Nearing retirement, Eleanore Wellwood is in an interesting position when it comes to reflecting on her time at UBC, especially since that time spans more than fifty years.

Coming on board initially as a student assistant in 1966, then again in the late 1980s, Eleanore tried out a few different career paths before falling into library work. “All my academic career had been heading into international relations until I realized what it was like to be a diplomat, and I knew that wasn’t for me,” she recalls. “I wanted to do something more practical. So when I came back to UBC, it was in nutrition and food science, until I realized that in order to do anything with that, you need to go through to the PhD level.”

Instead, the Library became a welcome alternative and a comfortable fit. “I come from an academic family. Books have always been part of my life, so it wasn’t a big leap.” Starting in the 1990s until 2007, Eleanore worked as a library assistant at Interlibrary Loans and Woodward Library, before moving to Crane Library in Brock Hall, which provides resources for UBC students, faculty and staff who are blind, visually impaired, or have print disabilities.

“When I was at Crane—which I loved as well—I’d reached the point where I was close enough to retirement that I thought I would either stay there until I retired or I would make a change in my life,” she says. “All the retirement books keep saying that the worst thing about retiring is you don’t know what to do with yourself, or you’re not willing to try something new. So I thought it was now or never.”

When the position of Cataloging and Acquisitions Assistant came up at X̱wi7x̱wa Library, she decided to make a move once again. It was a huge learning curve, she remembers. “I’m from Vancouver but not Indigenous, so everything I’m learning is piling on as more and more learning.”

In her day-to-day work, she is involved in record enhancing, investigating, teaching and supervising graduate academic assistants. “We have the privilege and pleasure of enhancing the standard records so that they better reflect Indigenous approaches to knowledge.”

Now, after nearly a decade at X̱wi7x̱wa Library, Eleanore is faced with a new dilemma. “My problem is that I really love my job, so it’s hard to say that I am retiring,” she says. “It’s never the same, it’s always interesting.”

She recalls one project in particular that began shortly after she arrived at X̱wi7x̱wa, which put her cataloguing skills to the test. “When the library changed from DRA to Voyager, all our subject headings became ‘unsearchable’,” she says. “In terms of the project, it meant retyping every subject heading. But it also gave us the opportunity to examine them.” Luckily, she didn’t have to do most of the retyping, but got to dive into the examining.

When asked what has surprised her the most about UBC Library, she laughs. “When working for the library comes upon you gradually, nothing is surprising.”

Learn more about the programs and collections at X̱wi7x̱wa Library.

Eleanore Wellwood is one of UBC Library’s 2018 Employee Recognition Award winners, receiving the Unsung Hero Award for her outstanding work. Read more about the awards and this year’s recipients.

We’re getting ready to kick off the 9th annual UBC Library United Way Spelling Bee on Thursday, October 11.

UBC faculty, staff, and students are invited to create a team of 4-10 people and compete for the win in this annual cross-campus event to raise awareness for the United Way.

  • Date: Thursday, October 11
  • Time: 12:30 p.m. – 1:30 p.m.
  • Location: 4th floor Golden Jubilee Room, Irving K. Barber Learning Centre (1961 East Mall, Vancouver, B.C.)

To register your team, fill out the online form by October 5th.  Registration is on a first come, first served basis, so don’t delay!

Download the 2018 Spelling Bee Poster. For more information, please contact Stacy Campbell.

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UBC Library users now have access to more than 1.5 million pages of rare and unique primary source content that offers an expansive and detailed look at LGBT2SQIA history. LGBTQ History and Culture Since 1940, Part II is a fully searchable archive that includes periodicals, newsletters, manuscripts, government records, organizational papers, correspondence, posters, and other primary source materials primarily from Canada and the United States. 

Much of the content, selected by an advisory board of leading scholars and librarians in sexuality and gender studies, has never been available to the public.

“It is quite an impressive resource,” says Keith Bunnell, Reference and Collections Librarian, Humanities & Social Sciences Division, “The Library saw the potential for this archive to be useful to scholars in all kinds of fields.”

Most notably, the archive provides coverage of underrepresented communities and marginalized groups – even within the LGBT2SQIA community through access to key publications. “This database supplies rich evidence of racial, ethnic, religious and gender diversity, including the records of Gay American Indians, Asian Pacific Lesbians and Gays, Twice Blessed Jewish American lesbians, gays, bisexuals, and trans people, and the Lesbian and Gay Christian Movement,” says Professor Becki Ross of UBC’s Department of Sociology and Social Justice Institute. As Ross explains, “Indigenous students and allies will be especially invigorated by tales of two-spirits’ resilience in the face of hetero-patriarchal and cis-gender norms violently imposed by white settlers.”

The archive also contains significant Canadian content, including back issues of Toronto’s gay liberation newspaper, The Body Politic (1970-2015), and the papers of Douglas Sanders, Professor Emeritus of Law at UBC, Co-chair of UBC’s Faculty Association Committee on Gay and Lesbian issues and one of the founding members of the Association for Social Knowledge (ASK), BC’s first LGBTQ group founded in 1964.

The archive’s key features enable users to group commonly occurring themes, revealing hidden connections to search terms and additional relevant information, create user-generated tags and user accounts which allows for easier collection, citation and grouping of sources and is full-text searchable thanks to Optical Character Recognition.

LGBTQ History and Culture since 1940 interface

Professor Ross is confident the archive will enrich exploration by historians, sociologists, anthropologists, urban planners, social workers, economists, and political scientists.

“For centuries in the West, powerful medico-moral discourses have defined ‘queerness’ as a sickness, a sin, and a crime. As a result, LGBTQ2S peoples have lived with secrecy, silence, shame, misrepresentation, and fear for far too long,” says Ross, “Therefore, stories told by and for LGBTQ2S folks about past lives, loves, achievements, struggles, and triumphs symbolize oxygen, or necessary fuel, for people long denied access to full, substantive inclusion and citizenship.”

Explore LGBTQ History and Culture since 1940 (Part II).

Koerner Library


Construction has begun on Levels 4 and 5 of the Koerner Library and will continue into early 2019.

Access to the building’s central stairwell and elevators will be maintained, but there will be no access to levels 4 and 5.

Seating and workspace on levels 1, 2 and 3 the building will remain. Additional study space will be made available on level 5 within the next few weeks. Library users can expect increased noise in the building during this time.

This renovation will result in an expanded Research Commons on levels 4 and 5 of the Library, providing technology rich, inviting spaces integrated with services from across the library and the campus conducive to graduate scholarship and advanced research. The Research Commons will meet an identified campus need for dedicated learning and collaboration spaces for researchers, graduate students and postdoctoral fellows. The project is expected to be completed in early 2019.



BT83.63 I537 2017
21세기 한국 사회 와 공공 신학 / 임 성빈

DS911.19 Y525 2017
한국 고대사 의 쟁점 과 과제 / 이 도학 지음

DS923.23 K457 2017
지민 의 탄생 : 지식 민주주의 를 향한 시민 지성 의 도전 / 김 종영 지음

GT2853 K6 U69 2017
음식 디미방 과 조선 시대 음식 문화 / 남 권희 [and 7 others] 지음

HV41 S524 2017
인도주의 의 눈 으로 바라본 착한 기부 나쁜 기부 / 신 상문 지음

ML342 Y5154 2017
한국 민족 악무사 / 이 민홍 지음

NA1565 Y53 2017
한국인, 어떤 집 에서 살았나 : 한국 현대 주생활사 / 이 희봉, 김 혜숙 [and two others]

PL913 A2 K36 2017
국어 교과서 의 탄생  / 강 진호 지음

PL977.2 S563 2018
2018 신춘 문예 희곡 당선 작품집

PL994.38 H83 T37 2017
다른 사람 : 강 화길 장편 소설


BQ699 K86 S45 2018
聖なる霊場・六鄉満山 / 大分県立歴史博物館

DS822.25 K495 2018
近代日本の地域と文化 / 羽賀祥二編

DS868.2 T248 2018
織豊系陣城事典 / 高橋成計

FC3846.9 J3 S938163 2017
希望の国カナダへ… 夢に懸け、海を渡った移民たち : ブリティッシュ・コロンビア州から始まった日系史 / アンリー/ゴードン・スィッツアー原作 ; GTP翻訳チーム共訳

HC462.7 I8343 2018
資本主義日本の地域構造 / 石井寬治

HT653 J3 S538 2018
下級貴族たちの王朝時代 : 「新猿楽記」に見るさまざまな生き方 / 繁田信一著

ND1059 M3424 A2 2018
玄皎想 / 松尾敏男

PL755.65 .N572 2018
外地巡礼 : 「越境的」日本語文学論 / 西成彦

PL840 M4 Z84 2018
梅崎春生研究 : 戦争・偽者・戦後社会 / 高木伸幸

PN1995.3 .N3452 2018
〈原作〉の記号学 : 日本文芸の映画的次元 / 中村三春


BL1900 C576 Z4 2017
庄子的快活 : 王蒙解”庄子, 外篇” / 王蒙著

CT3990 H78 D46 2017
胡适 / 邓丽兰著

DS751 S6 2016
宋朝短信 / 宋燕著

DS777.15 C5 G365 2017
陈独秀现代化思想研究 /高蕾著

DS796 M25 T36 2016 v.1-2
天朝异化之角 : 16-19世纪西洋文明在澳门  / 汤开建著

PL2277 S5856 2016
水流云在 / “文艺报”编选 ; 梁鸿鹰主编

PL2653 H34 2016
海姆立克急救 / 铁凝等著

PL2886 O1684 W63 2017
我们的荊轲 / 莫言

PL2925 K55 A6 2016 v.1-5
严歌苓长篇精品 (第九个寡妇、小姨多鹤、陆犯焉识、一个女人的史诗、金陵十三钗) / 严歌苓著

PZ10.831 L573 Qn 2016
亲爱的小耳朵 / 林少雯著

Start off the new school year by getting all caught up on what the Digitization Centre has been up to over the past year. You can read all about it in the Digitization Centre Impact and Activity Report for 2017-2018! This report highlights key projects, partnerships, and content development trends for the 2017-2018 fiscal year

This year, Open Collections recieved 3.8 million unique pageviews, which accounted for 11% of the wider UBC Library’s pageviews, After Canada, most users came from the following countries:

Other highlights detailed in the report:

  • Collection enhancement through metadata cleanup and standardization.
  • Development of an automated workflow to generate OCR transcripts for non-latin language materials.
  • Updates on our web archiving efforts and new collections.
  • New and exciting ways that our collections are being used.
  • Ongoing digital preservation processing and auditing.
  • Updates about partnerships.
  • New collections and additions.



New additions to our digital collections included:

BC Sessional Papers:

New items dated from 1953 to 1968 were made available through Open Collections. Phase VI (1969-1982) began in May 2018.

Meiji at 150:

Primarily works from the Meiji period (1868- 1912), including 20 Meiji woodblocks prints, 6 volumes of Ainu books, 1 hand-painted kimono book, 12 E. H. Norman photographs, and more.

Similkameen Star:

The newest addition to our BC Historical Newspapers collection. This newspaper was published weekly in Princeton, B.C. We have digitized issues from 1900 to 1903.

The following collections were added to over the past year:

German Consulate fonds:

All 3,286 items in this collection are now available through Access to Memory (AtoM).

Hawthorn Fly Fishing & Angling Collection:

25 new items were added this year, brining the total number of items available in Open Collections up to 49.

Uno Langmann Family Collections of British Columbia Photographs:

1,086 newly digitized postcards were made available through Open Collections.

Travelling and tourism are prominent topics in our collections. You could even base your next vacation on some of the items we’ve digitized! Check out some of the major cities represented in the materials of the Canadian Pacific Railway Company.



As the capital of the Philippines, Manilla is full of beautiful and fashionable architecture, European-inspired shops, old monasteries, palaces, and picturesque Spanish-style houses. This particular guide notes that cockfighting, although prohibited, was the popular sport among locals.

Canadian Pacific cruises: round the world and Mediterranean, 1925-1926



For about 300 years, the Algiers was where Barbary pirates used to stay. This guide tells readers that visitors can see the Bab-Azoun shopping street and the Kasbah (or Palace of the Deys), and marvel at the city’s rich history.

Canadian Pacific cruises: round the world and Mediterranean, 1925-1926



This guide published in 1925 proclaims Shanghai to be the most cosmopolitan city in the world and the commercial capital of North China. The guide informs visitors could see modern streets lined with six-storey buildings, the longest bar in the world at the Shanghai club, and amazing shopping streets that featured department stores and amusement paces.

Around the world cruise 1925


If these little snippets have got you interested, check out some of our other guides and explore more cities!

Mediterranean cruise: Canadian Pacific Empress of Scotland, 1924


Around the world cruise 1925


Canadian Pacific cruises: round the world and Mediterranean, 1925-1926

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