Webcast sponsored by the Irving K. Barber Learning Centre and hosted by the UBC Reads Sustainability. The Art of Fermentation is the most comprehensive guide to do-it-yourself home fermentation ever published. Sandor Katz presents the concepts and processes behind fermentation in ways that are simple enough to guide a reader through their first experience making sauerkraut or yogurt, and in-depth enough to provide greater understanding and insight for experienced practitioners. While Katz expertly contextualizes fermentation in terms of biological and cultural evolution, health and nutrition, and even economics, this is primarily a compendium of practical information—how the processes work; parameters for safety; techniques for effective preservation; troubleshooting; and more. With full-color illustrations and extended resources, this book provides essential wisdom for cooks, homesteaders, farmers, gleaners, foragers, and food lovers of any kind who want to develop a deeper understanding and appreciation for arguably the oldest form of food preservation, and part of the roots of culture itself. Readers will find detailed information on fermenting vegetables; sugars into alcohol (meads, wines, and ciders); sour tonic beverages; milk; grains and starchy tubers; beers (and other grain-based alcoholic beverages); beans; seeds; nuts; fish; meat; and eggs, as well as growing mold cultures, using fermentation in agriculture, art, and energy production, and considerations for commercial enterprises. Sandor Katz has introduced what will undoubtedly remain a classic in food literature, and is the first—and only—of its kind.


Sandor Ellix Katz is a self-taught fermentation experimentalist. Katz has taught hundreds of fermentation workshops across North America and beyond, taking on a role he describes as a “fermentation revivalist.” Now, in The Art of Fermentation, with a decade more experience behind him, the unique opportunity to hear countless stories about fermentation practices, and answering thousands of troubleshooting questions, he’s sharing a more in-depth exploration of the topic.

Select Books Available at UBC Library

Katz, Sandor Ellix. (2012). The Art of Fermentation: An In-Depth Exploration of Essential Concepts and Processes From Around the World. White River Junction, VT: Chelsea Green Publishing. [Link]

Katz, Sandor Ellix. (2006). The Revolution Will Not Be Mirowaved: Inside America’s Underground Food Movements. White River Junction, VT: Chelsea Green Publishing. [Link]

UBC Library Research Guides

Food Science


Body Fit: Health, Nutrition and Fitness

In February 2013, UBC Library asked a random sample of students and faculty to share their perceptions of the Library by taking the LibQUAL+ survey. Thank you to all who responded, and congratulations to Kelly Hick, lucky winner of the draw for an iPad mini!

Survey prize draw winner

The LibQUAL+ survey measures user satisfaction with Library services and was last run at UBC in 2010. This year we are pleased to have more responses than ever before, with 918 completed surveys: 

  • 313 undergraduates, 370 graduate students and 235 faculty members
  • balanced representation across university disciplines
  • 67% of respondents visit UBC Library to use its resources at least monthly
  • 98% access resources through the Library website

We have started analyzing results and will report findings and recommendations in the coming months. Thank you again to all respondents for your valuable input.

The BBC’s Power of Art Series explores the positive impact that art education has on many students. 

Click here to watch the 4 minute video.


Come join us for a film screening of “The Broken Destiny of Poetry” by Rahmat Haidari and Sajia Hussain, a documentary about a young Afghan woman poet’s struggle to survive and write. Focusing on female poetry in Afghanistan, this documentary reveals how the few female poets often have to fight for their right to read and write their poems. The few female poets that do live in Afghanistan live in constant fear. Some of them, like Nadia Anjoman, have sacrificed themselves for their goal of writing. For other brave women like, Karima, a twenty-six year old woman who had graduated from Kabul University where she studied Dari literature faced serious retribution after her publication of a 47 page poem collection in 1990 and faces constant threats in her home province of Badakhshan in Afghanistan.

  • Schedule of events also include: a First Nations welcome by Wanda John-Kehewin and poetry launch of “In the Dog House
  • Navaho flute music by Angelo Moroni
  • World Poetry Peace Poetathon official launch
  • Music release by Japanese composer Yoshifumi Sakura
  • Music and poetry readings

This event is organized by the World Poetry Society as part of the World Poetry Canada International Peace Festival exhibition at the Irving K. Barber Learning Centre during the month of April. While admission is free, please reserve space with Ariadne Sawyer by email at: ariadnes@uniserve.com

April 20, 2013, 1:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m.
Lillooet Room (Room 301), Irving K. Barber Learning Centre, 1961 East Mall, UBC

Mar 25

"Floating on the Margins" exhibition at Maritime Museum of BC

If you're in the Victoria area, be sure to check out the "Floating on the Margins" exhibition at the Maritime Museum of B.C. The exhibition "illustrates the lives of early Chinese Canadian sailors and passengers on the Canadian Pacific Passenger Liners" and we're especially pleased to have loaned a number of documents and photographs to their exhibition from the Chung Collection! The exhibition is on now, and will be available for viewing until May 28th.

LAW LIBRARY level 3: GE180 .O94 2013
Sheldon Kamieniecki & Michael E. Kraft, eds., The Oxford Handbook of U.S. Environmental Policy (Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2013).

LAW LIBRARY level 3: K1066 .G58 2012
Simon Gleeson, International Regulation of Banking Capital and Risk Requirements, 2d ed. (Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2012).

LAW LIBRARY level 3: K5250 .E53 2013
Lavinia Stan & Nadya Nedelsky, Encyclopedia of Transitional Justice (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2013).

LAW LIBRARY level 3: KEB458 .H843 2012
Continuing Legal Education Society of British Columbia, Human Rights Conference, 2012: Materials Prepared for the Continuing Legal Education Conference, Human Rights Conference 2012, Held in Vancouver, B.C., on November 22 & 23, (Vancouver: Continuing Legal Education Society of British Columbia, 2012).

LAW LIBRARY level 3: KE8478.P79 P79 2013
Continuing Legal Education Society of British Columbia, Psychiatric and Neuropsychological Evidence in Civil Litigation: Materials Prepared for the Continuing Legal Education Seminar, Psychiatric and Neuropsychological Evidence in Civil Litigation Held in Vancouver, BC, on January 15, 2013 (Vancouver: Continuing Legal Education Society of British Columbia, 2013).

LAW LIBRARY level 3: KF240 .A76 2013
J.D.S. Armstrong & Christopher A. Knott, Where the Law Is: An Introduction to Advanced Legal Research, 4th ed. (St. Paul: West, 2013).

LAW LIBRARY level 3: KPA1472 .Y45 2011
Yi Hŭng-jae, Chŏn Kwang-sŏk & Pak Chi-sun, Sahoe pojangpŏp
사회 보장법 / 이 흥재, 전 광석, 박 지순.
(Sŏul T’ŭkpyŏlsi: Sinjosa, 2011).
(서울 특별시 : 新潮社, 2011).

Webcast sponsored by the Irving K. Barber Learning Centre and hosted by Richmond Public Library as part of the “The Joy Of Reading: Chinese Literature Appreciation” lecture series. This talk focuses on living and writing between two cultures, Chinese and Canadian. Racial hybridity has informed most of Professor Wah’s writing and that of many Chinese-Canadian writers. Wah will read and discuss his own book Diamond Grill (about growing up in a small town Chinese-Canadian restaurant), as well as writings by poets Rita Wong, Larissa Lai, Weyman Chan, and others. He will situate this writing within the recent historical context in North America of “writing through race.” Presented by Canadian Parliamentary Poet Laureate, Professor Emeritus Fred Wah.


Canadian Parlimentary Poet Laureate and Emeritus Professor Fred Wah has been writing poetry for over 50 years. Among his list of impressive achievements, Wah has been the recipient of the Governor General’s Award (Waiting in Saskatchewan), Alberta’s Stephanson Award (So Far), the Dorothy Livesay prize for poetry (is a door), Alberta’s Howard O’Hagan Award for short fiction (Diamond Grill), and the Gabrielle Roy Prize for Literary Criticism in English Canada (Faking it: Poetics and Hybridity).

Select Books Available at UBC Library

Wah, Fred. (2009). is a door. Vancouver, BC: Talonbooks. Link: http://resolve.library.ubc.ca/cgi-bin/catsearch?bid=4016119

Wah, Fred. (2008). Sentenced to Light. Vancouver, BC: Talonbooks. Link: http://resolve.library.ubc.ca/cgi-bin/catsearch?bid=3852529

Wah, Fred. (2006). Diamond Grill. Edmonton, AB: NeWest. Link: http://resolve.library.ubc.ca/cgi-bin/catsearch?bid=3671646

UBC Library Research Guides

Literature Review

Chinese Canadians

Asian Canadian Studies

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A new course reserve management system is available to UBC instructors and students.

This system, launched by UBC Library in collaboration with the Centre for Teaching, Learning and Technology and UBC IT, is a portal to all course reserves on a secure, campus-wide basis. It is available through Connect, UBC’s new learning management system. Old course reserves request forms will soon be retired in favour of the new system, which provides many benefits.

Benefits for instructors:

  • Easy addition of articles, books, web links and media resources
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  • Get a hyperlink for your course materials for use outside of Connect
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  • Targeted and easily accessible readings
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More information on course reserves is available at courses.library.ubc.ca or contact your local Library branch.

Due to scheduled maintenance and software upgrades, the Automated Storage and Retrieval System (ASRS) in the Irving K. Barber Learning Centre will be out of service from 12 p.m. Monday, March 25 to Thursday, March 28 at 12 p.m.

Please contact Leeta Sokalski at leeta.sokalski@ubc.ca with any questions.

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