The Lunar New Year, most commonly associated with the Chinese New Year or Spring Festival, usually falls sometime between January 21 and February 20. This year, Lunar New Year falls on Friday, February 12 and it’s the Year of the Ox!

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Juvenile Literature

Ruby’s Chinese New Year
Vickie Lee; illustrated by Joey Chou.
PZ7.1.L437 Rb 2018

As Ruby travels to her grandmother’s house to bring her a gift for Chinese New Year, she is joined by all of the animals of the zodiac.

Includes the legend of the Chinese horoscope and instructions for making a paper lantern, a paper fan, and good luck banners.


A New Year’s reunion
Yu Li-Qiong; illustrated by Zhu Cheng-Liang.
PZ4.9.Y888 Nw 2011

Little Maomao’s father works in faraway places and comes home just once a year, for Chinese New Year. At first Maomao barely recognizes him, but before long the family is happily making sticky rice balls, listening to firecrackers, and watching the dragon dance in the streets below.

Papa gets a haircut, makes repairs to the house, and hides a lucky coin for Maomao to find. Which she does! But all too soon it is time for Papa to go away again.

The runaway wok: a Chinese New Year tale
Ying Chang Compestine; illustrated by Sebastià Serra.
PZ4.9.C6462 Rw 2011

On Chinese New Year’s Eve, a poor man who works for the richest businessman in Beijing sends his son to market to trade their last few eggs for a bag of rice, but instead he brings home an empty–but magic–wok that changes their fortunes forever.

Includes information about Chinese New Year and a recipe for fried rice.

Bringing in the New Year
Grace Lin.
PZ7.L644 Br 2008

This exuberant story follows a Chinese American family as they prepare for the Lunar New Year. Each member of the family lends a hand as they sweep out the dust of the old year, hang decorations, and make dumplings. Then it’s time to put on new clothes and celebrate with family and friends. There will be fireworks and lion dancers, shining lanterns, and a great, long dragon parade to help bring in the Lunar New Year. And the dragon parade in our book is extra long–on a surprise fold-out page at the end of the story.

Grace Lin’s artwork is a bright and gloriously patterned celebration in itself! And her story is tailor-made for reading aloud.

The cat’s tale: why the years are named for animals
Doris Orgel; illustrated by Meilo So
PZ8.1.O59 Ct 2008

Willow’s pet cat Mao relates how the Jade Emperor chose twelve animals to represent the years in the Chinese calendar and why there is no Year of the Cat.

Includes endnotes on the twelve-year lunar cycle and the Chinese zodiac animals.

Silk Peony, parade dragon
Elizabeth Steckman; illustrated by Carol Inouye.
PZ4.9.S7325 Sl 1997

This is the story of Silk Peony, a magnificent dragon who is rented by a powerful mandarin for the annual New Year’s parade.

Based on legend, this is the story of how the dragon came to lead the New Year’s parade. The traditional story and whimsical illustrations of dragons are sure to appeal to young children and the young at heart.  (SJ Cheng)

The Dragon New Year: A Chinese Legend
David Bouchard, Zhong-Yang Huan
PZ4.9.B689 Dr 1999

Every spring, a clash of cymbals, a splash of colorful fireworks, and the Dragon Dance herald the coming of the Chinese New Year. But how did these celebrations begin?

Charming and masterfully illustrated, this enticing tale involves a monstrous sea dragon, a mother’s sorrow, and a magical Buddha. Set in the words of a wise grandmother passing on her traditions to her adored granddaughter, this story of courage and kindness, love and revenge will delight both children and adults alike.

Le Nouvel An Chinois
David F. Marx; texte français de Dominique Chichera.
GT4905 .M3614 2007 French Collection

Chaque titre de cette collection, destinée aux apprentis lecteurs, propose une découverte de l’histoire et des traditions liées à diverses fêtes, ainsi qu’à la façon dont elles sont célébrées aux quatre coins de la planète. — Des photographies, mettant en scène des enfants croqués dans le feu de l’action, animent cette petite plaquette que conclut une double page reprenant certains mots-clés du texte. Une agréable ouverture au monde et à la diversité culturelle.


Chinese New Year: a celebration for everyone
Jen Sookfong Lee.
GT4905 .L434 2017

From its beginnings as a farming celebration marking the end of winter to its current role as a global party featuring good food, lots of gifts, and public parades, Chinese New Year is a snapshot of Chinese culture.

Award-winning author and broadcaster Jen Sookfong Lee recalls her childhood in Vancouver and weaves family stories into the history, traditions, and evolution of Chinese New Year.

Lavishly illustrated with color photographs throughout.

Chinese New Year
Carrie Gleason.
GT4905 .G54 2009

Kung hay fat Choy means ‘may you prosper’ and is a greeting heard often during Chinese New Year. Chinese New Year, sometimes called Lunar New Year, is celebrated in Chinese communities throughout the world.

Children will love this colorful and easy-to-understand introduction to this famous holiday.


New Year celebrations in different places
Robin Johnson.
GT4905 .J63 2018

Did you know that New Year celebrations can be traced back more than 4,000 years ago?

Dynamic photographs and well-crafted text introduce readers to New Year celebrations including Songkran, Chinese New Year, Rosh Hashanah, and Diwali.


Lighting our world: a year of celebrations
Catherine Rondina; illustrated by Jacqui Oakley.
GT3933 .R66 2012

Throughout the year and around the globe, people use light — candles, bonfires, lanterns and fireworks — to celebrate special occasions.

This richly illustrated book is an illuminating tour of the world’s brightest and warmest festivities.


Neal-Schuman guide to celebrations and holidays around the world
Kathryn I. Matthew, Joy L. Lowe.
GT3930 .M377 2004

Ramadan, Rosh Hashanah, Kodomono-Hi, Diwali, Dia de los Muertos, the Festival of St. Lucia, Mardi Gras. Each month there’s another holiday or special event teachers and librarians can choose to explore with children. Grouped by month, and with chapters on year-round special events (such as birthdays, weddings, Powwows, and quincea-eras), this innovative and easy-to-use guide provides grade-specific advice on books, media, and activities that allow children to learn how people of various nationalities and religions celebrate holidays.


Red eggs and dragon boats: celebrating Chinese Festivals
Carol Stepanchuk

This is a book about the celebration of Chinese festivals. Most of the Chinese festivals are based on the lunar calendar. It includes festivals such as the Chinese lunar New Year, Clear Brightness festival, Full-month red egg and ginger party, Dragon Boat festival and Moon festival.

Many thanks to guest blogger Brandon Leung for contributing the below post! Brandon is a graduate student in the Film and Photography Preservation and Collections Management program at Ryerson University and completed an archival internship with Rare Books and Special Collections in December 2020.

A few years ago, I had what turned out to be a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity at Rare Books and Special Collections. During my time as an undergraduate at UBC, I took a class about archives that had us visit RBSC every week to look at a different collection held there. One time, we had the chance to actually hear from one of the donors themselves, the late Chinese Canadian artist and activist Jim Wong-Chu. During that class, he talked continuously, without pause, about Chinese Canadian activism and history, an ability he was well known for. Afterwards, he showed us an album, titled Pender East, that contained both photographs and handwritten poetry. As a student who was, and still is, interested in the intersection of text and photography, this album amazed me. The photographs were skillfully printed, depicting people and places in Vancouver’s Chinatown, while the poems spoke about the Chinese Canadian experience. I would come away from this class with the album still on my mind and it unknowingly became the first and last time I would see Jim Wong-Chu in person. A couple of years later, I would find out that he unfortunately passed away. Yet Pender East still remained on my mind enough that over this past year, I decided to write about it for my final thesis paper for Ryerson University’s Film + Photography Preservation and Collections Management program, done alongside an internship at RBSC. In the following blog post, I would like to talk about some discoveries I made along the way. Though the COVID-19 pandemic hit in the middle of my research, I fortunately still found out several things about the album from a variety of sources, including Jim Wong-Chu’s fonds, YouTube videos of him and individuals who knew him personally.

Jim Wong-Chu, Pender East, photographic album, [after 1970?] (RBSC-ARC-1710-31-14, Jim Wong-Chu fonds, box 41)

Jim Wong-Chu created Pender East as a final project for his photography class at the Vancouver School of Art and Design (now Emily Carr University), which he attended from 1975-1981. He had started taking photographs before this point and said he chose photography because he felt he was good at it and that it was similar to cooking (he recently had experience cooking in Chinese cafes in BC). He spent a lot of his time in Chinatown exploring his Chinese Canadian identity and photographing people he knew or met in the community. At the same time, he was working as a mailman for Canada Post and I was told that he would take early morning shifts to give him the rest of the day to walk around Chinatown and photograph. He was known to talk to people he found interesting and get their story before asking to photograph them. Through his photography and writing, Jim Wong-Chu focused on a community he identified with and would become an important part of. I wanted to look at the album in the same way, as a work related to a very real community and not as the work of an individual artist. This led me to finding sources outside of the album, but related to its contents, to fill my research.

One interesting fact I discovered about Pender East was that it was partly a collaborative work, which fit into the community-based activism that was going on at that time. For example, the poems included in the album showcase this. Though Jim Wong-Chu wrote many of the poems (a few which would appear in his later poetry book, Chinatown Ghosts), one about a grass dragon performance was written by his friend and fellow Chinese Canadian cultural activist Paul Yee. Additionally, the poems as they appear in the album were handwritten by another one of his friends, Cynthia Chan. Both Yee and Chan are named in the album’s final acknowledgement page, though the nature of their contributions isn’t revealed in the album itself. Fortunately I was able to speak with both of them and learned about their contributions.

Information about photographic prints, especially prints made in the pre-digital age, can also be found in contact sheets and film negatives. The Jim Wong-Chu fonds contain a large amount of these materials and I was fortunate enough to go through a box of them. One thing that can be said about archival materials is that they provide material evidence of the past and this box of negatives and contact sheets provided material evidence for some of the things I was learning about Pender East.

By looking at these materials, I was hoping to find some of the photographs in Pender East within these contact sheets. Contact sheets are helpful documents of a photographer’s practice because they show single rolls of film on one piece of photographic paper. We can then assume that all the photographs on one contact sheet were photographed in close proximity to each other. For example, I found the following photograph of a man standing in front of an election campaign headquarters in one of Wong-Chu’s contact sheets (RBSC-ARC-1710-PH-2740).



I also discovered that this specific contact sheet contained a majority of images that were included in Pender East. By looking closely at the photographs, and from what interviewees told me, I was also able to figure out where some of these photographs were taken. The above photograph was taken at 107 East Pender Street (seen in the photograph), while a photograph of three men posing on the street that appears later on the contact sheet was taken in the 200 block of East Pender, a known commercial hub of Vancouver’s Chinatown at the time (as identified by interviewees). This material evidence of Jim Wong-Chu’s photography and his photographic practice corroborated what I had been told in interviews, that he spent many days walking through Chinatown, up and down East Pender Street, and photographing.


Jim Wong-Chu, [Two unidentified men and Charles Mow] from Pender East, [after 1975] (RBSC-ARC-1710-31-14, Jim Wong-Chu fonds, box 41)


Another striking image in Pender East appears halfway through the album. It is a close-up of a poster of Mao Zedong, leader of the People’s Republic of China, torn at the eyes, pasted onto a street pole in Chinatown. Through my research, I also discovered this image corroborated another story related about the Chinese Canadian community. In a video recording of a poetry reading Jim Wong-Chu did at the Roedde House Museum, he discusses the story behind this photograph. After Mao died in 1976, supporters of the People’s Republic of China put up posters depicting him around Vancouver’s Chinatown. Soon after, supporters of the opposing Kuomintang government (The Chinese Nationalist Party, based in Taiwan, who claimed to be the rightful rulers of China) tore up the posters and Wong-Chu photographed the results. Wong-Chu also decided to use this photograph on the cover of the first edition of his poetry book Chinatown Ghosts, which he said drew the ire of both camps. In his fonds, I found a contact sheet containing the image in question, plus photographs of other torn Mao posters throughout Chinatown (RBSC-ARC-1710-PH-2766). Again, his contact sheets acted as material evidence of Chinese Canadian history and, alongside Wong-Chu’s own story, gave me insight into another side of the community that I would not have known from Pender East itself.



By the end of my research, I had made many more discoveries about the Chinese Canadian community and Vancouver’s Chinatown in the 1970s, too many to be fully listed here. Of course there are many more to be made and I hope my work so far can act as a stepping stone into more research for one of the most accessed collections at RBSC. I feel privileged to have been given the opportunity to work on Pender East, learning more about Chinese Canadian history and Vancouver’s Chinatown and helping stoke some old memories.

(Through all my scrutiny of the photographs in Pender East, from my interviews and other archival photographs of Vancouver’s Chinatown, I also created a Google “My Maps,” pinpointing some of the locations where Wong-Chu’s photographs were taken.)

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Join us for a new annual tradition dedicated to spreading the awareness and importance of research data through a series of workshops held online between February 1st and 12th.

Miss dropping by the reference desk in Koerner Library to get help with your research? Starting January 25th, 2021, Koerner Library’s Humanities and Social Sciences librarians will be holding virtual reference hours over Zoom. These will be held Monday to Friday, from 11am-2pm.

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The Canadian Heritage Foundation Photography Foundation has completed digitizing 2000 photographs of BC taken by Canadian photographer George Hunter, RCA. The images reflect the industry, culture and landscape of the province from 1950-2010. The digitized negatives and slides are preserved in the CHPF archive, and the images are currently on-line and available to the public.

The Digitization of the Photographs of British Columbia by George Hunter, RCA was digitized with support from the Irving K. Barber Learning Centre through its BC History Digitization Program.

For more information about the 2020/2021 BC History Digitization Program Projects, click here.

Hunter, G. (n.d.).  British Columbia: Vancouver – waterfront at night with Harbour Centre and Granville Square Buildings. [photograph]

Featured new resources for the month of January.  Click on the book cover or title to take you to the UBC Library catalogue record for the item.

Teacher narratives from the Eikaiwa classroom: moving beyond “McEnglish”
edited by Daniel Hooper and Natasha Hashimoto.

PE1130.J3 T43 2020

This book includes 16 chapters written by current and former eikaiwa (English conversation school) teachers to illustrate a complexity within the eikaiwa profession that has been thus far largely ignored.

Through teacher narratives, the authors explore the unique and often problematic world of eikaiwa to present a counter-narrative to what the editors regard as blanket stereotyping of a multifaceted and evolving teaching context.



Move, play, learn: interactive storytimes with music, movement, and more
Alyssa Jewell.

Z718.3 .J49 2020

Jewell provides ideas, suggestions, and strategies to help you energize your storytime, reading circles, and other early literacy programs.

She explains the benefits of music and movement storytime, as well as how to design, lead, and implement it.

The second half of the book offers practical resource materials, including ready-to-use plans for different age groups. —



Canadian structures and sustainability
by James Bow; editor: Meg Gaertner.

NA2542.35 .B69 2019

“Examines the importance of building structures to withstand extreme weather as well as day to day stresses, the impact of structures on the environment, and technological innovations that help cities to use limited resources sustainably.”–

Featured new children’s and young adult books for the month of January.  Click on the book cover or title to take you to the UBC Library catalogue record for the item.

Kiss number 8
written by Colleen AF Venable ; artwork by Ellen T. Crenshaw.
PZ7.7.V46 Ks 2019 Education GREAT READS

“Mads is pretty happy with her life. She goes to church with her family, and minor league baseball games with her dad. She goofs off with her best friend Cat, and has thus far managed to avoid getting kissed by Adam, the boy next door. It’s everything she hoped high school would be… until all of a sudden, it’s not.

Her dad is hiding something big–so big it could tear her family apart. And that’s just the beginning of her problems: Mads is starting to figure out that she doesn’t want to kiss Adam… because the only person she wants to kiss is Cat.

Just like that, Mad’s tidy little life has gotten epically messy–and epically heartbreaking. And when your heart is broken, it takes more than an awkward, uncomfortable, tooth-clashing, friendship-ending kiss to put things right again. It takes a whole bunch of them”–


by Shaun Tan.
PZ7.T16123 Cc 2019

From the visionary Shaun Tan, an inspirational story for older picture book readers and beyond

Cicada tells the story of a hardworking little cicada who is completely unappreciated for what he does. But in the end, just when you think he’s given up, he makes a transformation into something ineffably beautiful. A metaphor for growing up? A bit of inspiration for the unappreciated striver in all of us? Yes, yes, and more.





Mireille Messier et Irene Luxbacher.
PZ23.M4774 Tr 2019

“Dans ce livre superbement illustré, un frère et une sœur explorent leur environnement à la recherche d’un trésor.”–
When two siblings go on a treasure hunt, they aren’t sure exactly what kind of treasure they are looking for. What they do know is that treasures are shiny, mysterious, and precious. And that all the really good treasures are hidden!

Notes: Published simultaneously in English under the title: Treasure.
In French.

Friday, February 5, 2021
12:00 pm to 1:00 pm 
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Happy New Year! Let’s celebrate the year of the White Ox (辛丑年, beginning on Friday, Feb. 12th) by sending our thoughts to family and friends with a handmade card. The ox is said to be patient and kind, good qualities to have in the times we are in. This low-key lunchtime event will give you time to get creative and a space for sharing friendly discussion of New Year’s customs in Asia. All age groups are invited. Bring your own cardmaking supplies: paper, pencil crayons, glue, old pictures or magazines, and scissors are some things you may need. See you in Zoom.

Head, Woodward Library & Biomedical Branch Library
UBC Library, Vancouver Campus
Full-time, term General Librarian position
Anticipated Start Date: March 1, 2021


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 To learn more about working with UBC Library and to explore our aspirational values visit UBC Library – Work with us.


The Woodward Library provides reference, information and circulation services and collections, to support research, teaching and learning in the sciences. Woodward Library serves 7 faculties: Applied Science, Dentistry, Forestry, Land & Food Systems, Medicine, Pharmaceutical Sciences, Science; over 50 departments. Woodward has collections in atmospheric sciences, biology, botany, chemical and biological engineering, chemistry, civil engineering, dentistry, electrical engineering, environmental engineering, forestry, geology, geophysics, land and food systems, materials science, medicine, mechanical engineering, mining engineering, nursing, nutrition, oceanography, palaeontology, pharmaceutical sciences, physics, pulp and paper, transportation, wood sciences, zoology, and related fields, and houses the largest biomedical collection in western Canada. The Library’s involvement in the Distributed Medical Program is also overseen by the Head. The Head, Woodward Library, is responsible for providing strategic leadership to people, services and operations including the development of collections, new user spaces, and services to position the Woodward Library as a vital resource for UBC, now and into the future. The scope of this position includes the organization, administration and operation of library staff and budgets across several areas including reference, research, circulation services and collection development. The Head will plan, implement and manage existing and new services focused on meeting evolving user needs. The nature and scope of responsibilities are carried out within the context of a changing environment and in collaboration with colleagues and staff as appropriate as the Library organization and operational model evolves. The Head is responsible for building operations and the development and oversight of the Woodward Library building. The Head is also responsible for the strategic leadership of the Biomedical Branch Library located at Vancouver General Hospital.


A graduate degree from an ALA accredited program in Library or Information Science is required. Strong leadership and management skills and exceptional administrative ability developed and demonstrated by progressively responsible work experiences are required. Demonstrated leadership in collaboration and building relationships with colleagues both internal and external to the operational unit are required. Effective interpersonal and communication skills, including the demonstrated ability to win the trust and confidence of staff and colleagues and a track record of success in the motivation and mentoring of staff in a team based environment are required. Supervisory experience is essential. An academic background or significant experience working in the sciences is highly desirable. Additionally, awareness of emerging areas in scholarly communications, relevant professional experience, familiarity with faculty-library liaison, virtual services, systematic reviews, collection development and library instruction as well as commitment to responsive and innovative information services are highly desirable. The ideal candidate will have a strong sense of the future directions of libraries and be able to articulate this in meaningful ways to staff, colleagues, students and faculty. Dedicated to cultivating an inclusive environment that recognizes barriers faced by people, and encourages and incorporates contributions from diverse groups and individuals. Creates a supportive and open environment where everyone is able to listen, contribute and engage with colleagues and ideas and provide and receive timely, constructive feedback. Creates an environment that embraces curiosity, ideas, creativity and innovation and provides opportunities and flexibility to explore new initiatives.


The Head, Woodward and BMB, works under the general direction of and reports to the Associate University Librarian, Research & Scholarship. The Head supervises a team of subject liaison librarians and directly and indirectly supervises the work of support staff and students in Information and Circulation Services, and ILL/Document Delivery. The BMB librarian reports directly to this position and collaborates on UBC hospital library issues. BMB library staff report directly to their branch librarian. The Head consults with their AUL and Library Human Resources on matters affecting staff. Similar liaison occurs with the Library’s Collections Services and Central Technical Services staff on matters of ordering and processing collections. The development and maintenance of strong working relationships with the AUL Collections, AUL Teaching, Learning & Engagement, and AUL Digital Programs and Services is important. The Head will be responsible for the organization and operation of services within the parameters of the Library’s operational needs as determined by their AUL. This position collaborates extensively with the heads, librarians and staff from other units within the Library as well as other stakeholders at UBC including the 7 Faculties. The nature and scope of the responsibilities for this position are expected to change as the Library organization evolves.

Dedicated to cultivating an inclusive environment that recognizes barriers faced by people, and encourages and incorporates contributions from diverse groups and individuals.

Contributes to the Library’s sense of community and achievement of common goals through cooperation across units/groups and encouragement of equitable and balanced involvement in decision making.

Promotes and fosters a supportive environment built on appreciation, recognition, learning and professional growth.

Works to build a team environment built on positive working relationships, provides guidance and resources to teams while trusting them to excel.

Creates a supportive and open environment where everyone is able to listen, contribute and engage with colleagues and ideas and provide and receive timely, constructive feedback.

Creates an environment that embraces curiosity, ideas, creativity and innovation and provides opportunities and flexibility to explore new initiatives.


In consultation with the Associate University Librarian, Research & Scholarship, provides leadership for the operations of Woodward Library and BMB Library, so that they contribute successfully to UBC Library’s vision and mission and the University’s Strategic Plan.

  1. Develops and implements goals and objectives that support the UBC Library’s strategic plan, and the University’s Strategic Plan.
  2. Provides leadership directly and indirectly for the librarians, M&P and CUPE staff in all areas of Woodward and BMB Library operations, services and collections.
  3. Assesses needs of library users and opportunities for new programs and services by consulting with users; keeps up with changes in curriculum and new areas of research, maintains strong relationships with key stakeholders in the 7 Faculties. Ensures consultation with the Library on new/changed courses and curriculum.
  4. Prepares and monitors budgets, allocates and is accountable for the use of resources. This includes setting unit priorities in consultation with staff and users.
  5. Works closely with the AUL, Research & Scholarship, and the Director, Library Human Resources, on personnel issues, including recruitment of new staff and staff development and training. Manages the performance review cycle for staff, including the development and review of job descriptions, annual conversation and setting of goals and objectives, and conducting annual activity conversations and performance reviews.
  6. Oversees the development of collections in the sciences ensuring that faculty and students are consulted on a regular basis. Ensures that librarians consult with interested faculty about collection development.
  7. In consultation with staff, users, Technical Services and Woodward Library staff, oversees the management of the physical collections in the Library including the development of criteria for the transfer of materials to storage and weeding.
  8. In consultation with the AUL and the Director, Library Finance & Facilities, plans new spaces to meet new and evolving user needs.
  9. Creates and maintains a supportive, positive and effective work environment for staff and users, creating an environment within Woodward Library that is collegial and based on mutual trust and respect.
  10. Participates in and supports the collaborative work of the UBC public service branches.
  11. Engages in the management of the UBC Library by participating as a member of the appropriate committees.
  12. Collaborates with other library units to ensure excellent service to users and to ensure effective use of resources.
  13. Engages with the initiatives of the Library Development Office in obtaining funding in support of the programs and services of the Woodward Library.
  14. Biomedical Branch Library:
    • Provides management to the BMB librarian, oversees the work to ensure that BMB is organized and managed to successfully fulfil the Library’s vision and mission statements.
    • Reviews budgets for Biomedical Branch Library and oversees the allocation and expenditures of the resources in collaboration with the branch librarian.
    • Works with the branch librarian and the Library’s HR unit to plan for staff development and training by determining the needs of the unit including individual work-related staff needs. Branch librarian allocates time for training and development at the unit level.
    • Works in collaboration with the librarian from BMB to develop library services and collections that support the medical and health sciences programs of UBC.
  1. As requested participates in the preparation of grant applications and administration of grants.
  2. Keeps current with changing expectations and roles of providing information to health professionals, engineers, etc. from student through to practitioner, by being cognizant of life long learning needs. Stays current with emergent publishing patterns, product developments and digital library activities in the sciences disciplines.
  3. Other duties as required.


It is expected this position will provide effective development of collections and services and strategic leadership in the Woodward Library, and Biomedical Branch Library.

Administrative efficiency and effectiveness, excellent public, interlibrary and staff communications; collegial, respectful and collaborative working relationships with staff and faculty; familiarity with the Library’s organization of services and adherence to its policies and procedures; awareness of developments in relevant areas of librarianship and the disciplines supported by the Woodward Library; the ability to handle complexity and diversity in the academic research environment; imaginative, innovative and analytical skills to provide cost-effective, timely services; strong supervisory skills.


Salary will be commensurate with experience and academic/professional qualifications.

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

The UBC Faculty Collective Agreement can be viewed at

Please note that the work associated with this position is currently being performed remotely in response to COVID-19. In the longer-term, on campus work will resume.

We welcome colleagues with the experiences and competencies that can contribute to our principles of inclusion, equity, and diversity.

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 February 11, 2021.

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