As we head into final exams, the Irving K. Barber Learning Centre will stay open longer to accommodate students and their study schedules. The Learning Centre will be open 24 hours a day from Sunday, December 2 (opening at 6 a.m.) to Tuesday, December 18 (closing at 1 a.m.). Please note that this opening DOES NOT include: Level 1 (the lower level), the Chapman Learning Commons, Music, Art and Architecture Library or Ike’s Cafe.
Join us in looking back at the Irving K. Barber Learning Centre's past 10 years from August 27 through October 30, 2018 in the IKBLC Level 2 foyer and in Rare Books and Special Collections.

 

Upgrades to the third and fourth floors of the Irving K. Barber Learning Centre are complete and opened to library users during the spring session.

The upgrades, which began in February 2017, include new flooring, additional study spaces, improved lighting, upgraded furniture and additional electrical outlets (with USB chargers).

 

The upgrades have been popular with students. “I like this new seating by the windows,” says Heather, undergraduate student in the Faculty of Education who studies regularly at IKBLC, “It’s nice to have more natural light.”

Fourth-year Psychology student Nithia enjoys the new, more user-friendly study spaces, “The higher tables and chairs are much more comfortable — I slouch less. And the new usb ports are very convenient.”

The renovation is one of several projects planned for 2017 to improve UBC Library spaces and services for UBC students.  

“Every effort was made during the renovation project to minimize disruptions and maintain available study space for students,” says Julie Mitchell, Assistant Director, Student Engagement, IKBLC, “We’re so pleased with how the renovations turned out and to see students already enjoying the upgraded spaces.”

Be sure to try out the upgraded study spaces for yourself! 

 

Photo credit: Guilhem Vellut @ Flickr

 

In 2002*, UBC`s Chapman Learning Commons (CLC) first opened its doors and, then in 2008, it reopened anew in the finished Irving K. Barber Learning Centre.

 

Back in the day, students mainly studied at study tables with notebooks and pens or pencils. Nowadays, students are studying with the “latest computer technology, a wireless network, peer programs and community events”.

 

 

“We chose to fund the Learning Commons because

we’ve always believed that people learn best when they are engaged in discussion,

sharing ideas and insights with one another.”

Kay and Lloyd Chapman, Benefactors

 

 

Thanks to the benefactors of the CLC, Mrs. Kay Scott Chapman (1917-2012) and Dr. Lloyd Chapman (1918-2004) and Suzanne Cates Dodson (1933 – 2014) and her husband Earl D. Dodson (1928 – 2009) and thanks to the benefactor of the Irving K. Barber Learning Centre, Dr. I. K. (Irving) Barber (1923 – 2012), they enabled the UBC community of students, faculty/staff and countless others to enjoy a wide variety of UBC events.

 

Great examples include local and international conferences, lectures and workshops, one-of-a-kind exhibits, special visits from national and international dignitaries to various royal visits over the years.

 

Explore more History of the Chapman Learning Commons

 

Read this article about “how UBC’s work is grounded in student development theory and cuts across traditional unit-based structures to be truly collaborative”

 

Delve into the Digital Tattoo Project and its “focus on supporting learners to make informed choices and extend their digital capabilities around online practices, safety and identity”

 

Peer into how student involvement makes for student success at UBC and beyond

 

Watch a recent video send-off by the CLC student team reflecting on their recent Learning Commons’ experiences!

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Correction on May 20, 2017:

In 2002* (not 2012), UBC`s Chapman Learning Commons (CLC) first opened its doors and, then in 2008, it reopened anew in the finished Irving K. Barber Learning Centre.

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Take part in the UBC Welcome Centre Campus Culture Challenge from September 1st to October 14th. Adventure around campus, complete challenges, and win great prizes!

At the Irving K. Barber Learning Centre, come in to the 2nd floor foyer and take a photo of any of the display cases from the current exhibit Mexiquense Popular Art and tweet it with the hashtag #IKBLC.  Take it to the Robert H. Lee Alumni Centre for your stamp!

View the information sheet below or download the passport here.

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Participants must complete the following challenge to receive a stamp for the Irving K. Barber Learning Centre (no exceptions):

  • Post a photo on Twitter of you in front of the Mexico Fest art exhibit display on the second floor of the IKBLC. Tag #IKBLC

Participants must then go to the UBC Welcome Centre (Robert H. Lee Alumni Centre) to have their challenge verified to receive their stamp.

  • Staff will confirm that the challenge has been completed.
  • Staff will then stamp overtop of the logo or info paragraph of the Irving K. Barber Learning Centre
  • Only ONE stamp is awarded per individual

Frequently Asked Questions:

Who can complete the challenge?
This contest is open to current UBC students, staff, and faculty (valid UBC ID is required when submitting your stamped passport). Other individuals are welcome to complete the passport, but will not be entered into the draws. Only one submitted passport per individual.

How do you collect stamps?
Stamps can be collected by completing the associated challenge at participating venues between September 1st and October 14th. Collect your stamps at the locations and times noted in the venue descriptions. You must prove that you completed the challenge to get the stamp (usually this means showing your social media post on your phone). Note: stamps for the Irving K. Barber Learning Centre and for the Under 19 Koerner’s Pub can be collected at the UBC Welcome Centre.

How do the prizes work?
The Grand prize draw will include all eligible booklets that contain 17 or more stamps, the second draw will include all eligible booklets that contain 12 or more stamps (including those who did not win in the first draw), the third draw will include all eligible booklets that contain 7 or more stamps (including those who did not win in the first and second draws). The draws will only contain eligible booklets that are received before 6pm, Oct. 21st at the UBC Welcome Centre, 1st Floor Welcome Desk, 6163 University Boulevard, Vancouver BC, V6T 1Z1. Any additional costs or expenses incurred redeeming the prize(s) that are not specifically covered by the prize are the responsibility of the winners.

Can you tell me about the standard liability piece?B
None of the participating venues, UBC, alumni UBC, prize contributors or their respective agents or representatives shall be responsible in any way for the use of or bear any liability whatsoever in any way attributable to a prize awarded in the contest.

I still have a question. Can you help me?
For any questions or clarifications, please contact the UBC Welcome Centre front desk at 604-822-3313, alumni.ubc@ubc.ca or in person at the Robert H. Lee Alumni Centre.

The Pacific Canada Heritage Centre (PCHC) is offering an exclusive event–a guided tour of UBC’s Chung Collection with the collector himself Dr. Wallace Chung–for active Volunteers and Members!

If you are an active volunteer or member and haven’t received an email invite, please update your contact with Eleanor at pchcmom.intern@gmail.com. Pre-register soon, as spots are limited!

Date and Time: Friday, August 26, 2016 (10:30am-12:00pm)

Meeting Spot: Outside Rare Books and Special Collections Department (bottom floor of Irving K Barber Learning Centre, 1961 East Mall, UBC)
Pre-Registration and inquiries: pchcmom.intern@gmail.comCome join PCHC-MoM for a tour of UBC’s treasured Wallace B. Chung and Madeline H. Chung Collection, guided by Dr. Wallace Chung, the collector himself. The Chung Collection, housed in the Rare Books and Special Collections department in the Irving K. Barber Learning Centre, is a beautiful and extensive research collection made up of more than 25, 000 rare and unique items relating to Chinese-Canadian history. The collection includes documents, books, maps, posters, paintings, photographs, silver, glass, ceramic ware, and more, and is a window into the lives of early Chinese-Canadian migrants. Come listen to Dr. Chung recount stories about these items and learn more about the details and anecdotes behind his extensive collection.

As the collection contains many precious and historically significant items, bags are not permitted inside. Please expect to have your bags and belongings put aside in lockers before entering the room. If you are taking notes, please use pencil only, as accidental ink marks can ruin artefacts. Thanks for your consideration!

Mexiquense Popular ArtFrom September 1-30, the Mexiquense Popular Art exhibit will be on display at the Irving K. Barber Learning Centre on level 2.

The Mexiquenses Artisans are renowned as popular artists of profound sensibility and creativity that, despite the passing of time and external influences, have kept in their products the distinctive characteristics and cosmology of the five ethnic groups of the state: Matlazincas, Mazahuas, Otomíes, Nahuas y Tlahuicas.


It is a cultural heritage that includes a significant number of pieces which strive to preserve and spread mexiquenses culture.  The artisans are distributed over 80 percent of the state territory, using materials offered by the nature of the region to produce unique pieces that cover the essential craft derivations.

This exhibit at IKBLC is in partnership with, Mexico Fest a celebration of the anniversary of Mexico’s Independence and has become the most important festival dedicated to Mexico in British Columbia.

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This year’s programming includes events by the Mexican Tourism Board in Vancouver, the Mexican Community in Vancouver Services Society, the Network of Mexican Talent in BC, the Vancouver Latin American Film Festival, and numerous sponsors, making it a truly community-based and government effort to showcase Mexican music, traditions, spectacular tourism destinations to BC.

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