Guanajuato is a city and municipality in central Mexico, in part of Bajío.  It is in a narrow valley, which makes its streets narrow and winding. Most are alleys that cars cannot pass through, and some are long sets of stairs up the mountainsides. Many of the city’s thoroughfares are partially or fully underground. The historic center has numerous small plazas and colonial-era mansions, churches and civil constructions built using pink or green sandstone.

“Con el Alma en las Manos” will be displayed at the Irving K. Barber Learning Centre as part of Mexico Fest 2015 from August 28 to September 30. Come check it out!

“Housing the knowledge of tangata whenua (indigenous people)” focuses on how information professionals can build respectful collections.  Cultural organisations house most of the written historical information of tangata whenua (Indigenous people), however, not many organizations have partnerships with Indigenous peoples. Anahera Morehu (University of Auckland) will present insights from her journeys in facilitating the forming of partnerships or relationships. Through partnerships, information managers are able to discern and create guidelines that support organisations in better understanding what “indigenous traditional knowledge” is in an information profession context.

Anahera brings a discussion about developing guidelines for Indigenous traditional knowledge held in your organisations – libraries, archives, museums and other cultural institutions. As the National Coordinator for the Mātauranga Māori within New Zealand Libraries, Anahera will present a programme that provides an insight into the world view from the indigenous people of Aotearoa (New Zealand).


Anahera Morehu is the Library Manager for Arts, Māori and Pacific at the University of Auckland. She presented at the International Federation of Library Associations and Institutions (IFLA) World Congress in 2011, at a time when indigenous traditional knowledge was making its initial stance within the constructs of information management. She travels and presents at many indigenous fora where she is able, and honoured, to be the National Coordinator for the Mātauranga Māori within NZ Libraries. Anahera is past Tumuaki of Te Rōpū Whakahau, convenor for the Library and Informtion Association of New Zealand Aotearoa (LIANZA) conference 2014, current LIANZA Hikuwai Regional Councillor, and a member of LIANZA Council.

Relevant Books and Articles from UBC Library

Bauer, W., Parker, W., Evans, T. K., & MyiLibrary. (1993; 2003; 2012). Maori (1st ed.). New York; London: Routledge. doi:10.4324/9780203403723 [Link]

Morehu, A. P. (2012). Organization of Indigenous Knowledge Plenary Session. Indigenous Knowledges: Local Priorities, Global Contexts. University of Bristish Columbia, Vancouver. [Link]

Morehu, A.P., Hobson, J. (2005). Hokinga ki te kainga. Proceedings of the 5th International Indigenous Librarians Forum: Brisbane, Australia, June 4-7, 2007.  Ed. Alana Garwood-Houng for the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Library, Information and Resource Network (ATSILIRN). [Link]

Mutu, M. (2014). Māori issues. The Contemporary Pacific, 26(1), 208-214. [Link]

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Aboriginal Studies

What is the key to happiness? Is it family relationships? Wealth? Job satisfaction? Helping others? Perhaps we need to spend more time in nature, and less time in cities. And is happiness a universal feeling, or are there significant differences in the experience of it based on culture, age or other factors? There are so many ideas about where happiness comes from, yet many of us still struggle to find it. Are some people simply hardwired to be happy and others not, or is it a state of mind that can be consciously pursued?

Shiral Tobin – Producer of CBC’s The Early Edition

Elizabeth Dunn – Associate Professor, UBC Department of Psychology
John Innes – Dean, UBC Faculty of Forestry; Forest Renewal BC Chair in Forest Management
Holman Wang, BEd(Elem)’95, MASA’98, LLB’05 – Children’s Author and Illustrator
Jiaying Zhao – Canada Research Chair in Behavioral Sustainability; Assistant Professor, Department of Psychology and Institute for Resources, Environment and Sustainability, UBC

Relevant Books and Articles at UBC Library

Willingham, D. T., & Dunn, E. W. (2003). What neuroimaging and brain localization can do, cannot do, and should not do for social psychology. Journal of Personality and Social Psychology, 85(4), 662. [Link]

Dunn, E. W., & Weidman, A. C. (2015). Building a science of spending: Lessons from the past and directions for the future. Journal of Consumer Psychology, 25(1), 172-178. doi:10.1016/j.jcps.2014.08.003 [Link]

Yu, R. Q., & Zhao, J. (2015). The persistence of the attentional bias to regularities in a changing environment. Attention, Perception, & Psychophysics, doi:10.3758/s13414-015-0930-5 [Link]

Mani, A., Mullainathan, S., Shafir, E., & Zhao, J. (2013). Poverty impedes cognitive function. Science, 341(6149), 976-980. doi:10.1126/science.1238041 [Link]

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Webcast sponsored by the Irving K. Barber Learning Centre. Back in the ‘80s when the Vancouver Canucks were searching for wins in a tough Smythe Division, Victor de Bonis could be found parking cars at the Pacific Coliseum. After a detour through accounting firm KPMG, de Bonis joined the Canucks operation in 1994, and has since seen various teams and ownerships come and go. Yet through perseverance, relationships and a dedication to winning, over the past two decades, de Bonis has helped turned the franchise into one of the National Hockey League’s most successful franchises. We heard how he got his start, and learn about the challenges he faced and opportunities he seized along the way. Wesbrook Talks is presented by Wesbrook Village and alumni UBC. It is designed to provide intimate opportunities to listen to and engage with prominent alumni in the community.

Speaker Bio
Victor de Bonis is the Chief Operating Officer for Canucks Sports and Entertainment (CSE), and an Alternate Governor for the NHL. Working in partnership with President of Hockey Operations Trevor Linden, Victor has primary responsibility over all facets of business operations and directs the Senior Leadership Team.

Relevant Books and Articles at UBC Library

Chapman, P., Wake, B., & Canadian Publishers Collection – non-CRKN. (2011). A thrilling ride: The Vancouver Canucks’ 40th anniversary season. Vancouver: Greystone Books. [Link]

Kerr, G. (2011). A season to remember: The Vancouver Canucks’ incredible 40th year. Madeira Park, B.C: Harbour Pub. [Link]

Cruickshank, D. (2012). Vancouver Canucks. Calgary, AB: Weigl Educational Publishers. [Link]

Munro, C. E. S. (2006). Sports fan culture & brand community: An ethnographic case study of the Vancouver Canucks booster club. Vancouver, BC: University of British Columbia. [Link]

Rossiter, S. (1994). Vancouver Canucks: the silver edition. Vancouver: Opus Productions Inc. [Link]

Boyd, D. (1973). The Vancouver Canucks story. New York; Toronto: McGraw-Hill Ryerson. [Link]

Jewison, N. (1990). The Vancouver Canuck: The first twenty years. Winlaw, B.C: Polestar Press. [Link]

Gallagher, T., & Gasher, M. (1982). Towels, triumph and tears: The Vancouver Canucks and their amazing drive to the 1982 Stanley Cup final. Madeira Park, B.C: Harbour Publishing. [Link]

The Vancouver Canucks’ family cook book. (1980). Vancouver, BC: Vancouver Canucks. [Link]

Douglas, G., & Kerr, G. (2010). Canucks at forty: Our game, our stories, our passion. Mississauga, Ontario: John Wiley & Sons Canada. [Link]

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Webcast sponsored by the Irving K. Barber Learning Centre and hosted by the School of Nursing at UBC. Following World War II, governments began extending healthcare to residents living in northern remote communities as a way to “modernize” the vast region and to pave the way for increased resource extraction. Small outpost nursing stations were established across the north where nurses, often working alone and facing a number of challenges, delivered health care services to the primarily Aboriginal population. However, the nurses’ roles and their perceptions of the communities where they worked were often ambiguous and contradictory, resulting in a mixed experience for nurses and patients alike. Drawing from the nurses’ personal correspondence and interviews, this presentation will examine the perspectives about the places where nurses worked and the people they provided services to during a time of significant change.

Select Articles Available at UBC Library

McBain, L. (2013). Jurisdictional boundaries and the challenges of providing health care in a northern landscape. Nursing History Review, 21, 80-88. doi:10.1891/1062-8061.21.80. [Link]

McBain, L. (2012). Pulling up their sleeves and getting on with it: Providing health care in a northern remote region. Canadian Bulletin of Medical History, 29(2), 309. [Link]

McBain, L., & Morgan, D. (2005). Telehealth, geography, and jurisdiction: Issues of healthcare delivery in northern saskatchewan. Canadian Woman Studies, 24(4), 123. [Link]

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