“[Your library session] was so helpful last term, and I found the quality of the [student] presentations much higher than in previous years… I put it down to your help guiding them through!”

Sauder School of Business Instructor

January 2013

Author reading at the Robson Reading Series

Naomi Beth Wakan reads at a Robson Reading Series event. Photo credit: Robson Reading Series.

UBC Bookstore and the Irving K. Barber Learning Centre have made the difficult decision to conclude the Robson Reading Series at the end of March 2013. This step was taken in light of the 2012 closure of UBC Library’s Robson Square branch, and the coming closure of the UBC Bookstore at Robson Square.

For more than 10 years, the Robson Reading Series has helped the University share knowledge and engage communities at UBC and beyond. The series featured seasoned and debut writers reading from their works in various genres, and gave them a platform to discuss their works with the audience in a warm and welcoming environment – indeed, our motto has been “live literature and cozy conversation.”

We have been very fortunate to host Canadian talents such as Wayson Choy, Ian Ferguson, Annabel Lyon, Ray Tsu, Evelyn Lau, Esi Edugyan, Steve Burgess, C.E. Gatchalian, Alix Ohlin and Grant Lawrence. While the series is winding down, we encourage everyone to continue to support new and emerging works from Canadian writers. UBC Bookstore and the Irving K. Barber Learning Centre remain committed to providing books by Canadian authors to the community. In addition, readings remain scheduled until the end of March – please visit the Robson Reading Series for more information.

We would like to thank the Canada Council for the Arts for its generous support over the years, the wonderful authors who have charmed us with their works, the publishers for their invaluable contributions, and the staff at UBC Bookstore and the Irving K. Barber Learning Centre who have worked tirelessly to bring fantastic talent to the Robson Reading Series. Lastly, we thank you – our audience – for attending the readings and making the series such a success.

 

On 14 December 2012, the annual BCLA ALPS December meeting was held at the Langara College campus. The panel speakers represented their academic institutions – Simon Fraser University and University of British Columbia, Vancouver (both located in the Greater Vancouver area) and the University of British Columbia, Okanagan (situated in the Kelowna southern interior area) in British Columbia.

One theme focused on two main areas academic libraries are currently facing – library service reviews and assessment. The library service reviews’ discussion drew attention to the trends, challenges, opportunities and implementation solutions that are changing the academic library landscape. The other theme highlighted was UBC Library’s Strategic Plan 2010-2012 and how one of its core goals is to enhance student learning by “deliver(ing) a responsive, integrated program of services and create(ing) exceptional learning and research environments” as it relates to assessment practice and implementation in academic libraries.

Without further ado, we are pleased to announce that the videorecording and slide presentations are now available in cIRcle, UBC’s Digital Repository!

Title: Academic Librarians in Public Service (ALPS) December Meeting 2012 [videorecording]

URI: http://hdl.handle.net/2429/43866  – Click on “View/Open” to view and/or download the videorecording and accompanying slide presentations.

Did You Know?

UBC Library subject and reference liaison librarians received two distinguished BCLA ALPS awards – one in 2009 and the other in 2010. Read more about these accolades seen at: http://www.publicaffairs.ubc.ca/2010/12/09/ubc-this-week-50/ and also at: http://about.library.ubc.ca/2010/12/07/ubc-library-excels-at-alps-link-awards/. For other UBC Library events and presentations, be sure to visit cIRcle, UBC’s Digital Repository at: https://circle.ubc.ca/handle/2429/81 or the cIRcle homepage at: https://circle.ubc.ca and click on ‘Library’ under “Who’s contributing to cIRcle?”

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