While still mocked in some quarters, the social networking service Twitter is gaining respect among B.C. educators and has even wormed its way into a few classrooms.Teachers who experimented with classroom tweeting during the last school year say it encourages concise writing because tweets are limited to 140 characters and opens a new channel for discussions, especially for students who are too shy to speak in class.

This Vancouver Sun article features opinions from teachers who have used Twitter to improve student learning outcomes.

Stories about the digitization of past issues of the Prince Rupert Daily News (dating from 1911 to 1923) are featured in the Northern View and the Muskeg News. This project has received funding from the BC History Digitization Program, an initiative of the Irving K. Barber Learning Centre.

You can view the articles here and here, and you can read about the BC History Digitization Program here.

A reminder that all library branches including Rare Books and Special Collections, the Chung Collection and University Archives are closed on Monday September 5 for Labour Day.

Labor Day in Vancouver, BC-1600-6

Labor Day in Vancouver, BC-1600-6

The photograph above depicts a Labour Day parade in Vancouver, taken by  Philip Timms in the early 20th century.  The photograph is undated, but is believed to have been taken at the corner of Hastings and Cambie.  RBSC has extensive holdings on the history of labour in British Columbia; try searching the library catalogue for the keyword “labour,” and limit your search to “Archival/mixed collections” (under “type”).

For more information on our historical photograph collections, please consult our Historical Photograph Research Guide, and for help with archival research, please consult our Archival Material Research Guide.

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