The Book of Kells facsimile no. 349, on display at UBC Library.


The Ridington Room in the Music, Art and Architecture (MAA) Library at the Irving K. Barber Learning Centre has added a new permanent installation that will be of interest to anyone with a penchant for medieval illuminated manuscripts. The Book of Kells facsimile, which was acquired by UBC Library’s Rare Book & Special Collections in 1990, had previously been housed in UBC Library’s Vault, but now resides in a secure, purpose-built display case, accessible to the UBC community.

The original Book of Kells, which is held on permanent display at Trinity College Library in Dublin, Ireland, is a 9th Century manuscript documenting the four Gospels of the New Testament in Latin. Named after the Abbey of Kells, where it was kept for centuries before moving to Trinity College, the manuscript is divided into four volumes.

The Ridington Room in the Music, Art and Architecture Library at UBC.


UBC Library’s facsimile of the Book of Kells was produced by Swiss publisher Faksimile-Verlag Luzern in 1979 using cutting edge technology of the time to photograph the original pages and produce a limited run of exact copies. UBC Library’s copy, no. 349, is accompanied by a presentation book from Vancouver’s Book of Kells Committee, which formed in 1987 in order to purchase the item through donor support. The original Book of Kells Committee consisted of 14 members who together raised $16,000 from 340 local donors. A plaque attached to the display case celebrates those who offered their support.

The Book of Kells is available to view during the MAA Library’s regular hours of operation. Check the website to find out more.

Art Librarian

Music, Art & Architecture Library, UBC Library | Vancouver Campus

Full-Time, One Year Term

Anticipated Start Date: September 1, 2018



The University of British Columbia Library is one of the largest academic libraries in Canada and consistently ranks among the top university research libraries in North America. UBC Library has 14 branches and divisions, two campuses (Vancouver and Kelowna), one off-site hospital library, and the Irving K. Barber Learning Centre – a multi-purpose teaching and learning facility.

The Library’s collection of over 7M items includes 1.4M ebooks, 229,020 electronic journals, 850,000 maps, audio, DVD/video and graphic materials, and 1,703 bibliographic and fulltext databases.

More than 300 knowledgeable employees – librarians, management and professional staff, support staff and student staff – provide users with the excellent resources and services that they need to further their research, teaching and learning.  The UBC Library Strategic Plan 2015-2017 can be viewed at  To learn more about working with UBC Library and to explore our aspirational values visit UBC Library – Why work with us.


The Music, Art and Architecture (MAA) Library supports the study, research and teaching needs of the faculty, students and staff in the School of Music; the Department of Art History, Visual Art & Theory; the School of Architecture & Landscape Architecture; and the School of Community & Regional Planning. In addition, MAA Library holds the research collections belonging to the School of Library, Archival & Information Studies and the Mathematics, Statistics and Computer Science departments. MAA Library is home to the ASRS, UBC Library’s Automated Storage and Retrieval System, and as such is responsible for the circulation of the facility’s materials which span all subject areas. MAA Library prioritizes collecting, preserving and making accessible our Canadian cultural heritage (e.g., the Canadian Art Exhibition Catalogue Collection, the Canadian Women Composers Archive). For more detailed branch information, please see MAA Library’s website:


Provides reference and information services to faculty, students, staff, and community users and assumes responsibility for designated subject areas, including but not limited to art history and visual art, and liaison with assigned departments, including but not limited to the Department of Art History, Visual Art & Theory (AHVA).  Participates in the development and assessment of the library collections and leads the development, preservation, and evolution of UBC Library’s art history and visual art collection. Provides web-based and classroom instruction and assistance in the use of information resources. Plans and implements services that respond to the needs of our users.  Participates in the development and review of library policies, procedures, and services.  Is responsible for the coordination and management of services and projects as required.



  • A graduate degree from an ALA accredited school of Library, Archival and Information Science
  • Experience with art history and visual art resources
  • Demonstrated ability and enthusiasm to teach classes as well as initiate, plan, and carry out projects both independently and as a member of a team
  • Excellent written and oral communication skills
  • Comprehensive information technology and digital literacy skills
  • Strong interpersonal skills and the ability to work creatively and effectively as a member of a team
  • A high-level service commitment and flexibility and willingness to assume a variety of assignments
  • Ability to recognize, respect, and work effectively with individuals and groups with diverse perspectives and backgrounds. Demonstrated knowledge of issues related to equity and inclusion.
  • Ability to develop and maintain cooperative and productive working relationships and engage in workplace culture.
  • Ability to recognize and appreciate the contributions of colleagues.
  • Committed to demonstrating respect for colleagues at every level by trusting in their abilities and knowledge to perform their roles and earning respect through meeting commitments.
  • Models and demonstrates good communication through active listening and appreciative inquiry and open to providing and receiving timely, constructive feedback.
  • Listens to, encourages and expresses creative and innovative ideas. Open to experimenting with and improvising new ways of approaching processes, tasks or problems.


  • Undergraduate or graduate degree in art history or related discipline
  • Library experience in the additional disciplines of architecture, music, and/or planning
  • Reading knowledge of French and at least one other foreign language
  • Experience with outreach, promotion, and marketing of library services and resources



Reports to the Head, Music, Art & Architecture (MAA) Library.  Works cooperatively with librarians and support staff in the MAA Library, the Irving K. Barber Learning Centre, Rare Books & Special Collections, Technical Services, Digital Initiatives, and other departmental employees. Builds relationships with faculty, students, and the community as part of Reference, Teaching, Collections, and Liaison duties.



Provides online and in-person reference and information services to faculty, students, and other users. Advises and assists in difficult or extensive searches for related subject areas of responsibility.  Employs the full range of internet, electronic, and print sources.


Teaches classes to students and faculty in the use of the Library’s resources, including the Library’s databases, print resources, and e-resources. Participates in orientation tours and other Library instruction programs. Prepares handouts, research guides, and informational brochures in appropriate formats.


Selects art resources across all formats with consideration of the art collection’s role supporting research, faculty teaching, and identity as a major local, provincial, and national art resource. Develops and maintains the art collection policies and procedures. Oversees the art collection’s budgets to ensure allotments are spent out on time and encumbrances kept within funding allocations. Proactively assesses the state of the collection to align purchasing activities with users’ needs.  Liaises with UBC Library Development Office, UBC Development Office, donors, and AHVA to coordinate receipt of gifts-in-kind.


Initiates and maintains contact with faculty, staff, and students in assigned departments.  Attends departmental meetings as needed.  Informs faculty of services and instruction offered.  Liaises with faculty on issues of collection development.  Responds to faculty requests for accreditation/review, new course proposals, etc., in consultation with the Head, MAA Library. Represents MAA Library on library committees and working groups. In collaboration with other Library employees and adhering to UBC Library Communications & Marketing standards, plans, develops, delivers and assesses orientation, promotional, and event-based initiatives. Participates in the advancement and support of UBC Library scholarly communications initiatives, including copyright, open access activities, open education resources (OER), data management, and institutional repository.


In consultation with the Head, plans and implements services for users, processing tasks in the Branch, or other activities as assigned.  Initiates and participates in needs assessment, design, implementation, and evaluation for the provision of information services for the Library.  Undertakes, or assists with, special projects, committee work, or other temporary assignments as required.  Acts on behalf of the Head Librarian as required.


Remains up-to-date with new literature and research developments in areas of specialization. Maintains expertise in electronic information resources and technologies.  Keeps current with changing professional expectations, services requirements, and developments in academic libraries.



This position will be filled as a full-time, term position of one year.

We are seeking applications from Librarians with up to 5 years of experience.  However, all internal candidates will be considered regardless of years of experience and are encouraged to apply. Salary will be commensurate with experience and academic/professional qualifications.

Equity and diversity are essential to academic excellence. An open and diverse community fosters the inclusion of voices that have been underrepresented or discouraged. We encourage applications from members of groups that have been marginalized on any grounds enumerated under the B.C. Human Rights Code, including sex, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, racialization, disability, political belief, religion, marital or family status, age, and/or status as a First Nation, Metis, Inuit, or Indigenous person. All qualified candidates are encouraged to apply; however Canadians and permanent residents will be given priority.

Applications will include: a detailed and current curriculum vitae; and a letter of application that includes a statement of citizenship/immigration status and indicates the candidate’s education, training and work experience in the areas listed above.  

To view the complete job description and to submit an application, please visit the UBC Careers page at by midnight on July 22, 2018.



UBC Library’s Canadian Art Exhibition Catalogue collection has a new home in the Ridington Room. The Music, Art and Architecture Library in the Irving K. Barber Learning Centre (IKBLC) has moved its exhibition catalogues out of storage into a new, visually impressive display on the third floor.

“The goal with this exhibit is to bring this collection, that has been scattered while in storage, together in a coherent way,” says Kevin Madill, Acting Head Librarian at the Music, Art and Architecture Library.

Although the collection covers exhibitions taking place throughout Canada, it is particularly strong in featuring local exhibitions, including those taking place at UBC. The collection helps preserve historically important Canadian materials and is the most in-depth collection on the west coast.

More than 60,000 exhibition catalogues were filed in cabinets, vertical files and the Automated Storage and Retrieval System (ASRS) in the IKBLC. This project moved many of them into visible storage on the third floor, where they can be accessed during reference hours.

To complement the collection, Kevin Madill liaised with the Vancouver Art Gallery to have facsimile reproductions of Emily Carr paintings put on display next to the catalogues. The reproductions were printed locally at Fidelis Art Printers and were mounted in the glass bookcases by library staff. Carr’s paintings highlight the focus of the collection on local artists, specifically women artists.

“We wanted to provide a sense of place,” says Madill, “To have everyone who walks into this space know immediately that they are in British Columbia.”

The project is dedicated to the memory of Diana Cooper, a UBC Fine Arts Librarian who devoted her professional career to the visual arts in Canada. She initiated the Canadian Art Exhibition Catalogue Collection and her work laid the groundwork for the collection.

Madill says he hopes to expand the display to the upper floor of the Ridington Room, using new facsimile reproductions. “This is a great representation of our cultural heritage and I think the space is much richer for it.”

Stop by the Music, Art and Architecture Library to view the Emily Carr display and exhibition of unique materials from the collection.

A donation of an electronic silent piano from Tom Lee Music has greatly benefitted students at the Music, Art and Architecture Library. This article is a translation of the original Ming Pao Canada article.



West Coast Expressions is a new exhibit on display at Irving K Barber Learning Centre. The exhibit highlights eight influential British Columbia creative icons, spanning fine art, architecture and music. West Coast Expressions was installed to coincide with BC Day on August 1st, with the purpose of highlighting items of note from the Music, Art and Architecture Library.


In this exhibit:

The exhibit features work from:

Emily Carr, Artist and Writer
Stephen Chatman, Composer
Stan Douglas, Artist
Arthur Erickson,  Architect (projects include MOA and Walter C. Koerner Library)
Jocelyn Morlock, Composer
Takao Tanabe, Painter
Jeff Wall, Artist, previous UBC Fine Arts professor
Jin-me Yoon, Artist, Visual Arts professor SFU


Exhibit background

These distinguished artists have made an enduring mark on our province’s culture, with artistic creations influenced by BC and Vancouver’s scenic landscape, historical events, and the social and cultural makeup of its population. Through this exhibition, we celebrate their individual and collective contributions to the art world from here at home.


Explore further

Explore the exhibit now until end of September. All items are available to UBC students, faculty and staff through UBC Collections.

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