It has been an unusual and memorable year as the UBC community transitioned to remote working, teaching and learning in response to the COVID-19 outbreak. We have been met with unprecedented challenges and I am exceptionally proud of all our achievements, particularly the creative ways in which we are adapting to meet the ever-changing needs of our users. Thank you to all of our users and colleagues who have helped us continue to strive for excellence and to meet these challenges head on. I invite you to review some of the highlights from the past year in the 2019/2020 Senate Report.

Wishing you and yours a safe and healthy holiday season,





Dr. Susan E. Parker
University Librarian
University of British Columbia



On behalf of everyone at UBC Library, we wish you the very best during this holiday season. Thank you to all of our library patrons, supporters, and colleagues who have helped us achieve so much this year. I invite you to watch our animated video below where we have illustrated some of our physical branches to give you a glimpse of the many locations across our library system. All of our locations, departments, and units do incredible work to make this library truly exceptional.

Take a look through some of our highlights from the last fiscal year in our 2017/18 annual report.

I hope to see you in 2019!



Susan E. Parker
University Librarian

In this series, UBC faculty write about one great idea that significantly influenced their specific discipline and in turn, transformed how they approach their work.

Susan Parker


It has been a busy and exciting year for the library! I started my role as University Librarian in September, and have already had the pleasure of meeting many colleagues, library supporters, and library directors from across Canada. I hope to meet many more in the coming months.

The library has made improvements to student spaces, with renovations to two library branches over the year. We added to our electronic collections, and acquired several interesting collections, including the Kelmscott Chaucer and the Weynton journal. We have made significant advances to connecting research to community partners, and engaged with Indigenous partners as well. I encourage you to read more about our activities in our recently published 2016/17 annual report.
Thank you for your continued support of the Library, and best wishes to you throughout the holiday season. I hope to see you in 2018!

Susan E. Parker
University Librarian
University of British Columbia

University Librarian Susan Parker was recently featured in The Ubyssey.

Photo: Susan Parker Don Liebig / UCLA Photography


In the News: UBC and Abroad


UBC appoints new University Librarian – Susan E. Parker

“Being named University Librarian at UBC is an honour, and the highlight of my career,” says Susan Parker. “I look forward to partnering with UBC’s excellent library staff, students, and faculty as we continue to develop and deliver outstanding services, scholarly resource collections, and welcoming library facilities for the UBC community.”

Read the full announcement here




Compute Canada & CARL-Portage – Beta Testing of FRDR

Check out the new research management tool by The Federated Research Data Repository (FRDR). ‘A joint initiative led by the Canadian Association of Research Libraries (CARL) and Compute Canada provid[ing] Canadian researchers a place to deposit large data sets and to improve the discovery of Canadian research data’.

Visit the FRDR beta testing site



OA journals & Canadian universities

Canadian Universities Support Publication in and the Launching of Open Access Journals

“As Open Access journals gain in recognition across scholarly communities, Canadian universities voice increasingly vocal support for Open Access journals…”

Continue reading here



New Research Data Centre opens at UNBC

Why are the graduate students and approved researchers smiling? It definitely has something to do with the new University of Northern British Columbia (UNBC) Research Data Centre.

Learn more about UNBC’s Research Data Centre



Increase the Impact

Beyond the Beyond: Can we Increase the Impact and Reach of Scholarly Research?

From stakeholders to voters, many folks are in need of greater access and transparency when it comes to research and research outcomes.  As noted by Vicky Williams, “with increasing funder mandates for research to demonstrate broader impact – on society, policy, the economy, or the environment – research has to reach a broader audience.”

Continue reading here



OA in the Humanities

Why Is Open Access Moving So Slowly In The Humanities? By Peter Suber

While OA has made strides over the years via open access repositories (in physics) and open access journals (in biomedicine), Peter Suber provides some insight on the “nine differences between the humanities and the sciences”.

Read the first and second of his blog posts from the new series on Open Access in the Humanities” by Blog of the APA (The American Philosophical Association)



Upcoming OA/OE Conferences



OpenCon 2017 in Berlin, Germany

OpenCon affords a unique opportunity for “students and early career academic professionals from across the world” to learn about Open Access, Open Education, and Open Data” as well as to “develop critical skills, and catalyze action toward a more open system for sharing the world’s information—from scholarly and scientific research, to educational materials, to digital research data”.


OE Global 2018 in Delft, the Netherlands

The Open Education (OE) Global Conference is an “internationally diverse [one] devoted exclusively to open education, attracting researchers, practitioners, policy makers, educators and students from more than 35 countries to discuss and explore how Open Education advances educational practices around the world”.



New BCcampus Annual Review

BCcampus 2016/17 Annual Review

Highlights of faculty and instructor partnerships and projects on the future of post-secondary learning and teaching in British Columbia

Read the review here



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