What’s the most magnificent thing you can do on October 14th?
Attend the Annual VCLR Illustrator’s Breakfast featuring Ashley Spires
October 14, 2017 | University Golf Course | 8:00 am -12:00 pm
Early Bird Rates end September 15, 2017


Come join us for TEC (Technology Enhanced Classroom) Expo July 12th and July 13th  1:00-2:30 p.m. in the Scarfe building foyer! The events on these two days are free and open to all UBC students, staff and faculty members.

July 12th will feature Steps to a Virtual Stage, Stem Education Videos, Enhancing High Performance Coaching, Camtasia, Creating Multi-touch Books, Learner Competencies and Digital Badges and more.

July 13th is the Educational Maker Day.  It is a hands-on time for you to engage in both digital and non-digital creative making. Some activities this year include Anne Lama and Hannah Mckendry with Book Making and Elena Pederson, Seed Library, Virtual Reality (including an opportunity to try the HTC Vive from the brand new Emerging Media Lab!), Coding with Microbits, Button Making, Sensory Food Exploration, Knot Tying, Weaving, Jewellery Making and Robotics.

Web link: http://ets.educ.ubc.ca/tec-expo-2017/

Time to get ready for practicum!

Explore diverse resources, get tips on designing unique learning
experiences and consider effective ways of integrating digital technologies!

Drop by and simply chat or RSVP with your specific planning needs and practicum topics so that we can have some resources ready for you at: https://survey.ubc.ca/s/gearing-up-for-practicum/

UBC Education Library has created a great and well-used collection of online lesson plans for teachers categorised by subject.

Please visit the Guide that you are interesting in:

Elementary Lesson Plans

Secondary Lesson Plans

Don’t forget, January 17 is our annual Celebration of B.C.’s Award Winning Children’s Authors and Illustrators with special guests Lee Edward Fodi and Janet Whyte, and the Children’s Literature Roundtables of Canada 2016 Information Book Award winners Deborah Hodge (author) and Karen Reczuch (illustrator) for their book West Coast Wild: A Nature Alphabet. Over 20 B.C. authors and illustrators will be there as well!

We will also be selling mystery cracker jack packs for $20 each to help fund the speakers at our next events. Each package of cracker jacks contains the secret number of a prize valued between $25 and $200. You could be the lucky winner of a set of books, a bottle of wine, a framed illustration, or another wonderful treat! Please remember to bring cash or cheques as we are unable to process credit or debit card payments at the venue.

When: January 17, 2017, 7 – 9 pm
Where: Creekside Community Centre, 1 Athletes Way, Vancouver
What: Celebratory drinks & delicious snacks
Cost: Free to members and students.

Register now to confirm your seat.

With smartphones in their pockets and tablets in their backpacks, students growing up in the digital era are the most connected generation yet. But, as UBC’s Ron Darvin notes, simply having access to digital tools doesn’t mean all students are on a level playing field. Darvin, a PhD student in the faculty of education and a UBC Public Scholar, examines how students of different socio-economic backgrounds develop digital skills—and why some children are at risk of being left behind.

read full article: http://news.ubc.ca/2017/01/12/ubc-expert-some-b-c-kids-at-risk-of-falling-behind-in-digital-literacy

Due to weather conditions, the Library will close at 3:00 pm today. @ikblc_ubc will remain open 24/7. http://ow.ly/yOqP307h584


De-stress week at UBC Education Library is upon us and there will be some fun and relaxing activities happening every day. Unless otherwise noted, events will take place in Scarfe 155, 12:00-1:00.


Monday – Therapy dogs Bailey and Lyla, 12:00-2:00 (completed)

Tuesday – Weaving and fidget ball making (completed)

Wednesday – Button making and sock puppet making

Thursday – Weaving and fidget ball making

Friday – Bookmark making and button making

colouringWe are also featuring an oversized colouring wall outside of the library in support of the Oh Canada! art project with Natalie LeBlanc. The image will be constructed over the week as people contribute, piece by piece. Smaller pieces of the larger image have been distributed for people to colour. They can then tape their piece to the larger image. Please come to the UBC Education Library circulation desk to participate in this exciting project!

Hope to see you at some of the events!


Reconciling Difficult Colonial Truths:  Literature for Children and Youth 

4:00-6:00 pm.  Wednesday, October 26, 2016
Irving K. Barber Center, Chilcotin Board Room, Rm 256

Given the legacy of 500 years of colonization, sharing and telling stories for children and young adults about difficult truths is important in moving forward towards reconciliation.  As part of the journey,  increased sensibilities and approaches are needed and give rise to many questions. How can children’s literature be decolonized and made appropriate for 21st century learners? What role do writers, illustrators, teachers, teacher-librarians and children’s librarians play in the process? What ethical and respectful approaches are employed to decolonize the creation, dissemination and use of literature, especially about issues that readers find stressful and upsetting? Who should tell the stories? What are the risks and benefits of appropriation and commodification of cultural heritage?  And what critical analysis skills are essential when promoting and sharing literature that is both historic and an ongoing expression of colonization? Join our School Library Day conversation, to hear from our panelists.

Maggie De Vries will talk as a writer and editor.  She edited Fatty Legs and A Stranger at Home and wrote the teen novel, Rabbit Ears.

Gordon Powell will provide insights as a teacher, teacher-librarian and district principal for Aboriginal Education in Surrey about First Nations collections and integrating aboriginal content.

Julie Flett will speak about her work as a Cree-Metis Canadian author and illustrator and how she indigenizes picture books for children.

Arushi Raina will comment about apartheid and growing up as a teenager in South Africa and how that influenced her debut young adult novel, When Morning Comes.

Free event, featuring light food and refreshments.


Videopodcasts of past National School Library Day Events are available at http://www.ikebarberlearningcentre.ubc.ca/category/webcasts/library-and-information-science/
2010 Video Games and Youth Eric Meyers and Kathy Sanford
2011 Project Information Literacy Michael Eisenberg
2012 Engaging Youth with Indigenous Materials   Debra Martel and Allison Taylor-McBryde
2013 BC’s New Education Plan School Libraries at the Centre of Learning   Gino Bondi, Patricia Finlay
2014 Connecting Authors and Readers   Vivian Howard
2015 The Place and Space for Canadian Children’s Literature in Our Lives and Libraries Maggie de Vries,  Jan Hare, Judith Saltman and Yukiko Tosa

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