An article about the Freedom to Read exhibit at UBC Library appears in the Smithers Interior News.

Join UBC Library as it celebrates the freedom to read with an exhibit of banned and controversial books. The exhibition takes place from February 4-14 on the second-floor foyer of the Irving K. Barber Learning Centre, and from February 15 to March 3 on the second floor of Koerner Library.

Come check out the show and find out more about the freedom to read.

Are you looking for additional ways to keep current with the latest literature in your field?  Did you know that you can set up alerts within many resources available through the library that will notify you about new content in your research area?

In support of Celebrate Research Week, the David Lam Library is offering a Current Awareness for Business Researchers workshop on Thursday March 8 from 9.30-11.00am in the Canaccord Learning Commons, Rm 222.

In this workshop, we will cover how to set up e-mail or RSS alerts for:

  • Latest business and finance news
  • Articles published in your research area
  • Latest issues of important journals
  • Business books at UBC Library

We will also look at how to use RefWorks as current awareness tool.

This session is for graduate students at the Sauder School of Business.

Register for the session here: http://elred.library.ubc.ca/libs/dashboard/view/3008

Photo: Martin Dee

Articles about a petition to open the Irving K. Learning Centre on a 24/7 continual basis have appeared in the Ubyssey, UBC’s student newspaper, in November 2011 and February 2012. The story also was also featured on the site of News1130.

The Learning Centre is currently open on a 24/7 basis during exam periods.

We have had many inquiries about “Journal of Chemical Education” from the American Chemical Society. Finally, access has been restored.

Link from here and enjoy!

Creating a National Reading Strategy for Canada:  About the National Reading Campaign

The National Reading Campaign is about creating a reading strategy for Canada. It is about engaging Canadians in exploring what a Canadian reading plan would look like, and what we would expect the key outcomes to be. In short, it is a campaign to incorporate and promote reading as a central feature of 21st century Canadian citizenship.

The National Reading Campaign had its beginnings in 2008, when a coalition of readers, parents, writers, editors, librarians, bookstore owners, teachers, publishers and distributors came together to assess and consider the changing reading habits of Canadians. Learn more about the Reading Coalition here.

The first forum, held in 2008, proposed that a National Reading Campaign be developed over the course of three Reading Summits. The first Summit was held in Toronto in 2009, the second was held in Montreal in 2011 and the third will take place in May 2012 in Vancouver.

Why do we need a National Reading Campaign?

Becoming a reader is at the very heart of responsible citizenship. But as we find ourselves caught in the fierce updrafts of an information hurricane, we often lose sight of what reading — as an intellectual activity — contributes to our sense of self, our cultural awareness, our capacity for self-expression and, ultimately, our notions of engaged citizenship and the collective good. Reading, after all, is about so much more than a technical act that allows us to communicate, consume media and perform the activities of daily life. To be literate is necessary, but it is not enough.

Read more about the Summit here.

~information and links from the National Reading Campaign website

 
One of the largest private film collections in Canada, which provides a fascinating document of rural B.C., will be housed and preserved by UBC Library thanks to a generous donation from the Halleran family and the support of community partners including Columbia Basin Trust (CBT).
 

The Halleran Collection, valued at $750,000, consists of about 250 nature-oriented video programs produced in British Columbia over the decades – first by Mike Halleran and then by his son Terry.

These shows, known collectively as the Westland series, were broadcast by the Knowledge Network from 1984 to 2007. They examine a broad range of issues associated with forestry, fresh water fishing, endangered species and ecosystem restoration. The donation also includes an extensive library of 2,000 source tapes.

Terry Halleran donated the bulk of the collection to UBC Library, and the remainder was purchased. Halleran was introduced to the Library by Don Laishley, a UBC alumnus and member of the Library’s Advisory Board.

“We took a lot of pride in what we did. It wasn’t always easy, but we believed in environmental education,” says Halleran. “UBC Library was the obvious choice for us, considering the long-standing relationship between our series and the expertise UBC faculty and students brought to the table.”

Halleran notes that the Westland programs have been used as teaching tools in classrooms at UBC and elsewhere since the 1980s. The programs also feature some former UBC faculty members.

“We anticipate that with increasing interest in natural resource management, environmentalism and sustainability, this collection will be of considerable interest to a variety of researchers at the University and the broader community,” notes Chris Hives, University Archivist.

Columbia Basin Trust is providing $100,000 to support the acquisition and digitization of the Westland series tapes. “We’re delighted to contribute towards preserving the collection and making it available to all to study, reflect on and simply appreciate,” says Neil Muth, CBT’s President and CEO. “Thanks go to UBC for organizing this and to Terry Halleran for donating a huge portion of the collection.”

Other community partners that provided funds to support the purchase of the collection include the Okanagan Region Wildlife Heritage Fund Society, the Habitat Conservation Trust Foundation and the Regional District of Central Kootenay.

Halleran would like to recognize the Kootenay Wildlife Heritage Fund and the British Columbia Conservation Foundation for their support with the preservation and management of the Westland series in advance of its transfer to UBC. University Archives staff have begun preparing an inventory to enable access to the Halleran Collection.

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About UBC Library

UBC Library is a high-ranking member of the Association of Research Libraries (ARL). It has 21 branches and divisions, and is the largest library in British Columbia. Its collections include more than 6.3 million volumes, more than 875,000 e-books, more than 883,000 maps, audio, video and graphic materials, and more than 165,000 serial titles. The Library provides access to expanding digital resources and houses an on-site Digitization Centre. For more information, visit www.library.ubc.ca.

About Columbia Basin Trust

CBT delivers economic, social and environmental benefits to the residents of the Columbia Basin. To learn more about CBT programs and initiatives, visit www.cbt.org or call 1-800-505-8998.

Contacts

Glenn Drexhage

Communications Manager, UBC Library

Tel: 604-827-3434

E-mail: glenn.drexhage@ubc.ca

 

Rachel Lucas

Columbia Basin Trust

Tel: 1-800-505-8998

E-mail: rlucas@cbt.org

 

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