Studying or working at UBC Vancouver or UBC Okanagan?


If so, you will want to read the latest copyright at UBC information update just released yesterday – see directly below:


Copyright System Updates


As we look ahead to another academic year, UBC is taking this opportunity to re-engage with you on the issue of copyright.


Copyright law is not static. Over the coming two years, we are anticipating several developments in copyright law that will require continued vigilance on the part of faculty, staff and the university administration.


To promote best practices as the legal landscape develops, we have added an alerting system to Connect. The system will be implemented by individual Faculty through the rest of 2016.


Currently, instructors are prompted to input metadata indicating the copyright status of an uploaded file. This system is intended to assist faculty in keeping track of the copyright status of their uploads, to ensure an accurate record of permissions is maintained over time, and as courses evolve.


The new system will alert faculty members if any uploaded files are missing copyright metadata. This system also provides an opportunity for faculty members to review the material and remove any unnecessary content. To save time and effort, consider using the Library Online Course Reserves (LOCR) system, where trained staff will take care of scanning, uploading and clearing copyright on your behalf, including paying any required transactional license fees.


As you know, UBC has also created various tools to assist faculty to learn about, to use and to distribute copyrighted materials in compliance with copyright law. Further resources, as well as updates about changes in copyright law, can be found at


If you have any questions about copyright please email and consider attending a workshop:


UBC remains committed to providing our academic community with the resources it needs to easily and legally access learning and research material. Thank you again for your efforts and support since we embarked on this course in 2011.


Angela Redish
Provost and Vice-President Academic pro tem (Vancouver)


Cynthia Mathieson
Provost and Vice-Principal Academic (Okanagan)



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Are you struggling with a particular feature(s) of Connect, want a quick recap or just need to discuss the structure of your course materials? Do you have questions about copyright or need help creating your course reserves lists? If yes, come to the Centre for Teaching, Learning and Technology’s all day drop-in – talk to the specialists and get one-on-one assistance with your Connect course! This drop-in session will be held: 

Jan 9, 2014

9:00am – 4:00pm

Irving K. Barber Learning Centre – Seminar Room 2.22A/B


We are also offering virtual ONLINE support on January 9, 2013 between from 9-4pm. Please see this link below for more details:

Registration is not necessary for this event.


This is a reminder for those who are interested in participating in the “Orientation to Connect” training session. This is the last one offered by ETS in September. It is scheduled for EDCP members, but everyone is welcome. 
Time: September 25th, 10:00-11:30am
Location: Scarfe, room 1008

Connect-Logo-300x66Please be advised that Connect will be unavailable on Saturday, September 28th from 07:00-12:00 PT due to system upgrades.  For further information and updates, please see UBC IT bulletins at

If you have any questions about the outage, please contact UBC IT at 604.827.4357 (7-HELP), or via the UBC IT Contact Form:



Settling into the new school year? Need a refresher on library research skills? If so, then make sure to check out UBC Library’s Basic Library Skills Tutorial, which introduces users to the core knowledge needed to complete quality research using UBC Library resources.

The tutorial allows students to work through the information they need to succeed in their assignments. It includes five modules:

  • Module 1 – developing a research question
  • Module 2 – navigating the Library website
  • Module 3 – finding books (title/author and topic) using Summon and the catalogue
  • Module 4 – finding articles (title and topic) using Summon and the catalogue, finding subject-specific databases
  • Module 5 – evaluating information sources

Each module should take no longer than 20 minutes to complete. The tutorial includes a self-test element that allows students to assess their skills and highlight areas where they may need help.

Faculty can also assign the tutorial and upload a quiz into Connect, UBC’s learning management system, to test their students’ knowledge about conducting research at UBC Library.  

The tutorial was developed as collaboration between UBC’s Vancouver and Okanagan campuses. It is meant to be subject neutral and does not cover any particular area. The purpose is to cover basic skills that apply across all disciplines, and is not meant to replace the course/subject-specific tutorials developed by subject librarians.

For more information, please contact Erin Fields, Teaching and Learning Librarian, at 604-822-0977 or






UBC faculty and faculty support staff – are you struggling with a particular feature of Connect, the learning management system at UBC? Want a quick recap or just need to discuss the structure of your course materials? Do you need help creating your course reserves lists? Do you have questions about copyright and your course content? If yes, come to the Connect All-Day Drop-in, talk to specialists from UBC Library and the Centre for Teaching, Learning and Technology, and get one-on-one assistance with your Connect course, course reserves and copyright issues.

Date:  August 29

Time:  10 a.m. – 4 p.m.

Place:  Seminar Room 2.22A, Irving K. Barber Learning Centre, 1961 East Mall



Connect-Logo-300x66CTLT and UBC Library: Connect, Course Reserves and Copyright –Full Day Drop-In Support

When:  August 29, 2013 10-4pm

Where: Irving K Barber Learning Centre – Seminar Room 2.22A

Are you struggling with a particular feature(s) of Connect, want a quick recap or just need to discuss the structure of your course materials?  Do you need help with creating your course reserves lists?  Do you have questions about copyright and your course content?  If yes, come to the Connect All-Day Drop-in, talk to the CTLT and UBC Library specialists and get one-on-one assistance with your Connect course, course reserves and copyright issues!

Connect with UCB Library

A new course reserve management system is available to UBC instructors and students.

This system, launched by UBC Library in collaboration with the Centre for Teaching, Learning and Technology and UBC IT, is a portal to all course reserves on a secure, campus-wide basis. It is available through Connect, UBC’s new learning management system. Old course reserves request forms will soon be retired in favour of the new system, which provides many benefits.

Benefits for instructors:

  • Easy addition of articles, books, web links and media resources
  • View the status of course reserve requests
  • Get a hyperlink for your course materials for use outside of Connect
  • Seamlessly integrate course reserves into your Connect course
  • Group items using tags
  • Reactivate readings in future terms in a single step
  • UBC Library and Copyright Office support available
  • View usage data

Benefits for students:

  • Targeted and easily accessible readings
  • A single list for electronic, print and multimedia course materials
  • Email notifications when a new item is added
  • Anywhere, anytime access to electronic course reserves

How do I get started?

  • Go to
  • Log in with your CWL
  • Click on the Library tab
  • Select your course under My Course Reserves
  • Start adding or accessing your course materials

More information on course reserves is available at or contact your local Library branch.

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