UBC Library is pleased to announce a new addition to its Adam Matthew digital collections: London Low Life.

“This wonderful digital collection brings to life the teeming streets of Victorian London, inviting students and scholars to explore the gin palaces, brothels and East End slums of the 19th century’s greatest city.”

This collection will be of interest to 19th-century scholars researching: working-class culture, street literature, popular music, urban topography, “slumming,” prostitution, the Contagious Diseases Act, the Temperance Movement, social reform, Toynbee Hall, police and criminality.

Material includes:

– Fast literature

– Street ephemera: posters, advertising, playbills, ballads and broadsides

– Penny fiction

– Cartoons

– Chapbooks

– Street Cries

– Swell’s guides to London prostitution, gambling and drinking dens

– Reform literature

– Maps and views of London

London Low Life is just one of the 25 fabulous Adam Matthew digital collections at UBC Library. You can view others here.

Feeling festive? Then make sure to visit ’Tis the Season, a winter holiday-themed exhibition now on display at UBC Library’s Rare Books and Special Collections (RBSC) division.

’Tis the Season collects both local and international works for the holiday season, and features modern and classical highlights from RBSC’s holdings. The exhibition includes first editions, as well as fine press productions on themes including Santa Claus, Charles Dickens’s A Christmas Carol and Christmas on the West Coast.

The exhibition was curated by Emma Wendel, a practicum student from UBC’s School of Library, Archival and Information Studies.

‘Tis the Season runs to January 6, 2011 at RBSC, located on level one of the Irving K. Barber Learning Centre. Happy holidays!

The Art Libraries Society of North America (ARLIS/NA) is pleased to announce Bailey Diers as the recipient of its 2010-11 Internship Award. Bailey, a student in the Master of Library and Information Studies degree program at UBC’s School of Library, Archival and Information Studies, is also a Graduate Academic Assistant in UBC Library’s Assessment Office.

The prestigious award grants $2,500 to support a period of internship for a student preparing for a career in art librarianship or visual resources curatorship. In addition to the $2,500 stipend, Bailey will receive a one-year complimentary membership in ARLIS/NA.

Congratulations Bailey!

The Fall 2010 issue of Insight, UBC Library’s newsletter for faculty, features an array of stories on new spaces, copyright considerations, the Douglas Coupland archives, the Library’s strategic plan and more.

You can view the new issue of Insight here: Insight Fall 2010.

UBC Library enjoyed some stellar results at the recent 2010 ALPS LINK awards. (ALPS LINK is a partnership between the Academic Librarians for Public Service and the British Columbia Electronic Library Network. This year’s contest was entitled “Burning Needs,” and the theme was to share learning objects for librarians’ teaching needs. You can view the contest flyer here).

Charlotte Beck, a Reference Librarian at Woodward Library, won one of the top three prizes for her “Database Search Techniques – Sample of Clicker Questions.” Charlotte’s sample questions can be used with the new iClickers, which have become popular with UBC faculty and will soon be available in all UBC Library teaching labs. The awards committee noted that the questions can easily be adapted for use by librarians. Charlotte’s excellent work is available here.

All learning objects in the repository are licensed under the Creative Commons Share Alike license. Therefore, when librarians use her award-winning work, they also will share their new work in ALPS LINK.

Also of note, Bernadette Duffy – a UBC Library co-op student – received an Honourable Mention for her guide entitled “How to Search PubMed,” which is available here.

You can view a complete list of ALPS LINK winners here. Congratulations to all!

And last but not least, thank you to Lea Starr and the Teaching and Learning Advisory Committee at UBC Library, and Carole Compton-Smith at Douglas College, for their ongoing support of these awards and of collaboration between academic librarians.

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