UBC Library is pleased to announce that Eleanore Wellwood, Wendy Traas and Anne Lama are the 2018 recipients of UBC Library Recognition Awards. Each year, the Library Awards Program shines a light on those employees who have demonstrated exceptional creativity, innovation, excellence and a dedication to customer service through their work.

The awards were presented at the annual Library Recognition Luncheon at the Robert H. Lee Alumni Centre on June 19, 2018. Congratulations Eleanore, Wendy and Anne, and thank you to everyone who participated by submitting nominations.

Eleanore Wellwood, University Librarian Susan E. Parker, and Anne Lama.

Eleanore Wellwood

Eleanore Wellwood

Eleanore Wellwood (Technical Services Library Assistant, Xwi7xwa Library) is honoured as this year’s Unsung Hero. Our Unsung Heroes keep the Library’s programs, services, and infrastructure running smoothly, and when they do their jobs well, their work is seamless and often goes unnoticed.

A clear example of inveterate dedication, Eleanore delayed her own retirement in order to help her branch catch up on major collections projects, and her efforts and knowledge have resulted in increased findability of materials within her branch.

Wendy Traas

Wendy Traas (Reference Librarian, Education Library) is the winner of the Innovation Award, which recognizes the achievements of Library employees who bring uncommon creativity to their work. Recipients of this award often apply new ways of thinking to existing processes or seek to expand or enhance the delivery of services and expertise across our campus community.

Through her work, Wendy demonstrates imagination and risk-taking, but also a pragmatic and strategic vision. She has innovation as the heart and soul of her DNA, and her desire for improvement in information literacy led to her award of a $18,000 TLEF grant.

Anne Lama

Anne Lama

Anne Lama (Conservator, Technical Services) earned the Employee Excellence Award, which is given to those whose track record for quality work is matched only by the kindness, compassion, and respect that make their contributions so effective.

An essential service partner in every major collections project the Library undertakes, Anne is also strongly committed to teaching, learning and mentorship. She takes every question as an opportunity to develop awareness of our individual and joint responsibility to care for our collections.

Date: June 15 to August 14, 2018.
Location: UBC Irving K. Barber Learning Centre, Level 2 Foyer (1961 East Mall) (map)
Hours: Same as the IKBLC building hours (see hours)

The Musqueam Cultural Education Resource Centre, the Squamish Lil’wat Cultural Centre, the Heiltsuk Cultural Education Centre, the Haida Gwaii Museum and Haida Heritage Centre at Kay Llnagaay, and the Nisg̱a’a Museum are highlighted in this exhibition. They play an integral role in the culture, economy, and social life of their communities. For the public, they also offer history and contemporary experiences from distinctively Indigenous perspectives.

Here, belongings and cultural objects are linked to stories, teachings, and historic agreements, speaking to the broad range of activities and research each centre undertakes. The centres assume diverse responsibilities. These include working with community members on language revitalization, art practices, land and title resarch, and repatriation of ancestors and cultural belongings from museums world-wide, as well as relevant local and global issues. The centres also welcome the public to learn, be inspired, and build new relationships.

Come visit the Culture at the Centre exhibition at the Museum of Anthropology until September 30, 2018.


Shakespeare’s first folio. Image courtesy of the Folger Shakespeare Library.

Rare Books and Special Collections at UBC Library is delighted to announce a new exhibition:And there’s the humor of it”: Shakespeare and the Four Humors.

Blood, yellow bile, black bile and phlegm. These four humors were once thought to shape a person’s mental and physical health, behavior and even personality. Initially borrowed from Ancient Greek thinkers like Aristotle, Hippocrates, and Galen, the theory of the four humors was so ingrained into the common wisdom of Shakespeare’s time that references to melancholic displays and choleric outbursts fill his most popular plays. The interplay between medical theory and theatrical language forms the basis of a fascinating exhibition, created by the US National Library of Medicine, National Institutes of Health, and the Folger Shakespeare Library, now at UBC Library.

The traveling exhibition, “And there’s the humor of it”: Shakespeare and the Four Humors, has been supplemented with additional materials from UBC Library’s Rare Books and Special Collections, exploring topics including Shakespearean theatre in British Columbia and Shakespeare in children’s literature. More information about the National Library of Medicine display and the materials at RBSC is available through the UBC Library website.

Many thanks to co-curators of the UBC Library collections materials Patricia Badir, Professor of English, Anthony Dawson, Professor Emeritus of English, and Department of English students Karol Pasciano (MA), Aiden Tait (BA Hons.), and Ana Maria Fernandez Grandizo (BA Hons.). Thank you also to John Christopoulos, Assistant Professor of History, for lending his subject matter expertise. UBC Library co-curators for the exhibition included Charlotte Beck, Chelsea Shriver, and Helen Brown.

The panels on loan from the National Library of Medicine will be on display at Woodward Library through July 14 and the books on display at Rare Books and Special Collections will be available through August 3, 2018. The RBSC reading room is open Monday through Friday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. For Woodward Library’s hours, check their website. The exhibition is free and open to the public. For more information, please contact Rare Books and Special Collections at (604) 822-2521 or rare.books@ubc.ca.

The exhibition, “And there’s the humor of it”: Shakespeare and the four humors, will run from June 4 to July 14, 2018, at Rare Books and Special Collections on Level 1 of the Irving K. Barber Learning Centre and in the Memorial Room at Woodward Library. The theory of the four humors was initially borrowed from Ancient […]

Thank you for participating the Asian–language book clubs 2018!

This is the second Asian-language book club program after its launch in the fall of 2016. With the support from the Faculty of Arts, we were able to extend the initiative from two to four languages – Korean, Punjabi, Japanese, and Chinese.  All four book clubs took place between January and April.  Each had two sessions, a “meet and greet” session followed by a book discussion about a month later.

Three out of the four books selected for the events are novels written by award-winning writers in Asia, including the Korean novel Chinatown (중국인 거리) by Oh Jung-hee (오 정희), the Japanese work Convenience Store People (コンビニ人間 ) by Murata Sayaka (村田沙耶香), and the Punjabi novel  News from a Village (ਖਬਰ ਇੱਕ ਪਿੰਡ ਦੀ: ਨਾਵਲ) by Pargat Singh Satoj (ਪਰਗਟ ਸਿੰਘ ਸਤੌਜ). The Chinese-language biography A Way of Finding What’s True (寻找苏慧廉) was written by local writer –  by Shen Jia (沈迦). Participants in the Chinese and Korean book clubs had the exciting opportunity to meet and engage with the book author and translators who graciously agreed to facilitate the sessions. The Japanese and Punjabi book club members were joined by UBC graduate students Cyrus and Taranjit to explore their books through structured activities and animated discussions.

The book clubs aimed to provide an opportunity for current students, faculty, alumni, and other interested community members with advanced fluency in Asian-language to form ties with others in their respective literary communities. All four book clubs were well-attended, with 64 participants in total and attracted a wide-range of participants. 39% of attendees were students (12.5% graduate and 26.5% undergraduate), 12.5% faculty,  8% staff, 14% alumni, 11% residents from the UBC neighbourhood, and 15.5% community members unaffiliated with UBC. Some participants were non-native speakers. The diverse backgrounds of the participants contributed to the interesting discussions, which were accompanied by Asian-style refreshments.

In our post-event surveys, a number of participants expressed their desire to see an on-going Asian-language book club program. The Asian Library will continue to explore the possibility. If you are interested in future book club events, or if you have any suggestions on a book club topic, please email to asian.library@ubc.ca.

Korean book club

Punjabi book club








Japanese book club

Chinese book club

Looking for somewhere to go on this upcoming school professional day? UBC Education Library welcomes children and families on Friday, May 18th to our special “Young Learners Library” lounge area. From 8am to 5pm, room 155, which is usually a computer commons area, will be transformed into a miniature young person’s library.  Find a cozy seat in a soft chair or sit on the sofa with a friend or family member and share a book!

Books will be arranged at tables into the following categories: First Books, Picture/Story Books, Readers, Early Chapter Books. Children’s Novels and Young Adult Novels. Our Makerspace Kits and puppets will also be on display in the lounge and available for borrowing as usual.


With more than 2200 books in its fly-fishing and angling collection, the Harry Hawthorn Foundation at UBC Library has grown considerably from a relatively modest beginning. In 1953, after a successful fishing trip at Upper Campbell Lake on Vancouver Island, the nine founding members collected a grand sum of $13.50 in fines and good-natured bets from that weekend’s activities and established a trust fund.

At first, the Harry Hawthorn collection was built book-by-book in what Stanley Read, the Foundation’s first Secretary, called a “somewhat unplanned and erratic, ordering of books on angling and game fish.” Over time, however, the Foundation has been the recipient of many generous gifts including the Stanley Read Endowment and the Haig Brown Memorial endowments, resulting in the robust collection we have today. The work continues steadily, with 23 new books added to the collection in 2017/2018, including two deluxe editions.

At the heart of the Foundation exists a passion for angling and our local lakes and rivers, but it’s clear that the camaraderie of the sport is paramount. In his chronicle of the Foundation’s birth and history, Read writes nostalgically about that fateful trip to Upper Campbell Lake: “It was a pleasant, warm and friendly place. The evenings were passed in good conversation; and during the long days we fished.”

The annual fishing trip to Pennask Lake in the BC Interior is now a long-standing tradition among Foundation members. Similarly, as membership has grown, so have the opportunities to bring anglers and their guests together at events like the Harry Hawthorn Foundation Luncheon, which is celebrating its 20th anniversary this year.

With characteristic enthusiasm, Read sums up exactly what keeps everyone coming back each year. “Of all branches of sporting literature in the development of western civilization, the literature of angling is the most extensive, the most interesting, and, even to the general reader, the most rewarding.”

Learn how you can get involved with the Harry Hawthorn Foundation by visiting the website.

UBC Seed Lending Library in participating in the Wesbrook Earth Day celebration!

“Borrow” a few seeds to get your garden started, enjoy a storytime performance and family friendly planting activities. Borrow picture books and gardening books from the UBC Library pop-up collection. Everyone is welcome to attend this free event.

Do you have seeds to share? The Seed Lending Library is accepting your non-hybrid, open-pollinated seeds to support our collection.

Sunday, April 22
Wesbrook Community Centre Lounge

For more information on the seed library visit UBC Seed Lending Library or contact Wendy Traas

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