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.

In a collaborative effort between the UBC Library Digitization Centre and CiTR 101.9 FM, the Student Radio Society of the University of British Columbia, we have completed digitizing the entire run of the Discordera magazine devoted to in-depth coverage of Vancouver’s independent music scene and published by CiTR 101.9 FM. This collection greatly enhances access to a rare slice of Vancouver’s music history as it provides extensive documentation of 30+ years of music and culture unique to the city.

The Discorder has been published continuously from February 1983 to the present, making it the longest running independent music magazine in Vancouver. Issues include articles, reviews, photos, features, interviews and advertisements. In recent years, Discorder has extended its scope to include coverage of local artists, books, films and other cultural materials.

The UBC Library Digitization Centre will continue to add issues to the collection as they are published.

Click here to access Discorder through our Digital Collections.

Below are some sample images of the issues in the collection.








Don’t forget to check out the full collection online

LAW LIBRARY level 3: HB3530.B7 L38 2014
Vennu Saini, ed., Diversity Profile of British Columbia, 4th ed. (Vancouver: Law Foundation of British Columbia, 2014).
Online access:

LAW LIBRARY level 3: KE8402 .W56 2014
Warren K. Winkler, Paul M. Perell, Jasminka Kalajdzic & Alison Warner, The Law of Class Actions in Canada (Toronto: Canada Law Book, a division of Thomson Reuters, 2014).

LAW LIBRARY level 3: KZ184.5 .O34 2009
Oegyo T’ongsangbu P’yŏnghwa Oegyo Kihoektan ; chipp’il, Yi Wŏn-ik [and 11 others]. Oeguk p’yŏnghwa hyŏpchŏng sarye yŏn’gu
외국 평화 협정 사례 연구 / 외교 통상부 평화 외교 기획단 ; 집필, 이 원익 [and 11 others]
(Sŏul T’ŭkpyŏlsi: Oegyo T’ongsangbu, 2009).
(서울 특별시 : 외교 통상부, 2009).

This talk is an informal and open forum that aims to bring the latest and greatest ideas in the area of the Life Sciences to the public. Each event is free to attend and will include a talk, networking opportunities and reception. This series focuses on Personalized Medicine and how the Life Sciences Institute faculty, staff and students are working to change clinical practice, improve health outcomes, and reduce health costs.  In partnership with the Irving K. Barber Learning Centre’s Health Information Series, an ongoing public lecture series that take place in the Lower Mainland community, this talk will also be recorded for webcast viewing at a later date. 


Martin Dawes, MD, PhD
Head, UBC Department of Family Practice

What is personalized medicine?

Pieter Cullis, PhD
Director, UBC Life Sciences Institute; Professor, Department of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology

How can we harness knowledge of our molecules?

Bruce McManus, MD, PhD
Professor, UBC Department of Pathology & Laboratory Medicine; Co-Director, Institute for Heart + Lung Health; CEO, Centre of Excellence for Prevention of Organ Failure (PROOF Centre)

What does my own genome tell me?

Ida Goodreau
Adjunct Professor, UBC Sauder School of Business; Director of Strategy, UBC Centre for Healthcare Management

Is brain failure inevitable?

Teresa Liu-Ambrose, PhD, PT
Associate Professor, UBC Department of Physical Therapy; Canada Research Chair in Physical Activity, Mobility, and Cognitive Neuroscience

Can we move from sick-care to health-care?

Larry Lynd, PhD
Professor, UBC Pharmaceutical Sciences; Director, UBC Collaboration for Outcomes Research and Evaluation (CORE)

Paper Cutting Activity at Irving K. Barber Learning Centreram_facebook_cover851x315
You are invited to celebrate the Lunar New Year by trying your hand at making traditional Lunar New Year paper cutting decorations. Booth will be located on Level 2 near the Centre for Teaching, Learning and Technology.

  • Date: February 26
  • Time: 11:30am – 1:30pm
  • Location: Irving K. Barber Library – Level 2. Use the East Mall or Main Mall entrance
  • Cost: FREE

The 2013/14 Report of the University Librarian to the Senate is now available. Read about our highlights from last year including our new study and collaboration spaces, additions to our physical and digital collections, initiatives to strengthen our ties with the First Nations and Asian communities and more. Learn about our upcoming plans as we move into the final year of the Library strategic plan.

View the entire report below or download the PDF.


Freedom to Read Week

Freedom to Read Week is an annual event encouraging Canadians to think about and reaffirm their commitment to intellectual freedom. Drop by our event celebrating Freedom to Read Week on February 24, 9 am – 3:30 pm in the Dodson Room (302), Irving K. Barber Learning Centre. 

At 12 pm, there will be featured panel discussion moderated by UBC University Librarian Ingrid Parent, on how intellectual freedom is lived through everyday life experience and work.

This event is organized by the BCLA/CLA Student Chapter at UBC and the ALA Student Chapter at UBC.

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