UBC Library

The University of British Columbia Library is one of the largest academic libraries in Canada and consistently ranks among the top university research libraries in North America. UBC Library has 21 branches and divisions, including two campuses (Vancouver and Kelowna), three off-site hospital libraries, Robson Square Library and the Irving K. Barber Learning Centre, its multi-purpose teaching and learning facility.

Our collections include 6.1 million volumes, over 550,000 electronic books, over 90,000 electronic journals, over 22,000 numeric databases, 4.7 million digital pages, and over 840,000 maps, audio, DVD/video and graphic materials.

More than 300 knowledgeable employees – librarians, management and professional staff, support staff and student staff – provide users with the excellent resources and services that they need to further their research, teaching and learning.

For more information about UBC Library, please visit www.library.ubc.ca and for more information on Woodward Library, please visit http://www.library.ubc.ca/lsl/.

Overview of the position:

This term position provides reference and information services in the UBC Life Sciences Libraries to faculty, students, and other users.  The incumbent assumes responsibility for designated subject areas and liaises with assigned departments and faculties.  Liaison responsibilities are mainly with faculty and students, including graduate and postgraduate students, of the Faculties of Medicine and Dentistry. The position provides web-based and classroom instruction and assistance in use of information resources as well as plans and implements services that respond to needs of life science users. Furthermore this position participates in the development of library policy, procedures, and services and assumes responsibility for coordination and management of staff, services and projects as required. Evening and weekend work may be required.

This position reports directly to the Head of Woodward and hospital Libraries, the Life Sciences Libraries, and consults with library staff and colleagues as required. 

For more information, please see the detailed job description. The UBC Library Strategic Plan 2010-2015 can be viewed at www.library.ubc.ca/strategicplan/. 

Qualifications and requirements:

  • graduate degree from an accredited Library Science program
  • academic background in one of the life sciences or equivalent experience
  • familiarity with computer technology, electronic services and information in the life sciences
  • excellent oral, written and interpersonal communication skills
  • ability to work in a team situation
  • ability to make decisions based on problem solving skills
  • ability to focus on important issues


  • public service and instructional experience in a life sciences library preferably a health library or equivalent experience
  • experience working on systematic literature reviews

Terms of Appointment and Salary:

This new position will be filled as a full-time 9 months from the date of hire with possibility of extension.

Salary will be commensurate with experience and academic/professional qualifications.

UBC hires on the basis of merit and is committed to employment equity. We encourage all qualified applicants to apply. However, Canadian citizens and permanent residents of Canada will be given priority.

Applications for this exciting opportunity are to be submitted by e-mail in one consolidated file (PDF or Microsoft word format) and will include: a letter of application, including a statement of citizenship/immigration status, indicating the candidate’s education, training, and work experience in the areas listed above; a detailed and current curriculum vitae; and the names of three referees with their email addresses.

To ensure full consideration, complete applications are to be submitted by 5:00 pm PST on April 30, 2012 to:

Human Resources – UBC Library
2nd Floor, Koerner Library
1958 Main Mall
Vancouver, BC Canada V6T 1Z2
Email: library.hr@ubc.ca



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We hope to have this fixed early next week.

Sorry for the inconvenience.

Easter Weekend Hours: Good Friday, April 6, Closed Saturday, April 7, 10 am – 6 pm Sunday, April 8, 10 am – 6 pm Easter Monday, April 9, 10 am – 6 pm   Spring Exam Hours (April 10-24): No change in opening hours.  Closing time will be 10 pm each day.


The 2010-2011 Report of the University Librarian to the Senate is now available. Read about our developments and future directions as we transform into a 21st-century research library.

For a printable version, please view the PDF.


On Saturday, March 31, the Irving K. Barber Learning Centre (IKBLC) East Mall entrance will have limited access from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. due to a film shoot.

The film crew is scheduled to be on-site from 6 a.m. to 8 p.m. on Saturday. The main entrance will be decorated as a hospital entrance, and will include the presence of two ambulances. About 50 actors, extras and film crew will be on-site for filming. Visitors should be advised that heavy machinery, equipment and vehicles may be near the main entrance and the surrounding area.

During the filming, which runs from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., visitors can use the Learning Centre’s side entrances or the west entrance. Film shoots are scheduled to last about three to five minutes in length, during which time the East Mall entrance (facing the Student Union Building) will be inaccessible. Patrons with usability issues may use this entrance throughout the day, except during film takes. Bike racks at the front of the building will be affected as well.

All other entrances to the building will remain accessible throughout the day. The Learning Centre, including the Library book stacks and Chapman Learning Commons, will maintain regular Saturday hours

Creating Caring Classrooms: How to encourage students to communicate, create, and be compassionate of others

This passionate book is about community, compassion, and creativity; it is about caring for others. It is also about helping students care about their work. Teachers will learn how to establish inclusive classrooms where kindness and concern become crucial backdrops for critical conversations. They will be introduced to simple but profound strategies that initiate and maintain respectful dialogue, promote collaboration over competition, and confront difficult issues such as bullying and exclusion.

Creating Caring Classrooms is committed to building respectful relationships among students, teachers, and the school community. Through active, engaging, relevant, open-ended activities, students will be encouraged to explore events, ideas, themes, texts, stories, and relationships from different perspectives, and then represent those new understandings in innovative and creative ways.

Authors: Kathleen Gould Lundy and Larry Swartz

Publication Date: 2011      ISBN: 9781551382708         Pages: 160

~from the Pembroke Publishers Website

UBC Library Holdings Information here.

Post-secondary institutions have sent a stern letter to the B.C. government in response to the recent provincial budget, which ordered them to trim administrative spending by $70 million in 2013-14 and 2014-15.

It is critical for government to understand that the $70 million reduction to institutional grants over the last two years of the fiscal plan, combined with five years of unfunded inflationary pressures, creates a strain on the operations of post-secondary institutions,” the presidents of 25 schools write in a letter to Advanced Education Minister Naomi Yamamoto.

It is particularly concerning that in Budget 2012, the post-secondary sector is the only social sector to receive an absolute budget reduction, with the inference that other sectors, such as health, have taken action where we have not.

We must be clear that it is unrealistic to assume that the reductions contemplated by Budget 2012 can be achieved without implications for service levels.”

The letter was described as unprecedented in an NDP release in mid-March (which would have been reported here earlier had it not been landed on the eve of the BCTF AGM). Find the letter here.

We have a shared commitment to a strong post-secondary education systen and we do not want to see a decline in a system that is seen as one of the best in the world,” says the letter, whose signatories include Stephen Toope of UBC, Andrew Petter of SFU and David Turpin of the University of Victoria.

Read The Vancouver Sun full article here.

By JANET STEFFENHAGEN   March 26, 2012. 11:58 am • Section: Report Card

© The Vancouver Sun

UBC's Okanagan Library

The donation of six screenprints to UBC’s Okanagan campus is featured in the Kelowna Capital News.

The prints – donated by Briar Craig, an Associate Professor of Visual Arts – are on display in the Field Reading Room, which is based in UBC’s Okanagan Library.



*UPDATE* Databases are back!!*


Due to routine maintenance currently underway, we are experiencing temporary service interruptions for EBSCOhost… We apologize for this inconvenience and assure you that our engineering team is working on this top priority to restore service as soon as possible.

Stay tuned.

Rendering of completed Koerner Library Level 3 renovations

It’s almost the end of the academic year and we’re putting the finishing touches on the renovations to Koerner Library’s 3rd floor – just in time for final exams and end-of-term papers.

The revamped study space and reading area will re-open on Monday, April 2 and feature new computer stations and open group study areas. The space will also be the home of Koerner Library’s Great Reads leisure reading collection, located next to casual seating and a cozy fireplace.

Students should take note that take-down of the temporary wall will begin on Friday, Mar. 30 so there may be some noise and debris on the 3rd floor during that time.

However, students will still be able to access the look-up computers on this day and into the weekend. The space is scheduled to open on the morning of Monday, April 2.

Should there be any changes to the scheduled opening date, we’ll post the information on the Library’s Facebook and Twitter accounts.

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