An illuminating set of letters from the wife of a prominent Methodist missionary in B.C. is now freely available online.

The letters from Emma Crosby (1849-1926) provide a fascinating glimpse into the missionary experience. Due to her gender, Emma was not able to become a missionary, although her husband Thomas served as one on the north coast of B.C. The letters describe how women such as Emma sustained their husbands and served as missionaries in all but name.

UBC Library’s Rare Books and Special Collections division (RBSC) holds 87 letters written by Emma Crosby as part of the Thomas and Emma Crosby fonds. The majority of these letters were written from Fort Simpson, B.C., to her family in Ontario between 1874 and 1892.

Jan Hare, an Assistant Professor in the Department of Language and Literacy Education, and Jean Barman, Professor Emerita in the Department of Educational Studies, provided the inspiration for developing this digital collection. Barman offered to provide RBSC with transcriptions of Crosby’s letters, created for Hare and Barman’s recent publication, Good Intentions Gone Awry. This book discusses Emma Crosby’s missionary life and the legacy of her work at Fort Simpson.

The digitization of the Crosby letters was a collaboration between RBSC and University Archives. Bronwen Sprout, Digital Initiatives Librarian at Archives, and Katherine Kalsbeek, Reference Librarian at RBSC, led the project.

Special thanks to: April Ens, a former professional experience student from the School of Library, Archival and Information Studies, who digitized the letters and created the metadata for the collection; and Leslie Field, Archives Assistant, who provided expert assistance and guidance with the digitization work. Thanks also to Jan Hare and Jean Barman for the transcripts of Crosby’s letters and for their introduction that accompanies the digital collection.

You can view the collection at Please send comments to Bronwen Sprout ( or Katherine Kalsbeek (

Due to a special event, Rare Books and Special Collections / University Archives will close at 3pm on Thursday, October 2nd, due to a special event.

We apologize to our users for any inconvenience this may cause.

New Faculty Publication

A new book, co-authored by Sauder Professor, Adlai Fisher, is now available in the David Lam Library:

Calvet, L. E., & Fisher, A. J. (2008). Multifractal volatility : Theory, forecasting, and pricing /. London: Academic. (David Lam Library. Call Number: HB141 .C348 2008)

From the Elsevier website:

“Calvet and Fisher present a powerful, new technique for volatility forecasting that draws on insights from the use of multifractals in the natural sciences and mathematics and provides a unified treatment of the use of multifractal techniques in finance.

New Databases

ClimateWire: The Politics and Business of Climate Change

“ClimateWire provides coverage of the debate over climate policy and its effects on business, the environment and society.” It is part of a wider resource, Environment & Energy Publishing, which “provides daily coverage of environmental and energy politics and policy.”

Click here to access ClimateWire via the Library website

COS Scholar Universe

“COS Scholar Universe provides authoritative information about more than 1 million scholars and organizations around the world, together with verified affiliation and publication information. The database comprises international faculty at 4-year universities and their departments. Community of Scholars is a unique tool for finding researchers by specific area of study, providing keyword access to the community behind the content.”

Click here to access the database from the Library website.

COS Expertise

: “COS Expertise provides detailed professional information for more than 480,000 scientists and scholars worldwide. The profiles include contact information, positions held, publications, patents, funding received, and a first-person narrative describing current research activities and expertise.”

Click here to access the database from the Library website.

New from Statistics Canada

Value of Natural Resource Assets 2007

Statistics Canada’s “The Daily” provides a summary of the changes in value of natural resource reserves from 2006-7, as well as a link to the full statistical tables. Click here to access the summary.

Deloitte Europe Top 500 Companies

From the Deloitte website:

“The CE Top 500 ranking provides an essential map of the challenges that face enterprises and managers in the region. The rankings are accompanied by commentaries on industry trends and a series of conversations with CEOs from leading Central European organizations, who rarely have the opportunity to air their views as a group.”

Click here to access the ranking.

New Books

Here are a few of the new books received by the Lam Library in the past few weeks. Click here to view a full list

Bloomberg Seminars

Bloomberg are offering 5 seminars on Wednesday September 17, at the Hyatt Regency Vancouver, starting at 8.00AM. Here are the details:

5) 1.30PM EQUITY EXECUTION MGMT SYSTEM + Indication of Interest

To attend the seminars:
Either: Go to the Bloomberg terminal in the Lam Library, type BU . Go to option #2, then select Vancouver.
Or: contact Jake Blaine at 415-617-7161 or via e-mail at

Citation Management - RefWorks

Did you know that the UBC Library subscribes to a web-based citation management tool called RefWorks, which allows you to maintain your own database of citations?

The Lam Library is currently developing a RefWorks workshop for business faculty. In the meantime, click here for more information about RefWorks, including how to create an account.

Questions? Contact Lindsay Ure at the David Lam Library for more information.

Business for Social Responsibility Report

“Environmental, Social and Governance: Moving to Mainstream Investing?” is a report from Business for Social Responsibility, which comes out of a project at the Goldman School of Public Policy at the University of California, Berkeley.

From the Introduction to the report:

“This report investigates the effectiveness of financial services companies at incorporating
ESG criteria into mainstream investments. With regard to incorporating the ESG criteria,
the report evaluates the challenges that have been faced and solutions that have been
proposed industry-wide.”

Click here to access the report on the Business for Social Responsibility website.

Global Reports from Nielsen

A number of consumer reports are available on the AC Nielson website, including consumers’ attitudes to recession, packaging and the environment, consumer confidence and trends in online shopping.

Click here to view the reports on the Nielson website.

Each year the UBC Library RefWorks group code changes. The group code was changed on September 3rd. To access the new group code, follow this link and the instructions.

Having problems with your RefWorks account? Check the UBC Library RefWorks site for basic help.

If you need more help, you can email the UBC Library RefWorks team at:

We do our best to respond within 2 business days.

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