UBC Library Communications team behind the 2016 Open Access Awareness campaign. Designer Jasmine Devonshire, Photographer and Videographer Clare Yow, Director Becky Potvin and Strategist Michelle Blackwell.















UBC Library is the first academic library to be selected as the Gold winner for the 2017 CPRS Digital Communications campaign of the year for their Open Access Awareness campaign.

The campus-wide campaign, that launched in the Fall of 2016 aimed to foster awareness and enhance student understanding around the Open Access movement and the open resources available through the Library. The campaign resulted in a significant increase in web traffic to the Library’s Open Access resources, major gains in year-over-year social media engagement and a successful launch event.

“We spent a lot of time understanding our student audience and determining the best ways to connect them with tools they need at a critical point in their academic careers,” said Michelle Blackwell Communications & Marketing strategist. “It is very gratifying to see that we made an impact.”

Celebrated annually, the CPRS Awards showcase Canada’s best public relations and communications projects and campaigns and was hosted in Kelowna, B.C.

“Thanks to CPRS for this recognition,” said Becky Potvin, Director of Communications for UBC Library, “the campaign was executed by a four-person team on a shoestring budget and was created in collaboration with our librarians and colleagues at the Centre for Teaching and Learning. It was successful in helping to raise the library’s profile and connect students with important research tools. We are very proud.”

Open Access Week 2016

Arthur Ray, the recipient of the 2017 Basil Stuart-Stubbs Prize, has also won the Federation of Humanities and Social Sciences 2017 Canada Prize for his book, Aboriginal Rights Claims and the Making and Remaking of History.



This year, two acclaimed UBC researchers are among a select few distinguished recipients who are being honoured for their lifetime achievements. Congratulations to both of them!


“[My] research focusses on pictorial representation and perception;

the aesthetic and epistemic value of pictures, including scientific images;

theories of art and its value; the ontology of art; computer art and new art forms;

and aesthetic value, wherever it may be found.”

– Dr. Dominic McIver Lopes, Humanities, University of British Columbia


One of the six Killam Research Fellow recipients is Dr. Dominic McIver Lopes, a UBC scholar and professor, who is “one of the foremost contemporary philosophers of art” whose “work focuses on the nature and significance of art and the aesthetic”.  While he previously was a Guggenheim Fellow, a fellow of the National Humanities Center as well as a Leverhulme Visiting Research Professor at the University of Warwick, he also held other visiting positions in Florida, Japan, Italy, and France. He has also won two other teaching awards, the Philosophical Quarterly Essay Prize and the American Society for Aesthetics Outstanding Monograph Prize.

Learn more about Dr. Lopes here



“If anything helped me to move forward in my career,

it was the curiosity to look behind every open door.”

– Dr. Julio Montaner, Health Sciences, University of British Columbia


Among the five scholars receiving the Killam Prize this year is Dr. Julio Montaner, a UBC physician, scientist, and advocate, who provides leadership in the international HIV/AIDS research community. He was inducted into the Royal Society of Canada-The Academies of Arts, Humanities and Sciences (RSC) and the Canadian Medical Hall of Fame in 2015 and has received many awards and recognition during his lifelong career including these notable ones: the Canadian Institutes of Health’s Knowledge Translation Award, Prix Galien Award, Albert Einstein World of Science Award, and The Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Medal for contributions to the field of HIV/AIDS, to name just a few.

Find research by Dr. Montaner here



About The Killam Program:

  • Generously funded by Mrs. Dorothy J. Killam in memory of her husband, Izaak Walton Killam, the Killam awards make up part of the Killam Trusts
  • Established in 1967, the Killam Research Fellowships were created and, in 1981, the Killam Prizes were inaugurated
  • The Killam trusts “fund scholarship and research at four Canadian universities, a neurological research and clinical institute and the Canada Council”
  • Approximate value of the Killam Trusts is $425 million with a Canada Council portion of $55 million


About the Killam Prizes:

  • Recognizing outstanding Canadian scholars and scientists in industry, government agencies or universities for their pioneer work in the advancement of research
  • Five annual prizes of $100,000 are awarded (1 prize each in the fields of humanities, social sciences, natural sciences, health sciences, and engineering)


Learn about UBC Killam Awards and Fellowships here



Explore more UBC research awards here



Above image is courtesy of Killam Trusts


Arthur J. Ray has won the Basil Stuart-Stubbs Prize for outstanding Scholarly Book on British Columbia for his book Aboriginal Rights Claims and the Making and Remaking of History. The $1,000 prize, given by UBC Library and the Pacific BookWorld News Society, will be awarded at UBC’s Irving K. Barber Learning Centre in June.

Published by McGill-Queen’s University Press, Ray’s book is a masterfully-written examination of land claims litigation between indigenous peoples and the settler societies of the United States, Canada, Australia, New Zealand, and South Africa that powerfully demonstrates the important role proceedings in British Columbia played in events of global significance.

“This book is the outgrowth of my involvement in aboriginal claims in Canada as an expert on the historical geography of the economies of First Nations and Metis communities,” says Dr. Ray, “Beginning with my participation in Delgamuukw v. The Attorney General of British Columbia (1997), l became interested in the ways extant case law and scholarship influenced claims research and, in turn, how the latter research advanced aboriginal rights law and scholarship about aboriginal people.”

“We are thrilled that this year’s Basil Stuart-Stubbs prize has been awarded to a book written by a UBC faculty member,” says Melody Burton, UBC’s Interim University Librarian. 

Arthur J. Ray is a Professor Emeritus in the Department of History at the University of British Columbia and has served as the co-editor of the Canadian Historical Review from 2003 to 2006. He is the author of several other books including Telling it to the Judge, An Illustrated History of Canada’s Native People and Bounty and Benevolence.

Shortlisted titles for the award include:

At Sea with the Marine Birds of the Raincoast by Caroline Fox (Rocky Mountain Books)


Yakuglas’ Legacy: The Art and Times of Charlie James by Ronald W. Hawker (University of Toronto Press).

The Basil Stuart-Stubbs Prize for Outstanding Book on British Columbia, sponsored by UBC Library and the Pacific BookWorld News Society, recognizes the best scholarly book published by a Canadian author on a B.C. subject. The award was established in memory of Basil Stuart-Stubbs, a bibliophile, scholar and librarian who passed away in 2012.Stuart-Stubbs’s many accomplishments included serving as the University Librarian at UBC Library and as the Director of UBC’s School of Library, Archival and Information Studies. Stuart-Stubbs had a leadership role in many national and regional library and publishing activities. During his exceptional career, he took particular interest in the production and distribution of Canadian books, and was associated with several initiatives beneficial to authors and their readers, and to Canadian publishing.

The Council of Prairie and Pacific University Libraries (COPPUL) is pleased to recognize Bronwen Sprout of the University of British Columbia Library with its 2016 Outstanding Contribution Award.
BC BookLook covers John Thistle's win of the 4th annual Basil Stuart-Stubbs Award for Outstanding Scholarly Book on B.C., presented at UBC Library on June 9, 2016.


UBC Library is pleased to announce that Jeremy Buhler, Phoebe Chow, and Meghan Waitt are the 2016 recipients of UBC Library Recognition Awards. The annual Library Recognition Awards program was developed to acknowledge the many ways in which Library staff contribute to their workplace through creativity, innovation, excellence and customer service.

Jeremy Buhler, Phoebe Chow, and Meghan Waitt are recognized for their exemplary contributions to UBC Library.

Jeremy Buhler, Phoebe Chow, and Meghan Waitt are recognized for their exemplary contributions to UBC Library.

The awards were presented at the annual Library Recognition Luncheon at the Robert H. Lee Alumni Centre on June 15, 2016. Congratulations Jeremy, Phoebe, and Meghan and thank you to their nominators!

Jeremy Buhler

Jeremy Buhler, Employee Excellence Award winnerJeremy Buhler (Assessment Librarian) earned the Employee Excellence Award for his subject matter expertise and the great amount of care and clarity instilled into his work. Widely sought after as a resource and partner on strategic and operational priorities by senior management, working committees, and others outside of the Library, Jeremy has a gift for translating complex information into material that is easily understandable and relatable. All of his nominators emphasized the level of trust he instills in others and the importance of his knowledge to the Library as a whole.

Jeremy is always patient, thoughtful, and clear in his interactions with staff and librarians and he shows compassion and sensitivity to his colleagues, particularly around contentious projects,” says one nominator.

Whether diligently working on the 2016 LibQUAL survey or the Library’s Staffing Plan, Jeremy approaches his portfolio with an openness to all opinions and a flexibility to collaborate. With the Library’s shift towards data driven decision-making based on user needs, Jeremy’s leadership and “sage and authoritative guidance” are indispensable assets to the University. 

Phoebe Chow

Phoebe Chow, Unsung Hero Award winnerPhoebe Chow (Asian Library, Program Services Assistant) is this year’s Unsung Hero. During her 16 years with the Library, Phoebe’s constant commitment, thoughtfulness, and positive approach toward her work, team, and library patrons reaches beyond the University community. During recent periods of transformation at the Asian Library, Phoebe assumed a supervisory role and growing tasks and duties were met with her characteristic professionalism and enthusiasm. 

Phoebe’s presence encourages curiosity and interest in the services and activities provided by the Library and she exemplifies a true Ambassador’s spirit,” says her nominator.

Always going the extra mile in contributing to the Asian Library’s community engagement mandate – whether creating visual displays or organizing events – makes Phoebe a critical support for library users. Phoebe’s care and understanding in all of her interactions with staff, students, and community members alike make her an exemplary award recipient.

Meghan Waitt

Meghan Waitt, Innovation Award winnerMeghan Waitt (Central Technical Services, Collections Management Coordinator) received the Innovation Award for her skills in combining technical expertise with a strong, practical understanding of library workflows involving both people and technology. Meghan’s inventive problem solving and guidance has been instrumental in monumental library branch moves over the last few years and in the implementation of new software and projects in the Library, including Tableau and the COPPUL Shared Print Archive Network

A colleague notes: “She has a talent for turning laborious, unglamorous projects like inventory and collection moves into something people are proud to be a part of and have fun doing.

Coworkers have come to count on Meghan’s creativity and thoroughness, infused into tasks such as producing sophisticated and comprehensive reports and workplans. Additionally, Meghan contributes generously to community strengthening activities at UBC Library, from Exceptional Workplace Committee programs to the annual Great Canadian Shoreline Cleanup. Meghan stands out for the “dazzling” vision she brings to the Library community. 

Researcher John Thistle has been named winner of this year’s UBC Library Basil Stuart-Stubbs Prize for Outstanding Scholarly Book on British Columbia for his first book.

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