Instructional Update January-March 2009

During Winter Term 2, the Lam Librarians have taught 31 classes, reaching over 1500 students, including:

3 orientation workshops:

  • 1 Part Time MBA orientation
  • 1 EMBA orientation
  • 1 Project Management orientation

23 class specific presentations and workshops, including:

  • 19 BCom classes
  • 1 ECM class
  • 1 MBA class

5 research related workshops:

  • 3 Do the Research; Get the Job sessions for MBAs
  • 1 Do the Research; Get the Job session for ECMs
  • 1 RefWorks for Business Researchers workshop for PhD students

New Databases

Cabell’s Directory of Publishing Opportunities

Cabell’s Directory of Publishing Opportunities is a collection of directories of academic journals for the disciplines of business, education, and psychology. The purpose of the database is to help professors, students and researchers identify journals to which they can submit articles for publication. Each journal entry is in PDF format and provides relevant information to potential authors such as acceptance rate, type of review (blind, editorial, or peer), time to review, publication fees, and manuscript guidelines.

Directories of publishing opportunities are provided in the following areas:

  • Accounting
  • Economics and Finance
  • Management
  • Marketing

Click here to access the database via the Library website.

ULI Development Case Studies

Since 1971, the Urban Land Institute has been publishing case studies describing the development process of projects that are both innovative in their markets and financially successful. The short, summary versions of each case study may be viewed free.

Note: To view the complete case study with photos, site plans, project data, and a report on the development process requires users to login.

Click here to access the database and for login instructions.

New Books - Sustainable Business Topics

The following books on sustainable business topics are now available in the David Lam Library:

Building blocks for sustainable transport : Obstacles, trends, solutions (2008). (1st ed.). Bingley, UK: Emerald. (Call Number:  HE147.65 .B85 2008)

Grant, J. (2007). The green marketing manifesto. Chichester, England ; Hoboken, NJ: John Wiley & Sons. (Call Number:   HF5413 .G722 2007)

Makower, J. (2009). Strategies for the green economy : Opportunities and challenges in the new world of business. New York: McGraw-Hill. (Call Number:  HF5413 .M35 2009)

Siegel, J. (2008). Investing in renewable energy : Making money on green chip stocks. Hoboken, N.J.: John Wiley & Sons. (Call Number:  HD9502.A2 S486 2008)

Townsend, A. K. (2006). Green business : A five-part model for creating an environmentally responsible company. Atglen, PA: Schiffer Pub. (Call Number: HD30.255 .T69 2006)

*UPDATE* PowerPoint presentation now available >here<

Karla Hahn, PhD.

Field Study Findings on Faculty & Researcher Use of New Models of Scholarly Publishing & Communication


Thursday, March 5, 2009, 2:00pm – 4:00pm
Irving K. Barber Learning Centre, Dodson Room (Rm. 302) University of British Columbia


Friday, March 6, 2009, 2:00pm – 4:00pm

University of Victoria, Mearns Centre for Learning, Room 210

In the Spring of 2008, the Association of Research Libraries (ARL) engaged Ithaka, a not-for-profit organization promoting innovation in academia, to conduct an investigation into the range of new models of scholarly publishing and communication valued by scholars, with a particular focus on those works that are pushing beyond the boundaries of traditional formats and are considered innovative by the faculty who use them. A field team of 301 librarians at 46 institutions interviewed professors about the digital resources they use.  Among the key findings and works Karla Hahn, Director of the Office of Scholarly Communication at ARL, will describe include:

  • Evidence that innovative digital resources can be found across the humanities, social sciences, and scientific/technical/medical subject areas.
  • Almost every resource cited by faculty operates under some form of peer review or editorial oversight.
  • Some the resources with greatest impact are those that have been around a long while.
  • Many digital publications are capable of running on relatively small budgets and are tailored to small, niche audiences.
  • Innovations relating to multimedia content and Web 2.0 functionality appear in some cases to blur the lines between resource types.
  • Projects of all sizes, especially open access sites and publications, employ a range of support strategies in the search for financial sustainability.

The findings were published in November 2008 and titled: Current Models of Digital Scholarly Communication - Results of an Investigation Conducted by Ithaka for the Association of Research Libraries:”

About the Speaker:

Karla Hahn has been the Director of the Office of Scholarly Communication at ARL since May 2005. Key areas of activity for the office include the assessment and implementation of selected new scholarly communication models; the development of alliances to advance new systems of scholarly communication; and advancement of library outreach efforts to inform the educational and research communities on trends, findings, opportunities, and their impact on promotion and tenure, on teaching and research, and on university budgets. Karla holds a PhD from the University of Maryland College of Information Studies, an MLS from Syracuse University, an MS from the University of Chicago, and a BS from Wittenberg University. Her writings include Electronic Ecology: A Case Study of Electronic Journals in Context and numerous articles on issues relating to publishing and electronic communication

BCLRG Lecture Series Coordinators: Joy Kirchner (, Kat McGrath (, Don Taylor (, Heather de Forest ( or Katy Nelson (

Come out to UBC’s beautiful northwest quadrant and enjoy some of the many Asia-related cultural resources on campus! to celebrate the Asian Heritage Month. This is the first-of-kind event in UBC which involves more than 10 University departments and units offering a one-day event to celebrate Asian Heritage Month.

Asia Voilà features traditional Asian dance and music performances, films, art and photo exhibitions, lectures on poetry chanting and calligraphy, guided library tours and workshops, an Asian languages round robin, a book sale, Nitobe Garden tours and more! Please visit the ASIA VOILA website for more info.

Bloomberg Seminars – March 24

Bloomberg are offering 5 classes offered on Tuesday, March 24th at the Four Seasons (791 West Georgia St.) starting at 8:00AM


To sign up, please contact Huntly Gordon at or visit the Bloomberg terminal in the library and type BU . Go to option #2, then select Vancouver.

Fundata Mutual Fund Databases

The Library now provides access to Fundata, a database that includes information for over 4200 active funds from almost 200 sponsor companies. Information includes fund status, type, RRSP indicators, sales/redemption charge, currency, dividend frequency, management fees, expense ratios, and percentage foreign invested. For each fund you may also retrieve time series of data, listing changes in total net assets, NAVPS, income and capital gain dividend per share, share balance and value of investment.

Click here to access Fundata via the Library website.

New Books

The following books have recently arrived in the David Lam Library:

a place of mind, The University of British Columbia

UBC Library





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