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

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