idea award

UBC Library’s Innovative Dissemination and Engagement Award (IDEA) is now seeking applications.

This annual award, established in 2010, looks at innovative ways of disseminating research knowledge, through the development of tools, enhanced teaching, or making research widely accessible in new ways. Previously dubbed the Innovative Dissemination of Research Award, the IDEA has added community engagement and teaching tools to the award criteria.

A lucky UBC faculty, staff or student researcher will be awarded a framed certificate of recognition and a $2,000 cash prize.

Former recipients include David Ng (pictured below), a professor in UBC’s Michael Smith Labs and Rowan Cockett, a UBC Geophysics student.

image of David Ng

For eligibility, award criteria, or to fill out an application form, visit the Scholarly Communications website.

Learn more about the open access movement in BC and Canada on October 22. This year UBC Library has partnered with Simon Fraser University Library, the Public Knowledge Project (PKP), BCcampus and the BC Research Libraries Group (BCRLG) to create a unique event as part of International Open Access Week.
Open for Collaboration: Is it Time for Canada to Implement A Unified Open Strategy for Higher Education? is a panel discussion featuring speakers from Simon Fraser University Library, the Mozilla Foundation, University of Victoria Libraries, BCcampus and the University of British Columbia. 
The panel, which will be held at SFU’s Harbour Centre, will focus on how BC’s universities and colleges should embrace open practices, and the role of the government and higher education in the open access movement.
The event is free and open to the public, but registration is required. For more information, and to register, view the event listing. For those unable to attend in person, the event will be live webcast (link will not be live until Oct. 22).
5:30 – 6:30 Registration and reception
6:30 – 7:15 Welcome and keynote
7:15 – 7:30 Break
7:30 – 8:30 Panel discussion
8:30 – 8:45 Closing
This event is part of the annual International Open Access Week, and is a collaboration between the University of British Columbia Library, Simon Fraser University Library, the Public Knowledge Project (PKP), BCcampus and the BC Research Libraries Group (BCRLG).


Meet Saule Chikeyeva and Catherine Haney – the latest winners of the 2014 GSS cIRcle Open Scholar Award!

Saule Chikeyeva comes from the UBC Department of Educational Studies and won this Award for the work, “Policy Analysis of the Per Capita Funding of Public Schools in Kazakhstan” at: Chikeyeva sets out “to better understand the per capita financing pilot project” in the context of the ‘chosen funding model and its educational aims through the lenses of efficiency, equity, equality, adequacy and accountability’.

Catherine Haney (pictured above) is a PhD student from the UBC School of Nursing. Haney won this Award for her work, “Considering oral history: Methodological questions and reflections” at: If her name sounds familiar, it could be due to the fact that she has published two other works in cIRcle – a 2011 MSc thesis at: and a journal article at: Along with other UBC Nursing colleagues, staff and faculty, Haney helped organize a successful graduate student research symposium held at the Irving K. Barber Learning Centre on May 2, 2014. It showcased innovative nursing research plus ideas and drew presenters from Canada, Washington State and as far away as Brazil.

Congratulations to Saule Chikeyeva and Catherine Haney on winning the Award – valuing $500 each!

The GSS cIRcle Open Scholar Award aims to feature UBC as a leader in the open dissemination of graduate non-thesis coursework projects or manuscripts subject to instructor approval. Award details at:

Above image is courtesy of UBC Graduate Student Society


It is our pleasure to announce that the Planat in Action: Accessibility Assessment of UBC Competition and Accommodation Venues for the Special Olympics Canada 2014 Summer Games report is available in cIRcle, UBC’s Digital Repository!

Serving as the host venue from July 8-12, 2014, UBC’s Vancouver campus proudly welcomed 1,300 athletes with intellectual disabilities for the Special Olympics Canada 2014 Summer Games. Over 350 students, staff and faculty from the UBC community signed up for volunteer opportunities for the Games.

These opportunities ranged from “UBC varsity athletes [who] volunteered at training camps and formed a team with Special Olympics BC athletes at the annual Storm the Wall student recreation event” to “[m]ore than 100 students [being] involved in projects related to the Games such as creating maps, reducing waste, sourcing local food, and eliminating the need for bottled water” and much more.

This report provides a summary of each venue used during the Games along with recommendations. It is based on information and photo gathering on current accessibility and inclusive features at venues and public spaces used during the Games.

Read the full report in cIRcle at:

Explore the Centre for Sport and Sustainability (CSS) community and its collections in cIRcle at:

Above text in italics is courtesy of 604 Now

Above image is courtesy of the Doug Mitchell Thunderbird Sports Centre

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