1Please join us at the iSchool for the upcoming talk, “The Whole of Life,” or Why Teach and Study Reading in LIS Programs? on Tuesday, October 21st, 2014 with Dr. Keren Dali, Assistant Professor, Faculty of Information & Media Studies, Western University.

In her Summoned by Books, F. C. Sayers wrote: “A love of reading encompasses the whole of life: information, knowledge, insight and understanding, pleasure; the power to think, to select, to act, to create – all of these are inherent in a love of reading.” From the vantage point of 21st century LIS, this statement situates the study of reading and the practice of readers’ advisory (RA) as an integral part of information literacy, a staple of libraries’ engagement with user communities, and an essential component of LIS education. Yet, in reality, RA work in libraries is often limited to traditional reading advice, confined to public libraries, and more concerned with guides and displays than with the active engagement of readers. Similarly, courses on reading in LIS programs often focus on genre conventions and RA resources. Both the practice and teaching of RA have been governed by experience-based approaches rather than systematic empirical observations. These no longer suffice. Guiding approaches have to become evidence-based rather than intuitive and rest on rigorous research and interdisciplinary scholarship. Dr. Keren Dali discusses changes in reading-related library work and LIS education based on her published research and current projects.


Keren Dali is at the Faculty of Information & Media Studies, Western University, where she is working on the SSHRC-funded study of Spanish-speaking immigrant readers, comparing reading practices of immigrants in Toronto and NYC. She previously taught for four years at the Faculty of Information, University of Toronto, winning the inaugural Outstanding Instructor Award in 2013. She is an author and co-author of 22 peer-reviewed publications in the field of LIS, which focus on the reading experience, multicultural communities, immigration, readers’ advisory, and international fiction. She’s is also a co-author of a reference volume Contemporary World Fiction: A Guide to Literature in Translation. Simultaneously, Keren is leading the creation of a web-based bibliography on bibliotherapy, a project funded by the ALA Carnegie-Whitney grant, and researching the application of Carl Rogers’ humanistic approach to education in the context of LIS programs.

October 21st, 2014, 12:00-1:00 pm in the Dodson Room (Rm #302), Irving K. Barber Learning Centre. provided.




Pay for Print Image

UBC Library has transitioned from the use of special purpose copy cards, to a one card system. Faculty, students, and staff who wish to make photocopies or print documents from the library will use their UBCcard.

The Pay for Print service requires an activated UBCcard account. You can do this at the http://payforprint.ubc.ca link labeled “Add Funds – UBCcard” . Access is via your CWL username and password.

Anyone who would like reimbursement for funds left on an old copy card should go to the reception desk in the Library Administration office on Level 2 of the Irving K. Barber Learning Centre from 11:00 am – 2:00 pm.  The deadline for refunds is October 31, 2014.

For more information, see the Print, Copy, Scan or contact a staff member at the Circulation Desk.

See also:
UBC Library Pay for Print screencasts/tutorials for Webprint

Wednesday, October 8, 2014, Irving K. Barber Learning Centre (2nd Floor) from 11:00 am to 5:00 pm
Thursday, October 7, 2014 in the Golden Jubilee Room, Irving K. Barber Learning Centre (4th Floor) from 12:30 pm to 1:30 pm.

2014_clw_logoLove to teach? Care to share? The 7th Annual Celebrate Learning Week will be held October 25 – November 1, 2014!

This week long initiative features events that highlight and promote student learning development opportunities through open lectures, information sessions, student activities, poster sessions, workshops and more. Most events are free and will be hosted on and off UBC’s Vancouver campus.

We invite all members of the UBC Community to submit their event and share innovate ideas that enhance the education and teaching experience. The event submissions deadline is Friday, September 26, 2014.

For more information (and to review existing events) please visit: celebratelearning.ubc.ca



At UBC’s Education Library, there is an emphasis on the study of education in the last 50 years, however material about the history of education from 1800 on is also collected.

There are vast arrays of historical texts and textbooks available on the lower level of the library. Although the collection is library use only and cannot be borrowed, patrons have direct access and can feel free to browse.

From the old 1950s Dick and Jane style reading and spelling books, to even older health, science and math books from the 1800s, I’m sure you’ll find the books in this section to be fascinating, informative and often humorous due to the now less than current content.  Many of them are also quite beautiful!

See you in the stacks!



September 18, 2014, 6:00 – 8:30 pm The program begins at 6:00 pm, with a Q&A and reception to follow (MBA House, 3385 Wesbrook Mall, UBC’s Vancouver campus, Vancouver, BC, V6T 1W5)

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