Have you read the recent article by Lorraine Chan and Linda Ong, entitled “A university library for the 21st century”? The featured article was an interview with University Librarian Ingrid Parent and can be found in the November 1 issue of UBC Reports at: http://www.publicaffairs.ubc.ca/2012/11/01/a-university-library-for-the-21st-century/.

“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 the rest of the article by visiting the UBC Public Affairs’ website at: http://www.publicaffairs.ubc.ca/2012/11/01/a-university-library-for-the-21st-century/

Also, take a look at the “Leading an academic library in the digital age” video found on YouTube at: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QvoE3Ia21ME&feature=plcp.

Did you know?

The Director of Digital Initiatives at UBC Library is Alan Bell. He was interviewed for the BCLA Browser: Linking the Library Landscape journal in 2011. You can read more about his profile in cIRcle at: http://hdl.handle.net/2429/31139.

Above partial excerpt in italics is courtesy of the UBC Public Affairs’ website

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Webcast sponsored by the Irving K. Barber Learning Centre as part of the Robson Reading Series. Drawing on more than two thousand years of ancient Chinese tradition that present diverse philosophical modes of being, whether it be the spiritual teachings of Kong Zi or Lao Tzu, the military dicta of Sun Tzu or the complex sensibilities expressed by poets such as Ssu-ma Hsiang-ju, Li Bai, Du Fu and Wang Wei in the wake of a tumultuous imperial government, Weyman Chan restates these concerns of the past while addressing other “first world problems” in our own contemporary era. In Chinese Blue, the poet “character” sifts through the earth’s long history of geological layering and forgetting, grappling with the perpetual fragmentation of identity. The poet struggles with the prospect of any inky blots that suggest the finished work of a creator, subject to expediencies—ambition, romance, betrayal—that leave us flawed and human, taking the reader on a spiritual quest burdened by an endless sea of flotsam. In a stoic attempt to reconcile biological drives with a stance of non-presence and to find a place beyond “perpetual worry” where he can accept ancestral mistakes while tentatively channelling the voices of advertising that condition our vernacular and massage our minds—offering a cliché happy ending to what remains of our physical existence—the poet finds himself wading through jazzily visionary delineations of the modern city, numbed and soundly crushed between “the word and the thing.” Here is Weyman Chan at his most fiercely ironic, tracing a lineage he interprets subconsciously and through the intricacies of its raw genetic material, with keenly biting language that echoes the rhythms of Qu Yuan in contemplation of his own mortality beside the flowing waters of impermanence.

Webcast sponsored by the Irving K. Barber Learning Centre and hosted by the School of Library, Archival, and Information Studies (SLAIS). Men and women 150 years ago grappled with information overload by making scrapbooks-the ancestors of Google and blogging. From Abraham Lincoln to Susan B. Anthony, African American janitors to farmwomen, abolitionists to Confederates, people cut out and pasted down their reading. Writing with Scissors opens a new window into the feelings and thoughts of ordinary and extraordinary Americans. Like us, nineteenth-century readers spoke back to the media, and treasured what mattered to them. Ellen Gruber Garvey reveals a previously unexplored layer of American popular culture, where the proliferating cheap press touched the lives of activists and mourning parents, and all who yearned for a place in history. Scrapbook makers documented their feelings about momentous public events such as living through the Civil War, mediated through the newspapers. African Americans and women’s rights activists collected, concentrated, and critiqued accounts from a press that they did not control to create “unwritten histories” in books they wrote with scissors. Whether scrapbook makers pasted their clippings into blank books, sermon collections, or the pre-gummed scrapbook that Mark Twain invented, they claimed ownership of their reading. They created their own democratic archives.


Ellen Gruber Garvey, is Professor in the English Department of New Jersey City University, where she also teaches Women’s and Gender Studies. Her teaching interests include 19th century American literature, print culture, popular literature, lesbian and gay literature, and children’s literature.

Select Articles Available at UBC

Ellis, Jacqueline; Garvey, Ellen Gruber. (2012). Teaching Under Attack [Special Issue]. Transformations: The Journal of Inclusive Scholarship and Pedagogy. 23(1). pp. 11- 14. [Link]

Garvey, Ellen Gruber. (2010). Nineteenth-Century Abolitionists and the Databases They Created. Legacy. 27(2). pp. 357-366. [Link]

Garvey, Ellen Gruber. (2009). Less Work for “Mother”: Rural Readers, Farm Papers, and the Makeover of “The Revolt of ‘Mother’”. Legacy. 26(1). pp. 119-135. [Link]

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The Vancouver Children’s Literature Roundtable & Kidsbooks are pleased to present Susin & Susan.

The evening will feature talks by celebrated authors Susin Nielsen and Susan Juby. Please join us on Tuesday, November 13th at 7:00 pm at Kidsbooks (3083 W. Broadway b/t Balaclava & Bayswater) for a great evening filled with amazing authors, snacks, lively discussions and a book signing. 

For more information or to register ($10/ticket) go to www.vclr.ca




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