Woodward Blog

Browse a million books in your spare time …

Feel like browsing in the bookstacks?  But not quite ready for a trip to campus?    Try a visit to the Internet Archive — www.archive.org.  Then click on texts.   There are over a million books to browse;  you’ll find standard formats such as PDF but also nostalgic formats such as the flip book.  You’ll find almost 200,000 volumes from Canadian libraries.  One of my favorites is an early volume (1905) of Canadian Nurse.  And there are 30,000 amazing volumes from the Biodiversity Heritage Library Project.  This project is a joint effort of  natural history museum libraries,  botanical garden libraries, and research institutions such as Harvard and Woods Hole.   Most volumes are pre-1923.  The book pictured below on whale-fishery was published in 1820.


Happy browsing!

Canada-wide Cochrane Library Trial

The Cochrane Library is currently available to all Canadians for a trial period ending December 31, 2009.  This pilot is a joint initiative of the Canadian Cochrane Network and Centre and the Canadian Health Libraries Association (CHLA), and was made possible by building on the leadership of the existing subscribers from provinces, territories and institutions across Canada.

For more information about the project,  see the CHLA page at: http://www.chla-absc.ca/?q=en/node/340

Feedback on this resource is most appreciated – please use the feedback form at: http://toby.library.ubc.ca/survey/eresources/trial.cfm?id=1547

Happy searching!

More for Less: New Services for Less Cost

Black and white printing and photocopying price reduced! Also, you can now print in colour at all of the Life Sciences Libraries!

  • Black & white printing and photocopies price reduced to 7 cents (A savings from the former cost of 12 cents per page for copying and 13 cents per page for printing.)
  • Colour printing: 40 cents per copy
  • double-sided printing and photocopying

Colour photocopying at Woodward Library: 40 cents per copy

Dean Giustini honored as a 2009 Tech Evangelist “Mover & Shaker”

Dean Giustini, Reference Librarian at the Biomedical Branch Library at Vancouver General Hospital has been honored as a 2009 Library Journal Tech Evangelist “Mover & Shaker”.

You can view the article on Dean here: http://www.libraryjournal.com/MS2009Inductee/2140335997.html

Dean was also CHLA’s Hospital Librarian of the Year in 2007.

Congratulations Dean!

Presentation on new models of scholarly publishing

The BC Research Libraries Group invites UBC faculty, staff and students to attend the following presentation:

Field Study Findings on Faculty & Researcher Use of New Models of Scholarly Publishing & Communication presented by Karla Hahn.

  • Thursday, March 5, 2009, 2:00pm – 4:00pm (refreshments served 2:00 – 2:30pm)
  • Irving K. Barber Learning Centre, Dodson Room (Rm. 302) University of British Columbia

Please RSVP at http://toby.library.ubc.ca/booking/description.cfm?sessionid=6437

In the Spring of 2008, the Association of Research Libraries (ARL) engaged Ithaka, a not-for-profit organization promoting innovation in academia, to conduct an investigation into the range of new models of scholarly publishing and communication valued by scholars, with a particular focus on those works that are pushing beyond the boundaries of traditional formats and are considered innovative by the faculty who use them. A field team of 301 librarians at 46 institutions interviewed professors about the digital resources they use. Among the key findings and works Karla Hahn, Director of the Office of Scholarly Communication at ARL, will describe include:

  • Evidence that innovative digital resources can be found across the humanities, social sciences, and scientific/technical/medical subject areas.
  • Almost every resource cited by faculty operates under some form of peer review or editorial oversight.
  • Some the resources with greatest impact are those that have been around a long while.
  • Many digital publications are capable of running on relatively small budgets and are tailored to small, niche audiences.
  • Innovations relating to multimedia content and Web 2.0 functionality appear in some cases to blur the lines between resource types.
  • Projects of all sizes, especially open access sites and publications, employ a range of support strategies in the search for financial sustainability.

The findings were published in November 2008 and are available at: http://www.arl.org/bm~doc/current-models-report.pdf

About the Speaker

Karla Hahn has been the Director of the Office of Scholarly Communication at ARL since May 2005. Key areas of activity for the office include the assessment and implementation of selected new scholarly communication models; the development of alliances to advance new systems of scholarly communication; and advancement of library outreach efforts to inform the educational and research communities on trends, findings, opportunities, and their impact on promotion and tenure, on teaching and research, and on university budgets. Karla holds a PhD from the University of Maryland College of Information Studies, an MLS from Syracuse University, an MS from the University of Chicago, and a BS from Wittenberg University. Her writings include Electronic Ecology: A Case Study of Electronic Journals in Context and numerous articles on issues relating to publishing and electronic communication.

For more information, contact Joy Kirchner (joy.kirchner@ubc.ca) or Kat McGrath (kat.mcgrath@ubc.ca).

Springer Protocols Trial


UBC Library has a trial of Springer Protocols until April 30, 2009. You can access the protocols through SpringerLink or the Springer Protocols web site.

Springer Protocols is an online collection of almost 18000 protocols in the areas of biochemistry, bioinformatics, biotechnology, cancer research, cell biology, genetics/genomics, imaging/radiology, immunology, infectious diseases, microbiology, molecular medicine, neuroscience, pharmacology/toxicology, plant sciences, and protein science.

Protocols originate from the following publications:

  • Methods in Biotechnology
  • Methods in Molecular Biology
  • Methods in Molecular Medicine
  • Methods in Pharmacology and Toxicology
  • Neuromethods

Please tell us what you think using this form, or contact Sally Taylor.

MyCopy from SpringerLink


UBC Library subscribes to hundreds of electronic books from SpringerLink.

Prefer a print copy? Springer now offers a Print on Demand service for UBC faculty, staff and students wanting a personal copy from the library’s collection of Springer ebooks. You can have a black & white softcover copy delivered to your doorstep for $24.95 USD (includes shipping & handling) plus GST & PST.

Browse these collections for ebooks in your discipline

Books that can be delivered in print are indicated by the orange MyCopy logo. Simply click on Add to shopping cart now to begin the ordering process.

If you have any questions or comments, please contact UBC Librarians, Joy Kirchner or Aleteia Greenwood, or the publisher Springer.

Dentistry eBooks

We now have over 40 electronic books with information relevant to dentistry. The books range from key resources in clinical disciplines to historical materials from “Early English Books” Online. You can view selected books at:


Or, try our new ebook search page at:


Suggested sources for Pharmacy 220 term paper

It’s that time of year again. If you’re a first-year pharmacy student working on the Phar 220 term paper, please see the following page for a list of suggested sources you can use:

If you’re still stuck after consulting these sources, please feel free to drop by the Woodward reference or contact Teresa Lee, the pharmacy liaison librarian.

Library Workshops for January & February

Library workshops begin very soon! Courses are offered on campus,
at C & W, and online with Wimba Classroom. Everyone is welcome.

To register for these and other workshops, please see this link:

January 23 – RefWorks for the Sciences
January 28 – Current Awareness Tools in the Sciences
January 28 – Current Awareness Tools in the Health Sciences
January 30 – RefWorks for the Health Sciences
February 11 – RefWorks for the Natural Sciences (Wimba Live Classroom)
February 20 – RefWorks for the Sciences
February 23 – Current Awareness Tools in the Sciences
February 24 – RefWorks for the Health Sciences
February 24 – PubMed, Ovid, MEDLINE: what’s it all about?