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A profile of Dr. Wallace Chung and UBC Library’s Chung Collection are featured in the latest issue of Trek magazine.

As a young boy, Wallace Chung started a scrapbook on the CPR steamships that carried earlier generations from Asia to Canada. Decades later, that scrapbook had evolved into a bulging basement of Western Canadian artifacts and ephemera that together form one of the country’s most outstanding and revealing private collections.

“What is important here – and why I gifted this collection to be used and handled in the public domain – is that we don’t forget the past,” says Chung, “otherwise we are likely to repeat our mistakes.”

Read more from the article, “The vintage appeal,” by Larissa Buijs in Trek magazine online.

In the David Lam Library at UBC

Canaccord Learning Commons. Photo: Martin Dee

UBC Library and Ingrid Parent, University Librarian are featured in the recent Fall issue of Trek magazine that explores the changing nature of libraries.

Are libraries at risk of becoming museums for books? To stay relevant in the digital age, libraries add value to information by focusing on the services they provide, the sociability of the spaces they inhabit and the new technology they use to deliver content.

According to Ingrid Parent, UBC’s University Librarian, “the purpose of the library is to make connections between people and information and between people and people.” 

Read more from the article, “The Changing Library,” by Teresa Goff in Trek magazine online.

William Tansley. Image: University Archives, George Van Wilby fonds.

A profile of William Tansley, who started as a janitor at UBC and helped establish what eventually became the Museum of Anthropology, appears in the Fall/Winter 2011 issue of Trek magazine.

This article was written by Erwin Wodarczak from UBC Library’s University Archives division.

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