An article about UBC Library’s Tools for Outreach and Teaching Series (TOTS) appears in Partnership: The Canadian Journal of Library and Information Practice and Research. The article was written by Lindsay Ure, Susan Atkey and Katherine Miller, who are reference librarians at UBC Library.

You can view the piece here:

Shakeela Begum, UBC Library’s Director of Development, recently spoke to the Vancouver Observer about UBC Library Vault and fundraising for the Library. 

You can read the interview here:

Fans of British Columbia folk music, rejoice: more than 7,000 items from the Philip J. Thomas Collection are now catalogued and ready for use. Thomas, who was born in Victoria in 1921 and died in 2007, co-founded the group that became the Vancouver Folk Song Society.


The collection, held by UBC Library’s Rare Books and Special Collections division, consists mainly of books and sheet music. It taps into many aspects of Western popular culture through the centuries. Songs are predominantly in English, but French, Gaelic, German and other groups are also represented. The collection contains a wealth of material useful in the analysis of popular song in society – meaning that the songs are “of the people” rather than the elite. Nor are they solely commercial products.


Such songs include a vast array of styles, including ballads, lullabies, nursery rhymes, work songs, sea shanties, hymns, spirituals, national and ethnic songs, soldier songs, bawdy songs, topical songs, political and protest songs, blues and much more.


For more information, go to the catalogue page at and type “Philip J. Thomas Popular Song Collection” as an author search. Also, feel free to visit Rare Books and Special Collections on level one of the Irving K. Barber Learning Centre, or call 604-822-9587.         


Gwen Zilm, Associate Vice President, Learning Services at UBC Okanagan, has been awarded with the Miles Blackwell Outstanding Academic Librarian Award. This is the highest honour presented by the Canadian Library Association.

The award was recently presented to Zilm at a national library conference in Montreal. You can read more here:

The Spring 2009 issue of the newsletter from the Council of Post Secondary Library Directors is now available at,%20Vol.20,%20No.1,%20Spring%202009.pdf.

UBC Library’s entry begins on page 18, and features a tribute to University Librarian pro tem Peter Ward, along with an update on Ingrid Parent, the incoming University Librarian.




New cards and captivating canvases are the latest items to emerge from UBC Library Vault (, where you can find hundreds of images from the Library’s rare and special collections.


The 4.25” x 5.5” card sets feature striking images based on topics including Japanese fairytales, books as art objects, 19th-century floral illustrations, an illuminated Spanish manuscript and much more. The sets are beautifully packaged for gift-giving as well – so make sure to select some for those near and dear before they sell out.


If you’d like to enjoy Vault images on a grander scale, then you’ll be happy to hear about UBC Library Vault Canvas Treasures. These feature select images on canvas giclée, dazzling the eye with archival-quality inks and premium canvas. Images can be printed in various sizes; each one is gallery wrapped on a wooden frame and accompanied by a letter of provenance.


Proceeds support the growth and care of UBC Library’s collections. For more information, please contact And remember to sign up for the award-winning eVault newsletter at


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