The David Lam Library closes at 7:00 pm today for eight months of renovations. In January 2011, the library will re-open as part of the new Canaccord Learning Commons, made possible by a gift from Canaccord Financial Inc. The gift honours Canaccord chairman and founder Peter Brown, a Vancouver business leader and former chair of the UBC Board of Governors.

We are committed to maintaining high service standards for our students and faculty and welcome any feedback during our closure. Here are answers to some questions we’ve been asked:

What is happening to the physical space?
The gift from Canaccord Financial is making it possible to renew the library space and add new space that serves our students better. The renovations include more and better group study space, quieter individual study space, better facilities for receiving coaching and tutoring, improved collaborative workstations, a new digital media studio, better displays for materials, and more space to offer workshops, presentations and other services being planned for the Canaccord Learning Commons.

What will happen to the library’s collections?
Some of our older print materials have been sent to the Automated Storage Retrieval Unit in the Irving K. Barber Learning Centre over the past several years.
All remaining books, journals, course reserves and A/V material will be temporarily moved to Koerner Library, beginning May 3.
Lam’s books and journals will be housed in a separate area in Koerner Level 6. Course reserve and A/V materials will be with Koerner reserves on Level 3. The collection will return to Lam Library in January 2011.
The Lam Library has been purchasing e-books and other e-resources for some time; most of our resources are now electronically available.

Where should I pick up and return my books?
At any branch of the UBC Library, other than David Lam.

How will library services be delivered?
Circulation, reserves, and A/V booking will be handled at Koerner Library.
Research and reference consultations will be provided by the Lam librarians by phone, e-mail, Live Messenger, and roving reference. Lam librarians will also provide reference help at the Humanities and Social Sciences Reference Desk on Level 3 of Koerner Library.
Lam librarians will continue to teach the many in-class instructional sessions that we have always provided for our students and instructors.

How can I get help from the business librarians?
Contact us through our website at http://www.library.ubc.ca/lam/. Our contact information is on the ‘Contact Us’ page. On that page there is also a form for submitting a question.
Groups of students can set up group coaching sessions; locations for these are being determined.
Lam librarians will provide research assistance at the Koerner reference desk; these hours will be publicized via our website, blog and Facebook page. Humanities & Social Sciences librarians at Koerner will provide research assistance, and will refer specialized questions to the business librarians.

If I can’t reach a librarian, can I still get help?
For an overview of our resources, view the David Lam Library Introduction.
Find a Course Guide for your course or assignment.
Find a Research Guide on your topic.
Find a research guide on a specific industry.
Find a business database in your subject area.
Find a specific database in Databases A-Z.

How can I keep in touch with future library developments?
Check our website regularly: http://www.library.ubc.ca/lam.
Check or create RSS feeds to our blog: http://blogs.ubc.ca/dlam/.
Join our Facebook page: http://www.facebook.com/#!/pages/Vancouver-BC/University-of-British-Columbia-UBC-David-Lam-Management-Research-Library/10434725898?ref=ts .

Although this will be a challenging time, it will be worthwhile. The benefits which future Sauder students and instructors will derive from the newly refurbished and redesigned space will be significant.

The BC Ministry of Energy,  Mines and Petroleum released the Green Energy Advisory Task Force Report on Wednesday.  The province also passed the Clean Energy Act (Bill 17) on the same day.  According to the BC News Release the Act builds on a number of recommendations from the task force, including:

  • Confirming our commitment to the Heritage Contract, to ensure B.C. ratepayers continue to receive the benefits of B.C.’s low-cost electricity assets.
  • Moving forward on critical infrastructure projects such as Site C and the Mica and Revelstoke upgrades.
  • Increasing B.C.’s clean energy supply to meet domestic and future export demand.
  • Better align implementation of policy between BC Hydro and BCUC and review the need for a separate transmission corporation.
  • Enabling utilities to implement initiatives to reduce greenhouse gas emissions and/or improve energy efficiency, such as encouraging installation of high-efficiency heating systems like heat pumps or vehicle electrification and charging infrastructure.
  • Creating a First Nations Clean Energy Business Fund to support revenue sharing opportunities and to increase First Nations participation in clean energy resource development.

For another opinion read the article What Voters weren’t told about the Clean Energy Act from the Tyee.

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