Nov 25

Featured photograph: "5 scouts"

Have you noticed more moustaches around than usual this month? It's "Movember," which is a fundraising and awareness campaign for prostate cancer research. And so our monthly featured photograph shows some moustached men in the Chung Collection:

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You spoke…we listened.

In conjunction with Xerox, UBC Library is installing new printers and copiers across three branches this month – the beginning of a rollout that will continue into the new year. 

Better and faster machines were installed in the Irving K. Barber Learning Centre as part of a test installation. Beginning the week of December 4, the installations will accelerate, with all public units being replaced across the following branches:

Date of installation Library
Week of December 4  Koerner Library 
Week of December 11  Irving K. Barber Learning Centre
Week of December 18  Woodward Library
TBA in new year
  • Asian Library
  • Biomedical Branch Library
  • David Lam Library
  • Education Library
  • Eric Hamber Library
  • Law Library
  • Music Library
  • Xwi7Xwa Library
  • St. Paul Library
  • Robson Square Library

The installation crew is installing one machine at a time to minimize the impact on users. However, certain units may be unusable during installation times. Those wishing to print or copy should look for printed signs in the Library to point them to unaffected areas or visit the Library website for a list of copy and print stations

These installations are being implemented partly due to feedback from users who offered feedback about printing and copying services at the Library. We value your input – if you have feedback on the new machines or the installation process, please direct your comments to the General Queries contact form or tweet @ubclibrary (hashtag #ubcnewprinters).

From UBC CS blog:   David Lowe from UBC Computer Science wins the International Conference on Computer Vision (ICCV) “Test of Time” Award for his 1999 paper “Object Recognition from Local Scale-Invariant Features“.  The award was presented at the ICCV conference in Barcelona on November 2011.

Attention booklovers: Koerner Library’s Humanities and Social Sciences (HSS) division is holding a book sale during the last week of November. Titles at the sale – to be held on level two of Koerner Library, in front of the reference desk – will include items that have been donated but are not suitable to be added to the Library collection.

Each book will be on sale for $2. Proceeds will support a Koerner Library monograph fund for future book purchases.

The sale begins on Wednesday, November 23, and is scheduled to run until Thursday December 1 – or until all supplies are gone.

Time is running out! So, don’t forget to send in your faculty, staff, or student nomination for the 2012 UBC Library Innovative Dissemination of Research Award.

About the Award:

@ honours UBC faculty, staff and students who are expanding the boundaries of research via new tools & technologies

@ focuses on new and innovative ways of communicating and disseminating knowledge

@ consists of a framed certificate of recognition and a $2,000 cash prize

Deadline for Applications: Monday, November 28, 2011, 5 p.m.

More details are available at:

Did you know?

Some of the previous award winners and honourable mentions are available in cIRcle at:

Above text in italics is courtesy of the Scholarly Communications @ UBC website and image is courtesy of

LAW LIBRARY level 3: HV6943 .A435 2011 Douglas Hay et al., Albion’s Fatal Tree: Crime and Society in Eighteenth-Century (London: Verso, 2011). LAW LIBRARY level 3: KE4120 .P82 2011 David A. Wright & Adam M. Dodek, eds., Public Law at the McLachlin Court: the First Decade (Toronto: Irwin Law Inc., 2011). LAW LIBRARY level 3: [...]

The Bralorne Reading Room (room 490 in the School of Library, Archival, and Information Studies, Irving K Barber Learning Centre) is named after the town of Bralorne, a gold mining community in the Bridge River District, 125 kilometers west of the town of Lillooet.

Image credit: Bralorne minesite on the Cadwallader creek, 1935 (courtesy Bralorne-Pioneer Museum)

Image credit: Bralorne minesite on the Cadwallader creek, 1935 (courtesy Bralorne-Pioneer Museum)

In 1897, three gold prospectors staked claims at what became the Bralorne Mining site: the Lorne, Marquis, and the Golden King claims. From 1897 to 1931, various people worked in the mines. Among those people was Arthur Noel, a prospector and his wife, Delina. Together, they owned and worked in the Lorne mine from 1916 to 1928, making $160,000 (Bralorne-Pioneer Museum)
Image credit: Bralorne gold bricks (courtesy Bralorne-Pioneer Museum)

Image credit: Bralorne gold bricks (courtesy Bralorne-Pioneer Museum)

In 1931, the mine was purchased by Bralco Development and Investment Company. Austin Cottrell Taylor, the owner of Bralco, renamed the mine Bralorne mine. From March 1932 to 1971, the mine, made up of the Bralorne, King and Pioneer mines, was “the largest historic gold producer in the Canadian Cordillera producing 4.1 million ounces of gold” (Bralorne Gold Mine Ltd.).

Image credit: Bralorne-Pioneer Gold Mine History (courtsey of Bralorne Pioneer Museum Flickr Photostream)

Image credit: Bralorne-Pioneer Gold Mine History (courtsey of Bralorne Pioneer Museum Flickr Photostream)

During the 39 years that the mine was in operation, a large town developed to support the hundreds of people who worked in the mine. There are a number of publications in the UBC Library collection on Bralorne (see, for example, Bridge River Gold), however, the Bralorne Pioneer Museum offers the best selection of resources. It was formed in 1977 with the mandate to preserve the history of the Bridge River Valley which consists of several small communities: Bralorne, Gold Bridge, Gun Creek, Gun Lake, Tyax Lake and Marshall Lake.

If you are unable to visit the museum in person, check out the Bralorne-Pioneer: Their Past Lives Here, a virtual exhibit that is part of the Virtual Museum of Canada website. Using photographs and stories, this virtual exhibit explores the history of Bralorne from the first discovery of gold in the Bridge River valley in the 1860s to the closing of the mine in the 1970s. The website, a collaboration between Canadian museums and the Canadian Heritage Information Network (CHIN), includes 500 virtual exhibits promoting the content of Canadian museums and a gallery of 680,000 images drawn from Canadian museum collections.

Today, only a small number of people live in Bralorne. However, this may change, as the Bralorne Gold Mine was re-opened on May 27, 2011. Bralorne Gold Mines Ltd. is exploring and developing the between the historic Bralorne, King and Pioneer gold mines.

If you have been to Google today, it may have come to your attention that today is the 224th anniversary of the birth of Louis Daguerre, inventor of the first permanent photographic process, called a daguerreotype.  Daguerreotypes were used from around 1839 to 1860, and differ in many ways from later photographic types: the process created a direct positive on a silvered copper plate. The result is a somewhat mirrored image, that because of its fragility, would have often been stored in a decorative case, behind a piece of glass. Because the image was transferred directly as a positive (meaning, there is no negative) it was not possible to make copies of the same image- every daguerreotype in existence is completely unique.

A search in our B.C. Historical Photograph Collection yields one lone example of a daguerreotype, a portrait of an unidentified man:

BC1933, Portrait of a man

BC1933, Portrait of a man

You can see that his rosy cheeks have been hand-painted on. Like many daguerreotypes, this one is in a decorative case:

Decorative daguerreotype case

Decorative daguerreotype case

For more daguerreotypes:

Library of Congress daguerreotype collection

Daguerreotypes at Harvard University

Search for daguerreotypes at Library and Archives Canada

See the process at the Getty Museum

and just for fun:

CBC wants you to send in your daguerreotype-style photos

My Daguerreotype Boyfriend (full disclosure- they aren’t all daguerreotypes)

For information on searching photograph collections at UBC, check out our Historical Photographs research guide.

Nov 18

Remembering our Chinatowns: book launch and reading

The Chinese Canadian Historical Society of B.C. and the Initiative for Student Teaching and Research in Chinese Canadian Studies (INSTRCC) at UBC are co-presenting a book launch and readings for a trio of books by three local authors next week. Larry Wong (Dim Sum Stories), Rebecca Lau (Mami) and Chad Reimer (Chilliwack's Chinatowns, a history) will read from their respective books next week at the Museum of Vancouver. The event starts at 7 pm (doors at 6 pm) and light refreshments will follow.

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Google has introduced a simple way for authors to compute their citation metrics and track them over time. To make use of this service Click here and follow the instructions to get started.

According to Google “Here’s how it works. You can quickly identify which articles are yours, by selecting one or more groups of articles that are computed statistically. Then, Google will collect citations to your articles, graph them over time, and compute your citation metrics – the widely used h-index; the i-10 index, which is simply the number of articles with at least ten citations; and, of course, the total number of citations to your articles. Each metric is computed over all citations and also over citations in articles published in the last five years.

Your citation metrics will update automatically as we find new citations to your articles on the web. You can also set up automated updates for the list of your articles, or you can choose to review the suggested updates. And you can, of course, manually update your profile by adding missing articles, fixing bibliographic errors, and merging duplicate entries.

As one would expect, you can search for profiles of colleagues, co-authors, or other researchers using their name, affiliation, or areas of interest, e.g., researchers at US universities or researchers interested in genomics. You can add links to your co-authors, if they already have a profile, or you can invite them to create one.

You can also make your profile public, e.g., Alex Verstak, Anurag Acharya. If you choose to make your profile public, it can appear in Google Scholar search results when someone searches for your name, e.g., [alex verstak]. This will make it easier for your colleagues worldwide to follow your work.

We would like to thank the participants in the limited release of Scholar Citations for their detailed feedback. They were generous with their time and patient with an early version. Their feedback greatly helped us improve the service. The key challenge was to make profile maintenance as hands-free as possible for those of you who prefer the convenience of automated updates, while providing as much flexibility as possible for those who prefer to curate their profile themselves.”

Here is hoping that Google Scholar Citations will help researchers everywhere view and track the worldwide influence of their own and their colleagues’ work.

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