In celebration of World Book Day today, it is fitting to recognize the University of British Columbia (UBC) Press collections in cIRcle, UBC’s Digital Repository.

Established in 1971 and widely acknowledged as Canada’s leading social sciences publisher, UBC Press publishes ‘high-quality works of original scholarship’ on a diverse range of research subjects: Aboriginal studies, Asian studies, Canadian history, environmental studies, gender and women’s studies, geography, health and food studies, law, media and communications, military and security studies, planning and urban studies, and political science.

In cIRcle, UBC Press has three collections: UBC Press Book Supplements, UBC Press Catalogues, and UBC Press Publications. With 34 titles in cIRcle so far, there has been over 14,430 page views and file downloads from all over the globe.

Explore UBC Press in cIRcle at: https://circle.ubc.ca/handle/2429/440.

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cIRcle allows a more comprehensive collection of scholarly works to be submitted than may be possible in the traditional publishing world. Find published articles, books, book chapters as well as conference and working papers, reports, theses, dissertations, datasets, learning objects, multimedia materials, newsletters and administrative documents in cIRcle at: https://circle.ubc.ca/ (circle.ubc.ca).

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From many literature reviews to inquiry-based meetings on real-life, quality improvement healthcare issues discussed with UBC faculty advisors and clinical practice leaders, the UBC Nursing 344 Synthesis Projects for 2013/14 are now permanently accessible in cIRcle, UBC’s Digital Repository.

For NURS 344, several teams of BSN students undertook a self-directed study in 2013/14. These UBC students partnered with clinical practice leaders across the Greater Vancouver area: the BC Cancer Agency, the BC Women’s Hospital and Health Centre to the Fraser Health, Providence Health, and Vancouver Coastal Health.

Led by their faculty advisors, Maura Macphee and Lynne Esson, and with NURS 344 project submissions’ coordinator, Carla Hilario (a UBC Nursing PhD student/teaching assistant), it was a first-of-its-kind, collaborative experience for this course. How so? A virtual, open-to-the-public poster gallery was created. (See the gallery on musculoskeletal injury, lung cancer, mental health and substance use, and health promotion and more at: http://synthesisprojects-nursing.sites.olt.ubc.ca/.)

In cIRcle, download and/or cite the full-text NURS 344 projects for 2014 (or from previous years) found at: https://circle.ubc.ca/handle/2429/24886.

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To cite an unpublished work (such as a thesis or dissertation) in cIRcle, use the following format: Blackman, M. J. (2008). Achieving economic and social sustainability in the inner city: The role of business improvements districts. cIRcle: UBC’s Digital Repository: Electronic Theses and Dissertations (ETDs) 2008+. Available at: http://hdl.handle.net/2429/2445. The URI is the most important piece of the cIRcle citation, as it is a permanent (a.k.a. persistent) and unique link.

Above image is courtesy of UBC School of Nursing


The University of British Columbia (UBC) is among a growing number of research and academic institutions with OA policies that ‘encourage or mandate access to research outputs’. Having OA policies and mandates assists UBC scholars and researchers to ‘negotiate their rights, and to make their work openly available’. Other universities adopting OA mandates include: Concordia University, University of Ottawa, Harvard University, and Stanford University to name just a few.

In 2013, both Senates of the UBC Okanagan and the UBC Vancouver campuses approved the UBC Open Access Position Statement and endorse the following statements:

  1. Faculty members are encouraged to deposit an electronic copy of their refereed and non-refereed research output and creative work in cIRcle in accordance with applicable copyright arrangements which may be in place for that work.
  2. Where a faculty member has deposited a work with cIRcle, cIRcle shall be granted a non-exclusive licence to preserve and make publicly available the research contained therein.
  3. The authors of works deposited with cIRcle will maintain ownership of their rights in the works.

cIRcle offers a number of services to help UBC faculty make their research available to the world. Learn more at: circle.ubc.ca.

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“UBC’s Strategic Plan Place and Promise affirms that it “supports scholarly pursuits that contribute to knowledge and understanding within and across disciplines, and seeks every opportunity to share them broadly” as a core value.”  Explore featured Open UBC projects such as the annual Open UBC Week event and much more at: http://open.ubc.ca/.

Above photograph by Johannes Jansson


As part of the UBC Library, the Irving K Barber Learning Centre (IKBLC) ‘supports the University’s academic and community engagement missions through space, services, programming and more’. Since 2008, it ‘fosters and supports opportunities for engagement with communities across British Columbia’. Years later, it continues to ‘engage the UBC Library and the Learning Centre with faculty and students by promoting their research in an online venue’ via several community outreach avenues such as, for example, cIRcle – UBC’s Digital Repository.

Watch/Hear UBC-based webcast & podcast lectures in cIRcle

Presented by local, national and international guest speakers alike, you can watch, listen and/or download a wide range of webcasts and podcasts in areas of Business, Economics, History, Civilization, Libraries, Literature, Languages, Health, Medicine, Teaching, Education, Religion, Sustainability, Law, Science, the Visual Arts, and more.

Visit the IKBLC Multimedia collection in cIRcle at: https://circle.ubc.ca/handle/2429/27306.

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While it was ‘[c]onstructed around the core of the Main Library of The University of British Columbia, the Irving K. Barber Learning Centre (IKBLC) demonstrate[s] the fundamental relationship between the heritage of the past and the potential of the future’. Re-live its grand opening on April 11, 2008 at: http://hdl.handle.net/2429/2520.

Above images (left and right) are courtesy of UBC Library’s Flickr Photostream 


Need to find openly accessible interdisciplinary graduate research and/or faculty-based working papers on resources, the environment (for example, climate change) and sustainability? Curious about the effects of fair trade certification on social capital? Or, interested in a literature review about energy behaviour studies? [Hint: These are the top three IRES items in cIRcle, UBC’s Digital Repository - see statistical information link below.]

Find IRES in cIRcle

Explore IRES research papers and working papers in cIRcle via the Institute for Resources, the Environment and Sustainability (IRES) cIRcle community at: https://circle.ubc.ca/handle/2429/886. [Click on “Show Statistical Information”]

About IRES

The Institute for Resources, the Environment and Sustainability (IRES) is “a problem-focused and curiosity-driven interdisciplinary research institute and graduate program, with interest and expertise in a wide range of topics under the realm of environment and sustainability.”

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There is a UBC Social Ecological Economic Development Studies (SEEDS) Student Reports collection in cIRcle at: https://circle.ubc.ca/handle/2429/18861. Discover how many changes “have been implemented or influenced decision making” at UBC and beyond. Also, get involved in shaping a sustainable UBC by 2034. Take the survey at: http://sustain.ubc.ca/get-involved/conversations-2034-%E2%80%93-envisioning-sustainability-ubc.

Above image is courtesy of the Institute for Resources, the Environment and Sustainability (IRES) site

This report brings together population-level data, where it exists, about the health indicators for boys (12 to 18 years) and young men (19 to 25 years) in British Columbia. Some of the data offers comparisons to girls and young women, while other data examines trends in health issues over time, or highlights different groups of young men who experience unequal risks and opportunities for health. Some of these are specific health conditions or illnesses, while others are environmental or risk behaviours that are strongly linked to illness, disability, or even death for boys and young men. They may affect boys’ and young men’s health while they are young, or set patterns that can lead to poor health or early mortality among older men. Together these data provide a picture of the key factors that contribute to the health status of boys and young men in Western Canada, and can serve as a source of information to help guide priority setting for health promotion and policy. Key issues include: Violence victimization, whether in the form of physical and sexual abuse, or bullying, or physical assaults and fighting, is an important contributor to a variety of the health issues identified in this report.  

Note: Funding for the XY factor report was provided by the Canadian Institutes of Health Research and Vancouver Coastal Health. For more information, visit the UBC School of Nursing website at: http://www.nursing.ubc.ca/. Click on ‘View/Open’ to read the rest of the report in cIRcle at: http://hdl.handle.net/2429/43707.

Did you know?

Two of the 76 students who received honorary degrees at a special ceremony held during UBC’s 2012 spring congregation in recognition of the Japanese Canadian students whose university experience was disrupted in 1942 were from the UBC School of Nursing. (see Nursing alumni news at: http://www.nursing.ubc.ca/Alumni/AlumniNews.aspx?id=28). View and/or download “A degree of justice” video about the 76 students in cIRcle at: http://hdl.handle.net/2429/43625.

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