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All collections can be accessed from our Emerald Resource Page.

This week, we thought that we would post on the Ridington Room, a room in the Barber Centre that is not named after a place in British Columbia.

Photo courtesy of UBC Library Graphics, and created under a Creative Commons License

Rather, the Ridington Room (room 321)  is named after an important person in the history of the University of British Columbia Library: John Ridington.

Photo courtesy of the UBC Archives. UBC Archives photo #1.1/1510

John Ridington was UBC’s  first University Librarian. A former journalist and teacher, he started work on the library collection in August 1914 when UBC was in its temporary home at West 10th Avenue and Laurel Street (the Fairview Shacks).  By 1916, he had been appointed University Librarian, a position he remained in until his retirement at the age of 72 in April 1940. According to information gathered by the UBC Archives, Ridington was known as a rigid authoritarian and was nicknamed ‘King John’.

In the former Main Library, there was also a room named after Ridington. Photo courtesy of UBC Archives. UBC Archives photo #76.1/22

The University Archives is responsible for collecting material related to the University and, therefore, holds the papers of John Ridington and his family. If you are interested in learning more about the life of UBC’s first University librarian, take a look at the finding aid (“an aid for finding items in an archival collection”) to the collection that is available on the University Archives website.

The Ridington Room is definitely worth a visit if you haven’t already had the oppportunity to see the space. It is often called the “Harry Potter Room” by students, due to the winding staircase and the portrait-covered walls. A portrait of John Ridington, painted in 1912 by his brother-in-law Malcolm Charleston, hangs in the Ridington Room.

Photo courtesy of UBC Library Graphics, and created under a Creative Commons License

There is also a magnificent art installation by Vancouver artist John Nutter, who was commissioned by Jean Barber to to design a 45-panel glass sculpture that is intended to “flow like the Northern Lights,” and features intricate etchings designed around a series of compasses. Nutter felt the Library, like a compass, should be used “as a tool of discovery.”   It is an ideal space for quiet study, but be sure to arrive early because the comfortable chairs fill up quickly!

Photo courtesy of UBC Library Graphics, and created under a Creative Commons License

The Law Library will be closed this Saturday, January 29th for electrical work involving power to the Law Library. Regular hours will resume Sunday January 30th.
Jan 26

Chinese Canadian soccer history

A favorite for visitors to the Chung Collection exhibition is the portrait of the 1926 Chinese Canadian soccer team, taken by C.B. Wand. Many are familiar with the history of Chinese Canadian soccer, and those who were not will be now: the 1933 Chinese Students Soccer team has been inducted into the B.C. Sports Hall of Fame.

BC Nursing Leadership Institute: program evaluation report in cIRcle!


The first BC NLI pilot was conducted in March 2005 with 25 first-line nurse leaders. Successful evaluation outcomes resulted in 13 additional sessions between March 2006 and March 2010: three sessions annually with an average of 35-40 first-line nurse leaders in attendance.

Based upon the four major components of the BC NLI: a) a 4-day residential workshop, b) mentoring supports at practice sites, c) year-long leadership projects at practice sites, and d) an online knowledge network with a discussion forum, resources, and a facilitator or knowledge broker (KB).

What you’ll discover in this report:

  • Executive Summary
  • Key Outcomes
  • Notable Findings and Implication
  • Key Recommendations

To access and/or download this program evaluation report, click here or visit cIRcle at: http://hdl.handle.net/2429/30743.

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