Check out your own books at UBC Library – and have a chance to win an 8GB iPod Touch!

The event is sponsored by 3M to promote usage of the Library’s 3M self-serve book checkout units, which are in the Irving K. Barber Learning Centre, Koerner Library and Woodward Library.

On November 2, a draw will be made from all self-serve transactions that took place during the entire month of October. A lucky patron will be selected to win the iPod Touch, courtesy of 3M. All UBC Library cardholders are eligible to enter the raffle.

Look for more information on Library signage and digital displays, the Library’s homepage ( and at the bottom of the self-serve printouts.

Joy Kirchner, the Librarian for Collections, Licenses and Digital Scholarship at UBC Library, has published an article in a special issue of Research Library Issues from the Association of Research Libraries.

You can view the article – entitled “Scholarly Communications: Planning for the Integration of Liaison Librarian Roles” – and other related pieces here:

Come check out UBC Library at the 2009 Word on the Street festival, an annual event that celebrates books, writers and readers.
The Library’s booth will feature:
– sign-ups for its Community Card, which offers access to UBC Library collections for patrons outside the campus community;
– UBC Library Vault (, an initiative to promote Library collections online (and the 2008 winner of the Best Booth at Word on the Street);
– the UBC Robson Reading Series, which presents talks by contemporary Canadian authors;
– and UBC Library’s Rare Books and Special Collections, which will highlight the exceptional Chung Collection.
UBC Library will be selling cards featuring Vault images, and will also participate in the book bag treasure hunt – so come down, support the Library and have a fun (and literary) day!

Word on the Street takes place Sunday, September 27 at Library Square in downtown Vancouver. UBC Library’s booth will be open from 9:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.

For more information, please visit

Art and book lovers can now view Canvas Treasures that feature rare images from UBC Library’s special collections. From September 21 to October 12, 2009, a selection of these striking canvases are on display in the gallery space of the Irving K. Barber Learning Centre, located on level two and to the left of the Circulation Desk.

Images include details of rare medieval manuscripts, maps from the world’s first modern atlas, vintage illustrations of popular fairy tales such as Hans Christian Andersen’s The Snow Queen and an illuminated 1575 Spanish Chant Manuscript that the Library recently digitized.

These images, also featured on UBC Library Vault (, are printed with archival-quality inks onto premium canvas using a high-resolution printing technique called giclée. The prints are then stretched and gallery-wrapped onto wooden frames. The prints feature a certificate describing the image and its source, and a plaque containing the unique story of each image. Sizes are 36’’x48’’, 48’’x60’’ and 54’’x54’’.

Proceeds from the sale of these artworks support the growth and maintenance of UBC Library Collections. For more information, please contact Manuela Boscenco at 604-827-5914 or or Jessica Woolman at 604-827-4275 or

Manuela Boscenco is the winner of the Canadian Library Association’s (CLA) 2009 Student Article Contest. She is the Promotions Co-ordinator in UBC Library’s Development Office and a student at UBC’s School of Library and Information Studies.

Her article, “Strictly Business: Providing Access to Digital Images,” appears in Feliciter, the CLA’s magazine, Issue 4, 2009. You can access a PDF of the article (beginning on page 141) here:

Manuela received a full registration to attend the recent CLA conference in Montreal, along with a plaque and $100. Congratulations Manuela!

The Victoria Times Colonist published an article called Checklist for Maintaining a Healthy Digital Identity. In addition to providing some great information, it highlighted Digital Tattoo, an online resource designed to help you explore how your online identity affects you, your friends, your school and your job – for better and for worse. Digital Tattoo helps you make informed choices about what you create and who gets to see it.

Digital Tattoo is a collaborative project of UBC Library, the Office of Learning Technology, Student Development – Access & Diversity, Student Development – Career Services, and the Writing Centre.

On November 2, a Digital Tattoo workshop is being offered as part of the Student to Scholar Series. You can register online.

UBC Library and the Irving K. Barber Learning Centre are featured in the September 2009 issue of UBC Reports.

You can read about the digitization of UBC’s first 100 theses, a project undertaken by University Archives, here:

And you can read about new offerings from the Chapman Learning Commons here:

An article on the recent m-Libraries conference – which was held at UBC and explored the world of libraries, information and mobile devices – appears in the July 2009 issue of the UK publication Ariadne.

You can view the article here:

An innovative project that involves students and members of B.C’s Chinese-Canadian community is well underway.

The three-year effort involves students interviewing Chinese-Canadian community members – elders in particular – to record and preserve the oft-ignored history of the Chinese in Canada. UBC Library and the Irving K. Barber Learning Centre are involved in the project, which is the brainchild of Henry Yu, an associate professor in UBC’s Department of History.

You can view videos, and read more about the Community Historical Recognition Program, here:

We’ll make sure to let you know about program developments – and do contact us with your feedback.

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