Rendering of Library PARC

Library PARC rendering courtesy of DGBK Architects


UBC Library is pleased to introduce Library Preservation and Archives – aka Library PARC – a modular storage facility that is being built to accommodate the future growth of our collections.

Very low circulation items from the Library’s collections will be relocated to Library PARC, freeing up physical space at branches for other uses – including student and research services, study spaces and informal learning areas, multimedia labs, scholarly exchanges and more. The Library is consulting widely with faculties and departments across campus to help it select materials for storage and develop effective policies.

Library PARC will be located at UBC Vancouver’s South Campus (in the Research Precinct); construction is scheduled for completion by spring 2015.

Four people at groundbreaking

Last month, the Library celebrated a groundbreaking for Library PARC. In attendance on this special occasion were, from left, Rue Ramirez, Associate University Librarian; Ingrid Parent, University Librarian; David Farrar, UBC Provost and Vice President Academic; and Melody Burton, Deputy University Librarian.

The groundbreaking was an excellent way to kick off this innovative and ambitious project. Read more about Library PARC, and stay tuned for regular updates. In the meantime, if you have any questions about the project, please contact Rue Ramirez.

As you might have heard we’ve been planning on expanding into a new space for several months. It finally happened on Friday, and we’re mostly moved in now!


Here’s the room we’re moving into. I wish we’d taken some photos when it was just a vast empty white room before the carpet was installed.



Here are the computers that we use with our ATIZ scanners. We took them off while moving things.


Here are the ATIZ scanners being prepared for the move. I had no idea they even folded down like this!


We put them on carts to move them.


Adjusting the tables in the new room.


And here they are with the scanners and computers set up!


We’re planning on having some more computers on the other side of the room, but so far there’s just the one.


So what’s going to go in the vast empty space that held the ATIZ scanners?


Our TTI scanner!


Putting dollies under the TTI so we can slowly roll it across the floor.


It barely fit between the pillar and the desks. We had one inch of space to spare!



It actually brushed against one of the lights. So close!




And done! There’s lots more space over on this side of the office now.


Plus we were able to move one of our scanners over to where the TTI was and install a white board on the wall. So many changes!

Remote Community Based Learning Fund Details

The Irving K. Barber Learning Centre and the Centre for Community Engaged Learning are pleased to offer funding to faculty members creating remote community based experiential learning (CBEL) opportunities for their students. This funding is intended to support collaborations between UBC students and organizations located in BC communities outside of the Lower Mainland.

  • Click here to learn more about this fund, apply now, or see past fund recipients.
  • Or check out this overview RCBLF-onepager-v4 (PDF).

Apply Now

Applications are now welcomed on a rolling basis. You will be notified of the results of your application 2-3 weeks from submission. Please note that there is $30,000.00 in funding to be awarded in total.

For further information, or to submit your proposal, please contact Rebecca Kindiak, Manager of Community Based Experiential Learning at 604-822-6133 or

Faculty are invited to apply for up to $5000 for the 2014/2015 academic year. Funding is intended to cover:

  • Student travel to remote locations
  • Student accommodation in remote locations
  • Community events related to student projects
  • (ex: catering or venues for consultation)
  • Events or workshops
  • Stipends for community partners who offer their time to support the student projects
  • Project supplies
  • Other costs directly related to the remote CBEL collaborations

Please note that only economy standard travel and accommodation will be funded.

Funds are not intended for capital investments such as the purchase of teleconferencing equipment.

Students who benefit from this funding will be expected to provide a short report, story, or video describing their experience working with a remote community partner.

Faculty members interested in accessing these funds should provide a brief (1-2 page) proposal including the following sections:

  1. Introduction: Provide a brief overview of your course, describe the community organization you are partnering with, the priorities they identify, and the nature and goals of the student projects. Note: if you have received these funds in the past, please articulate how this project differs from the previous year.
  2. Community as Co-Educators: Describe your relationship with the community partner, their capacity to act as a co-educator of UBC students, and the commitment they have offered to support the project (e.g. staff time, use of facilities etc).
  3. Learning Objectives: Offer a summary of the learning objectives for the remote project, and how they link to the wider learning objectives for your course.
  4. Budget: Please provide an itemized budget for the requested funding.

Learning Initiatives for Rural and Northern BC (LIRN BC) is a collaborative approach to building on the capacities of rural, remote and Northern British

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Learning Initiatives for Rural and Northern BC (LIRN BC) is a collaborative approach to building on the capacities of rural, remote and Northern British

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Are you a graduate student? Would you like to learn about citation management, thesis formatting, data management and more? Then make sure to check out our extensive listing of summer workshops below, care of Koerner Library’s Research Commons

The Research Commons is a collaborative initiative of UBC Library, the Centre for Teaching, Learning and Technology and the Faculty of Graduate and Postdoctoral Studies. It is supported by a UBC Teaching and Learning Enhancement Fund grant.




Citation Management Using Mendeley

If you 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 format in-text citations and bibliographies in your work.

This hands-on workshop introduces the main concepts of citation management and gives detailed instruction for installing and using Mendeley, one of the most popular citation management tools.

 July 8 | August 6


Citation Management Using RefWorks

This hands-on workshop introduces the main concepts of citation management and gives detailed instruction for using RefWorks, a popular citation management tool licensed by UBC Library.

July 2 | July 23


Citation Management Using Zotero

This hands-on workshop introduces the main concepts of citation management and gives detailed instruction for installing and using Zotero, one of the most popular citation management tools. 

June 25 | July 15 | August 13


Tips 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 and Postdoctoral 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: 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. 

June 26 | July 7 | August 7


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.

August 11


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 the 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.

June 16 | July 16 | August 11


Descriptive/Graphing Analysis with SPSS

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

June 17 | July 17 | August 12


Regression Analysis

Regression analysis is a statistical process for estimating relationships among variables. We can use regression to make quantitative predictions of one variable from the values of another. Do you wonder how to conduct 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! 

June 17 | July 17August 12

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