Learning Commons Coordinator, Chapman Learning Commons

Background

Emma’s involvement in various student leadership roles at UBC, combined with her background in educational research, incited her pursuit of a career in student affairs. She completed her M.A. degree in Curriculum and Instruction at SFU while working in various capacities as an educator, research assistant, and program assistant. Her research determined factors that contributed to undergraduate students’ holistic development for the purpose of informing postsecondary policy, programming and practice. A writer, creator, and nurturer at heart, Emma values narrative as a means of self-expression and discovery. She aims to develop and implement innovative practices that facilitate creativity, community, reciprocal teaching and learning, and holistic student development.

Current Roles and Responsibilities

Emma is delighted to return to the Chapman Learning Commons, no longer as a student but as Learning Commons Coordinator. Working closely with a team of 17 student staff, she manages the development and delivery of various programs and services in the Chapman Learning Commons that support and enhance students’ learning and academic growth, leadership, involvement, and engagement. She is thrilled to support students in fostering an environment dedicated to lifelong learning, exploration, and growth.

Contact

Email: emma.macfarlane@ubc.ca
Phone: (604) 827-4811

Program Assistant, Centre for Writing and Scholarly Communication

Background

Miles joined the Centre for Writing and Scholarly Communication (CWSC) in June of 2018. In 2017, Miles graduated from Simon Fraser University with a BA (Hons) in English with a focus on Writing and Rhetoric studies. In addition to his time at SFU, Miles studied drums/percussion at Capilano University’s Jazz Studies program and has performed in a wide variety of musical contexts. Miles is keenly interested in argumentation and writing pedagogy across disciplines.

 

Current Roles and Responsibilities

As Program Assistant at the CWSC, Miles offers day-to-day operational support and assistance to writing consultants and staff. In addition, Miles coordinates room bookings and logistics for workshops and events held by the CWSC, as well as answering general inquiries from students, staff, and faculty about CWSC services.

Contact

Email: miles.bruce@ubc.ca
Phone: (604) 827-1603

Way back in January UBC Library scored a rare book coup, acquiring two exceptional examples of early gay literature that share a connection with famed Victorian writer Oscar Wilde.

Teleny and its prequel, Des Grieux, were first published in the 1890s. It’s long been suspected, but never confirmed, that Wilde may have authored or contributed to the texts.

cdm.specialp.1-0229461.0009,cdm.specialp.1-0229461.0010_full

Click here to see Des Grieux.

cdm.specialp.1-0229462.0003,cdm.specialp.1-0229462.0004_full

Click here to see Teleny.

Now both of these texts are available for online study and access through Open Collections. (But be aware before you click- this literature is a bit racy – don’t let anyone ever tell you the library isn’t exciting!)

“Even if Wilde didn’t write them, the speculation is still a fascinating part of his enduring mythology,” said Gregory Mackie, Assistant Professor in UBC’s Dept. of English.

Only five known sets of the two-volume publication Teleny remain, and there are only three known copies of Des Grieux. UBC is the only collection in the world with both texts- and now you can see them too!

bible1

We’ve got another new (but actually really really old) addition to our digital collection. We’re excited to share that we have digitized a rare Latin Bible from the 13th century! You can check it out in out Western Manuscripts collection where many of our oldest books live.

 

bible2

The pages are made from vellum or dried calf skin as most books were at that time.

This Bible is an amazing addition to our collection for a few reasons. First, it was a Student Bible made in Oxford England around 1250 AD, something that at the time was pretty remarkable. Back then most Student Bibles were produced on the continent, typically in Paris, for university pupils and professors who used them for their studies. This makes our Bible unique – and the only one like it in a Canadian collection.

bible5

This book contains a fair amount of marginalia! Check out all the faded notes on the side.

A second special aspect of this Bible is the concordance at the end of the book. The concordance, pictured below, is an index created for the Bible on where to find certain words or phrases within the book.

bibile3

Click here to see the concordance for yourself!

One of the early owners created this concordance shortly after the book was finished. The concordance is obviously not part of the original book. We don’t know exactly when or who created it – and if any of you scholars out there want to try to find out, take a shot and let us know about it! We wholeheartedly support you!

Even you are not a scholar take a look at the book for yourself, or take a look at the UBC press release on this book. It might make you into a bibliophile!

Digitization of BC Sessional Papers, from 1933-1952,
 is on its way.

Phase 3 of Sessional Papers has been approved and digitization will start this summer! This phase will look at 41 bound volumes from the British Columbia Sessional Papers. It will increase our current collection by 19 years – and as an added bonus there will be fold out maps and charts to check out.

cdm.bcsessional.1-0064155.0002full

More maps like this are coming to you soon!

The Sessional Papers are important provincial legislative documents that capture the economical, historical, political, and cultural atmosphere of British Columbia history. The Sessional Papers include official committee reports, orders of the day, petitions and papers presented, records of land sales, correspondence, budgetary estimates, proclamations, maps, voters lists by district, and departmental annual reports.

cdm.bcsessional.1-0062893.0000full

There’s tons of historical content! – For a belated celebration of International Women’s Day – Sessional papers has women petitioning for the vote in Canada

Click here to visit our digital collections page to view the volumes we have digitized.

Click here to read more about what sessional papers are and how they can be utilized for research.

cdm.bcsessional.1-0061315.0000full

Right now digitized content in Sessional Papers runs from 1878 to 1931

cdm.bcsessional.1-0059851.0012full

You can find all sorts of things in Sessional Papers – take a look now and keep your eyes peeled for more coming soon!

a place of mind, The University of British Columbia

UBC Library

Info:

604.822.6375

Renewals: 

604.822.3115
604.822.2883
250.807.9107

Emergency Procedures | Accessibility | Contact UBC | © Copyright The University of British Columbia

Spam prevention powered by Akismet