[The following was written by Manfred Nissley, currently working for the UBC Archives in the Work Learn student employee programme]

A year after starting at the University of British Columbia as an archival science and library science student, a work-learn position opened up in University Archives. I applied for this position because I saw it as an excellent opportunity to put my archival science education into practice.

As an archival processing assistant for the University Archives, my job is to process accessions acquired according to University Records Management schedules or through donations from private parties.  I have discovered the clear differences between these types of accession. These differences mean there is often something unique to consider during processing.

Each project I have worked on has come with its own unique challenges. These challenges often depended on whether the creator of a fonds had a coherent records management system, a typical situation for university records, or if a private party simply tossed documents and ephemera in a box without a clear order of arrangement. While extra time must be spent with a disorganized fonds, the extra time needed allows the processor to become intimate with the materials. This intimacy would prove to be rather valuable for me during the CoVid-19 pandemic.

I have worked on so many projects that detailing all the projects I have completed is impossible. So, I am only going to highlight some of my favorites and state that my projects ranged from only a few centimetres to several metres. Some of these projects ended up providing opportunities to make personal connections with fonds creators. Others featured random situations that caused me to reflect on the importance of my work preserving records for family members and future researchers.

One such random situation came while I processed the School of Social Work fonds soon after I was hired. The records were from the late 1980’s to the early 2000’s and were rather convoluted. The fonds contained personal identifiable information (PII), deliberately preserved organic material, random coins, and student art that had been distorted due to severe off-gassing. Decisions had to be made throughout the processing about how to best preserve or destroy (especially the PII) these items or their storage containers. Halfway through the project, I became curious about the creators of the records, so I decided to begin my research for the administrative history section of the finding aid by looking into the histories of the administrators. When I researched Elaine Stoler, the department director from 1993-1998, I was surprised to learn she died a few days after I started processing the fonds!

Another favorite project featured several boxes of random ephemera and records belonging to multiple fonds. My task was to research these items, discover to which fonds they belonged, and process any unprocessed fonds. Some of my favorite finds included President Frank Wesbrook’s portfolio case (my all-time favorite find), a box of specimen slides of ocean dwelling microorganisms from the late 19th century, numerous medals and plaques, and the unprocessed accessions of Laurence Meredith and Valerie Haig-Brown. This project is a great reminder of the importance of documenting storage and recovery activities, especially during a crisis. Some of the ephemera had been temporarily misplaced in remote storage after a break-in at the archives many years ago. This misplacement resulted finding aids being updated over time to include notes about missing items.

The processing of the Meredith and Haig-Brown fonds was interesting as well. Both of these UBC Alumni and Ubyssey writers had storied careers. Valerie Haig-Brown, like her father Roderick, is an author and a particularly important conservation activist in the Pacific Northwest. She was a high-school track and field star who joined the Vancouver Olympic Club and was in consideration for the 1954 British Empire and Commonwealth Games.

Laurence Meredith, also a writer for the Ubyssey, was initially a high school teacher upon graduation. However, he soon moved to London and became a reporter for United Press International, eventually being made head of the Portugal office. He joined the Royal Air Force during WW2 and survived a parachuteless 1000 foot fall that did not end his military career. His fonds was sent around the world to UBC after his death in 1990.

Another project featured Florence McNeil, also a Ubyssey writer. Florence, an author, married Mr. McNeal, but she kept McNeil as her nom de plume. According to a memorial published in Trek magazine, McNeil was known for being evasive about her personal details. To ensure that McNeil can be properly identified in the future by archivists and researchers, statements about her husband’s name and nom de plume were included in the fonds’ Finding Aid.

One of my recent projects featured the fonds of Professor of Creative Writing Keith Maillard, who is also writer by profession. As a genealogist, this project was particularly interesting because the fonds includes a significant amount of family history and genealogical research. It also included a large amount of ephemera of Keith’s estranged father, which is discussed in Keith’s memoir Fatherless. I was curious about Keith’s genealogical story, his anti-war history, and the potential original order of some records. So, I reached out to him. He ended up sending me a signed copy of his memoir Fatherless, which is a must-read in my opinion.

I mentioned earlier that in some cases intimate knowledge of a fonds contents is a benefit. During CoVid-19, I was relegated to working from home. To keep me busy, I was given the main task of creating and editing Wikipedia pages dedicated to the people whose fonds on which I worked. The intimacy allowed me to use memorized information to recall what appropriate search strings and additional sources I needed to use to create and edit those pages according to Wikipedia standards.

One further note. It is rather interesting to me that many of the donated fonds I have processed were created by individuals who were editors and writers for the Ubyssey. As a genealogist, I find this relationship with the Ubyssey as almost a familial bond. It is my belief that that ties like this should be used by archives to promote the facility to those were part of that long standing culture. To that end, if you are reading this blog post and you were an editor or writer for the Ubyssey, please consider donating your papers to the University Archives. Your papers will be preserved and be in good company with other Ubyssey alumni. And don’t worry, if you moved to another nation, we can still take your papers – for example, Laurence Meredith’s archive travelled halfway around the world to get back to UBC.

Show and Tell: Selections from our Personal Archives and Libraries

How we remember, and what we hold dear, differs from person to person. All of us have personal archives we keep to preserve memories that are precious, that document our families, our histories and record important events. It could be a simple piece of ephemera we love and cannot part with (a ticket stub from our first concert, for example), or photographs of ancestors that offer clues to our origins, or anything we have set aside and saved for a myriad reasons. Similarly, our personal libraries hold volumes that have emotional value to us, not just for the words contained in it, but as a reflection of a time in our lives, we found them particularly relevant. This could be the first book of poetry that made us fall in love with verse, or the dog-eared copy of a classic novel that led us to our current passion for libraries and library work. This blog series explores selections from the personal libraries and archives of members of the Rare Books and Special Collections team, and other colleagues from UBC Library and beyond. We hope our stories will help you reflect on what is meaningful at this time in your, and in our, collective histories.

— Krisztina Laszlo, Archivist

Eleanore Wellwood, Technical Services Library Assistant, Xwi7xwa Library

I have my grandmother’s recipe book (Helen/Ellen/Nellie Whittington Wellwood, 1883-1969). It probably started life as her mother’s (Emeline/Emily Tuffnell Whittington, 1845-1941). It was never pretty and now is falling apart and the paper is brittle. The reason it is a treasured possession is only because of how one recipe leads off into questions and clues about family history and local BC history and world history and the great unresolved Canadian culinary debate about the origin of Nanaimo bars.

Helen Whittington Wellwood’s recipe book

The history of Nanaimo bars is reasonably well documented (according those emergency reference sources, Google and Wikipedia). The earliest documented use of the name “Nanaimo bars” was in the 14th edition of the Vancouver Sun’s Edith Adams’ Cookbook (which UBC Library does not have). Many possible precursors have been proposed. Some even have a connection to Nanaimo and more specifically to a United Church cookbook from Nanaimo. But, as every reference librarian knows, it is hard to search for something without a known name and with nothing but common search terms, so maybe all the precursors have not been found.

My family history is also reasonably well documented but with unasked or unanswered questions. Emeline was born in the Southampton workhouse, a piece of information she did not share. She married William Whittington, a bricklayer from the Isle of Wight, in Chatham, Kent, England in 1868. They converted to Methodism and embraced temperance and proceeded to move north and to have children until ending up in Seascale, Cumberland, where Nellie was born and her father went bankrupt building the Methodist church there. In 1889, Nellie emigrated with her mother and four siblings to join her father and oldest brother, who had emigrated the year before to Victoria. After an interlude in Port Townsend and Port Angeles, they settled into the circle of Methodist, temperance-supporting builders in Victoria with their social life centred on their church. My father’s father, Wilmot Bryant Wellwood (1883-1972), was born in Wingham, Ontario where his family was on an extended visit ‘back home’ returning from a move, with stays, through Peoria, Illinois, San Francisco, New Westminster, Nanaimo, Point Atkinson, and the Naas River and before returning (again via Peoria and San Francisco) to New Westminster, Nanaimo, and, finally, Victoria. My great grandfather had many occupations but his strongest wish had been to be a Methodist missionary. Their social lives also revolved around the Methodist church wherever they lived. The United Church of Canada Archives in Vancouver provides more than enough evidence of both families’ connection to the church and how important its social activities were to young people in the early twentieth century.

My grandparents were neither rich nor poor. They had their share of family difficulties, including the death of both their fathers in 1912 and the ‘sharing’ of both their mothers with other family members for many years. They had four sons, one of whom died at birth in 1917. My grandfather stayed employed during the Great Depression, weathered rationing and the death of one son in World War II, saw two sons through university, married and starting families after the war, supported relatives who had fallen on hard times several times, and ran a precursor of a Bed & Breakfast, leaving them frugally comfortable in retirement in the early 1950s. All of this creates the backdrop for the recipe book.

My recipe book is a book of mysteries. It might have been two books because there is a clump of lined pages with no red margin line still bound together but separated from the binding. Almost all of those pages are blank. There is another clump of pages which are still sewn in and with the red margin line. More of these pages have recipes until about halfway through, when it also goes blank. Together the two clumps seem to be a little too big for the spine binding and yet seem to belong together. There is no apparent organization. There are few dates (included by happenstance) and no page numbers. Like most family recipe books, it is a combination of handwritten recipes and loose and pasted-in newspaper clippings and recipes written on scraps of paper and envelopes. If there ever was an order to these, it is long lost. The handwriting changes, the inks change, some recipes are clearly written by others and some suggest the aging of the writer. There are snippets of things the owner wanted to save – hand copied or cut from a newspaper – now-or-always-corny jokes and inspirational poems and useful recipes for preventing hair loss. There are far more recipes for desserts than anything else. Most of the recipes reflect the limited range of available ingredients and a distinctly British palate.

Recipe for Chocolate Coconut Bars

Following the recipe for Dreamland Cake and before Unbaked Chocolate Brownies, there is a recipe for Chocolate Coconut Bars. In everything but name, it is a Nanaimo bar. My limited paleography skills lead to me to believe that Nellie added the recipe and that it would have been after wartime rationing, but also after her boys had left home, while her handwriting was still firm and steady but before the advent of ballpoint pens – or the early 1950s. It would have been the ideal contribution to United Church social events of the time. But, was it the ideal recipe before or after the christening of the Nanaimo bar? I do not know. All I know is that Chocolate Coconut Bars don’t appear to be one of the precursor names, and Victoria and Nanaimo aren’t all that far apart.

Connect with the digital humanities community at #UBC and learn how to use tools like Omeka, Github and Scalar in this new workshop series, starting Sep. 8.

Cover page from the prosperity and development edition, 1907 <https://dx.doi.org/10.14288/1.0382636>

Though it’s old news by now, phase one of the digitization project to make copies of the Nelson Daily News available online was completed this spring. In partnership with the rights holder, Touchstone Nelson, and using microfilm from the BC Archives, over 60 microfilm reels were scanned. Ranging from 1902 to 1920, 5597 edition were made available online. Since going live in September, the collection has received over 128,000 views and over 700 item downloads. Thank you for your support!Advertisement from the prosperity and development edition, 1907, <https://dx.doi.org/10.14288/1.0382636>

The paper provides an in-depth look at local, national, and international affairs. The advertisement above provides an example of industrial activities taking place in Nelson in the early 20th century. As exciting as Iron Works are, the advertisement below for the Nelson Brewery might be closer to the mark for day-to-day concerns. Other local advertisements include hardware and fishing tackle, land investment opportunities, and clothing shops.

Advertisement from the prosperity and development edition, 1907, <https://dx.doi.org/10.14288/1.0382636>

Of equal or greater interest are the insights into the local sports scene in the early 20th century. One can check up on the latest hockey scores in the winter, or baseball scores in the summer, as Nelson competes with local rivals such as Ymir, Rossland, or as far abroad as Edmonton. The following excerpt is from a write-up on the history of hockey in the Kootenays as of 1909, see the full article for more details.

Article on the history of hockey in the Kootenays from the February 18, 1909 edition <https://dx.doi.org/10.14288/1.0382996>

Of course, it goes without saying, to play hockey you need the right equipment. Where better to get that equipment than the Nelson Hardware Company on East Baker Street.

Advertisement from the February 11, 1908 edition <https://dx.doi.org/10.14288/1.0382877>

Opportunities to invest in land abound and include local purchases as well as outside of British Columbia. As a growing major centre, advertisements to invest in Calgary are plentiful and provide a view on the state of the city, as well as its potential for growth, in the early twentieth century.

Advertisements to invest in land in Calgary from the October 6, 1911 edition <https://dx.doi.org/10.14288/1.0384473>

Provincial and national politics figure large in the newspaper as well. One of the most amusing avenues of expression are the plethora of political cartoons included in the paper. Sir Wilfred Laurier is often the butt-end of these satirical renderings.

Satirical cartoon from the August 31, 1911 edition, <https://dx.doi.org/10.14288/1.0384091>

Of course, the first world war took place during the period covered by this collection. The war receives immense attention in this paper, reporting on actions on all fronts. The actions of Canadians fighting abroad are often emphasized, as in this excerpt from the front page of the April 26, 1915 edition, describing events that took place during the second battle of Ypres.

Headline from the April 26, 1915 edition, <https://dx.doi.org/10.14288/1.0386354>

We hope that this post has piqued your interest in the Nelson Daily News. If you wish to explore further, please check out the collection’s homepage on Open Collections (link at the top of this article). You can also check out our blog from February 11, 2020, which features advertisements from the Nelson Daily News.

Are you a student looking flexible and fun place to work at Xwi7xwa Library!? We have three positions available through the Work Learn program! Closing date September 3!

Indigenous Library Services – Remote Student Librarian

Available positions: 2

Description: Xwi7xwa Library is seeking an iSchool graduate student to provide remote reference and information services as well as enhancement of catalogue records relating to Indigenous topics and scholarship. Xwi7xwa serves a diverse range of learners, researchers and instructors including Indigenous students, faculty and staff, the wider campus community, and the general public. One of the ongoing goals of Xwi7xwa Library is to increase the number of iSchool graduates with competencies in Indigenous librarianship.

Indigitization Program – Remote Project Assistant 

Available positions: 1

Description: The Indigitization Assistant will be responsible for coordinating the communications for the program remotely. Website work will involve the careful curation of existing video media, photos, and written copy content into community-friendly digital bites that elicit engagement from former, current and prospective B.C. Indigenous community participants. They will be asked to coordinate, solicit team member content, and contribute original content for Indigitization blog. Communication and promotion includes live tweeting, photography, and logistical support as part of the orientation to the program’s values and community engagement core mandate. It is important that the student be culturally sensitive and aware of communications for Indigenous audiences (we will provide training using resources such as: Indigenous Peoples: Languages Guidelines).

To apply:

  1. Visit CareersOnline
  2. Make a profile for yourself
  3. Look up the positions by position title or search Xwi7xwa Library
  4. Apply

The Xwi7xwa team looks forward to hearing from you!

Artwork takes many different forms across cultures and across time. Xwi7xwa Library has a whole section of works of art books in our collection, but with the current pandemic, some of those books are not as easily available. Below, we’ve rounded up 12 different videos, streaming anytime on McIntyre Media through UBC Library, that illustrate the different forms of art in Indigenous cultures.

Making of a Haida Totem Pole is Kelvin Redvers’s portrayal of Don Yeomans is a contemporary Haida carver who was commissioned by the Vancouver Airport Art Foundation to make two 40 foot totem poles for the building linking domestic and international terminals at YVR. Follow the making of these unique poles-from log to installation-and listen to insight into the carver’s creative process, his relationship with family and culture, and his philosophy about art and tradition.

Carrying on the Tradition follows April Churchill and Gladys Vandal, highly gifted and talented Haida artists, both of whom have worked to preserve the Haida weaving tradition. The eldest daughter of legendary teacher Delores Churchill, April discusses why safeguarding tradition is important to her. Gladys Vandal also has roots deep in the basketry that grows out of the cedar tree. 

Argillite Carver is a documentary on artist Christian White who carves elaborate Haida stories, imbued with a sense of tradition, into an indigenous slate known as argillite in Masset, British Columbia . The mystery of his art, however, does not unfold until a quiet conversation about his latest panel pipe brings out his passion.

Cedar Hat Weaving tells the story of cedar, how the bark is stripped from the cedar tree and prepared for cedar weaving (hats) and discusses the art of cedar weaving and the affect this workshop had on the participants.

Art of Drum Making : First Nations making a Drum shows a step-by-step process on how to build a drum and shares stories and teachings taught by Jorge Lewis from the Snuneymuxw First Nation in B.C. 

From Hand to Hand documents how Charles Edenshaw played an enormous role in preserving his people’s ancient art forms at a time when their very survival was in question. In this powerful documentary, his descendants Robert Davidson, Carmen Goertzen and Christian White, celebrated artists in their own right, discuss his legacy as Haida Elders have passed it down to them.

Killer Whale and Crocodile In this film, watch a First Nations carver from Canada travels into the jungles of Papua New Guinea and a New Guinea carver travels to urban Canada. Together, they share each other’s cultures and learn about the myths and legends that inform their individual artistic styles. The Coast Salish carvings include killer whales, ravens and eagles; the Sepik pieces include crocodiles, cassowaries and hornbills. But both speak of culture, tradition and art.

Life and Work of the Woodland Artists is a film on the work of the “Indian Group of Seven”, made up of First Nation artists Daphne Odjig, Norval Morrisseau, Jackson Beardy, Carl Ray, Joseph Sanchez, Eddy Cobiness and Alex Janvier. The film traces the pivotal transition in Canadian and Aboriginal consciousness of native art, created by the canvases of these artists, through candid interviews with the group’s surviving members, family members and art critics. 

Modern room with wall and wooden floor.

New Masters features three leading carvers from the new generation, some of the last apprentices who worked with the late Haida Master Bill Reid. Tim Boyko and Garner Moody work out of the same carvers’ shed in Skidegate, British Columbia, a structure originally built by one of their elders. Working alone, Clayton Gladstone carves on wood and precious metals, and shares his views about contemporary and traditional art.

On the Trail of Property Woman tells the story of Freda Diesing, who in the 1960s was among the vanguard of Haida artists whose talents sparked a revival of her culture’s artwork. At the age of 42 she took up carving and established herself as not only an exceptional carver, but also an enthusiastic teacher and mentor.

Portrait of a Mask Maker allows the viewer to join Reg Davidson in his studio to watch him carve and share his views about Haida art. Reg does not consider himself an artist, though he has produced an impressive body of work and enjoyed a demand for his many masks. A singer and dancer of Haida traditional compositions, his unique personality allows for a broad, often comical, theatrical presentation of dance.

Robert Davidson: Eagle of the Dawn is a documentary about Guud San Glans (“Eagle of the Dawn” in Haida), or Robert Davidson, stands apart internationally with his innovative and staggering output of high art. In his quest to make beautiful objects, Robert has inspired a new approach to Haida art, becoming a master of several media and pursuing a lofty cultural objective.

Spruce Root Weaver: Isabel Rorick takes the viewer to Masset B.C., where Isabel uses spruce roots to make some of the most intricate and beautiful hats and baskets in the Pacific Northwest. Related to both Florence Edenshaw Davidson and Selina Peratrovich, Isabel comes from a long line of artists. Her great-grandmother was the legendary weaver, Isabella Edenshaw. Taking a personal journey to North Beach on Haida Gwaii, Isabel harvests her own roots.

Haida jewelers follows Carmen Goertzen and Frank Paulson who are two contemporary carvers who specialize in silver and gold. Both are motivated to pursue jewelry making by a desire for independence. They discuss their own processes and inspirations, how Haida jewelry fits into the larger tradition Haida art, and in a highly competitive marketplace, the need to maintain a profile with the city’s galleries and private collectors.

Looking for more information on Indigenous artwork? Check out these resources below from UBC Library:

First Nations and Indigenous Art Research Guide from the Music, Art, & Architecture Library

Indigenous New Media Research Guide from Xwi7xwa Library

The Xwi7xwa team is out ‘n about exploring social distance safe activities! We’re ready to start getting social, active, and safe and we want to encourage all of you to do the same. Stay tuned to see what we’re up to, we’ll even point to library resources if you prefer to participate indoors!

Out ‘n  About at UBC Farm – August 25

Today librarian Karleen was out ‘n about at the UBC Farm!

“The UBC Farm is the Centre for Sustainable Food System’s main teaching and learning space. A 24-hectare integrated production farm, the UBC Farm is located on the traditional, ancestral, and unceded territory of the Musqueam people. Situated within a 90-year-old coastal hemlock forest, the UBC Farm comprises cultivated annual crop fields, perennial hedgerows and orchards, pasture, teaching gardens, and forest stands.” – UBC Farm

Due to COVID many events and volunteer opportunities have been postponed but you can still register to be a volunteer!

Karleen’s tips to get gardening:

If you’re UBC affiliated here are some online resources related to plants in British Columbia and if you’re interested in Indigenous ecology see these resources.

Here are some resources available at the Vancouver Public Library!


Out ‘n About with Kent Monkman – August 21

This Friday our librarian Karleen was out ‘n about with Kent Monkman’s Shame and Prejudice: A Story of Resilience!

“This exhibition features nearly 80 pieces, including Monkman’s own paintings, installations and sculptures, in dialogue with historical artifacts loaned from museums and private collections across Canada. MOA is the final stop for this critically acclaimed travelling exhibition, which has been on a multi-year, cross-country tour to nine cities.” –MOA

Karleen’s advice for this activity:

  • Plan ahead, they’re only letting a small number of people into MOA at a time so book your ticket
  • If you can’t make it to MOA check out the exhibit online
  • Make sure you snack beforehand because you can’t bring food in
  • Stay safe, check out the safety procedures ahead of time

If you’re affiliated with UBC and looking for online resources on Kent Monkman see UBC Library resources!

You can access print materials and DVDs as well but please see the new process for picking up resources!

Here are  resources available at the Vancouver Public Library!





Head, Education Library
UBC Library | Vancouver Campus
Full-time, ongoing General Librarian position with 5 year renewable Head term
Anticipated Start Date: November 1, 2020


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 Framework can be viewed at https://about.library.ubc.ca/about-us/strategic-framework/. To learn more about working with UBC Library and to explore our aspirational values visit UBC Library – Work with us.


The Education Library provides reference, information, instruction, bibliographic and circulation services in support of undergraduates, graduate students and faculty of the Faculty of Education and to others requiring the use of the collection.  The Head is responsible for providing strategic leadership necessary to develop facilities, collections, and programs including organization, administration, and operation of services. Within the context of a changing environment, the Head will facilitate the planning for and implementation of a service model which focuses on meeting user needs. The nature and scope of responsibilities for this and other library positions are expected to change as the Library organization evolves.


A graduate degree from an accredited program in Library, Archival and Information Science.  An academic background in education or equivalent knowledge gained through professional experience working in the educational sector.  A B.Ed. degree is preferred.  Relevant professional experience appropriate to academic education librarianship. Familiarity with effective teaching methodologies, computer technology, and commitment to responsive and innovative information services.  Strong leadership, administrative and management skills, including the development and monitoring of budgets. Supervisory experience.  Demonstrated ability to develop, assess and refine library services and facilities.  Effectiveness in collaborating and building relationships.  Excellent communication and interpersonal skills.  Demonstrated ability to work effectively with staff and colleagues, inspire innovation, and experience developing and motivating teams and individuals. Ability to contribute to the Library’s sense of community and achievement of common goals through cooperation across units and encouragement of equitable and balanced involvement in decision making. Dedicated to cultivating an inclusive environment that recognizes barriers faced by people and encourages and incorporates contributions from diverse groups and individuals.


The Head of the Education Library works under the general direction of and reports to an Associate University Librarian (AUL).  The Head interacts and consults with relevant individuals relating to collection development and budgeting, finance, information technology, facilities and human resources.  The Head cooperates with other Heads and AULs in the provision of services and ensures that relevant issues are discussed with the Dean of Education, Associate Deans, or other administrators within the Faculty.  The Head also works with relevant external organizations and community partners. 


  1. Provides vision and leadership for the Education Library operations and services. Develops and implements goals and objectives that support the strategic directions of the Library, the Faculty of Education, and the University.
  2. Assesses needs of library users and opportunities for new services by consulting with students and faculty, reviewing curriculum changes and program development and new areas of research, and maintaining strong relationships with faculty and participating in departmental and faculty meetings.
  3. Evaluates existing services and adjusts priorities. Plans and implements new services, obtaining the necessary associated resources and technology required to support these.
  4. Evaluates space needs and plans new spaces to meet new and evolving user needs.
  5. Allocates and monitors resources by setting unit priorities, allocating funds, human resources and time, and controlling expenditures.
  6. Participates in the development and delivery of reference, research and instructional services in the Education Library.
  7. Assists in the management of the UBC Library by participating in Library-wide planning, budgeting and monitoring of activities. Sets unit goals that are related to the missions of the Library and the University.
  8. Provides leadership for the librarians and staff in the Education Library. Participates in the recruitment and selection of librarians and staff. Manages organizational planning, conducts annual reviews, assesses and recommends training and learning opportunities, makes merit recommendations and engages with librarians and staff through open dialogue.
  9. Enables an environment that is collegial, based on mutual trust and respect, is open and supportive, and that creates a positive and effective work environment for employees and patrons. This environment will be built on appreciation, recognition, learning and professional growth, where everyone is able to listen, contribute and engage with colleagues and ideas and provide and receive timely, constructive feedback. 
  10. Coordinates the development of collections in the Education Library. Ensures that faculty are consulted about collection development.  In consultation with librarians and staff, develops criteria for the selection of material for purchase, for the transfer of materials to storage, and for weeding decisions.
  11. Supports the University Librarian in fund raising initiatives, as requested, and participates in the preparation of grant requests and administration of grants.
  12. Participates in professional and university wide initiatives.


Effective development of collections and services in the Education Library. Administrative efficiency and effectiveness. Excellent public, interlibrary and staff communications. Collegial, respectful and collaborative working relationships with staff and librarians. Familiarity with the Library’s organization of services and adherence to its policies and procedures. Awareness of developments in relevant areas of librarianship, disciplines supported by the Education Library, scholarly publishing, and information technology. Imaginative, innovative and analytical approaches to service delivery.  Effective supervision, leadership and team building.  Effective development, delivery and assessment of instructional programs.


This position will be filled as a full-time, ongoing General Librarian position with a five year renewable administrative term as Head, Education Library. 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.

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 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; a detailed and current curriculum vitae.

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 September 20, 2020.

Summer 2020 has been a little different then other summers, but in some ways it is like EVERY summer. We are still going to the beach, travelling through British Columbia by car, gardening, boating, having picnics in the park, and spending time with family and close friends. We’ve adjusted for the current situation, keeping our bubbles small, but we are getting out in the sun, and enjoying ourselves with all the usual summer activities. As August comes to an end, and the school year beckons on the horizon, we hope you will enjoy this selection of photographs from summers past.

— Krisztina Laszlo, Archivist

Due to the quickly evolving situation with COVID-19, UBC Library branches across the Vancouver and Okanagan campuses will remain closed until further notice. The library continues to provide access to electronic resources and librarian support for research, teaching and learning.

Research help is available from UBC Education Library via email or remote consultation.

Looking for a book or article? Want to book a Zoom research session? Have a question about citations?

Please reach out to ed.lib@ubc.ca for assistance.

For continued library service updates, please visit: services.library.ubc.ca/covid-19-response

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