The Fédération Internationale de Football Association (FIFA) World Cup is a worldwide competition of FIFA members’ senior men’s national soccer teams. It is the most widely followed sporting event in the world; the viewership even exceeds that of the Olympic Games. The 2014 World Cup is being hosted by Brazil during June 12 to July 13, 2014.

The gigantic replica of Adidas Brazuca, the official match ball of the 2014 FIFA World Cup display at Suntec City Mall.

Courtesy of Choo Yat Shing; Creative Commons License

If you want to learn more about soccer, UBC Library subscribes to two online journals which publish articles on various aspects of the game:

If you want to learn more about the diverse economic and cultural impacts of soccer, UBC Library has a lot of relevant online books in its collection. To view any of the books listed below, click onto a title and then click on the orange “Online Access” button. If you are off-campus, you will be prompted to enter your CWL and password:

UBC Library is hosting a series of events from April 28th to May 2nd to celebrate Preservation Week. Events include webinars on preserving family archives and scrapbooks, talks on digitization devices and strategies, and a bookbinding exhibition.

To read more or to view all the events being hosted, please visit

Webinars and talks will be held in the Lillooet Room, Level 3, of the Irving K. Barber Learning Centre. The bookbinding and art of book exhibitions are on display in Rare Books and Special Collections, Level 1, Irving K. Barber Learning Centre

eCorner, the Stanford Technology Ventures Program (STVP) Entrepreneurship Corner, is a  free archive of entrepreneurship resources, providing access to over 3,000 videos and podcasts featuring entrepreneurship and innovation thought leaders.

The most popular videos currently on the site include:

  • The Art of Teaching Entrepreneurship and Innovation / Tina Seelig
  • The Power of Curiosity and Inspiration /Jack Dorsey
  • Creating Enchantment / Guy Kawasaki
  • The Future of Microsoft, The Future of Technology / Steve Ballmer
  • Tools for Business Model Generation  / Alexander Osterwalder
  • Five Biggest Mistakes That Entrepreneurs Make / Jerry Kaplan

eCorner‘s mission is to support and encourage the teaching and learning of entrepreneurship so videos and podcasts can be used for instructional and educational purposes. eCorner uses a Creative Commons  license and provides a detailed Terms of Use statement. Videos and podcasts can be viewed online. Registering for a free personal account allows users to create playlists, receive updates and download content which can then be embedded in PowerPoint presentations or on web pages.

Explore eCorner to search the collection, to browse by topic or to view a list of speakers.


MOOCs, or Massive Open Online Courses, are free courses offered over the web, accessible to anyone, anywhere. There are no formal application processes, no prerequisites and no formal academic credits. MOOCs provide instruction via tools like videos, computer and peer-graded homework, and quizzes and exams. Students often interact with peers in online discussion forums.

Jeff Schmitt of Poets & Quants recently published a summary of over twenty top business related  MOOCs, which are starting between March 24th and May 1st, 2014:

Courses include

  • Developing Innovative Ideas for New Companies / University of Maryland
  • Financial Analysis of Entrepreneurial Ideas / Babson College
  • Better Leader / Richer Life / Wharton School of Business
  • Introduction to Marketing / Wharton School of Business
  • Introduction to Statistics: Probability / University of California-Berkeley
  • Introduction to Public Speaking / University of Washington

To review all the courses on the list, please visit:

Oxford University Press is celebrating U.S. National Library Week and showing its appreciation of the work librarians do to support their patrons by offering free access to OUP online products for the duration of the week.

Oxford UP online products include multidisciplinary reference tools like Oxford Bibliographies, the Oxford English Dictionary and Very Short Introductions, as well as reference works for the Arts, Humanities, Social Sciences, Law and Medicine.

Visit the Oxford University Press website from April 13th to April 19th to explore the resources. To access, use username libraryweek and password libraryweek.

Celebrated annually on March 8th, the official theme for this year’s International Women’s Day is “Equality for women is progress for all” (United Nations). The following is a selection of recently published online books acquired by the library which explore women’s achievements in business, entrepreneurship and leadership:

To access any of these books, click onto the book title, then click onto the orange “online access” button on the right hand side of the screen.

Drop by the David Lam Library to find more online and print books in these areas.

David Lam Library’s Great Reads collection of popular business books was launched in late August, 2013. The books began getting signed out almost immediately.

The following books were the most frequently circulated during the fall term:

Look for the green Great Reads sign on the Canaccord Learning Commons’ main floor to check out more books in Lam’s popular business collection.

Visit the Great Reads website to find popular books in business, as well as other disciplines.

UBC Library is currently providing trial access to the following databases:

Genderwatch: covers over 300 titles from an array of academic, radical, community and independent presses on issues related to gender and women’s studies, and gay, lesbian, bisexual, and transgender (GLBT) research. Researchers may access more than 219,000 full articles on wide-ranging topics like sexuality, religion, societal roles, feminism, masculinity, eating disorders, healthcare, and the workplace.

Trial end date: November 15, 2013

 Nikkei Telecom 21 includes full-text digital content of Nikkei publications:

  • The Nikkei
  • The Nikkei Business Daily
  • The Nikkei Financial Daily
  • The Nikkei Magazine

In addition, the database provides access to corporate profiles, the Nikkei Who’s Who and the English-language Nikkei. The trial also includes the archive for The Nikkei from 1876 to 1961

Trial end date: November 9, 2013


UBC Library has negotiated trial access for a year  to the Alexander Street Press’s VAST: Academic Video Online, a multi-disciplinary streaming video collection:

This database currently contains over 17,000 titles and coves a wide range of subject areas, including business and economics and current affairs. 5,000 new titles will be added during this next year.

VAST includes documentaries, interviews, performances, news programs and newsreels, field recordings, commercials, and raw footage. You’ll find thousands of award-winning films, including Academy® and Emmy® winners, the most frequently used films for classroom instruction, newly released films, and archival material previously unavailable.

Access is available until July 31, 2014.  Explore and use this database by connecting through the information resource page: 

Please submit your feedback through the link on the resource page.

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