UBC Library stands behind Dale Askey and McMaster University in advocating intellectual freedom and the pursuit of knowledge as core values essential to academic research libraries.

In line with the statements of the Canadian Association of Research Libraries, the Canadian Library Association, the Association of Research Libraries and other libraries and library associations, we believe that librarians should be able to express their academic freedom and opinions, and that this freedom be protected and upheld without the fear of intimidation. In a competitive and fluid vendor market, libraries make acquisition decisions that they deem to be the most valuable for their user community. This is the heart of librarianship – our role of evaluating and mediating the connection between the user and the resources at their disposal.

For this reason, we join others in asking Edwin Mellen Press to cease its legal action against Mr. Askey.

Read more:

Canadian Association of Research Libraries and the Association of Research Libraries statement

Canadian Library Association statement

Council of Prairie and Pacific University Libraries statement

British Columbia Library Association statement

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Detail, Koerner Library.

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

Other news includes the Library’s jump in ARL standings; a collaborative agreement between UBC Library and the Peking University Library; a tribute to Basil Stuart-Stubbs, UBC’s former University Librarian and Director of the School of Library, Archival and Information Studies; updates on cIRcle, UBC’s digital repository; and more.

The Library’s submission begins on page 24 of the newsletter, which is published on behalf of the Council of Post Secondary Library Directors, British Columbia.


UBC Library has bolstered its standing as a top-tier research library, according to rankings from the U.S.-based Association of Research Libraries (ARL). 

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Photo credit Michelle Lamberson

UBC ranks 16 out of 115 ARL universities (compared to 24 last year), and third among Canadian academic institutions, in the recently released ARL Investment Index. The result reflects UBC Library’s investment in collections, services and resources – including a digitization centre, a Data/GIS (Geographic Information Systems) Lab, and new learning spaces such as the Canaccord Learning Commons.

*UPDATE* PowerPoint presentation now available >here<

Karla Hahn, PhD.

Field Study Findings on Faculty & Researcher Use of New Models of Scholarly Publishing & Communication


Thursday, March 5, 2009, 2:00pm – 4:00pm
Irving K. Barber Learning Centre, Dodson Room (Rm. 302) University of British Columbia


Friday, March 6, 2009, 2:00pm – 4:00pm

University of Victoria, Mearns Centre for Learning, Room 210

In the Spring of 2008, the Association of Research Libraries (ARL) engaged Ithaka, a not-for-profit organization promoting innovation in academia, to conduct an investigation into the range of new models of scholarly publishing and communication valued by scholars, with a particular focus on those works that are pushing beyond the boundaries of traditional formats and are considered innovative by the faculty who use them. A field team of 301 librarians at 46 institutions interviewed professors about the digital resources they use.  Among the key findings and works Karla Hahn, Director of the Office of Scholarly Communication at ARL, will describe include:

  • Evidence that innovative digital resources can be found across the humanities, social sciences, and scientific/technical/medical subject areas.
  • Almost every resource cited by faculty operates under some form of peer review or editorial oversight.
  • Some the resources with greatest impact are those that have been around a long while.
  • Many digital publications are capable of running on relatively small budgets and are tailored to small, niche audiences.
  • Innovations relating to multimedia content and Web 2.0 functionality appear in some cases to blur the lines between resource types.
  • Projects of all sizes, especially open access sites and publications, employ a range of support strategies in the search for financial sustainability.

The findings were published in November 2008 and titled: Current Models of Digital Scholarly Communication - Results of an Investigation Conducted by Ithaka for the Association of Research Libraries:”

About the Speaker:

Karla Hahn has been the Director of the Office of Scholarly Communication at ARL since May 2005. Key areas of activity for the office include the assessment and implementation of selected new scholarly communication models; the development of alliances to advance new systems of scholarly communication; and advancement of library outreach efforts to inform the educational and research communities on trends, findings, opportunities, and their impact on promotion and tenure, on teaching and research, and on university budgets. Karla holds a PhD from the University of Maryland College of Information Studies, an MLS from Syracuse University, an MS from the University of Chicago, and a BS from Wittenberg University. Her writings include Electronic Ecology: A Case Study of Electronic Journals in Context and numerous articles on issues relating to publishing and electronic communication

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