Your eyes are not playing tricks on you. Yes, our cIRcle home page received a slight makeover yesterday as a kick-start for 2012!

We invite you to take a few minutes to explore cIRcle, UBC’s Digital Repository at: As you get acquainted with our new look, please send us your feedback at:

Here is what it looked like – Before:

And, here is what it looks like – After:

With your keen eye for detail, you will notice that we added some navigational tabs above our cIRcle image carousel. These tabs provide direct access to our ‘About cIRcle’ website which, in turn, provides you with details such as how to get started with cIRcle.

About the Features:

You will notice that the previous Features such as the “Image Carousel” (images linked to news items), “News” (latest cIRcle & UBC news highlights), and “Did you know?” (quick facts about cIRcle & more) are still available. But, we have updated our “Top 3 items” listing to the “Top 3 downloads” (most frequently downloaded cIRcle items) of the past 7 days.

About the Functions:

We have all of the previous Functions as before and have added a few more that will help you explore and enhance your own scholarly research.Improved “Browse” and “Advanced Search” functionality

Our 2012 makeover aims to enhance the user experience with the improved “Browse” and “Advanced Search” functions.

Under “Browse”, you can now browse “By Dept. Affiliation”, “By Thesis Program”, “By Campus (for Theses)” categories. Under “Advanced Search”, a few more search types have been added to facilitate your searches thus enabling you to find cIRcle items more easily. The new search types are by: “Dept. Affiliation”, “Thesis Copyright Date”, “Thesis Program”, and “Campus (for Theses: UBCV, UBCO)”.

We hope you will enjoy your scholarly research experience using cIRcle, UBC’s Digital Repository at: and don’t forget to send us your questions or comments to: We would love to hear from you!

Did you know?

As of today, cIRcle has over 39,000 items! You can check the growing number anytime by clicking on “Issue Date” directly under the “All of cIRcle” section under the “Browse” category on our cIRcle home page.

Above key image is courtesy of Brenda Starr’s Creative Commons Flickr photostream at:


The SAE Digital Library access is not working for the moment. We are talking to the vendor and hope to get this sorted soon.

Sorry for the inconvenience. Stay Tuned.

Jan 30

Modernize Tailors featured on Global News

Modernize Tailors is a Vancouver institution, having been operating in Chinatown since 1913. The business and the two brothers who run it, Bill and Jack Wong, was recently featured on Global News:

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Join us at Authorfest on Thursday February 2, 2012 Hebb Theatre, 2045 East Mall, UBC Campus, Vancouver 4:30-6:00 pm.

This year’s Authorfest features BC children’s authors Linda Bailey, Robert Heidbreder and Ellen Schwartz. You will also meet other wonderful BC children’s writers Tanya Kyi, Kathryn Shoemaker and Julie Burtinshaw.

It promises to be a wonderful event. Come and bring a friend!

~from the Vancouver Children’s Literature Roundtable website.

January 15, 2012 

- by Chris Kennedy - Author of cultureofyes blog


I have used the above slide in a number of presentations to make the point that British Columbia is leading Canada (perhaps even the world) in the professional use of social media in K-12 education. I freely admit I don’t have the statistics to back up the claim – there are simply more teachers, administrators, parents, trustees, and others here, who are logging into their blogs, Twitter, Facebook, and YouTube accounts in the name of professional learning, than any other jurisdiction.

In the past year we have moved from several dozen blogs around K-12 education, to numbers in the hundreds, with representation in every area of the education system.  The #bced tag on Twitter is one of the most engaged with conversations about the ever-changing education profession, and there are many other social sites having these conversations as well.

The conversations around the profession itself are very interesting.  In social media, ‘role’ becomes less important; there is a flattening of society and it is ‘ideas’ that have increased value.  There are also incredible opportunities  to reflect, share, and learn without the limitations of geography. I could go on, and there have been many others who have covered the ground about the value of social media for educators, and how Twitter and blogging can be extremely powerful in professional development.  This is true for those interested in education in BC, but it is also true of other professionals around the world.

So why has BC moved so quickly and taken such leadership in this area? As mentioned, I have no statistical proof, but a series of ideas as to why BC is the leading jurisdiction using social media to engage in the profession of education.

Read full article here.

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