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British Columbia’s 4.6 million residents now have free perpetual access to the Gale Digital Archive Collections – a database of nearly 200 million pages of digital historical content – as part of a unique agreement arranged by UBC Library, the University of Victoria Libraries and Simon Fraser University Library.

These resources will enrich learning and research in subject disciplines including interdisciplinary studies, Canadian, American, British and World History from 1400-2012, English, Journalism, Political Studies, First Nations Studies, Science Technology and Medicine, Women and Gender Studies, Theatre Studies, and History of Banking and Finance.

“Working with BC Electronic Library Network (BC ELN), local public, academic, school or museum libraries in BC can appreciate and access these resources as much as our faculty and students can at our universities,” notes Ingrid Parent, UBC’s University Librarian. “This is a great example of how shared collaborations with a vendor can have a positive impact on library users.”

Content in the database includes digitized versions of periodicals such as the Economist, the Financial Times, and Associated Press content, as well as digitized materials from The Smithsonian Institution.

A full list of the resources available can be found by visiting the Gale Digital Collections e-catalog.

UBC students, faculty and staff can access and start using these digital historical archives via UBC Library or the Points to the Past website. Members of the public can visit their local library branch to use the collections.

 

List of collections

  • The Economist, 1842-2009
  • Financial Times (Global News), 1888-2009
  • The LISTENER (News & Op/Ed of BBC), 1929-1991
  • Illustrated London News, 1842-2003
  • Picture Post (UK – Similar to LIFE), 1938-1957
  • PUNCH, 1841-1992 (British – Humour / Satire / Commentary)
  • Daily Mail (Conservative Newspaper – London), 1896-2004
  • The Independent (Newspaper – London), 1896-2009
  • The Times (London), 1785-2007
  • The SUNDAY Times, 1821-2006
  • The Times Literary Supplement (TLS), 1902-2008
  • British Library Newspapers, 19th Century I
  • British Library Newspapers, 19th Century II
  • British Newspapers III, 1785-1920
  • British Newspapers IV, 1785-1920
  • 17th & 18th Century Burney Collection of UK Newspapers
  • 19th C. UK Periodicals I: Women’s, Children’s, Humour, Leisure
  • 19th C. UK Periodicals II: Empire/Colonial, Travel, Culture, Missions
  • Liberty Magazine, 1924-1950
  • 19th Century US Newspapers
  • Associated Press 1: News Features & Internal Communications (1848-2000)
  • Associated Press 2: D.C. Bureau Collection (1915-1930, 1952-1996)
  • Associated Press 3: U.S. Cities Bureaus Collection (1931-2004)
  • Eighteenth Century Collection Online (ECCO) I + II
  • The Making of the Modern World I + II, 1450-1930
  • Sabin Americana, History & Culture, 1476-1926
  • Nineteenth Century Collection Online (NCCO), PARTS 1-4
  • Nineteenth Century Collection Online (NCCO), PARTS 5-8
  • Nineteenth Century Collection Online (NCCO), PARTS 9-12
  • CHATHAM HOUSE Online I, 1920-1979
  • CHATHAM HOUSE Online II, 1979-2008
  • State Papers Online I, 1509-1603: Tudor Domestic
  • State Papers Online II, 1509-1603: Tudor Foreign
  • State Papers Online III, 1603-1714: Stuart Domestic
  • State Papers Online IV, 1603-1714: Stuart Foreign
  • State Papers Online, 18th Century I, 1714-1782: Domestic
  • British Literary Manuscripts I, 1660-1900
  • British Literary Manuscripts II, Medieval & Renaissance
  • Indigenous Peoples: North America
  • Smithsonian 1: World’s Fairs and Expositions: Visions of Tomorrow
  • Smithsonian 2: Trade Literature: The Merchandising of Industry
  • Smithsonian (Magazine 1970-2010) + Air & Space (1986-2010)
  • Slavery & Anti-Slavery 1: Debates – Slavery & Abolition
  • Slavery & Anti-Slavery 2: Slave Trade in Atlantic World
  • Slavery & Anti-Slavery 3: Institution of Slavery
  • Slavery & Anti-Slavery 4: Age of Emancipation
  • De-Classified Documents Reference System (DDRS)

 

 

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Film fans, rejoice – Videomatica’s legendary film collection is now accessible for borrowing from UBC and SFU libraries.

Catalogued and available for borrowing, the unparalleled collection spans more than 35,000 titles, including feature films from more than 75 countries, documentaries, cult and art films, Canadian works and selections from the Vancouver International Film Festival.

UBC and SFU acquired the $1.7-million collection after Videomatica’s 2011 closure, thanks to a donation and purchase agreement brokered by Vancouver philanthropist Yosef Wosk. UBC received about 28,000 movie DVDs, 4,000 VHS titles and 900 Blu-rays and SFU received more than 2,500 documentaries.

“From the moment we received the Videomatica collection, we knew how fortunate we were to share it with communities at UBC and beyond,” says Ingrid Parent, UBC’s University Librarian. “The accessibility, preservation and expertise that UBC Library provides will ensure that the collection can be viewed, enjoyed and utilized for generations to come.”

Please visit the announcement and the Videomatica site for details on the collection, access and more. 

 

APRIL 20, 2012

The Public Knowledge Project (PKP) is pleased to announce that the University of British Columbia Library (UBC Library) has entered into a major partnership with PKP, furthering a commitment to the development of scholarly communication software. As a result of this agreement, UBC Library will provide significant financial and in-kind support to assist with PKP’s ongoing development and support of its open source software suite – Open Journal Systems (OJS), Open Conference Systems (OCS) and Open Harvester Systems (OHS), with Open Monograph Press (OMP) due for release in the coming year.

Brian Owen, Associate Librarian at Simon Fraser University and PKP’s Managing Director, stated, “The SFU and UBC Libraries have a longstanding tradition of working together on many collaborative projects; it is great to have Allan Bell and the rest of the UBC Library team on board with PKP.” Ingrid Parent, UBC’s University Librarian, said, “UBC Library is pleased to participate in the Public Knowledge Project. With Open Journal Systems, PKP has provided a popular scholarly publishing platform that is a cost-effective alternative to traditional publishing systems.” Parent is also the co-chair of UBC’s Scholarly Communications Steering Committee.

UBC Library will be involved with the development of PKP software, including the creation and maintenance of user documentation and related training materials. It will also offer hosting and related support, and perform testing. UBC representatives will participate on PKP’s Advisory and Technical committees. UBC and SFU will encourage cooperation among their respective networks, partners and user communities, and seek further areas for cooperation.

John Willinsky – a Khosla Family Professor of Education at Stanford University who founded PKP at UBC in 1998 with initial support from its Library – declared, “I am particularly delighted to have UBC Library participate as a Development Partner in PKP, given the original incubation of this idea on the UBC campus during my years there as a professor, and the place that its fine Library holds in my own education.”

UBC Library is a high-ranking member of the Association of Research Libraries (ARL). It has 21 branches and divisions, and is the largest library in British Columbia. Its collections include more than 6.3 million volumes, more than 875,000 e-books, more than 883,000 maps, audio, video and graphic materials, and more than 165,000 serial titles. The Library provides access to expanding digital resources and houses an on-site Digitization Centre. For more information, visit www.library.ubc.ca.

PKP is dedicated to improving the scholarly and public quality of research. With more than 14,000 installations of Open Journal Systems (OJS), Open Conference Systems (OCS) and Open Harvester Systems (OHS) around the world, the Public Knowledge Project (PKP) has proven that open source software can be a game changer in scholarly publishing.

In September 2011, PKP officially launched a major sustainability campaign to ensure the continued development and enhancement of its open source software suite, and to provide better support for the growing PKP user community. To find out more about this initiative and how your site can become a PKP sponsor, visit the PKP website at http://pkp.sfu.ca.

Contacts:

Brian Owen      Allan Bell
Associate University Librarian  Director, Library Digital Initiatives  
SFU Library    UBC Library
Tel: 778-782-7095   Tel: 604-827-4830
E-mail: brian_owen(at)sfu.ca E-mail: allan.bell(at)ubc.ca

 

                                                           

 

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