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 http://about.library.ubc.ca/strategic-plan/. To learn more about working with UBC Library and to explore our aspirational values visit UBC Library – Why work with us.



Woodward Library collaborates in research, teaching and learning with seven faculties: Applied Science, Dentistry, Forestry, Land & Food Systems, Medicine, Pharmaceutical Sciences and Science. We build relevant collections and provide expertise to empower our community to succeed.



The Woodward Science Librarian provides liaison to designated subject areas and departments, with a particular focus on medicine and allied health. Actively engages in integrated information literacy, and collaborates on scholarly communication and data services initiatives and other new library initiatives as they arise. Develops re-usable learning objects, designs, develops and maintains a library of digital materials to support information literacy instruction in print and online environments. Conducts assessment of resources, and provides input on collections management.

Participates as a member of the Woodward Library team to provide liaison, reference, instructional programs and information services to faculty, students and community users. Assumes responsibility for designated subject areas and liaison with assigned departments. Provides web-based and classroom instruction and assistance in the use of information resources. As a member of the Woodward Library team, plans and implements services that respond to the needs of the sciences communities. Participates in the development and assessment of library collections for designated subject areas. Participates in the development of library policy, procedures, and services. Assumes responsibility for coordination and management of staff, services or projects as required. Evening and weekend work may be required. The nature and scope of responsibilities for this and other library positions are expected to change as the Library organization evolves.




  • Graduate degree from an accredited programme in Library Science
  • Knowledge of electronic information technologies and their applications to reference, as well as knowledge of best practices in online learning pedagogies
  • Demonstrated ability to initiate, plan and carry out projects, both independently and as a member of a team
  • Evidence of a proactive, user-centred vision of services
  • Excellent written and oral communication skills
  • Strong interpersonal and communication skills and the ability to work effectively as a member of a team
  • Ability to adjust and accommodate changing demands within Libraries and academic institutions
  • Dedicated to cultivating an inclusive environment that recognizes barriers faced by people and encourages and incorporates contributions from diverse groups and individuals.
  • Contributes to the Library’s sense of community and achievement of common goals through cooperation across units/groups and encouragement of equitable and balanced involvement in decision making.
  • Promotes and fosters a supportive environment built on appreciation, recognition, learning and professional growth.
  • Works to build a team environment built on positive working relationships, provides guidance and resources to teams while trusting them to excel.
  • Creates a supportive and open environment where everyone is able to listen, contribute and engage with colleagues and ideas and provide and receive timely, constructive feedback.
  • Creates an environment that embraces curiosity, ideas, creativity and innovation and provides opportunities and flexibility to explore new initiatives.


  • Academic background in medicine, health sciences or engineering as well as relevant work experience
  • Familiarity with current trends in instruction, knowledge synthesis methodologies and expert searching in the health sciences, data curation, open access, and bibliographic management tools



Reports to the Head, Woodward Library or her designate Head in the branch and consults with colleagues and Library staff as required. Works with all other UBC Library Divisions as required, assessing and trouble-shooting information technologies, scheduling and marketing information literacy sessions, etc. May be required to supervise student librarians, student assistants and library assistants for assigned projects or for group-related functions.



Reference Services

  • Provides reference and research services to University of British Columbia students, staff and faculty members; and members of the public.
  • As the librarian responsible for particular subjects, advises and assists in difficult or extensive searches in these areas. Employs the full range of Internet, electronic and print resources.
  • Participates in collection development in liaison areas.
  • Works with others to develop and maintain the Woodward Library presence on the UBC Library webpage and throughout the UBC campus, as appropriate.
  • Provides Information/Reference training for support staff and UBC iSchool student librarians.



  • Organizes and teaches classes in the use of the Library’s resources, including the Library’s catalogue, print resources and e-resources.
  • Undertakes specialized instructional programs; including planning, designing and organizing and including various formats for presentations.
  • Participates in library-use instruction programs.
  • Prepares handouts, research guides and informational brochures in appropriate formats.
  • Provides instruction/presentations to faculty and students (in the library, online and in the faculty departments).


Faculty Liaison

  • Initiates and maintains contact with faculty in assigned departments.
  • Informs faculty of services and instruction offered.
  • Works with faculty on the development of information and research modules and courses for students.
  • Selects print and electronic materials to support assigned liaison areas.
  • Liaises with faculty on issues of collection development.
  • Responds to faculty requests for accreditation, new course proposals, etc., in consultation with the Head of Woodward Library.
  • Attends faculty meetings and participates in faculty committees.


Supervision and Administration

  • May be required to supervise staff in the absence of the supervisor(s).
  • May be assigned supervisory responsibility for building maintenance, collections management and storage.
  • May be assigned coordination of reference or instruction services within Woodward Library: reference, information desk scheduling, teaching and instruction, web presence, subject guides and/or information guides, etc.


Library Liaison

  • Represents Woodward Library on library committees and working groups.
  • Liaises with librarians in other areas of the library system.
  • Maintains an awareness of new literature and research developments in areas of specialization and emerging trends in sciences libraries.
  • Keeps abreast of public services developments in the rest of the Library.



This position will be filled as a full-time, term position ending June 30, 2020.

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

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.

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.

To view the complete job description and to submit an application, please visit the UBC Careers page at http://www.hr.ubc.ca/careers-postings/faculty.php by midnight November 23, 2019.

Experience history at the tip of your pencil crayons with our new 'Maps and Landscapes' themed digital colouring book series.

The UBC Archives Photograph Collection has over 40,000 photographic images dating from the founding of UBC to the present day. They present a visual record of UBC’s growth and development, the evolution of student life, and campus events over most of the past century. In a previous blog post, Now & Then, we showed how one of the oldest buildings on campus, the Irving K Barber (IKB) Learning Centre has changed during the past decades. In this post, we will focus on Main Mall.

Being in the centre of UBC Grey Point campus, Main Mall is a historic pedestrian axis. Looking north, the landscape of the mountains hasn’t changed much. But the red oaks, the earliest of which were planted in the 1920s, have grown a lot!

UBC 72.1/32, View of Main Mall looking north, [1939]

UBC 164.1/11, Looking north along Main Mall, 1955

UBC 175.1/28b, View north on Main Mall toward flag pole, 2002

The Main Library, now the Irving K. Barber Learning Centre, was first built in 1923. In 2002, the library began the process of a major renovation. After the refurbishment, both wings and the majority of the interior were completely redone, but the west entrance hall remained much the same.

UBC 1.1/2664, Main Library from the north end of Main Mall, [between 1960 and 1969]








Left: UBC 1.1/2355, Entrance hall, Main Library, [1960]. Right: The west entrance of Irving K. Barber Learning Centre, October 2019.














Left: UBC 1.1/1729, Main Library entrance, [1932]. Right: The west entrance of Irving K. Barber Learning Centre, October 2019.

The view of Main Mall from the west entrance of IKB Learning Centre looks quite different from 50 years ago. These two photos were taken in the same place, one in 1943, and the other last week. In the right photo, the Ladner Clock Tower was built in 1968, Walter C. Koerner Library in 1996, and the Residential School History and Dialogue Centre in 2018.

Left: UBC 1.1/1073, Reflection pool and lawns in front of Main Library, 1943. Right: In front of Irving K. Barber Learning Centre, October 2019.

Can you tell where this building is? It’s now right behind the Koerner Library. It was called the Arts Building until 1960, then the Mathematics Building.

UBC 1.1/703, Arts building and Main Mall, 1936

Is this side more familiar?

Miguel Garcia / UBC Mathematics Building, 2013

Did you know there was a bus stop on Main Mall? It was on the west side of Main Mall across from the Science Building (now the Chemistry Building), to the south of Mathematics Annex, as shown in the photo below.

UBC 1.1/309, Main Mall looking northwest from Science building, Oct 4, 1937

In 1955-56, a long, low building including the Bus Stop Café and the old University Bookstore was built in the location of the bus stop.

UBC 44.1/193-1, Bus Stop coffee shop, 1987

UBC 44.1/193-3, Bus Stop coffee shop, 1987

UBC 41.1/1699-2, Bookstore interior view, 1976

According to the University Archives of Buildings & Grounds, the old Bookstore and Bus Stop Café were torn down in 1991 to make space for the David Lam Management Research Centre.

This is how this area looks like now.

UBC 128.1/143, David Lam Management Research Centre, 1999

To read more about the Bus Stop Café, please check out this post.

In the south end of Main Mall, there is the Old Barn Community Centre. There was actually a horse barn on the same spot. According to UBC Archives, the Old Horse Barn was erected in 1920. In 2003, the barn was deemed structurally unsafe and beyond restoration, and then rebuilt. The building now functions as a community centre providing a social space for university residents and students, including a coffee shop, meeting rooms, and a number of social spaces.

UBC 1.1/1358, Horse barn, [between 1920 and 1939]

UBC 175.1/19b, Old barn, 2002


Alex Ristea / The Old Barn, 2009

We hope you enjoyed the blog post. To find out more historical photographs about the university, please explore the UBC Archives Photograph Collection!

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LAW LIBRARY reference room (level 2) & LAW LIBRARY learning commons (level 2): K89 .I58 2018
Nova Southeastern University Shepard Broad Law Center, International Citator and Research Guide: The Greenbook Volume 1: International Organizations & 2: Europe (Getzville: William S. Hein & Co., Inc., 2018).

LAW LIBRARY level 3: K1028.3198 .S39 2019
Ingeborg Schwenzer, Christiana Fountoulakis & Mariel Dimsey, International Sales Law: A Guide to the CISG (Oxford: Hart Publishing, 2019).

LAW LIBRARY level 3: K1030 .I585 2016
Larry A. DiMatteo et al, eds., International Sales Law: Contract, Principles & Practice (München: C.H. Beck 2016).

LAW LIBRARY level 3: K1704.8 .S63 2016
Diamond Ashiagbor, ed., Re-Imagining Labour Law for Development: Informal Work in the Global North and South (Oxford: Hart Publishing, 2019).

LAW LIBRARY level 3: KE352 .M35 2018
Roderick J. McLeod, The Business of the Practice of Law: The Essential Steps Required to Establish and Maintain a Successful Firm ([Calgary]: Roderick J. McLeod, 2018).

LAW LIBRARY level 3: KE1232 .W45 2019
Ernest J. Weinrib, Tort Law: Cases and Materials, 5th ed. (Toronto: Emond Publishing, 2019).

LAW LIBRARY level 3: KE1790 .C87 2019
Brenda-Jean Currie, Mines and Minerals Law in Canada (Toronto: Thomson Reuters, 2019).

LAW LIBRARY reference room (level 2): KE9448 .J65 2019
Brock Jones, Emma Rhodes & Mary Birdsell, Prosecuting and Defending Youth Criminal Justice Cases, 2d ed. (Toronto: Emond, 2019).

LAW LIBRARY reference room (level 2): KD1554 .A95 2016
Jack Beatson, Andrew Burrows & John Cartwright Anson’s Law of Contract, 3d ed. (Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2016).

LAW LIBRARY learning commons (level 2): KF156 .B53 2019
Bryan A. Garner, ed., Black’s Law Dictionary, 11th ed. (St. Paul: Thomson Reuters, 2019).

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Looking for some creepy tales and mysteries of things that go bump in the night to celebrate this Halloween time of year? We’ve rounded up some of our favorites here from our collection to help make your Halloween spooktacular!

What We Do in the Shadows written and directed by Jemaine Cement & Taika Waititi is a dark comedy that follows Vulvus, Viago, and Deacon. They are vampires: undead, immortal creatures who stalk the night and search for human blood, preferably virgins.

Skeleton Man by Joseph Bruchac watches Molly who has to rely on her dreams of an old Mohawk story after her After her parents disappear and she is given to a strange “great-uncle.”

Bearwalker by Joseph Bruchac tells the story of Baron Braun when he calls upon the strength and wisdom of his ancestors to face both man and beast to help his classmates who are being terrorized during a school field trip in the Adirondacks.

The Ones that Got Away by Stephen Graham Jones is a collection of thirteen stories that carve down into the body of the mind, into our most base fears and certainties. Spooky alert! 

Dead North: Canadian Zombie Fiction edited by Silvia Moreno-Garcia is a collection of short stories contains a wide range of zombie fiction, from whales who return from the depths to haunt the coast of Labrador to a corpse that is turned into a flesh puppet that then takes part in a depraved sex show.

Brébeuf’s Ghost: a Tale of Horror in Three Acts by Daniel David Moses is set off of Lake Nipissing in 1649, where Christian missionaries are at war with First Nations communities. To make matters worse, Jesuit martyr Jean de Brébeuf has come back from the dead as a ghost to torment both parties.

The Red Power Murders: a DreadfulWater Mystery by Thomas King writing as Hartley GoodWeather features former cop turned photographer Thumps DreadfulWater visiting his hometown of Chinook, but murders and the past still follow him wherever he goes.

Innocent until Proven Indian: a Jesse Crowchild Mystery by Frank LaRue follows recovering alcoholic lawyer Jesse Crowchild and sidekick investigator ex-cop Mike Morningstar as they try to clear the name of Jimmy Greyeyes who is accused of murder.

Death by Dinosaur: a Sam Stellar Mystery by Jacqueline Guest has 14-year old Sam Stellar investigating who stole a dinosaur fossil, and she has a few suspects, including the young hunk of a paleontologist her sidekick and cousin is totally crushing on.

indian country noir edited by Sarah Cortez & Liz Martínez is a collection of regional short story collections that celebrates Native American crime fiction, featuring original work from Lawrence Block, Joseph Bruchac, and David Cole.

It's that wonderful time of year again! Kick off small business week with one of these books

  1. Burn the Business Plan: What Great Entrepreneurs Really Do by  Carl J Schramm​

    Did you know that the average entrepreneur starts their company at age thirty-nine? This myth-busting guide to starting and running a business presents the reality of successful entrepreneurs who are juggling careers and mortgages just like you. Filled with tools and techniques to help turn your big idea into a successful business.
  2. Brains vs Capital: Entrepreneurship for Everyone Lean, Smart, Simple by Günter Faltin

    This book will inspire potential entrepreneurs to unlock their creativity and establish an "idea-masterpiece". Full of practical ideas and real-life examples of successful business initiatives, Faltin offers an alternative to classic self-employment and tech start-ups through knowledge-based opportunities.
  3. Post-Capitalist Entrepreneurship: Startups for the 99% by Boyd Cohen

    Recognize new opportunity spaces in the business world by exploring emergent stories. Understand emerging trends in new areas of economic activity - such as platform cooperatives, alternative currencies, and blockchain.
  4. The New Business Road Test: What Entrepreneurs and Investors Should Do Before Launching a Lean Start-Up by John W Mullins

    If you are thinking about starting a new business, then you need to take your idea for a test drive. Enhance your chance of achieving success by discovering, and avoiding, any potential disaster points. An essential handbook that includes current case studies, for anyone wanting to launch a start-up.
  5. Blueprint to Business: An entrepreneur's Guide to Taking Action, Committing to the Grind, and Going the Things That Most People Won't by Michael Alden

    This essential guide for any would-be entrepreneur contains motivating guidance from an unconventional entrepreneur. Alden’s personal business experience serves as practical advice, structuring what it takes to strike out on your own and build a business from a real-world perspective.
  6. Entrepreneurial You: Monetize Your Expertise, Create Multiple Income Streams and Thrive by Dorie Clark

    Learn how to shape your own career and actually make money doing what you love. This book provides a blueprint for professional independence with proven strategies, insights, and advice for a range of traditional and online revenue streams.
  7. Originals: How Non-Conformists Move the World  by Adam M Grant

    Reject outdated traditions and reform the status quo.
  8. Marketing On a Piggy Bank Budget: How Small Businesses Can Compete with "The Big Guys" In The Digital Age by Iain Williamson

    A step-by-step guide to help small businesses successfully market and brand themselves on a small budget. Avoid the pitfalls of the advertising industry, and learn how to effectively use online and offline marketing tools to enhance your current customer base.
  9. The Crowdsourceress: Get Smart, Get Funded, and Kickstart Your Next Big Idea by Alex Daly

    Crowdfunding is a trending source of alternative financing that can jumpstart your venture, but it can also break your business before it gets off the ground. Avoid the typical failure of most online campaigns with Alex Daly’s entrepreneurial blueprint that will lead you through the crowdfunding process.
  10. Crushing It! : How Great Entrepreneurs Build Their Business and Influence--and How You Can, Too by Gary Vaynerchuk​

    Branding is crucial to entrepreneurial success, and effective branding requires a deep understanding of social media platforms. Learn how popular online platforms like Twitter, YouTube, Instagram, and Snapchat can be used to amplify a brand and build a pathway to professional success.







Click on the book cover to take you to the UBC Library catalogue record for the item.

Nibi’s water song / Sunshine Tenasco ; illustrated by Chief Lady Bird.

Call Number: PZ7 .T26 Nb 2019


Meet Tom Longboat / Elizabeth MacLeod ; illustrated by Mike Deas.

Call Number: GV1061.15 .L65 M34 2019


Meet Violet Desmond / Elizabeth MacLeod ; illustrated by Mike Deas.

Call Number: FC2346.26 .D48 M34 2018


Meet Chris Hadfield / Elizabeth MacLeod ; illustrated by Mike Deas.

Call Number: TL789.85 .H34 M34 2018


Carl and the meaning of life / Deborah Freedman.

Call Number: PZ7 .F87276 Cr 2019






Arctic solitaire : a boat, a bay, and the quest for the perfect bear / Paul Souders.

Call Number: FC3969.42 .S68 2018







The B.C. History Digitization Program (BCHDP) is now accepting submissions for project funding. The program, launched by the Irving K. Barber Learning Centre in 2006, provides matching funds to support projects that make unique British Columbia content freely available. Applications are due by Monday, December 16, 2019.

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