Last week, UBC Library announced to its library staff that the service model at St. Paul’s Hospital Library and the BC Children’s and Women’s Health Centre (Hamber) Library would change effective April 30, 2013. This direction was first announced in May 2012 and over the intervening months various meetings and consultations have been held.

We have received emails and questions from faculty, staff and students with regards to what the future model will be for these two hospital library branches. 

Moving forward, a new service model will be established that incorporates access to electronic collections, a core print collection, on-site librarian office hours and access to research and reference services located at Woodward Library. Library staff are also available at our Biomedical Branch at the Diamond Health Care Centre.

Online access to UBC Library resources for UBC faculty and students remains uninterrupted by these changes.

The spaces will continue to be operated by UBC Faculty of Medicine and will be accessible to UBC faculty and students for research and study.

We appreciate the patience of faculty, staff and students during the transition..

Should you have further questions or comments about the hospital library branches, please contact Linda Ong, Director, Communications and Marketing at library.communications@ubc.ca.

 To view the official announcement, visit the Library changes website.

Students sitting around a fireplace at Koerner Library

The refurbished main floor at Koerner Library. Photo credit: Martin Dee.

The transformation of UBC Library is examined in a feature article in the Ubyssey. The article, entitled “Turning a Page: the changing role of the university library,” examines issues including electronic resources, digitization, collections management, space and budgetary issues, and more. Interview subjects include David Farrar, UBC’s Provost and Vice President Academic; Ingrid Parent, University Librarian; Jo Anne Newyear Ramirez, Associate University Librarian, Collections Management; and Allan Bell, Director of Library Digital Initiatives.

 

Spring at Koerner Library

As part of a multi-branch initiative, UBC Library has rolled out a combined service desk on the third floor of Koerner Library. Users can now access a broad range of services in one single location.

The multi-service desk offers information, research help and borrowing services. This integrated model will be implemented at UBC’s Okanagan Library this fall. The Irving K. Barber Learning Centre and Woodward Library will implement the new service desks in early 2013.

The changes are the result of recent service reviews conducted as part of the Library’s commitment to enhance student learning by developing user-centred spaces and services. The reviews were guided by input from students, faculty and staff, as well as reviews of other academic libraries across North America. The UBC Library Student Advisory Committee also provided input on the upcoming changes.

The changes at Koerner will continue this fall with the opening of the Research Commons. 

Stay tuned for more updates on the multi-service desks. For feedback or questions regarding the changes, please contact Lea Starr, Associate University Librarian, Research Services.

Spring at Koerner LibraryAs part of a multi-branch initiative, UBC Library has rolled out a combined service desk on the third floor of Koerner Library. Users can now access a broad range of services in one single location.

The multi-service desk offers information, research help and borrowing services. This integrated model will be implemented at UBC’s Okanagan Library this fall. The Irving K. Barber Learning Centre and Woodward Library will implement the new service desks in early 2013.

The changes are the result of recent service reviews conducted as part of the Library’s commitment to enhance student learning by developing user-centred spaces and services. The reviews were guided by input from students, faculty and staff, as well as reviews of other academic libraries across North America. 

Stay tuned for more updates on the multi-service desks. For feedback or questions regarding the changes, please contact Lea Starr, Associate University Librarian, Research Services.

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