Family Photographs in Open Collections

Family day is observed each year on the third Monday in February in most provinces across Canada. In British Columbia, the holiday was adopted in 2013 and was originally observed on the second Monday of February. This was the case until 2019, at which point the province moved the holiday to the third Monday of the month in order to align with the schedule that the rest of the country abides by.

In celebration of yesterday having been Family Day, this week’s blog post is a collection of family portraits from various sources found within Open Collections. Home to thousands of photographs, these portraits were found across several collections, either as stand-alone items or as part of family albums.

Timm’s Family:

            In this photograph, the Timms family stands in front of a small boat in Port Moody, B.C., thought to be from around 1910.

[Family Portrait]

This photograph features a family with parents and two small children standing in a garden. Thought to be taken between 1900-1920, there is no information on the identity of this family.

[Unger Family]

This image of the Unger family standing in front of Johnson Electric co. is from an envelope that contained film negatives. The envelope indicates that the film was developed for Mrs. Unger at Camera and Arts ltd. at 610 Granville St. in Vancouver, B.C. Thought to be from between 1904-1924.

[Ward Family, Vancouver, B.C.]

This photograph is of the Ward family giving a musical performance in front of Vancouver’s City Hall in 1940. The names of the family members are printed on the front of the image: “Marjorie, Doris, Walter, Lawrence, Lillian – conductor, James, Clara, Daddy Ward”.

[Photo Album of Unknown Family]

This photograph of a family kayaking is from the photo album of an unknown family, thought to be from between 1925-1940.

Shigetaka Sasaki family

This portrait is of the Shigetaka Sasaki family sitting in a garden, the date is unknown.

Niwatsukino family working on farm in Turin, Alberta

The Niwatsukino family with horses in Alberta, from 1942.

[Family wedding portrait]

This family wedding portrait features people dressed in both traditional Chinese garments as well as Western garments, the image is from some time after 1920.

Our piano mover and family

This photograph is of a family sitting on a front lawn. The hand written note at the bottom of the photograph identifies them as “our Piano mover and family”. Thought to be from between 1890-1899.

We hope you enjoyed this blog post and that you had an enjoyable long weekend. Thank you for reading!

If these photographs piqued your interest, there are many more family photographs available for browsing in Open Collections.

New Books at the Law Library – 24/02/20

LAW LIBRARY level 3: K564.C6 A76 2023 American Law Institute,, ALI-ELI Principles for a Data Economy: Data Transactions and Data Rights : as Adopted and Promulgated by the American Law Institute on May 18, 2021 and the European Law Institute on September 1, 2021 : Principles 1 to 40 (Philadelphia: The American Law Institute & […]

WE ARE HUMAN!: Film Discussion Event Recap

On Tuesday, February 6, approximately sixty-two in person participants and twenty-seven online participants attended a hybrid panel discussion featuring a documentary film on human rights violations in Japan. The event, which was hosted by UBC Asian Library and the Department of Asian Studies, centered around the film Watashitachi wa Ningen da! ワタシタチハニンゲンダ! (We are Human!) which was produced in 2022 by director Ko Chanyu, a second-generation Zainichi (‘residing in Japan’) Korean journalist and filmmaker.

The film can be viewed here (CWL required):

This free public event, offered concurrently as part of UBC’s Arts Studies course, ASTU 201: Canada, Japan and the Pacific: Cultural Studies, highlighted the work of panelists with expertise on the history of contemporary issues of (im)migration, labour, and racism in Canada and Japan.

After watching a filmed interview by Director Ko, Dr. Ayaka Yoshimizu, Assistant Professor of Teaching, Department of Asian Studies & UBC-Ritsumeikan Academic Exchange Programs, moderated an enlightening discussion with panelists Dr. Christina Yi, Associate Professor of Modern Japanese Literature, Department of Asian Studies, and Dr. Evelyn Encalada Grez, Assistant Professor of Labour Studies Program, Sociology and Anthropology, Simon Fraser University.

Dr. Yi addressed the history of Zainichi Koreans and the Japanese government’s policies towards them as the foundation for subsequent policies regarding immigrants and refugees. Dr. Encalada Grez presented on similar human and labour rights issues in Canada, notably the migrant farm workers who are an essential part of Canadian and BC agriculture, yet are subject to inhumane living conditions and restrictions of basic human freedoms.

The following additional resources were recommended for those interested in furthering their knowledge:


Law Library Special Hours – February 2024

Feb 19Closed (Family Day)
Feb 20-239 am - 5 pm

Regular hours resume Feb 24

Climate Emergency Fair: February 16

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A Conversation with Dr. Sharanjit Kaur Sandhra


UBC Library EDI Scholar-in-Residence 2023/2024

Dr. Sharanjit Kaur Sandhra (Sharn) (she/her) is the founder of Belonging Matters Consulting and a sessional faculty in the Department of History at UFV and UBC. Before this, Sharn worked as Coordinator at the South Asian Studies Institute at UFV for more than 12 years and as co-curator and co-manager of the Sikh Heritage Museum, National Historic Site and Gur Sikh Temple (gurdwara). Sharn’s Ph.D. looks at the affective experiences of museum visitors through a critical race theory lens with the dissertation titled “Museums as Spaces of Belonging: Racialized Power in the Margins.” Sharn is a passionate activist, building bridges between community and academia through museum and cultural work. Read Sharn’s full bio.

Q: What have been your biggest professional challenges?

Most definitely while completing my PhD. I began in 2014 when  my boys were only 3 and 5 at the time, and while continuing to work full time, and commute from Abbotsford to Vancouver in the first year when doing my classes. But beyond that, in my very first semester, I was told by a faculty member in my department of History that I do not belong in the department, and so that comment, stacked with already seeing myself as an imposter, and being the only Sikh woman in that department pushed me to an emotional brink, where I contemplated leaving the program in its entirety. Luckily, I did not, mostly in part to an amazing supervisor I had (Dr. Henry Yu), along with a supportive supervisory team with Dr. Renisa Mawani and Dr. Viviane Gosselin.

Q: What has been the highlight of the last year for you professionally?

I’ve had so many highlights – but I think starting my own consulting company has allowed me to explore the autonomy and new learning curve which intersperses both my advocacy and activism, with the on the ground work that needs to be done in various sectors like culture, municipalities, and the arts. And so starting Belonging Matters Consulting, even though I haven’t launched it widely, has provided me with exciting hope.

“That session and being amongst such incredible Asian women and writers was such a powerful moment for me…”

Q: Why did you want to participate in the EDI Scholars-in-Residence program?

I don’t think Allan even knows this, but I was invited to moderate the online LiterAsian festival in 2022. It was because of Allan that I was even invited, and I had the immense privilege of moderating a session titled “Intersectionality, Feminism, and Power – Writers Who Define Our Times” featuring authors Grace Eiko Thomson, Larissa Lai, and Sarah Suk. That session and being amongst such incredible Asian women and writers was such a powerful moment for me, and I’m so grateful that Allan saw me, and thought of me in that moment. And so, when again Allan invited me to take on yet another incredible role, I didn’t hesitate to say yes. Allan sees such wonderful opportunities to collaborate with people, and frankly, I am a very outspoken person, and so, for him to invite me to take on this important role was all that more significant.

“I want a chance to explore the Sikh historical, current, future, experience within the archives, community storytelling, from a place of resistance to the academy even, and what that means at UBC from my lived experiences.”

Q: In your consultation sessions with UBC faculty, staff or students, what topics would you love to discuss or what questions would you love to get?

I want a chance to explore the Sikh historical, current, future, experience within the archives, community storytelling, from a place of resistance to the academy even, and what that means at UBC from my lived experiences. This is really important to me, having seen the activism come out of the Farmers Protest, but also given what we are seeing take place in this moment right now. As Sikhs commemorate the 40th anniversary since its own genocide by the Indian state, I am further mindful and aware of what we see taking place against Palestinians. It’s important that as professionals and activists – we boldly bring those conversations to the forefront. And in the role and position and privilege I have, I want to foster meaningful dialogue rather than foster misinformation and stereotypes. Im lucky enough to have the community, student, staff, and faculty relationships, both within and outside UBC, to do that.

Q: Are there any resources at the library that you’re hoping to access while you’re here?

I most definitely want to revisit the Asian Studies library, which was a place I frequented often while doing my Masters degree from 2006-2008. But beyond that, I think there’s a great opportunity to help build deeper connections between the library and its EDI/Anti racism goals and with UBC’s student community in particular.

The Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion (EDI) Scholars-in-Residence program is open to scholars who hold degrees in any discipline. Residency at UBC’s Irving K. Barber Learning Centre allows Scholars to participate in collaborative and interdisciplinary public programming with a clear impact on equity, diversity, and inclusion. For more information, visit the program website.

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Music Librarian, Music, Art and Architecture Library | Vancouver Campus | Full Time, Confirmed-Track Librarian

Music Librarian
Music, Art and Architecture Library | Vancouver Campus
Full Time, Confirmed-Track Librarian
Anticipated Start Date: August 1, 2024


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.

We honour, celebrate and thank the xʷməθkʷəy̓ əm (Musqueam) and Syilx Okanagan peoples on whose territories the main campuses of the University of British Columbia have the privilege to be situated.

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 X̱wi7x̱wa 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

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.


The Music, Art & Architecture (MAA) Library is located in the Irving K. Barber Learning Centre and supports the study, research and teaching needs of the faculty, students and staff in the School of Music, the Department of Art History, Visual Art & Theory, the School of Architecture + Landscape Architecture, and the School of

Community & Regional Planning. The MAA team is comprised of 3 librarians, 1 management and professional staff, 9 support staff, as well as both undergraduate and graduate student staff.


Leads the development, preservation, and evolution of UBC Library’s music collection. Guides the music collection through its ongoing transition from an emphasis on analog to digital resources, which includes creating and initiating collection access policies and procedures following digital migration. Stays current with professional trends in collection assessment and maintenance, and application of new and emerging technologies.

As the liaison librarian for UBC’s School of Music, supports the research, teaching and learning of UBC’s music faculty, students and staff. In accordance with professional information literacy standards, (ACRL Information Literacy Framework), teaches information literacy classes and workshops. Creates online tutorials and research guides. Provides reference services in person and online.

Due to the MAA Library’s location in the Irving K. Barber Learning Centre (IKBLC), adjacent to the Chapman Learning Commons and as the main service point for the Automated Storage & Retrieval System (ASRS), the Music Librarian provides reference and information services to a broad range of faculty, students, staff, and community users in the IKBLC. Contributes to UBC Library’s Virtual Chat Reference Service.

Maintains knowledge and current awareness in all areas of Academic Librarianship relevant to Music research and scholarship, and contributes to library wide efforts in strategically identified functional areas such as: Scholarly Communication, Copyright, Open Access, Knowledge Synthesis, Digital Scholarship, Research Data Management, Artificial Intelligence and other emerging areas. Participates in UBC Library Teams, Working groups and other initiatives.

Plans and implements services that respond to the needs of MAA Library users; participates in the development and review of library policies, procedures, and services; and is responsible for the coordination and management of services and projects as required.



  • A Masters-level degree from an accredited program of library, or information science, or equivalent internationally accredited program.
  • Undergraduate degree in music.
  • Ability to read music, basic understanding of music theory and knowledge of music reference literature in all formats.
  • Familiarity with German.
  • Experience building productive relationships and working collegially with a diverse population of colleagues and/or users in keeping with the UBC Respectful Environment Statement.
  • Willingness to respect diverse perspectives, including perspectives in conflict with one’s own.
  • Demonstrates a commitment to enhancing one’s own awareness, knowledge, and skills related to equity, diversity, and inclusion.


  • Graduate degree in music.
  • Professional work experience in an academic music library.
  • Experience performing music collection development across diverse formats (including scores and audio/visual materials).Experience managing multiple collection development funds simultaneously.Experience evaluating subject area analog and digital resources, and facility with the Library of Congress classification system as it applies to music resources.
  • Experience delivering music reference, instruction, and research support services.
  • Familiarity with French, Italian and/or Spanish.
  • Knowledge and familiarity in at least one of the strategically identified functional areas: Scholarly Communication, Copyright, Open Access, Knowledge Synthesis, Digital Scholarship, Research Data Management, or Artificial Intelligence.
  • Knowledge and familiarity in the disciplines of art, architecture, landscape architecture and/or planning.
  • Web authoring skills and proficiency with emerging technologies and their library, teaching and research applications.
  • Supervisory experience in a unionized work environment.


Reports to the Head, Music, Art & Architecture (MAA) Library. Works cooperatively with librarians and support staff in the MAA Library, the Irving K. Barber Learning Centre, Rare Books & Special Collections, Collections Services, Technology, Discovery & User Experience (TDUX), Digital Initiatives, the Research Commons and other UBC Library Librarians, Archivists and Staff. Builds relationships with faculty, students, and the community as part of Reference, Teaching, Collections, and Liaison duties. Participates in recruiting, hiring, training, and supervising Student Librarians.


Professional and responsive liaison with the School of Music. Effective provision of reference/research service and instructional workshops. Current and comprehensive knowledge of specialized subject areas. Expert development of the collection for the purpose of supporting user needs. Innovative and efficient service development and delivery. Effective use of electronic information and technologies. Familiarity with the

Library’s policies, procedures, and operations. Good working relations with staff and users across Library and campus units. Competent supervision of student staff.



This is a full-time Confirmed-Track appointment with an anticipated start date of August 1, 2024.

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 (

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 is $81,510 to $84,000 per annum. Actual salary will be commensurate with experience and academic/professional qualifications, as well as internal parity. UBC also offers a comprehensive benefits package. Information about salary increases can be found in the Collective Agreement: 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: Additional information about relocation to UBC Vancouver can be found:

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, as well as how did you hear about this opportunity. 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 March 6, 2024.

Blank Screen Error for Naxos Music Library

Users of Naxos Music Library may experience issues with page loading. We’re working with the publisher on resolving the issue.

Error message:  When clicking on an album, it fails to load on the first click and lands on a blank page.

Workaround: If refreshed, the page loads with full functionality. In addition, on the homepage, click open in a new tab on any album title, and it will load as expected in the new tab.

New Books at the Law Library – 24/02/06

LAW LIBRARY reference room (level 2): KE7709 .I53 2023 Kate Gunn, Geneva Lloyd & Cody O’Neil, Indigenous Peoples and the Law in Canada: Cases and Commentary : 2023 (Toronto: Carswell, Thomson Reuters, 2023). LAW LIBRARY reference room (level 2): KEA322 .W55 2022 McKay White, Debtor-Creditor and Collections Law in Alberta (Toronto: Emond, 2022). LAW LIBRARY […]