constructionApologies for the longer than expected downtime of Summon,  the Citation Linker (UBC eLink) and the eJournal Portal over the weekend of October 29th & 30th.

These systems are maintained by a 3rd-party provider (ProQuest) on servers located off campus (meaning, in “the Cloud”). Initially, they expected the downtime to be two brief windows on Saturday. However, as several folks have noticed, the downtime extended into Sunday.

Per an email notice from ProQuest:

We would like to apologize and inform you that our maintenance work is taking longer than expected. We understand and regret the impact that this has on you and your library’s users.

We believe everything is working now. If you experienced an error message over the past weekend with searching or linking from the Library website, please clear the history (cache & cookies) from your browser and re-try.

If problems persist, contact us via our Help Form.


Chosŏn and Qing discussions of their relationship from the mid-1870s to the early 1880s suggest strategic understandings of existing institutions and their limitations as informed by the rapidly changing geopolitical, economic, and technological geographies of the day. Indeed, the debates of this period produced a new vision of the Qing-Chosŏn relationship that would have eliminated large swaths of tributary practice in an effort to enable Chosŏn to participate in the currents of the global modern on its own terms and thereby become a strong albeit junior partner of the Qing Empire in world affairs. This future of bounty and vitality, however, was to become a vision doubly lost, first by virtue of Qing military occupation and political interventions and then again through generations of occidentalist elision in the fields of history and IR alike. This paper recovers this vision with particular attention to its embrace of the global modern as a move toward a critical pluralism that creates disciplinary dialogues between history and critical IR. This is part of One Asia Forum’s Talk Series which will also feature guest speaker Professor Joshua Van Lieu from LaGrange College.


Event Details

Date and Time: November 17, 2016 4:00-6:00 pm

Where: Irving K. Barber Learning Centre Room 461

About the speaker: Dr. Van Lieu is a historian of early modern and modern East Asian politics, thought, and international relations. He received his doctoral degree from the University of Washington in the histories of Chosŏn Korea and Late Imperial China. Having served as assistant editor and book review editor of The Journal of Korean Studies, Dr. Van Lieu currently is an assistant professor and the Curriculum Director for Asian Studies at LaGrange College.  He has published on nineteenth-century Qing-Chosŏn tribute politics, the historiography of reform movements in late Chosŏn Korea, the roles of state Guanti cults in Ming, Qing, and Chosŏn narratives of state legitimacy, and critical approaches to historical international relations.

This event is open to public.

On Saturday, October 29, our Citation Linker (UBC eLink) and the eJournal Portal was down from 9:00 a.m. to 10:00 am and again from 12:00 p.m. to 4:00 pm. This impacted some searches in the Library Catalogue and in Summon. Unfortunately, maintenance work led to a longer than expected downtime on October 30 as well.

Please note that Summon and UBC eLink are maintained via a third-party provider external to UBC. 

Our apologies and thanks for your patience. We understand and regret the impact that this interruption had on affected Library users. Please report any issues through the Library’s Electronic Resources help form.

Did you know that  “Open Access Week” at UBC is happening October 24-30, 2016? Open Access is a movement encouraging the removal of barriers to scholarly research so that scholarly work is accessible to people everywhere. Access is available to everyone: students, policy makers, health care workers, professionals, educators, scholars in the developing world, and the public. This […]
The Council of Prairie and Pacific University Libraries (COPPUL) is pleased to recognize Bronwen Sprout of the University of British Columbia Library with its 2016 Outstanding Contribution Award.

It’s Open Access Week 2016, a chance to celebrate practices that promote Open Access, Open Data and Open Education. This year’s theme is “Open in Action”, an opportunity to highlight key activities that the academic and scholarly community is taking to support and expand open access initiatives.

Here at the Digitization Centre we are proud to value the principles of openness, and are always looking into ways we can improve our participation and expand our contribution. To celebrate Open Access Week 2016, we’ve released the Digitization Centre’s 2015/2016 Impact Report! In this latest assessment, you can learn about all of the interesting projects we’ve been working on over the past 12 months, and some of the great content that has been digitized.


Detail of page from One Hundred Poets | 百人一首

The report highlights the exciting launch of our online digital portal Open Collections in October 2015, and includes statistics on the number of unique site visits to the portal, as well as our most popular collections.

Here are some interesting facts detailed in the report:

  • Open Collections has had over 1 million visitors in its first 12 months!
  • The Digitization Centre has had partnerships with both the Department of Near Eastern and Classical Studies, as well as the CiTR Student Radio Society, to complete digitization projects.
  • Staff at the digitization Centre have been working on a project to capture ephemeral online content related to B.C. and UBC through the web archiving tool, Archive-It.

One of the most favourited images on Flickr this past year!

To learn more about what we’ve been up to this past year, check out our Impact Report under “Reports” in our website’s Documentation section. And to learn more about how you can participate in Open Access Week 2016, click here.

The Fall 2016 issue of the University of Toronto's Faculty of Information magazine for alumni, Informed, looks at UBC's Digital Tattoo Project.

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