The 2018/19  Learning Initiatives for Rural and Northern BC (LIRN BC) call for community submissions is now open.

The deadline is Friday, February 23, 2018.


Early and different this year

We are seeking more “organic” community-focused requests, without imposing a pre-determined list of available workshops.

Learning Initiatives for Rural and Northern BC (LIRN BC) is a collaborative approach to building on the capacities of rural, remote and Northern British Columbian communities. LIRN BC is listed as a project of the BC Rural Network, established in 2004.

The Irving K. Barber Learning Centre is proud to partner through LIRN BC with government and non-government organizations to provide and facilitate workshops to promote community learning and collaboration in rural and northern communities.

LIRN BC can bring trainers and facilitators to your community to deliver a learning event for residents.

The annual call for “Expressions of Interest” (EOI) occurs each year.  In 2018 the timing and structure of asking for applications has changed.


In responding to the call for EOIs, applicants are asked to tell us about your community and its challenges, and identify workshop topics that will help your community move forward. If your agency is selected, you will be contacted by a LIRN BC partner who will work with you to design and deliver a learning event that meets the needs of your community. Successful applicants would be expected to provide publicity support, venue and refreshments.

Click here to download the 2018 Expressions of Interest document.

The current LIRN BC partners are:

  • Association of Neighbourhood Houses BC (ANHBC)
  • BC Healthy Communities (PlanH Program)
  • UBC Library, Irving K. Barber Learning Centre
  • Leave Out Violence (LOVE) Society of BC
  • PeerNetBC
  • Social Planning and Research Council of BC (SPARC BC)
  • Vantage Point
  • Volunteer BC
  • YouthCo

For further information please contact Sarah Huebert  ( at the Social Planning and Research Council of BC.


Date: January 16 to February 13, 2018
Location: UBC Irving K. Barber Learning Centre, Level 2 Foyer (1961 East Mall) (map)
Hours: same as the IKBLC building hours (see hours)

Join us for a new exhibition highlighting a selection of Rare Books and Special Collection’s 2017 acquisitions, including books, documents, diaries, ephemera, photographs, artworks, and more!



The Rare Books and Special Collections reading room is open Monday to Friday, 10 am to 4 pm. For more information, please contact RBSC at 604-822-2521 or at

The talk on January 23 is the second in our Visualizing the World: A Maps and Geographic Information Systems Speaker Series.
The Irving K. Barber Learning Centre's 24/7 hours begin Sunday, December 3 (opening at 6 a.m.) and end Tuesday, December 19 (closing at 1 a.m.).

Program Coordinator for the Centre for Writing and Scholarly Communication


Grace Lee joined the Centre for Writing and Scholarly Communication (CWSC), located in the Chapman Learning Commons, in May 2017. In addition to studying English Literature at UBC, Grace completed co-op terms at Time Warner Public Policy and the CWSC. She previously worked for one and a half years in student support at UBC Go Global. Grace is a linguaphile and aspiring polyglot; she volunteers as a language exchange facilitator for Language Partners BC.

Current Roles and Responsibilities

Grace is the Program Coordinator at the Centre for Writing and Scholarly Communication. She contributes to the development, implementation, and evaluation of writing consultations, workshops, and other CWSC programs. She is delighted to support a culture of learning, leadership, and service for students in the CWSC.


Phone: (604) 827-4236

Rare Books and Special Collections at UBC Library is delighted to announce a new exhibition: “An Unmatched Devotion”: A 50th Anniversary Exhibition for UBC’s Norman Colbeck Collection of Nineteenth-Century and Edwardian Poetry and Belles Lettres.
The talk on October 26 is the first in our Visualizing the World: A Maps and Geographic Information Systems Speaker Series

Date: September 1 to October 12, 2017
Location: UBC Irving K. Barber Learning Centre, Level 2 Foyer (1961 East Mall) (map)
Hours: same as the IKBLC building hours (see hours)

Popular Art is the name given to the artistic creations made by peasants, indigenous people or craftsmen with no formal artistic training. A traditional popular art item is handmade and has a functional purpose opposing an art object that is made for aesthetic purposes only, however, in the XXI Century technique has evolved to a more aesthetic representation.

Presented by MexicoFest, we invite all art enthusiasts to attend this free exhibition at the Irving K. Barber Learning Centre on Mexican Popular Art objects.

Program Assistant, Chapman Learning Commons


Andrea Robin joined the Learning Centre in July 2017 as Program Assistant for the Chapman Learning Commons. Before joining the Learning Centre team, Andrea worked with universities and non-profits providing programming and facilitation for integrated learning as well as grant writing and development to build access to education for communities throughout the province of BC. With a background in fine art and further studies in neuroscience, Andrea has been contributing at the intersection of culture, learning, and social innovation for over ten years. Andrea is grateful to support young people and learners of all ages to reach their goals by their values.

Current role and responsibilities:

As Learning Commons Program Assistant, Andrea’s fortunate to offer support to students as they build their capacity through integrated learning. Andrea contributes to the development and maintenance of processes supporting the day-to-day operations of the Chapman Learning Commons including managing workshop/event bookings in the Lillooet and Dodson Rooms, creating content and curation for the digital signage screens in the Learning Commons and Music, Art and Architecture Library, website maintenance, promoting learning opportunities by contributing to the CLC social media platforms and providing ongoing information referrals to the UBC and greater communities.


Phone: 604-827-5949


Learning Services Librarian


Alex Kuskowski joined the Learning Center in October 2016. A UBC Alumni, Alex gradated with a Master’s in Library Science from the UBC School of Library, Archival, and Information Studies (SLAIS). Prior to working in the Learning Commons, Alex was a writer and editor for a children’s book publishing company. Alex has an extensive background in writing, education, and digital media.

Current Role and Responsibilities

In her current role, Alex manages the planning, implementation and assessment of learning support programs and services at the Chapman Learning Commons. This includes overseeing the equipment lending program and student-staff at the Chapman Learning Commons desk. Alex also co-leads several UBC collaborative information literacy projects including the Digital Tattoo project and the Making Research Accessible Initiative (MRAi). Alex is interested in using digital media and emerging technology to engage students, staff and the community with library services.


Phone: 604-822-6915

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