Canadian Pacific Telegram book cover

Canadian Pacific Telegram book cover

It’s 1912 and you are reclining on your Canadian Pacific Railway seat having just finished a hearty lunch of roast beef and custard pudding. You gaze out at the prairie scenery and think ahead fondly to your family waiting for you at home – it’s been a long trip and you are looking forward to seeing them in 2 day’s time.

Then you open up the newspaper and spill your coffee, just a little bit, as you notice the date.  February 14th – you forgot Valentine’s Day.

Never fear!  Your trusty CP Rail porter can organize a telegram to be sent at the next stop, to be delivered by a uniformed messenger (location dependent) and enclosed in an attractive envelope.  And if you aren’t the poetic type, take advantage of one of these specially prepared texts to declare your love:

I picked my Valentine for life, sweetest and fairest of all, my wife.

Prefer something a little more dramatic?

Faint heart, they say, ne’er won fair lady. My heart is strong for you this Valentine’s Day.

Or maybe it’s for someone that you’re still wooing:

Be my Valentine. Say you care. Give all those other guys the air.

And there’s always this one. Perhaps racier-sounding today than in 1912:

You’re dearest to me of all your sex. All I can say is x x x.

Happy Valentine’s Day!

Learning Services Librarian, Research (Term, one year)

The University of British Columbia | Okanagan Campus 


The Library at UBC’s Okanagan campus invites applications from innovative, enthusiastic, service-oriented librarians for a term position as a Learning Services Librarian. Reporting to the Deputy Chief Librarian at UBC Library, Okanagan Campus, the Learning Services Librarian provides reference service, delivers instructional programs and contributes to collection development. The Learning Services Librarian will be assigned projects at the discretion of the Deputy Chief Librarian. The Learning Services Librarian will contribute to the overall planning for library services and spaces.  

For more information, please see the detailed job description.


The University of British Columbia’s Okanagan campus is situated in Kelowna, about 400 km east of Vancouver in the heart of the Okanagan Valley. UBC’s Okanagan campus is an intimate learning environment with an excellent library infrastructure. Check out the campus website for more information

Currently, there are approximately 8,000 undergraduate and graduate students and 370 faculty at UBC’s Okanagan campus. Administratively, the Okanagan campus Library reports to the Provost & Vice Principal.  Additionally, the Okanagan campus Library collections are integrated with UBC Library and library staff contributes to activities of the UBC Library.


Required: An ALA accredited MLIS or equivalent; knowledge of library systems and applications; knowledge of reference and instructional methodologies; excellent organizational and analytical skills; excellent written and oral communications skills; ability to perform effectively independently and in collaboration with others.


This position is a leave replacement and will be filled as a full-time 1 year term from the date of hire. Librarians are members of The University of British Columbia Faculty Association and the terms and conditions of appointment are governed by collective agreement.

Salary will be commensurate with experience and academic/professional qualifications. 

This position will be of interest to new graduates seeking professional academic library experience.


Applications for this exciting fixed term opportunity are to be submitted by e-mail in one consolidated file (PDF or Microsoft word format) and will include: a letter of application, including a statement of citizenship/immigration status, indicating the candidate’s education, training, and work experience in the areas listed above; a detailed and current curriculum vitae; and the names of three referees with their email addresses. 

To ensure full consideration, complete applications are to be submitted by 5:00 p.m. PST on March 15, 2013 to:

Lois Marshall
Learning Services Administrator | Library
The University of British Columbia | Okanagan Campus
3333 University Way Kelowna BC V1V 1V7

Or by e-mail to


UBC hires on the basis of merit and is committed to employment equity. The University especially welcomes applications from visible minority groups, women, Aboriginal persons, persons with disabilities, persons of minority sexual orientations and gender identities, and others with the skills and knowledge to engage productively with diverse communities. We encourage all qualified applicants to apply. However, Canadian citizens and permanent residents of Canada will be given priority.




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