“B.C. Education Minister wants new focus on reading: One-third of students aren’t meeting expectations.  Reading in the early grades will be the top priority for the next school year in B.C. because one in three children still struggle with literacy.”

~ quoted text, full Vancouver Sun article here.

By Janet Steffenhagen, Vancouver Sun July 25, 2012

Ministry of Education’s A New Focus on Reading document here.

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Unpacking the Douglas Coupland fonds

Archivists note: This past week was a busy one: the student archivists worked hard on packing the accrual into appropriate containers for storage. All collections need to be re-housed into archivally appropriate containers, but this one is a particular challenge to wrangle because of the oddly shaped and sized objects. Below the students describe some basic conservation work on one of the collection’s more atypical items…

In our last post, we talked about how we approached processing a bejeweled hornet’s nest. As it turns out, this wasn’t the only unusual or unique item that required extra thought in terms of preservation and special storage. This old pizza box with calligraphy (complete with grease stains, encrusted cheese, and lingering pizza odor) needed to be cleaned before being permanently housed as part of the fonds.

Pizza box 1

Pizza box inside

Coupland pizza box with calligraphy

In this case, the stuck-on food particles were of particular concern. As a general rule, no food or beverages are allowed inside RBSC. Not only could spilled coffee or ketchup stain or permanently damage the materials, but lingering crumbs could attract certain, ahem…undesirable patrons—namely critters like cockroaches or, heaven forbid, rodents.

So what did we do with the crusty pizza box, you ask? We began by isolating the pizza box so that it wouldn’t contaminate any of the other materials. A separation sheet marks the pizza box’s original location in relation to the other materials and directs future users to its new “home”—a special archival quality box that it gets all to itself. The next step was to do some surface cleaning to remove the crumbs, cheese bits, and as much of the grease stain as possible.

Cleaning the pizza box

Cleaning the pizza box 2

Pizza box surface cleaning

We began by gently scraping off bits of cheese and crumbs with a scalpel. We took great care to not damage the box and to fully isolate and dispose of the rogue crumbs in the nearest rubbish receptacle. Our next step was to give the box a thorough cleaning with a chemical sponge. These sponges were originally designed to remove soot and grease caused by fire damage, but they work wonders on dirty archival documents. The stain is still visible on the Coupland pizza box, but the process did remove some of the excess grease.

Before being stored in its archival box, the pizza box was sealed inside a large Ziploc bag to lock in any remaining odor or microscopic food particles that might attract pests.

Finally, this item, like all special collections materials, will be stored inside RBSC’s environmentally storage areas. This item and most other paper-based archival material will live in the Automated Storage and Retrieval System (ASRS) which maintains a temperature and relative humidity that makes it very hard for most pests to live in.

For more information on the topic of pest management, please visit the Northeast Document Conservation Center website. 

So, even though you may not be able to eat your own slice of pizza while visiting RBSC, you can always access and take a whiff of Coupland’s pizza box—the musty pizza smell is sure to cure anyone’s persistent tummy grumbles.

Picture this, you have just downloaded and installed your Write-N-Cite software for your Mac, but you can’t find it to work with. Check out this 15 sec video to find Write-N-Cite: http://youtu.be/78bo7Rtmkxo

Two trials for Medical resources are underway right now.

DynaMed : …is a clinical reference tool created by physicians for physicians and other health care professionals for use at the point-of-care. With clinically -organized summaries for more than 3,200 topics, DynaMed provides the latest content and resources with validity, relevance and convenience, making DynaMed an indispensable resource for answering most clinical questions during practice. –http://dynamed.ebscohost.com/about/about-us

Scientific & Medical (SMART) ImageBase: …created by Nucleus Medical Art, provides a comprehensive collection of downloadable medical illustrations and animations. Ideal for students and teachers of Anatomy, Physiology, Biology and other Life Sciences… –http://www.ebscohost.com/public/the-scientific-medical-art-imagebase

DynaMed trial ends November 16. SMART trial ends September 15. Remember to fill in the Feedback Forms on the Resource pages.

Crowdfunding has been generating a lot of buzz lately, so the SBA decided to hop on the bandwagon and explore the potential impact of crowdfunding for BC enterprises.

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UBC Reads Sustainability returns to IKBLC for 2012/2013!  The lecture series is an exciting program that brings well-known sustainability authors to UBC campus to engage in a campus-wide discussion. It’s part book club, part lecture series, and part opportunity to learn beyond the classroom. Above all, it’s a forum for students across disciplines to discuss sustainability issues.

Each year UBC Sustainability selects leading sustainability books, work with instructors across campus to integrate the books into courses, and then we bring the authors to UBC for a public lecture series.

  • Ozzie Zehner author of Green IllusionsSeptember 28, 2012, 12.00-1.00PM at the Victoria Learning Theatre (Room 182), Irving K. Barber Learning Centre

Ozzie Zehner is the author of Green Illusions and a visiting scholar at the University of California, Berkeley. His recent publications include public science pieces in Christian Science Monitor, The American Scholar, Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists, The Humanist, The Futurist, and Women’s Studies Quarterly. He has appeared on PBS, BBC, CNN, MSNBC, and regularly guest lectures at universities. Zehner’s research and projects have been covered by The Sunday TimesUSA TodayWIREDThe Washington PostBusiness Weekand numerous other media outlets. He also serves on the editorial board of Critical Environmentalism.

Zehner primarily researches the social, political and economic conditions influencing energy policy priorities and project outcomes. His work also incorporates symbolic roles that energy technologies play within political and environmental movements. His other research interests include consumerism, urban policy, environmental governance, international human rights, and forgeries.

Green Illusions pioneers a critique of alternative energy from an environmental perspective, arguing that concerned citizens should instead focus on walkable communities, improved consumption, governance, and most notably, women’s rights. Get a Free Chapter Now by sharing GreenIllusions.org on Facebook.


For more information about the UBC Reads Sustainability Series, please find here.

Children’s Literature in the Classroom: Engaging Lifelong Readers

“Many reading programs today overlook an essential component of literacy instruction—helping children develop an enduring love of reading. This authoritative and accessible guide provides a wealth of ideas for incorporating high-quality children’s books of all kinds into K-6 classrooms. “

~from the Publisher’s website

Author profile here.

UBC Library Holdings Information here.

In collaboration with the UBC Chinese Centre for Research, the Irving K. Barber Learning Centre is pleased to co-sponsor this film showing, the first in a series of classic Chinese films to be screened at UBC over the academic year.

The was first shown in 1947, the first major film after the end of the Resistance War in 1945. It is considered one of the greatest of pre-Communist films. It deals with family separation during the war, when a young husband has to flee to Chongqing, leaving his wife in Shanghai. After the war the reunion is very unhappy. The title refers to the eastward flow of refugees coming back down the Yangzi to the coast from Chongqing after the war.The film will be screened on Wednesday, September 19th at 5 PM in the Lilloet Room (301) of the I.K. Barber Learning Centre.

Place: Lilloet Room (301) of the I.K. Barber Learning Centre
Dates: Wednesday, Sep 19, 2012
Time: 5:00 pm to 7:00pm

For more details or questions, please contact Professor Diana Lary, lary@mail.ubc.ca

September 27, 2012 at the 2.00PM to 3.00PM at the Ladner Pioneer Branch Library, Fraser Valley Regional Library (FVRL

Presented by the Irving K. Barber Learning Centre and Woodward Library, the Health Information Series is an ongoing public lecture series that take place in the Lower Mainland community.  Hosted by the Fraser Valley Regional Library’s Ladner Pioneer Library, Anthony Kupferschmidt will be giving an important presentation on alzheimer and some of the work done by Alzheimer Society of BC.

Healthy aging is important for everyone, and it is essential not to forget the health of your brain as well!  This workshop encourages participants to actively engage in protecting and maintaining their brain.  Learn more about Alzheimer’s disease and other dementias, as well as strategies for improving the health of your mind, body and spirit.  Anyone interested in brain health is welcome to attend.

Anthony received his Masters degree in Gerontology at Simon Fraser University (SFU) and was Neuropsychometrist in the Clinic for Alzheimer Disease and Related Disorders at the University of British Columbia (UBC) Hospital.

Alzheimer Society of British Columbia - http://www.alzheimerbc.org/


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