Back Yard of Asian CentreWhat a bright and colorful Saturday morning. Driving along Marine to Point Grey is such an enjoyable experience. Only a few early bird photographers are busy in our garden. Students are not up or out yet and the entire campus is peaceful and quiet.

A few deadlines today and need to follow up on the previous weeks’ delegations. There have been many of them from China this term. The OCLC Library Directors Delegation came to UBC directly from the airport. They started working while suffering from the jetlag. They are young and actively discussed about the differences they haver observed when I led them to Asian. They apologized for keeping me late at work. Ms. Huang, from OCLC Beijing office suddenly realized that we met 4 years ago in Wuhan U., when I was teaching the workshop there. She said no wonder the campus and the buildings look familiar, she saw them already years ago on my ppt slides and she’s excited seeing them in person. When we two chatted in front of Asia Centre, it’s getting late and dark, we both feel a bit dreamy and wonder how small the world is becoming…

A new research guide for management Information Systems has been added to the David Lam Library website. The guide lists books, library databases, journals, associations and other resources for researching MIS related topics.

Click here to access the guide, which can also be found from the David Lam Library homepage ( under Research Guides.

If you have questions or feedback about the guide, please contact the David Lam Library

This inaugural all day workshop is designed for health sciences researchers planning or beginning a systematic review or wishing to improve locating and managing a comprehensive literature search. Register at
Note: There will be a charge to cover refreshments provided at the morning and afternoon breaks.

*UPDATE* UBC-O IPs seem to have been fixed. The Welcome Mat is laid out again, northern friends!

Folks at UBC-Okanagan are experiencing problems accessing titles on the Wiley Online Library platform. Wiley seems to have dropped some important IP addresses. We are working to restore access. In the meanwhile, UBC-O folks will probably will have to access Wiley journals via MyVPN even if on campus.

Math grad students will see me for an 1/2 hr seminar on Thu, 28 October, 12:30pm in LSK 460. This is what I plan to cover: Mathematics Library – what can we do to save you time: This short seminar, presented by UBC Science librarian – Eugene Barsky – will focus on time saving library [...]

From Docuticker:

“The U.S. Census Bureau reports that 36.7 million of the nation’s population (12 percent) were foreign-born, and another 33 million (11 percent) were native-born with at least one foreign-born parent in 2009, making one in five people either first or second generation U.S. residents. The second generation were more likely than the foreign born to be better educated and have higher earnings and less likely to be in poverty. In 2009, 59 percent of the native-born 25 and older with at least one foreign-born parent had some college education and 33 percent had a bachelor’s degree. That compares with 45 percent of the foreign-born who had some college and 29 percent who had a bachelor’s degree. “– Docuticker

You can read the news release from the  US Census Bureau here. Detailed tables can be found here.

The New York Times (10/23, Rudolph) “Green” blog reported that this week “select members of the United States Green Building Council will begin casting ballots on whether to overhaul how the organization awards sustainability credits for wood products.” Currently, “only wood certified by the Forest Stewardship Council qualifies for so-called LEED credits.” If the new [...]

K87 .W54 2010 (LC) Law Reserve David P. Whelan, Finding & Managing Legal Information on the Internet (Aurora: Canada Law Book, 2010). KE1973 .S6 2010 (LC) Daniel F. So, Canadian Franchise Law: A Practical Guide (Markham: LexisNexis Butterworths, 2010).

This month, the UBC Library will begin hosting meetings of the newly-rekindled UBC GIS Users Group.  This group will be a gathering of students, researchers, faculty and staff on campus who work in some way with, or are interested in, geographical information systems (or science) (GIS).  The meetings will be held monthly on the last Wednesday of the month in Koerner Library Room 216 at 4:00pm.  There will be a speaker, followed by a trip to Koerner’s Pub for refreshments.

First Meeting:

Wednesday, October 27, 4:00pm
Koerner 216
Presentation: overview of GIS services and facilities provided by UBC Library (including the new GIS/Research Data Lab), followed by tours of the lab

Future Meetings:

At future meetings we are hoping to have students, researchers, faculty and staff from around campus talk about how they are using GIS in their work.  There are a lot of exciting, state-of-the-art projects happening around campus, and this will be a great way for people to share their work and network with other GIS users.

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