“Mechanical books should look like ordinary books. Their success is to be measured by the ingenuity with which their bookish format conceals unbookish characteristics.” – Iona and Peter Opie

Rare Books and Special Collections at UBC Library is delighted to announce a new exhibition: Once Upon a Pop-up!

The exhibition, curated by UBC Master of Library and Information Studies candidates Lucas Hill, Brooklyn Kemp, Sarah Khan, and Meaghan Smith, under the supervision of Professor Kathie Shoemaker, have curated a selection of pop-up books from RBSC’s children’s literature collection, ranging from the horror-filled to the historical, from the architectural to Alice in Wonderland.

Pop-up books and their movable book cousins have challenged our assumptions about books and reading for more than 700 years. They push the limits of the “book” and reinterpret the form. Pop-up books combine linear storytelling with aspects of visual spectacle and surprise to bring delight and add new facets to a narrative. Book becomes game. These pop-ups raise the question: how do you “read” something in three dimensions?

Not just for children anymore, pop-up books require exemplary teamwork from experts across the field; authors, illustrators, paper engineers, publishers, designers, and the often dozens of people responsible for putting the pop-up book together, must work as a team to perfect the form. Paper engineering is an art that requires many hands.

Once Upon a Pop-up is on display on level 1 (RBSC reading room) and level 2 (main foyer) of the Irving K. Barber Learning Centre from April 11 through May 31, 2018. A complete catalogue of the exhibition can be downloaded here. The exhibition is free and open to the public, and people of all ages are encouraged to attend. For more information, please contact Rare Books and Special Collections at (604) 822-2521 or rare.books@ubc.ca.

We hope you will admire the ingenuity and grandeur of the unassuming pop-up book in all of its papery glory as much as we do!

Education Librarian

Education Library, UBC Library | Vancouver Campus

Full-Time, Ongoing

Anticipated Start Date: July 1, 2018


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 2015-2017 can be viewed at http://about.library.ubc.ca/strategic-plan/  To learn more about working with UBC Library and to explore our aspirational values visit UBC Library – Why work with us.


The Education Library collections are comprised of children’s books, school texts, and multimedia for K-12, as well as, professional monographs, serials, microfiche and electronic resources dealing with teaching strategies, ideas and research in Education.  A high priority is placed on materials that reflect Canadian content and approach and materials pertaining to BC Education.  For more detailed information see the Branch website at http://education.library.ubc.ca/.


The Education Librarian provides information and research support services to faculty, students, and the UBC community.  Liaison with assigned departments and units.  Participates in the development and assessment of the library collections. Maintains liaison with branch and library technical service units to ensure effectiveness and efficiency of current practices. Participates in activities supporting scholarly communications and flexible learning initiatives – directly through liaison role as well as through collaborative participation with UBC Library. Participates in the planning, development, delivery and assessment of instructional programming to support the information and digital literacy mandate of the Faculty of Education as well as that of the UBC Library.



  • A graduate degree from an accredited school of Library, Archival and Information Science.
  • Experience and familiarity with education specific resources.
  • A commitment to providing responsive and innovative information services.
  • Ability to design and implement informational and instructional content both independently and as a member of a team.
  • Excellent written and oral communication skills.
  • A strong service commitment, flexibility, and willingness to assume a variety of assignments.
  • Ability to recognize, respect and work effectively with individuals and groups with diverse perspectives and backgrounds. Takes initiative in learning about language and issues relating to equity and diversity.
  • Ability to develop and maintain cooperative and productive working relationships and engage in workplace culture.
  • Ability to recognize and appreciate the contributions of colleagues.
  • Committed to demonstrating respect for colleagues at every level by trusting in their abilities and knowledge to perform their roles and earning respect through meeting commitments.
  • Models and demonstrates good communication through active listening and appreciative inquiry and open to providing and receiving timely, constructive feedback.
  • Listens to, encourages and expresses creative and innovative ideas. Open to experiment and improvise with new ways of approaching processes, tasks or problems.


  • A Bachelor of Education or related academic background and experience in the education sector.


Reports to Head of the Education Library; may represent the Head in their absence where appropriate. Works closely with all library employees within branch and in other units as necessary.  Builds relationships with faculty, students and other branch employees as part of Information Services, Liaison, and Collections duties and in a manner reflective of aspirational values of UBC Library. In consultation with the Head and in communication with Circulation and Office Manager, develops the duties and supervises the performance of GAA student employees in the branch.


Information Services, Instruction & Liaison

In consultation with the Head, works collaboratively with other Education librarian(s) and other branch employees in commitment to ongoing growth, development and provision of responsive, inclusive, and impactful information services. Works collaboratively as part of the branch’s Librarian cohort to provide responsive liaison to assigned Faculty department/unit areas and to build overall branch capacity to serve all department/unit areas.

  • Provides information services to faculty, students, and the wider UBC community.  Advises and assists in difficult or extensive searches.
  • Works collaboratively with branch and other UBC Library technical service areas to ensure effective search, discovery and retrieval features of collection.
  • In collaboration with other Library employees and adhering to UBC Library Communications & Marketing standards, plans, develops, delivers and assesses orientation, promotional, and event-based initiatives.
  • Using the Library’s content management tools and adhering to UBC Library Communications & Marketing standards, develops and maintains a wide range of web-based resources, including the creation of web pages, instructional materials, subject and research guides, tutorials, and other learning objects. 
  • Initiates and maintains strong working relationships and collaboration with faculty in assigned liaison areas; communicates regularly, attends department or unit meetings as necessary.
  • Collaborates with faculty and works independently to provide responsive instruction to students, incorporating program-identified information and digital literacy outcomes for graduates; the flexible learning mandate of UBC; and other frameworks for information literacy in higher education.
  • Provides general and specialized research assistance and consultation to support knowledge production within the Faculty of Education.
  • Participates in the advancement and support of UBC Library scholarly communications initiatives, including copyright, open access activities, open education resources (OER), data management, and institutional repository.


In consultation with the Head and faculty in liaison areas, works collaboratively to ensure the Education Library’s print, electronic, other materials and historic collections are reflective of current practices in education as well as allowing for extensive scholarly research.

  • Selects library materials reflecting the breadth and scope of scholarship in education including: professional literature, children’s and young adult reading and learning material, other classroom support materials reflecting current pedagogical practice in education.
  • Remains current in liaison area publications; especially those produced by UBC Faculty of Education.
  • Uses analytics and other assessment tools to develop the collection, including participating in ongoing monitoring and evaluation of collection holdings, and making decisions for retention or deselection based on branch collection development policies.
  • Participates in projects, both within the branch and in collaboration with other UBC library branches, designed to curate and preserve historic education material for use in education research.
  • Participates in ongoing development and revision of branch collection policies.

Current Awareness

Remains current with new literature and research developments in areas of specialization through scanning of journal and other professional literature, monitoring of electronic sources, etc. Maintains expertise in electronic information resources and technologies. Keeps current with changing professional expectations, services requirements, and developments in academic libraries. Keeps current with developments in education policy and professional practice, specifically in the province of BC, and in areas of special interest. Participates in a community of practice with other Education librarians, ensuring currency in subject specific scholarship, practice and collaborative librarianship.


This position will be filled as a full-time, ongoing position. If eligible and qualified, the successful applicant may be appointed with a confirmed appointment. Otherwise, there will be an initial three-year probationary appointment.  Normally, such an appointment is reviewed by the end of the second year of the appointment, and a recommendation is made at that time to grant or not to grant a confirmed appointment.

Salary will be commensurate with experience and academic/professional qualifications.

We are seeking applications from Librarians with up to 5 years of experience.  However, all internal candidates will be considered regardless of years of experience and are encouraged to apply.

Equity and diversity are essential to academic excellence. An open and diverse community fosters the inclusion of voices that have been underrepresented or discouraged. We encourage applications from members of groups that have been marginalized on any grounds enumerated under the B.C. Human Rights Code, including sex, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, racialization, disability, political belief, religion, marital or family status, age, and/or status as a First Nation, Metis, Inuit, or Indigenous person. All qualified candidates are encouraged to apply; however Canadians and permanent residents will be given priority.

Applications will include: a detailed and current curriculum vitae; and 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.  

To view the complete job description and to submit an application, please visit the UBC Careers page at http://www.hr.ubc.ca/careers-postings/faculty.php by midnight on May 16, 2018.

When: Sunday, April 22, 2018 | 12:00 p.m. – 2:00 p.m.
Where: Wesbrook Community Centre Lounge, 3335 Webber Lane

Join the UBC Seed Lending Library for an Earth Day celebration. “Borrow”  a few seeds to get your garden started, enjoy a storytime performance and family friendly planting activities. Borrow picture books and gardening books from the UBC Library pop-up collection. Everyone is welcome to attend this free event.

Do you have seeds to share? The Seed Lending Library is accepting your non-hybrid, open-pollinated seeds to support our collection. Both saved and purchased seeds are welcome!

About the Seed Lending Library

The Education and Woodward Seed Lending Libraries allow anyone to “borrow” seeds free of charge. Our seeds come from the UBC Farm, West Coast Seeds, and the BC Eco Seed Co-op. They are well suited to local growing conditions, and promote sustainability and good health. We invite you to donate seeds from your crop at the end of the growing season.

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