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UBC students getting ready to vote

A few months back we had the pleasure of hosting students from the Coordinated Arts Program Law and Society stream for a tour of the Chung Collection and an introduction to researching with primary sources.

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K184 .U53 2010 Law Reference Thomas J. Vesper, ed., Uncle Anthony’s Unabridged Analogies: Quotes, Proverbs, Blessings & Toasts for Lawyers, Lecturers & Laypeople, 2d ed. ([St. Paul, Minn.]: West, 2010). K230.T86 A37 2010 Kaarlo Tuori, Ratio and Voluntas: The Tension Between Reason and Will in Law (Farnham: Ashgate, 2011). K247.6 .S93 2011 Amy Swiffen, Law, [...]

One of the honourable mention submissions for the UBC Library’s 2011 Innovative Dissemination of Research Award competition is now available in cIRcle, UBC’s Digital Repository!

Some quick facts about this community-based collaborative research project include:

  • Raises awareness about pesticide safety in BC’s Lower Mainland farming communities
  • Demonstrates how to safely launder pesticide-contaminated clothing via Public Service Announcement (PSA) videos
  • Features specially-choreographed bhangra dance and well-known Punjabi actors to disseminate the Wash With Care Project message
  • Includes text-based resources (in English and Punjabi) for laundry instructions
  • Research team are researchers from Simon Fraser University, the University of the Fraser Valley, and the University of British Columbia

To view the Wash With Care Project videos, be sure to check out these resources in cIRcle at:

Wash With Care: Laundry Instructions

Wash With Care: Public Service Announcement

To learn more about the UBC Library Innovative Dissemination of Research Award, visit the Scholarly Communications @ UBC website at:

Above image and partial excerpt are courtesy of the Wash With Care Project website

A reminder that Rare Books and Special Collections, University Archives and the Chung Collection will be closed for the Easter long weekend (Friday April 22 through Monday April 25 inclusive). Also a reminder that last Saturday was our final open Saturday for the 2010-2011 academic year- our summer hours are in effect  after the long weekend (Monday to Friday, 9-5).

Good Friday procession, Vancouver 1914

Good Friday procession, Vancouver 1914

The image above is from the B.C. Historical Photograph Collection and depicts a Good Friday procession from the St. James Anglican Church on Cordova Street in Vancouver in 1914. It is on the front side of a postcard, produced by Timms’s Photography. St. James was established in 1881, but burned down in the Great Fire of 1886. The current building, at 303 Cordova St.,  was designed by architect Adrian Scott and opened in 1936 (see The History of Metropolitan Vancouver- 1936).

Photo by Robert S. Donovan Monday, April 18, 2011 – Thursday, April 21, 2011 8:30 am – 10:00 pm Friday, April 22, 2011 (Good Friday) Closed Saturday, April 23, 2011 10:00 am – 10:00 pm Sunday, April 24, 2011 (Easter Sunday) Closed Monday, April 25, 2011 (Easter Monday) 10:00 am – 10:00 pm Tuesday, April [...]

The David Lam Library’s Business FAQs database was launched in December 2010, with FAQs relating to business databases, the David Lam Library and the Canaccord Learning Commons.

We have just added two new categories of to the FAQs:

  1. Labour: FAQs relating to the labour market and industrial relations research
  2. Management: FAQs relating to researching executive compensation, executive recruitment, leadership, and other management topics

 Click here to browse or search the FAQs database.

In addition a new OBHR research guide lists books, articles and other resources for researching a variety of OBHR topics, including organizational behaviour, human resource management, industrial relations, the labour market and leadership.

In our ongoing series of B.C. place names used in the Irving K. Barber Learning Centre, this week we will look at Fernie, B.C.  Located in the East Kootenay region of British Columbia, Fernie is nearer to Alberta than it is to the rest of the province.  Fernie’s main industry was and still is coal mining (the town is named after William Fernie, who started the coal mines in 1887) but today also includes tourism (especially skiing- Fernie made a bid for the 1968 Olympic games), transport and trade.

The District Ledger, 1910

The District Ledger, 1910

Our featured document is a newspaper- the District Ledger which ran under various titles from at least 1893 to 1919 (see the B.C. Archives list of microfilmed newspapers). The District Ledger was technically the newspaper of the local district of the United Mine Workers of America, but also functioned as a local newspaper and job printer for the area. RBSC holds one lonely copy of the District Ledger, dated Oct. 21, 1910. (Do you have a stack of old District Ledgers in your basement or attic? We’d love to hear from you!)

Rare Books and Special Collections collects historic newspapers from across the province (and embracing the whole alphabet, from Abbotsford to Zeballos!). Newspapers are very popular amongst researchers as a way of understanding the important issues in other communities, in other time periods. Newspaper digitization projects have frequently been funded by the BC History Digitization Program.  For help on newspapers more generally, check out UBC Library’s Newspapers research guide.

In the Barber Centre, the Fernie Reading Room is number 380, and is a study area for the use of students in the UBC Gateway Programs: Arts One, Science One, Coordinated Arts and Coordinated Science.

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