This past spring term, Rare Books and Special Collections hosted a number of classes from a wide variety of disciplines, including English, history, art history, German studies, Asian studies, and many more. We love hosting classes, as it allows us to introduce so many more students to our amazing collections. We especially love to see the results of the students’ work with our collections and the incredible insights they bring to their topics. Now we’re very happy to share some of this great student work with you!

One of the assignments for Professor Patsy Badir’s course, “Image and Text in Seventeenth Century Literature,” was an in-depth exploration of a single book from a selection of 17th-century items here at RBSC. Students were asked to research the history of the item and introduce it to a public audience online. We’ve shared a few student projects to share with you and hope you’ve enjoyed them.

Finally, Millika Veltmeyer’s exploration of the 1634 edition of The Workes of That Famous Chirurgion Ambrose Parey

This edition of Paré’s works is currently on display for the exhibition And there’s the humor of it”: Shakespeare and the Four Humors, which is free and open to the public.



Today, Canada’s three federal research funding agencies—the Canadian Institutes of Health Research (CIHR), the Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada (NSERC), and the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada (SSHRC) (the agencies)—have developed a draft Tri-Agency Research Data Management Policy.


The draft policy aims to support Canadian research excellence by fostering sound digital data management and data stewardship practices with suggested requirements related to three primary areas:


  1. Institutional data management strategies
  2. Researcher data management plans
  3. Data deposit


Based on feedback received from institutions, associations, organizations and individuals on the draft policy and its usefulness in advancing data management practices in Canada, the three agencies plan to launch the Tri-Agency Research Data Management Policy in 2019.


The feedback period is open until August 31, 2018.


Read the draft Tri-Agency Research Data Management Policy and FAQs


Explore The Tri-Agency Open Access Policy: How the UBC Library Can Help guide for UBC researchers






The UBC Digitization Centre is responsible for the creation of more than 50 collections, all available through the Open Collections website. Our collections are diverse in formats, information and languages.

Having non-English materials, or materials that are not written using the Latin-based alphabet, may be a barrier to access and retrieving information. But technology can be used to help us minimize these barriers.

Laura Ferris and Rebecca Dickson, from the Digitization Centre, have discovered a process to generate searchable transcripts for non-Latin text. The idea originated from an article about a workshop on Optical Character Recognition for Bangla. The result of the workshop was the realization that Google Drive was the most accurate tool for generating transcripts for non-Latin text.

With that information in hand, Ferris and Dickson started to explore Google Drive to create an automated workflow for transcribing batches of items.

Are you interested in trying the workflow out for yourself? If so, check the instructions that Rebecca prepared and give it a try!

  1. Access Google Drive, create a “New folder” and rename it
  2. Create a Google Sheet inside the folder
  3. Open the Sheet, click on “Share”, “Receive shared link” and look for the sheet identifier (the numbers and letters between /d/ and /edit?)
  4. In the Sheet, under “Tools” menu, click “Script editor”
  5. Paste the content from “gs” into the script editor
  6. Update the “folderName” with the name of your folder (defined in step 1)
  7. Update the “sheetId” with the identifier that you found in step 3
  8. Click the “clock” icon and select the options: “extractTextOnOpen”, “From spreadsheet” and “On open”
  9. Save the script editor and close it
  10. Upload jpegs to the folder (you can check out the sample items prepared for this work)
  11. Open the spreadsheet and wait for Google to do the work!


If you want to check Laura and Rebecca’s presentation about the topic, check out their slides. If you have questions, feel free to contact us.



A workshop on Optical Character Recognition for Bangla (British Library)

OCR for non-English language text (Pixelating)

Pixelating-ocr (GitHub)

LAW LIBRARY level 3: K120 .M83 2017
Ronda Muir, Beyond Smart: Lawyering with Emotional Intelligence (Chicago: American Bar Association, Section of Dispute Resolution, 2017).

LAW LIBRARY level 3: K1401.5 .I58 2018
Christoph Antons & William Logan, eds. Intellectual Property, Cultural Property and Intangible Cultural Heritage (Christoph Antons & William Logan).
Online access:

LAW LIBRARY level 3: K1485 .C67 2018
Dennis Campbell, ed., Copyright Infringement (Alphen aan den Rijn: Kluwer Law International B.V., 2018.

LAW LIBRARY level 3: K5191.W65 L44 2018
Rashida Manjoo & Jackie Jones, eds., The Legal Protection of Women from Violence: Normative Gaps in International Law (Abingdon: Routledge, an imprint of the Taylor & Francis Group, 2018).

LAW LIBRARY level 3: KD2960.M55 J66 2018
Michael A. Jones, Medical Negligence, 5th ed. (London: Sweet & Maxwell, 2018).

LAW LIBRARY level 3: KE3109 .D66 2017
David J. Doorey, The Law of Work (Toronto: Emond, 2017).

LAW LIBRARY level 3: KE8973 .D38 2018
Grace Hession David & Jonathan Shime, Prosecuting and Defending Fraud Cases: A Practitioner’s Handbook (Toronto: Emond Montgomery Publications Limited, 2018).

LAW LIBRARY level 3: KF306 .R677 2018
Ronald D. Rotunda, Legal Ethics in a Nutshell, 5th ed. (St. Paul: West Academic Publishing, 2018).

LAW LIBRARY level 3: KF3197 .S26 2018
Sharon K. Sandeen & Elizabeth A. Rowe, Trade Secret Law Including The Defend Trade Secrets Act of 2016 in a Nutshell, 2d ed. (St. Paul: West Academic Publishing, 2018).

LAW LIBRARY level 3: KF3775.Z9 H63 2018
James G. Hodge, Jr., Public Health Law in a Nutshell, 3d ed. (St. Paul: West Academic Publishing, 2018).

LAW LIBRARY level 3: KF3945 .S685 2018
John G. Sprankling & Rachael E. Salcido, The Law of Hazardous Wastes and Toxic Substances in a Nutshell, 3d ed. (St. Paul: West Academic Publishing, 2018).

LAW LIBRARY level 3: KF4770 .B37 2018
Jerome A. Barron & C. Thomas Dienes, First Amendment Law in a Nutshell, 5th ed. (St. Paul: West Academic Publishing, 2018).

LAW LIBRARY level 3: KF8779 .M35 2017
Raymond J. McKoski, Judges in Street Clothes: Acting Ethically Off-the-bench (Madison: Fairleigh Dickinson University Press, 2017).

LAW LIBRARY level 3: KF8841 .K36 2018
Mary Kay Kane, Civil Procedure in a Nutshell, 8th ed. (St. Paul: West Academic Publishing, 2018).

LAW LIBRARY level 3: KF8935.Z9 G73 2018
Michael H. Graham, Federal Rules of Evidence in a nutshell, 10th ed. (St. Paul: West Academic Publishing, 2018).

LAW LIBRARY level 3: KUQ716.7 .J65 2016
Carwyn Jones, New Treaty, New Tradition: Reconciling New Zealand and Māori Law (Wellington: Victoria University Press 2016).

LAW LIBRARY reference room (level 2): KUQ2568 .J663 2016
Carwyn Jones, New Treaty, New Tradition: Reconciling New Zealand and Māori Law (Vancouver: UBC Press, 2016).

LAW LIBRARY level 3: UG1242.D7 S69 2016
Sara M. Smyth, Drone Controversies: Ethical and Legal Debates Surrounding Targeted Strikes and Electronic Surveillance (Toronto: Thomson Reuters Canada, 2016).

The exhibition, “And there’s the humor of it”: Shakespeare and the four humors, will run from June 4 to July 14, 2018, at Rare Books and Special Collections on Level 1 of the Irving K. Barber Learning Centre and in the Memorial Room at Woodward Library. The theory of the four humors was initially borrowed from Ancient […]

Summer is coming! Check out these new Great Reads titles for your leisure reading!


BJ1588.J3 H66 2010
20代にしておきたい17のこと / 本田健

PL856.U673 S55 2015
職業としての小說家 / 村上春樹

PL861.A83 K88 2016
九十歲。何がめでたい / 佐藤愛子

PL876.S785 K325 2017
かがみの孤城 / 辻村深月

PN6790.J33 K683 2008 v.1-3
この世界の片隅に / こうの史代


BJ1594.5.K6 Y87 2013
어떻게 살 것 인가 / 유 시민

DS922.4642.N6 Y862 2016
대통령 의 말하기 : 노 무현 대통령 에게 배우는 설득 과 소통 의 법칙 / 윤 태영 지음

PL994.17.N36 A18 2016
82년생 김 지영 : 조 남주 장편 소설

PL994.9.K55 O56 2016
언어 의 온도 : 말 과 글 에는 나름 의 따뜻함 과 차가움 이 있다 / 이 기주

TX631 .C436 2017
카메라 와 부엌칼 을 든 남자 의 유럽 음식 방랑기 : 유럽 맛 위 를 걷다 / 장 준우 지음


DS779.28 .Z438 2016
燃灯者 / 赵越胜

NE965 .L519 2015
烟画中国 : 星火抗战  / 李徳生、张莹

PL2840 C4 X84 2017
雪花飄落之前 : 我生命中最後的一課 / 瓊瑤.

PL2863.Y53 S56 2011
生命的不可思议 : 胡因梦自传/ 胡因梦

TX357 .K84 2016
味觉森林 : 世界名食在家DIY / 葵儿多丽


UBC Library’s Canadian Art Exhibition Catalogue collection has a new home in the Ridington Room. The Music, Art and Architecture Library in the Irving K. Barber Learning Centre (IKBLC) has moved its exhibition catalogues out of storage into a new, visually impressive display on the third floor.

“The goal with this exhibit is to bring this collection, that has been scattered while in storage, together in a coherent way,” says Kevin Madill, Acting Head Librarian at the Music, Art and Architecture Library.

Although the collection covers exhibitions taking place throughout Canada, it is particularly strong in featuring local exhibitions, including those taking place at UBC. The collection helps preserve historically important Canadian materials and is the most in-depth collection on the west coast.

More than 60,000 exhibition catalogues were filed in cabinets, vertical files and the Automated Storage and Retrieval System (ASRS) in the IKBLC. This project moved many of them into visible storage on the third floor, where they can be accessed during reference hours.

To complement the collection, Kevin Madill liaised with the Vancouver Art Gallery to have facsimile reproductions of Emily Carr paintings put on display next to the catalogues. The reproductions were printed locally at Fidelis Art Printers and were mounted in the glass bookcases by library staff. Carr’s paintings highlight the focus of the collection on local artists, specifically women artists.

“We wanted to provide a sense of place,” says Madill, “To have everyone who walks into this space know immediately that they are in British Columbia.”

The project is dedicated to the memory of Diana Cooper, a UBC Fine Arts Librarian who devoted her professional career to the visual arts in Canada. She initiated the Canadian Art Exhibition Catalogue Collection and her work laid the groundwork for the collection.

Madill says he hopes to expand the display to the upper floor of the Ridington Room, using new facsimile reproductions. “This is a great representation of our cultural heritage and I think the space is much richer for it.”

Stop by the Music, Art and Architecture Library to view the Emily Carr display and exhibition of unique materials from the collection.

Lately, we’ve been highlighting some important lessons that can be learned in our collections, including the history of typography, how surgery was performed in the 16th century, and which artists are responsible for the art in the Chung Collection. But did you know that our collections also contain important business lessons? That’s right, business lessons from the Canadian Pacific Railway (CPR) collection, which is part of our Chung Collection! 


1. Keep Your Word

The Canadian Pacific Railway was built to fulfill a pledge that John A. Macdonald made to British Columbia. To be part of the Canada, BC demanded that a transcontinental railway should be built to connect the west and east.

Map of Canadian Pacific Railway, Kootenay District, British Columbia, 1904


2. Manage Projects Closely

British Columbia gave the Canadian government ten years to build the railway. Despite the complexity of building railways across Canada, the Canadian Pacific Railway completed the project before the estimated time.


3. Take Initiative

Although the railway project was successfully completed, and there was now a connection between the Canadians coasts, there were not enough people actually using it, which affected business profitability. As a result, the CPR sold their lands near the railway to settlers and immigrants in order for them to occupy the Prairies. The settlers did not know how to farm in the Prairie environment, so the CPR created ready-made farms where buyers could purchase the land and immediately start seeding the soil. The CPR also created initiatives to educate farmers on how to cultivate prairie soil. In the early 1900s, the CPR spent more money than the Canadian government in promoting immigration and settlement.

Ready made farms in Western Canada, 1910


4. Create Business Opportunities

The CPR management noticed that passengers needed a place to stop and rest during long trips across the country, so they decided to build their own hotels. Seeing the potential of the tourism trade, the CPR began to explore possible attractions for their hotels. This led to the discovery of natural hot springs in Alberta and the founding of the Banff Hot Springs Reserve (later Banff National Park), Canada’s first National Park. The park became a popular destination for vacations.

Canadian Pacific Hotels from Atlantic to Pacific, 1942


5. Transform Barriers into Opportunities

The CPR business was tested on several occasions. A notable example was when a climber unfortunately died while climbing Mount Lefroy in Banff National Park. In order to avoid any future tragedies and possible negative word of mouth, the CPR began to hire Swiss hiking guides to lead tourists through the mountains and ensure their safety. In the 55 years that the program was in place, no one died.

The challenge of the mountains, 1907


6. Diversify

You always hear that you should never put all your eggs in one basket. The CPR definitely took that advice to heart. Around 1971, their main businesses were: railway, ships, hotels, mines, minerals and manufacturing, oil and gas exploration, airlines, telecommunications, trucking, and real estate.

Canadian Pacific Airlines: straight to the point, 1946


7. Innovate

There was a time when telegrams were very popular at Christmas time. People loved to see the CPR telegram boy come to their door in his gray uniform to give them a colored telegram designed by the CPR’s art department, along with messages from their relatives. But the CPR’s real innovation was the Santagram, which were telegrams sent by Santa Claus himself to children.


8. Be Socially Responsible

The CPR contributed to the education of children in Northern Ontario, by bringing a school car to remote areas of the province. The car came equipped with a chalkboard, desks, a map, a library, and an area for the teacher to live. The car would typically stay in the same place for five days, then move around to other regions, leaving enough homework for the children to do until its return.



Canadian Pacific Railway (Historica Canada)

Canadian Pacific Railway (UBC Library)

CPR history for students (CPR)

Our history (CPR)

The story of the Canadian Pacific Railway (CPR)

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