UBC Library is hosting a first ever GIS day at Koerner Library on November 20.

The sessions include instructional hands-on tips as well as research-based presentations. For more information or to register visit the links below, or the GIS day website.


Time Session Title Location




Reading and Writing Landscapes through Maps 
Joseph Lee, MSc Candidate, Department of Geography
Maps show how we understand, quantify, and model our environment; It is the cumulative process of mapping and map making – data collection, filtering, aggregation, and abstraction – that make up cartography.  

Koerner 216






Mapping all the things with Google Maps, Google Fusion Tables & Google Earth 
Paul Lesack, Data/GIS Analyst, UBC Library
Find out how you can share geographically-based activities using Google Maps and Google Fusion Tables. 

Koerner 217



12pm-1pm Pizza Lunch for Registered Participants.  Koerner 216




Simple Mapping with Simply Map 
Tom Brittnacher, GIS Librarian, UBC Library
This session will provide a hands-on introduction to basic map creation and introduce you to other aspects of the software. 

Koerner 217





In the footsteps of giants – how GIS is being used to study and save African elephants 
Jake Wall, PhD Candidate, Department of Geography
Learn about the movement ecology of African elephants and how GIS can act as a powerful conservation tool. 

Koerner 216






ESRI ArcGIS Server and other tools 
Mark Norbury, Esri Canada 
Mark will provide an overview of Esri’s ArcGIS products, including ArcGIS Server and 3D CityEngine. 

Koerner 216



November 15, 2013, 12.00 to 1.00 PM, at the Dodson Room (Room 302), IKBLC. Sponsored by UBC Library's Rare Books and Special Collections.

The fourth annual UBC Library and United Way Spelling Bee drew a crowd of over 100 spellers and a total of 17 teams.

During a sudden-death overtime round, Jan Wallace, head of the David Lam Management Research Library stepped to the mic to represent the David Lam Library team “Show Me the Honey” against the UBC Ceremonies and Special Events “Lexicons” – and brought home the first victory for a UBC Library team.

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The winners of the 4th annual Spelling Bee.

Trish Rosseel, Acting Head of the Humanities & Social Sciences Division at Koerner Library, lead the event as MC and challenged competitors with words such as graupel, appoggiatura and foofaraw. 

The cross-campus team competition to raise awareness for the United Way was broadcast live on CiTR, UBC’s campus-based alternative programming radio. 

The event was also featured in the November 13 edition of the Ubyssey in “Our Campus: UBC abuzz during 4th annual charity spelling bee.”

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