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Lucien Durey and Katie Kozak, March 1 (Peanuts), 2013, lightjet print facemounted to acrylic glass, 29.7 x 21.0”, from Baba’s House, image courtesy of the artists.


UBC Library is pleased to announce the launch of a new art exhibition, Shelved, in collaboration with the Burnaby Art Gallery (BAG) and Artspeak

Artists Krista Belle Stewart, Randy Lee Cutler, Lucien Durey and Katie Kozak have created exhibits that will examine various archives and filing systems, and produce experimental library spaces. Their displays will rotate from April to August at the  BAG, Artspeak, and in the Ridington Room at UBC Library’s Music, Art and Architecture Library.


Apr. 25 – Jun. 9: Lucien Durey and Katie Kozak, Baba’s House
Durey’s and Kozak’s collaborative Baba’s House project is comprised of works produced during the artists’ year-long, self-directed residency in the home of Sophie Ostrowski, Kozak’s Ukrainian-Canadian grandmother, who lives in the small town of Creighton, Saskatchewan. During their time at Baba’s, they produced a series of scanned compositions of ephemera, photographs, and beloved objects found throughout the house.

Jun. 11 – Aug. 10: Randy Lee Cutler
Cutler’s contribution to the Shelved project involves a curated selection with themes of gender studies, queer theory, critical race theory and science fiction—not necessarily in that order. Cutler is a Vancouver-based artist who has authored numerous essays published in catalogues and by C magazineThe Fillip ReviewTexte zur KunstCanadian Art, Artspeak Gallery and the Vancouver Art Gallery.

Aug. 11 – Aug. 31: Krista Belle Stewart
Krista Belle Stewart is an artist who lives in Vancouver, British Columbia. Her work engages the complexities of intention and interpretation made possible by archival material. The work approaches mediation and story-telling as a process of development to unfold the interplay between personal and institutional history. She is a member of the Upper Nicola Band of the Okanagan Nation.


The displays will be located in the Ridington Room (Level 3) of the Irving K. Barber Learning Centre. They are free and open to the public. For more information visit the Music, Art and Architecture Library website.




We acknowledge the support of the Canada Council for the Arts, which last year invested $157 million to bring the arts to Canadians throughout the country. / Nous remercions le Conseil des arts du Canada de son soutien. L’an dernier, le Conseil  a investi 157 millions de dollars pour mettre de l’art dans la vie des Canadiennes et des Canadiens de tout le pays.


From left: Tara Stephens, cIRcle Librarian; Helen Halbert, Open Scholar winner; and Daniel Wood, VP Academic and External Affairs, UBC GSS.










Climate change mitigation and mobile device engagement are the topics of the latest graduate student submissions to win the GSS cIRcle Open Scholar Award.

The award highlights UBC as a leader in the open dissemination of graduate student work, and creates an incentive for grad students to populate cIRcle with material beyond theses and dissertations. The prize is a collaboration between the Graduate Student Society and cIRcle, UBC’s digital repository that was set up by the Library in 2007.

Polly Ng, who specialized in sustainability planning at UBC’s School of Community and Regional Planning, was recognized for her entry Making the case for using development cost charges for climate change mitigation.

Meanwhile, Helen Halbert was part of a trio that produced the paper Toward a Model of Mobile User Engagement. Halbert, the sole graduate student involved in the project (the other authors are a Postdoctoral Fellow and an Assistant Professor), has just completed her studies for a Master of Library and Information Studies degree at UBC’s School of Library, Archival and Information Studies.

Authors of winning submissions, which are chosen on a lottery system, receive $500; their work is made publicly available on a long-term basis by UBC Library’s cIRcle.

“I knew early on in my studies that I wanted my research to make a solid contribution to professional practice in my field,” says Ng. “I hope that the GSS cIRcle Open Scholar Award encourages more research that works on practical solutions to practical problems.”

“I think this award is a great way to recognize the diverse work that UBC graduate students do outside of their theses and dissertations,” adds Halbert. “[The award] serves to increase awareness of open access publishing among graduate students and, in doing so, promotes the practice of sharing academic research with all – regardless of whether they are members of the UBC community or not.”

The GSS cIRcle Open Scholar Award is given twice a year. The submission deadline for the next award instalment is September 24, 2014, although submissions can be made at any time – please visit cIRcle for more information.


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