Eugene Barsky, a Science and Engineering Librarian at UBC Library, has published an article in Partnership: the Canadian Journal of Library and Information Practice and Research. Partnership is an open access journal.

The article, entitled “A Library Journal Club as a Tool for Current Awareness and Open Communication: UBC case study” can be viewed at

An update on the Irving K. Barber Learning Centre is featured on page 3 of Open Door, the newsletter of the B.C. Library Trustees’ Association. In addition, a photo and mention of Irving Barber appears on the previous page.

You can view the newsletter at BCLTA_newsletter_fall2009

At the beginning of this month (see the December 3 post) we announced the success of David Lam librarians, who were recognized for their efforts in creating a unique guide. Now, there’s more good news about UBC Library and the BCLA ALPS (Academic Librarians in Public Service) Laud a Librarian “Gold Medal” contest.

Sally Taylor and Susan Atkey, of Woodward Library and Humanities and Social Sciences, respectively, won the Grand Prize for a workshop targeting graduate students and faculty. The interdisciplinary workshop covers different types of alerts that help researchers keep up-to-date with new research in their field. For more information, please visit

Sally and Susan will present four more workshops next term – the schedule is available at

Shawnna Parlongo also received an honorable mention for her Census of Canada Beyond 20/20 Tutorial, found at

Many UBC Librarians shared their instruction resources as part of the ALPS contest, and their work was donated under Creative Commons Share Alike license. Thanks to Susan Atkey, Sheryl Adam, Jennifer Bancroft, Katherine Miller, Susan Paterson, Shawnna Parlongo, Christina Sylka, Sally Taylor, Lindsay Ure and Jan Wallace.

Lea Starr and the Reference and Instruction Committee supported the Laud a Librarian contest and contributed generously to the prizes, along with donations from British Columbia Electronic Library Network, Langara Library and the University of the Fraser Valley.  

A full list of winners is available at

Thanks to all the participants, and congratulations to the winners!

The Vancouver Courier features an article on the exhibit Drippytown: Vancouver Life Through the Eyes of Independent Cartoonists.

You can view the article here:

Drippytown is on display in Rare Books and Special Collections, located on level one of the Irving K. Barber Learning Centre.

Patricia Logie, a B.C. artist who has donated her portrait collection Chronicles of Pride to UBC Library, is featured in the Coast Reporter, a Sunshine Coast newspaper.

You can view the article here:

Chronicles of Pride is a collection of 31 portraits that honour a range of First Nations figures. The collection will be displayed in March 2010 in the Learning Centre Gallery,  located on level two of the Irving K. Barber Learning Centre, adjacent to the circulation desk.

Librarians from the David Lam Management Research Library have won plaudits for a unique guide that helps business students conduct research more effectively.

Jan Wallace, Christina Sylka and Lindsay Ure were recognized by the Academic Librarians in Public Service (ALPS) as part of the “Laud a Librarian Gold Medal” contest.

Last summer, the librarians discussed the need to help students with the critical thinking that’s needed for any research project.

Searching for data and information involves interactions between thinking, research, revising, re-thinking and research.  

Many students need coaching consultations throughout this process. To help them at the critical preliminary stage, the librarians devised a form, called Jump-Start Your Research. The form not only helps librarians understand the nature of the student’s assignment or project; it also speeds up the time it takes for the student to identify and refine their topic, create a strategy and begin the research.

The guide has been used for a term, and groups of students (MBA students in particular) have been filling the form out and sending it in, knowing that it will save them time – their scarcest commodity. So far, Jump-Start Your Success has been a success for the librarians and the students.

Congratulations Jan, Christina and Lindsay!

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