Webcast sponsored by the Irving K. Barber Learning Centre and hosted by UBC Equity and Inclusion Office

We now know that overemphasizing “fit” in hiring or team formation presents a number of challenges, including, inevitably, around decision-making, and the potential of it leading to “groupthink”. But beyond this, what are other ways in which bringing in diverse voice can impact decision-making and outcomes more broadly? How does involvement of diverse voices help inform social and system changes?

Diversity contributes to creativity and holds potential to enhance innovation within different fields by bringing in different perspectives and experiences. It also drives everyone to confront the biases of their own expectations. Bringing in diverse individuals is beyond simply being “the right thing to do” – it is essential to creating a better world. However, diversity alone is not enough – an inclusive culture must be in place to ensure a thriving environment.

Join us for an evening of dialogue as our panel shares their insights and experiences, and explores how inclusion of diverse voices and perspectives can deliver more innovative, more creative, and more inclusive outcomes – whether it’s in health, science, research, or the wider world.

This event will be taking place on October 30th at 6:30 pm.

For ticketing information, please visit the Equity & Inclusion Office’s page Event Page

This is a series on web archiving at the UBC Library. For all posts about web archiving, please see https://digitize.library.ubc.ca/tag/web-archiving/

From the new report by the United Nations Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change, to the new NAFTA (USMCA) Agreement to Vancouver’s housing crisis, government information is all around us. Historically, government information was sent to academic libraries via depository agreements, but with the phasing out of print publishing in favor of born digital publications, the majority of these deposit agreements have ceased.

Born digital information can be taken down as quickly as it is published and government information is no exception. Websites are removed for a variety of reasons including the site being seen as outdated, perceived national security issues, changes in administrations or organizational and departmental website guidelines. Canada’s federal Guidelines on Implementing the Standard on Web Accessibility includes a section on website links perceived to be redundant, outdated or trivial (ROT). What may be trivial according to government guidelines could be of value to researchers, historians or the general public, which is where the importance of web archiving comes in.

Since 2013, archiving government websites has been at the forefront of UBC Library’s archiving initiatives.  One of the Library’s first web archiving projects involved archiving federal government websites. In 2013, the federal government announced that the government’s web presence would be consolidated from over 1500 websites down to essentially one – canada.ca.   Librarians were warned that the merger would result in the removal of valuable information including reports and data, which wouldn’t be transferred to the new site. Due to the enormous scale of the project, UBC Library collaborated with other academic libraries across Canada to quickly archive nine federal departments including Citizenship and Immigration Canada, Canadian Heritage, the National Research Council, Elections Canada and the Canadian Human Right Council. These sites are now preserved and viewable on the Library’s Archive-IT collection page.

Canadian Government Information – Digital Preservation Network (CGI-DPN)

The federal government website project was initiated by the Canadian Government Information – Digital Preservation Network (CGI-DPN), a national collaborative web archiving group established in 2012, of which UBC is a partner.

Modelling itself on the U.S. Digital Federal Depository Library Program (FDLP), CGI-DPN uses LOCKSS to distribute copies of replicated Canadian government information in secure dispersed locations including British Columbia.

The CGI-DPN web archive includes copies of the Depository Services Program E-collection, at-risk government websites of all jurisdictions (federal, provincial, municipal) as well as thematic collections. UBC is a LOCKSS node for the CGI-DPN and participates in curating various collections for the project. The collections are all available via https://archive-it.org/organizations/700

Municipal government collection

Along with archiving federal websites, we have also partnered with Simon Fraser University and the University of Victoria to capture local municipal content. UBC Library archived 132 municipal websites which are hosted on the University of Victoria’s British Columbia Local Governments Archive-it collection.

One of the benefits of archiving sites and curating a collection is that the content is all located in one area. Some cities, like the City of Vancouver, archive their own web domain but a researcher would have to visit each site as opposed to viewing all the collections in one account and in some cases these municipalities view archiving purely as preservation and keep their collections “dark” and not open to the public.


The challenges of web archiving government content include copyright issues as well the necessity of working in an agile environment. Copyright for government websites varies from province to province as each province and territory interprets crown copyright differently. Some governments allow their domains to be archived while others do not; the Province of British Columbia is one that does not allow their site to be archived.

Websites can come down very quickly and sometimes we only have hours or days to capture this content. Working collaboratively with other institutions across British Columbia and Canada has allowed us to preserve material that would have otherwise disappeared forever.

Current government collections we are actively engaged in archiving include the BC local government elections, impacts of the legalization of marijuana, and Vancouver’s recently announced rapid transit projects.

We always welcome suggestions, so if you have any ideas for government collections please fill out our web archiving proposal form!  https://digitize.library.ubc.ca/work/

By Susan Paterson, Government Publications Librarian

Southern Medical Program Librarian (Full Time, Ongoing)

The University of British Columbia | Okanagan Campus 

Job ID: 31582

Position No:  00028259

Anticipated Start Date:  January 2, 2019 




The Southern Medical Program Librarian (SMP Librarian) is responsible for the coordination of library services and collections for the Southern Medical Program (SMP) based at UBC Okanagan. The SMP is one of four distributed undergraduate medical education programs within The University of British Columbia’s Faculty of Medicine (FoM). In collaboration with the MD Undergraduate Librarians at the other distributed sites in Prince George, Victoria and Vancouver, the SMP Librarian coordinates and participates in the provision of in-depth reference and instruction services to medical students enrolled in the Southern Medical Program. In collaboration with medical faculty and the librarians across the distributed sites and within Interior Health Authority and local hospitals, the SMP Librarian coordinates ongoing development of collections to support the students, faculty and staff across the four years of the program. Working closely with the MD Undergraduate Librarians across all sites, this librarian monitors budget expenditures throughout the year and contributes to the development of an annual SMP library budget.  The SMP Librarian supports the overall success of the Southern Medical Program through additional liaison duties in complementary health and life science related subject areas. Coordinates an ongoing programme of monitoring and evaluation and serves on committees as appropriate. The SMP Librarian is a valued member of the Okanagan Library and participates in the planning, development and delivery of services, collections and space for students and faculty on the Okanagan Campus at large.


An ALA accredited MLIS or equivalent; 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.

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, Okanagan Campus and the Regional Associate Dean, Interior, UBC Faculty of Medicine. Works closely with MD Undergraduate Librarians supporting the distributed program at University of Victoria, University of Northern British Columbia and UBC’s Vancouver Campus, and the various clinical sites across the province. Consults with library staff and colleagues as required. Works with faculty, students, staff and the public in the MD Undergraduate program. Collaborates with UBC colleagues.



  • Provides in-depth reference service for medical, health, and life 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, examples include: FLEX projects and Summer Student Research Program.


  • Participates in teaching 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.
  • Supports first and second year Case-Based Learning as required.
  • Provides health and life sciences related instruction for librarians and Library Services Assistants.


  • Develops a strategy for building knowledge of the library collections in support of medical, health and life sciences and keeps abreast and selects new resources.
  • Selects print and digital resources for in the medical, health, and life sciences, in collaboration with SMP faculty and 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 low-use storage.


  • Participates on SMP and library committees and, as appropriate, in other library projects.
  • Participates on Library and University committees, councils, task forces and teams.


  • 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 health and life science 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, assessment projects, and engages in scholarship as appropriate.


  • Monitors fiscal year expenditures of relevant departments/programs and deals with over expenditures according to established principles.
  • Contributes to the development of the annual SMP library budget working with the SMP Financial Officer and SMP Administrative Director for submission.


  • 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 input, direction, and manages staff, where appropriate, who are performing functions related to the support of SMP faculty and students within the Library.


  • Assists with the continued development of a Library climate and culture that supports assessment and evidence based decision making.
  • Serves in an advisory capacity within the UBC Library system to meet assessment and evidence based decision making goals.
  • Performs other duties as assigned. 


  • Provision of effective and professional reference and research services.
  • Development of in-depth knowledge of the collections supporting research and education within the SMP and related health and life sciences 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 the health and life sciences.


To ensure full consideration, complete applications are to be submitted by 11:59 pm PST on November 15, 2018.

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



http://www.hr.ubc.ca/careers-postings/faculty.php  and select Job ID 31582

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

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.

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