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Name a Spider for the Beaty Museum!
Do you have the perfect moniker for a newly discovered arachnid? Submit your entries online or at the museum between May 22 and August 22 for your chance to win. The winner will also receive a private tour of a spider research lab.

Inuit Prints Exhibit
The Inuit Prints Exhibit opens June 19 at UBC's Museum of Anthropology.

Upcoming Conference
The annual conference of the American Library Association takes place June 23 to June 28 in New Orleans.


Downloadable desktops in various sizes for iPads, laptops, mobile phones, and more. Now available on our Facebook page - check out our newest desktops, featuring images from the sciences.


In Focus: Search Principle blog

The Search Principle blog offers information on health libraries and the sciences.


Charles Darwin Letters

UBC Library's Woodward Biomedical Library holds two collections containing letters to and from Charles Darwin, the evolutionary biologist and originator of the concept of natural selection. Visit the collection online.


Question of the Month

What is your favourite space at UBC Library? Post replies on Facebook, email, or tweet with the hashtags #ubclibrary #space. Selected responses will be highlighted in next month's LibFOCUS.



From our Twitter account (@ubclibrary): Library Closures in California
Zombies need brains, keep libraries open!
Source: Reported in the Oakland North, by U.C. Berkeley's Graduate School of Journalism.

Feedback for UBC Library: "Your presentation on refined Google searching was very helpful...and probably of greater relevance to students as they move into the
professional world. We are very grateful for your interest and support!"  ~  From a UBC Engineering Professor.




UBC Library Communications and Marketing

Online Editor: Jessica Woolman

Contributors: Glenn Drexhage, Dean Giustini, Aleteia Greenwood, Eugene Barsky, Daniel Mosquin

Photos from Martin Dee and UBC Botanical Garden. Cover image courtesy of Rare Books and Special Collections, taken from English Mezzotint Portraits and Their States.

CORRECTION: In the May issue contributor Sarah Stang's name was misspelled.

In this issue...


In Focus: Sciences

In this issue of LibFOCUS we explore how the Library engages with the sciences.


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Dean Guistini

On health literacy, mobile devices and more:

Q&A with Dean Giustini

Meet Dean Giustini, Reference Librarian and blogger at UBC's Biomedical Branch Library at Vancouver General Hospital.

What's been the biggest change to health libraries and librarianship that you've encountered during your career?

Two equally important trends that have changed health libraries and librarianship are: 1) the shift to digital forms of medical information and 2) the rise of evidence-based practice in health care.

In some ways, these are two complementary trends. Medical information is much easier to locate now because of the Internet and Google searching.... Freely accessible medical information on the Internet can also be a huge detriment to patient care so with the shift to online forms of information comes the importance of teaching people how to assess the verity of what they are finding. Health literacy is a trend that is now a part of most major health care systems around the world.

The rise of evidence-based practice in health care continues to have a major impact on my work as a health librarian. I used to do all the literature searching for physicians at the start of my career; now, I teach others how to do it themselves using tools like PubMed, Scirus and Google Scholar.... All of this is in support of the work that we as librarians do in health.

You've been called a "tech evangelizer" in health librarianship. In terms of technology, what is the next game-changing development that will impact your field?

The confluence of mobile devices and social forms of learning is important. I also think that associated trends in electronic health (e-health) and creating electronic patient records for access by physicians and patients are on the horizon.

Read the full interview online on the UBC Library News blog.

For more information on Dean's social media efforts, visit here. You can find out more about Dean's Search Principle blog in our Blog of the Month feature.

Botany Blog

Check out the distinctive Botany Photo of the Day blog for daily plant inspiration!

Read more aboutthe UBC Botanical Garden and Centre for Plant Research and its recent move to the Faculty of Science.


Science 101

Spotlight on Science & Engineering

Science & Engineering librarians instruct, inform and engage.

Science 101 is a course at UBC that provides an introductory science education in physics, astronomy, chemistry, computer science, earth and ocean sciences, and biology for those who historically have had difficulty accessing a university education. For the last decade, two UBC engineering librarians – Aleteia Greenwood and Eugene Barsky – have offered library workshops to Science 101 students. These workshops have focused on the world of scientific information: how to approach it, how to find academic research papers and books, and how to evaluate the information students find online.

In June, Aleteia and Eugene will present a co-authored paper at the American Society for Engineering Education Conference (ASEE) in Vancouver. This paper describes the community of Science 101 students and the ever-changing methods used to engage them, and highlights what the librarians have learned from the experience. The paper will be published in the ASEE conference proceedings and deposited into cIRcle, UBC's institutional repository, after the conference.

For more information on the Science & Engineering Library and its programs, services and events, please visit its website.

Simon Neame

New Director of the Irving K. Barber Learning Centre: Simon Neame

Simon Neame has been selected as the new Director of the Irving K. Barber Learning Centre, effective as of June 1, 2011, for a five-year term.

Simon has worked at UBC Library since 1998, most recently as the Acting Director of the Learning Centre. The Director's mandate is to provide strategic leadership to community engagement initiatives on and off campus, along with directing the Learning Centre's physical facility, and its programs and services for students. The Director reports to the University Librarian and is a member of the Library Executive Team.

Congratulations, Simon!


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