Friday, February 5, 2021
12:00 pm to 1:00 pm 
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Happy New Year! Let’s celebrate the year of the White Ox (辛丑年, beginning on Friday, Feb. 12th) by sending our thoughts to family and friends with a handmade card. The ox is said to be patient and kind, good qualities to have in the times we are in. This low-key lunchtime event will give you time to get creative and a space for sharing friendly discussion of New Year’s customs in Asia. All age groups are invited. Bring your own cardmaking supplies: paper, pencil crayons, glue, old pictures or magazines, and scissors are some things you may need. See you in Zoom.


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UBC Library presents, in partnership with UBC Forestry and the Simon K. Y. Lee Global Lounge and Resource Centre, a conversation with Dr. Robin Wall Kimmerer on Friday, January 29 (1:00 -2:30 p.m. PST). The acclaimed author of Braiding Sweetgrass: Indigenous Wisdom, Scientific Knowledge and the Teachings of Plants will be joined by moderators, Dr. Ayesha S. Chaudhry and Corrina Sparrow to discuss the author’s influence on multidisciplinary understandings of her work and how readers can integrate this into our connections with land and each other through our respective disciplinary lenses.

Special thanks to Xwi7xwa Library for their contributions to this event in providing honoraria to the event’s moderators and to Alumni Events for their support in hosting the event.

This free event will be held online, and registration is now full.

A Conversation with Dr. Robin Wall Kimmerer

Date and time: Friday, January 29 (1:00 -2:30 p.m. PST)
Location: Online


About the author:

Dr. Robin Wall Kimmerer is a mother, scientist, decorated professor, and enrolled member of the Citizen Potawatomi Nation. She is the author of Braiding Sweetgrass: Indigenous Wisdom, Scientific Knowledge and the Teaching of Plants, which has earned Kimmerer wide acclaim. Her first book, Gathering Moss: A Natural and Cultural History of Mosses, was awarded the John Burroughs Medal for outstanding nature writing, and her other work has appeared in Orion, Whole Terrain, and numerous scientific journals. She tours widely and has been featured on NPR’s On Being with Krista Tippett and in 2015 addressed the general assembly of the United Nations on the topic of “Healing Our Relationship with Nature.” Kimmerer lives in Syracuse, New York, where she is a SUNY Distinguished Teaching Professor of Environmental Biology, and the founder and director of the Center for Native Peoples and the Environment, whose mission is to create programs which draw on the wisdom of both Indigenous and scientific knowledge for our shared goals of sustainability.

As a writer and a scientist, her interests in restoration include not only restoration of ecological communities, but restoration of our relationships to land. She holds a BS in Botany from SUNY ESF, an MS and PhD in Botany from the University of Wisconsin and is the author of numerous scientific papers on plant ecology, bryophyte ecology, traditional knowledge and restoration ecology. She lives on an old farm in upstate New York, tending gardens both cultivated and wild.

About the moderators:

Dr. Ayesha S. Chaudhry is the Canada Research Chair in Religion, Law and Social Justice and Associate Professor of Islamic studies and Gender studies at the University of British Columbia, where she has served on the Board of Governors. In 2018, she was named a Pierre Elliott Trudeau Fellow and in 2019, she will be inducted as Member of the College of the Royal Society of Canada. She was a 2016-17 Wall Scholar at the Peter Wall Institute for Advanced Study at UBC and she was the 2015-16 Rita E. Hauser fellow at Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study at Harvard University. She is the author of Domestic Violence and the Islamic Tradition: Ethics, Law, and the Muslim Discourse on Gender (Oxford University Press, 2014). She has consulted on high-level national and international cases concerning human rights, religious freedom, and pluralism. She works with NGOs and international development organizations to improve women’s rights and promote pluralism. She has just finished writing a book entitled The Colour of God (forthcoming 2021).

Corrina Sparrow comes from the xʷməθkʷəy̓əm Nation, and the Qualicum Nation of the Pentlatch People on the west coast of what is now known as British Columbia; and they also have some Dutch ancestry. Corrina is a current PhD student with the Social Justice Institute at the University of British Columbia, whose research explores Coast Salish Two Spirit/Indigequeer identities and resurgence, and how this knowledge informs Two Spirit community development and wellness. Corrina brings extensive community-based experience to their work – from their most recent role as Social Development Manager with xʷməθkʷəy̓əm Nation, to over twenty years of strong advocacy and helping with Indigenous children and families in both rural and urban communities. Corrina sits on multiple working groups for Two Spirit advocacy, including the UBC IRSI-Indigenous Advisory Committee, the Trans, Two Spirit & Gender Diversity Task Force with UBC Equity & Inclusion Office, and they are the elected BC representative, and executive Co-Chair for the national 2 Spirits in Motion Society. Corrina is committed to the animacy of land-based knowledges that inform the centralization, protection, and wellbeing of Two Spirit/Indigequeer kin, and in the promotion of decolonial conceptions of Indigenous gender, sexualities, and research.

The Asian Library hosted its first virtual Diwali or Deepavali celebrations on Thursday, November 12 and it also marked the beginning of celebrating Asian Library’s 60th anniversary. Event attendees enjoyed a variety of folk dances, poems, songs, learned about the traditions surrounding Diwali, and also learned about the history of the Asian Library.

Sarbjit Randhawa, South Asian and Himalayan Studies Librarian, would like to thank Surrey India Arts Club, Shan-E-Punjab Arts Academy, Raghavendra Rao K.V., Taranjeet Kaur Dhaliwal, Taranjit Singh Dhillon and Phoebe Chow for their impressive performances and presentations. She also expressed a special thanks to Dr. Anne Murphy for her continued support to the Asian Library. Prof. Murphy is an Associate Prof. at the Asian Studies and Lead, Interdisciplinary Histories Research Cluster, UBC.


Celebrate GIS Day (Nov 18) and GeoAwareness Week (Nov 15-21) with UBC Library and SFU Library through virtual workshops that highlight the importance of geographic and spatial literacy and education.

Come and celebrate Diwali (Festival of Lights) with the Asian Library, with the support of the Department of Asian Studies.

Thursday, November 12, 2020
11:00 am to 11:30 am 
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Diwali or Deepavali, which means “a row of lights”, is the most widely celebrated festival in India and throughout the Indian diaspora. It is celebrated on Amavasya (darkest night or no moon day), it usually takes place at the end of October or the first week of November. Diwali marks the victory of good over evil, and the beginning of the New Year in India. The festival celebration, which typically lasts from five to seven days, is celebrated by several South Asian Communities, and by the majority of Indians regardless of faith, including Hindus, Muslims, Sikhs, Jains, Buddhists and Christians. On Diwali, people decorate their houses with diyas, candles as well as colourful lights, and they share gifts and recite prayers.

The event will be virtual this year. Everyone is cordially invited to experience the diversity of South Asian culture through music and dance performances.

Thrive is a time where we come together as a UBC community to learn about, talk about, and explore ways to support mental health.  Promoting mental health literacy, reducing stigma, reflecting on diverse perspectives and experiences, creating a supportive campus culture, and ensuring that faculty, staff and students have the resources to help them understand […]
Join this week of webinars and workshops exploring the practice of open scholarship, and hear from UBC colleagues who are incorporating “openness” in innovative ways to enhance teaching, research, and public impact.
October 19 to 25, 2020 is Open Access week at UBC. Join UBC Vancouver Library, UBC Okanagan Library, the Centre for Teaching, Learning, and Technology (Vancouver), and the Centre for Teaching and Learning (Okanagan) for a week of sessions on various topics related to open access to research and education. Learn about topics such as […]
In this new workshop series, explore practical skills to help you meet Tri-Council Agency requirements, organize your lab, and maintain control of your data.

Science Literacy Week (September 21-27, 2020) showcases the many ways people of all ages can explore and enjoy the diversity of Canadian science, led by the Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada (NSERC). Libraries, museums, science centres, schools and not-for-profits will come together to celebrate this year’s theme, Biodiversity.

This year, UBC Library and UBC Okanagan Library are offering a wide variety of virtual events that you can take part in from the comfort of your own home.  Here’s a selection of what’s on offer from UBC Library:

What is that Wildflower?

Monday, September 21, 2020 (6:00pm – 6:30pm)

Join us for a 30-minute session exploring the search functions on Wildflower Search with Korean Studies Librarian Saeyong Kim and Reference Librarian Katherine Miller. This event is also kid-friendly, so the whole family can tune in to learn.

Citizen Science Tools workshop

Wednesday, September 23, 2020 (11:00am – 1:00pm)

This introductory workshop, Getting started with Citizen Science: a survey of tools and projects, presented by the UBC Library Research Commons, will teach participants about citizen science, and allow them time to experiment with some of the tools.

Origami instructional resources

Get access to instructions on how to create different origami animals with resources curated by the Asian Library. The origami instructions include the names for each animal in a number of languages including hən̓q̓əmin̓əm̓, Chinese, and Korean!

Biodiversity resource and recommendation lists

Various UBC Library branches and the Seed Library will be offering curated lists with book and film recommendations, activities you can do at home, and resources, all centred on the theme of biodiversity.

For more details about all the upcoming activities, please visit: UBC Library Guide to Science Literacy Week.


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