The University of British Columbia and its institutional repository both feature prominently in a pair of global rankings.

UBC is the top-ranked Canadian university – and 35th in the world – according to research from CSIC (the Consejo Superior de Investigaciones Científicas), the largest public research body in Spain.

A separate CSIC ranking places UBC’s cIRcle ( at 77th out of 400 global institutional repositories (IRs). An IR is an online storehouse for an institution’s scholarly and administrative output.

“This is such an encouraging result, given that cIRcle began developing only about three years ago,” says Hilde Colenbrander, cIRcle’s Co-ordinator. “We plan to continue enhancing our holdings so we can showcase UBC’s contributions to the world.”

For more information on the university and IR rankings, please see and

How do societies change in response to contact with other cultures? And what roles do objects play in mediating these connections over time and place? This two-and-a-half-day symposium – held March 4 through March 6 at the UBC Vancouver campus – brings together anthropologists, geographers, historians, Indigenous artists and activists, and literary scholars whose research focuses on cross-cultural encounters and material exchange in a global context. Invited speakers will share works-in-progress and critically assess their own approaches toward the study of cultural exchange between peoples, places and things.

UBC Library is proud to support this event. Rare Books and Special Collections has worked with organizer Neil Safier of UBC’s Department of History on an accompanying digital collection, and the Irving K. Barber Learning Centre is an event sponsor.

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