The TD National Reading Summit II live webcast  (sponsored by UBC’s School of Library, Archival and Information Studies, Irving K. Barber Learning Centre and Education Library) connected BC participants to the conference in Montreal.  The first day’s events were both informative and thought provoking.  The second day of the conference will take place on

Friday January 21 in the  Dodson Room, Irving K. Barber Learning Centre

9:30-11:30 Spotlight on Boys and Reading
The Boys and Reading panel kicks off with keynote speaker, author, Jon Scieszka, renowned for his humour and re-invention of classic fairytales, The True Story of the 3 Little Pigs and Stinky Cheese Man. A tireless advocate for Boys and Reading, Scieszka grew up in Michigan with five brothers and no sisters and runs Guys Read, a non-profit literacy organization for boys.

After Scieszka’s presentation, Marie Désilets, Executive Advisor, Libraries, regional programs and services division, Montreal Public Library, introduces the video coup de Poing, followed by Jean-François Bouchard, Group Publisher of Bayard Press who will moderate an insightful and lively discussion on Boys and Reading.

The panel features: trained sociologist, Félix Maltais, Editor and founder of Éditions les Débrouillards, a youth science education movement; Shane Peacock, Novelist, playwright, screenwriter, journalist, and author of The Boy Sherlock Holmes series and; Jean-Yves Levesque who holds a PhD in psychopedagogy and is a research chair in the Department of Education at the Université du Québec à Rimouski. Levesque is currently heading a group research project on learning and socialization (APPSO).

Wrapping up the panel, Martine Boucher and Pierre Richard Simon will provide a presentation on Point de Match, a ground-breaking organization which pairs youth sports teams and libraries.

The afternoon sessions 12:00-2:30 will focus on technologies and reading. Note:  The next Reading Summit will take place in 2012 in Vancouver.

To view the complete Summit program, packed with exceptional speakers and panelists from Quebec, Canada and abroad, and go to www.nationalreadingcampaign.ca.

The National Reading Campaign is a campaign to incorporate and promote reading as a central feature of 21st century Canadian citizenship.


Anyone working on the Modern Middle East will find the Confidential Print: Middle East collection extraordinarily useful. This collection is an absolutely invaluable resource for both researchers and teachers because of the range of documents available and the ease with which one can access them. The database is straightforward, simple to use, and is readily searchable. Anyone accustomed to popular databases such as JSTOR will find the Confidential Print: Middle East collection immediately familiar. One can bring up an original document on one’s own computer and/or download a PDF facsimile. The database also provides all the documentary information needed by researchers in an easy-to-use format.” -Professor Michael Gasper, Occidental College

This collection covers a broad sweep of history from c. 1839 to 1969, taking in the countries of the Arabian peninsula, the Levant, Iraq, Turkey and many of the former Ottoman lands in Europe, Iran, Afghanistan, Egypt and Sudan.

Jewish Life in America makes available to scholars some of the American Jewish Historical Society’s most important and valuable archival collections. Anyone researching the history of the American Jewish community will benefit from this treasure trove of primary sources.” – Jonathan D. Sarna, Joseph H. & Belle R. Braun Professor of American Jewish History, Brandeis University

The material ranges from the manuscript of Emma Lazarus’s famed sonnet ‘The New Colossus’, to the records of the Baron de Hirsch Fund, which supported Jewish entrepreneurship across America from 1819 to the 1980s. Also included are a selection of American Jewish Year Book articles and research guides for the majority of collections.

*UPDATE* JSTOR is back*

JSTOR is experiencing temporary problems. We are sorry for the interruption, and will be back online as quickly as possible.” –JSTOR site

This also means several journal collections (like University of California press) are also down. Stay tuned.

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