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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:
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.
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.
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.