Letter, Charles R. Darwin to John Burdon-Sanderson, August 15, 1873 - pg. 1

Letter, Charles R. Darwin to John Burdon-Sanderson, August 15, 1873 – pg. 1

Letters can provide insights in to the details of lives which have otherwise been documented in the extreme. Case in point, Charles Darwin, regarded as the progenitor of modern evolutionary theory. His work in this area is widely known but he also had many other interests including the study of insectivorous plants such as Drosera (sundews) and Dionaea (Venus flytrap). He worked in this area with the noted English physiologist Sir John Burdon-Sanderson to elucidate the mechanisms of their actions and published the results of the research in Insectivorous Plants. Above is the first page of a letter from Darwin to Burdon-Sanderson suggesting that he test for electrical charge in the leaves of Dionaea and offering to send specimens for the research. You can read the rest of this letter here and view the entire collection of letters held by the University of British Columbia Library here.

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In his letter to members of the UBC community, President Stephen Toope expresses his appreciation for the “last eight years [which] have been exhausting and exhilarating”. He continues, “I have marvelled at your inventiveness, commitment and excellence. Although it is hard to say good-bye, I do so with great confidence in the future of this superb university”.

Read the full letter and watch the accompanying video via the UBC Public Affairs’ site at: http://news.ubc.ca/2014/06/23/letter-to-community/.

Review highlights of the Stephen Toope years: 2006-2014 at: http://news.ubc.ca/2014/06/23/highlights-of-the-toope-years/.

Visit the Speeches & Writing by UBC President Stephen J. Toope collection in cIRcle, UBC’s Digital Repository at: https://circle.ubc.ca/handle/2429/25805.

Did You Know?Endorsed by the Senates of both UBC Vancouver and UBC Okanagan, UBC’s Open Access Position Statement encourages UBC faculty to deposit their research in cIRcle. Learn more about how cIRcle increases your scholarly profile by providing free, permanent access to your work to anyone via the web at: http://circle.sites.olt.ubc.ca/getting-started/faculty/.

Above partial text in italics and image are courtesy of UBC Public Affairs

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Daniel Drache & Lesley A. Jacobs, eds., Linking Global Trade and Human Rights: New Policy Space in Hard Economic Times (New York: Cambridge University Press, 2014).

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Gregory J. Inwood & Carolyn M. Johns, eds., Commissions of Inquiry and Policy Change: A Comparative Analysis (Toronto: University of Toronto Press, 2014).

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John T. Soma, Stephen D. Rynerson, & Erica Kitaev, Privacy Law in a Nutshell, 2d ed. (St. Paul: West Academic Publishing, 2014).

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Yuval Shany, Assessing the Effectiveness of International Courts (Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2014).

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UBC Library

The University of British Columbia Library is one of the largest academic libraries in Canada, ranked 14th among the Association of Research Libraries. The Library consistently ranks among the top university research libraries in North America. UBC Library has 14 branches and divisions, two campuses (Vancouver and Kelowna), one off-site hospital library, and the Irving K. Barber Learning Centre – a multi-purpose teaching and learning facility.

The Library’s collection of over 7M items includes 1.4M ebooks, 229,020 electronic journals, 850,000 maps, audio, DVD/video and graphic materials, and 1, 703 bibliographic and fulltext databases.

More than 300 knowledgeable employees – librarians, management and professional staff, support staff and student staff – provide users with the excellent resources and services that they need to further their research, teaching and learning.

For more information about UBC Library and Woodward Library, please visit www.library.ubc.ca and http://woodward.library.ubc.ca/

The UBC Library Strategic Plan 2010-2015 can be viewed at www.library.ubc.ca/strategicplan/.

 

OVERVIEW OF THE POSITION 

The Woodward Science Librarian provides liaison to designated subject areas and departments. Actively engages in integrated information literacy, and collaborates on scholarly communication and data services initiatives and other new library initiatives as they arise. Develops re-usable learning objects, designs, develops and maintains a library of digital materials to support information literacy instruction in print and online environments. Conducts assessment of resources, and provides input on collections management.

This position participates as a member of the Woodward Library team to provide liaison, reference, instructional programs and information services to faculty, students and community users and assumes responsibility for designated subject areas and liaison with assigned departments. The Woodward Science Librarian provides web-based and classroom instruction and assistance in the use of information resources. As a member of the Woodward Library team, this position plans and implements services that respond to the needs of the sciences communities as well as participates in the development and assessment of library collections for designated subject areas. Furthermore, this position participates in the development of library policy, procedures, and services and assumes responsibility for coordination and management of staff, services or projects as required. Evening and weekend work may be required. The nature and scope of responsibilities for this and other library positions are expected to change as the Library organization evolves.

 

Qualifications

Required

  • Graduate degree from an accredited programme in Library Science
  • Knowledge of electronic information technologies and their applications to reference, as well as knowledge of best practices in online learning pedagogies
  • Demonstrated ability to initiate, plan and carry out projects, both independently and as a member of a team
  • Evidence of a proactive, user-centred vision of services
  • Excellent written and oral communication skills
  • Strong interpersonal and communication skills and the ability to work effectively as a member of a team
  • Ability to adjust and accommodate changing demands within Libraries and academic institutions

Preferred

  • Academic background in one of the sciences or engineering as well as relevant work experience
  • Familiarity with current trends in instruction, data curation, open access, and bibliographic management tools

 

WORKING RELATIONSHIPS

Reports to the Head, Woodward Library or her designate Head in the branch and consults with colleagues and Library staff as required. Works with all other UBC Library Divisions as required, assessing and trouble-shooting information technologies, scheduling and marketing information literacy sessions, etc. May be required to supervise student assistants and library assistants for assigned projects or for group-related functions.

 

Terms of Appointment and Salary                                                                                                                       

This position will be filled as a full time one year term position (possibility of extension).

Salary will be commensurate with experience and academic/professional qualifications.

UBC hires on the basis of merit and is committed to employment equity. The University especially welcomes applications from visible minority groups, women, Aboriginal persons, persons with disabilities, persons of minority sexual orientations and gender identities, and others with the skills and knowledge to engage productively with diverse communities.We encourage all qualified applicants to apply. However, Canadian citizens and permanent residents of Canada will be given priority.

Applications will include: a letter of application that includes a statement of citizenship/immigration status and indicates the candidate’s education, training and work experience in the areas listed above; a detailed and current curriculum vitae.

To view the complete job description and to submit an application please visit the UBC Careers page at http://facultycareers.ubc.ca/18588 bymidnight on July 20, 2014.

 

 

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UBC Library

The University of British Columbia Library is one of the largest academic libraries in Canada, ranked 14th among the Association of Research Libraries. The Library consistently ranks among the top university research libraries in North America. UBC Library has 14 branches and divisions, two campuses (Vancouver and Kelowna), one off-site hospital library, and the Irving K. Barber Learning Centre – a multi-purpose teaching and learning facility.

The Library’s collection of over 7M items includes 1.4M ebooks, 229,020 electronic journals, 850,000 maps, audio, DVD/video and graphic materials, and 1, 703 bibliographic and fulltext databases.

More than 300 knowledgeable employees – librarians, management and professional staff, support staff and student staff – provide users with the excellent resources and services that they need to further their research, teaching and learning.

The Technical Services Department is a centralized unit that performs and provides a wide range of “behind the scenes” activities and services to the entire UBC library system. The department is responsible for the acquisitions, cataloguing and processing of all library materials. The department’s other major focus is on providing and managing electronic resources (e-journals, e-books, databases, etc.) to the library and the campus community. More information about Technical Services can be found under http://techserv.library.ubc.ca/.

The UBC Library Strategic Plan 2010-2015 can be viewed online.

 

Overview of the position

Within a team environment, the E-Resources and Acquisitions Librarian is responsible for providing leadership in the acquisition, licensing and access of library materials in all formats, whether acquired independently by UBC Library or collectively by consortia such as CRKN, COPPUL, BCELN and others.

  • Ensures consistent and integrated access to all resources in a technology-intensive materials management and learning environment.
  • Works collaboratively with Library colleagues to maintain and upgrade existing systems and to evaluate and when necessary acquire new acquisitions, ERM and discovery systems.
  • Administers and oversees access and troubleshooting for e-resources and the licensing permissions for access and use of e-resources.
  • Provides support and leadership to subject specialists on matters of resource renewals and the licensing of new e-resources.
  • Contributes to qualitative assessment activities, manages and analyzes usage statistics and prepares management reports to ensure timely collections decision-making.
  • Provides leadership and strategy for the evaluation of library acquisitions.

 

Qualifications

Required:

  • Graduate degree from an accredited program in Library and Information Science.
  • Four or more years of professional experience managing serial, electronic resource and monographic acquisitions at increasing levels of responsibility.
  • Extensive knowledge and understanding of issues and practices related to scholarly publishing, library acquisitions, licensing, collection analysis and usage trends, management and e-resource preservation.
  • Experience and understanding of open URL resolver management, current web tools, discovery layers and next generation library and ERM systems.
  • Demonstrable, superior communication and training skills including staff management, vendor negotiations, strategic planning and customer service within the organization.
  • Well-developed skills in gathering and displaying quantitative information.
  • Ability to work independently, collaboratively with various groups and teams inside and outside the Library and flexibly to adjust priorities in a dynamic academic and technological environment.
  • Ability to manage tasks in response to varying time pressures with shifting priorities and changing constraints.
  • Experience supervising staff.
  • Experience working in a distributed academic library environment.

Preferred:

  • Experience with project management and with providing or managing statistical analysis regarding collections, resource usage and expenditures.
  • Experience with collections materials budget management and statistical tools.
  • Experience with Ex Libris ILS (Voyager) and Serial Solutions ERM.
  • Experience working with major vendors, including EBSCO, YBP and ProQuest.

 

 

Working Relationships

Reports to the Head, Technical Services and works closely with the AUL, Collections Management. Works in a team environment with librarians and staff in Technical Services. Works collaboratively with other Technical Services librarians in developing, refining and implementing policies and workflows. Works collaboratively with librarians and staff in branch libraries as well as with individuals and groups in other organizations. Hires, trains and supervises unionized staff (CUPE 2950) and management-and-professional staff (AAPS). May supervise student hourly workers.

 

Terms of Appointment and Salary                                                                                                              

This position will be filled as a full time ongoing position. If eligible and qualified, the successful applicant may be appointed with a confirmed appointment. Otherwise, there will be an initial three-year probationary appointment. Normally, such an appointment is reviewed by the end of the second year of appointment, and a recommendation is made at that time to grant or not to grant a confirmed appointment.

Salary will be commensurate with experience and academic/professional qualifications.

UBC hires on the basis of merit and is committed to employment equity. The University especially welcomes applications from visible minority groups, women, Aboriginal persons, persons with disabilities, persons of minority sexual orientations and gender identities, and others with the skills and knowledge to engage productively with diverse communities.We encourage all qualified applicants to apply. However, Canadian citizens and permanent residents of Canada will be given priority.

Applications will include: a letter of application that includes a statement of citizenship/immigration status and indicates the candidate’s education, training and work experience in the areas listed above; a detailed and current curriculum vitae.

To view the complete job description and to submit an application, please visit the UBC Careers page at http://facultycareers.ubc.ca/18587 by midnight on July 19, 2014.

 

 

The Fédération Internationale de Football Association (FIFA) World Cup is a worldwide competition of FIFA members’ senior men’s national soccer teams. It is the most widely followed sporting event in the world; the viewership even exceeds that of the Olympic Games. The 2014 World Cup is being hosted by Brazil during June 12 to July 13, 2014.

The gigantic replica of Adidas Brazuca, the official match ball of the 2014 FIFA World Cup display at Suntec City Mall.

Courtesy of Choo Yat Shing; Creative Commons License

If you want to learn more about soccer, UBC Library subscribes to two online journals which publish articles on various aspects of the game:

If you want to learn more about the diverse economic and cultural impacts of soccer, UBC Library has a lot of relevant online books in its collection. To view any of the books listed below, click onto a title and then click on the orange “Online Access” button. If you are off-campus, you will be prompted to enter your CWL and password:

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