We are excited to present the Digitization Centre Impact and Activity Report for 2018-2019! This report highlights key projects, featured collections, partnerships, and user engagement trends for the 2018-2019 fiscal year.

In 2018-2019, more than 190,000 users accessed our digitized items, corresponding to approximately 7.0% of the visitors to the entire UBC Library website.

New addition to our digital collections included:

  • Historical Children’s Literature Collection: Materials from RBSC’s historical children’s literature holdings, including the Arkley Collection of Early and Historical Children’s Literature. The collection is particularly strong in chapbooks and early Canadian content.
  • Association of University and College Employees (AUCE) fonds: 3,100 digital objects totaling more than 13,000 pages, related to labour studies, women’s studies, and the history of trade unions in the province have been digitized to date.
  • Colin Slim Stravinsky Collection: A selection of Igor Stravinsky’s (1882-1971) letters, scores and memorabilia from 1911 to 2018.
  • BC Sessional Papers: An annual collection of selected papers tabled in the Legislative Council of British Columbia and the Legislative Assembly. 4,185 items dating from 1876 to 1982 are now available in Open Collections.

[Quotation from Symphonie de Psaumes], 1937 (H. Colin Slim Stravinsky Collection)

Other highlights detailed in the report:
  • Improvements in access and user experience.
  • Our ongoing partnerships.
  • Updates on our web archiving efforts and new collections.
  • New and exciting ways that our collections are being used.
  • New workflows and automation tools for digital preservation.

Make sure to check out the report for the details on these topics!


UBC’s Xwi7xwa Library is developing its collection of music by Indigenous artists. Known for its extensive and unique collections that focus on Indigenous peoples in British Columbia, the library has been focusing efforts to acquire recordings made by current musicians as well as recordings of publicly available archival material or more traditional materials, such as Métis fiddle music.

“Music, and songs specifically, is embedded in all Indigenous cultures, and in many, is a significant means of transmitting language, history, and cultural knowledge, “says Adolfo Tarango, former Acting Head, Xwi7xwa Library.

As Karleen Delaurier-Lyle, Information Services Librarian at Xwi7xwa explains, the process of acquiring the collection has been a thoughtful and deliberate one. “We started off by identifying Aboriginal Music Awards or Indigenous Music Awards. We prioritized Canada, but didn’t limit our search to exclude the United States, New Zealand and Australia to get a sense of artists we should be including in the collection.” The collection includes music by artists such as A Tribe Called Red, Tanya Tagaq and The Jerry Cans.


Made up of CDs, the collection allows library users to access album art and accompanying liner notes, which often provide significant information about the music. Sarah Dupont, Head of Xwi7xwa Library, notes that “while some might view CDs as a less popular playback format these days, we are starting with them as they are easier for libraries to acquire through regular acquisition processes and, importantly, at community events. ‘Collecting’ digital streaming music formats poses challenges we are seeking to overcome, but we recognize that many emerging and established artists are only distributing on these platforms.

The collection is meant both for enjoyment and for scholarly research, providing immense value to research in a number of fields including music, fine arts, art history, political science and beyond. “What I find really exciting about this collection is the way that music and in particular, a lot of the contemporary stuff, can really spark a renewed interest in language revitalization and preservation,” says Tamis Cochrane, Access Services Assistant.

Cochrane created a playlist from the collection for the Xwi7xwa library’s luncheon last fall.

Listen to the playlist:

Learn more about the collection at Xwi7xwa Library.

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