Get hands-on with UBC science and technology at Science Literacy Week (September 17-23, 2018)!

UBC's Seed Lending Library
Science Expo
Come explore robots, experiments, 3D printers, crafts, the Seed Lending Library, and more. Includes children’s activities and light refreshments.
UBC Farm Workshop & Science Expo
Get started with a seed saving workshop at UBC Farm (Seed Library members contact for a discount code) & join the Seed Lending Library at the Science Expo.
National Learn to Code Day
Join the Intro to Browser Extensions with JavaScript workshop from Canada Learning Code and UBC Library.
When: Tues Sept 18, 10am-12pm
Where: Woodward Library
When: Fri Aug 30, 6-8pm (workshop)
Where: UBC Farm

When: Sat Sept 22, 10:15am-4:15pm
Where: Lillooet Rm, IKBLC 1961 East Mall

This year, UBC Library is celebrating with a Science Expo, to be held in the main entrance area of Woodward Library on Tuesday, September 18, 2018 from 10 a.m. to noon. Everyone, including students, faculty and the wider UBC community, is encouraged to drop by the event to visit the booths and get a glimpse of the amazing science that’s happening right on campus.

There will be several UBC Library partners at the event, including:

  • Beaty Biodiversity Museum
  • Canadian Blood Services
  • Engineering Physics
  • Association for Information Science and Technology (ASIS&T) at UBC
  • Open Science Network DIYBio
  • UBC Biomedical Engineering Student Team (BEST)

At UBC Library’s booth, expect to get hands-on with Arduino coding and electronics kits, interactive demos with AnatomyTV and Birds of North America, and more. We’ll also be talking about our Seed Lending Library, which allows anyone to pick up seeds free of charge, while providing opportunities to learn about gardening, seed saving, and agricultural research at UBC.

Knowledge Unlatched, a prominent publisher of Open Access monographs, recently announced the achievement of an important milestone – Over 950 open access titles from the Humanities and Social Sciences (HSS) have been accessed more than 1 million times by users worldwide in the past 8 months of this year alone. This achievement represents a significant increase in downloads over the previous year.

UBC Library is a proud supporter of Knowledge Unlatched, and, along with over 500 other libraries worldwide, helps make academic monographs openly accessible online, for free. This partnership demonstrates the Library’s commitment to open access and providing academic materials to as wide an audience as possible.

Many thanks to guest blogger Claire Williams for contributing the below post! Claire is a graduate student at UBC’s School of Library, Archival and Information Studies and has worked on processing labour history-related archival materials at RBSC.

As another September rolls around, and we take the first Monday off to celebrate Labour Day, we wanted to highlight some of the primary sources we have at RBSC that document the struggles won by the labour movement.

A Brief History of Labour Day

Labour Day in Canada has its origins in a struggle that originated over a century ago. In the late 1800’s, industrial workers in North America demanded humane working conditions, including a nine-hour workday. The Toronto Typographical Union went on strike in support of these demands, and many of the leaders of the strike were subsequently arrested. Following a public outcry, including large protests of the unfair treatment of the workers, parliament passed the Trade Unions Act, legalizing union activity and the legal right to strike. The legacy of this struggle led to the declaration of Labour Day as a national holiday. So began a tradition of recognizing the power of individuals who were willing to fight for the rights of the working class. While these struggles resulted in major legal and policy changes, they also came at a high cost to some workers who faced legal punitive action, loss of employment, arrest, and on occasion, physical violence.

Exploring Records of the Labour Movement

Here at Rare Books and Special Collections, we hold a wealth of primary sources related to labour history. I work at RBSC as a student archivist, where it is my job to arrange and describe these records in order to provide for their long-term preservation and access. One of the fonds I worked on was the Jean Sheils Research Collection. Sheils’ father, Arthur “Slim” Evans, had been a leading member of the On-to-Ottawa trek in 1935. During the trek over 1,000 unemployed men rode the trains from Vancouver to Ottawa in order to appear before the federal government and request better working conditions in the labour relief camps. The trek ended in Regina on 1 July 1935 when a riot broke out between the trekkers, their supporters, and the RCMP and local police.


For a guide to more labour related material at RBSC, see our research guide on the topic, located at To view this and other material in person, please come down to the RBSC reading room located in the basement of the Irving K. Barber Learning Centre.


If you are interested in these or other books on this topic, try doing a search with the terms  “inquiry” or “inquiry-based learning” and “education.” If you require more assistance, please ask at the Library Service Desk or contact     We’re here to help!

Occasionally, on the Taylor & Francis ebook site, you will see a title that says “This title is not available for sale” and you will not have access to the full text.

We apologize for any confusion this causes.

We try to only list in the Catalogue and Summon ebooks that have full-text access. However, the title list we use is not pre-sorted to identify the “not for sale” titles from Taylor & Francis (this site also includes CRC Press, Routledge and several other imprints). so, we do not know which of the over 120,000 ebooks have been withdrawn until someone comes across this message.

If you find a T&F ebook like this, please report it via our Help Form and we will remove it and advise on an alternative source (if available) for the title.

Sorry for the inconvenience.

The Seed Lending Library works because borrowers return their seeds at the end of the season. With that in mind, we encourage you to save some seeds from your garden and return them to the UBC Seed Lending Library.

*** September seed donors can enter their name in a draw for a seedy gift basket! ***

Bring your seedy donations to one of the Seed Lending Library locations below, or to Science Expo.

Science Expo

Tuesday September 18th from 10am-12pm | Woodward Library

Free, family friendly event with activities and light refreshments

Come celebrate Science Literacy Week with fun activities and amazing science from organizations like the Beaty Biodiversity Museum, Open Science Network, Engineering Physics, the Seed Lending Library, and others.

Seed Lending Library locations:

Education Library, 2125 Main Mall

Woodward Library, 2198 Health Sciences Mall

Additional resources to help you easily save some seeds: 

Alternatively, if you didn’t manage to save seeds (confession – my family just harvested and ate all the peas I was planning to save!), please feel free to donate a package or two of commercially grown seeds.

More info at the UBC Seed Lending Library webpage and at the library.

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