UBC’s Annual Review is now available as an online-only publication. Highlights include Ingrid Parent, UBC’s University Librarian, becoming the first Canadian to be appointed as the President of the International Federation of Library Associations and Institutions.

To read more about this story, proceed to the Milestones tab and select August 2011.


William Tansley. Image: University Archives, George Van Wilby fonds.

A profile of William Tansley, who started as a janitor at UBC and helped establish what eventually became the Museum of Anthropology, appears in the Fall/Winter 2011 issue of Trek magazine.

This article was written by Erwin Wodarczak from UBC Library’s University Archives division.

Photo: Martin Dee

An update on UBC Library appears in the fall 2011 issue of the CPSLD Newsletter, published on behalf of the Council of Post Secondary Library Directors, British Columbia.

Check out the update on pages 21-23 for the latest on the B.C. Historical Newspapers Project, the B.C. History Digitization Program, UBC’s fundraising and alumni engagement campaign and the Library’s role, UBC’s University Librarian and her presidency of the International Federation of Library Associations and Institutions, and more.


Credit: Marshall Sharp/Salt Spring Island Archives

An article on the British Columbia History Digitization Program (BCHDP) appears in the fall 2011 issue of Museums Roundup, the quarterly newsletter of the British Columbia Museums Association. The piece appears on pages 26-28.

Curious? You’re invited to find out more about the BCHDP, an initiative of the Irving K. Barber Learning Centre. You can also find out how to apply for the next round of program funding.

If you’ve ever wondered about the future of the book, have a look at these:

Living Books About Life is a series of curated, open access books about life — with life understood both philosophically and biologically — which provide a bridge between the humanities and the sciences. Produced by a globally-distributed network of writers and editors, the books in the series repackage existing open access science research by clustering it around selected topics whose unifying theme is life: e.g., air, agriculture, bioethics, cosmetic surgery, electronic waste, energy, neurology and pharmacology.”  (from Living Books About Life)

Cover photo credit: http://www.flickr.com/photos/simonwheatley/5128638903/ under http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/2.0/ license.





UBC Okanagan Library invites applications from innovative, enthusiastic, service-oriented librarians for a term position as a Learning Services Librarian.

Reporting to the Chief Librarian, UBC Okanagan Library, the Learning Services Librarian provides reference service, delivers instructional programs and contributes to collection development. The Learning Services Librarian will be assigned projects at the discretion of the Chief Librarian. The Learning Services Librarian will contribute to the overall planning for library services and spaces.

A detailed job description can be viewed online (Word doc).


UBC Okanagan is a campus of the University of British Columbia situated in Kelowna, about 400km east of Vancouver in the heart of the Okanagan Valley. UBC Okanagan is an intimate learning environment with an excellent library infrastructure. Check out the campus website for more information.

Currently, there are approximately 8,000 UBC Okanagan undergraduate and graduate students and 350 faculty. Administratively, UBC Okanagan Library reports to the Provost and Vice Principal. Additionally, UBC Okanagan Library’s collections are integrated with UBC Library and library staff contributes to activities of the UBC Library.



  • An ALA accredited MLIS or equivalent;
  • Knowledge of library systems and applications;
  • Knowledge of reference and instructional methodologies;
  • Excellent organizational and analytical skills;
  • Excellent written and oral communications skills;
  • Ability to perform effectively independently and in collaboration with others.

Terms of Appointment

This is a fixed term appointment until August 31, 2012. Librarians are members of the University of British Columbia Faculty Association and the terms and conditions of appointment are governed by collective agreement.

Salary will be commensurate with experience and academic/professional qualifications.

This position will be of interest to new graduates seeking professional academic library experience.

Application Process

Applications for this exciting fixed term opportunity are to be submitted by e-mail in one consolidated file (PDF or Microsoft Word format) and will include:

  • a letter of application, including a statement of citizenship/immigration status, indicating the candidate’s education, training, and work experience in the areas listed above;
  • a detailed and current curriculum vitae; and
  • the names of three referees with their email addresses.

To ensure full consideration, complete applications are to be submitted by 5:00 pm PST on December 31, 2011 to:

Lois Marshall
LS Administrator, UBC Okanagan Library
University of British Columbia Okanagan
3333 University Way
Kelowna, BC V1V 1V7

Or by e-mail to lois.marshall@ubc.ca.

UBC hires on the basis of merit and is committed to employment equity. We encourage all qualified applicants to apply. However, Canadian citizens and permanent residents of Canada will be given priority.

*UPDATE* Chinese interface now working, but connection to Chinese & English very slow.*

*BONUS* .pdf files (not working in Firefox for about a month) are now opening.*

Per our good friends at East View:

The Chinese interface for the China National Knowledge Infrastructure (CNKI) database platform (http://cnki.zh.eastview.com) is currently unavailable. East View is working to resolve this problem, and we will send out a notice as soon as access returns to normal. Please note that CNKI databases are currently available via the English interface at http://cnki.en.eastview.com.“–28no2011 email

So, in the ejournal Portal (the ejournal A-Z list), chose the “English” site –when it’s an option– for now. Stay tuned.

Music Library sale (pdf)

Tuesday, November 29, 2011 from 9:00 am – 2:00 pm in the Music Library seminar room.  Lots of books, scores, CDs, LPs, videos, pictures.  Very reasonable prices!

LAW LIBRARY reference room (level 2): K225 .H38 2008 Peter Cane, ed. , The Hart-Fuller Debate in the Twenty-First Century (Oxford: Hart, 2010). LAW LIBRARY level 3: K795 .C66 2011 Matthew Conaglen, Fiduciary Loyalty: Protecting the Due Performance of Non-Fiduciary Duties (Oxford: Hart Pub., 2011). LAW LIBRARY level 3: K3585 .E59 2011 Jamie Benidickson et [...]

The Irving K. Barber Learning Centre will be open 24 hours a day from Sunday, November 27 to Sunday, December 18 to accommodate students during the winter exam season.

Please note that this opening DOES NOT include: level one, the Chapman Learning Commons, UBC Library bookstacks, Ike’s Cafe or access to computer workstations. During the 24/7 opening period, regular cleaning of study spaces will continue.

If you are planning to stay overnight at UBC or have an early exam, check out the UBC Commuter Student Hostel, where you can book accommodation online.


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