Apr 06

Happy 125th birthday Vancouver!

Happy birthday Vancouver! Today, April 6 2011, marks the 125th anniversary of the incorporation of the City of Vancouver.

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The Kootenay River Room, a large, bright and airy group study room (room 422) on the 4th floor of the Barber Centre, is named after the Kootenay River, one of the tributaries of the Columbia River. It is a major river that runs through southeastern British Columbia, Canada and the northern part of Montana and Idaho. Throughout the history of British Columbia, many people from various backgrounds have lived and traveled along its banks.

The very source of the Columbia River, looking south across Canal Flat toward the Kootenay river, ID # BC-146

The people of the Ktunaxa (Kootenai) nation have lived, fished and hunted along the river for thousands of years.

Image Credit: http://www.ktunaxa.org/who/popup_tradterritorymap.html

In the early 19th century, the first European explorer to visit the area, David Thompson, explored and surveyed the Kootenay’s banks, calling it “McGillivray’s River” on his 1814 map (the original map is in the Archives of Ontario and is part of F443, the David Thompson fonds ). Rare Books and Special Collections has a reproduction of Thompson’s 1814 map, published by the Champlain Society in 1916 : Map of the north-west territory of the province of Canada.

Image credit: Champlain Society Digital Collections: http://link.library.utoronto.ca/champlain/search.cfm?lang=eng

In the late 19th century, the Doukhobors, a “Spiritual Christianity” sect that originated in Russia in the late 16th-17th century and rejects organized government and the church, left Russia and travelled to Canada. Various groups settled in Manitoba, Saskatchewan and British Columbia. In 1908, the group that settled in British Columbia, called the Community Doukhobors, purchased 2,700 acres of land along the Kootenay River. Their leader, Peter Verigan, called the settlement “Brilliant,” after the sparkling waters of the river.

In Rare Books and Special Collections, there is a large body of archival material related to the Doukhobors. You may be interested in consulting the Doukhobor research collection , the Peter Faminow fonds and the Jim Hamm research collection.

In 2010, the Irving K Barber British Columbia History Digitization Program funded a digitization project by the Touchstones Nelson: Museum of Art and History, Changes Upstream: Along the Kootenay River North of the 49th Parallel Before and After the Libby Dam, 1969-72. Visit this digital exhibition to view images of the homes, lifestyles and lands of communities along the Kootenay River during the summers of 1969-72.

Apr 05

Dr. Chung on model ship restoration, and the importance of hobbies

Click here to read an article in the Spring 2011 Montecristo Magazine in which Dr. Chung talks about the importance of having a hobby:

"Everyone should develop an extra interest outside of their profession. This helps not only to reduce stress but [there is also] the joy of finding something you have been looking for, for years."

After enduring six days of Internet “throttling” and “saturated pipes” resulting in sluggish access to online resources, IT staff from Health Shared Services BC have finally resolved the problem. EZProxy is now working again for UBCers @ St. Paul’s & Vancouver General Hospitals as well as other sites of Providence Health Care & Vancouver Coastal Health.
Many thanks to the UBC Library and HSSBC staff who lobbied for the restoration of acceptable service levels.

The latest issue of the BCLA Browser, the newsletter of the British Columbia Library Association, features a UBC Library submission that highlights new spaces – including the Canaccord Learning Commons – and recent awards.

You can view the article here: BCLA – UBC Library

And you can view the issue’s table of contents here.

Find out more about the Canaccord Learning Commons here.

JV7233 .K45 2010 Ninette Kelley & Michael Trebilcock, The Making of the Mosaic: A History of Canadian Immigration Policy, 2d ed. (Toronto: University of Toronto Press, 2010). JZ5588 .M366 2010 Mark B. Salter, ed., Mapping Transatlantic Security Relations: The EU, Canada and the War on Terror (Milton Park: Routledge, 2010). K235 .O938 2010 Peter Cane [...]

Hats off to ASEE daily alert service: USA Today (4/1, Acohido) reports “spear-phishing attacks, which often enlist social-media tools to meticulously wedge into corporate networks, are increasingly used in computer thefts that pinpoint valuable corporate data, according to a report released today by IBM’s X-Force cybersecurity team.” Cybercriminals are working through “search engines and social […]

American History in Video – http://resources.library.ubc.ca/1626/

Offers over 4000 videos on American History from production and content partners Newsreel Films and Documentary Educational Resources, additional PBS and The History Channel titles, archival footage from NASA and NARA, Universal Newsreel, and others.

North American Indian Dramahttp://resources.library.ubc.ca/1712/

An expanding collection showcasing the broadening field of Native American drama and theatrical scripts written by playwrights who are members of the indigenous nations of North America.  New content added regularly.

Opera in Video – http://resources.library.ubc.ca/1713/

Almost 200 videos of the world’s most important opera performances, captured on video through staged productions, interviews, and documentaries.  New content added regularly.

World History in Video – http://resources.library.ubc.ca/1700/

Includes over 310 critically acclaimed documentaries exploring earliest civilizations to the late twentieth century.  New material added regularly

A new collection of feminist material from Cuba from 1858-1958.  This collection includes such publications as Aspiraciones, the journal for the Club Femenino de Cuba, literary anthologies and government sources.  The collection includes memoirs, essays, journals, speeches, and radio broadcasts.

To access the Feminism in Cuba, 1858-1958 select the following link: http://resources.library.ubc.ca/1725/

A new collection of feminist material from Cuba from 1858-1958.  This collection includes such publications as Aspiraciones, the journal for the Club Femenino de Cuba, literary anthologies and government sources.  The collection includes memoirs, essays, journals, speeches, and radio broadcasts.

To access the Feminism in Cuba, 1858-1958 select the following link: http://resources.library.ubc.ca/1725/

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