In 1997, the British Colufnig library imagembia Library Association, the First Nations Interest Group, and the University of British Columbia First Nations House of Learning created an endowed scholarship in honour of Gene Joseph (MLS, 1982). The Gene Joseph Scholarship is awarded to an Aboriginal graduate student at the University of British Columbia’s School of Library Archives and Information Studies (SLAIS). The award is made on the recommendation of the SLAIS, the First Nations House of Learning, and Faculty of Graduate Studies.

About Gene Joseph:

Former Head Librarian of the Xwi7xwa Library (First Nations House of Learning Library) at the University of British Columbia, Gene Joseph is of Wet’suwet’en – Nadleh Whut’en descent. She is from the small village of Hagwilget in northern British Columbia. She has nearly three decades of experience in developing libraries for First Nations tribal councils, bands and organizations. One of Gene’s career highlights was the development of a legal research library for the Gitxsan and Wet’suwet’en First Nations in the Delgamuukw et al v. the Queen et al aboriginal title court case. It was one of the largest court cases held in Canada, as well as one of the first to extensively use computer systems in and out of the courtroom. More importantly to the First Nations people, there was extensive use of oral history in support of the case. Gene continues her commitment to aboriginal title through her work for the Haida aboriginal title case, work with the EAGLE (Environmental Aboriginal Guardianship through Law and Education) organization from 2002 to 2006. She presently advises and oversees research and litigation support for the Haida Aboriginal Title Case at White Raven Law.


Text From the British Columbia Library Association Website.

British Columbia Library Association’s First Nations Interest Group link here.

Further information from Aboriginal Affairs and Northern Development Canada here.

JonArnoCome join us for an afternoon talk with JonArno Lawson, one of Canada’s most noted poets for children and young adults. He is the author of a range of books for all ages, from collections of poetry for teens to single poem picture books. He also is a writer of non-fiction. He will discuss his creative and publishing process and read from his books. Lawson lives in Toronto with his wife and three children. His most recent books are Down in the Bottom of the Bottom of the Box (Porcupine’s Quill), illustrated by Alec Dempster, and Enjoy it While it Hurts (Wolsak & Wynn), which he illustrated himself. In 2013 he won the PRISM non-fiction award for a piece he wrote called Horse Cam.

He is a two-time winner of the prestigious award for children’s poetry, The Lion and the Unicorn Award for Excellence in North American Poetry. The 2009 jury stated that his award-winning A Voweller’s Bestiary, From Aardvark to Guineafowl (And H) (illustrated by Lawson; Porcupine’s Quill), is a nonconventional daunting experiment. The poems have a lively rigor. “Not just a fine book of poetry – also a benchmark, a signpost gesturing toward the future of the genre. Indeed, [it] is not just this year’s best book of children’s poetry, it is one of the year’s best books of poetry period.”

The 2007 jury stated that Lawson’s Black Stars in a White Night Sky (illustrated by Sherwin Tija; Pedlar Press) is a “beautifully designed book filled with well-crafted poems.  Lawson is in a class by himself: he plays, but he does not pander. His book is a lot of smart fun because it keeps changing gears…. Lawson bravely engages with the dark side of childhood—not excessively or ghoulishly, but just enough to remind us that it’s not all lollipops and turkey pie. Lawson also possesses what few poets for the young demonstrate: a truly subversive wit….Finally, Lawson’s tonal range is impressive indeed. While he is undoubtedly one of today’s most gifted poets of humorous and nonsense verse, he is also capable of lyric moments that ring true.”

Author Bio

Lawson’s young adult poetry collection, Think Again (illustrated by Julie Morstad; Kids Can Press), was a 2010 Junior Library Guild Selection, a Quill and Quire 2010 Book of the Year Selection and was shortlisted for the 2011 Ruth and Sylvia Schwartz Children’s Book Award. Lawson has a BA in English literature from McGill University. He has taught children’s poetry in the Master of Arts in Children’s Literature Program at Simmons College, Boston, and gives workshops for children and adults.

This colloquium is sponsored by the School of Library, Archival and Information Studies, the Departments of Language and Literacy Education, English and the Creative Writing Program.

The UBC Master of Arts in Children’s Literature Program is a Multidisciplinary Degree Program offered by two faculties and four departments: Creative Writing, English and the School of Library, Archival and Information Studies in the Faculty of Arts; and Language and Literacy Education in the Faculty of Education.

Wednesday, September 25th, 2013 at 12:00PM – 1:00PM

Location: Dodson Room, Room 302, Level 3, Chapman Learning Commons, Irving K. Barber Learning Centre, 1961 East Mall, University of British Columbia

Conference ProgramConvening more than 120 speakers and 700 delegates from five continents, the UNESCO International Conference: Memory of the World in the Digital Age: Digitization and Preservation will foster vital exchange among sectors as diverse as academia, heritage institutions, the IT industry, business organizations and government.

Hosted by UBC and in collaboration with the University of Toronto, the conference will explore topics such as:
> Protecting intellectual property in the digital age;
> Maximizing the unprecedented potential of digital technologies to preserve and share scientific and cultural works; and,
> Enhancing digital creation and preservation, especially with “born-digital” records, documents, data and archives.

Experts from UBC Library and UBC’s School of Library, Archival and Information Studies (SLAIS) will be participating in various sessions throughout the three day conference, which starts September 26 at the Sheraton Wall Centre hotel.

Media requesting interviews with UBC Library or SLAIS representatives on-site should contact either Lorraine Chan at 604.822.2644 or Linda Ong at 604.827.4831 for assistance. 

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