Due to the quickly evolving situation with COVID-19, all UBC Library branches including David Lam Library and Canaccord Learning Commons will be closed from 5pm Friday, March 20th until Monday, April 6th.  During this time librarians and staff will be working remotely to continue to support the UBC Sauder School of Business. A new Campus […]
UBC Library hosts exhibit honouring Vancouver icon John Fluevog. The exhibit, located in the David Lam Management Research Library and Level 2 of the Irving K. Barber Learning Centre runs until the end of the year.

David Lam Library and the Canaccord Learning Commons (CLC) will be closed from Friday, February 22, 2019 at 4 p.m. to Monday, Feb. 25, 2019 at 10 a.m. for upgrades to the front area carpets.

The Library and Learning Commons are expected to reopen at 10 a.m. on Monday, February 25, 2019.

Please refer to the Library Hours and Locations to make alternative plans.


David Lam Library and the Canaccord Learning Commons (CLC) will be closed from Saturday, December 22, 2018 to Tuesday, January 1, 2019 as the UBC Sauder building will be closed for the holidays.

On December 24, limited support will remain available from staff and librarians at David Lam and CLC via email during the day from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. by contacting Irene Trebic (irena.trebic@ubc.ca) or Kimberly Fama (kimberly.fama@ubc.ca).

The Library is expected to reopen at 8:30 a.m. Wednesday, January 2, 2019.

Please refer to the Library Hours and Locations to make alternative plans.


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Position Summary

The David Lam Management Research Library and Canaccord Learning Commons is an integrated unit, which provides collections and services to support UBC Sauder School of Business students, faculty and staff at the University of British Columbia, as well as others who require use of the collection and services.

The Reference Librarian provides instruction and reference in business resources and research strategies, using a variety of formats and methodologies, in support of UBC Sauder School of Business students, faculty and staff and to others who require use of the collection and services. The librarian develops and maintains teaching and learning resources, including online course and subject guides. The librarian works cooperatively with other librarians and staff in the unit and in the UBC Library System, as well as faculty and staff in the UBC Sauder School of Business and database vendors to develop and maintain high quality business library collections in all formats. The librarian participates in the planning and implementation of Library and Learning Commons services that support the needs of UBC Sauder faculty and students. The librarian assumes responsibility for coordination and management of staff, services and projects, as required.




  • A graduate degree from an accredited school of Library, Archival and Information Science
  • Excellent oral and written communication skills
  • Strong interpersonal skills
  • The ability to work effectively both independently and as a member of a team
  • Enthusiasm for and ability to support and instruct a range of users in their approaches to business research and their use of business resources, using a variety of methodologies and platforms
  • Experience with carrying out or contributing to projects
  • Strong information technology and digital literacy skills 
  • Demonstrated service commitment, flexibility and willingness to assume a variety of assignments
  • Ability to recognize, respect and work effectively with individuals and groups with diverse perspectives and backgrounds. Takes initiative in learning about language and issues relating to equity and diversity
  • Ability to develop and maintain cooperative and productive working relationships and engage in workplace culture
  • Ability to recognize and appreciate the contributions of colleagues
  • Committed to demonstrating respect to colleagues at every level by trusting in their abilities and knowledge to perform their roles and earning respect through meeting commitments
  • Models and demonstrates good communication through active listening and appreciative inquiry and open to providing and receiving timely, constructive feedback
  • Listens to, encourages and expresses creative and innovative ideas. Open to experimenting with and improvising new ways of approaching processes, tasks or problems


  • A degree in commerce and business administration or experience in an academic business library
  • Extensive knowledge of business and financial resources in multiple formats
  • Interest in and understanding of research processes in business disciplines
  • Liaison experience with faculty
  • Interest in and experience with developing effective outreach strategies to diverse groups, employing a wide range of strategies and platforms.
  • Experience with designing and delivering instruction and reference using a variety of methodologies and formats
  • Experience with using assessment techniques and strategies effectively
  • Familiarity with the UBC Library system
  • Experience with collection development and management, particularly in working with and building relationships with vendors
  • Experience in or understanding of working within a Learning Commons



Reports to the Head of the David Lam Management Research Library and Canaccord Learning Commons. Consults and collaborates with colleagues within the unit, the UBC Library system, and external colleagues. Works with faculty, staff and students at the UBC Sauder School of Business and the University of British Columbia, database vendors and members of the public. May supervise the work of library assistants and student assistants working in areas for which the librarian is responsible.  




Contributes to the provision of Library and Learning Commons’ services, including reference consultations, orientations, tours, and bibliographic and research skills instruction, using a variety of methodologies, including in-person and online. Participates in and contributes to the creation of online course and research guides, as well as videos, tutorials and other learning objects.


Develops and maintains strong working relationships with UBC Sauder School of Business faculty divisions and academic units. Consults with faculty on their needs for collection, research and instructional support. Keeps abreast of trends and developments in resources relevant to assigned subject areas and communicates new relevant resources, as well as any changes to existing resources when appropriate. Responds to faculty requests including collections, new course proposals, etc. in consultation with the Head.  Contributes to the UBC Sauder Faculty database wish list. Liaises with relevant UBC Sauder committees, staff and students in support of the educational and research objectives of the school.  Liaises with electronic resource vendors.


Coordinates the David Lam Library’s web presence and maintenance, in consultation with colleagues in the unit, as well as in collaboration with colleagues in Systems and Web services. Coordinates and contributes to the Library and Learning Commons’ social media presence, in consultation with colleagues in the unit, as well as the Communications and Marketing teams in UBC Library and UBC Sauder. Contributes to the Learning Commons’ web presence, in consultation with the Canaccord Learning Commons Manager and the Investment Labs Coordinator.

Manages and supervises relevant processes related to collections. Consults with colleagues in the Library and Learning Commons, Technical Services and Systems to resolve issues related to the life cycle of relevant electronic resources. Participates in technical troubleshooting and maintenance of David Lam Library’s online resources.


In consultation with librarians and staff, as well as UBC Sauder faculty, supports the selection and acquisition, evaluation, maintenance and cancellation of electronic resources in accordance with faculty and subject area needs. Liaises with colleagues in Technical Services and Systems. Liaises with database vendors. Contributes to monograph selection and collection development. Contributes to other collections-related projects.

Consults and communicates with faculty affected by collection decisions or significant changes in platforms.


Trains Library and Learning Commons’ staff on changes to the website and online systems, as well as basic use of electronic databases. May supervise certain work of library assistants and manage the provision of services.  Participates in recruiting, training and supervising the student librarian. Participates in the recruiting, training and supervising of student employees as needed. Assumes responsibility for the operation of the David Lam Library and Canaccord Learning Commons in the absence of the Head, as requested.


Undertakes or supports special projects, new services or assignments deemed necessary by the Head. Contributes to planning, development and implementation of policies, procedures and services for the unit to support the goals of the Library and Learning Commons, UBC Library and UBC Sauder.


Serves on UBC Library, UBC Sauder and other committees, working groups or implementation teams where appropriate.  Participates in and contributes to the Library’s evolving initiatives (Scholarly Communications, Research Data Management, Open Access, Digital Initiatives etc.). Keeps current with changing professional expectations, service requirements, and trends and developments in academic libraries, academic business libraries, learning commons, teaching and learning activities, relevant technologies and academic research models. Coordinates and supervises staff, services and special projects.



This position will be filled as a full-time, ongoing position. If eligible and qualified, the successful applicant may be appointed with a confirmed appointment. Otherwise, there will be an initial three-year probationary appointment.  Normally, such an appointment is reviewed by the end of the second year of the appointment, and a recommendation is made at that time to grant or not to grant a confirmed appointment.

Salary will be commensurate with experience and academic/professional qualifications.

We are seeking applications from Librarians with up to 5 years of experience.  However, all internal candidates will be considered regardless of years of experience and are encouraged to apply.


Equity and diversity are essential to academic excellence. An open and diverse community fosters the inclusion of voices that have been underrepresented or discouraged. We encourage applications from members of groups that have been marginalized on any grounds enumerated under the B.C. Human Rights Code, including sex, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, racialization, disability, political belief, religion, marital or family status, age, and/or status as a First Nation, Metis, Inuit, or Indigenous person. All qualified candidates are encouraged to apply; however Canadians and permanent residents will be given priority.

Applications will include: a detailed and current curriculum vitae; and a letter of application that includes a statement of citizenship/immigration status and indicates the candidate’s education, training and work experience in the areas listed above.  


To view the complete job description and to submit an application, please visit the UBC Careers page by midnight on October 20, 2017.


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This fall, UBC Library celebrates the legacy of the Harry Potter series and Vancouver’s special relationship with “the boy who lived” with a special exhibition at three library branches, featuring first editions of the books, stories and memorabilia from local businesses and people affected by the series. Share your Harry Potter memories with the Library via #harrypotterUBC.

Curated by Rare Books and Special Collections, the Harry Potter and the rain city exhibition is on display from October 6 to December 11, 2015 at three different Library branches:

You can use a special Marauder’s Map to visit each of the exhibition locations.

In addition to the exhibition, the Library is pleased to host two additional events:

Harry Potter, Brands of Magic

Colloquium hosted by David Lam Library

When: October 29 | 12:30-2:00pm
Where: Henry Angus Building, 2053 Main Mall, 9th floor

Five panelists discuss the impact and influence of the Harry Potter series on the city and people of Vancouver.

  • Gisele M. Baxter (UBC English)
  • Jamie Broadhurst (Raincoast Books, SFU Publishing Program)
  • Kevin McNeilly (UBC English)
  • Judith Saltman (UBC iSchool)
  • Phyllis Simon (Vancouver Kidsbooks)

Moderated by Darren Dahl from UBC’s Sauder School of Business.

RSVP by October 26 to hp.colloquium@ubc.ca.

Hallowe’en at Hogwarts West

Party hosted by Rare Books and Special Collections

When: October 30 | 1:00-3:00pm
Where: Irving K. Barber Learning Centre, 1961 East Mall, Rm 302 (Dodson Room)

Dress up as your favourite HP character for the Library’s Hallowe’en party! Join us for a costume contest, games, crafts, and light refreshments.

The party is free and open to the public, but tickets are required.

Limited tickets will be available beginning October 15 at Rare Books and Special Collections (Level One, IKBLC). Tickets may be picked up at RBSC Monday to Friday between 10am and 4pm, and are available on a first-come, first-served basis.


Please note that the exhibitions and events are in no way affiliated with the Harry Potter copyright owners, including J.K. Rowling, Warner Brothers Entertainment, Universal Studios, and Scholastic.



We are pleased to announce that the new Low Carbon Economy collection recently arrived in cIRcle, UBC’s Digital Repository! This collection is part of the ISIS Research Centre for Social Innovation and Sustainability. “ISIS at the (UBC) Sauder School of Business is focused on leveraging business tools to advance social innovation and sustainability, through research, incubation, and application”.

Explore how “British Columbia is the leading jurisdiction in North America for carbon and climate policy, which creates great opportunities for further innovation in carbon markets and offsetting” with these titles:

Title: Project blue sky: a case study – URI: http://hdl.handle.net/2429/48400
Title: Assessing the business case for data centre relocations – URI: http://hdl.handle.net/2429/48376
Title: Carbon Governance Project – URI: http://hdl.handle.net/2429/48399

Access and/or download more Low Carbon Economy collection items at: https://circle.ubc.ca/handle/2429/48368.

Did You Know?

The David Lam Management Research Library is located in the Sauder School of Business at UBC and has over 60,000 volumes and millions of electronic articles and other documents. Learn more about its collections and resources at: http://lam.library.ubc.ca/.

Above partial text is courtesy of the ISIS Research Centre website | Photo: Wikimedia Commons

David Lam Library’s Great Reads collection of popular business books was launched in late August, 2013. The books began getting signed out almost immediately.

The following books were the most frequently circulated during the fall term:

Look for the green Great Reads sign on the Canaccord Learning Commons’ main floor to check out more books in Lam’s popular business collection.

Visit the Great Reads website to find popular books in business, as well as other disciplines.

UBC Library has negotiated trial access for a year  to the Alexander Street Press’s VAST: Academic Video Online, a multi-disciplinary streaming video collection: http://resources.library.ubc.ca/page.php?id=2140

This database currently contains over 17,000 titles and coves a wide range of subject areas, including business and economics and current affairs. 5,000 new titles will be added during this next year.

VAST includes documentaries, interviews, performances, news programs and newsreels, field recordings, commercials, and raw footage. You’ll find thousands of award-winning films, including Academy® and Emmy® winners, the most frequently used films for classroom instruction, newly released films, and archival material previously unavailable.

Access is available until July 31, 2014.  Explore and use this database by connecting through the information resource page: http://resources.library.ubc.ca/page.php?id=2140 

Please submit your feedback through the link on the resource page.

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