Webcast sponsored by the Irving K. Barber Learning Centre and hosted by the Vancouver Institute Lecture Series.  Dr. Jerome Groopman is the Dina and Raphael Recanati Professor of Medicine at Harvard Medical School, Chief of Experimental Medicine at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center, and one of the world’s leading researchers in cancer and AIDS. He is a staff writer for The New Yorker and has written for The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, The Washington Post and The New Republic. He is author of The Measure of Our Days; Second Opinions; Anatomy of Hope; the New York Times best seller, How Doctors Think; and the recently released Your Medical Mind.  Dr. Pamela Hartzband is a member of the faculty at the Harvard Medical School and the Division of Endocrinology at the Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center. She is a noted endocrinologist and educator specializing in disorders of the thyroid, adrenal, and pituitary glands and women’s health. She is regularly featured among America’s Best Doctors. She has authored articles in the New England Journal of Medicine on the impact of electronic records, uniform practice guidelines, monetary incentives, and the Internet on the culture of clinical care.

Select Books and Articles Available at UBC

Groopman, Jerome E. (2013). How Doctors Think. Boston: Houghton Miflin. [Link]

Groopman, Jerome. (2012). Sex and the Superbug. The New Yorker. 88(30). p. 26. [Link]

Hartzband, Pamela; Groopman, Jerome. (2012). There is More to Life Than Death. The New England Journal of Medicine. 367(11). pp. 985-987. [Link]

Hartzband, Pamela; Groopman, Jerome. (2012). The New Language of Medicine. Obstetrics and Gynecology. 119(2, Part 1). pp. 269-270. [Link]

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Illustration of snake

The Lunar New Year will occur on February 10. Gong Xi Fa Cai, Mandarin for Wishing You Prosperity, is a popular greeting.

On the eve of the Lunar New Year, the house is prepared to make way for the upcoming year. Floors are swept and old debts are paid in order to make room for as much luck as possible. Luminous red lanterns are hung in the streets as families feast together, burn incense and candles and offer prayers for happiness and prosperity. In the Chinese zodiac, the characteristics of the ruling animal are believed to influence events during the year and during the life of a person born under that sign.

This year we celebrate the Year of the Snake. Celebrate with some UBC Library resources! From books to tapes to digital images and wallpapers, we can kick off the new year in style.


Desktop Wallpapers from the Library

Materials on the Lunar New Year

Other related materials

People holding snakes

Digital Collections

UBC Library is proud to unveil a documentary film and a book looking at the fascinating stories behind the Wallace B. Chung and Madeline H. Chung Collection – a designated national treasure that was donated to the Library in 1999.

Dr Chung holding a frame

University Librarian Ingrid Parent with Dr. Wallace Chung. Photo credit: Don Erhardt.

The book and film were formally unveiled on January 30 at a special event to honour Wallace and Madeline Chung. Many UBC professors and scholars were on hand to celebrate, including UBC History Professor Henry Yu and former University Librarian Peter Ward. UBC Chancellor Sarah Morgan-Silvester, who opened the proceedings, said the Chung Collection informs groundbreaking research and has a lasting impact on the study of Chinese Canadian history. Ward commented that “collecting is a deeply personal process,” and called the collection a “significant contribution” to UBC.

In an onstage dialogue, Dr. Wallace Chung shared his thoughts about the collection, and reminded everyone that it is essential to forgive the past – but not to forget it.

The production of the book and film were made possible due to a generous donation from Canadian Pacific in 2011. The donation is also helping fund the digitization of the Chung Collection. Since June 2012, the Library has digitized more than 1,200 items, totalling over 40,000 images.


Dr. Madeline Chung. Photo credit: Don Erhardt.

“The completion of a new book and film and the continuing digitization of the collection will open doors to the rich history and cultural importance that lies within these unique stories, artifacts, and documents,” said President and Vice-Chancellor Stephen Toope. 



Golden Inheritance: The Wallace B. Chung and Madeline H. Chung Collection at UBC Library, penned by local author and UBC alumnus Larissa Buijs, provides an overview of Dr. Chung and his family, profiles the dedication and dynamics behind the Chung Collection, and offers an in-depth examination of its three themes: early B.C. history, immigration and settlement, and the Canadian Pacific Railway Company.

The result is an absorbing read, accompanied by an array of images, that speak to an exceptional collection, its passionate collector and the broader forces that inspired the Chung Collection and helped shape today’s Canada.

As author Larissa Buijs writes, “The strengths of the Chung Collection lie not only in the merits of its titanic array of primary source materials – many of which would be nearly impossible to find today – but also in the invaluable perspective it offers on the development of Canada from a Western Canadian and, in particular, Chinese Canadian viewpoint.”

Image of book cover

Dr. Chung has personally dedicated Golden Inheritance to his parents Chung Ham and Chung Hung Sze, and to the pioneers whose toil and sacrifices have made their dream of Gold Mountain a reality for all those who followed them.



How can a collection tell the story of a nation, of a community, of a personal journey of discovery? Passage of Dreams: The Chung Collection is a documentary that features the stories of UBC alumnus Dr. Wallace B. Chung and his childhood love of collecting Canadian Pacific items. Featuring personal stories shared by Dr. Chung on his beloved artifacts, the film provides an important look at BC history from the perspective of early Chinese-Canadian pioneers.


Produced by Gemini Award-winning producer Karin Lee and sponsored by Canadian Pacific, the documentary reveals how events from the past shape our distinctive Canadian identity today. Says Lee, the “whole story of the Chinese experience” is on display in the Chung Collection. 


The book and DVD are currently in circulation at Koerner, Asian and Education library branches.

The book and film are also on display in an exhibit until February 22, 2013 in the Level 2 foyer of the Irving K. Barber Learning Centre.



The Wallace B. Chung and Madeline H. Chung Collection
The University of British Columbia

Rare Books and Special Collections

Irving K. Barber Learning Centre, Level 1
1961 East Mall

Vancouver, British Columbia




Research libraries across North America are evolving to suit user needs and services, and UBC Library is no exception. As part of its strategic plan and budgetary forecast, UBC Library has announced a number collection and service consolidations at various campus branches and sites.

Find out how you can stay connected with the UBC Library changes at: http://about.library.ubc.ca/changes/.

Did You Know?

The British Columbia Research Libraries Group (BCRLG) is comprised of the University of British Columbia, the Simon Fraser University, the University of Victoria and the University of Northern British Columbia. The BCRLG offers a Speaker Series program that supports scholarship, fosters learning and brings awareness to [their] respective communities on emerging issues in the information landscape. You can find recent and previous BCRLG presentations in cIRcle at: https://circle.ubc.ca/handle/2429/24062.

Above text in italics and image are courtesy of UBC Library

Illustrations of couples in love

UBC Library is offering Valentine’s Day card sets for sale – now available at $5 per set. With images from myths, fairy tales and stories of eternal love, these cards will be a hit with your valentine. Images are taken from UBC Library’s Rare Books and Special Collections(RBSC), and each purchase supports UBC Library. 

Each set contains five blank cards, with envelopes. To purchase the sets in person, visit circulation desks at the Irving K. Barber Learning Centre and Koerner Library.

LAW LIBRARY reference room (level 2): K87 .W54 2012
David P. Whelan, Finding and Managing Legal Information on the Internet, 2d ed. (Toronto: Canada Law Book, 2012).

LAW LIBRARY level 3: K370 .N66 2001
Philippe Nonet & Philip Selznick, Law and Society in Transition: Toward Responsive Law (New Brunswick: Transaction Publishers, 2001).

LAW LIBRARY level 3: K530 .I57 v. 8:7
Kåre Lilleholt, Use of Movables: Leasing (Tubingen: Mohr Siebeck, 2012).

LAW LIBRARY level 3: K530 .I57 v. 16:9
Albrecht Zeuner & Harald Koch, Effects of Judgments (Res Judicata) (Tübingen: Mohr Siebeck, 2012).

LAW LIBRARY reference room (level 2): KD313 .G74 2012
Stroud’s Judicial Dictionary of Words and Phrases, 8th ed. (London: Sweet & Maxwell, 2012).

LAW LIBRARY reference room (level 2): KD392 .T484 2012
John Knowles, Effective Legal Research, 3d ed. (London: Sweet & Maxwell/Thomson Reuters, 2012).

LAW LIBRARY reference room (level 2): KD680 .D5 2012
Dicey, Morris and Collins on the Conflict of Laws, 15th ed. (London: Sweet & Maxwell/Thomson Reuters, 2012).

LAW LIBRARY level 3: KD771 .P78 2012
Rebecca Probert, The Changing Legal Regulation of Cohabitation: From Fornicators to Family, 1600-2010 (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2012).
Online access: http://resolve.library.ubc.ca/cgi-bin/catsearch?bid=6360419

LAW LIBRARY reference room (level 2): KE339 .L39 2012
Alice Woolley et al., Lawyers Ethics and Professional Regulation, 2d ed. (Markham: LexisNexis Canada, 2012).

LAW LIBRARY reference room (level 2): KE787 .W38 2012
Waters’ Law of Trusts in Canada, 4th ed. (Toronto: Carswell, 2012).

LAW LIBRARY reference room (level 2): KE1232 .F75 2012
G.H.L. Fridman, Introduction to the Canadian Law of Torts, 3d ed. (Markham: LexisNexis, 2012).

LAW LIBRARY reference room (level 2): KE1575 .W34 2012
Omar Wakil, Annotated Investment Canada Act (Toronto: Carswell, 2012).

LAW LIBRARY level 3: KE3109 .C57 2012
Nikolay Y. Chsherbinin, The Law of Inducement in Canadian Employment Law (Toronto: Carswell, 2012).

LAW LIBRARY level 3: KE4381 .C67 2012
Stanley M. Corbett, Canadian Human Rights Law and Commentary, 2d ed. (Markham: LexisNexis, 2012).

LAW LIBRARY reference room (level 2): KE7708.5 .B67 2012
John J. Borrows & Leonard I. Rotman, Aboriginal Legal Issues: Cases, Materials and Commentary, 4th ed. (Markham: LexisNexis, 2012).

LAW LIBRARY reference room (level 2): KE7709 .H64 2012
Felix Hoehn, Reconciling Sovereignties: Aboriginal Nations and Canada (Saskatoon: Native Law Centre, University of Saskatchewan, 2012).

LAW LIBRARY reference room (level 2): KE7735 .M55 2012
David Leo Milward, Aboriginal Justice and the Charter: Realizing a Culturally Sensitive Interpretation of Legal Rights (Vancouver: UBC Press, 2012).

LAW LIBRARY reference room (level 2): KE8440 .D44 2012
Ronald Joseph Delisle et al., Evidence: Principles and Problems, 10th ed. (Toronto: Carswell, 2012).

LAW LIBRARY level 3: KE8813.A66 U67 2012
Benjamin L. Berger & James Stribopoulos, eds., Unsettled Legacy: Thirty Years of Criminal Justice under the Charter (Markham: LexisNexis, 2012).

LAW LIBRARY level 3: KE8973 .D42 2012
David Debenham, The Law of Fraud and the Forensic Investigator, 3d ed. (Toronto: Carswell Thomson, 2012).

LAW LIBRARY level 3: KE9443 .S64 2012
Ashley M. Smith, Victim Impact Statements: Past, Present and a Look to the Future (Toronto: Carswell, 2012).

LAW LIBRARY level 3: KEB217 .R46 2012
British Columbia Law Institute, Report on Strata Property Law – Phase One (Vancouver: British Columbia Law Institute, 2012).
Online access: http://www.bcli.org/bclrg/projects/strata-property-law-phase-one

LAW LIBRARY level 3: KF801 .B55 2012
Brian H. Bix, Contract Law: Rules, Theory, and Context (New York: Cambridge University Press, 2012).

LAW LIBRARY level 3: KD829 .C66 2012
Elizabeth Cooke, Land Law, 2d ed. (Oxford:Oxford University Press, 2012).

LAW LIBRARY level 3: KPA2620 .C667 2008
Constitutional Court of Korea, The Constitutional Court of Korea ([Seoul]: [s.n.], [2008]).

LAW LIBRARY level 3: KU3884 .Y36 2012
Steven Yannoulidis, Mental State Defences in Criminal Law (Farnham: Ashgate, 2012).
Online access: http://resolve.library.ubc.ca/cgi-bin/catsearch?bid=6314412

Using Data and GIS in Research

  • Wednesday, February 6th, 2013 at 10:00AM – 11:30AM
  • Type: Workshop
  • Series: Graduate Student Workshop Series
      Koerner Library Research Commons Series
      Humanities and Social Sciences Workshops
  • Location: RM216
  •  Koerner Building-Event Facilities & LabsClick here for map
  •  Point Grey Campus
  • Description: The session covers an overview of electronic statistical resources available to UBC researchers, both statistical databases and micro-level survey data for secondary analysis from Statistics Canada, academics, media outlets, and governments around the world. The session also includes a brief introduction to geographic information systems (GIS) and how it can be applied to academic research. GIS is advanced software used for spatial data analysis and visualization.

Click here to register: http://elred.library.ubc.ca/libs/dashboard/view/3945

The Faculty of Education and the Department of Language and Literacy Education are kicking off Black History Month with a conversation with Dr. Carl E. James- the highly regarded scholar known for his work in ethnically and racially diverse communities. 

The event will be held on Friday, February 8 from 2-4 pm in the Irving K Barber Learning Centre’s Dodson Room. This free event is open to the public and registration is not required. Please check the website for additional information. 

Tips and Tricks for Formatting Your Thesis: Little Things Mean a Lot!

  • Wednesday, February 6th, 2013 at 4:30PM – 6:30PM
  • Type: Workshop
  • Series: Koerner Library Research Commons Series
      Thesis Formatting Workshop
      Graduate Student Workshop Series
  • Location: RM217
  •  Koerner Building-Event Facilities & LabsClick here for map
  •  Point Grey Campus
  • Description: Are you worried about getting your thesis/dissertation into the format required by the Faculty of Graduate Studies? Would you like to know more about how to use the formatting features in Microsoft Word? Research Commons staff will help you with your questions about the nuts and bolts of formatting: page layout, numbering, headings, front matter, and more! As well, find out more about the resources that are available to help you in writing your thesis/dissertation. Graduate students at any stage of the writing process are welcome; some prior knowledge of Microsoft Word will be helpful.

CLICK HERE TO REGISTER: http://elred.library.ubc.ca/libs/dashboard/view/3701

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