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What’s in a number? Let’s start with this one: 430-2011-006. This number corresponds to the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council (SSHRC) funded project (Council Grant number 430-2011-006) conducted by a number of undergraduates, graduates and postdoctoral researchers in libraries and archives alike. While their mission was to “advance [their] knowledge of the character of film exhibition in the early part of the 20th century in Vancouver, with a specific focus on 1914 as a case study”, they did more than just that.

By ‘examining Vancouver street directories to identify performance spaces, including what was termed “legitimate” theatre (performance of live plays), vaudeville theatres, and purpose built cinemas, they plotted these spaces onto a map of Vancouver in order to track the number and location of these theatres/cinemas’. So what was the result? They made some interesting data and contextual discoveries about not only the 1914 history of cinemagoing in Vancouver but also a comparison with Winnipeg and Seattle as well as a comparison with Toronto and Montreal.

Interestingly, this SSHRC project included cIRcle right from the beginning. As per Brian McIlroy, he has ‘created stand-alone websites in the past but [he] was concerned about the visibility and maintenance of these sites’. In cIRcle, he knew it would be most “useful to have a permanent and accessible record of the research data on which further analysis will be made” now and into the future.

Visit the Screens in Vancouver: Cinemagoing and the City in 1914 collection at:

Did You Know?

There are 14 Faculty of Arts sub-communities with several diverse collections in cIRcle, UBC’s Digital Repository: Anthropology, Arts ISIT, Asian Studies, Central, Eastern, Northern European Studies (CENES), Economics (Vancouver School of), English, Geography, History, Metropolis British Columbia, Museum of Anthropology (MOA), Philosophy, Political Science, Sociology, and Theatre and Film (Dept of). Browse them by visiting:

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The July issue of LibFOCUS, UBC Library’s e-Newsletter, highlights the third annual Community Report. The report features stories related to our five key strategic directions; video introductions from David Farrar, Provost and VP Academic, and Ingrid Parent, University Librarian; as well as significant achievements and headlines from the past year.



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What is the research library in the age of Google?  Dr. Anthony Grafton provides the perspective of a humanist scholar on recent changes in research libraries that have been brought about by increased digitization.  By examining changes that have occurred over the last forty years in the way that scholars conduct their research and where the library fits in, Grafton sees four crises that today’s academic libraries must face: financial, spatial, use, and accessibility.  According to Professor Grafton, a research library should provide not only physical space where scholars can pursue research in books, but also virtual space where they can collect, store, and exploit electronic resources – an ingenious way to pull humanists, teachers, and students alike back into public workspace, in an environment that has the open, collective quality of a laboratory, but also meets the needs of researchers who work with texts, images, and sounds.  This talk is hosted by Green College as part of its Cecil H. and Ida Green Visiting Professor lecture series.


Grafton, Anthony. “Apocalypse in the stacks? The research library in the age of Google.” Daedalus 138.1 (2009): 87-98. [Link]

Speaker Bio

Professor Anthony Grafton is Henry Putnam University Professor of History at Princeton University.  His current project is a large-scale study of the science of chronology in 16th- and 17th-century Europe: how scholars attempted to assign dates to past events, reconstruct ancient calendars, and reconcile the Bible with competing accounts of the past. He hopes to reconstruct the complex and dramatic process by which the biblical regime of historical time collapsed, concentrating on the first half of the 17th century.  He has taught both undergraduate and graduate courses on art, magic, and science in Renaissance Europe and on the history of books and readers; undergraduate seminars on historiography; and the history components of the intensive four-course introduction to Western civilization offered to undergraduates by the Program in Humanistic Studies.

March 20, 2013, 12.00 to 1.30PM at the Victoria Learning Theatre (Room 182), Irving K. Barber Learning Centre (1961 East Mall, V6T 1Z1)

Are you interested in viewing more Irving K. Barber Learning Centre webcasts?   Please find here for our archived recordings.

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Canaccord Learning Commons. Photo: Martin Dee

UBC Library and Ingrid Parent, University Librarian are featured in the recent Fall issue of Trek magazine that explores the changing nature of libraries.

Are libraries at risk of becoming museums for books? To stay relevant in the digital age, libraries add value to information by focusing on the services they provide, the sociability of the spaces they inhabit and the new technology they use to deliver content.

According to Ingrid Parent, UBC’s University Librarian, “the purpose of the library is to make connections between people and information and between people and people.” 

Read more from the article, “The Changing Library,” by Teresa Goff in Trek magazine online.

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Webcast sponsored by the Irving K. Barber Learning Centre and hosted by the School of Library, Archival, and Information Studies (SLAIS). The School of Library, Archival and Information Studies, the iSchool at The University of British Columbia, cordially invites you to the first of our Fall 2012 Colloquium Series, where Julienne Molineaux will present “Library and Archives Canada, Ten Years After the Merger.” Integration of collections and institutions in the libraries, archives and museums sector is almost commonplace now, but in the early 2000s the merger of Canada’s National Archives and National Library to create Library and Archives Canada /Bibliothèque et Archives Canada (LAC-BAC), was novel. Ten years since that process formally began it is worth asking, how is this institution faring? Restructuring does not always solve the problems it sets out to solve. Additionally, new problems are created along the way. This talk addresses two questions: have the problems that prompted the LAC merger been solved, and what new problems have emerged?

Studies show that reading is good for you!  Enjoy a book in one of these gorgeous libraries around the world. (Vancouver included).

Vancouver Sun article by Juanita Ng, Vancouver Sun April 4, 2012

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UBC Library warmly welcomes Dr. Samuel Chu and his upcoming presentation, Social Networking Tools for Libraries: An exploratory study investigating the use of social networking tools in academic libraries.

Dr. Chu is an Associate Professor at the Faculty of Education, University of Hong Kong. He will present his exploratory study, which examines reasons for using or not using social networking tools, the length of usage, and the perceived benefits and costs of using these tools. The study also offers insights for academic librarians to make informed decisions in applying social networking tools.

This free presentation takes place on Tuesday, April 10, from 4 p.m. to 5 p.m. at the Lillooet Room (301), Irving K. Barber Learning Centre.

Please register by Friday, April 6 at

About Dr. Chu

Dr. Chu, a graduate of UBC’s School of Library, Archival and Information Studies and a former UBC Library employee, is the Deputy Director for the Centre for Information Technology in Education at the University of Hong Kong, where he is also the Program Director for the MSc (Library and Information Management). He has published more than 100 articles and books in the areas of IT in education, information and library science, and academic librarianship. 

For more information on Dr. Chu, please visit his University of Hong Kong profile page.

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