UBC Library branches will be closing early on Monday December 19, 2016 due to winter weather conditions.

The following branches will close at 3:00 PM today:

  • David Lam Library
  • Music, Art, and Architecture Library
  • Xwi7xwa Library
  • Education Library
  • Law Library
  • Asian Library
  • Biomedical Branch 

The following branches will close at 5:00 PM today:

  • Koerner Library
  • Woodward Library

The Irving K. Barber Learning Centre will remain open 24/7.

Please refer to UBC.ca for additional updates.

Librarian, Southern Medical Program
Fixed Term Appointment (Leave Replacement), 1 year, 0.75 FTE
The University of British Columbia | Okanagan Campus

Job ID: 25276
Position No: 00043461
Anticipated Start Date: March 1, 2017


The Library at UBC’s Okanagan campus invites applications from recently graduated, innovative, enthusiastic, service-oriented librarians for a 0.75 FTE, 1 year fixed term position as Librarian, Southern Medical Program. The successful candidate will be a key member of UBC’s distributed medical program administered by the Faculty of Medicine and will have specific responsibility for library services associated with the Southern Medical Program located at the Okanagan campus of UBC.

Reporting jointly to the Associate Chief Librarian at the UBC Okanagan Library and the Regional Associate Dean, Interior, the Librarian, Southern Medical Program, provides leadership in the creation, development, and delivery of instructional programs, collections and services to the students and faculty involved in the Southern Medical Program. The Librarian, Southern Medical Program, is active within the Faculty of Medicine, working closely with colleagues at UBC’s Vancouver campus, the University of Northern British Columbia and the University of Victoria. The successful candidate will be a key collaborator at teaching hospitals and clinical sites within the Interior Health Authority. The Librarian, Southern Medical Program, prepares and monitors the annual budget for library collections and services for the Southern Medical Program. Supervision of a library assistant may be required.

The Librarian, Southern Medical Program, will also contribute to reference services and participates in the overall planning for library services and spaces at the Okanagan Campus Library. They will also assume liaison duties in Human Kinetics and Biology.


Required: A graduate degree from an accredited school of Library, Archival and Information Science; knowledge of library systems and applications; demonstrated competencies in reference and instructional methodologies in an academic, hospital or research setting, with an emphasis on evidence based practice; excellent organizational and analytical skills; excellent written and oral communication skills including the ability to communicate at a distance; proven ability to work well independently and within large and complex teams; commitment to developing professional knowledge and skills on a continuing basis; the ability and willingness to travel to various locations in British Columbia as required. Some weekend and evening work will be required.

Preferred: Academic library experience; a background working in health sciences libraries and with emerging technologies; e-resource acquisition and evaluation experience.


Reports jointly to the Associate Chief Librarian at UBC’s Okanagan campus Library and the Regional Associate Dean, Interior. Coordinates activities with other Librarians at UBC’s Okanagan campus and collaborates with Librarians throughout the UBC Library system. Works closely with colleagues in other units within UBC. Works with faculty, students, staff and the public.


  • Provides in-depth reference service for medical sciences, assigned liaison subject areas, and participates in an on-call rota. Provision of these services may take place on campus or remotely, and will include services provided in relevant hospital or health authority settings.
  • Liaises with SMP researchers and students conducting research.
  • Participates in teaching in the Informatics program with a particular emphasis on information literacy and support of evidence-based practice.
  • Develops web and print instructional materials for faculty and students, including web-based subject research guides.
  • Participates in the general orientation and instruction programme.
  • Provides health sciences related instruction for reference librarians and assistants.
  • Tutors a small group in the first year or second year case-based learning, as required.
  • Participates in curriculum renewal.
  • Selects appropriate material for the medical sciences reference and reserve collections.
  • Develops a strategy for building knowledge of the reference and main collections and keeps abreast of new resources.
  • Selects print and digital resources for the main collection in medical sciences, in collaboration with SMP faculty and with medical sciences librarians from partner universities
  • Develops and reviews collections policies and vendor profiles on a regular basis.
  • Undertakes self-initiated reviews of reference and general collections relying on established guidelines for withdrawal or removal to compact shelving.
  • Participates on SMP and library committees and assists, as appropriate, in other short-term library projects.
  • Participates on Library and University committees, councils, task forces and teams.
  • Actively participates in and collaborates with UBC Faculty of Medicine to ensure a smooth transition of curriculum renewal as it pertains to library services and pilot projects in the Southern Medical Program.
  • Develops and maintains an active, collaborative working relationship with the medical librarians in the partner hospital and university libraries.
  • Develops and maintains an active, collaborative working relationship with SMP faculty, staff, and students on matters dealing with informatics, collections and reference activities.
  • Develops and maintains an active, collaborative relationship with UBC librarians regarding the planning and provision of library collections, services and space on the Okanagan Campus.
  • Develops, monitors and reports on accountability measures for SMP library services.
  • Accepts responsibility for personal continuing professional education.
  • Willingly develops skills beyond the job’s parameters and assumes appropriate leadership.
  • Keeps up-to-date on developments in library service, resources and technology and on broader issues that affect the practice of librarianship.
  • Participates in appropriate professional organizations.
  • Undertakes research and engages in scholarship as appropriate.
  • Monitors fiscal year expenditures of relevant departments/programs and deals with over expenditures according to established principles.
  • Develops the annual SMP library budget in concert with other undergraduate medicine program librarians. Working with the SMP Financial Officer and SMP Administrative Director, prepares the draft budget request for submission to the Undergraduate Medical Education Executive (UMEX).
  • Interprets and communicates UBC Library policies and procedures to faculty, staff, and students and keeps up-to-date on the latest library policies and procedures.
  • Contributes to the policy and planning discussions in various forums as part of the Libraries’ strategic planning activity.
  • Provides direction and manages staff performing functions of an administrative nature within the Library.


  • Provision of effective and professional reference and research services.
  • Development of in-depth knowledge of the collections supporting MD Undergraduate education including e-resources and web tools.
  • Develops collections responsive to expressed needs of students.
  • Develops and maintains effective and co-operative working relationships with support staff, colleagues and management, UBC faculty, staff and students and librarians in the health authorities.
  • Strong collaboration with all librarians supporting the UBC Medical Undergraduate program.
  • Develops and monitors accurate and effective budgets.
  • Produces timely reports.
  • Is flexible and willingly adapts to change.
  • Employs innovative approaches to problem solving.
  • Effectively focuses on important issues and balances responsibilities. Sets priorities.
  • Maintains current knowledge of Library policies, practices and procedures and appropriately interprets them to staff and users.
  • Awareness and effective application of trends in reference service and collection development in life sciences.

To view the posting and apply for this position, please visit the following link:

Please direct your questions to:

Lois Marshall
Manager, Planning and Operations | Library
The University of British Columbia | Okanagan Campus
3333 University Way, Kelowna, BC V1V 1V7

Or by e-mail to lois.marshall@ubc.ca

Applications are to be submitted by 11:59 pm PDT on January 15, 2017.

Webcast sponsored by the Irving K. Barber Learning Centre and hosted by the UBC School of Nursing as part of the Marion Woodward Lecture. Professor John Keady will share the intervention work that he is leading with an interdisciplinary Dementia and Ageing Research Team [DART] based at the School of Nursing, Midwifery and Social Work at the University of Manchester. DART have developed programs of work based around creative social research methods and the joint creation of knowledge with people living with dementia and their family/social networks.

Speaker Bio

Dr. Keady, a Nursing Professor of Older People’s Mental Health at the University of Manchester, is also the Chief Investigator of the five-year ESRC/NIHR Neighbourhoods and Dementia mixed methods, multi-site, research study [2014-2019] which is funded as part of the UK Prime Minister’s Challenge on Dementia. The Neighbourhoods Study includes a program of work located at the Center for Dementia Research at Linköping University, Sweden. An overview of the Neighbourhoods Study will be shared and will include a focus on the role that people with dementia are playing on the research program. His presentation will conclude with locating neighbourhoods within the wider context of the dementia friendly community movement and the role of nursing in transforming approaches to care through the personal empowerment of people living with dementia.

newsSeasonally-Appropriate Greetings!

Thanks for all your questions this past year. Your helpful (we hope) eResources staff will be away from December 24th and returning January 3rd.

Do continue to send any questions/problems to our Help Form, and we will get to them ASAP in the new year.


See you in 2017!




2017 marks the bicentennial of Jane Austen’s death, an author who has left an ever-lasting literary legacy that continually influences popular culture across time. In celebration of this legacy, Rare Books and Special Collections at UBC Library is delighted to present “Ever Austen: Literary Timelessness in the Regency Period.” This exhibition not only honours Austen, but also illuminates the social and material history of her works in the context of the Regency era.
Featuring RBSC’s newly-acquired first editions of Austen’s Northanger Abbey and Persuasion, as well as thematically-diverse displays, “Ever Austen” invites Austen fans old and new to experience a literary journey through the late eighteenth and early nineteenth centuries. In addition to RBSC’s new Austen acquisitions, first editions of Pride and Prejudice and Sense and Sensibility will also be displayed and accompanied by several lavish illustrated editions. Austen’s juvenilia, as well as some titles that she kept on her personal shelves, will likewise provide insights into Austen’s formative years. Conduct books and Fordyce’s sermons will be shown as the prescriptions of female virtue, morality, and accomplishment, which Austen instilled in her heroines.

The Exhibition:

Illustrating the rise of a new literary genre, the exhibition will also feature an early Gothic section, a style which prominently impacted characterizations in Austen’s Northanger Abbey. This section’s haunts will loom in the newly-acquired first edition prints of Ann Radcliffe’s Mysteries of Udolpho, as well as in her romance The Italian. Juxtaposed with volumes of Horace Walpole’s complete literary works, a model of the Gothic villa Strawberry Hill will present an authentic view of these stories’ architectural descriptions. The sly caricatures in George Cruikshank’s illustrations will provide a comic relief for these darker pages, charming the viewer with their implicit social commentary and political satire.
Delicate articles of clothing from the early nineteenth century, kindly on loan from the Vancouver-based Society for the Museum of Original Costume (SMOC), will also be on display.

Finally, the breadth of Austen’s legacy will be exhibited in the many remediations that her narratives have taken in recent decades, ranging from graphic novels to the big screen. In the exhibition’s multimedia display, pop culture will meet period texts with an array of transmutations into diverse forms of media, languages, and images.

As a means to offer further information and insights about the period, a panel discussion organized in conjunction with the exhibition will take place on February 3rd. The discussion will feature talks from professors Tiffany Potter, Miranda Burgess, and Scott MacKenzie of UBC’s Department of English, and will be moderated by SFU’s Professor Michelle Levy, an authority on print culture during Austen’s era.

The exhibition, “Ever Austen: Literary Timelessness in the Regency Period “, will be displayed in the IKBLC’s main foyer from January 4 to February 28, 2017.

The last day for 1-on-1 consultations at the Research Commons is Friday, December 16, 2016. Consultations may be booked via our Consultation Request Form.

Consultations will resume again in the new year, on Monday, January 16, 2017.

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