Due to library catalogue upgrades, the Automated Storage and Retrieval System (ASRS) will be unavailable from June 24th to June 28th, 2010.

Please contact Rare Books and Special Collections (spcoll@interchange.ubc.ca or 604-822-2521) by June 23, 2010 if you are planning to visit during this time period and wish to consult archival material.

Douglas Coupland, whose archives are held by Rare Books and Special Collections,  is among 12 individuals to receive an honorary degree from UBC this year: http://www.publicaffairs.ubc.ca/2010/03/11/olympic-organizer-tv-rant-er-gen-x-author-astronaut-to-receive-ubc-honorary-degrees/

What better way to understand Douglas Coupland’s work than to explore his archives?  A finding aid for the Douglas Coupland fonds is available here.  The collections at Rare Books and Special Collections are available for use to both UBC affiliated users and the general public.

Last semester students from the School of Library, Archival and Information Studies class ARST 515 updated a number of archival finding aids to be compliant with the current Rules for Archival Description. They did a great job and hopefully found it to be a useful real life experience.  The updated finding aids are:

Archaeological Society of British Columbia fonds, by Joanna Hammerschmidt, Judy Hu, and Asiyih Modarai

Labour History Association fonds, by Sara Church, Carolyn Downs, and Myron Groover

Patricia Blondal fonds, by Adam Gold and Sarah Rathjen

Frank Charnley fonds, by Shalene Williams, Jen Busch, and Marisa Tutt

E.M. Delafield fonds, by Ellie Kim, Kelly E. Lau, and Patrick Ansah

John Emerson fonds, by Andrew Berger, Peter Houston, Jayson Kennedy, Tony Power

George Gee fonds, by Yolanda Bustos, Tristan Campbell, and Jessie London

Irene Howard fonds, by Sergey Kovynev, Lisa Snider, and Lindsay Szymanski

International Order of the Good Templars fonds, by Massimiliano Grandi, Myles Legacy, Jamie Sanford, Amanda Tomé

Thanks to all of the students for their hard work, and to adjunct professor Jennifer Douglas for coordinating.

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