A recent interview of University Librarian Ingrid Parent is featured in the November 1 issue of UBC Reports.

“Academic libraries worldwide are facing rapid technological change and seismic shifts in how users access information and create knowledge in the digital age. Old models are no longer sustainable. Libraries must re-think the future.”

Read more from the article, “A university library for the 21st century,” by Lorraine Chan and Linda Ong. 

An accompanying video, entitled Leading an academic library in the digital age can be found on Youtube.

Tributes to Irving K. Barber and Basil Stuart-Stubbs, an overview of UBC Library’s surge in the latest Association of Research Libraries rankings, Twitter and cIRcle success, and more appear in the latest edition of the BCLA Browser, the online, open access publication of the British Columbia Library Association. The article, UBC Library – Fall Update, highlights recent activity:

  • @UBCLibrary was recently ranked as one of top three influential Twitter accounts in North America, according to a study performed by librarian Willie Miller of Indiana University.
  • an updated copyright website has been launched by UBC in response to the changing copyright environment in Canada, and includes copyright resources for UBC faculty and staff
  • UBC Library jumped in the annual rankings of academic institutions, according to the latest results from the U.S.-based Association of Research Libraries (ARL)

A second article in the BCLA Browser, by Administrative Librarian Emeritus Margaret Friesen, examines the question, “What is an assessment librarian?”

https://www.cs.ubc.ca/news/2012/11/joanna-mcgrenere-receives-killam-award-excellence-mentoring Congratulations, Joanna!

Join us for our third annual celebration of science—an event for educators, writers, librarians and parents.  Find out how to inspire young minds to love science and math through interesting science books, simple hands-on activities and science collections!      

9:30-12:00  Beaty Biodiversity Museum 2212 Main Mall, UBC  Saturday November 3, 2012

   Featured Scientist  
Dr. David Close
(traditional name Himko-kaps-kap) of the Aboriginal Fisheries Research Centre will share his passion for protecting the Pacific lamprey—an eel-like fish with a large, sucking mouth full of horny teeth.  Through cutting-edge science and traditional knowledge he furthers our understanding of one of the oldest native fish species and why it is disappearing in British Columbia.

 Featured BC Science Writers
Dianna Bonder
, illustrator of Leon’s Song; Alex Gabriel, science centre/museum interpreter & writer; Dora Lee, Biomimicry & advocate for the Canadian Association for Girls in Science;   Shar Levine and Leslie Johnstone, written over 70 hands-on science books such as Backyard Science, Nature Science, Projects for a Healthy Planet;  Michelle Mulder, science enthusiast; Gillian Richardson,  Ecosytems,  Kaboom Explosions of All Kinds and more.

Come on a guided tour of one of Vancouver’s premier museums and learn about their fascinating collections and exciting programs.  Did we mention the best part? This year the event is FREE!  Who could turn down a fun-filled morning featuring the skeleton of a blue whale?  

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