Library student workerUBC Library often has cause to celebrate the success of student employees who are emerging leaders in their areas of study, as was recently the case with Tracey Vantyghem. A MLIS co-op student in the Scholarly Communications & Copyright Office, Vantyghem was awarded the Open Access Ambassador Travel Scholarship to attend the Berlin 11 Student and Early Stage Researcher Satellite Conference in Berlin, Germany. The conference brought together students and early stage researchers to work with leading figures in the open access movement, including researchers, publishers, policymakers and advocates.

“Many students and researchers are becoming aware of the rising costs of academic serials, and how this means that more and more people can’t afford access to the information they need,” says Vantyghem. “This includes everyone from academics and students at smaller universities that lack a large serials budget, to doctors and health workers at hospitals that are not supported by a research library, to researchers in developing countries whose institutions simply can’t afford the cost of many important journals.” 

Open access materials, available online to the public and provided by scholars for free, benefit such groups and provide opportunities for multi-disciplinary research breakthroughs.

Vantyghem notes that UBC Library is well placed to act as a hub for open access advocacy, mentorship and education. “I meet with many researchers who are interested in publishing their work as open access, but feel that they are beholden to a tenure and promotion system that discourages involvement in open access or straying from the status quo and, as a result, that their hands are tied,” she says. “However, young researchers are the ones who will inherit the current scholarly communications system, and so I think that engaging them now and making the Library a hub for open access support and education are the most promising ways to encourage change.”
 

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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Nancy S. Kim, Wrap Contracts: Foundations and Ramifications (Oxford: Oxford University Press, [2013]).

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Ralph Henham, Sentencing: Time for a Paradigm Shift (Abingdon: Routledge, 2014).

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Alberta Law Reform Institute, Estate Administration: Final Report (Edmonton: Alberta Law Reform Institute, [2013]).
Online access: http://www.law.ualberta.ca/alri/docs/FR_102_estate_administration.pdf

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Alberta Law Reform Institute, Arbitration Act: Stay and Appeal Issues: Final Report (Edmonton: Alberta Law Reform Institute, [2013]).
Online access: http://www.law.ualberta.ca/alri/docs/FR103.pdf

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Continuing Legal Education Society of British Columbia, Insurance Law Conference, 2013: Materials Prepared for the Continuing Legal Education Conference, Insurance law Conference 2013, Held in Vancouver, B.C., on September 12, 2013 (Vancouver: Continuing Legal Education Society of British Columbia, 2013).

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Continuing Legal Education Society of British Columbia, Personal Injury Conference, 2013: Materials Prepared for the Continuing Legal Education Conference, Personal Injury Conference 2013, Held in Vancouver, B.C., on September 12, 2013 (Vancouver: Continuing Legal Education Society of British Columbia, 2013).

David Lam Library’s Great Reads collection of popular business books was launched in late August, 2013. The books began getting signed out almost immediately.

The following books were the most frequently circulated during the fall term:

Look for the green Great Reads sign on the Canaccord Learning Commons’ main floor to check out more books in Lam’s popular business collection.

Visit the Great Reads website to find popular books in business, as well as other disciplines.

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