In 2002, Queen Elizabeth II became the second-longest reigning monarch in British history, celebrating 50 years on the British throne. Despite the deaths of her sister, Princess Margaret and her mother, Queen Elizabeth, the Queen Mother, in February and March of 2002 respectively, Queen Elizabeth II and her husband, Prince Phillip, undertook an international tour in which she “express[ed] her thanks to people, both personally and officially, for their support and loyalty over her reign.

Image of Queen Elizabeth II greeting UBC students in 2002, featured on the commemoration wall in the Golden Jubilee Room

For more information on Queen Elizabeth II and Prince Phillip’s tour, please refer to the official website of the British Monarchy, where the details of the 2002 tour are discussed.

As part of that tour, Queen Elizabeth and Prince Phillip visited the University of British Columbia in October, 2002. They had visited Canada the campus three times before, in 1951, 1959 and 1983. To view digitized photographs of their previous visits, please take a look at the University Archives virtual display, Royal Visits to the UBC Campus

During her 2002 visit to UBC, the Queen unveiled a plaque commemorating her visit and celebrating the naming of a room on the fourth floor of the Irving K Barber Learning Centre, the Golden Jubilee Room.

Plaque commemorating Queen Elizabeth II's visit to UBc

This room is a very popular study space, with mountain and ocean views.

Golden Jubilee Room, Irving K Barber Learning Centre

The legacy of Dr. Irving K. Barber, a UBC alumnus, forester and philanthropist who passed away last week, is covered by the Vancouver Sun, the Province, the Nelson Star, the Surrey Leader, the Prince George Citizen and the Ubyssey.

You can also view the UBC media release and a tribute on behalf of UBC Library and the Irving K. Barber Learning Centre.

 UBC Library is currently working on a Library homepage redesign and we need your help! Please consider participating in one of the sessions below (all participants will receive a $10 gift card for UBC Food Services):

1) CARD SORTING EXERCISES – Wed. April 18th & Thurs. April 19th

Card sorting is an activity where participants help us organize content more intuitively for the Library website. Three sessions will be held in IKBLC this week.

Wednesday, April 18th, 2012 at 2:00 – 3:00 pm

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Wednesday, April 18th, 2012 at 3:30 – 4:30 pm
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Thursday, April 19th, 2012 at 2:00 – 3:00 pm (note: this session is limited to Library faculty/staff)

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 2) USABILITY TESTING – Mon. April 23rd through Fri. April 27th

We are specifically seeking faculty, graduate students and distance learners to take part in one-on-one usability testing for the Library website next week. Please contact Danielle Winn ( if you are interested in participating. We will work to schedule times individually during the day Monday-Friday. Each session will be – at most – an hour long.

 Dr. Irving K. Barber, the principal donor for the Irving K. Barber Learning Centre and a passionate supporter of education and research in British Columbia, passed away on April 13, 2012.

Dr. Barber was a visionary thinker with a strong commitment to strengthening BC, improving the quality of life for its residents, and providing an enriched university experience for students. His gift of $20 million was largely responsible for the development and construction of the Learning Centre and the realization of its mission: a facility dedicated to the intellectual, social, cultural and economic development of the people of British Columbia and beyond.

Ike and Jean Barber with students. Photo: Martin Dee

Dr. Barber’s generosity has been instrumental in establishing programs to promote research, including the creation of the I.K. Barber Enhanced Forestry Laboratory at the University of Northern British Columbia, the Irving K. Barber Diabetes Research Endowment Fund at UBC and the Ike Barber Human Islet Transplant Laboratory at Vancouver Hospital in partnership with UBC.

“We are ever grateful for the generosity of Ike and his wife Jean,” says Ingrid Parent, UBC’s University Librarian. “Their support was crucial to the success of the Learning Centre, which has connected with lifelong learners and students at UBC and beyond. And his support for, and belief in, the transformative role of libraries was inspiring. He will be greatly missed, but his legacy will live on at the Learning Centre, and in the other worthy projects that he backed. Thank you, Ike, for your vision, passion, humour and dedication.”

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Did you know?

Both UBC Vancouver and UBC Okanagan campuses have their own IKBLC communities and corresponding collections in cIRcle. These communities and collections are comprised of scholarly research such as faculty and student work, theses and dissertations and include conferences, podcasts, webcasts and other significant events which benefit the UBC community and the general public at large. For UBC Vancouver, be sure to visit: For UBC Okanagan, check out:

Above partial excerpt in italics and images are courtesy of the Irving K. Barber Learning Centre website at The University of British Columbia.

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