Heath-related uses of GIS is the topic for September’s UBC GIS Users Group meeting.  We will have an informal discussion and presentations from a variety of people in Health GIS.  We will hear from folks in Human Early Learning Partnership (HELP), Centre for Health Services and Policy Research (CHSPR), and the School of Population and Public Health.  Come hear how GIS is being used in the field of health research.  All are welcome.

Location: Koerner Library, Room 216 (Level 2)
Date: Wednesday, Sep. 28, 2011
Time: 4:00 PM- 5:00 PM

The B.C. government says it will scrap an $89-million software program to track elementary- and high-school students’ attendance and marks after a consultant’s report concluded the software needs to be replaced.The province says schools will have to use the program until a new system is brought in, by about 2014.

Introduced more than six years ago, the B.C. Student Information System, better known as BCeSIS, has faced a host of complaints, including that it was expensive for cash-strapped school districts and unreliable. Last year, the system had a provincewide crash in the first week of school.

A $250,000 review of the system by Gartner Inc. said that BCeSIS is not meeting the needs of the province and schools. The review concluded the system was not generally user-friendly, didn’t provide satisfactory reports and data analysis, and would be more difficult to service and upgrade as it got older. The software was created specifically for the province, but the consultant has suggested B.C. now buy existing software. Vancouver school board chairwoman Patti Bacchus said she would like to see a new system in place sooner than 2014.

Click here to read the entire Vancouver Sun article.

UBC alum George Van Wilby and his storied campus photographs are profiled in the new issue of Trek Online, courtesy of UBC Archives’ Erwin Wodarczak.

You can find the article here.

The top tips for UBC Library appear in the latest issue of UBC Reports, ”Back to School and In the Cloud” (UBC Reports | Vol. 57 | No. 9 | Sep. 1, 2011). The item appears below, and can also be found on the UBC Reports website.

Top 10 tips for connecting with UBC Library, without setting foot in the stacks

10 Learn to be a better student with Study Toolkits—topics include time management, note-taking and exam prep
9 Boost your academic endeavors with tools, spaces, workshops or sit on the Student Library Advisory Council at the Okanagan’s Learning Commons http://www.ubc.ca/okanagan/learningcommons/
8 Call on the Library Robot (aka the Automated Storage and Retrieval System) to fetch a book, a journal, a map or a vinyl record on the Vancouver campus
7 Find research and teaching materials, including 28,000 retrospective UBC theses and dissertations on cIRcle, UBC’s information repository—or contribute your own
6 Peruse letters by Charles Darwin and Florence Nightingale in the ever-growing digital collections
5 Tour the sacred sites of Burma or peer into the psychology of gambling guided by Webcast lectures
4 Hear Canadian writers Timothy Taylor, Matthew J. Trafford and Linda Besner read from their works this month in the Robson Reading Series
3 Visit the historic Chung Collection and put yourself in the shoes of an early immigrant to B.C. from China
2 Read what more than 20 UBC librarians are saying in the blogsphere
1 Make UBC Library part of your social network: @ubclibrary andwww.facebook.com/ubclibrary

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