10:00-10:30a.m.  Wed. July 25  Scarfe 155

3:00-3:30 p.m.  Friday July 27   Scarfe 155

Need a refresher about searching for research resources? Learn more about the UBC Library and how to find relevant books, e-books, book chapters, scholarly articles, theses & dissertations, government documents and more all from a single search box.

10:30-11:00 am  Wed. July 25   Scarfe 155

3:30-4:00 p.m.  Friday  July 27   Scarfe 155

Managing your research begins with knowing where to search, how to save, name, store, and organize your resources. Useful advice will be offered together with references about academic writing will be shared. 

3:00-3:30 p.m.  Friday  July 20, July 27  Scarfe 155

Want to get an article published?  Learn how to find potential journals for your work.  Find out about Cabell’s Directory of Publishing Opportunities, Ulrich’s Periodical Directory, Directory of Open Access Journals, and browse UBC online journals and indexes and databases and use Summon to explore articles published in our UBC Library journals. 

3:30–4:00 p.m.  Friday  July 20, July 27  Scarfe 155

All you want to know about cIRcle our UBC Institutional Repository!  Would you like to have your academic work searched by Google Scholar? Or have your work archived in the UBC Library?  Then come to this session to find out what cIRcle is, what it contains, how you can contribute and what permissions are required to submit your presentations, articles and reports. 

10:00-10:30 a.m.  Tuesday July 24   Scarfe 155

What can bibliographic citation management software do?  Which program should I use?  Learn about Zotero a free open source citation management tool.  Bring your laptops (optional) & your questions.

This post is part of our series on resources featuring the names of B.C. places used as room names in the Irving K. Barber Learning Centre. The place we would like to feature for this post is Bamfield, a community on the coast of Barkley Sound on Vancouver Island, and well known for the Bamfield Marine Sciences Centre.

Suppose you want to find references in historical newspapers to Bamfield. If you search the library catalogue for serial publications and the keyword “Bamfield,” you will find that the furthest back any of our newspaper holdings published in Bamfield go are only to the 1970′s and 80′s. Besides, there could have been articles written in other B.C. towns and cities about Bamfield.

There is a great resource provided by the UBC Library Digital Initiatives department that can help! BC Historical Newspapers is an online database for a number of digitized newspapers. You can browse by title of newspaper, date, or even better for this situation, full text search the newspapers. Here is a screenshot of what a search for “Bamfield” looks like:

Searching BC Historical Newspapers for Bamfield

Searching BC Historical Newspapers for Bamfield

As you can see, the database highlights your keywords and also gives you the name of the newspaper and the date the article is from. Click on the result to read the actual digitized article- the database will zoom in to where the highlighted word is located. For example, if you replicate this search and click on the article from the Cumberland News on October 8, 1902, you will read that the laying of the trans-Pacific cable line off the ship Colonia was about to begin from Bamfield. This marked the establishment of the Pacific Cable Board Cable Station, which would later become the site of the above-mentioned Bamfield Marine Sciences Centre. Give searching the BC Historical Newspapers a try with another British Columbia town!

In the Barber Centre, the Bamfield Meeting Room is number 157, located on the first floor of the building.

Read the latest news on the B.C. Teacher’s labour dispute and walkout  from The Vancouver Sun online news source. 

Full article here.

Original source article here.

By Kim Nursall and The Canadian Press, THE CANADIAN PRESS June 29, 2012

© Copyright (c) The Vancouver Sun

UBC Library Staff Awards Program

Ernest Dick, Anne Miele and Paul Lesack are this year’s recipients of UBC Library staff recognition awards. The awards program was developed to acknowledge the many ways in which staff contribute to UBC Library through creativity, innovation, excellence, and customer service. 

Each recipient received a $750 cash award and a individualized award, presented at the annual Library Staff Appreciation Luncheon on June 27.

In addition to these three recognition awards, UBC Library also has two annual professional development awards. The Diana Lukin Johnston Award, used in support of ongoing education and training, was recently awarded to Tara Stephens and Tom Brittnacher. The Suzanne Dodson Award, which provides funding support of professional development activities, was recently awarded to Ivan Idzan from the UBC Okanagan campus.

Anne Miele, Science & Engineering, IKBLC. Recipient of the Employee Excellence Award

Librarian, Science and EngineeringA conscientious and detail-oriented individual, Anne Miele has been with the Library since 1979, and is skilled in both the public services and technical services aspects of her job, going the extra mile for patrons and her team members. Her nominator expressed appreciation for the positive energy and sense of humour that she brings to the workplace, along with her dedication to her colleagues and the Library. Anne’s knowledge, welcoming personality, and experience have helped build relationships throughout the Library system and beyond.

“Thank you all so much for the Staff Award! It came as a total surprise, and I very much appreciate it. I work with a great group of folks who are all very supportive of me and each other. These Awards show commitment to the Library and University, and that the worth of our work is valued by all.” 


Paul Lesack, Humanities & Social Sciences, Koerner Library. Recipient of the Innovation Award

Librarian, HSSPaul Lesack has been with the Library for 17 years and demonstrated initiative and creativity when he used emerging technologies to develop a new service that has benefited UBC students and the broader community. Working with the Vancouver Aquarium, he scanned old paper maps into interactive versions with geographic data. The project began as something to help geography students, but has since been used to assist scientists and city planners. By turning this resource into a digitally accessible interactive tool, Paul also addressed issues of sustainability and collections preservation.

“Thank you very much for honouring me with such an award. While I’m technically receiving an individual award, like most Library projects it wouldn’t have been possible without the help and support of others. [In addition to the help of Library staff,] the Vancouver Aquarium graciously consented to let me use their original cartography and monographs.”


Ernest (Ernie) Dick, Circulation, Irving K. Barber Learning Centre (IKBLC). Recipient of the Unsung Hero Award

Ernie Dick has been described as a problem-solver and a trusted advisor on book moves, and is noted for his efficiency and good nature. He maintains the in-and-out flow of materials for the [Automated Storage and Retrieval System (ASRS) in the IKBLC]; has a phenomenal memory for procedures, work processes, and people; and has worked for the Library for 24 years. He was the only recipient to be put forward by two different nominators, and has been described as an invaluable team member and someone who is “one of the pillars of the Library.”


About the Awards

Employee Excellence Award
Recipients of the Employee Excellence Award have an impeccable record of work excellence and workplace contributions. Their kindness, compassion and respect for others make them eagerly sought after to be project team members or leaders. Their innovation and creativity have a significant impact on UBC Library. Their presence has made the Library a better place.

Innovation Award
Innovators lead UBC Library by providing creative solutions. They are risk-takers and pioneers, pushing us to think in ways that reach beyond the status quo. Our libraries are their incubators, and their thinking is visionary. Nominees in this category have demonstrated new ways of performing existing processes, or have undertaken work that supports the vision of theLibrary’s Strategic Plan.

Unsung Hero Award
This award is dedicated to those employees who keep our libraries running, delivering our services and collections, and maintaining and improving operations. They are the backbone of the Library and a critical support for our users. Without their efforts, UBC Library would not be able to function or deliver the stellar service that users have come to expect.

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