On March 28th, Irena Trebic completed the UBC Community Leadership Program (CLP). CLP is a UBC leadership development opportunity which allows UBC staff and faculty to explore and develop their leadership skills through interactive learning opportunities and workshops. These skills are put into practice when program participants lead groups of UBC undergraduate students through a […]

Two streaming video databases are available to Sauder School instructors for use in preparing courses.

Films on Demand is a multidisciplinary database of videos on various topics including business.

Instructors can create playlists, easily clip segments from longer videos, embed those segments in Connect, show segments in class, create persistent links, etc.

VAST is Alexander Street’s flagship video subscription, covering a wide range of subject areas including business. VAST is growing to more than 20,000 full video titles (not just clips) in 2013 and currently offers well over 9,000 hours of content. It includes documentaries, interviews, performances, news programs and newsreels, field recordings, commercials, and raw footage. You’ll find thousands of award-winning films, including Academy® and Emmy® winners, the most frequently used films for classroom instruction, newly released films, and archival material previously unavailable.

UBC has a year-long trial to this product, which allows instructors to perform all of the functions listed for Films on Demand.






The Library has upgraded its Scifinder Scholar subscription to the Academic Unlimited Access Program. This means that you have 24/7 access to Scifinder regardless of the number of users. Regards Kevin Lindstrom Science & Engineering Reference Librarian

Films can be used effectively in classrooms to illustrate concepts, to spark debates and to frame discussions. UBC Library has recently purchased access to Films on Demand, a database of over 7,300 high quality streaming video titles suitable for both undergraduate and graduate level courses in a variety of disciplines within the arts, humanities, medicine, science and social sciences. Films on Demand contains over 680 titles in the areas of business & economics, including videos from PBS’s Frontline, the Clios, Open University, BBC, and Bill Moyers Journal. Business subjects covered include ethical markets, sustainable growth, advertising, consumer behaviour, jobs and careers, finance and investing, as well as profiles of global superpowers like India and China.

This digital delivery system makes it easy to bring video directly into the classroom. Videos can viewed in their entirety, or in selected segments. In addition to viewing the videos, more customizable tools are available via a free user account which enables viewers to create and share customized playlists, save favorite videos for quick access, and set default preferences.

Relevant business videos can be found in Films on Demand by browsing by subject collection or searching by keyword.

The David Lam Library is offering a RefWorks for Business Researchers workshop on Wednesday November 9th from 9.00-10.30am in the Canaccord Learning Commons. The workshop is open to graduate students at faculty at the Sauder School of Business.

RefWorks is a web based citation management tool, available to all UBC students, faculty and staff through UBC Library.

RefWorks allows you to:

  • Create your own account and maintain a database of citations.
  • Import citations directly from many of the library databases and from the UBC Library catalogue.
  • Generate a bibliography in many different citation styles.
  • Share your database (or just one or more folders within it) with fellow researchers.
  • Pull in RSS feeds of new articles, from databases and journal content pages, and add them to your RefWorks account.

Click on the link below to register for this hands-on session in which you can begin to build your own RefWorks database: http://elred.library.ubc.ca/libs/dashboard/view/2794

The workshop will be held in CLC 222, the small computer lab in the Canaccord Learning Commons (which is located at the North End of the Henry Angus building, above Tim Hortons).  


Sally Taylor and myself will present a library session for the new graduate students in Forestry and Wood Science on Mon, 12 September, 1:30pm – 3:00pm Here are the research guides for Wood Science and Forestry

STAT 335 students will see me for a library session on Fri, 9 September, 12pm in LSK 460. Here is the library course page for this class – http://guides.library.ubc.ca/stat335

A new study at Illinois Academic Libraries studied college students’ reasons for not approaching academic librarians for help in finding information. According to the study authors, students’ research habits are worse than librarians have realized. Problems include over-reliance on Google, misunderstanding of search logic, and preference for simple databases over scholarly ones. Whose fault is this? The authors say both librarians and teaching faculty are to blame. Librarians tend to over-estimate the searching skills of students; professors do the same. Teaching faculty also wrongly assume that students have had in-depth library orientations, and fail to require their students to use library resources for assignments. From their perspective, students themselves are unaware of their lack of research skills, so don’t ask for help when needed. And students simply do not see librarians as people to go to for help, but more as people who point them in the direction of the stacks.

Most importantly the authors conclude, “[R]elationships with professors … determine students’ relationships with libraries… In the absence of an established structure ensuring that students build relationships with librarians throughout their college careers, professors play a critical role in brokering students’ relationships with librarians… Because librarians hold little sway with students, they can do only so much to rehabilitate students’ habits. They need professors’ help.”
Article: What Students Don’t Know, Inside Higher Ed, August 22, 2011
Study: Ethnographic Research in Illinois Academic Libraries, 2011

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