Scholarly work usually characterizes engineers as politically and socially conservative individuals; instruments of the expansion of capitalism and neoliberalism. It also portrays them as supporters of both the State and the big corporations that employ them. This talk reports on an ethnographic study that documented the work of a group of information technology (IT) engineers in Colombia who decided to create a space of exception to neoliberalism in the form of a Non-Governmental Engineering Organization (NGEO). These engineers found that running their own NGEO provided them with some degrees of freedom to pursue social justice goals in their IT work in ways not usually found in the corporate or neoliberal governmental worlds. However, these opportunities do not come without outstanding challenges, such as funding dependencies from a neoliberal government, which create contradictions that hinder the pursue of social justice goals in the construction of information technology.

Richard Arias-Hernandez is a lecturer at the University of British Columbia’s iSchool. He obtained a Ph.D. in Science and Technology Studies from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute in 2008. His research has centred around the study of the co-construction of information technology and society, especially those constructions that aim to advance social justice in capitalist societies.

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Film fans, rejoice – Videomatica’s legendary film collection is now accessible for borrowing from UBC and SFU libraries.

Catalogued and available for borrowing, the unparalleled collection spans more than 35,000 titles, including feature films from more than 75 countries, documentaries, cult and art films, Canadian works and selections from the Vancouver International Film Festival.

UBC and SFU acquired the $1.7-million collection after Videomatica’s 2011 closure, thanks to a donation and purchase agreement brokered by Vancouver philanthropist Yosef Wosk. UBC received about 28,000 movie DVDs, 4,000 VHS titles and 900 Blu-rays and SFU received more than 2,500 documentaries.

“From the moment we received the Videomatica collection, we knew how fortunate we were to share it with communities at UBC and beyond,” says Ingrid Parent, UBC’s University Librarian. “The accessibility, preservation and expertise that UBC Library provides will ensure that the collection can be viewed, enjoyed and utilized for generations to come.”

Please visit the announcement and the Videomatica site for details on the collection, access and more. 

 

Dr. Linda Siegel of the UBC Faculty of Education

“Understanding Dyslexia and Other Learning Disabilities”

February 20, 2014 – 4.00PM to 5.30PM at the Brighouse Branch of the Richmond Public Library (RPL)

understanding-dyslexia-square Dr. Linda Siegel’s latest research in Understanding Dyslexia and Other Learning Disabilities addresses how our educational system has failed to identify many children with learning disabilities and calls for the adoption of straightforward diagnostic techniques so that treatment options can be implemented at a young age. Many children who struggle with learning become discouraged in the classroom and isolated from their peers. Many adults whose learning disabilities were not recognized in school suffer from deep feelings of inadequacy that often prevent them from developing close relationships, finding rewarding employment, or living happily.

In this talk, Linda Siegel challenges the use of complex and time-consuming testing that is currently used to diagnose learning disabilities. In their place, she outlines simple and pragmatic techniques for testing for disabilities in reading, mathematics, spelling, and writing. Linda_headshot Dr. Siegel gives first-hand accounts of people living with learning disabilities, case studies from literature, and profiles of highly accomplished individuals who have achieved success despite their learning disabilities. Their stories encourage people with learning challenges and those who support them to recognize and nurture each person’s special talents. Understanding Dyslexia and Other Learning Disabilities implores families, teachers, and other educational professionals to provide resources and services for all those struggling with learning so that no more lives are compromised.

 

Speaker Bio: Linda Siegel is the Dorothy Lam Chair in Special Education at the University of British Columbia.   Linda Siegel is an eminent psychologist and educator and is an internationally respected authority on reading and learning disabilities.


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Jan 24

Happy Chinese New Year! Help us solve a horse mystery

Gung Hay Fat Choy! We hope you enjoy the Chinese/Lunar New Year as we ring in the Year of the Horse. People born in the year of the horse are thought to be active, energetic and love to be around people- not unlike the faithful animals themselves! Human connection with horses goes back thousands of years and in collections like the Chung Collection, you'll find lots of historic photographs and images of horses.

Here's one that we're not sure where it was taken- it is believed to be Chinatown in either Vancouver or Portland Oregon.

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Jan 24

Happy Chinese New Year! Help us solve a horse mystery

Gung Hay Fat Choy! We hope you enjoy the Chinese/Lunar New Year as we ring in the Year of the Horse. People born in the year of the horse are thought to be active, energetic and love to be around people- not unlike the faithful animals themselves! Human connection with horses goes back thousands of years and in collections like the Chung Collection, you'll find lots of historic photographs and images of horses.

Here's one that we're not sure where it was taken- it is believed to be Chinatown in either Vancouver or Portland Oregon.

read more

image001Just wanted to let you know about this amazing event which will take place March 8.  Early bird registration ends January 31, 2014!

Serendipity 2014: Children’s Literature in a Digital Age

Saturday, March 8 2014
UBC Education Building: 2125 Main Mall
8am-4pm (lunch is included)

From practical advice on using literature-based apps with children to learning how authors and illustrators are using social media and electronic publishing, Serendipity 2014 is a must-attend event for educators, librarians, researchers and literature lovers looking to the future of books for young people.

We have invited presenters that are not only at the forefront of the rapidly-evolving world of technology and children’s books, but are also dynamic, engaging and will leave you inspired and full of ideas:

  • Paul Zelinsky (@paulozelinsky): Caldecott-winning illustrator of over two dozen books
  • Arthur Slade (@arthurslade): Governor-general’s award-winning author
  • John an style=’font-size:12.0pt;font-family:”Garamond”,”serif”;mso-fareast-language:EN-CA’> (@MrSchuReads): Library Journal Mover and Shaker, elementary school teacher-librarian, blogger, 2014 Newbery Committee member
  • Travis Jonker (@100scopenotes): School Library Journal blogger, elementary school teacher-librarian, 2014 Caldecott Committee member
  • Tim Federle (@TimFederle): Author of Better Nate Than Ever and the forthcoming sequel Five, Six, Seven, Nate! (January 2014)
  • Hadley Dyer (@hedyer): Winner of the Information Book Award for Potatoes on Rooftops: Farming in the City

EARLY BIRD REGISTRATION until January 31, 2014: Members $150, Non-Members $165, Students $75

REGULAR REGISTRATION starts February 1, 2014: Members $200, Non-Members $215, Students $100

photo(17)UBC Education Library has a great display on now of curriculum materials for teachers and books for children on the Winter Olympics.

Explore these teaching resources online:

Canada and the Winter Olympics

TeachersFirst’s Resources for the Olympics

Teacher Vision Lesson Plans

Winter Games Lesson Plans

Winter Olympics on Pinterest

 

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