In honour of International Women’s Day today, we invite you to check out some of the very recent outstanding achievements by our female UBC Sauder students, alumni and faculty, for example: Current BComm students, Kella Chan, Trixie Hernandez and Tessa Yin recently placed first in a North American case competition organized by global consumer goods giant, […]

Lately we have been getting a lot of books about how to incorporate digital technologies into your classroom! Here are a select few:

Coding Literacy: How Computer Programming is Changing Writing by Annette Vee – “The message from educators, the tech community, and even politicians is clear: everyone should learn to code. To emphasize the universality and importance of computer programming, promoters of coding for everyone often invoke the concept of “literacy,” drawing parallels between reading and writing code and reading and writing text. In this book, Annette Vee examines the coding-as-literacy analogy and argues that it can be an apt rhetorical frame.” [Google Books]

Student Blogs: How Online Writing Can Transform Your Classroom by Anne Davis and Ewa McGrail – “This book investigates blogs as digital spaces where students can practice writing and converse with an authentic audience. It focuses on idea development and gives students voice.” [UBC Catalogue]

Digital Technologies in Early Childhood Art: Enabling Playful Experiences by Mona Sakr – “As digital technologies become increasingly prevalent in the lives of young children, there is a pressing need to understand how digital technologies shape important experiences in early childhood, including early childhood art. Mona Sakr shows the need to consider how particular dimensions of the art-making process are changed by the use of digital technologies and what can be done by parents, practitioners and designers to enable children to adopt playful and creative practices in their interactions with digital technologies. Incorporating different theoretical perspectives, including social semiotics and posthumanism, and drawing on various research studies, this book highlights how children engage with different facets of art-making with digital technologies including: remix and mash-up; distributed ownership; imagined audiences and changed sensory and social interactions.” [Google Books]

Game-Based Learning: Theory, Strategies and Performance Outcomes – edited by Youngkyun Baek – “At a time when digital games are becoming much more commonly used in classrooms, this book provides a much-needed guide to different forms and applications of digital game-based learning. The book brings together researchers and practitioners from around the world who share their theories, strategies, findings of case studies, and practical approaches to support better performance and learning outcomes when learning with digital games.” [Google Books]

As always, you can see all our new books here.




On 9 March 2018, the 8th annual iSchool@UBC Research Day will be celebrating and showcasing its faculty and student research at UBC.


Each year, the iSchool hosts a Research Day, where students and faculty across all of the programs within the School showcase their research in the form of posters, talks and demonstrations. iSchool faculty are provincially, nationally and internationally recognized for their contributions and leadership in Library, Archival and Information Studies research.


By providing students with the opportunity to be directly involved in faculty research, the School seeks to enrich the overall quality of the educational experience. As well, students are encouraged to work independently on research projects that reflect their own interests and career goals. By expanding research opportunities and experiences for all students as they prepare them for their future roles as professional and academic leaders in the information professions. Research Day showcases the contributions of iSchool students and faculty working at the intersections of archival, information, library and children’s literature studies.



View the event schedule here


Download the event poster (PDF)



Browse some examples of iSchool@UBC research already in cIRcle:


Human-centered information organization in online bookstores
Open access journals support in Canada: pan-Canadian bilingual survey of university libraries & presses Spring 2010 : selected results
Taking Shape: Knowledge as Museum Display
“The Participedia Project: Using an Open Source Platform to Mobilize Knowledge about Democratic Innovations”
Trusting Digital Preservation Services: Motives and Means of the Public Sector


Click here to access/download more iSchool@UBC research and stay tuned for more items coming soon!




Above excerpt text and image is courtesy of iSchool@UBC





Who We Are with Elizabeth May
Tuesday, March 13th, 2018 at 1 pm

Join leader of the Green Party of Canada and Member of Parliament, Elizabeth May, for a riveting discussion on Canada’s role in a challenging time.

In Who We Are: Reflections on my life and on Canada, Elizabeth draws from her life experience, growing up in a politically active family in the US, to moving to a small village on Cape Breton Island. Forty five years after leaving the US as a teenager, she will reflect on the decline of US society, the rise of ignorance and the challenge for Canada. The Paris Agreement and the impact of Trump will be explored with a surprisingly hopeful conclusion.


More About Elizabeth May

Elizabeth May is Leader of the Green Party of Canada and its first elected Member of Parliament, representing Saanich-Gulf Islands in southern Vancouver Island. In 2005, Elizabeth May was made an Officer of the Order of Canada in recognition of her decades of leadership in the Canadian environmental movement.

She graduated from Dalhousie Law School and was admitted to the Bar in both Nova Scotia and Ontario. She practiced law in Ottawa with the Public Interest Advocacy Centre prior to becoming Senior Policy Advisor to the federal minister of the Environment (1986- 1988). For seventeen years Elizabeth served as Executive Director of the Sierra Club of Canada. A proud mother and grandmother, she lives in Sidney, British Columbia.

Elizabeth is the author of eight books, including her most recent book Who We Are: Reflections on my life and on Canada.

Reduce your UBC Library fines by donating non-perishable food items – $2 in fines paid for each food item donated (up to a maximum of $30). Donated cans are accepted at branch circulation desks from March 19 to April 2, 2018.

All donations go to the UBC AMS Food Bank on Campus and the Greater Vancouver Food Bank which provide food relief for students in need, including non-perishable foods, supplies and information about additional resources on- and off-campus.

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Dr. Marianne Ignace and Chief Ronald E. Ignace have won the Basil Stuart-Stubbs Prize for outstanding Scholarly Book on British Columbia for their book A Secwépemc People, Land, and Laws: Yerí7 re Stsq’ey’s-kucw. The $1,000 prize, given by UBC Library and the Pacific BookWorld News Society, will be awarded at UBC’s Irving K. Barber Learning Centre in May.

Published by McGill-Queen’s University Press, the book is a model of collaborative approaches to Indigenous history. Drawing on Aboriginal sources and the work of outside experts, it masterfully integrates oral histories and ‘western’ scholarship.

“Our book represents more than thirty years of research about 10,000 years of Secwépemc existence on our land in the Interior of British Columbia,” says Dr. Ignace, “We set our elders’ stories in dialogue with archival sources from outsiders who came to our land, and with multidisciplinary information from earth science, linguistics, archaeology, ecology and geography, weaving together an account of how the Secwépemc came to be as nation through the emergence of our Indigenous laws, and through resilience in the face of colonization.”  

“We are thrilled to be honouring a book that synthesizes methods of characterizing Indigenous societies in an exemplary way,” says Susan E. Parker, UBC’s University Librarian. “And we’re so pleased to be recognizing authors from British Columbia.”

Dr. Marianne Boelscher Ignace a is professor of linguistics and First Nations studies at Simon Fraser University. Chief Ronald E. Ignace is a Secwépemc historian, storyteller, and politician, and adjunct professor at Simon Fraser University.

The book is available through the UBC Library Collection and available at the UBC Bookstore for purchase.

Shortlisted titles for the prize include:

Kwädąy Dän Ts’ìnchį: Teachings from Long Ago Person Found, Richard J. Hebda, Sheila Greer, and Alexander Mackie, eds (Royal BC Museum Press) 


Unbuilt Environments: Tracing Postwar Development in Northwest British Columbia by Jonathan Peyton (UBC Press)

About the Prize

The Basil Stuart-Stubbs Prize for Outstanding Book on British Columbia, sponsored by UBC Library and the Pacific BookWorld News Society, recognizes the best scholarly book published by a Canadian author on a B.C. subject. The book prize was established in memory of Basil Stuart-Stubbs, a bibliophile, scholar and librarian who passed away in 2012. Stuart-Stubbs’s many accomplishments included serving as the University Librarian at UBC Library and as the Director of UBC’s School of Library, Archival and Information Studies. Stuart-Stubbs had a leadership role in many national and regional library and publishing activities. During his exceptional career, he took particular interest in the production and distribution of Canadian books, and was associated with several initiatives beneficial to authors and their readers, and to Canadian publishing.

AABC Webcast Roundtable: Audiovisual Records in a Digital Age – March 7, 2018

The AABC is pleased to partner with the Irving K. Barber Learning Centre at UBC to present our 7th webcast roundtable on “Audiovisual Records in a Digital Age”.

Motion picture films and audio and video recordings are found in every archival collection. These visual records play an important part of documenting our history but are at risk in our modern digital age due to media degradation and format obsolescence. Our panel of speakers will share their experiences managing audiovisual records and their thoughts on access, preservation and digitization.

Joining our roundtable will be:

• Jana Grazley – Digital Archivist, City of Vancouver Archives

• Karen Knights – Manager, Crista Dahl Media Library & Archive, VIVO Media Arts Centre

• Ember Lundgren – Preservation Manager, Archives and Museum Operations, Royal BC Museum

• Shyla Seller – Archivist, Simon Fraser University Archives

• Kristy Waller – Archivist, Western Front

How can you participate?

We invite our membership and colleagues near and far to take part in the roundtable. You can take part by watching online and sending in your questions and comments that will be incorporated into our discussion.

Email your comments and questions to

Send your comments and questions on Twitter using #aabcav

Previous webcasts can be found on the AABC website at


Reduce your UBC Library fines by donating non-perishable food items – $2 in fines paid for each food item donated (up to a maximum of $30). Donated cans are accepted at branch circulation desks from March 19 to April 2, 2018.

All donations go to the UBC AMS Food Bank on Campus and the Greater Vancouver Food Bank which provide food relief for students in need, including non-perishable foods, supplies and information about additional resources on- and off-campus. 

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