A fascinating exhibition that complements the release of a new book on children’s literature is now on display at UBC Library’s Rare Books and Special Collections (RBSC) division.

Picturing Canada: Canadian Children’s Illustrated Books and Publishing, highlights Canadian picturebooks from the last 200 years. The exhibition includes rare children’s books as well as popular productions from recent years. It was curated by Shannon Ozirny, Meaghan Scanlon and Geneviève Valleau, all students at UBC’s School of Library, Archival and Information Studies.

The exhibition features highlights from Picturing Canada: A History of Canadian Children’s Illustrated Books and Publishing, written by Judith Saltman and Gail Edwards. Saltman is an Associate Professor at UBC’s School of Library, Archival and Information Studies and Chair of the Master of Arts in Children’s Literature program; Edwards is the Chair of the Department of History at Douglas College.

Jun 17

Chinese history on the Prairies

Our colleagues at the University of Alberta have mounted an exhibition called "The other side of Gold Mountain: Glimpses of Chinese pioneer life on the Prairies."  The Drs. Chung recently donated a number of documents related to the Chinese history on the Praries to the Bruce Peel Special Collections Library at U of A, and the exhibition also contains several items on loan from the Chung Collection here at UBC.

For more information on the exhibition, visit: http://www.library.ualberta.ca//specialcollections/exhibits/current/inde...

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AHFS Drug Information® monographs are written principally on single-drug entities; information on various trademarked preparations and brands of a drug is contained in a single monograph. Drug combinations are described in the monographs on the principal ingredients or, rarely, appear as separate monographs (e.g., Co-trimoxazole 8:12.20) when the combinations are considered important because of therapeutic rationale and/or frequency of use. … Information on older and prototype drugs is another feature of AHFS Drug Information®.” –AHFS Drug Information® Users Guide

HQ1061 .R54 2007 Israel Doron & Kate Mewhinney, eds., The Rights of Older Persons: A Collection of International Documents (Jerusalem: JDC-ESHEL, 2007). JV7233 .C353 2010 Canada, Parliament, House of Commons, Standing Committee on Citizenship and Immigration, Best Practices in Settlement Services: Report of the Standing Committee on Citizenship and Immigration ([Ottawa]: Standing Committee on Citizenship [...]

Thanks to Michael White, Patent Librarian extraordinaire who posted this on his blog – The Patent Librarian’s Notebook The European Patent Office has created a new classification scheme for green technologies and applications related to the mitigation of climate change. The new category, identified as Y02 in the ECLA classification, has two main subclasses: * […]

booksStill reading books made from dead trees (are live electrons really more eco-friendly, hmm)? With the end of our subscription to Global Books in Print, here are a couple other options to try when hunting for a book:

Amazon.ca –yes, that Amazon.

BookFinder! –search over 150 million books for sale, it says.

Keep reading!

Ever needed trustworthy statistics to back up your research?  Not surprisingly, Statistics Canada is your “go-to” source for Canadian stats, but you may not be sure where to find what you need.  The major issue for most people is deciding which of the two main databases that UBC Library subscribes to will have the information that is needed.

First, let’s look at the Census of Canada.   It aims to count the nation’s population and collects  some basic information about the inhabitants of each dwelling, such as their relationships to one another, mother tongue, marital status, gender and age. One in five households get a longer form which covers additional topics including income & earnings; immigration status; ethnic origins; and educational attainment.

Key things to know about Census data:

  • The sample is large – either 100% or 20% – so the accuracy of your data is high.
  • The data in the Census is based solely on the questions asked – if the data you need cannot be sourced from the questions on the Census, then this is not the right place to look.
  • The questions on the Census can change over time or be eliminated.  Consult the Census Dictionary for the relevant Census year to see how long the questions have been asked and whether they have changed over time.
  • Click here to see the questions asked on the 2006 Census.
  • Click here to access topic-based data from the 2006 Census

The other major database from Statistics Canada that we subscribe to is called CANSIM – the Canadian Socioeconomic Information Management Database.  It disseminates the statistics gathered by StatsCan which come from all the other surveys conducted by the agency.  You can find some links to some Census data within Cansim, but as a general rule this is where you want to go for topics not covered on the Census.

Key things to know about Cansim:

  • typically, the sample is smaller than what you’ll get from the Census
  • Cansim is available from two different providers: StatsCan itself, via its user-friendly E-Stat database or through the University of Toronto via CHASS.  E-Stat is updated once a year in July, while CHASS is updated weekly.
  • CANSIM topics include Economic Accounts, Crime & Justice, Labour, Manufacturing, Construction, Trade, Agriculture, Finance, Demographics, Health, Transportation, and Education & Training. Selected data on population estimates and vital statistics are also available.
KE943 .M38 2010 (LC) Kevin P. McGuinness, Sale and Supply of Goods, 2d ed. (Markham: LexisNexis Canada, 2010). KE1485 .S275 2010 (LC) Law Reserve Janis P. Sarra & Ronald B. Davis, Director and Officer Liability in Corporate Insolvency: A Comprehensive Guide to Rights & Obligations, 2d ed. (Markham: LexisNexis, 2010). KE1915 .R52 2010 (LC) Leonard [...]

The text of the bill is now available:

A day earlier than expected the new copyright bill, C-32, has been introduced.

The text of the bill  is not yet available online but is coming soon:  http://www.ic.gc.ca/eic/site/crp-prda.nsf/eng/home

For further information take a look at Michael Geist’s blog.

Also CBC  features a news story about the bill:  Copyright bill would ban digital locks

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