To all of UBC Library’s users:

Please note that there will be changes to the Library’s opening hours over the Easter weekend and the remainder of April.

Click here for complete list of upcoming hours of operation at the Library’s branches and divisions. You can always find our current hours of operation on the UBC Library website.

UBC Library is pleased to present its Community Report, where you can find out about new spaces, our digital agenda, the Library’s community engagement efforts and more.

The report, an update on the first year of the Library’s Strategic Plan, highlights some milestones related to the plan’s five strategic directions: Enhance Student Learning, Accelerate Research, Manage Collections in a Digital Context, Engage with Community and Create an Exceptional Work Environment.

We’re happy to report on our progress, and excited about the opportunities ahead. You can view the Community Report here, and find out more information about UBC Library’s Strategic Plan here.

Community outreach is the theme of the second e-newsletter from Chinese Canadian Stories: Uncommon Histories from a Common Past, an initiative of UBC Library and Simon Fraser University Library.

Stories include updates on a community workshop at the Irving K. Barber Learning Centre, interviews with the Vancouver Sun and Fairchild Radio, and a Toishan letters workshop. Video clips of UBC Library’s Digital Initiatives Unit are also featured. You can view the e-newsletter here.

Chinese Canadian Stories is funded by Citizenship and Immigration Canada’s Community Historical Recognition Program.

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The Irving K. Barber Learning Centre offers podcasts of its programs on its website and through YouTube.


You can view UBC Library presentations, notes, subject-specific resources and other material on Slideshare. Find out more at UBC Library and the Biomedical Branch Library, and get research tips from our Instructional Programs Librarian here.


The Library and the Learning Centre feature a range of blogs that keep you in the know about our branches, collections, publicity and more. Check out our coverage here and here.

Twenty-one projects from around the province have been named as successful recipients of the 2011 B.C. History Digitization Program (BCHDP) funding awards.

The digitization program, an initiative of the Irving K. Barber Learning Centre, was launched in 2006. It provides matching funds that help libraries, archives, museums and other organizations digitize unique historical items, including images, print and sound materials.

Learning Centre funding totalled nearly $180,000 for the 2011 round. Altogether, BCHDP funding has totalled more than $820,000 for 98 projects throughout British Columbia.

This year’s wide range of projects includes the digitization of First Nations materials, historic photographs and oral histories of BC communities, pressed plants specimens and entomological collections, items chronicling Vancouver’s punk rock scene, material highlighting the feminist movement in the West Kootenays, archival maps and newspapers, and more.

Congratulations to this year’s recipients! You can view a complete list of grant recipients and project descriptions here.

Eugene Barsky, a Science and Engineering Librarian at UBC Library, has won an award from the American Society for Engineering Education (ASEE, Engineering Libraries Division) for his work involving the digitization and promotion of decades of information on mine reclamation.

Barsky was given the Innovation in Access to Engineering Information award for the project, a collaboration between UBC Library and the British Columbia Technical and Research Committee on Reclamation. The effort resulted in free, open access to more than 30 years of symposium proceedings that are hosted on cIRcle, UBC’s information repository, at

An article on the project appeared last year in the Northern Miner. You can view the article here.

Certificates will be awarded in June at the American Society for Engineering Education Conference and Exposition.

Congratulations Eugene!

The Vancouver Institute Presents
The Irving K. Barber Learning Centre Lecture

Making a Life On a Tough New Planet

April 9, 2011 – 8:15 p.m.

Professor William McKibben
Scholar in Residence
Middlebury College, Vermont

Described by the Boston Globe as “the nation’s leading environmentalist,” Professor McKibben is the author of more than a dozen books, including The End of Nature, Enough: Staying Human in an Engineered Age and Deep Economy. A former staff writer for the New Yorker, he writes often for Harper’s, National Geographic and The New York Review of Books, among other publications.

McKibben is the founder of the environmental organizations Step It Up and, a global warming awareness campaign that co-ordinated what CNN called “the most widespread day of political action in the planet’s history” in October 2009.

Vancouver Institute lectures are free and open to the public.

Location:  Woodward Instructional Resource Centre, Lecture Theatre #2.  Directions are available here. Doors open at 7:30 p.m.

The Vancouver Institute was established in 1916 to serve as a liaison between “town and gown” in providing lectures of general public interest.  For more information about the Vancouver Institute, please visit

Spring is back, and so is the Asian Library’s annual book sale! This sale, which is part of the Asian Library Open House, features new, used and hard-to-find books and magazines in different Asian languages (mainly Chinese and Korean), with some in English. Prices range from 10 cents to $10, but most titles are only 50 cents! So come along and bring a tote bag with you. ALL ITEMS CASH and CARRY.

The book sale takes place on Saturday, April 9 at the Asian Library from noon to 4:30 p.m.

Same day at Asian Centre:

IDENTIVERSE: Group Exhibition of UBC 3rd Year Painting & 4th Year Art Theory

Some of the exhibit shown in part one of the Open House continues to be on display on the Library’s upper floor.

Vancouver Mokuyokai’s 27th Annual Ohanami
(Cherry Blossom Viewing Festival)

Celebrate spring under the cherry blossoms with a tea ceremony, garden tour, haiku writing, kamishibai (Japanese storytelling), origami, yukata-dressing, Japanese food and traditional music at UBC’s Nitobe Memorial Garden, an authentic Japanese garden illuminated by lantern for this special event. At 6 p.m., ring the Pacific Bell outside the Asian Centre and send your prayers to those affected by the earthquake in Japan.

For more details please visit the Vancouver Mokuyokai Society.

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