(This is another in an occasional series of introductory guides to UBC Archives’ collections and services)

Since the UBC Archives established its first Web presence in 1995, one of our on-going initiatives has been to highlight unique collections within our holdings, or to commemorate major events in the University’s history, through digital exhibitions or “virtual displays”.

These virtual displays use digital reproductions of photographic and other visual materials from the holdings of the University Archives to tell stories from UBC’s past:

 

(This is another in an occasional series of introductory guides to UBC Archives’ collections and services)

Included with the on-line historical resources maintained by the Archives are a series of lists of prominent individuals associated with the University.  These include Presidents, Chancellors, Deans, and other important administrative positions, and major award recipients.  Two such lists, recently updated, are the Senate Memorial Tributes and the President’s Service Award for Excellence.

It is the responsibility of the UBC Senate Tributes Committee to prepare statements regarding deceased members of Senate to be included in the minutes. These statements, known as Senate Memorial Tributes, often provide very useful biographical information on some of the University’s important figures.  For that reason we maintain an alphabetical list of these tributes, excerpted from the minutes of Senate.

Established in 1991, the President’s Service Award for Excellence recognizes staff and faculty for excellence in personal achievements and outstanding contributions to the University.

Thanks to our work-study students Isabel Taylor and Ed Ko for compiling the updates.

Inspired by this post from UBC Digital Initiatives, here are a few more useful/interesting links to early concepts for UBC’s Vancouver campus:

Inspired by this post from UBC Digital Initiatives, here are a few more useful/interesting links to early concepts for UBC’s Vancouver campus:

Universal access to all knowledge will be one of humanity’s greatest achievements. We are already well on the way! from Stewart Brand’s: Brewster Kahle’s 30 November Long Now Talk  For fun and inspiration, check out the Internet Archive for the more than 3 million books (adding 1,000 titles per day), 100,000 concerts and 1 million recordings (3 new bands uploading / day), 600,000 movies, and of course the web itself. Thanks, Internet Archive and Brewster Kahle – and wow! 

2011 has been another outstanding year for the growth of open access to scholarly resources. Highlights this quarter include the remarkable growth of the Directory of Open Access Journals, with an increase of more than 600 titles this quarter alone so far, for a growth rate of 9 titles per day. On November 26, RePEC reached a major milestone. There are now One million works available online through RePEC (Nov. 26, 2011)According to the Sherpa services blog, 
60% of journals allow immediate self-archiving of post peer-reviewed articles
and the Open Access Directory just sailed past our 2 millionth view of the OAD. 

From my perspective, open access has entered a new phase, one in which we are beginning to see the challenges of success.  How can we track all these resources and make it easy for people to find and use them? The emerging open access marketplace for commercial scholarly publishers appears to have attracted what Beall calls predatory open access publishers as I have commented on here.  As we begin to address these challenges, it is also timely to begin other overdue discussions, such as Dissension in the Open Access Ranks on CC Licenses.

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