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UBC Library acquires rare letters written by young Japanese Canadians during World War II

The collection of 147 letters provides unique insight into the devastating effects of the Japanese Canadian internment.

Read More Posted on April 19, 2018

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24/7 hours at the Irving K. Barber Learning Centre

The IKBLC will be open 24 hours a day from Monday, April 9 to Wednesday, April 25.

Read More Posted on April 10, 2018

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Food, Friends and Fish: Celebrating the Harry Hawthorn Foundation Luncheon

With more than 2200 books in its fly-fishing and angling collection, the Harry Hawthorn Foundation at UBC Library has grown considerably from a relatively modest beginning.

Read More Posted on April 9, 2018

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Meet Evan Thornberry, GIS Librarian at UBC Library

If you’ve ventured out to visit the UBC Library Map Collection in Walter C. Koerner Library recently, you will likely have met Evan Thornberry, who joined UBC Library as the GIS Librarian in July.

Read More Posted on April 4, 2018

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Workshops & Events

[copy] Explore the Chung Collection Exhibit - drop in tour - 10:00am

The Wallace B. Chung and Madeline H. Chung Collection contains more than 25,000 rare and unique items (documents, books, maps, posters, paintings, photographs, silver, glass, ceramic ware and other artifacts). Inspired to start collecting by an illustrated poster of the C.P. R.M.S. Empress of Asia in his father’s tailor shop in Victoria, Dr. Chung amassed over 25,000 items over sixty years. Starting with little things clipped from newspapers and magazines for his scrapbook, Dr. Chung assembled an extensive research collection of items on early British Columbia history, immigration and settlement, particularly of Chinese people in North America, and the Canadian Pacific Railway Company. The Chung Collection includes many rare and unique items. It is one of the most exceptional and extensive collections of its kind in North America and has been designated as a national treasure by the Canadian Cultural Property Export Review Board. Come see the permanent exhibition in Rare Books and Special Collections (RBSC) on Level 1 of UBC Library's Irving K. Barber Learning Centre! Weekly drop-in tours are offered every Thursday from 10 a.m. to 11 a.m., but you are welcome to browse the exhibit anytime RBSC is open, Monday to Friday, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. The exhibit is free and open to the general public, as well as the UBC community. For more information, please contact Rare Books and Special Collections at (604) 822-0645 or email us at rare.books@ubc.ca.

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Pixelating: A Digital Humanities Mixer - Describing History With Data in the Digital Humanities - 12:00pm

The Canadian government imposed a head tax on Chinese immigrants entering Canada between 1885 and 1923 in order to restrict immigration. While a print register was created to keep track of the influx of migrants, the detailed recording resulted in years of demographic information about the immigrants that has become a rich source of data for researchers. These original records were painstakingly transformed to a digital spreadsheet, a project led by UBC history scholars from 2005 to 2007. Yet the record was incoherent as records showed idiosyncratic dialects of the immigrants resulted in variations of placenames and titles.

From 2008 to 2010, a project to normalize various transliterations of the immigrants’ origins laid the groundwork for more in-depth research for future researchers was led by UBC’s Asian Library. Driven by the curiosity about to what extent the data is used and how far we can go, Sarah Zhang conducted a study analyzing the data regarding the immigrants’ wellbeing and migration pattern. By leveraging the power of Palladio, a networking analysis intertwined with a set of visualizations designed for complex, multi-dimensional data, Sarah discovered some hidden patterns that contradict previous studies on this topic, revealing the substantive potential of this data waiting to be unlocked with further research. Join us for an informative workshop on how this research was conducted and learn how to do some data analysis using this software.

The Pixelating Mixer is an opportunity for DH scholars across campus to meet colleagues, talk tools, brainstorm ideas and network with others who use digital tools to explore and visualize their research.

We provide soft chairs, tables, wireless internet, and interesting people to talk to, collaborate with, and bounce ideas off of. You bring your laptops, DH projects, and ideas.

This is an open event - drop in and out as your schedule allows.

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Systematic Review Search Methods - 10:00am

Need to know what the search process for systematic reviews is about? This session will cover: the stages of the systematic review process; framing your research question with tools like PICO; searching Medline and other databases, and the grey literature; and tips for using citation management software for systematic reviews. .

Location:
BC C&W, Study and Learning Commons Computer Lab (the Study and Learning Commons is located on the 4th floor of the Shaughnessy Building between the elevators and the pathway to Mental Health).

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News & Highlights

Blog Post Image

UBC Library acquires rare letters written by young Japanese Canadians during World War II

The collection of 147 letters provides unique insight into the devastating effects of the Japanese Canadian internment.

Read More Posted on April 19, 2018

Blog Post Image

24/7 hours at the Irving K. Barber Learning Centre

The IKBLC will be open 24 hours a day from Monday, April 9 to Wednesday, April 25.

Read More Posted on April 10, 2018

Blog Post Image

Food, Friends and Fish: Celebrating the Harry Hawthorn Foundation Luncheon

With more than 2200 books in its fly-fishing and angling collection, the Harry Hawthorn Foundation at UBC Library has grown considerably from a relatively modest beginning.

Read More Posted on April 9, 2018

Blog Post Image

Meet Evan Thornberry, GIS Librarian at UBC Library

If you’ve ventured out to visit the UBC Library Map Collection in Walter C. Koerner Library recently, you will likely have met Evan Thornberry, who joined UBC Library as the GIS Librarian in July.

Read More Posted on April 4, 2018

All UBC Library Posts »