The UBC Library, in collaboration with UBC’s Centre for Teaching, Learning and Technology (CTLT) and the Faculty of Graduate Studies (FOGS), will be offering some new services in the Koerner Library Research Commons.

One service will include an Interdisciplinary Research Exchange (a service designed to connect graduate students across campus and facilitate discussion of shared research interests).

Another service will be the Thesis/Citation Formatting Support service.  This service will provide workshops and specialized assistance to students who need assistance with Master’s and PhD theses formatting.

These two new services were provided through the UBC Teaching and Learning Enhancement Fund (TLEF) grant for 2012/13. Look for these services at the Koerner Library Research Commons Help Desk on level 2 beginning in September 2012.

To learn more about this initiative, please contact Trish Rosseel, Interim Head, Humanities & Social Sciences Division, at trish.rosseel(at)

To arrange an appointment, send an email to

Did You Know?

The Library also provides various undergraduate and graduate workshops which extend from Humanities & Social Sciences to the Applied Sciences and much more throughout the year. To find out which upcoming workshops would be most helpful to you and your research, visit the Library’s instructional event site at: You will also find cIRcle event workshops on how to get your research published or disseminated in an open access repository.

Above image is courtesy of the UBC Library’s Photostream on Flickr


MURC 2012′s winners! From left to right: Ian Wong, Alvin Ip, Tess Walker, Ryan Trenholm and Benjamin MacLeod.

The Multidisciplinary Undergraduate Research Conference (MURC) is an annual, one-day celebration held in March which showcases the contributions of undergraduate scholarly inquiry and research at UBC. The conference is supported by the UBC Provost and Vice President, Research & International Offices, and is managed by the Vice President, Students Office.

You may already know or have heard about it but what you may not know is that this year was made even more special for three of the MURC 2012 award winners. How so?

Three of the MURC 2012 award winners – Alvin Ip (UBC Vancouver), Ben MacLeod (UBC Vancouver) and Ryan Trenholm (UBC Okanagan) – went abroad to represent UBC at the 8th Universitas21 Undergraduate Research Conference (July 1 – 5, 2012) at the Waseda University in Tokyo, Japan. UBC is listed as one of the Universitas21 (U21) member institutions as seen at:

In order to qualify, they were required to ‘compose a reflection essay on the U21 conference as requested by the UBC’s Go Global Office who sponsored their trip to Japan’, stated Alvin Ip.

Congratulations to the three distinguished students mentioned above who represented UBC at U21 in Japan earlier this month!

Did You Know?

Previous and current Multidisciplinary Undergraduate Research Conference (MURC) conference presentations are available in the following cIRcle collections at:,, and

Above images and partial excerpts are courtesy of UBC’s MURC and the Universitas21 websites.

Read the latest news on the B.C. Teacher’s labour dispute and walkout  from The Vancouver Sun online news source. 

Full article here.

Original source article here.

By Kim Nursall and The Canadian Press, THE CANADIAN PRESS June 29, 2012

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Check out the Education Library’s new addition to the dvd collection: Why Reading Matters. A BBC 4 Production.

“Science writer Rita Carter tells the story of how modern neuroscience has revealed that reading, something most of us take for granted, unlocks remarkable powers. Carter explains how the classic novel Wuthering Heights allows us to step inside other minds and understand the world from different points of view, and she wonders whether the new digital revolution could threaten the values of classic reading.”

 ~text from the publisher’s website. Publisher’s information here.

UBC Library Holdings information here.

Read Kathryn Ovenell-Carter’s moving article on why she is training to be a teacher in these trying times.

By Kathryn Ovenell-Carter, 25 Jun 2012,

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Read The Vancouver Sun’s Report Card: A letter of thanks from a grateful parent to B.C. teachers.

Full article here

By Janet Steffenhagen, June 21, 2012. 5:08 pm • Section: Report Card

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As part of the National Aboriginal Day celebration, the B.C. Aboriginal community has received over $20 million in funding dedicated to Aboriginal education and students from the B.C. Provincial Government.

Read the full article in The Tyee here.

By Katie Hyslop June 22, 2012

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See the Provincial government’s  Aboriginal Post-Secondary Education and Training Policy Framework and Action Plan.

Read the latest news on B.C. teachers’ negotiations and rallies in The Vancouver Sun’s Education News: The Report Card.

Full article here.

by Janet Steffenhagen, June 20, 2012. 12:44 pm • Section: Report Card

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The BC Research Libraries Group (BCRLG)

The BCRLG is a ‘partnership with SFU, UVic, UBC and UNBC to program a Speaker Series that supports scholarship, fosters learning and brings awareness to our respective communities on emerging issues in the information landscape‘. The next BC Research Libraries Group Lecture Series’ event will be happening on Wednesday, June 27th in the Irving K. Barber Learning Centre at the University of British Columbia. The BCRLG is proud to present the following two speakers:

Caroline Haythornthwaite, Director, School of Library, Archival & Information Studies at the University of British Columbia


Louise SpiteriDirector of the School of Information Management, Dalhousie University

“Libraries and library roles are undergoing rapid transformation in the 21stcentury. In the face of such enormous change, some libraries are choosing non-library trained professionals to fill key new roles. Others are looking to non-library professional programs to help train library professionals in new roles. While others are demanding library education change immediately to meet the demands for new skill sets required for new library positions. Two innovative esteemed Canadian Library School Directors will speak to the many challenges facing library and information professional programs in preparing library and information professionals for 21st century roles.”

To register for this free event and learn more about the speakers, be sure to visit the BCRLG website at:

Did you know?

The School of Library, Archival and Information Studies (SLAIS) has a cIRcle community at: with these three collections: SLAIS FacultySLAIS Research Days, and SLAIS Students. The top item in the SLAIS cIRcle community is entitled, “What is user engagement? A conceptual framework for defining user engagement with technology”. It has been viewed from countries such as Australia, Brazil, Germany, Indonesia, and others. Take a moment to view it in cIRcle at: today.

Above image and partial excerpt in italics are courtesy of the BCRLG blog site at:

See Tiffany Poirier’s website about The Personalized Learning Movement: an new approach for teaching and enriching students’ learning experience.

Philosophy of Personalized Learning here.

Tiffany Poirier is an award-winning teacher, published children’s book author-illustrator and educational writer, with areas of specialty in gifted education, philosophy for children, and creativity.  Sought after as a curriculum designer, speaker and staff developer, Tiffany has led numerous well-attended workshops and speaking engagements, including a presentation at an international conference.

She was named as an exceptional alumnus by both of the universities from which she holds degrees, with her unique teaching contributions written about on the UBC Education website and in the UVic alumni magazine.  Tiffany joined the teaching profession in 2006.

~text from The Personalized Learning website.

UBC Library Holdings Information of Tiffany’s children’s book here.

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