Effective August 18th,2011

New users will now require a unique identifier. RefWorks is planning to eventually discontinue the use of the group code. In preparation for this, users will now need to register a login name that has not yet been used on our server. This means it might take a few tries to create a new account. (Group codes will remain for the foreseeable future).

One option of a unique identifier is to use your UBC email account as your RefWorks ID.

British Columbia is dropping optional Grade 12 provincial exams and changing its provincial scholarship program so that more students will be eligible.

The announcement was made this morning at a private meeting of B.C. school superintendents in Kelowna.

Optional exams are being discontinued because few students write them now that universities and other post-secondary schools no longer base admission decisions on marks from provincial exams.

The B.C. Education Ministry says about 80 per cent of Grade 12 students chose not to write the optional exams last year and that’s reduced eligibility for provincial scholarships, which have continued to be based on provincial exam results. An estimated $2.5 million in scholarships has not been claimed as a result.

To read the full story published in the Vancouver Sun, click here.

There will be limited help with solving Access problems on Friday, August 19th. Most questions will have to wait till Monday.

Do send in questions/problems. Our email will be monitored, but only the most urgent issues will be looked at.

We are sorry for the inconvenience. Thanks for your patience.

There are problems with the direct exporting of citations to RefWorks from the new ProQuest platforms. Patrons are being directed to the US server, then on re-direct to Scholar’s Portal (our Canadian instance of RefWorks), an error message appears.

The worse news is ProQuest expects it to be August 24th or as late as September 8th (!) before this is fixed.

Stay tuned.

UBC Library is offering information sessions on copyright guidelines for UBC faculty, instructors and researchers.  The aim of these sessions is to provide participants with:

  • an overview of copyright and fair dealing provisions
  • an understanding of use permissions for copyrighted materials and licensed material for classroom, research and instructional use
  • an understanding of author’s scholarly rights and publisher agreements

Interested faculty, instructors and researchers can register for one of the following sessions:

For more information on copyright and UBC, please visit the University’s copyright website.

Geographic Information Systems Librarian, Humanities and Social Sciences Division

Full Time, Continuing – Job Description

UBC Library

The University of British Columbia Library is one of the largest academic libraries in Canada and consistently ranks among the top university research libraries in North America. UBC Library has 21 branches and divisions, including two campuses (Vancouver and Kelowna), three off-site hospital libraries, Robson Square Library and the Irving K. Barber Learning Centre, its multi-purpose teaching and learning facility.

Our collections include 6.1 million volumes, over 550,000 electronic books, over 90,000 electronic journals, over 22,000 numeric databases, 4.7 million digital pages, and over 840,000 maps, audio, DVD/video and graphic materials. Our open access digital repository, cIRcle, currently contains well over 31,000 items.

More than 300 knowledgeable employees – librarians, management and professional staff, support staff and student staff – provide users with the excellent resources and services that they need to further their research, teaching and learning.

For more information about UBC Library, please visit our website. The UBC Library Strategic Plan 2010-2015 can also be viewed online.

Overview of the Position

The Geographic Information Systems (GIS) Librarian is responsible for the delivery of Geographic Information Systems services and instruction in support of the Data and GIS Lab in the Koerner Library. In cooperation with a team of professional staff, the incumbent participates in the development and maintenance of the geospatial resources and library collections and services and provides specialised reference and instruction in the field of GIS to faculty, graduate and undergraduate students.

Furthermore, the GIS Librarian provides web-based and classroom instruction and assistance in the use of information resources as well as plans and implements services that respond to user needs. Participation in the development of library policy, procedures, and services relating to GIS is another part of this position’s scope.

The incumbent reports to the Head of the Humanities and Social Sciences Division and collaborates with colleagues within the maps and data specialities. The GIS Librarian consults broadly as required and works with faculty, staff, students and the public. Supervision of library assistants’ work and managing the provision of services or development of collections may be part of this position’s responsibilities.

A detailed job description can be viewed here.



  • Graduate degree from an accredited programme in Library Science
  • Demonstrated experience with geospatial data collections and services
  • Working knowledge of common GIS software tools, specifically ESRI desktop products
  • Knowledge and experience in the collection and development of metadata and current awareness of metadata standards and trends in GIS
  • Ability to identify, retrieve and use data resources as well as communicate geospatial knowledge to researchers with varying levels of technical expertise
  • Demonstrated commitment to responsive and innovative information services
  • Expertise in the provision of public service including consultation and reference referrals to academic and research communities in the areas of humanities and social sciences


  • Academic background in Geography, GIS, or related discipline
  • Excellent written and oral communication skills
  • Enthusiasm and ability to teach classes, make presentations and carry out projects, both independently and as a member of a team
  • Experience working in a professional capacity within an academic library
  • Working knowledge of Canada’s official languages; another foreign language is desirable
  • Experience supervising staff

Terms of Appointment and Salary

This position will be filled as a full time ongoing position. If eligible and qualified, the successful applicant may be appointed with a confirmed appointment. Otherwise, there will be an initial three-year probationary appointment. Normally, such an appointment is reviewed by the end of the second year of appointment, and a recommendation is made at that time to grant or not to grant a confirmed appointment.

Salary will be commensurate with experience and academic/professional qualifications.

This position will be of interest to candidates with 5-7 years of academic library experience.

Applications for this exciting opportunity are to be submitted by e-mail in one consolidated file (PDF or Microsoft Word format) and will include:

  • a letter of application, including a statement of citizenship/immigration status, indicating the candidate’s education, training, and work experience in the areas listed above;
  • a detailed and current curriculum vitae; and
  • the names of three referees with their email addresses.

To ensure full consideration, complete applications are to be submitted by 5:00 p.m. PST on Friday, September 30, 2011 to:

Human Resources – UBC Library
2nd Floor, Koerner Library
1958 Main Mall
Vancouver, BC  V6T 1Z2
Email: library.hr@ubc.ca

UBC hires on the basis of merit and is committed to employment equity. We encourage all qualified applicants to apply. However, Canadian citizens and permanent residents of Canada will be given priority.

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