This week on the blog, we’ll use Open Collections to search for some images. @VanBigTrees submitted this question on Twitter:

Let’s get started!

First, we’ll go to Open Collections at

From here, we can start a search a few ways. Today, we’ll explore using the collections, and next week, we’ll work with keyword searches. First, let’s select the “Browse by Collection” button to see if there are any collections that might be helpful to us:

I chose to scroll through these collections and open up the Capilano Timber Company Fonds:


Since I’m looking for photos of old-growth forests, a logging company might feel counter-intuitive. One strategy among many is to search for the opposite of what you’re looking for: a logging company would need documentation of what was there before they cut it down.

This is the front page of the collection: Here you can see dates, subjects, and if you scroll, a brief overview of the collection. Since I don’t know what’s here, I’m going to search all the items in the collection; type an asterisk (*) in the search bar.

Here is the list of everything in the collection- all 151 items. Since I’m looking for images of forests, I’ll see what my options are in the “Subject” field over on the left hand side.

The most common subject, “Cedar Trees”, sounds like a good place to start. I’ll select that and then scroll through the images.

I like one entitled “Capilano Cedar”

An old-growth forest photo!! Come back next week for the next stage of the search: using subject terms and keywords.


BL2232 S55164 2016

DS909.2 Y36 2015
한국 군사 역사 의 재발견 / 집필 양 영조, 백 기인, 심 헌용, 이 상호, 전 호수

DS913.2 Y64 2015
역사 저널 그날

LC54 K6 S52 2015
국역 서원 등록 / 박 선이, 송 수경 옮김

PL914.6 E5 N484 2015
News in Korean = 뉴스 로 한국어 공부하기

PL919.6 O348 2016
외국인 을 위한 한국어 문법 과 표현 = Korean grammar & expressions for foreigners


DS779.46 W25744 2016
中國股市深處的政經絞殺 / 王淨文, 季達著

HX71 X536 2016
晚清首部国人译介的社会主义著作的翻译史考察 / 鲜明著

JQ1509.5 C6 R464 2016
硝煙未散 : 當代中國反腐敗透析 / 任建明等著

PL2302 X526 2016
现代中国作家面面观 / 翟德耀主编

PL2303 Y2828 2016
以文学为志业 : “80后学人”三人谈 / 杨庆祥, 金理, 黄平著

PL3031 H652 F8 2016
浮雲與剃刀 : 字花十年選散文卷 / 鄧小樺編


DS890 N35 H38 2016
中曽根康弘 : 「大統領的首相」の軌跡 / 服部龍二著

NA7757 N34 2016
歴史家の城步き / 中井均, 齋藤慎一著

PL523 H297 2016
日本語の謎を解く : 最新言語学 Q&A / 橋本陽介著

PL794 Z5 N353 2016
西鶴を読む / 中村稔著

PL809 S5 Z6743 2016
啄木の手紙を読む / 池田功著

PN6790 J3 I839 2016
漫画は戦争を忘れない / 石子順著

recognition awards

UBC Library is pleased to announce that Hyunjoo Eom, Felicia de la Parra and Barbara Towell are the 2017 recipients of UBC Library Recognition Awards. The annual Library Recognition Awards program was developed to acknowledge the many ways in which Library staff contribute to their workplace through creativity, innovation, excellence and customer service.

The awards were presented at the annual Library Recognition Luncheon at the Robert H. Lee Alumni Centre on June 27, 2017. Congratulations Hyunjoo, Felicia and Barbara, and thank you to their nominators!

employee awards

Hyunjoo Eom, Barbara Towell, interim University Librarian Melody Burton, and Felicia de la Parra.


Hyunjoo Eom

Hyunjoo Eom (Korean Collections Support Assistant, Technical Services) earned the Employee Excellence Award for her impeccable work ethic and attention to detail. All of her nominators emphasized the level of trust they have in her work, and her passion and commitment to the Library.

“It was remarkable to witness Hyunjoo’s total dedication to the daunting task at hand and to observe the grace with which she carried out her duties. She never complained, criticized or dramatized. Her competence as a cataloguer was sought after to solve the numerous cataloguing problems which arose,” says one nominator.

Hyunjoo worked diligently on a cataloging project over several years – inventorying thousands of materials, updating and fixing records, and helping move items. As a direct result of her work, UBC Library’s Chinese, Japanese, Korean, Indic language, Indonesian, Tibetan and Persian collections have been greatly improved!

Felicia de la Parra

Felicia de la Parra (Library Assistant, Rare Books and Special Collections) is this year’s Unsung Hero. Felicia’s can-do attitude makes her a great team leader, and she is always striving to improve unit processes.

Felicia is a natural morale booster. She shows constant consideration and concern for colleagues, checking in to make sure they are thriving on both personal and professional levels,” says her nominator.

Always going the extra mile in contributing to the workplace, she has served on the various committees within the Library and is constantly working to make the workplace better for her colleague. Whether planning events or recognizing coworkers, Felicia’s care and understanding in her interactions with staff, students and community members make her an exemplary award recipient.

Barbara Towell

Barbara Towell (e-Records Manager, Records Management) received the Innovation Award for her work in educating colleagues in the Library and across the University. Barbara has consulted with units across campus to provide training in records management policies and procedures.

A colleague notes: “Even after my high initial expectations of someone in her field, I was impressed by Barbara’s focus, detail orientation, and organization. I have no doubt the same level of professionalism is shown to the units across campus Barbara meets with to consult on this same work.”

Barbara’s work on developing educational resources and training materials for records management procedures has established the Records Management Office as a key unit on campus. Her innovative ways of working with colleagues across campus make her a perfect fit for this year’s Innovation Award.

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