The David Lam Library is hosting two training sessions on Datastream on Thursday, September 22nd from 10:00a.m.-11:00 a.m. (Beginners) and 2:00p.m.-4:00p.m. (Advanced) in the David Lam Amphitheatre.

Datastream is an international and interdisciplinary database of business and economic time series, used by academics and journalists to find current and historical data in the areas of business, economics, finance, forestry, science and engineering, manufacturing, and land and food systems.

Datastream is currently available on standalone machines in the Humanities and Social Sciences Division of Koerner Library, the David Lam Library and UBCO Library.

Please email to confirm your attendance.

The Nomenclature Section of the International Botanical Congress has approved changes to the International Code of Botanical Nomenclature, including a new article in the Code that allows the names of new taxa to be accepted when they appear either in electronic journals and books or in traditional print materials. Previously new names were only considered valid when published in hard-copy print materials.

Other revisions to the Code include updating the title to the International Code of Nomenclature of Algae, Fungi, and Plants to reflect the inclusion of algae and fungi, and a change to the requirement for a Latin validating diagnosis or description to permit either English or Latin.

The changes which take place on January 1, 2012 are described in Outcomes of the 2011 Botanical Nomenclature Section at the XVIII International Botanical Congress, an article by Miller et al. in the latest issue of the Open Access journal PhytoKeys.

Open UBC is held in conjunction with International Open Access Week, which encourages the academic community to come together to share and learn about open scholarship initiatives locally and worldwide.

Open UBC showcases a week of diverse events highlighting areas of open scholarship that UBC’s researchers, faculty, students and staff participate in. These events include discussion forums, lectures, seminars, workshops, and symposia on topical and timely issues from every discipline. We invite everyone to participate either by organizing events, highlighting events already coinciding with the Week, or attending the events to be scheduled.

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

Call for Participation

Are you . . .

  • Developing new mechanisms to share your scholarship with a broader community?
  • Using or creating open datasets to further work within your discipline?
  • Creating freely-accessible resources to further your research or teaching?

If you are, we want to hear from you!

We invite UBC researchers, faculty, students, and staff to present papers, case studies, open source demonstrations, organize a panel discussion or conduct a workshop on any topic related to open scholarship. Suggested topics include but are not limited to: Open Access, Open Data, Open Education, Open Textbooks, Open Content, New models of scholarship, Scholarly Communication, Open access mandates, Open Source, Open Journals/books, OA Advocacy.

Send in a presentation submission at: or by email to:

Deadline for submission: Monday, October 3, 2011, 5:00pm.

For more information about the event, please see:

RefWorks, Mendeley and Zotero enable you to import citations and create bibliographies for your scholarly work. Which tool you select depends on your needs. In this session, three UBC science librarians highlight the features of these popular reference management tools and open the floor for discussions and comparisons using hands-on examples. The workshop is intended for graduate students and faculty who enjoying sharing with other scholars in an open, interactive and hands-on atmosphere.

This workshop will be offered:

Thursday, August 4th, 2011 at 1:00PM – 2:30PM
To register:


On Saturday, March 27 at 8:30pm (local time), people all over the world will show their support for the planet by turning off their lights for one hour.

You can participate by simply switching off the light, adding your name to the Supporters’ Map or creating a Virtual Lantern or Light Switch! To learn more, visit the Earth Hour web site at

If that sounds challenging, take a look at the plans for the islands of Tuvalu and the Galapagos and Victoria Falls.

If you’re interested in reading materials, check out the new books at UBC Library on climate change and global warming.


We’re pleased to announce that the Library has subscribed to the Journal of Visualized Experiments (JOVE), a peer-reviewed journal for biological research in a video format. JOVE has more than 500 videos demonstrating laboratory methods in the fields of cellular biology, developmental biology, microbiology, immunology, plant biology, medicine, and neuroscience.

A number of UBC researchers have contributed to JOVE. Here is a selection of their video protocols:

Sarah Cohen, Shelly Au, Nelly Panté
Department of Zoology

Elena Zaikova, Alyse Hawley, David A. Walsh, Steven J. Hallam
Department of Microbiology and Immunology

D. Sesath Hewapathirane, Kurt Haas
Brain Research Centre and Department of Cellular and Physiological Sciences

Dee Brink, Mary Gilbert, Vanessa Auld
Department of Zoology

Please send feedback about this new resource to

In order to create space on the second and third floors of Woodward Library, we are moving a selection of low use monographs to Koerner Library, and serials with online equivalents to off site storage.

  • Low use monographs are books that are at least 20 years old and have not circulated in the past 5 years. These books can be identified in the catalogue with the location Koerner Library – Woodward collection (floor 1), and you can still borrow them.
  • Serials with online equivalents are journals for which there is an electronic version. To prepare for the move, UBC Library has purchased the ejournal archives for more than 800 titles from the following publishers:  Nature PublishingAnnual Reviews, Oxford University Press, ScienceDirect, American Medical Association and Lippincott Williams and Wilkins (Journals@Ovid). For many journals, you’ll be able to access articles dating back to volume 1 from your desktop!

This is a large project, and we anticipate that there will be some record clean-up required. Please contact Sally Taylor or Greg Rowell if you have any questions or concerns about the move.

Starting at A

First day of the book move, starting at A (photo courtesy of J. Procyk)

Moving books

Preparing books to move to Koerner Library (photo courtesy of K. Miller)


NRC-CISTI in partnership with the Canadian Institutes of Health Research (CIHR) and the US National Library of Medicine (NLM) has launched PubMed Central Canada, a free archive of life science journals. The launch of the search interface coincided with Open Access Week (October 19-23). This interface will allow users to browse, search and download articles from the repository, as well as learn more about PMC Canada, how the repository works, and CIHR’s Policy on Access to Research Outputs.

Fine tune your research skills with the following workshops:

For details and registration, click on the complete list of workshops in the Life Sciences.

In the latest UBC Library Friends newsletter, you can read about our colleague Dean Giustini, Librarian at the Biomedical Branch Library at VGH who was identifed as a 2009 Mover & Shaker by Library Journal.

Dean is well known for his Search Principle blog and UBC Health Library wiki.

Congratulations Dean!


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