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!

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