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!

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