Contact staff from the Scholarly Communications and Copyright office for help with understanding publication agreements, managing copyright, and making your work Open Access.


cIRcle, supported by the UBC Library, is a digital repository for intellectual materials created within the UBC community. It hosts a variety of research and teaching materials, including articles, conference papers, theses and dissertations, technical reports, working papers, books, datasets, and audio-visual materials. Materials have persistent URLs, and will be preserved for future generations.

cIRcle is regularly crawled and indexed by search engines such as GoogleGoogle Scholar, and Yahoo, which means that your work is both openly accessible and easy to find. This can lead to increased visibility for your work, and an increase in others reading and reusing your work – research has shown that making your work OA leads to increased citations (see Alma Swan’s 2010 article, The Open Access citation advantage: Studies and results to date).

Visibility of articles made accessible through institutional repositories is increasing all the time. Tools such as the recently launched Open Access Button helps users locate opnely available versions of an article for which they’ve encountered a pay wall (and plots that pay wall on a world map – see the totals pay walls hit so far right here). The button helps users to search for freely available versions of the paywalled article – such as those available through cIRcle.

To find out more about making your work Open Access through cIRcle, see their Getting Started page.

Since 2008, the Irving K. Barber Learning Centre has collaborated with UBC Library, the History Department, researchers, interested individuals and community organizations across Canada on this program.   As a community engagement initiative, the Irving K. Barber Learning Centre has collaborated with twenty-seven community organizations funded by the CHRP in promoting the Chinese Canadian Stories: Uncommon Histories from a Common Past web portal.

Summer Workshop (10 Aug 2010 & 12 Aug 2010)

January 8, 2011 – Oral History Workshop, Chinatown

January 15, 2011 - CHRP Community Workshop at IKBLC

June 11, 2011 – Chinatown Workshop

July 12-14, 2011 – CHRP Digitization Workshop

As part of its community engagement mandate, the Irving K. Barber Learning Centre has presented to public school teachers at the K-12 sector on the materials created by the Chinese Canadian Stories project and widely available for use and download via the Chinese Canadian Stories website.

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On May 3, 2013, the Community Engagement Librarian at the Irving K. Barber Learning Centre collaborated with Richmond Museum for the 11th annual Richmond Delta Regional Heritage Fair on May 3, 2013.   Other public and community outreach focused efforts include:

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