The Assessment Office at UBC Library is headed by Assessment Librarian Jeremy Buhler, who works with senior management, Library committees and other groups across campus to provide data-driven insights on Library operations and programs.

Unlike many librarians, Jeremy isn’t on a service desk and doesn’t have direct contact with students in his day-to-day, but his work trickles down to affect students all across campus. “In my role as assessment librarian, I’m helping the Library collect the information that it needs to understand the impact of its activities and the expectations of UBC’s community of users. Within that, there’s a number side of things that involves managing activity levels,” he says.

There’s also a more qualitative side to the role, he explains, whenever his team conducts surveys and focus groups. Two-way communication with library users is a priority for him: “If we do a survey, for example, we reflect back on the results of that survey and let that start a deeper conversation and a more nuanced understanding of our role within the UBC community.”

Data sharing is another priority, as Jeremy explores ways to make library data accessible and easy for people to interpret. “It’s part of my role to harness tools like Tableau to use data visualization to make that kind of data tell us a story of our users and of our activities,” he says.

In 2016, Jeremy was the recipient of a UBC Library Employee Excellence Award, recognizing his subject matter expertise and dedication to his work for the past seven years. But Jeremy’s history with the Library extends back even further than this, to his time as an undergraduate when he got a job shelving books. “Even though I later left and worked elsewhere for a while, when an opportunity at UBC came up, it was the relationships I had developed with library staff at that very early stage that drew me back to campus.”

Thinking about his most memorable library experience outside of UBC, Jeremy recalls a solo road trip from Winnipeg to Vancouver he took years ago. “At the Winnipeg Public Library, I was killing time, picked up a book and started reading. Then I stopped in various cities along the way and picked up the same book and used the library as a place to rest and catch my breath, spend an afternoon, and pick up the thread of the story. It was a really fantastic way for the story of that book—and the story of Canada’s network of public libraries—to become the thread that linked those places together.”

For more information about UBC Library Assessment, visit our website.

UBC Library’s annual Senate Report (2017/18) is now available. Read our highlights from the past fiscal year which include growing our collections, improving student spaces, connecting research to the community and engaging with our community partners.

 

On April 29th 2018,Technical Services was pleased to welcome members of the Library’s Development and Administration team for a tour of our facilities and to meet our staff.
From left to right: Jenny Park, Fiona Li, Harry Young, Virginia Hong, Stacy Campbell, Andrea Benzel

 

The Biomedical Branch Library, located on the 2nd floor of the Diamond Health Care Centre at 2775 Laurel Street, will undergo upgrades from June 23-28. Access to collections will be limited during this work and after-hours card access will not be available during this time.

Should you have any questions about these upgrades, please contact Dean Giustini, 
UBC Biomedical Branch Librarian at dean.giustini@ubc.ca or Yuko Takemoto at yuko.takemoto@ubc.ca.

We apologize for any inconvenience as we work to improve your experience at UBC Library.

 

UBC Library’s Canadian Art Exhibition Catalogue collection has a new home in the Ridington Room. The Music, Art and Architecture Library in the Irving K. Barber Learning Centre (IKBLC) has moved its exhibition catalogues out of storage into a new, visually impressive display on the third floor.

“The goal with this exhibit is to bring this collection, that has been scattered while in storage, together in a coherent way,” says Kevin Madill, Acting Head Librarian at the Music, Art and Architecture Library.

Although the collection covers exhibitions taking place throughout Canada, it is particularly strong in featuring local exhibitions, including those taking place at UBC. The collection helps preserve historically important Canadian materials and is the most in-depth collection on the west coast.

More than 60,000 exhibition catalogues were filed in cabinets, vertical files and the Automated Storage and Retrieval System (ASRS) in the IKBLC. This project moved many of them into visible storage on the third floor, where they can be accessed during reference hours.

To complement the collection, Kevin Madill liaised with the Vancouver Art Gallery to have facsimile reproductions of Emily Carr paintings put on display next to the catalogues. The reproductions were printed locally at Fidelis Art Printers and were mounted in the glass bookcases by library staff. Carr’s paintings highlight the focus of the collection on local artists, specifically women artists.

“We wanted to provide a sense of place,” says Madill, “To have everyone who walks into this space know immediately that they are in British Columbia.”

The project is dedicated to the memory of Diana Cooper, a UBC Fine Arts Librarian who devoted her professional career to the visual arts in Canada. She initiated the Canadian Art Exhibition Catalogue Collection and her work laid the groundwork for the collection.

Madill says he hopes to expand the display to the upper floor of the Ridington Room, using new facsimile reproductions. “This is a great representation of our cultural heritage and I think the space is much richer for it.”

Stop by the Music, Art and Architecture Library to view the Emily Carr display and exhibition of unique materials from the collection.

In this series, UBC faculty write about one great idea that significantly influenced their specific discipline and in turn, transformed how they approach their work.

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 coming soon to UBC Library.

The exhibition, “And there’s the humor of it”: Shakespeare and the four humors, will run from June 4 to July 14, 2018 and feature additional materials from UBC Library’s collections to explore related topics, such as Shakespearean theatre in British Columbia and Shakespeare in children’s literature. Collection highlights will include: the second edition folio of Shakespeare’s complete works (1632), first editions of Spenser’s The Faerie Queene (1590), John Donne’s Poems (1633), and George Herbert’s The Temple (1633), along with medical manuals such as 16th century midwifery book The byrth of mankynde (1540) by Eucharius Rösslin and milestone physiology book, Exercitatio anatomica de motu cordis et sanguinis in animalibus (1628) by William Harvey.

On display 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 exhibition is open to the general public as well as UBC students, staff and faculty across campus.

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.

Take this opportunity to view rare materials that chronicle both medical milestones and Shakespeare’s enduring relevance throughout the ages.

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