UBC Library is proud to be part of Celebrate Research Week at UBC, which takes place March 2-9, 2012 and highlights research excellence across UBC’s faculties, departments, schools and partner institutions. As a #research partner at UBC, the Library connects faculty and students with local and global information resources, and enables new forms of knowledge creation, dissemination and exchange.

In addition to the events listed below, UBC Library will announce the winner of the 3rd Annual Innovative Dissemination of Research Award at the Celebrate Research Week Gala. Established by the Library in 2010, this award focuses on new and innovative ways of communicating and disseminating knowledge. 

We are proud to support this year’s Celebrate Research Week with the following workshops, discussions, open houses and other events at our Vancouver campus:

Event Description

Systematic Review Literature Search

  • Mar. 6 | 8:30 a.m. – 4 p.m. | $20
  • Woodward Library
  • Computer Lab
  • Workshop

Librarians from our Life Sciences branches will host this all-day workshop for those planning or beginning a systematic review, or wishing to improve on locating and managing a comprehensive literature search. Open to post-graduates, researchers and research assistants.

Morning and coffee breaks included, but please bring your own lunch.

Scholars’ Rights and Responsibilities: Understanding Appropriate Use of Copyrighted Material

  • Mar. 6 | 11:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.
  • Irving K. Barber Learning Centre
  • Room 256
  • Workshop
Develop an understanding of use permissions for copyrighted materials and licensed material, author’s scholarly rights and publisher agreements. Information covered is ideal for researchers, instructors and faculty.

Current Awareness Tools for Business Researchers

  • Mar. 8 | 9:30 a.m. – 11 a.m.
  • Canaccord Learning Commons, Angus Building
  • CLC 222 
  • Workshop

Designed for graduate students at the Sauder School of Business, this workshop will cover how to set up alerts for: business and finance news; articles in your research area; the latest issues of important journals and business books at UBC Library. 

Celebrating the Research Commons: Evolving Spaces and Services for Graduate Students

  • Mar. 8 | Noon – 1 p.m.
  • Koerner Library
  • Room 216
  • Discussion

In collaboration with campus partners, UBC Library was recently awarded a Teaching and Learning Enhancement Fund Grant to develop two new services as part of the Koerner Library Research Commons (now under development).

Come to this session to hear more about these new services, new spaces being considered, and to contribute to our planning process.

Some of the proposed services include: 

  • an Interdisciplinary Research Exchange, designed to connect graduate students across campus and facilitate discussion of shared research interests;
  • a Thesis/Citation Formatting Support service, which will provide workshops and specialized assistance to graduate students as they work on their theses.

Your Research goes Global with cIRcle

  • Mar. 8 | 2 p.m. – 3 p.m.
  • Irving K. Barber Learning Centre
  • Dodson Room (302)
  • Discussion

UBC’s digital repository, cIRcle, makes papers, dissertations, student projects and webcasts available to the world as online open resource.

As part of Celebrate Research Week, cIRcle is holding an informal discussion on the merits of adding your scholarly research to a digital repository. Hear first-hand feedback from faculty, students and librarians who have used cIRcle to propel their research. 

As of the end of February, there were more than 39,600 items in cIRcle. Explore cIRcle for your #research needs. 

UBC Library Digitization Centre

  • Mar. 8 | 2 p.m. – 4 p.m.
  • Irving K. Barber Learning Centre
  • Room 103
  • Open House

Our new Digital Initiatives Unit is a key part of the Library’s digital agenda.

Its goal is to create sustainable, world-class programs and processes to make collections and research accessible beyond UBC. 

 

Google announced yesterday that before the end of 2012, you will be able to buy augmented-reality smart eyeglasses from the search giant. The Android-powered glasses will have an onboard camera that monitors in real time what you see as you walk (or, heavens preserve us, drive) down the street. The lenses will then overlay information […]

The only real spending boost for B.C. public schools in the coming year will be a modest, previously announced fund to help teachers deal with special-needs students in their increasingly diverse classrooms, according to budget documents released today.

But apart from that new learning investment fund, which will distribute $30 million next year and a total of $165 million over three years, the basic grant for public education is expected to remain relatively flat for three years at an annual $4.7 billion a year. Average spending for K-12 schools will grow at only 0.6 per cent next year, down from 1.1 per cent during the previous two years and 4.8 per cent between 2005-06 and 2008-09.

The post-secondary sector faces similar restraints.

In delivering his budget today, Finance Minister Kevin Falcon urged the 60 school districts – especially 17 in and around Metro Vancouver – to reduce costs by sharing more head-office functions. Districts now spend about $840 million a year on administration, operations, maintenance and transportation services and could expect savings of three to eight per cent by following the Health Ministry’s approach to shared services, budget documents suggest.

It’s advice school officials have been hearing for years.

In addition, school districts, universities, colleges and others in the public sector are being told to sell surplus properties to raise money for other projects. A recent government review identified more than 100 surplus properties and estimated that disposal of some could produce a net gain of about $700 million. Falcon said 40 per cent of those properties are in the education sector and proceeds could help finance other capital projects.

As expected, the budget offers no money for a pay hike for B.C. teachers, whose union recently proposed a 15 per cent increase in a three-year deal. The B.C. Teachers’ Federation (BCTF) and the B.C. Public School Employers’ Association have made little progress during almost 12 months of bargaining, and a government fact finder is expected to report by Thursday on whether a negotiated deal is possible.

“Let me be perfectly clear,” Falcon stated in his budget speech. “We are not prepared to borrow money to pay for public-sector wage increases today and send the bill to our children tomorrow.”

The post-secondary sector also received a tough message, with government calling for reductions in administrative budgets by $20 million in 2013-14 and $50 million in 2014-15. Savings must come from travel, executive overhead and support services, but not classrooms, the minister said.

“The province will work with universities, colleges and other institutions to help ensure that front-line programs are not affected,” he told the legislature. “And we believe (this) one per cent cost reduction is very achievable.”

As in the K-12 sector, the average annual increases for post-secondary are shrinking – to 1.6 per cent a year in the coming three years from 3.4 per cent during the past two years and 6.5 per cent between 2005-06 and 2008-09. Annual spending for post-secondary is about $5 billion.

Overall, education will consume a smaller percentage of annual government spending at 26.8 per cent in 2012-13 compared to 27.6 per cent two years ago.

Written by: Janet Steffenhagen

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