As an Executive Coordinator at UBC Library, Harry Young works closely with the University Librarian during their term, occupying a unique position on staff. But before he joined the Library, Harry worked in hospitality. “For a long time in Toronto, I worked in the restaurant business,” he says. “And when I moved back to BC—where I’m from—I worked in the business a bit, but then I decided to make a concerted effort to get out of that exciting, yet exhausting world.”

Through a few short-term contracts with UBC Hiring Solutions (previously Staff Finders), Harry eventually took a position on the Library Administration team in 2009.

With nearly a decade of experience at UBC Library, his role has evolved to take on new challenges. Recently, he’s been more involved in supporting the development team and coordinating certain recurring library events. Harry has also been heavily involved in UBC’s United Way campaign, having launched the annual Spelling Bee in 2010. The Spelling Bee, which invites participation from students, staff and faculty across campus, continues to be an incredibly popular event for the United Way and UBC Library.

Outside of work, Harry can often be found on tennis courts—usually Stanley Park in the summer and at the North Van Tennis Centre in the winter. He has been an enthusiastic player most of his adult life and is a long-time board member of the Vancouver Tennis Association. He also occasionally serves as an on-court umpire for Tennis BC and Tennis Canada.

Community building is a recurring component of Harry’s success—both in and out of the Library—which is why he suggests new employees at the Library start by reaching out. “I wasn’t very good at that, I have to say, but I’m better now. Walk around. Go visit other departments and introduce yourself, just casually. Take a walk to each of the libraries branches and get to know everyone. You never know where it could lead.”

Reduce your UBC Library fines by donating non-perishable food items – $2 in fines paid for each food item donated (up to a maximum of $30). Donated cans are accepted at branch circulation desks from March 19 to April 2, 2018.

All donations go to the UBC AMS Food Bank on Campus and the Greater Vancouver Food Bank which provide food relief for students in need, including non-perishable foods, supplies and information about additional resources on- and off-campus.


Dr. Marianne Ignace and Chief Ronald E. Ignace have won the Basil Stuart-Stubbs Prize for outstanding Scholarly Book on British Columbia for their book A Secwépemc People, Land, and Laws: Yerí7 re Stsq’ey’s-kucw. 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 May.

Published by McGill-Queen’s University Press, the book is a model of collaborative approaches to Indigenous history. Drawing on Aboriginal sources and the work of outside experts, it masterfully integrates oral histories and ‘western’ scholarship.

“Our book represents more than thirty years of research about 10,000 years of Secwépemc existence on our land in the Interior of British Columbia,” says Dr. Ignace, “We set our elders’ stories in dialogue with archival sources from outsiders who came to our land, and with multidisciplinary information from earth science, linguistics, archaeology, ecology and geography, weaving together an account of how the Secwépemc came to be as nation through the emergence of our Indigenous laws, and through resilience in the face of colonization.”  

“We are thrilled to be honouring a book that synthesizes methods of characterizing Indigenous societies in an exemplary way,” says Susan E. Parker, UBC’s University Librarian. “And we’re so pleased to be recognizing authors from British Columbia.”

Dr. Marianne Boelscher Ignace a is professor of linguistics and First Nations studies at Simon Fraser University. Chief Ronald E. Ignace is a Secwépemc historian, storyteller, and politician, and adjunct professor at Simon Fraser University.

The book is available through the UBC Library Collection and available at the UBC Bookstore for purchase.

Shortlisted titles for the prize include:

Kwädąy Dän Ts’ìnchį: Teachings from Long Ago Person Found, Richard J. Hebda, Sheila Greer, and Alexander Mackie, eds (Royal BC Museum Press) 


Unbuilt Environments: Tracing Postwar Development in Northwest British Columbia by Jonathan Peyton (UBC Press)

About the Prize

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 book prize 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 Law Library is pleased to present its Legal Research Skills Series designed for students wanting to brush up on the basics or learn something new. This series will provide legal research instruction from experienced law librarians and hands-on learning activities. These sessions will help you review legal research basics and cover advanced topics in preparation for your summer or full-time job. Through demonstrations and hands-on exercises, you will review commercial and free online sources and learn cost-effective research techniques. Attendees are encouraged to bring a laptop or tablet to these sessions. Restricted to current Allard School of Law students.

Space is limited, so register for the Legal Research Skills Series today!


UBC Library Digital Initiatives is pleased to announce a 1-year, TLEF-funded project to promote the creation and use of open textbooks and open educational resources (OERs).

Starting in May 2018, up to 5 grants of up to $1,800 each will be available to UBC faculty members interested in creating or adopting open resources to replace commercial materials in their courses. Funding will support faculty in developing open textbooks and OERs through sub-grants with dedicated Library staff support.

At UBC and elsewhere, textbook affordability is a major barrier with a recent AMS study showing nearly 75% of students have not bought a course text due to cost. This pilot project will promote open resource development and allow the Library to build expertise with platforms such as Pressbooks.

UBC Vancouver faculty are encouraged to apply by April 12, 2018.

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