Maybe you’ve heard the buzz here. Maybe you’ve got a hankering for learning a little more about ancient dinner invitations or old papyri from Egypt- either way you’ve come to the right place! This week’s blog is all about the newly digitized ancient artifacts up on our website right now!

The two ancient papyri pieces, believed to have originated in the second century AD, have been stored at one of our favorite collaborators, Rare Books and Special Collections, since 1932. Historian (and skilled papryrologist!) Arthur Edward Romilly Boak, in conjunction with the University of Michigan where he was a professor, donated the papyri in 1932 to the UBC Library.

The first scrap is an invitation to a Sarapis dinner – a.k.a a dinner honoring the Egyptian God Sarapis who represented both abundance and resurrection.


Invitation to a dinner honouring a god …Translation: Ancient Egyptians like to party down

The second is a fragment of a letter from an anonymous writer to his/her mother. As with all letters written to mothers, the writer promises come visit soon and in turn asks the mother visit the writer at their home as well.


Whether it’s AD or BC letters to your mother never change.

These letters remained under wraps until 2014 when Classics PhD student Chelsea Gardner went to RBSC to check out out more about Stone to Screen projects here!

One of the genius (is genius-superhero going too far?) librarians at RBSC told Gardner about the papyri. Gardner alerted Professor Toph Marshall to the papyri, and he has since written a paper on them and submitted it for publication.

These papyri are part of a collection known as Ancient Artifacts. Stay tuned for more information on the cuneiform tablets, mentioned above, coming soon!

UBC Library Technical Services is seeking a European Collections Support Assistant to perform cataloguing (MARC and non-MARC) for materials in all formats, primarily with English Language and European language content.

The successful candidate will have:

  • High school graduation, a two year Library Technician diploma and four years of related experience or an equivalent combination of education and experience.
  • Oral and written fluency in English.
  • Excellent reading comprehension of one or more European languages (particularly French, German, Spanish, Russian or Italian) is required
  • Reading comprehension of one or more Asian languages (particularly Japanese, Korean, Hindi, Urdu, Punjabi, Sanskrit, Malay, Persian) is desirable.
  • Ability to understand bibliographic records and to apply online searching strategies in library databases at an advanced level.
  • Ability to use OCLC Connexion and Voyager cataloging modules preferred.
  • Ability to use Microsoft Office (particularly Outlook, Word and Excel) at an intermediate level.

Please see the attached PDF for a complete job description and list of qualifications.



Salary will start at $43, 492 per annum. A full range of benefits will also be offered including dental and extended health plans, vacation starting at 3 weeks, a staff pension plan and a tuition fee benefit program.


Application Procedure

Please send your application including a CV and Cover Letter to by midnight on Sunday, July 19, 2015.

UBC hires on the basis of merit and is strongly committed to equity and diversity within its community. We especially welcome applications from visible minority group members, women, Aboriginal persons, persons with disabilities, persons of minority sexual orientations and gender identities, and others with the skills and knowledge to productively engage with diverse communities. All qualified candidates are encouraged to apply; however Canadians and permanent residents will be given priority.

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