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This month’s LibFOCUS focuses on changes at UBC Library to kick-off the beginning of the school year – a website facelift, a new research commons, multi-service desks and inspired collections.


Student at Library research desk

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UBC Library, in collaboration with the University’s Centre for Teaching, Learning and Technology (CTLT) and the Faculty of Graduate Studies (FOGS), is pleased to announce the opening of the Koerner Library Research Commons on Tuesday, September 4, 2012. 

With the support of a Teaching and Learning Enhancement (TLEF) Fund Grant, UBC Library was able to hire a team of eleven graduate students with a diverse range of disciplinary research backgrounds to help develop and deliver the services for the Research Commons.

The Research Commons, located on the second floor of Koerner Library, will provide one-on-one consultations and workshops on thesis formatting to graduate students. Weekly instructional workshops will also be provided for RefWorks, Medeley and Zotero, three popular citation management tools. Although targeted to students in the humanities and social sciences, these services are open to all graduate students.

In addition, the Research Commons will facilitate peer-led interdisciplinary research discussions for graduate students. The discussions will invite students to share their challenges and experiences, and encourage theme-based discussions on their research.

The rollout of these services is part of a three-year development plan for a broader constellation of services and spaces designed to meet the scholarly research needs of graduate students and faculty. 

For further information on the Koerner Library Research Commons, contact Interim Head, Humanities & Social Sciences Division, at trish.rosseel(at), or email research-commons(at)

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