*UPDATE* links to ECCO ebooks from the UBC Catalogue are working again. –Friday, August 6th.

Tuesday, Aug.3rd UPDATE: There is some progress to report. The vendor has found the source of the problem. Their programmers are working on the fix with the hope that access will be restored by Friday, Aug.6th. Please stay tuned and thank you for your patience.

Unfortunately we’re having problems with access to yet another set of ebook titles.    Links to Eighteenth Century Collections Online ebooks from the Catalogue are currently broken.  The good news is that you can access ECCO ebooks and content if you search directly from the resources page here. While we work with the vendor to get the catalogue linking resolved, please continue to report any access problem using our Help Form.  Hopefully the month of August will be a better one for ebook access!


I will be in Prof. Bruce Dunham’s class – Statistics 335 – Statistics in Quality Assurance on Wed, 8 September, 12pm in LSK 460. Please see the course library page here – http://toby.library.ubc.ca/ereserve/er-coursepage.cfm?id=2389 and also from our homepage – http://scieng.library.ubc.ca/ The general statistics guide is located here – http://toby.library.ubc.ca/subjects/subjpage1.cfm?id=91 ** photo by http://www.flickr.com/photos/networkosaka/

Due to a special event, Rare Books and Special Collections will be closed to the public from 9:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. on Monday, August 9, 2010.

We thank-you for your understanding and regret any inconvenience this closure may cause.

If you have any questions, please contact us by email spcoll@interchange.ubc.ca or by phone at 604-822-2521.

We often publicize a particular database or new publication from an intergovernmental organization and so it seems fitting to highlight just how generous many of these organizations are in terms of providing their publications/statistics/working papers for free to all comers.  Not only do they offer  high quality, scholarly work but you might also be surprised by the breadth of their interests.  Here are some prime examples:

  • Asian Development Bank: You might have guessed from the name that this organization focuses its work on developing Asian countries – but you might be surprised by just how broad the ADB’s interests are.
    • Despite the word “bank” in its name, the ADB is interested in a wide range of social topics and socio-economic topics including urban development, climate change, gender equality, HIV/AIDS, education, anti-terrorism and food security.
    • Also, the ADB is focused on the entire Asian region –  so you will find research and studies for countries as far flung as Azerbaijan, the Cook Islands, Armenia, Timor-Leste, Hong Kong and Vietnam.  For a complete list of its member countries click here
    • Print versions of its books are “for fee” but most are freely available as pdf downloads.  To access ADB publications click here and to access ADB economic research/statistics  click here.
  • UNESCO: is probably most famous for its work with protecting world heritage sites, but the organization is involved in a wide variety of other activities and interest areas including climate change, gender equality, HIV/AIDS, education, post-disaster & post-conflict response, and youth programs.
    • The best way to find all the fantastic free statistics and publications on the UNESCO site is by means of the “Themes” tab at the top of the home page.  Click on your relevant theme and a topic-based portal will open – with links to theme-related news, downloadable books, statistics/databases, teaching tools and related resources.
    • In addition to the resources that you will find in the theme portals, UNESCO also has an Institute for Statistics which offers a rich array of its statistics and statistical publications covering all of its themes.   UNESCO is particularly strong in education, gender mainstreaming, and science & technology.
  • Food & Agriculture Organization (FAO):  We have highlighted several of the FAO’s resources before, but wanted to take this opportunity to stress the broad array of its interest areas.   Of course the organization is keenly interested in agriculture, food security and sustainability, but did you know that it also works in areas including information management, gender equality, education, banking/microfinance and HIV/AIDS?
HV6433.C2 C365 2010 Commission of Inquiry into the Investigation of the Bombing of Air India Flight 182 (Canada), Air India Flight 182: A Canadian Tragedy [Ottawa]: Commission of Inquiry into the Investigation of the Bombing of Air India Flight 182, 2010). Online access: http://www.majorcomm.ca/en/reports/finalreport/ HV6433.C2 C3652 2010 Commission of Inquiry into the Investigation of the [...]

Take a look on this CNN story – “Which college grads snag the best salaries“. Some quotes: Topping the list of best-paying degrees this year, petroleum engineers earn a starting salary of $93,000 and a mid-level salary of $157,000. That’s $49,000 more than the next most lucrative majors, aerospace engineering and chemical engineering, which both […]

In the new OPAC, links to ebooks are displayed in the “Action” box on the right and look like this:  

However, NetLibrary ebooks are not currently displaying this icon. To access the ebook, look in the “Action” box on the right and near or at the bottom click on the words “Bibliographic record display” or “NetLibrary“. We are working to fix this.

Due to repeated incidents of excessive ebook downloading (like, 10s of thousands of pages over the past month), access to the MyiLibrary ebooks has been blocked by the vendor. This includes access to many Cambridge, Oxford and Taylor & Francis ebooks as well as the Essentials of Canadian Law – Irwin Law e-Books and Irwin Law e-Books collections.

We are working to rectify the situation and have access restored. Please be patient and continue to report any problems with ANY ebooks to our Help Form. Stay Tuned!

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