Open UBC started yesterday with a science session on reproducible research.

During Open UBC, be sure to check out live tweets and blogging from the events.

For a full schedule of events or for speaker biographies, visit the Open UBC website.

ARBA Online [American Reference Books Annual Online] is now available for perusing.

“ARBAonline is the most comprehensive, authoritative database for quality reviews of print and electronic reference works.”–ABC CLIO

  • More than 23,000 reviews of reference works published since 1997
  • Written by librarians for librarians
  • More than 400 publishers in over 500 subject areas.

Robert VanWynsberghe. Photo credit: Martin Dee

2010 Winter Olympics provided economic and cultural boost

British Columbia’s economy grew in 2010 with new businesses, jobs and an increase in visitor spending, all likely related to the 2010 Olympic and Paralympic Winter Games, says a University of British Columbia study that measured the impact of the Games.

In addition to the economic benefits, the report also noted other positive outcomes including the development of sport and culture across Canada, the inclusion and participation of Aboriginal groups and minorities and a heightened recognition of persons with disabilities.

“Throughout the Olympics and in the weeks immediately following, there was a real sense of success and pride among British Columbians and Canadians,” says Rob VanWynsberghe, lead author of the study. “These feelings were well-founded, some real success stories came out of these Games.”

The three key findings of the UBC-OGI Games-time report were:

1. Socio-cultural impacts – Inclusion, Sport, Arts and Culture, and Housing

2. Economic impacts – Business, Real estate, Tourism, and Tax Revenue

3. Environmental impacts – Greenhouse gas emissions, Mode of travel, and Energy Consumption

To read the report mentioned above and other UBC-OGI findings, visit the UBC and the 2010 Olympic and Paralympic Games: Research collection in cIRcle. Currently, there are 48 items in this growing collection that are available for viewing, listening to or reading for your own scholarly research or general interests.

Did You Know?

The cIRcle 2010 Olympics Project aims to showcase and preserve UBC’s intellectual output related to the Olympic and Paralympic Winter Games. Examples include research or teaching outputs, proceedings or webcasts of conferences and other events, as well as other material that is Olympic inspired and has long term value.

Above text in italics and image are courtesy of the UBC Public Affairs website

There will be an Introduction to RefWorks Workshop today from 3:30-4:15 in Scarfe 155 (inside the Education Library).

A Vancouver school board decision to knock down a 100-year-old heritage school is “extremely disappointing,” but ultimately the fault of the provincial government, says a member of a group that has fought for five years to save the building.

Trustees voted Monday not to ask the provincial government for additional funding to save General Gordon elementary school, saying the heritage value isn’t high enough to warrant the expense.

“It seems such a shame we’ve come into opposition with the trustees who care about public education for the city,” Emily Pickett, a member of General Gordon’s Parent Advisory Committee, said Tuesday.

“We should have been able to join forces with them. I understand they’re trying to be cheap, cheap, cheap but ultimately it’s at the provincial level where the wrongdoing is happening.

“The province will pay $600 million for a retractable roof [for BC Place Stadium] but not $3 million [estimated cost to save one of the heritage facades on the school]. It seems so disproportionate and yet they’re squeezing the public school system to death.”

The Kitsilano school is just one of 48 schools in Vancouver that has to either be replaced or upgraded because they are considered unsafe in the event of an earthquake.

Click here to read the entire Vancouver Sun article. 


Photo by Marshall Sharp; courtesy of the Salt Spring Island Archives

Want to bring your piece of B.C. history to the world? Then you’re invited to apply for the next round of funding from the British Columbia History Digitization Program (BCHDP).

This initiative, launched by the Irving K. Barber Learning Centre in 2006, provides matching funds to help libraries, archives, museums and other organizations around the province digitize materials that tell the tale of B.C.’s history. Past projects have involved the digitization of newspapers, city directories, oral histories, plant and animal specimens, photographs, maps and more.

For the 2011/12 fiscal year, the B.C. History Digitization Program is providing about $180,000 in total, in amounts up to $15,000. Altogether, BCHDP funding has totalled more than $820,000 for 98 projects throughout British Columbia.

Interested? Then make sure to find out more about the BCHDP and the application process. Please note: the deadline for 2012 applications is December 16, 2011.

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