The Education Library held a small reopening and centennial celebration last week. More than forty faculty, students and staff from the Faculty of Education, as well as Library staff, attended the event.

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Ingrid Parent, University Librarian, provided a brief history of the branch as part of the Library’s on-going centennial celebrations. “The Education Library, of course, is an essential part of the Library’s history, although in its earliest days it was referred to as the Curriculum Laboratory,” said Parent. The collection was housed in the Main Library before moving to its current location, the Neville Scarfe building in 1962.

Head librarian Chris Ball spoke about the improvements to the space and offered a thank you to all the staff who helped with the renovations over the past few months. 

Stay tuned for more news on the Library’s centennial activities for the rest of the year. 

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At the end of May the Library hosted former British Library curator Dr. Frances Wood, who spoke at several events as part of the Library’s centennial celebrations

Dr. Wood presented a lecture on Buddhism, Christianity and the Silk Road, explaining the travel of religions, commodities, people and ideas along the Silk Road to nearly one hundred and fifty people. Commodities such as spinach, grapes and cucumbers made their way to China, while medicinal rhubarb was exported from China to central Asia.

She was also noted that the “Silk Road” is a European-centric term, and that those from Asia might identify it better as the Jade Road, for it’s pre-silk commodity from Khotan (3000 BCE). Her engaging talk highlighted the movement of Buddhism from India to China, and other religions such as Manicheanism, Zoroastrianism and Islam.

The webcast is available on the Irving K. Barber Learning Centre’s webcasts portal for those want to view the talk.

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While in Vancouver, Dr. Wood also participated in an informal interview/conversation with Dr. Timothy Brook, a UBC History professor and Chair in Chinese Research at the Institute of Asian Research. The pair discussed their mutual experiences as students in China during the Cultural Revolution. 

For those who missed the events, pictures are available on the Library’s Flickr page.


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2015 marks UBC Library’s 100th anniversary and special programming has been developed to commemorate the occasion. 

Join us for a number of activities and events throughout the year to re-connect with UBC Library.


Visit the Library’s 100th page for more details.

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