UBC Library's monthly e-Newsletter to the campus community and beyond features the latest on upcoming events, digital collections and other news. 

OCT 2014 | Vol. 4 No. 10

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Library events

World Poetry International Peace Festival
October 6 – 26
Irving K. Barber Learning Centre
Visit the World Poetry exhibit in the second floor lobby of the Irving K. Barber Learning Centre, part of an international series of events, films and displays.
UBC Library / United Way Spelling Bee
October 7 | 12:30 p.m. – 1:30 p.m.
Golden Jubilee Room, Irving K. Barber Learning Centre
Stop by this afternoon and watch teams compete for spelling supremacy in this cross-campus event to raise awareness for the United Way.
Food for Fines
October 20 – November 2
For the twelfth consecutive year, UBC Library and the Alma Mater Student Society are running their Food for Fines Campaign. From October 20 to November 2, $2 will be waived for every non-perishable food item (up to a maximum of $30). Food items are distributed to the Greater Vancouver Food Bank and the AMS Food Bank. Follow @AMS_UBC with #amsfoodforfines and #ubcfoodforfines for campaign updates.
Canadian Library Support Staff Day
October 17
On Canadian Library Support Staff Day, we recognize and acknowledge all our UBC Library staff who provide essential contributions to Library services and programs. Read our staff profiles to learn more about how we contribute to the success of faculty and students and advance teaching, learning and research.


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Online Editor: Andrea Coutts
Photos from UBC Library
In this month’s issue of LibFOCUS, we celebrate the future of research and scholarship – from unique digitization projects to Open UBC week to innovative community partnerships.

From October 28 – 29, UBC Library will celebrate Open UBC – a series of events that showcases open scholarship on campus. This year’s activities will kick-off with opening remarks from University Librarian Ingrid Parent.
In addition to a keynote from Nicole Allen, Director of Open Education at SPARC, the 2014 schedule includes the following sessions with UBC Library staff: All Open UBC events are free and open to the public, and will take place in the Irving K. Barber Learning Centre. Follow along on Twitter with #OpenUBC #openaccess – @UBCLibrary will live-tweet the Future of Scholarly Publishing panel discussion and the Are MOOCs Good for Higher Education? debate.
Read more.

Latest AADPP recipients announced

Three B.C. First Nations have received funding from UBC’s Irving K. Barber Learning Centre and the Museum of Anthropology to preserve their oral histories, traditions and culture. The latest recipients of the Aboriginal Audio Digitization and Preservation Program (AADPP) include the Tsilhqot’in National Government (Williams Lake), the Hupacasath First Nation (Port Alberni) and the Yuuł ʔtłʔath First Nation (Ucluelet). The AADPP – now in its second year – provides matching funds for B.C. Aboriginal organizations to convert audio cassette tapes to digital formats for preservation and access.
Read more.

UBC Okanagan Library welcomed Margaret Haines, former University Librarian at Carleton, as the keynote speaker for the second annual Leader In Residence program.
Margaret’s October 2 public presentation, Out of Chaos Comes Order, discussed the major renovation of Carleton’s MacOdrum Library, which added 75,000 square feet in two floors and a five-story front extension. The renovation lasted two years, and created beautiful reading rooms, a Discovery Centre of experiential and interactive learning, new teaching facilities, over 1,000 new seats and 28 group study rooms.
The Leader In Residence program provides opportunities for discussion and learning for the campus community and regional library, archives and museum partners through presentations, conversation circles, and activities designed to encourage collaboration, participation and leadership.

View the webcast.

UBC Library signs Lyon Declaration

UBC Library is the latest academic research library to have signed the International Federation of Library Associations and Institutions (IFLA) Lyon Declaration on Access to Information and Development. The Declaration, launched in August at the annual World Library and Information Congress in France, is an advocacy document drafted by IFLA and a number of strategic partners in the library and development communities between January and May 2014.
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The Digitizers’ Blog provides a fascinating behind-the-scenes look into the digitization process at UBC Library. Check out the How We Digitize series, as well as a hilarious re-enactment of historical images from the Arkley Croquet Collection.

Want to learn more about what it’s like to work at UBC Library? Check out our Work With Us page and read staff profiles:
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