Guest post by Elizabeth Simmons, Graduate Academic Assistant, Scholarly Communications and Copyright Office

You’ve probably heard about Amazon’s new service that offers monthly subscribers unlimited access to eBooks on their Kindles.  Well, guess what? There are plenty of free, open access eBooks available online—you just have to know where to look!

Project Gutenberg is an amazing resource, with more than 45,000 free e-books available to everyone, anywhere, including many that you can download. Browse their list of Partners, Affiliates, and Resources for even more free e-books. Other resources include the Internet Archive and Open Library and Google Books.

UBC has eBooks too! Find them in the Library’s catalogue at: Click on “More Options” and you’ll be given the chance to limit search results to eBooks that are “Open Access for Everyone.” When limiting your search to eBooks available only to UBC faculty, staff, and students, you’ll gain access to a plethora of other eBooks.

Members of the UBC community are actively supporting open scholarship initiatives in the library and beyond, with the goal of “encouraging unrestricted access to research and scholarly publishing.” Learn more about them at UBC:  And, don’t miss Open UBC Week 2014 on October 28th & 29th, featuring open lectures, information sessions, workshops, and more!

Did You Know?

“The University creates and advances knowledge and understanding, and improves the quality of life through the discovery, dissemination, and application of research within and across disciplines”. – From UBC’s Research Excellence – Strategic Priorities

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We are pleased to announce that the new Low Carbon Economy collection recently arrived in cIRcle, UBC’s Digital Repository! This collection is part of the ISIS Research Centre for Social Innovation and Sustainability. “ISIS at the (UBC) Sauder School of Business is focused on leveraging business tools to advance social innovation and sustainability, through research, incubation, and application”.

Explore how “British Columbia is the leading jurisdiction in North America for carbon and climate policy, which creates great opportunities for further innovation in carbon markets and offsetting” with these titles:

Title: Project blue sky: a case study – URI:
Title: Assessing the business case for data centre relocations – URI:
Title: Carbon Governance Project – URI:

Access and/or download more Low Carbon Economy collection items at:

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The David Lam Management Research Library is located in the Sauder School of Business at UBC and has over 60,000 volumes and millions of electronic articles and other documents. Learn more about its collections and resources at:

Above partial text is courtesy of the ISIS Research Centre website | Photo: Wikimedia Commons

On 18 December 2013, UNESCO launched a new Open Access Repository making more than 300 digital reports, books and articles available to the world under the Creative Commons IGO licensesSource:


“The [GSS cIRcle] Open Scholar Award is an excellent representation of both UBC and its graduate students’ dedication to showcasing our unique intellectual output. It gives graduate students an opportunity to showcase their knowledge outside of their normal networks while encouraging the spirit of collaboration and interdisciplinarity.” – Christopher Roach, GSS President (2013-14)

The breadth of the Award collection now spans across 35 UBC colleges, departments, schools and centres at UBC Vancouver’s Point Grey campus – check out the past Award winners and their work by clicking on their persistent links below:

Christian Brady, Dept. of Classical, Near Eastern, and Religious Studies: || Sam Bailey and Shona Robinson, Dept. of Civil Engineering: || Donnard MacKenzie, Fac. of Education and Dept. of Theatre, Film and Creative Writing: || Robert DeAbreu, Dept. of Curriculum and Pedagogy: || Lisa Cornish, Victoria Feige, Adriana Guenter, Christina Kliewer and Emily Mellis, Dept. of Physical Therapy: || Jennifer Gonsalves, Evin Kuyer, Tamara McKay, Amy Moffat and Stephanie Palmer, Dept. of Physical Therapy:

“cIRcle catalyzes the sharing and building of ideas, motivating students to improve their work and to give back to the research community that provides so much for them.” – Robert DeAbreu, GSS cIRcle Open Scholar Award Winner, April 2013

Award eligibility, monetary value, timing, and other details are listed at:

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The latest GSS cIRcle Open Scholar Award winners announced in May 2014 were Rafa Absar and Helen Halbert, School of Library, Archival and Information Studies: and Polly Ng, School of Community and Regional Planning: All UBC Vancouver graduate students are encouraged to submit their non-thesis graduate work to cIRcle, UBC’s Digital Repository at: Next Award draw deadline is September 24, 2014.

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It’s almost here! The Special Olympics Canada 2014 Summer Games will officially start next week (July 8-12) at the University of British Columbia (UBC) Vancouver Point Grey campus. The UBC Vancouver campus “will welcome 1,300 athletes with intellectual disabilities for the Special Olympics Canada 2014 Summer Games” as announced in the UBC News media release yesterday.

Find out how UBC’s faculty, staff and students aim “to make the Special Olympics Canada 2014 Summer Games among the greenest sporting events ever, with a little help from the athletes” by checking out this story – “A passport to a green future” – at:

Discover how a 3rd-year undergraduate-level, collaborative Community Based Experiential Learning (CBEL) and SEEDS (Social Ecological Economic Development Studies) research project in the School of Kinesiology came together by focusing on discrimination and human health. Learn how their three project initiatives aim “to ensure that the Special Olympics 2014 Canada Games are a positive experience for all Olympians and the UBC community” by reading their story – “Promoting human well-being at UBC by hosting the Vancouver 2014 Games” – at:

Access and/or download the CBEL/SEEDS project via one of the Library’s digital services – cIRcle, UBC’s Digital Repository – at:

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The Doug Mitchell Thunderbird Sports Centre will host the opening and closing ceremonies and is the first venue in the world to host the Olympic Games, Paralympic Games, and a major Special Olympics event. Explore the UBC and the 2010 Olympic and Paralympic Games legacy via cIRcle, UBC’s Digital Repository at:

Above partial text in italics and image are courtesy of UBC Public Affairs


In his letter to members of the UBC community, President Stephen Toope expresses his appreciation for the “last eight years [which] have been exhausting and exhilarating”. He continues, “I have marvelled at your inventiveness, commitment and excellence. Although it is hard to say good-bye, I do so with great confidence in the future of this superb university”.

Read the full letter and watch the accompanying video via the UBC Public Affairs’ site at:

Review highlights of the Stephen Toope years: 2006-2014 at:

Visit the Speeches & Writing by UBC President Stephen J. Toope collection in cIRcle, UBC’s Digital Repository at:

Did You Know?Endorsed by the Senates of both UBC Vancouver and UBC Okanagan, UBC’s Open Access Position Statement encourages UBC faculty to deposit their research in cIRcle. Learn more about how cIRcle increases your scholarly profile by providing free, permanent access to your work to anyone via the web at:

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In celebration of World Book Day today, it is fitting to recognize the University of British Columbia (UBC) Press collections in cIRcle, UBC’s Digital Repository.

Established in 1971 and widely acknowledged as Canada’s leading social sciences publisher, UBC Press publishes ‘high-quality works of original scholarship’ on a diverse range of research subjects: Aboriginal studies, Asian studies, Canadian history, environmental studies, gender and women’s studies, geography, health and food studies, law, media and communications, military and security studies, planning and urban studies, and political science.

In cIRcle, UBC Press has three collections: UBC Press Book Supplements, UBC Press Catalogues, and UBC Press Publications. With 34 titles in cIRcle so far, there has been over 14,430 page views and file downloads from all over the globe.

Explore UBC Press in cIRcle at:

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cIRcle allows a more comprehensive collection of scholarly works to be submitted than may be possible in the traditional publishing world. Find published articles, books, book chapters as well as conference and working papers, reports, theses, dissertations, datasets, learning objects, multimedia materials, newsletters and administrative documents in cIRcle at: (

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From many literature reviews to inquiry-based meetings on real-life, quality improvement healthcare issues discussed with UBC faculty advisors and clinical practice leaders, the UBC Nursing 344 Synthesis Projects for 2013/14 are now permanently accessible in cIRcle, UBC’s Digital Repository.

For NURS 344, several teams of BSN students undertook a self-directed study in 2013/14. These UBC students partnered with clinical practice leaders across the Greater Vancouver area: the BC Cancer Agency, the BC Women’s Hospital and Health Centre to the Fraser Health, Providence Health, and Vancouver Coastal Health.

Led by their faculty advisors, Maura Macphee and Lynne Esson, and with NURS 344 project submissions’ coordinator, Carla Hilario (a UBC Nursing PhD student/teaching assistant), it was a first-of-its-kind, collaborative experience for this course. How so? A virtual, open-to-the-public poster gallery was created. (See the gallery on musculoskeletal injury, lung cancer, mental health and substance use, and health promotion and more at:

In cIRcle, download and/or cite the full-text NURS 344 projects for 2014 (or from previous years) found at:

Did You Know?

To cite an unpublished work (such as a thesis or dissertation) in cIRcle, use the following format: Blackman, M. J. (2008). Achieving economic and social sustainability in the inner city: The role of business improvements districts. cIRcle: UBC’s Digital Repository: Electronic Theses and Dissertations (ETDs) 2008+. Available at: The URI is the most important piece of the cIRcle citation, as it is a permanent (a.k.a. persistent) and unique link.

Above image is courtesy of UBC School of Nursing


The University of British Columbia (UBC) is among a growing number of research and academic institutions with OA policies that ‘encourage or mandate access to research outputs’. Having OA policies and mandates assists UBC scholars and researchers to ‘negotiate their rights, and to make their work openly available’. Other universities adopting OA mandates include: Concordia University, University of Ottawa, Harvard University, and Stanford University to name just a few.

In 2013, both Senates of the UBC Okanagan and the UBC Vancouver campuses approved the UBC Open Access Position Statement and endorse the following statements:

  1. Faculty members are encouraged to deposit an electronic copy of their refereed and non-refereed research output and creative work in cIRcle in accordance with applicable copyright arrangements which may be in place for that work.
  2. Where a faculty member has deposited a work with cIRcle, cIRcle shall be granted a non-exclusive licence to preserve and make publicly available the research contained therein.
  3. The authors of works deposited with cIRcle will maintain ownership of their rights in the works.

cIRcle offers a number of services to help UBC faculty make their research available to the world. Learn more at:

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“UBC’s Strategic Plan Place and Promise affirms that it “supports scholarly pursuits that contribute to knowledge and understanding within and across disciplines, and seeks every opportunity to share them broadly” as a core value.”  Explore featured Open UBC projects such as the annual Open UBC Week event and much more at:

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