UBC Library is proud to commemorate the 150th anniversary of the publication of Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland with a new exhibition featuring items from Rare Books and Special Collections’ Alice 100 collection.

“We Feel Fine”: Big Data Observations about State Institutions and Social Inclusion
Dr. Victoria L. Lemieux, Associate Professor, University of British Columbia (on leave) and Senior Public Sector Specialist, The World Bank

Event Details

Abstract of the Talk: On December 17th, 2010, a Tunisian fruit vendor named Mohammed Bouazizi took a can of gasoline and set himself on fire in front of the local governor’s office. Bouazizi’s actions resulted from having his fruit cart confiscated by local police and his frustration at not obtaining an audience with the local governor; his death is said to have sparked what we now know as the “Arab Spring.” The events leading up to and during the Arab Spring raise questions of what causes citizens to protest against their governments? Theorists from different disciplines have put forward many explanations of such events but in this project, Dr. Lemieux discusses her work leading an international research team investigating the relationship between social protest and citizen trust. Though motivated by the Arab Spring, the study focuses on protests during the 2014 FIFA World Cup Football Event that took place in Brazil from 12 June – 13 July 2014. The study is an exploratory one in which the team has drawn upon public administration and political science literature relating to trust in government, as well as from literature on social protest theory from social psychology and sociology. Operationalizing the construct of trust in the study as a measure of the sentiment expressed in the content of twitter data, the team built a tool for and conducted a visual analysis of sentiment classified Twitter data to derive insights about the following research questions: 1) how did citizens feel about their state institutions around the time of the protests, 2) how did these feelings connect to their sentiments about Brazilian Federal and State Government and politicians and 3) how did such sentiments translate into collective behaviours? The results of the study reveal that the 2014 World Cup protests in Brazil sprang from a wide range of grievances coupled with a relative sense of deprivation compared with emergent comparative ‘standards’.  This sense of grievance gave rise to sentiments that activated online protest and may have led to other forms of social protest, such as street demonstrations.

Biography of the Speaker: Dr. Victoria Lemieux is a Senior Public Sector Specialist (Information Management) and an Associate Professor of Archival Studies at the University of British Columbia (on leave). She has held positions as a professional archivist, records manager and risk manager within the public sector and private sectors, and in higher education as an administrator and educator. She has also consulted previously for the United Nations, the Commonwealth Secretariat, and the World Bank. Her current research is focused on risk to the availability of trustworthy records, in particular in financial contexts, and how these risks impact upon transparency, financial stability, public accountability and human rights. She holds a doctorate from University College London (Archival Studies, 2002), which focused on the information-related causes of the Jamaican Banking Crisis and, since 2005, has been a Certified Information Systems Security Professional (CISSP). She is also the winner of the 2015 Emmett Leahy Award which recognizes an individual whose contributions and accomplishments have had a major impact on the records and information management profession.



This fall, UBC Library celebrates the legacy of the Harry Potter series and Vancouver’s special relationship with “the boy who lived” with a special exhibition at three library branches, featuring first editions of the books, stories and memorabilia from local businesses and people affected by the series. Share your Harry Potter memories with the Library via #harrypotterUBC.

Curated by Rare Books and Special Collections, the Harry Potter and the rain city exhibition is on display from October 6 to December 11, 2015 at three different Library branches:

You can use a special Marauder’s Map to visit each of the exhibition locations.

In addition to the exhibition, the Library is pleased to host two additional events:

Harry Potter, Brands of Magic

Colloquium hosted by David Lam Library

When: October 29 | 12:30-2:00pm
Where: Henry Angus Building, 2053 Main Mall, 9th floor

Five panelists discuss the impact and influence of the Harry Potter series on the city and people of Vancouver.

  • Gisele M. Baxter (UBC English)
  • Jamie Broadhurst (Raincoast Books, SFU Publishing Program)
  • Kevin McNeilly (UBC English)
  • Judith Saltman (UBC iSchool)
  • Phyllis Simon (Vancouver Kidsbooks)

Moderated by Darren Dahl from UBC’s Sauder School of Business.

RSVP by October 26 to hp.colloquium@ubc.ca.

Hallowe’en at Hogwarts West

Party hosted by Rare Books and Special Collections

When: October 30 | 1:00-3:00pm
Where: Irving K. Barber Learning Centre, 1961 East Mall, Rm 302 (Dodson Room)

Dress up as your favourite HP character for the Library’s Hallowe’en party! Join us for a costume contest, games, crafts, and light refreshments.

The party is free and open to the public, but tickets are required.

Limited tickets will be available beginning October 15 at Rare Books and Special Collections (Level One, IKBLC). Tickets may be picked up at RBSC Monday to Friday between 10am and 4pm, and are available on a first-come, first-served basis.


Please note that the exhibitions and events are in no way affiliated with the Harry Potter copyright owners, including J.K. Rowling, Warner Brothers Entertainment, Universal Studios, and Scholastic.


Chinese Language Librarian
Asian Library, UBC Library
Vancouver Campus
(50% FTE, Fixed Term Dec 1, 2015 – Nov 30, 2016) 

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. The UBC Library Strategic Plan 2010-2015 can be viewed at www.library.ubc.ca/strategicplan/. To learn more about working with UBC Library and to explore our aspirational values visit UBC Library – Why work with us.

The Asian Library is a hub of scholarship, learning and community connections, where research meets community.  The Asian Library’s collections, totalling over 637,000 volumes across Chinese, Japanese, Korean and Indic languages, provide key resources in support of teaching and research of Asian studies. The Council on East Asian Libraries consistently ranks UBC among the best in the world—#1 in Canada and #12 in library holdings across North America. The Asian Library’s rare and special materials further distinguish it as a top-tier research library. For more information about the Asian Library, please visit us at http://asian.library.ubc.ca/.


Provides reference, information services and collection development in support of Chinese studies. Assumes responsibility for liaison with scholars working with Chinese language materials. Provides instruction and assistance in the use of information resources. Supervises the handling and recording of Chinese materials. Routinely works with technical services staff (acquisitions, cataloguing, serials, and e-resources) relating to Chinese language materials. Participates in selection, configuration and presentation of electronic resources in the Chinese language. Acts as liaison with the Chinese specialists at the University and the Chinese-Canadian community, and serves on the University’s Chinese Studies committees. Participates in the development of library policies, procedures, and services as required.


  • Graduate degree from an accredited school of Library, Archival and Information Science
  • Excellent proficiency in reading, written, spoken Chinese as well as an excellent command of spoken and written English is required.
  • An academic background in Chinese history and literature is desirable.
  • Familiarity with the bibliography of Chinese language materials is essential.
  • Demonstrated knowledge of RDA, AACR2, LCSH, LC Classification, USMARC, LC/CanMarc formats is required.
  • Knowledge of the Pin-yin romanization system is essential.
  • Strong computer skills, including word-processing for English and Chinese, as well as knowledge of bibliographic databases.
  • Demonstrated ability to initiate, plan and carry out projects, both independently and as a member of a team
  • Knowledge of electronic information technologies and their applications to reference, as well as knowledge of best practices in online learning pedagogies
  • Strong interpersonal skills and the ability to work effectively as a member of a team
  • Ability to adjust to and accommodate changing demands within Libraries and academic institutions
  • Experience in an academic library setting


Reports to the Head, Asian Library. Consults with colleagues and faculty members on difficult issues. Supervises student assistants as required. Works with the cataloguers and the Head of the Central Technical Services in matters concerning original cataloguing.


  1. Provides reference and information services to faculty, students, and other users. As the librarian responsible for Chinese language materials, advises and assists in difficult or extensive searches and evaluations in this area. Uses the full range of electronic and print sources. Develops web resources to support and extend reference services.
  2. Develops and participates in instruction programs related to the Chinese language collection and the use of information sources. Undertakes specialized instructional programs. Prepares guides and handouts in electronic and paper formats and organizes user groups on the advanced use of electronic resources.
  3. Assists users in locating Chinese materials from other East Asian collections in North America and Asia and facilitates interlibrary loans when required.
  4. Initiates and maintains contact with faculty using the Chinese language collections. Participates in committee work as required.
  1. Selects material for the Chinese language collections and materials from the collection for storage, both print and electronic, according to curricular and research needs of faculty and students. Suggests new print and electronic serials titles based on faculty needs and monitors and evaluates the Chinese language periodical collections. Assists in the development of collection policies.
  2. For electronic material in Chinese language, works with the Head, Asian Library and other library staff to create access and resolve user support issues, which may include licensing, systems configuration, presentation and evaluation.
  3. Suggests new print and electronic serials titles based on faculty needs and monitors and evaluates the Chinese language periodical collections. Assists with the selection of materials for storage. Assists in the development of collection policies.
  4. Supports the work of Asian Language Team members in Central Technical Services. Provides subject expertise and/or assigns LC subject headings to Chinese language materials as required.
  5. Collects, collates and prepares Chinese monographs and serials for binding, ensuring binding quotas and deadlines are met.
  6. Supports the acquisition of Chinese materials including the EDI procedures and serials.
  7. Maintains and facilitates access to the Chinese special collections.
  8. Assesses, selects and processes materials received as gifts or on exchange. Performs monetary evaluations as required.
  9. Manages the Chinese book funds.
  10. Keeps up with literature and research developments in support of the Asian Library. Maintains expertise in electronic information resources and technologies and assists in the acquisition and application of Chinese software for technical services.
  11. Evening and weekend work may be required.
  1. Services as liaison with the Chinese-Canadian Community.
  2. Prepares or curates a book display or exhibit on China/Chinese Studies.
  3. Organizes a community engagement activities or events related to China/Chinese Studies.


This is a fixed term appointment from December 1, 2015 – November 30, 2016 at 50% FTE.

We are seeking applications from Librarians with up to 3 years of experience. However, all internal candidates will be considered regardless of years of experience and are encouraged to apply. Salary will be commensurate with experience and academic/professional qualifications.

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/21951 by midnight on November 7, 2015.

Image of Ashlyn fan art

Harry Potter fan art by native Vancouverite and children’s book author, Ashlyn Anstee

We are delighted to announce a new exhibition curated by Rare Books and Special Collections at UBC Library, Harry Potter and the Rain City!

The exhibition spans three UBC’s library branches and features books from the Harry Potter series that have been newly added to the RBSC collection, as well as stories and memorabilia from Vancouver-area people and businesses most deeply impacted by the series.

Now we want you to share your Harry Potter story with other fans across Vancouver, British Columbia, and the world! How has the Harry Potter series impacted and inspired you? What are some of your best Harry Potter memories? What has Harry Potter and the Potter fandom meant to you? What would you say to Mr. Potter (or his creator, J. K. Rowling) if you had the chance? Submissions will be posted to the RBSC blog as new content is received.

The exhibition Harry Potter and the Rain City is free and open to the public, with locations at the David Lam Library (2nd floor), Koerner Library (3rd floor), and the Irving K. Barber Learning Centre, Ridington Room (3rd floor). For more information, please contact Rare Books and Special Collections at 604 822-2521 or rare.books@ubc.ca.

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