Phew! With the 2014 Innovative Dissemination of Research Award having been extended until 5 p.m. on Friday, November 29, there is still time to nominate a deserving faculty, staff or student from the UBC Vancouver campus. This Award focuses on new and innovative ways of communicating and disseminating research knowledge.

Note: All UBC faculty, staff and students are eligible.

Download the Award application form at:

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The October 2013 winners of the GSS cIRcle Open Scholar Award recently attended a reception and were officially presented with their award for their non-thesis graduate work. Each Award is worth $500 and is only awarded to UBC Vancouver graduate students. Find out who won and learn more about this Award at:

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UBC Library and BC Bookworld are now receiving submissions for the annual Basil Stuart-Stubbs Prize for Outstanding Scholarly Book on British Columbia

Entries can be written or edited by any Canadian (s) and the subject matter must pertain to British Columbia. The author need not be formally affiliated with a university or college.  An educational mandate or perspective will be sufficient to merit the term scholarly if the quality of the writing and research is sufficiently high. Books can be deemed eligible only once, on a calendar-year basis. A shortlist of three titles is selected prior to a presentation ceremony hosted at UBC Library during Spring 2014.

There is no entry fee.

Deadline for submissions is December 1, 2013.

To enter, publishers should send three copies of each eligible title to:

Basil Stuart-Stubbs Prize
c/o Pacific BookWorld News Society
3516 West 13th Ave.
Vancouver BC V6R 2S3

In the event that a title is not published until December, please email, apprising organizers of a forthcoming submission. 


For more information on previous winners and shortlisted titles, visit the Basil Stuart-Stubbs Prize for Outstanding Scholarly Book on British Columbia website.


desks_2Misbehaving special needs students have been kept isolated in closed rooms, a practice that must end, say child advocates.

The incidents were revealed in a report issued on Thursday by Inclusion BC and the Family Support Institute, organizations concerned with children’s’ developmental disabilities and special needs.

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people playing croquet underwater

Croquet fans can rejoice now that the Arkley Croquet Collection has been made available online.

Hundreds of paintings, illustrations, photographs and postcards dating from the 1850’s to the 1950’s are now easily accessible via the Web. More than 1,400 items in the collection have been digitized thus far, with a second phase of digitization planned for early 2014.

The images show a rise in the popularity of croquet and offer a glimpse into one of the first recreational sports that men and women played together. From fine art such as Édouard Manet to cartoons like Uncle Wiggily, the collection shows a rise in the popularity of croquet in the 19th and 20th centuries.

The collection was donated by Tremaine Arkley, a former U.S. National Croquet Team member and avid croquet fan. Funding from Tremaine and Gail Arkley provided the necessary support to digitize the majority of the collection. The remaining 300 items will be digitized, completing the project in 2014. The Arkley family also donated a substantial children’s literature collection to UBC Library’s Rare Books and Special Collections.


Visit to start exploring.

12The Irving K. Barber Learning Centre and UBC Press presents “The Beauty of the Book: Selections from the Association of American University Presses 2013 Book, Jacket, and Journal Show” from December 2 through 13th, 2013.  From digitization to new media to multimedia, the book is facing some serious competition. The hype has been around all things e- and i-. And yet the book continues to have a special aura about it – a certain power – that comes from a cover catching your eye, from holding its form in your hands, from reading for hours accompanied by the feel and sound of turning pages.

In January 2013, four judges gathered in New York to sift through hundreds of entries for the AAUP (Association of American University Presses) Book, Jacket, and Journal Show. They were tasked with choosing publications that exhibited excellence in design and manufacture. Their selections are now touring North America.

The Irving K. Barber Learning Centre and UBC Press are excited to host “The Beauty of the Book: Selections from the Association of American University Presses 2013 Book, Jacket, and Journal Show” which offers to the university community the chance to marvel at their intelligent, creative design and to be inspired by their beauty.

Visit the display from December 2nd through December 13th on the concourse of the Irving K. Barber Learning Centre. For more information on the books in the show, please find here.   As a bonus attraction, award-winning books from the Alcuin Society Awards for Excellence in Book Design in Canada will also be displayed as part of this exhibition.

“In a badly designed book, the letters mill and stand like starving horses in a field. In a book designed by rote, they sit like stale bread and mutton on the page. In a well-made book, where designer, compositor and printer have all done their jobs, no matter how many thousands of lines and pages, the letters are alive. They dance in their seats. Sometimes they rise and dance in the margins and aisles.”
– Robert BringhurstThe Elements of Typographic Style

“Despite the ongoing debates on the future of books and bookstores as we know them, I’m happy to say that good book design continues to really excite, impress, and sparks new creative ideas for me. The winning entries for this year’s AAUP competition are certainly proof of this.”
– Charlotte Strick, AAUP Book, Jacket, and Journal Show judge and award-winning designer and art director for Faber and Faber, Inc. and for paperbacks at Farrar, Straus, and Giroux.




Do you know of someone who exemplifies the best of UBC? Do you know a graduate, faculty or friend of UBC who deserves to be recognized as a leader, advocate, artist or  visionary? This is your chance to give them the limelight they richly deserve.  Now accepting nominations for the 2014 alumni UBC Achievement Awards. Complete details are online at
The Irving K. Barber Learning Centre has collaborated with alumni UBC for some exciting and intellectually stimulating programs.  Watch some of our webcasts from the past here.

Deadline Friday, January 31, 2014

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LAW LIBRARY level 3: K4466 .R47 2013
Steven Elliott, Birke Häcker & Charles Mitchell, eds., Restitution of Overpaid Tax (Oxford: Hart Pub., 2013).

LAW LIBRARY reference room (level 2): KE3619 .B46 2013
Jamie Benidickson, Environmental Law, 4th ed. (Toronto: Irwin Law, 2013).
Online access:

LAW LIBRARY reference room (level 2): KE1211 .M34 2013
Kevin McGuinness, The Law of Guarantee, 3d ed. (Markham: LexisNexis, 2013).

LAW LIBRARY level 3: KPA110.O29 A3 2011
O Wŏn-gŭn chiŭm, Kŏmsa kŭman twŏtsŭmnida : kungmin ch’amyŏ chaep’an 1-ho kŏmsa O Wŏn-gŭn ŭi pŏril surok haengbok han sam
검사 그만 뒀습니다 : 국민 참여 재판 1호 검사 오 원근 의 버릴 수록 행복 한 삶 / 오 원근 지음.
(Kyŏnggi-do P’aju-si: Munhak Tongne, 2011).
(경기도 파주시: 문학 동네, 2011).

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