As the year 2013 draws to a close, it’s a perfect time to review a quick sampling of cIRcle news stories which were featured by the Library. We hope you will not only read them but will also find inspiration and/or ideas on how you can disseminate your scholarly research in the New Year. Enjoy!

Flashback to a time when cIRcle, UBC’s Digital Repository nabbed a top spot [p.26]:

UBC Library update – CPSLD Newsletter by Glenn Drexhage on January 31, 2013 | “University Librarian Ingrid Parent’s remarks about the challenges and opportunities facing UBC Library, and research libraries around the world, are highlighted in the Fall 2012 issue of the CPSLD Newsletter.” http://about.library.ubc.ca/2013/01/31/ubc-library-update-cpsld-newsletter/

Recall when cIRcle did it again and ranked even higher according to Webometrics [p.2]:

Spring update in the BCLA Browser – cIRcle rises in rankings by Glenn Drexhage on April 3, 2013 | “UBC’s open access digital repository launched by the Library in 2008 – has moved up in international rankings.” http://about.library.ubc.ca/2013/04/03/spring-update-in-the-bcla-browser/

Discover how cIRcle provides open access to a treasure trove of UBC research globally:

A look inside a digital repository by Jessica Woolman on September 27, 2013 | “The world-wide recognition and awareness of me and UBC increases each time a person finds their way to cIRcle,” says Dwayne Tannant, a Professor at UBC’s School of Engineering. http://about.library.ubc.ca/2013/09/27/a-look-inside-a-digital-repository/

Explore why the GSS cIRcle Open Scholar Award helps increase graduate research impact:

An opportunity for graduate work to stand out by Glenn Drexhage on November 29, 2013 | “In grad school, there is so much emphasis on the thesis, but a lot of great coursework happens along the way, stuff that we’re proud of but doesn’t really get too much recognition beyond a course grade,” says Bailey. “The Open Scholar Award gives an opportunity for that work to stand out.” http://about.library.ubc.ca/2013/11/29/an-opportunity-for-graduate-work-to-stand-out/

Learn more about cIRcle, UBC’s Digital Repository at: circle.ubc.ca [https://circle.ubc.ca/]

Did You Know?

The inaugural Berlin 11 Student and Early Stage Researcher Satellite Conference was held on November 18, 2013 in Berlin, Germany. Gain a UBC graduate student’s perspective into this open access event hosted by the Max Planck Society and the Right to Research Coalition. Read, A Student Profile: Advocating for open access with Tracey Vantyghem and A UBC graduate student’s view of open access and greater research impact for more details. 

Above image is courtesy of the Celebrate Research Week website.


UBC Library’s top-tier reputation has been underlined by its best showing yet in an influential tally undertaken by the U.S.-based Association of Research Libraries (ARL).

UBC ranks 14 out of 115 ARL universities in the latest round of Investment Index rankings from the ARL, a non-profit organization of research libraries in Canada and the U.S. In addition, UBC places second among Canadian academic institutions included in the index, which dates to 2011/12.

The latest results highlight a notable rise since 2008/09, when the Library finished 26th in Investment Index rankings.

“UBC Library is honoured by its ranking in the latest ARL Investment Index,” says Ingrid Parent, University Librarian. “This result highlights the efforts that we’ve taken to be a leading institution of knowledge, research and learning for our users.”

“UBC is proud to support its Library, which has been busy transforming itself to serve researchers and users in new and innovative ways,” says David Farrar, Provost and Vice-President, Academic.

The Investment Index reflects total library expenditures; it includes collections expenditures, staff expenditures and FTE (full-time equivalent) staff figures. 



Tributes to Irving K. Barber and Basil Stuart-Stubbs, an overview of UBC Library’s surge in the latest Association of Research Libraries rankings, Twitter and cIRcle success, and more appear in the latest edition of the BCLA Browser, the online, open access publication of the British Columbia Library Association. The article, UBC Library – Fall Update, highlights recent activity:

  • @UBCLibrary was recently ranked as one of top three influential Twitter accounts in North America, according to a study performed by librarian Willie Miller of Indiana University.
  • an updated copyright website has been launched by UBC in response to the changing copyright environment in Canada, and includes copyright resources for UBC faculty and staff
  • UBC Library jumped in the annual rankings of academic institutions, according to the latest results from the U.S.-based Association of Research Libraries (ARL)

A second article in the BCLA Browser, by Administrative Librarian Emeritus Margaret Friesen, examines the question, “What is an assessment librarian?”

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