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Many thanks to guest blogger Claire Williams for contributing the below post! Claire is a graduate student at UBC’s iSchool (School of Library, Archival and Information Studies) and the processed the Lilian Bland fonds as part of her role as an archives and reference assistant at Rare Books and Special Collections.

Lilian Bland is widely recognized as the first women to design, construct, and fly her own aircraft. She was also an avid photographer, journalist, marks-woman, equestrian, motorist, and an early settler of Northern Vancouver Island.

Rare Books and Special Collections acquired a collection of her photographs, many of which are glass negatives and glass lantern slides, documenting her life from Europe to her home-stead in Quatsino, to California, and back again.

In addition, a copy of her autobiography was donated to RBSC providing a rare account of Bland’s experiences in her own words, documenting the course of her eventful life. Below are a few selections from the fonds, showcasing a selection of Lilian’s many feats and adventures.

Lilian the Equestrian

“As I got a name for being able to ride anything, farmers would bring me horses to try out hunting, and I applied for a license to the Jockey Club in the hope of being able to ride in races, but was refused. I think I was the first lady to apply.”

In addition to ‘riding anything’ Lilian published several articles on horses and horseback riding in Country Life Tatler, and a variety of other magazines including some in French and German. She often included her own photography in these publications, and/or photographs of her riding.

Lilian the Motorwoman

In 1925 Lillian drove her husband, her cousin, and their two children from California back to Vancouver in a Model-T ford, camping on the way.

“I had the trusty Ford in which the seats would turn into two beds, and a tent hooked on the side. A large kettle was slung behind, a roll of blankets on the mud-guard, the blue Jay in his cage, two children and the three of us, and left California for a 1,000 mile trip to Vancouver.”

Lilian had driven a Model-T in Britain which her father had purchased her as enticement to give up her airplane, which he considered much more dangerous.

Lilian the Pilot

In 1910, Lillian designed and built her plane the MayFly.

“My uncle sent me a postcard from France illustrating the monoplane and giving its dimensions. This was the final spark to my ambition to fly, something I had not tackled yet. I would make a machine and fly it!”

The Lilian Bland fonds can be viewed in the Rare Books and Special Collections reading room starting in mid-March 2019. The RBSC reading room is open Monday through Friday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. For more information, please contact Rare Books and Special Collections at (604) 822-2521 or rare.books@ubc.ca.

For those of you in rural or northern communities, or wherever you are for that matter, please note this ongoing series of podcasts.

http://ruralroutespodcasts.com/?cat=206 *

Many of these could be the starting point for community conversations held at or facilitated by local libraries.

Here are summaries of three recent episodes:

  1. Rural Media:

“Media industry is in trouble. For a long time now it has been shedding jobs and converging into ever larger corporate entities where profits outweigh any residual sense of responsibility to small communities for whom a local paper is often a necessity. Are there solutions? In this episode we will bring you interviews with journalists working a community owned paper . . .” **

  1. Islands and their universities:

“Islands are often perceived as being at a disadvantage compared to their mainland counterparts. And sure, there are some tough issues that are at least somewhat unique to islands. However, there is also plenty of evidence of the potential for unique successes, partially because island geographies necessitate doing things a little differently. Universities located on islands tend to have a different relationship with their communities, often working together to find new, appropriate ways of approaching those old island challenges. . .” **

  1. Community First Tourism Development

“Developing rural tourism is a complicated process fraught with pitfalls, but, when done right, it provides economic and social benefits to rural communities. In this episode we talk to researchers and practitioners about tourism development in Newfoundland and Labrador, Scotland, Denmark, Alberta, and BC. . .”**

*Rural Routes is a Leslie Harris Centre of Regional Policy and Development and Canadian Rural Revitalization Foundation initiative.

This show is supported through a Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada Connection grant.

** Source: Rural Routes Podcasts © 2016

As part of the course, FREN 520: La Révolution française: histoire, fiction, débats, and in conjunction with the talk by Prof. Keith Baker (Stanford University) on Jean-Paul Marat, Rare Books and Special Collections is pleased to host a display of materials from UBC Library’s French Revolution Collection.

The display, curated by students Juliette Christie and Marilyse Turgeon-Solis and Dr. Joël Castonguay-Bélanger (Department of French, Hispanic & Italian Studies), explores the start of the French Revolution in 1789, the political power of the printing press, the Revolution as portrayed on the stage and in music of the time, and the final days of King Louis XVI. A catalogue of the exhibition is available for download. The core of UBC Library’s French Revolution Collection, a small group of 111 pamphlets, was acquired in the 1970s, but a recent collaborative acquisition effort between the Library and the Department of French, Hispanic & Italian Studies will allow the collection to grow substantially over the next five years.

The display of materials from the French Revolution will be on in the Rare Books and Special Collections reading room through February 28, 2019. The RBSC reading room is open Monday through Friday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. For more information, please contact Rare Books and Special Collections at (604) 822-2521 or rare.books@ubc.ca.

 

 

While 3MT was created by The University of Queensland in 2008, UBC was and still is one of the first universities in North America to host a 3MT competition since 2011.

 

Commencing annually in February, UBC 3MT heats get underway with winners advancing into the Semi-Finals and Finals’ rounds in March.

 

Below are the top five things to know about 2019 UBC 3MT:

 

  1. Currently, over 350 universities across 59 countries worldwide hold 3MT competitions
  2. For 2019 UBC 3MT, there are six workshops designed to help participants successfully prepare and deliver their presentations
  3. 2019 UBC 3MT prizes range from gifts (People`s choice) to $1,000 and a trip to Prince George, BC (where the finalist will represent UBC at the represent UBC at the Western Regional 3MT competition)
  4. Testimonials from past UBC 3MT finalists, semi-finalists and other honourable mentions give an insight into what it feels like to participate and deliver 3MT presentations in a memorable and engaging way
  5. UBC 3MT affords an exciting opportunity for presenters, audience members, heat organizers, sponsors, judges, and volunteers who help showcase just a small sampling of UBC research to a non-specialist audience here and beyond

 

All the best to the 2019 UBC 3MT participants and supporters in the coming months!

 

 

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In response to a growing concern about the increasing concentration of control of research communication functions by a small number of players, SPARC and COAR have developed a list of seven Good Practice Principles for Scholarly Communication. The List is meant to “provide a framework to ensure that services are transparent, open, and support the aims and values of the scholarly community” (SPARC).

To learn more about the principles and download a copy, refer to the SPARC website.

 

 

 

Advancing Open is a highly anticipated event happening at the Simon Fraser University (SFU) downtown campus located in Vancouver, British Columbia on May 6th and May 7th, 2019.

 

This upcoming event is being organized by the Canadian Association of Research Libraries’ (CARL) Open Repositories Working Group (and led by its Community-Building and Engagement Task Group).

 

It is an opportunity for all Canadian academic library scholarly communication practitioners and its community to gather, share and exchange ideas about new strategies, methods and resources across a variety of different avenues in order to advance open access and foster open scholarship throughout Canada.

 

Read the full announcement for more details

 

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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.

 

Photo courtesy: Pixabay

 

In 2018, there were many events, projects and happenings at UBC and cIRcle was glad to share in those happy moments with some of you who are part of the UBC community and its affiliates.

At a time when many are reflecting on the past year while looking forward to the one new one just around the corner, cIRcle is happy to share three memorable UBC highlights: an historical UBC president speech, a jubilant graduation year, and a note of thanks.

 

Apology

An historical UBC milestone occurred earlier this year when UBC President and Vice-Chancellor, Dr. Santa Ono, delivered a Statement of Apology on behalf of UBC concerning its role in the residential school system. Hundreds attended the live event held and recorded on April 9, 2018 at the long-awaited opening of the Indian Residential School History and Dialogue Centre (IRSHDC). On May 26, 2018, around 200 Aboriginal students graduated from UBC with a special First Nations House of Learning (FNHL) Graduation Ceremony held at the FNHL building and marked another significant moment in UBC history.

 

Browse UBC President’s Speeches and Writings

 

 

Graduation

Approximately 8,000 UBCV & UBCO students jubilantly celebrated their graduation from UBC which totalled 28 UBCV and 6 UBCO graduate ceremonies held in 2018. As part of tradition, UBCV honorary degrees have been awarded as far back as 1925 and from 2006 at UBCO. In 2018, some of the honorary degree recipients included Naomi Oreskes, Ryan Holmes and Ross Beaty, to name just a few. Earlier this month, Susan Parker (University Librarian) attended the UBC iSchool convocation among others and reflectively wrote the following:

“The work that everyone in the UBC Library does, every day, supports the achievements of these graduates. It is an honour to participate in the academic procession and join faculty, deans, the President, and the Chancellor on the stage at convocation, and I was glad to share the excitement and pride of these talented young people.”

 

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Innovation

 

UBC plays a vital in Canadian and global innovation with its high ranking among the top innovative universities worldwide in fields of study from agriculture, audiovisual and performing arts to education, engineering, forestry to technology and much more. Behind any inspiring, collaborative work and innovation happening at UBC, there is a tremendous amount of knowledge and expertise gained along the way and a drive to succeed.

 

On that note, we want to say “Thank you” to all of the authors, contributors, partners and their supporters for making such UBC research openly accessible to the global scholarly community and beyond via cIRcle in 2018.

 

Note: The following list is a sampling of UBC authors’ and community research work added to cIRcle this year:

 

Asia Pacific Dispute Resolution (APDR) Working Paper Series

Austin, Jehannine et al.

Avina-Zubieta, Antonio et al.

Banff International Research Station (BIRS)

BC Mine Reclamation 2018 (BC Association for Mineral Exploration (AME BC) & British Columbia Technical and Research Committee (BCTRCR))

Camp, Pat et al.

Centre for Chinese Research

Chan, Kwok Kou Leonard

Cibere, Jolanda et al.

Database of Religious History

De Vera, Mary et. al.

Department of Anthropology (The Ethnograph)

Department of Asian Studies

Department of Central, Eastern and Northern European Studies (Ziegler Series)

Department of English

Department of History

Department of Psychology

Douglas, Jennifer

Esdaile, John et al.

Fisheries Centre (Research Reports)

Frackman, Kyle

Franzel (Ziegler Series)

Fuller, Sylvia et al.

Galea, Liisa A. M.

Giang, Amanda et al.

Gregr, Edward J. et al.

Greyson, Devon et al.

Harris, Leila et al.

Hong Kong Studies Initiative (HKSI)

International Institute for Critical Studies in Improvisation (IICSI) Colloquia

Johnston, Charlotte et al.

Kwok, Sun

Limbrick-Oldfield, Eve

Liu, Yinbin

Lo, Louis

Manning, Cara

Masuda, Jeffrey R.

McGrane, David

Mercer, Sterett et. al.

MRAi (Making Research Accessible initiative)

Newbury, R. et al.

O’Brien et al.

Ono, Santa (UBC President Ono speeches & writing)

Open Access Week 2017 & 2018 panels

Peter Wall Institute for Advanced Studies

Peters, Cheryl

Pilsworth, Jessica et al.

Poole, Warren

Portage

Prior, J. et al. (CeMCOR Protocol)

Sanaee, May et al.

Scheifele, B. et al.

School of Nursing (Oliffe, John Lindsay; Hughes, Merrilee A.)

School of Population and Public Health (SPPH) Grand Rounds Seminar Series

Shoveller, Jean et al.

SLAIS Research Days

Somerville, Tsur

Sustainability Office (UBC Social Ecological Economic Development Studies (SEEDS) Student Reports)

Taylor, Alison et al.

Transnational Business Governance Interactions (TBGI) Working Papers

TRIUMF Theses

Tsang, Steve

Vaccine Evaluation Centre

Vancouver Institute Lectures

Wang, Yemin et al.

Whitehead, Lorne et al.

Wideman, T. J. et al.

Wilson, David et. al.

 

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