Are you interested in mining?

The proceedings of the upcoming Tailings and Mine Waste 2011 conference (TMW) will soon be publicly available in cIRcle, UBC’s institutional repository.

The conference will be held in Vancouver November 6 to 9, 2011. Organized by the Norman B. Keevil Institute of Mining Engineering at UBC, in conjunction with Colorado State University and the University of Alberta, the conference appeals to researchers, engineers, scientists and mining representatives interested in issues related to mining.

Issues of environmental science and engineering, geochemistry and other topics related to tailings and mine waste will be covered during the sessions.

Eugene Barsky, Liaison Librarian in Science and Engineering, Dirk van Zyl, UBC Mining Engineering Professor and TMW Chair, cIRcle staff and UBC Library’s technical services staff worked together to make sure the conference would have global access in cIRcle.

Says van Zyl, “[We] are setting a new standard for open source materials of a very important conference series.”

Content from the conference, including  more than 70 conference papers, will be ready for the opening session on November 6.

Stay tuned to read the proceedings of the conference – all online through cIRcle!

If you are interested in mining, check out the BC Mine Reclamation Symposium proceedings (1977-2010), also publicly available in cIRcle. For more information on cIRcle, including how to deposit your scholarly research, visit cIRcle’s website.

The Small Business Accelerator (SBA) – an initiative of the Irving K. Barber Learning Centre – recently presented its first speaker events in Vancouver and Kelowna, respectively. The forum, entitled Smart Business, Small Business: An SBA Speaker Session, was held in conjunction with Small Business Week, organized by the Business Development Bank of Canada.

The Vancouver event, held October 17 at UBC Robson Square, featured two compelling speakers: Paul Cubbon, Marketing Instructor at UBC’s Sauder School of Business; and George Moen, a UBC alumnus, serial entrepreneur and President of Blenz The Canadian Coffee Company.

On October 19, three more speakers offered their insights at UBC’s Okanagan campus. These included Laurel Douglas, CEO of the Women’s Enterprise Centre; Norine Webster, an Adjunct Instructor in the Faculty of Management at the Okanagan campus; and Scott Coleman, a UBC Management student and co-founder of FunCore Strength and Conditioning.

Thank you to our great speakers, and to all who attended these inspiring events in-person and via our webcast!

The SBA provides access to industry-specific resources and information for entrepreneurs and small businesses in B.C. It is curated by business librarians and offers a gateway to business information, education and assistance that is current and trustworthy.

British Columbia is promising more choice for students, speedier assistance for those who struggle and policies that allow them to bring smartphones, tablets and other electronic devices into the classroom to help with their learning.

A reform plan announced Friday by Education Minister George Abbott would also promote personalized learning, critical thinking and quality teaching, with regular teacher evaluations and a new-teacher mentorship program, although details have yet to be worked out with the B.C. Teachers’ Federation (BCTF).

“The world has changed and continues to change,” Abbott told student leaders from around the province during a meeting of BC Student Voice in Richmond. “To keep pace, we need to shift the way we look at teaching and learning.”

Abbott has been discussing the plan with education partner groups for many months but this was the first time details were made public. It’s not clear when changes will take effect because the government is seeking feedback from students, parents, teachers and others through a newly created website ( before proceeding.

A final draft is expected by spring, but Abbott gave no dates for implementation.

To read the entire Vancouver Sun article, click here

“The birds are above, the fish are below, and we are betwixt and between.”

     – Charles van Sandwyk, Sketches from the Dream Isle of Birds.

UBC Library’s Rare Books and Special Collections is pleased to bring you the exhibition Betwixt and Between: The Art and Influences of Charles van Sandwyk.

Born in South Africa in 1966, Charles van Sandwyk is an internationally celebrated artist and illustrator. He gathered worldwide acclaim after illustrating the 2005 edition of Kenneth Grahame’s The Wind in the Willows, and is the author and illustrator of several books including The Parade to Paradise, How to See Fairies and Sketches from the Dream Island of Birds.

The exhibition explores some of the connections between van Sandwyk and the artists, writers and teachers who inspired his artistic career. This is not the first time van Sandwyk has paid homage to his influences. For his 2007 publication Twenty One Years, Twenty One Prints, van Sandwyk named each limited edition book after one of his major artistic influences.

From fairies and anthropomorphized animals to detailed drawings of the natural world, van Sandwyk’s whimsical illustrations appeal to both children and adults. Indeed, there are few other artists living today who so completely inspire the inner child in grown-ups. Van Sandwyk’s study of the real and imagined, the past and present, and the young and old provide a much-needed reminder that we are all “betwixt and between.”

The exhibition is hosted in UBC Library’s Rare Books and Special Collections, located on level one of the Irving K. Barber Learning Centre. The exhibition is free and open to the public Monday through Friday, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., from November 3 until December 17, 2011. For more information, please contact Ralph Stanton, Head of Rare Books and Special Collections, at

LAW LIBRARY level 3: K487.P65 T37 2011 Gregory Tardi, The Theory and Practice of Political Lawn (Toronto: Carswell, 2011). LAW LIBRARY level 3: KJE2460 .S53 2009 Beate Sjåfjell, Towards a Sustainable European Company Law: A Normative Analysis of the Objectives of EU Law, With the Takeover Directive as a Test Case (Austin: Wolters Kluwer Law [...]

“With the guidance of the librarian, I was able to find the resource I need to make me shine and outperform other candidates during the interview.”  

UBC Student
October 2011


Crowd on Canada DayNoon-Hour Intro to RefWorks Workshop
Tuesday, November 1st, 2011 at 12:00PM – 1:00PM
Woodward Biomedical Library: Teaching Lab – Room B25

Finding and Using Data from the Census of Canada
Thursday, November 3rd, 2011 at 10:00AM – 11:45AM
Irving K. Barber Learning Centre: Room 318 – Library Computer Lab

Photo: Winston Wong

Our annual School Library Day Colloquium hosted by the UBC Education Library and School of Library Archival and Information Studies will be held on Wednesday, November 2 at 4:30PM. 

Speaker: Mike Eisenberg, Professor and Dean Emeritus, The Information School, University of Washington

Topic: Project Information Literacy: What College Students Say about Conducting Research in the Digital Age

Time/Location: Wednesday November 2, 4:30-6:00PM, Dodson Room, IK Barber Learning Centre, UBC campus

Abstract: Project Information Literacy (PIL) is ongoing research project, based in the University of Washington’s Information School. The project seeks to understand how early adults conceptualize and operationalize research activities for course work and “everyday life” use and especially how they resolve issues of credibility, authority, relevance, and currency in the digital age. Research in 2009-2010 collected data from over 10,000 students. Most recently, PIL studied how 560 college students managed technology and multitasked while they were in the library during “crunch time” (the final weeks of the term). Prof. Eisenberg will discuss the findings and implications of PIL research–for higher education but also for information work across settings and contexts.

Speaker Bio: Mike Eisenberg is the “founding dean” of the Information School at the University of Washington, serving from 1998 to 2006. His current work focuses on information literacy, information problem-solving in virtual environments (funded by the MacArthur Foundation), and information science education K-20.  His “Big6 approach to information problem-solving” is the most widely used information literacy program in the world. Mike is a prolific author (9 books and dozens of articles and papers) and has worked with thousands of students-pre-K through higher education-as well as people in business, government, and communities to improve their information and technology skills.

SLAIS Colloquia are free and open to the public. These talks are recorded and broadcast through the generous support of the IK Barber Learning Centre.

Managing your research begins with knowing where to search, how to save, name, store, and organize your resources. Useful advice will be offered along with references about academic writing.  

Please join us today in Scarfe 155 (inside the Education Library) from 1:00-1:45 pm for this workshop. 

Oct 27

Featured photograph: Bernice the clown

This month, in honour of Halloween, our featured photograph is of a young girl in a clown costume. This photograph is part of a photo album by a young Chinese-American in the 1910's named Frank Jue.

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