Image courtesy: Simon Fraser University (SFU) Library


Last month, SFU, UBC, Langara, KPU, Douglas, VCC and JIBC participated in the yearly Fair Use/Fair Dealing Week event comprised of presentations followed by a discussion about the value of “fair dealing in a modern Canadian context and highlighting the perspectives of diverse copyright stakeholders”.


Watch the archived event Balancing the scales: The role of fair dealing in Canada (Parts One, Two, Three and Four)


Explore related items in cIRcle, UBC’s Digital Repository via UBC Library’s Open Collections portal:



Canadian copyright legislation and archival material


The acquisition of literary papers in Canada


Building open cultures: the Commons in a digitally networked environment


Moral rights of authors in international copyright of the 21st century: time for consolidation?


Application of the right of reproduction to the internet: should browsing be considered copyright infringement?


Digitally archiving Hula-related objects


Developing countries and the international copyright regime: the neglected issue of cultural survival


Contested rights in cyberspace


UBC Library: Fall update


The Failure of Access: Rethinking Open Education








Take a rare glimpse into Japan in the 1890s-1920s through the photographs taken by a Canadian missionary, John Cooper Robinson. We can only begin to understand Cooper Robinson’s photographs by overlaying both Canadian and Japanese historical contexts and perspectives. Join our symposium led by art historians and historians who specialize in Japan and Canada, to explore ways in which the Cooper Robinson photographs can be used and made relevant for future research and teaching. Symposium attendees will have the opportunity to visit the ongoing curated exhibit at Rare Books and Special Collections (RBSC). Register here for this event!

Event Details

When: Friday, March 24 2017  12:00 PM-4:00 PM

Where: Irving K. Barber Learning Centre, Lillooet Room


Registration | Reception (light refreshments will be provided)
1:00-1:15 pm
Opening Remarks | Introduction (donor, Jill Robinson)
1:15-2:00 pm
Allen Hockley (respondent, Ignacio Adriasola)
2:00-3:00 pm
RBSC exhibit visit | coffee break
3:00-3:15 pm
Hamish Ion
3:15-4:00 pm
Round table discussion (facilitator, Tristan Grunow) | Concluding Remarks

Speakers and Participants

Allen Hockley is Associate Professor of Art History at Dartmouth College. He specializes in early Japanese photography and woodblock prints and illustrated books from the Tokugawa through early Showa periods.

A. Hamish Ion is a professor emeritus in the History Department, Royal Military College of Canada. He is a specialist in modern Japanese history.

Ignacio Adriasola is assistant professor in the Department of Art History, Visual Art, and Theory at the University of British Columbia.

Tristan Grunow is assistant professor without review in the Department of History at the University of British Columbia.

The Asian Library and Rare Books and Special Collections and are delighted to host a symposium to launch our current exhibit Double Exposure | Japan-Canada: Missionary Photographs of Meiji-Taisho Japan.

This event is made possible through generous support from the Center for Japanese Research, the UBC History Department, the UBC Library, and nominal support from the Consulate General of Japan.

For more information, please contact Japanese Language Librarian Naoko Kato at


Official message from Minister of Health – January is Alzheimer Awareness Month in Canada


Showing its support of Bill C-233 “to establish a national dementia strategy”, the government is “support[ing] research and surveillance through investments in areas like the largest ever study of dementia in Canada led by the Canadian Consortium on Neurodegeneration in Aging, and innovation at the Canadian Centre for Aging and Brain Health. These investments will help to improve diagnoses, care and prevention, help us better understand risks, and develop new products and services that can support Canadians with dementia and their caregivers.” It is continuing “to work with key organizations such as the Alzheimer Society of Canada to reduce the stigma of this disease, and to encourage greater awareness and understanding of what it’s like to live with Alzheimer’s disease and other forms of dementia”.


While there are many sources of information and resources on Alzheimer’s disease and other forms of dementia, below is a sampling of resources at UBC and beyond for further research and exploration:


Full Ministerial Message – Alzheimer Awareness Month 2017


UBC Division of Neurology – Department of Medicine


Neuroscience Research Colloquia in 2017


UBC Experts Guide

An information source that gives journalists access to UBC’s expertise.

Dementia in Canada – A National Strategy for Dementia-friendly communities [PDF file]


Research in BC

Supporting Alzheimer’s disease and other dementias’ research in BC which affects an estimated 70,000 BC individuals living with the disease and their families, learn more about the Alzheimer Society Research Program including various research grants received by UBC and SFU


UBC Library Guide on Neuroscience: Theses & Associations

This guide provides resources for doing research in neuroscience, brain sciences, neurology, and psychiatry.


Empathy and experiences about Alzheimer’s disease:

Conversation and compassion for Alzheimer’s Awareness Month


Still Alice meets Still Gloria


There are many faces of Alzheimer’s disease, Canadian society says in new campaign


Experience 12 Minutes In Alzheimer’s Dementia


Dementia Care: What in the World is a Dementia Village?


Above image is courtesy of Pixabay

Canada is celebrating it’s 149th birthday this week, so we’ve pulled together some fun Canadiana from Open Collections for you to enjoy!


Few things are more Canadian than a moose! Sketch from H. Bullock-Webster collection, late 19th C.

The phenomenal Chung Collection features an incredible array of materials related to the early history of British Columbia, and the immigration and settlement that took place in the province from the mid-19th century. The collection also features a large array of documents and ephemera related to the Canadian Pacific Railway Company’s operations, including some colourful advertisements.


Canadian Pacific Airlines poster, 1974


Canadian Pacific Railway Company advertisement, 1926














We have thousands of maps here at Open Collections, a number of which highlight the evolution of knowledge about Canada and its geography over time. Take a look at the Andrew McCormick Maps and Prints collection if you want to explore more!


Map of New France, Louisiana and Canada, dated 1712


Dominion of Canada map, produced some time after 1873

It would be impossible to celebrate Canada Day without acknowledging the vital role that multiculturalism plays in Canadian society. The many, many contributions by those originating from other parts of the world, as well as the Aboriginal peoples who have always called this place home, is a large part of what makes Canada great!


Using steam to shape a canoe, Museum of Anthropology, 1981


Costumed girl at the Japanese bell, UBC Asian Centre, 1987













Have a great Canada Day, and be sure to check out Open Collections for more Canadian content!

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