Since at least the 1980s, much research, policy and practice in the field of physical education for girls has been trapped in a repeated lament that we have yet to find the solution to ‘the problem’ of girls’ lack of participation in physical education and consequent negative effects on their health and wellbeing. The narrative builds upon dominant progress and loss stories, which have cemented a stock account of the history of the female tradition in physical education in a fixed temporal entrapment. It describes how women in England led the field in establishing and maintaining the profession from the late 1800s only to lose their power and authority in the decades following WW2 to a burgeoning male physical education profession. This mid-20th century move from female to male dominance in physical education has been described as one of the most striking phenomena of recent educational history.

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A captivating collection of projects highlighting the stories and histories of British Columbia will soon be available for online viewing, thanks to the B.C. History Digitization Program (BCHDP).

The program, launched by the Irving K. Barber Learning Centre in 2006, provides matching grants to support projects that make B.C. heritage freely accessible to the public via the Internet. This year, about $200,000 in matching funds was allocated for 23 projects throughout the province. In total, the BCHDP has awarded more than $1.4 million for 167 grants over the past eight years.

This year’s highlights include a project to digitize 15,300 photos and postcards from the Uno Langmann Family Collection of B.C. Photographs, dating from the 1850s to the 1950s. Uno and Dianne Langmann recently donated this exceptional collection to UBC Library.

Meanwhile, the B.C. Dairy Historical Society will scan bound volumes of Butter-Fat, a magazine originally published by the the Fraser Valley Milk Producers’ Association. The effort covers issues published from 1923 to 1994 that chronicle the development of dairy history and pioneer families in British Columbia.

Other efforts involve the digitization of more than 11,000 pages of hand-written Chinese language documents at Barkerville, the digital photography of nearly 2,500 fashion accessories at the Museum of Vancouver, the digitization of colonial despatches and provincial newspapers, and much more.

For a map and comprehensive listing of 2014 projects, please visit the Learning Centre’s site.

Top image from a Royal Roads Military College (RRMC) annual photo album; albums were digitized in 2013, thanks to a BDHDP grant and matching funds from the Royal Roads University Military Heritage Committee and the Friends of Hatley Park. For more, please view the albums online




Irving K. Barber Learning Centre receives successful funding for three TLEF projects


What’s in a number? Let’s start with this one: 430-2011-006. This number corresponds to the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council (SSHRC) funded project (Council Grant number 430-2011-006) conducted by a number of undergraduates, graduates and postdoctoral researchers in libraries and archives alike. While their mission was to “advance [their] knowledge of the character of film exhibition in the early part of the 20th century in Vancouver, with a specific focus on 1914 as a case study”, they did more than just that.

By ‘examining Vancouver street directories to identify performance spaces, including what was termed “legitimate” theatre (performance of live plays), vaudeville theatres, and purpose built cinemas, they plotted these spaces onto a map of Vancouver in order to track the number and location of these theatres/cinemas’. So what was the result? They made some interesting data and contextual discoveries about not only the 1914 history of cinemagoing in Vancouver but also a comparison with Winnipeg and Seattle as well as a comparison with Toronto and Montreal.

Interestingly, this SSHRC project included cIRcle right from the beginning. As per Brian McIlroy, he has ‘created stand-alone websites in the past but [he] was concerned about the visibility and maintenance of these sites’. In cIRcle, he knew it would be most “useful to have a permanent and accessible record of the research data on which further analysis will be made” now and into the future.

Visit the Screens in Vancouver: Cinemagoing and the City in 1914 collection at:

Did You Know?

There are 14 Faculty of Arts sub-communities with several diverse collections in cIRcle, UBC’s Digital Repository: Anthropology, Arts ISIT, Asian Studies, Central, Eastern, Northern European Studies (CENES), Economics (Vancouver School of), English, Geography, History, Metropolis British Columbia, Museum of Anthropology (MOA), Philosophy, Political Science, Sociology, and Theatre and Film (Dept of). Browse them by visiting:

Above image is courtesy of Pixabay

March 2014, 28, 10:00am at the Lillooet Room (Rm 301), Irving K. Barber Learning Centre


Just a quick update on what is going on in eResources & Access.

Trials now on:

  • African-American Historical Serials Collection (EBSCOhost) -ends April 30th, 2014 <click here>
  • American Antiquarian Society historical periodicals collection (EBSCOhost) -ends April 30th, 2014 <click here>
  • Medcom Streaming Video Collection [medical] -ends Sept. 22nd, 2014 <click here>
  • Readex U.S. Congressional serial set, 1817-1994 -ends April 30, 2014 <click here>
  • VAST: Academic Video Online (Alexander Street Press) -ends July 31st, 2014 <click here>
  • AP Images (EBSCOhost) -ends Nov. 30, 2014 <click here>
  • PsycTESTS (EBSCOhost) -ends May 16, 2014 <click here>
  • Readex American State Papers 1789-1838 -ends Apr. 30, 2014 <click here>
  • APA Handbooks -end April 5 <click here>
  • CADAL / 大学数字图书馆国际合作计划 (Chinese eTitles) -ends Dec. 31, 2014 <click here>
  • Naxos Music Library – Jazz -ends Sept. 30 <click here>
  • Society, culture & politics in Canada: Canadiana pamphlets from McMaster, 1818-1929 -ends April 04 <click here>

Feature Resource of the Week!

Jewish life in America (Adam Matthew) (March 31, 1492 Queen Isabella of Castilia & Ferdinand of Aragon expels Jews),  <click here>

An indispensable resource for scholars and students interested in understanding and exploring the history of Jewish communities in America from  the first arrival in of Jewish immigrants in New York in 1654  to the mid-20th century. All of the material has been digitized in colour and typescript and printed material is full-text searchable.

When: April 9, 5-6:30pm

Where: Koerner Library, 3rd floor entrance by the fireplace

Register: It’s Free!  Just register so we can get a handle on catering.


To celebrate National Poetry Month, Koerner Library will be hosting some of our own local poets for a night of food and verse.  Please join us and enjoy readings from:

Kevin McNeilly, UBC

  • Kevin McNeilly writes poetry and critical non-fiction, and collaborates with creative musicians on text-based performances and recordings. His first collection of poems, Embouchure, appeared from Nightwood Editions in 2011. His poems have appeared in such journals as Canadian Literature, Event, The Malahat Review, West Coast Line, The Antigonish Review, The Fiddlehead, Descant and Ariel

Renee Saklikar, SFU

  • Renée Sarojini Saklikar writes thecanadaproject, a life-long poem chronicle about her life from India to Canada, from coast to coast. Work from thecanadaproject appears in literary publications including The Georgia Straight, The Vancouver Review, PRISM international, Poetry is Dead, SubTerrain, Ricepaper, CV2, Ryga: a journal of provocations, Geistand Arc Poetry Magazine and is forthcoming in the recent anthologies, Alive at the Center: Contemporary Poems from the Pacific Northwest and Force Field: 77 Women Poets of British Columbia.

Elee Kraljii Gardiner, SFU

  • One of the unsung forces in Vancouver of poetic prowess and community building is Elee Kraljii Gardiner. She is an adjunct member of The Writer’s Studio at Simon Fraser University and a freelance writer who teaches creative writing at the Carnegie Community Centre. She is the director of “Thursdays Writing Collective” and the founder of Otter Press.

National Poetry Month is a month-long, national celebration of poetry established by the Academy of American Poets. The concept is to widen the attention of individuals and the media—to the art of poetry, to living poets, to our complex poetic heritage, and to poetry books and journals of wide aesthetic range and concern.

The readings will take place on the 3rd floor entrance level of Koerner Library by the fireplace.

The Irving K. Barber Learning Centre is proud to be partners at this year's Alumni Weekend on May 24, 2014

LAW LIBRARY level 3: HD3616.U63 P74 2014
Daniel Carpenter & David A. Moss, eds., Preventing Regulatory Capture: Special Interest Influence and How to Limit It (New York: Cambridge University Press, 2014).

LAW LIBRARY level 3: HJ4631 .M39 2013
Wayne Mayo, Taxing Resource Rent: Concepts, Misconceptions and Practical Design (Weston Creek, Kyscope Publishing, 2013).

LAW LIBRARY level 3: K487.A57 P57 2013
Fernanda Pirie, The Anthropology of Law (Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2013).

LAW LIBRARY level 3: K1401 .C666 2013
Helena R. Howe & Jonathan Griffiths, eds., Concepts of Property in Intellectual Property Law (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2013).

LAW LIBRARY level 3: K3240 .O94 2013
Dinah Shelton, ed., The Oxford Handbook of International Human Rights Law (Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2013).

LAW LIBRARY level 3: K4610 .R47 2013
Geert Van Calster & Denise Prévost, eds., Research Handbook on Environment, Health and the WTO (Cheltenham: Edward Elgar, 2013).

LAW LIBRARY level 3: K3611.F45 R64 2013
Juliet Rogers, Law’s Cut on the Body of Human Rights: Female Circumcision, Torture and Sacred Flesh (Abingdon: Routledge, 2013).

LAW LIBRARY reference room (level 2): KD442 .W54 2013
A.T.H. Smith, ed., Glanville Williams: Learning the Law 15 ed. (London: Sweet & Maxwell, Thomson Reuters, 2013).

LAW LIBRARY level 3: KD530 .P83 v. 128
James Oldham, ed., Case Notes of Sir Soulden Lawrence 1787-1800 (London: Selden Society, 2013).

LAW LIBRARY level 3: KD621.M3 P68 2013
Norman S. Poser, Lord Mansfield: Justice in the Age of Reason (Montreal & Kingston: McGill-Queen’s University Press, 2013).
Online access:

LAW LIBRARY level 3: KD734 .W66 2013
Bronach Kane & Fiona Williamson eds., Women, Agency and the Law, 1300-1700 (London: Pickering & Chatto, 2013).

LAW LIBRARY level 3: KD1205 .L38 2013
Michael Bridge et al., The Law of Personal Property (London: Sweet & Maxwell, 2013).

LAW LIBRARY reference room (level 2): KD1269 .C67 2013
William Cornish, David Llewelyn & Tanya Alpin, Intellectual Property: Patents, Copyright, Trade Marks, And Allied Rights, 8th ed. (London: Sweet & Maxwell, 2013).

LAW LIBRARY level 3: KD1578 .B83 2013
R.A. Buckley., Illegality and Public Policy, 3d ed. (London: Sweet & Maxwell/Thomson Reuters, 2013).

LAW LIBRARY level 3: KD1696 .B92 2013
Nicholas Elliott, John Odgers & Jonathan Mark Phillips, Byles on Bills of Exchange and Cheques, 29th ed. (London: Sweet & Maxwell/Thomson Reuters, 2013).

LAW LIBRARY level 3: KD1774 .H828 2013
Alastair Hudson, Securities Law, 2d ed. (London: Sweet & Maxwell, 2013).

LAW LIBRARY reference room (level 2): KD1960 .G38 2013
Alastair Mullis et al., eds., Gatley on Libel and Slander, 12th ed. (London: Sweet & Maxwell, 2013).

LAW LIBRARY level 3: KD7325 .R63 2013
Simon Roberts, A Court in the City: Civil and Commercial Litigation in London at the Beginning of the 21st Century (London Wildy, Simmonds & Hill Publishing, 2013).

LAW LIBRARY level 3: KD4902 .D48 2013
Harry Woolf et al., De Smith’s Judicial Review, 7th ed. (London: Sweet & Maxwell, 2013).

LAW LIBRARY reference room (level 2): KE8532 .C32 2014
Jamie Cassels & Elizabeth Adjin-Tettey, Remedies: The Law of Damages (Toronto: Irwin Law, 2014).

LAW LIBRARY level 3: KZ3410 .C75 2014
Gráinne de Búrca, Claire Kilpatrick & Joanne Scott, eds., Critical Legal Perspectives on Global Governance: Liber Amicorum (Oxford: Hart Publishing, 2014).

LAW LIBRARY level 3: KZ4110.P65 B94 2013
Michael Byers with James Baker, International Law and the Arctic (New York: Cambridge University Press, 2013).

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