A gorgeous collection of work from one of BC’s finest master printshops is on display for the next three weeks at UBC Library.

Through the Barbarian Eye: An exhibition of works from Barbarian Press features an array of material from this Mission, BC-based master printer – including early correspondence, stunning samples of works produced throughout the decades and a pre-publication copy of The Play of Pericles, one of Shakespeare’s lesser-known plays.

Barbarian Press was founded in 1977 by husband and wife Crispin and Jan Elsted. The press enjoys a stellar reputation among collectors, and is renowned worldwide for its exceptional work in printing wood engravings.

Through the Barbarian Eye runs from November 1-22 at UBC Library’s Rare Books and Special Collections, located on the lower level of the Irving K. Barber Learning Centre (1961 East Mall on the UBC Vancouver campus).

Please click on the links for more information about Barbarian Press and Rare Books and Special Collections.

The holiday season is just around the corner – and UBC Library is happy to help you celebrate in style with its Custom Greeting Card Program.

The Library is pleased to offer a gorgeous collection of lithographed art cards that can be customized with your own special greeting, accompanied by your faculty or business logo. Orders must be placed by Tuesday, November 2.

Each 5” x 7” art card features:

• A unique image from UBC Library’s collections
• A unique story for every image, printed on the back of each card
• A customized greeting to suit your occasion
• Full colour on acid-free, archival-quality recycled card stock

Customize your cards for the holiday season – and help support UBC Library!

For information on pricing or to request a brochure, please e-mail custom.cards@ubc.ca

Ingrid Parent, the University Librarian, challenges your team to take part in the first annual UBC Library/United Way Spelling Bee.

So sign up, come out and join us for a cross-campus team competition to raise awareness for the United Way.

The event takes place on Wednesday, November 10 from 12:30 p.m. until 1:30 p.m. at the Golden Jubilee Room, located on the top level of the Irving K. Barber Learning Centre.

Assemble your 10 best spellers (any combination of faculty and staff) to compete for the United Way Cup of Victory. Your team will go head-to-head with others from various departments and units.

If your team has what it takes to be the ultimate UBC spellers, RSVP with your list of team members by Wednesday, November 3 to Harry Young at 604-822-3977 or harry.young@ubc.ca

Take our online survey by October 31 for a chance to win!

You’re invited to participate in a UBC Library online questionnaire about reading habits and a possible leisure-reading collection at the Library.

This survey, conducted by UBC Library and the School of Libary, Archival and Information Studies, is being sent to undergraduates, graduates, faculty and other members of the UBC community.

While you may not have received an invitation to take this survey, you still can participate. And you’ll have the opportunity to win one of four $50.00 gift cards to Chapters Bookstores as a token of our appreciation.

You can access the survey here. The questionnaire is online from October 18 to 31, and takes five to 10 minutes to complete. Identifying information such as your e-mail address will not be connected to responses. Participation in this study is limited to individuals who are 19 or older. Participation is voluntary and you may choose to skip answers or exit the survey at any time.

If you have any questions please e-mail Bailey Diers or Shannon Simpson at delay@interchange.ubc.ca.

Thank you for your participation. We appreciate your feedback – and good luck!

A new offering from UBC Library at the University of British Columbia enables users to access decades of valuable information on mine reclamation for free.

Each year, the British Columbia Mine Reclamation Symposium is presented by the B.C. Technical and Research Committee on Reclamation (TRCR). This first symposium was held in 1977 as a response to a need in the province for enhanced government and industry communications in the area of environmental protection and reclamation associated with mining.

Proceedings of these symposia, covering not only B.C., but also Canadian and worldwide mines, are a valuable source of information on this important topic. Now, thanks to a successful collaboration between UBC Library and the TRCR, all conference papers – more than 600, dating from 1977 to the present – are available for free online.

The papers are hosted by cIRcle, UBC’s digital repository, which serves as an archive of UBC’s intellectual output. They can be found and searched at https://circle.ubc.ca/handle/2429/6934.

The proceedings have proven to be a big draw. For example, the most popular paper – “Water management of the Steep Rock Iron Mines at Atikokan, Ontario during construction, operations, and after mine abandonment,” found at https://circle.ubc.ca/handle/2429/10657 – has been viewed and downloaded hundreds of times, mainly by users in the U.S. and Canada, but also by those from the U.K., Portugal, China, India , Finland and Norway.

This feature is a valuable resource for anyone in the mining and related industries who is involved with reclamation. Moreover, all recent UBC dissertations, including those related to mining, are available in cIRcle for free and can be found at https://circle.ubc.ca/handle/123456789/2.

The Northern Miner newspaper recently published a story on the mining reclamation symposia, cIRcle and UBC Library.

For more information, please contact Eugene Barsky, Science and Engineering Librarian, at eugene.barsky@ubc.ca.

Showcasing Open Scholarship at UBC

UBC is once again participating in the International Open Access Week event, where the worldwide research and academic community share and learn about open access and other open scholarship movements. The event runs from Monday, October 18 through Friday, October 22.

The open access movement is based on the principle of providing free, unfettered access to information for all. UBC’s own event – Open Access Week @ UBC – showcases a week of topical discussion panels, lectures and workshops highlighting diverse areas of open scholarship from UBC’s researchers, faculty, students, staff and special guests. It ends with concluding remarks from Dr. David Farrar, UBC’s Provost and Vice President Academic.

Some of the many evocative talks include:

o        Sayeed Choudhury from Johns Hopkins University at the keynote event, where he will talk about The Case for Open Data and eScience – Establishing a University Data Management Program at Johns Hopkins;

o        Martha Rans, Creative Commons lawyer and Legal Director of the Artists Legal Outreach at the Alliance for Arts, who will describe What Bill C-32 Means to Educators;

o        Dr. Anita Palepu, who will talk about Choosing to be an Open Access Journal Publisher;

o        Dr. Heather Piwowar, who will describe her research on data-sharing and re-use behaviour in What it means to make raw research datasets open?;

o        Dr. John Willinsky, founder of the Public Knowledge Project, and graduate students Meike Wernicke and Reilly Yeo, who will talk about Scholarly Rights and Responsibilities in the Digital Age (Willinsky and Simon Fraser University also developed an open journal system that UBC Library uses to host select journals, such as BC Studies);

o        UBC students Goldis Chami and Gordana Panic, who will talk about their work igniting student support for open access at UBC;

o        Professor Michael Brauer, who will describe the development of his award-winning Cycling Route Planner, an openly available Web tool to support public health.

A growing schedule of events can be found here. Please check regularly for updates.

All of these events are FREE and open to the public, students, faculty, staff and schools.

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