Come see the combined vision of six Vancouver artists whose photography transcends the traditional. Inspire your senses with images that include architecture, pop art, nature and the evocative beauty of remote lands.

Artists include Andrew Mok, Gina Botelho, James Yip, Marek Gronowski, Pennie Lou and Ron Lee – please see below for more information on the photographers.

Join us to celebrate this engaging exhibit. The grand opening will be held at the Irving K. Barber Learning Centre, 1961 East Mall, UBC Vancouver on June 29, 2010 from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. Light refreshments will be served.

Creative Outlets runs until July 30, 2010 at the Learning Centre Gallery, located on level two of the Irving K. Barber Learning Centre, adjacent to the Circulation desk.


Mon, Thurs, Fri – 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Tues and Wed – 9 a.m. to 9 p.m.

Sat – 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

For further information, please contact Allan Cho, UBC Library, at 604-827-4366 or

The Artists

Andrew Mok began his career as a telecom engineer and studied photography in his native Hong Kong. Andrew stays close to his passion for photography by working as a professional digital editor. Henri Cartier Bresson, Alfred Stieglitz and Diana Arbus are among his photographic inspirations.

Gina Botelho’s imagination overflows into her beautiful imagery. She takes her photographs beyond the snapshot with her unique and creative digital transformations. This not only provides self-fulfillment, but also intriguing visuals for her audience to enjoy.

James Yip’s driving force is his heartfelt love of birds, which he photographs in their natural habitat. James has the ability to transform ideas into artistic ventures.

Marek Gronowski’s focus as a professional photographer involves international hotel photo shoots for Internet marketing and the travel industry. However, his real passion starts after hours when he ventures into the darkroom of his mind.

Penny Lou is an original visionary thinker, always ready to experiment. Her fresh approach results in innovative and fascinating photography.

Ron Lee’s photography reveals his architectural mind in motion as it embraces finely balanced details, colours and elegant lines. He chooses to retain the inherent beauty of his subjects and tends to eschew digital manipulation.

In March, UBC Library completed its third user survey. Entitled LibQUAL, the survey assesses user satisfaction with services at UBC Library – we want to find out what’s working for you, what isn’t, and how we can make your experience more enjoyable and effective.

The Library received 619 responses and 276 comments. Responses were received equally from respondents in the sciences and non-sciences, and undergraduates, graduate students and faculty members participated.

Encouragingly, respondents gave the Library a rating of 81% in overall quality of services, and even higher grades for courteous services and knowledgeable staff.

Yet respondents continue to express concerns about remote access from home or office, the difficulty of navigating the Library website, the availability of e-journals and e-books, and wayfinding inside Library buildings.

As in previous surveys, a number of collection gaps were identified, including the need for both print and electronic materials. Gaps in access to modern equipment and easy-to-use tools were also cited as concerns by respondents.

Theme teams – focusing on access, collections, customer services, space, and teaching and learning – are now determining steps to address the concerns raised in the LibQUAL survey and support UBC’s new strategic plan.

We’ll make sure to keep you up to date on developments. For more information, please contact Margaret Friesen, Assessment Librarian, at

UBC Library is thrilled to announce the opening of its new GIS/Research Data Lab. The facility, which celebrated its grand opening on Wednesday, June 16, houses six workstations that allow users to manipulate data and produce graphic representations of the results in geographic settings (GIS stands for Geographic Information Systems).

This means, for example, that users can track changes in sea levels, display the complexities of overlapping territories in First Nations land claims, or analyze movements of improvising modern dancers. All this can be depicted visually and used for disciplines such as health policy, geography, political science, forestry, economics, history and social policy.

The lab is serviced by Library staff whose responsibilities include maps, GIS and data services. Interested patrons should review the “Terms of Use” document, which is found here.

Users are invited to sign up to access the lab’s resources and services. For more information, please contact GIS Librarian Tom Brittnacher at or 604-827-4450.

The murder of 14-year-old Reena Virk by schoolmates in Victoria., B.C. aroused deep concern about violence among children in our society. Throughout the ensuing trials, courtroom artist Heather Spears recorded these children and their stories in an attempt to understand what happened and why.

Spears’s sketches are now on display until June 25 in the Learning Centre Gallery, located on level two of the Irving K. Barber Learning Centre, adjacent to the Circulation Desk.

As part of the Gallery’s exhibition programming, Heather Spears will read from her new book of poems, Required Reading: A Witness in Words and Drawings to the Reena Virk Trials, 1998-2000. You can read more about the book here.

The reading takes place at the Lillooet Room, located on the third floor of the Learning Centre, on June 24 from 3 p.m. to 4 p.m. To ensure a seat, please RSVP to or call 604-827-4366.

Following the exhibition, Spears’s drawings will be added to the Heather Spears fonds at UBC Library’s Rare Books and Special Collections, where they will join more than 6,500 other sketches and drawings. Spears’s work includes other trial drawings, as well as drawings from writers’ festivals, music festivals and various other professions and activities. For more information, please see Heather Spears fonds.

UBC Library is pleased to announce the acquisition of the Adam Matthew digital collections not previously held by the Library.

The addition of the Adam Matthew collections represents a significant effort at acquiring digital primary research materials, manuscripts and rare printed sources in the arts, humanities and social sciences.

The Library has been making a concerted effort to enhance holdings of material in electronic form. In 2008/09, we acquired an extensive array of life sciences and medical journal backfiles comprising more than 1,500 titles.

For a complete description and listing of the Adam Mathews resources, see

 See below for a listing of modules:

The Nixon Years, 1969-1974

America, Asia and the Pacific

The American West 

Confidential Print: North America, 1824-1961

Eighteenth Century Journals III

Eighteenth Century Journals IV

Everyday Life & Women in America, c. 1800-1920 

Foreign Office Files for China, 1949-1980, Section I and II 

The Grand Tour

India, Raj and Empire

Literary Manuscripts (Leeds)

Literary Manuscripts (Berg)

Macmillan Cabinet Papers, 1957-1963

Mass Observation Online Update

Perdita Manuscripts: Women Writers, 1500-1700

Travel Writing, Spectacle and World History

Victorian Popular Culture

Virginia Company Archives

Women in the National Archives 1559-1995

Confidential Print: Middle East, c. 1839-1969

Jewish Life in America, c. 1654-1954

London Low Life

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