grunt gallery (Visible Art Society) has completed its digitization of LIVE Biennale of Performance Art: The Early Years. The six-week citywide festivals featured a diverse range of styles and individual works. LIVE sought to highlight and broaden audiences to underground cabaret, independent artist collectives, and performance art by Indigenous, Queer, and other minority artists.

The digitization of LIVE Biennale of Performance Art: The Early Years was digitized with support from the Irving K. Barber Learning Centre through its BC History Digitization Program and is hosted on Arca.

For more information about the 2019/2020 BC History Digitization Program Projects, click here.

grunt gallery – LIVE Biennial of Performance Art: The Early Years


The Canadian Heritage Foundation Photography Foundation has completed digitizing 2000 photographs of BC taken by Canadian photographer George Hunter, RCA. The images reflect the industry, culture and landscape of the province from 1950-2010. The digitized negatives and slides are preserved in the CHPF archive, and the images are currently on-line and available to the public.

The Digitization of the Photographs of British Columbia by George Hunter, RCA was digitized with support from the Irving K. Barber Learning Centre through its BC History Digitization Program.

For more information about the 2020/2021 BC History Digitization Program Projects, click here.

Hunter, G. (n.d.).  British Columbia: Vancouver – waterfront at night with Harbour Centre and Granville Square Buildings. [photograph]

The Vancouver City Archives has completed the digitization of the Pender Guy Audio and it is now available in the archives. Pender Guy ran on Vancouver Co-operative Radio from 1976 to 1981 with its focus on themes surrounding Chinese-Canadian identity.

To read more about the Pender Guy Audio Radio Collective fond, click here. The Pender Guy Audio Radio Collective fonds was digitized with support from the Irving K. Barber Learning Centre through its BC History Digitization Program.

For more information about the 2020/2021 BC History Digitization Program Projects, click here.

Pender Guy, CFRO 102.7 fm poster, ca. 1980. Photo by Kristy Waller. Reference code: AM1523-S4-F189


Open Access monograph publishing is a rapidly expanding and evolving strategy for making scholarly work globally accessible. Universities, academic publishers, libraries, and scholarly organizations are developing new initiatives, partnerships, services, and business models to support open access options for authors of scholarly monographs, textbooks, and academic books. This event will explore the opportunities, challenges, and experiences of OA book publishing from the perspective of authors, series editors and publishers. You are invited to join a panel discussion of UBC faculty and publishers that will address their motivations for “going open”, as well as the processes, impacts, and changes that OA is bringing to academic book publishing.


  • Katherine Bowers, Katherine Bowers, Associate Professor of Slavic Studies, UBC Department of Central, Eastern, and Northern European Studies
  • Megan Brand, Production Editor, UBC Press
  • Rupert Gatti, Co-founder and Director of Open Book Publishers; Fellow of Trinity College, Cambridge, Director of Studies in Economics
  • Mark Turin, Associate Professor, UBC Institute for Critical Indigenous Studies & Department of Anthropology


  • Leonora Crema, Scholarly Communications and Copyright Librarian, UBC Library
The DTES RAP provides access to research and research-related materials relevant to Vancouver’s Downtown Eastside through an easy-to-use public interface.

Recently the Scholarly Communications and Copyright Office released its 2019/2020 Impact and Activity Report, showcasing some of the year’s highlights and accomplishments.

For more information, or to share feedback please contact

Read the Report.

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We are excited to share cIRcle’s Impact and Activity Report for 2019-2020!

2019-2020 was a year of milestones for cIRcle, UBC’s Research Repository. Early this spring, cIRcle celebrated passing the 70,000 open access item mark. This year also saw more than one million visitors to cIRcle content via the UBC Open Collections site.

cIRcle has continued to support faculty deposits, with more than 2,300 items added – an 8% increase from the previous year. Over the past five years, faculty content has grown from less than 10% of all annual deposits in cIRcle to nearly 50% of all new items.

Every year brings exciting new and continuing partnerships with UBC faculty, students, and our larger research community. Some new partners and projects from 2019-2020 include: the West Coast Conference on Formal Linguistics, the World Sanskrit Conference, and the Punjabi Oral History Project. We also worked with the Psychology Undergraduate Research Conference to archive conference materials after the in-person conference was cancelled due to COVID-19.

Other highlights from this year include developing and testing enhancements for UBC’s Open Collections search and indexing platforms and collaborating with Artefactual to complete upgrades to Archivematica 1.9.2 and Storage Service 0.14.1, our open source digital preservation system. Over 53,000 Archival Information Packages are stored to date, with thousands more in the queue, ensuring long-term accessibility and usability of cIRcle content for future generations.

Dive into UBC research in cIRcle – from pre-prints and post-prints of journal articles to conference materials, departmental publications, technical reports, lectures, course notes, and much more.

Beginning September 8, 2020, UBC Library will provide bookable study space for students, faculty and staff in the Irving K. Barber Learning Centre Monday through Saturday. This space will include access to desktop computers, printing and scanning and be organized to ensure safe physical distancing at all times. Study space must be reserved online. Masks are encouraged.


The Community Scholars Program (CSP) provides BC non-profits and charitable organizations with free access to academic journals and research related to their fields.

Many of the 170,000 non-profits and charitable organizations in Canada are doing critical work on social issues but most have little or no access to academic journals or research unless they are affiliated with a university. CSP provides BC organizations with access to more than 20,000 academic titles at no cost. In addition, the program provides research support, consultations with libraries, communities of practice through workshops and journal clubs.

UBC Library, through the Irving K. Barber Learning Centre, joins SFU Library, Vancouver Island University, the University of Northern British Columbia and Thompson Rivers University as a Community Scholars partner to share involvement in the program with their non-profit networks. During UBC’s one year sponsorship (from June 2020 to May 2021) there will be limited placements available for qualifying organizations that are referred to the program by the UBC. If you have a UBC affiliation and would like to recommend an organization or for more information please contact Kristen Wong ( or Aleha McCauley (

Nineteen projects have been selected as the successful recipients of the 2020 -2021 B.C. History Digitization Program (BCHDP) funding awards.

The digitization program, an initiative of the Irving K. Barber Learning Centre, was launched in 2006. It provides matching funds that help libraries, archives, museums and other organizations digitize unique historical items, including images, print and audio visual materials.

The Irving K. Barber Learning Centre funding totalled $160,000 for the 2020 – 2021 round. Altogether, the B.C. History Digitization Program has provided more than $1 million for more than 100 projects throughout British Columbia.

This year’s diverse range of projects include the digitization of several historical newspapers (Kelowna, Nelson, Oliver and Saanich), audio recordings from Pender Guy radio program, the Museum of Vancouver’s trades and businesses collection , a bilingual newspaper Patrika (English/Punjabi), as well as the Judith Marcuse Dance collection.

Please note, due to the COVID-19 pandemic, some projects are deferring their start date until further notice.

Congratulations to this year’s recipients!

To view a complete listing of the projects and their descriptions:

BC History Digitization Program – 2020 Projects

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