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Celebrate Science Literacy Week!



Come and celebrate science at Woodward Library and at other venues on campus and around town! In its second year, Science Literacy Week (September 21-27, 2015) has gone nation-wide with 100 participating institutions from nearly 50 cities!

What’s going on at Woodward Library?

  • Robots! 3D printing! Biological specimens!
    Drop by Thursday 3:00-4:30pm for some hands-on science with folks from the Beaty MuseumEngineering Physics, Open Robotics and UBC Rapid.
  • Fascinating science documentaries! Bring your lunch and watch a movie in the Sherrington room (daily 12-1pm).
    Monday – Dirt! the movie
    Tuesday – Gone sideways: serendipity in science
    Wednesday – Planet Earth
    Thursday – Smarty plants: uncovering the secret world of plant behaviour
    Friday – Fractals: hunting the hidden dimension
  • Great Reads! Discover the science books that have inspired UBC Faculty. Better yet, borrow one!
  • Why do you love science?! Tell us why on the whiteboard.

What’s going on around campus?

What’s going on around town?

New eBook Collections

Association of Canadian University Presses (ACUP)
A new initiative from the Association of Canadian University Presses (ACUP) will make their content more accessible. UBC Library has purchased ebooks for 2014 to 2016 (an estimated 2100 titles) from the following publishers: University of British Columbia Press, University of Alberta Press, Athabasca University Press, University of Calgary Press, ISER Books / Memorial University of Newfoundland Press, Presse de l’Université Laval, University of Manitoba Press, McGill-Queen’s University Press, Canadian Mennonite University Press, Les Presse de L’Université de Montreal, University of Ottawa Press, Les Presses de l’Université d’Ottawa, Pontifical Institute of Mediaeval Studies, Presses de l’Université du Quebéc, University of Regina Press, University of Toronto Press and Wilfrid Laurier University Press.

Since 2011, UBC Library has purchased more than 20,000 ebooks from Springer in the areas of behavioural science, biomedical & life sciences, business & economics, chemistry & materials science, computer science, earth & environmental science, energy, engineering, humanities, social sciences & law, mathematics & statistics, medicine, physics & astronomy, and professional & applied computing. The Library has entered into another agreement with Springer to purchase ebooks for 2015 to 2017. Springer content is heavily used by the UBC community and is a favoured platform because there are no digital restrictions and content is purchased outright.

University Press Scholarship Online (UPSO)
University Press Scholarly Online (UPSO) hosts content from university presses in the United Kingdom and United States. UBC Library has purchased ebook packages for 2015 from four publishers: Oxford University Press (1310 titles), University of Chicago Press (94 titles), Stanford University Press (58 titles) and Yale University Press (51 titles).

International Year of Light

As the days are getting longer, what better way to begin 2015 than by recognizing International Year of Light and Light-based Technologies (IYL)?

Designated by the United Nations, International Year of Light is described on the IYL website as a “global initiative which will highlight to the citizens of the world the importance of light and optical technologies in their lives, for their futures, and for the development of society. It is an unique opportunity to inspire, educate, and connect on a global scale.”

Woodward Library is recognizing IYL with a display and a selection of Great Reads related to light and light-based technologies.

Start at the beautiful display along the northeast wall to appreciate the importance of light from ancient times to modern day. While you’re there, help yourself to free IYL pins, shiny bookmarks and bright yellow notepads courtesy of SPIE, the international society for optics and photonics and a founding partner for International Year of Light.

light picture

Follow the ray of sunlight from the display to the Great Reads shelf where you’ll find titles such as Blackholes: an introduction, Quantum: Einstein, Bohr and the great debate about the nature of reality, Radioactive boy scout, and Solar energy projects for the evil genius. We broadened the scope to include many aspects of light, including human health, colour and photosynthesis so you might see a few surprises like Dark nights of the soul, Indigo: Egyptian mummies to blue jeans, and Seeds: time capsules of life.

Keep an eye on that shelf! New books are still arriving.


BioFlex Content Curation Project – Summer 2014

The Biology Content Curation project fulfills a need where the Biology 112 and 121 instructors were looking for Open Educational Resources to support their flipped  classroom model. They wanted to develop a content curation process to store and preserve learning objects that could be used for their courses.

Over a two month period and by partnering with the library, a process was developed to: search OERs, identify content, and have faculty approve content to be shared across their department. Project documentation is open access and available here.

This PowerPoint presentation was presented at the Biology Teaching Retreat in July and gives an overview of the work completed in June and July 2014.
Download the presentation Bio Content Curation to view the attached notes



Summer Systematic Review Workshops at Woodward Library

Woodward Library is offering two workshops this July on systematic reviews. For more information on systematic reviews, contact your subject librarian or take a look at our research guide.

Systematic Review Search Methodology
July 8th, 9-1, Woodward Library Computer Lab – B25

Register here: http://elred.library.ubc.ca/libs/dashboard/view/5032

Need to know what the search process for systematic reviews is about? This half day session will provide an introduction to the process of locating relevant studies and recording the methodology. Topics include the systematic review process, framing the search question with tools like PICO, searching Medline and other databases and grey literature sources, and tips for using citation management software for systematic reviews.

Statistical Methodology for Systematic Reviews
July 15th, 9-1:30, Woodward Library Computer Lab – B25

Register here: http://elred.library.ubc.ca/libs/dashboard/view/5058

Hands-on workshop on statistical methodology used in systematic reviews, and an introduction to RevMan software (http://tech.cochrane.org/Revman). Taught by Shayesteh Jahanfar, PhD, International Cochrane Trainer. Content covered will include: double screening process; data extraction process; providing examples of data extraction form; introducing Distiller software to ease the process of screening; effect measures such as odds ratio and relative risk; heterogeneity; and creating a forest plot, tables of included and excluded studies, and risk of bias graphs in Revman.

Call for Participation: Open UBC, October 28-29, 2014

Are you …
       Developing new mechanisms to share your scholarship with a broader community?
       Using or creating open datasets to further work within your discipline?
       Creating freely-accessible resources to further your research or teaching?
If you are, we want to hear from you!
We invite UBC researchers, faculty, students, and staff to submit proposals to present papers, case studies, open source demonstrations, organize a panel discussion, or conduct a workshop on any topic related to open scholarship. Suggested topics include but are not limited to: Open Access, Open Data, Open Education, Open Textbooks, Open Content, New models of scholarship, Scholarly Communication, Open access mandates, Open Source, Open Journals/books, OA Advocacy.
Submit questions or a proposal by email to open-ubc@interchange.ubc.ca by July 21, 2014.
For more information about the event visit: http://oaweek.open.ubc.ca


Health Information Series Presents: Harnessing the Immune System to Treat Infection, Autoimmune Disorders and Cancer

“Harnessing the Immune System to Treat Infection, Autoimmune Disorders and Cancer”

May 27, 2014 6:00-8:00pm at Vancouver Public Library.  For full details, see:  http://www.ikebarberlearningcentre.ubc.ca/harnessing-the-immune-system-to-treat-infection-autoimmune-disorders-and-cancer/

IEEE Standards Education Grants

If you’re an engineering graduate student or a student in a capstone design course using standards in your work, you may be eligible for a $500 USD Standards Education Grant from IEEE. These grants are awarded four times per year, and include online publication of your paper; you can view final papers from previous winners here. Details from the IEEE site:

Student(s) beginning a design or development project will submit an abstract summary describing the project, which includes:

  • a summary of the project goal (i.e., what are you trying to build?);
  • an understanding of what standards are being considered to achieve the project goal;
  • a declaration of intention to submit an application paper for publication by the IEEE upon completion of the project;
  • a statement of endorsement from a faculty mentor must be included.

You can access IEEE standards, CSA standards, and ASTM standards via UBC Library’s subscriptions.

March 21st International Day of Forests events

Friday, March 21st is International Day of Forests 2014. The Faculty of Forestry is holding an all-day open house including a tree planting ceremony and film marathon. A schedule of events is available here.

The UBC Pulp and Paper Centre is hosting an informative lunch-time nature walk around several UBC forests to learn about tree species, bark/leaves/cones/flowers, habitats, and uses guided by PPC Researchers Nici Darychuk and Chrissy Saville.
Date: Friday, March 21st  *Rain or Shine
Time: 12:00-1:00 pm
Meet:  in PPC reception just before Noon (PPC address: 2385 East Mall, kitty corner to Starbucks)
Route:  visit Totem Park (near Nexterra) and Rhododendrom Woods (behind “Bean Around the World” cafe)
Want to learn more about forestry resources available from Woodward Library? Check out the Forestry Research Guide or contact a librarian!


Authors: know your rights!

Are you planning to publish your research? Do you have questions about the copyright aspects of publishing, or want to learn more about open access? Koerner Library has an upcoming workshop on Author Rights, Funding Mandates, and Open Access Publishing on March 25th, 11-12. Register here.

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