History of the Okanagan comes alive in digital stories for BC Day

UBC Library project makes publications accessible to everyone

Okanagan communities have a special reason to celebrate this BC Day, thanks to a new digitization project initiated by UBC’s Okanagan Library that makes the region’s history accessible to the world.

Now the rich history of the Okanagan is available in digital story form. Nearly 70 volumes of the Okanagan Historical Society’s (OHS) annual reports were recently digitized.  The collection is available online in UBC Library’s digital collections.

This publication is one of the longest, continually published historical periodicals in British Columbia, and includes contributions from branch members including Armstrong-Enderby, Kelowna, Oliver-Osoyoos, Penticton, Salmon Arm, Summerland, the Similkameen and Vernon.

The reports have been used for teaching and learning for decades, with topics ranging from physical geography to cultural studies. The digital collection features more than 15,000 pages, dating from 1926 to modern day, though the most recent years have not been widely published.

“The content that has been made publicly available through this joint initiative between the Okanagan Historical Society and UBC Library will be a tremendous benefit to not only our UBC students, but to all researchers who take an interest in the fascinating history of the Okanagan Valley,” says Heather Berringer, deputy chief librarian at UBC’s Okanagan Library.

“We are incredibly pleased to have been able to support digitization efforts that bring our community to the world.”

UBC’s Okanagan Library proposed the project, and UBC Library’s Digital Initiatives Unit in Vancouver digitized and created the online collection. An official launch celebrating the digitization of OHS Reports is planned for September 2013.

The UBC Library Digital Collections can be viewed at: http://digitalcollections.library.ubc.ca/cdm/landingpage/collection/ohs

For more information, please visit:  the http://about.library.ubc.ca/2013/07/15/history-of-the-okanagan/




Glenn Drexhage
Communications Manager, UBC Library
Tel: 604-827-3434 | E-mail: glenn.drexhage@ubc.ca


Paul Marck
Manager, Media Relations
University Relations, University of British Columbia
Okanagan campus
Tel: 250-807-9278 | Mobile: 250-863-9745 | Email: paul.marck@ubc.ca



Okanagan Historical Society annual report cover illustration. Please credit: Okanagan Historical Society/UBC Library

Okanagan Historical Society annual report cover illustration.
Please credit: Okanagan Historical Society/UBC Library


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Cover illustration of an Okanagan Historical Society publication.
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UPDATE: This event has been postponed until further notice.

Vancouver and Southern Gulf Island author Julie Emerson will be reading from her novel A Hundred Days: a Botanical Garden at the Irving K. Barber Learning Centre on Wednesday, August 21 at noon in the Lillooet Room (Room 301). A Hundred Days is a story about Rosemary, who lives on an island in the Pacific Northwest. Every day she chooses a different flower or herb in history, and mythology, from Day 1: Peony to Day 100: Pearly Everlasting. As she records her observations and her experiences on the island, the novel reveals the intriguing fascination and appreciation of island life and a wonderful reference for any gardener. This event is part of the art exhibition The Proverbial Calligrapher by the Westcoast Calligraphy Society during the month of August. Published in 2012 by The New Albion Press, in a gorgeous paperback edition with 100 pen and ink illustrations. This novel is an appreciation of island life and a wonderful reference for any gardener.

Published in 2012 by The New Albion Press, in a gorgeous paperback edition with 100 pen and ink illustrations. This novel is an appreciation of island life and a wonderful reference for any gardener.  More information about the author Julie Emerson - http://www.julieemerson.com/index.htm  For further information, or to order copies of A Hundred Days, email julie@julieemerson.com

Please register for this event in advance to ensure seating for this event.

Sauder School researchers and students have trial access for the next month to two important databases of international public and private company information.

  • Mergent Online provides access to comprehensive business and financial information on public and private companies worldwide. Researchers can display and download up to fifteen years of detailed financial information for public companies, up to twenty-five years of equity data, as well get access to customized company reports, economic time series, industry sector reports, SEC and SEDAR filings, and data from the D&B 20 Million Plus Private Company Database. Test Mergent Online out via http://resources.library.ubc.ca/page.php?details=mergent-online&id=477
  • Mint Global covers over 50,000 global publicly-traded companies and over 5 million private companies. It includes up to ten years of financial data for public companies, as well as links to Financial Times news stories and Datamonitor industry surveys. Test Mint Global out via http://resources.library.ubc.ca/page.php?details=mint-global&id=919

Please test these databases during the trial period and send feedback by August 20th, using the feedback form on the webpages listed above.

using_computerTips and Tricks for Formatting Your Thesis: Little Things Mean A Lot!

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: tables of contents, 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.

Wednesday, August 7, 10am-12pm http://elred.library.ubc.ca/libs/dashboard/view/4170
Monday, August 12 2pm-4pm http://elred.library.ubc.ca/libs/dashboard/view/4171
Thursday, August 22 10am-12pm (in Woodward) http://elred.library.ubc.ca/libs/dashboard/view/4205

Have specific questions you think would be best answered in a one-on-one session? Email research.commons@ubc.ca for an appointment.


Citation Management Using RefWorks, Zotero, or Mendeley
Need to manage large numbers of references and citations as part of your research, teaching or administrative work? Citation management tools are for you. These tools provide a simple way to store, organize and retrieve your citations in an effective manner, and can also help you in formatting in-text citations and bibliographies in your work. 

Sign up for a tool specific hands-on workshop about the core concepts of citation management and detailed instruction for use of either RefWorks, Zotero, or Mendeley.

Are you new to citation management tools entirely, or do you have advanced-user questions? Email research.commons@ubc.ca to set up a one-on-one appointment with one of our citation management experts

Citation Management Using RefWorks:

Thursday, August 1, 2pm-4pm http://elred.library.ubc.ca/libs/dashboard/view/4199

Citation Management Using Mendeley:

Tuesday, August 6, 2pm-4pm http://elred.library.ubc.ca/libs/dashboard/view/4197

Citation Management Using Zotero:

Tuesday, August 13 10am-12pm: http://elred.library.ubc.ca/libs/dashboard/view/4201


Advanced Medline Searching

Conducting a literature or systematic review on a health or medical topic? Dive into the complexities of Medline and learn more about Medical Subject Headings (MeSH), subheadings, keyword searching, limits, and filters with this practical, hands-on workshop.

Thursday, August 1, 1:30pm-2:30pm http://elred.library.ubc.ca/libs/dashboard/view/4183

Introduction to Medline

If you’re doing health science research you need to know how to search in Medline, the premier database for the health sciences. This workshop provides a broad introduction to Medline, including what content is included, the difference between Medline, Pubmed, and OvidSP, and searching using keywords and subject headings (MeSH). The format will Include both a short lecture and time for hands-on practice.

Thursday, August 8, 1pm-2pm http://elred.library.ubc.ca/libs/dashboard/view/4203


“The reading list on my course Connect is great. It will be very convenient for my students.”

Sauder School of Business Faculty member

July 2013

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