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Open Access

Balancing the Scales: The Role of Fair Dealing in Canada

(Above webcast was part of Fair Dealing Week – February 25–March 1, 2019)


New checklist helps detect deceptive publishers

(Above news release by the University of Toronto)


We applaud the Cleveland Museum of Art’s new open-access policy—and here’s what remains to be done

(Above news release by the Wikimedia Foundation)



Open Data

Data verse-Archivematica Integration Now Available for Testing

(Above news release from the Ontario Council of University Libraries (OCUL))


Developing a Library Strategy for 3D and Virtual Reality

(Above podcast from EDUCAUSE Review)


New Portage Training Resources Available

(Above news release by the Portage Training Expert Group, launched by the Canadian Association of Research Libraries (CARL))



Open Education

Open Education Week (March 4-8, 2019)

(A global event held annually to recognize and showcase open education in teaching and learning and excellence in education)


Open in Action 2019

(Above BCcampus event held on March 6, 2019 featuring speakers from UBC, BCIT, SFU, KPU and BCcampus)


Student Savings at Scale: LibreTexts

(Above impact story about open textbooks by SPARC (the Scholarly Publishing and Academic Resources Coalition))


Recently added items to cIRcle:


Database of Religious History collection:

The Arch of Constantine

Chinese Esoteric Buddhism (Tang Tantrism)


Medieval Śrīvaiṣṇavism

Roman Divination

Roman Imperial Cult


UBC Library and Archives collection:

Federated Geospatial Data Discovery for Canada: Geodisy

Positive Space Working Group Final Report


UBC Lectures, Seminars, and Symposia collection:

The Legacy of Bambule (1970): On the Perils of the Memory Culture of the German 68 Movement

The Metaphysics of Data Capital


UBC Faculty Research and Publications collection:

Blending integrated knowledge translation with global health governance: an approach for advancing action on a wicked problem

Extent, trends, and determinants of controller/reliever balance in mild asthma: a 14-year population-based study

Policy review on the management of pre-eclampsia and eclampsia by community health workers in Mozambique

Improving microservice-based applications with runtime placement adaptation

Interventions on children’s and adolescents’ physical activity and sedentary behaviour: protocol for a systematic review from a sex/gender perspective


UBC Press collection:

The New NDP: Moderation, Modernization, and Political Marketing [Book Supplement]


Undergraduate research collection:

The Potential Effects of Tethered-Based Forest Harvesting Systems on Soil Disturbance in Coastal British Columbia








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

In honour of Dr. Patricia Badir’s new course Shakespeare Now (ENGL 241) Rare Books and Special Collections at UBC Library is delighted to partially re-stage our popular Shakespeare exhibition from this past summer.

Exploring topics including Shakespearean theatre in British Columbia, Shakespeare in children’s literature, Shakespeare and religion, and the legacy of Shakespeare, the exhibition was co-curated by 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.).

Shakespeare and the Book will be on display in the Rare Books and Special Collections reading room through February 22, 2019. The RBSC reading room is open Monday through Friday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. For more information, please contact Rare Books and Special Collections at (604) 822-2521 or

As part of the course, FREN 520: La Révolution française: histoire, fiction, débats, and in conjunction with the talk by Prof. Keith Baker (Stanford University) on Jean-Paul Marat, Rare Books and Special Collections is pleased to host a display of materials from UBC Library’s French Revolution Collection.

The display, curated by students Juliette Christie and Marilyse Turgeon-Solis and Dr. Joël Castonguay-Bélanger (Department of French, Hispanic & Italian Studies), explores the start of the French Revolution in 1789, the political power of the printing press, the Revolution as portrayed on the stage and in music of the time, and the final days of King Louis XVI. A catalogue of the exhibition is available for download. The core of UBC Library’s French Revolution Collection, a small group of 111 pamphlets, was acquired in the 1970s, but a recent collaborative acquisition effort between the Library and the Department of French, Hispanic & Italian Studies will allow the collection to grow substantially over the next five years.

The display of materials from the French Revolution will be on in the Rare Books and Special Collections reading room through February 28, 2019. The RBSC reading room is open Monday through Friday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. For more information, please contact Rare Books and Special Collections at (604) 822-2521 or



While 3MT was created by The University of Queensland in 2008, UBC was and still is one of the first universities in North America to host a 3MT competition since 2011.


Commencing annually in February, UBC 3MT heats get underway with winners advancing into the Semi-Finals and Finals’ rounds in March.


Below are the top five things to know about 2019 UBC 3MT:


  1. Currently, over 350 universities across 59 countries worldwide hold 3MT competitions
  2. For 2019 UBC 3MT, there are six workshops designed to help participants successfully prepare and deliver their presentations
  3. 2019 UBC 3MT prizes range from gifts (People`s choice) to $1,000 and a trip to Prince George, BC (where the finalist will represent UBC at the represent UBC at the Western Regional 3MT competition)
  4. Testimonials from past UBC 3MT finalists, semi-finalists and other honourable mentions give an insight into what it feels like to participate and deliver 3MT presentations in a memorable and engaging way
  5. UBC 3MT affords an exciting opportunity for presenters, audience members, heat organizers, sponsors, judges, and volunteers who help showcase just a small sampling of UBC research to a non-specialist audience here and beyond


All the best to the 2019 UBC 3MT participants and supporters in the coming months!



Browse UBC Theses and Dissertations in cIRcle via Open Collections








Come and celebrate the Year of the Pig with the Asian Library and the Department of Asian Studies on Friday February 8 at the Nest Atrium Lower Level. Enjoy wonderful performances and participate in interesting cultural activities. It is free and open to the public!

Drop by our Pop-up Library booth between 11:00 am and 2:00 pm. We will feature our Great Reads Collection and language learning materials. You can also test your knowledge on the Lunar New Year and the UBC Library. Same as the past years, all visitors to the Asian Library booth will receive a pocket of luck (while quantities last)!

The celebration organized by the Department of Asian Studies will run from 11:00 am to 4:30 pm. Performances include lion dance, Korean drumming, K-pop dance, and Chinese music, etc. They also offer hands-on activities like Chinese calligraphy, seal engraving, Cantonese Mahjong, Ring Toss, and more. Check out more details HERE!

The Asian Library would like to wish everyone a happy and prosperous Year of the Pig. We look forward to seeing you on February 8!

We invite you to come out to Bloomberg Training sessions the week before reading week. There will be two training sessions by a Bloomberg expert on February 12. The details are as follows: Date: Tuesday, February 12, 2019 Location: Leith Wheeler Investment Research Lab (CLC 222) 1:00pm – 1:50pm (PMF students) 2:30pm – 3:20pm (Sauder […]

The Department of Asian Studies and the Asian Library at the University of British Columbia are pleased to announce the 2019 essay competition in Punjabi for Punjabi language students, in association with the Harjit Kaur Sidhu Memorial Program at UBC. Students who were enrolled in a Punjabi language class or classes at a university, college, or at the pre-collegiate level in B.C. during the last three years (2016/17, 2017/18, 2018/19) can participate in this competition.

The essay topics for the competition are:

Beginner’s level: What is the importance of recycling?  

Advanced level: Discuss the pros and cons of social media?

Students can enter in this competition in either one of the following TWO categories, depending upon their level in Punjabi (Proof of level of most recently taken class is required):

Beginners: For those students who have completed or who are enrolled in the first-year level of Punjabi at a university or college or grade 8 to 11 in a high school in B.C. Students at this level should write a 400 – 500 words essay on the above topic.

Advanced: For those students who have completed or who are enrolled in a second year or higher-level Punjabi course at a university, college, or in grade 12 in a high school in B.C. Students at this level should write a 800 – 1000 words essay on the above topic.

One winner will be selected from each category and will be given an award of $200.00; one runner-up will be selected in each category, who receive an award of $50.00. These awards will be presented at a function in Liu Institute, at UBC, Vancouver on the evening of March 14th.

Those students who are currently enrolled in Punjabi classes can submit their essays to their teachers (who are then responsible for submitting them by the deadline); other students can forward their essays to the address given below. All submissions must be received on or before March 1st. No exceptions will be made.

For further information, please e-mail Sarbjit Randhawa, South Asian & Himalayan Studies Librarian, at

To submit your essay, please send to:
Punjabi Competition
Asian Studies Department
Asian Centre, UBC
1871 West Mall, Vancouver V6T 1Z2

The Kelmscott Chaucer
Have you ever been curious about what we do or what we have at Rare Books and Special Collections at UBC Library (RBSC)? Interested in seeing the famous Kelmscott Chaucer in the flesh or a medieval bible from the 13th Century?
Join our weekly open house/hands-on show-and-tell for an introduction to our space and our unique materials and collections every Wednesday at 11 a.m.
The event is free and open to the general public, as well as the UBC community. No need to RSVP, just drop in to learn what RBSC is all about. 
Rare Books and Special Collections is located on the 1st floor of the Irving K. Barber Learning Centre, 1961 East Mall, UBC Vancouver campus.
For more information or to book visits for classes or large groups, please contact Rare Books and Special Collections at (604) 822-0645 or
All classes should be booked at least a week in advance. No backpacks, overcoats, food, drink or pens are allowed in the seminar room. Lockers are provided.
Rare Book and Special Collections Tour

Many thanks to guest blogger Karen Ng for contributing the below post! Karen is a graduate student at UBC’s iSchool (School of Library, Archival and Information Studies) and the co-curator of Judging a Book by Its Cover.

Fantastic Books and Where to See Them!

At Rare Books and Special Collections (RBSC), I work as a student assistant, and it is both exciting and daunting to learn the collections and holdings. What do we have and what’s interesting about each thing? In searching for books with visually appealing covers that draw our attention, we turned our focus to items that show the progression of bookbinding techniques over time, as well as items that highlight Vancouver’s book arts scene. The exhibition, Judging a Book By Its Cover, showcases items from the following categories: early European bindings; works from local bookbinders and designers; artists’ books and odd formats; examples of the Arts and Crafts Movement; special qualities of bindings that make books unique; and notable and aesthetically beautiful covers.

Some of my favourite items from the exhibit include The WunderCabinet: The Curious Worlds of Barbara Hodgson & Claudia Cohen, The Canned Think, and Le trésor du fidèle. The WunderCabinet is a charming contemporary cabinet of curiosities filled with odd bits and pieces alongside a journal inside the wooden box. The Canned Think, created by Tyrrell Mendis, Joel Matthews, and Jon Matthews, is a cute selection of “poemtry” inside a can. Finally, Le trésor du fidèle is a small book published some time in the 1800s. It lives in a plain little black box, and with a beautifully sculpted ivory cover with engraved initials, it sits in delightful contrast to one of the biggest books in the exhibit, a large music chant manuscript with wonderfully obnoxious metal bosses and clasps.

When nearly all the books on the shelves were beautiful, it was easy to pick out the ones with gold lettering and decorations for display. These books formed our cases that highlighted the Arts and Crafts Movement of the late nineteenth century, when there was an emphasis on aesthetics and the fine arts, which was a response of sorts to the industrial nature of mass-produced books. A major focus in this exhibition is also on the handmade quality of books ranging from medieval manuscripts to artists’ books. At times, it became difficult for me to fully appreciate the work and craftsmanship that went into artists’ books in particular when they looked like a machine had made them, and perhaps that’s the fascinating part about the book.

This exhibition was an exciting opportunity to judge and explore the books in RBSC on a largely superficial level. These books look great and we want you to see them.

The exhibition Judging a Book by Its Cover is free and open to the public at Rare Books and Special Collections through January 4, 2019. The RBSC reading room is open Monday through Friday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. For more information, please contact Rare Books and Special Collections at (604) 822-2521 or


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