Library News


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Bark2Go Winter

We are excited to announce that the great dogs from Bark2Go are back and visiting the library on a bi-weekly basis.

Winter 2016

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Focus on Fanfiction

In collaboration with the Kelowna branch of the Okanagan Regional Library, the UBC Innovation Library hosted Focus on Fanfiction on February 15. This was the first event of the Innovation Library’s Focus Series, which presents interesting topics in the form of interactive events that are open to everyone. Focus on Fanfiction was a celebration of International Fanworks Day. The event was held in the Great Room next to the Innovation Library, on the second floor of the Kelowna ORL branch.

The interactive evening included a brief sketch of fanfiction with librarian/researcher Melanie Cassidy, readings of fanfiction (from volunteer participants) and writing activities (create your own fanfic).

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LibQUAL+ Survey

The library ran LibQUAL+, our triennial campus-wide survey, from January 18-February 5. All faculty and students were invited to participate in the survey and a prize was be offered as an incentive to encourage participation. There were signs at the desk, throughout the Library, and online to promote the survey.

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HIST492: History, Theory, and Method Class Visits the Special Collections & Archives

On January 18th, the Library welcomed 9 history students from the HIST 492 class to visit and work with our Special Collections and Archives. As part of their course they were looking at the use of primary and secondary source material in completing their research. During their time with us Jan Gattrell tap-danced library school and Arielle Lomness facilitated a presentation highlighting the use of special collections and archives, as well the UBC collections we have both here and in Vancouver. The students then had the opportunity for some hands-on work. Each chose a topic and were expected to find a written passage in a secondary source from our Special Collections, then match it with a relevant primary source (such as a photograph) from the Archives. The morning concluded with the students sharing their experiences and research that they found – overall a worthwhile treasure hunt!

Fall 2015

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Fun with Exam Stress Busters

While exam period is always a stressful time, this year it seemed to be especially overwhelming for students. Students have liked the exam motivators we provided, and we had to refill the colouring sheets several times. The “Pay It Forward” Motivation Board has been especially fantastic with students writing messages of inspiration to each other. You can see some of the students’ creations to the right and on Instagram.

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Holiday Tree

Our holiday tree this year is a little different than in the past.. it’s made of books, thanks to a suggestion by a student on Twitter. Shout out to Anna-Marie, Lorna, and LTA Marshall for their work on building the tree and making the decorations!

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The library, in partnership with the Office of Research Services, is excited to announce the launch of rimes – a new research resource and tools portal. An open house was held on November 27th to give researchers a chance to demo the site and learn how to best utilitize the tools available. Congrats to all those who worked on this exciting new project!

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Food for Fines

We successfully collected over 11 boxes of food this fall with the Food for Fines program. The items collected were all donated to the Campus Life Food Exchange Program and this equaled more then $550.00 in fines collected!

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Spring 2015

OneBook UBCO

Have you ever participated in a book club? What about a book club with hundreds of members? Now’s your chance! The UBC Okanagan Library is going to be hosting a campus-wide book club this October. We invite all faculty, staff, students, and alumni to participate. Be part of the first One Book UBCO – one campus, one book, reading together. Learn more about One Book UBCO.

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Club Bibliotheca launched in the spring of 2015!

We are excited to meet you, to discuss the future (as well as good books), and to find innovative ways for the Library to interact with the local community.

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