Together with several other libraries at UBC, the David Lam Library installed new digital signage this fall. A large flat screen in the Library displays event notices, academic advertisements, student club notices, and news from departments around Sauder.

Recent additions consist of biographies and photos of our new faculty members. Upcoming content will include announcements of new publications by Sauder faculty members and regular announcements from the Hari B. Varshney Business Career Centre.

To submit appropriate Sauder content, please contact Yani Mitchell in the David Lam Library.

Renowned psychologist and Harvard professor B.F. Skinner wrote, “It has always been the task of formal education to set up behavior which would prove useful or enjoyable later in a student’s life.”

Librarians at the David Lam Library believe that the critical thinking and secondary research skills which we teach to Sauder School students enable them to excel not only in the assignment at hand, but throughout their time at Sauder, and throughout their careers.

Between September 1 and October 31, the David Lam librarians taught 32 classes in research methods to 1587 students. The orientations and classes were given in COMM 296, COMM 311, COMM 365, COMM 465, COMM 486M, COMM 497, ENGL 112, ECM, MBA ISP, MBA Precore, FTMBA Core, and MBA Exchange. Additional sessions were provided for undergraduate orientations and on behalf of the Hari B. Varshney Business Career Centre, as well as classes to the Sales and Marketing Executives program.

We have been experimenting with new instructional techniques. Clicker classes with the ECM’s and MBA’s this fall enabled us to quickly ascertain comfort levels with libraries, librarians and databases. Our interactive in-class quizzes, group discussion breakouts, and take-home quizzes test students’ comprehension of theories, techniques and resources being taught in class. MBA Pre-core students physically experienced the basics of search logic in the humorous Human Boolean exercise, in which they stand up and sit down based on rules which describe them by their undergraduate degrees and other characteristics.

Searching for information is an iterative process, and involves a series of interactions between thinking, research, revising, rethinking and research. Many students need coaching consultations throughout this multi-stage process. To help them at this critical preliminary stage, we’ve devised a tool – Jump-Start Your Research – which guides them through questions that help focus their thoughts.

As with other instruction at Sauder, our work involves more than directing students to useful resources for their assignments. Our real work, which occurs in the classroom and in reference consultations, is teaching critical thinking skills. And like other instructors, we work hard to articulate learning goals and outcomes, because we believe that these skills increase the success of our graduates and their future employers.

Building design strategy : using design to achieve key business objectives

Intelligence gathered from  international CEOs and presidents of major design firms, brand managers, and professors of design is combined with case studies from companies like Procter & Gamble, Caterpillar, Microsoft and Target to illustrate how design relates to corporate strategy.

UBC Bookstore and Education Library present

The Education Book Fair
11:00 am to 2:00 pm
Scarfe Foyer
November 4, 5, 6

Time to shop for books for the whole family!

Kids books, teen titles, and teacher books will be on sale.  Book buyers will receive a 10% discount.
Faculty publications will also be on sale.

The US Census Bureau has just released new data:

“on a wide range of socioeconomic, housing and demographic characteristics for communities across the nation, part of an ongoing statistical portrait of America.

Among dozens of topics covered in the survey are educational attainment, commute times, housing characteristics, occupation, language ability and various other social, economic and housing topics.”

The data are available from the American FactFinder website at

The Asia Foundation has released its  fifth
survey of the Afghan people -
Afghanistan in 2009: a survey of the Afghan people.
From the Asia Foundation website: "Aiming to provide
the Afghan citizenry,policy makers and influential actors in
government, civil society, and
the international community with useful, actionable information,
the 2009 Survey of the Afghan People is a comprehensive assessment
of national perception in key policy areas. These areas include:
security, economy, governance, democratic values, and women and society.
The 2009 fieldwork was conducted during June 17-July 6,
prior to the August 20 elections, and builds upon previous surveys
conducted in 2004, 2006, 2007, and 2008.
Its value can be found in its rigorous methodology and
reliable consistency in measuring public perceptions on a range of
crucial issues each year."


The Chronicle of Higher Education reported yesterday that the APA will replace first printings of the 6th Edition of the Publication Manual for free.

Thanks to those of you who used your influence as APA members to make this happen,

As planned, PubMed’s new interface is up and running. Reviews are mixed, but certainly all the features of the old PubMed are present. Thanks to my colleague Dean Giustini for pointing out this great video from the University of Manitoba Health Sciences Libraries.

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