Wildfire Prevention in B.C. Historical Newspapers: 1904-1981

A comparatively warm and dry winter here in British Columbia has experts predicting a bad year for wildfires across the province. While wildfires have always been a natural part of British Columbia’s seasonal cycle, increasing seasonal average temperatures and decreased precipitation are contributing to longer, more widespread and more destructive wildfire seasons, with four of […]

Dinner Menus from the 1930’s-50’s

This week’s blog post is a selection of dinner menus from the Chung Collection, which is held at UBC Library’s Rare Books and Special Collections. The Chung Collection contains many materials including travel pamphlets, itineraries and menus from the Canadian Pacific Railway Company, which was a large enterprise that dealt in railway and non-railway transportation […]

Book Display: Exploring Sikh Heritage and Vaisakhi Celebrations

April is Sikh Heritage Month in B.C. and is a special time for celebrating Sikh culture, art, and history, as well as honoring the invaluable contributions of the Sikh community to Canada. It carries great significance for Sikhs as it was during this auspicious month that Guru Gobind Singh, the tenth and last human Sikh […]

Open Collections Highlight – Historical Children’s Literature Collection

The Historical Children’s Literature Collection contains eighty-five works of children’s literature spanning from the late 18th to late 19th Centuries. The collection is a collaboration between UBC’s School of Information, Department of English Language & Literatures, Rare Books and Special Collections (RBSC) and Digitization Centre. The physical materials are from both RBSC’s historic children’s literature […]

How a Composer was Reunited with a Long-lost Score

It’s not every day that you hear of a librarian reuniting a composer with their long-lost work. Incredibly, this is exactly what happened when a paper score that needed some TLC was brought to UBC Music Librarian Kevin Madill late last year. I spoke with Kevin, who is the Music Librarian at UBC’s Music, Art […]

Vintage Travel Pamphlets from the Chung Collection

Canadian Travel Pamphlets from the Chung Collection: Since the weather in Vancouver has been less than appealing as of late, I decided to peruse the travel pamphlets available through UBC’s Open Collections as a way of experiencing a vicarious vacation. This blog post will highlight some of the travel pamphlets from the Chung collection. These […]

New Books at the Asian Library (February 2024)

South Asian

BL2225 A1 F87 2023
古事記に秘められた聖地・神社の謎 : 八百万の神々と日本誕生の舞台裏 / 神道学者三橋健編 / 東京 : ウェッジ
BQ4175 H57 2023
なぜ仏教は多様化するのか : “教え”は”真理”の乗物にすぎない! / 平岡聡 / 東京都渋谷区 : 大法輪閣
CD973 D53 K96 2023

Kids Take Over UBC at Asian Library – Event Recap

On Sunday, February 18, Asian Library welcomed approximately 800 participants as part of Kids Take Over UBC, which is hosted by UBC Campus + Community Planning. The event brought together campus partners to host family-friendly activities in their venues and across the campus. Asian Library partnered with Nitobe Gardens for koi and garden-themed display activities, […]

New books at the Asian Library (January 2024)

South Asian

JQ571 S34 2023
ਇਹ ਜ਼ਿੰਦਗੀ ਦਾ ਕਾਰਵਾਂ / ਪ੍ਰਵੇਸ਼ ਸ਼ਰਮਾ / Patiala : Sangam Publications
PK1718 R3119 A6155 2023
मास्टर अंशुमान / सत्यजित राय ; बांग्ला से अनुवाद, मुक्ति गोस्वामी / दिल्ली : रेमाधव पब्लिकेशन्स
PK2098 K…