon Fraser University where she focused on developing co-curricular leadership programming and implementing the University’s first ever living-learning communities. Before pursuing her graduate degree in Adult Learning, she worked at UBC as a Research Support Officer and Awards Coordinator with the Office of the VP Research supporting graduate students, post-doctoral students and faculty members. During her graduate degree, Rebecca worked as a peer writing consultant at the UBC Writing Centre.

Current Role and Responsibilities

In her current role as Program Manager, Centre for Writing and Scholarly Communication, Rebecca oversees the operation of the CWSC including the design, development and delivery of writing support services and other educational programming relating to writing and literacy for undergraduate and graduate students. This includes leading a team of peer writing consultants who provide customized face-to-face support to writers at all levels of proficiency, at any stage of the writing process, working on any type of academic writing. Rebecca and the CWSC also collaborate with faculty and campus partners to provide campus-wide support and engagement around all aspects of academic writing, in and across disciplines. Rebecca is passionate about developing student leaders and creating support programs that focus on students as active life-long learners with an interest in developing their own agency as scholars and writers.


Phone: (604) 827-5125

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