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Emerging as a two-year pilot project in 2007/8 under the auspices of the University of British Columbia’s Library, cIRcle began and remains the University’s digital repository for scholarly research and teaching materials created by the UBC community, its partners and affiliates.


Ranking highly among its North American peers and nabbing 1st, 2nd and 3rd places over the years, cIRcle was bestowed with such honours by the Ranking Web of Repositories (an initiative of the Cybermetrics Lab) under the Consejo Superior de Investigaciones Científicas (CSIC) – the largest public research body in Spain.


Travelling back in time to 2013, catch some memorable comments about cIRcle by two UBC professors, Dirk van Zyl from the Department of Mining Engineering and Dwayne Tannant from the School of Engineering plus those from past GSS cIRcle Open Scholar Award winners – Sam Bailey, Shona Robinson and Christian Brady.


Now fast-forward to 2014 to check out some cIRcle highlights about finding ‘a permanent home’ for the “Intellectual Muscle – The Talks” project sponsored by VANOC, UBC Continuing Studies and The Globe and Mail; archiving a case study funded by SSHRC that captures Vancouver’s 1914 history of cinemagoing and compares it with Winnipeg-Seattle and with Toronto-Montreal; and, preserving the Rheumatology Newsletters’ collection which features the “outreach pediatric services offered via traveling clinics throughout BC“ (two of the clinics founded by UBC graduates of the pediatric rheumatology training program – Dr. K. Gross in Penticton and Dr. R. Bolaria in Victoria).


Journeying on through to 2015, cIRcle received a DSpace software upgrade (from version 3.1 to 5.1); started ingesting the BioMedical Central (BMC) Reviewed UBC Faculty journal articles via the SWORD (Simple Web-service Offering Repository Deposit) protocol; welcomed and added several conference proceedings, webcasts and speaker slide presentations from the Canadian Society for Civil Engineering’s 5th International/11th Construction Specialty Conference (ISCS15), the Digital Library Federation (DLF) Forum 2015 (which made its historical debut in Canada that year), Open UBC 2015, The Seventh International Conference on Engineering Education for Sustainable Development (EEDS15) and the 12th International Conference on Applications of Statistics and Probability in Civil Engineering (ICASP12) and more.


Moving along to 2016, cIRcle welcomed new 2015/16 papers and presentations from the British Columbia Mine Reclamation Symposia as well as the Investigating Our Practices and Workshop for Instruction in Library Use (WILU) conferences. Examples of the UBC community, its partners and affiliates who contributed new items to cIRcle that year included various UBC departments, institutes and schools – Educational Studies (EDST), Community and Regional Planning (SCARP), Obstetrics and Gynaecology, Pathology and Laboratory Medicine, History, Nursing, Social Work, Audiology and Speech Sciences, Resources, Environment and Sustainability (IRES), Occupational Science and Occupational Therapy, Physical Therapy, Earth, Ocean and Atmospheric Sciences, Civil Engineering, Architecture and Landscape Architecture (SALA), Curriculum and Pedagogy (EDCP), and the UBC Library. And last (but not least), the first undergraduate, peer- and faculty-reviewed sociology publication in North America, Sojourners, was welcomed in cIRcle!


Advancing on through to 2017, cIRcle was thrilled to archive the first round of UBC President Ono’s speeches and writings in 2017; a growth in items found in the UBC Faculty Research and Publications collection shows that it grew from 3,600 items in total for 2017 to 5,704 items in total as of today for 2019!


Traversing over into 2017-2018, cIRcle achieved another milestone of containing more than 60,000 items in the repository and saw an increase of its annual growth rate up from 8% in previous years to 10%. In 2018, an historical UBC milestone was attained when UBC President and Vice-Chancellor, Dr. Santa Ono, delivered a Statement of Apology on behalf of UBC concerning its role in the residential school system. Hundreds attended the live event that was held and recorded on April 9, 2018 at the long-awaited opening of the Indian Residential School History and Dialogue Centre (IRSHDC).


Without cIRcle missing a beat in 2018-2019, some new and ongoing cIRcle partnerships included the Database of Religious History entries, Transnational Business Governance Interactions (TBGI) Working Papers, audio and video recordings of the Vancouver Institute Lectures, a mix of textual and other media content of the From the Ground Up: Buddhism & East Asian Religions, the School of Architecture and Landscape Architecture (SALA) Graduating Projects, and the UBC Department of Central, Eastern, and Northern European Studies’ Ziegler Series of video lecture recordings, to name just a few.


Today, it is a great pleasure to see that there are more than 69,700 items in cIRcle (and counting!). So, during this hectic time of year, take some time to sit and relax with a treasure trove of scholarly research and teaching materials on offer from cIRcle, UBC’s digital open access repository!


Featured cIRcle Projects:

Database of Religious History (DRH)

From the Ground Up: Buddhism and East Asian Religions (FROGBEAR) Project

Making Research Accessible Initiative (MRAi)

Peter Wall Institute for Advanced Studies (PWIAS)

Portage White Papers

Punjabi Oral History Project

School of Architecture and Landscape Architecture (SALA) Graduating Projects

SEEDS Sustainability Program Reports

Three Minute Thesis (3MT)

Transnational Business Governance Interactions (TBGI) Working Papers)

World Sanskrit Conference (WSC) 2018

Read about the cIRcle Projects for more details


Browse cIRcle in the Library’s Open Collections portal

UBC Theses and Dissertations

Conferences & Events

Faculty Research and Publications

Graduate Research

Undergraduate Research

UBC Community and Partners



Happy holidays everyone!

In the spirit of the holiday season, enjoy some festive images from Open Collections.

Check out these holiday greeting cards:

Calling cards and greeting cards, 1918-1924, p.78

This is Yip Sang’s personal greeting card from the Chung collection

[Card depicting girl playing croquet], 1919

[Christmas card from Igor Stravinsky with quotation from The Star-Spangled Banner], 1941

Here are more paintings of this season:

[Wintry Scene]

Winter in the Laurentians, [1950]

Coming in for Christmas, [between 1874 and 1880?]

Finally, here are photographs of a wintery UBC campus from the UBC Archives Photograph collection:

Redwood tree in front of Main Library with Christmas lights, [1960]

UBC Library in the snow, [1948?]


Main Library in snow, Jan 1, 2002

Happy holidays from all of us at the UBC Digitization Centre. We’ll see you in the new year!


BQ8115 K87 2019
蔵俊撰「仏性論文集」の研究 / 楠淳證;舩田淳一編.

DS777.5316 S52 K34 2019
第一次上海事変の研究 : 軍事的勝利から外交破綻の序曲へ / 影山好一郎著

DS894.59 Y346 O43 2019
戦国大名武田氏の外交と戦争 / 小笠原春香著

HD1516 C6 H67 2019
日本帝国の膨張・崩壊と満蒙開拓団 / 細谷亨

HQ801 T2466 2019
男たち/女たちの恋愛 : 近代日本の「自己」とジェンダー / 田中亜以子

JQ1681 J68163 2019
イデオロギーと日本政治 : 世代で異なる「保守」と「革新」 / 遠藤晶久, ウィリー・ジョウ =

ND1053.6 N6 K63 2019
描かれた能楽 : 芸能と絵画が織りなす文化史 / 小林健二

PL726.8 K63 2019
高度経済成長の時代 / 坪井秀人編

PN2921 N497 2019
日本の舞台芸術における身体 : 死と生、人形と人工体 / ボナヴェントゥーラ・ルペルティ編著

South Asian

BL1112.26 S2657 2018
वैदिक-विविध-विज्ञान / डॉ॰ धर्मेन्द्र शास्त्री ; सम्पादिका, प्रतिभा शास्त्री

PK1718 L35 A6 2018
लालन शाह फकीर के गीत / चयन एवं बांगला से हिंदी अनुवाद, मुचकुंद दूबे

PK2034 K26 2018
दलित आत्मकथाएं : वेदना, विद्रोह और सांस्कृतिक रूपांतरण / अजमेर सिंह काजल


DS799.42 Z34 2019
台灣原住民史 / 作者詹素娟

GR335 L57485 2018
女娲神话及信仰的考察和研究 / 李祥林著

HQ1767 S5983 2018
抗日战争与女性动员 : 新运妇女指导委员会研究 / 宋青红著

HQ1767 H36 2019
浮出社会地表 : “十七年”女性媒介形象研究 / 韩敏著

ND1040 A65 2018 v.1-20
海外遗珍 : 美国大都会博物馆藏中国画珍品 / 安建炜著

P306.8 C6 L57 2018
译苑芳菲 : 浙江女性翻译家研究 / 李同良著

PL2474 Z6 F364 2018
孟子 / 方勇译注

PN1998.2 L585 2018
她们的视点 : 台湾女性导演研究 (1957-2000) / 刘亚玉著


LAW LIBRARY reference room (level 2): KE9260 .S55 2019
Christopher Sherrin, Dale Ives & Alexandre Bien-Aimé, Criminal Procedure: Cases and Materials (Toronto: Emond Montgomery Publications Limited, 2020).

Visit the Irving K. Barber Learning Centre on Wednesday, January 8th to meet John Fluevog.

As part of the exhibition “50 Years of Sole: A History of Fluevog: Honouring a Vancouver Icon,” Canadian shoe designer and Fluevog’s founder John Fluevog will be at the Irving K. Barber Learning Centre to view the exhibit and meet with the Library and campus community. Copies of John Fluevog’s new book will be available for purchase.

Learn more about the exhibit

Date: Wednesday, January 8, 2020
Time: 12:30 p.m. to 2:00 p.m.
Location: Irving K. Barber Learning Centre, Level 2


This project is part of UBC Library’s strategic direction to engage with communities.

Learn more about our Strategic Framework.

The Mini Gorgeous is UBC Library’s favourite Fluevog shoe, as voted on by Library personnel in an online poll.

The David Lam Management Research Library and Canaccord Learning Commons, Rare Books and Special Collections, and the Irving K. Barber Learning Centre at UBC Library are delighted to host Vancouver shoe designer and international style icon John Fluevog for a meet and greet and book signing on Wednesday, January 8, from 12:30-2:00pm in the foyer of UBC Library’s Irving K. Barber Learning Centre, level 2.

Join us for this opportunity to welcome John home to Vancouver after a successful North American book tour, congratulate him on 50 years in the business, talk shoes, and ask him to sign your copy of Fluevog: 50 years of Unique Soles for Unique Souls. (Copies will also be available for purchase.)

You will also have a chance to visit UBC Library’s exhibition “50 Years of Sole: A History of Fluevog: Honouring a Vancouver Icon,” which highlights how John Fluevog has successfully built a business, a brand, and a community over the course of 50 years.

The event is free and open to the public. For more information, please contact Rare Books and Special Collections at (604) 822-2521 or

“Life’s too short to wear boring shoes.” — John Fluevog

The David Lam Management Research Library and Canaccord Learning Commons, Rare Books and Special Collections, and the Irving K. Barber Learning Centre at UBC Library are pleased to present “50 Years of Sole: A History of Fluevog: Honouring a Vancouver Icon,” which is on display in David Lam Library from November 20 to December 24, 2019 and continues in the New Year in the Irving K. Barber Learning Centre through January 13, 2020.

The exhibition coincides with the 50th anniversary of Vancouver-based John Fluevog Shoes, and the publication of a new book, Fluevog: 50 Years of Unique Soles for Unique Souls. John Fluevog is a celebrated Canadian shoe designer known for his witty and unconventional style, as well as the uplifting messages that he includes on every pair of shoes. His designs are among the most distinctive footwear of the last fifty years.

Darren Dahl, Senior Associate Dean, Faculty at the UBC Sauder School of Business, Director of the Robert H. Lee Graduate School and Professor in the Marketing and Behavioural Sciences Division, attests to Fluevog’s significance as both a business and a cultural treasure, affirming that “Fluevog put Vancouver on the map for innovative and progressive shoe design.”

John Fluevog’s work in shoe design and business has been a winding journey with ups and downs. His career began in Gastown, where the Vancouver flagship store is located today, when Fluevog partnered with Peter Fox in 1970. The partnership, known as Fox and Fluevog, lasted a decade and saw the opening of multiple stores before an amicable split. The split marked the birth of “John Fluevog Shoes” with more store openings in Seattle, Boston, and Toronto. Fluevogs broke into the mainstream in the 1990s when they were worn by both Madonna in the film Truth or Dare and by Lady Miss Kier from the band Deee-lite. To keep up with demand, John opened up stores in New York, San Francisco, and Chicago. Today, Fluevog has 27 stores in the United States, Canada, the Netherlands, and Australia. Throughout his career, Fluevog has woven his love of cars, his focus on community and culture, and design and sustainability into his craft and stores.

The Mini Gorgeous is UBC Library’s favourite Fluevog shoe, as voted on by Library personnel in an online poll.

The exhibition hosted within the David Lam Library and Canaccord Learning Commons highlights how John Fluevog has successfully built a business, a brand, and a community over the course of 50 years. Just as Fluevog values its customers as collaborators, locating the display in a vibrant, learner-centred space allows students to experience directly Fluevog’s collaborative, creative, and inspiring approach to business.

The display on level 2 of the Irving K. Barber Learning Centre also features original multimedia illustrations from Vancouver artist Robert Chaplin’s The Elves & the Shoemaker, featuring charming and helpful elves making and wearing Fluevog shoes. The book is a delightfully illustrated adaptation of the Brothers Grimm original tale, inspired by the soul and soles of Fluevog shoes.

Complimenting the displays in the David Lam Library and the Irving K. Barber Learning Centre, the Walter C. Koerner Library will host a book display starting on December 1 that delves into the “sole” of Fluevog, bringing together materials on the subjects of footwear, fashion, celebrity, subculture, and Vancouver history that influenced and were influenced by John Fluevog. The display will also feature interactive de-stressing activities that tap into Fluevog’s creativity and playfulness.

Drop-in tours of the exhibition at the David Lam Library and Canaccord Learning Commons will be offered on the following dates:

November 26: 12:00-12:30pm and 12:30-1:00pm
November 28: 12:00-12:30pm and 12:30-1:00pm

We are pleased to announce these tours during Global Entrepreneurship Week, and we will feature subsequent posts featuring short interviews with UBC Fluevloggers on UBC Library’s Small Business Accelerator:

We are also delighted to host John Fluevog for a meet and greet and book signing on Wednesday, January 8, from 12:30-2pm in the foyer of UBC Library’s Irving K. Barber Learning Centre, level 2. Join us for this opportunity to meet John Fluevog in person, congratulate him on 50 years in the business, talk shoes, and ask him to sign your copy of: Fluevog: 50 years of Unique Soles for Unique Souls. (Copies will also be available for purchase.) The event is free and open to the public.

For more information, please contact Rare Books and Special Collections at (604) 822-2521 or

UBC Learning Exchange

The UBC Learning Exchange is situated in the VP External Relations portfolio and the Academic Director reports to the Office of the Provost and Vice-President Academic. The Learning Exchange was established in 1999 and pursues its mandate by providing a place in the community where UBC students and faculty, and Downtown Eastside (DTES) residents and organizations connect, pursue common interests and learn from each other with the long-term goal of bringing about social change. At its DTES premises, the Learning Exchange offers a unique learning environment, supporting key components of UBC’s strategic plan. The Learning Exchange acts as a hub in three interrelated areas: 1) providing free community-based programs for residents and organizations, primarily in the DTES; 2) facilitating student experiential learning on site and in some community partner organizations in the DTES, in collaboration with faculty; and 3) supporting community-based research and knowledge exchange activities, in partnership with researchers and DTES organizations.

The relationship between the Learning Exchange and UBC Library has been formalized, with the foundation being the Making Research Accessible in the Downtown Eastside initiative (MRAi). This initiative is a campus-community collaboration, led by the Learning Exchange that seeks to improve access to academic research and community-generated materials with a focus on Vancouver’s DTES.  MRAi provides a multifaceted approach to knowledge exchange developed in collaboration with the Irving K. Barber Learning Centre, UBC Library, UBC iSchool, SFU Library, Vancouver Public Library, researchers, and DTES organizations.

Recent highlights of the Library’s collaboration with the Learning Exchange include an increase in the number of items in cIRcle’s DTES collection from 40 to 400, a successful community digitization pilot project, co-op employment for iSchool students, and participation in the iSchool’s successful 3-year SSHRC Partnership Development Grant application for the Supporting Transparent and Open Research Engagement and Exchange (STOREE) project that builds on the work of the MRAi.



Participates in the planning, development, delivery of partnerships, programs, services, and the assessment of outreach and community engagement activities at the Learning Exchange. This position has been developed to enable deeper connections between the UBC Library and local DTES community, with a focus on the MRAi. The Outreach Librarian would work across various disciplines to support the Learning Exchange through community-driven projects, liaison work and community engagement.  



Reports to the Assistant Director, IKBLC and works under the general direction of the Academic Director of the Learning Exchange. Works closely with the Director of the Learning Exchange, other members of the Learning Exchange team, and librarians and staff focused on community engagement at UBC.  Collaborates with UBC Library units, UBC departments, and external institutions and organizations in the development of programs, partnerships and services. Works with Library IT and the marketing and communication teams in the VP External Portfolio and UBC Library.



  1. Plans, delivers, and evaluates outreach services. Identifies and develops best practices for outreach and engagement in academic libraries.
  2. Keeps content current on the MRAi web application, the DTES Research Access Portal (DTES RAP). Solicits feedback from community to inform planning of the MRAi, and contributes to its ongoing development. Works with the DTES community to fulfil needs for preservation of local materials and/or public access on the DTES RAP.  Identifies and develops new partnerships and collaborations in the Vancouver DTES for the MRAi.
  3. Leads and participates in the digital engagement efforts of MRAi (social media, blog, etc.). Designs literacy programs for students, faculty and community that foster community-university knowledge exchange using the DTES RAP.
  4. Designs, delivers and assesses instructional programs and related assistance to community groups, using a variety of methodologies, including in-person workshops and online tutorials. Applies new and emerging technologies such as social, mobile and interactive media, and open access to the development of resources and delivery of services.  Promotes UBC library services and resources.
  5. Demonstrates the value and impact of Learning Exchange outreach programming and works with others to promote engagement efforts and successes. Shares information on programs and services through appropriate channels such as presentations and publications.
  6. Provides research assistance embedded in the DTES community or on campus, as needed.
  7. Hires, supervises and manages student employees, as required.
  8. Assists in the evaluation of the DTES RAP, which is led by the Supporting Transparent & Open Research Engagement & Exchange (STOREE)
  9. Supports existing grant funded projects and participates in seeking new grant funded opportunities.
  10. Supports the development of a DTES Librarians’ Community of Practice with Vancouver Public Library, Simon Fraser University, Vancouver Community College, and others.
  11. Stays current on developments and emerging trends in community engagement and knowledge exchange.
  12. Participates in relevant working groups and committees, including the MRAi steering committee. Participates in project work and other initiatives, as assigned.



A graduate degree from an ALA accredited program in library and information science is required with a minimum of one year of experience in providing services to a broad community of users. 

Demonstrated commitment, experience, and application of best practices in developing, delivering and assessing collection and information services, research support, literacy instruction, and outreach that emphasize access and inclusion to a broad community of users. Demonstrated ability to teach and present effectively, both in-person and online, to individuals and groups. Excellent oral and written communication skills and interpersonal skills are required. Demonstrated ability to establish and foster productive and effective working relationships.

Ability to recognize, respect and work effectively with individuals and groups with diverse perspectives and backgrounds. Experience working with people who belong to marginalized groups or with Indigenous communities are assets. Experience in developing partnerships and evidence of successful collaboration around the provision of programs and services. 

Strong information technology and digital literacy skills, including instructional technologies, social media, content management systems, digital projects, and productivity tools. General knowledge of online information resources and systems, as well as an excellent understanding of online tools such as UBC Blogs, UBC CMS (WordPress) and UBC Wiki. 

Ability to hire, train, and manage graduate students. Demonstrated ability to manage a diverse set of responsibilities and to initiate, plan and carry-out projects, both independently and as a member of a team. Willingness and flexibility to be based primarily at the Learning Exchange in the DTES and commute to the library at UBC Vancouver Point Grey Campus as needed. 

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. Promotes and fosters a supportive environment built on appreciation, recognition, learning and professional growth. Committed to demonstrating respect to 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.



Tactful and diplomatic interactions with patrons and program participants as well as people from UBC and external community and government organizations. Courteous and effective provision of services that are appropriately designed and delivered. Adherence to policies and procedures relating to confidential information. Demonstrates excellent communication skills, including timely and well organized written documentation. Effective training and supervision of student assistants. Stays informed about current developments in the field and shares this knowledge with colleagues and others. Commitment to and competence in culturally safe engagement and program delivery with Indigenous peoples and other community members.



This position is a full time, term appointment for one year with a possibility of an extension for a further year.

We are seeking applicants from Librarians with up to 3 years of experience. However, all internal candidates will be considered regardless of years of experience and are encouraged to apply. Salary will be commensurate with experience and academic/professional qualifications.

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.

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.

To view the complete job description and to submit an application, please visit the UBC Careers page at by midnight January 21, 2020.

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