LAW LIBRARY reference room (level 2): K938 .F45 2012
Bruce Feldthusen, Economic Negligence: The Recovery of Pure Economic Loss, 6th ed. (Toronto: Carswell, 2012).

LAW LIBRARY level 3: KDZ330 .D67 2012
Thierry Dorval, Governance of Publicly Listed Corporations, 2d ed. (Markham: LexisNexis, 2012).

LAW LIBRARY reference room (level 2): KE484.E7 M33 2012
Bruce MacDougall, Estoppel (Markham: LexisNexis, 2012).

LAW LIBRARY level 3: KE806 .A764 2012
John P. Allen & Brian J. Quintan, Estate Planning Handbook, 4th ed. (Toronto: Carswell, 2012).

LAW LIBRARY level 3: KE7749.N5 S36 2012
Tracie Lea Scott, Postcolonial Sovereignty?: The Nisga’a Final Agreement (Saskatoon: Purich Pub., 2012).

LAW LIBRARY level 3: KE8948 .C362 2012
Randy A. Pepper et al., Canadian Defamation Law and Practice (Toronto: Canada Law Book, 2012).

LAW LIBRARY level 3: KEO407.5 .C65 1998
Mary G. Condon, Making Disclosure: Ideas and Interests in Ontario Securities Regulation (Toronto: University of Toronto Press, 1998).

LAW LIBRARY level 3: KEO213 .M323 2011
James MacDonald & Ann Wilton, The 2012 Annotated Ontario Family Law Act (Toronto: Carswell, 2011).

LAW LIBRARY reference room (level 2): KEO1057 .O6 2012
Michelle Fuerst & Mary Anne Sanderson, eds,, Ontario Courtroom Procedure, 3d ed. (Markham: LexisNexis, 2012).

Unpacking the Douglas Coupland fonds

Question: What glitters and was once home to thousands of swarming insects?

Answer: The contents of file 184-38 of the Douglas Coupland fonds at UBC’s Rare Books and Special Collections.

Jeweled wasp nest

This dazzling bejeweled hornet’s nest has presented us with a unique range of questions… so let’s take a brief tour of the archivist’s approach to this wonder of nature.

Let’s face the most important question. Why is this hornet’s nest a part of the Douglas Coupland fonds in the first place? If you’re familiar with Coupland’s work you may recall his nest sculptures. This nest that now resides in UBC’s vault is not of his own making, but it does communicate his exploration and interest in these objects. But why is it bejeweled? We’ll leave that one to researchers to figure out! [Archivist's note: Coupland also made an addition to his archives in 2010 which included wasp-nest paper in various stages of being "hand-chewed" by Coupland- this material resides in boxes 152 through 154 in the collection].

The idea of bringing an object that was created by insects and has been who-knows-where into the our sterile environment made us cringe (believe it or not, archivists aren’t huge fans of pests or dirt or mould or any other force of nature that likes to wreck paper). We did some research and learned a bit about the nature of the hornet beast along the way – check out this website for more info: http://www.ipm.iastate.edu/ipm/iiin/bhornets.html. Since the nest has been around for a few years, it turns out that it won’t be a danger to itself or its new archival neighbors.

Our last obstacle in preparing the nest for its stay in the archives relates to its fragile nature. It certainly doesn’t fit in a legal size acid-free folder. Here’s how we nested the nest (opens a wmv file):

Building a nest for a nest

The fragile nest now resides in an acid-free cardboard box. We stabilized it within the box through the use of foam and tissue padding and archivally-approved bubble wrap.


Canadian Pacific Railcar

This month’s LibFOCUS focuses on changes at UBC Library to kick-off the beginning of the school year – a website facelift, a new research commons, multi-service desks and inspired collections.

 

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