Later this year we’re starting a project in partnership with the UBC Asian Library and the UBC Department of Asian Studies to digitize some cool old Japanese game cards!


(Ise monogatari utakaruta, from UBC Rare Books & Special Collections)

Karuta カルタ, is a borrowed Japanese term (from the Portugese carta) that refers to playing cards. Karuta became popular in the Edo (1600-1868) period, and included a number of different versions such as games matching hiragana characters, poems, proverbs, or drawings of monsters! A particularly popular game was uta-garuta (sometimes pronounced utakaruta), or poem cards. In uta-garuta, one person reads out the text on one card and the other player(s) have to find the matching card. [i]

Most of the cards we’ll be digitizing for the upcoming project will feature poems from Ogura hyakunin isshu, an anthology of poems by one hundred different writers. There are typically two hundred cards, one hundred reading cards and one hundred “grabbing” cards. The goal is to match the two halves of a poem. The reader reads out the first half of the poem, and the other players try to pick the correct matching card. The poems featured on these cards are generally waka poems that follow the 5-7-5-7-7 syllable format. The reading card has the first three lines, and the other card has the last two. [ii]

In the Ise monogatari uta-garuta set featured above, which is based on the classic Tales of Ise, there are over 400 cards to match. Knowing where the text came from does make it easier for people to learn to play the game, but it still doesn’t seem like a game that I could just casually play with friends!

We’ll be working with groups of students to help us transcribe and match these cards, and maybe one day you’ll be able to download them and play the game yourself.

Thanks to the UBC Asian Library and the UBC Department of Asian Studies for working with us on this project!

[i] “Karuta.” In Wikipedia.
[ii] “Uta-garuta.” In Wikipedia.

cooltext1594438588Tips and Tricks for Formatting Your Thesis: Little Things Mean A Lot!

Are you worried about getting your thesis/dissertation into the format required by the Faculty of Graduate Studies? Would you like to know more about how to use the formatting features in Microsoft Word? Research Commons staff will help you with your questions about the nuts and bolts of formatting: tables of contents, page layout, numbering, headings, front matter, and more! As well, find out more about the resources that are available to help you in writing your thesis/dissertation. Graduate students at any stage of the writing process are welcome; some prior knowledge of Microsoft Word will be helpful.

Monday, June 9th, 2014 at 2:00PM – 4:00PM

Wednesday, June 25th, 2014 at 10:00AM – 12:00PM


Have specific questions you think would be best answered in a one-on-one session? See our Consultations page to book a session:


Citation Management Using RefWorks, Zotero, or Mendeley

Need to manage large numbers of references and citations as part of your research, teaching or administrative work? Citation management tools are for you. These tools provide a simple way to store, organize and retrieve your citations in an effective manner, and can also help you in formatting in-text citations and bibliographies in your work.

Sign up for a tool specific hands-on workshop about the core concepts of citation management and detailed instruction for use of either RefWorks, Zotero, or Mendeley.

Citation Management Using Zotero

Wednesday, June 25th, 2014 at 1:00PM – 3:00PM

Are you new to citation management tools entirely, or do you have advanced-user questions? See our Consultations page to book a one-on-one session:


Workshop 1- Basic SPSS

Do you wonder what SPSS is and how it can be useful to manage and analyze your data? Would you like to learn how to work with SPSS just by clicking a few keys? Let us help you learn the basics.

No previous knowledge of SPSS is required for the first workshop:

Monday, June 16th, 2014 at 12:00PM – 2:00PM

Workshop 2- SPSS Data Management

Do you know how to edit your data using effective data management software? Do you want to work with user-friendly software without going through a hassle of writing code? SPSS can do this for you with a few clicks. Attend this workshop and learn how to manage your data fast.

Monday, June 16th, 2014 at 3:00PM – 5:00PM

Workshop 3 - Descriptive/Graphing Analysis with SPSS

Do you have trouble summarizing your data? Do you want to analyze your data with t-test, ANOVA, Pearson-test, etc. using SPSS? Do you have trouble graphing and presenting your data with SPSS? Well, we can help you with all of these questions. Enroll in this workshop and learn how to analyze your data hassle-free!

Tuesday, June 17th, 2014 at 12:00PM – 2:00PM

Workshop 4 – Regression Analysis

Regression analysis is a statistical process for estimating the relationships among variables. We can use regression to make quantitative predictions of one variable from the values of another. Do you wonder how to do linear and logistic regression analysis with SPSS? Do you want to learn about simple and multivariate regression modeling? Register for the SPSS Regression workshop to get a sense of it all!

Tuesday, June 17th, 2014 at 3:00PM – 5:00PM

Have specific questions you think would be best answered in a one-on-one session? See our Consultations page to book a session:

Copyright Workshops and Events

Ongoing Copyright & Course Reserves Drop-in Clinic

Wednesdays, 1:00 PM to 3:00 PM

Location: The CTLT Resource Room (214), in the Irving K. Barber Learning Centre

Staff from the Scholarly Communications & Copyright Office will be on-hand to help you work through your copyright and library course reserves questions one-on-one. Bring your reading lists, presentation slides, articles, websites, theses and dissertations, or other work you need guidance on. Registration is not required.

Held in conjunction with the weekly Connect Drop-in Clinic.

Author Rights, Funder Mandates, and Open Access Publishing

June 10, 2014

Tue, June 10, 2014 11:00 AM – 12:00 PM WALTER C. KOERNER LIBRARY. Curious about managing copyright in academic publishing, locating funder open access policies, and the different options available for open access publishing? Come to this workshop to learn about these topics and more!

Register here.

Copyright and Conference Presentations

June 18, 2014

Wed, June 18, 2014 12:00 PM – 1:00 PM WALTER C. KOERNER LIBRARY. This session will provide information on: using copyrighted materials in conference presentations, conference proceedings and prior publication, and copyright basics for conference organizers.

Register here.

Copyright for the Classroom

June 24, 2014

Tue, June 24, 2014 11:00 AM – 12:00 PM WALTER C. KOERNER LIBRARY. Have questions about screening films in class, distributing readings to your students, or using someone else’s images in your presentation slides or online course pages? What about your students’ use of copyrighted materials in their assignments and online postings? Come to this workshop to get answers to these questions and more!

Register here.

The University of British Columbia Point Grey campus is located on the traditional, ancestral, and unceded territory of the hən̓q̓əmin̓əm̓speaking Musqueam people. We thank Musqueam for its hospitality and support of our work.

UBC Library, in partnership with the Musqueam Indian Band, the Centre for Teaching and Learning Technology and the Museum of Anthropology,  will be celebrating Aboriginal scholarship, creativity, and intellectual traditions with its third annual Aboriginal (Un)History Month.


Paddle created by Keith Point, of the Skowkale First Nation in Chilliwack, who also descends from the Musqueam First Nation.

Featuring exhibits at the Irving K. Barber Learning Centre (IKBLC) and book displays at several Library branches, the (Un)History month activities introduce ways UBC Indigenous scholars are creating relationships, educating and inviting dialogue about Indigenous issues. 

Since 2009, the month of June has been designated as ‘National Aboriginal History Month’ by the federal government of Canada. National Aboriginal Day is June 21 every year. UBC Library and the participating curators have been observing Aboriginal (Un)History Month since 2011. The exhibits and programs are meant to celebrate Aboriginal creativity, scholarship, and intellectual traditions; cultivate conversations about relationship, representation and recognition; and inspire participants to be better informed aboutthe Aboriginal lands and peoples of whom we are guests.

This year’s theme is “Honouring our Journeys,” which celebrates journeys that have been emotional, spiritual, and educational; personal, community, and institutional; and historic, contemporary, or moment-in-time. 

The exhibits at IKBLC foyer include:

  • The Centre for Teaching, Learning and Technology – Our Time and Place at UBC: Reflecting on the TRC in 2013
  • Ch’nook – Indigenous Business Education
  • Decolonizing Knowledge – Knowing the Land Beneath Our Feet at UBC
  • Musqueam Indian Band – mən̓ə to mana: xʷməθkʷəy̓əm (Musqueam) to Māori (Rotorua, New Zealand)
  • The Museum of Anthropology – Claiming Space: Voices of Urban Aboriginal Youth
  • Bruce Muir of West Moberly First Nations - Protecting Treaty Rights: the Klinse-Za Caribou Herd’s Journey Towards Recovery

For those interested in online resources, 


Partners this year include: Musqueam Indian Band, Bruce Muir of West Moberly First Nations, the Centre for Teaching, Learning and Technology at UBC, Ch’nook Indigenous Business Education, the Irving K Barber Learning Centre, the First Nations House of Learning, UBC Library Communications, UBC’s Education Library, the Museum of Anthropology at UBC and Xwi7xwa Library.


For more information, visit the IKBLC website or contact Sarah Dupont, Aboriginal Engagement Librarian.



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