Science Literacy Week (September 16-22, 2019) is an annual celebration of science in Canada, in which libraries, universities, museums and other partners offer events and displays to highlight research and learning at our institutions.

The Canada Memory of the World Register highlights exceptional works and documents that reflect the wealth and diversity of Canada’s documentary heritage.

Portrait of Chinese men and women, Vancouver. Between 1900- 1909. Wallace B. Chung and Madeline H. Chung Collection, UBC Library.

BC Library’s Chung Collection has been added to the Canadian Commission for UNESCO’s Canada Memory of the World Register in recognition of its historical value.

Showcasing the most significant documents of our heritage, UNESCO’s Memory of the World program is an international initiative launched to safeguard the documentary heritage of humanity against collective amnesia, neglect, the ravages of time and climatic conditions, and wilful and deliberate destruction. It calls for the preservation of valuable archival holdings, library collections and private individual compendia all over the world for posterity, the reconstitution of dispersed or displaced documentary heritage, and the increased accessibility to and dissemination of these items. The Canada Memory of the World Register highlights exceptional works and documents that reflect the wealth and diversity of Canada’s documentary heritage.

In being added to the Canadian register, the Chung Collection joins a short list of Canadian works and documentary collections including the Canadian Pacific Railway Company Fonds, The Vancouver Island Treaties and Witnesses of Founding Cultures: Early Books in Aboriginal Languages (1556-1900).

About the collection

The Wallace B. Chung and Madeline H. Chung Collection was donated to UBC Library by the Chung Family in 1999. The family added a second significant donation to the collection in 2014 and has continued to donate items over the years. Inspired to start collecting by an illustrated poster of the Canadian Pacific Railway Company’s steamship R.M.S. Empress of Asia in his father’s tailor shop in Victoria, Dr. Wallace B. Chung amassed more than 25,000 items over sixty years. The collection consists of textual records, maps, artefacts, books and other materials and focuses on three main themes: early British Columbia history and exploration, the Canadian Pacific Railway (CPR), and early immigration and settlement, with a particular focus on the Chinese experience.

“UBC Library is proud to be the home of the Wallace B. Chung and Madeline H. Chung Collection and I am thrilled to see it receive this well-deserved national recognition,” says Susan E. Parker, University Librarian, “This collection is stewarded by the library and actively engaged with by our faculty, students, and staff and by the broader community. We are honoured that Dr. Chung has entrusted UBC Library to ensure this history is preserved and available for research and learning.”

“One of our core mandates at Rare Books and Special Collections is to collect and preserve materials that directly relate to the history of British Columbia and its place in the world,” says Krisztina Laszlo, Archivist.  “The Chung Collection is critical in understanding this history; it documents a story that is relevant not only to the people of Canada, but is of global importance.  For example, in preserving materials related to the Chinese diaspora and their struggles and triumphs in the New World, they teach us all lessons of resilience and triumph in the face of adversity.”    

The Chung Collection is housed in Rare Book and Special Collections in the Irving K. Barber Learning Centre at UBC Library and is available to scholars and members of the public in British Columbia and beyond. Weekly drop-in tours are held every Wednesday at 11 a.m.

Read the announcement from the Canadian Commission for UNESCO.

Learn more about the Chung Collection.

Click on the book cover to take you to the UBC Library catalogue record for the item.

An educator’s guide to STEAM: engaging students using real-world problems / Cassie F. Quigley, Danielle Herro

LB1585 .Q54 2019

The children you teach: using a developmental framework in the classroom / Susan Engel.

LB1115 .E495 2018


Inspiring writing in primary schools / Liz Chamberlain

LB1576 .C41825 2019

Modelling exciting writing: a guide for primary teaching / Adam Bushnell, Rob Smith, David Waugh.

LB1576 .B953 2019


UBC faculty authors are invited to apply to the new UBC Scholarly Publication Fund. The fund is designed to assist with the costs of book or journal publishing in Social Sciences and Humanities Research (SSHRC)-aligned fields. Faculty from any discipline may apply but publications must be directly aligned with SSHRC’s General Guidelines for Eligibility of Subject Matter for SSHRC and Eligibility of Applications Related to Health. The fund is intended to overcome challenges faced most acutely by early-career faculty and can be used towards publisher subventions and other costs such as indexing, images or copyrighted materials.

The first deadline to apply is October 15. The fund is  a three-year pilot program and approximately $75,000 is available annually. For full details of the fund, including how to apply visit:

With Canadian Bianca Andreescu’s amazing U.S. Open win on Saturday, people are talking about Andreescu’s use of visualization, mindfulness and meditation and how it might have contributed to her success. Andreescu credited her meditation practice to helping pave the way to her historic victory.

Learn more about mindfulness and meditation. You never know where it might take you… [photo credit:]

Meditation also ties into social-emotional learning and self-regulation which are both important components of the personal awareness and responsibility strand of the BC Core Competencies.

Below you will find just a small selection of UBC Education Library books on mindfulness and meditation to help you get started on your journey!

Click on the title or book cover to take you to the item in our catalogue.

Mindfulness on the run: quick, effective mindfulness techniques for busy people
by Hofstee, Chantal
Provides strategies for applying mindfulness techniques in everyday life, with the goal of reducing stress and maintaining a sense of peace and calm.
BF637.P3 H64 2016, EDUCATION LIBRARY stacks

Mindfulness for students
by Cottrell, Stella
Using a unique combination of mindfulness-based techniques and study skills, this book shows students how to apply mindfulness to their studies and everyday life in simple, practical steps.
LB1065 .C68 2018, EDUCATION LIBRARY stacks

The mindfulness teaching guide: essential skills & competencies for teaching mindfulness-based interventions
by Brandsma, Rob
You must embody mindfulness in order to teach it. The Mindfulness Teaching Guide offers a thorough and practical guide for mindfulness teachers and professionals, offering a systematic approach to developing the teaching methods, skills, and competencies needed to become a proficient mindfulness teacher.
BF321 .B735 2017, EDUCATION LIBRARY stacks

Zen teacher: creating focus, simplicity and tranquillity in the classroom
by Tricarico, Dan
In The Zen Teacher, educator, blogger, and speaker Dan Tricarico provides practical, easy-to-use techniques to help teachers slow down and create a sense of focus, simplicity, and tranquillity in the classroom – and in life.
LB2840 .T75 2015, EDUCATION LIBRARY Great Reads

For Children:

I am peace: a book of mindfulness
by Verde, Susan; Reynolds, Peter H
Perfect for the classroom or for bedtime, Susan Verde’s gentle, concrete narration and Peter H. Reynolds’s expressive watercolour illustrations bring the tenets of mindfulness to a kid-friendly level. Featuring an author’s note about the importance of mindfulness and a guided meditation for children, I Am Peace will help readers of all ages feel grounded and restored.

Meditation is an open sky: mindfulness for kids
by Stewart, Whitney; Rippin, Sally
Feeling mindful is feeling good! You know when you’re having a bad day, you have that wobbly feeling inside and nothing seems to go right? Find a quiet place, sit down, and meditate! In this daily companion, kids of any age will learn simple exercises to help manage stress and emotions, find focus, and face challenges. Simple, secular, and mainstream, this mindfulness book is an excellent tool for helping kids deal with the stresses of everyday life.
BF723.M37 S74 2015, EDUCATION LIBRARY stacks


LAW LIBRARY level 3: KBP144 .A46 201
Rumee Ahmed, Sharia Compliant: A User’s Guide to Hacking Islamic Law (Stanford: Stanford University Press, 2018).

LAW LIBRARY reference room (level 2): KE250 .M33 2019
Moira McCarney, Ruth Kuras & Annette Demers, The Comprehensive Guide to Legal Research, Writing & Analysis, 3d ed. (Toronto: Emond Publishing, 2019).

LAW LIBRARY reference room (level 2): KE1610 .P75 2019
Brenda Pritchard, Susan Vogt & Daniel Cole, Advertising and Marketing Law in Canada, 6th ed. (Toronto: LexisNexis Canada, 2019).

LAW LIBRARY level 3: KE3328 .S55 201
Hena Singh, A Practical Guide to Conducting Workplace Investigations (Toronto: LexisNexis Canada Inc., 2019).

LAW LIBRARY level 3: KE4472 .W35 2019
Lorne Waldman, The Definition of Convention Refugee, 2nd ed. (Toronto: LexisNexis, 2019).

LAW LIBRARY level 3: KJC3655 .M87 2019
Ulrike Müßig, Reason and Fairness: Constituting Justice in Europe, from Medieval Canon Law to ECHR (Leiden: Brill Nijhoff, 2019).

LAW LIBRARY level 3: KJC5132 .G475 2019
Janneke Gerards, General Principles of the European Convention on Human Rights (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2019).

LAW LIBRARY level 3: KJE947 .P486 2019
William Phelan, Great Judgments of the European Court of Justice: Rethinking the Landmark Decisions of the Foundational Period (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2019).

Lorne Madgett has been with UBC since 1993, and is currently the e-Resources & Access Library Specialist in Collection Service at the Woodward Library.

Before he started at UBC, Lorne was working at an engineering firm in Ontario. Looking for a change of environment, he decided to hop on a train and venture across the country to Vancouver. “I came across by train in February, which is really interesting, because it was like Siberia across the prairies,” he said. “I’m looking around [Vancouver] and thinking, ‘oh, this is where I got to be’.”

Once Lorne settled in his new home, he decided to enroll in UBC’s Creative Writing program and graduated with a Bachelor of Fine Arts. While studying at UBC, he started working as a Student Assistant for Janice Kreider, who was the Bibliographer of Science and Engineering at the time, and from there Lorne grew within the University, eventually landing his current role in e-Resources.

Lorne explained how his current role has many commonalities with his engineering past in Ontario, including skills in investigation, exploration, problem solving and technology.

Lorne’s advice to new UBC hires is to explore their position. “Don’t think of the job description as your constraints, think of that as sort of your starting point,” he said. “Always keep your options open, because the whole thing is evolving. It’s never the same, even the tools that we’re using now, two years from now we could be using something completely different. And it’s rapidly changing, what we use in the library and what the patrons want of the library, so I would say, be aware of that, and just keep up and push forward.”

During his off-time, Lorne and his girlfriend enjoy visiting their property on Salt Spring Island. They enjoy eating out at local restaurants, especially sushi, and traveling.

To learn more about the Woodward Library, click here.

Indigenous Archival Resources Awareness Day

When: Friday, September 20, 1:00-3:30

Where: Rare Books and Special Collections, Irving K. Barber Learning Centre


Join a team of librarians, archivists, faculty and outreach colleagues for a session that looks at resources available for the research and teaching of Indigenous studies and history at UBC. We will look at resources and services from the Xwi7xwa Library, Rare Books and Special Collections, and digital archives available through the library (both open access and purchased). There will be a chance to get hands on with both physical documents and digitised material such as Indigenous newspapers (please bring laptops with you for the latter). The discussion will include case studies of using the resources in teaching, ideas for using them in future research and instruction, and ethical considerations of using this material.


If you’d like to attend, please RSVP to

A beloved room in the Irving K. Barber Learning Centre will be transformed and upgraded thanks to a generous gift from Tony and Marissa Peña.

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