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This year’s 2019 International Open Access Week theme is “Open for Whom? Equity in Open Knowledge” as recently announced by the 2019 Open Access Week Advisory Committee


The International Open Access Week – happening on October 21-27, 2019 – provides an opportunity for all “to take action in making openness the default for research—to raise the visibility of scholarship, accelerate research, and turn breakthroughs into better lives”, as per SPARC (the Scholarly Publishing and Academic Resources Coalition).


Building on last year’s theme, “Designing Equitable Foundations for Open Knowledge,” this year’s theme will focus on answering the following questions:


  • Whose interests are being prioritized in the actions we take and in the platforms that we support?


  • Whose voices are excluded? Are underrepresented groups included as full partners from the beginning?


  • Are we supporting not only open access but also equitable participation in research communication?



Learn more about open access at UBC and beyond via the following ways:


Check out the UBC Library’s Open Access page in the coming months


Visit the open.ubc.ca site for more Open Access resources


View and download 70 Open Access Week items in cIRcle









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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.



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




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.”


Browse UBC Theses and Dissertations





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


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


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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Discover Faculty Research and Publications


Peruse Graduate Research and Undergraduate Research


Browse UBC Community and Partners








It is a pleasure to announce the release of cIRcle, UBC’s Research Repository Impact and Activity Report for 2017-2018!


In 2017-2018, cIRcle reached another milestone of over 60,000 items and saw an increase of its annual growth rate from 8% in previous years to 10%.


This report highlights’ include a sampling of cIRcle’s new and ongoing partnerships, its growth and development along with a snapshot of its top content contributors.


Two spotlights of cIRcle projects and collections included in the report are the BioMed Central/SpringerOpen project and the noteworthy additions in the UBC President’s Speeches and Writing collection.


Explore UBC research in cIRcle, for example, the growing number of preprints and postprints of academic journal articles, conference proceedings, departmental publications, technical reports, course notes, and much more.







Last year, UBC Library joined its partners (SFU, BCIT, KPU and Douglas College) in organizing a series of free events for Science Literacy Week and created a Library Guide to Science Literacy Week too. In previous years, UBC Library celebrated Science Literacy Week along with 140+ organizations across Canada and hosted a Wikipedia edit-a-thon, a Science Expo, and a Living Library of graduate students who could be “borrowed” like books to talk about their inspiring research, and more.

In anticipation of Science Literacy Week happening 17-23 September 2018, you can also enjoy listening to a round of Frequencies podcasts including transcripts (courtesy of the UBC Okanagan Library) recorded at last year’s Science Literary Week event. This unique series is one that “explores the connections between science and society: the implications of scientific research on our culture, how scientists communicate their ideas, and how our society responds”.

Also, stay tuned for the soon-to-be-released “Science Literacy Week: Building Partnerships through a Passion for Discovery” (a conference paper co-authored by UBC Vancouver and UBC Okanagan librarians) arriving in cIRcle, UBC’s Digital Repository via UBC Library’s Open Collections portal.


Learn more about cIRcle





For over a century, there has been a rather curious and unique public lecture event happening every Saturday evening at the University of British Columbia (UBC).


From its humble beginnings in 1916, the Vancouver Institute (VI) has been holding free public lectures presented by locally, nationally and internationally recognized, distinguished scholars and notable industry professionals alike from UBC and beyond.


Spanning several decades now, the VI lectures’ collection (made available by the UBC Library in partnership with the VI) is steadily growing in cIRcle, UBC’s Digital Repository. This one-of-a-kind mixed collection of audio and video materials is a fine testament to the historical, scientific, technical and academic knowledge, expertise and wisdom accumulated by the VI speakers over the years.


The VI lectures’ collection is teeming with a wide range of scientific, archaeological and other intriguing discoveries to philosophical musings and historical biographies to politics, policies and opinions to advanced technologies in education, medicine, and just about everything else in between.


This treasure trove of knowledge consists of novel, creative and innovative ideas and notions to the hard-knock school of lessons learned through good (and, at times, not so good), old-fashioned trial and error. Since then, the array of topics presented by past and current VI speakers were, and still are to this day, all-engaging, funny, illuminating, candid and as inspiring as ever.


A round of applause is due to Green College at UBC for its administrative management of the VI lectures over the years and transferred seamlessly over to the new Global Reporting Centre on January 1, 2018.


Another round of applause goes to University Archives for digitizing the vast majority of the VI lectures, the individual materials are continuing to be digitized and made openly accessible in the VI lectures’ collection in cIRcle via UBC Library’s Open Collections portal.


While waiting for upcoming VI lectures, below are some past and present VI lectures to watch now online anytime and anywhere:


The next 50 years in engineering http://hdl.handle.net/2429/36288


Gold or dross — The romantic past and future potential of B.C.’s mineral wealth http://hdl.handle.net/2429/19745


The golden age of astronomy http://hdl.handle.net/2429/15122


Ecological reserves in British Columbia http://hdl.handle.net/2429/30981


An evening with Mary Hemingway http://hdl.handle.net/2429/20033


Life under the sun: The past and future of solar energy http://hdl.handle.net/2429/20760


Artists in medieval workshops http://hdl.handle.net/2429/20769


Observations and photographs http://hdl.handle.net/2429/20044


Virginia Woolf: a personal portrait http://hdl.handle.net/2429/34467


Einstein — the man and his work http://hdl.handle.net/2429/35297


The coinage of Athens and the ancient world http://hdl.handle.net/2429/35868


The mystique of the detective story http://hdl.handle.net/2429/20819


Byzantine archaeology: a city revealed http://hdl.handle.net/2429/34338


Leonard Cohen: “The only tourist in Havana” http://hdl.handle.net/2429/13026


Dogs and people: The history and psychology of a relationship http://hdl.handle.net/2429/32808


Dealing with SARS http://hdl.handle.net/2429/32104


Journey of the Blue Whale http://hdl.handle.net/2429/61793


Digital Dumping Ground : The Global Trade in Electronic Waste http://hdl.handle.net/2429/61570


The Human-Animal Bond : Our History With Dogs http://hdl.handle.net/2429/61571


Desert Dust and the World’s Environments http://hdl.handle.net/2429/61150


Hammering the Klavier : Beethoven’s Earthshaking and Bone-crushing Masterpiece http://hdl.handle.net/2429/62270


Media Ethics on the Digital Frontier http://hdl.handle.net/2429/61152


Bug Shells and Butterfly Wings : New Materials Inspired by Nature http://hdl.handle.net/2429/62080


Stroke : New Evidence on Prevention and Recovery http://hdl.handle.net/2429/62337


Cheap : The High Cost of Discount Culture http://hdl.handle.net/2429/62344


Let Them Eat Dirt : Raising Children With Their Microbes http://hdl.handle.net/2429/62338


Bee Time : What Can We Learn from the Demise of Bees? http://hdl.handle.net/2429/62335






It is a pleasure to release the cIRcle Annual Impact & Activity Report 2016-2017!


In 2016-2017, cIRcle (UBC’s Digital Repository) had over 56,000 items. In the past two years, cIRcle has archived more than 4,000 deposits per year — an average annual growth rate of 8%.


Other highlights included in the report:

  • A breakdown of the increase in faculty content and a quick summary of the top content contributors
  • Developed cIRcle guidelines and practices on improving metadata for greater access and discoverability via UBC Library’s Open Collections portal
  • Featured Research Associate Emerita at the Royal British Columbia Museum and UBC alumna, Mary-Lou Florian
  • Spotlight on a few key partnerships and collaborations such as the Vancouver Institute Lecture Series and more


A quick sampling of new additions to cIRcle included:

Enhancing the clinical reflective capacities of nursing students http://hdl.handle.net/2429/59683

Form follows parking : strategies for mitigating the impacts of excess parking supply http://hdl.handle.net/2429/57704

Embedding the Frames of Evidence-Based Practice : Intersections in Librarianship http://hdl.handle.net/2429/58260

Research Data Management (RDM) Needs of Science and Engineering Researchers : A View from Canada http://hdl.handle.net/2429/58265

Analyzing Fire Ignition Data in the Kamloops, Lillooet and Merritt fire zones : with implications toward the effects of fire suppression on the landscape http://hdl.handle.net/2429/59241

The landscape of rare cancer : a sea of opportunity http://hdl.handle.net/2429/59312

Interventions to Improve Patient Hand Hygiene : A Systematic Review http://hdl.handle.net/2429/60520


And, last but not least by any means, we were thrilled to add the first fourteen items from UBC President Santa Ono and we look forward to adding more this year!


Make your UBC research openly accessible here


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Is it that time already? What happened to last week? Last month? This past year? Where does the time go nowadays?

Time is a precious commodity. Many folks are in the throes of planning, organizing and setting goals for 2018 or wrapping up as many activities and projects as possible before the end of 2017.

After achieving a particular goal though, it is hard for one to deny that good feeling of accomplishment. For some, it may even warrant some kind of reward – either big or small.

Speaking of time and accomplishment, cIRcle is excited to share some indelible highlights of UBC scholarly research materials archived during 2017. It’s now time to take a well-deserved break!


Year in Review – A look back at cIRcle in 2017:


UBC President’s Speeches and Writings

cIRcle was thrilled to archive the first round of UBC President Ono’s speeches and writings in 2017. Just in case you missed it, you can read the Library announcement here.

Future speeches and writings are set to arrive on a quarterly basis starting in 2018.


UBC Faculty Research and Publications

Two video presentations (courtesy of the UBC Peter Wall Institute for Advanced Studies) were recently added to the growing collection of 3,600 plus items:

Being a man today http://hdl.handle.net/2429/63679

Water: The life of a community http://hdl.handle.net/2429/63678


Missed our “In the Spotlight: UBC Faculty Research Collection” blog post? Read it here


UBC Community, Partners, and Alumni Publications

For ethnomusicologists and anyone curious about music and its social activity, watch “An Audience of One: The Private Music of the Chinese Literati

In 1926, the blind singer, Dou Wun, arrived in Hong Kong from Guangzhou at the age of sixteen. Watch “Hong Kong’s Folk Music and Local Culture: The Art of a Cantonese Blind Singer

Read a book chapter by Shirley Lew entitled, Creating a path to feminist leadership

Learn about the Asia Pacific Dispute Resolution (APDR) Project and view/download the first batch of items

Step back in time again to explore “Spectacular Opera Across Borders: Cantonese Opera Theaters in North America During the 1920s

Read a memoir entitled, “Labor of Love: A Memoir of Gertrude Richards Ladner 1879 to 1976”, about early BC nursing practice, the science of nursing as well as attire and living conditions.


UBC Lectures, Seminars, and Symposia

Starting in 2017, the “Grand Rounds” from the UBC School of Population and Public Health monthly seminar series arrived in cIRcle with more of them coming in 2018:


Can I borrow a microbiome?: Life-saving poop and the ethics of microbiome therapies http://hdl.handle.net/2429/63854

Is there a need for medically-prescribed heroin in the addiction treatment system? http://hdl.handle.net/2429/61814

More than just numbers: hearing from the real experts in the opioid crisis http://hdl.handle.net/2429/60936

Tackling Poverty and Socioeconomic Inequities http://hdl.handle.net/2429/60557


The first and second of the Ziegler lecture series from the UBC Department of Central, Eastern and Northern European Studies’ (courtesy of St. John’s College) also arrived in 2017.


How can you add your faculty research and more to cIRcle? Find out here


UBC Library and Archives

Since the next Science Literacy Week is a while away, you can listen to the 2017 round of Frequencies podcasts (courtesy of the UBC Okanagan Library) that was part of this year’s Science Literary Week. This particular series is one that “explores the connections between science and society: the implications of scientific research on our culture, how scientists communicate their ideas, and how our society responds”.

This collection has 674 items so far which includes datasets, interactive resources, moving images, sound, still images and text files.


Browse the newest additions received in 2017


The Banff International Research Station (BIRS)

A joint Canada-US-Mexico initiative that seeks to bring together people from a wide range of mathematical, scientific and industry backgrounds and to create a forum for the exchange of knowledge and methods between these specialists. The BIRS Workshop Lecture Videos are primary research data in the disciplines of mathematics, statistics and theoretical computer science.

With over 5,260 items to date, the Top Country Views & Downloads were from China, United States, United Kingdom, Canada, France, Republic of Korea, Italy, Russia, Japan, and Germany.


View the wide selection of previous and current videos and upcoming ones happening in 2018.


Vancouver Institute Lectures (VILs)

Established in 1916, the Vancouver Institute (VI) sponsors lectures of general public interest. It started recording the lectures in the form of audio and video tapes back in 1975 and were preserved with help by University Archives. Take a walk down memory lane to learn about the history of the Vancouver Institute via Eric Damer’s 1995 MA thesis entitled, Town and gown: the early history of the Vancouver Institute.


Watch recently added VILs here


 Graduate Research

This cIRcle collection showcases and preserves exemplary UBC graduate student research. All graduate student submissions have been reviewed and approved by a course instructor or research adviser. Browse the entire collection


What types of graduate research work can be added to cIRcle? Find out here


Undergraduate Research

This cIRcle collection aims to showcase and preserve UBC’s exemplary undergraduate research across all disciplines. All undergraduate student submissions have been reviewed and approved by a course instructor or research adviser. Explore this expanding collection


Who can add exemplary undergraduate work to cIRcle? Learn more



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