UBC Library has undertaken a series of stakeholder surveys and consultations to update our strategic plan. These have resulted in the UBC Library Strategic Plan (2015 – 2017). The Library’s plan is informed by Place and Promise: The UBC Plan and by the needs and views of the diverse communities we serve. 

We invite you to explore the Goals and Key Actions of our plan through each of the five strategic directions.

The Canadian Library Association has declared October 18 as Canadian Library Support Staff Day.

It’s a day to recognize and give thanks to Library support staff who help deliver programs and services to their communities (and in our case, faculty and students). We believe that the contributions of all our Library staff are essential.

Earlier this month, University Librarian Ingrid Parent received a message of thanks from Derek Gregory, Peter Wall Distinguished Professor and Professor of Geography: 

“I’ve been meaning to write this note [to] tell you how very much I value the UBC Library system…I’ve also come to value the extraordinary holdings, both physical and digital, in the collections and the increasing ease of access to them…I realise how difficult this must be to maintain, given rising costs and falling budgets, so I’m under no illusions about how precarious this all is and how much work must be involved in maintaining such an excellent, truly vital resource for us all.” 

If you’re dropping by any of our Library branches today, take some time to say thanks or high-five to your favorite Library staff – they’ll appreciate the recognition!


A recent interview of University Librarian Ingrid Parent is featured in the November 1 issue of UBC Reports.

“Academic libraries worldwide are facing rapid technological change and seismic shifts in how users access information and create knowledge in the digital age. Old models are no longer sustainable. Libraries must re-think the future.”

Read more from the article, “A university library for the 21st century,” by Lorraine Chan and Linda Ong. 

An accompanying video, entitled Leading an academic library in the digital age can be found on Youtube.

The role of libraries will be examined — specifically the Education Library, First Nations House of Learning Xwi7xwa Library, and more broadly, school libraries. The re-imagined teacher education program has inspired revision in the role Education librarians play to respectfully and meaningfully integrate First Nations history, content, and world-views; commit to inquiry and research oriented education; and emphasize diversity and social and ecological justice. Our libraries can support teacher candidates as they acquire theoretical understandings for teaching and apply those theories in their practice. We bring teacher candidates and ideas together in library spaces that offer unique learning environments, where inquiry, collaboration, the role of Indigenous Knowledge, relationships and ways of knowing are celebrated. This session will be interactive: we present our re-imagined roles and seek feedback and ideas to further ensure our relevance for faculty and teacher candidates.

Speakers include: Jo-Anne Naslund, Acting Head, Instructional Programs Librarian, Education Library; Education Library; Sarah Dupont, Aboriginal Engagement Librarian, First Nations House of Learning—Xwi7xwa Library.

About the Speakers

Jo-Anne Naslund is the Instructional Programs Librarian at the Education Library at the University of British Columbia. Her subject specialties are in Canadian children’s literature, children’s literature, and education.

Sarah Dupont is the Aboriginal Engagement Librarian at the Irving K. Barber Learning Centre and at Xwi7xwa Library at the University of British Columbia. Her subject specialty is in First Nations sources.

Select Articles Available at UBC

Naslund, J.A. (2010). Celebrate Science Fundraiser for CCBC. Canadian Children’s Book News. 33(3). p. 6. [Link]

Naslund, J.A. (2010). Inuit Publisher. Canadian Children’s Book News. 33(3). p. 6 [Link]

UBC Research Guides

Aboriginal Studies

Indigenous Librarianship

Library, Archival, and Information Science

Subject Resources for First Nations

IGH’s mission is “to foster research excellence regarding the influence of gender and sex on the health of women and men throughout life, and to apply these research findings to identify and address pressing health challenges“.

Last month, IGH held an information session which was recorded and archived in cIRcle, UBC’s Digital Repository. It provides researchers with ‘an overview of the five-year Research Chair program in gender, work and health recently launched by the Canadian Institutes of Health Research (CIHR) Institute of Gender and Health in June 2012′.

The recorded information session and the presentation slides are all available in English and French. Have a look and find out more about this funding opportunity. You will learn about relevant research areas, eligibility for available funding and awards as well as key deadlines at: http://hdl.handle.net/2429/42857.

Did you know?

You can see other CIHR IGH items in cIRcle by visiting this collection at: https://circle.ubc.ca/handle/2429/27008. To find out which top item in this collection has been accessed 598 times worldwide, just click on the following link: http://hdl.handle.net/2429/27571.

Above text in italics is courtesy of the CIHR IGH website at: http://www.cihr-irsc.gc.ca/e/8677.html.

Above image is courtesy of the Health Research in Canada website at: http://www.facebook.com/HealthResearchInCanada

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)ubc.ca

To arrange an appointment, send an email to research-commons@interchange.ubc.ca.

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: http://elred.library.ubc.ca/libs/. 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


Earlier this week, UBC provided a news update about why it is not signing a license agreement with Access Copyright. In case you missed it, here is a summary along with a UBC acknowledgement to the whole UBC community:

Three main reasons why UBC has opted out of Access Copyright:

  • UBC has existing license agreements with over 950 publishers providing access to online resources.  UBC’s decision positions us towards a sustainable future and full adoption of digital learning and teaching technologies.
  • UBC remains concerned about the affordability of higher education, which is borne in part by taxpayers and in part by students.  The measures taken by UBC since its 2011 decision have positioned it well and enable UBC’s students and faculty to access teaching and research materials more cost-effectively than if UBC were to enter into a license based on the model.
  • The AUCC model license only permits copying of up to 10% of a work (20% in case of course packs) and only with respect to a narrow repertoire that is almost exclusively print-based.   Therefore, the license would not be cost-effective for UBC and does not absolve faculty members and students from the need to respect the legal rights of copyright owners.

UBC acknowledgement to the UBC community:

UBC’s faculty, staff, and students have worked very hard since 2011 when UBC decided to operate in a copyright-compliant fashion without resorting to the interim tariff. We thank you for your efforts and support since we embarked on this course last year. We believe this reflects UBC’s core values:  academic integrity, the respect of intellectual property rights and a sustainable future.

Did you know?

UBC provides its academic community with the following Copyright tools and resources to facilitate access learning and research materials both easily and legally. It uses a dedicated website (http://copyright.ubc.ca), a UBC Copyright Advisory Group (responds to faculty and staff queries about the appropriate use of copyrighted materials), ongoing course pack production with copyright clearances arranged through the Bookstore; and, a new UBC Copyright Office to be established.

Above image is courtesy of UBC Library and partial excerpt in italics is courtesy of UBC’s Copyright at UBC website

In case you missed this recent UBC Library event, Dr. Chu presented an exploratory study investigating the use of social networking tools in academic libraries. The study examined 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. Some examples of these social networking tools used by libraries included Facebook, Instant Messaging (IM), Twitter and LinkedIn. This presentation is now available in the Library Events collection at: http://hdl.handle.net/2429/42260.

To browse through other Library events in this collection, just click on the following link: http://hdl.handle.net/2429/42260.

Did you know?

One of the most viewed items in the Library Events collection is a presentation that was part of UBC’s First International Open Access Day event back in October 2008. In support of the open access movement, the UBC Library joined with SPARC, PLoS (Public Library of Science), and Students for FreeCulture along with 65 other institutions in celebration of this worldwide event. You can listen to this presentation in cIRcle at: http://hdl.handle.net/2429/2750.

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