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Shona Robinson (l) and Sam Bailey’s paper on drinking water at UBC was selected for one of the Open Scholar Awards.

A review of drinking water at UBC and a podcast focusing on a Latin epic poem are the latest graduate student submissions to win the GSS cIRcle Open Scholar Award.

Sam Bailey and Shona Robinson were recognized for their entry Aesthetic Assessment of Drinking Water at UBC: A Comparison of Waterfillz and Tap Water; both belong to the Pollution Control and Waste Management Group at UBC’s Department of Civil Engineering.

Meanwhile, Christian Brady – a Master’s student in the Department of Classical, Near Eastern and Religious Studies – was selected for his entry, entitled Podcasting Lucan and the Classical World.

Authors of each winning submission receive $500, and their work is made publicly available on a long-term basis by UBC Library.

The Open Scholar Award highlights UBC as a leader in the open dissemination of graduate student work, and creates an incentive for graduate students to populate cIRcle with material beyond theses and dissertations.

“In grad school, there is so much emphasis on the thesis, but a lot of great coursework happens along the way, stuff that we’re proud of but doesn’t really get too much recognition beyond a course grade,” says Bailey. “The Open Scholar Award gives an opportunity for that work to stand out.”

cIRcle also proved to be a valuable resource while Bailey and Robinson were working on their award-winning entry. “In researching the precedent for our paper, we came across an undergraduate publication on cIRcle that examined the economics of various water sources on campus,” notes Robinson. “That work provided some essential background details to our study.”

“The Open Scholar Award gives me so many opportunities that I hadn’t even imagined before,” adds Brady. “I’m happy to have the funding to expand some projects and pursue more stories for future episodes.” Brady has uploaded four podcasts to cIRcle, and more are on the way.  

“Making the podcast into an effective teaching tool is a really exciting challenge,” he says. “I think the key is to focus on creating an aesthetically pleasing piece of work. If people are interested in what they’re hearing, they’ll take the time to dig deeper into the material.”

The Open Scholar Award is a collaboration between the Graduate Student Society and cIRcle, UBC’s digital repository that was set up by the Library in 2007.

The award, given twice a year, is based on a lottery system. The submission deadline for the next award instalment is March 24, 2014, although submissions can be made at any time – please visit cIRcle for more information.




Woodward Library has access to two collections of short electronic books (50-120 pages) from Morgan & Claypool Publishers.

Our newest purchase is the Colloquium Digital Library of Life Sciences which covers topics such as biotechnology, cell biology, genomic and molecular medicine, integrated systems physiology and stem cell biology.

In addition, we have continued access to the Synthesis Digital Library of Engineering and Computer Science with e-books related to biomedical engineering, computer architecture, digital circuits and systems, mobile and pervasive computing, technology and society, and more.

These books are excellent reading for undergraduates and other researchers who want a primer on a new topic.

Simon Chang’s life as an internationally renowned fashion designer is far removed from the reality of life for students at Vancouver’s Britannia Secondary School.

But Chang, who grew up the youngest of four children living with his family on Keefer Street in Chinatown, once walked the halls of the east-side school as a student and grad in the Class of ’67.

On Wednesday, Chang, whose schedule is so hectic it is mapped out a year in advance, found time to return to his alma mater to inspire students by sharing his story — a story that took him from the halls of Britannia to the Order of Canada.

Click here to read the entire story. 

Story by Gillian Shaw, Vancouver Sun


Creston Review


In partnership with Creston & District Musuem & Archives we have added issues of the Creston Review from 1909 to 1935 to the BC Historical Newspapers.

The Creston Review was established in 1908 by J. J. Atherton, and was the first newspaper serving the Creston Valley. For many years, the Review was Creston’s only local paper, and was usually a weekly paper though there were a few brief periods when it was published semi-weekly. It changed hands a number of times until taken over by long-time publisher Herb Legg in 1938, but retained its name and its unashamedly “local” focus throughout its life. The Review published its last issue in 1983.


newsJust a quick update on what is going on in eResources & Access.

Trials now on:

  • African-American Historical Serials Collection (EBSCOhost) -ends April 30th, 2014 <click here>
  • American Antiquarian Society historical periodicals collection (EBSCOhost) -ends April 30th, 2014 <click here>
  • Comprehensive Physiology (Wiley) -ends Nov. 30th <click here>
  • Medcom Streaming Video Collection [medical] -ends Sept. 22nd, 2014 <click here>
  • NewspaperDirect Library PressDisplay (ProQuest) -ends Nov. 29th <click here>
  • Readex U.S. Congressional serial set, 1817-1994 -ends April 30, 2014 <click here>
  • VAST: Academic Video Online (Alexander Street Press) -ends July 31st, 2014 <click here>
  • Caribbean newspapers from the American antiquarian society, 1718-1876 -ends Dec. 31st <click here>
  • Social Explorer [Visually Explore Demographic Data] -ends Jan. 13, 2014 <click here>
  • Erudition Database [Chinese literature] -ends Dec. 31st <click here>
  • AP Images (EBSCOhost) -ends Nov. 30, 2014 <click here>
  • Encyclopedia of Ancient Greek Language and Linguistics -ends Dec. 14 <click here>
  • PsycTESTS (EBSCOhost) -ends May 16, 2014 <click here>
  • World Bank eLibrary -ends Feb. 28, 2014 <click here>
  • Readex American State Papers 1789-1838 -ends Apr. 30, 2014 <click here>

New Resources:

  • Colloquium Digital Library of Life Sciences (Morgan & Claypool)  <click here>
  • China, America and the Pacific (Adam Matthew) <click here>

Feature Resource of the Week!

The South Asian Archive <click here>

The South Asia Archive is an extensive resource for students and scholars across the humanities and social sciences. The historical documents within the Archive are truly interdisciplinary, reflecting the varied range of knowledge production in colonial and early post-colonial India and the wider sub-continent.” -South Asian Archive site

Chinese Rare Books Cataloguer, Librarian

Technical Services

(Full-time, 1 year term)


UBC Library

The University of British Columbia Library is one of the largest academic libraries in Canada and consistently ranks among the top university research libraries in North America. UBC Library has 15 branches and divisions, two campuses (Vancouver and Kelowna), one off-site hospital library, and the Irving K. Barber Learning Centre – a multi-purpose teaching and learning facility.

The Library’s collections include over 6.3 million volumes, 850,000 electronic books, 150,000 electronic journals, 27,000 numeric data files, 5.6 million digital pages, and 850,000 maps, audio, DVD/video and graphic materials.

More than 300 knowledgeable employees – librarians, management and professional staff, support staff and student staff – provide users with the excellent resources and services that they need to further their research, teaching and learning.

For more information about UBC Library and Technical Services, please visit and  Information about Rare Books and Special Collections and Asian Library can be found under and

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Under the general direction of the Head, Technical Services, and of the Chinese Language Librarian, provides bibliographic control for large collections of rare and semi-rare Chinese resources held in the UBC Rare Books and Special Collections Library (RBSCL).  Creates bibliographic records in national databases according to cataloguing standards developed for rare materials; imports records into UBC’s local catalogue; enriches data in imported and existing records; performs or supervises complex holdings and item maintenance; provides guidance to other project and staff cataloguers, and refers straightforward copy cataloguing work to them.


  • Master’s degree in Library and Information Science from an accredited program in North America, or the equivalent
  • Demonstrated experience carrying out original cataloguing and authority work on Chinese materials, using online bibliographic systems (preferably OCLC Connexion and ExLibris Voyager)
  • Native or near native level of English and Chinese languages (including knowledge of traditional & simplified Chinese characters)
  • Full knowledge of the Pinyin system of Chinese romanization
  • Knowledge of cataloguing/metadata standards and reference tools, including RDA, AACR2, and Cataloging Guidelines for Creating Chinese Rare Book Records in Machine-Readable Form
  • Familiarity with LCRI, LCSH, LC Classification Schedules, LC-PCC & CONSER cataloguing guidelines and policy statements
  • Good computer skills, including word-processing for English and Chinese, as well as knowledge of bibliographic databases
  • Good organizational and project management skills
  • Excellent collegial, interpersonal and communication skills
  • Substantial knowledge of Chinese literature, history and culture



Reports to the Head, Technical Services.  Works closely with the Chinese Language Librarian (Asian Library), the Principal Bibliographer (Technical Services), and with librarians and staff in the Rare Books and Special Collections Library. Interacts with Digital Services librarians and staff involved in digitizing Chinese rare materials. Supervises library assistants and students in cataloguing and associated duties. Consults with colleagues as required. 


  • Provides original cataloguing as well as complex copy-cataloguing for rare and semi-rare Chinese materials following national standards (Cataloging Guidelines for Creating Chinese Rare Book Records in Machine-Readable Form) as well as local policies.
  • Trains and supervises library assistants and students in cataloguing and associated duties.
  • Carries out cataloguing triage, referring items that involve straightforward copy cataloguing to library assistants.
  • Provides reference assistance regarding rare and semi-rare Chinese books in the RBSCL.


Terms of Appointment and Salary                                                                                                                        

This position will be filled as a full time one year term position.

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

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.

Applications will include: a letter of application that includes a statement of citizenship/immigration status and indicates the candidate’s education, training and work experience in the areas listed above; a detailed and current curriculum vitae.

To view the complete job description and to submit an application please visit the UBC Careers page at by midnight on January 3rd, 2013.



The Koerner Library Research Commons provides workshops and one-on-one consultations to graduate students in three service areas.


Thesis Formatting


Citation Management


Statistical Software Support

  • Get help analyzing your data with SPSS
  • Learn how to graph and present your data in SPSS
  • Find out about other campus resources available to assist you with your your research data


  • Register for an upcoming Research Commons workshop.
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