• History, geography and ethics of health worker migration in Canada

  • 1pm on Wednesday, October 9th

  • Tommy Douglas Library in Burnaby

Dr.  Geertje Boschma and Dr. Margery Hawkins,  School of Nursing,  will be giving an important presentation that explores issues of health worker migration by examining the history, geography, and ethics of international recruitment and migration of health workers to Canada.  They will focus on the experiences of registered nurses from the Philippines who have migrated to Canada.   During the past few decades the migration of Filipino nurses to Canada has considerably expanded, with nurses from the Philippines making up the largest group of all immigrant nurses in the Canadian workforce.  What are the implications of these trends for the healthcare community?

This talk is part of the Health Information Series, a collaboration  of the Irving K. Barber Learning Centre and Woodward Library.   The session on October 9th is hosted by the Burnaby Public Library’s Tommy Douglas Branch Library in collaboration with the Multicultural Helping House.  Everyone is welcome!



HathiTrust Logo There’s an elephant in the library. This slogan refers to HathiTrust, a shared repository of digitized books. Over 5 million books are in the repository and it is growing everyday.  The books are both scanned and machine transcribed (optical character recognition) so it is possible to search every word in every book – all in one search.  That’s a lot of words.   Say 200 billion.

HawaiianTreesSometimes I find it more useful to search a limited collection of books. This week I created a collection called Trees of Hawaii. First I created a guest account at the University of Michigan. Very easy. Then I started searching the HathiTrust catalog for books of possible interest. As I found them, I put them into my collection. A collection can be either private or public. Finally I searched my collection for the word Reynoldsia. Now I know which of the books in my collection mention Reynoldsia and on which pages. Sometimes the full text of the book is available and I can read all about it online. Sometimes not. But I certainly know which books to pursue. Thanks Elephant!

This book is at http://hdl.handle.net/2027/mdp.39015048991361
If you would like help creating an account, please contact Lee Ann at 822-3609.

Feel like browsing in the bookstacks?  But not quite ready for a trip to campus?    Try a visit to the Internet Archive — www.archive.org.  Then click on texts.   There are over a million books to browse;  you’ll find standard formats such as PDF but also nostalgic formats such as the flip book.  You’ll find almost 200,000 volumes from Canadian libraries.  One of my favorites is an early volume (1905) of Canadian Nurse.  And there are 30,000 amazing volumes from the Biodiversity Heritage Library Project.  This project is a joint effort of  natural history museum libraries,  botanical garden libraries, and research institutions such as Harvard and Woods Hole.   Most volumes are pre-1923.  The book pictured below on whale-fishery was published in 1820.


Happy browsing!

Library workshops begin very soon! Courses are offered on campus,
at C & W, and online with Wimba Classroom. Everyone is welcome.

To register for these and other workshops, please see this link:

January 23 – RefWorks for the Sciences
January 28 – Current Awareness Tools in the Sciences
January 28 – Current Awareness Tools in the Health Sciences
January 30 – RefWorks for the Health Sciences
February 11 – RefWorks for the Natural Sciences (Wimba Live Classroom)
February 20 – RefWorks for the Sciences
February 23 – Current Awareness Tools in the Sciences
February 24 – RefWorks for the Health Sciences
February 24 – PubMed, Ovid, MEDLINE: what’s it all about?

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