One of the biggest industry trends of 2016 is the need for businesses to embrace millennials. According to the Deloitte 2016 Millennial Survey, millennials will make up three quarters of the world’s workforce by 2025 and Stats Canada, shows that millennials are now the largest generation in the Canadian workforce.

So who are millennials anyway? Millennials are typically referred to as those born between 1982 and 2000, also known as Generation Y. Though they are often presented in the media as being lazy and entitled, their impact on the workplace cannot be ignored, especially as more and more baby boomers retire.

When hiring millennials, consider the skills they already bring to the table:

They are technologically literate 

As a generation that has grown up using the internet for most, if not all of their lives, millennials are early adopters of new technologies and embrace their use quickly within the business context. As social media marketing becomes increasingly popular, millennials are your go-to employees for learning, maintaining and teaching others how to use the latest app or online tool.

They are open to collaboration

Likely because of their comfort with the constantly changing technological landscape, millennials do not fear change- they embrace it. Millennials often thrive in atypical office environments that utilize co-working spaces and online collaboration tools so that coworkers can learn from and motivate each other.

They can multi-task

While technology is often criticized for limiting attention spans, it has also afforded young professionals the ability to work on many tasks at once and to participate in numerous projects at the same time, be it remotely or in person. Consider ways that you can use this to your advantage. 

Though millennials are highly educated and skilled, according to the Deloitte survey, 66% of millennials expect to leave their current employer by 2020. This frightening statistic exemplifies many Gen Yer’s lack of company loyalty. In order to retain millennial workers, consider these 4 tips:

1. Offer flexibility and independence

Many millennials want the opportunity to work from home and the ability to set their own hours. While not every business can implement this, being open to the possibility and being flexible to change will appeal to younger employees.

2. Be socially consciousness

It is important for millennials to feel that the company they work for has more than just profit on the brain. Providing opportunities for workers to engage in philanthropic initiatives, or simply implementing some new green business practices will go a long way in maintaining young employees.

3. Offer good feedback

In Jay Gilbert’s article “The Millennials: A new generation of employees, a new set of engagement policies” (2011), he identifies that annual or semi-annual performance reviews are no longer enough and that millennials require clear feedback that is frequent and specific. Mentorship programs within the workplace are a great way for younger employees to receive consistent feedback without the entire onus being placed on the boss.

4. Provide leadership opportunities

Provide young employees with the opportunity to shine through leadership initiatives. Look at the skills they already possess and have them take the lead on training others. This will make them feel valued and will put their skills to full use.


As more and more of the older workforce retire, businesses must learn to evolve in order to attract young professionals. To do this, businesses must figure out ways to draw on the skills millennials naturally possess, while also considering the things Generation Y look for in a job, to ensure that you are hiring, training and retaining the best young talent.


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As teaching librarians, we introduce our students to knowledge organization structures that enable inquiry and curiosity in the library, but also use language and logic that we might otherwise contest. Students researching gender and sexual identities in our library catalogs, for example, must confront a controlled vocabulary that represents bias against them more than it does the reality of their own lives. These are pivotal moments, where students intersect with structures of power. Librarians engaged in critical work against dominant knowledge formations can both help students perceive the structures of power that enable some ways of knowing and not others, and help them understand those structures as subject to change. We can begin by understanding how librarians are produced in part by intersections with structures of power.

The Workshop for Instruction in Library Use (WILU) is Canada’s only conference devoted to library instruction, information literacy, and information fluency. Sessions explore both research-based and applied subject matter, and are attended by librarians from Canada, the United States, and beyond with a variety of teaching and learning interests. It is notable that WILU is not affiliated with any association or organizing body – instead, since its inception in 1972, it has been sustained and passed on from year to year through the collaborative efforts of hosting institutions.

Select Articles and Books Available at UBC Library

Accardi, M. T., Drabinski, E., & Kumbier, A. (2010). Critical library instruction: Theories and methods. Duluth, Minn: Library Juice Press. [Available at Irving K. Barber Learning Centre – Z711.25.C65 C75 2010]

Drabinski, E. (2012). Forum:Radical teacheras an online and open access journal. The Radical Teacher, (94), 3-13. doi:10.5406/radicalteacher.94.0003 [Link]

Drabinski, E. (2013). Queering the catalog: Queer theory and the politics of correction. The Library Quarterly: Information, Community, Policy, 83(2), 94-111. doi:10.1086/669547 [Link]

Drabinski, E. (2014). Toward a kairos of library instruction. Journal of Academic Librarianship, 40(5), 480-485. doi:10.1016/j.acalib.2014.06.002 [Link]

Drabinski, E. (2016). Valuing professionalism: Discourse as professional practice. Library Trends, 64(3), 604-614. [Link]

Langholt, J. (2012). Critical library instruction: Theories and methods. edited by maria T. accardi, emily drabinski, and alana kumbier. duluth, MN: Library juice press, 2010. pp. xvi+341. ISBN 978–1-936117-01-7. The Library Quarterly, 82(1), 93-96. doi:10.1086/662949 [Link]

UBC Library Research Guides

Learning Technology

Library, Information, and Archival Studies

LAW LIBRARY level 3: BP388.H86 Z37 2015
Houchang Zargarpour, Human Rights and Spirituality (New Delhi: Royal Falcon Books, 2015).

LAW LIBRARY learning commons (level 2): HT167 .J33 2011
Jane Jacobs, The Death and Life of Great American Cities (New York: Modern Library, 2011).

LAW LIBRARY reference room (level 2): KE875 .M33 2016
Bruce MacDougall, Misrepresentation (Toronto: LexisNexis, 2016).

LAW LIBRARY reference room (level 2): KE1198 .H54 2016
Gordon Hilliker, Liability Insurance Law in Canada, 6th ed. (Toronto: LexisNexis, 2016).

LAW LIBRARY reference room (level 2): KE8386 .M48 2016
Graeme Mew, Law of Limitations, 3d ed. (Toronto: LexisNexis Canada, 2016).

LAW LIBRARY learning commons (level 2): PQ2286 .A38 2015
Victor Hugo, Les Misérables translated by Christine Donougher (New York: Penguin Books, 2015).

LAW LIBRARY level 3: KE7709 .B6738 2016
John Borrows, Freedom and Indigenous Constitutionalism (Toronto: University of Toronto Press, 2016)

LAW LIBRARY learning commons (level 2): PR9262.E86 S49 2015
William Deverell, Sing a Worried Song (Toronto: ECW Press, 2015)
Online access:

LAW LIBRARY learning commons (level 2): PS3545.O8 C28 2003
Herman Wouk, The Caine Mutiny: A Novel of World War II (New York: Back Bay Books, 2003, ©1979).

LAW LIBRARY learning commons (level 2): PS3565.S38 P36 2011
John Jay Osborn, Jr., The Paper Chase, 40th anniversary ed. (San Francisco: Peninsula Road Press, 2011, ©1971).

LAW LIBRARY learning commons (level 2): PS3573.O526 B6 2004
Tom Wolfe, The Bonfire of the Vanities (New York: Picador, 2004).

LAW LIBRARY learning commons (level 2): PS8615.A74 C64 2015
R.J. Harlick, A Cold White Fear: A Meg Harris Mystery (Toronto: Dundurn Press, 2015).

LAW LIBRARY level 3: K3171 .K86 2016
yŏn’gu ch’aegimja Kim Hwan-hak, Kunsa pŏbwŏn ŭi tongnipsŏng e kwanhan Hŏnpŏpchŏk koch’al
군사 법원 의 독립성 에 관한 헌법적 고찰 / 연구 책임자 김 환학
([Sŏul-si] : Hŏnpŏp Chaep’anso, Hŏnpŏp Chaep’an Yŏn’guwŏn, 2016).
([서울시] : 헌법 재판소, 헌법 재판 연구원, 2016).

LAW LIBRARY level 3: K3240 .S24 2016
yŏn’gu ch’aegimja Chŏng Yŏng-hun, Sahoejŏk kibonkwŏn ch’imhae yŏbu ŭi simsa kijun e kwanhan kŏmt’o
사회적 기본권 침해 여부 의 심사 기준 에 관한 검토 / 연구책임자 정 영훈.
([Sŏul-si ] : Hŏnpŏp Chaep’anso, Hŏnpŏp Chaep’an Yŏn’guwŏn, 2016).
([서울시 ] : 헌법 재판소, 헌법 재판 연구원, 2016).

LAW LIBRARY level 3: KF3465 .M54 2016
yŏn’gu ch’aegimja Kim Chi-yŏn, Miguk ŭi koyongsang yŏllyŏng ch’abyŏl kŭmji pŏpche
미국 의 고용상 연령 차별 금지 법제 / 연구 책임자 김 지연.
([Sŏul-si] : Hŏnpŏp Chaep’anso, Hŏnpŏp Chaep’an Yŏn’guwŏn, 2016).
([서울시] : 헌법 재판소, 헌법 재판 연구원, 2016).

LAW LIBRARY level 3: KJE5156 .C56 2016
yŏn’gu ch’aegimja Kim Sŏn-hŭi, Chonggyo ŭi chayu wa chonggyojŏk tawŏnjuŭi rŭl wihan kukka ŭi chungnip : Yurŏp Inkwŏn Chaep’anso p’an’gyŏl ŭl chungsim ŭro
종교 의 자유 와 종교적 다원주의 를 위한 국가 의 중립 : 유럽 인권 재판소 판결 을 중심 으로 / 연구 책김자 김 선희.
([Sŏul-si ] : Hŏnpŏp Chaep’anso, Hŏnpŏp Chaep’an Yŏn’guwŏn, 2016).
([서울시] : 헌법 재판소, 헌법 재판 연구원, 2016).

LAW LIBRARY level 3: KJJ2070 .O88 2016
yŏn’gu ch’aegimja Hŏ Wan-jung, Osŭt’ŭria Hŏnpŏp chaep’an chedo e kwanhan yŏn’gu
오스트리아 헌법 재판 제도 에 관한 언구 / 연 구 책임자 허 완중.
([Sŏul-si] : Hŏnpŏp Chaep’anso, Hŏnpŏp Chaep’an Yŏn’guwŏn , 2016).
([서울시] : 헌법 재판소, 헌법 재판 연구원 , 2016).

LAW LIBRARY level 3: KPA641 .C538 2016
Hŏnpŏp Chaep’anso, Hŏnpŏp Chaep’an Yŏn’guwŏn ; Yŏn’gu ch’aegimja Yi Chang-hŭi, Chaesankwŏn ŭi kaenyŏm kwa pyŏnhwa
재산권 의 개념 과 변화 / 헌법 재판소, 헌법 재판 연구원 ; 연구 책임자 이 장희.
([Sŏul-si] : Hŏnpŏp Chaep’anso, Hŏnpŏp Chaep’an Yŏn’guwŏn, 2016).
([서울시] : 헌법 재판소, 헌법 재판 연구원, 2016).

The Architizer blog covers UBC Library's highly specialized PARC facility, built by DGBK Architects.



“As Open Access becomes a more and more familiar concept, we must focus on the small steps everyone can take to make openness in research a reality.”

— Heather Joseph, Executive Director of SPARC® (the Scholarly Publishing and Academic Resources Coalition)


Recently, [i]n conjunction with this year’s Open Access Week Advisory Committee, SPARC [announced that] the theme for this year’s 9th International Open Access Week, to be held October 24-30, will be “Open in Action.”

International Open Access Week has always been about action, and this year’s theme encourages all stakeholders to take concrete steps to make their own work more openly available and encourage others to do the same. From posting pre-prints in a repository to supporting colleagues in making their work more accessible, this year’s Open Access Week will focus on moving from discussion to action in opening up our system for communicating research.


Established by SPARC and partners in the student community in 2008, International Open Access Week is an opportunity to take action in making openness the default for research—to raise the visibility of scholarship, accelerate research, and turn breakthroughs into better lives. This year’s Open Access Week will be held from October 24th through the 30th; however, those celebrating the week are encouraged to schedule local events whenever is most suitable during the year.


Read the entire SPARC announcement here


Curious about past Open Access Week events at UBC? Click here


Want to find other Open UBC resources? Click here


Above excerpt in italics is courtesy of SPARC and above photo is courtesy of JISC


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