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Law Library Closed for Labour Day

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Oxford eBook Records not linking to eBooks

A large number of Oxford ebooks in the catalog are not linking directly to the ebook and instead leaving the user at the general Oxford website.

For example the record for Foundations of global health & human rights will leave the user at the general Oxford Scholarship Online Page: https://academic.oup.com/oxford-scholarship-online?login=true

We are working to fix this linking issue. In the meantime, you can search for the title on the Oxford page to get access.

Links in Summon to Oxford eBooks still work. You can search for the books there to get access and use the permanent links in Summon to share links to the books. e.g. https://go.exlibris.link/Q8Sz79jL

Aftermath of 1997 APEC Protest

Warning: this blog post contains images of violence.

This is the second part to a two part blog post on the 1997 APEC Economic Leaders Meeting at UBC and the student and activist protest that occurred. If you missed the first part, it can be read here. The protest of the APEC meeting that occurred on November 25th, 1997 resulted in 49 arrests and several students and a CBC media crew member being pepper sprayed by the RCMP. In the following days several law suits were filed by protestors and an RCMP Public Complains commission was formed to investigate complaints by the public, including one complaint submitted by then UBC President Martha Piper. The university president would also hold a post-APEC forum with university students where it would result in a new policy the the university will not agree to host government events without consultation from the university community. The public complaints commission was riddled with problems and resulted in the resignation of both Solicitor General Andy Scott as well as commissions first panel due to alleged comments made by chairman Gerald Morin. Then Prime Minister Jean Chrétien would be called on by protestors to testify his offices’ roll in the treatment of protestors, which he would ultimately decline to do so. The former Prime Minister would also come under attack by opposition in Parliament due to several comments he made about the protest. The United Nations Committee Against Torture expressed concern over the protestors treatment in a report issued in 2000. The final report for the RCMP Public Complaints Commission would not be released until August 6th, 2001 and end up being 453 pages long.

Aftermath of 1997 APEC Economic Leaders Meeting


The Ubyssey 1997-11-28

Kinesis 1997-12-01

[Meeting minutes of the Senate of The University of British Columbia] 1997-12-10

UBC Reports 1997-12-11

UBC Reports 1998-01-08

The Ubyssey 1998-01-09

The Ubyssey 1998-01-13

Panel discussion at post-APEC forum 1998-1-20

The Ubyssey 1998-01-23

The Ubyssey 1998-02-25

UBC Reports 1998-03-05

The Ubyssey 1998-03-27

The Ubyssey 1998-04-16

The Ubyssey 1998-09-08

The Ubyssey 1998-09-15

The Ubyssey 1998-09-18

The Ubyssey 1998-09-22

The Ubyssey 1998-09-25

The Ubyssey 1998-10-02

The Ubyssey 1998-10-06

The Ubyssey 1998-10-09

Recording of Michael Hughes conducting an interview with Member of Parliament Ted McWhinney on the topic of Asia Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) for CiTR’s Radio Active program. 1998-10-13: https://dx.doi.org/10.14288/1.0133054

The Ubyssey 1998-10-15

The Ubyssey 1998-10-20

The Ubyssey 1998-10-27

The Ubyssey 1998-10-30

The Ubyssey 1998-11-20

The Ubyssey 1998-11-24

The Ubyssey 1998-11-27

The Ubyssey 1999-01-12

The Ubyssey 1999-02-02

The Ubyssey 1999-02-23

The Ubyssey 1999-10-26

The Ubyssey 2000-02-29

The Ubyssey 2000-12-01

The Ubyssey 2001-09-04

Thank you for reading.

IKBLC Level 2 Learning Concourse upgraded with new workstations

UBC students can find their next study spot at the newly renovated Level 2 Learning Concourse in the Irving K. Barber Learning Centre (IKBLC). The space features upgraded seating, larger tables and plenty of power outlets for individual and group study.

“Prior to this upgrade, it was being used as a touchdown space for short study breaks,” says Julie Mitchell, Associate University Librarian and Director, IKBLC. “Our goal was to elevate it into a more intentional study area that is signature to the library.”

The space has been redesigned after consultations with UBC students, who prioritized workstations with tables and power outlets. Mitchell worked closely with Rochelle Mazar (Assistant Director, IKBLC) and Kristen Wong (Program Assistant, IKBLC), and connected with architects, electricians, faculty, staff and campus partners who frequent the space regularly.

The learning concourse now offers 86 available seats (previously 73), equipped with large tables and easy access to power. Students can choose from different types of seating whether they are studying alone, working on a group project or attending a Zoom lecture.

Various types of workstations are equipped with large tables and multiple power outlets.

“I am very happy with the booth study spaces,” says Collin S., a fourth-year Kinesiology student. “They give groups their own designated area to work without feeling entirely isolated from everyone else. The seats are also very comfortable.”

The new furniture in the east quadrant is also easy to move, allowing it to be arranged for events.

Drawing steady traffic, the area is a bustling alternative to silent study rooms across the library. “It’s supportive of people studying, but it’s also a mixed-use space where people are chatting and talking on Zoom or on the phone. We want the space to convey that mix,” says Mazar.

Group seating such as booths support collaborative work.

As learning practices evolve, students are using library spaces in new ways. While there has always been a demand for group study areas, the ubiquity of electronic devices and online learning call for tech-friendly, collaborative spaces.

“We make a lot of observations about how students use the Irving K. Barber Learning Centre, and try to shape our spaces based on what we’re seeing.” says Mitchell.

“For example, prior to the pandemic, people typically studied at library in between or after classes. Now, many students not only study at the library, they are attending online classes here. For this, you need a reliable power source, and to be able to speak in the middle of your class. We hope this new space supports evolving student needs.”

Visit the website to see IKBLC’s hours of operation.

This project is part of UBC Library’s strategic direction to inspire with innovative spaces and services.

Learn more about our Strategic Framework.

Participate in the UBC Library Crawl

From September 5 to 8, get to know your library by visiting all 8 locations for a chance to win a prize.

1997 APEC meeting at UBC

Warning: this blog post contains images of violence.

A few weeks ago I wrote about the 1993 presidential summit between Bill Clinton and Boris Yeltsin at UBC. However, that wasn’t the only time President Clinton visited the campus, as he would return four years later to meet with seventeen other nations leaders in the 1997 APEC (Asia Pacific Economic Co-operation) Leaders Economic Meeting. Though this time around, the high profile event was met with much resistance and student activism against the world leaders campus visit.

This blog post is exceptionally long and will be split into two parts. I have attempted to compile a timeline of the 1997 APEC event in Vancouver and the legacy it left on UBC, Vancouver, and Canada as a whole through the lens of the content available on Open Collections. Much of the content in this blogpost comes from articles published in the UBC student newspaper The Ubyssey which has many of its issues preserved in The Ubyssey collection. The photographs of the protest itself can be found at the UBC Archives collection. Materials from Kinesis: News about women that is not in the dailies collection are included to document that there was already an anti-APEC movement and the parallel “NO! to APEC” group demonstrations in the Vancouver area prior to 1997. Some images have been digitally altered from their original publishing to improve the readability of the content and all images link to the open collections record to be viewed as the original item.

1997 APEC prelude

Kinesis 1996-12-01

The Ubyssey 1997-01-10

UBC Reports 1997-01-23

The Ubyssey 1997-02-07

The Ubyssey 1997-03-14

The Ubyssey 1997-04-02

The Ubyssey 1997-04-11


Kinesis 1997-07-01

The Summer Ubyssey 1997-07-29

The Ubyssey 1997-09-09

UBC Reports 1997-09-18

The Ubyssey 1997-09-19

The Ubyssey 1997-09-23

The Ubyssey 1997-10-10

The Ubyssey 1997-10-28

The Ubyssey 1997-11-04

The Ubyssey special APEC issue 1997-11-21

APEC protesters’ camp, “Demoville” 1997-11-?

Man in tent outside UBC Museum of Anthropology 1997-11-?

APEC at UBC 1997-11-?

November 25th, 1997. Day of APEC Economic Leaders Meeting and subsequent protests.

To be continued…