How UBC Education Library is teaching the teacher through community field experience

Illustration of several people standing in front of a window, engaged in educational activities.

“We started volunteering ourselves as a community partner four years ago, and every year we’ve had interest from teacher candidates,” says Emily Fornwald, Education Librarian at UBC Education Library and Bachelor of Education trained teacher.

Community Field Experience (CFE) is a unique course within the UBC Bachelor of Education program. Over the course of three-weeks, teacher candidates who have finished their school-based practicums can be placed with a community partner to broaden their pedagogical horizons. Community partners include alternative learning sites like museums, international schools, camps and—for the last four years—UBC Education Library.

A taste of library life

“The CFE program is an opportunity for post-practicum teacher candidates to explore non-traditional educational spaces. It’s a chance for them to apply their learning as new teachers outside of a traditional K-to-12 classroom,” says Fornwald, who is the primary point of contact for CFE students placed at the Education Library.

Teacher candidates work directly with the librarians to develop projects that align with ongoing initiatives at the branch and that can tie into their future work as teachers. These projects also benefit the library, as the research and other materials produced by CFE students are often incorporated into new library resources down the line.

“One of the things that we did this year, based on CFE work done last year, is a Story Workshop Kit for our collection. Crafting supplies and loose parts are brought together to support a program for early learners called Story Workshop,” says Fornwald.

For young students who can’t yet read or write, the kit provides a tactile way for them way to respond to the story. The Story Workshop Kit is now available to borrow through the UBC Library catalogue.

New addition to UBC Library’s Critical Literacy Kits

“This year, one of our CFE students was excited by the new work we’re trying to do around disability representation in the collection,” says Fornwald. “We have a faculty member who is in charge of an exceptionalities course, and she was curious about how much our picture book collection represents characters—both fictional or non-fictional people—with disabilities.”

For her community field experience, Iva Mills took on the task, completing a literature review and annotated bibliography about disability representation in children’s literature, and exploring the Education Library’s collection to find books that include characters with disabilities. She also looked at critical literacy kits the library had previously created as part of the Indigenous Children’s Books and Critical Literacy (ICBCL) project, and which cover topics like cultural appropriation, myth and folklore, and residential schools. Mills’ work will be used by librarians at the Education Library to create new resources to support critical literacy, this time with a focus on disability representation in children’s picture books.

“Prior to getting into the Bachelor of Education program, I did a SSA (Student and School Assistants) program to have training to work with children with disabilities. So the moment that I found out that [this project] catered to that, I thought, this is something I’m passionate about,” says Mills, who now teaches in the Vancouver School District (SD39). “It was awesome to be part of a project that was actually so connected, so relevant, and so helpful to what I’m doing now as a teacher.”

Keeping lesson planning guides relevant with new research

As part of his community field experience, Haynam Leung explored English Language learning (ELL) resources within the Education Library’s collection.

“Because my teaching areas are business education and ELL, I was asked to find resources [in those areas] and also recommend some books [to add] to the Education Library’s collection,” says Leung.

“He helped us look at our lesson planning guides and add more resources specifically to support English language learners,” says Fornwald.

With an interest in emerging technologies, Leung also did research on generative AI tools, like the AI-powered language model ChatGPT. He set out to find resources for teachers who want to learn more about AI and how these tools can be used in the classroom. He also dug into some of the online discussions around the ethics of Generative AI in education: “Basically, I looked at some of the ethical issues with AI,” says Leung, and how educators can prevent these issues in the classroom, like student cheating.

For any future CFE students looking for placements, Leung’s advice is to ask around. Look at the types of projects previously produced at community partners, and make sure the work matches your own professional interests.

Leung, who now teaches in the Richmond School District (SD38), says that the Education Library was one of his top placement choices. “I really appreciated how friendly all the staff in the Education Library were. Even though I was just there for three weeks, they treated me like a member of staff. The environment of the library was just fantastic.”

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Vintage Advertisements from the BC Historical Newspapers Collection: 1899-1950

Looking back at old advertisements can not only be extremely entertaining, but can also provide fascinating insight into commonly accepted knowledge during a given era. Historically, lack of advertising laws or regulations resulted in exaggerated, dishonest and extreme claims being made in attempts to sell products. Advertisers were able to claim almost anything they pleased without the need to provide proof or corroboration of any kind. The lack of regulation was compounded with the comparatively poor knowledge of health and medicine at the time, which resulted in what we can now easily understand as being flagrant misinformation and false claims that were likely dangerous to consumers.

Moreover, advertising has always been deeply psychological, and often aims to appeal to the consumers’ emotions. Whether the targeted emotion is desire, fear, uncertainty, excitement or sympathy, advertising uses these emotions as a point of access to the consumer. Since advertisements have been traditionally created to appeal to a wide audience, it is common for the targeted beliefs and emotions to reflect prevalent societal norms, values and mores.

This blog post is a collection of outrageous advertisements published between 1899 and 1950, found in the BC Historical Newspapers collection from UBC’s Open Collections.

Remedies for “female ailments”:

Advertisements for pills marketed specifically for women were extremely common. These pills were sold over the counter and were completely unregulated in their production as well as advertisement, often concocted with different types of vitamins, botanical/herbal powders, sedatives, opioids and sometimes even poisonous substances (Gordon, 2018; “Luther, L. Moore”, 2022).

Of course we now understand that these substances are extremely addictive and dangerous if taken without direct advice/supervision from a medical professional.

It is also important to note the common narrative of female hysteria and derangement was (and still is) a tool of oppression that is deeply rooted in misogyny.

Disclaimer: I was unable to confirm the exact substances used to concoct the pills featured in these advertisements.

 Dr. Martel’s French Female Pills and Moore’s Revealed Remedy:

From p. 3 of The Silvertonian, February 1899.


Dr. Chase’s nerve food:

From p. 7 of The Cumberland News, February 1905.

Other Pills and Remedies:

No one was safe from the absurd medical claims of the early 1900’s. Whether you had liver disease, kidney failure, addiction, or were just aging, these advertisements boldly claim that their product could cure any ailment.

Dodd’s Kidney and Liver Pills:

From p. 2 of The Cumberland News, February 1905

Liquor and Tobacco Pills:

From p. 3 of The Prospector, October, 1913.

Gin Pills for Perfect Health:

From p. 6 of The Prospector, October 1913.

O-Cedar Mop Polish:

Other ads were not dangerous, but still reflected common and ingrained gender roles of the times. This ad makes exaggerated claims that their product took the hard work out of cleaning, a tactic that is still commonly used in advertising today! Wouldn’t it be nice if it were true.

From p. 3 of the Mail Herald, July 1914.

Mackenzie Filter Pipe:

Claims of a product influencing one’s ability in attracting a romantic partner have always existed in advertisements. While this approach is still extremely common in current advertisements, things were simply stated a little more bluntly back then…

From p. 6 of The Ubyssey, December 1950.

Thank you for reading!

Works Cited

Gordon, Sarah. “Finding Women in the Archives: Female Remedies – NyHistory.” New-York Historical Society Museum & Library, 13 Nov. 2018,

“Luther L. Moore.” South Whidbey Historical Society, Accessed 3 Jan. 2022.

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New Books at the Law Library – 23/11/21

LAW LIBRARY level 3: KE5015 .D35 2023 Paul Daly, A Culture of Justification: Vavilov and the Future of Administrative Law (Vancouver: UBC Press, 2023). LAW LIBRARY level 3: KF250 .G373 2023 Bryan A. Garner, Legal Writing in Plain English, Third Edition: A Text with Exercises, 3rd ed. (Chicago: The University of Chicago Press, 2023).

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Recipes from the Punjabi Patrika Archive

Punjabi Patrika is a bilingual Punjabi – English newspaper out of Abbotsford, B.C. Its publication began in October 1996 and continues to be published weekly to this day in 2023. Digitization of the first 18 years of the newspapers physical archive (1996-2014) was recently completed, all of which are now available through UBC’s Open Collections! In combination with the Patrika’s own digital collection, which contains editions from 2015 to present day, the entire history of the newspaper’s publication is now available as a digital archive! In celebration of the completion of this project, I was excited to feature the Punjabi Patrika archive in a blog post.

In usual newspaper fashion, each edition of Punjabi Patrika contains many unique articles which cover many subjects, making it a great source to explore many topics relevant to Abbotsford and the Greater Vancouver area. The many editions of Punjabi Patrika newspaper include a wide variety of articles on politics, religion, community events, health, beauty, wellness, opinions, profiles, interviews, reporting on local current events and much more.

However, there was one thing in particular that caught my eye while exploring this collection, and that was the recipes. Many of these recipes were part of a recurring column known as Women’s Page, which was written by Harpreet Kaur Sinha, and sometimes they appear to have been contributed by various readers.

There were so many amazing looking recipes in this collection, I clearly had trouble narrowing it down… this blog post features eleven recipes and there’s many more I didn’t include here. I highly recommend browsing the collection if you’re interested in finding even more.

Full disclosure, I was not able to test these recipes before publication of this blog post, but I am certainly planning to at least attempt to recreate some of them in the near future.

Dhall Cakes:

This recipe is from pg. 25 of a November 1996 edition of the paper. This recipe is contributed by Ravi Gill.

Three Punjabi Recipes:

These three recipes were published in a May, 2001 edition of the paper on pg. 35. The Five Jewel Creamed Lentils recipe was contributed by Julie Sahni, the Dal by Sucha Pannu Singh, and the Murgha Kari by an unknown contributor.

Malai Kofta Curry:

This recipe was included on pg. 51 of a January, 2013 edition of the paper and was part of Harpreet Kaur Sinha’s recuring column, Women’s Page.

Chicken Kofta Curry:

This recipe is another that was part of Harpreet’s column, and was featured in a February, 2013 edition on pg. 43.

Lemon Rice and Onion Chutni:

Sinha included these recipes for Lemon Rice and Onion Chutni on pg. 43 of an April, 2013 edition of the paper.

Butter Chicken:

This is yet another recipe from Harpreet Sinha’s column. Featured in a January, 2013 edition on pg. 26.

Chickpea Salad with Lemon and Herbs:

If you were at all discouraged at the level of skill required for many of these recipes, there is still good news! This recipe is great for those who may still be developing their culinary expertise. Featured in Sinha’s column from April, 2013 on pg. 23.

Mutton Mughlai Masala:

This recipe is yet another from Sinha’a column. From pg. 43 of March, 2013 edition.

That’s all for this blog post. I hope you enjoyed and were inspired to try some of the recipes posted here (or any others you may find in the collection)! I know it inspired me. Please let us know in the comments if you try any of these recipes and how they turn out!

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