This information was posted earlier, but a bit buried.

Now that ebrary has the ability to download ebooks, the University of Toronto Pres has decided to pull its ebooks from all subscription collections.

What does this mean? Where we have purchased a copy of a U of T ebook, we retain access. Where we only subscribe to a collection that has a U of T ebook in it, we lose access to the ebook. This covers over 570 and it will take a while for the UBC Catalogue and Summon. So, please be patient, but do keep reporting any ebooks you can’t access.

Beginning in January, UBC Library offers its Graduate Student Workshop Series for those in the arts and sciences. These workshops cover subjects such as advanced research, staying current in your area of study, publishing and author’s rights.

Upcoming topics include:

  • Current awareness tools
  • Web of Science/Journal Citation Reports
  • Digging Into Digital Collections
  • Introduction to PubMed
  • Data Demystified
  • Understanding the Role of Citation Analysis and Impact Factors in your Academic Career

The workshops run throughout the winter 2012 term and are open for registration.


The Vancouver Sun

January 17, 2012. 1:52 pm • Section: Report Card

Finally the B.C. Teachers’ Federation has revealed what sort of salary increase it wants in a new collective agreement: 15 per cent over three years.

That would include a three-per cent wage hike each year to cover cost-of-living increases and a three-per-cent market adjustment in the second and third year to bring B.C. salaries more in line with those offered in Alberta and Ontario.

The total cost of the wage increase plus proposed improvements in benefits and prep time would be about $300 million in the first year, BCTF president Susan Lambert told a news conference Tuesday before tabling the proposal at the bargaining table. That’s far less than the $2 billion cost cited earlier by the B.C. Public School Employers’ Association, she added.

There would be an additional $130 million cost in years two and three.

Read full article here.

By Janet Steffenhagen, Vancouver Sun

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BCTF News Release here.

Staffroom Confidential Blog here.

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