Upgrades and renovations to Level 2 of the Irving K. Barber Learning Centre begin May 2022

Beginning in May 2022, the Irving K. Barber Learning Centre will undergo renovation to create a new gallery on Level 2, and environment upgrade to Rare Book & Special Collections on Level 1. The work is expected to be completed in the summer of 2023.

The new gallery will house the Wallace B. Chung and Madeline H. Chung Collection that was previously located on Level 1, and include the recently donated Phil Ling Klondike Gold Rush Collection. Once complete, the Gallery will be a prominent location for both collections.

The environment upgrades to Rare Books & Special Collections will be meet the Canadian Conservation Institute requirements for designation.

What to expect during construction:

  • Regular construction noise on Level 1 and 2 due to the use of tools and equipment.
  • Construction hoarding wall around the construction area on Level 2

This project is made possible due to the generous donation of funding and collections from Wallace B. Chung and Madeline H. Chung, Phil Lind, the President’s Priority Fund, Government of Canada, London Drugs Foundation, Academic Capital Fund, and other donors to UBC Library.

For questions about the project please contact:

Hilde Schepens, Project Manager at hilde.schepens@ubc.ca. 

International Nurses Day

International Nurses Day (IND) is celebrated annually on 12 May, and its 2022 theme is “Nurses: A Voice to Lead – Invest in nursing and respect rights to secure global health.” It is a day of commemorating Florence Nightingale’s birthday and paying tribute to all nursing professionals.

On the occasion of this important day we are exploring the collection Florence Nightingale Letters and sharing images of nurses at work from the World War I British press photograph collection and  UBC Archives Photograph Collection.

Florence Nightingale Letters Collection

The Florence Nightingale Letters Collection consists mainly of correspondence written by and to the founder of modern nursing, acquired by UBC Woodward Library from a Boston book dealer in the 1960s.  As a professional nurse and statistician, Florence Nightingale devoted her life to collecting and analyzing data for nursing and medical reform.

In 1869, Nightingale discussed at length Sir John Lawrence, his government and improvement of sanitary conditions in India.

[Letter, Florence Nightingale to Mary Mohl, March 26, 1869], 1869-03-26

In 1870, Nightingale explained that chloroform was needed at the site of the Battle of the Loire where 5000 wounded were being cared for.

[Letter, Florence Nightingale to Julius Mohl, November 17, 1870], 1870-11-17

In 1874, Nightingale was thanked for her papers on sanitary arrangements in India.

[Letter, Florence Nightingale to William Edward Nightingale, 186-?], 1874-05-12


These images from the World War I British press photograph collection and UBC Archives Photograph Collection show that nurses and nursing students do their utmost to take care of patients whenever and wherever patients are in need of care. Thank you for your dedication and selflessness!

World War I British press photograph collection

Official photograph taken on the British Western Front in France, [between 1914 and 1918?]

UBC Archives Photograph Collection

Nursing student Arlene Aish with young patient at Vancouver General Hospital, 1957

Nursing students Elsie Shpikula and Lynne Begg with young patient, [1961]

Unidentified UBC Nursing student administering medication to an orthopedic patient, [between 1970 and 1979]

UBC Nursing student walking a patient in a hospital corridor, ca. 1970s

Group photograph of Nursing students taking blood pressure of patient at Vancouver General Hospital

Nurse J. Morison, 1986-01

The Music, Art and Architecture Library makes space improvements to select Level 4 study areas

The Music, Art and Architecture (MAA) Library has made space improvements to areas of Level 4, creating additional study spaces and revitalizing the north and south walls with framed reproduction photographs that have a storied history.

Using repurposed furniture from the Nass Reading Room refresh in the Irving K. Barber Learning Centre, MAA Library added study seats and tables at the mezzanine entrance to the Ridington Room. This allowed for the desks to be relocated along the branch’s south wall.

View of “American Architecture” descriptive card on framed photographic reproduction of Bayonne Bridge in New York.

However, architecture buffs will want to check out the space to see what’s new on the walls. Reproduction photographs from the architecture portfolio of the Carnegie Art Reference Set for Colleges now hang along the walls as framed reminders of a time before our current digital age. Before online image searching existed, students and researchers would visit the old Fine Arts Library to borrow from the Reference Set, which consisted of 1,500 high quality reproduction photographs, prints and facsimiles, published by Rudolf Lesch Fine Arts Inc. and donated to dozens of post-secondary institutions across the British Commonwealth between 1927 and 1941 by the Carnegie Corporation of New York.

Desk under framed photographic reprint, located along MAA Library’s south wall on Level 4.

When in 2013 MAA Library deaccessioned the Reference Set from their collection to make room for more up-to-date resources, the Architecture & Planning Librarian Paula Farrar, now the Head of MAA, held on to items from the architecture portfolio. During the Level 4 space refresh, which took place over the summer, Farrar saw the opportunity to put the prints to use once again while adding something new—and old—to the branch’s décor, and by working with Associate University Librarian and IKBLC Director Julie Mitchell, was able to secure the funds needed to frame and hang the prints.

The photographic prints highlight historic structures, such as the Colosseum and the Pantheon, as well as buildings by prominent architects such as Le Corbusier and Frank Lloyd Wright. Each print has its own descriptive label which lists details about the structure, like the architect, construction dates, height or span, as well as a geographic identifier that classifies the structure as, for example, “American” or “Italian Architecture.”

“I absolutely love that we have been able to preserve and now prominently display a piece of our Library history. As formats change and become obsolete, repurposing these collections for display provides current students with a glimpse into the past, and is a testament to how their predecessors completed their studies at UBC,” says Farrar. “Additionally, an unexpected but much appreciated outcome is that the framed images seem to have an anchoring effect on the surrounding furniture. Staff time moving furniture back into place has significantly decreased.”

Visit the website to see the MAA Library’s hours of operation.

Collection Spotlight: Asian Heritage Month

May is Asian Heritage Month in Canada. Celebrate with these picture books by Asian Canadian authors and/or illustrators.

New Books at the Law Library – 22/05/09

LAW LIBRARY level 3: K246 .C53 2021
Christine O’Doherty, ed., The Charles D. Gonthier Fellowship 20th Anniversary Collection (Toronto: LexisNexis Canada Inc., 2021).

LAW LIBRARY level 3: K840 .F739 2019
G.H.L. Fridman et al., Variations on the Theme of Contract (Toronto LexisNexis Canada, 2019).

LAW LIBRARY reference room (level 2): KE1240 .P68 2021
Michael Power, The Law of Privacy, 3rd ed. (Toronto: LexisNexis Canada, 2021).

LAW LIBRARY level 3: K1322 .A94 2019
Yousuf Aftab & Audrey Mocle, Business and Human Rights as Law: Towards Justiciability of Rights, Involvement, and Remedy (Toronto: LexisNexis Canada, 2019).

LAW LIBRARY level 3: KD1596 .T74 2022
Edwin Peel, Frustration and Force Majeure, 4th ed. (London: Sweet & Maxwell, 2022).

LAW LIBRARY level 3: KE495 .G47 2019
Jason W. Neyers et al., eds., Gerald Fridman and the Law of Obligations: Past, Present and Future (Toronto: LexisNexis Canada, 2019).

LAW LIBRARY reference room (level 2): KE1240 .P68 2021
Michael Power, The Law of Privacy, 3rd ed. (Toronto, Ontario: LexisNexis Canada, 2021).

LAW LIBRARY level 3: KE2095 .B35 2021
Nathan Baker & Jaye Hooper, Autonomous Vehicles: Self-driving Cars and the Law of Canada (Toronto: Irwin Law Inc, 2021).

LAW LIBRARY level 3: KE8822 .L37 2021
Vincent Larochelle, Alison Yule & Gary Botting, Dangerous Offender Law (Toronto : LexisNexis, 2021).

LAW LIBRARY level 3: KF250 .H345 2021
George W. Kuney & Donna C. Looper, Legal Drafting: Process, Techniques, and Exercises, 4th ed. (St. Paul: West Academic Publishing, 2021).
Online access: https://go.openathens.net/redirector/ubc.ca?url=https%3A%2F%2Fjustis.vlex.com%2F%23%2Fsearch%2Ftype%3Asource%2FAutonomous%2BVehicles%2FWW%2Fsources%2F35722

Celebrate Learning with Asian Library

Join us online on May 12, during Celebrate Learning Week at UBC, to hear how the library users are engaging with the Asian Library collections and services.

Telegraph in the olden days

The Chung Collection is an outstanding collection of archival documents, photographs, books, and artifacts related to three broad themes: British Columbia History, Immigration and Settlement, and the Canadian Pacific Railway Company. This collection contains over 10,000 digitized items dating from the 18th century to the 20th century, of which we have discussed the menus and landscape paintings in previous blog posts. In this blog post we would like to explore the use of the telegraph in the past.

Today’s communication methods are different from the past. People rely on tools, such as social media, email, calls and remote conferencing to engage in conversations with friends and co-workers. However, in the past, we did not have any convenient and cost-effective ways to connect with others who lived on another side of the country, not to mention outside the country. Fortunately, the invention of the telegraph revolutionized long-distance communication.

Telegraph Companies

Several companies entered the telegraph market providing telegram services in Canada in the late 19th century, for instance, Canadian Pacific Telegraph, Dominion Telegraph Company and The Great North Western Telegraph Company of Canada. Through mergers and acquisitions, CNCP Telecommunications became the main electrical telegraph operator in the late 20th century.

Card advertising Canadian Pacific Telegraph, [between 1930 and 1939?]

[Telegram to Gee Hoy Tune from Young China Association], [1912-01-14]


Telegraph Equipment

The Canadian Pacific Railway Company’s Telegraph used this brass telegraph machine to send and receive messages. To ensure smooth workflow of receiving and sending telegrams, the company had their telegraph forms put in this bronze holder. This telegraph company also issued the book of telegraph codes to its ticket agents, passenger agents, baggage agents and passenger traffic officials to save money on tolls.

Telegraph, [1910?]

Telegraph forms holder, [between 1920 and 1929?]

Telegraph cipher code, 1916-09-01



This pamphlet lists the rate of 5 common telegram services provided by Canadian Pacific Communication Services in 1932: Fast Day Telegram, Day Message, Night Message, Day Letter and Night Letter. It also shows that the Canadian Pacific Communication Services could send telegrams from Winnipeg to other cities in North America, Europe, Oceania and South America.

Telegraph, telephone, radio broadcasting : rates for telegrams and cables from Winnipeg, Man, 1932-01-01


Here are some telegrams sent by different telegraph companies to cities around the world.

Between Hong Kong and Vancouver

Telegrams from Sam Wo Hing, Hong Kong, 1924-1936

Between San Francisco and Montreal

[Telegram from Chee Kang Jong to Chee Kung Tong], [not before 1900]

Between Taipei and Victoria

[Telegram from Huataico to Yellun], 1950-01-03

It is impossible to understand these telegram messages without referring to the codebook that is used to encode and decode the Chinese telegraph code.

[Telegram from Yeelunco], 1951-04-03

[Telegram from Yeelunco], 1950-09-20

If you wish to explore further, please visit The Chung Collection to conduct keyword searches:




History of Telecommunications in Canada. (n.d.). Telecommunications In Canada. https://www.telecommunications.ca/history.htm

Reference Librarian, Woodward Library, UBC Library | Vancouver Campus | Full-time, Confirmation-track Librarian

Reference Librarian
Woodward Library, UBC Library | Vancouver Campus
Full-time, Confirmation-track Librarian
Anticipated Start Date: August 1, 2022


As one of the world’s leading universities, the University of British Columbia creates an exceptional learning environment that fosters global citizenship, advances a civil and sustainable society, and supports outstanding research to serve the people of British Columbia, Canada and the world.

The University of British Columbia Library is one of the largest academic libraries in Canada and consistently ranks among the top university research libraries in North America. UBC Library has 14 branches and divisions, two campuses (Vancouver and Kelowna), including an off-site hospital library; a multi-purpose teaching and learning facility, the Irving K. Barber Learning Centre; and the Xwi7xwa Library, a centre for academic and community Indigenous scholarship. Almost 300 knowledgeable employees – librarians, management and professional staff, support staff and student staff – provide users with the excellent resources and services that they need to further their research, teaching and learning.

To highlight a few exciting projects that the Library is working on:

  • William Shakespeare’s First Folio published in 1623 gifted to UBC Library
  • UBC Library becomes first Canadian institution to join Dryad open-data repository
  • UBC Library launches Open Publishing Program
  • Xwi7xwa Library highlights local experiences of Residential Schools in Canada through curated exhibit displays

The UBC Library is committed to being a respectful, healthy environment that encourages leadership, collegiality, diversity, individual growth and opportunity. Explore our aspirational values that we strive to uphold and actively incorporate into all aspects of our organization.  We are committed to eliminating institutional and structural systems of oppression and power (such as colonialism, sexism, classism, heterosexism, ableism, and white supremacy).

Learn more about the UBC Library Strategic Framework and about working with us.


Woodward Library is located on the UBC Vancouver campus adjacent to the UBC hospital. The Biomedical Branch Library is located at the Diamond Health Care Centre at Vancouver General Hospital. The team of 12 librarians, 2 management and professional staff, 11 support staff, and student staff provide excellent resources and services to faculty, students and staff in seven faculties: Applied Science, Dentistry, Forestry, Land & Food Systems, Medicine, Pharmaceutical Sciences, and Science.


As a member of the Woodward Library team, this position plans and implements services that respond to the changing needs of the user communities.  The librarian provides liaison, reference, instructional programs, and information services to faculty, students, staff and community users. The librarian assumes responsibility for designated subject areas and liaison with assigned departments, including Biochemistry and Molecular Biology, Medical Genetics, Midwifery, Obstetrics & Gynaecology, and Paediatrics.  The librarian provides online and in-person classroom instruction and assistance in the use of information resources, and develops and maintains re-usable learning objects and digital materials to support information literacy instruction. The librarian engages in integrated information literacy, and collaborates on scholarly communication and data services initiatives and other new library initiatives. The librarian participates in the development and assessment of library collections for designated subject areas, and provides input on collections management.

The librarian participates in the development of library policy, procedures, and services.  Responsibility for the coordination and management of staff, students, services or projects may be required. Occasional evening and weekend work may be required. The nature and scope of responsibilities for this and other library positions are expected to change as the Library organization evolves.

This position reports to the Head, Woodward Library and Biomedical Branch Library or their designate, and consults and works collaboratively with library colleagues within the team and throughout the Library system. The librarian may be required to supervise student librarians, student assistants, and library assistants for assigned projects. The librarian interacts with faculty, students, staff and the public. The librarian develops and maintains relationships with UBC researchers at the affiliated teaching hospitals, specifically BC Children’s and Women’s Hospitals and research institutes, as well as other library employees in teaching hospitals, health authorities, universities, etc.

Please visit the UBC careers website to view the full position description and on how to apply. 



  • Masters-level degree from an accredited program of library or information science, or equivalent internationally accredited program
  • Experience providing reference and/or research services or support
  • Knowledge of key databases, relevant information sources, citation management software, and library applications
  • Teaching experience, and familiarity with trends and best practices in instruction
  • Evidence of a proactive, user-centred approach to providing services
  • Experience building productive relationships and working collegially with a diverse population of colleagues or users in keeping with the UBC Respectful Environment Statement


  • Academic background in health/medical sciences or relevant library work experience
  • Strong written and oral communication skills
  • Experience or familiarity with outreach or liaison activities
  • Experience with collection development for print and electronic resources
  • Experience or commitment to incorporating equity, diversity, and inclusion (EDI) into public services, instruction, collection development, and overall professional practice
  • Ability to initiate, plan and carry out projects, both independently and as a member of a team
  • Ability to adjust and accommodate to changing priorities within libraries and academic institutions
  • Embraces curiosity, ideas, creativity and innovation, pursues opportunities, and explores new initiatives
  • Familiarity with trends in instruction, knowledge synthesis methodologies and expert searching in the health sciences, data management, and open scholarship
  • Interest in leadership as related to committee and project work
  • Interest in professional development opportunities


Appointment: This is a full-time confirmation-track appointment with an anticipated start date of August 1, 2022. The successful candidate will hold an initial three-year appointment, normally followed by an ongoing confirmed appointment. In most cases confirmation-track appointments are reviewed following the second year of appointment, and a recommendation is made at that time to grant or not to grant an ongoing confirmed appointment.

The successful candidate will be a member of The University of British Columbia Faculty Association and the terms and conditions of appointment are governed by the Collective Agreement between UBC and the UBC Faculty Association (https://hr.ubc.ca/working-ubc/faculty-collective-agreement-and-policies).

Eligibility: We are only considering applications from librarians with a maximum of 2 years of professional library experience. However, all internal candidates will be considered regardless of years of experience and are encouraged to apply.

Salary: Starting salary will be commensurate with experience and academic/professional qualifications, and will meet or exceed the minimum salaries outlined in the Collective Agreement. Information about salary increases can be found in the Collective Agreement: https://hr.ubc.ca/working-ubc/faculty-collective-agreement-and-policies

Benefits: Librarians and their dependents are eligible for an extensive benefits package including extended health care coverage, dental coverage, Employee and Family Assistance Program, life insurance, pension and travel benefits. To support families, UBC provides a top-up for eligible employees on maternity or parental leave. Tuition assistance is also available for qualifying employees and dependent children. In addition, librarians/archivists are eligible for professional development funding to support career growth at the university, as well as study leave. Details are available in the Collective Agreement, and for more information see UBC Human Resources: https://hr.ubc.ca/benefits/eligibility-enrolment/employee-groups

UBC hires on the basis of merit and is committed to employment equity. All qualified persons are encouraged to apply.

Equity and diversity are essential to academic excellence. An open and diverse community fosters the inclusion of voices that have been underrepresented or discouraged.  We encourage applications from members of groups that have been marginalized on any grounds enumerated under the B.C. Human Rights Code, including sex, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, racialization, disability, political belief, religion, marital or family status, age, and/or status as a First Nation, Metis, Inuit, or Indigenous person. All qualified candidates are encouraged to apply; however, Canadians and permanent residents will be given priority.


Applications will include: a detailed and current curriculum vitae; and a letter of application that includes a statement of citizenship/immigration status and indicates the candidate’s education, training and work experience in the areas listed above. One consolidated PDF is preferred.

Please visit the UBC careers website to view the full position description and on how to apply. The application deadline will be at 11:59pm on June 2, 2022.

New Books at the Law Library – 22/05/02

LAW LIBRARY level 3: HE9885.5 .M83 2018
Nadine Muderhwa Nzigire, La réglementation du transport aérien en République démocratique du Congo (Montréal): Éditions de l’Érablière, 2018).

LAW LIBRARY level 3: KEQ850 .P47 2021
Yenny Vega Cárdenas et Daniel Turp, Une personnalité juridique pour le Fleuve Saint-Laurent et les Fleuves du monde = A legal personality for the St. Lawrence River and other Rivers of the World = Una personalidad jurídica para el Rio San Lorenzo y otros Ríos del mundo (Montréal (Québec): Éditions JFD, 2021).

LAW LIBRARY reference room (level 2): KF250 .M867 2022
Michael D. Murray & Christy H. DeSanctis, Advanced Legal Writing and Oral Advocacy: Trials, Appeals, and Moot Court,, 3rd ed. (St. Paul: Foundation Press, 2022).

LAW LIBRARY level 3: KPA38 .P352 2020
Pak Chŏng-ae, Choe wa pŏl : 1920-yŏndae singminji Chosŏn ŭi ‘ilt’al’ kwa ch’ŏbŏl
죄 와 벌 : 1920년대 식민지 조선 의 ‘일탈’ 과 처벌 / 박 정애.
(Sŏul-si : Tosŏ Ch’ulp’an Sŏnin, 2020).
(서울시 : 도서 출판 선인, 2020).

LAW LIBRARY level 3: KPA38 .P3534 2020
Pak Chŏng-ae Hyŏngsa p’an’gyŏlmun e pich’in singminji Chosŏn : mudan t’ongch’i ha ŭi saenghwalsangHyŏngsa p’an’gyŏlmun e pich’in singminji Chosŏn : mudan t’ongch’i ha ŭi saenghwalsang / Pak Chŏng-ae.
형사 판결문 에 비친 식민지 조선 : 무단 통치 하 의 생활상 / 박 정애.
(Sŏul-si : Tosŏ Ch’ulp’an Sŏnin, 2020).
(서울시 : 도서 출판 선인, 2020).

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