UBC Library’s annual Senate Report (2019/20) is now available. Read our highlights from the past fiscal year which include advancing research, learning and scholarship, engaging with communities, creating and delivering responsive collections, inspiring with innovative spaces and services, and stewarding the organization.

Student using walkstation

 

The Chapman Learning Commons has added a walk station to its active workstation located on Level 3 of IKBLC. The new treadmill desk is a pilot project created in collaboration with UBC Recreation. It is a welcome addition to the two stationary bikes and an adjustable-height desk.

The active workstation is well-used by UBC students. Since their introduction, the stationary bikes have clocked more than 1000 kilometers per month. “It is encouraging to see the uptake on the active workstations in IKBLC,” says Julie Mitchell, “they have been used almost non-stop since we installed them.”

Given the popularity of the active workstation bikes in IKBLC (a SEEDS project), UBC Library and UBC Rec partnered to purchase a treadmill desk to add another active workstation option in the Learning Centre. “The Office of Physical Activity within UBC Recreation works to reduce sedentary behavior and get people moving on campus,” says Alyssa Reyes, Manager, Physical Activity at UBC Recreation, Our desire to contribute to providing students with tools that meet their needs and lowers barriers is what spurred the collaboration with the library. Physical activity can come in a variety of ways and we want to help show others that sometimes movement can come in unconventional ways!”

Student using walkstation

UBC student Feyannie Hung gets moving on the new walkstation. Learn about her experience trying the walk station for the first time on our Instagram Stories.

The project addresses UBC priorities around wellbeing and active living, while also providing a direct way to enhance the student learning experience at the Irving K. Barber Learning Centre and will serve as a prototype for future active workstation initiatives on campus.

This project is part of UBC Library’s strategic direction to inspire with innovative spaces and services.

Learn more about our Strategic Framework.

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The Lillooet Room, part of the Chapman Learning Commons in Irving K. Barber Learning Centre, has been renamed the Antonio and Marissa Peña Learning and Events Room.
UBC Library’s annual Senate Report (2018/19) is now available. Read our highlights from the past fiscal year which include advancing research, learning and scholarship, engaging with communities, creating and delivering responsive collections, inspiring with innovative spaces and services, and stewarding the organization.
Read our highlights from the past fiscal year which include growing our collections, improving student spaces, connecting research to the community and engaging with our community partners.

Woodward Library’s new front entrance, which has been under construction since the end of December, has reopened as of August 8. A new front entrance was built to improve accessibility for disabled or handicapped visitors.

woodward space

The course reserves section has been considerably minimized, and a new space full of natural light created. It offers 33 study spaces and tables, a bar height counter and lounge chairs for comfortable studying. The space is already attracting students and Aleteia Greenwood, Head of Woodward Library, predicts the space will be jam-packed once the school year starts again. 

woodward space 

In addition to the new student-focused space, Greenwood says one of the most-needed new improvements was the creation of a consultation room for librarians. “We have faculty members and researchers that do consultation and research work with librarians, so this room is a perfect space for these meetings.” The new room is adjacent to the study area, and can be booked by librarians for consulting projects. 

The new study area also features the new Seed Lending Library cabinet which offers seeds for use. The seeds are available to anyone – for more information on the Seed Lending Library visit their website

Be sure to check out the new study space!

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