Please see below for information on study hours at the Learning Centre and December 24 closing hours for the UBC Library system.


Monday, November 29 – Saturday, December 18, 2010

Please note that extended hours do not include service points/items such as the Chapman Learning Commons, Library bookstacks and access to computer workstations.

During the 24/7 opening period, regular cleaning of study spaces will continue. Certain rooms in the Learning Centre will be closed for cleaning and/or exam preparation during the 24/7 study period.

These include:

Rooms 182 (Victoria Learning Theatre and attached study rooms 181, 183, 184, 196), 260 and 261 – closed from 11 p.m. to 7 a.m.

Rooms 455 and 459 (the Nass Reading Room includes rooms 460 and 461) – closed from 4 a.m. to 7 a.m.

Level one of the Learning Centre and Ike’s Cafe seating area (including study rooms 262, 263, 264, 265) close at 1 a.m.

If you are planning to stay overnight at UBC or have an early exam, check out the UBC Student Hostel, which is bookable online here.

UBC AMS Safewalk is available from 7 p.m. to 2 a.m. – please call 604-822-5355.


To all of our users – please note that the Library’s Public Service points will close at 3 p.m. on December 24.

These include:

Asian Library

Education Library

Irving K. Barber Learning Centre Library branches, including:

Art Architecture and Planning

Chapman Learning Commons

Circulation Desk (level two)

Rare Books and Special Collections

Science and Engineering

University Archives

Koerner Library

Law Library

Music Library

Woodward Library

St. Paul’s Hospital Library

Hamber Library

Xwi7xwa Library

The Robson Square Branch will close at 1 p.m. on December 24.

The Biomedical Branch Library is closed from December 13, 2010 through January 9, 2011 for HVAC replacement.

The David Lam Library will continue to be closed due to ongoing renovations.

The Irving K. Barber Learning Centre public space will remain open until 11 p.m. on December 24.

You can find out more information about UBC Library hours during the holiday season (December 21 through January 3) here.

Celebrating the Centennial of the Mexican Revolution, an exhibition at the Learning Centre Gallery, highlights various Mexican eras. It features a mural, painted by seven different artists, that represents a vision of modern Mexico. Meanwhile, the obsidian collection of Samuel Frid represents an ancestral tradition. Jon Bertelli’s photographic collection of the last generation of Zapatistas and Farallon Mining Ltd.’s private numismatic collection (coin collection) pays homage to the Mexican revolutionary spirit.

Celebrating the Centennial of the Mexican Revolution runs until December 20. The Learning Centre Gallery is on level two of the Irving K. Barber Learning Centre, adjacent to the Circulation Desk.

With the agreement between Access Copyright and Canadian universities expiring at the end of the year, UBC Library is taking a lead on promoting responsible use of copyrighted and licensed material, including databases and journals. This includes the development of the License Information Database, which answers many questions that instructors may have about using the Library’s resources.

The License Information Database is available to the public here. You can also find out more information on the Access Copyright issue and view UBC Library’s extensive copyright site here.

Nominations Now Open: The 2011 UBC Library Innovative Dissemination of Research Award

UBC Library is once again seeking nominations for its annual Innovative Dissemination of Research Award. Established in 2010, this award honours those whose creative use of new tools and technologies enhance the ways that research is disseminated.

All UBC faculty, staff and students are eligible. The recipient will be announced at the Celebrate Research Week Gala event in March 2011. Nominations will be accepted from November 15 to December 6, 2010.

You can find out more information on the nomination process and the award program here.

UBC Library is pleased to present its monthly UBC GIS Users Group meetings – a gathering of students, researchers, faculty and staff on campus who work with or are interested in geographical information systems. The meetings are held on the last Wednesday of the month in Koerner Library, Room 216 at 4 p.m.

The next meeting, entitled “What’s new in ArcGIS 10,” takes place on Wednesday, November 24. Join us to hear Jerry Maedel from the Faculty of Forestry, who will discuss new and changed features within the ArcGIS 10 software (compared to the the previous 9.3.1 version).

For more information, please contact Tom Brittnacher, Geographic Information Systems Librarian, at 604-827-4450 or

The UBC Photosociety is proud to present my everyday – a photo exhibit that appears in the Irving K. Barber Learning Center Gallery. This exhibition displays work from members of the UBC Photosociety that deals with their daily lives, and the ways that those lives intersect with university life. Emerging photographers have captured the things they see and do, the inspirations and the frustrations of their everyday lives as students and members of the university community.

The event is organized by the UBC Photosociety Executive Committee, which thanks Allan Cho, Kristen Cassidy and all of the contributing artists.

my everyday runs until November 18, 2010. The Learning Centre Gallery is located on level two, adjacent to the Circulation Desk.

Participate in UBC Library’s technology survey – and enter to win an iPod Nano!

UBC Library recently released its strategic plan for the next five years, which you can find here. Technology and the digital agenda are a key component of this plan – and in order to serve you better, we invite you participate in a brief survey. This information will help us form a complementary plan for the Library’s IT department.

Your feedback is valuable to us. Thank you for participating – and good luck!

The survey runs from November 10 – November 24.

Users of UBC Library can now access one of the largest library collections in Korea, thanks to an agreement with that country’s National Assembly Library (NAL).

The NAL, located in Seoul, is one of Korea’s two national depository libraries. The agreement with UBC Library marks the first time that the two organizations have agreed to collaborate.

The deal means that UBC users will be able to access more than 119 million full-text pages from books, journals, theses, newspapers and more. Printing of these materials is allowed, as long as NAL is the copyright or license holder. Users wanting to access databases can do so with workstations at UBC’s Asian Library.

The two organizations will discuss options for additional exchanges of materials and employees. For more information, please contact Helen Kim, Korean Reference Librarian, at

The Irving K. Barber Learning Centre is pleased to present its webcast schedule for November 2010. Please see below for descriptions and webcast links; all webcasts will also be archived.

All events are hosted by UBC’s School of Library, Archival and Information Studies.

Wednesday, November 3

Noon – 1 pm, Dodson Room (Room 302, Learning Centre)

Speech Act Theory and Concepts of the Record

Presented by Geoffrey Yeo, Lecturer, Department of Information Studies, University College London and Visiting Professor, School of Library, Archival and Information Studies

The philosophers J.L. Austin and John Searle developed speech act theory in the 20th century. This talk will provide a brief introduction to the theory and explore aspects that seem relevant to concepts in archival science.

Mr. Yeo will focus on connections between speech act theory and a conceptualization of records as persistent representations, ideas about the role of representation in the performance of speech acts, the potential impact of speech act theory on perceptions of the record as a source of information, and/or the importance of societal conventions in understanding the affinities of records to human action. He will argue that records have performative characteristics and that speech act theory can help us comprehend the relations between records, actions and events.

The webcast will be available here.

Friday, November 5

11 am – noon, Lillooet Room (Room 301, Learning Centre)

Supporting the Reading of Digital Books

Presented by Dr. George Buchanan, Senior Lecturer at the Centre for HCI Design, City University, London

Libraries have traditionally stored large volumes of physical documents. In recent years, this has been supplemented by an increasing proportion of digital texts. While there has been extensive research into the reading of relatively short documents, there is a limited knowledge of how longer digital documents are found, chosen and read. With the emergence of Kindles, iPads and other portable digital reading devices, it is timely to re-investigate the use of longer electronic texts, such as digital books.

In this talk, Dr. George Buchanan will report the key findings of a four-year research project that has addressed the selection and reading of digital books. He will also suggest avenues for future investigation.

Dr. Buchanan has researched digital libraries for over 10 years, and has a particular interest in the difficulties that users have in finding information using computer-based systems. In addition to his studies of digital libraries, he has conducted extensive investigations into mobile human-computer interaction. Dr. Buchanan’s research has been recognized by the conferment of six best-paper awards and a life fellowship of the Royal Society of Arts.

The webcast will be available here.

Wednesday, November 17

Noon – 1 pm, Dodson Room (Room 302, Learning Centre)

Project VIEWS:  Early Learning Initiatives That Work Successfully (or Do They?)

Presented by Dr. Eliza T. Dresang, Beverly Cleary Professor of Children’s Literature and Services, The Information School, University of Washington

How do we know whether early learning initiatives involving public libraries work? That is, what is the impact on early learners? Dr. Eliza Dresang, the Early Learning Public Library Partnership and the Foundation for Early Learning in Washington State have joined forces to address this challenging topic through Project VIEWS, funded through the Institute for Museum and Library Services.

Dr. Dresang will give an overview of early learning assessment research in Washington. She will then speak about the related research in which she is involved, and the potentially radical idea of how she will adapt her research with school‐age children to an early learning audience. There will be time for a discussion.

The webcast will be available here.

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