British Columbia’s teachers have confirmed they’ll be going on limited job action when classes resume next week.Students and teachers alike will head back to school on Sept. 6, but teachers will do so under what they’re calling “Phase 1″ of job action, which will eliminate day-to-day administrative duties typically handled by teachers.The 72-hour strike notice came as no surprise after six months of failed negotiations between the B.C. Teachers’ Federation (BCTF), and the B.C. Public School Employers’ Association (BCPSEA), left the province’s teachers without a contract.

Click here to read the full article, published in the Vancouver Sun.

On August 18, Ingrid Parent – UBC’s University Librarian – became the first Canadian President of the International Association of Library Associations and Institutions.

This appointment has received much media coverage, with articles appearing in the Vancouver Sun, the Vancouver Courier, the Tyee, Quill & Quire and the Epoch Times (Chinese-language version only).

Ingrid was also interviewed on CBC Radio’s morning show, The Early Edition. You can listen to a podcast of the interview here – it begins at about 1:08 into the recording.

You can view the corresponding press release here.

According to a new study, the introduction of full-day kindergarten in half of B.C. elementary schools last year was a remarkable success.

Click here to read the full post, on Janet Steffenhagen’s blog.

A new study at Illinois Academic Libraries studied college students’ reasons for not approaching academic librarians for help in finding information. According to the study authors, students’ research habits are worse than librarians have realized. Problems include over-reliance on Google, misunderstanding of search logic, and preference for simple databases over scholarly ones. Whose fault is this? The authors say both librarians and teaching faculty are to blame. Librarians tend to over-estimate the searching skills of students; professors do the same. Teaching faculty also wrongly assume that students have had in-depth library orientations, and fail to require their students to use library resources for assignments. From their perspective, students themselves are unaware of their lack of research skills, so don’t ask for help when needed. And students simply do not see librarians as people to go to for help, but more as people who point them in the direction of the stacks.

Most importantly the authors conclude, “[R]elationships with professors … determine students’ relationships with libraries… In the absence of an established structure ensuring that students build relationships with librarians throughout their college careers, professors play a critical role in brokering students’ relationships with librarians… Because librarians hold little sway with students, they can do only so much to rehabilitate students’ habits. They need professors’ help.”
Article: What Students Don’t Know, Inside Higher Ed, August 22, 2011
Study: Ethnographic Research in Illinois Academic Libraries, 2011

Are you a graduate student and new to UBC? Would you like to know more about what the library has to offer? This basic workshop will provide you with a a overview of some of the key services and resources available to you from the library.

Location: Koerner Library, Rm 217, Point Grey Campus


Location: Koerner Library, Rm 217, Point Grey Campus

UBC Jump Start is an intensive two-week program which provides new international students with academic preparation for university life.

Jump Start orientations are done in cohort groups for Arts, Applied Science, Business and Science and include one-hour library workshops taught by liaison librarians in those areas.

David Lam Librarians taught three of the thirteen library workshops offered this summer, introducing over 50 new Sauder students to the library collections and services which will support their research activities throughout their time at UBC.

An Abbotsford school has been recognized for a program that allows students to report bullying anonymously.Rick Hansen secondary is the recipient of a 2011 Safe School Award from a Canada-wide anti-bullying program called Stop a Bully.

To read the full post from Janet Steffenhagen’s blog, click here.

National Criminal Justice Reference Service (NCJRS) Abstracts is a new (and free!) Database we picked up with the migration to ProQuest’s new platform.

The NCJRS: National Criminal Justice Reference Service Abstracts Database is published by the Office of Justice Programs, U.S. Department of Justice’s National Criminal Justice Reference Service, an information clearinghouse for people around the U.S. and the world… The collection has been developed to meet the needs of criminal justice professionals, researchers, policymakers, and technical and legal experts.” –ProQuest

Beginning Friday, August 26th, there will be limited help available from the Library’s E-Resources & Access (ejhelp) unit till September 6th.

Please do continue to send in your questions/problems via our HelpForm or wherever you see the Access Problems? button during this time, but some questions will have to wait longer than normal for a response.

Sorry for the inconvenience. Thanks for your patience, E-R&A.

The Chung Collection Exhibition will be closed to the public from August 24-26 and August 29. We apologize for the inconvenience.

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