In order to be successful, teachers need to embrace their freedom and creativity and be prepared to learn from their students. To read the full post on Janet Steffenhagen’s blog Report Card, click here.

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Trial runs from Aug 24, 2011 – Sep 30, 2011.

Regarding history, Wallace Chung believes it is important to forgive, but not forget. His collection of rare items based on the Chinese experience in North America helps to keep memories of Chinese history alive, illustrating moments of historical happiness without neglecting to represent the struggles. Divided into three major themes of discovery, immigration and settlement, and the Canadian Pacific Railway, the room explores moments in history such as the Chinese Head Tax and the Fraser River gold rush. The room is filled with a variety of objects including posters, pamphlets, legal documents, and silverware.

A large model of the Empress of Asia sits at the heart of the room, representing one of the ships that brought Chinese immigrants from Asia to North America. In 1919, Dr. Chung’s own mother was one of those immigrants.

Image credit: Empress of Asia, UBC Library

Image credit: Empress of Asia, UBC Library

Collecting these artifacts, Dr. Chung explained, was not as difficult as some people seem to think. Some of the items, including more precious objects such as silverware, actually came to him because they had been discarded, for their historical value had not yet been known. To read more about the items from the collection on exhibition, go to the Chung collection website.

After years of accumulating items, Dr. Chung’s simple hobby of grew into a collection over 25,000 objects. Now, people of all ages are welcome to view them in the Chung Room. The exhibition, located in Rare Books and Special Collections, in the Irving K Barber Learning Centre, is open to the public and free of charge during Rare Books and Special Collections opening hours (Monday through Friday 9-5 year round, Saturday 12 – 5 during the fall and winter semesters). Appointments are not necessary to visit. Please feel free to drop-in and explore the collection at your leisure. For information on group tours and directions to the exhibition please go here.

Thank-you to our guest writer, Eleanor Munk, a student working for the summer in Rare Books and Special Collections, for writing this week’s blog entry!

The B.C. Public School Employers’ Association (BCPSEA) and the B.C. Teachers’ Federation (BCTF) have agreed to seek the help of an arbitrator in resolving an important stumbling block — that is, which issues can be bargained locally and which ones must remain at the provincial table.

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

Ingrid Parent, UBC’s University Librarian, has become the first Canadian to head the International Federation of Library Associations and Institutions (IFLA). This organization has been the global voice of the library and information profession for more than eight decades.

You can find out more by viewing the UBC press release here.

A late start is a head start when it comes to first-period classes, according to a new study of more than 6,100 students over four consecutive school years.

Building on a decade of sleep research, the findings tread new ground in directly linking start times with academic performance. The cause-and-effect was so powerful, in fact, that delaying a student’s first class by just 50 minutes resulted in achievement improvements “equivalent to raising teacher quality by one standard deviation” — which is a common way of measuring teachers’ classroom performance.

The Vancouver Sun article can be found here.

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.

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