In case you missed this recent UBC Library event, Dr. Chu presented an exploratory study investigating the use of social networking tools in academic libraries. The study examined reasons for using or not using social networking tools, the length of usage, and the perceived benefits and costs of using these tools. The study also offers insights for academic librarians to make informed decisions in applying social networking tools. Some examples of these social networking tools used by libraries included Facebook, Instant Messaging (IM), Twitter and LinkedIn. This presentation is now available in the Library Events collection at:

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One of the most viewed items in the Library Events collection is a presentation that was part of UBC’s First International Open Access Day event back in October 2008. In support of the open access movement, the UBC Library joined with SPARC, PLoS (Public Library of Science), and Students for FreeCulture along with 65 other institutions in celebration of this worldwide event. You can listen to this presentation in cIRcle at:

Adolescent Literacy in the Academic Disciplines: General Principles and Practical Strategies  (New York: Guilford Press, © 2012)

Edited by Tamara L. Jetton and Cynthia Shanahan

Guilford Press Publisher’s description and review here.

UBC Library Holdings Information here.

UBC Psychology Department’s  Will Gervais and Ara Norenzayan’s recent article in Science has been very widely reported in news media and on the web in general.

For your convenience, here’s a link to the full text of the article that has interested tens of thousands of people over the past week.
Will M. Gervais and Ara Norenzayan. Analytic Thinking Promotes Religious Disbelief. Science 336, 493 (2012). DOI: 10.1126/science.1215647



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