To celebrate the 2011 release of Beaujolais Nouveau, we’re featuring a link to Metro Wine Map of France (opens in new window) designed by Dr. David Gissen as a wonderful example of mapping and data visualization.

To learn more about geographic information, see GIS Services, a part of Humanities and Social Sciences Division at Koerner Library.


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UBC Library’s British Columbia Historical Newspapers Project, which features digitized versions of 24 newspapers from around the province, has received some great media coverage.

Articles have appeared in the Globe and Mail, the Nelson Star, Metro Vancouver (see page 28) and Moncton’s Times & Transcript. A mention of the project is featured in this CBC News article

CBC Radio also interviewed Allan Bell, Director of Library Digital Initiatives, for two programs – Radio West and On the Coast.

You can find out more about the B.C. Historical Newspapers Project in the press release.

A selection of comments from social media regarding the project are available in Storify.


A Toronto elementary school has banned most balls from its playground, citing the need to protect staff and students after a parent got hit in the head with a soccer ball. The new policy has infuriated parents and students, and exposes what child-health researchers say is a growing focus on child safety that is keeping kids from being physically active.

On Monday, Earl Beatty Junior and Senior Public School principal Alicia Fernandez sent home a note warning parents their students are no longer allowed to bring soccer balls, basketballs, baseballs, footballs and volleyballs to school. All balls that weren’t made of sponge, or nerf, material would be confiscated.The school, which has about 350 students in Kindergarten to Grade 8, along with a daycare, has a small, walled playground that gets crowded during recess and flying balls had become a constant problem, said ward trustee Sheila Cary-Meagher. Two weeks ago a mother picking up her child at the daycare went to hospital with a concussion after getting struck in the back of the head with a soccer ball.

 ”They have been trying very hard for a long time to get kids to stop throwing balls so hard and it wasn’t working, so (the principal) just had to ramp up the policy,” Cary-Meagher said. Anna Caputo, a spokeswoman for the school board, said the ban was actually a long-standing policy at the school that had stopped being enforced until someone got hurt. ”Some parents will say it’s extreme and some may agree (the principal) had to quickly implement something that will address the situation at the school to avoid the further risk of injury to the students,” she said.

The Toronto school isn’t the only one to ban balls over concern for student safety. Last year, an Ottawa public school banned balls on the playground during winter. In June, a public school St. Catharines, Ont., banned balls after a girl got hit in the head while watching a schoolyard soccer game. Both bans were overturned after students at the schools started a petition.

 ”When it comes down to it, the kids are not allowed to do anything, so there’s 325 kids who are all just standing around for 15 minutes,” said Scott Taylor, whose 10-year-old son, Matthew, started the petition at the St. Catharines school. “Kids need to play; they need to have things to do.”

Click here to read the entire Vancouver Sun article, written by Tamsin McMahon. 

LibFOCUSNovember issue

Counselling sessionPsycTHERAPY, a new database of streaming videos from the American Psychological Association, is available as a trial until December 9.

“[T]he videos provide examples of some of the most renowned therapists in North America working with participants on a host of therapy topics, which when combined with powerful search, clip-making, and playlist capabilities makes this a uniquely searchable resource and educational tool.” (From APA’s description). Connect to PsycTHERAPY here.

Please take time to fill in the feedback form (a link on the “Connect to PsycTHERAPY” page)

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 THE University of Chicago’s new Joe and Rika Mansueto Library is a futuristic bubble of a building with nary a stack in site. Many of its nearly one million items — special collections, journals, dissertations, documents — can be accessed online.
But while many academic libraries are digitizing and moving holdings off site, Manseuto is the largest and latest (of about two dozen libraries) to add automated storage and retrieval systems. Volumes are housed in solid steel cases about 50 feet below ground. Should someone want to actually touch the real thing, books are delivered through a labyrinthine system of cranes and elevators. Picture the door-sorting machine from Pixar’s “Monsters Inc.” The $81 million Mansueto (Mr. Mansueto founded Morningstar) has capacity for 3.5 million volumes, freeing space in the cramped stacks that students browse at the main library. And in apt example of the tug and pull on today’s library, Mansueto has a lab for both digitization and conservation. It mends paper and rebinds the university’s books — some of them papyrus — when it’s not cleaning and preparing materials for scanning, some for its partner, Google Books.  



1. Book is requested using online catalog.

2. Five cranes run along parallel tracks; one is activated and locates materials using bar codes.

3. Crane removes appropriate container — one of nearly 24,000, each weighing up to 200 pounds — and transports it to an elevator, which lifts it to the resource desk.

4. Human retrieves and scans book’s bar code, initiating e-mail notification to student.

Time elapsed: Five minutes or less.        

Click here for the New York Times article written by Jaywon Choe. 

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This workshop will introduce you to a variety of alerting tools for conferences, calls for papers, and funding opportunities in the humanities and social sciences. You will learn the different scholarly activities available to you, databases and web tools for locating these opportunities, and alerting tools such as RSS feeds for receiving updates.


Are you or your colleagues one of these UBC affiliations – Faculty, Investigator, Postdoctoral Fellow, or Graduate Student?

Then, you or your colleagues should attend our next workshop which builds upon the recent Scholarly rights & responsibilities workshops.

Our Increasing the Impact of Your Research workshop is happening this Thursday, November 17th at 1:00-2:00pm in Koerner Library Room 217. We will cover what you should know about publisher agreements, open access and how to use cIRcle, UBC’s information repository, to increase the impact of your research.

Pre-register for this free workshop at:

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According to the US-based National Association of Colleges and Employers’ Job Outlook 2012 survey, employers value teamwork, verbal communication skills, decision-making and problem-solving, and the ability to obtain and process information the most highly of their top ten desired traits. Surprisingly, the ability to create and edit written reports, and the ability to sell or influence others were rated least highly of the ten. Employers responding to the Job Outlook 2012 survey said they plan to hire 9.5 percent more new graduates in 2011-12 than they did in 2010-11.

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