UBC Library

The University of British Columbia Library is one of the largest academic libraries in Canada and 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.

Read the UBC Library Strategic Plan 2010-2015.


Faculty of Law

University of British Columbia’s Peter A. Allard School of Law, one of Canada’s leading law schools, is committed to being one of the world’s great centres for legal education and research. As part of an outstanding public university situated in one of the most open, diverse and beautiful places in the world, we offer an inspiring environment that combines rigorous professional legal training with an awareness of the role of law in society.

The Allard School of Law offers a varied program of instruction in a broad array of legal fields to academically talented and diverse law students in the JD, LLM, LLM CL, Tax LLM and PhD programs. Our faculty members encourage students to develop creative and effective approaches to legal analysis and problem solving. UBC Law is housed in a new, state of the art law building, Allard Hall, designed to fully support teaching and research. Find more information about the UBC Faculty of Law.


Overview of the position

Provides access to the collection and meets the information needs of Law Library clientele.  Provides reference, research and instructional services; develops and maintains online learning resources; develops and maintains the collection; evaluates and promotes collections and services.  Participates in the operations and management of the Law Library.




  • A graduate degree from an accredited school of Library, Archival and Information Science.
  • Relevant professional experience appropriate to academic law librarianship.
  • Familiarity with legal bibliography and legal research methods.
  • Strong oral and written communication, interpersonal, and computer skills.
  • Ability to work both independently and within a team environment.
  • Commitments to responsive and innovative information services and to professional growth.


  • A law degree from a common law jurisdiction.  
  • Collection development experience in an academic library.  
  • Experience in course design and delivery, both online and in a classroom setting.  




  • Provides research and reference services to UBC students, staff, and faculty; members of the legal profession; and members of the public.
  • Supports the research needs and the dissemination of research results of Law faculty and graduate students.
  • Prepares and maintains research and course guides, to support the Law Library’s reference and instruction program.
  • Provides training for support staff to enable them to participate in the Law Library’s information services.
  • Contributes content for print signage, digital signage, faculty newsletters, display cases, etc.
  • Contributes to the ongoing presentation, functionality, and content of the Law Library website.
  • Evaluates and promotes information services.


  • Selects materials for purchase in specified jurisdictions and subject areas.
  • Responsible for the selection, ordering, technical troubleshooting and maintenance of the electronic resources.  Liaises with vendors regarding potential new subscriptions, price negotiations, technical platform issues, and product specifications.   
  • Participates in collection development projects, including the evaluation, deselecting, and relocating of materials.
  • Identifies materials suitable for digitization, seeks funding opportunities, and completes grant applications.
  • Develops and maintains a casual reading collection for the Law Library.
  • Promotes collections.


  • Teaches in the first-year legal research and writing programme, the second and third year refresher programmes, advanced legal research classes, as well as subject-specific classes.
  • Develops course content, teaches workshops and classes, and evaluates their success. 
  • Coordinates requests for legal research instruction from outside of the Faculty of Law.
  • Conducts orientation sessions and provides tours.


  • Participates in the institutional development of law librarianship through membership in, and contributions to, professional associations.
  • Participates in the work of the UBC Library system and the campus community by serving on relevant task forces and committees.

Working relationships

Reports to the Head of the Law Library.  Works with faculty, staff and students in the Faculty of Law and elsewhere at UBC.  May supervise the work of library assistants and manage projects and services.

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.

We are seeking applications from Librarians with up to 7 years of experience.  However, all internal candidates will be considered regardless of years of experience and are encouraged to apply.

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 by midnight on March 26, 2015.

Nodwell“High key” is a traditional style of photography that uses soft lighting for reduced contrast with white backgrounds. In this exhibit, I have played loosely with a high key type of approach in order to create a mood or atmosphere. By exposing only the key elements of an image, leaving the rest to be guessed or imagined, the photographs express a sense of mystery or have a dream-like quality.  I have called this series, “Essences” because the eye is drawn to elements of the photograph that might be overlooked in a more conventionally exposed image.

These photographs are created almost entirely in the camera by selecting a certain exposure at the time of taking the photo.  Post-processing work is limited to “developing” the image digitally. That means working with the image in Lightroom to produce the best possible print, without substantially changing the image.

The photographs in this exhibit were taken in Vancouver, B.C.; Paris, France; and China.

Artist Bio

Evelyn Nodwell, an Anthropologist and Ph.D. graduate of UBC, attended the Alberta College of Art for two years before moving to Vancouver. She has taken photography workshops with masters such as Sharron Milstein, Nevada Weir and Sam Abell, as well as taken classes in Langara College’s Photography Program.

Evelyn had a one-month solo exhibit at the Dr. Sun Yat-Sen Classical Chinese Gardens, Vancouver; exhibited in the Art Museum of Guiyang in China as a member of an artists’ exchange group; and had an image in DarkroomGallery.com. She began 2015 with an exhibit in The Gallery at Highcroft throughout January; through The Ferry Building Gallery, has contracted a solo exhibit at the West Vancouver City Hall in May; and in April will be exhibiting at the Burnaby Art Gallery and Deer Lake Gallery along with British Columbian and visiting Chinese artists.

Evelyn has had prints in the Burnaby Art Gallery Sales and Rental division; and has had photos published in Canadian Geographic Magazine, The Province newspaper and Vancouver Coast and Mountains Tourism publications. She has given photography workshops and presentations, and judges for camera clubs. Her images regularly score in the top 2-10% in local competitions.

As an anthropologist and independent filmmaker, Evelyn Nodwell has worked in British Columbia and India. Based on her research in India, she produced two television documentaries in collaboration with Knowledge Network.

This exhibition runs from March 2 to April 15, 2015 at the Irving K. Barber Learning Centre, 2nd floor foyer exhibition gallery space.

To see photos of this exhibition, please click here.

A Discorder magazine cover, circa 1985, featuring Grapes of Wrath.

A Discorder magazine cover, circa 1985, featuring Grapes of Wrath.

Indie music aficionados can now comb through a 30 year online archive of one of Vancouver’s longest running magazines, Discorder, thanks to a collaboration between CiTR 101.9 FM Radio and UBC Library’s Digitization Centre. The Library has completed digitization of the magazine’s entire run, beginning from February 1983 to the present, providing a retrospective look at Vancouver’s independent music and arts and culture scene.

“This project provided a great opportunity for UBC Library’s digitization program to open doors to current and new fans of this important publication and to digitally preserve a key piece of Vancouver’s cultural history, “ says Bronwen Sprout, Head of Digital Programs and Services at the Library.


Dedicated to covering local music, arts and culture, Discorder – published by CiTR, UBC’s student radio society – has chronicled the stories of bands forming and breaking up, venues opening and closing, musician collaborations and jams on different projects, reviews of long-forgotten albums, and shows that describe the grit and glory of Vancouver’s music scene.


“If it’s not online, it didn’t happen,” says Susanne Tabata, a CiTR alumni Susanne Tabata and the filmmaker behind Bloodied But Unbowed, a history of Vancouver’s punk music scene. Tabata is aware of the work involved with scouring archives to tell a story about Vancouver’s past and believes that the digitization of the historical archives will provide “cultural reference points for writers, journalists, musicians, historians, designers, and artists.”


CiTR is currently embarking on its annual Fundrive, to raise $40,000 to launch a new website and continue digitizing its collection of reel-to-reels. This audio includes live performances of local bands throughout the 90’s, including Maow, Destroyer, D.B.S. and more.

This year the University of British Columbia marks the 100th anniversary of its opening for classes and research in 1915. To help commemorate the centennial, the University Archives has undertaken several social media initiatives utilizing its extensive historical collections. The most recent such project has been to set up an account on the photo-sharing social media site Flickr.

The Flickr account for UBC Archives was established in February 2015 to promote both the centennial and the University Archives’ historical resources by featuring a selection of photographs from our collections. The “ubcarchives” photostream features those images that we feel best document various facets of UBC’s history, including student life, prominent administrators and faculty, the built environment, important events, and the University’s relationship with the broader community.

Selected photographs are uploaded as high-resolution scanned digital images in either TIF or JPEG format. Metadata for each image are derived from the textual descriptions of each image presented in our existing UBC Archives Photograph Collection. Each image is “tagged” with UBC-related subject headings, such as “Main_Mall”, “Basketball”, and “Graduation”. Those images showing a recognizable geographic location are linked to the Flickr “Map” feature. The entire Flickr collection is organized into “Albums” based on broad categories such as “Students”, “World War I”, and “First Nations”.

Our photostream is not intended as a replacement for our existing on-line digital photograph collection, hosted by UBC Library’s Digital Collections. In that database, more than 40,000 digitized images and associated metadata are administered in-house as part of a very rich collection of digitized resources unique to the University. Our Flickr account is primarily intended to showcase the best of our photographic holdings and promote the University’s centennial year to the world-wide Flickr audience.

The ubcarchives photostream was launched with 100 images. In the coming months we will continue to add more images that we feel effectively document the history of our University.

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