Ingrid Parent, UBC’s University Librarian, is inviting members of the University community to a special event entitled Get up close with cIRcle: Revealing your research to the world.

cIRcle is UBC’s openly accessible digital repository for research and teaching materials created by the UBC community and its partners. Three UBC scholars will talk about using cIRcle to disseminate research.

Up close with cIRcle takes place on Wednesday, March 10 from 2 p.m. to 3 p.m. in the Lillooet Room, located on level three of the Irving K. Barber Learning Centre. The event is free, and light refreshments will be served.

To register, please e-mail by March 4.

UBC’s Asian Library, home to the largest Asian collection in Canada, is proud to announce its 50th anniversary celebrations.

Five decades ago, the Asian Library was launched with the purchase of the unparalleled Puban collection from China. The same year, the Library became one of only three North American repositories of Japanese government documents.

Today, its collection includes more than 580,000 volumes in nine languages, such as Korean, Hindi, Urdu, Punjabi, Sanskrit, Tibetan and Indonesian. Users at UBC and beyond visit the Asian Library to access a huge range of information on Asia, including language, literature, history, art, social and political sciences, economics, Asian-Canadian history, science and technology, and more.

An Asian Library 50th Anniversary Celebration takes place on Friday, March 5 at 2:30 p.m. in the Auditorium of the Asian Centre. Speakers include Ingrid Parent, University Librarian; Eleanor Yuen, Head Librarian of the Asian Library; Robban A.J. Toleno, a PhD student in Asian Studies; Henry Yu, an Associate Professor in the Department of History; Wes Pue, Vice Provost and AVP Academic Resources; and a representative of the Ron Bick Lee family.

To register, please RSVP to or call the UBC Library Development Office at 604-827-4112.

To view a range of Asian Library 50th Anniversary events, please visit

Michael Brauer, a UBC Professor from the School of Environmental Health, has won UBC Library’s inaugural Innovative Dissemination of Research Award for the Cycling Metro Vancouver Route Planner.

The Innovative Dissemination of Research Award, which includes a certificate and $2,000, honours UBC faculty, staff and students who expand the boundaries of research with the creative use of new tools and technologies.
Brauer led a team that developed an interactive cycling route planner (, which integrates research from various sources and disseminates it via a user-friendly Google Maps interface. This planner is part of the Cycling in Cities program, based at UBC’s School of Population & Public Health and the School of Environmental Health.

The tool allows cyclists to find routes that fit personal preferences, such as distance, elevation gain, air quality and vegetation. The underlying code for the route planner can also be easily adapted to other municipalities wishing to embark on similar projects.

On behalf of UBC Library, congratulations to Michael and his team!

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