To our patrons having problems accessing “Geographies of Globalization” on MyiLibrary, here is an alternate link [NOTE: this link will be functional as of February 1st]:

Geographies of Globalization

Now, there are a few restrictions on access to this ebook (set by the publisher, not us):

Access controls on this title is protected with DRM, which means:

  • • An online user session of 120 minutes per book
  • • up to 5 concurrent accesses per book for subscriptions, and one concurrent access per book for titles under perpetual ownership (so, please don’t leave the ebook sit on your computer if you are not reading it)
  • • a print allowance of 30 pages per user session
  • • a copy/paste allowance of 1000 words per user session
  • • offline (downloaded) copies valid for 3 days (print/copy/paste disabled). The validity period of downloaded copies may vary from institution to institution.

Sorry for any inconvenience.

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University Librarian Ingrid Parent’s remarks about the challenges and opportunities facing UBC Library, and research libraries around the world, are highlighted in the Fall 2012 issue of the CPSLD Newsletter

Other news includes the Library’s jump in ARL standings; a collaborative agreement between UBC Library and the Peking University Library; a tribute to Basil Stuart-Stubbs, UBC’s former University Librarian and Director of the School of Library, Archival and Information Studies; updates on cIRcle, UBC’s digital repository; and more.

The Library’s submission begins on page 24 of the newsletter, which is published on behalf of the Council of Post Secondary Library Directors, British Columbia.


Did you hear the buzz about the University of British Columbia’s 3MT™ (Three Minute Thesis) competition* last year? Well, good news. It’s back for 2013!

Here’s what one of last year’s finalists had to say about his 3MT experience:

“I am a big believer in, and supporter of the 3MT program.  It was a great experience for me, and I think it’s a great addition to academic life at UBC.  The competition provided several benefits: 1) the opportunity to meet grad students from other disciplines and to learn about their fascinating research; 2) the challenge of boiling down my own research project into 3 minutes, which helped clarify my own thinking; and 3) the chance to get great presentation feedback and learn some tips from other presenters. I would do 3MT again in a heartbeat!”
Andrew Pilliar, Law
3MT 2012 Finalist

Read Andrew Pilliar’s full thesis on “Exploring a law firm business model to improve access to justice and decrease lawyer dissatisfaction” in cIRcle, UBC’s Digital Repository at:

Want to get involved in 3MT 2013 @UBC? Visit for details.

Did you know?

You can find recent UBC theses and dissertations in cIRcle, UBC’s Digital Repository. Explore the Electronic Theses and Dissertations (ETDs) 2008+ collection at: And follow cIRcle on Twitter at: or @cIRcle_UBC for news, events, and more.

Above image and partial text in italics is courtesy of the Three Minute Thesis (3MT) website

Library workshops are for everyone!

February 1 –  PubMed
February 1 –  Keeping Current with Research
February 6 –  Web of Science

February 7 –  Compendex
February 12 – PsycInfo
February 14 – Advanced Medline
February 27 – Compendex

For details & registration, please see this link –

On Tuesday, February 5, 4:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m, the School of Library, Archival, and Information Studies (SLAIS) will host Anatoliy Gruzd, Assistant Professor at Dalhousie University for his talk ”Automated Discovery and Visualization of Communication Networks from Social Media” in Room 461 of the Irving K. Barber Learning Centre.

As social creatures, our online lives just like our offline lives are intertwined with others within a wide variety of social networks. Each retweet on Twitter, comment on a blog or link to a Youtube video explicitly or implicitly connects one online participant to another and contributes to the formation of various information and social networks. Once discovered, these networks can provide researchers with an effective mechanism for identifying and studying collaborative processes within any online community. However, collecting information about online networks using traditional methods such as surveys can be very time consuming and expensive. The presentation will explore automated ways to discover and analyze various information and social networks from social media data.

About the speaker: Anatoliy Gruzd is Assistant Professor in the School of Information Management and Director of the Social Media Lab at Dalhousie University. His research initiatives explore how social media and other web 2.0 technologies are changing the ways in which people disseminate knowledge and information and how these changes are impacting social, economic and political norms and structures of our modern society. Dr. Gruzd is also actively developing and testing new web tools and apps for discovering and visualizing information and online social networks. The broad aim of his various research initiatives is to provide decision makers with additional knowledge and insights into the behaviors and relationships of online network members, and to understand how these interpersonal connections influence our personal choices and actions.

As part of its strategic plan, UBC Library has announced a number of collection and service consolidations at various campus branches and sites. You can stay updated by visiting the Library changes website for news on changes to collections, space renovations and services. 

The most recent updates include notices about Koerner renovations, space developments in the Irving K. Barber Learning Centre and collections moves.

Stay connected and informed – visit the site, and submit feedback with “Library Changes” in the subject line.

The Vancouver Children’s Literature Roundtable, a group dedicated to supporting the children’s literature community of Vancouver is proud to host renowned picture book artist Oliver Jeffers at the University Golf Club on Saturday, February 23, 2013. Please click on the poster to enlarge, click here to register for this event!

“An interesting discussion paper suggests that for female students in primary school, the gender of a teacher may matter when it comes to learning math. Women math teachers with a strong background in the subject led to approximately a 3 per cent increase in math scores for girls.”

Read the rest of the article by SIMONA CHIOSE in The Globe and Mail

Jan 28

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