using_computerThe Faculty of Education and UBC Library have teamed up to introduce UBC’s first LOOC – or local open online course.

The offering, part of UBC’s Master of Educational Technology program, is meant to help UBC students, staff and faculty hone their digital literacy skills. The course, called M101, features topics including Mining (research), Meshing (idea creation) and Mobilizing (generating value from information and knowledge).

The LOOC is open to all members of the UBC community who have a campus-wide login. M101 is self-paced, and users can build their skills in any area, in any order that they wish. As the name suggests, a LOOC is a localized form of a MOOC – or massive open online course. MOOCs have been a big topic in online education recently and UBC’s first MOOC – which launched in January 2013 with Stanford University – attracted more than 130,000 registrants.

The LOOC project received a grant from UBC’s Teaching and Learning Enhancement Fund in spring 2013. Work began in April, and the LOOC was opened to co-authors of content, including UBC librarians, in July. The first set of students from the MET program will be able to contribute as of September.

For more, visit UBC Library’s site.


Westlaw Canada & LexisNexis Quicklaw
(Part of the Law – Commercial Databases Training Sessions)

• For all UBC Law Students and Faculty
• Registration is required – please click on the appropriate link below to sign up
• Please have your IDs and passwords before attending sessions
• Location: Allard Hall Room 104 /106 / 121 (depending on the session)
• E-mail Elim Wong, Reference Librarian in the Law Library if you require passwords or have any questions.

LexisNexis Quicklaw
• Wednesday, September 18, 2013 at 12:30 pm – 2:00 pm – Allard Hall Room 104 – Click here.
• Friday, September 20, 2013 at 12:30 pm – 2:00 pm – Allard Hall Room 121 -Click here.

Westlaw Canada
• Wednesday, September 25, 2013 at 12:30 pm – 2:00 pm – Allard Hall Room 104 106 -Click here.
• Friday, September 27, 2013 at 12:30 pm – 2:00 pm – Allard Hall Room 121 -Click here.


Photo in poster courtesy of The Catholic Register by Michael Swan

The new ‘Truth and Reconciliation’ display is now up at UBC’s Education Library in time for the new term in September.

The display features DVDs and books related to the human rights abuses in the Canadian Indian residential school system and related Aboriginal issues.

UBC is suspending classes on September 18 to allow the campus community to participate in activities related to Truth and Reconciliation Commission’s (TRC) final national event on the West Coast that day.

More from the Truth and Reconciliation Commission of Canada website:

“Residential schools for Aboriginal people in Canada date back to the 1870s. Over 130 residential schools were located across the country, and the last school closed in 1996. These government-funded, church-run schools were set up to eliminate parental involvement in the intellectual, cultural, and spiritual development of Aboriginal children. 

During this era, more than 150,000 First Nations, Métis, and Inuit children were placed in these schools often against their parents’ wishes. Many were forbidden to speak their language and practice their own culture. While there is an estimated 80,000 former students living today, the ongoing impact of residential schools has been felt throughout generations and has contributed to social problems that continue to exist. 

The Truth and Reconciliation Commission of Canada has a mandate to learn the truth about what happened in the residential schools and to inform all Canadians about what happened in the schools.”

An interview with Scott Barry Kaufman was featured in Saturday, July 20′s Globe and Mail.  “As a child, Scott Barry Kaufman had an auditory disorder that made it difficult to process words in real time.  . . . he performed badly in IQ tests, had to repeat Grade 3 and spent years in special education.  He was told that his disability made high-level academic achievement unlikely.  Today Dr. Kaufman is a cognitive psychologist at New York University with a PhD from Yale and a master’s degree from Cambridge.” (Hune-Brown, p. F3)  His latest book, Ungifted:  Intelligence Redefined  ( part of our e-book collection) attempts to come up with a new way of looking at talent and intelligence. 

Converting audio cassette tapes to digital formats for preservation and access digitization funding.

Blue Antique Door (1)The Irving K. Barber Learning Centre and UBC Community Learning Initiative are pleased to offer funding to faculty members creating remote community-based experiential learning (CBEL) opportunities for their students. This funding is intended to support collaborations between UBC students and organizations located in communities that are remote from Vancouver – defined as outside of the Lower Mainland.

CBEL provides students with the opportunity to apply their discipline-specific skills and knowledge, working in partnership with community-based organisations to resolve complex community challenges. By integrating these opportunities into course-work, faculty enable their students to test their assumptions, be exposed to new perspectives, as well as developing their teamwork and communication skills. These learning opportunities are often heightened in remote communities where local priorities and challenges can be very different from those in urban centres such as Vancouver.

Faculty are invited to apply for up to $5000 in the 2013/14 academic year. The funding is intended to cover:

  • Student travel to remote locations
  • Student accommodation in remote locations
  • Community events related to student projects – e.g. catering or venues for consultation events or workshops
  • Stipends for community partners who offer their time to support the student projects
  • Project supplies
  • Other costs directly related to the remote CBEL collaborations

Please note that only economy standard travel and accommodation will be funded. Funds are not intended for capital investments such as the purchase of teleconferencing equipment. Students who benefit from this funding will be expected to provide a short report, story, or video describing their experience working with a remote community partner. Faculty members interested in accessing these funds should provide a brief (1-2 page) proposal including the following sections:

1. Introduction: Provide a brief overview of your course, describe the community organization you are partnering with, the priorities they identify, and the nature and goals of the student projects.

2. Community as Co-Educators: Describe yourrelationship with the community partner, their capacity to act as a co-educator of UBC students, and the commitment they have offered to support the project (e.g. staff time, use of facilities etc).

3. Learning Objectives: Offer a summary of the learning objectives for the remote project, and how they link to the wider learning objectives for your course.

4. Budget: Please provide an itemized budget for the requested funding.

Applications will be considered on a rolling basis. For further information, or to submit your
proposal, please contact:
Rebecca Kindiak, Manager of Community-based Experiential Learning
UBC-Community Learning Initiative

ab-month_button_150x150Throughout the month of June, the Library will be celebrating Aboriginal scholarship, creativity, and intellectual traditions with its second annual Aboriginal (Un)History Month. 

Featuring exhibits at the Irving K. Barber Learning Centre (IKBLC), Asian Library, and book displays at several library branches, the (Un)History month activities introduce ways UBC Indigenous scholars are bridging communities and transforming academic spaces through Indigenous approaches to research, pedagogy, and governance. It aims to educate and invite dialogue about (inter)relationships between place, recognition, and memory.

The UBC Education Library will also have book displays on the main level. One on the table near the circulation desk and another in the glass display case near the Reference area.  Photos of the displays will be posted shortly in an upcoming blog post.

The month includes:

Engaging Indigenous Knowledge(s) installation – features six cases at the IKBLC level 2 foyer.

  • Place, Belonging and Promise: Indigenizing the International Academy
  • Being Well Being: The Institute for Aboriginal Health’s Teaching and Learning Garden
  • Year of Indigenous Education
  • Living Our Indigenous Languages
  • Truth and Reconciliation in Canada
  • Raven in the Library at X̱wi7x̱wa

 Indigenous cultures in Asia exhibit (Asian Library)

Iron Pulpit: Missionary Printing Presses in British Columbia exhibit (Rare Books and Special Collections, IKBLC Level 1)

  • Featuring materials produced on missionary printing presses in British Columbia between the 1850s and 1910s, this exhibition looks at printed materials in context of Indigenous-Christian encounters, colonialism, and print culture in the province.

and Aboriginal literature displays in EducationKoernerIrving K. Barber Learning CentreX̱wi7x̱wa and Woodward libraries.

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For those interested in online resources, 

Posters are available as well (11×17) PDF.

For more information about Aboriginal (Un)History month activities, please contact Ann Doyle, Head, X̱wi7x̱wa Library at

The University of British Columbia Point Grey campus is located on the traditional, ancestral and unceded territory of the Musqueam people. We thank Musqueam for its hospitality and support. 

It has been only three weeks since UBC Education Library joined Twitter and already we’ve gained quite a nice following!  We’re tweeting news in Education and UBC Education Library events and workshops. 


Won’t you follow us if you haven’t already?

As a companion to the Canadian Guide to Uniform Legal Citation (McGill Guide) which is only available in print, we have created an online Citation guide.  There is a link to this guide from the Law Library homepage, directly under the heading “Research Resources.”

The McGill Guide focuses on the citation rules for materials commonly referred to in legal writing – legislation, case law, books and journal articles.  To meet the needs of students and faculty who must cite to a broader range of resources, we have acquired The Chicago Manual of Style Online.  It is now available campus-wide from this resource page.

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