To kick off 2019, UBC’s Music Art and Architecture Library and Rare Books and Special Collections are celebrating the year that was with a selection of 2018 new acquisitions.

The Music Art and Architecture Library selections, representing all of its subject areas, includes donation highlights, exhibition catalogues, music scores and manuscript facsimiles, and more. RBSC’s acquisitions highlights include items dating from the 16th century to 2018 and run the gamut from books and ephemera, to photographs, letters, artworks, and more. Make sure to keep an eye out for the “RBSC favourites,” top picks of RBSC’s archivists, librarians, staff, and students especially selected from among many 2018 acquisitions.

The selection of Music Art and Architecture Library and Rare Books and Special Collections 2018 acquisitions is on display in the foyer of the Irving K. Barber Learning Centre until February 27, 2019. The exhibition is free and open to the public.

Holiday Hours 2016

Starting on December 21, UBC Library branches at the Vancouver and Okanagan campuses will have reduced hours leading up to the holidays. Please consult our Hours & Locations Portal before visiting.

All branches will be closed from December 24, 2016 until January 2, 2017 with regular hours of operation resuming on January 3.

Happy Holidays from UBC Library!


Thank you for Attending Chat and Chew!

A warm thank you to all students and staff who joined us for UBC Library’s Chat and Chew Library Love event last Friday December 2nd in the IKBLC main foyer. The library booth drew steady traffic, and students enjoyed grabbing a quick snack and posing for a #UBCLibraryLove photoshoot, sharing their favorite library study spaces, books and authors.

UBC Library hosts bi-annual Library Love events in the spring and winter to show support for students as they enter the exam period, and to encourage dialog about library spaces, facilities and services.

Explore some event photos below, and find more on our Facebook page. We look forward to seeing you at our next Library Love event in April 2017!

Students and Staff Showing some UBC Library Love

Units from across campus participated in the annual UBC Library/United Way Spelling Bee on November 16 in the Irving K. Barber Learning Centre. The Library was represented by Team Auto Correct and Show Me the Honey, with an honorable mention to Team Auto Correct for spelling 11 out of the 20 words correctly! See the Spelling Bee word list.

Team Auto Correct

Team Auto Correct

The UBC Library and United Way Spelling Bee was tied and won by both The English Exoterics (the Department of English, and four-time champions) and the Skullduggery (PhD English students). Congratulations to the winners!

Team Show Me the Honey

Team Show Me the Honey

The Spelling Bee was part of the UBC Community United Way Campaign, which has raised more than $350,000 this year to help individuals in the Lower Mainland.

See the full album of event images.



As teaching librarians, we introduce our students to knowledge organization structures that enable inquiry and curiosity in the library, but also use language and logic that we might otherwise contest. Students researching gender and sexual identities in our library catalogs, for example, must confront a controlled vocabulary that represents bias against them more than it does the reality of their own lives. These are pivotal moments, where students intersect with structures of power. Librarians engaged in critical work against dominant knowledge formations can both help students perceive the structures of power that enable some ways of knowing and not others, and help them understand those structures as subject to change. We can begin by understanding how librarians are produced in part by intersections with structures of power.

The Workshop for Instruction in Library Use (WILU) is Canada’s only conference devoted to library instruction, information literacy, and information fluency. Sessions explore both research-based and applied subject matter, and are attended by librarians from Canada, the United States, and beyond with a variety of teaching and learning interests. It is notable that WILU is not affiliated with any association or organizing body – instead, since its inception in 1972, it has been sustained and passed on from year to year through the collaborative efforts of hosting institutions.

Select Articles and Books Available at UBC Library

Accardi, M. T., Drabinski, E., & Kumbier, A. (2010). Critical library instruction: Theories and methods. Duluth, Minn: Library Juice Press. [Available at Irving K. Barber Learning Centre – Z711.25.C65 C75 2010]

Drabinski, E. (2012). Forum:Radical teacheras an online and open access journal. The Radical Teacher, (94), 3-13. doi:10.5406/radicalteacher.94.0003 [Link]

Drabinski, E. (2013). Queering the catalog: Queer theory and the politics of correction. The Library Quarterly: Information, Community, Policy, 83(2), 94-111. doi:10.1086/669547 [Link]

Drabinski, E. (2014). Toward a kairos of library instruction. Journal of Academic Librarianship, 40(5), 480-485. doi:10.1016/j.acalib.2014.06.002 [Link]

Drabinski, E. (2016). Valuing professionalism: Discourse as professional practice. Library Trends, 64(3), 604-614. [Link]

Langholt, J. (2012). Critical library instruction: Theories and methods. edited by maria T. accardi, emily drabinski, and alana kumbier. duluth, MN: Library juice press, 2010. pp. xvi+341. ISBN 978–1-936117-01-7. The Library Quarterly, 82(1), 93-96. doi:10.1086/662949 [Link]

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