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A new grant will help support the development of the Koerner Library Research Commons on the Vancouver campus.

UBC Library, in collaboration with the University’s Centre for Teaching, Learning and Technology (CTLT) and the Faculty of Graduate Studies (FOGS), was recently awarded a UBC Teaching and Learning Enhancement Fund (TLEF) grant for 2012/13 to support the development of services and staffing for the Research Commons.

The grant will provide funding to hire a team of graduate students from across disciplines to help rollout two new services in September: thesis formatting and citation support, and an interdisciplinary research discussion series.

Many thanks to those at the Library, CTLT and FOGS for contributing to the grant application.

If you’re interested in knowing more about this initiative, please contact Trish Rosseel, Interim Head, Humanities & Social Sciences Division, at trish.rosseel(at)ubc.ca.  

We have been featuring resources from Rare Books and Special Collections that relate to the place names used in the Irving K. Barber Learning Centre as room names. Sometimes we find it challenging to find a related resource; sometimes the challenge is in narrowing down our research!

Such is the case with Victoria. Victoria B.C., on the southern tip of Vancouver Island, is our province’s capital and hence the place of many events in the province’s history. Rare Books and Special Collections contains almost innumerable books, maps, documents, and photographs related to Victoria.  However, to rare books enthusiasts, there is one (or two) events from Victoria’s history that are of particular note: the publication of the first book (or books) to be printed in British Columbia.

What is largely accepted to be the first book printed in B.C. is Order in council constituting the Supreme Court of Civil Justice of Vancouver Island and rules of practice and forms to be used therein, which basically amounted to a “rule book” for the Supreme Court in Victoria. It was printed at the Victoria Gazette in November 1858.

"Order in Council..."

"Order in Council..."

The copy photographed above is particularly special: it was David Cameron‘s personal copy!  David Cameron was the first Chief Justice of the Supreme Court of British Columbia- in other words, not only did he own the book, he wrote the book too. This copy was given to us by Dr. Wallace Chung, on the occasion of the re-opening of the Chung Collection in Spring 2008. David Cameron’s signature can be seen on the cover, and on the Act to provide for the Administration of Justice in Vancouver’s Island, tipped in the front:

David Cameron's signature

David Cameron's signature

So, first book printed in B.C.- straightforward story, right? There was some debate over the years regarding which came first: Order in Council or Alfred Waddington’s Fraser Mines Vindicated, or, the History of Four Months.:

"Fraser Mines Vindicated"

"Fraser Mines Vindicated"

It may have had something to do with Waddington’s preface, describing itself as “the first book published on Vancouver Island.” However, even Waddington’s own fine print explains that, “When the above was written Judge Cameron’s Book of Practice had not yet appeared.”

"Fraser Mines Vindicated" preface

"Fraser Mines Vindicated" preface

Apparently the Order in Council leapfrogged ahead of Fraser Mines by mere days. In Lowther’s A Bibliography of British Columbia, she explains that Order in Council “has the distinction of being the first book printed in the colony of Vancouver Island, coming off the press ahead of Waddington’s Fraser mines vindicated.”

In the Barber Centre, the Victoria Learning Theatre is room 182. This is a large lecture theatre and is often used for special events.

Victoria Learning Theatre, courtesy of UBC Library Communications

Victoria Learning Theatre, courtesy of UBC Library Communications

 

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