A recent trial of underground and independent comics offered by UBC Library is featured in an article about Vancouver comics in Scout Magazine.

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):


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.

Friday, April 27th, 2012 at 11am – 12pm
To register: http://elred.library.ubc.ca/libs/dashboard/view/3059

Monday, April 30th, 2012 at 2pm – 3pm
To register: http://elred.library.ubc.ca/libs/dashboard/view/3061

Monday, April 30th, 2012 at 3:30pm – 4:30pm
To register: http://elred.library.ubc.ca/libs/dashboard/view/3062

2) USABILITY TESTING – Mon. April 23rd through Fri. May 4th

We are specifically seeking faculty, graduate students and distance learners to take part in one-on-one usability testing for the Library website next couple of weeks. Please contact Letitia Englund at letitia.englund@ubc.ca if you are interested in participating. We will work to schedule times individually during the day Monday-Friday, and each session will be 30-60 minutes long.


Stranger in a Strange Land 2012 is a Children’s Literature Conference Organized by UBC Graduate Students 

This one-day conference will showcase graduate research that explores and questions many facets of children’s literature.

Presenters are coming from across Canada,the UK, the US, and France.

Keynote speakers: Elizabeth Marshall and Sarah Park.

See the program schedule here.

There is still time to register!  The registration fee is $18 for students and presenters, and $35 for faculty and professionals. The price includes morning and afternoon refreshments and a catered lunch. Register here.

The University of British Columbia
Saturday, April 28, 2012 
8 A.M. to 6 P.M.
Irving K. Barber Learning Centre (First Floor)
1961 East Mall

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Read the latest on BC Teachers voting to withdraw extracurricular activities as a message to the provincial government:

Full article in The Vancouver Sun posted by Janet Steffenhagen, The Vancouver Sun April 20, 2012 8:02AM

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Homepage feedback sessions

The Library is looking for more feedback to improve its homepage website design. 

There are three upcoming opportunities for feedback – open to all members of the UBC community (students, faculty, staff, alumni and those with an affiliation to the University). The feedback gathered will be used to help in the redesign of the Library’s current homepage.

15 participants will receive a $10 gift card to UBC Food Services. Advance registration for the sessions is required. All sessions will be held in the Irving K. Barber Learning Centre, room 272 (Gold River Room), next to Ike’s Cafe.

Those wishing to provide additional feedback are encouraged to contact John Chan, Library Systems and Information Technology, for future opportunities.

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Map of population trends of native and invasive species of jellyfish by LME.

Jellyfish are increasing in the majority of the world’s coastal ecosystems, according to the first global study of jellyfish abundance by University of British Columbia researchers.

In a study published in this month’s edition of the journal Hydrobiologia, UBC scientists examined data for numerous species of jellyfish for 45 of the world’s 66 Large Marine Ecosystems. They found increasing jellyfish populations in 62 per cent of the regions analyzed, including East Asia, the Black Sea, the Mediterranean, the Northeast U.S. Shelf, Hawaii, and Antarctica.

“There has been anecdotal evidence that jellyfish were on the rise in recent decades, but there hasn’t been a global study that gathered together all the existing data until now,” says Lucas Brotz, a PhD student with the Sea Around Us Project at UBC and lead author of the study.

To read the rest of this article, click the link provided here: http://www.publicaffairs.ubc.ca/2012/04/18/jellyfish-on-the-rise-ubc-study/.

You can read now the full report in cIRcle, UBC’s Digital Repository in the Fisheries Centre Research Reports collection at: https://circle.ubc.ca/handle/2429/37052. And take a moment browse through this growing collection found at: http://hdl.handle.net/2429/41821.

Did you know?

Three members of UBC’s Fisheries Centre won the UBC Library’s Innovative Dissemination of Research Award in 2012 for The Sea Around Us portal. To find out who they were and to learn more about this award for new and innovative ways of communicating and disseminating knowledge, visit the Scholarly Communications @ UBC website at: http://scholcomm.ubc.ca/events-awards/award/.

Above partial excerpt in italics and image are courtesy of the UBC Public Affairs website at The University of British Columbia.


Learning Centre foyer. Photo: Michelle Lamberson

The online photo archives from the Reach Gallery Museum Abbotsford are featured in the Abbotsford Mission Times.

This project has been funded partly by the B.C. History Digitization Program, an initiative of the Irving K. Barber Learning Centre.

APRIL 20, 2012

The Public Knowledge Project (PKP) is pleased to announce that the University of British Columbia Library (UBC Library) has entered into a major partnership with PKP, furthering a commitment to the development of scholarly communication software. As a result of this agreement, UBC Library will provide significant financial and in-kind support to assist with PKP’s ongoing development and support of its open source software suite – Open Journal Systems (OJS), Open Conference Systems (OCS) and Open Harvester Systems (OHS), with Open Monograph Press (OMP) due for release in the coming year.

Brian Owen, Associate Librarian at Simon Fraser University and PKP’s Managing Director, stated, “The SFU and UBC Libraries have a longstanding tradition of working together on many collaborative projects; it is great to have Allan Bell and the rest of the UBC Library team on board with PKP.” Ingrid Parent, UBC’s University Librarian, said, “UBC Library is pleased to participate in the Public Knowledge Project. With Open Journal Systems, PKP has provided a popular scholarly publishing platform that is a cost-effective alternative to traditional publishing systems.” Parent is also the co-chair of UBC’s Scholarly Communications Steering Committee.

UBC Library will be involved with the development of PKP software, including the creation and maintenance of user documentation and related training materials. It will also offer hosting and related support, and perform testing. UBC representatives will participate on PKP’s Advisory and Technical committees. UBC and SFU will encourage cooperation among their respective networks, partners and user communities, and seek further areas for cooperation.

John Willinsky – a Khosla Family Professor of Education at Stanford University who founded PKP at UBC in 1998 with initial support from its Library – declared, “I am particularly delighted to have UBC Library participate as a Development Partner in PKP, given the original incubation of this idea on the UBC campus during my years there as a professor, and the place that its fine Library holds in my own education.”

UBC Library is a high-ranking member of the Association of Research Libraries (ARL). It has 21 branches and divisions, and is the largest library in British Columbia. Its collections include more than 6.3 million volumes, more than 875,000 e-books, more than 883,000 maps, audio, video and graphic materials, and more than 165,000 serial titles. The Library provides access to expanding digital resources and houses an on-site Digitization Centre. For more information, visit www.library.ubc.ca.

PKP is dedicated to improving the scholarly and public quality of research. With more than 14,000 installations of Open Journal Systems (OJS), Open Conference Systems (OCS) and Open Harvester Systems (OHS) around the world, the Public Knowledge Project (PKP) has proven that open source software can be a game changer in scholarly publishing.

In September 2011, PKP officially launched a major sustainability campaign to ensure the continued development and enhancement of its open source software suite, and to provide better support for the growing PKP user community. To find out more about this initiative and how your site can become a PKP sponsor, visit the PKP website at http://pkp.sfu.ca.


Brian Owen      Allan Bell
Associate University Librarian  Director, Library Digital Initiatives  
SFU Library    UBC Library
Tel: 778-782-7095   Tel: 604-827-4830
E-mail: brian_owen(at)sfu.ca E-mail: allan.bell(at)ubc.ca




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