Yes, it’s true. UBC Library now has access to Methods in Molecular Biology, plus all the 22,000 and growing protocols included in the Springer Protocols collection. Find them now via the Springer Protocols gateway, or cross search on the Springerlink platform to include journal, ebook and ereference content.

After enduring six days of Internet “throttling” and “saturated pipes” resulting in sluggish access to online resources, IT staff from Health Shared Services BC have finally resolved the problem. EZProxy is now working again for UBCers @ St. Paul’s & Vancouver General Hospitals as well as other sites of Providence Health Care & Vancouver Coastal Health.
Many thanks to the UBC Library and HSSBC staff who lobbied for the restoration of acceptable service levels.


Several months ago, ProQuest acquired the acclaimed Congressional Information Service (CIS®) and University Publications of America (UPA) product lines from LexisNexis.  You can read more about this in the press release.

UBC Library subscribes  to two collections involved in the transfer.  After a bumpy transition, we’re happy to report our access is now active on the new platforms.

The freedom of the Internet and the digital age has challenged the role of copyright. What should copyright look like when information can be moved so freely? Should we continue to protect intellectual property and authorship the way we always have?
Tina Piper, co-Director of Creative Commons Canada will explain how Creative Commons offers an alternative to traditional copyright. Creative Commons is a non-profit group that develops licenses which allow authors/rights-holder to alter the conditions of use on their copyrighted works. Creative Commons defines the spectrum of possibilities between full copyright — all rights reserved — and the public domain — no rights reserved. Learn how Creative Commons licenses help authors and creators keep their copyright while inviting certain uses of your work — a “some rights reserved” copyright.

John Law will present key findings of a ProQuest sponsored ethnographic study observing students in the context of performing actual research for actual course assignments. The study was geared toward understanding how students approach their research tasks, where the research is performed, what tools are used and how/if library resources are accessed. Particularly of interest was how students begin their research, how they regard web search engines and how they interact with licensed database resources. John will review the results of the observational study and also review results from a series of online surveys.
Katie Clark will discuss the University of Rochester Libraries’ two-year study of undergraduate students, focusing on how they do research, use of technology and involvement in campus life. Anthropological methodologies, such as cultural probes, were used to construct a holistic picture of the lives of undergraduates. Katie will report on how this study has informed decision-making and the changes made to align the library’s efforts with the needs and expectations of Net Generation undergraduates.

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