Law students and faculty: have your say! Test collaborative technology being considered for library group study rooms. Please come by the Law Library (the main floor of the library, near the window facing west) to test and comment on media:scape Integrated Technologies. Bring your laptop/iPad/similar device (please bring VGA adapters for Apple devices as well) [...]

We have recently updated the archives of Mildred Fahrni, a social activist from B.C. who was active in a number of human, woman’s and children’s rights organizations, including the YMCA, the Women’s International League for Peace and Freedom, and a school for homeless boys in India. An active speaker and lecturer, she won the Vancouver Peace Award in 1991 before she passed away in 1992.

The archives include files on various issues and organizations, including Fahrni’s own notes and other collected documents, extensive photographs of her travels through Russia, India, Japan, Central and South America and the Middle East, and recordings of Fahrni interviewing and being interviewed by others on various human rights and social issues. This collection is one of many that show the impact of British Columbians worldwide.

Mildred Fahrni planting a tree in Mexico

Mildred Fahrni planting a tree in Mexico, 1986, Box 13 file 1

Dr. Michael Hayden has received the Canada Gairdner Wightman Award, the premier honour for leadership in medical science in Canada.

Hayden, a professor in the Faculty of Medicine at the University of British Columbia and director and senior scientist at the Centre for Molecular Medicine and Therapeutics at the Child & Family Research Institute, was selected for his leadership in medical genetics, entrepreneurship and humanitarianism.

To read the rest of this UBC Media Release, click here.

Did You Know?

Dr. Michael Hayden and graduate student, Jeff Carroll, were featured in Frontier:  a journal of research and discovery, issue 4, June 2008. “There’s a sense of urgency around us. What we learn from HD is likely to have a direct relevance to other diseases of a similar nature like Alzheimer’s,” Hayden says. “We believe that what we’re learning here will have a broad relevance. This is not esoteric research.” Read the article here in cIRcle.

Above excerpt in italics and image courtesy of UBC Public Affairs.

The Google Book Project is an attempt on the part of Google and several libraries in the United States to digitise printed material and make it available to a broad audience. To date Google has digitised 12 million titles, many of them still under copyright protection. Participating libraries (none in Canada) will receive preferential access to the content, while others (public institutions, private individuals) will pay access fees of varying amounts. In addition, Google will have the ability to offer digitised titles for purchase. In a separate agreement with publishers and copyright holders who objected to Google’s profiting from their intellectual products, a Settlement Agreement was proposed in 2008 (subsequently amended in 2009) that offered compensation to rights holders. The amended agreement was presented to Judge Denny Chin of the US District Court, Southern District of New York. The Judge rendered an opinion on 22 March, 2011.

Judge Chin ruled that the Settlement Agreement does not meet the test of being “fair, adequate and reasonable”.(2) The proposed settlement does not address the concerns of copyright owners and would create an unfair advantage to Google over any possible competitors. The proposal was challenged by several authors or their successors, publishers, academics, the governments of the United States, several states and foreign governments (500 in all). Moreover of the class of ‘persons’ party to the settlement, more than 6800 opted out of it, signifying their disproval of its terms. Of the many objections three stand out: the implied reversal of onus for making copyrighted material available, the approach taken to ‘orphan works’, and the rights of foreign copyright holders.

The Settlement Agreement sought, in the words of Alessandra Glorioso, to reverse the copyright onus which requires the party seeking to publishing material obtain permission to do so; instead, Google proposed that copyright owners would need to register with an agency established under the Settlement to secure their legal rights.(4)

‘Orphan works’ are those materials for which a copyright holder cannot be identified or contacted. The Judge was of the opinion that rights regarding orphan works were “matters more appropriately decided by Congress than through an agreement among private, self-interested parties.” (23).

The governments of France and Germany (and the Canadian Association of University Teachers) were leaders in objecting to the Settlement with respect to foreign works. They argued that it provided Google the opportunity to digitise works produced in those countries and housed in the United States under the reciprocal provisions of the Berne Convention in contravention of international treaties and domestic laws. The Judge agreed, stating that the matter regarding copyright be left to Congress. (44)

The Judge concluded that the Settlement is not fair, adequate and reasonable and determined that the Settlement Agreement be amended to provide for an ‘opt in’ procedure rather than an ‘opt out’ one which would result in a reduced Google Book Project.

 See the judgement at

This week’s featured place name and Irving K. Barber Centre room is Slocan.  Slocan can refer to a number of geographic features- Slocan Valley, River, Lake, or City. This region is in the West Kootenay area of British Columbia.

We are using Slocan to highlight our Japanese-Canadian resources, because the village of Slocan (commonly known as Slocan City) was one of the sites of the Japanese Canadian internment camps during the Second World War.

The photographs below are from the Japanese Canadian Historical Photograph Collection, which is digitized and available freely online. There are a number of photographs of the Slocan internment camp in the collection, including photographs of Japanese Canadians arriving at the camp, as in the first photo, and of daily life in the camp, as in the second photo, taken in the dining hall.

Japanese Canadians being processed in Slocan

Japanese Canadians being processed in Slocan, JCPC 24.008

Group photograph in dining hall in Slocan Camp

Group photograph in dining hall in Slocan Camp, JCPC 17.005

Textual records related to Japanese Canadians in Slocan can be found in the Japanese Canadian Research Collection, in the Yamaga Yasutaro fonds, and also in the Jack Duggan fonds. Jack Duggan was a supervisor for the R.C.M.P. at the Slocan camp.  Author Joy Kogawa (whose archives are located in Rare Books and Special Collections) and environmentalist David Suzuki (whose archives are located in University Archives) were both sent as children to the Slocan camp in 1942.

In the Barber Centre, the Slocan room is part of the School of Library, Archival and Information Studies (SLAIS). Specifically, this room is a study area frequented by SLAIS’s doctoral students. You can read about the doctoral students and their research interests here.

Sign for SLAIS

Sign for SLAIS, photograph courtesy of School of Library, Archival and Information Studies

Access has been restored to the Journal of Chemical Education from the American Chemical Society. Please clear your browser’s cache & cookies before accessing the journal here.

And what does the move mean for accessing the journals? Previously, we had only a 5-year window of access in most cases. Now, we have access back to 1997 for several titles.

American Fisheries Society journals links have been updated and will appear in the ejornal Portal (the ejournal A-Z list) tomorrow.

Mar 21

Cantonese opera in the Chung Collection and at MOA


Cantonese Opera troupe

A favourite stop in the Chung Collection exhibition is always the photograph of the Cantonese Opera troupe in case 5. It is a beautifully detailed photograph, taken by Cecil B. Wand in 1923.

K487.E3 S685 2010 Steve Spurr, Economic Foundations of Law, 2d ed. (New York: Routledge, 2010). K1030 .O88 2010 Patrick Ostendorf, International Sales Terms (München: C.H. Beck, 2010). K1066 .P76 2010 Charles Proctor, The Law and Practice of International Banking (Oxford: Oxford University Press Inc., 2010). K1401 .R463 2010 Carlos M. Correa, ed., Research Handbook on [...]

Open Source GIS is the topic for this month’s UBC GIS Users Group Meeting.  Jeff Burton, from GIS and Data Visualization – UBC Records, will be presenting.

Wednesday, March 30, 2011
4:00 – 5:00 PM
Koerner Library Room 216

We hope to see you there!

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