UBC Library is contributing to literacy in communities around the world and to environmental sustainability – all thanks to its partnership with Better World Books.

Better World Books (BWB) is a social venture that collects used books and textbooks from nearly 3,100 libraries across the U.S. and Canada for reuse or recycling. Books are distributed through one of three channels: they are donated to literacy initiatives around the world; sold through online booksellers; or recycled.

The Library’s partnership with BWB extends across the Vancouver and Okanagan campuses. Since 2009, UBC Library has contributed more than 38,000 books, the majority of which were recycled. That’s just over 53,000 pounds, or 26 tons, of books that have been diverted from a landfill. Around 15,000 books were able to be reused.

“It’s rare, but we do sometimes receive materials that have mold, and need to be disposed of in other ways,” says Arielle Lomness, a Librarian at UBC Okanagan Library. “But at least we know they are being recycled in the right way.” Lomness says the majority of the materials sent from the UBCO campus are repurposed or reused.

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Staff at UBC Vancouver campus packing up books.

BWB provides metrics so libraries can see how their contributions are helping the environment. For example, Rudi Traichel, a Technical Services Librarian at the Vancouver campus, shares that since 2009, the Vancouver campus has saved around 240 trees and eliminated around 31,000 pounds of greenhouse gases by saving books from landfills. The UBCO campus contribution has saved 379 trees thus far.

Since its inception in 2002, Better World Books has donated 23 million books, and reused or recycled more than 260 million books. The organization also collects books to support programs like Books for Africa, Room to Read and The National Center for Families Learning – a program that addresses adult literacy in the U.S. They also collect metal shelving, with more than 900,000 pounds of shelving reclaimed for use in the past fifteen years.

The Library’s initial goal with the program was environmental sustainability, but the impact of this partnership is proving to be broader than anyone could have imagined.

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UBC Okanagan campus Library prepares books for their shipment.

The Library's exhibit of Harry Potter books at VSO was featured in the Georgia Straight.
The Library's exhibit of Harry Potter books at VSO was featured in the Daily Hive.

 

 

UBC Library users now have access to the digital Loeb Classical Library to browse, search, bookmark, annotate, and share content across more than 520 volumes of Latin, Greek, and English texts.

Founded in 1911 by American philanthropist James Loeb, the famous library and its mission was a revolution when it was first published, making Classical Greek and Latin Literature accessible to the broadest range of readers by presenting the original Greek or Latin text on each left-hand page, and a fairly literal translation on the facing page.

“This Library was really the first to make the classics accessible to everybody,” says Keith Bunnell, Reference and Collections Librarian, Humanities & Social Sciences Division, “Loeb was deeply interested in making the classical world accessible to more than the specialist.”  

In print, the Loeb Classical Library was known for its distinctive trim red (Latin) and green (Greek) volumes.

The digital Loeb Library extends this mission into the twenty-first century by enabling readers to search across the full Loeb corpus in English, Latin and Greek, browse by subject, period form, genre, toggle between single and dual language reading modes, bookmark, organize and annotate content in personal digital workspaces and share notes, reading lists with classmates and colleagues. 

Perhaps most exciting is the digital library’s implications for teaching and learning.  “The interface enables instructors to bookmark a range of passages from a variety of texts for students for specific lectures,” says Dr. Leanne Bablitz, Head of UBC’s Department of classical, near eastern and religious studies, “Through such links the students are drawn into the ancient texts more easily and deeply which greatly enhances their learning experience.” 

Graphic design involves using both graphics and text to convey a concept or idea. The graphic design industry includes many activities, including corporate identity/branding, advertising, print production, and web design. Graphic designers create logos, posters, newsletters, brochures, signs, and other forms of visual communication. The graphic design industry in Canada is slated to grow as high-quality graphic design services will become increasingly integral for companies seeking to develop brand awareness.

Industry Overview

BC 

There are around 1,500 graphic design establishments based in British Columbia, representing 17% of Canada's graphic design businesses. The industry has a high level of fragmentation, as it is comprised of many small, independently operated graphic designers and freelance graphic designers. According to industry statistics, only 23% of B.C. graphic design service establishments have formal employees. The majority of these firms employ fewer than four employees, which is consistent with national trends.

Canada

Graphic designers are important for Canadian advertising agencies, and businesses that are seeking to develop brand awareness. Businesses are turning to graphic designers as they seek to streamline their brand presence across several mediums, such as product packaging and websites. Because of this, graphic designers have increasingly been undertaking marketing and public relations work. Specialized graphic design services, especially graphic designers that specialize in interactive media, are in demand in Canadian urban centres.

Industry Trends and Challenges

The graphic design industry faces opportunities and challenges due to the the high level of fragmentation in the industry. On one hand, fragmentation allows graphic design firms to cater to niche markets. However, this fragmentation also means that graphic design firms can struggle with competition from freelance graphic designers.

Two industry trends that graphic designers should keep up with are sustainable design and using data in graphic design. Graphic designers practice sustainable design when they apply sustainability principles to communication design practice. Sustainable design is being promoted throughout the country by Graphic Designers of Canada (GDC), which offers sustainability tools for designers, and is the subject of high-profile initiatives including The Living Principles for Design and the Re-nourish Project Calculator.

In data-driven design, graphic designers harness the power of the computer to generate innovative visual expressions using data, code, and algorithms. Data is everywhere, from corporate annual reports to food packaging design. Graphic designers can use data-driven design to solve increasingly complex visual representation problems and make their messages stand out from the competition.

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Additional Resources

If you would like to access more resources, the Graphic Design Accelerator Guide is designed to help prospective and existing business owners gather information for their secondary market research. The guide is broken down into four main sections that cover how to start your research, industry information, competitive information and customer information. Depending on your needs you can spend as much or as little time as necessary in each section.

If you find that you need more guidance before starting your secondary research, check out our Business Research Basics Guide. It will help you focus on what types of information you will need to gather and why it is important.

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Graphic design involves using both graphics and text to convey a concept or idea. The graphic design industry includes many activities, including corporate identity/branding, advertising, print production, and web design. Graphic designers create logos, posters, newsletters, brochures, signs, and other forms of visual communication. The graphic design industry in Canada is slated to grow as high-quality graphic design services will become increasingly integral for companies seeking to develop brand awareness.

Industry Overview

BC 

There are around 1,500 graphic design establishments based in British Columbia, representing 17% of Canada's graphic design businesses. The industry has a high level of fragmentation, as it is comprised of many small, independently operated graphic designers and freelance graphic designers. According to industry statistics, only 23% of B.C. graphic design service establishments have formal employees. The majority of these firms employ fewer than four employees, which is consistent with national trends.

Canada

Graphic designers are important for Canadian advertising agencies, and businesses that are seeking to develop brand awareness. Businesses are turning to graphic designers as they seek to streamline their brand presence across several mediums, such as product packaging and websites. Because of this, graphic designers have increasingly been undertaking marketing and public relations work. Specialized graphic design services, especially graphic designers that specialize in interactive media, are in demand in Canadian urban centres.

Industry Trends and Challenges

The graphic design industry faces opportunities and challenges due to the the high level of fragmentation in the industry. On one hand, fragmentation allows graphic design firms to cater to niche markets. However, this fragmentation also means that graphic design firms can struggle with competition from freelance graphic designers.

Two industry trends that graphic designers should keep up with are sustainable design and using data in graphic design. Graphic designers practice sustainable design when they apply sustainability principles to communication design practice. Sustainable design is being promoted throughout the country by Graphic Designers of Canada (GDC), which offers sustainability tools for designers, and is the subject of high-profile initiatives including The Living Principles for Design and the Re-nourish Project Calculator.

In data-driven design, graphic designers harness the power of the computer to generate innovative visual expressions using data, code, and algorithms. Data is everywhere, from corporate annual reports to food packaging design. Graphic designers can use data-driven design to solve increasingly complex visual representation problems and make their messages stand out from the competition.

Resources

Associations

Magazines and Trade Journals

Directories

Additional Resources

If you would like to access more resources, the Graphic Design Accelerator Guide is designed to help prospective and existing business owners gather information for their secondary market research. The guide is broken down into four main sections that cover how to start your research, industry information, competitive information and customer information. Depending on your needs you can spend as much or as little time as necessary in each section.

If you find that you need more guidance before starting your secondary research, check out our Business Research Basics Guide. It will help you focus on what types of information you will need to gather and why it is important.

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Date: July 28 – August 2, 2017
Location: Asian Centre Auditorium (1871 West Mall) (map)
Hours: 9:30 am – 4:30 pm
Opening Ceremony: Friday, July 28 1:30 pm

To celebrate Canada’s 150th anniversary, Asian Library and the Culture Regeneration Research Society (CRRS) will co-host an art exhibition featuring three artists from Hong Kong and local community: Eddy Kwan-Lap Chan, Ella Suen and Desheng Li.

Eddy Kwan-Lap Chan 陳君立

Chan was awarded Bachelor Degree of Fine Arts by Concordia University (Canada) and Master Degree of Fine Art by Royal Melbourne Institute of Technology University (Australia) in 1985 and 2006.  Honored with Chinese ink painting prizes by Taipei Fine Arts Museum, Beijing International Ink & Wash Painting Institute and Foreign Culture Exchange Association of China, etc., his works are now in the collections of museums and art institutes both in Hong Kong and overseas. At present, Chan is a member of Consulting Committee of Federation of International Tsai-Mo Artists, Honorary President of Hong Kong Modern Ink Painting Society, Consultant of Art of Creative Painting Association, and Modern Ink Painting part-time instructor at the Chinese University of Hong Kong.

Ella Suen 李慧嫻

Born in Hong Kong in 1939, Suen was raised in a traditional Chinese family and has great passion for art and painting. In 1968, she learnt her foundation skills in Chinese painting in New Asia College with Professors such as Johnson Su-sing Chow.  After residing in Canada in 1974, she continued her pursuit on Chinese painting and calligraphy with various distinguished teachers. Suen is currently a member of Chinese Canadian Artist Federation in Vancouver. She participated Vancouver’s Chinese Painting Annual Exhibition for many years. After publishing her personal art collection in 2012, she held her first solo exhibition in Hong Kong the same year and in Burnaby (Canada) in 2013; and in joint exhibitions every year till 2016.

Desheng Li 李德生

Li, aged 72, who was born in Beijing, is a writer, collector and calligrapher.  He is also a researcher of the Cultural Regeneration Research Society. He is expertized in oriental folklore studies and has published over 20 books in Canada, Japan, Taiwan and China.  Apart from researches, he practices as an instructor of calligraphy among the Chinese community centers for over 10 years where he had taught a bunch of students with flying colors, He also teaches in Richmond Arts Centre and CCM Canada.  Li is famous for the calligraphy of zhuan (篆 ) and li (隸).

To view some of the artworks and find out more information about this exhibit in Chinese, please visit the CRRS website.

CHINESE-LANGUAGE MATERIALS

B127 C49 Z47 2016
道家的氣化現象學 / 鍾振宇

DS779.29 H785 A25 2016 v.1-3
胡锦涛文选 / 胡锦涛著 ; 中共中央文献编辑委员会

DS779.49 X53 A25 2015
習近平用典 / 人民日報評論部

DS779.49 X53 X5238 2016
习马历史性会面: 全球评论与报道选辑 / 天大研究院编译

HF1604 W3758 2016
一帶一路 : 機遇與挑戰 = The belt and road / 王義桅著

PL2879 C5 Z758 2016
柳青研究文集 / 仵埂编

PL3031 T28 C454 2016
戰後臺灣詩史「反抗敘事」的建構 / 陳瀅州著

PL3032 Y4 Y365 2016
回归历史的现场 : 延安文学传播研究 (1935-1948) / 杨琳著

PN6119 C6 Z44 2016
新剧考证百出 / 赵骥校 ; 郑正秋著.

Z1029 J516 2016
吉光片羽 : 第五批國家珍貴古籍選粹 / 國家古籍保護中心辦公室編

 

JAPANESE-LANGUAGE MATERIALS

BQ1138 G46 2016
現代仏教聖典 / 東京大学仏教青年会編

DS889 F825 2016
戦後史の決定的瞬間 : 写真家が見た激動の時代 / 藤原聡

DS897 O815 M33 2016
船場大阪を語りつぐ : 明治大正昭和の大阪人、ことばと暮らし / 前川佳子構成・文 ; 近江晴子監修

HV623 2011 F85 F83 2016
福島第一原発廃炉図鑑 / 開沼博編

JQ1631 Y338 2016
安倍晋三が〈日本〉を壊す : この国のかたちとは : 山口二郎対談集 / 山口二郎編

ND1059 N434 A4 2016
根岸君夫油彩画集.

NE1326.5 G46 K69 2016
怖い浮世絵 / 著日野原健司, 渡邉晃 ; 監修太田記念美術館

PL726.57 T6 K36 2016
浅草文芸ハンドブック / 金井景子 著

PL1281 Z45 2016
こわくてゆかいな漢字 / 張莉

PN6790 J3 S243 2016
マンガ熱 : マンガ家の現場ではなにが起こっているのか / 斎藤宣彦

We invite you to join us for the fourth annual TecExpo 2017 to learn about new and emerging ways of teaching and learning which will be taking place on July 12th and 13th in the Scarfe building foyer at 2125 Main Mall. The Technology Enhanced Classroom (TEC) Expo showcases creative and innovative uses of technology […]

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