The end of the year for an archivist can feel like… well, like Christmas! At the end of the year a lot of people get around to adding to their archives. As a little preview, next year you can expect to see additions to:

Happy holidays and stay tuned in the New Year for new and growing collections!

Incoming archives at Rare Books and Special Collections

Incoming archives at Rare Books and Special Collections

Dec 22

Holiday closure

C.P.R. Christmas labelsThe Chung Collection exhibition space will be closed for the same duration as UBC Library: from December 24 at 3 pm until 9 am on January 4th.  However, if you are on campus before we close down, please feel free to come and view not only the Chung Collection exhibition, but also a special holiday exhibition in the reading room of Rare Books and Special Collections.

Credo Reference is a giant online reference library that provides access to a selection of reference books including encyclopedias, dictionaries, thesauri and books of quotations, plus a broad range of subject-specific titles covering everything from literature to history to psychology to geography.

In addition to the individual reference works, Credo Reference also adds a unique layer with Concept Maps and Topic Pages, and offers extensive customizability. Search results are sorted into Topic pages (which include articles, books, news, images, and videos) and Reference Entries.

The Concept Maps provide a unique entry way into a topic. The maps are visual interactive maps that displays how search terms and topics in Credo Reference are interconnected.  Simply search for your topic to generate a topic map, and then click a concept node to see an entry for that particular entry.

The trial is on now until December 31, 2010. Give it a try and don’t forget to send your feedback using this form.

**UPDATE**eResources is back in business. Happy New Year!**

Yes, we put down our mouses and pick up our mugs at this time of year, so let’s hope access remains “jolly” over the holidays. eResources will be closed from Noon December 24th and re-opening January 4th, 2011.

PLEASE DO contact us about any problem via our Help Form. Just be aware that you won’t get a response till we get back on January 4th, 2011.

Merry (place holiday of choice here) from eResources. See you in 2011!

This week our featured place is Fort Fraser, British Columbia.  Today, Fort Fraser,  named by the explorer, Simon Fraser in 1806,  is a community of about 1000 people that is active in the tourism and forestry industries.

Mill at Fort Fraser

Mill at Fort Fraser, BC-1456-2-11. This photograph of a lumber mill in Fort Fraser comes from the B.C. Historical Photograph Album Collection . RBSC collects photographs both individually and as parts of larger collections. On our website you will find tutorials on how to search for photographs in our collections.

Historically, Fort Fraser played an important role in the development of British Columbia for a number of reasons, including:

  • It is found near the geographical centre of British Columbia, 44 km west of Vanderhoof on The Yellowhead Highway.
  • Originally established in 1806 as a North West Company fur trading post by the explorer Simon Fraser, it is one of present-day British Columbia’s oldest permanent European-founded settlements. The area around the community is also recorded as the site of the first land in British Columbia cultivated by non-First Nations people.
  • The present community is located at the site of the last spike of the Grand Trunk Pacific Railway, driven on April 7, 1914.

The Rare Books and Special Collections (RBSC) reading room is named after the community of  Fort Fraser. We think that it is a very fitting name for our reading room. Similar to the way in which Fort Fraser is located near the geographical centre of British Columbia, physically, the RBSC reading room is located at the heart of the Barber Learning Centre.

Fort Fraser Reading Room

If you have some extra time before we close for the holidays at 3pm on December 24, please drop in to visit the RBSC Fort Fraser Reading Room and a take a look at ‘Tis the Season, a winter holiday-themed exhibition.

Holiday exhibition in the Fort Fraser Reading Room
Holiday exhibition in the Fort Fraser Reading Room
Holiday exhibition in the Fort Fraser Reading Room
Holiday exhibition in the Fort Fraser Reading Room

A very interesting read in the last week’s Science – The first explorations of the Google Books data are now on display in a study published online this week by Science ( The researchers have revealed 500,000 English words missed by all dictionaries, tracked the rise and fall of ideologies and famous people, and, […]

Guistini, Dean.  “Using Social Media in Canadian Academic Libraries.”  CARL/ABRL is the sponsoring agency.

Janke, R. (Co-investigator). Expanding the Evidence for New Graduate Transition Best Practices.  Michael Smith Foundation for Health Research, $150,000 (funding period November 2010 – May 2012).  Co-Principal Investigators Kathy Rush & Monica Adamack.

Teresa Lee has collaborated with faculty members and a post-graduate resident in the Faculty of Pharmaceutical Sciences on a study evaluating the quality and usability of common drug databases. Their article was published in the Canadian Journal of Hospital Pharmacy.




(Charlotte Beck): Feehan, L., Beck, C., Harris, S.,MacIntyre, D., Li, L. Exercise prescription after fragility fracture in older adults: a scoping review. Osteoporosis International. 2010 Oct 22. 1-  34.

(Teresa Lee):  Mountford CM, Lee, T, de Lemos J, Loewen PS.  “Evaluation of quality and usability of common drug information databases,” Canadian Journal of Hospital Pharmacy 2010, 63(2).

Yuen, Eleanor. “Building an academic library in the heart of Pacific Canada: The Asian Library at the University of British Columbia”  in  Zhou, Peter X. (ed.) “Collecting Asia: East Asian Libraries in North America, 1868 – 2008”. Ann Arbor, Mich:Association for Asian Studies: 2010.

The Subject Guide Working Group recently submitted their article, “Letting Students Take the Lead: *A User-centred Approach to Evaluating Subject Guide” to the* journal, Evidence Based Library and Information Practice. The article has been peer reviewed and accepted for publication pending requested revisions.


(Danielle Winn):  Liu, G. and Winn, D. (2009). Chinese Graduate Students and the Canadian Academic Library: A User Study at the University of Windsor.  Journal of Academic Librarianship, 35(6):565-573.

Book Review:  Wallace J. and Chambers T. [Review of the book The Presentation Secrets of Steve Jobs: How To Be Insanely Great in Front of Any Audience, by Carmine Gallo]. Business in Vancouver, September 14-20, 2010; issue 1090.

Book Review:  Wallace J. and Chambers T. [Review of the book Blackberry:the inside story of Research in Motion, by Rod McQueen]. Business in Vancouver, October 12 – 18, 2010; issue 1094.

Book Review:  Wallace J. and Chambers T. [Review of the book Hacking Work: Breaking Stupid Rules for Smart Results by Bill Jensen and Josh Klein]. Business in Vancouver, November 9 – 15, 2010; issue 1098. 

ALPSLink publications:

Beck, Charlotte.  Database Search Techniques: Sample of Clicker Questions.  ALPSLink, November 2010.

Lee, Teresa, Taylor, Sally, Yu, Tricia.  PubMed Workbook: Canadian Pharmacy Practice Program”.  ALPS Link, May 2010.

Lee, Teresa.  “Handy OVID Medline Tips” ALPSLink, November 2010.

Mitchell, Marjorie.  “Reflective Library Assignment” ALPS Link. November 2010.

Miller, Katherine.  “RefWorks for Systematic Reviews”.  Powerpoint presentation on ALPS Link. November 2010.

Miller, Katherine.  “Zotero Practice Sheet” ALPS Link, November 2010.

Miller, Katherine.  “Key Databases in Biology” ALPS Link, November 2010.

Miller, Katherine.  “Land and Food Systems 100: Introduction to Library Research” ALPS Link, September 2010.

Ure, Lindsay.  Master of Management  – Early Career Masters: Library Orientation.  ALPS Link. November 2010.

Ure, Lindsay.  Current Awareness for Business Researchers.  ALPS Link. October 2010.



Eshghi, Shirin and Langton, Nina. “Digital Games for Languages and Cultures: Collections and Curriculum”. Japan Studies Association of Canada Annual Conference, UBC, September 30 – October 3, 2010.

Eshghi, Shirin. “Japanese Resources on Gender and Sexuality: Exposing What’s Hidden”. Japan Studies Association of Canada Annual Conference, UBC, September 30 – October 3, 2010.

Giustini, Dean “An Introduction to Health and Medical Reference Questions” BC Library Association.  Nanaimo, BC. November 25, 2010.


Yuen, Eleanor.  “The reconstruction of Chinese Canadian Identities across the Pacific: Personal Narratives and Collective Memories” at the 4th International Conference of Institutes and Libraries for Chinese Overseas” in Guangzhou, PRC.


Danielle Winn.  The Canadian Association of College and University Libraries (CACUL) 2010 Robert H. Blackburn Distinguished Paper Award.


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